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The Real Motive Behind the Cheney Family Torture Tour

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Why did the Bush administration authorize torture when other methods were more successful? And why is Dick Cheney so desperate to exonerate himself and to skew the debate with trivialities?

CNN's Five Most Annoying "Personalities"

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

How might CNN get more eyeballs? Dump the annoying people and they have quite a few of them, you may have noticed.

Condi Rice's Tortured Macaca Moment

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Rice's recent incident shows the prospects for what we might call a substantive Macaca Moment -- using YouTube and citizen media to scrutinize our leaders on the issues, not gaffes.

Fox News, CNN Diverge

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For years, CNN and Fox News were the top two names in cable news. But four stories this week so far illustrate the different paths the two networks h...

Danny Shea

Fox News Claims Top 11 Cable News Programs In April, #2 Network In Cable | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News had another dominant month, claiming the top 11 program spots in cable news and placing 2nd in all of cable in primetime, behind only USA. "...

The First One Hundred Days: There Are Milestones, and...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Cable news -- the really early years: "Welcome back, and good morning from Washington, where we're going to spend the next hour much like we've spe...

Waterboarding Sean Hannity

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Sean Hannity's offer to undergo waterboarding for charity is almost too good to refuse.

Outbreak of Deadly Swine-Flu Infects Cable News

Will Menaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Menaker

Sadly, many TV producers do not take any of the common sense precautions that could stop an outbreak like this such as washing their hands with soap and water or not booking spokespeople from the National Organization for Marriage."

Sam Stein

Ed Schultz On MSNBC Gig: People Will Know Where I Stand | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Poised to take over the 6 p.m. slot on MSNBC, long-time radio talk show host Ed Schultz laid out a programmatic blueprint that would be issue-oriented...

Fox News Claims 9 Of Top 10 Cable News Programs In Q1

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In a sign of just how dominant Fox News is in the cable news network ratings game, the network easily won the rankings in the first quarter of 2009, a...

Cable News Networks "Have Steadfastly Remained In Campaign Mode": David Carr

New York Times | David Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Read More: Cable News, Media News

There is no question that the stakes are high in this presidency, and it's hardly an epiphany that in order to feed the 24/7 beast, cable news has to ...

FoxNews Soars, CNN Snores

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

That most new cable news viewers are turning to Fox, rather than to CNN or MSNBC, is what's scaring the hell out of me.

Obama Press Conference Ratings Down: 40.4 Million Watch, Fox News Tops On Cable

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

President Obama's press conference Tuesday night drew 40.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's "down 18% from from his Feb. ...

Why Does Obama's Teleprompter Hate America?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Without a doubt, many of the attacks from the far-right against President Obama have amounted to nothing more than the political equivalent of speaking in tongues.

CNN's Rough Ratings March: Trailing Even MSNBC, HLN In Prime Demo

Portfolio | Jeff Bercovici | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

More evidence that CNN is going to have to find a new strategy fast or risk becoming a cable news also-ran: In the month of March so far, the Time War...

The Trouble with Twitter: Why "Tweets" Are Like "Blipverts"

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

It's a time marked by inundation, fragmentation, and an ADD culture. Twitter drives all three of those trends.

Is the Media Our Best Frenemy Forever?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan A. Schein

Only now that the members of the media have seen their own 401ks and home values decline like those of the rest of the citizens in the country, they are broadcasting loud outrage.

Fox News Widens Lead In First Month Of Obama Administration

New York Times | Brian Stelter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The first weeks of the Obama presidency were remarkably popular ones for the Fox News Channel. Fox News ranked No. 3 among all cable networks in pr...

Neutrality Update

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

The Times editorial leaves me with a good feeling about Ms. Jackson, and high hopes for the future effectiveness of the EPA.

AP: Did TV News Miss Point In Covering Stimulus Plan?

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK — There were plenty of familiar faces on-screen during TV coverage of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, people like Jame...

Cable News: The Triumph of Neutrality

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

The use of "neutral" content is a cheap and lazy way of filling air time, which is why we see so much of it on the cable news networks.

A Bad Week for Obama, a Good Week for FoxNews

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Judging from FoxNews's ratings, over the last two weeks the President has disappointed his supporters and energized his opponents.

Oh, About That "End" of the Obama Honeymoon ...

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Where Obama may have made a mistake is in being too substantively accommodating with people who are basically not going to support him except in the event of an extraterrestrial invasion.

Sam Stein

Stimulus Spin War: Obama To Go On Media Offensive | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama is slated to sit down with the five major television news networks tomorrow, a media play that is almost certain to be part of a broader ...

The Young Turks Announce Candidacy for MSNBC Slot

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

Yes, I might have a funny name. Yes, I might have been accused of being a Muslim. But I remember another man who had similar problems who didn't let those things stand in his way.