Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.
Media message received: Clinton is loud and cantankerous! But it's not just awkward gender stereotypes that are in play these days. It's a much larger pattern of thumb-on-the-scale coverage and commentary. Just look at what seemed to be the press' insatiable appetite to frame Clinton's Iowa caucus win last week as an unnerving loss.
In December of 2002, when the legendary Roone Arledge passed away, I wrote a Counterpunch piece for the L.A. Times praising the man who not only set the gold standard for Olympics coverage, but gave us Monday Night Football and Wide World of Sports.
The talk today -- rather than being about the post-debate social gesture hugs -- should be about the candidates' answers in last night's debate. Period. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will decided on a candidate, not the moderators, nor on social gestures nor on what others in the media find not acceptable by their competition.
Former FBI agent Bob Levinson has been missing in Iran since March 9, 2007. A proof of life photo showed he was alive in 2010. His family has been in agony -- they have no information.
As student journalists who hope to work in media, and as graduates who are already working in the media, it is often difficult to report with empathy and compassion when the emphasis for a successful media model is put on how many hits are garnered for a story.
It is time to break out one of our two family rules again: It is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody. How fraudulent is finance even now?
Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.