How social media transformed the image of a drowned Syrian child into an iconic symbol
Sep03

How social media transformed the image of a drowned Syrian child into an iconic symbol

It has been described as the moment “humanity washed ashore.” Heartbreaking photos of the tiny body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy lying face down on a Turkish beach have moved the world this week, in a way that countless photos of other refugees who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea have not. The boy, identified… graphic via...

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One billion people used Facebook on Monday
Aug29

One billion people used Facebook on Monday

More than a billion people have used the social networking site Facebook in a single day for the first time in its history, the company said. In a post on his personal page on Thursday, the site’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said one in seven people in the world had used the network on...

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Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds
Aug27

Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds

Appearance may not always equal reality, particularly when it comes to 21st century politics and the way the new media and political media that can mean big bucks, hits, and political gain operate. The New York Times: Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by...

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Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)
Aug26

Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)

In the face of tragedy — and a televised and new media broadcast shooting, and the pattern of copycats that suggest that if the revolution isn’t televised live murders will be — new facts are being released about the troubled and downright scary history of fired reporter “Bryce Williams,” whose real name was Vester Flanegan. It’s clear now that Flanegan planned and stalked for his kill — even...

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Virginia News Crew Shot, Killed While on Live Report UPDATE: Shooter former reporter shoots himself. He is dead.
Aug26

Virginia News Crew Shot, Killed While on Live Report UPDATE: Shooter former reporter shoots himself. He is dead.

UPDATED: The alleged shooter, William Epperly Vester Lee Flannagan II, age 41, as reported by CNN, has shot himself. He was pronounced dead at around 1pm EST. [Earlier it was not know Whether he had died, just that he was taken to hospital in critical condition.] According to most recent cable news reports, the young cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, grad of Virginia Tech, was murdered– and is the fiancé of the young woman newscaster...

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Trump Ejects Univision Reporter Amid Illegal Immigration Exchange
Aug26

Trump Ejects Univision Reporter Amid Illegal Immigration Exchange

Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Donald Trump event Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, which was followed by a testy exchange over illegal immigration that put the Republican candidate’s famously combative nature on full display. Ramos was forcibly removed by security early in the press conference after he tried to ask Trump a...

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Fox News Chief Roger Ailes: Donald Trump Should Apologize to Megyn Kelly for Attacks
Aug25

Fox News Chief Roger Ailes: Donald Trump Should Apologize to Megyn Kelly for Attacks

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said in a statement that Donald Trump should apologize for the ugly tweets aimed at Megyn Kelly. Um, it seems that Trump has finally crossed the line with Fox News. Trump retweeted a tweet calling Kelly a “bimbo.” “Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of...

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Media Are Out to Get Everyone (Guest Voice)
Aug23

Media Are Out to Get Everyone (Guest Voice)

Media Are Out to Get Everyone By Peter Funt Journalists pass a litmus test for fairness in covering politics when both parties hate their work. It’s refreshing, therefore, at this early stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, to hear Democrats criticizing so-called liberal media, and Republicans chastising conservative media. Republican Donald Trump attacked Fox News for its questioning in the first GOP debate. He appeared to...

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Elvis stamp sends wrong message to youth (Guest Voice)
Aug19

Elvis stamp sends wrong message to youth (Guest Voice)

Elvis stamp sends wrong message to youth By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — The Postal Service has now released an Elvis “Forever” stamp. Some of us opposed the original Elvis stamp, released by the Postal Service in 1993—even if we appreciated Elvis and respected his obvious admiration for black-style vocalization. But Elvis Presley should not have a stamp in his memory. You can love Elvis, you can know every lyric of his...

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Did Morton Downey, Jr set the tone for today’s politics? (with VIDEOS)
Aug16

Did Morton Downey, Jr set the tone for today’s politics? (with VIDEOS)

Did the late, loud and confrontational talk show host Morton Downey Jr. influence the tone of today’s politics? I’ve long contended that American politics now resembles a combination of political sports team worship, professional wrestling — and a talk show where anger and rage takes priority over thought and solutions. Downey most assuredly played a role in what we see (and hear) today. On CNN’s Reliable...

