Late Night: What’s The Value of TV Journalism? Analysis of Episode Two of The Newsroom

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 8:00 pm

There was a scene in The Newsroom’s second episode this season where Charlie, the network president, explains to the two rich kids working on a hostile takeover that what the news division of ACN does and says is important. ACN, he explains, is like NBC and CNN, they are the face and voice of the parent corporation.

That really struck me. I liked it. Suddenly I was Fox Mulder quoting from the poster above my desk. “I want to believe.”

 

Why Does Fox News Side With Abusers Like Ray Rice?

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:05 pm

Today’s Ray Rice story is still developing, but one thing it illustrates is the role outsiders can play in demanding justice and then expecting change from an institution that failed to act–or failed to act with sufficient seriousness about a problem.

Digby and Perlstein wrote today about what happened when we failed to hold individuals accountable for malfeasance. When institutions protect individuals, by explaining away their actions, it prevents change from happening.

The other thing it is illustrating is how great it is to have a group of people like Fox News or the RW media on your side, even if only temporarily.

Nixon Would Not Have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 4:18 pm

I asked John Dean a few questions about his new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, during the FDL Book Salon.

CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 7:52 am

I spotted this terrible story today CEO Caught on Video Kicking Puppy. The video is disturbing and seems clear cut. You really feel for the poor dog. But let’s not jump to conclusions until all the facts are in and we hear from all sides.

The Vancouver Globe first story describes “surveillance video shot in an elevator of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver shows an unidentified man kicking a dog several times.”

Late Night: FTC Busts Company for Using Dr. Oz To Sell Products. Is Halliburton Next?

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Last month the Federal Trade Commission sued Pure Green Coffee for using footage from “The Dr. Oz Show” to sell a weight lost supplement on their websites.

This week Dr. Oz went before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance to examine protecting consumers from false and deceptive advertising of weight-loss products. Dr. Oz admitted there is no medical evidence verifying the efficacy of many supplements he promotes, including green coffee beans.

Rove Knows What The Media Likes: ABC Radio’s Case Study

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 9:25 am

A week before Dr. Karl Rove’s comment about Hillary Clinton’s medical status some friends and I were discussing how the left doesn’t aggressively pursue certain media strategies. I responded with a rant about all the roadblocks that are in place or thrown up by organizations and individuals to block certain ideas. They might be happy to benefit from the results but don’t want to hire, pay for or provide legal and technical support for people who can pull it off. Then they see what Rove did and bemoan their inability to do the same.

Let’s Stop Letting Bundy Supporters Off the Hook

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 5:14 pm

Here is something I’d like everyone to notice, and I want you to think about different ways to handle this in the future.

When someone that the Right or the Left has embraced is caught doing or saying something bad the MSM go to the supporters and ask, “So, is he still your guy?” Depending on the offense, and the skill of the people being asked the question, the MSM often let them off the hook.

Spin to Win: How the Current Christie Crisis Will Be Managed

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 7:52 am

If I were the new communications director for Chris Christie I would NOT advise him to “come clean” further and apologize, I would go on the attack. Attack. Attack. Attack. He needs to attack Wildstein, his character, motivations and his backers or else he will alienate his base who LIKE that Christie is a fighter.

Premier Networks Takes Massive Revenue Hit on Cumulus Contract, Rush Limbaugh Loses WABC in NY

By: Friday August 23, 2013 5:06 pm

Rush Limbaugh announced today that he has signed a new three year contract with Cumulus. This announcement represents a massive hit in licensing revenue for Premier Networks, Rush’s syndicator which is owned by Clear Channel.

Late Night: Mitt Never Said That 47% Thing! Romney: ‘Actually, I Didn’t Say That’

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 8:00 pm

My comedian friend Jimmy Dore got to do what journalists rarely do–but should–call out a politician on his BS. This is from his podcast. I animated it with goAnimate. It’s short, about a minute and a half.

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