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December 7, 2016

Coverage That Counts: The CT Legislature Has A Bigger Impact On You Than Trump Ever Will

by Jack Kramer | December 7, 2016 10:00pm

So we’ve just been through the most incredible presidential campaign in our lifetime.

And we’re all still talking about — even those who voted for him — that yes, indeed, come Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be president of the United States.

But here’s the reality:

Something that will have a much bigger impact on the wallets of Connecticut residents is starting a few weeks earlier — the 2017 General Assembly legislative session.

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Waking Up With CTNewsJunkie

by Staff Report | December 7, 2016 1:00am

As with most things we do, we have set an ambitious goal over the next few weeks to raise another $6,000 or so on our way to our annual goal of $24,000. The money will help us cover the upcoming 2017 legislative session. And it’s shaping up to be a busy one, folks.

We believe (and hope) that our coverage on the site and our “Morning Coffee and Politics” email are providing a lot of important information to make your days at the state Capitol easier.

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December 5, 2016

Surviving Disruption

by Christine Stuart | December 5, 2016 11:30pm

file photo When I landed my first job at a newspaper, our stories were typed into a computer and then printed. The columns were cut with scissors, run through a waxer, and then pasted onto “boards” on heavier paper — I think they were called “mechanicals.” This all happened in what was called the “composing room.”

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December 4, 2016

Credible, Professional Journalism Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | December 4, 2016 10:35pm

This website was launched in 2005 to fill a void in news coverage at the state Capitol. Our tagline — Because You Need It. Bad. — was true from the start. But it was originally based on the dearth of coverage, the empty desks in the Capitol press room.

Today, it has a new meaning. Because You Need It. Bad. is now more apt as a reality check against the propaganda that has been parading as news. Frankly, propaganda is worse than a lack of coverage.

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November 29, 2016

OP-ED | Proliferation of Fake News Underscores Woeful Lack Of Critical Thinking

by Barth Keck | November 29, 2016 11:23pm

“Fake news” is all the rage now. Since Election Day, articles have appeared daily, outlining this latest scourge infecting the nation’s news landscape.

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November 23, 2016

OP-ED | Actions Speak Louder Than Words - No Time for Indifference

by Sarah Darer Littman | November 23, 2016 3:00pm

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In his election night speech, President-elect Donald Trump claimed, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

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November 18, 2016

OP-ED | In a Time of Misinformation and Lies, Libraries Need Our Support

by Susan Bigelow | November 18, 2016 10:00am

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One of the great promises of the internet was that it would be a conduit for truth; repressive governments would be hard put to stop the flow of news from reaching their citizens. What we’ve gotten instead is a deluge of fake and grossly biased “news” sources that have made it a lot more difficult for us to tell what’s real.

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November 11, 2016

OP-ED | In The Social Media Wars, Truth Is The First Casualty

by Terry Cowgill | November 11, 2016 5:30am

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Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election but it appears the real casualty in the partisan wars was the truth, which during the presidential campaign took quite a drubbing — not only among the candidates themselves but in what passes for political discourse in the social media echo chamber. Or if you’re picking winners instead of losers, listen to my colleague Barth Keck, who says the grand victor was confirmation bias.

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November 10, 2016

OP-ED | And the Winner Is . . . Confirmation Bias

by Barth Keck | November 10, 2016 9:00am

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The 2016 election is history — mercifully — and Donald Trump will be our next president. While the GOP candidate might have garnered enough votes to take the win, I believe there’s an even bigger winner this year.

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November 4, 2016

Listen to Today’s Newscast!

by Christine Stuart | November 4, 2016 8:43am

If you are one of our email subscribers or you listen to WDRC AM, you might already be aware of this — CTNewsJunkie is now on the radio.

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