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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 periodic...

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."

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.

Here's a Handy List of Fox News Enablers/Advertisers

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

"I'm ready to boycott all of Fox News' sponsors," one female Commenter on my blog last week here said, adding,"It sickens me to watch Fox News. Could you provide a list of Fox advertisers?"

Bipartisanship Porn

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

What we've been witnessing during this health care reform process can easily be defined as "bipartisanship porn." It's a display of bipartisanship so obscene and excessive that it borders on perverse.

Health care and the Ratings

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

These ratings suggest that popular support for the health care bill is waning.

The Problem With Cable News

Alexander Dresner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alexander Dresner

Cable news networks would be well served by dedicating more attention to finding and cultivating on-air talent that reflects their diverse viewer base, like Rachel Maddow.

Malkin and Fox News Are Stalking Children Again

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The right-wing satellite of crazy has evolved from being a silly assembly of sore losers to a dangerous posse -- a rabble of misinformed cranks who have no problem targeting children.

Glenn Greenwald: When MSNBC Lets Wolffe Host, They Give "An Hour Every Night To A Corporate Lobbyist" | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This week, former Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe was a guest-host on MSNBC's Countdown while Keith Olbermann is on vacation. When Olbermann is ther...

Lloyd Grove: Boring Beer Summit Couldn't Live Up To Cable News Hype

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

After all the hype for Thursday's White House Beer Summit the cheesy countdown clocks in the corner of the screen on CNN and MSNBC, the often silly pa...