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NPR: Citizens United is Good for Unions Too!

Sep
26

Actually the segment on NPR's All Things Considered was titled, 'Citizen's United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners'.

It was about as close to propaganda as NPR can get. The very notion that Unions, in decline for the past 30 years and who represent maybe 8% of workers in the private sector and a bit more in government -- that Unions can come even close to matching what Corporate America is putting together is disingenuous to say the least.

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Nice Guys != Nice Laws

Sep
01

PBS NewsHour commentator, Mark Shields, had an extremely insightful reaction to Mitt Romney's display of "kindness and generosity" during his acceptance speech in Tampa:

The one question that was raised -- and it is a legitimate one -- is that he was -- is enormously kind to people he can see in acts of personal kindness and generosity of time. But policies affect all kinds of people you don't see, millions of people that he will never come in contact with.

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Bob Schieffer (CBS) on Health Care : Obamacare Sucks and I Got Mine!

Jul
15

Bob Schieffer made this throw-away comment before moving on to more important matters:

"We need health care reform, but I'm a long way from believing the president's plan was the best way to go about it."

Anyone got any idea what Bob Schieffer's preferred solution is beyond making it to 65, taking advantage of Medicare and having CBS make up the difference?

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Nuance Over Facts at the PBS Newshour

Jun
20

This segment points to everything that is wrong with 'reporting' (yes, in scare quotes) from the PBS News hour.

Paul Solman focuses on nuance and whether what Krugman is saying is 'partisan' or not, to which Krugman wisely replies:

"Except it's true, right? And people like me have been right so far."

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The Problem with Journalism in America

Jan
19

From this morning's NPR report on production of solar panels:

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Bob Schieffer (CBS): Internet Makes People Think Obama is a Muslim

Aug
23

People think Obama is a muslim? Bob Schieffer tells us on Face the Nation that it's not the GOPers but teh Internets to blame -- because it's the "only news delivery system we've ever had that has no editor."

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Old Media, New Media -- Same Difference

Jul
28

I'm not quite sure why people are making a big deal about MSM maven Mark Halperin recognizing what many of us have been calling the 'Mighty Wurlitzer' for years:

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Cynicism is Cheap : Charles Osgood Edition

Dec
19

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Charles Osgood indulges in a bit of cheap cynicism in a report on an overdue library book being returned to the New Bedford Public Library after 99 years.

The book is called, "Facts I Ought to Know About the Government of My Country" (Wm H. Bartlett, 1897) and Osgood largely sticks to the facts until this final cheap shot,

Here's a question, though: What would a book to tell you how the U.S. Government works, published 115 years ago, tell you about how the U.S. Government works today? Not very much, I'm afraid...

Actually the book can tell you a lot about how the U.S. Government works today -- had Osgood bothered to think about it or, heaven forbid, even look it up.

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Is Fox Right-wing?

Oct
20

I'm not quite sure why media people like Howard Kurtz are shocked, shocked that members of the Obama Administration are calling out Fox News.

Members of the Obama Administration are observing a wise rule of survival in the jungle of hard-ball politics, namely, 'Don't ignore your opponents -- Define them'.

In any case, what they're doing is only stating the obvious. Does anyone dispute the fact that Fox News is a rightwing propaganda network?

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Time to Shove Something Down the Throat of Juan Williams

Aug
22

Media Matters has already pointed to the yeoman service Fox News Correspondent Juan Williams is performing for right-wingers everywhere by going on NPR and spouting GOP talking points.

Having heard the segment in question, what struck me was his comment on the possibilities of Democrats 'going it alone' on health care reform:

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