Helen Thomas Pays for Crossing a Line Others Trample

by Michelle Chen on June 8 2010, 11:38AM

By now you’ve heard: pioneering Washington journalist Helen Thomas has, thanks to a viral video interview, been pilloried for offensive comments about Israel and ousted from the press corps’ inner sanctum. Her words were definitely incendiary—Jews should “get the hell…

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Rabbi Who Brought Down Helen Thomas Has Great 'Mexican' Impression

Rabbi Who Brought Down Helen Thomas Has Great ‘Mexican’ Impression

by Channing Kennedy on June 7 2010, 6:53PM

UPDATE 1:00PM ET: Though the ‘Holy Weather’ video has been removed from youtube by the uploader, Mediaite has re-posted it. Embedded above. ………… This weekend, thirty seconds of video surfaced in which veteran DC reporter Helen Thomas, in a snippet…

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“The View” Ladies Take on SB 1070, McCain and the DREAM Act

by Jorge Rivas on May 19 2010, 3:54PM

The ladies from The View this morning took up Arizona’s SB 1070 as a hot topic, and while they were at it, they talked about Senator McCain and the DREAM Act too!…

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The NYT Demonstrates How Not to Talk About Immigration

The NYT Demonstrates How Not to Talk About Immigration

by Channing Kennedy on May 19 2010, 9:00AM

A colorblind, white-as-default, fact-phobic approach typifies the many shortcomings of our dialogue around race, values and immigration.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Media

The Right Says the All-American Girl Isn’t American Enough

by Tammy Johnson on May 18 2010, 10:02AM

The ascent of the deceptively beautiful Rima Fakih to the throne of Miss USA is a matter of national security! At least, that’s what the megaphoned culture police would have us all believe. And radio talk show host and commentator…

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Lebanese Immigrant Wins Miss USA and Miss Oklahoma on SB 1070 [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on May 17 2010, 11:30AM

A 24-year old Arab-American won the title of Miss USA in the annual beauty pageant held Sunday night in Las Vegas. Rima Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant, who moved to the United States as a baby, is the first woman…

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5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew's Arizona SB1070 Poll

5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew’s Arizona SB1070 Poll

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2010, 9:00AM

Big new polls show majority support for Arizona’s new immigration law. Don’t believe them.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, Media

Somali Pirates’ Story Still Simplified to Death

by Jorge Rivas on May 6 2010, 10:36AM

Somali pirates are in the news again, but the bigger story — about where they fit into a globally exploitative economy — is still left out of the coverage. On Wednesday, Somali pirate-related headlines hit the front pages of…

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Don't Call Me Racist, and Other Arizona Lies

Don’t Call Me Racist, and Other Arizona Lies

by Daisy Hernandez on April 27 2010, 12:00PM

What the state’s new immigration law teaches us about the dissembling language of bias in the 21st century.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration, Media

Glenn Beck’s $32M Mouth

by Kai Wright on April 15 2010, 2:21PM

The NYT’s poll of Tea Partiers today offered some concrete answers to the question of who these folks are. More detail on that later, but the top line is they’re often white, male and at least consider their finances to…

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Erica Jong: Oprah Wasn’t A “Professional Negro” Before

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2010, 9:00AM

Oprah Winfrey, that enigmatic media mogul, that high-powered television host with the Midas touch, the purveyor of hopes and dreams and refrigerators, is the subject of everyone’s fascination. And these days more than ever, what with Kitty Kelley’s latest…

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VH1 Goes Trashy-to-Classy Through Black Folks

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2010, 6:30PM

VH1, the network that brought us Flavor of Love and I Love New York — two of the trashiest reality shows in the history of television — is movin’ on up to programming that includes more classy Black folks….

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Digital Freedoms: ‘A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue’

by Jamilah King on April 7 2010, 12:51PM

Those were the words from ColorofChange, a web-based black advocacy organization, in a newsletter sent out this morning to supporters announcing its appeal to the FCC to maintain an Open Internet. The message came on the heels of yesterday’s controversial…

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Drop Everything: Systemic Racism Affects White Tanning-Bed Enthusiasts

by Channing Kennedy on April 1 2010, 11:47AM

Two Sundays ago, with the passage of health care reform, the racial hierarchy of America changed forever. And with it, the racial justice movement must change. For years I’ve suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some,…

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Sarah Palin and Fox News Knock Out LL Cool J

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2010, 2:21PM

According to Fox News, Sarah Palin’s new show was created to share “American stories.” The commercials promoting the first show suggests that Palin interviews country musician Toby Keith; John F. Welch Jr., the former chairman of General Electric; and…

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Tavis Revives the Less Loved, More Anti-War MLK, Jr.

by Kai Wright on March 31 2010, 11:08AM

Tavis Smiley’s up to more than squabbling with Rev. Al Sharpton and hashing out the “Black agenda”. Tonight, PBS will air the second episode of his four-part, year-long series of special reports. This one will try to unearth a…

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The Morning Browse: Green Jobs Build Communities, WashPost Wilding Out and Wealth Gaps

by Kai Wright on March 24 2010, 9:52AM

ColorLinesTV profiles three green jobs projects that show how we can end the jobless recovery while tackling long-standing challenges in communities of color. NYT profiles the big idea that health insurance reform is part of President Obama’s effort to…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Media, Race and Recession

Tea Partiers Bring Best Epithets for House Democrats

by Channing Kennedy on March 22 2010, 1:56PM

On Sunday, Capitol Hill was flooded with protesters demanding that the Obama administration make good on its promises to move immigration reform forward. The protests got lots of coverage on all the cable news networks, and the views and goals…

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CNN, Fearing a ‘Dobbs Gap,’ Hires RedState’s Erick Erickson

by Channing Kennedy on March 17 2010, 8:54AM

How desperate is CNN for viewers — any viewers? Last week we dealt with their “HAPPENING NOW: DEPARTMENT OF JIHAD?” chyrons (and the subsequent apologies). And this week, they’ve announced that they’re hiring Erick Erickson, editor of right-wing blog,…

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The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 6:00AM

President Obama discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Clarence Thomas’ wife is holding her own Tea Party. The LA Times profiles an effort she launched in January to…

Topics: Economy, Media, Race and Recession, Schools & Youth