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Media Watch

The Italic Institute of America has excelled in low-cost mass media communications. Our small but effective staff of media watchers monitors an impressive array of periodicals, textbooks, movies, and television programs. Utilizing letter writing, press releases, telephone calls and even protest demonstrations our staff reacts quickly to call the public's attention to factoids and outright propaganda. Our success rate in getting published in major newspapers is growing.

The articles below are but a small sampling of the fight we are waging on behalf of the Italic people every day.

Of special note is our years-long study of Hollywood's treatment of the Italian mobster, "Film Study 2015: A Century of Little Progress" (1914 - 2014), which surveyed Italian-related films and found that 69% portrayed Italians in a negative light.

Another project of the Institute centered on protesting Steven Spielberg's "Shark Tale" cartoon aimed at children. This pernicious stereotyped portrayal of Italian characters as mob figures was particularly appalling when contrasted with Spielberg's statements elsewhere about wanting to promote tolerance. See our summary of "Shark Tale" activities.

Please be sure to visit our sister web site, Stereotype This!, for informative articles and background information debunking myths about Italians and Italian Americans. The site features "Hollywood Hype vs. Joe Truth," a series of short film critiques identifying Hollywood distortions.

Year:   2016      2015      2014      2013      2012      2011      2010      2009      2008     
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2016

Rumors of Italy's demise are greatly exaggerated

"The Godfather" 44th Anniversary

Indigenous Peoples Deserve a Special Day

State dinners and saving the best for last

More terrific women writers

President Trump will find it hard to match Augustus

2015

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Gomorrah: Dangers of a Fictional Italy

Anti-Italian Caricature is an Outrage

Bill Dal Cerro interviewed by "We the Italians" on Hollywood's film stereotypes of Italians

Johnsonville Sausage Ad Offensive

Organized crime includes biker gangs

Why Oscar Snubbed Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'

Mystic Chords of Memory Binding All Italians

A Bronx Tale': Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Stereotypes

Mario Cuomo the Liberal Idealist

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age

2014
Sun-Times interview of Bill Dal Cerro

Rebooting Columbus Day: New York Daily News, October 13, 2014.

Caesar Augustus' Enduring Gift To Western Civilization: Investors Business Daily, Article, August 18, 2014.

Our Missed Rendezvous with History: New Jersey Star Ledger, Opinion, July 25, 2014.

The U.S. Could Learn from Italy: The New York Daily News, Opinion, July 23, 2014.

Football Player Jimmy Garoppolo Gets his Due: Daily Herald, May 20, 2014.

Roger Ebert, Spike Lee, and Italy: Daily Illini, April 28, 2014.

Dante's Message Remains Relevant: Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2014.

Mafia Unworthy of Academic's Obsession: Daily Herald, April 21, 2014.

In Hollywood, It's Still OK To Disparage Italian-Americans: Investor's Business Daily, February 27, 2014

Bringing the Big Game to Vince Lombardi's Backyard: Opinion, North Jersey Record, January 21, 2014.

2013
A stereotype you should refuse: Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, December 27, 2013.

'A Bronx Tale' and the Stereotyping of Italian Americans: Letter to the Editor, The Baltimore Sun, November 19, 2013.

America has always been a republic, not a democracy: Editorial, Investors Business Daily, September 16, 2013.

Nothing new in prejudicial mob film "The Family": Letter to the Editor, Chicago Sun-Times, September 16, 2013.

James Gandolfini: How America Celebrates Actors: Letter to the Editor, The New York Post, July 3, 2013.

Tony Soprano: a Stud or a Stereotype? Chicago Sun-Times, July 3, 2013.

The bigotry of 'The Sopranos': New York Daily News Voice of the People, June 26, 2013.

New Pope Francis Sheds Pomp In Favor Of Championing The Poor: Investor's Business Daily Perspective, March 27, 2013.

Serene statesman restored credibility: Financial Times, February 10, 2013

How our governor dishonors his Italian heritage: Opinion, New Jersey Star-Ledger, January 20, 2013

Italian Bashing, Chicago Tribune, January 4, 2013

2012
Outrage over Columbus Circle Plans, August 20, 2012

Life on Mars and in the Imagination, Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2012

The Heroic Pride in True Italian Hearts, Financial Times, April 19, 2012

Mob Wives Chicago Gets Italians All Wrong, Chicago Sun-Times, April 5, 2012

The Godfather 40th Anniversary, Newsday (Long Island), March 23, 2012

Comments on The Godfather

St. Patrick's Italian Ties, Newsday (New York), March 15, 2012

Italian Americans Fight Stereotypes, The Independent (Great Britain), January 1, 2012

