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ABC: Bush’s Neocon Spokesman for Illegal U.S. Occupation of Iraq Slams Russia for Crimea

It just baffles me that failed neocons like Dan Senor are still given a hearing inside the Beltway.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate

Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Media’s Experts Became Better Than You

The job of corporate news pundits is to appear to say true and important things without attaching those views to themselves or their employers, writes Thomas Frank in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Moyers and Sanders on America’s Media Oligopoly

“In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of media in America. In 1990 the number had dropped to 23. In 1997, 10. And today, six,” Bill Moyers says in conversation with Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Indie Media Guns for the Top Spot in Apple’s App Store

In a media world dominated by mammoth corporations, a progressive, independent news organization has beaten out Fox News on Apple’s ranking of top 10 news apps.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

Many of the country’s biggest media companies—which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations—are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE


Sandra Fluke: Rush Limbaugh’s Apology Changes Nothing

She became a household name over the last week, thanks to the vitriolic attentions of one Rush Limbaugh, and on Monday, Georgetown University law-student-turned-culture-war-front-liner Sandra Fluke went on “The View” to tell Barbara Walters and her cohorts about the controversy and Limbaugh’s attempt at an apology. Updated

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



adrian8_8

Luge Snuff Video: What Were the Networks Thinking?

Days after the luge accident that killed a Georgian Olympian, we still can’t shake the disturbing images and sound of his body flying off the track at 90 mph and striking a steel pole. That trauma was delivered in full high definition by the three major networks, which all reached the same appalling decision to air the footage. (continued)

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Efloch

Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Downsizing Charlie Brown’s Christmas

The cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a classic that offers us an endearing and memorable message against yuletide commercialism. But ABC must not have been paying attention, as it cut several key scenes from the program to add even more space for—you guessed it—advertisements.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Lambert
adamofficial.com

‘Heat’ From Christian Law Firm, FCC Behind ABC’s Lambert Shut-Out

Janet Jackson escaped unscathed this time, but it seems that the FCC may have gotten on ABC’s case for airing “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert’s public displays of homoeroticism during his American Music Awards performance last month. A law firm associated with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


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abcnews.go.com

ABC’s ‘World News’ to Swap Gibson for Sawyer

Not so long ago, it seemed like big news that a woman—CBS’ Katie Couric—would be chosen to anchor the nightly news at a major network. Now Couric’s got some competition in Diane Sawyer, who’ll replace Charlie Gibson at ABC’s “World News” starting in January.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


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femexvoleibol.com

The End of Network TV as We Know It

The American television industry is in crisis, according to Advertising Age critic Bob Garfield, who figures prominently in The Wrap’s two-part look into the future of the industry. In fact, says Garfield, we’re seeing early signs of “the total collapse of the network television model.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE



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NPR Is Booming

Since the year 2000, National Public Radio has increased its audience by 47 percent, with an 8.7 percent jump in the last year alone. That might have something to do with the collapse of the news media over the same period. While newspapers try to compete with Craigslist, NPR has acquired more foreign bureaus—and a bigger morning audience—than the major network news divisions.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE



Allen Barra on ‘Frost/Nixon’

Frank Langella as Nixon in the new Ron Howard movie does his best, but no one did Nixon like Nixon.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
White House / Paul Morse

Bush Admits He Was ‘Unprepared for War’

President Bush reflects on his time in office, airing some regrets and looking to have some say in framing his legacy, during an interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson airing Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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ABC Pushing ‘Daisies,’ Not Democrats

The Obama campaign is running a big media blitz on Wednesday night, with CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision all airing the Democratic presidential candidate’s muy mysterioso half-hour advertisement at 8 p.m., but ABC and the CW won’t be joining in the Obamathon.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Ahead by Double Digits

William Kristol was becoming apoplectic, Hillary Clinton was sounding optimistic, and the McCain campaign was being perhaps a tad unrealistic—or so read Monday’s political barometer as an ABC/Washington Post poll indicated that the Obama campaign had taken a 10-point lead in the presidential race.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE


Palin

Palin on the Economy, Abortion, Sexism

On Friday, ABC aired another set of excerpts of the interviews of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by the journalist her team picked to pose the questions, Charlie Gibson. In these clips, Palin appears slightly more relaxed than she was the previous day, but some of her answers still were fuzzy, especially when it came to whether her personal views on certain issues would influence her policy decisions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin, Gibson Talk Climate and Energy on ‘Nightline’

ABC News’ big-get interview series with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continued with another installment on “Nightline” Thursday evening, during which reporter Charlie Gibson pushed Palin on her position on global warming, and Palin pushed back.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin: Ready to Lead?

