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An Out for Trump

The Republican establishment finally got Trump to read a speech from a teleprompter rather than winging it like he has been doing since he became the presumptive nominee. What I want to know is who wrote that speech? I also wonder how long Trump will be able to avoid going off script again. It must […]

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How the Media Enables Trump

The mainstream media allows Donald Trump to get away with lies and racist attacks without questioning them by treating back-and-forth statements from politicians as part of the horse race of politics. If the media were doing its job, it would not pass on statements without at least checking on their veracity. Let’s look at a […]

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Trump Attacks Trump

Steven Rosenthal and Peggy O’Brien took 142 audio clips from 37 different Trump interviews and edited them together to solve the mystery of what would happen if Donald Trump attacked Donald Trump (like he has attacked anyone he doesn’t like or who threatens his ascension to the presidency). Because ultimately, Trump himself may be the […]

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It is all about Money

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Some of us were hoping that once Donald Trump became the presumed GOP nominee, that the media would stop talking about him incessantly. But apparently, the media is as addicted to talking about Trump as ever. After being criticized for basically bankrolling Trump’s campaign by […]

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One Year in the Future?

The Boston Globe has created a front page for their newspaper — one year in the future. It is a new world, where Donald Trump is the president, all illegal immigrants are being deported, the Dow has dropped 6000 in one month, the US military has been ordered to kill families of ISIS militants, and […]

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The Media is the Message?

Ted Koppel schools Bill O’Reilly on the role of the media in politics. He doesn’t quite say it, but he strongly implies that the media is not doing their job. The news has completely succumbed to “shiny object syndrome” and are far more concerned with ratings and entertainment.

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Crisis!

© Berkeley Breathed What a strange situation in which we find ourselves. Nobody ever took Donald Trump seriously. Especially not the media, who were pretty much responsible for creating him. Not even Fox News. The Republican party is still in denial. The establishment just knew that if they ignored Trump, he would crash and burn […]

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Legacy Obama?

Conservative David Brooks, who never had much good to say about Obama, has suddenly turned around with a column in the NY Times titled “I Miss Barack Obama“. Ignore for a moment that Brooks seems to forget that Obama is still in office and going strong. And Brooks still disagrees with most of Obama’s policy […]

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Show Us the Video

Things are looking pretty bad for Carly Fiorina when even Fox News points out that her high point of the last GOP debate was a lie. Chris Wallace points out to her that no fact checker has been able to find the horrific video that she claims exists: Do you acknowledge what every fact checker […]

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More Media Consolidation

© Ruben Bolling Rupert Murdoch has purchased a majority stake in National Geographic. Not just the magazine, but their television, books, maps, and other media assets. And the former non-profit (for 127 years!) will now be a regular for-profit company. One has to ask, why would the owner of Fox News (and a well-known climate […]

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Don’t use news media to understand the world

This is in Swedish, but there are English subtitles. Hans Rosling points out what too many people seem to be completely unaware of – if you get your news from the media, you will have an extremely distorted view of the world. In a few cases this distortion is intentional (cough, Fox News) but even […]

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Don’t Do As I Do, Part 3

After Donald Trumps offensive comments toward Megyn Kelly during and after the GOP debate, Erick Erickson (editor of RedState and a Fox News contributor) uninvited Trump to the upcoming RedState Gathering, where Trump was scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Erickson said that “there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. […]

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We’re Gonna Miss You, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart says goodbye to the Daily Show tonight. The way I see it, if Donald Trump gets elected president, it will be Stewart’s fault (just kidding!). On the other hand, if Trump becomes president, I’d bet Stewart will regret leaving the Daily Show. It is not often one receives a gold mine like that. […]

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Fox News is Killing the GOP

A recent article in Salon starts with a headline that says it all: “Sean Hannity is killing the GOP: Fox News & conservative media have the party in a stranglehold“. At one point the Republicans might have thought Fox News was on their side, but one has to wonder what the GOP is thinking now […]

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Obama on the Daily Show

President Obama appears for an extended interview on the Daily Show, and discusses Iran, the media, partisanship, and public service. I wish more news were like this, and it is ironic that we have to watch a comedy fake news show to see it. And I also want to point out that the Social Security […]

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