Search Results for: Ina Howard


Howard Fineman: 'The Best of the Old' Media?

HuffPo hire is consummate insider, urging Dems to the right

One potential benefit of so-called "new media" is the chance that news outlets on the Web might offer a break from the tired old conventional wisdom of the corporate "old media." But when Arianna Huffington (Media Decoder, 9/19/10) announced the Huffington Post's hiring of Newsweek's Howard Fineman, she described the move as a sign that her website was now "able to bring in the best of the old." While Fineman may not exactly represent the best of old media, a case can be made that he's one of the most old media of all political journalists. In his 30 years […]


NPR Puts Right-Wing Hate in Howard Zinn's Obit

A double standard for deaths on left and right

Howard Zinn--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/vaXzine

When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27, NPR’s All Things Considered (1/28/10) marked his passing with a declaration that his life’s work was worthless. After quoting positive assessments from Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond, NPR’s Allison Keyes turned to far-right activist David Horowitz, a practitioner of what the Nation (11/12/07) calls the New McCarthyism, for a ritual denunciation. “There is absolutely nothing in Howard Zinn’s intellectual output that is worthy of any kind of respect,” Horowitz proclaimed. “Zinn represents a fringe mentality which has unfortunately seduced millions of people at this point in time. So he did certainly […]


Marie Trigona on Argentina media law, Peter Richardson on Ramparts


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Argentina just passed a media law that will severely curb the power of the country’s largest conglomerates by putting a majority of the country’s broadcast licenses in non-corporate hands. How did the law come about, and how is it expected to change Argentina’s media landscape. And what lessons might U.S. media activists take from Argentina’s example? We’ll talk with Marie Trigona, an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Argentina. Also on CounterSpin today: "A bomb in every issue" was how Time magazine described the 60's muckraking magazine Ramparts. It's also the title of a […]


Glenn Beck Is No Howard Beale

He’s mad like a Fox, and wants to take us in

Fox News’ latest sensation Glenn Beck has invited comparisons of himself to Howard Beale, the barking-mad TV host in 1976’s black comedy Network, who urged viewers to throw open their windows and shout, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Beck recently told the New York Times (3/30/09): “I think that’s the way people feel. That’s the way I feel.” Beck has even played clips of Beale’s scenes on his show (Beck, 3/23/09). Declaring one’s kinship with a fictional TV host famous for undergoing an on-air emotional disintegration would not normally recommend one to […]


Howard Kurtz's Imus Amnesia

Critic forgets requests to shun racist show

The firing of Don Imus by CBS radio and MSNBC provided an opportunity for the many elite journalists who appeared on and supported his show to examine their own roles in enabling his bigotry (FAIR Media Advisory, 4/11/07). But the prospects of an honest self-examination are dim, as illustrated by this exchange on CNN's Reliable Sources (4/15/07) between the show's host, Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz, and Post columnist Tony Kornheiser: KURTZ: But did anyone ever say to you on this -- the things that he would say-- "How can you go on this show when he's making fun […]


Katrina's Vanishing Victims

Media forget the 'rediscovered' poor

New Orleans' post-Katrina flooding (photo: Gary Nichols/US Navy)

It happened on the afternoon of September 1, three days after Hurricane Katrina pushed a wall of water onto the city of New Orleans. CNN had been airing just-received videos of tens of thousands of people trapped at the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center, without food or supplies-scenes of elderly residents left to die by the roadside, of children chanting, "We want help!" Anchor Wolf Blitzer turned to CNN commentator Jack Cafferty to ask how it could be that, with all the advance warnings of disaster bearing down on the city, so many people had still been left […]


'The Final Word Is Hooray!'

Remembering the Iraq War's Pollyanna pundits

Fox News' Brit Hume

Weeks after the invasion of Iraq began, Fox News Channel host Brit Hume delivered a scathing speech critiquing the media's supposedly pessimistic assessment of the Iraq War. "The majority of the American media who were in a position to comment upon the progress of the war in the early going, and even after that, got it wrong," Hume complained in the April 2003 speech (Richmond Times Dispatch, 4/25/04). "They didn't get it just a little wrong. They got it completely wrong." Hume was perhaps correct--but almost entirely in the opposite sense. Days or weeks into the war, commentators and reporters […]


The Collapse Of Howard Dean's Cyber-bubble

The saga of Howard Dean is a cautionary tale about politics and the Internet. His campaign rode a big wave of cyberspace hype — and then sank. There are valid complaints to be made about Dean’s rough handling by major news outlets this winter. Sometimes the coverage was unfair. But what gained him media prominence in the first place was journalistic infatuation with his campaign’s successful use of the Internet for outreach and fund-raising. Actually, Dean burst onto the nation’s front pages because of money. As far as political journalists were concerned, Dean came into his own as a presidential […]