Category Archives: Media

January Event – Restoring Civil Discourse After the 2016 Presidential Campaign

The Common Ground for Texans January 2017 event took place in the form of a moderated panel discussion with Mike Ignatowski as moderator. The panel was titled “Restoring Civil Discourse After the 2016 Presidential Campaign”. The three-member panel consisted of … Continue reading

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Fake news? Real news?

Have you wondered whether the news you and your friends and family are reading on-line is real or fake? Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, has compiled a list of Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical … Continue reading

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Bob Jensen critiques “The Coddling of the American Mind”

Bob Jensen, a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a member of the board of Culture Reframed, spoke at the March 5, 2016 meeting of Common Ground for … Continue reading

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NRA: 100; public opinion: 0

On January 8, KUT broadcast an episode of On the Media called “Common Sense,” presenting a stunning example of a special interest’s success in influencing legislators and public policy to achieve results antithetical to public opinion. The special interest in … Continue reading

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Planet Money: “Inside Washington’s Money Machine”

NPR’s Planet Money describes itself as … a multimedia team covering the global economy. We produce a twice-weekly podcast and create radio stories forMorning Edition, All Things Considered and This American Life. We also write a blog. On November 1, Planet Money’s podcast took on one … Continue reading

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13 Bankers Discussed

The 27 August meeting of the Money in Politics group was devoted to a discussion of 13 Bankers: Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson & James Kwak. After the meeting, Gordon Fossum recommended a video: … Continue reading

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Video: Citizens United v. FEC

A delightful video and a call to action.

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Gerrymandering to be screened at Alamo Downtown

From Steve Bickerstaff, Adjunct Professor of Law, The University of Texas School of Law: The director of this film has asked me to be present at the showing and to discuss it. I appear in the film as an expert … Continue reading

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James Fallows recommends Casino Jack and the United States of Money

In his Atlantic blog, James Fallows reports that when he had tired of watching the Angle-Reid faceoff, I watched the DVD of Alex Gibney’s documentary about Jack Abramoff, Casino Jack and the United States of Money. I had missed it … Continue reading

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Film: The Fence (La Barda)

I’ve just watched an advance screening of Rory Kennedy’s new HBO film on the folly of the 670-mile fence guarding our 2000-mile southern border. Online reviews here and here, interview with Kennedy here, lots of video clips here. HBO is broadcasting the film … Continue reading

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