Where Have All The Watchdogs Gone? w/ @mmfa’s @ParkerMolloy — #KatieSpeakShow Ep158 01/12/2019

In brief: Huzzah! My annual on-air visit with the outstanding Parker Molloy, formerly of Upworthy and now editor-at-large for Media Matters for America. We spend some time on her NYT op-ed on Twitter’s “safety” update which now explicitly states that deadnaming transgender people is harassment worthy of expulsion from the platform. (GOODBYE, MEGHAN MURPHY!) Most of our chat is a deep dive into the state of media, including the ongoing collapse of newsrooms, the false equivalency (“both sides!”) epidemic, how the media could do better, and some strategy for watching the imminent primary election shitshow.

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Enhanced audio: Where Have All The Watchdogs Gone? w/ @mmfa’s @ParkerMolloy — #KatieSpeakShow Ep158 01/12/2018

Links to on-air references:

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


“Republican figures and clickbait websites have been promoting an anti-Islam fake news company on Facebook” via MMFA

“Facebook, Twitter Turn to Right-Leaning Groups to Help Referee Political Speech” via The Wall Street Journal

“How Twitter’s Ban on ‘Deadnaming’ Promotes Free Speech: Trans people are less likely to speak up if they know they’re going to be constantly told they don’t exist.” by Parker Molloy at The New York Times

”Both Sides” via Parker Molloy/Twitter

“Headlines can’t handle Trump’s lies, so it’s time to rethink them: Quoting the president requires context. Fitting that into headlines and social media posts is a problem.” via MMFA

“Media keep talking about “identity politics.” But what does it even mean anymore? — More than 40 years after the term was coined, “identity politics” has been reduced to buzzword status.” via MMFA

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