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Staying the Rhetorical Course

George Bush has dealt with the failure of his “stay the course” strategy by pretending it never existed, but will other candidates who once abused the phrase follow suit?  And will the media hold them accountable?

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Peter Scheer

FCC Mulls Rule Changes

The FCC is considering rule changes that would enable further media consolidation, but several new studies submitted to the regulatory body say limited media ownership has resulted in bland content and a power structure that favors white men.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ on CNN’s Hysteria

Jon Stewart took CNN to task on Monday over the frenzied tone of its North Korea nuclear test coverage.  With little to offer in the way of fact and 24 hours of programming to fill, the news network turned instead to conjecture and doomsday prophecy, prompting this observation from Stewart: “CNN:  It’s 99.9 percent what they don’t know.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann

Olbermann to Bush: ?Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?’

Keith Olbermann has been on a roll lately, contesting the administration?s ?recent Nazi kick? with a series of essays.  This time the ?Countdown? host went after the man himself, saying: ?Mr. Bush, you are accomplishing in part what Osama Bin Laden and others seek?a fearful American populace, easily manipulated, and willing to throw away any measure of restraint, any loyalty to our own ideals and freedoms, for the comforting illusion of safety.? (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


$20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


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thenewyorkerstore.com

Storied Magazine Makes Historic Sales Pitch

The New Yorker is selling its complete archive, “every article, poem, short story, and cartoon (and every advertisement) that has appeared in the magazine since 1925,” on an external hard drive for $300.  It’s a novel move for a media company, many of which have been wary of releasing digital versions of content to the public, for fear of piracy.

Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


JonBenet's overwhelming coverage.
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Enough Already

It’s one thing to report a story, it’s another to obsess over every detail at the expense of real news.  Wall-to-wall coverage of the JonBenet case continues on every major news channel, despite Israel’s violation of the cease-fire, the ruling against wiretapping, and Iran’s missile tests.

Posted on Aug 20, 2006 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Rapture Watch 2006

Jon Stewart had a roundup Thursday of a bizarre recent trend: Armageddon ?news? coverage.  Behold this montage of shame, in which every TV news outlet from ?Good Morning America? to MSNBC seemed to make an appearance.  CNN, in its quest for fact, checked something called a ?rapture index,? while Fox News demanded a rapture timetable, prompting Stewart to comment, ?That?s the timetable Fox News is demanding we have.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


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Column: Press Ignores Role of Fundamentalism in Bush’s Policies

The media has grossly underreported the extent to which Bush’s Christian fundamentalism informs his policies on Israel, Iraq, stem cells and abortion, argues a former Newsday and Knight Ridder White House correspondent.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Conservatives Defend Gibson?s Bigotry

Mel Gibson?s recent bout of anti-Semitism might rightly be described as indefensible, yet somehow some conservative commentators have decided to defend the actor?s bigoted outburst.  One conservative cast Gibson as the victim of ?the vile and anti-human Political Correctness cult,? while David Horowitz blamed a ?hatred of Christians? for America?s interest in the story.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Media With No Guts, No Grace

The press is under attack by the administration, but does the Washington corps of reporters fight back? No, instead it falls all over itself trying to play courtier to George W. Bush.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


web moguls
From the WSJ

Meet the Moguls of New Media

A guy delivering satiric “ninja” riffs in a $6 Lycra ski mask; a sultry woman with nearly 1 million “friends” on Myspace; a guy who has performed corny dancing shuffles in 38 countries. ... What do all these people have in common? Absurdly low-budget, Internet-based origins and, now, high-budget traditional production deals. Read about the new rules of the game.

Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


Mission Accomplished
From hammeroftruth.com

Top Reporter: Stop Reporting Pols’ PR Events, Photo Ops

Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, one of the few traditional media reporters to have forcefully challenged Bush’s prewar claims on WMDs, has called for a moratorium on publishing government statements “that are designed solely as a public relations tool.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


Bush’s Phony Momentum at Home and Abroad

Last week the media seized upon several issues in Iraq, Afghanistan and the White House that supposedly had Bush “on a roll.” But after a subsequent negative turns of events, Media Matters asks whether the media will give the same amount of attention to Bush’s roll in the opposite direction….

