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New Graduate Journalism Course Gets Student Reporters into Aboriginal Communities

All too often, aboriginals are portrayed in the media as victims, warriors or threats to the public order. Or, experts say, they are seen as exotic. The one thing that is generally not seen is who they actually are. “There tends to be in society a perception that aboriginal people are really poor white people with brown skin—and they’re not,” said Ernie Crey, a fisheries adviser to the Stó:lō Tribal Council. “There really are differences.”

GOP's NLRB funding move rejected

Split down the middle, the Senate Appropriations Committee narrowly rejected a GOP amendment to deny funding for the NLRB to pursue any order threatening Boeing’s new non-union 787 production line in South Carolina. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) joined 14 Republicans on the 15-15 vote, which failed for lack of a majority. The action Wednesday evening came as the committee approved a $158 billion budget funding labor, health and education agencies for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

The lessons of General Motors

Have you noticed that one of the Obama administration’s most successful programs is also its most “socialist” initiative? Okay, the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was not socialist in the classic sense: The government was not looking to hold on to the companies over the long run. Their turnaround was accomplished in significant part by tough, capitalist management steps. But, yes, this was socialism -- or, perhaps, “state capitalism.”

News Corp could rebrand Australian newspaper business

News Corporation is reportedly considering a rebrand of its Australian newspaper business, News Limited, as part of a review of its corporate image. However, News Corp denies the move to dump the News Limited brand is anything to do with putting distance between its newspapers in Australia and those in the UK, which have been engulfed by the phone-hacking scandal. The new brand reportedly being contemplated is News Australia.

Murdoch execs told of hacking evidence in 2006

Up to a dozen News International executives, including Rebekah Brooks, were told in 2006 that the Metropolitan Police had evidence that more than one News of the World journalist was implicated in the phone-hacking scandal. The new evidence, which is likely to be central to the investigations into the Murdoch empire, reveals that police informed the company of more widespread illegal behavior two years earlier than News International executives have acknowledged.

Media bias? Give me more, please!

Before we go any further on the topic, may we first please thank the gods for media bias? If not for media bias, I’m certain that my news diet would taste so strongly of sawdust and talc that I would abandon news consumption completely. As long as I’m eating news, give me the saffron smoothness of New York Times liberalism and the hallelujah hot sauce excitement of Fox News Channel conservatism. Anything but a menu of balance, moderation, and fairness!

It's time for America to talk class

Income disparity isn't a headline-grabbing topic, but the nation needs to have a serious discussion about it.

Among the reasons why arguably the central story of our times -- featuring the retreat of the stable, single-wage household -- has been pushed off the front burner: "Americans have been uncomfortable for a long time talking about class. It's a very intense taboo," said professor Joan Williams. "We have this very strong self-image of equality and image that anyone can make it. The idea that there is a strong class system undercuts the claims we cherish most. Yet there is a strong class system in the U.S."