Hillary Clinton vs. The Press: Why Press Coverage Is Important
May24

Hillary Clinton vs. The Press: Why Press Coverage Is Important

With Clinton only taking rare questions from reporters, and generally only providing evasive answers, an increasing amount of the campaign coverage has turned to Hillary Clinton avoiding the press. McClatchy, one of the country’s better news services, has joined in: Here’s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit. She spoke to four...

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Fox News Doesn’t Want to Lose the White House Again
May23

Fox News Doesn’t Want to Lose the White House Again

I don’t often concern myself with the “small d” democratic integrity of the Republican Party but I was more than a little shocked to read Fox News will be assuming the role of making the first GOP presidential debate more manageable and, I would have to think, make the ultimate winner more electable. This week the network announced that for the first Republican debate in August, they’re going to limit the...

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Administration Huffs & Puffs Over Bin Laden Exposé But Doesn’t Blow Sy Hersh’s House Down
May22

Administration Huffs & Puffs Over Bin Laden Exposé But Doesn’t Blow Sy Hersh’s House Down

VIDEO SEIZED DURING MAY 2011 RAID SHOWS BIN LADEN WATCHING TELEVISION Official Washington ramped up its pushback against investigative reporter Seymour Hersh’s recent exposé? with the release this week of nearly 80 previously classified documents and books and other materials seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound during the raid by Navy Seals in May 2011, but the alleged treasure trove did nothing to debunk Hersh’s...

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Cartoon: Baltimore Study
May21

Cartoon: Baltimore Study

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Of Gunfights and Boiling Frogs
May20

Of Gunfights and Boiling Frogs

You can always leave it to the ideologues of the Right to view events through funhouse mirror lenses: Making the comparison with Baltimore, many on the left — Salon’s Jenny Kutner, to take an example — demanded to know why the media did not describe the events in Waco as a “riot.” The answer, obviously enough, is that the event in Waco was not a riot — it did not represent a general state of civil disorder, there were no mobs...

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Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Exposé Reveals Hypocrisy Of The Chattering Classes
May18

Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Exposé Reveals Hypocrisy Of The Chattering Classes

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING PIONEER IDA TARBELL There is a back story to the back story that underpins Seymour Hersh’s controversial new exposé claiming that the Obama administration lied about virtually everything having to do with the death of Osama bin Laden: If as a journalist you buck the official line, expect to be castigated not just by the people spouting that line, but by your peers, as well. What is so irretrievably sad...

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Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent
May17

Clinton Attacks: Beware of the Real Source and Intent

As I have indicated in past articles, I am keeping my powder dry on Hillary Clinton. I will decide whether to vote for her based on facts and issues. That decision will not be based on rumors, innuendo, unproven allegations… It will not be based on what bloggers quote other bloggers who quote newspapers which in turn quote, or misquote, pundits and books such as the recent “Clinton Cash.” It will not be based on the sound and...

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Bruce Bartlett on Fox News
May17

Bruce Bartlett on Fox News

Former Reagan and Bush (Sr.) economist Bruce Bartlett has published a thorough history and analysis of Fox News and its effect on American politics. It does not contain a lot of new information to those who follow politics closely but is worth a read.  Here are the high points: A history of the small but distinct liberal bias in mainstream media before the rise of right-wing media The rise of conservative talk radio in the late...

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Cartoon: George Monkeynopoulos
May16

Cartoon: George Monkeynopoulos

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Analysis Of An Exposé: Bin Laden Is Still Dead, But Does Seymour Hersh’s Assertion That President Obama Repeatedly Lied About His Demise Stand Up To Scrutiny?
May14

Analysis Of An Exposé: Bin Laden Is Still Dead, But Does Seymour Hersh’s Assertion That President Obama Repeatedly Lied About His Demise Stand Up To Scrutiny?

