December 07, 2010

Let's have a toast for the assholes...

Or at least the liars: 3.32pm: "This case is not about WikiLeaks," district judge Howard Riddle told the court, according to my colleague Sam Jones, who was there. No. Of course not. Sexual assault in Sweden is of the utmost...
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March 12, 2010

Candy Crowley Thinks Eric Massa Is As Big a Story as Afghanistan

Her career has featured more than its fair share of shameful and biased moments, but even by the low expectations I have for her work, this is extraordinary. Naturally being an enormous hack she's recently been promoted by CNN to...
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March 01, 2010

Which Tea Is Haley Barbour?

Ah, The Politico....
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February 22, 2010

Ron Paul Wins the Vote at CPAC 2010

So do I have this straight? The Right, Big Media, and Big Right Media all thought CPAC merited coverage as a meeting of leaders of a movement they see on the rise. But when Ron Paul decisively wins their presidential...
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February 20, 2010

Misc

Alexander Haig died. Pretty crazy guy ("I'm in charge here."), but colorful. One of the first people I remember as a political figure, and in that sense, memorable to me. Conor Friedersdorf put together a list of great journalism in...
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February 12, 2010

Bob Costas and Matt Lauer - Who Is More Pompous?

It's Costas by a mile of course - tonight he's intimated he's bored by the long celebration of Native American cultures, and he arguably insulted Andorra - and they are only through the A's of the countries competing. In another...
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February 07, 2010

So Far I Haven't Shot the TV

But watching Meet the Press, it's tempting. First David Gregory was playing The Queen of Hearts - demanding to know the sentencing for an accused terrorist before he's actually been tried. Then who does he trot out to talk about...
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January 27, 2010

The State of the Union 2010

As the president began speaking I switched from CBS to NBC - after 10 minutes of inane commentary from Bob Scheiffer and Jan Crawford I couldn't take any more.It's 9:41 - still no mention of health care? Wtf? I'm not...
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October 20, 2009

"Fewer suede dresses and more ruthless social victories!"

On Tuesday afternoons New York magazine, or rather one particular column, has come to rule my world. Make of that what you will. Blair: "I am in no mood to hear you fawn over some girl with tacky accessories who...
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September 10, 2009

The Bush Administrative - As Manipulative as LBJ and as Vindictive as Nixon

Daniel Ellsberg makes some interesting historical comparisons - and boy oh boy does Howard Kurtz appear appalled....
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August 17, 2009

Somedays, I Just Weep For My Country

Via The Daily Beast, we discover that not everybody is doing badly in this recession: Fox News is having a great year! Fox's viewership is up 11 percent over last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. CNN and MSNBC, which...
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August 04, 2009

Just How Low Has the Washington Post Sunk?

Pretty damn low. Which makes this sad - but also pretty damn funny....
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July 31, 2009

Ezra Klein Rips Apart Meghan McArdle's "Arguments" About Health Insurance Reform

I don't know why people read Ms. McArdle, but apparently some still do. Ezra Klein points out why that might not be the best of ideas if you want thoughtful commentary, as opposed to ideological ramblings, on health care issues....
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July 27, 2009

The Political/Media Line of the Day

Chris Matthews on Sarah Palin - "She's hitting all the erogenous zones of victimhood." Given Matthews' rep perhaps that's not the smartest thing for him to say, but it has a ring of truth to it....
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July 05, 2009

Culture of Truth Translates This Week - July 5, 2009

I can't sit through Steph's show. Happily one can get the gist, in a far more entertaining format, here....
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July 03, 2009

Chris Cillizza and Palin's "Rebound"

So I sent a personal email to a friend yesterday slamming, at length, this terribly silly, obviously trolling for links from Halperin and/or Drudge piece by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. I mean it's obviously going-against-the-grain for the sake of...
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June 22, 2009

Larry Sabato - Rented (in the John Breaux Sense) by Virgil Goode?

Sabato didn't return our calls, which has to be a first for him. Quite....
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May 22, 2009

The National Journal - Accepting Right-Wing Talking Points and Creating New Ones

Just another morning's work in how they cover the court-related news. First, Stuart Taylor calls Judge Sotomayor (who he's down-graded to the fifth most likely person to replace Justice Souter) a racist. and calls for her to be banished from...
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May 14, 2009

"Coal is West Virginia"

I have no idea what the point of this West Virginia Public Radio story on the "Battle of Ringtones" was meant to convey. The story had a very pro-coal vibe to it (the only ringtones discussed were pro-coal ones; none...
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May 08, 2009

Mark Halperin Remains a Hack

The top story on The Page right now is that Michelle Obama went out for a hamburger today. Could this guy be any more insular and obsessed with trivialities?...
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May 05, 2009

What Exactly Does Ross Douthat Want from the Republicans?

So the New York Times thinks it should have another right-winger on its op-ed pages. Naturally said writer is interested in revitalizing the country's right-wing party. But exactly what does he want it to be? Well, not Rush. But also...
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May 04, 2009

Coasting With Cokie

Jack Shafer has as little use for Cokie Roberts as I do. Is insipid the word? Or vacuous? In any event she's one of the many reasons I gave up on NPR and (Steph's Sunday show) years ago....
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April 04, 2009

It's like V for Vendetta

And no, when I'm talking about Glenn Beck, I am not talking about the nice rhyming bits by Hugo Weaving, but rather the crazy, spittle-flecked on-air personality....
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March 24, 2009

Greg Gutfield on the Canadian Military

Fox News continues to give Americans a bad name. From Gutfield's wikipedia page (at the moment): On March 17, 2009, Gutfeld (who has no military experience) and his Red Eye panel mocked the Canadian Forces. In reference to Lieutenant-General Andrew...
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March 18, 2009

This is Moderately Cool

What the NYT Baghdad bureau is reading right now. Not completely cool, but moderately so....
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March 14, 2009

"He Will Be Joining Us From His Fear Chamber Directly"

"I bet they're serving food." Shep Smith mocks Glenn Beck. And mocks. And mocks. And mocks. And Chris Wallace is not amused....
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March 09, 2009

A Passing Story

I have no kids, so I don't think I can relate to this story as well as others. That being said, this is incredibly well written. Fatal Distraction, by Gene Weingarten. (Via links from Making Light and Majikthise.)...
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March 04, 2009

Tom Friedman's Five Worst Predictions

Really, how can you pick out only 5? Still that's how many Barrett Brown chooses to focus on here. I really do think one of the best things that we could see happen to journalism would be if media outlets...
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February 09, 2009

The February 9 Obama Press Conference

I'm going to be interested to see how the tv talking heads deal with this. The typical Mr. Airhead and Ms. Blowdry knows nothing whatsoever about economics, and very little about the US political system. They live in a world...
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Pentagon Spending on Psy Ops and Propoganda Surges

An interesting AP story. As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of...
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January 29, 2009

Republicans Dominate the Airwaves on the Stimulus Debate

One of the reasons I've found it nearly impossible to watch the news of late. These numbers are bad. But I think the point at the end is even more disturbing because it is so true - the anchors are...
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January 27, 2009

Fred Dicker Fires a Broadside at Gov. Paterson

He's calling him a huge liar. Which given similar calls would seem to open the door even wider to a primary challenge from Andrew Cuomo. Won't it be odd if Paterson bad-mouthing a Kennedy leads to the ex-husband of a...
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January 17, 2009

Taibbi on Tom Friedman and His Last Two Books

The New York Times gasbag (or if you prefer, terrible writer known for selling simplistic, sometimes incoherent, ideas) gets knocked around rather deliciously. This is Friedman’s life: He flies around the world, eats pricey lunches with other rich people and...
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Taibbi on Tom Friedman and His Last Two Books

The New York Times gasbag (or if you prefer, terrible writer known for selling simplistic, sometimes incoherent, ideas) gets knocked around rather deliciously. This is Friedman's life: He flies around the world, eats pricey lunches with other rich people and...
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January 05, 2009

