"It saddens me that ... we’re celebrating the killing of this deranged, pathetic young man."
On Friday, August 28th, the American Society of Journalists will be honoring James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing since 2012, with its Conscience in Media Award at its writers conference, A Capital Event, at the National Press Club.
That stub of a candle is my talisman -- an evocative reminder of what's really important amid the day-to-day hustle of an academic life teaching journalism.
Last September, the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, released a video purporting to show the beheading of
At a time when the supply of information seems unlimited and overwhelming, journalists and journalism are being challenged like never before. It seems contradictory, but it makes a perverse kind of sense. Despots and autocrats and terrorists are threatened by the free flow of information.
“Reflecting in part the increasingly volatile nature of conflict zones in which Westerners are often deliberately targeted
At a political science conference on Friday, I presented research my students and I were working on about the subject of beheadings. We were trying to determine whether the killings of journalists James Foley on August 19 and Stephen Sotloff on September 2 had any impact upon U.S. public opinion.
Though the issue of violence against journalists has received a great deal of international attention in recent months -- namely
The words punch the elevator button in our memory, and trolley up freighted meanings and classroom images from our innocent years in fourth grade.
No doubt, it is our natural instincts as parents to protect our kids from any harm. To watch them suffer is harder on us -- many times -- than on them.
His first video came one week ago, his outfit and tone hauntingly reminiscent of the two US journalists recently beheaded
Co-host Gayle King asked if the family had tried raising money for ransom. Barfi said that all attempts to do so had been
The parents of James Foley and Steven Sotloff say the administration warned them against going to the media or raising a
It was in the scroll at the bottom of the screen on Fox News' "The Kelly File" after President Obama's speech last night on ISIS. It said "In Major Reversal, President Obama Orders Military Campaign vs. ISIS."
Measured according to the priority of civic life over war-making, the wars promoted by our recent presidents against the background image of September 11th are disturbingly paradoxical. This is because our wars of late have been "continuations of politics" that are deleterious to politics. They are offshoots of a prevalent occurrence in American life: the "anti-politics politics" in which, for example, candidates seek government office only to reduce government towards nothing. A nation deeply wedded to "anti-politics politics" effectively makes war against itself when it makes war at all. For it is never the enemy who silences the citizen, or cuts off debate, or shifts resources away from domestic needs. It is us.
Truly, there is irony in the fact that the hometown newspaper for the movie capital of the world -- where blood, guts and gratuitous violence galore are produced every day -- deems an unaltered picture of a terrorist organization to be too overtly violent.