Fox News’ Obsession with Chelsea Handler

In my life I have not once, not a single time, encountered the name of Chelsea Handler in any context apart from Fox News articles. 

Megan McArdle Hired as WaPo Columnist

While I don’t always agree with her, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the sheer vitriol she inspires, given that she’s unfailingly polite, not discernibly partisan, and bends over backwards to acknowledge the merits of competing viewpoints.

American Exceptionalism Gone Wonky. Again.

In the United States, in contrast, the judgment citizens hold of the media, along increasingly with everything else, turns on one’s identification with a political tribe. 

Train Crashes and Recency Bias

Two Amtrak crashes in less than a week is newsworthy. It is not, however, a trend.

Geraldo: Nixon Wouldn’t Have Had to Resign if he Had a Sean Hannity

The guy who found Al Capone’s vault wishes we had a guy like Sean Hannity back in the Watergate era.

NBC Fires Matt Lauer After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The latest domino to fall in the ongoing wave of sexual harassment and abuse revelations is Matt Lauer.

On (The Lack Of) Journalistic Ethics At The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller crosses a line and doesn’t seem to regret it.

Down the Memory Hole

My apologies to Bob Dreyfuss and Rolling Stone.

An Appropriate Assessment of the Spicer Era

Don’t cry for Spicer.

Krauthammer on Don Jr.

I tweeted this link out yesterday, but if you missed it, it is worth a read: Charles Krauthammer,  Bungled collusion is still collusion The evidence is now shown. This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself. A British go-between writes that there’s […]

Shep Smith’s Days at Fox Numbered?

Granted, he has been critical of the administration before (for example, having strong words about the way the administration treats CNN), but something will have to give at some point, given the overall tenor of the station’s political coverage.  Via WaPo:  ‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News’s Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia. […]

Line of the Day: Tweets and Mika Edition

“He should be a lot more worried about NATO and building a relationship with Angela Merkel than he is with cable news hosts.”–Joe Scarborough. This, in a nutshell, captures one of the major problems (although not the only one) revealed by this current (but not singular) brouhaha over presidential tweets.  Donald J. Trumps is president […]

The End Of An Era At The Supreme Court

In addition to marking the end of the October 2016 term of the Supreme Court, today also marked the end of an era in the Supreme Court Press Room. After some 58 years covering the Supreme Court of the United States, a career that has covered Court’s overseen a body led by Chief Justices Earl […]

Max Boot on Fox News

Max Boot has a scathing, but on point, essay on the state of Fox News at Foreign Policy that is worth a read:  The Seth Rich ‘Scandal’ Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt. If you are unfamiliar with the Seth Rich story, I recommend Dave Weigel’s The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works. […]

Roger Ailes Dead at 77

The disgraced former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died, aged 77. CNN: Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday. He was 77. The death was announced by his family and reported on Fox News Channel. “I am profoundly sad and […]

Today In Bad Journalism

A headline at The Hill claims that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as one of the “Women Of The Senate”: Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have been caught up in a gender-swapping snafu, mistakenly dubbing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) one of the “women of the Senate.” The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice […]

We’re going to the Hamptons, baby!!!

So did you ever watch the Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza lies to Susan’s parents, the Rosses, about owning a house in the Hamptons? Wacky hijinks ensue when Susan’s parents, who suspect that George is lying, insist that he show them the house.  Rather than simply owning up to his fib, George takes them […]

Who Said it? “[W]e”have a respect for the press when it comes to the government”

That would be Sean Spicer in December 2016 on the difference between being selective with media outlets in the campaign versus in government. The full quote (video at the link): “I think, look, there’s a big difference, I think, between a campaign where it is a private venue using private funds and a government entity. […]

Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

George Will, Cal Thomas, Ed Rollins Out at Fox News

Fox News has declined to renew the contracts of several venerable commentators. The Hill: Fox News has declined to renew contributor contracts for longtime political commentator George Will, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and actress Stacey Dash, according to a network spokesperson. Will, 75, is a Pulitzer-winning conservative columnist who was with ABC from 1981-2011 before […]

Federal Jury Orders Rolling Stone To Pay $3 Million In University Of Virginia Case

A Federal Jury orders Rolling Stone to pay up.

Rolling Stone Loses Defamation Suit In University Of Virginia Rape Case

Journalistic malpractice has real consequences.

