On this week’s program, two critical media literacy scholars join Mickey to examine a range of current events. First, Allison Butler addresses the notorious “past her prime” comments by CNN’s Don Lemon, his non-apology apology, and level of sexism and ageism in news media. Butler also discusses the book, Empire of Pain, which looks at how the Sackler family (of Purdue Pharma) changed both the medical profession and the media world with their heavy direct-to-the-public drug advertising. In the second half of the show, Nolan Higdon examines the persistence of the “Russiagate” propaganda narrative despite the absence of supporting evidence.
Butler’s recent piece on the Lemon affair was published by Ms. Magazine, and her rejoinder to Lemon in USA Today.
Higdon’s latest op-ed with Huff on Russiagate was published numerous places, including as a Dispatch at Project Censored.
Allison Butler teaches in the Department of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, and is Vice President of the Media Freedom Foundation, Project Censored’s parent organization, and co-author of The Media and Me. Nolan Higdon is a lecturer in education at the University of California Santa Cruz campus. He’s also the author of the book The Anatomy of Fake News and other works of media analysis.