Dec
02
2013

Washington Post: The Problem With Populism

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The Washington Post sees “political risks” for the Democratic Party in a revived left agenda–which is hard to figure, since all of the “left” issues it identifies are all broadly popular.

Nov
22
2013

With Filibuster Flip-Flops, George Will Displays His (Groucho) Marxist Tendencies

George Will may be the dean of conservative punditry with a reputation for sober consistency, but when it comes to intellectual honesty and principle–well, a person could get whiplash trying to follow his opportunistic and hypocritical positions over the years. On Thursday’s Special Report on Fox News (1/21/13), George Will was sad that the Democrats had invoked the “nuclear option,” preventing Senate minorities from using the filibuster to block presidential appointments, other than Supreme Court nominees. “It was a melancholy day for American life,” said Will: It diminishes minority rights, which are always at threat in a democracy, where majorities […]

Oct
17
2013

The Media’s ‘New American Center’ Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don’t tend to define The Center as “Things Most People Support,” because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it’s well to the right of the public.

Sep
18
2013

Should Poor People Eat? Let’s Hear From Both Sides!

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OK, so maybe this headline is slightly unfair, but it seemed like a good way to capture the essence of a USA Today story (9/18/13) about the fight over food stamps. As you may already know, House Republicans are looking to cut some $40 billion from the SNAP program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years.   It’s not unusual for politicians to disagree; one would hope that journalism might intervene on the side of the facts. But here’s how USA Today‘s Paul Singer presented the issue:  The cost of the federal food stamp program has exploded […]

Sep
17
2013

NPR’s New Boss: Financial Industry Lobbyist, GOP Donor, Right-Wing Think Tank Booster

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On September 13, NPR named a new acting president and CEO: board member Paul G. Haaga. The NPR press release states that Haaga’s “accomplished career” included a stint as “chairman of the Investment Company Institute”–the powerful lobbying group of the mutual fund industry.

Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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“We shouldn’t even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner,” the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Jul
29
2013

New York Times: What’s in the ‘Center’?

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“Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center,” read the headline at the New York Times. But the “center” doesn’t actually mean what one might think it means–especially in the context of the political views of the American public.

Jul
24
2013

Maddow Tells the Story of ALEC and Gun Laws–But Leaves Out One Character

Rachel Maddow asks why corporations would want to be associated with the promotion of Stand Your Ground gun laws–but fails to mention that her employer is one company that doesn’t seem embarrassed by the connection.

Jun
28
2013

FAIR TV: Gregory vs. Greenwald, Snowden Anonymity, Time’s Bush Nostalgia

What are David Gregory and Andrew Ross Sorkin really trying to say about Glenn Greenwald? Unnamed government officials are telling media outlets that Edward Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing is helping terrorists. Plus, Time’s Jon Meacham has some odd nostalgia for the Bush years.

Jun
10
2013

On Sunday Shows, NYT Mostly Misses the Point

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The remarkable thing about the Sunday shows is not that they have the same guests over and over–it’s that they have the same Republican and conservative guests over and over.

Mar
27
2013

How ‘Unlikely’ Is Mark Sanford’s Comeback Really?

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The journalists amazed by Mark Sanford’s comeback make the mistake of assuming that since the GOP spends so much time preaching “family values” and “social conservatism,” Republican pols who violate these preachments must pay a greater price than less moralistic Democrats.

Mar
18
2013

George Will & Theoretical Liberal Media Bias

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George Will offers imaginary headline to prove his point about liberal media bias. Real headlines, unfortunately, don’t back up his case.

Jan
22
2013

Journalists Say Obama Still Too Mean to Republicans

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Since the consensus seems to be that Obama’s inaugural address was actually a statement of a bold, progressive vision for his second term, it’s not a surprise that some in the corporate media are upset. Obama’s words were seen as particularly injurious to Republicans, who presumably already feel bad enough as it is.