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03.23.15 Liam Mathews

Media Matters has confirmed a disturbing tendency in late-night news broadcasts to disproportionately cover violent crime stories where the subjects are identified as black. Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, Media Matters tracked stories about murder, theft, and assault on four local news affiliates (WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW [Fox]), and found […]

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10.25.14 Bucky Turco

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH New York City’s Ebola skills are way more on point than Dallas’. Brooklyn church prays for Ebola… patient. Kids who live in public housing can check out the Museum of Natural History for free. Check out the flying dinosaurs exhibit. The so-called “Ground Zero mosque” is by far the New York Post’s […]

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10.16.14 Bucky Turco

It’s not easy to rattle Pat Kiernan, but this morning, the news anchor was particularly incensed at the New York Times for failing to mention NY1 in their coverage of last night’s state comptroller debate that was produced by the local news network. And apparently this isn’t the first time that the paper of record […]

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05.07.14 Marina Galperina

Putin has just signed new laws requiring individual bloggers to register their identity with the government, among other restrictions on internet freedom and privacy. Bloggers will now be treated as “media outlets” and be subject to similar regulations, vague guidelines and severe punishments. This is your five-minute explainer, with information culled from several English and Russian-language […]

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05.06.14 Marina Galperina

Paris-based production/sales company Wild Bunch is making “Spring Breakers 2” but don’t get too excited. Harmony Korine is not directing. James Franco is not going to be in it. In fact, “It’s not a direct sequel although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” says Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval. It doesn’t look like any […]

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04.07.14 Marina Galperina

We know that Russia Today aka “RT” is a ridiculous front for Kremlin propaganda. We know about Putin’s massive crackdown across the Russian media landscape. What’s left? Calvert Journal has published a comprehensive “media compass” in the style of New York Magazine’s approval matrix, ranking the left-over outlets from lowbrow to highbrow and state-controlled to independent. Turns […]

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02.28.14 Eugene Reznik

Passengers at the Times Square-42nd Street station tattled on two clowns Wednesday night leading to the subway performers’ arrest. Since the two didn’t have permits, they were charged with “loitering with the purpose of entertaining,” and hauled off to a Midtown police station. Though they seemed in good spirits. “They sang the Beatles song ‘Goodnight’ […]

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02.10.14 Marina Galperina

The Winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi. ANIMAL is relaunching MedalCount.com, the micro-site that tracks the news that really matter — who is winning? But this year, we’re using our high-profile piece of internet real estate to aggregate and disseminate news that really really matters — all the stories that cover the enforcement of Putin’s discriminatory “anti-gay […]

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07.09.13 Andy Cush

There’s rich artistic territory to be mined in the fuck-ups of internet things. Anyone who’s watched a music video in the past few years knows that datamoshing can be beautiful, facial recognition technology finds portraits in images of mountains and deserts, and one of the most endlessly engaging, beguiling sites on the web simply introduces lexical […]

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02.01.13 Eugene Reznik

The Department of Transportation has an inspection team checking in with over 3,500 business in Manhattan and Brooklyn that regularly employ cyclists in anticipation of strict safety regulations set to go in effect in April. Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said yesterday at a press conference that 57% of business have already begun posting new safety […]

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