Category: Politics

“Aren’t We Such a Fun, Approachable Dynasty?”: Clinton’s Presidential Announcement, Cable News, and the Candidate Challenge

Clinton's Announcement Video

Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.


Selma, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Most Important TV Newsfilm of the 20th Century

The most consequential TV newsfilm of the 20th century records the beating of voting rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. It led directly to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. With the 50th anniversary commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” network and cable news channels have replayed that footage over and over. What’s its history? Why was it so powerful that it managed to galvanize a nation?


“Hope” for Net Neutrality?

President Obama’s statement calling on the FCC to implement the strongest possible net neutrality regulations is significant for many reasons, including what it signals about citizen engagement in communications regulation and the politics of media policy.


On Leaving the Game Early

Miami Heat fans’ early exit from game six of the NBA Finals is the latest flashpoint in mediated discussions of Florida this year.


Current TV, Al Jazeera America, and the Experience of the Foreign

The sale of U.S. cable station Current TV to the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera raises questions about how a foreign network might explain Americans to themselves. Might Al Jazeera provide a foreign lens for Americans to examine themselves? What would that even look like?