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Media Bias

Proposed FCC Rules Will Put Glenn Beck on the Gold Standard

N. E. Marsden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
N. E. Marsden

Beck insists that his reporting is not biased. Does he tell viewers that coins may not be the best way to buy gold? That too much gold can sink a portfolio? That gold may be the next bubble?

Who's Really Nuts, 20/20 or the 'Crazy Cat Ladies'?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

20/20 recently treated its viewers to a condescending pity-party for the women it calls 'crazy cat ladies.' The segment, with an accompanying article online, was so over-the-top that it was almost a parody of itself.

If It's Sunday, It's Meet the Facts

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Even the most powerful candidates and politicians submit to Sunday grillings. And it's a real loss when politicians can dissemble through these appearances without any rigorous follow-up.

Glenn Beck Is Revolting... But Should We Puke?

Joe Vecchio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe Vecchio

Glenn Beck. Who is this guy? A "Morton Downey Jr" hopped up on drugs? A crazed, reactionary "Howard Beale"? Should we get our shorts in a bunch o...

The Era of Media Objectivity Is Over. Deal With It.

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

The era of the media-as-honest broker is over. The Washington Post and other establishment outlets just haven't realized it yet. But this is actually a good thing.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

Don't tell me that nontroversy doesn't matter. With nearly as many Americans approving of Palin as Obama, nontroversy really, really matters.

Obama: Change the Channel

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Guttman

Fox News is biased -- we all know that. No White House staff likes to be criticized so they attack the media -- end of story.

Indophobia: The Real Elephant in the Living Room

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vamsee Juluri

All prejudices are unpleasantly alike on some level, but the prejudice that India and Indians face on a global scale has proven to be exceptionally resistant to change.

Newsweek Taps Bush Aide For Obama Reporting

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Political journalism is often imaginative, but a Newsweek article about tax cuts by a former aide to George W. Bush verges on delusion.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Osborne

Nontroversy feeds on empty, twisted brains. In this case, a general unfamiliarity with the language of scientific banter allows the "climategate" nontroversy to overwhelm the consensus on global warming.

New White House Line Against Fox: It's War

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

In the most significant exchange on CNN, Communications Director Anita Dunn stressed that Obama now personally views Fox as a partisan opponent, rather than a journalistic organization.

Talk Radio Inciting Violence? What Happened to Listener Discernment?

Michael D. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael D. Brown

We should never refrain from expressing our opinions with emotions and passions for fear that the nut case will hear it wrong and act out violently.

Pentagon Caught, uh, Promoting Its Interests

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Dezenhall

As a rule, the more hated an organization, the more vigilant it has to be with the media because of the near certainty its message will be met with intense, and sometimes deserved, resistance.

Woodstock's Real Hostess

Laurie Nadel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laurie Nadel

By the time we found out about the festival, Woodstock Ventures, Inc. had sold over 114,000 tickets to the event and hundreds of attendees were already arriving on our property.

FOX Got Holland All Wrong

Morgan Warners | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Morgan Warners

I've been living in the Netherlands for almost a year and like most other people from the States I showed up intrigued by the legendarily liberal poli...

The Savaging of Sarah Palin

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Heather Robinson

Whatever your opinions, Palin and her family were savaged in a manner that went beyond any reasonable standard.

Iran, Al Sharpton, Sarah Palin and Myths About "Media Bias"

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Asghar

When we began to receive more information than we could possibly digest, we grew able to digest only that which is tasty and entertaining -- in politics, in education, even in religion.

Media Feeding Frenzy Cheats Viewers

Saul Segan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Saul Segan

While it was understandable that Jackson's death merited considerable coverage, the disgraceful monopoly of the topic on the television screens and neglect of any other news story were not.

CNN Praises a Dictator

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sanjeev Bery

Somehow, CNN.com is bestowing positive coverage upon the Shah and his son without once acknowledging the repressive practices of the Shah's regime.

Use Free Speech to Celebrate Animal Life, Not to Enjoy Their Suffering

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Vamsee Juluri

Under the dizzying spell of modernity's promises and consumerism's illusions, we see animals as mere objects, either as commodities for our consumption or as blank slates for us to write our fantasies and fears upon.

Yelling "FIRE!" in an Empty Theater

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Wellington Ennis

I encourage everyone to freely review all speech from everywhere, and then reach their own independent, informed decisions about how big of an embarrassment John Ziegler really is.

Media Literacy 101: Of Susan Boyle, Michelle's Arms and Bo the Dog

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

How do mainstream media -- on any platform -- determine what is news?

Warning: This Tea May Cause Severe Damage to Journalistic Integrity

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Organizers of these tea-party protests have no bigger cheerleader (or crowd-builder, for that matter) than Fox News, which has provided attendance and organizing information for the events on air and online dozens of times.

Study Finds Bias in 2008 Campaign -- Among Men Only

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

A new Harvard study reports that male voters displayed "in-group" bias for people who shared their candidate preference in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, while women voters did not.

Meet The Real Press

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

The fourth estate has abdicated its responsibilities to Stewart, Letterman, Olbermann, Maddow, Campbell Brown and the bloggers on the internet.