Category Archives: News Media

Masking and Communications

To follow up on Tuesday’s post about the CDC very tentatively asking people to mask, the legacy media have a role to play here too. There’s no reason why they couldn’t have led with headlines like “Faced with hospitalization surge, … Continue reading

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The ‘Newsweek-ifcation’ of Twitter

I have no idea what will become of Twitter or how I will be using it. Elongated Muskrat’s embrace of noxious conspiracism and bigotry* is making it harder for me to use it; on the other hand, that he is … Continue reading

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Fox News Convinced Its Viewers to Avoid Vaccination

So it would appear (boldface mine): COVID-19 vaccines have reduced infections and hospitalizations across the globe, yet resistance to vaccination remains strong. This paper investigates the role of cable television news in vaccine hesitancy and associated local vaccination rates in … Continue reading

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We Need to Start Thinking About Editorial Boards

Over the last week, the op-ed page of the New York Times (NYT) turned into a conflagrant trash receptacle, even more so than usual. Much of the well deserved ire was aimed at an anti-trans column that was barely disguised … Continue reading

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Two Questions That Likely Won’t Be Asked at Tomorrow’s COVID Task Force Press Conference

Because the political press corps, which will be featured front and center, knows nothing about the topic at hand, and thus sucks at its job (though I suppose that’s par for the course akshually!). Anyway, tomorrow the COVID Task Force … Continue reading

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Inchoate Fears, Fox News, and the Iron Law of Institutions

From the NY Times, we read about this collapse by Democrats in rural Virginia (boldface mine): But while some Democratic politicians now recognize the scope of their rural problem, the words of voters in Bath County expose the difficulty in … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: The Flathead Valley Edition

Over the weekend, there was an article about how Flathead Valley, MT, has been engulfed by “bitter confrontations” over multiple issues (one local, multiple national issues). It basically described how the far-right are behaving like assholes (hasn’t that reached ‘dog … Continue reading

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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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