Category: Elizabeth Mehren

What kind of first lady will Melania Trump be?

USA Today Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication The historic 2016 presidential election keeps on producing first-ever landmarks, and that includes the next first lady of the United States, Melania Trump. Expert quote: She “will surely rise to the rather rigid strictures of a job whose very existence is something of an anachronism. Mrs. Trump has signaled […]

Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Campaign: Cloudy Crystal Balls, Too Much Horse Race and Losing Touch With the Electorate

News Literacy Project Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication On May 13, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reported that he had performed the ultimate journalistic mea culpa… Expert quote: “They surround themselves with people very much like themselves. Washington is a tribal place. They socialize with their sources and soon enough it becomes an easy habit […]

An Open Letter To Gloria Steinem, Who I Admire, And Who Should Have Known Better

WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication Dear Gloria Steinem, Thank you for wearing those bunny ears. Thank you for invading the Playboy Club all those years ago and telling us what went on when men had nothing better to do than to watch women serve them drinks wearing tiny bunny tails… View full […]

When Charlie Met Marty: A Political Bromance As Antidote To Partisan Toxicity

WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or maybe 10 thousand. Or maybe 10 million—or however many hideous, divisive words will have been spilled by the time this vitriolic presidential campaign season comes to its none-too-soon conclusion… View full article by expert Elizabeth Mehren

Notes From The Holiday Mail Bag: The Art And Artifice Of The Family Newsletter

WBUR “Cognoscenti” By Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication The holiday season has passed, leaving floors carpeted with tree-needles, Everests of dead wrapping paper and enough holiday newsletters to circumnavigate the globe, maybe several times over. Oops, here comes today’s mail, stuffed with guess what? More newsletters!… View full article by expert Elizabeth Mehren

As Sasha and Malia Obama become young women, a father laments time slipping by

Washington Post Elizabeth Mehren, College of Communication When they vacationed here just before President Obama’s first inauguration, Malia and Sasha were little girls doting on their dad — holding his hand on the beach, taking in a dolphin show and nuzzling up to him at the shave-ice shop… Expert quote: “The president’s image needs more […]

Parents overly involved in college students’ lives

Boston Globe (subscription required) Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Elizabeth Merhen, College of Communication At Boston University, one father was so upset over his daughter’s A-minus final grade that he called the professor to complain, and then the department chair, and then the academic dean… Expert quotes: […]