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Obama Verbally Endorses Protection of Net Neutrality

President Obama called Monday for “the strongest possible rules to protect” the open Internet and voiced opposition to proposals by cable and telecom companies to create fast lanes on the Internet for users who can afford to pay.

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Comcast Buy

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Comcast Chief

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Most People Want to Ditch Cable TV, but Feel They Can’t

A survey of cable subscribers shows that a slim majority would like to cut the cord, and things are certainly trending that way, but most feel that just isn’t an option.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

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Big Money Behind a Big Merger

There are plenty of reasons to worry about the proposal to combine Comcast, America’s largest cable and broadband company, with Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable firm and third-largest broadband provider.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Comcast Merger

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Cable Mergers

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Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Netflix Has More Subscribers Than HBO

The digital streaming service has reached an important milestone. More people now pay a monthly fee for Netflix than for HBO.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE

Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE

The First Honest Cable Company

If you’re one of the most of us who hates his or her cable provider, then you’ll probably enjoy this video.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE

Al-Jazeera Buys Current TV, Plans to Kill It

The Qatar-backed media network will phase out programming on the left-leaning, Al Gore-owned Current to make room for a new channel targeting American viewers.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE

MSNBC Divorce: Microsoft Moves On With $300 Million

It’s the kind of mashup only the crazy Internet boomers of the ’90s could cook up: Why don’t Microsoft—or MSN rather—and NBC get married? Now that Keith Olbermann is off to college, the romance just isn’t there anymore.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE

TV That Finally Lifts Journalism Back ‘Up’

On cable TV, “national news” is a euphemism for New York- and D.C.-focused content engineered primarily by a closed ecosystem of East Coast elites who believe the only things that matter are Manhattan gossip and Beltway games.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE

An Oral History of ESPN

The book lacks a narrative voice to set the scene, pull the reader along. Authors are not just tape recorders with expense accounts. They need to analyze, criticize, validate their characters. Here, they’re often missing in action.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE

Oprah’s Soft-Focus Signoff

The Oprahpocalypse is upon us. On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey made her final speech in a farewell sequence that has spanned several months since her announcement that she was pulling the plug on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Great, but did she give away any cars?

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE

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Assange: Facebook ‘Most Appalling Spying Machine Ever’ (Update: Video)

In a recent interview with Russia Today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had harsh words for Facebook, denouncing the company for enabling the U.S. government to keep close tabs on the behavior, relationships and personal details of its citizens.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE

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Hostage-Taker Killed at Discovery Channel HQ

A man holding three hostages at the Silver Spring, Md., headquarters of the Discovery Channel
was shot to death by police Wednesday. The gunman ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

Those Were the Days

The partisan segmentation of newspapers that existed in the early part of last century is gone, along with too many newspapers themselves, only to be replaced by partisan segmentation in other forms of media.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE / TechFever

Comcast Acquires NBC

In a deal that will dramatically affect both the story lines on NBC’s “30 Rock” as well as the future of media conglomeration, Comcast, the country’s biggest cable provider, has acquired NBC Universal from General Electric for an estimated $30 billion.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE

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Oprah Sets Her Show’s Expiration Date

So long, “Oprah”—in 2011, that is. Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous show went national in 1986, and, on Thursday, the talk show host and international media mogul gave notice when she’ll call it a wrap: Sept. 9, 2011, just a day over 25 years since her daytime reign began.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE

Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs Leaves CNN

We may not have seen the last of him on TV, but Lou Dobbs is done at CNN, having struck a deal to leave his anchor post at the cable channel immediately. In regard to what he’s doing next, Dobbs played coy while announcing his departure on camera Wednesday, saying only that he was “considering a number of options and directions.”

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

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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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Cable Provider Apologizes for Porn Invasion of Super Bowl

Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction was nothing compared to this: Super Bowl viewers in the Tucson, Ariz., region were treated to an unexpected 30-second pornographic interlude on Sunday, for which the Comcast cable company was obliged to apologize on Monday.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE

Bush on the Move

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MSNBC Slammed by Media Execs

There wasn’t a whole lot of love in the room for cable news channel MSNBC during a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday for television executives and actors from both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE

Barack Both Ways Ad

MTV Launches Political Spots With Anti-Obama Ad

MTV has become quite the changeling, now resembling not in the least the network that debuted in the early 1980s. Recently, the cable mainstay announced it will start airing political advertisements, and Team McCain seems to be first out the gates with this “Both Ways Barack” attack ad.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE

News for Dummies

This election cycle has seen no shortage of inane non-scandals and mock outrage, but the dimwitted fracas over Gen. Wesley Clark’s comments is a particularly grievous example. With Fox News leading the way, the cable channels have been competing to see who can get it wrong the loudest.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE

Jon Stewart


“Daily Show” host and media critic Jon Stewart lampoons cable’s talking heads for bragging about their journalistic superiority to the Internet while reporting rumors directly from YouTube.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


What We Call the News

Check out this spot-on sendup of news and punditry, which proves that the dumbing down of America can be funny when it’s not just plain sad.

Posted on Mar 30, 2007 READ MORE

FCC Rules in Favor of Telephone Companies

The Federal Communications Commission ruled along party lines on Wednesday to severely limit local governments’ ability to regulate their cable markets. The decision will allow telephone companies greater freedom to compete with cable by offering television services, but Democrats on the panel cautioned that the FCC had overstepped its mandate.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE

net neutrality

A Guide to Net Neutrality

If you’ve been struggling to wrap your head around the hugely important issue of net neutrality, check out this excellent primer from the coalition (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE

Jon Stewart

Stewart Rips Cable News for Clinton Coverage

“The Daily Show” host spanks most cable news outlets for focusing on anything except the substance of Bill Clinton’s Fox News interview. Watch it

  • For example: MSNBC focuses in on the fact that Clinton’s sock was showing during the interview.

  • Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE

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