2011
Taking 'Jersey Shore' seriously . . . seriously, USA Today, November 3, 2011

Death of Dictators, New York Daily News, November 3, 2011

'Jersey Shore,' Studied, New York Times, November 2, 2011

Don't rename Balbo Street, Chicago Sun-Times, July 3, 2011

Monsieur Queenan Should Visit Italy, Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2011

Ferraro's Legacy, New York Times, March 27, 2011

The Gifts of the Italians, New York Post, March 17, 2011

Rebuttal to Spike Lee, Daily Herald, January 27, 2011

Spike Lee works to 'demonize' Italian-Americans, Naperville Sun, January 19, 2011

2010
Bias Against Italian-Americans, New York Times, September 18, 2010

Taunting, Washington Post, August 7, 2010

Ethnic Description, Chicago Tribune, June 2, 2010

"Date Night" Bigotry, USA Today, April 13, 2010

2009
Ethnic Stereotyping, New York Times, January 30, 2009

Why do young people ignore the stereotypes on 'Jersey Shore'?, New York Daily News, December 17, 2009

How il Cavaliere has raised Italy's Profile and Reach, Financial Times, November 9, 2009

Speaking of Moses, New York Times, November 1, 2009

Some Prejudices Are OK, But Not This One, Chicago Reader, October 14, 2009

The Birth of a Godfather, Vanity Fair, May, 2009

'A Bronx Tale' embraces Italian American stereotypes, Chicago Sun-Times, March 21, 2009

2008
Italian Beef, Chicago Magazine, October, 2008

Italian Women: Models for the Modern Woman, September, 2008

College Issues, Chicago Tribune Magazine, August 24, 2008

Three ancient Roman virtues for today, The Financial Times, August 20, 2008

Obama's sin of omission, The San Francisco Chronicle, July 31, 2008

Goudie's column repeats stereotypes, The Daily Herald, July 23, 2008

Italy Fights Crime, Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2008

Letter to the Editor, Crain's Chicago Business, June 24, 2008

Spike Lee takes hit over portrayal of Italians, Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 2008

2007
Latin Lives, New York Times, December 5, 2007

U.S. Health Care Falls Short, New York Observer, August 14, 2007

Family Values and the Boss's Lady, Vanity Fair, June 2007

The Sopranos ("And Good Riddance, Tony"), The New York Times, June 24, 2007

Stereotype is Offensive, The New Orleans Picayune, February 26, 2007

< 2007
Why are Italian-Americans the one acceptable target?, New Jersey Star-Ledger, November 24, 2006

Fuggedaboudit, The New York Sun, October 27, 2006

Irish Police Films, The New York Times, October 26, 2006

Bella Italia: 'classical,' not 'old', Boston Globe, June 25, 2006

Press Release for The Last Sucker

The Last Sucker (a cartoon for our times)

Letter to the Editor, Chicago Reader, July 2, 2004

"Mob Deep," Time Out New York, March 25 - April 1, 2004

Commentary, Chicago Sun-Times, March 6, 2004

Letter to the Editor, The Nation, September 29, 2003

Letter to the Editor, Chicago Sun-Times, September 23, 2003

"Slurs of 'The Family'," Newsday, March 19, 2003

"Watching 'The Sopranos'," Newsday, October 3, 2002

"Mob Mystique," The New York Sun, September 26, 2002

"Counterpunch - Hollywood's Newest Set of Bad Guys," Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2002

"Hollywood's VARIETY Magazine Rejects Controversial Ad," Italic Institute of America press release, February 1, 2002

"Is Diplomacy No Longer an Option?," New York Post, January 15, 2002

"Italy's Global Role," New York Times, October 20, 2001

"Venemous!," The Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2001

"Viva Italy," The International Herald Tribune, August 24, 2001

"Italy's Fear of Fascism," Newsday, June 5, 2001

A Letter of Thanks from The Fox News Channel, June 4, 2001

"Unfair Stereotypes," Chicago Tribune, May 12, 2001

"'Sopranos' Stereotypes," The New York Times Editorials/Letters section, March 6, 2001

"Italian American Children at Risk," Italic Studies Institute press release, March 5, 2001

"As 'Sopranos' Debuts, Italian Americans Worry About Image," DiversityInc.com article, March 2, 2001

"H'wood beats up on Italo Americans, study claims," The Hollywood Reporter, March 1, 2001

From the FORUM section of National Geographic, February, 2001

"No More Mr. Nice Guy," The New York Times Magazine, June 25, 2000

 
 
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