Another Way Obama Can Control Media Coverage of His Administration: Meetings With Elite Pundits

By: Friday November 1, 2013 3:15 pm

President Barack Obama has been holding more frequent meetings with a coterie of United States pundits. The pundits are given access to the president and, in return, Obama expects his points of view will be represented in national opinion articles that are published on current issues or affairs of the day.

 

Sequester Still in the Kabuki Theater Phase

By: Friday March 1, 2013 11:21 am

If you were hoping that the sequester being only hours away from taking effect would spur Congress to take action, you are going to be very disappointed. There are currently no serious negotiations taking place. Instead we are still in the kabuki theater phrase. When Congress only pretends to be doing something while trying to shift blame.

When Worlds Collude: The Press and Political Consultants

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 9:30 am

It’s too easy to criticize the political press. So easy that when something goes wrong with one’s candidate or cause, it’s typically the press that gets the blame. Fish in a barrel, reporters are.

I don’t much like this game, in part because I used to cover politics for big-city newspapers. I know and admire many great political writers. I wish sometimes I were still part of the profession.

But Matt Taibbi’s take-down of the pundit response to the first presidential debate raises important questions.

Top 10 MyFDL Diaries of 2010

By: Friday January 14, 2011 12:35 pm

Check out this list of the top 10 MyFDL diaries from 2010 (based on pageviews). Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our fantastic community of writers. We look forward to reading your work in 2011.

What were your favorite myFDL diaries from last year? Share your picks in the comments!

Glenn Beck’s Sheep

By: Sunday August 29, 2010 9:30 am

Glenn Beck’s various endeavors are so superficial and insincere it’s difficult to understand those who fall for his scams. America, of course, has a long tradition of hucksterism. We are a credulous folk, ready to believe in any old snake oil despite the fact that they always fail.

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