Category: College of Communication

Fox may go dark on Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Newsmakers, T. Barton Carter 0 comments

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T. Barton Carter, College of Communication

Turkey. Cranberry sauce. Football. Everyone knows what to expect out of a Thanksgiving celebration. But that Eagles-Cowboys game could be off the menu for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts consumers…

Expert quote:

“Broadcasters started demanding more and cable companies have sometimes given in. Sometimes it’s gone to a long-haul fight.”

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Apple’s ‘Get’ Puts Paid to Free-App Sham

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, E-Commerce Times, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Apple has removed the word “free” from download buttons in its iOS and OS X app stores, replacing it with “get…

Expert quote:

“There’s a marketing drawback to this because ‘get’ doesn’t say ‘free’ to me. Over time, it may come to mean that, but initially the transition may be a little rocky.”

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You’re a Yellow-Bellied Coward!

November 21st, 2014 in 2014, Chris Walsh, College of Communication, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chris Walsh, College of Communication

We’re talking about cowardice today and it makes me think of two people – Hector and Dr. Bones McCoy…

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GateHouse buying T&G paper

November 21st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette is getting its fourth owner in less than 18 months…

Expert quote:

“Two hundred-plus million dollars is quite a bargain. Not many newspapers make money like they used to, but newspapers still do make money.”

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Experts Media Alert: Supreme Court and Facebook

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Experts Media Alert, Gerald Leonard, News Releases, School of Law, T. Barton Carter 0 comments

512px-Oblique_facade_2,_US_Supreme_CourtAre threats made on Facebook protected by the First Amendment? The Supreme Court will decide that when they hear the case of Elonis v. United States.

Anthony Elonis was an amusement park worker in Allentown, PA. In 2010, his wife left him and took their two children. After losing both his wife and his job, he became increasingly depressed and started posting several violent comments on Facebook which included threatening his wife, and saying he was going to blow up his former place of employment. All posts were written to resemble rap music lyrics. He was eventually arrested and convicted and served a 44-month sentence.

The following Boston University professors are available to offer commentary, insight, and analysis on the case:

carter_t_bartonT. Barton Carter is chair of the Department of Mass Communication in the College of Communication at Boston University. An expert in communications law, he has co-authored three textbooks: The First Amendment and the Fourth Estate, The First Amendment and the Fifth Estate,and Mass Communication Law in a Nutshell. Carter can be reached at 617-353-3479 or


LeonardProfilePicGerald Leonard is a professor in the School of Law. He is an authority on constitutional and criminal law. He can reached at 617-353-3138 or

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How One Boston Civil Rights Activist Tried To Ban ‘The Birth Of A Nation’

November 18th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Dick Lehr, Newsmakers, WBUR 0 comments

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Dick Lehr, College of Communication

In 1915, Boston was ground zero in a fiery national debate over censorship, artistic freedom, racism and a nascent Civil Rights movement…

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US security contractors recount Benghazi attack

November 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

Mitchell Zuckoff is no novice when it comes to telling war stories — two of the Boston University journalism professor’s previous books recounted tales from World War II. But when he was approached about narrating the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, Zuckoff knew he faced a serious challenge…

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Obama: Just like us or un-presidential?

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

He may be the commander in chief and leader of the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Obama hasn’t had his share of un-presidential moments…

Expert quote:

“He’s lucky that more people don’t accuse him of denigrating the office. Obama fancies himself president but also a pop star and the pop star bit gets him into trouble.”

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Election was awash in cash, but effect is unclear

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

This fall’s state election set at least two Massachusetts political spending records: the most outside money dropped on a governor’s race — $16.9 million on the general election alone — and the most cash poured into ballot campaigns, at $28 million…

Expert quote:

“Visceral is too strong a word. But this is personal.”

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Media Ethicists Urge Fox News To Suspend “Unethical” Huckabee

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Veteran journalists and news ethicists are calling on Fox News to suspend Mike Huckabee’s contract amid growing evidence that he is planning to run for president in 2016…

Expert quote:

“It’s interesting to watch Huckabee try to find a loophole that would enable him to activate a campaign while holding on to his Fox gig. The idea that he thinks he could get away with using a political non-profit to masquerade as a campaign without ‘crossing the threshold’ at Fox strikes me as not only unethical, but dishonest and merits investigation. To me, the simple test of this political non-profit will be, ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ….’”

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