Media

Trump, Hate Speech and the Media

Today I’m going to resort to that lazy blogger’s device that I have used only very occasionally in the past: a link to a highly recommended post, with minimal commentary of my own.  The poster is TPM’s josh Marshall.  His ...

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The Clinton Foundation Brouhaha

The Associated Press has come out with a story showing that a majority of non-governmental individuals that Hillary met with as Secretary of State during a selected period had been donors to the Clinton Foundation. The reasonable concern is that ...

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Trump and the Media (II)

Just a quick post today, since I can’t resist an “I told you so,” or, rather a “You heard it from me first” opportunity. A little over two months ago, I predicted that the mass media’s treatment of Donald Trump ...

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Trump and the Media

Donald Trump is pissed at the media, or, at least, so he says. In  a news conference on Tuesday, Trump lambasted the media as “not good people,” “extremely dishonest” and “sleazy,” among other epithets.  What ingratitude! The media have been ...

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Cruz’s Excellent Diatribe

Excellent? Me, say that about Ted Cruz? Have I ever had anything good to say about Cruz? I don’t think so, but I really do feel compelled to report on his press conference yesterday morning, which seems to have gotten ...

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Is Ideological Consistency the Problem with our Parties?

The lead article in yesterday’s New York Times “Sunday Review” section argues that the mess in Washington is largely caused by the fact that our two political parties have each become too coherent ideologically: The idea of two ideologically consistent, ...

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Republicans Working the Refs

Republicans have ben squawking loudly about the mean treatment they allegedly got from their CNBC questioners at last week’s debate. Their complaints aren’t entirely without merit (more on that below) but mostly they show the Republicans in their usual mode ...

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Jeb the Populist

Jeb Bush has come out with a proposal for re-vamping the tax code. You can get a pretty good idea of the substance of his proposal by reading the article in today’s New York Times. But people typically don’t read ...

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Fallacies of False Equivalence

I’ve written before of the tendency of our mainstream media to engage in false equivalence—the compulsion to demonstrate impartiality and objectivity by saying “both sides are to blame,” when, demonstrably, the blame really lies far more on one side than ...

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The Iran Deal

Yesterday’s front-page headlines in New York’s two leading newspapers provided an interesting contrast. The NY Times, in one of its rare full-banner headlines, proclaimed WORLD LEADERS STRIKE AGREEMENT WITH IRAN TO CURB NUCLEAR ABILITY AND LIFT SANCTIONS. The World Street ...

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