The rhetoric in the 2012 election has been astonishingly divisive and loaded with innuendo, making this not a contest between two candidates or parties but between two "Americas."
Showing reruns in primetime is far more lucrative than convention coverage. But if the three major networks want to avoid rightful challenges to the licenses of its stations, they should accept their mandated responsibility to serve the public interest and not just their bottom line.
Once every four years, the Summer Olympics distort the news ratings. This year, it was worse than usual because MSNBC, programmed by NBC, carried a lot of Olympic events, sometimes in primetime, sometimes in daytime.
A new study of 20 major media outlets used the image-curating website Pinterest to help measure the photographic coverage of four days of the Olympics.
Even if Barack Obama were born in Kenya (which I don't believe to be the case) the president still would have been a U.S. citizen at birth, because his mother was an American, a fact which nobody to this date denies.
Can you imagine how difficult it is in this toxic climate for the average, typically apolitical American to decipher fact from fiction?
Among the very few pundits I've seen defending, or trying to excuse, Akin's outrageous comments are Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson. Both work for CNN.
It's almost cliche to write this, but this is classic George Orwell by way of Karl Rove. Up is down, black is white, Republicans will save Medicare while Democrats, who invented it and who have fought to sustain it at all costs, want to suddenly destroy it.
Perhaps, given the unprecedented polarization and partisan vitriol in politics today, coupled with the right-wing's propaganda campaign of lies and distortion, we just might see a return of the mainstream media as a potent force in this heated election.
HuffPost Live launches tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EST -- and we couldn't be more excited. Every new launch is like a birth, full of hope and uncertainty. And a baby's first words are always remembered. The opening lines spoken on MTV were, "Ladies and gentlemen, rock 'n' roll!" When Ted Turner announced CNN, he promised the network wouldn't "be signing off until the world ends." And ESPN kicked off with, "If you're a fan, what you'll see... may convince you you've gone to sports heaven." Now we're trying to decide what our baby's first words should be. And since HuffPost Live is designed to put the HuffPost community front and center in everything we do, we thought we'd open up the discussion to you. So what do you think our opening words should be? Leave your suggestions in the comments, then tune in tomorrow morning to see if we picked yours.
I've always thought Dylan Ratigan was the best candidate to run CNN, even when we were together at MSNBC. Why? Because CNN is stuck in what seems to be an unwinnable quandary. And he is the only one that can address what they need to get out of that predicament.
Polling shows more support for stricter gun laws than press coverage would suggest. A few new polls show continued broad support for a variety of stronger gun laws, and for the presidential candidates to devote more time to this issue.
Why hasn't CNN asked if the $670.9 billion a year in defense spending is worth the price tag? They could play this game with nearly any government program but they chose to focus their question on the small amount spent on space science.
CNN's latest numbers indicate that the network is now viewed predominantly by adult males with Crohn's disease who forgot to turn their televisions off and Long-toed salamanders between the ages of four and eight.
July ratings are now in and Fox News viewers continue to outnumber the viewers of the three other cable news channels by a tiny margin.
I do not ordinarily write about the ratings until the end of the month, but Friday's massacre has been reflected in last week's ratings (Saturday and Sunday will be reflected in this week's) and they deserve some comment.