To his credit, ABC’s Charlie Gibson posed some practical and pertinent questions in the first installment of his interview with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and he didn’t let her off the hook when she conflated “national security” with “energy independence.” Updated

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Palin

ABC’s Gibson to Palin: ‘Are We Fighting a Holy War?’

In this clip from the sit-down session with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, Gibson asks Palin to elaborate upon a statement she made earlier this year about the war in Iraq: “Our national leaders are sending them [U.S. military members] out on a task that is from God.” Here’s her response, in which she claims she was paraphrasing President Abraham Lincoln.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Palin on ABC
abcnews.go.com

Palin Talks War With Russia in ABC Interview

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is finally answering questions from a journalist in ABC’s three-part interview series with chosen reporter Charles Gibson. Palin comes out of the gate with guns blazing, rewriting history about the Georgia-Russia conflict and considering the possibility of a U.S. war with Russia in the first episode, airing Thursday.

 

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE



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ABC Spreads Palin Around

ABC plans to air portions of Charles Gibson’s exclusive interview with Sarah Palin all over its air, hoping to squeeze every last drop of ratings out of the VP nominee’s first unscripted appearance. But there’s a byproduct of ABC’s scheduling: Palin’s one foray into media accountability will appear more like several.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin Agrees to ABC Interview

After days of insisting that she is ready to be president but not ready to answer questions, the McCain campaign announced that Sarah Palin will, at last, be interviewed by the dreaded media. Why ABC’s Charlie Gibson was specifically chosen for the honor, we don’t know, but he’ll be flying to Alaska to sit down sometime this week with the VP nominee.

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE



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What War?

Coverage of the Iraq war on American newscasts gets a fraction of the airtime it has in past years. Some network journalists complain that they have to beg to get Iraq stories on the air. Although the war in Afghanistan has recently gotten more coverage, no American network has a full-time correspondent on the ground there.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain in the Spotlight

Now that the presumptive nominees are getting ready to do battle for the presidency, their wives are also subject to increasing scrutiny by the press and public. Here, Cindy McCain takes a moment to endure the (soft focus) glare of ABC News cameras and answer softball questions about her husband’s stance on women’s rights and whether she’d feel safe with Barack Obama as president.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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criminal-justice-online.com

Homeland Security Meets Reality TV

If you thought reality TV was only for wannabe warblers, petulant teens and bug-eating fetishists, guess again. The Department of Homeland Security, “as well as several other government agencies,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, is working with ABC on a new “unscripted” show called “Border Security USA,” brought to you, creepily enough, by the executive producer of “Big Brother.”

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Jamie Leigh Jones
abcnews.com

Halliburton Now Facing Rape Lawsuit Trial

For some time, it looked like former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones, who claims she was gang-raped by co-workers over two years ago in Baghdad’s Green Zone, would be forced by KBR into private arbitration proceedings (read: no public record, corporation often has upper hand).

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Stephanopolous Sweet-Talks ‘Adorable’ McCain

Hey everyone, John McCain has his own controversial preacher on his team!  And look, he’s not wearing a flag pin on his lapel either!  These points weren’t driven home by media types like George Stephanopolous, whom Jon Stewart accuses of taking a ride on the “Sweet Talk Express” instead of giving McCain a proper grilling.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


Stewart and Obama

Obama Goes for Laughs on ‘The Daily Show’

Poking fun at recent controversy, Jon Stewart asked Barack Obama Monday if, once elected, he plans to “pull a bait and switch ... and enslave the white race.” The candidate responded with a chuckle and a dig at ABC News.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


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A ‘Preview’ of ABC’s McCain Interview

Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films crew has a little fun at ABC host George Stephanopoulos’ expense in this clip, imagining their own version of Stephanopolous’ interview with John McCain on Sunday. 

