Episode #1: The Intro & 4 tips to Navigate the News

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By Ralph Gaston & Joan Obra, Ralph Gaston, and Joan Obra. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new podcast! Our first episode focuses on four tips for consuming media:

1) Don’t look for absolute truth in the news, for it’s just the first draft of history.

2) Consider all sources critically -- including the top newspapers.

3) Follow the money, and you’ll see who pays to influence media narratives.

4) Let go of binary thinking. Liberal v. conservative is a 20th-century construct, and will increasingly become obsolete.

We give you a lot of examples in this episode! Here’s further reading for them:

Gulf of Tonkin Incident:

https://fair.org/media-beat-column/30-year-anniversary-tonkin-gulf-lie-launched-vietnam-war/

https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/gulf-of-tonkin/

NY Times’ Apology for Iraq War Coverage:

https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/features/9226/

https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/26/world/from-the-editors-the-times-and-iraq.html

Extreme Consolidation of Media Ownership:

https://www.vox.com/2018/1/23/16905844/media-landscape-verizon-amazon-comcast-disney-fox-relationships-chart

https://www.investopedia.com/stock-analysis/021815/worlds-top-ten-media-companies-dis-cmcsa-fox.aspx

On Paying for Media Access and Influence

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/conservative-courts-leonard-leo/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/five-takeaways-from-the-posts-report-on-leonard-leo/2019/05/20/c547954c-78e9-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html

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