Thumbs on the Scale: How the Conservative Media Helps Romney

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Isn’t it interesting how the US establishment media, even as it went out of its way to push the Republicans’ distorted talking points on Hilary Rosen’s comments concerning Ann Romney, simultaneously ignored things that might not reflect well on Mrs. Romney or her very wealthy husband — things like the full history of her birthday party host Fred Malek, aka Nixon’s Jew Counter?


New York Times, GE Throw Energy Industry a Party; You Were Not Invited

By: Monday April 16, 2012 4:05 pm

Rubbing elbows at exclusive, industry-sponsored “forums” might make sense for corporate bottom lines, and it might make life a little easier–or at least a little more fun–for stressed-out scribes, but it does nothing, really, for the consumer. And that would be for the consumer of the energy product or the news product.

The Party Line – July 1, 2011: Dick Move

By: Friday July 1, 2011 3:45 pm

MSNBC’s “senior political analyst” Mark Halperin was suspended indefinitely on Thursday after calling President Obama “Kind of a dick” on Morning Joe. The president is not a dick—but, that said, the president did make a dick move. No, not the one that got Halperin to put in for a few extra weeks of summer vacation—the dick move was cutting the legs out from under congressional Democrats in an effort to prove his worth to whomever it is Obama looks to for approval, and improve his standing for his 2012 run.

The Party Line – June 17, 2011
Noble Savages

By: Friday June 17, 2011 9:30 am

This week, I am at Netroots Nation #6 in Minneapolis, and I had planned to bring you a video all about one of the themes I saw running through the first day of panels, speeches and briefings. . . I had planned to bring you video, but I am only here through Sunday and that is probably not enough time to upload my usual eight-or-so minutes because the speed of the internet connection here is pre-millennial. . . again.

NYT Speculates on Departure of Goldman Sachs’ Blankfein; Ignores Criminal Referral

By: Monday April 18, 2011 7:20 am

The New York Times has what I assume to be a bizarre form of beat sweetener on Goldman Sachs today. It spends most of 1,300 words speculating on who might replace CEO Lloyd Blankfein if he were to step down, exploring three possible candidates in depth. But the Times ignores one of the big reasons Blankfein might be eyeing the door.

Response to GE Hoax Reveals How Badly Press Understands Multinational Capitalism

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 3:01 pm

No one really wants to report on what GE’s approach to taxes is. To the extent they do, they accept GE’s explanation unquestioningly. But if the AP had a sense of what GE’s real approach to taxes is, they would never have fallen for the hoax in the first place.

It Takes Al Jazeera to Report on BP Oil Spill Sickness

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:00 pm

I’ve heard the American media described accurately at a bunch of 7 year-olds at a youth soccer game. There’s nothing strategic about the game; all the kids chase the soccer ball in a pack. I thought of that when I read a story about enduring sickness in the Gulf of Mexico. It didn’t come from ABC, or NBC, or CBS, or Fox News, or CNN, or any local outlet. It came from Al Jazeera.

David Broder, Long Time Washington Post Columnist, Dies

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 11:44 am

David Broder, a longtime writer and columnist for the Washington Post, passed away today due to complications from diabetes.

State Budget Cuts: Starting at the Top

By: Monday February 7, 2011 2:10 pm

State budget problems are due to the bursting of a bubble fueled by Wall Street greed and incompetent economic policy. Since the problems originated at the top, we should make those at the top pay the tab, not ordinary workers.

WH Press Corps Demands Photo Ops of Them Asking About Egypt

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 2:10 pm

I don’t know what the press corps thinks they will accomplish with more public opportunities to question the Administration about what’s going on.

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