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Media Criticism

The Media Is Failing to Vet the Candidates, and Failing Our Democracy

Cody Cain | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

This is a horrendous problem. It suggests that the system is rotting from within on a fundamental level. It suggests that the system is beset with perverse incentives that produce perverse results. And such problems within the system itself are much more difficult to overcome.

New Hampshire: Live Free Or Die, But Always Break Late

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

When political observers characterize New Hampshire, host state of the first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9, one aspect that they typically focus on ...

Clinton Could Have Had Relations with Teenage Staffer

Ian Ference | Posted 02.03.2016 | Media
Ian Ference

Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.

40 Takeaways From The 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Ranked

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The Iowa caucuses, mercifully, are over. The votes are in, the winners have declared victory and the people who finished third are also sort of declar...

Media Shares The Blame For Polling Overhype In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

Pollsters are taking a lot of heat from the public and the media for not anticipating Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) victory in Monday night’s Iowa cau...

Media, Quit Marketing "Ideal Beauty" to Teens

The Advice Project | Posted 01.13.2016 | Women
The Advice Project

Being a teen girl, I see the impact that the media has on my friends and a lot of girls' self-confidence. We feel fat, jealous and sad because of the disgusting marketing tools companies use to show us drop-dead "gorgeous" women.

Koch Brothers' 'Bankers' Sneak Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
Elliott Negin

So who are Marc Short and Andy Koenig? The Times identified them only as "the president and senior policy adviser, respectively, at Freedom Partners, which advocates for free-market policies."

Donald Trump and the News Media's Catch-22

Michael Golden | Posted 12.30.2015 | Media
Michael Golden

The chicken or the egg? Trump's lead in the polls or the media's sycophantic coverage of Trump? The media's hyperactive coverage of the circus, or the circus's irresistibly magnetic power over the media? Which comes first? Which feeds which? And does it matter?

A New Year's Resolution for the Media: Stop Making Mass Shooters Famous

Jim Diamond | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime
Jim Diamond

Breaking bad habits requires discipline. That's what it's going to take to get major media outlets and big-time journalists to stop giving fame and celebrity status to rampagers -- the mass shooters who are killing and debilitating innocent victims at epidemic proportions.

Yet Another Plea For Calm About Polling

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

So, you say you've noticed a poll! Maybe it was a poll in an early primary state. Maybe it was a national poll. Maybe it was a series of head-to-heads...

Media Says Kids Are in a Gang Because Police Said So

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 12.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

In a classic example of the media being stenographers for law enforcement, DNAinfo delivers a piece built exclusively off of the word of police sources. Almost every single paragraph ends with 'police sources say', 'police said' or some other variation.

Why Do You Need To Have The 'First Live Shots' Of A Terrorist's Apartment?

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media

A bunch of dummies working for various news organizations on Friday entered the apartment of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the now-deceased accused ...

For-Profit Education Grift Mill Submits Op-Ed Under Someone Else's Byline

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

If you've ever wondered if some of the dullards who populate the editorial pages of our newspapers are just handed copy to turn in, courtesy of clappe...

Star-Ledger Editor Throws Shade On NH Paper's Christie Endorsement

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2015 | Media

If you were doing anything that even closely resembled "having a life" over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, you might have missed the news that the New ...

Ding-Dong! The Creaky Clock Strikes 'Bloomberg 2016' Again!

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

Welcome once again to our Michael Bloomberg Clockwatch, an infrequently updated journal of every time some columnist, out of ideas and deadline loomin...

No One At The New Yorker Understands How Pop Music Works, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Evan Osnos' new profile of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is titled "The Opportunist," which makes it sound like a rough ride is in store for the young Repu...

Paris, Beirut, and Grief Shaming on Facebook

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

While many people have expressed outrage and sympathy for the victims, they've been criticized for not mentioning the bombings just a day before in Beirut. It's grief shaming, plain and simple.

Criticism: The Thing We Hate the Most Makes Us the Strongest

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The truth is, we don't really take criticism well. Usually when someone gives us a critique, even if we know it to be true, we tend to meet that critique with anger or fear. We not only don't like hearing criticism; it has a profound effect on our psyche.

Many Lamps, One Light: Lessons From the Dharma Dhamma Interfaith Conference on Diwali Day

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

In these tense times when debates on religion address little else but concerns about its abuse, the speakers at the Third Dharma-Dhamma Conference in ...

Live From New York: It's A Saturday Night Trumptroversy

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2015 | Media

If you cast your mind back to June of this year, you might remember how it came to pass that the National Broadcasting Company parted ways with the st...

Don't Worry, The Associated Press Knows Who Martin O'Malley Is

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) isn't exactly setting the world of presidential politics on fire these days, but is he such a non-factor that...

Michael Bloomberg Sure Paid A Lot For This Zamboni Ride

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

Whoever has been making it a habit to watch Bloomberg Politics' "With All Due Respect" -- the vlog that Michael Bloomberg pays Mark Halperin and John ...

In Defense of Henry David Thoreau

Sierra | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green

OK, Thoreau could be a sourpuss. So what? One doesn't have to be a paragon of niceness to be prophetic.

It's Bloomberg-For-President O'Clock Again, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

Is Michael Bloomberg going to run for president, this year or any year? The answer is no. In the great big world of wonderful and harrowing possibilit...

Trey Gowdy Reveals The Latest Benghazi Casualty: Trey Gowdy

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

This week of the 2016 election is promising to be one of the strongest for campaign-related pseudo-events yet, as former secretary of state and presid...