Morality v. Objectivity: Humanity v. Journalism

Rachel Smolkin’s piece on the ethics of covering natural disasters was eye-opening to me. It featured the perspectives of many journalists who, while covering Hurricane Katrina, struggled to balance their morals with codes of journalistic practice.  Smolkin describes that a group of students was once asked whether they would interrupt their reporting of a story... Continue Reading →

Improve, Not Move!: The New “Separate but Equal”

Image: A recent plan to desegregate schools in Columbia, Maryland, a suburb that prides itself on inclusion, has sparked heated debate and protests.  This article from the New York Times gave a lot of space for those against using bussing to integrate schools in Columbia to discuss their reasoning. The article provided instances of... Continue Reading →

Propaganda Loves Facebook

I learned about propaganda when I was in third grade. I was reading an American Girl book about a girl growing up during World War Two. I remember assuming that propaganda, like many other elements in the story, was a thing of the past. I remember thinking that today, now that people had access to... Continue Reading →

The Fault in Our Political Climate

I’m confident that if Richard Nixon was alive right now, he’d be green with envy. It only took one scandal for Congress to bring him down, whereas Donald Trump has been dodging accusations of illegal activities since before his election. I mean, it’s absurd that the president is still in office. He makes Nixon look... Continue Reading →

Democratic Debate Priority: Ellen Degeneres

The final question of the democratic debate: “Tell us about a friendship you’ve had that would surprise us.”  I’m sorry… What?  I cannot fathom why the moderators chose to ask that question, which had to do with the recent controversy surrounding Ellen Degeneres’s friendship with George Bush. Over the course of the three-hour-long debate, they... Continue Reading →

Freedom of (lack of) Speech

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the right of Christian, non profit, “crisis pregnancy centers” (you know, the ones that masquerade as legitimate medical facilities, and pressure vulnerable women into carrying unwanted pregnancies to term), and their First Amendment rights. These organizations, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom argue that... Continue Reading →

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