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Instituting Liberty: Contested, Changing, Conflicted Definitions · Common Dreams · September, 2021

‘Cancel culture’ cannot erase a strong argument · Feminist Current · July, 2020

Disagreeing Reasonably in a Complex World: A review of ‘The Case Against Free Speech’ · Dissident Voice · October, 2019

American Journalism’s Ideology: Why the “Liberal” Media is Fundamentalist · Brill · September, 2018

Interview: There Clearly Is No Decent Human Future Possible in Capitalism · American Herald Tribune · August, 2018

The Case for Truth Seeking (No Matter How Messy) · YES! Magazine · June, 2017

Can We Talk? How Dogma Degrades Democracy · Counterpunch · June, 2017

Beyond Liberal Pieties: the Radical Challenge for Journalism · CounterPunch · May, 2017

Why ‘Professor Watchlist’ Gets My Teaching Values Completely Wrong · Truthdig · November, 2016

The Panama Papers just Saved Journalism — and Could Save Democracy · resilience.org · originally published by Dallas Morning News · April, 2016

The Coddling of the Capitalist, White-Supremacist, Patriarchal American Mind · Crossing Genres/Medium.com · March, 2016

Robert Jensen on the art of journalism · The Hand On Heart Review/South Africa; reposted on Resilience.org · June, 2015

American Journalism’s Ideology: Why the “Liberal” Media is Fundamentalist · ZNet · June, 2015

Rolling Stone and Rape Culture · teleSUR · April, 2015

Sainath’s Challenge · CounterPunch · January, 2015

New UT Chief’s Military Background Is Cause for Reflection · Common Dreams · August, 2014

The Ideology Problem: Thomas Patterson’s Failed Technocratic Dream for Journalism · Media Ethics · April, 2014

Barking dogs and sinking ships: Journalism’s search for metaphor and meaning · Texas Observer · March, 2014

With Truce at the UT Factory, Time to Face Tough Choices · The Rag Blog · September, 2013

We Are All Ideological Now (and Always Have Been) · Truthout · April, 2013

We All Politicize History · Academe Blog, January 12, 2013 · January, 2013

The First Rule of Good Teaching · Counterpunch · January, 2013

Put religion and politics on Thanksgiving menu · USA Today · November, 2012

UT motto modification: What Starts Here…Accelerates Destruction? · Resilience.org · November, 2012

Learning to Hate Longhorn Football · Counterpunch · August, 2012

The Corporate Media Crisis: Everything Old Is New Again · Truthout · March, 2012

Journalists Rock! Journalism Sucks! · Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: Why media activists should love the players and hate the game · March, 2012

The Emperor’s Messenger Has No Clothes: Belén Fernández Dresses Down Thomas Friedman · Truthout · February, 2012

Holding onto the joy in teaching: Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it · CounterPunch · January, 2012

Foreword: Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era · Litwin Books/Library Juice Press · January, 2012

Delivering Educational Products: The Job Formerly Known as Teaching · Texas Observer online · May, 2011

Journalism And Democracy In A Dead Culture: An interview with Robert Jensen · Countercurrents · March, 2011

Review of “The People Speak” · YES Magazine · August, 2010

The Soul Seeker: A neuroscientist’s search for the human essence · Texas Observer; Counter Currents · June, 2010

The Collapse of Journalism/The Journalism of Collapse: New Storytelling and a New Story · Resilience.org · March, 2010

NY Times: No conflict of interest – with the conventional wisdom · Counterpunch · February, 2010

Great television/bad journalism: Media failures in Haiti coverage · Counterpunch · January, 2010

War, ecological crises, and the quest for justice: An interview with Robert Jensen · The Rag Blog · November, 2009

War Society, Collapse and the University: an interview with Robert Jensen · Energy Bulletin · October, 2009

Can journalism schools be relevant in a world on the brink? · Common Dreams · September, 2009

Canadian media giant attacks free speech · Alternet · September, 2008

Technological Fundamentalism in Media and Culture · Dissident Voice; Media Development · August, 2008

Diversity and the incoherence of journalism’s ideology · Dissident Voice · June, 2008

Investigative Journalism Project Reveals Problem at Core of Mainstream Journalism · Message: internationale Fachzeitschrift für Journalismus (Germany); and Common Dreams · January, 2008

Beyond Advocacy v. Objective Journalism: Who is really objective · MediaBite · July, 2007

What the Finkelstein Tenure Fight Tells Us About the State of Academia · Washington Report on Middle East Affairs; and Counterpunch · May, 2007

Opportunities lost: When bullies derail dialogue, we all lose · Counterpunch · November, 2006

Academic freedom on the rock(s): The failures of faculty in tough times · Counterpunch · October, 2006

Parallel purges: Academic freedom in Iran and America · CounterPunch · September, 2006

The Myth of the Neutral Professional · Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education · September, 2006

Florida’s fear of history: New law undermines critical thinking · Dissident Voice · July, 2006

The failure of our First Amendment success: Dealing with the death of discourse · Dissident Voice · February, 2006

Dangerous’ academics: Right-wing distortions about leftist professors · Dissident Voice · February, 2006

