Media Roundup for April 2017

News Articles

  1. How does populism turn authoritarian? Venezuela is a case in point, Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, The New York Times
  2. Fox braces for fallout from Bill O’Reilly scandal, Brian Stelter, CNN
  3. Our dishonest President, Editorial Board, The Los Angeles Times
  4. Leftist claims victory in Ecuador, conservative asks for recount, Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia, Reuters
  5. In Trump Country, shock at Trump budget cuts, but still loyalty, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
  6. Latin America responds to Venezuela’s deepening political crisis, Geoff Ramsey, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  7. Bomb in St. Petersburg subway, killing 11, sets a city on edge, Andrew Roth and David Filipov, The Washington Post
  8. Top Obama adviser sought names of Trump associates in intel, Eli Lake, Bloomberg
  9. Forget Trump TV. Bernie Sanders has struck gold with his new Facebook Live show, Charlie May, Salon
  10. Fox contributor files lawsuit alleging harassment, retaliation by top execs, Esme Cribb, Talking Points Memo
  11. Fox News and Bill O’Reilly are out of excuses, Emily Peck and Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post
  12. The violent rally Trump can’t move past, Avi Selk, The Washington Post
  13. Bill could make California a sanctuary state – for marijuana, Mary Papenfuss, The Huffington Post
  14. ‘That’s an absurd question’: Mitch McConnell melts down as Chuck Todd grills him for blocking Merrick Garland, David Edwards, Raw Story
  15. Enabling Egypt’s President Sisi, an enemy of human rights, Editorial Board, The New York Times
  16. Venezuela’s opposition censures judges; 18 held after protests, Andrew Cawthorne and Corina Pons, Reuters
  17. Trump removes Stephen Bannon from National Security Council post, Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush, The New York Times
  18. We studied 827 police shootings. Here’s what we found, Neil Bedi and Connie Humburg, Tampa Bay Times
  19. Ex-Fox employee recounts network boss repeatedly calling her ‘one boob girl’ after cancer diagnosis, Rachel Stockman, Law News
  20. President Trump defends Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment claims, Safia Samee Ali, NBC News
  21. Jailed for using Grindr: homosexuality in Egypt, Mia Jankowicz, The Guardian
  22. Could Venezuela accept International Humanitarian aid to address its crisis?, Geoff Ramsey, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  23. More Americans want marijuana: voters across all party lines support legalizing weed, Janice Williams, Newsweek
  24. ‘If I have to get a lawyer, I will’: Trump voter upset the border wall will put her house on Mexico side, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story
  25. Worry about hunger, homelessness up for lower-income in US, Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup
  26. Venezuelans like their legislature, Greg Weeks, Two Weeks Notice
  27. The US government is trying to unmask an anonymous anti-Trump Twitter account, Sam Biddle, The Intercept
  28. Trump enforces the ‘Red Line’ on chemical weapons, David Ignatius, Real Clear World
  29. Trump shows he is willing to act forcefully, quickly, Carol E. Lee and Louise Radnofsky, The Wall Street Journal
  30. Striking at Assad carries opportunies, and risks, for Trump, David E. Sanger, The New York Times
  31. Trump shows we finally have a fearless leader back in the White House, Ralph Peters, The New York Post
  32. The Trump Doctrine: Unpredictability and incoherence, Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
  33. US air strikes in Syria: Russia suspends agreement preventing direct conflict with American forces, May Bulman, The Independent
  34. ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt’s Palm Sunday church bombings, Joe Sterling, Faith Karimi, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN
  35. It was just a matter of time, José González Vargas, Caracas Chronicles
  36. Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck and ‘The Blaze’ for wrongful termination after pro-choice comments, Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story
  37. Too. Much. Tear Gas. (Some of it Red.), Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  38. The Venezuelan regime needs street protests to become violent, Juan Carlos Gabaldón, Caracas Chronicles
  39. Russia and Iran warn US they will ‘respond with force’ if red lines crossed in Syria again, Jon Sharman, The Independent
  40. Map shows where President Barack Obama dropped his 20,000 bombs, Harriet Agerholm, The Independent
  41. Some of Trump’s biggest supporters are furious about his strikes in Syria, Jeff Stein, Vox
  42. Factory worker Poutou emerges as star of French presidential TV debate – video, The Guardian
  43. Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’, Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian
  44. UMass suddenly drops several courses, WCVB
  45. Fox to investigate sexual harassment claim against O’Reilly, John McCrank, Yahoo!
