When CNN and six other channels suddenly vanished from Dish Network on October 21 due to failed contract negotiations with content provider Turner Broadcasting, I decided to go along with the gag, for one of my masochistic little experiments in customer service.
The idea that a satire news show would take election coverage so seriously no longer comes as a surprise. How did satire news become such a major player in news media? And, is its increased social power dangerous for our democracy?
When Grimes says she is a Clinton Democrat, she is telling the truth, and when McConnell labels Grimes an Obama Democrat rather than a Clinton Democrat, he is bearing false witness. Shouldn't allegedly liberal-friendly media outlets such as MSNBC and the New Republic report this?
Once you've been through an experience like that where you've had ugly things said about you, where you feel as though you've had your clothes ripped off in a public square, it takes away a lot of fear around other things.
Watch the video below of Republican senatorial candidate Cory Gardner telling three different reporters there's "no federal personhood bill" when, in fact, he's a co-sponsor if it.
They're selling us another war on television. As a Washington media strategist, people ask me, "Who's offering alternatives to war on the Sunday morning news shows?"
Within any given newscast, we can see Administration spokespeople wax on about ISIL while the anchors, analysts and correspondents keep saying ISIS, sometimes directly to one another within the same conversation. How are we to agree on a long term strategy to eradicate this evil if we can't agree on what to call them?
MSNBC ratings have been declining for a while, and CNN has been making slight gains in its audience size. Now is not the time to begin "reducing spending," certainly not if you're trying to maximize "growth and profitability."
As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.
Do you think you knew all the basic human resources questions hiring companies like to ask? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? HR 101, I call them. Familiar?
It is time for the president to get on the road in order to speak about and to celebrate with the American people the good and the positive things they have accomplished together.
If our country is ever to get out of its current polarized rut, our media habits need to change. People need to get their news from a wide range of sources and go beyond their own echo chambers to get various perspectives on the news. They need news that they can rely on.
I recently made what I thought would be a harmless comment on Rachel Maddow's Twitter timeline about government agencies being wasteful and ineffectiv...
I believe that it will take a lot of news intelligence and creativity to turn CNN around. Cutting costs and firing guys will not do it.
Two people who should have known better, flopping around in the gutter of stupidity saying "Look at me! Look at me!" Let's do them all a favor and start looking the other way.
For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.