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U.S. and Health Care: The Madoff of Nations

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

Health care reform is like the Madoff scandal -- there's plenty of evidence that something is wrong, and certainly smelly, but nobody's prepared to do anything much about it.

Murdoch Pay-For-Content Strategy A Dud

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Francis

Murdoch and others are the King Canutes of the business world, trying to hold back the tides.

Facebook Buys Rights To "Nearly Everything You Do Online" For $47.5 Million | Chadwick Matlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million. Facebook's purchase of FriendFeed, an obsc...

New York Times Reporter Thinks Single Women Fear Intimacy; I'm Afraid He's Wrong

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

New York Times reporter John Tierney recently described a study that supposedly showed that "single women are particularly drawn to other people's partners." But his interpretation is not supported by relevant data.

We're At The "Wright" Moment

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

Recall that the Reverend Wright debacle necessitated a solution that only Obama could create. It is the same thing now.

Liz Cheney: Favorite Pretty Princess (VIDEO)

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Friday Talking Points [89] -- Fighting Crazy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.

Mark Cuban Is Not a Big Fat Idiot -- But News Will Still Be Free

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Mark Cuban advances the argument about paid news in his rejoinder to my rebuttal of his attack on Newser (ie, aggregators are dastardly). His notion a...

Confessions Of A Roller-Coaster Addict

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Rosenbaum

The roller-coaster requires thinking that is more about innovation than protecting your core audience. It's about acknowledging a fundamental change in media makers and consumers.

Mark Cuban Is a Big Fat Idiot--News Will Stay Free

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Cuban is a man of snappy, attention-deficit sort of opinions (some of which, for all I know, may be wise. His opinion the other day, to which, I assume, he gave his usual amount of consideration, involved Newser.

The Healthcare Goldfish

David Vines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Vines

Like keeping new goldfish in their bag, conservatives illogically terrified of change will need to get acclimated to the new healthcare system.

Why Is Frank Rich Mad as Hell?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Frank Rich has pulled off his career goal: becoming as quintessentially part of the establishment as you can be.

Berlusconi: Media Attacks On Govt "Unacceptable"

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday said it was "unacceptable" for state TV to criticize the government and rebuked a left-leaning news...

Video: MTV Finds Most Effective Video Ad Unit Is 5 Second Pre-roll + Overlay

Daisy Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Daisy Whitney

In the study, MTV measured ads and consumer reaction to them across a range of audiences, videos and ads. The network's efforts occur against a backdrop of increased industry research into the best ad formats for online video.

Who Killed John Hughes?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Can't anybody write a decent obit anymore? Somewhere in the death of John Hughes there is a very good story, a more compelling one than the one about the brilliance of Sixteen Candles.

The Baseball Player Steroid Outings

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

There can be no dispute that baseball players, indeed many of the famous ones, have taken steroids. Conceded it is news, but all media disclosures accomplish is the ruining of reputations.

Rage Against Science and Reason: Fear Continues as a Tool of Distraction

J. Carl Ganter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Carl Ganter

Dr. Peter Gleick rolls up his sleeves in his latest post about science, fact and rationality.

The Day After Hiroshima: When the Atomic "Cover-Up" Began, 64 Years Ago

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The Truman announcement of the atomic bombing firmly established the nuclear narrative. Journalists had to follow where the Pentagon led, and most endorsed the use of the bomb against Japan.

Raise Your Hand if You Think Media People Have a Future

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Media people are deeply nostalgic for the media -- for when it paid big money and was an exclusive sort of place.

This Is Rupert's Last Stand: Making You Pay

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Technology, at News Corp., has always been regarded as one of those things, like fancy hotels, or long-form writing, that are not part of the company culture.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Anti-Venezuela Spokespeople Misrepresent Reality of Press Freedom in Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The Venezuelan media is not so restricted as in the U.S. Venezuela is not Colombia, where journalists have to flee the country in fear of their lives when the President denounces them.

Marriage and Health: Et Tu, New York Times?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

I am disappointed with the recent Times article that claims that married people tend to be healthier than single people. Here's why the piece is misleading.

Media Literacy 101: Tom Stoppard and Laura, Euna and Atwar

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

This year already, 19 individuals have been killed around the world because of their work as journalists. We need to recognize the essential role journalists play in keeping us informed and in protecting our freedoms.

Gawking at the Washington Post

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

The problem with Gawker blogging about a Washington Post story isn't bloggers "stealing" stories. The problem is measuring the value of content.