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How Women Of The GOP Can Change D.C. For The Better

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Go ahead: Blame members of Congress for their mudslinging from both sides of the aisle, or the media for choosing to make those moments the biggest he...

Using One Frame of Film to Review the Whole Movie

Dave Helfert | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

News is what's happening right now, or just happened, or is about to happen. Anything that occurred before today's news cycle is history. This feeds a national attention deficit that leads us to careen from crisis to crisis like a drunk in a Ferrari.

No News Is Bad News

Marty Kaplan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Marty Kaplan

If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

Think Again: Pity the Poor Folks at Fox News

Eric Alterman | Posted 04.10.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Not a day goes by lately that Fox News does not itself make news. In the past few days, we've learned that the station dropped longtime commentator and pollster Dick Morris from its team of analysts.

Gun Appreciation Day Founders Plan 'What Would Django Do?' Effort To Attract Minorities

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.24.2013 | Black Voices

The company behind the nationwide pro-firearms event Gun Appreciation Day has plans for a new follow-up effort meant to target minorities: "What Would...

Think Again: Politico's Top 10 Stories of 2012 -- or Maybe Not

Eric Alterman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

It strikes me as a useful exercise to examine the underlying assumptions determining what makes a story "important" in the mind of a Washington insider. After all, it certainly doesn't appear to be a story's implications for policymaking or even its informed discussion of the issues.

Mastering Seesaw Politics

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Whether you call your playground delight a teeter totter or a seesaw, it takes two to use it. The "Great American Seesaw" relies on a balance between Republicans and Democrats.

Divided We Stand (But How Divided Are We Really?)

David Westin | Posted 01.10.2013 | Media
David Westin

The "party" in this case isn't blue or red. It's the media that, whatever its orientation -- right, left, or down the middle -- can agree on one thing: We're increasingly a country of people who want to choose up sides, go to our respective corners, and throw things at one another.

Think Again: Our Trivial Political Media, Continued...

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.08.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Politico's up-to-the-millisecond style pays next to no attention to the implications of anything upon which it reports, up to and including war, save in the narrow political terms of how it will affect who's up and who's down on a moment-to-moment basis.

Horse Race or Horse Puckey? The Facts Tell Us Where to Place Our Bets

Beth Broderick | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Beth Broderick

In spite of the media's desperate attempt to convince you otherwise and thereby maintain the breathless "horse race," Obama is well ahead in many ways that no one is discussing and everyone should know.

Get Active! Get Engaged! Get Informed!

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Ivanley Noisette

The 24-hour news cycle is not always conducive to objective truth-seeking. Instead, it is often more proficient at focusing on surface generalizations and reaching premature and sometimes baseless conclusions.

Democratic Mockpocalypse

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Obesity is an American plague -- and no, I'm not talking about overweight Americans. I'm talking about Big Election, the thing that's moved into our homes and, especially if you live in a "swing state," is now hogging your television almost 24/7.

I Couldn't Be More Thrilled That My Candidate of Choice Won the Debate

Dan Treadway | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Dan Treadway

As soon as the debate finished I flipped to my favorite news source and all of their pundits agreed that my guy really knocked it out of the park, and that's when I was sure it wasn't just my slight personal bias that made me feel like he won.

Leaning Tower of Journalism

John O'Toole | Posted 12.16.2012 | Media
John O'Toole

In this century, the news business has gone from straight and unbiased news to bending over backwards to flat on your back. Political parties are already irrelevant in this country. Is the press next in line? Or is it already there?

Is the Press Actually Fueling Political Conflict in America?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

The twin phenomena of sound bites and ideological commentary have become so common, and play so well, that the purpose of news itself seems to have morphed from keeping the public informed to shaping public opinion.

Think Again: How Conservatives Treat Media Bias (Hint: Confusingly)

Eric Alterman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

We've created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-objective. It pays to be subjective as much as possible. It's a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective.

Feast of Fools: How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy

Lewis Lapham | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

It is the wisdom of the age -- shared by Democrat and Republican, by forlorn idealist and anxious realist -- that money rules the world, transcends the boundaries of sovereign states, serves as the light unto the nations, and waters the tree of liberty.

When Facts Deceive

David Westin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Media
David Westin

Considering that facts are always true, it's surprising how often they can deceive us. That's why all the fighting between the presidential campaigns over the facts and whether they're being manipulated to mislead is much, much more than just petty politics. Thankfully, at least for the moment, we've come light-years from being trapped in a fiction that "fair and balanced" is the best way to cover all the serious issues of the day. Sometimes there is a right answer, and we need people in the media to have the courage to call some balls and strikes as our leaders and those around them are throwing fastballs and curves at us.

Romney/Ryan and the Lullaby of Lying

Marty Kaplan | Posted 10.30.2012 | Media
Marty Kaplan

2012-08-28-scblog2.png News producers are afraid that indefatigable fact checking of either party will bore the pants off people. But I don't smell any fear of ennui emanating from station owners making billions off broadcasting the Big Lie.

Ex-NPR Hill Reporter: Lied To Daily

www.politico.com | Patrick Gavin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media

After 14 years at National Public Radio, Andrea Seabrook left in July and, to hear her talk about her experience covering Capitol Hill, it's clear tha...

Win the Conversation

Al Gore | Posted 10.14.2012 | Books
Al Gore

Between blogs, social media, 24-hour cable news and endless propaganda campaigns from political organizations, making your message stand out is difficult. In his fascinating new book, Language Intelligence, Joe Romm from Climate Progress lays out the keys.

Narrative Power and the Predictability of Electoral Prediction Markets

David Karpf | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
David Karpf

The Republican convention is in two weeks. Both Romney and Ryan will give big, primetime speeches. I don't know what will be in those speeches. It barely matters though. The general contours of the narrative are already clear in advance.

Poll Shows Nobody Likes The Political Press

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media

A new poll has found what most people probably suspected to be true: just about everyone has negative feelings about the political press. Public Po...

Think Again: What Howard Kurtz Thinks You Don't Need to Know

Eric Alterman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

Howard Kurtz is an example of how to be a success in the mainstream media. Unfortunately, giving readers the relevant information they might need to understand the context and significance of a story comes second, third, or fourth, if at all.

Think Again: Fearmaking, Then and Now

Eric Alterman | Posted 08.21.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

The Fearmakers is the product of a different America, of course. It is a quaint reminder of a more innocent moment that the manner in which the manipulation of public opinion was thought to be something both nefarious and notorious.