I wish sometimes that the various news divisions within these organizations still reflected the pioneers of broadcast journalism. Even as he sometimes did commercial shows, Edward R Murrow brought in depth reporting. Walter Cronkite did a few appearances in network shows and movies but maintained his credibility. NBC gave us Chet Huntley and David Brinkley then John Chancellor. I would hesitate to designate any current news anchors from these big 5 broadcast media groups as an heir to these men. Instead of a Huntley or Brinkley, we get Disco Dave Gregory and his dance party.
|By: Scarecrow Wednesday June 27, 2012 6:45 am|
Today NPR told us some “good news,” the story that finally, by popular demand and Presidential edict, America is going to get a national college football playoff. The story went on about how the country has been deprived for a century of the satisfaction of . . . uh, something, which I translated as knowing which collegiate athlete program is the most corrupt at recruiting the future stars for the NFL Gladiator spectacles.
|By: Scarecrow Friday July 1, 2011 1:30 pm|
Anyone who gets Comcast’s rising monthly cable bills and deteriorating service and looked at that merger would have asked how it could possibly be in the public interest to allow one of the worst corporate cable monopolies to merge with another corporate media oligopoly? Answer: it can’t. But of course, that was never the relevant question.
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday March 13, 2011 8:01 pm|
Can this person, Larry Kudlow, keep his pundit employment and program on CNBC after this? After all, he did say the human toll is a tragedy, to amend this, “I mean, the human — the human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that.”
|By: Elliott Saturday January 22, 2011 10:00 am|
It’s looking more and more like Keith Olbermann was forced out, a lot of speculation out there but most telling is the Bring Keith Olbermann Back Facebook page Keith himself set up.
|By: Phoenix Woman Friday January 21, 2011 8:24 pm|
Keith Olbermann just signed off MSNBC for good — and already folks are wondering if Comcast is behind this. What do you think?
|By: Scarecrow Friday January 21, 2011 6:45 pm|
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has announced his final Countdown program. We’ll add details about this situation as we get them. But the first question has to be: Is this the first action by cable conglomerate Comcast, after the FCC and Justice Department approved their takeover of NBC, in deciding what we see on television?
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 18, 2011 4:20 pm|
Earlier today, the FCC and the Justice Department ruled in favor of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, creating one of the largest media conglomerates in the world and setting an unadvisable template for one company to combine the power of media and the Internet.
Sen. Al Franken, who has been a lonely critic of the proposed merger, released a caustic statement on the FCC action today.
|By: Scarecrow Tuesday December 21, 2010 12:40 pm|
The FCC allowing AT&T and friends to write the new rules for Internet access recalls what happened when California handed the pen to Enron and friends in writing rules for electricity markets. Deja vu all over again
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 30, 2010 4:40 pm|
The news that Level 3, which has just partnered with Netflix on online video delivery, thinks Comcast is charging them for fast service, brings the debate on net neutrality to a whole new level.