Archive for December, 2017

Russia or Corporate Tax Cuts: Which Would Comcast Rather MSNBC Cover?

December 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Chris Hayes starting his MSNBC show, as he usually does, with Trump and the Russians. At the beginning of December, liberal TV hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow—the anchors of MSNBC‘s primetime schedule—were confronted with ever-escalating breaking news. In the span of a week, from December 1 through December 7, President Donald Trump shrank two national monuments, recognized Jerusalem as the... Read more

NYT Prints Government-Funded Propaganda About Government-Funded Propaganda

December 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

A New York Times op-ed (12/11/17) warns of “efforts by government authorities to shape and control online discussions”–but doesn’t mention the government authorities who pay most of the author’s salary. An op-ed by the president of the right-wing human rights group Freedom House, published in the New York Times Monday (12/11/17)—later boosted by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter... Read more

Someone Hacked Anderson Cooper’s Twitter Account And Called Trump A ‘Pathetic Loser’

December 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Cooper’s Twitter account has more than 9.8 million followers, and the reply immediately went viral. It garnered more than 16,000 likes and more than 2,700 retweets. The post remained live for about an hour before it was taken down. Article source:

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Study: Cable and broadcast news still largely ignoring Thursday’s planned net neutrality repeal

December 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In this study: Since November 28, cable news has given net neutrality minimal coverage: approximately four minutes each on CNN and Fox News and more than eight minutes on MSNBC. Since November 28, broadcast news networks have given net neutrality minimal coverage on their morning and evening news programs and Sunday political talk shows: more than eight minutes on NBC and a... Read more

Normalizing Ethnic Supremacy in Israel/Palestine

December 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

New York Times (12/7/17) The New York Times (12/7/17) ran an article about whether Trump’s declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel would eliminate the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. The Times’ Mark Landler, David Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner wrote that while the PLO was now saying that Israel and Palestine should be a single state, but... Read more

WaPo Nostalgic for Good Old Days of Trump Campaign Tax Lies

December 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Trump’s “distinctive brand of economic populism” always promised massive benefits to the 1 percent and corporations. A Washington Post article (12/9/17) on the Republican tax proposals being considered by Congress implies that they are a sharp departure from the plans Donald Trump put forward in the campaign in the benefits they provides to the rich. The headline is “As Tax Plan... Read more

Supreme Court won’t hear LGBT job discrimination case

December 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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The New Yorker Severs Ties With Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’

December 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” the magazine’s statement read. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.” Article source:

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How news outlets have treated reports of sexual harassment in their own newsrooms

December 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Since The New York Times published the first investigative report on October 5 about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, at least 20 news outlets have grappled with reports of sexual harassment or assault by one or more of their own employees. (This is not to mention the Fox News-heavy list of high-profile media figures named... Read more

The Reagan ‘Boom’ Echoed Glory Days of Ford/Carter

December 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The “boom” following Reagan’s tax cuts was similar to the growth during the Ford/Carter years, not remembered as a time of great prosperity. (cc photo: Ryan Dickey) A Morning Edition segment on the Republican tax cut plan made comparisons to the Reagan tax cuts, referring to the “boom” that occurred following those cuts. While the economy did grow rapidly in the... Read more

After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’–Not Violation of International Law

December 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

CBS News (12/5/17), like other outlets, stressed the threat of violence over the illegality of occupation. President Donald Trump declared that the US saw Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the US would move its Israeli embassy there—reversing decades of policy and removing any pretense of US neutrality in negotiating “peace” between Palestinians and Israelis. Though both  Congress and past... Read more

Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged’ Candidate’s Signature

December 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In response, Fox News ran a headline Friday stating: “Roy Moore accuser admits she forged part of yearbook inscription attributed to Alabama Senate candidate,” according to the Internet Archive, which preserves websites. The Fox headline echoed alt-right websites The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart, which ran with “Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’” and “Roy Moore Accuser Beverly... Read more

Right-wing media misrepresent interview with Moore accuser to claim she admitted to forging yearbook with Moore’s signature 

