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Fox News: Home for Wayward Analysts

To all pundits, politicians and journalists who got everything wrong about the Iraq War, fear not. You may have no credibility, but Fox News is your refuge and your benefactor. As Media Matters documents, the propaganda network has only added to its collection of mendacious war boosters since helping to launch the Iraq disaster.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


Shed This Word, Now

Indulge me, please, while I rant about my new least favorite word: shed. Not as in dog hair. As in jobs. As in, “The economy shed (fill in the blank) jobs last month.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Our Enabling Media Is Worse Than Ever

Once he tasted the realities of political life, Thomas Jefferson had harsh words for the free press. What would he have made of the irresponsible, shoddy, pernicious zeal that passes for news today?

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Washington Post’s ‘Contempt’ for Readers

Why does the Washington Post allow an employee of Time Warner to write commentaries on Time Warner? That’s the question posed by Glenn Greenwald, who writes that the paper “employs as its media critic an employee of Time Warner, the largest media conglomerate in the world.” (continued)

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE


Time Magazine: Now for Adults

The Onion mocks Time’s glossy infographics and inane weekly updates on Jesus and depression with this biting parody.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



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ESPN Is the Diva, Favre Is Just an Old Pro With a Bum Ankle

In the 10 months from September to July, at least two of the four major leagues are playing. In July and August, we’re on our own and the Big Paparazzo does what it does when it has nothing ... guess at something, blow it up, project from it and comment on it.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Wolf Blitzer’s Panic Room

“The Situation Room” is a familiar venue for the kind of hysteria and nonsense that has become the hallmark of television news, so it comes as no surprise that host Wolf Blitzer and a cohort of CNN’s loudest Chicken Littles have declared Social Security at “the final tipping point” and “broke” despite $2.5 trillion in reserves and a bright future.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason DeCrow

Journalism’s Big Investigations Sliding Into a Big Pit

Massive projects like The Washington Post’s “Top Secret America” are on the endangered-species list as the large metropolitan dailies go into decline, and that’s bad for the nation.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE



ESPN

What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Iceland Passes WikiLeaks Law

The Icelandic parliament has approved a package of broad protections for journalists, making the island nation perhaps the safest place in the world to afflict the comfortable and speak truth to power.

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 READ MORE



Biden Watersports Don’t Inspire Confidence in the Media

What to make of elite journalists trading their quills and cameras for water guns and a few laughs with the White House subjects they’re supposed to be covering? Glenn Greenwald writes that “all of this just helpfully reveals what our nation’s leading ‘journalists’ really are: desperate worshipers ...” (continued)

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



Freedom From Porn Edition

What Obama hasn’t learned about offshore oil drilling, why Steve Jobs and Apple want to offer “freedom from porn,” and how GM bamboozled the country into thinking it repaid its bailout money.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Jonesin’ for Their Net Fix

Researchers at the University of Maryland have studied the consequences of 200 American college students unhooking from all media—cell phones, social media, Internet—for 24 hours, finding that many suffered symptoms of withdrawal similar to those in drug and alcohol addictions.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


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What Apple’s Lost iPhone Says About Access Journalism

It goes like this: A 27-year-old Apple employee left what appears to be the next iPhone on a bar stool. Someone picked up the super-secret device and, long story short, sold it to a gadget blog. And thus a corporation’s highly sophisticated control over the journalists who cover it briefly and symbolically imploded. (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 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



Privacy Is Dead Edition

The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade, and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



NPR Strike Edition

Wikipedia is big news in college, Texas textbooks go the way of toilet paper and the NPR strike we never saw coming.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



Mega Media Edition

Hop on past the jump to find out who owns the media, how Gen. David Petraeus wants to handle Israel and why a 13-year-old genius is suing his school.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Georgia Wags the Dog

Call it reckless and/or call it propaganda: A Georgian newscast used footage of Russian troops crossing Georgia’s borders in 2008 to present a “simulation” of possible events, including Russian tanks en route to the capital and the killing of the nation’s president.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

Mexican Reporters Run for Cover

Violence in the Mexican border town of Reynosa has endangered both the lives of its citizens as well as the quality of its journalism. Fearing violent reprisal, many journalists have left, while others are admittedly censoring themselves after being threatened by the drug cartels.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Afghanistan Leans Away From Censorship

The Afghan government has stepped away from a total ban on the broadcasting of “disturbing images” that was implemented earlier this month. The move had set off howls among media and rights groups.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Howell Raines: Why Don’t Real Journalists Take Fox News to Task?

Howell Raines, the New York Times’ erstwhile executive editor, sounds downright alarmed in a Washington Post Op-Ed article about the lack of journalistic standards and blatant displays of “disinformation” he sees on Fox News. What’s more, he doesn’t think that “honest” journalists ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Rep. Kennedy Is Mad as Hell

Is it fair to call this a meltdown? The war in Afghanistan—and the media’s lack of interest in it—is certainly a subject worth losing one’s temper over. Rep. Patrick Kennedy had trouble using his indoor voice during Wednesday’s debate in the House.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



Liz Cheney Edition

Today on the list: Why Liz Cheney’s fear-mongering is blowing up in her face, how Florida plans to de-gay Hollywood and why books are overrated.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



Full-Frontal Snow Edition

Today’s list includes indecent snow creations, the new Jim Crow and brand new reasons to be depressed about American foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges on ‘The Death and Life of American Journalism’

Traditional media is dying, the virtual future is here and a new book takes a close look at what it all means—and it ain’t pretty.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE



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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



AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


Our Addiction to Disaster Porn

Thousands of miles from the San Fernando Valley’s seedy studios, the adult entertainment business is alive and panting in Haiti. Like any X-rated content, this smut is all flesh and no substantive plot.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matthew Putney

Is the National Enquirer’s Scoop on Edwards Pulitzer-Worthy?