CNN's Sudden Concern About the Deficit

Yeah, suuuure the traditional media and CNN are friendly to Democrats. I think I've heard more reporters (not economists mind you) worrying about the deficit and federal spending over the course of this morning than I heard over the entirity...
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December 17, 2008

You Can Vote For the Most Inane Punditry of 2008

Though really, how can you choose? I'd say Chris Matthews should win the gold, the silver, and the bronze, unless one wanted to honor David Brook's sad attempt to create a world in which he's an average guy - a...
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December 12, 2008

Dear US News Media: Learn To Read

Dear Media: I have noticed a recent trend in calling Obama's incoming Cabinet by an old phrase - "The Best and The Brightest." You should note that this phrase refers to a good book, but the book uses the phrase...
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November 30, 2008

Gen. Barry McCaffrey and the Military - Industrial - Media Complex

David Bartsow has an excellent piece in today's New York Times on Gen. McCaffrey, a well-known retired general, tv talking head, and former Drug Czar, detailing McCaffrey's tendency to advocate policies - to both the media and the military -...
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November 17, 2008

No Morris, the Media Is Not Liberal (Example 56,916,725)

Newsweek covers the burning question - is Obama the anti-Christ?...
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November 06, 2008

The Republican News Network - Shielding the Public from the Dangerously Unqualified

Carl Cameron is completely untrustworthy. That was certainly made apparent by his coverage of Kerry-Bush in 2004. But even knowing that, seeing him admit to this is remarkable. FoxNews must protect its masters at all costs, apparently - even if...
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October 25, 2008

A Map of Newspaper Endorsements

Via Sullivan, this is interesting. Preditcably, Obama is winning more endorsements from the nation's bigger papers, And there are more papers that are endorsing Obama this year after endorsing George Bush in 2004 than there are papers that are endorsing...
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October 17, 2008

Public Service Announcement

I don't know how she got like this. But whatever did it to her, you should avoid drinking/eating/snorting/seeing/reading/smelling/listening to it. On the other hand, this is awesome in so many ways that scientists haven't invented a number big enough: (These...
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October 15, 2008

Taibbi Slays National Review's York on the Financial Crisis

Take time out of your day to read the second half of this. It's hilarious (and a tiny bit sad)....
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October 08, 2008

Serve Me! Don't Make Me Wait!

CBS' Dean Reynolds appears to be under the impression that the presidential campaigns are best evaluated by which campaign staff makes Dean Reynolds' life easier, and, dare I say it, more comfy....
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October 06, 2008

Was SNL Anti-Semitic Last Weekend?

Last weekend's skit on the vice presidential debate was super, the best Fey as Palin production yet. But this ... by the end it's definitely not funny, and I can understand arguments that it goes far beyond merely being not...
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October 04, 2008

On the Targets of the Latest Pentagon Propoganda Program

The US is a key audience for the hundreds of millions they are throwing into propoganda operations? I think Marc Lynch's response is on target. Presenting American audiences as a key target for manipulation through the covert dissemination of propaganda...
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October 03, 2008

Bosniaks

Cokie's sense of her own knowledge of the world seems to be boundless at times - even when she's wrong. In her defense, it's a word many of us (other than Baltar) don't know. And yes indeed, if Palin had...
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October 01, 2008

Ifill Should Be Replaced

Do I think she's "in the tank" for Obama, like Michelle Malkin suggests? No. If she'd the moderator I expect a tediously "fair and balanced" performance. But I don't think the moderator should be the story. And in this environment...
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MSNBC Pulls Ad Calling on McCain to Release His Medical Records

Ummm, why? What's unreasonable about calling for the disclosure of information that will have a direct effect on a candidate's ability to do his or her job? Of course that's especially true when you've got a candidate who is 72,...
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September 30, 2008

Lurkers Should Comment More

I've just been informed that there is a certain someone who regularly reads our blog. An important someone. We're proud of the bloggingness that we do here, and we like it when readers (lurkers) become commenters. It keeps the blog...
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Couric Is Pathetic

She's not a dumb woman. Surely she knows what's at issue isn't whether or not Palin would use a morning-after pill but whether she'd obstruct the rights of other women to use them. And how in the hell does she...
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September 24, 2008

Campbell Brown Calls Out McCain's Sexist Treatment of Sarah Palin

"Allow her to face down those pesky reporters. ... you are not showing her the respect she deserves."...
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September 23, 2008

Rush - Obama is an Arab!

Ummm, no he's not. Does Rush think all colored people look alike or something? Or could Rush once again be spreading a lie intended to make Obama appear dangerous? Somehow I'm guessing it's the latter....
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September 15, 2008

Oh, the liberal bias! The crazy feminism!

/snark Under Armand's post below, I commented about wacky hijinks that ensued when two - count 'em! two! - college republican papers were once published at my alma mater, and left a link to the "liberal" Alligator. And thus I...
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WVU's College Republicans Start Their Own "News"paper

Someone might want to introduce these people to the world of logic. If the purpose of their endeavor is to promote a certain agenda, I'm curious to know how they plan to cover that and other matters in an "unbiased"...
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US Newspaper Spread "Obsession" in Swing States

I'm not sure that this is appropriate behavior for supposed news organizations, no matter how hard up for cash they are. Maybe if they fact-checked it - but something tells me they didn't....
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September 12, 2008

The Palin-Gibson Interview: Round 1

She knowingly lies right to your face, again and again, even when she probably knows there's proof to catch her in the lie. She just doesn't care, doesn't feel a need to defend herself, or to be honest with the...
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September 08, 2008

A Woman Shows All During a Fracas at a Local Restaurant ... Sources Say

Once again Ezra is wise. Until the media acknowledges they are part of the campaign they can't cover it effectively. And since they can't acknowledge that we get lousy campaign coverage. Reporting on the campaign minus the media is "willfully...
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The McCain Media Strikes Again

MSNBC is removing Keith O and Chris Matthews from the anchor's chairs of their election coverage. And ABC's Charlie Gibson agrees to interview Sarah Palin over multiple days. You know, so she can get notes between questions, or easily call...
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September 07, 2008

Could McCain Be Any More of a Celebrity Among the East-Coast Elite?

Imagine that asked in my best Chandler Bing voice.It's hard to imagine anyone who better represents the Washington elite than McCain. He fits that bill in so many ways. And I learned a new one from Halperin today (yes, it's...
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September 02, 2008

Bloodying the nose of democracy: Link Dump on the RNC Protests

There are several stories within the general view of the ineptitude of the coordinated "security" forces outside the RNC. One is about the harassment and abuse of the press. Another the apparent inability of the authorities to discern the difference...
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August 31, 2008

Your Sunday Morning "News" Shows, aka Republican TV

Yes, I know liberals aren't allowed on tv, and I know the convention in St. Paul is starting on Labor Day, but evenso this line-up is laughable. John Kerry is the last of three guests on one show - and...
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August 28, 2008

If You Need More Proof the Associated Press Is In McCain's Corner ...

This is their response to Obama's speech? In the first place, maybe they'll later add an "analysis" tag to the work and stop calling it a "news" piece, as they've done with McCain-cheerleader Fournier's work. But beyond that ... c'mon....
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August 26, 2008

NBC's Silence Regarding Matt Micham's Win

So let's see, an attractive blonde who speaks English, is a great interview, wears skimpy outfits and gets wet beats the favored Chinese for gold - and NBC's coverage of him is akin to the proverbial crickets chirping? Nope NBC...
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August 23, 2008

Are We Sure Ron Fournier Didn't Take That Job With McCain?

