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The Next President Will Be a Liar

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

Two Ron Paul Winning Scenarios

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One month out, I have no idea what will happen in Iowa. Neither does anyone else, really. But I certainly can see the possibility of a big Ron Paul surge, especially if he places either first or second in Iowa. That alone would shake the race up considerably.

Analyzing the Media's Role in the Political Process

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In a liberal democracy, the aim of a free press is to continually scrutinize the government and provide people with accurate and impartial information so that they can act on it accordingly.

Friday Talking Points -- Why Not Occupy the Media?

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How can your movement not be strengthened and more successful by having a sole contact for the media? This shouldn't be some philosophical issue, it should be seen as a practical and sorely-needed solution to a very real communications problem.

Occupy Wall Street: Changing the Topic

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.01.2012 | Media
Peter Dreier

2011-11-01-Screenshot20111101at9.25.25AM.jpg One can see how Occupy Wall Street has transformed the country's agenda by examining how America's newspapers have covered the movement's concerns and issues.

By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media

Colin Delany | Posted 12.18.2011 | Media
Colin Delany

Traditional journalists largely ignored the protests until something violent happened and quickly lost interest thereafter, but people talking on social channels maintained their coverage after cable news had moved on.

Why Occupy Wall Street Scares the Shit Out of the Political Establishment and the MSM, and Why the Movement Shouldn't Conform to Either

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Occupy Wall Street and the nationwide and global Occupy movement it has spawned should continue to be what it is: A messy yet remarkably effective example of what real democracy looks like.

Mainstream Media... Occupy This!

Adam Klugman | Posted 12.13.2011 | Media
Adam Klugman

For far too long these technocratic tools of the corporate media have been dictating the terms of the political conversation, and now that we are taking it back they like to pretend at being confused.

Politics Down the Rabbit Hole

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Peter Smirniotopoulos

mAlice in Wonderland: A Tea Party Fable adapts Lewis Carroll's The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland to our ongoing political dystopia at the hands of the Tea Party.

There's a Protest on Wall Street?

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 11.23.2011 | Media
Sue VanDerzee

It is alarming to contemplate that the continuing protest on Wall Street may be only one of the things we are not hearing about.

New Rules for Media: Fight Back, and Help the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.05.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

The media have it within their power to set their own rules regarding guests' and authors' financial and other conflict-of-interest disclosures. They have it within their own power not to cover campaigns of candidates avoiding them.

Government Is Bullshit Led by Bullshit Press

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Jeff Wald

The negative press led by Rupert Murdoch and his band of haters must be held accountable. Their actions have a direct impact on how we view the world around us.

Power to the People Works When People Claim the Power

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Does the media have responsibilities? When people are in positions of power or influence over others, is there an inherent obligation to tell the truth?

Should There Be a HuffPost Latino?

Alicia Morga | Posted 10.14.2011 | Latino Voices
Alicia Morga

I'm a very proud Latina, but the reality is that I don't visit other media outlets that have stuck Latino on the end of their names.

Michelle Bachmann or the Media: Who Is Crazier?

Richard Greener | Posted 10.14.2011 | Media
Richard Greener

You don't still think CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, plus all the others with less familiar initials, are in the News Business, do you? They -- and all of commercial television -- are in the Advertising Business.

"Shocking Secrets Revealed: Illegal Means Used to Carve Up Live Humans for Human Consumption"

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.11.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Do you really welcome and enjoy the emotional, metaphorical or actual wounding and bleeding of a fellow human as tabloids claim you do?

Historical Context Missing From Debt Ceiling Reporting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.

Post-Reality Politics, Part Two: The Mainstreaming of Political Paranoia

Stephen Ducat | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

For decades now conservatives have been aided by the knee-jerk tendency of many journalists to assert a false equivalency between truth claims.

Are Comedians More Trustworthy Than Journalists?

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 09.04.2011 | Comedy

In a recent interview with CNN, comedian and host of Showtime's "The Green Room," Paul Provenza spoke about the fact that so many people get their new...

America's Not So Elite Sleepless

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Our puritanical culture celebrates surviving on the least sleep, sneers at those who appear to need more and sacrifices sleep -- a fundamental biological need -- in favor of all other activity.

Friday Talking Points [163] -- The Ads Just Write Themselves

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Something the media largely missed in the midst of multiple budgetary battles this week was the fact that this is what bipartisanship looks like.

Mainstream Media Fails Again in Coverage of Jerusalem Bombing

Lina Khalaf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lina Khalaf

The American media's coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the conflict that ensues because of this occupation is quite infuriating. Why not tell us both sides of the story? Why not provide us with context?

NPR Is Collateral Damage in Battle to Brand Tea Party

Andrew_Breitbart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

James O'Keefe's work shows that exposing media bias is as easy as buying a camera and letting it roll. But you can't make the mainstream media drop that bias. That's why NPR threw so many under the bus.

Al Jazeera English vs. The Charlie Sheen Channel

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Is carrying Al Jazeera English a better business bet than carrying The Vampire Network or Showtime Abs 'n' Buns? Comcast isn't so sure.