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The Oberlin Review

Internet Levels Authority in Media Industry

Ben Silverman, Columnist
March 10, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The New York Times ran an ad during the Oscars two weeks ago, featuring the words “The truth is…” followed by various assertions made by political candidates and pundits over the past year. The final line read “The truth is hard.” The commercial is part of a new Times campaign painting the...

Trump’s Media Monopoly Siphons Populist Energy From Sanders Campaign

September 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s presidential bid — the big­gest political story of the year — has commanded an unprecedented control of the media cycle. By the end of February 2016, Trump had amassed nearly $2 billion in earned media coverage, which includes social media mentions and any ap­pearances...

Trump Campaign Aided by Mainstream Media

Alec Perlow, Contributing Writer
September 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Mainstream media is seemingly disdainful of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump but can’t stop talking about him. A study by Politico found that Trump’s media coverage was valued at approximately $55 million. Mainstream media took the public fascination and capitalized on it, abandoning its role...

CDS Implements Minor Changes after Media Frenzy

Harrison Wollman, Staff Writer
February 12, 2016
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Little has changed for Campus Dining Services in the three months since representatives met with students from the South Asian, Vietnamese and Chinese student associations — except for the media attention, of course. Despite the national spotlight placed on Oberlin College, CDS and the student associations,...

Lying Embedded in Political Tradition

James Millette, Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Poor Brian Williams! Now that we are all sticklers for truth, we just have no place in our noble profession for those who are fiddling with it. Tut! Tut! Time was when it was a hallmark of our profession to place false stories in random places so that they could be picked up as “sources”...

Tabloids Promote Harmful View of Transgender Identity

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
February 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Recent headlines in gossip magazines like InTouch, People and Us Weekly proclaim the news that former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner is transitioning to live openly as a woman. While I tend to regard tabloid news with as much respect and credibility as Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine movement, the story ...

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech for Some

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
February 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

For obvious and grim reasons, January was a difficult month for France. Thinking about the massacre at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan. 7, and the complex and heated reactions that followed, has made my mind run in confused circles. The recent attacks revealed many contentious proble...

Immigration Coverage Ignores Racialized History

Sam White, Opinions Editor
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the time since August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown joined the rapidly growing ranks of Black men unlawfully killed by police, several long-overdue discussion topics have graced the media’s spotlight: police brutality, institutional diversity and representation, officer accountability and, above...

Absolute and Reported Truth: Recognizing the Difference

Elizabeth Kuhr, Staff Writer
October 4, 2013
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In an eager endeavor to digest all that the news has to offer about the Arab Spring, particularly with regard to the current Egyptian and Syrian revolutionary movements working to reform the countries’ political spheres, I’ve come across many well-seasoned critics pointing out the blatant and buried...

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