McCain's camp gave him a job offer, and supposedly he turned it down, but are we sure of that? I mean this line certainly doesn't look like something written by a reporter without an agenda:For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old...
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August 19, 2008

And Mark Halperin Remains Such a Tool

So eager to rumor-monger, and let us all know that he's playing with the in-crowd, he's had a post up for hours noting that Beau Biden knows the Veep pick - and yet for most of that time he didn't...
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August 11, 2008

Cokie Is Determined to Give Me a Stroke

Really, why in the world does anyone watch the Sunday morning shows. I know it's kind of the job of the national press to follow them (i.e., to listen to each other), but it's surprising doing so doesn't lead peoples...
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August 01, 2008

Shinseki's Letter to Rumsfeld; And Yes, Jamie McIntyre Is An Asshat

The Armchair Generalist has a couple good links here, one to a letter Gen. Shinseki wrote Secretary Rumsfeld, and one to a piece by Secretary Gates (I might throw the latter on a syllabus). And as to McIntyre's comments about...
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July 26, 2008

The Ever-Diminishing Insight of Stuart Taylor

So I realize that once one becomes a pundit it's virtually impossible to lose the status no matter how many inane things you say or write, but this is damn weak stuff. Quite apart from the fact that his ideological...
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So Is Obama "Presumptuous", Or Is It the Media?

No, it's not your imagine, the media is continually throwing around the word "presumptuous" to describe the Democratic nominee - on pretty much every show and pretty much every channel. There's such a constant drumbeat of the same word, you'd...
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July 25, 2008

Want to ever fly without a hassle again?

Then don't criticize the TSA because they will fuck your shit up, and then lie to you about it: "Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA. Eleven flights...
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July 23, 2008

Wed.'s Funniest Headline?

Of course Atrios is generally good at cutting quips - but this one is particularly good. And sadly, he's got a point about Big Media treading lightly around McCain's (often factually impaired) comments of late....
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July 11, 2008

McCain Would've Had a Bad Week - But Is Saved By the "Liberal" Media

John Cole seems to want to throw the remote over what's been uncovered or undercovered. And we haven't even seen Friday's news yet - but somehow I imagine that's going to be just as disappointing....
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June 30, 2008

And However The Hell Many Years After It Went On The Air, FoxNews Has Done It's Job

From a story in today's WaPo: On the television in his living room, Peterman has watched enough news and campaign advertisements to hear the truth: Sen. Barack Obama, born in Hawaii, is a Christian family man with a track record...
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June 11, 2008

No patience for books?

Does the internet ruin books? For me, no, but it has ruined video and/or TV. If I click on a video and it's more than a couple of minutes long, forget it. For example, this clip of Bill Moyers giving...
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May 21, 2008

He's Not Dead Yet

Just stop it. I'm sure I'm not the first to make this point, but would someone remind the national news that Sen. Kennedy is not dead? All these premature obituaries that are being run are just morbid. He's ill, but...
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April 26, 2008

The Clintons As the Coreleones?

Wtf?!? Now the premise of this piece, that Hillary Clinton very well might win the nomination and that somehow that'll get decided by Kentucky shows that Eleanor Clift knows just as little about national politics as ever (and yet for...
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April 23, 2008

So Has Big Media Covered How the Pentagon Played The Media Military Analysts?

Josh Marshall asks a good question in light of the big New York Times story this weekend....
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April 21, 2008

The Shape of the United States - As Covered by the News

Via Sullivan, an interesting map of where news breaks - not entirely what I would've expected....
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Michelle Cottle's "Voices in Her Head"

Looks like this piece in The New Republic has something for everyone. For those looking for a reason to back Obama, it charts the backstabbing world of the Clinton campaign (really, would anyone want a White House staff like this?)....
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April 20, 2008

Are the Presidential Debates Friendlier to Clinton or Obama?

Nico Pitney analyzes the questions that've been asked in the 4 one-on-one debates, and finds that the ABC debate was in a class of its own with its focus on alleged personal scandals. And, interestingly, Obama has been the target...
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Richard Mellon Scaife's PA Paper Endorses Hillary Clinton

Is it just me, or is that kind of funny? It's predictable, and probably doesn't matter at all in terms of the vote, but Mr. Vast Right Wing Conspiracy siding with the woman he long painted as a socialist dragon...
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April 17, 2008

Last Night's Atrocity

So last night I went down to a local watering hole to watch the debate. I had a nice evening - as long as I didn't concentrate on the debate too deeply because, well, the whole spectacle was appalling. Josh...
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April 16, 2008

Pittsburgh's Big Paper Endorses Obama

Interesting. Maybe Moon or one of our usually silent readers could say if this was expected or not, but since I presume that Western PA should generally be strong for Clinton it's probably notable that its biggest paper is going...
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April 15, 2008

Inter- not intra-

HT...
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April 03, 2008

Matthew Yglesias and Ana Marie Cox Are in Town Tonight

I won't be able to go as I have other plans, but it looks like there's a fun collection of bloggers in Morgantown for a panel tonight....
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March 25, 2008

Drum on the Media's Protection of McCain/Belief in His Cred

Exactly. It's a huge part of why McCain was always the strongest possible Republican nominee. No matter what he does, the media believes in him and his righteousness across a host of issue areas. It's a huge advantage for his...
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March 23, 2008

Wrongness

I know everyone else means about the Iraq war, but I just have to confess, especially to Armand, that I was terribly wrong about Buffy being "teh suck."...
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March 18, 2008

The AP's Fournier Blasts Obama's Arrogance

Errr, what the hell is this? He takes a string of jokes, and a comment by the candidate's wife (who is, not surprisingly, proud of him and thinks he is qualified to be president), and asserts that the Obama campaign...
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March 16, 2008

Sleazy Tactics

That's what stands to be revealed in the discovery phase of a suit against the RIAA: Lybeck tells Ars that he'll be digging into agreements between the RIAA, RIAA member companies, MediaSentry, and the Settlement Support Sentry. Part of that...
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March 15, 2008

Magazines

I seem to have an affinity (addiction) to paper magazines. I get a warm feeling having actual knowledge delivered to my house every week/month. And relatively cheaply, too. Yglesias and Ezra Klein (bigger blogs than this) started a conversation specifically...
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March 11, 2008

Dr. Laura: Mrs. Spitzer Needs to Please Her Man

I have to think that in a truly civilized society she'd be shunned, if not exiled. Instead, the fine folks at NBC give her a national stage on which to blame the governor's wife. I'm so happy I don't watch...
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This thought occurred to me too

...and they did change the photo to a generic medical graphic....
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March 05, 2008

Compared to Glenn Beck, John Hagee Is the Steady Voice of Moderation

Seriously, does Glenn Beck have pics of half of CNN's board feasting on babies? Because if not, how does the man keep his job? I mean really - "Is Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) the anti-Christ?"...
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February 27, 2008

Somebody, Save Us From Tim Russert

Oy. He spends a ton of time asking a factually incorrect question in which he seems to confirm that Obama being anti-Israel is an idea to be taken seriously and be troubled about, and, yeah, you do have to wonder...
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February 25, 2008

The Distorted Coverage of the Karl Rove/Don Siegelman Story

Scott Horton reports on the follow-up to the 60 Minutes story last night. The AP is running a misleading (and in part flatly inaccurate) story (who'd have thought that from the organization that employs Nedra Pickler!), and an Alabama station...
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February 16, 2008

A String of Newspaper Endorsements for Obama

There's a good deal of debate about whether or not newspaper endorsements really affect voters' choices. But on the chance that they do, the Obama campaign has to be happy that recently their candidate has picked up the endorsments of...
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February 09, 2008

Discovery Won't Air Taxi to the Dark Side

So we get season after season of the inane right-wing, pro-torture wet dream that is 24, but the Discovery Channel won't air Taxi to the Dark Side because it is too controversial. Could the American media be more pathetic and...
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February 03, 2008

Halperin Digs at Russert's Show

So every Sunday Time's Mark Halperin runs down the Sunday hot air-n-pundit talkathons. So he does that again today noting what Clinton, McCain, Romney and Huckabee say on the various programs. And then he ends with this brief discussion of...
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February 01, 2008

Glenn Beck Attacks "Juan" McCain

Can anyone explain to me why CNN doesn't fire Glenn Beck? I mean it's bad that the "most trusted name in news" prominently employs a non-reality-based racist - but even if an executive felt like overlooking that, why employ one...
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January 24, 2008

John Gibson Gets Even More Repulsive Than Usual

Seriously, how do appalling, insensitive, insulting, braying jackasses like this moron and Glenn Beck keep national tv "news" jobs? Is corporate America really that disinterested in their own reputations, or the quality of their work? Guess so....
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January 20, 2008

Drive By Truckers, 1/10 - 1/12, The 40 Watt, Athens GA

Yes, it's another review/discussion of the Drive By Truckers. It's (partially) my blog, so I get to do these things. The Drive By Truckers have released a new album (Brighter Than Creation's Dark); it's substantially better than 2006's "A Blessing...
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January 19, 2008

Chris and Keith

There's more truth in this than you'd think MSNBC would be comfortable with....
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December 22, 2007

Does Robert Novak Employ Fox News Fact Checkers?

