Michigan football halted by virus, but Jim Harbaugh says season has 'been worth it'
It seems like ages ago. But in mid-September Jim Harbaugh was brimming with optimism.The Michigan football coach was enthusiastic about the reinstatement of Big Ten football after a five-week postponement that roiled this section of the country.“Stay positive. Test negative. Let’s play football,” he said in an enthusiastic statement.Exactly 75 days later, at the conclusion of Harbaugh’s weekly news conference Monday, the vibe surrounding his sinking program was negative. Multiple people within the team were presumed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and no football was being played or pract...
Detroit Free Press
Cuban police quell protest and detain young artists and academics on hunger strike
MIAMI — While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday night, in Havana Cuban police forcefully ended a hunger strike by young artists, academics, journalists and activists protesting government repression.The protesters are members of the Movimiento San Isidro, a loose collective advocating for freedom of expression on the communist island. Several of them, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, started a hunger strike last week to protest the imprisonment of rapper Daniel Solis, who was accused of contempt and sentenced to eight months.On Thursday night, police and what app...
Commentary: Truth, misinformation and the press
On Nov. 13, I was one of three panelists in Wisconsin who met via Zoom with about a dozen journalists and public officials from various countries in Latin America. The purpose of this 90-minute meeting, arranged by the International Institute of Wisconsin in cooperation with Graduate School USA and the U.S. State Department, was to examine “the current threat posed by disinformation and deceptive news” and “explore ways to verify reliable sources of information and counter misinformation,” among other related goals.This exchange, like others I’ve participated in about once a year over the last...
Tribune News Service
Chris Jones: Trump plans a future in media and The New York Times recalls a hubristic tweet
Two interesting and prescient things happened in the hours before America plunged into a nail-biting Tuesday night and an election that turned out to be far closer than anticipated. Both reveal much about perils faced by our democracy, as stoked by a disruptive president without care for its essential framework and a news media that mostly has abandoned its traditional, straight-shooting role and now needs to recalibrate and search its soul.One thing was that The New York Times had to recall a tweet in which the paper had, in essence, credited those like itself with deciding presidential elect...
Editorial: Don't let Trump spoil remarkable election
As Americans await the final tally to determine their president, they can at least celebrate a strong turnout and lack of major disruption in Tuesday’s vote.The delay in results was expected, and challenges are likely in some areas. But the overall election progress should be reassuring, given the pandemic complications and threat of foreign interference.For now the biggest threats to the election’s accuracy — and the ongoing legitimacy of our democratic system — are coming straight from the White House.Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise after the last four years.But President Donald Trump d...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Facebook's market power leaves news organizations at its mercy
In its last second quarter financial report, Facebook reported it had more than 2.7 billion users worldwide, and 256 million users in the United States and Canada. Based on population statistics, the huge platform’s reach among users in the U.S. and Canada is almost 70% of the entire population.Facebook also reported average revenue of $7.05 per user, worldwide, and $36.49 each in the U.S. and Canada. This all added up to more than $18 billion in advertising revenue and a net income of more than $5 billion … in one quarter! According to Statista, Facebook now controls 77% of all social network...
The Seattle Times
Tribune News Service adds new contributor: The Fulcrum
Tribune News Service is pleased to announce it has added The Fulcrum as a contributor.The Fulcrum is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization covering efforts to fix America’s governing systems. The Fulcrum provides opinion pieces and news stories on issues such as voting, ethics and open government, among others.The staff of The Fulcrum includes reporters who worked for years with CQ Roll Call and USA Today, among other notable news outlets. It is a project of, but editorially independent from, Issue One.If you have any questions, please contact us at tcanews@tribpub....
Tribune News Service
Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets
“Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.“These trillion-doll...
The Seattle Times
The cougar in that viral video looked scary, but experts say the runner was safe
SAN DIEGO — The female mountain lion in a chilling faceoff with a solo trail runner in Utah wasn’t trying to kill him. Really.The cougar chased Kyle Burgess, 26, sometimes getting as close as four feet, as Burgess backed down a wide dirt trail during an Oct. 10 trail run. Burgess yelled — “Go away I’m big and scary!” — swore, bent over to pick up rocks to hurl and didn’t take his eyes off the big cat. In fact, he used his phone to film the six-minute encounter, which went viral on social and mainstream media.Reactions were swift, first from viewers who were aghast at the mountain lion’s aggres...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Unicorn Riot's protest coverage brings global notice to the alternative media group
MINNEAPOLIS — Niko Georgiades, like so many youths, wanted to be a pro athlete when he grew up. If not that, a sportscaster, he thought, narrating jump shots and three-pointers while practicing basketball at his home near Albert Lea.Instead, at 38, Georgiades provides play-by-play of a different sort, while livestreaming protest marches, sit-ins, mass evictions and civil unrest for Unicorn Riot, an alternative media group he co-founded.In late August, three short months after George Floyd was killed, he was filming the unrest in downtown Minneapolis spurred by rumor that a Black man — yet anot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)