Category Archives: News Media

The Problem With ‘Optics': It’s a Bad Business Model

No, I’m not referring to physics, but the political reporter obsession with ‘optics’ (boldface mine): The president hadn’t necessarily said anything inaccurate or made controversial claims. Critics just didn’t like the way he said what he said. It didn’t look … Continue reading

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Why Cosmo’s Political Reporting Matters

The right wing media, along with a couple of the Very Serious People, are very upset that Cosmo–yes, that Cosmo–has been providing excellent political coverage, especially regarding women’s health and economic issues. Yes, you really did just read that sentence … Continue reading

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How to Write a Confusing Science Story: Mix Up the Colloquial and the Technical

If you’re aware at all of the perfidy that is creationism, one of their favorite sayings–even though it’s demonstrably ignorant–is “evolution is just a theory.” As numerous biologists and other defenders of science have explained, theory in the scientific world … Continue reading

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NY Times’ Daniel Bergner Gives Diane Ravitch the Dirty F-cking Hippie Treatment

When I first read Daniel Bergner’s puff piece about Eva Moskowitz’s charter chain Success Academies, I just figured it was another garbage piece by a reporter who doesn’t know statistics. This was the part that made me roll my eyes … Continue reading

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The Conservative Caller Catapults Commie Crapola

And if a liberal political organization did this? Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with … Continue reading

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CNBC Is a Global Warming Denialist Propaganda Mill

Unbelievable (boldface mine): How badly does cable news network CNBC want to deny the existence of global warming? For a network with an embarrassing history of fudging the science around climate change, one CNBC booker apears to have made a … Continue reading

Posted in Global Warming, News Media, Propaganda

What Michael Sam Tells Us About Fox News

By now, you’ve probably heard of Michael Sam, the openly gay college football player who will most likely be a NFL draft choice (though the bigotry in the NFL might prove that prediction wrong). What’s interesting is that, for the … Continue reading

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