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Haiti: A View From the Middle East

How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

Posted on Jan 23, 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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Freeman Replacing Cronkite in CBS News Intro

If anything should make someone the logical choice to introduce the “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric” via voiceover, it’s surely that the person previously played the role of God. No, not George Burns—it’s too late for that (and probably too soon for that joke). Well, then, how about Morgan Freeman?

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’ on the Folksy, Factless News Channels

An end-of-the-year recap of some of Jon Stewart and Co.’s devastating critiques of Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, from “leave it there” to tea party march madness.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Google Can Help Newspapers, Says Google CEO

Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt has gazed into the future of the news business, and—surprise!—he sees Google playing a big, vital role. In his Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece, Schmidt heralds the advent, in the not-so-distant future, of an era in which the Internet “will foster a new, digital business model.” Hmmm!

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE



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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


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Murdoch, Microsoft May Team Up to Challenge Google

Over the last decade, Google has ballooned into the many-headed online hydra we know it to be today, and despite grumblings about monopolies and a couple of legal tussles, the company’s viselike grip has seemed assured for years to come. However, News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch might be gearing up ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Lou Dobbs for President?

Now that he’s been cut loose from his contract at CNN, former anchor Lou Dobbs is free to do his thing unencumbered by any constraints imposed by media bosses or by archaic notions of journalistic objectivity. What, you might wonder, would “his thing” be? Well, it seems as if this self-declared champion of the middle class isn’t ruling out a run for office ... yes, even that office.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Dobbs Blames It on Obama

The folks at Fox News are going to love this one: Lou Dobbs may have left his desk at CNN, but that doesn’t mean he’ll cut out the crazy talk anytime soon. He believes his decline at the network began when President Barack Obama was elected. However, it’s unclear how exactly that might account for the drop in his ratings.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE


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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



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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Is CNN the Least Trusted Name in News?

The original cable news network has slipped to fourth and last place with prime-time viewers between ages 25 and 54, trailing Fox News, MSNBC and HLN. The conventional wisdom is that Americans prefer their news with a heavy dose of opinion, but CNN could be losing viewers because, as the “Daily Show” points out (after the jump), they’re just bad at gathering news.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Israel Furious at Organ Harvesting Accusation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened a report in a Swedish tabloid that said Israeli troops harvested organs from dead Palestinians to “medieval libels that Jews killed Christian children for their blood.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Afghan News Outlets to Be Censored on Election Day

Tensions continue to build before Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanistan. After a spate of violence in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, including a suicide car bombing that killed at least eight people and wounded 53, the government banned local news outlets from reporting any similar incidents on election day.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


CNN Falsely Labels Public Option ‘Unpopular’

Media Matters caught CNN’s Erica Hill asking, “What are the real proposals here for public insurance? And why is it so unpopular?” Not sure where she gets her info, since polls here, here, here, here, here and here say a majority of Americans like the idea.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Corporate Parents Agreed to Censor Olbermann and O’Reilly

It’s no secret that Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly don’t get along, but the two TV personalities have drastically scaled back their attacks on one another ever since a private meeting between GE and News Corp. CEOs determined the feud was bad for the bottom line.

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 READ MORE


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American News Ticker Goes Dark in Havana

After vexing Cuban officials (and citizens, no doubt) for three years, a U.S. government-sponsored electronic billboard that featured news and information blips tailored for a Cuban audience from an American-friendly angle has been switched off in the interest of changing the diplomatic tone between the two countries.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


When Trust and Media Were One

The greatest sorrow in marking Walter Cronkite’s death is the necessity of acknowledging that we have replaced his work ethic and wisdom with puffery and ideological pontification.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Opinions Walter Cronkite Never Aired

In the fall of 2002, Walter Cronkite agreed to be interviewed about the pending U.S. invasion of Iraq. That interview was never published. Looking back at the transcript seven years later, Walter’s views proved quite prescient. Here’s some of what he told me.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Walter Cronkite, TV’s First Anchor, Dies at 92

One of the news industry’s longest-living legends, Walter Cronkite, died of cerebrovascular disease Friday at the age of 92. Over the course of his storied career as the anchor of CBS News, Cronkite covered some of the biggest events of the 20th century. He himself coined his famous and often-quoted sign-off line: “And that’s the way it is. ... ”

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Newsweeklies on the Brink

So, Time and Newsweek have had to reinvent themselves in the face of flagging circulation numbers and built-in relevance issues (i.e., they were created at a time when there were too many newspapers, crazy as that sounds now), but as The Atlantic’s Michael Hirschorn notes, there’s one weekly news digest that’s going strong while others falter.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Overload?