Osama bin Laden is dead. But beyond stating the obvious, virtually nothing that the Obama administration has said about the run up to the assassination of the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, the circumstances surrounding his death and its immediate aftermath is accurate, according to a fascinating but frustrating new exposé by Seymour Hersh. “The Killing of Osama bin Laden” a 10,300-word takeout published in the London...

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Teaching people to tell their own story (Guest Voice)
May13

Teaching people to tell their own story (Guest Voice)

Teaching people to tell their own story by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — When journalists get the opportunity to share and collaborate with those they report on — to give something back rather than simply taking their photos or their statements — it can be life-changing. On May 1-2, an inaugural regional conference focused on poverty gathered a group of journalists to train...

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Mark Halperin Apologizes for Some of his Interview Questions for Ted Cruz UPDATED: Cruz Responds
May11

Mark Halperin Apologizes for Some of his Interview Questions for Ted Cruz UPDATED: Cruz Responds

Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin has apologized for the tone of some questions in his interview yesterday with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He came out of fire in many quarters — from the right, center and the left — for some questions that seemed sloppily flippant at best and racist at worst. He has sent out this apology clarification via Bloomberg News: STATEMENT FROM MARK HALPERIN, CO-MANAGING EDITOR, BLOOMBERG POLITICS,...

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Mark Halperin’s Interview with Ted Cuz: so Halperin determines  who is “really” sufficiently Cuban or Hispanic? UPDATED
May10

Mark Halperin’s Interview with Ted Cuz: so Halperin determines who is “really” sufficiently Cuban or Hispanic? UPDATED

Department of WOW. I never thought I’d be writing a defense of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who just had an interview with perhaps respected-too-much journalist Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News. I can visualize my journalism profs at the Medill School of Journalism raising both eyebrows if I had asked a Hispanic officeholder the questions Halperin asked of Cruz, as detailed by Ruben Navarrette, and some others writers and Facebook...

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Michael Blake: A Life That Mattered
May08

Michael Blake: A Life That Mattered

Michael Blake died last week. You probably don’t know the name. You probably don’t know about his life. You probably don’t know most of what he wrote. That’s probably because he didn’t write diet and exercise books. Or cookbooks. Or “feel good” books. Or books about celebrities. Or books that advanced junk science or conspiracy theories. Michael Blake fused history and social issues, writing about social justice. Writing books that...

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Los Angeles Times Parent Company Buys San Diego UT Newspaper
May07

Los Angeles Times Parent Company Buys San Diego UT Newspaper

Los Angeles Times Parent Company Buys San Diego UT Newspaper by Chris Jennewein SAN DIEGO (SDONA) — The U-T San Diego newspaper was sold Thursday to Tribune Publishing, owner of the Los Angeles Times, for $85 million. The sale was announced in a breaking-news email alert from the San Diego newspaper. It ends 146 years of private ownership of the newspaper. The U-T’s current owner, “Papa” Doug Manchester, would retain ownership...

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Muhammad Cartoon Stimulus and Response… and Repeat
May07

Muhammad Cartoon Stimulus and Response… and Repeat

Muhammad Cartoon Stimulus and Response… and Repeat By Daryl Cagle We just saw yet another terror attack provoked by cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, this time at a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. A competent cop shot two home-grown terrorist gunmen before much damage was done. The event was organized by a right-wing group called “Stop Islamization of America” that was best known for...

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Cartoon: Cartoon Contest
May06

Cartoon: Cartoon Contest

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Wild political rumors are difficult to kill off, study says
May06

Wild political rumors are difficult to kill off, study says

John Hopton for redOrbit.com – @Johnfinitum Mark Twain said, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” and new research has shown that once the lie gets out there, it stays out there. Adam Berinsky, a professor of political science at MIT, authored a study which...

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Cartoon: Draw More Muhammad Cartoons
May05

Cartoon: Draw More Muhammad Cartoons

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Cartoon: Dr. Oz
May03

Cartoon: Dr. Oz

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