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Of Sharks in the Water, Superdelegates, and Hannah Montana's Breasts

Andrew Foster Altschul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Foster Altschul

What the news media is selling is dangerous: Wright, Obama and Clinton, Iraq and health insurance and Hannah Montana all get stirred into the same idiotic, phony pot.

Why Americans Hate Journalism, Part 62

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

In less time than it takes to say "Dick Cheney," the secret Iraq letter -- what would be one of the most outrageous violations of the Constitution in the history of the Republic -- is made into a left/right issue.

Is John McCain Responsible for His Own Negative Campaign?

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

It's McCain's campaign, not Steve Schmidt's or Mark Salter's or anyone else's. We might joke otherwise, but John McCain does take credit for his bizarre ads.

Are We Suffering from a Climate Change Information Overload?

Jeremy Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeremy Jacquot

The main problem with climate change coverage, as far as I can tell, has much more to do with the sheer quality of it, rather than the quantity.

More Big Macs for Barack, Part II

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John McQuaid

The Wall Street Journal's notion that Americans are fat slobs who will reject a candidate who eats right and is fit is an elitist view in itself, and flat-out insulting to American voters.

Why the Media Fears John McCain

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

The mainstream media is doing exactly what it did before the build up to the Iraq War -- sucking up to McCain's perceived power and not asking relevant questions because it's fearful of being labeled unpatriotic.

Obama Is Just Not A Good Negro

Earnest Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Earnest Harris

This constant cry that Obama is presumptuous, arrogant, elitist -- they're all ways to say he's not acting the way well-behaved minorities are supposed to act. He is acting independently and that's unacceptable.

Edwards Love Child, Yawn

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

It sure looks like Edwards is a hypocrite who misrepresented himself by showcasing his wife and kids so prominently in the campaign.

Obama and Clinton: Does The Mainstream Media Have It Wrong?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

The questions about the Obama-Clinton relationship will undoubtedly remain. However, the voices for "party unity" and "taking back the White House" are starting to sound increasingly strong.

Critics of New Yorker Cover Ignore Depth and Substance of Racism

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ray Hanania

The media never looked at the cover as racist on its face, exploiting a stereotype that is only denounced when it is wrapped around a popular presidential candidate and a minority.

Barack Obama, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and What's Wrong with the Mainstream Media

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Schlesinger

if no one watches the inanity of the cable networks, who cares how dumb they are? The fact is that it informs and distorts how the media covers the election.

Washington's "Newseum": The Media Gives Itself a Big, Wet, Sloppy Kiss

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Robinson

The Newseum is a mammoth structure, and it does a fairly good job of illustrating just why mainstream media is such a letdown, even if it does so unintentionally.

Momentum Building For Bugliosi's Case Against George W. Bush For Murder

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

To be clear, this is not a partisan effort -- It's a legally binding and provable case for murder, that Bugliosi -- an American patriot -- would bring against any president regardless of affiliation.

My Interview with Matt Taibbi on His Book, the Media, the Election and His Spat with Erica Jong

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

Matt Taibbi: "I think there was a lot of real anger there and I got caught up in that, I think unfairly because I'm not a misogynist, I'm a misanthrope."

Giving the "Daughter Test" to Mainstream Media

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

We lost something for our nation's daughters who were sent a strong message about fairness during the primary season -- you can play, but it won't be a fair fight.

What's Up With the Featured "News" on

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

The selection of's top, featured stories gives a visitor the impression of browsing a trashy magazine, not one of the self-proclaimed finest news organizations in the country.

Ann Coulter, Porn Star

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

As Jenna Jameson brought blow-jobs and plastic breasts to Howard Stern and VH1, Coulter brought brainless right wing fascism to Fox News and MSNBC.

Shameful Days: Why Won't The Media Pursue the Pentagon Propaganda Scandal?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The near-complete blackout on the Pentagon propaganda story, self-imposed by the culpable news organizations, is a despicable abdication of their role as a constitutionally protected check on our government. Read More Probing a Political Paradox: Why the Discredited Right Still Sets the Agenda and Dominates the Debate How is it that the 28 percent of the population that continues to support George W. Bush no matter how many bodies pile up in Iraq, how many jobs disappear overseas, or how high gas prices get, continues to dominate our politics? Read More Watch Arianna On: Good Morning America, 20/20, Charlie Rose, Real Time, The Situation Room, AC 360, CNN's Election Center, and MobLogic TV

The Political Media Freakshow: What Went Wrong?

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

What went wrong? It's a strange convergence of trends. One of those trends is ... Maureen Dowd.

When You're Wright, You're Right

Linda Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Hansen

The Wright/Obama story has been utterly mangled. It's a human story and a tragic one. Two decent men doing good work are being used against each other in a game of political one-upsmanship.

Why, To The Mainstream Media, Does Hillary's 9.4 Victory Margin Equal "Double Digits"?

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

I am as concerned about accuracy in reporting as I am in about other issues related to the health of our democracy. But for now, I just want to mainstream media to prove that it knows how to count.

Citizen Journalism: Can We Trust it?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

Citizen reporters provide independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media doesn't provide, goes the argument. Independent? Perhaps. Accurate and reliable? Can't be sure, say concerned professionals.

Kurtz: Media's Got A (Huge) Crush On Obama

Washington Post | Howard Kurtz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When reporters filed onto Barack Obama's press plane after his acrimonious debate with Hillary Rodham Clinton last week, one thing was noticeably miss...

LAT: TV Pundits Went Overboard With Gushing Coverage Of Iowa Upset

Los Angeles Times | Mary McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If there was kinetic joy in the camps of Iowa caucus victors Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee last night, it was nothing compared to the hyperbole-burbl...

Boston Phoenix Basks In The Spotlight

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What makes a trend again? Today the Boston Phoenix is getting the media love, with not one, not two, but three stories getting link love in medialand....