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Fox News Blasts Trump for suggesting Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him
Aug15

Fox News Blasts Trump for suggesting Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him

Fox News has put out one of its classic, biting official statements — this one mercilessly denying Republican 2016 Presidential nominee wannabe Donald Trump’s suggestion that star anchor Megyn Kelly’s vacation was due to him. Implication: that Fox News had put her on vacation to punish her for the sin of asking tough questions of him during the recent Republican debate. It’s not unusual for media types —...

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Appendicitis and Cable News (Guest Voice)
Aug13

Appendicitis and Cable News (Guest Voice)

Appendicitis and Cable News by Slamfu So I haven’t actually sat down and watched much cable news these last 10-15 years, but from many sources such as The Daily Show I have been able to infer that as far as being sources of actual journalism they’ve gone downhill during the last two administrations. To put it mildly. I couldn’t bring myself to actually watch them because I have better things to do with my precious free time, like rip...

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What One Debate Can Do (Guest Voice)
Aug13

What One Debate Can Do (Guest Voice)

What One Debate Can Do by P.J. Sullivan The first Republican presidential debate was dominated by the boorish reality show star who has been leading the polls, and in the aftermath, coverage has focused on whether he later made reference to a basic cable journalist’s menstrual cycle. A bigger story has been overlooked. Candidate Carly Fiorina swept the NIT Tournament debate among the contenders ranked 11th through 17th in the polls,...

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Politix Update: The Secret Of The Political-Media Industrial Complex Revealed
Aug12

Politix Update: The Secret Of The Political-Media Industrial Complex Revealed

The big problem has been hiding in plain view for years, but becomes more obvious with every election cycle and this year with every new poll showing Donald Trump still in the ascendancy, every new round of commentaries from pundits who fulminate that Donald Trump is doing so well because Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules, and every pronouncement to the effect that if everyone would just hold their breath, Donald Trump will...

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Fox News Surrenders to Trump (UPDATED WITH ROUNDUP)
Aug11

Fox News Surrenders to Trump (UPDATED WITH ROUNDUP)

Josh Marshall provides the ugly details on Talking Points Memo. We were told it was a fight Trump could never win – a picked battle with the most trust institution in conservative America: Fox News. The numbers made it clear. Trump was done. It was only a matter of time.   And yet here we have it: Fox’s unconditional surrender. Fox Capo Roger Ailes was forced to choose between star anchor Megyn Kelly and Trump. And he...

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Step Down Mr. Paxton,  You’re Done
Aug09

Step Down Mr. Paxton, You’re Done

If I had the graphics skills displayed by the author of “Stick a fork in Trump because he is done,” I would stick a fork to the mug shot of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (above), as I believe he should be done, too. And so does the Editorial Board of the Austin American Statesman calling, in a powerful editorial today, for Paxton to step down. As we quoted the Statesman last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton “was arrested...

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On Colin Cowherd being dropped from ESPN over remarks about Dominicans
Aug09

On Colin Cowherd being dropped from ESPN over remarks about Dominicans

On Colin Cowherd being dropped from ESPN over remarks about Dominicans by Jordan Cooper Over the line or not? Consider: People in countries that are not first world may not be as educationally advanced as others in some ways. However, just because they might not speak as well or maybe not read or write as well or maybe not be able to do their own taxes does not mean that they don’t know a bigoted broadcaster when they hear one....

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Daryl Cagle Cartoon: Trump, the media and Republicans
Aug08

Daryl Cagle Cartoon: Trump, the media and Republicans

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Trump hits limits: dumped from Red State conservative convention due to new misogynistic low comment about Fox News’ Kelly (UPDATE 3)
Aug08

Trump hits limits: dumped from Red State conservative convention due to new misogynistic low comment about Fox News’ Kelly (UPDATE 3)

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has just run smack-dab into limits on his rhetoric. He has been quite publically disinvited from a major meeting of conservatives due to comments he made Friday night about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who committed the sin of acting like a mainstream journalist in Thursday night’s debate and asking him tough questions. In a seeming race to further cheapen our politics — by his rhetoric...

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Trump blasts Megyn Kelly, Fox News in Twitter rant
Aug07

Trump blasts Megyn Kelly, Fox News in Twitter rant

Hours after the first Republican debate, billionaire businessman Donald Trump was still apparently very unhappy with Fox News and its moderators. Trump, who issued a statement shortly after the debate declaring himself the winner, went on a lengthy Twitter rant early Friday morning blasting moderator Megyn Kelly and Republican pollster Frank Lutz. Wow, @megynkelly really...

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