Category Archives: News Media

Ebola and the Trauma of TV

In a recent column, David Brooks made a good point… [throws up in mouth, rinses with water] In a recent column, David Brooks mad a good point [cough, cough] about the role the constant news cycle plays in stoking fear … Continue reading

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Does Teh Stoopid Have an Asymptote?

In response to a National Review article somehow blaming the NFL’s problems on Obama (?!?), over at the Great Orange Satan, Hunter wonders if we will ever reach peak stupid (boldface mine): I keep saying this, and I keep being … Continue reading

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Fighting the Demons in Our Heads: The Urban Crime Edition

https://today.yougov.com/news/2014/09/15/what-is-americas-most-dangerous-city/ -Fox News (and other tv news orgs) have successfully terrorized their target demographic. Victory! We are a nation of pants-wetting numbskulls (boldface mine): Most Americans, however, don’t recognize that violent crime has dropped so significantly over the past twenty … Continue reading

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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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