Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

EUROPE CYPRUS Although reunification talks collapsed last week, observers say there are positives to take away from the negotiations. For one thing, Turkey showed more flexibility on the issue of its future military role on the island (there are reports they actually offered to give up any right to intervene to protect Turkish Cypriots, though… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: July 12-13 2017

Why is CNN picking Republican winners and losers too?

Yesterday amid all the Trump-Ailes-Kelly nonsense, I had a Deep Thought: Imagine what a fit Fox would pitch if any other network made itself the main story in a presidential primary. — derek davison (@dwdavison9318) August 11, 2015 It’s true, isn’t it? If CNN or MSNBC, rather than Fox, had pioneered the idea that a… Continue reading Why is CNN picking Republican winners and losers too?

When “the news” stopped being about news

Ezra Klein, filling in for Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, looks at the “decline” of cable news and suggests that it’s not so much the news channels that are to blame as the fact that the news itself these days is both generally depressing and (worse) usually pretty boring: The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi sees… Continue reading When “the news” stopped being about news

CNN’s Chris Cuomo offers the most damning critique of cable TV ever made

This is so devastating that I almost feel like it’s unfair: Of New Day, which had its one year anniversary last month, Cuomo admitted it “has to grow, it has to get better,” but he said it’s “a good show that is based on the understanding of taking what matters seriously but not taking ourselves… Continue reading CNN’s Chris Cuomo offers the most damning critique of cable TV ever made

Why John Oliver’s new show matters even if it’s not funny (which it is!)

Old people have been marveling at/lamenting the idea that “young people get their news from Jon Stewart (and Stephen Colbert)” for so long that people who were young back when that idea first became A Thing are now old. CBS helpfully provides us with this full decade old news article wherein lots of Youngs told… Continue reading Why John Oliver’s new show matters even if it’s not funny (which it is!)

Channel initials that don’t mean anything anymore

Remember how TLC used to stand for “The Learning Channel,” before they realized that there’s not that much money to be made in TV programs that help people learn things? Now TLC teaches us about families that have lots of babies, and about families that have LOTS of babies, and about families that exploit those… Continue reading Channel initials that don’t mean anything anymore

we’ve got other things to do

Hands are being wrung in consternation because MSNBC finished in fourth place in the cable news ratings wars in May, repeating their April performance, behind not only the sitcom-masking-as-news-operation that is CNN, but also behind CNN’s mentally unhinged cousin, Headline News (Fox is obviously first always because Amercia). Another month of big crime and disaster… Continue reading we’ve got other things to do