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.

 

Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC — Book Salon Preview

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 10:56 am

Barack Obama wasn’t the only beneficiary of the calamitous Bush years. Something of an industry punchline since its formation in 1996, MSNBC suddenly gained a comprehensible voice during the era, while pinning its hopes upon the inspiring senator from Illinois. Obama’s victory spelled success for the network, which saw a sizable ratings increase and began positioning itself as a viable alternative to the right-wing propaganda of Fox News. However, a close inspection of the station’s programming and an analysis of their celebrity hosts generate troubling questions about the state of the American media.

The Limits of MSNBC

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 10:32 am

MSNBC gives voice to one side in a series of narrow debates, the side previously represented by the likes of Alan Colmes.  But the change is basically one to a larger microphone, rather than to a wider range of opinion.  The debate remains framed within the same limitations.  A prime example is war and militarism.  MSNBC is in favor of wars with a different wrapper, rather than of eliminating wars from U.S. foreign policy.

Sen. Schumer Believes States Should Be Able to Experiment with Pot Legalization

By: Monday January 27, 2014 4:08 pm

New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) has become the latest prominent political official to say states should be able to experiment with legalizing marijuana without federal interference.

What’s The Point: MSNBC Interrupts Former Congresswoman for Justin Bieber Breaking News

By: Friday January 24, 2014 7:05 pm

It’s not uncommon for guests on any news program to get bumped for “breaking news” but imagine hormer congresswoman Jane Harman’s surprise when she realized the news for which her NSA segment got bumped was the arrest and subsequent booking of Canadian Popstar Justin Bieber.

The Importance of a Brian Schweitzer Presidential Run

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 1:25 pm

The chances of Schweitzer winning the primary are small but choosing a presidential nominee is only one function of a presidential primary. Schweitzer could play a critical role in shaping the debate on issues ranging from NSA oversight to single-payer health care.

The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 10:40 am

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security Agency’s powers, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to have the Justice Department investigate Clapper.

Ed Schultz Responds to NBC Worker Controversy ‘I Support Workers Everywhere’

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 12:19 pm

So why is Ed Schultz telling viewers to look him in the eye as he pledges fealty to workers rights? The answer is due to a little known labor dispute going on within the NBCUniversal/Comcast media empire that has some on the left questioning Schultz’s commitment to workers.

MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin Over Anti-Gay Slurs, Heat Is On Hate Speech Actor

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 12:16 pm

Enough with the sorry, Alec. Do something, something aside from revealing you have a gay hairdresser.

“C*CKS~CKING F&G!” Fathead Jerk Alec Baldwin Screams Anti-Gay Slur, This Time GLAAD Gets Mad

By: Friday November 15, 2013 10:20 am

If an athlete or rapper or a politician had used that sort of language, they’d be soundly castigated the first time and might not have their job. But Alec got a pass just five months ago and still sounds forth from his MSNBC bully pulpit. But despite his highly publicized donations to the theater and arts via his Capital One ads, he couldn’t figure out a way to insult a photographer without using homo-hating words.

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