Archive for the ‘Media Feeds’ Category

Fox exploited Kate Steinle’s death for political gain. Now, the network is in a bind.

December 3 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Undocumented immigrant accused of murdering Kate Steinle found not guilty NY Times: Jose Ines Garcia Zarate “was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges … in the killing of Kathryn Steinle.” The New York Times reported on November 30 that a jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate “of murder and manslaughter charges … in the killing of Kathryn... Read more

Anti-Populism, Smug Centrism and the Defense of Elitism

December 1 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Both the leadership of the Democratic Party and the “moderate” wing of the Republican Party seem obsessed with challenging Trumpism by calling for a return to a mythical political “center” and by elevating “elitism” as an antidote to “populism.” This while the political “center” under Trump means scapegoating our nation’s problems to Muslims, Mexicans and liberals while prosecuting leftists for... Read more

Don’t Say ‘Lowering Taxes’ When You Mean ‘Lowering Taxes for the Rich’

December 1 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New York Times‘ Sheryl Gay Stolberg (11/29/17) reports that in passing a tax bill, Republicans are “doing what Republicans do best.” The New York Times (11/29/17) discussed the prospects for the Republican tax bill, comparing the difference in Republican attitudes towards the tax bill and the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In its effort to explain this difference,... Read more

Seth Meyers Has A Scathing Message For Matt Lauer

December 1 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In addition to accusations of giving a staffer a sex toy and exposing himself to another, Lauer also allegedly enjoyed playing the game “fuck, marry, kill,” in which he’d name the co-host he’d most like to sleep with.  Article source:

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Geraldo Rivera, accused of sexual assault, has a history of downplaying sexual misconduct

December 1 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Rivera routinely defends the men reported for sexual harassment and assault In response to allegations against NBC’s Matt Lauer, Rivera suggested that the “current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship conflating it w predation.” He added “news is a flirty business.” [The New York Times, 11/29/17; Twitter, 11/29/17] Rivera then laid out what he thought should be requirements... Read more

Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya

November 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world. The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the... Read more

Matt Lauer Fired By NBC Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

November 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“This is a very tough morning for both of us,” Kotb said. “I’ve known Matt for 15 years and I’ve loved him as a friend and a colleague, and just like you were saying, Savannah, it’s hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know, who walks in this building every, single day.” Article source:

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Study: Cable and broadcast news networks largely ignore planned net neutrality repeal

November 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In this study: The broadcast networks’ morning news programs, nightly newscasts, and Sunday political talk shows covered net neutrality for a combined 2 minutes and 26 seconds. CNN devoted less than 10 minutes to net neutrality. Fox News covered the story for just over 11 minutes, and the bulk of coverage was interviews with Pai defending his proposal. While MSNBC devoted the most... Read more

Without Public Editor, NYT Ducks and Dismisses Criticism of Its Sympathetic Nazi Profile

November 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New York Times‘ Richard Fausset (11/25/17) wrote of his neo-Nazi subject, “In person, his Midwestern manners would please anyone’s mother.” This past June, when the New York Times unceremoniously killed off its public editor position, publisher Arthur Sulzberger tried mightily to characterize the move as addition by subtraction. In a newsroom memo, he promised that a newly created “Reader Center”... Read more

Time Inc. To Be Acquired By Meredith Corp. In Deal Backed By Koch Brothers

November 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Time Inc., the publisher of the magazines Time, People and Sports Illustrated, will sell itself to the Meredith Corporation in a deal worth $2.8 billion, the companies said on Sunday. Meredith will pay $18.50 a share for the legacy media giant. Article source:

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The many ways Alliance Defending Freedom is fighting against transgender student equality

November 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters For years, anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has led a national crusade to block transgender students’ access to school restroom and locker room facilities that align with their gender identity. Media Matters takes a look at ADF’s insidious attacks on transgender student equality over the last year. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is the largest anti-LGBTQ... Read more