  46. A Man Was Dragged Off A United Plane After The Airline Overbooked The Flight, Alicia Melville-Smith, BuzzFeed
  47. “El liderazgo político no ha comprendido la gravedad de lo que pasa”, Humberto Sánchez Amaya, El Nacional
  48. How does the US compare to other countries in terms of women’s representation?, Louise Davidson-Schmich, Vox
  49. David Dao, passenger removed from United flight, a doctor with troubled past, Morgan Watkins, Courier-Journal
  50. Wag the Dog – How al Qaeda played Donald Trump and the American media, Scott Ritter, The Huffington Post
  51. ‘I want to slap you’: Phillipines’ Duterte invites drug war critics to face-to-face talk, RT
  52. People don’t want to come to Trump’s America: The ‘Trump Slump’ in travel is costing America billions, Kali Holloway, Raw Story
  53. Donald Trump defunds global maternal health organization, Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post
  54. Five top papers run 18 opinion pieces praising Syria strikes – zero are critical, Adam Johnson, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  55. The myth of liberal policing, Alex S. Vitale, The New Inquiry
  56. New York making state colleges tuition-free for middle class, poor, CBS News
  57. Anne Frank Center call for Spicer to be fired, Rebecca Savransky, The Hill
  58. Baseball isn’t boring, YOU’RE boring, Andy McDonald, The Huffington Post
  59. How Sean Spicer flubbed the Holocaust on Passover, David A. Graham, The Atlantic
  60. Report: Body of country’s first female Muslim judge found in Hudson River, Olivia Beavers, The Hill
  61. What’s causing the retail meltdown of 2017?, Derek Thompson, City Lab
  62. Hannity says his 2013 tweet about Obama and Syria is being distorted, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  63. Jeremy Scahill slams Fareed Zakaria on CNN: if he could have sex with that missile strike, he would, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  64. Steve Bannon vs. “the Democrats”, Jim Newell, Slate
  65. US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts, Barbara Starr, CNN
  66. Venezuela’s opposition holds its biggest protests in years. Will they change anything?, Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
  67. In one of world’s richest nations, anti-immigrant tide is rising, Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg
  68. Wall Street’s favorite socialist revolution, Francisco Toro, The Washington Post
  69. Pago de bonos Pdvsa traduce un “enorme sacrificio” para la gente, advierten economistas, Julett Pineda Sleinan, Efecto CocuyoIm
  70. Immigrants detained by ICE go on hunger strike at NW Detention Center, Staff, KATU
  71. A US-led airstrike in Syria killed 18 anti-Assad rebels by mistake, Circa
  72. All your faves are problematic: A brief history of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic, Sisonke Msimang, Africa Is A Country
  73. What is the ‘mother of all bombs’ the US dropped on Afghanistan?, Aidan Quigley, Politico
  74. Students at Pakistani University lynch classmate falsely accused of blasphemy, Robert Mackey, The Intercept
  75. China’s Xi calls Trump, urges peaceful approach to North Korea, Simon Denyer, The Washington Post
  76. China warns of war ‘at any moment’ as North Korea vows ‘merciless’ response to US, Raw Story
  77. ‘It’s performance art’: Lawyer for Alex Jones says InfoWars founder is ‘playing a character’, Allan Smith, Business Insider
  78. Erdogan claims vast powers in Turkey after narrow victory in Referendum, Patrick Kingsley, The New York Times
  79. McMaster: Trump ‘will take action’ to halt any North Korean threat, Emily Drooby, AOL News
  80. Pence admits Syria and Afghanistan were used as props to warn North Korea, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, Think Progress
  81. Syria: US Mosque attack likely unlawful, Human Rights Watch
  82. La segunda misión política de la ONU en Colombia: fundamental para la protección y seguridad de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos, Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli y Sonia Londoño, Washington Office on Latin America
  83. What is the ‘Trump Effect’ on migration? It’s too early to draw conclusions, Adam Isacson, Washington Office on Latin America
  84. Suspect confesses to Mashal Lynching, says he ‘acted’ upon university’s directives, The Nation
  85. WOLA Joins International Calls for Respect of Non-Violent Protest in Venezuela, Washington Office on Latin America
  86. Las reacciones al “Plan Zamora” ordenado por Maduro, El Nacional
  87. 19 de abril: Venezuela entre dos marchas “históricas” y opuestas, Yamileth Angarita, El Universal
  88. 1810 and all that, Rafael Osio Cabrices, Caracas Chronicles
  89. Aaron Hernandez’s Agent Says There’s ‘No Chance’ Former TE’s Death Was Suicide, Alec Nathan, Bleacher Report
  90. Bill O’Reilly’s lawyer blames ‘brutal campaign of character assassination’ for his plight, Aaron Rupar, Think Progress
  91. Bill O’Reilly is forced out of Fox News, Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times
  92. Socialist Venezuela chipped in $500,000 to Trump’s inauguration, Staff, The Guardian