President Obama is still wildly popular and he seems determined to revel in it by popping up three times a day to make a statement or greet a world leader. However, Joel Connelly writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “a president should take time out of the public eye, and not tire out the country.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


Journalism in the Twitter Era

Journalism is famously described as “the first rough draft of history.” But the history of this Iranian moment is a first, rough hailstorm of bits and bytes, tweets and texts. In the tweet of Mousavil388: “One Person=One Broadcaster.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE



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Dobbs Takes a Dive

It seems that immigrant bashing isn’t the ratings fertilizer it used to be. Just ask CNN blowhard Lou Dobbs, who hitched his wagon to a xenophobia boomlet only to discover that angry white men are a fickle bunch.

Posted on Jun 10, 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



Jacob Heilbrunn on Alger Hiss

Susan Jacoby’s lucid new book reminds us that the Hiss case offered a vengeful postwar right a golden opportunity to tar the New Deal as a crypto-communist conspiracy—and why it still matters.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Bill O’Reilly Gets Nasty

No one expects the former “Inside Edition” host and Fox News provocateur to be a class act, particularly not since he made his intentions with that falafel clear, but what Bill O’Reilly does with a pipe metaphor in this clip is just lame.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009 READ MORE



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Coping With Corporate Media

The Truthdig Podcast is back and better than ever. This week the panel tackles our obsession with imperfect athletes, the first days of the Obama administration and the decline of media. Special guest Megan Tady, campaign coordinator for Free Press, joins James Harris and Josh Scheer.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


Addicted to Fake Outrage

One thing is obvious after Michael Phelps’ marijuana “scandal”: Our society is addicted to fake outrage—and to break our dependence, we’re going to need far more potent medicine than the herb Phelps was smoking.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE


Stronger, Please, Mr. President

Having allowed his Republican opponents to dominate the economic debate, Obama used his first news conference to rebut them—coolly and civilly, yet without leaving any doubt that he can strike back harder if necessary.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE



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TV News Makes TV Look Bad

A survey of stimulus coverage by Media Matters has found that watching TV news may actually shrink your brain. Well, that’s not fair, but it certainly won’t teach you much about stimulating the economy. That’s because the personalities that populate the airwaves—and not just Fox News—are given license to repeat untruths over and over again.

Posted on Feb 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Colbert Turns O’Reilly Against Himself

Bill O’Reilly must be some kind of highly dedicated comedian who has managed to fool the country with a series of elaborate Andy Kaufman-esque stunts. How else to explain moments like this, exquisitely captured by Stephen Colbert, when the “Factor” host unintentionally ridicules himself ad absurdum?

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE



Gaza Ad Stirs Controversy Across the Pond

Two of Britain’s biggest networks, Sky and the BBC, have refused to air a two-minute fundraising appeal on behalf of Gaza. The decision not to broadcast the spot, produced by a committee made up of Britain’s biggest aid agencies, has triggered public outcry, condemnation from politicians and a formal investigation by the BBC Trust.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE


We Told You So

With the release of three new reports, there’s no debate anymore about who was correct and who wasn’t concerning the economic collapse and the Wall Street bailout. The studies prove that progressive critics were right and the Washington ideologues and the pundits were wrong.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


The New Longevity

Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE



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A Wal-Mart Christmas for a Wal-Mart Country

The giant discounter is the only store where hard-squeezed consumers can afford to buy anything, and so it has kept posting sales gains amid the retail bloodbath.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Nicholas von Hoffman on Kevin Phillips’ ‘Bad Money’

An insightful book discloses how a confidence game combined pride and cunning and stupidity to bring America to the brink of catastrophe.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain, Palin Fume at Obama’s ‘Pet Newspaper’

While John McCain is still searching for a reason he should be president, he has a new reason Barack Obama shouldn’t be: The Illinois senator once had dinner with a Palestinian. Or, as McCain sees it, he attended a terrorist convention with a PLO spokesman and William Ayers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Christian Science Monitor Will Go Paperless

The oft-repeated narrative of print news going to the pits has gained another protagonist, as the century-old Christian Science Monitor recently decided to cease its daily print edition, banking now on the Internet as its key distribution mechanism.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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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


Life After November 4th

Opinion surveys, voter registration totals and cable television ratings indicate that Americans have been engrossed by the marathon presidential campaign. In a week and a half, it’ll be over. What will we do to fill the void in our lives?

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Weapons of Mass Distraction

John McCain and Sarah Palin are going to try their best to make us talk about anything but the big issues facing our country, because most Americans think Barack Obama’s solutions are better.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Couric Stumps Palin With Question About Reading

Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about a number of controversial topics during the latest installment of her interview—evolution, abortion, homosexuality—but the VP nominee appeared to have the hardest time when pressed to say what newspapers and magazines she has read: “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 READ MORE



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Couric Grills Palin on McCain’s Economic Record

The “CBS Evening News” host brought a little heat to her sit-down with the Alaska governor: “I’m just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?” Update: Full video

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Does the Cold War Have Lessons for Today?

Carolyn Eisenberg takes a close look at Melvyn Leffler’s “For the Soul of Mankind” to ask whether our current troubles are rooted in a history that continues to haunt us.

Posted on Sep 19, 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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