Yes, Novakula still writes a weekend column, a short little thing with (would be) pithy attacks on Democrats, and against Republicans who don't tow his line. And I emphasize short and little, because since it is so short you'd think...
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December 04, 2007

December 01, 2007

End Of Year Lists

Just an informational post: I found this website which is keeping track of a whole mess of "best of 2007" lists. Everything from books to music to architecture to stereo components. It's a work-in-progress, so new stuff gets added all...
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November 29, 2007

A Day in the Life of Covering the Hillary Clinton Campaign

Really, you kind of have to wonder why the weeklies and big papers and the networks bother to pay people to watch her from afar. And you've got to kind of wonder why the reporters put up with it....
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Campbell Brown, The Latest Right Winger to Join CNN, on MoveOn

The rabid Right's tendency to call CNN the Communist New Network or the Clinton News Network amuses me no end. Most of those CNN puts in front of the camera are no friends of the Democratic Party. The latest example...
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Actually, that's not such a bad idea

So, Roxanne links to this clip to make a point about Sully, and heaven knows I am no Bill Maher fan, but the last thing he says in this clip struck me as being on target, even though it was...
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November 26, 2007

Baltar's Comment on the Writer's Guild Strike

via videosift.com Really; what more needs to be said?...
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Media vs. Media: The latte label

Referring to this article, FDL scores it Whedon 1, NYT 0 : Reporters are funny people. At least, some of the New York Times reporters are. Their story on the strike was the most dispiriting and inaccurate that I read....
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November 25, 2007

Fred Thompson Takes on Fox News

Nice. I'm not a Thompson fan, but I admire that he has the guts to go on Fox News and call them out on their coverage (which, yes, certainly seems to be biased in favor of Giuliani and against Thompson)....
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November 16, 2007

While I wish this were true...

I think there are probably some missing variables influencing this report, and that we are looking at correlation, not causation: The poll by Harris Interactive, an independent research company, showed that 88 percent of people with a post-graduate education were...
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I'll admit it

When I was in grad school, I would host parties where we ate cherry pie, drank coffee an agreed that the owls are not what they seem....
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Diamonds or Pearls?

The UNLV student says she's not to blame for the idiotic query that ended last night's debate. Instead it appears that the Celebrity News Network (well, when there's not some white chick in danger, or brown people to defame) was...
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November 14, 2007

Maybe it won't be squid overlords after all...

Go read it all: John: ... no. We can still control our destiny, through elections.Tyrone: Like those voting machines are attached to anything --John: You always say that. But look,the Democrats won in 2006!Tyrone: Suuuuuuuure they did.John: What are you...
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November 08, 2007

November 01, 2007

Waldman on Tim Russert and the Washington Media

Ever for those of you who don't delight in Russert-bashing, this piece is worth your time. Ours is a messed up system - and those who play a key role in messing it up somehow earn praise....
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October 31, 2007

Lou Dobbs and Benjamin Wittes, Predictably Wrong

Governor Spitzer and Matthew Yglesias take a little time out of their respective days - here and here - to put two frequently maddening pundits in their place....
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October 26, 2007

Is John Aravosis On Anyone Else's Last Nerve?

I don't read AMERICABlog all that often, and it looks like it's going to stay that way. Does anyone else find his anti-Obama crusade of late a bit over the top? I get his point. It's not good to have...
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October 17, 2007

What Happens When The Atlantic's Bloggers Argue

The tone of this Yglesias post lightened my mood. He's so sure he's won (and he definitely appears to) he's retelling events like he's recounting a fight, punch by punch, completely assured of his play throughout,. And then he completes...
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October 15, 2007

Hissss!!!!!

Showings of Once More with Feeling featuring Rocky Horror-style audience participation have been killed by Fox. Not thinking about the new generations that could get turned on to buy seven seasons of DVDs, are they? More likely thinking anything they...
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October 14, 2007

Colbert Replaces Dowd!

Okay, it's only for one column - but damn wouldn't it be great if it was actually permanent? I think I'd have to start reading New York Times op-eds again....
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October 05, 2007

Lapel Pins?

Okay if egg-head types want to engage in meandering discussions of what is "patriotism" they can knock themselves out. But any news reporter, station or show that treats this brouhaha about what lapel pins Sen. Obama will or will not...
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October 01, 2007

What is Barbara Walters Up To?

Debbie Matenopoulos, Star Jones, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and now this idiot? Is Ms. Walters the power behind some SPECTRE like organization secretly plotting to dumb down (and/or seriously annoy) America? And if not, why does she keep inflicting these people on...
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September 30, 2007

Michael Medved on the Bright Sides of Slavery

I don't post much on the mendacious lunatic ravings of Coulter, Malkin, Hewitt, etc. because they are so fully untethered from reality that there doesn't seem much point. But every so often part of that crew writes something that's so...
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I Don't Mind the Politics, I Mind the Lying.

It's a given that any administration has the right to use the executive branch in ways that benefit that party's supporters. That's the political "spoils system" bequeathed to us by Jackson something like 200 years ago. It's not necessarily pretty,...
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September 27, 2007

Tim Russert Was Moderating a Democratic Debate?

Uh - why? Who selected Darth Cheney's go-to Sunday morning bloviator for that assignment? And while I'm sure the competition is tough, this might very well have been the most ridiculous question yet asked in the debates. Bigoted much, Tim?...
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September 21, 2007

Smacking NPR With "Childish"

Sweet. In a truly pointless interview on NPR, the French foreign minister just called the interviewer's question about "the French" not liking "the Americans" childish (making ridiculously broad assertions about millions of people, and containing no room at all for...
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September 12, 2007

War Critic Soldiers Killed in Iraq

Do you think the punditocracy and tv blowhards will pay attention to their op-ed now that they are dead?...
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September 10, 2007

NPR Revisits the Lackawanna Six Story

I knock NPR around a lot, so it only seems fair to note when I hear a story of theirs that's well done and that I learn something from. That happened today as they revisited the story of the Lackawanna...
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September 04, 2007

"News"

Like many people, I use Google alerts to keep track of certain issues I follow. In most categories, I have signed up for tracking of blogs and of news. This morning, I was surprised to find a link to Hot...
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August 27, 2007

Who Was on Face the Nation Yesterday?

Why that would be John and Elizabeth Edwards. Yes, both of them. I look forward to the similar shows featuring Anne and Mitt Romney, Jeri and Fred Thompson, Rudy and Judith Giuliani, and Bill and Hillary Clinton....
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August 26, 2007

Bill Kristol Is Dumb as a Rock - Why is He Employed?

Still, the damage done by U.S. weakness in the late 1970s should not be underestimated. To mention only one event, our weakness made possible the first successful Islamist revolution in the modern world in Iran in 1979, in the...
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August 22, 2007

Do you think they ever proofread at CNN?

