FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

 

How Will Fox React to a Terrorist Attack Post Snowden?

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 7:05 pm

After 9/11 I remember predicting another attack. Yet in the US it didn’t happen. (Of course we don’t count the anthrax attack because reasons. That also happened on the Bush/Cheney/Rice watch, but never mind.)

Late Night: Hook, Line, and Sinker

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Bundy is yet another product of the right wing noise machine, which has created its own worldview based not on any principle, but a cynical cobbling together of plutocratic goals and white trash prejudices into a tottering edifice of contradictions that, until recently anyway, could often produce a winning plurality in elections.

Armed Standoff Tests Limits of Government Power and Resolve

By: Friday April 18, 2014 6:45 am

This is a totally hypothetical story. I wonder how it would play on Fox News

The Daily Show Showing Fox News’ Contradictions Again, This Time About Food Stamps

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 7:20 pm

Once again, Jon Stewart has done a superb job of showing the hypocrisy and contradictions of Fox News. One thing that he could have mentioned, however, is that junk food is the only food that food stamp recipients can afford.

Late Night: Bubble Trouble

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Frank Rich wrote a piece in New York magazine this week about the increasing irrelevance of Fox News, arguing that it was time for liberals to stop worrying about it, already, because the conservative information bubble it creates has caused more damage to the Republican party than its relentless propaganda can counteract.  He’s right, when speaking strictly about national and statewide elections, but its effect on House districts, state politics, and more importantly, the rest of the media, is as toxic as ever.

Fox News and Climate Change

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 3:20 pm

Stuart Varney and others are convinced that all the scientists who believe in global warming have their heads spinning right now.

Trying a bit too hard

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 1:30 am

The ever relinquishing grip on reality of not only the far-right, but establishment conservative media continues to pick up speed.

Media Coverage Explodes on Petraeus CUNY Honors College Protests

By: Friday September 13, 2013 1:35 pm

After The Dissenter ran a Sept. 10 interview with a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY protesting former CIA Director David Petraeus’ adjunct professor gig at CUNY Macaulay Honors College, national coverage has exploded on protests occurring on his Sept. 9 first day of class.

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