Not even in the ballpark

Everybody is myopic to some degree about their own lives, families, careers, hobbies, and other niches. It’s human nature. But please, don’t be this guy: CNN host Chris Cuomo said Thursday that, for journalists, being called “fake news” is “the equivalent of the n-word.” “I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the… Continue reading Not even in the ballpark

Maybe your poll would be better if people could understand the questions

Media Matters is criticizing CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for cherry-picking from his own network’s poll on public support for the Iran deal in order to make the case that the deal is unpopular. CNN ran a poll that asked respondents about their support for the nuclear deal in two ways: half the sample had the key… Continue reading Maybe your poll would be better if people could understand the questions

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

About Abbottabad

To preface this, I’ve only read about half of Seymour Hersh’s report on the raid (or “raid”) that ended with the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, because a) it’s very long, plus b) its publication raised such a commotion online that the LRB’s website crashed for over an hour, both of which matter… Continue reading About Abbottabad

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

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