On hurricane Dean: On the Yucatan, tourist areas -- including Cozumel and Cancun -- dodged a bullet, but President Felipe Calderon expressed concern for some of the peninsula's poor Mayan communities. Remember this? BUSH: No. What I was referring to...
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August 21, 2007

"Jordan on Politics"

This guy is a political analyst? One that the Hotline/National Journal refers people to? Oy. During Sunday's Iowa Debate Senators Biden and Dodd attack Obama. Why? Maybe just maybe Biden and Dodd know the race is over and are now...
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August 15, 2007

The White House (Errr, Petraeus) Report on Iraq

Atrios thinks it's important that we keep it in mind that the "Petraeus Report" will actually be written by the White House. That's true. But I've got a question for the LA Times: Why make this paragraph - Despite Bush's...
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August 14, 2007

Robert Kaplan Is Hot for Flyboys

Here Mr. Farley quite reasonably questions the utility of the B-2 and Robert Kaplan's style of ... journalism? Jingoism? Homo-eroticism? You can choose the word you think fits....
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August 13, 2007

The (Liberal) Media Loves (the Creationist) Huckabee

If Scheiber is speaking literally (high-fives?!?), this is amazingly inappropriate. Of course if he's just conveying the general mood ... well that's still kind of problematic....
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What of these claims that ATT censors political speech?

There has been quite a bit of attention paid to the recent censoring of Pearl Jam's performance. ATT claims that it was an error related to their policy of editing out profanity, but Pearl Jam and advocates of net neutrality...
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August 12, 2007

Chris Matthews Likes Hot Chicks Who Give Him News

Could he be more creepy? It's no great shock that this loudmouth would be inappropriate or off-point, clueless or illogical, or, hey, just off in his own little world. But even by his low standards this is a "yikes" moment....
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August 11, 2007

Is Stu Bykofsky Still Employed?

If so - why? If you owned a US newspaper would you feel comfortable paying someone to write columns that advocate mass murder? Aren't your advertisers and readers going to have a problem with that? Might not you as the...
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August 07, 2007

Lurid, Stupid CNN

What sorts of fears and assumptions does this little headline tap into, eh? Woman's body found in NYU prof's bedroom Scary faculty, preying on America's youth, right? And then... Police found the decomposing body of a 20-year-old woman inside the...
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August 06, 2007

Cokie's Being Cokie on NPR Again

Cover your ears! Banality after banality, arguing presidential campaigns are making cooperation in Congress difficult (to make her point she has an example ... that has nothing to do with the presidential campaign), failing to pronounce "Kos" correctly ... To...
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July 05, 2007

Wilner on Early Veep Choices

As you know if you read this site often I tend to think very little of The Politico. But even by their feature-heavy, random-musing-of-their-minds standards this piece by Elizabeth Wilner is pretty weak stuff. She's excited about the possibility of...
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June 14, 2007

The Politico (and Tony Snow) Makin' Stuff Up - Again

The Albritton's new political rag has produced some awfully shoddy product in its short lifespan. And today it looks like another one of their stories isn't really based in reality. Of course that hasn't stopped the right-wing noise machine from...
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June 10, 2007

A Sunday Morning With the "Mainstream" (Republican?) Media

Am I the only one perplexed by the fact that this morning's talking head shows on ABC, CBS and NBC fail to feature even a single Democratic guest? Not even one? Only FoxNews was giving an outlet (such as it...
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June 07, 2007

Paris Hilton

Let me get this straight: she get sentenced to 45 days, which is reduced to 23 (if she behaves herself), get special treatment (how many other people get to enter jail three minutes before midnight?), refuses to eat (uh, is...
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May 25, 2007

It's Frelinghuysen to the Resuce!

It's not every day a 61 year old Republican congressman gives chase and helps police arrest an 18 year old pick-pocket. For the record it was the congressman's own wallet that had been stolen.Oh, and since Rod Frelinghuysen is in...
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May 21, 2007

The WaPost - Covering Celebrities, Even When They Don't Know Who They Are

From the land of "why did this end up in print?" - Why in the world does the Washington Post send a guy to the Vanity Fair party at Cannes if he can't identify the likes of Jemima Khan and...
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May 17, 2007

"That's the difference between a free media and propaganda."

One of the prime problems with US policy in the Mid East (if not the world) is that everyone believes that the US hates all of them, wants to bomb everybody, and generally couldn't give a dead rat what happens...
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April 26, 2007

Jan C. Greenburg is Obtuse: Religion and Judges Edition

Unlike former University of Chicago Law School Dean Geoff Stone, I am not particularly troubled by the fact that last week's abortion decision was written by five Roman Catholics. But at the same time I think that the manner in...
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What's It Take to Fire David Broder?

Okay, so I've written many times here about the off-point, self-righteous meanderings of David Broder that are completely divorced from political realities that exist outside of his self-lovin' mind - but if he keeps writing ridiculous things like today's column...
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April 25, 2007

"Witch Mark"

The headline writers kill me. "Widow gets OK for witch mark on military grave." UPDATE: As regular reader Moon points out in an email, there is more to this and that we have discussed it before....
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April 21, 2007

NPR's Weekend Edition Remains Lousy

A few weeks ago I was treated to the overhearing the kind of conversation that makes me want to either pass out or strangle someone. A middle-aged law professor was advising a bright incoming law student on things she should...
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April 17, 2007

Charlie Savage's Pulitzer

I think Charlie Savage's work on the use (and abuse) of presidential signing statements was a most worthy choice. I might assign one or more of his pieces (in addition to other work on the topic by Charles Tiefer and...
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April 04, 2007

Caitin Flanagan and Presidential Race Favorites

So I got my new copy of The Alantic today. Has anyone posted yet on Caitlin Flanagan's article that's subtitled "Abortion and the bloodiness of being female"? As few (if any) writers are more likely to make me see red...
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April 01, 2007

Another Inane NPR Sunday Morning

My attempt to list to Weekend Edition Sunday lasted about all of 10 minutes this morning. After a report on Speaker Pelosi going to the Middle East that was framed by Liane Hanson, who was contrasting it with "gentler times"...
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March 26, 2007

"Child care linked to later behavior problems"

Not so much: The researchers said that the increase in vocabulary and problem behaviors was small, and that parenting quality was a much more important predictor of child development. But hey, that's not an exciting headline....
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March 23, 2007

For Moon

Reasons to love lawyers: Remember my previous post about an editorial in a student newspaper in Indiana that talked about how people should accept their gay friends when they came out of the closet? Believe it or not, the teacher...
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March 22, 2007

Novak's Latest Partisan Hit Job on Valerie Plame

I don't know how I'd even begin to think about commenting on this. Why in the hell is crap like this published in major newspapers across the country (and not, sadly, in "the funnies")? And he writes an entire column...
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March 07, 2007

Catfight at One First Street!?!

I can't be talking about one among the justices as there aren't two women on the Court any more, so I must be referring to a clash between two titans of reporting on the Court - Linda Greenhouse and...
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February 13, 2007

"Terrorized Into Quitting Their Jobs"

So now both Shakes and Amanda have resigned their positions. Shakes has been less public about the details of the harassment she has received, but this has gone into the realm of witch hunt. There will be some who clamor...
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February 07, 2007

Why Is Glenn Beck Still Employed?

Honestly, you'd think his employer would have already found broadcasting him embarrassing. And since he seems to acknowledge himself that he's basically just a racist ticking time bomb waiting to explode (again) ......
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January 31, 2007

Molly Ivins

She's gone. Far, far too soon: Best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, the sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political establishment and referred to President Bush as "Shrub," has died after a long battle with breast cancer, the managing editor of...
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January 26, 2007

Is Pumpkinhead Cheney's Puppet?

I'm shocked, simply shocked, to learn that the Vice President believed he could regularly use Tim Russert's show as helpful megaphone for disseminating his talking points....
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January 06, 2007

Has Jan Crawford Greenburg Become the #1 Supreme Court Journalist?

