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Media Coverage of 2008 Election

Last Month: WaPo Fashion Editor Declared Palin's Wardrobe Had "Nothing To Do With Fashion" (Another Reason To Stop Listening To Critics)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

If there's one thing about this presidential cycle that so excites me so much is just how much more irrelevant the traditional media has become.

Palin v. Fey: The First Broadband Presidential Campaign Heats Up

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

What I find interesting about this first Internet political campaign is that nothing goes away. YouTube didn't exist in 2004. It was created in February of 2005.

Obama, McCain, Biden Comedy Roundup: Letterman, Leno, NYC Roast VIDEOS >>

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

It's as if everyone knows the race is over and humor is the best means by which McCain can be put out of his misery and that we can all release a collective sigh of relief.

Days of Rage

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thomas Frank

On the first night of the Republican convention, back in September, the theme was "Service." Speaker after speaker mounted the rostrum to tell about t...

The Hate Rally That Wasn't

John Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Leo

Murray Kempton once wrote that everything is known about the Mafia except whether it exists. I feel the same way about the great wave of racism and rage detected at McCain-Palin rallies by bloggers and pundits.

Saying It Doesn't Make It So

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

People vote far more on symbolism than fact. As the last few weeks have brought into critical focus, if you put disinformation out there as if it had credibility, it will be treated by the public as if it were real.

Obama's immediate measures to help economy: Jobs VIDEO >>

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

HuffPo reports that Obama is calling for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and here's some AP video to give you the rundown: 1) more immediate s...

Pollster Zogby: McCain on the Ropes, Must Turn It Around in Next 24 Hours, Election Could Be a Rout (VIDEO)

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros

Zogby sees the distinct possibility of a rout fomenting the weekend before election day especially since the McCain campaign is lacking a credible message and a focused message.

Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Elections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Like everyone else in America, I was waiting to see how the match up between Palin and Biden would transpire. Beyond the giddy atmosphere that was bu...

The Anti-Muslim Smear Machine Strikes Again?

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Isabel Macdonald

Just a month before a critical election, there are no signs that the anti-Muslim mud-slinging campaign is going away.

Fake Balance and McCain's Desperate Fear Campaign

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The McCain campaign has become nothing less than a well-financed whisper campaign -- a desperate, dishonorable tabloid operation on the same level as the thoroughly debunked trolls who spread lies via forwarded e-mails.

Alaskan Independence Party: The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

If McCarthy-era guilt-by-association is once again a valid political consideration, Palin, it would seem, has more to lose than Obama.

How News Outlets Should Maximize Youth Post-Election Civic Engagement

Maegan Carberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maegan Carberry

In most social networks - online and offline - there is typically a handful of influencers who lead their peers in suggesting valuable news bits and facilitating activism.

Why Is MSNBC Airing Sarah Palin's Stump Speeches?

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Durang

If, MSNBC, you want to run all four candidates' stump speeches throughout the day, fine. If you're only running Palin as it appears you are, knock it off.

Donna Brazile Reflects on Race, Gender, and the Media in the 2008 Elections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Brazile wowed the assembled crowd at St. Johns with a combination of thoughtful insights, dry humor, insider anecdotes, and culinary metaphors.

Gotcha? You Betcha!

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

If the kind of gotcha journalism that so irritates John McCain and Sarah Palin were more woven into the fabric of our civic life, we might not be in the mess now consuming us.

Obama's George Costanza Tactic on Ayers

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

The message from Obama to the reporters traveling with him is a reverse George Costanza on the Bill Ayers issue: "It's not me, it's you."

The "Gotcha Journalist": An Exclusive Interview with Michael Rovito

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brett Ashley McKenzie

Michael Rovito told me that he chose to approach Sarah Palin because, "I thought to myself that I would regret passing up the opportunity to at least ask a question about her views."

Media Idiocy: Don't Blow VP Debate Or You Might Win

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Despite Bush's condescension, Reagan-Bush won in 1984, and despite being smacked-down, Bush-Quayle won in 1988. So...what exactly is the media's point?

How the Media Sold Their Souls to Wall Street

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Turn on your television, turn on your radio, or open your local newspaper, and you're not going to see what the top economists are saying on the bailout.

Straight Talk Meta

Jessica Olien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Olien

t this very moment McCain is fixing our economy. He is fixing the economy by slowly weeding out all speech in his campaign.

Wrong Picture: Palin + Pig + PETA = Compassion Required

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
George Spyros

A story on Google news "Video shows shocking cruelty to pigs" has pulled up an "associated" photo of veep candidate Sarah Palin and the internet is...

Fire, ready...AIM! Does McCain Have the Temperament to Lead?

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ryan Mack

I don't know about you, but being smart has always been a characteristic that I look for in a potential President. I hope America agrees.

Fly on the Wall of the Network Boardroom

Dan Cardozo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Cardozo

"Today's Gallup Poll has Senator Obama leading by 4 percentage points. That's statistically significant!"

Journalists of America--Your Country Needs You Now!

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

You remember journalists. They were the reporters and analysts who used to make sure that stories were true before they published or went on the air with them.