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


Norman Solomon: The Gay Marriage Ban Isn’t Just Politics as Usual

Members of the media have been too easy on the Republican push to ban gay marriage. Yes, it may be all about politics, but does that mean society shouldn’t react harshly to the attempt to codify discrimination in our Constitution?

Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


Wen Ho Lee
AP

Robert Scheer: Media Failed Its Duty in Lee Case

Five of the largest U.S. newspapers shirked their journalistic responsibility by covering up the government’s outrageous smear campaign against Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. 

Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


Wen Ho Lee
AP

Victory For Wen Ho Lee

The five media heavies who shamelessly promoted the government’s lies about the Los Alamos scientist chose to settle today rather than reveal their government sources.
Lee was savaged by a media fueled by government rumors that he was spying for China, an accusation he was never officially charged with. Lee was imprisoned in solitary confinement for nine months in 1999-2000 and ultimately received an apology from the judge who heard his case. Truthdig says: The media was not defending freedom of the press but their own right to operate as a megaphone for government agents with an agenda to slander an American citizen. The media went to bat for government agents who broke the law.  When will those agents be held accountable?

  • Read Robert Scheer’s extensive coverage of the Wen Ho Lee case.

  • Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Rolling Stone Asks: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revisits the 2004 election and finds evidence of massive electoral fraud. Kennedy writes:  “After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.”

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Norman Solomon: Media Memorial Day, 2006

    “We remember that many Americans have lost their limbs or their lives in on-the-job accidents that might have been prevented if overall media coverage had been anywhere near as transfixed with job safety as with, say, marital splits among Hollywood celebrities.”

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

    “It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    A Capital Full of Shih Tzu Reporters

    “The president’s approval ratings are at 31%, and not a single Shih Tzu will yap at him.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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    From surrealstudios.com

    Media Lapdogs

    In a new book, Salon senior writer Eric Boehlert chronicles “one of the great journalistic collapses of our time”: the media’s failure to sufficiently challenge the president in the run-up to the Iraq war. Check out the extended excerpt.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi Resigns

    Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi officially resigned today after weeks of refusing to concede defeat in April 9-10 elections. Berlusconi, the largest media owner in Italy, has had a stranglehold on the country’s media, but even an all-out television blitz could not convince the public to ignore a failing economy, which the new center-left government must now revive.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

    Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert Kristol

    Colbert to Kristol: ‘Which Dictator Do We Take Down Next?’

    “The Colbert Report” host achieves what few traditional media interviewers can do: make neocon leader William Kristol stammer and sweat about his support for the Iraq invasion.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Top Spys Story on Prewar Intel Is Finally Told

    A jaded media ignores CBS’ well-documented revelation that the CIA clearly informed Bush that Saddam Hussein had no WMD program.

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Randi Rhodes

    Nuclear Showdown in Nevada

    The government will detonate a massive amount of conventional explosives to figure out the math on a tactical nuclear weapon—perhaps to be used on Iran, warns Air America host Randi Rhodes.

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Foreclosing a Media Debate on U.S. Policies Toward Israel

    Weeks after a British magazine published a long article by two American professors titled “The Israel Lobby,” the outrage continues to howl through mainstream U.S. media.

    Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Glasnost at NASA

    The space agency will now allow its scientists to speak to the media without public affairs officials muzzling them.

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Meeting With Reporters Off the Record

    But the N.Y. Times refuses the meetings, which Bush is holding at the lowest ebb of his presidency. How this fits in with his “Blame the Media on Iraq” policy is something we’ll have to puzzle over.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Mexican Border Fence
    Powell

    Legalize the ‘Illegals’

    “This is a moment of truth for America. It is time to acknowledge that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need us, and to begin to treat them with the respect they deserve.”

    Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Blame the Media

    Watch video clips of reporters who refuse to accept White House spin that the media is to blame in Iraq: CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and NBC’s Richard Engel

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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    The Word at War

    The Washington Post pulls back the curtain on the firm responsible for producing pro-U.S. propaganda in Iraq. (Hint: they call propaganda “influence.”)

