Oct
17
2014

A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really 'Tar' Rand Paul on Civil Rights?

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The new issue of Time magazine declares Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul the most interesting man in politics. Maybe that says something about Time, or about the state of American politics.

Aug
25
2014

Michael Brown, According to the New York Times

Matt Bors, before the NY Times pinned the "no angel" label on Michael Brown.

The New York Times makes some curious choices in its coverage of the victim in the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

May
16
2014

This Just In: US Ruled by the Rich

The Western Brothers, by John Singleton Copley

The same well-heeled elites and their representatives who dominate US politics and policy are also grossly over-represented among the owners of US corporate media.

Apr
09
2014

Sharpton and the Media's Cat-and-Mouse Game

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Both the New York Post and the Daily News sensationalized, for the second day in a row, revelations that Al Sharpton was an informant for the FBI. Revelations first alluded to in 1988 by Newsday, to be specific.

Mar
14
2014

Once Again: Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

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What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to work on badly needed infrastructure projects? They did. You just didn't read or hear much about it.

Feb
21
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Change False Balance, MSNBC Cheers Its Boss, Apology-Free O'Reilly

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David Gregory seemed to say that the science on climate change was settled. So why did he have a debate about whether climate change is happening? Plus MSNBC's Morning Joe cheers on its corporate parent, while Bill O'Reilly gives us one more example of why Fox News is so special.

Feb
19
2014

Being O'Reilly Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Bill O'Reilly slurs the left.

It tells you a lot about our media and society that no one even expects O'Reilly to apologize for his slur of the left.

Feb
19
2014

Our Boss Is Great! How MSNBC Covered Comcast Merger

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How did MSNBC cover the mega-merger between its parent company and Time Warner cable? Hardly at all–except for a segment glorifying their boss.

Feb
03
2014

Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

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Fox News is certainly the place for Republicans to go to be told what they want to hear–including that their favorite news outlet is the one that Americans in general find most trustworthy.

Dec
17
2013

A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US

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What seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. What kind of coverage does an event like that get on US television?

Nov
18
2013

Doubling Down: Healthcare Site Isn't Obama's Katrina–It's His Iraq War

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No, the website problems with the Affordable Care Act aren't like Hurricane Katrina. They're more like the Iraq War.

Sep
18
2013

Inform the Public? Not My Job, Says Chuck Todd

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's declaration that it's not his job to inform viewers when politicians spread misinformation was noted by several progressive blogs today, including Talking Points Memo. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe today (9/18/13), Todd responded to Ed Rendell's claim that Obamacare opponents are full of misinformation about the program by explaining that this was because Republicans¬† "have successfully messaged against it." But wasn't journalism's job to expose misinformation? No, Todd insisted; if the public was misinformed about the Affordable Care Act, it was the president's fault for not pushing back: What I always love is people […]

Aug
19
2013

Richard Engel and U.S. Aid to Egypt

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Since Engel's point was that things must stay as they are, it's not likely that the NBC reporter's words will cause much controversy–certainly things would be different if he'd have given an equally impassioned rationale for cutting off aid to Egypt's military government.