Entries Tagged as 'media'

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January 2nd, 2012 at 1:03 am 3 Comments

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On the morning of January 1st, I was able to join the panel for Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. I’d of course recommend watching both part 1 and part 2 of the show, but if you are short on time, I’d watch part 2 since that is when Corey Robin came on to discuss his new book: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin.

Robin’s book is interesting but it makes a bold thesis that both I and Michael Brenden Doughterty had to respond to.

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Rick Perry’s Collateral Damage

December 13th, 2011 at 1:15 pm 36 Comments

The epic collapse of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign has been much-discussed with an emphasis on how this collapse affects his political future. This is to be expected, but a debacle like this will inevitably take down the fortunes of others.

I’m not talking about people like the staffers who left former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign for Perry’s campaign. That’s too obvious and they are professionals who made their political beds. I’m talking about the innocent victims of the Perry campaign’s decline.

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Hilarious Hillary

December 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm 20 Comments

Hillary Clinton recently expressed concern about the future of Israeli democracy because the Knesset is considering curtailing foreign governments’ funding for Israeli NGOs, seek and because some rabbis in Israel say they want men and women to seat separately on buses.

Does Hillary realize how hypocritical she is? In the United States, ambulance NGOs that receive money from foreign governments are considered foreign agents. And why is separate sitting between men and women on “haredi” buses a threat to democracy in Israel but not in New York (a common practice in Clinton’s home state)?

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Conrad Black Relives His Trial

October 30th, 2011 at 5:00 pm 15 Comments

I’ve not read reviews of Conrad Black’s new book, medicine A Matter of Principle, purchase but it’s a remarkable work — unlike any of its kind that I’ve ever read. It tells the story of his Chicago trial and subsequent conviction.

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Looking Back at `America in Primetime’

October 28th, 2011 at 6:41 pm 1 Comment

For the next month, starting this Sunday, PBS takes a most interesting four-week look back at America in Primetime, a production of the late Peter Jennings’ Documentary Group, in association with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The series appropriately coincides not only with many PBS station fundraisers, but more portentously with the infamous November “sweeps” period, which will decide what new shows get a January renewal, and which shows will fade to black for good, in the commercial TV sphere.

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FrumForum Wins The Midnight

October 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am 10 Comments

Politico claims that their reporting Wins the Morning. But when it comes to writing pieces about whether Sarah Palin will run for President, ambulance its clear that FrumForum Wins the Midnight.

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Perry: Media Bubble Boy

September 30th, 2011 at 12:13 am 27 Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry has had a tough week politically because of his weak performance at the last GOP presidential debate. He’s had to backtrack from comments he made and his standing in the polls has taken a hit. There’s been a lot of commentary regarding why Perry hasn’t done as well as he and his supporters have hoped.

While there are many factors underlying this issue, I’d suggest one reason for Perry’s lackluster performance is because he hasn’t faced direct, sharp questioning for much of his political career and he’s functioned in something of a bubble for quite some time. Right now, his policies and background are being scrutinized to a degree he isn’t accustomed to.

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The White House Does Not Understand Today’s Media

September 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm 34 Comments

Roger Simon has a column in Politico where he interviews an anonymous White House source about the fallout from the scheduling conflict over the President’s jobs speech. One comment given by the source indicates to me that this White House has a very peculiar view of media:

The White House was well aware the president’s speech would conflict with a planned Republican debate sponsored by POLITICO and NBC to be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The debate would be broadcast live by MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and live-streamed by POLITICO.

Yet the White House did not see this as an obstacle. “With all due respect, the POLITICO-MSNBC debate was one that was going on a cable station,” the White House source said. “It was not sacrosanct. We knew they would push it back and then there would be a GOP debate totally trashing the president. So it wasn’t all an upside for us.”

There is quite a bit of hubris in that comment, but lets focus on how the source demeans cable news.

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FCC Officially Sacks “Fairness Doctrine”

August 23rd, 2011 at 2:19 pm 17 Comments

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the FCC has announced that “the controversial Fairness Doctrine and 82 other rules governing media” will be officially obsoleted this month.  Paul Bond of HR notes that “FCC Chair Julius Genachowski called the rules ‘outdated’, and said they were being removed to lessen the burdens of regulation on media companies.”

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Republicans Win the Spin Cycle

David Frum August 1st, 2011 at 9:22 am 67 Comments

It’s going to be hard for Democrats to depict the Republicans as extremist and irresponsible when President Obama is hailing the results of the debt-ceiling showdown as a “bipartisan deal to avoid default and reduce the deficit.”