Category Archives: Accountability and Representation

When the media does us wrong and community accountability

AT&T’s Digital Redlining


The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)  did a study based on block census data submitted to the Federal Communications Commission by AT&T about broadband services offered in the City of Cleveland and its outlying suburbs in Cuyahoga County.

The results? “A pattern of long-term systematic failure to invest in the infrastructure required to provide equitable mainstream Internet access to residents of the central city (compared to the suburbs) and to lower-income neighborhoods.  When lending institutions have engaged in similar policies and practices, our communities have not hesitated to call it redlining.  We see no reason to hesitate to call it digital redlining in this case”.

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Fox News Is No News Outlet


Originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle

The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat recently for declaring war on Fox News, including from Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders. And it’s true that you can’t have presidential staffers ducking press inquiries. But media lies and distortions are another ball game entirely. Let’s look at the record: Continue reading Fox News Is No News Outlet