Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will
Jamie Kilstein, Allison Kilkenny
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A “feisty, literate, and uncompromising” (Publishers Weekly) primer on the most urgent issues of our day, from the creators and co-hosts of Citizen Radio, a listener-supported show whose slogan is “independent radio that won’t lead you to war.”
#Newsfail is definitely not your grandmother’s comedic-memoir-slash-political-manifesto. From page one (in a preface titled, “In Which the Authors Interview Ralph Nader in the Bathtub”), comedian Jamie Kilstein and journalist Allison Kilkenny pledge to give you the news like you’ve never gotten it before.
On issues ranging from feminism to gun control, climate change to class war, foreign policy to net neutrality, they tell you how the mainstream media gets it left, right, and utterly, unforgivably, irresponsibly wrong—think Noam Chomsky as channeled by Fred and Carrie from Portlandia. #Newsfail is all this, plus the story of Allison and Jamie’s own DIY foray into independent media via their podcast, Citizen Radio, which has featured guests such as Jeremy Scahill, Sarah Silverman, Glenn Greenwald, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and been downloaded millions of times by people all over the world.
In #Newsfail, they “make a strong case that a greater range of voices needs to be part of the national media discussion, including theirs” (Kirkus Reviews). Their mission is truth-telling above brainwashing. All you have to do is listen.
McDuck–style. The thought of bringing someone as iconic as Talib down to OWS made the authors nervous to even contemplate. This is the guy about whom Jay Z rapped: “If skills sold, truth be told / I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.” Talib wrote back right away because musicians have soul and comedians have dead clowns for hearts. He was game. The only thing he asked was if he could be shown around the camp before performing. WHAT A DIVA! The authors and some OWS organizers walked around
fell ass-backward into an explanation when she described a young man who stopped by Zuccotti only in “fits and spurts” because his mother feared he’d be tear-gassed by the police. It sounded as though Bellafante was on the cusp of critiquing the US police state that has completely terrified the activist community into near-submission, but then . . . not so much. The job of the journalist is to find and speak for the voices that don’t have enough amplification to be heard: the powerless. The
the country have closed or stopped offering the procedure since these legislative attacks began in 2010, according to the Huffington Post’s nationwide survey of state health departments, abortion clinics, and local abortion-focused advocacy groups.1 Meanwhile, conservatives spread false information about women’s reproductive health. During an appearance on MSNBC, Foster Friess, a prominent backer of Rick Santorum, expressed his confusion over this whole “contraceptive” business.2 “This
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belonged in a traveling freak show, a.k.a. back on an internet podcast very far away from Central Park. CNN got one thing right: America is a little 1940s right now with the economic recession and tens of millions of people having lost their homes—not that they connected those dots, since they haven’t bothered to seriously cover Wall Street corruption, the homelessness pandemic . . . and . . . anyway. You see why they gave Wall Street sweetheart Erin Burnett her own show. They really have their