The Incredible Pettiness of Right-Wing Media Criticism

Every Sunday on ABC‘s This Week there is a feature that names the U.S. servicemembers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan the previous week. Christiane Amanpour is the new host of the show, and the segment continues. But her critics see something sinister at work. This is how previous host Jake Tapper generally introduced the list: This week, the Pentagon released the names of 16 soldiers and marines killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Sunday, this is what Amanpour said: We remember all of those who died in war this week, and the Pentagon released the names of 11 U.S. servicemembers […]


Washington Post’s Sexist TV Critic

Washington Post critic Tom Shales (5/11/10) didn’t think much of the debut of the PBS show Need to Know. Given the reactions from viewers at the Need to Know website, and those published by PBS ombud Michael Getler, he’s not the only one who found the show a disappointment–or, as Shales put it,a “monstrosity”and “a specious wheeze.” But he seemed to save a special kind of scorn for co-host Alison Stewart. Responding to the show’s fawning interview with Bill Clinton, Shales wrote that “she looked as though she would have been much more comfortable in Clinton’s lap.” Uh huh. When […]