Real outrage at fake issues

On Saturday, the political world had a negative reaction to comedian Michelle Wolf ’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as she lambasted President Donald Trump, his administration and pretty much everyone in the room. While some found Wolf funny, others thought she went too far with her humor.   Despite the negative reactions, she was exactly what we needed. In an era where comedians are mocking Trump nightly, her aggressive comedy had just enough of an edge to stand out from her peers. Other comedians, such as late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert, have to worry about things like swearing on television. Wolf had the luxury of not having to worry about censoring herself. Those who say she was too mean miss both the point of comedy and why Wolf was invited in the first place. The Correspondent’s dinner has always been a place where those in power get roasted. Colbert famously mocked George W. Bush and his failure to stabilize Iraq after his invasion, and last year Hasan Minhaj directly criticized Trump. So why is this the year where comedy went too far? It seems that it has more to do with the fact that she

Sinclair’s growth strangles the airwaves and hurts us all

One of the growing fears in journalism is the expansion of news as a business. As corporations scoop up newspapers and stations, some wonder how news media can remain a nonpartisan source dedicated to informing the public. In the past month, worries about corporate control of the media were given credence when reports came out that Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest media companies in the country, sent out a “must-read” script to its stations. This went largely unnoticed until Deadspin released a video of local news anchors from numerous Sinclair stations reading the script to their audiences. In the video, the anchors recite the same script, aside from the location, word for word about the dangers of bias in the media. The video splices the clips into an eerie montage of anchors criticizing the “national” media for pushing “biased or fake news” with one voice. After a few sentences the tape would jump to a new anchor reciting the next part of the script, before overlaying all their voices over each other. One by one they express some concerns such as: “some media outlets publish these same fake stories…stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.” The

Net neutrality hangs in the balance

The internet we have all grown up with is now in danger by the people we elected to watch over it. And our generation — the millennial generation — needs to make its voice heard. We have known the internet our whole lives, and this vote to remove net neutrality will impact all of our lives for the worse if passed. The net neutrality legislation was enacted by former President Barack Obama in 2015. It prohibited a monopoly on internet service in order to allow what users are entitled to: the free flow of content. Journalism professor Teresa Puente, who has been following the net neutrality case,  warned that if these bylines are repealed, it could mean so much corporate manipulation that the internet becomes filtered based on preferences of CEOs. It can also mean the prevention of innovation; there may not be a new Snapchat or Twitter for who knows how long. “You can build something, but if people don’t have that information highway to see, it’s restricted information,” Puente said. A free and fast internet shouldn’t be barred by a paywall, and we need to stop being treated as consumers or numbers on a spreadsheet and start being

Tenured professors are vital to student education at CSULB

  From meeting fellow peers who are passionate about their studies and social lives to gaining lifelong skills in extracurricular activities like the Model United Nations, students’ experiences throughout their years in college often shape them into new people. However, the most influential part of any student’s university career is the professors. When I took contemporary politics during my freshman year at California State University, Fullerton, professor Jodi Balma who noticed my passion for the subject and encouraged me to become a political science major. The percentage of tenured and tenure-track positions is now smaller than the amount of faculty who work as part time lecturers, according to Lillian Taiz, a history professor at California State University, Los Angeles and president of the California Faculty Association, in the Sacramento Bee on Feb. 18. I am sure that every student on campus has had at least one influential professor in his or her academic career, and this is why we must now stand up for our mentors. In the 2013-2014 academic year, about 51 percent of faculty in the CSU system were part-time, according to a news article in the Sacramento Bee last month. Unlike tenured and tenure-track professors, part-time professors

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Brian Williams and the end of a once trusted newsman

Former NBC “Nightly News” anchorman Brian Williams used to be one of the most trusted newsmen of the digital age. The public knew Williams by name with his pleasant face and his retro newsman style. Now, Williams is best known for lying about his brush with enemy fire in Iraq since 2003. Williams was more than an anchorman: he acted like a wannabe celebrity. He frequently appeared on talk shows like “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as “30 Rock,” according to the New York Times last month. With NBC suspending him for six months without pay and investigating all of his previous reports, the idea of Williams as a trusted newsman has come to an end. Since the birth of television, the American people have always had someone they could look to for reliable news. When television was in its infancy, millions of Americans trusted Edward R. Murrow and his take on the Red Scare and the Korean War. In the 1960s, when America was divided over Vietnam and other social issues, anchorman Walter Cronkite seemed more trustworthy than any of the presidents in office. In today’s Internet age, news isn’t confined to three channels, and

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