Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism
Barking dogs and sinking ships: Journalism’s search for metaphor and meaning.
Texas Observer contributor and University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen reviews Dean Starkman's "The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism." Read More
In this essay, Robert Jensen explores two new books: Zealot by Reza Aslan and The Self Beyond Itself by Heidi M. Ravven. Read More
Charting a healthy role for religion in public life.
Does God take sides in the elections? Is there a voters’ guide hiding in our holy books? Should we pray for electoral inspiration? Secular people tend to answer an emphatic “NO” to those questions, as do most progressive religious folk. … Read More
Conservative fantasies about the miracles of the free market are just that.
A central doctrine of evangelicals for the “free market” is its capacity for innovation: New ideas, new technologies, new gadgets — all flow not from governments but from individuals and businesses allowed to flourish in the market, we are told. … Read More
Angus Wright has a way of saying things we may not want to hear in a way that’s hard to ignore. An example: During a meeting of environmentalists about shaping the public conversation on our most pressing ecological crises, folks … Read More
Wes Jackson spent the weekend at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival talking up—with his usual precision and passion—the science and strategy behind plans to revolutionize the way we grow food using perennial polyculture grains. A leading figure in the … Read More
AUSTIN, Texas—In the cafeteria-turned-classroom at UT Elementary School, Toni Tipton-Martin struggles to keep six restless boys focused on hot cocoa, the day’s nutrition lesson. She starts with a store-bought cocoa mix, guiding the students through the list of “all those … Read More
Hi, I’m Robert Jensen, a provider of educational products to consumers at the University of Texas at Austin. I used to introduce myself as a UT professor, but that was before I attended a Texas Public Policy Foundation session last … Read More
If humans were smart, we would bet on our ignorance. That advice comes early in the Hebrew Bible. Adam and Eve’s banishment in chapters two and three of Genesis can be read as a warning that hubris is our tragic … Read More