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    Alexander Riley

    Alexander Riley is a professor of sociology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars. All views expressed are his and do not represent the views of his employer.

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  • What Are the News Media for?

    What Are the News Media for?3

    What are the news media for? The typical response is that their prime function is dispensing information. They provide us with what we need to know in order to successfully operate in the modern world. Perhaps the media do perform this function, at least partially. Certainly some of what is reported in the daily news

  • ‘Can’t You All See Me?’: The Blindness of Academic ‘Antiracism’

    ‘Can’t You All See Me?’: The Blindness of Academic ‘Antiracism’3

    Earlier this year, in an interview on a CNN podcast, one of the figureheads of contemporary so-called antiracism, Ibram X. Kendi, unwittingly described the effect of his own work and that of others in his movement: “And so, I mean, the attack on history, the attack on education opens the door to mass ignorance. And

  • The Media’s Response to the Affirmative Action Ruling

    The Media’s Response to the Affirmative Action Ruling1

    The Supreme Court has ruled that race-based affirmative action is unconstitutional. As could be expected, the caterwauling from the mainstream media was immediate and voluminous. At MSNBC, I found a stellar example of what promises to be a mother lode of dishonest and uninformed commentary on the topic. On her show The Reid Out, Joy

  • Don’t Forget to Sing

    Don’t Forget to Sing0

    I have a postcard on my office door with a Samuel Beckett quote I like on it. It reads, in my sanitized English translation, “When you are in it up to your neck, the only thing left to do is sing.” Even on relatively bad days, I am very, very far from being in it


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