There's been lots of commentary about Chris Wallace's interview with Jon Stewart. In a sane world, we wouldn't need to have this conversation. That FOX is a relentless propaganda machine ought to be too banal to even have to note.
The overwhelming onslaught of advertising leaves us impoverished, when it comes to thoughtful, humane programming. We need genuine choice in media. Right now, public broadcasting offers one important choice.
According to a report by the Press Council of India, the country's news media began declining in the 1980s, when the Times of India began running "advertorials." Editors were pressurized to forgo press ethics, and chase profitability.
It's painful to watch these fools -- they don't know how a five-point popular vote victory almost always translates when it comes to the only metric that matters -- the Electoral College. (Hint: landslide).
MSNBC is a news operation that features a well-defined block of advocacy and opinion; Fox is a non-stop engine of advocacy and opinion that occasionally sprinkles in some actual news. There is a damn huge difference.
Americans believe in God, send their children to Sunday school, and seek out the holy far more than others in the developed world. More Americans will attend a house of worship this week than will attend football games this season.
At least in Colorado, it's officially a force to be reckoned with, which should be as alarming for Reaganfeller Republicans -- those who talk like Ronald Reagan but think and vote like Nelson Rockefeller -- as it is for liberal Democrats.
Our free press has been so intimidated by right-wing pressure groups and their media enablers that the job of fact-finding has been replaced by the grotesque practice of "balancing" charges with countercharges.
What the WikiLeaks material reveals most clearly is the devastating toll this war has had on Afghan civilians. That The NYT chose not to emphasize this fact suggests a political motive to avoid discussing the human impact of the war.