  93. New study sugests US has a lot of ‘closet’ atheists, Antonia Blumberg, The Huffington Post
  94. US preparing charges against Julian Assange: report, Nikita Vladimirov, The Hill
  95. Corporate lobbyists funnel cash to House Democrats amid push to pass Trump’s business initiatives, Andrew Perez and David Sirota, International Business Times
  96. DNC deputy chair says Obama partly to blame for Trump victory, Democratic losses, Blair Guild, CBS News
  97. Bernie Sanders supporters are not going to unite behind Perez and corporate Democrats, Rob Cotton, Inquisitr
  98. Lindsey Graham on Trump’s foreign policy: ‘I am like the happiest dude in America right now’, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  99. Marijuana legalization support at all-time high, CBS News
  100. “No votaría por la oposición. Y por Maduro, menos”: el desencanto del barrio del 23 de Enero, el simbólico bastión del chavismo en Venezuela, Daniel García Marco, BBC
  101. Venezuela’s broken system cannot fix itself, Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, Financial Times
  102. ¿Qué puede pasar ahora?, Luis Vicente León, Pro Davinci
  103. Michigan makes it illegal for undercover police to have sex with prostitutes they are investigating, Mythili Sampathkumar, The Independent
  104. Saudi Arabia elected to UN women’s rights commission, Harriet Agerholm, The Independent
  105. Sean Hannity vows legal action after accusation, Joe Concha, The Hill
  106. 7 Baffling Moments From Donald Trump’s AP Interview, Alana Horowitz Satlin, The Huffington Post
  107. Art of the deal: Angela Merkel had to repeatedly tutor Donald Trump about the European Union, Charlie May, Salon
  108. The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days: What Has it Meant for Migration, Border Security, and Latin America?, Washington Office on Latin America
  109. Make no mistake: There is a media blockade against Venezuela, Rachael Boothroyd Rojas, Venezuela Analysis
  110. Murder of ex-FARC casts more shadows on Colombia’s peace, Leonardo Goi, Insight Crime
  111. ‘Fear City’ explores how Donald Trump exploited the New York debt crisis to boost his own fortune, Naomi Klein, The Intercept
  112. The heart of whiteness, Ijeoma Oluo, The Stranger
  113. Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee will undermine everything he believes in, Matthew Yglesias, Vox
  114. The warfare may be remote but the trauma is real, Sarah McCammon, NPR
  115. Three ISIS fighters ‘mauled to death by wild boars in Iraq’, Lucy Pasha-Robinson, The Independent
  116. Saudi Arabia elected to UN women’s rights commission, Harriet Agerholm, The Independent
  117. The counterrevolution will be Doxed, Alejandro Machado, Caracas Chronicles
  118. Fukushima News: ‘Unimaginable’ Nuclear Reactor Radiation So Destructive, Not Even Robots Can Survive, Juliana Rose Pignataro, International Business Times
  119. Las caletas de las Farc: un riesgo anunciado, El Espectador
  120. Kevin Garnett discusses video he sent to Isaiah: “We all are C’s and that’s what it is”, Celtics Life
  121. Reza Aslan believes in everything – just a little bit, Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera
  122. The Bulls regress to the Bulls, Rodger Sherman, The Ringer
  123. Fox host Jesse Watters announces vacation following backlash over Ivanka Trump remark, Paulina Firozi, The Hill
  124. Press freedom in Colombia improved, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  125. Can’t we give Venezuela’s opposition a little credit?, Javier Corrales, Americas Quarterly
  126. Millennial women are ‘worried,’ ‘ashamed’ of out-earning boyfriends and husbands, Ester Bloom, CNBC
  127. GAO weighs in on ‘Countering Violent Extremism’, Patrick G. Eddington, Cato Institute
  128. Decolonizing football, Mohamed Aamer, Medium
  129. Milo Yiannopoulos planning 7-day free speech event at Berkeley: ‘I’ll bring an army if I have to’, Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times
  130. Why is Venezuela spiraling out of control?, Gabriel Hetland, NACLA
  131. Child poverty in the US is a disgrace. Experts are embracing this simple plan to cut it, Dylan Matthews, Vox
  132. When communism inspired Americans, Vivian Gornick, The New York Times
  133. Venezuela’s President Maduro hikes minimum wage amid rising protests, Ricardo Nunes, TIME
  134. A disconnect of interest: The social injustice hidden in Egypt’s monetary policy, Waad Ahmed, Mada Masr


  1. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
  2. We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang. New York: Picador.

Radio and Podcast Interviews

  1. Venezuela Supreme Court strips power from legislature, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
  2. US strikes Syria, 94.1 KPFA Special Programming

YouTube Videos

1. Did Obama lie about Flint? TYT Politics hosts Flint town hall

2. Ecuadorians say Lenin Moreno’s victory is a win for poor and working people

3. Wilkerson: Trump attack on Syria driven by domestic politics

4. Secular Talk BLACKLISTED by YouTube, Pressured Name Change

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