True, Linda Greenhouse isn't dead, but Jan Crawford Greenburg has recently snagged several extremely high-profile gets, and if she's being compared to Eve Harrington ... She talks about her recent success in this interview . In it she also talks...
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December 03, 2006

They're Watching You! (Private Sector Version)

This time, it's the MPAA, which used its clout to kill a bill that would have protected people from having their private information used and/or stolen. The reason? The MPAA said it would interfere with their investigations into piracy. Excuse...
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December 01, 2006

George Will, Not Just Pompous - Also Disingenuous and Manipulative

So Baltar and I have already whacked the George Will column that's seemingly a minor and petty swat at Senator-elect Webb's civility. But in doing so, we probably let Will off too easily, because we were likely too quick to...
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November 30, 2006

George Will Calls Jim Webb a Pompous Poseur

And a boor.Seriously, I'm not making that up. If there was ever a case of "pot, meet kettle" ... I'm pretty close to rolling on the floor I'm laughing so hard. Who knew Will had it in him to be...
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November 16, 2006

Police State: UCLA

Just yesterday there was a news story about how a camera phone recording of abuse inside Malaysian jails sparked an outcry. Today it's abuse inside the UCLA library. The Crooks and Liars video is shocking. The campus police repeatedly shocked...
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November 13, 2006

Sunday's Meet the Press - The Not So Liberal Media, Again

So who does Tim Russert highlight in the wake of the biggest Democratic legislative victories in over 30 years? Why John McCain (R - the Green Room) and Joe Lieberman (Ego - Connecticut) of course. And the promos for it...
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November 02, 2006

I Got Your Liberal Media Right Here.

In general I think the media is neither liberal nor conservative. It's sensationalist: it wants to sell advertising space (its a business, after all), and the more people who want to read their stories, the more they can charge to...
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October 31, 2006

The Daily Athenaeum and Gay Marriage in NJ

You know sometimes I think criticism of the WVU campus paper goes a wee bit too far. It's not necessarily a fine paper, but it's no worse that many other campus dailies, and is better than some. But today they...
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October 27, 2006

The Virginian-Pilot Endorses Jim Webb for US Senate

I sometimes think that the importance of newspaper endorsements in high-profile races is overstated. They can matter, but it definitely depends on the circumstances. WIth that in mind I think this one might matter, if only slightly (and slightly matters...
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October 19, 2006

When Mark Foley Was a Teenager ...

Ummm, can anyone explain to me why this is currently the lead story on The Washington Post's website?...
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October 07, 2006

The Daily Show Is More Substantive Than Network News

Of course you already knew that, didn't you? But it's always nice to have a research project confirm one's knowledge....
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October 05, 2006

It Didn't Take Long, Part II.

State of Denial, by Woodward, page 179. This is really a facinating book. It's very different from "Bush at War" and "Plan of Attack" (previous books by Woodward; the first about Afghanistan, the second about Iraq up to the day...
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It Didn't Take Long.

I'm on page 71 of "State of Denial" by Woodward. Rumsfeld has managed to be a complete idiot once, and a partial idiot twice. Chronologically, we haven't even gotten to August, 2001. Gonna be a long book. (Oh, Woodward's usual...
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October 04, 2006

And not that I am all that interested in either Foley or Fox news...

...but why am I suspicious about Fox labeling Foley as a democrat? Fluffy something or others to the StealthBadger....
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September 26, 2006

Insert Your Own Condi-Lies-A Rice Headline Here

Not content with merely being the worst National Security Advisor in years (well that certainly should be her reputation, but like John McCain, she gets fawning press coverage no matter what she actually does), she's decided to once again try...
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September 25, 2006

What the Hell is Wrong With Newsweek?

This is wrong on multiple levels. I mean if the title of your rag has news in the title, shouldn't you put a news story on the cover? And if the point is to raise more cash (the point of...
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Your Liberal Media

Afghan women's affairs chief dead (credited to Reuters): Gunmen riding motorcycles shot dead the head of a women's department in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Monday, a security official and a relative said.There was no immediate claim of...
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September 24, 2006

David Broder Is Unhinged

Again I say, put the old fart out of his misery. His last column extolling the rise of a supposed independence movement in Washington was inane. Today's just might be worse. Just were exactly is there any evidence for what...
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September 21, 2006

Shoot Him Now! Shoot Him Now!

Yep, who but David Broder can bring out the full Daffy Duck side to my personality. I'd rather read Malkin's work (illogical is at least perplexing which will likely lead to one or two brain cells firing; insipid is just...
Posted by armand at 11:30 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

September 20, 2006

Inflammatory Language and No Logic at All? Must Be Malkin

Do any newspapers still publish her silly screeds? And if so, why on Earth? I mean given her inability to think through pretty much any thought in remotely realistic terms, or to notice the elephant sized holes in her arguments,...
Posted by armand at 08:26 AM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

September 15, 2006

While I'm picking on CNN

I might as well add that the idiot who writes the photo captions can join the fool who select the photos in the warm glow of scorn: Marianne Faithfull is 59 years old, has numerous albums, and all CNN can...
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September 14, 2006

Who Learns About Attempts to Distort US Intelligence?

I find it interesting, that as Emptywheel notes, Dafna Linzer's story on the IAEA saying that the craptacular and inflammatory report on Iran's nuclear capabilities that has emerged from under the dankest rock at the House Intelligence Committee is on...
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September 10, 2006

Bias or Bad Day?

The "above the fold" stories in today's (paper versions) New York Times and Washington Post: New York Times: At a Secret Interrogation, Dispute Flared Over Tactics, about the internal debate among the CIA, FBI and other agencies about the legalities...
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Sunday Morning Funnies

If you find it amusing to laugh at The Rat, and its recent support of fictionalization. Driftglass, with a little discussion of why Mickey makes a good substitute for Lenin. Is it fair and factual to depict Mickey as the...
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September 07, 2006

Won't ANYONE Put David Broder Out to Pasture? Please!

Yet another data point for my case (as if another one were needed) that David Broder is an unfortunate combination of a pointless sap and someone who doesn't seem to know the first thing about the way politics and Washington...
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August 09, 2006

Marty Peretz Is ... Is There Something More Kooky Than Batshit Crazy?

So by way of Scott Lemieux (and be sure to read the comments on the thread) I found the latest exercise in illogic from Marty Peretz - and I've got to say he's outdoing himself, trying to dig ever deeper...
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July 27, 2006

Tom Friedman Learned All He Knows About Economics in 6th Grade

Or so it seems, because apparently he feels there is never any context of variation that matters when comes to matters of trade. You see "free trade" is good, not "free trade" is bad, and that's all you need to...
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July 25, 2006

The Economist: "The Accidental War"

Does anyone else have a problem with the cover of this week's issue of The Economist? The cover story is "The Accidental War". Am I the only person who doesn't see much "accidental" in this war?...
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July 23, 2006

Sunday Afternoon Newspaper Roundup

I read the Sunday papers so you don't have to: Most Interesting Story: The US is reducing our military spending in Africa. Why is this interesting? Al Qaeda (short term) and raw materials (long term). Follow me here. The Republican...
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July 21, 2006

Why Is David Broder Still Employed?

I ask that question in all seriousness. The man's pen drips with little but ancient cliches (referring to a world that's rarely existed beyond the confines of his dull, moderate imagination) and a love for civil political discourse that obscures...
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July 18, 2006

George Will Has Left the Reservation

He seems to have lost faith in the administration's faith in democracy, and finds how they prove "success" to be disturbing. Rice called it "shortsighted" to judge the success of the administration's transformational ambitions by a "snapshot" of progress "some...
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July 10, 2006

Good news from Iraq!

Our knickers would be even more twisty if we had half a clue what was going on over there. Including blacklisting reporters who don't toe the government's line on what's happening in Iraq: But the military has started censoring many...
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July 07, 2006

The Shrinking of International News Bureaus Continues

Just what Americans need - less knowledge of what's going on in Islamabad, Beirut, Moscow, etc. Sigh....
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July 03, 2006

Unnecessary.

Just so we're clear on this: if you want to see music videos, go to cliptip, not some unnamed and/or upcoming video blog coming out of the Gawker "Empire" (explanation here). Gawker doesn't need any more money or exposure. Let...
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June 30, 2006

Oh now I get it

It's the whole, "both sides of the debate" thing. Let's hear it for false equivalence....
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June 28, 2006

Net Neutrality

Contact your Congresscritter: In terms of the vote, well, we pretty much expected this, though we weren't sure whether we could keep the Dems unified.  They held under intense lobbying pressure from the telecoms.  I think it's fair to say...
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Wait, Is the Wall Street Journal Treasonous Too?

