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Media Coverage of 2008 Election

No Love. For Anyone.

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

The end of a media affair with a politician shouldn't be a time of mourning, anger, and despair. It is a time that should be celebrated because it means the media has regained its senses.

New John McCain Ads Show Media In Love With Obama

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Two new ads from John McCain's campaign — one of which the campaign says will make it on air — show what they call the media's "love affai...

The Other N-Word

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Obama has catered to the middle with gun control, telecom immunity, the death penalty, faith-based initiatives, and troop withdrawal landmarks. The only man who can save us now is Ralph Nader.

Media Trolls

Joan Blades | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joan Blades

Rev. Jackson thought he was off the air and speaking privately when he made those remarks about Obama. In a world with responsible media this would not have been the top story of the day.

The Week That Should Have Ended McCain's Presidential Hopes

Max Bergmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Bergmann

Any one of the embarrassing incidents and comments this week would dominate the news cycle if they came from the Obama campaign. Yet McCain barely gets a mention.

Philadelphia Inquirer Editor: Obama Disgracing Those Who Suffered or Died Wearing Uniform

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Young

Wes Clark's comments were not a denigration of the uniform, but a reflection of our Constitution, a document that our troops have fought and died to protect for over 200 years.

Artificial Dissemination

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

Reading The Kingmakers evokes feelings not dissimilar to watching Mike Gravel during debates: you sympathize with him, but can't help concluding that he's a few bricks short of a load.

Clinton and Obama: Love Will Keep Us Together

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

The following is a snark filled rant/column by The Black Snob on a crippling addiction sweeping the American press -- Clinton Addiction. The affects a...

Reading The Pictures: Barack Obama, Master Manipulator

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-06-24-shaw_obama_calculations.jpgIf the corporate media starts to latch on to this "Chicago boss" theme, you can expect a lot more photos, pulled out of context like this, to flesh out the picture.

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."

Jason Linkins

Fortune Article Selectively Quotes Obama, Misleads On NAFTA Position | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An article from Fortune Magazine, entitled "Obama: NAFTA not so bad after all," captures the Democratic candidate walking back his previously stated p...

Are We Not Allowed to Talk About McCain's Iraq Position?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Somehow, mentioning McCain's statement that he's OK with America being in Iraq for 10,000 years is billed as unfair by the media, and laughed at by Republican strategists.

Did Hillary Clinton's Media Missteps Help Doom Her Campaign?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

It remains an enduring legacy of the conservative media machine -- and their own past mistakes -- that a couple so admired by the public has such awful relations with the Fourth Estate.

What John McCain Told Me, and What it Says About How Far He's Fallen

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

At a dinner party in Los Angeles not long after the 2000 election, John McCain admitted to me that he hadn't voted for George Bush.

Hillary and Jackie

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

Her figure, her clothes, her hair, her voice - all of it mocked and savaged in a way unimaginable if she were a man. She never answered their hate with rage. She just went on winning.

Jason Linkins

Tim Russert's Miraculous Idea: Maybe The Media Can Play A Responsible Role In Election-Year Debate | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wonder of wonder and miracle of miracles! Tim Russert, perhaps swept away in all the Hope and Change that's sweeping the nation tonight, has had hims...

HuffPost News Hunt: Keeping the Media Honest When It Comes to Covering McCain

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The same journalists rendered "too deferential" by George Bush's soaring post-9/11 approval ratings now seem intent on providing cover for McCain. To try to keep that from happening, HuffPost is launching the John McCain News Hunt, an investigative project designed to take a clear-eyed look at the media's coverage of McCain.

Russert Watch: 5-25-08: In Which Tim's Round Table Considers Gender and Race

Todd Gitlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Todd Gitlin

The significant question Russert raised for his amiable bull session this week was: "What role did race, gender, and religion play in this campaign?"

Hey Media: Lay Off Appalachia

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Biggers

Pundits missed the two best kept secrets about Appalachia: it is far from homogeneous and has been a burning ground of change for the past 250 years.

RNC Bloggers Better Be Wired

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Uptake

Planning on using your laptop to blog the Republican National Convention? Plan again. There will be 15,000 members of the media packed into the event and wireless will be crippled beyond use.

Jason Linkins

Obama Gives Media A Critical Valentine During Victory Speech | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the media stating explicit demands, and practically begging Obama to just let them give him a news-cycle win, Obama finally sucked it up and gave in last night, during his speech in North Carolina.

Who Are You Calling a Tabloid?

Lara Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lara Cohen

At Us Weekly we know that every celebrity breakup has two sides -- yet the news media failed to apply that same basic due diligence to the Wright story.

Russert Watch, 4-27-08: In Which Tim and Team Play Inside Baseball

Todd Gitlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Todd Gitlin

I sometimes wonder whether the custodians of commentary realize how little they move the conventional wisdom when they deplore its inadequacies.

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.

Elizabeth Edwards Attacks "Cliffnotes" Media Coverage In NYT Op-Ed

NY Times | Elizabeth Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For the last month, news media attention was focused on Pennsylvania and its Democratic primary. Given the gargantuan effort, what did we learn? Well...