Most Embarrassing Correction Ever?

The New  York Times has been forced to issue a correction in the wake of a review of a new show on Amazon after it was discovered that their reviewer had, apparently accidentally, watched the shows out of order: In an amusing correction,The New York Times noted that its television writer had criticized a show […]

I Question The Timing

News outlets are suddenly finding out that Trump was a cad in 2005. Film at 11.

Erick Erickson’s Struggles

The erstwhile Republican firebrand and current NeverTrumper shares his personal struggles.

NYT Publishes Illegally Obtained Trump Tax Records

America’s newspaper of records has published three pages of stolen tax documents from 1995.

Libertarians Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Racialized Rhetoric?

The idea that Donald Trump has gotten his racialized rhetoric from libertarians is simply errant nonsense. The libertarian view, broadly speaking, is not defined by Murray Rothbard, Llewellyn Rockwell, and Ron Paul and those who share their views. This is but a small and even fringe group of what could be called the libertarian community.

Fox News Pays Gretchen Carlson $20 Million To Settle Sexual Harassment Allegations

Roger Ailes’s sexual harassment has led to Fox News paying out some big dollars.

Don’t Ever Change New York Post. Don’t Ever Change.

As you might expect, the New York Post‘s headline on l’affair Weiner is a classic: Don’t ever change guys, don’t ever change.

Summer Olympics Were Lowest Rated Since 2000

Despite being much more conveniently located for viewers in the United States, viewership for the just-concluded Olympics were the lowest they’ve been in sixteen years.

Sydney H. Schanberg, New York Times Reporter Who Chronicled Khmer Rouge Terror, Dies At 82

Sydney H. Schanberg, the New York Times reporter who chronicled the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s and whose reporting became the basis for the critically acclaimed film The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82: Sydney H. Schanberg, a correspondent for The New York Times who won […]

Former Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson Accuses Roger Ailes Of Harassment In Lurid Detail

If the allegations of a new lawsuit are true, things are truly lurid behind the scenes at Fox News Channel.

Lyle Denniston Leaving SCOTUSBlog

A true legend in legal journalism is moving on.

Morley Safer, Legendary 60 Minutes Correspondent, Dies At 84

A journalistic legend has passed away just days after his retirement was officially announced.

The Steady Decline of News

The business of the media is business. Business is not good.

Melissa Harris-Perry Doesn’t Understand TV

The host of a weekend show on MSNBC is angry that the network wants her to talk about the presidential race.

POLITICO to Leave POLITICO

Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen are leaving after a dispute with their chief investor.

Internet Hoaxes Can’t Be Debunked Anymore

People don’t much care whether information supporting their prejudices is true.

Media Tour Of San Bernardino Shooters’ Home Mostly Shows Media At Its Worst

Yesterday, cable news networks, and most especially MSNBC, showed their profession at its most pathetic.

No, Americans Should Not Feel Guilty For Showing Solidarity With France

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, some people have argued that American solidarity with France, in contrast to seeming disregard for tragedy elsewhere, is something we should feel bad about. That argument is ridiculous.

Jon Stewart Signs New Deal With HBO

Mere months after leaving The Daily Show, Jon Stewart signed a deal that will have in back in television at least in a limited capacity: Three months after retiring as host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart has signed a production deal with the premium cable channel HBO, the channel announced on Tuesday. As part of the […]

ESPN Shutters Grantland, Continuing Recent Trend

To the surprise of few, Bill Simmons’ site didn’t long survive his departure.

Hillary ‘SNL’ Appearance May Trigger ‘Equal Time’ Law

An FCC rule from a bygone era may get Bernie Sanders and company some time on NBC.

WaPo Fact Checker Gets Three Pinocchios

A bizarre hatchet job on Carly Fiorina’s autobiography.

Of Course the Pope is Political

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

The Daily News Crosses The Line From Journalism To Murder Porn

A front page cover on yesterday’s murders in Virginia crosses the line from reporting to exploitation.

Reporter And Cameraman Shot To Death Live On The Air In Virginia

A reporter and cameraman for a local television station were killed, and a third person wounded, live on the air this morning.

Should Political Debates Be on Pay TV?

Susan Crawford claims that “Cable-Only Presidential Debates are the New Poll Tax.”

Sesame Street Moves To HBO

So does this mean Big Bird will show up on Game Of Thrones?

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