MSNBC’s ‘Train Has Left the Station’–and Left Truth Behind

Political Animal blogger Steve Benen (4/8/09) asks if maybe it’s “Already Too Late for the Truth” in cable news coverage of U.S. military spending, considering that directly “after Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled his recommendations for restructuring military spending–and boosting the Pentagon budget by $21 billion (4 percent)–the response was immediate: The Obama administration is trying to cut defense in a time of war. It wasn’t true. It didn’t matter.” Quoting a former defense secretary telling MSNBC viewers a “clearly false” tale of “deep cuts in military spending,” Benen notes that anchor Contessa Brewer had asked him “to address the […]


Who’s Giving Press Heat on Obama?

By way of suggesting that corporate media should make even more aggressive efforts to tie President-elect Barack Obama to a politician who called him a “motherfucker” for refusing to try to bribe him, MSNBC‘s Contessa Brewer remarks: I know that there are journalists who are taking a lot of heat for not being aggressive and tough with Obama. Noting that she has heard similar claims several times from MSNBC‘s talking heads, digby (Hullabaloo, 12/17/08) asks the obvious question: Taking heat from whom? I expected that after the election the press would come under pressure exactly like this. It’s a classic […]