Trump Administration Plays Media Like Fiddle on Iran/HBO Hacking Story

November 26 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Washington Post (11/19/17) reported warnings that “Justice Department officials want to reveal [Iran-connected] cases because the Trump administration would like Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran.” It’s rare to see evidence of an administration plot to manipulate the media unfolding in real time, but such is the case this week—and thus far, corporate media have taken the bait hook,... Read more

Two Journalism Schools Rescind Awards For Charlie Rose Amid Harassment Reports

November 26 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“I am greatly embarrassed,” he said. “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.” Article source:

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Chef On ‘Today’ Goes Rogue And Puts Mayo In The Mashed Potatoes

November 24 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Mmm, sounds simple and delicious. Red potatoes, butter, sour cream, garlic ― everything seems to be in order. But wait, did she just put MAYONNAISE in there? Article source:

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Gayle King Further Addresses Charlie Rose Allegations

November 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful,” King said, adding she didn’t want to have to talk about Rose. “When you think about the anguish of those women, despite the friendship, you have to report the news.” Article source:

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4 ways right-wing media are shilling for tax reform (and why they’re wrong)

November 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters House and Senate advance bills to reform the tax code NY Times: House and Senate Republicans advance proposals for a “sweeping tax overhaul.” Republicans in the House of Representatives on November 16 voted to pass “the most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades,” according to The New York Times. The Times also noted that members of the... Read more

Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior

November 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

60 Minutes‘ Scott Pelley (11/19/17) introduces a report on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen–without mentioning the US role in the conflict. In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News’ 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating,... Read more

Writer Calls On Women Of Color ‘To Divest From Lena Dunham’ After Controversy

November 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In her post, Clemmons said that she had known Dunham, as well as “Girls” co-star Jemima Kirke, since they attended college. The author said Dunham’s friends were known for their “hipster racism, which typically uses sarcasm as a cover,” excusing racist statements as “just a joke.” Article source:

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NYT’s Campus Free Speech Coverage Focuses 7-to-1 on Plight of Right

November 19 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

College Republicans complained to the New York Times (9/23/16) that the nomination of Donald Trump “prompted widespread mockery from their liberal classmates.” Over the past 18 months, the New York Times has dedicated 21 columns and articles to the subject of conservatives’ free speech on campus, while only three covered the silencing of college liberals or leftists. A review of Times... Read more

Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary ‘Reformer’

November 19 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Guardian (11/5/17) reported that de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman “is willing to take on the kingdom’s most powerful figures to implement his reforms and consolidate power.” Two weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a brutal crackdown on his political opponents, arresting dozens of high-ranking relatives, kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon, and seeing eight... Read more

Finding News In The Noise

November 19 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

For platforms like Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook, awake news rewards those that provide clarity, sources, and content metadata that labels news, opinion and satire. Article source:

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The Pathological Refusal to Report the Simple Truth About Presidential Lying

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

It is a truism to say that everyone lies to someone. Since public officials entrusted with power in our democracy are no exception to this human trait—as historical research documents—it should be exceedingly acceptable to point out that all politicians, from your local city council right up to the White House, lie as well. The Framers afforded the press special... Read more

Spinning E-Commerce as Rust Belt’s Salvation

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New York Times (10/22/17) reports that “a constellation of vast warehouses” has “breathed new life into pockets of the country that had fallen economically behind.” Times are tough in Middle America, but the New York Times (10/22/17) says there’s hope on the horizon—conveniently packaged in the economic boom of e-commerce. The paper’s reporting, unfortunately, avoids confronting the insecurity inherent in... Read more

Hannity Drops Roy Moore Ultimatum After Senate Nominee Writes Letter

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“We demanded, rightly, answers from Judge Moore. He provided them to the specific questions we asked,” Hannity said, adding that he’s confident the people of Alabama can make the best choice for their state. Article source:

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15-plus communities that are about to be rocked by Sinclair’s conservative local news takeover 

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Conservative local TV news giant Sinclair Broadcast Group has been quietly injecting right-wing spin into local newscasts for years. The company thrives when it flies under the radar, serving local audiences who might not realize what they’re tuning in for — so Media Matters is helping to highlight where communities can fight back. Sinclair’s most well-known tactic... Read more

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