Feb
10
2015

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Fast Track Opponents, New York Times

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The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman reports that President Barack Obama's chances of getting "fast track" authority to negotiate trade agreements are shrinking as "the political fringes expand on each end."

Feb
02
2015

Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times

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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
23
2015

Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal

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As Arsalan Iftikhar suggested, Bobby Jindal does devote considerable effort to criticizing minority groups who have done less to fit the the American majority image. This strategy was on full display in Jindal's softball interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Jan
20
2015

What Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don't learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.

Jan
05
2015

Summing Up White Supremacist Ties as 'Saying Nice Things About an Old Man'

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On Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd tried to provide some historical context to the controversy over incoming GOP majority whip Steve Scalise's speaking before a white supremacist group. He failed.

Nov
17
2014

Will Bob Schieffer Move Toward the Center?

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Bob Schieffer is right that "a lot of people" think the Democrats should move to the "center"–especially journalists and pundits, who have been saying this for at least 30 years. There's no reason to think it's especially good advice, but that doesn't seem to matter.

Oct
20
2014

When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

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The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.

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.

Oct
03
2014

PBS Goes Easy on Paul Ryan

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Ryan wants to change his public image, and is relying on media coverage to help him do that. The NewsHour's Judy Woodruff was unsurprisingly doing her part.

Sep
03
2014

Chuck Todd's Theory of Politics

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Todd's critics are upset by the failure of journalism act as a check on government power, and to process-style political journalism that crowds out reporting on issues of actual substance.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
23
2014

Journalism Without Information

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Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.

Jun
03
2014

Bruni's 'Middle' = Corporate Tax Cuts and No Minimum Wage Hike?

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Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician–meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.