Is this right? Did the WSJ cover this story the same way on the same day that the NYT did? If so - has anyone in Congress proposed legislation sanctioning it too?As to the merits of the supposed terrorist-lovin'-media story...
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Movies This Weekend

Won't be seeing Superman (h/t norbizness). Hope to finish season two of Buffy (cheaply shot, no special effects, actual plot and dialog). On Deck: Season two of Batltle Star Galactica....
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June 26, 2006

Blogospheric Dust-Up

Can anyone explain to me, using small words and short sentences, what the whole DailyKos/TNR spat is about? Every blog I read is talking about it, but it looks like a silly fight, and thus not worth my time to...
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May 31, 2006

Nipples, Labia, and the FCC

Sticking with my television roll of posts, I've got a puzzler for you today. Well, not for you, 'cause all y'all are thinking people. But, you know what I mean. As we all know, nipples are verboten on TV especially...
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May 26, 2006

Canadian Reporters - More Than Government Stenographers

Don't you wish the DC press corps had this kind of spine?...
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May 18, 2006

What Judy Miller Never Wrote in the Summer of '01

This is an interesting piece - Judith Miller recounts following the threat of al Qaeda from July 2001 forward, but never writing the big story she hoped to write prior to the attacks. It's clear that many in the intelligence...
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April 22, 2006

Way Worse than Working on a "Coke Campus"

A short flash film on why Congressional steps toward eliminating net neutrality might result in serious restrictions on consumers' access to the internet. The upshot is, net neutrality means that providers can't privilege some content and/or block other content. More...
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April 18, 2006

The Post Editorial on the General's Revolt

Do you ever wonder if Big Alcohol has secretly taken over the editorial section of The Washington Post? I've been wondering that for some time - there's nothing else I read that so often makes me think I need a...
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April 10, 2006

Jill Dissects the Ugly, "Chivalrous" Heart of David Brooks

I don't read David Brooks columns any more. Jill reminds me why. Oh, but I haven't read I Am Charlotte Simmons, so I can't take sides in that disagreement. But as to Brooks getting the Duke rape story so wrong...
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April 09, 2006

Fred Hiatt - Not a Part of the Reality-Based Community

Mcjoan at Daily Kos has this link fest dealing with one of today's turns in the Bush-Libby-Wilson leak scandal - the moronic editorial in the Washington Post that ignores several stories written by that paper's own news division. Josh Marshall...
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April 05, 2006

The Economist's Fun with April Fools

Blast - I was so hoping someone really had tried to make Real Goldfish. It's such a funny thought, the poor little fish, sinking under the weight of the gold - and the looks on the faces of the scientists...
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David Broder Examines the DeLay Resignation

And yet again I'm left wondering why The Washington Post continues to print his stuff. He seems stuck in some politics/Washington that hasn't exitsed in a very long time, and seems to so often just land glancing blows at a...
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April 04, 2006

The Mainstream Media

Yep, the Sunday news shows are still biased in favor of conservatives. That's not shocking, but it remains discouraging....
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April 03, 2006

New York Times Follows CNN

Both sites now uglier, harder to navigate!...
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March 28, 2006

SwiftBoat Veterans For Raese?

In case you hadn't heard, there is a US Senate election in West Virginia this year. The incumbent, Byrd (D-Arbitrarily Coherent), is running against John Raese (R-Completely Unknown Now, Will Lose In November, Footnote For History). The election will almost...
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March 27, 2006

Stuart Rothenberg - So Naive It's Both Cute and Scary

I mean the guy is a seasoned expert, he's seen this president for 5 years, and of course his time covering politics goes back far before the current president. And yet he writes the following:Frankly, I was shocked at the...
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March 19, 2006

South Park's Trapped in the Closet

For a public figure, Tom Cruise sure is a whiner. If you want to see what all the latest whining is about (Viacom refusing to rerun the latest South Park episode, Chef leaving the show, etc.) watch "Trapped in the...
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March 12, 2006

The writers should have consulted Baltar

Armand will be glad that he didn't join Baltar and me to watch Episode 10 of the L-Word. It's been hard going sitting through this season, and we make an effort to see it (as none of us have cable)....
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March 06, 2006

Got the Ill Communication

Like Ma Bell! 10,000 pink slips....
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March 01, 2006

Bush's "Surprise" Visit to Afghanistan

Why is every headline writer in the US calling the president's visit to Afghanistan a "surprise" visit? True, it wasn't on his officially distributed schedule (for security reasons I would expect). But given that Bush was going to Pakistan, well,...
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February 25, 2006

General Hospital

I am of a certain age that I remember when General Hospital was the shit. Now they're trying to bring back the magic. Of course, the "magic" includes a plot line where Luke raped Laura and then they married...
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February 20, 2006

What is the deal with the NYT and the Colin Farrell movie?

Are they advertising that heavily everywhere? Or do they think we Times readers are especially likely to want to see Farrell's micro-range of acting skills? Oh, wait, maybe it's that they know Baltar reads the Times and they want to...
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February 17, 2006

Strange News Roundup

Toilet water cleaner than fast food ice. The situation in Zimbabwe is dire. CNN's coverage is bizarre. Press censorship in Russia. Oh, wait, that's not strange after all....
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February 13, 2006

Throttling

Netflix isn't playing nice: Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.'s online DVD rental service 2-1/2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged. That's because the $17.99 monthly fee...
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February 11, 2006

The New Yorker Catches a Great (Whoops!) Obituary

Ezra recommends the current issue of The New Yorker. I strongly agree. It's really strong, and I haven't even gotten to the latest Murakami story they've published or read all the critics pieces yet. And there's much to recommend beyond...
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February 09, 2006

Poll: Loony? Or Linkable?

The Washington Times. Whaddya say? Because, you know, if they are linkable, this is very provocative: 1) The article makes clear that Bush is spying on Americans talking to Americans inside the United States, even when neither of the two...
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February 08, 2006

Covering Coretta's Funeral

Crooks and Liar's links to Countdown's coverage of the Coretta Scott King funeral - a remarkable event honoring a remarkable woman. Losing her is terrible loss. If you are interested in a vapid and insulting Republican response - which ran...
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Chicken News Network?

Usually we joke about it being the Celebutainment News Network, but we might have to change the -elebutainment to -hicken: Chicken saved by mouth-to-beak resuscitation...
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February 02, 2006

Quiz

"It was the gentlest handshake and kindest voice I'd heard in a while." Does this quote refer to: a) a counselor specializing in grief b) a minister visiting wounded soldiers c) a male neonatal nurse d) a gay former football...
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February 01, 2006

Yes, that was milk coming out my nose

I swear, Olbermann is getting to be the funniest guy on TV. Watch him parry O'Reilly's clumsy thrust....
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January 30, 2006

Puzzlement

Does anyone besides me wonder why it's front page news when an anchor is wounded, but the fact that more than 80 others have been killed gets little to no attention? Or why we don't hear more about the thousands...
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CNN

Just when Armand and I were enjoying ourselves by maligning the Celebutainment News Network, they have this headline as the main story on the homepage: FEMA's big kiss-off? Huh. Actual news....
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January 29, 2006

Fox News Pays DeLay $14,000 for an Interview

What the hell? Just when you thought Fox "News" couldn't be any worse ......
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January 28, 2006

Sometimes Tom Friedman's Love of His Own Voice is Funny

For the rest of us, I mean. For an ass-kisser of Friedman-esque proportions this must have been embarrassing. One more sign of the dangers of being a pontificating wind-bag - don't try it at home kids....
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January 22, 2006

Why Not Just Ask Him to Pick a Watermelon?

