Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
09
2015

Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This

Obama at Selma (AP video)

If voting rights shall not overcome partisan rancor, it will be because of reporting like this, which duplicates and does not investigate the claims made about voting reform.

Feb
02
2015

Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times

NYT Graphic on desirability of out-of-party marriage

The New York Times‘ Thomas Edsall (1/28/15) has some bad news: Republicans and Democrats aren’t getting along. “Political hostility in the United States is more and more becoming personal hostility,” he reports: New findings suggest that the sources of dispute in contemporary life go far beyond ideological differences or mere polarization. They have become elemental, almost tribal, tapping into in-group loyalty and out-group enmity. Back in 1960, about 5 percent of Democrats and Republicans alike would be displeased if their child married a member of the other major party; in 2010, 33 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans […]

Jan
26
2015

Improbable as It May Seem to WaPo, Greek Voters Doubt Austerity Is Required

The Washington Post illustrates the victory of Greece's Syriza with a photo of marchers carrying the flag of an Italian neo-Communist party.  Caption: "Leftist victory could put Athens at odds with the rest of Europe." (photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Warning Greece against a radical break with austerity has been a longstanding theme at the Washington Post. It’s worth emphasizing, though, that the creditors who “bailed out Greece” in reality didn’t bail out anyone but themselves.

Jan
21
2015

Progressive Policies Are Popular–So Why Should Democrats Be Afraid of Them?

Wolf Blitzer & Jake Tapper

in his State of the Union analysis, Wolf Blitzer suggests advocating progressive economic policies could “hurt Democrats”–even though polls show widespread support for such measures, including, in many cases, from Republican voters.

Jan
16
2015

Sad Columnist Forced to Cover Sweaters and Torture

Rick Santorum (cc photo: Gate Skidmore)

Poor Dana Milbank. Here it is just the beginning of 2015, and the Washington Post columnist is already tired of covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Dec
17
2014

More Pointless Campaign 2016 Journalism

Jeb Bush (cc photo: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he sort of could be running for the Republican presidential nomination. Of course, that drew substantial media attention.

Dec
17
2014

Dana Milbank and the Bias of Centrism

Jim DeMint and Elizabeth Warren (cc photos: Gage Skidmore, New America Foundation)

To argue that Elizabeth Warren is the left equivalent of Jim DeMint, one must exhibit no interest in the substance of politics.

Dec
15
2014

‘Disruptive, Demanding’ Elizabeth Warren vs. ‘Can-Do’ Pragmatists

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Brett Weinstein)

Media coverage portrays populist Democrats as presenting a “threat” to pragmatic centrism.

Dec
05
2014

Chris Christie, Keystone and Canada

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A story in the New York Times about the Keystone pipeline isn’t really about the Keystone pipeline.

Nov
13
2014

Fareed Zakaria Wants a Better Public

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Zakaria has a different standard for ignorant citizens and ignorant politicians–not to mention ignorant media pundits.

Nov
07
2014

FAIR TV: Joni Ernst, Midterm Money and CNN’s Climate Change ‘Debate’

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ABC World News hardly covered the midterm elections–but when they did, it looked more like an ad for a Republican candidate. Plus we look at an example of campaign coverage done right, and a curious climate change segment on CNN.

Nov
04
2014

ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

Image from Joni Ernst ad

For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate’s TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.