Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
news
Russia

How Putin And Russia Use Powerful U.S. PR Firms To Shape American Opinion

The Russian attempt to influence the 2016 American presidential election, using what intelligence agencies call “active measures,” has dominated U.S. headlines. There is, however, a second front in Russia’s effort to shape the hearts and minds of American citizens, and it’s received almost no attention in mainstream U.S. media outlets since the election.

July 3, 2017
hall_wynton_2

Breitbart’s Managing Editor Used The Site To Promote His PR Clients

Hall, a conservative writer and activist, began writing for Breitbart in 2011. He became the right-wing website’s managing editor in 2013 as part of an effort to help ensure “a 24/7 editorial team focused on the site.” He is second only to Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, according to a masthead provided last month to the congressional credentialing committee. But while Hall’s title suggests that he plays a key role at Breitbart, that is not his only job.

April 22, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

Last month, ProPublica revealed that the Trump administration had installed hundreds of political appointees across the federal government without formally announcing them. The more than 400 officials were hired in temporary positions for what the White House calls “beachhead teams.” Government hiring rules allow them to have those positions for up to eight months.

April 22, 2017
Real News

Real News? How Americans Confront Big Problems At The Grassroots

Corporate Power. Trump and his like-minded congress critters are gearing up to unleash corporate profiteers from practically all restraints that protect us ordinary people, our natural resources, and even our core values from their greed.

March 29, 2017
Trump business conflicts

Cable News (Except Fox) Increasingly Using On-Air Graphics To Combat Trump’s Lies

Media outlets have increasingly turned to chryons (or on-air graphics) to combat Donald Trump’s lies in real time. This media tactic has become an important tool given their inability to pushback on lies that are consistently repeated by the Trump campaign. On the April 4 edition of MSNBC Live, MSNBC aired live footage from a Donald Trump rally where he claimed to have watched a videotape of the United States handing $400 million in “ransom money” to Iran. MSNBC debunked Trump’s claim using a chyron that read, “Trump Says He Watched (Nonexistent) Video Of Iran Receiving Cash.”

August 5, 2016

With Medical Marijuana Laws Murky, U.S. Prosecutors Pursue California Cases

When Congress in effect lifted the federal ban on medical marijuana just over a year ago, Californians drove the change.

January 4, 2016
Texas Partroopers jump over Fort Hood

4 Crew Members Dead After Helicopter Crash At Fort Hood

Four crew members on an Army helicopter were killed when it crashed Monday evening at Fort Hood in central Texas, officials said.

November 24, 2015

Florida Man Lands Gyrocopter On U.S. Capitol Lawn As Protest

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stay a Florida mailman from his gyrocopter to the U.S. Capitol.

April 15, 2015

Believers Of Ernst Hoax Say A Lot About Who We Are

In politics, the line between the real and the ridiculous is more blurred than ever.

February 18, 2015
Photo: NBC News anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at 2014 Stand Up For Heroes at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City (AFP/Andrew H. Walker)

Why I’m Pulling For Brian Williams

Connie Schultz explains why journalists want Williams’ career to survive.

February 11, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Hack Attack: The Inside Story Of How The Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch’

An inside look into the inner workings of the Rupert Murdoch news empire.

November 29, 2014

Partisans Segregate Themselves In Separate News Universes, Study Finds

A Pew Research Center project has shown that conservatives and liberals revolve in their own separate media and news universes.

October 21, 2014

Chicken Little Media Keeps Reaching New Lows

The world is scary enough without all of the disinformation.

October 15, 2014

John Seigenthaler, A Man Who Made Different Choices

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (“The N—-r In The White House”) on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, […]

July 16, 2014

Colbert Defends Satire After Asian-American Furor

Washington (AFP) – Comedian Stephen Colbert has offered a full-throated, if tongue-in-cheek, defense of satire after outrage on social media over his offensive language on Asian Americans. Colbert, who plays a tempestuous conservative commentator on his popular “Colbert Report” late-night TV show, repeatedly stressed Monday that his over-the-top jibes were meant as parody. “Very important […]

April 1, 2014

Tamron Hall To Co-Host Third Hour Of ‘Today’

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Tamron Hall will co-host the 9 a.m. ET hour of “Today,” it was announced Monday on the NBC morning program. Hall, a regular “Today” fill-in host, will join fellow hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist in the third hour of the broadcast. The new […]

February 24, 2014