Should we add yet another negative adjective to describe NBC's Tim Russert (something to add to unethical, narcissistic, ...)?...
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January 12, 2006

Someone at CNN does teh funny

"Robertson apologizes for divine contribution comment" Or maybe it was just a slip. Can you spot it?...
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January 09, 2006

David Broder - Senile? Hapless? Both?

Publius has a hilarious (in a horrifying, it makes you want to cry kind of a way) catch in the latest Broder column on Samuel Alito. I look forward to Broder's compeling report in which he learns from Roy Cohn...
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December 31, 2005

Lost - The First 8 Episodes

Over the last couple of weeks I've watched the first 8 episodes of Lost on dvd. I'd never seen an episode, but figured I should check it out given the praise it's received and simply to be a bit more...
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December 14, 2005

Len Downie on the Froomkin Controversy

A lot of people have noticed the recent "controversy" (incredibly silly whining seems a better description to me) that basically involves complaints by Republicans that Dan Froomkin occasionally says negative things about the White House on his Washington Post weblog....
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December 08, 2005

Would that I were so feisty at 87

Mike Wallace: Q. President George W. Bush has declined to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance? A. What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest...
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November 20, 2005

Six Bags of Leaves

It's about that time. Time for raking leaves, you ask? No! Time for another asinine article about how the end of the world is coming because girls dress like sluts. When I flipped open my Washington Post this morning, there...
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November 12, 2005

Bill O'Reilly Condones an Al Qaeda Attack on San Francisco

By now people with even a 60 IQ should know better than to believe anything Bill O'Reilly says. But given Fox's patriotic rah-rah image, just how in the hell can they continue to employ a guy who'd be perfectly fine...
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November 10, 2005

Clearly Reporters Don't Like Judith Miller

The Washington Post has a devastating, long story on Judy Miller, her life and times with the New York Times. The Times has a story as well about Miller leaving the paper, but the WaPo article is much, much better....
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October 16, 2005

Fire Judith Miller!

She should have been fired long ago - but as Greg Miller points out, in light of her testimony and the coverage in this weekend's Times, she simply must go. As to specifically damning and "huh?"-raising moments in her tale:...
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September 15, 2005

George Will Plays Dan Quayle

Why people find George Will insightful is beyond me - I guess it just shows the powerful framing effects of fashion.My take on him? I tend to just see him as a partisan hack, whose impersonal aloofness provides him with...
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September 13, 2005

New York Times Subscription

For some time my opinion of the New York Times has been slipping. It has not slipped as far as my opinion of CNN, of course, but it has. The NYT is still my homepage, and I usually start my...
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September 07, 2005

David Brock on the Washington Post and Anonymous Sources

Brock raises some extremely good questions here. To paraphrase - Why does the Post protect anonymous sources who are lying? What journalistic good is served by serving as a megaphone for the mendacious powers that be, and not even forcing...
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August 10, 2005

Michelle Malkin Can Read the Minds of Dead Soldiers?

Atrios rightly, and amusingly, smacks her for her latest foray deep into the realms of presumptuousness, bad taste, and stupidity. Hey, she can't think she's the only person who can read minds (dead or otherwise) can she?...
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July 29, 2005

Kudos to Jeffery Gettleman and Patrick Leahy

I applaud (the extremely handsome) Gettleman for covering this story, and Leahy for taking an interest in this issue and helping out. If we want to the US to be better liked in Iraq over the long term, something that...
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July 19, 2005

Evolution=Heroin

A couple of weeks ago, NPR ran a special on remembering the Scopes Trial. At the time I was in the car, and had to make a mad reach for paper and a pen to jot this down (right..I won't...
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July 14, 2005

Odd Bit of Whatnot

Oh, the things you'll find on the internet. Like jumping cats....
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June 17, 2005

Zarqawi Lashes out at al-Jazeera Again

If we are serious about promoting transparent and responsive governments in the Middle East, having al-Jazeera on the air is a good thing. They routinely criticize tyrants and bring atrocities to light. Why on Earth should we be opposed to...
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June 07, 2005

What's New at CNN

Another Wolf Blitzer show? I think I need a handful of sedatives. But at least they are speeding along the exit of Bill Hemmer, so all's not entirely appalling at the Atlanta network - just their afternoons and Paula Zahn.Of...
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May 29, 2005

River Rips Tom Friedman a New One

Those of you who enjoy Tom Friedman bashing won't want to miss out on this excoriating critique of his "Outrage and Silence" by River. I'd be willing to muster a few words of defense for him on certain points that...
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May 28, 2005

MTV: Bland, Corporate and Inoffensive

MTV has rarely been in danger of developing any sort of edge (and any they ever had disappeared over 10 years ago), but I've got to say you've fallen to rather shocking depths of fraidy-cat cowering, lowest-common-denominator let's-make-a-cheap-buck meaningless blandness...
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May 23, 2005

Angel, Season 4

Far be it from me to pick a fight with Joss Whedon. I mean the man created TV's Buffy so he should be close to sainted for that alone. But I have to really disagree with his evaluation of Season...
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April 21, 2005

The WSJ: Simultaneously Seers and Thought Police

This link to a piece in the Wall Street Journal includes some remarkable language:Just as embarrassing has been Nebraska's Charles Hagel, whose waffling on the nomination should be understood as an attempt to curry favor with the liberal media and...
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Another Howie Kurtz Idiocy

At least this one is less damaging than many of his poorly informed comments. "I guess none of the journalistic handicappers had much of a clue." Huh? You spend a large portion of your life talking to blow-dry types pontificting...
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March 12, 2005

Why Can't I Have His Job?

Shorter David Brooks: "Now that I have this gig, I get invited to places you couldn't afford to look at! Caffeine keeps me awake! No one ever just cuts loose! It's all Clinton's fault!" How much does he get paid?...
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March 02, 2005

We traded Curmudgeons for Cuteness?

Who the hell is John Tierney, and why does he get a spot on the NYT Op-Ed Page. Per his bio, he hasn't written anything of substance (unless you want to count a couple of humor books). I wasn't a...
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February 15, 2005

This Gannon/Guckert Thing Gets Weird, and Proves God Exists.

This thing is getting very, very strange. Jeff Gannon, of Talon News, got daily White House press passes and asked massively softball questions of the McClellan and Bush. Except Jeff Gannon has no background in journalism, and Talon News seems...
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February 10, 2005

The Future of the Press?

As only Fafblog can, the future of the White House Press Corps....
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January 11, 2005

CBS Ruins the Party for Everyone

As is all over the news, CBS's external probe of the National Guard story has found serious flaws in how CBS followed it's own internal guidelines about sources, information and reporting. Morale in CBS is reported to be very low....
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December 14, 2004

Who Reads Which Paper?

Doug Merrill bring us this amusing run-down on who reads which major US newspapers. The piece is modeled on a classic piece of British comedy from Yes, Prime Minister....
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December 08, 2004

Anti-Environmentalist Propoganda on NPR's Morning Edition

Just when you thought the quality of Morning Edition couldn't decline further ...This morning I listened to a report by Luke Burbank on the possibility that an act of arson that resulted in 10 homes being burned down in a...
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December 07, 2004

Arrested Development

This week I finished watching season 1 on DVD. I'd say that along with The Simpsons and Jon Stewart it's the best thing on TV. Yeah, I realize that The Sopranos and other shows have critical acclaim and rabid fans,...
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November 29, 2004

Does NPR Pay Cokie?

If so, why? This morning I heard her give her "expert analysis". It consisted of the following deep insights. The Democrats are divided between those who want to move left, and those who want to move right. The winner of...
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October 01, 2004

Carl Cameron

Just in case Outfoxed wasn't enough to convince you that Carl Cameron shouldn't be allowed to pretend he's an objective political reporter, now we have this. I know it is Fox News, but does ANYTHING cross the line there? If...
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September 30, 2004

Forgiveness is Possible

Maybe. I felt a small flutter of affection today, a slight stirring of a spark that I thought was cold and dead. Hold onto your hats, because this involves saying something nice about CNN. Actually, it's probably just a cheap...
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