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What makes the comparison of Obama and Nixon really astounding, however, is that the comparison wasn't made with President George W. Bush, whose administration engaged in warrantless domestic spying and other tactics that actually were reminiscent of Nixonian tactics.
Thursday, October 1, 2009(1 comments)
A chance for big media to show their worth
Media organizations should ask all the members of the Senate whether they would vote to sustain a filibuster on health care reform legislation that includes a strong public option. They should report the results and keep a running tally. Their coverage of the health care debate going forward should reflect the premise that the cloture vote is what really matters -- a premise the media have been insisting upon all year.
Saturday, September 19, 2009(5 comments)
How Time magazine enables Glenn Beck's lies
But Time not only won't make clear that they are lying, it won't even tell you that they were wrong. Thus, the magazine makes clear right up front that this article is not "journalism"; it is a pathetic attempt to pander to malicious liars.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Media haven't learned from their "death panel" mistakes
What happens when the media refuse to call a lie a lie and insist that, no matter how badly you behave, your political adversaries have done something similar? It encourages politicians to behave badly and lie. The negative consequences are mitigated, and it gets them attention.
Saturday, August 22, 2009(5 comments)
How the media made this summer's political insanity inevitable
It is the media's behavior that has made this summer's madness inevitable. When they let the loudest yellers and most audacious liars drive the discourse, they guarantee that people who can't win on the merits will yell and lie. When they focus on politics rather than policy, they guarantee the public will remain in the dark about basic facts.
Saturday, August 8, 2009(4 comments)
Time for media to clarify the health care debate
When you see people yelling, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare," that's a pretty good indication that the public could use some solid facts. How many people do you think know that health care reform with a strong public option would cost taxpayers less than a plan without such an option?
Friday, July 3, 2009(2 comments)
Howard Kurtz's wasted opportunity
What is really bothersome about Kurtz is that he so often gives the impression that he simply lacks the competence to critique the media. He frequently seems to overlook the obvious -- and when it is pointed out to him, it sails right over his head.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Gaps in the Right's "banana republic" rhetoric
it doesn't bother conservatives in the media that America engaged in conduct recognized all over the world as torture. Instead, they are upset that we might investigate that torture. They are upset that those who authorized the inhumane treatment of detainees might be exposed and perhaps even punished for their actions. It isn't the crime that they mind, or even the cover-up -- it's the end of the cover-up.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Fetishizing off-center centrism
From the way media covered this week's stimulus package vote, you would think the goal of the legislation was to get Dems and Repubs to sit together for lunch, rather than to turn around an economy in free fall. Much of the media reacted not by examining the bill's contents and the likelihood that it would provide a boost to the economy, but by focusing on the fact that it passed without a single Republican vote.