Archive for October, 2017

William Rivers Pitt | Stop Trying to Convince Trump Voters. Start Trying to Win

October 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Keith Olbermann Breaks Down Just How Donald Trump Manipulates Americans Via Twitter

October 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The current president “has perfected the fireside tweet,” Olbermann said. “He may truly have absolutely nothing of any meaning to sell them, but he can sell something to them anyway.” Article source:

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Fear, Not Debt, Limits Our Spending on Education and Infrastructure

October 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Washington Post‘s Fareed Zakaria (10/26/17) decries America’s “narrow and cramped ideology.” In his Washington Post column (10/26/17), Fareed Zakaria pushes the pet myth of the arithmetic-challenged elite (yes, that is probably redundant) that the federal debt is limiting spending for many important ends: [The United States] is politically paralyzed, unable to make major decisions. Amidst a ballooning debt, its investments in... Read more

For NYT, Making the Democrats Safe for the Oligarchy Is Literally Job One

October 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

by Jim Naureckas Reviewing The Family, a history of the owners of the New York Times, veteran Times reporter John L. Hess (Extra!, 1–2/00) summarized the book’s account of how dynasty founder Adolph Ochs was able to purchase the paper in 1896: How did Ochs, a virtual bankrupt from Chattanooga, persuade Wall Street to set him up with the moribund New York... Read more

Bill Maher: Trump’s Relationship With Fox News Is A ‘Very Bad Axis Of Evil’

October 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“Fox gives [Trump] his agenda,” Maher added. The “typical Fox viewer” was now the same as the president himself, “an old white guy with anger issues, we’re not sure why.” Article source:

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The right has a new 20-week abortion ban, and it’s still built on junk science and right-wing lies.

October 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Mattters The GOP is set to vote on a 20-week abortion ban — again The U.S. House is again voting on a 20-week abortion ban. On September 26, members of the House of Representatives, along with prominent anti-abortion leaders, held a press conference to announce an October 3 vote on proposed legislation that would prohibit the provision of... Read more

Reposting Amazon Press Releases at Bezos-Owned Washington Post

October 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Amazon. (Washington Post, 10/19/17) A matter of huge political import is taking place in scores of cities throughout the country. From Chicago to Charlottesville, San Diego to St. Louis, metropolitan areas big and small are making their best pitches to Amazon to move its second headquarters to their towns.... Read more

Trump administration throws weight behind keeping Arizona coal plant open

October 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Fox News Devoted Hours To Harvey Weinstein Scandal, But Minutes To Bill O’Reilly’s

October 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

21st Century Fox, the news network’s parent company, acknowledged it was “aware of” Wiehl’s complaints about O’Reilly. Still, the company signed O’Reilly to a contract extension that paid $25 million a year, according to the Times.  Article source:

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After horrific casualties in Las Vegas, right-wing media say now is not the time to talk about gun violence

October 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

At least 58 dead, over 500 wounded after shooter opened fire on crowd at Las Vegas concert CNN: At least 58 people were killed and 515 injured from gunfire and ensuing stampede at outdoor Las Vegas concert. From CNN’s report on the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV: A “crazed lunatic” turned an outdoor concert into a bloodbath, killing 58... Read more

NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create

October 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In considering why “the public is quiet” about the United States’ unending wars, the New York Times (10/23/17) fails to examine the failure of leading media outlets to actually oppose these wars. Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but it’s rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into... Read more

‘This Is Unacceptable’: ProPublica Story on Bankruptcy in Memphis Prompts City Council Soul-Searching

October 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Even As California Burned, Fox News Favored Trump’s NFL Controversy

October 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Even without a new controversy coming out of Trump’s White House, cable news coverage of the president may still take precedent over that of devastating natural disasters. Upon the news in late August that Hurricane Harvey would make landfall in Texas, Politico noted at the time, cable news led with stories about probes into Russian interference into the 2016 election,... Read more

The worst of Bill O’Reilly’s on-air denigration and harassment of Lis Wiehl

October 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters O’Reilly reportedly paid Wiehl $32 million to halt sexual harassment lawsuit January: O’Reilly made a massive payout in response to reported “repeated harassment” and a “nonconsensual sexual relationship.” In January, then-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “struck a $32 million agreement” with Lis Wiehl, a longtime Fox legal analyst who had also served as his lawyer at one... Read more

This Is What It Looks Like When An Industry Controls A State’s Politics

October 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Mark Cuban May Run Against Donald Trump In 2020 As A Republican

October 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In an interview with Fox News that aired on Sunday, the billionaire investor, TV personality and owner of the Dallas Mavericks called himself “fiercely independent.” But when pressed to pick a party for his potential candidacy, he said “probably Republican.”  Article source:

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Right-wing media promote Ed Gillespie’s anti-immigrant ad, which is based on conservative myths

October 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Virginia gubernatorial candidate ties sanctuary cities to a rise in violent gangs in “racist” ads Republican Ed Gillespie released four ads tying his opponent to gang violence over support for sanctuary cities. Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee in the Virginia gubernatorial race, has released a series of four advertisements that, according to The Washington Post, “try to... Read more

Please Stop Using ‘Woman in Chador Walks by Anti-US Mural’ Stock Photo for Every Article About Iran

October 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

by Adam Johnson The general mindlessness in choosing a stock photo is what makes them so pernicious. Editors reach for an image that captures the overall theme of the article while drawing the eye of distracted media consumers—typically as an afterthought, something that accents a piece rather than defines it. It’s not an easy task, but it’s one that, left unexamined,... Read more

Trump says he’ll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released

October 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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What The Hell Was This Rachel Maddow Segment?

October 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

That appears to be false. According to the Council on Foreign Relations and accounts from local residents, the attacks that have increased can be traced back to militant group Boko Haram, which is based just across the border in Nigeria. A group of Boko Haram militants broke away and formed the Islamic State West Africa, Laura Seay, an assistant professor... Read more

Debate moderators must ask New Jersey gubernatorial candidates about abortion

October 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters The first debate did not include any questions about abortion Moderators didn’t ask any questions about abortion during New Jersey’s first 2017 gubernatorial debate. The first New Jersey gubernatorial debate was held on October 10 and was moderated by local ABC anchors Sade Baderinwa and Jim Gardner, with NJ Advance Media reporter Matt Arco also asking several... Read more

No, US Didn’t ‘Stand By’ Indonesian Genocide—It Actively Participated

October 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

US government documents actually show the US playing a much more active role in the Indonesian genocide than this New York Times headline (10/18/17) suggests. There’s a story in the New York Times today (1/18/17) headlined: US Stood By as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show “Standing by,” however, is not what the United States did during the Indonesian genocide of... Read more

The Power of Stories: Why We Need More Than Facts to Win

October 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Jake Tapper Hits Back At Bill O’Reilly With An Absolutely Brutal Reality Check

October 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Tapper’s CNN show, it should be noted, is on at 4 p.m. and does not air against “Hannity,” which is at 9 p.m. Article source:

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Right-wing media falsely call crucial ACA subsidies "bailouts" to defend Trump’s decision to halt them

October 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Trump ends cost-sharing reduction payments, calling them a “bailout” for the insurance industry Trump ends cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies, calling them a “bailout.” President Donald Trump on October 12 said the government would stop issuing insurers cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments, subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that, as NPR reported, were “designed to help... Read more

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