Reed Richardson

Reed Richardson

Reed Richardson is a media critic whose work has appeared in The Nation, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports and the textbook Media Ethics (Current Controversies). Follow him on Twitter: @reedfrich

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens
If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ popular PBS documentaries, written by Lynn Novick, have increasingly aspired to—and achieved—a coveted status as popular historical canon. This has, in part, been accomplished by Burns’ choice of cozily American subject...
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
100 Days of Media Hoping for a New, Improved Trump
Nearly 100 days into the Trump presidency, corporate media are still struggling to reckon with the man that occupies the White House. An administration so proudly reckless in its actions and so brazenly detached from the truth has routinely overwhelmed political reporters whose accountability...
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'Our political finance system,' writes Richardson, 'has become little more than an income redistribution model for the ultra-rich and a no-lose proposition for big media corporations.' (Photo with overlay: the autowitch/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The Biggest Winners of the 2014 Midterms: Corporate Media
No matter who prevails this Election Day, one tiny constituency can already lay claim to a landslide win. Thanks to our nation’s increasingly unregulated campaign finance rules, large media corporations once again enjoyed a tidal wave of political ad spending this midterm election, and none more so...
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