Reason, Evolution and Intelligent Design · Counterpunch; Hindustan Times · December, 2005

The patriotic press · Hindustan Times · September, 2005

Monitoring the myths · Texas Observer · July, 2005

The right’s assault on the academy: An interview with Robert Jensen · Counterpunch · July, 2005

Talk TV: No evidence required · Common Dreams · May, 2005

Demonizing News Media is Attempt to Divert Attention from Policy Failures · Dissident Voice · May, 2005

Ward Churchill: Right to Speak Out; Right About 9/11 · Counterpunch · February, 2005

“Hijacking Catastrophe” fills a void left by journalists’ failures · Dissident Voice · October, 2004

Symposium: The left’s hatred of Bush · FrontPageMag.com · October, 2004

“Fahrenheit 9/11″ is a stupid white movie: What Michael Moore misses about the empire · Counterpunch · July, 2004

The failure of US journalism · Al Jazeera · March, 2004

Getting away with murder (literally): Presidential lying, journalistic malfeasance, and the manipulation of public opinion · · March, 2004

Patriotism’s a Bad Idea at a Dangerous Time · Peace Review · December, 2003

When the watchdog heels · The Hindu · November, 2003

Mainstream Journalists’ Conception of News Criticism in Iraq · Media Ethics · September, 2003

Dan Rather and the Problem with Patriotism: Steps toward the Redemption of American Journalism and Democracy · Global Media Journal · September, 2003

Embedded reporters’ viewpoint misses main point of war · Dissident Voice · June, 2003

The military’s media · The Progressive Magazine · May, 2003

The images they choose, and choose to ignore · Media Monitors Network; Austin American-Statesman · April, 2003

Embedded Media Give Up Independence · Dissident Voice · April, 2003

Peter Arnett Paid a High Price for Being Truly Neutral · Counterpunch; Newsday · April, 2003

The failures of U.S. journalists in wartime · Message: internationale Fachzeitschrift für Journalismus · April, 2003

On NPR, please follow the script · Media Monitors Network · March, 2003

From The Streets Into The Studio · Outlook India · January, 2003

Bob Woodward And The ‘Bush At War’ Hagiography · Outlook India · December, 2002

Smirking Revisionism · Texas Observer · November, 2002

September 11 and the failures of American intellectuals · Canadian Association of University Teachers · November, 2002

The American paradox: More freedom, less democracy · Counterpunch · October, 2002

“Are You an American First, or Are You a Journalist?” · Media Ethics · September, 2002

Rhetoric Distorts Realities: In today’s bizarre political climate, a relativist is someone who argues for moral consistency · Dissident Voice · June, 2002

Four months later, no regrets for writing against U.S. policy · Houston Chronicle · January, 2002

Teaching in a Post-September 11 World · Counterpunch · December, 2001

On seeking (and finding) a different avenue for expression · ICA News · December, 2001

Against dissent: Why free speech is important as the U.S. drops cluster bombs on Afghanistan · Counterpunch · November, 2001

Stifling Dissent on Campus · Counterpunch · October, 2001

Constricting critical inquiry in universities · ZNet · October, 2001

Scholars need to resist American mythology about war · The Review of Communication · October, 2001

Condit ‘show’ was journalistic perversity · Newsday · August, 2001

American Journalism Is Failing Democracy · Nieman Reports · April, 2001

Horowitz and the myth of the radical university · Common Dreams · March, 2001

Free speech on campus (batteries not included) · Common Dreams · February, 2001

Young People Do Care: Indian journalist P. Sainath inspires students · Progressive Populist · February, 2001

Review of Degraded Capability: The Media and the Kosovo Crisis · Z Magazine · December, 2000

Journalists Need Less Objectivity · Media Ethics · October, 2000

What good old days? Examining the structure and sense of journalism · Texas Observer · September, 2000

The Sport of Business/The Business of Sport · Media Ethics · April, 2000

An academic’s reluctant conclusion: Fundamentalist teachers don’t belong in college classrooms · TomPaine.com · March, 2000

The real threat to free speech at UT · Austin American-Statesman · February, 2000

How to read a newspaper: Deconstructing the media machine · Texas Observer · December, 1999

Thinking Democracy: Inside the Politics of Journalism and Scholarship · Texas Observer · September, 1999

Covering the naked emperor · Texas Observer · January, 1999

First Amendment Potluck · Communication Law and Policy · September, 1998

Privilege, Power, and Politics in Research · International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education: A response to 'Crossing sexual orientations' · January, 1997

Journalists and the Overtime Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act · Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly · June, 1996

What Are Journalists For? · Peace Review · January, 1996

The Politics and Ethics of Lesbian and Gay ‘Wedding’ Announcements in Newspapers · Howard Journal of Communications · January, 1996

Banning ‘Redskins’ from the Sports Page: The Ethics and Politics of Native American Nicknames · Journal of Mass Media Ethics · January, 1994

Fighting Objectivity: The Illusion of Journalistic Neutrality in Coverage of the Persian Gulf War · Journal of Communication Inquiry · December, 1992

Sexy or Sexist? · Media Ethics · April, 1992

Wear the ‘PC’ Label with Pride · Media Ethics · April, 1991

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