Category Archives: new media model

Who leaked Susan Rice to Mike Cernovich and why?

Mike Cernovich (hereafter MC) thinks he broke a big story. The reality is that he was used. He was used for a political purpose and rewarded for it. Kellyanne Conway did not tweet her endorsement because he did such a … Continue reading

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Trump and the crisis of journalism.

Donald Trump lies and we know this because journalists tell us. If a journalist is not willing to call Trump a liar, they are no doing their job. The journalist’s job is now to confirm the popular or desired prejudice. … Continue reading

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Murdoch, Fox News and the digital demographic cancer

For many observers, Rupert Murdoch escaped the UK phone hacking scandal in good shape. He split his empire between television entertainment from his newspaper and publishing.[1] The split appeared to improve both companies and increased profits. Yet, a cancer was … Continue reading

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Trump is Antaeus: sever the link to his media strength

In ancient Greek mythology, Antaeus [1] was the son of Poseidon and Gaea the goddess of the Earth. It was said that he could not be defeated so long as he touched the earth because Hera protected him. True to … Continue reading

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In Apple we trust, the death of the public domain

We trust Apple more than we trust our government. What does that tell us about our priorities, our belief in the public space, our desire for freedom? Instead of fighting in the public domain to control the government through democratic … Continue reading

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Murdoch as the Prime Minister’s media bodyguard

For I know that some human beings are like horses—the more they get what they want, the more unruly they are apt to become. [3] The way to manage men like that is to put the fear of the bodyguard … Continue reading

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How an empire ends: the death throes of the Murdoch dynasty

Despite Michael Wolff’s attempt to portray Murdoch’s empire as healthy and vibrant[1], he has failed. He papers over the empire’s flaws. Instead, the empire has a structural weakness: Rupert Murdoch. The phone hacking scandal forced him to split his empire.[2] … Continue reading

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The dark arts continue: The deeper lesson from Operation Alice.

At the Leveson Inquiry, we heard about the dark arts practice by the tabloids and other papers. The arts describe all the ways, legal and illegal, that the tabloids used to gather information. The dark arts included hacking phones, digging … Continue reading

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Outrage Hustlers: the social media moneymaking machine

In the past, people used the term race hustlers to describe people who profited from stirring up racial fears and anger. In some cases, race hustlers would declare themselves as the spokesperson for an event where racial incident occurred. They … Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell’s bureaucratic lesson

Andrew Mitchell lost his libel case.[1] The court decided that on the balance of probabilities what PC Toby Rowland wrote down was what Andrew Mitchell said. Andrew Mitchell has learned a bureaucratic lesson: What is written down is what happened. … Continue reading

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