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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Whom Do We Thank For Today’s Strong Economy?

The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy’s growth has continued — but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way.

December 12, 2017
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9 New And Crazy Revelations About Unhinged Trump

On Saturday, the New York Times offered a lengthy look at Donald Trump’s presidency from the inside with an article informed by “60 [presidential] advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress.”

December 11, 2017
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Is The Radical Right Attempting Another Media Takeover?

Imagine, if you can, reading a glowing profile of former national security adviser Steve Bannon, or a featurette about White House communications director Hope Hicks’ favorite hobbies. Now imagine reading one of those stories in the formerly progressive alt-weekly that launched the careers of Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Carr and Katherine Boo, among countless others.

December 10, 2017
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Right-Wing Liars Smearing Moore Accuser

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s allies in the conservative media have been trying desperately to undermine the numerous credible reports of sexual misconduct by Moore, and today they thought they’d finally spied an opportunity — which they immediately seized on with characteristic dishonesty.

December 9, 2017

Oligarchs And Oligopoly Killing Net Neutrality

We’re told by politicos, pundits and internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet, while this digital highway is deemed vital to our nation’s well-being, access to it is not offered as a public service — i.e., an investment in the common good.

December 8, 2017

Facebook Allowed Political Ads That Were Actually Scams And Malware

Russian disinformation isn’t the only deceptive political advertising on Facebook. The pitch designed to lure President Donald Trump’s critics is one of more than a dozen politically themed advertisements masking consumer rip-offs that ProPublica has identified since launching an effort in September to monitor paid political messages on the world’s largest social network.

December 6, 2017
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Democrats Trust The Press And Republicans Don’t. What Now?

The research was presented yesterday at a journalism ethics summit organized by the nonprofit journalism think tank the Poynter Institute, which I attended along with dozens of journalists and advocates keen on discussing how to strengthen the public’s trust in the press during the Trump administration.

December 6, 2017
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Lessons Learned From Lauer And Other Predators

The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.

December 4, 2017
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75,000 And Counting Demand NBC Release Damaging Trump Tapes From ‘The Apprentice’

NBC has not been having a great week. From allegations of sexual assault against Matt Lauer to news that Jimmy Fallon’s ratings have dropped as viewers turn to more politically charged hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, the network will not close out 2017 on a high note.

December 2, 2017
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Scarborough: Trump Is In Early Stages Of Dementia

MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough fired back at President Donald Trump on air Thursday morning by claiming “people close to him during the campaign told me he had early stages of dementia.” Trump is “completely detached from reality,” Scarborough said.

December 1, 2017
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Trump’s Twitter Cesspool Gets Deeper And Darker

In the past week on Twitter, Donald Trump has taken a potshot at “Chuck and Nancy,” endorsed an alleged child sex abuser for Senate, called for a boycott of CNN, and joked about awarding a “Fake News Trophy” to the most dishonest news network.

December 1, 2017
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The Sinister Screw-ups Of James O’Keefe

James O’Keefe’s latest sad attempt to own liberals included hiring a woman to pose as a sexual assault survivor in order to defend a reported child molester — and that says a lot about the political media world that allows him to thrive.

November 29, 2017
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The Kochs Just Got Their Hands On Time Magazine. Who’s Next?

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who are major funders of Republican candidates and conservative organizations, now own a stake in Time Inc. On Sunday night, the Meredith Corporation announced that it is purchasing the company with the help of $650 million from a Koch equity fund.

November 28, 2017
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Washington Post: ‘Sting’ Sought To Embarrass Newspaper In Sex Probe

The Washington Post said Monday it was the target of an apparent “sting” operation that sought to plant a false story to discredit the newspaper’s investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

November 28, 2017

FCC Obstructs Probe Of Illegal Telecom Lobbying

In typical corporate double-speak, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that removing price-gouging barriers would “benefit consumers,” because, “instead of [websites] being flyspecked by lawyers and bureaucrats, the internet would once again thrive under engineers and entrepreneurs.”

November 23, 2017
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What Makes April Ryan Thankful? Don’t Ask, Sarah

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is no stranger to controversial and jaw-dropping moments. But Monday’s White House press briefing may have been her weirdest one yet, as she demanded that, in honor of Thanksgiving, reporters share what made them feel thankful before asking her any questions.

November 22, 2017
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Roy Moore’s Preposterous Threat Against An Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly

Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, sent a cease-and-desist to Alabama Media Group (AMG) over AL.com’s allegedly defamatory coverage of him. AL.com, which endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones, was ready with a blistering response: “AL.com hereby rejects your demand.”

November 21, 2017
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Will Roy Moore Ruin Steve Bannon’s Reputation?

Steve Bannon would have you believe that he stands at the crossroads of history, directing traffic. Ever since he emerged as a national political figure in the latter stages of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Breitbart.com chairman has cultivated a reputation as a wily tactician…

November 17, 2017
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Was Hannity Picked Up On Wiretaps Of Julian Assange?

Sean Hannity either broke a massive bombshell implicating the Trump administration in ongoing, illegal spying on journalists on his Fox News show last night, or he casually pushed yet another baseless conspiracy theory to his audience of 3 million viewers.

November 16, 2017
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Volvo Pulls Sean Hannity Ads Following Roy Moore Report

“Every single person in this country deserves the presumption of innocence,” Hannity said. “With the allegations against Judge Moore, none of us know the truth of what happened 38 years ago. The only people that would know are the people involved in this incident.”

November 15, 2017
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Advertisers Fleeing Fox’s Hannity

HelloFresh, Hubble Contacts, the Society for Human Resource Management, Hebrew National, ReddiWip, Untuckit, and Volvo have joined a growing list of companies that have distanced themselves from Sean Hannity’s Fox News program…

November 14, 2017
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Why Sebastian Gorka WIll Make Fox News Even Worse

On Wednesday, Sean Hannity announced that former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka would be joining Fox News as a national security strategist. Experts have repeatedly questioned Gorka’s supposed national security expertise.

November 13, 2017
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Roy Moore And The Rot In Conservative Politics

The Washington Post’s explosive investigation into Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct with underage girls has provided a distressingly clear look at the moral rot that has infested conservative politics. Moore, who stands credibly accused of sexual misconduct by multiple on-the-record sources…

November 11, 2017
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The Clownish Right-Wing Attempt To Discredit Roy Moore Report

Right-wing websites are hyping the absurd claim of a user on Twitter that The Washington Post offered to pay an Alabama woman to say that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had engaged in sexual misconduct.

November 11, 2017
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There Are Plenty Of Good Reasons To Oppose Mega-Mergers. “Trump Hates CNN” Isn’t One Of Them.

Did President Donald Trump torpedo AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner as part of an ongoing feud with Time Warner subsidiary CNN? At this point, it almost doesn’t matter. The fact that the question can be raised shows that the damage to the press and to the political system has already been done.

November 10, 2017