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July 21, 2015

OP-ED | GOP Would Benefit From ‘March Madness’ Debate Format In Crowded Field

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | July 21, 2015 10:29am


The first debate of the 2016 presidential election is just weeks away, and I for one am looking forward to it.

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June 12, 2015

OP-ED | Keep An Eye Out for Mischief in Implementer When It Comes to Transparency

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 12, 2015 11:00am

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According to the CT General Assembly website, an implementer is a “bill that changes statutes to put into effect or ‘implement’ the provisions of the adopted state budget.”

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June 5, 2015

OP-ED | Nobody Scores! The Winners and Losers of Session 2015

by Susan Bigelow | June 5, 2015 8:45am

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The gavel came down at last, and the 2015 regular session of the General Assembly is in the history books. So as legislators and reporters collapse in exhaustion after yet another marathon run, who came out on top? Who saw their hopes crushed? Let’s find out.

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May 11, 2015

OP-ED | Restore Public Accountability Over Law Enforcement Agencies

by Mitchell Pearlman | May 11, 2015 7:44am

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies even if other arrest information is not exempt from public disclosure. The Supreme Court majority itself, however, recognized that its tortured reading of the law is in need of legislative clarification.

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May 4, 2015

OP-ED | When News Organizations Take the Clickbait; ‘Viral’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Newsworthy’

by Barth Keck | May 4, 2015 1:37pm

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Topping the news recently were these three stories: An angry Baltimore mom demonstrates proper parenting techniques, an outspoken Pennsylvania dad schools local school leaders, and a Connecticut university president crashes a student party.

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March 18, 2015

OP-ED | From ‘Sound Bytes’ to ‘Eye Bytes,’ News Consumption Changing for Younger Generations

by Barth Keck | March 18, 2015 3:26pm

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A recent Quinnipiac University poll that found 29 percent of American voters see Fox News as “the most trusted” source for network and cable news coverage was not surprising since it’s not the first time that’s happened.

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February 5, 2015

Connecticut Officials Request More Information About Anthem Data Breach

by Christine Stuart | February 5, 2015 1:59pm

The state of Connecticut is asking Anthem Inc. for more information about a data breach that may have compromised the personal information of tens of millions of its customers.

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February 1, 2015

OP-ED | Deflated Judgment: Internet Brings Out the Worst in ‘Journalism’

by Barth Keck | February 1, 2015 11:40pm

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NOTE: I am a fan of the New England Patriots, thus indicating potential bias in the views expressed below. In other words, “confirmation bias” might be at work here. But more on that in a minute.

The media circus known as “Deflategate” served as quite the distraction before the Super Bowl, but it also had one positive effect – it taught enlightened media consumers some important lessons:

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January 27, 2015

OP-ED | Missing the Joke - the Science of Satire

by Barth Keck | January 27, 2015 11:30pm

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Recently, several of my students were confused by a question on a Media Literacy test.

The question involved a cartoon by Andy Singer titled “Advertising in Literature” in which he imagines classic novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” incorporating statements such as, “Tom Joad leaned down and untied the laces of his new yellow Nike Air Jordans.”

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January 22, 2015

Courant Seeks To Unseal Documents In Rowland Case

by Christine Stuart | January 22, 2015 2:17pm

shutterstock The Hartford Courant is seeking a federal court’s permission to intervene to unseal documents in a sentencing dispute involving former Gov. John G. Rowland.

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