December 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Moore accuser reports she has Moore’s signature in her yearbook Woman who says Moore sexually assualted her has Moore’s signature in her yearbook. Beverly Young Nelson accused Moore of “sexually assaulting her when she was 16,” according to The New York Times. The Times noted that her attorney “displayed a yearbook that Ms. Nelson said had been signed... Read more

Media Downplay Class Warfare as ‘GOP Victory’

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Like many outlets, USA Today (12/2/17) described the Republican tax bill as “tax cuts”—even though most Americans will be getting a tax hike. The fallacy of “neutral,” “both sides” journalism rings loud and clear in corporate media reporting on the Republican Party’s tax plan. The GOP bill, passed by the Senate in the early hours of December 2 and described by... Read more

House passes bill to avoid shutdown

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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House passes bill to avoid shutdown

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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The Top 10 Lies Of 2017

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

That should cover the alleged actions of: Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Spacey, Leon Weseltier, John Lasseter, Brett Ratner, Al Franken, Israel Horovitz, Dustin Hoffman, John Conyers, Russell Simmons, John Besh, Andrew Kreisberg, Andy Dick, Bob Weinstein, Chris Savino, James Levine, Peter Martins, David Guillod, Gary Goddard, James Toback, Jeffrey... Read more

The Top 10 Lies Of 2017

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

That should cover the alleged actions of: Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Spacey, Leon Weseltier, John Lasseter, Brett Ratner, Al Franken, Israel Horovitz, Dustin Hoffman, John Conyers, Russell Simmons, John Besh, Andrew Kreisberg, Andy Dick, Bob Weinstein, Chris Savino, James Levine, Peter Martins, David Guillod, Gary Goddard, James Toback, Jeffrey... Read more

“Late-term” abortion is made up and so is Doug Jones’ so-called abortion “extremism”

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Alabama Senate race now “a face-off between the morality of sexual predation and the morality of abortion” The New Yorker: The Alabama Senate election is now “a face-off between the morality of sexual predation and the morality of abortion.” In November, The Washington Post reported multiple women’s accounts of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore molesting them... Read more

“Late-term” abortion is made up and so is Doug Jones’ so-called abortion “extremism”

December 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Alabama Senate race now “a face-off between the morality of sexual predation and the morality of abortion” The New Yorker: The Alabama Senate election is now “a face-off between the morality of sexual predation and the morality of abortion.” In November, The Washington Post reported multiple women’s accounts of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore molesting them... Read more

Headlines Ignore the Abuse Reports That Make Moore Endorsement Newsworthy

December 7 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The LA Times (12/4/17) was one of many outlets that left what was most newsworthy about Trump’s endorsement out of the headline. Headlines typically attempt to draw in readers by including the most relevant or pertinent information, but in the case of breaking news Monday that President Trump had endorsed Roy Moore in next week’s Senate special election in Alabama, the... Read more

Why Economists Are Warning That The Trump Tax Plan Will Be An Epic Disaster

December 6 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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This Is MSNBC’s De Facto Ombudsman

December 6 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Cernovich and others like him are not trying to create a fairer, more ethical media landscape, despite their constant invocation of idiotic shibboleths about ethical journalism. Ridding outlets of whichever person is currently being targeted will never satisfy them. The only actual goal is the total annihilation of the mainstream media itself — or at least of any claims to authority... Read more

Pro-Trump media downplay Michael Flynn’s plea agreement for lying to FBI about conversations with Russian ambassador

December 6 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn will plead guilty to lying to FBI about conversations with Russian ambassador Wash. Post: “Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has agreed to plead guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.” Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, “has agreed... Read more

WaPo’s One-Sided Cheerleading for Coup and Intervention in Venezuela

December 5 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

A Washington Post op-ed (11/15/17) argues that “where the military sides with the people, democracy becomes a real possibility.” The only voices allowed in the Washington Post on the subject of Venezuela over the past year have been those calling for the overthrow or sanction of its government. A review of 15 opinion pieces featured in the Post shows voices even... Read more

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