Category Archives: News Media

The Context In Which Political Reporting Occurs

Journalists can talk about editorial-advertising divides all they want, but it’s hard to believe this isn’t a serious consideration in editorial decisions (boldface mine): As local television outlets prepared their business plans about a year ago, they had reason to … Continue reading

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Proud Pundit Ignorance

This, by Robert Waldmann, is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things (boldface mine): …the [Washington press corps] villagers who were wrong (again) remain prominent and expect to be taken seriously. I am not the first (or one … Continue reading

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Revisiting Electability–And Predictability

Before I get to the meat of the post, I’ll offer my usual disclaimer: I’m a life-long Democrat, canvassed/phonebanked in four presidential elections and a couple of down ballot races, and have given money, when I can afford it, to … Continue reading

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No Nation Can Endure Half Fox News And Half Free

To use Comrade driftglass‘ phrase. Pathetic (boldface mine): Instead, as Media Matters for America documented, the network’s hosts offered punditry as a video about Capt. Khan’s death played, and then showed an anti-Clinton attack ad about Benghazi, followed by commercials, … Continue reading

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Gawker And The Civil Suit Death Penalty

Last week, Gawker, after losing a $140 million lawsuit to former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, decided to file for bankruptcy (though Gawker is considering a countersuit against suit backer Peter Thiel). The problem I’ve had with this case is that … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Take A Weatherman To Know Which Way Vox’s Business Model Is Blowing

Last Thursday, Vox suspended deputy editor Emmett Rensin for tweeting for sympathizing with anti-Trump rioters. It’s worth noting that what Rensin tweeted was not an endorsement of violence, especially against people*. But right now–remember that phrase–the left-ish gentry class wisdom … Continue reading

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Six Weeks In To H.B. 2, And The Washington Post Finally Realizes What It’s About

When North Carolina passed the anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’, I noted this was a Trojan Horse: Note the part I’ve emphasized: HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating … Continue reading

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