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Lara_Logan
    From crooksandliars.com

    New ‘60 Minutes’ Star Slams Iraq Press Criticism

    CBS’ Lara Logan refutes Bush & Co.‘s attempts to blame the media for the negative stories coming out of Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Panic in the Newspaper Biz

    “I don’t so much mind that newspapers are dying—it’s watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.”

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Olbermann_Ingraham
    From crooksandliars.com

    Olbermann Smacks Down Ingraham

    The MSNBC host calls radio talk show host Laura Ingraham “desperate” and “stupid” for criticizing the bravery of reporters in Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    David_Gregory
    From crooksandliars.com

    Reporter Answers Criticism of War Coverage

    An NBC reporter cuts through the chatter about unreported positive stories in Iraq: You can easily get killed reporting them. So how positive can the situation be?

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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    Top Climate Scientist Ravages Bush on ‘60 Minutes’

    NASA scientist James Hansen says that in three decades of government work, he has “never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public.”

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    The Progress Myth in Iraq

    There is now a three-year record of who has been right about what is happening in Iraq—Rumsfeld or the media. And the score is: Press, 1,095; Rumsfeld, 0.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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    MSNBC via Crooks and Liars

    Olbermann Returns Jab in O’Reilly Grudge Match

    After Bill O’Reilly threatened one of his callers with legal action for merely mentioning Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host brings on a former state prosecutor to confirm that the only person in legal jeopardy is O’Reilly himself.

    Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


    ginsburg_asleep
    From Fox News via Newsbusters

    If Ginsburg Fell Asleep, So Did Media

    Did Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg fall asleep while hearing a key redistricting case—as Fox charges? If so, most traditional media outlets didn’t report it.
    A conservative website poses an interesting question here: if Justice Thomas or Scalia fell asleep, would most news outlets ignore that, as well?

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Death: The Big Story That’s Rarely Covered Well

    Public acceptance of killing thrives on abstractions. And, in turn, those abstractions are largely facilitated by news media.  Solomon examines how words can mask the ugly truth of state-sponsored killing.

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    In Defense of Free Thought

    On Monday an Austrian court sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years’ imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust 17 years ago.  Directly on the heels of rioting sparked by the Muhammad cartoons, the ruling has exposed a longstanding double standard in the West about who is entitled to free speech and why.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    bin_laden
    From itn.co.uk

    Today in the Media War Against Al Qaeda

    Rumsfeld says that we’re losing the media war against Al Qaeda, on the same day a militant website posts a new tape by Bin Laden, in which he vows never to be taken alive.
    In perhaps unrelated Al Qaeda media war news, Batman cartoonist Frank Miller says that the caped crusader’s next foes will be Bin Laden’s henchmen.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Dodging Responsibility While ‘Taking’ It (a perspective from the left)

    Officials’ media spin shouldn’t be confused with anything genuine.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    The Shooting Party (a perspective from the right)

    As I understand the profound concern of the ever-alert White House reporters, they smell a constitutional crisis because the shooting party failed to alert the media of the accidental shooting down in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Tucker Carlson
    MSNBC via ThinkProgress

    Cheney-Drinking Questions Percolating (and fermenting)

    The traditional media and the blogosphere are abuzz with questions about the drinking Cheney did before hunting; whether his medications, combined with alcohol, may have played a role; and whether this explains why he didn’t alert the media for so long about the accident (i.e., did he need the time to get the intoxicants out of his system?).
    Some of the best writing on the topic:

  • Think Progress: McClellan Ducks Questions on Role of Alcohol
  • AMERICAblog:  What did Cheney drink and when did he drink it?
  • Tucker Carlson: You CanӒt Drink A Beer If You Shoot. Period.
  • Think Progress: Inconsistencies in statements of Cheney’s “star witness”
  • Raw Story: ‘Beer quote’ scrubbed from MSNBC story
  • The Nation’s John Nichols: Cheney has a lot more explaining to do

  • Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE



    Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP

    Cartoon Protests Stoked by Dictators

    Don’t believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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