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‘Saturday Night Live’ Skewers Immigration Ban (Video)

Beck Bennett (pictured) plays a Homeland Security agent in a skit inspired by Donald Trump’s workplace troubles. Also, episode host Kristen Stewart works in a few zingers at the president’s expense.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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NBC Hires Megyn Kelly, Racist Attitudes and All

The right-wing TV personality might have done some battle with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, but her views on race are thoroughly Fox News-y.

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Right on Cue, Media Begins to Normalize Trump

There is no “law of journalism” requiring the press—or Democrats—to treat a far-right demagogue like any other politician.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



Lester Holt’s Big Lie About the Commission on Presidential Debates Is a Problem in U.S. Politics

The most egregious falsehood in the first 2016 presidential debate was from the moderator. The CPD is not nonpartisan, and this fact is helping to kill our democracy. Here’s what can be done about the problem.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE


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Hillary Clinton Comes Predictably Prepared, Trump Swaggers but Falters at Commander-in-Chief Forum

The former secretary of state spoke haltingly but had clearly rehearsed her answers. Meanwhile, Trump initially demonstrated that it’s possible to swagger sitting down, but he came up short in his responses to crucial questions about his preparedness—and about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



Poll: Donald Trump Closing In on Hillary Clinton; Bernie Sanders Remains Formidable

Clinton now leads Trump nationally 48 to 45 percent, an unsettling development as the candidates enter their final stretch of primaries.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



The Dangerous Insecurity of Donald Trump

The presumptive Republican nominee has built a career on bluster, branding and relentless self-promotion. These are useful traits for a vainglorious mogul. For a president of the United States, they could be catastrophic.

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Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

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VIDEO: Donald Trump on ‘SNL’: Further Proof that Realiticians Are Running the Show

Then there was that time that a billionaire-real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-television-magnate-turned-presidential-candidate broke recent network records with his hosting stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” thus ensuring that high ratings would boost him in his bid to buy his way into the White House. It’s all about ratings, right?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week

The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Lester Holt Pulls Up Brian Williams’ Anchor Chair at ‘NBC Nightly News’

Though top brass at the network made it seem for a while like he might be able to hold onto his chair, former NBC News anchor Brian Williams ultimately wasn’t.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



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Big Lies, Little Lies and the Punishment of Brian Williams

The harshest penalties usually tend to be brutal, vengeful and excessive—even when the offender is a celebrity journalist like Brian Williams.

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Stewart, Williams and Thick Skins

Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way.

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Williams Incident: Reagan and Bush Lied About Military Records but Got a Pass

NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams is under fire for repeatedly having told an embellished story of being in a Chinook helicopter that took RPG and small arms fire at the beginning of the Iraq War and was forced down.

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#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War

NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

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The Debate We Should Be Having Is Whether Keith Alexander Is a Hero or Traitor, Not Snowden

NBC News’ Brian Williams followed up his interview with Edward Snowden on Wednesday night with a panel discussion on whether Snowden is a hero or traitor. It was a cowardly and venal thing to do, and Williams should be ashamed of himself.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden: ‘I Was a Spy’

During his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams that will air Wednesday night, whistle-blower Edward Snowden says he was trained as a spy in the traditional sense, and defends his very impressive resume in that regard.

Posted on May 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE


Ex-Westboro Baptist Member Opens Up About the Church

“There was a point when we started praying for people to die,” Libby Phelps Alvarez, the granddaughter of the man who founded the church, told NBC’s “Today” in an interview that aired Wednesday. 

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch: NBC’s Costas Talks Gun Control on ‘Sunday Night Football’

It’s not often a televised professional football game gets purposely political. But Sunday night’s matchup did just that after an apparent murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


‘The Daily Show’: Stewart Rips NBC Over Olympic Editing

Jon Stewart takes aim at NBC for its decision to edit out a tribute to victims of the 2005 London subway bombings during the Olympics opening ceremonies and instead show Ryan Seacrest interviewing swimmer Michael Phelps.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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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


‘Daily Show’: On Palin’s ‘Today’ Show Infiltration

How are we to process the media-made spectacle that was Sarah Palin’s cameo on Tuesday’s “Today” show? Do we care? Not really, but it does make good material for Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” cohorts, particularly the hilarious John Oliver, who has the entertaining (if alarming) task of interviewing Palin’s fans outside 30 Rock.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Super Bowl Scandal Du Jour: M.I.A. Flips Bird, NBC Apologizes

The funny thing about certain TV watchdogs getting their collective knickers in a twist over upstart pop star M.I.A.’s bird-flipping antics during her performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show is that millions of Americans might otherwise have blinked and missed it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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NFL Charges Broadcasters $20 for Every American

After negotiating various new agreements, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV will altogether pay close to $6 billion a year to broadcast NFL games to a football-addicted America.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Chelsea Clinton’s Coming to a TV Near You

Because this is just what the gravely endangered journalistic profession needs, NBC has elected to pluck former first daughter Chelsea Clinton from her hardscrabble life and groom her to become a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News.”

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



This Is Why People Hate Washington

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republican FCC commissioners, voted in late January to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC. Less than four months later, she announced that she is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for the merged company. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Trump’s Media Blitz: Cynical PR Stunt for “The Apprentice”?

That’s what MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show last week, when he admitted to his viewers that Donald Trump’s recent “presidential tour” was never anything but a PR campaign by NBC to promote the next season of Trump’s show, “The Apprentice.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Al Franken Blasts the FCC

Speaking to a Netroots gathering, the Minnesota senator called net neutrality the “free speech issue of our time” and condemned the FCC’s decision to “create essentially two Internets.” Franken also said of the FCC-approved union of Comcast and NBC, “I hate this merger” ... (more)

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE


‘Simpsons’ Skewers ‘Racist’ Fox News Viewers

“The Simpsons” took a cheeky jab at the media in general, and Fox News more pointedly, in Sunday’s opening sequence of the long-running cartoon—which, it should be observed, makes its home on Fox as well.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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And Now for Another MSNBC Suspension

Perhaps it was in the name of being fair and balanced, but whatever the reason, MSNBC brass decided to give “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough the Keith Olbermann treatment for making campaign contributions—but in this case to Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Conan O’Brien’s Inner Monologue

Those of you who watched the sort-of-enlightening “60 Minutes” episode last weekend in which Conan O’Brien carefully cha-cha’d around the issue of Jay Leno’s late-night hijacking of his “Tonight Show” gig might find this “Funny or Die” spoof, well, funny.

Posted on May 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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