1934 Plot by American Industrialists to Seize the White House Foiled by Marine General

This article was originally published on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. USMC General Smedley Butler, the most decorated Marine of his time, made allegations in 1934 that he had been approached by Wall Street financier Gerald MacGuire, representing some of the wealthiest businessmen in America, who wanted him to lead a 500,000 man force in a … Continue reading

What Duties Have Journalists

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. In a major world religions class in college, the teacher used the opening scenes of the secular film Jerry Maguire to introduce us to the concept of epiphany. For those who haven’t seen it, the … Continue reading

Media Democratization on the Battlefield II

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. It was with no small level of gratification that I noticed, last week, that the prestigious Poynter Institute published an E-Media Tidbit about Milblogging, and that milblogging was featured prominently in Salon’s We are the … Continue reading

Don’t Take Chocolate From the Right-Wing Media

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. I stumbled across a blog this week called MedienKritik: Politically Incorrect Observations in the German Media by David Kaspar and Ray Drake. It is a blog that intends to act as “…a watchdog site dedicated … Continue reading

Media democratization on the battlefield

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. Increasingly, US military personnel and people in war zones are talking about war from the inside. These testimonies, which would have been very difficult if not impossible before the information age, often offer a stark … Continue reading

Trust me. I’m objective!

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. That’s right. I’m objective. My capacity to sit down and write means that I have no biases, preconceptions, prejudices, politics or agendas. I arrived, fresh from Mars, to view the media landscape with complete and … Continue reading

Helping to revolutionize journalism

This article was originally published on the European Journalism Center’s Magazine section, and was republished on Atticus Mullikin’s Newsvine column. As I write this, I’m helping to revolutionize journalism. No, really! I am. I can take this article, paste it, link it and tag it on dozens of websites in view of millions of people. … Continue reading

Frontline is back…

PBS’s Frontline just started a new season with the release of Cheney’s Law, the most recent in a series of politically charged documentaries about the Bush Administration. A short-list of related episodes, all of which you can watch online… 2002 The Man Who Knew – The jazzy, dark story of John O’Neil, an employee of … Continue reading

This American Life in my life…

When I’d just gotten out of the Marine Corps, I got a factory job making sheet plastic. I spent the entire day watching molten plastic come out of an extruder in a column, and it rose up into a tower to cool, was folded by a set of molds, and then it came down, ran … Continue reading

Petra Haden

When I went to NPR this morning, I followed a link to a live recording of Petra Haden and her a capella group doing a cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. I must admit, I didn’t care for it at first, but it grew on me quick, and by the end of the day I’d … Continue reading