Category Archives: News Media

Fox News and White Christian Evangelicalism: One Side of the Coin

But important to note, nonetheless. Over the weekend, Kevin Drum published a lengthy article worth reading about the roles Fox News and White Christian evangelicals have played in the polarization of the U.S. political system. Here’s a tiny bit from … Continue reading

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Political Reporters Need to Report Campaign Donations in Routine Coverage

Among many of the kayfabe-esque qualities of political coverage is the complete absence of coverage of political donations. Yes, there occasionally will be specific stories about the blight of campaign contributions, but they’re never worked into routine coverage. Consider this … Continue reading

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If Political Reporters Viewed Their Jobs with the Same Seriousness COVID-19 Reporters Did

In a really good article about the mental health of journalists on the COVID-19 beat (really, go read it), this section struck a chord (boldface mine): One healthcare reporter who currently works at a national outlet and has repeatedly broken … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Discourse Follies

I like to think of myself as a reasonably good ‘conservative moment anticipator’, in that I usually have a pretty good understanding of what they’ll do next and why. But I’ll admit I didn’t even imagine the Republican attack strategy … Continue reading

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Will Our Discourse, Such As It Is, Ever Focus on Democrats?

If past trends are any indication, probably not. A couple of weeks ago, some asshole with a blog noted: One of the undercovered ‘results’ of the 2020 election is the victory celebration phenomenon: in many metro areas, people were ecstatic, … Continue reading

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Will There Ever Be Specifics in Political Journalism or Reverse Cletus Safaris?

One of the undercovered ‘results’ of the 2020 election is the victory celebration phenomenon: in many metro areas, people were ecstatic, as if we had just destroyed the Death Star or won a war. Despite that reaction, there are no … Continue reading

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The Bullshit Inflection Point

Many moons ago, I noted that narcissists create an environment of lies, which ultimately results in some people desperately needing to tell someone, anyone the truth: There’s a reason–when you have a narcissist as a boss, you live in a … Continue reading

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Twitter Is Not a Platform, It Is a Publisher

Ditto Facebook and many other sites. With Twitter’s new policy of putting disclaimers on Donald Trump’s tweets, after he engaged in some vile scandalmongering, it’s now clear and undeniable that Twitter is a publisher, not a mere platform. They are … Continue reading

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On COVID-19, News Organizations Need to Replace Their Political Journalists with Their Science Journalists

The news media must step it up in their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, there are lots of good explainers, but too much of the ‘premier’ coverage is being driven by celebrity political journalists. They are inclined, as is … Continue reading

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Questions D.C. Journalists Should Ask about COVID-19

And I don’t mean Wor-Shing-Tun, I mean D.C. local reporters (though if other local and state level journalists ask these questions, that would help their own communities). On the whole, D.C.’s response to COVID-19 has been reasonably good. The city … Continue reading

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