The Mark Riley Show – 06.24.15

June 25, 2015

Calls to drop Confederate flag spread nationwide. This is nothing more than a safe, easy way to say you’re not racist while not doing anything about racism. Would anybody, Wal-Mart, South Carolina, Mississippi, NASCAR, anybody have even talked about that flag is nine people hadn’t died? Here’s what the designer of two Confederate flags used during the Civil War had to say about their meaning: As a people we are fighting maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.

The Mark Riley Show – 06.10.15

June 11, 2015

NYPD Commissioner Bratton says it’s hard to hire black cops because too many have criminal histories. SAY WHAT??? This gives his enemies not just fuel, but a full gas tanks. How stupid is Mr. Broken Windows?

The Mark Riley Show – 05.20.15

May 21, 2015

Lead Story….. Narcotics cops ordered to stop arresting suspects over 40. What? Guest: Professor Eugene O’Donnell, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Analysis Finds 50 Percent of All Fox News Statements Are FALSE – Amanda Froelich

May 13, 2015

A recently released analysis by PunditFact revealed that out of every statement made by a Fox News host or guest, over half of them were completely false. What’s more, only 8% percent could even be considered “completely true.” But for anyone who regularly tunes into the conservative news show, such revelation is nothing new. PunditFact only confirmed what many have been aware of for a while now: Fox News lies – like, a lot. What might be most intriguing is that despite the blatant spin doctoring of the show, Fox News still captivates a large portion of the news watching audience. Programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” cause a staggering amount of viewers to tune in on a regular basis, and given what we know about the content Fox shares, such is concerning. As you can see, Fox’s statements range mostly between “Mostly False” all the way to “Pants on Fire”… and only 40% can even be said to fall into the category of “Somewhat True.” But keep in mind it’s not just Fox that tends to weave more tales than truth… Read

The Mark Riley Show – 04.22.15

April 23, 2015

Supreme Court limits drug sniffing dog use in traffic stops. That’s limits, not eliminates. This one is about how long a person can be detained until a dog is produced. Still, a victory for civil liberties.

Mark Riley Show – 04.15.15

April 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton starts to detail rationale for run as campaign begins. Of course, while she may be working on explaining why she’s running, her aides are plotting revenge against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who pointedly refused to endorse her on Meet the Press this past weekend. Is there someone else I’ve missed, or is she the lone declared Democratic candidate?

The Mark Riley Show – 03.25.15

March 26, 2015

RIP Danny Schechter, the News Dissector….dead at 72. A brilliant journalist who I was privileged to know. Top Stories…… Why Congress is having trouble governing. Squabbling, why else? Whether it’s bi partisan or intra partisan, those DC lawmakers can’t seem to get their game correct. It’s got more drama than a reality TV show. Fund the military, or maybe not so much? Take another run at Obamacare, or not? And that’s just the feuding among Republicans. Democrats aren’t exempt….Pelosi and Boehner cut a rare deal on Medicare and children’s healthcare, but Democrats don’t like possible restrictions on abortion. The impediment is none other than Sen. Harry Reid. George Zimmerman blasts Obama for racial tension after shooting. What, and the shooting itself had nothing to do with it? George Zimmerman is now officially part of the Rudy Giuliani School of Irrelevance. He says the Justice Dept. was ordered by the president to pursue a baseless prosecution. Really? Atlanta police shooting victim tried to live a life that mattered. This is, above all else, a picture of mental health failure as well as law enforcement failure. As oil prices fall, airfares still stay high. Anyone who’s tried to book a reasonably priced

The Mark Riley Show – 03.18.15

March 19, 2015

Top Stories….. Commutes in New York are the longest among major cities, report finds. What, longer than LA??? Is there any way to fix this? And BTW, how much pollution is spewed into the atmosphere by vehicles stuck in traffic? Just asking. Air Force veteran from New Jersey tried to aid ISIS, US charges. What would cause a military man to help ISIS, apparently with his plane expertise? What should happen to him, if convicted? Starbucks race together campaign draws widespread mockery on Twitter inspiring #newstarbucksdrinks hashtag. So who’s exactly afraid of what people say on Twitter? The execution was awkward, but the intent was cool. Just another example of people being scared to discuss race. Diet sodas could be linked to bulging bellies in older adults. What, you mean I should down regular soda instead? Yep, guess so. Michelle Obama’s mom was worried Barack’s mixed race background could present problems for her daughter. What, like she could become First Lady of the United States??? Seriously, people harbor these fears all the time. Anybody want to argue that a white mother might have fears about their daughter marrying a black man? Lead Story…. House Republicans propose budget with deep cuts.

Leid Stories – 03.16.15

March 16, 2015

Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it. Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.
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