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Jae C. Hong

ABC’s Philadelphia Story: Punditry Over Politics

Journalists are famous for their dogged drive to “get the story.” But when it comes to situations like Wednesday’s campaign debate in Philadelphia, they have the ability to make stories, too—and the story ABC’s pundits created that night buried the most important issues of the day, at Americans’ expense.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Philadelphia debate
AP photo / Jae C. Hong

Philly Debate Maligned by Pro-Obama Media?

Why were so many journalists so aggravated by the latest presidential debate? According to Politico scribes John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei, it wasn’t about George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Gibson’s less substantive questions—instead, the problem was that “this time there were more hard questions for Obama than for Clinton.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE



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ABC’s ‘Despicable’ Debate

The Democrats met in Philadelphia Wednesday night for their 21st and probably finally debate. The Washington Post’s Tom Shales was horrified by what he saw, but not because of the candidates: “For the first 52 minutes ... Gibson and Stephanopoulos dwelled entirely on specious and gossipy trivia that already has been hashed and rehashed, in the hope of getting the candidates to claw at one another over disputes that are no longer news.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Sam Walton

The Wal-Mart Videos

Hillary Clinton has, for obvious reasons, tried to distance herself from her time on the board of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas company that, for many Democratic voters, emblematizes globalization and all those jobs that were shipped overseas that the candidates keep talking about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Kucinich Files Complaint Over Debate Exclusion

Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich won’t accept his exclusion from ABC’s debates on Saturday without a fight.  Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC Friday, claiming ABC is denying him equal time and noting that parent company Disney has made campaign contributions to the four invited Democrats.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich and Gravel
cnn.com

ABC Debate to Exclude Kucinich, Gravel

ABC News has announced that Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel (above) and Republican Duncan Hunter failed to meet its benchmarks and will not be allowed to participate in Saturday’s New Hampshire debate. On the Democratic side, that leaves four candidates in the debate; Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race after poor showings in Iowa.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Don Imus
culturekitchen.com

The Return of Don Imus

After a nine-month hiatus from the American airwaves, professional provocateur Don Imus has signed on with New York’s WABC-AM.  Although the station’s president says he’s “thrilled” to bring Imus’ “unique brand of humor” and “knowledge of the issues” to WABC, others are less than pleased about the shock jock’s comeback.

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson

Nixon: Thompson ‘Dumb as Hell’

President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes have truly become the political gift that keeps on giving, even after all these years.  Take this latest timely treat, for example, that ABC News’ indefatigable research team rooted out like keen-nosed truffle pigs.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo/Earl Gibson III

Clinton Leads Obama by 33 Points

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is picking up steam.  She has widened her lead over Barack Obama by an impressive 33 points, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Iowa debate

‘Daily Show’:  The Eerily Familiar ABC Debate

“The Daily Show’s” custom-made moniker for Sunday’s Democratic debate, “Clusterf@#k to the White House,” perfectly captured the skewed spirit of ABC’s déjà-vu-inducing coverage of this latest Q & A session with the left-leaning presidential candidates—or at least with Sens. Clinton and Obama—as a “bored” fly alighted on Sen. Chris Dodd’s shellacked hairdo.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


Two ABC Journalists Slain in Baghdad

Two more members of the news media have sacrificed their lives covering the Iraq war.  Cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf, both Iraqi journalists working for ABC in Baghdad, were abducted Thursday and found dead at the city morgue Friday, according to an ABC executive.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Fox News Resurrects ‘Path to 9/11’ Propaganda

Fox News intends to broadcast unaired footage from ABC’s propagandistic miniseries “The Path to 9/11.” The scene in question, which suggested that Sandy Berger rejected a proposal to assassinate Osama bin Laden, was toned down after the series’ wild inaccuracies and political motivations led to a national firestorm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Media Matters

Air America Blacklisted

An ABC Radio Networks internal memo lists almost 100 companies, including FedEx, McDonald’s and Microsoft, that refuse to have their ads run during Air America programming. (h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Halperin

ABC’s Halperin Woos Conservatives

During interviews with Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, ABC News’ political director Mark Halperin said that the weeks before the election offer a chance for the mainstream media to prove that they understand conservatives’ grievances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


George W. Bush

Bush Backpedals on ‘Stay the Course’

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The president is rewriting history again, this time on ABC’s “This Week,” where he told George Stephanopoulos: “Well, hey, listen, we’ve never been ‘stay the course,’ George. We have been—we will complete the mission….” (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


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