To answer our own headline question: It remains to be seen whether this year’s Pulitzer Prize committee members think so, but the editors at the National Enquirer apparently believe that their tabloid’s coverage of John Edwards’ extramarital affair has a shot at journalistic glory. They’ve thrown their reports on the former Democratic presidential candidate’s liaison in for official consideration among the submissions for 2009.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



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All the News That’s Fit to Charge For

The New York Times’ website may get more traffic than just about any other news site in the country, but the paper is still struggling to pay its bills and announced Wednesday that it will move to a metered pay model. ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Lawrence Jackson

Tucker Carlson Takes to the Web

Giving the Drudge Report and Free Republic a little competition in the conservative Web space, former CNN pundit (see: “Crossfire”) and bow-tie enthusiast Tucker Carlson has launched his own site, the Daily Caller. That’s “the DC” for short—snappy, Mr. Carlson!

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adem Hadei

The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Letting Go

There is something fitting about writing my last column on the first day of a new year. January, after all, is named for the Roman god of beginnings and endings. [Editor’s note: This is Ellen Goodman’s final column.]

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE



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Editor & Publisher No More

The Nielsen Co. is putting Editor & Publisher to pasture after 125 years of covering the newspaper business. It’s a shot in the gut to journalists everywhere, many of whom got their start from the mag’s want ads. But the trade’s shoes have already been filled by commendable online publications, such as Romenesko and local efforts like LA Observed. (continued)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Can Gadgets Save the Magazine?

What to do when your business and the medium it’s printed on are disintegrating into pulp? Form a consortium, of course. Condé Nast, Hearst, Time, News Corp. and something called Meredith have banded together to crack this nut with a common digital format, shared innovation and maybe even a new gadget or two. (continued)

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


They Don’t Check Facts Like They Used To

Let it not be said that right-wing bloggers are encumbered by a sense of humor. Or a fact-checker.

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Goodman on Goodman

In a rare turnabout of camera and subject, “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman talks with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer about the major inspirations and role models of her life, her life’s work, and how the ongoing crisis in journalism is really a crisis of truth. Updated

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Kiichiro Sato

Addicted to Nonsense

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch vs. Google (and Reality)

In an interview with Sky News Australia, the News Corp. tycoon laid out his vision for the future of the news business, which bears little resemblance to the present state of the news business. Murdoch said he would soon begin charging for online content, block Google searches and ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Keep the Government Out of the News Business

I’ve been thinking of I.F. Stone while reading the growing stack of reports and essays giving recommendations on how to save the declining news business. The outrageous solution increasingly favored by the journalism establishment is one that Stone would have hated—turning to Washington for help.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Darko Bandic

End of an Era for Lebanon’s Free Press

For decades, Lebanese journalism has been applauded as the freest, most outspoken and most literate in the heavily censored Arab world. Alas, no more. The Lebanese media are being hit – like the rest of the world – by the Internet and falling advertising revenues. But this is Lebanon, where politics is always involved. Is something rotten in the state of the Lebanese press?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE



Where Have All the Ramparts Gone?

Peter Richardson’s new book about the groundbreaking Ramparts magazine says the rag changed America. Truthdig arts and culture editor Kasia Anderson asks the author and former Ramparts Editor Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, why the magazine’s impact isn’t better remembered and what will take its place.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



Where Have All the Ramparts Gone?

Peter Richardson’s new book about the groundbreaking Ramparts Magazine says the rag changed America. Truthdig arts and culture editor Kasia Anderson asks the author and former Ramparts Editor Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, why its impact isn’t better remembered, and what will take its place.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Shealah Craighead

William Safire Dead at 79

The conservative New York Times columnist, Nixon speechwriter and college dropout lost a battle with pancreatic cancer Sunday. In his final opinion column for The Times, Safire wrote about mortality and his intention to reinvent himself at 75.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Newspaper Bailout? Maybe, but Don’t Hold Your Breath

President Obama says the kind of journalism done by newspapers is “absolutely critical to the health of our democracy” and he’s “happy to look at” proposals to save “fact-based reporting.” But don’t expect the newspaper-junkie-in-chief to break out the keys to the bailout vault anytime soon.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Gideon Levy: Bad Journalism Is a Gift to Occupation

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy writes that the “cheap and harmful journalism” of the Swedish organ harvesting story has made life more difficult for opponents of the occupation: “The Israeli occupation is ugly enough without the contribution of Nordic fairy tales. ... [A]ny exaggeration in describing the occupation’s cruelty will ultimately damage the struggle against it.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


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