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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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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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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Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’
Aug14

Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’

WHEN THE NEW JOURNALISTS CAME ASHORE, JOE MITCHELL WAS THERE TO GREET THEM. ~ JOHN McPHEE Sadly, upon his death in 1996 at age 87, Joseph Quincy Mitchell was less known for his extraordinarily elegant writing in The New Yorker than his decades-long case of writers block. Mitchell, who died in 1996 at age 87 after a 48-year career at The New Yorker, is arguably the patron saint of literary journalism, or long-form journalism, as I...

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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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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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A photographer’s murder has Mexico’s journalists furious and afraid
Aug06

A photographer’s murder has Mexico’s journalists furious and afraid

MEXICO CITY — Fear, anger and frustration are consuming Mexico’s journalists after they buried another one of their own. Photojournalist Ruben Espinosa was brutally murdered Friday, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women in a Mexico City apartment. A prosecutor on Sunday said police found them tied up, beaten and shot...

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How ‘The New York Times’ Bungled the Hillary Clinton Emails Story (Guest Voice)
Jul26

How ‘The New York Times’ Bungled the Hillary Clinton Emails Story (Guest Voice)

by Kurt Eichenwald What the hell is happening at The New York Times? In March, the newspaper published a highly touted article about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account that, as I wrote in an earlier column, was wrong in its major points. The Times’s public editor defended that piece, linking to a lengthy series of regulations… Photo by Geoff Livingston (Flickr: The New York Times Building) [CC BY-SA 2.0...

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Gawker To Staff: Be Nice Or Leave
Jul25

Gawker To Staff: Be Nice Or Leave

Gawker Media is offering severance pay to any employees unwilling to submit to a more gentle editorial tone, according to a leaked memo from company President Heather Dietrick obtained by International Business Times. “[W]e’ll be offering severance to those who do not wish to continue at the company under a modified version of the editorial...

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Cartoon: Fake News Panic
Jul21

Cartoon: Fake News Panic

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Roger Ailes Has Reportedly ‘Personally Taken Charge Of Some Of Fox’s Recent Attacks’ On Hillary Clinton
Jun15

Roger Ailes Has Reportedly ‘Personally Taken Charge Of Some Of Fox’s Recent Attacks’ On Hillary Clinton

A fascinating article about the ascension of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, to CEO of 21st Century Fox, which owns Fox News, predicts that Roger Ailes will continue to play the role of uber Republican strategist for the foreseeable future. In an article called, James Murdoch May Have the Reins at 21st Century Fox, But...

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Cartoon: Rupert Murdoch’s Nose for News
Jun12

Cartoon: Rupert Murdoch’s Nose for News

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Cartoon: Fox News and Race
Jun11

Cartoon: Fox News and Race

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Fox News and Caitlyn Jenner
Jun08

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Fox News and Caitlyn Jenner

The Republican Debates by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: Fox News’ Disgusting Caitlyn Jenner Transphobia Fox News Had the Worst Reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Cover Spike TV to cut Clint Eastwood’s Caitlyn Jenner joke Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work...

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George Stephanopoulos’ Big Mistake
Jun03

George Stephanopoulos’ Big Mistake

They say, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” Or some say, “They’re just blowing smoke.” Trust me: there’s smoke AND fire around the high-paid host of ABC ‘s “This Week” and co-host of “Good Morning America” when it comes to having violated a basic tenet of responsible journalists. Forget about the predictable and tiresome partisan-motivated demonizations...

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Bill Moyers: “The Challenge of Journalism… Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy”  (Guest Voice)
May27

Bill Moyers: “The Challenge of Journalism… Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy” (Guest Voice)

“The Challenge of Journalism… Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy” by Bill Moyers The following remarks were made by Bill Moyers at the presentation of the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The ceremony took place at the New York Public Library on May 26, 2015. Thank you for allowing me to share this evening with you. I’m delighted to meet these exceptional journalists whose achievements you...

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