Media

Small Government?

May
29

Isn’t Trump a Republican? Aren’t Republicans 'sposed to be “small government”?

Threatening that you will censor an independent website based solely on orders by you as ‘commander in chief’ (link) -- that doesn't sound all that ‘small government’ to me.

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Media’s Out-of-Focus Focus

Feb
11

We’re only a couple hours away from actual election results in New Hampshire so speculation might seem as unnecessary as premature. That said, my general impression at least for the past few days is that the focus is on Bernie, Buttigieg and Klobuchar (for some reason) while ignoring or downplaying Elizabeth Warren. You hear this on radio, you hear and see this on tv. Even in newspapers and even in articles focusing on Warren (here’s an example from NYT), the best they can say is,

“... [S]ome veterans of losing campaigns wonder if her best 2020 moments have passed.”

So I guess the Media consensus is, it’s ‘Liz the Write-off’. (Hope not.)

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NPR: Trump Is a Liar

Jun
20

We're reached the point where acknowledging that the current occupant of the White House is a liar is becoming standard practice -- at least by our more trustworthy media. Here's a recent segment from NPR: When The White House Can't Be Believed.

ADDENDUM: Following day's list of inaccuracies...

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Chain of Tronc

Jun
25

This led to this which led to this which led to this which led to this and this ....

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Media: Lock-outs Okay; Strikes Bad

Apr
02

It was just last Friday (i.e. 3/25) that CPS management went out on strike -- opps, I mean, proclaimed a furlough day. How come the media didn't ask parents/teachers/kids how they'd be inconvenienced and how the kids were losing out -- on that Friday before 4/1? Strange that.

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The "Pension Reform" Scam

Jul
10

"Pension Reform", "Pension Reform" -- that's what they're always saying. We hear it in the media; we hear it from the GOP. Hell, we even hear it from a few centrists Dems. The problem is that "Pension Reform" is nothing but a semantic cover-up. What the people using it really mean, is "Pension Cut", "Pension Cut" -- since that's what they'll really proposing. It's just that none of them are honest enough to admit it.

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Lie of the Year

Dec
20

Politifact announced its 'Lie of the Year'.

In the same spirit, say I wake up one day only to find that Politifact has replaced my wife with a bunny rabbit. Now ultimately I might be better off (I mean, who knows) but is it right for Politifact to insist that the two of us (i.e. me and the bunny) are still engaged in a relationship that qualifies as marriage?

Politifact would say yes.

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Billy Bragg Sings' Never Buy The Sun'

Jul
13

BILLY BRAGG - NEVER BUY THE SUN from Billy Bragg on Vimeo.

Never buy The Sun; Never buy the NY Post; Never watch Fox News. Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution. [Featured on PRI's 'The World'.]
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Liberals in Congress Bad at Self-Promotion?

Apr
24

Interesting comment by Rachel Maddow on a segment looking into why the Congressional Progressive Caucus' proposed budget isn't being given more attention.

Rachel Maddow: "I will say that we get lobbied all the time on stuff to cover and you would think a show like mine would get lobbied all the time to cover all the liberal things. The sum total of lobbying that we've had on uncovering the progressive budget has been liberal wonks tweeting about it. That's sort of been it."

[Begins at around 13:10 in the original clip.]

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Sarah Palin = Barack Obama ?

Oct
23

The self-imposed requirements of 'He-said-She-said' journalism are so disgusting.

For some reason WBBM in Chicago feels itself obliged to balance reports of Obama campaigning for Democrats with Sarah Palin doing the same for GOPers -- as if Palin were the only person doing this for the GOPers or, more importantly, there were some equivalence between a half-term failure from Alaska and the President of the United States.

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