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Al Gore's Current TV Lays Off 80 Staff, Changes Direction

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Derrick

The pioneering, Emmy-Award winning channel was originally conceived by Gore and businessman Joe Hyatt as a peer-to-peer news and information network.

Think Again: It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's...Cable News

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Not long ago, cable news cameras turned their focus skyward to an almost celestial body hurling itself across the sky. Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was a hoax.

Laura Ingraham Rips Cable's 'Balloon Boy' Coverage: "Puts Egg On All Of Our Faces" (AUDIO)

Huffington Post | Nick Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Cable news networks' rather breathless coverage of the 'balloon boy' saga has come in for its share of media criticism from across the political spect...

Republican Hypocrisy on Terrorism Reaches New Levels of Awful

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Preside over the biggest terrorist attack in American history and it's an epic win for President Bush. Preside over a failed attack and it's an epic fail for President Obama.

Danny Shea

A Tale Of Two MSNBCs | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Increasingly, it's seeming as if there are two cable news networks inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza: a thriving, opinion-oriented evening channel that's so...

To Be Real

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steven Weber

CNN started out by merely being good (remember?), an antidote to the hoary network news bureaus. But with success comes hubris and imitators and competition and eventual madness.

Up, Up and Away: How TV News Blew It

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

In light of the balloon boy fiasco last week, cable news outlets need to review their methods of verification. The public must know that what they see on television purporting to be news actually is.

How Al Jazeera Outlasted Donald Rumsfeld

The Atlantic | By Marc Ambinder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The day after his first round of testimony to Congress, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was on a press ...

CNN President: Unfair To Compare Us To Fox News, MSNBC; Fox News: CNN More Like G4 Network

Los Angeles Times, | Matea Gold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

"We are not going to try to boost numbers during fallow news periods by running cartoons, as our competitors do," Klein said. "We're going to cover th...


Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Horowitz

News as defined by is the presentation of a report on recent or new events [intelligence; information] in a newspaper or other periodi...

Jason Linkins

How Watching Cable News Induces Despair | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What could have possibly reduced Center For American Progress blogger Matt Yglesias to a state of "agitation," "despair," anger, and "helpless[ness]" ...

Happy New Year?

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Douglas Forbes

I'm sorry, but did I miss something? Can someone please explain to me why exactly I'm supposed to be so happy?

Tom Friedman Explains Causes Of America's 'Sub-Optimal Solutions' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman is worried that America is producing "sub-optimal solutions" to big problems like global warming, an educa...

CNN Falls To Last Place In Primetime Demo

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The October 2009 cable news ratings are in with a major milestone: CNN has fallen to last place in the primetime demographic, the category advertisers...

Fox News Ratings Undamaged By White House War

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Many critics of the Obama administration's ongoing war against Fox News have cautioned that, if anything, calling out the network will only increase i...

News Viewers: Fox -- News Users: CNN

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

The full third quarter cable news ratings are in, and nothing has changed very much. Fox News still has more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.

Fox News Dominates 3Q 2009 Cable News Ratings

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News has pulled off another dominant quarter, claiming the top 10 cable news programs in 3Q 2009 and growing against 3Q 2008, while CNN and MSNBC ...

The Impeachment of President Obama

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

I've been following the Republican descent into the realms of the bizarre for some time now, and I'm convinced that if they retook Congress the Republicans might try to impeach the president.

Why 2010 Will Not be a Replay of 1994

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You remember the story quite well: a young president and his party are soundly defeated in the midterm elections. It really sounds good, but it ain't gonna happen this time.

CNN Has Lost Its Way

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Giving an audience of millions to enraged extremists is too great a gift to qualify as "freedom of speech."

Kirchner and Clarin: Argentina Media Fight Gets Personal

AP | By MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)-- An epic battle between Argentina's two reigning powers -- the presidency and media giant Grupo Clarin -- started with a...

Cable News Ratings--Liberals Jump Ship

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Unless Democrats develop a clear and compelling message, they face a very tough time in the 2010 elections.

The Public Option is Popular, Moral and Inexpensive, Therefore it Must Die

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There's no ambiguity about it. The public option is resoundingly popular, fiscally conservative and morally sound. It's centrist, it's liberal, it's conservative. Unless you don't believe in, you know, numbers.

MSM's Scary Impotence When Faced with Death Panels

Glynnis MacNicol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Glynnis MacNicol

If we can't rely on news institutions to rationally explain the complicated (and extremely important) issues of the day in a way that will reach people, than why do we need them at all?

The Modesty of Hope

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Since the dawn of the Industrial Age, and even before, there has been a deep strain of exceptionalism in the American character.