Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Entries Tagged as 'The Media'

On polling & punditry

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

This piece at the sports blog Deadspin by David Roher on the spurious attacks on poll analyst Nate Silver from the right, as well as from established Beltway pundits like David Brooks and Joe Scarborough, is must-read. In particular: In fact, we’ve reached the point in our screwed-up political media culture where the polling companies [...]

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Tags: Elections · The Media

Taibbi on the crappy media

October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off

This is from last week, but I just realized I hadn’t linked up to Matt Taibbi’s vice presidential debate post mortem. In it, he had one of the sharpest analyses I’ve seen about the failures of the modern American political media’s penchant for fetishizing objectivity over accuracy. He writes: Sometimes in journalism I think we [...]

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Tags: The Media

Shorter Kevin Drum

October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

Shorter Kevin Drum: It’s time liberals grow up and leave their reality-based worldview behind. Shorter Shorter Kevin Drum: I’m such a great hack.

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Tags: Barack Obama · John McCain · The Media

Ezra Klein’s Honesty

September 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments

In an interesting piece about how Paul Ryan convinced people in Washington that he is a Serious and Deep Thinker, Alec MacGillis of The New Republic reports an incredible development in the self-identity of young Beltway pundit and reporter Ezra Klein. Klein has moved from ostensibly progressive blogger to a gig at The American Prospect [...]

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Daily Caller: Fox News is the head of the GOP

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

Tucker Carlson’s online rag, The Daily Caller, is doing a series of hit pieces on Media Matters for America. Based on anonymous sources and conspiracy-minded dreck, the whole series is a hot mess. Today’s feature piece is an attempt to discredit Media Matter’s non-profit tax status, with the dramatic sounding headline of Media Matters tax-exempt [...]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Republicans · The Media

Rick Perry’s real disaster

November 10th, 2011 · Comments Off

In last night’s debate, Rick Perry had a big gaffe while trying to name three federal agencies that he would flat-out cut if elected President. He was quick to name Education and Commerce, but couldn’t remember the third one over the course of over 50 seconds. The EPA was suggested to him by his colleagues [...]

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Tags: Republicans · The Media

Dahlia Lithwick on Occupy Wall Street & the Press

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Dahlia Lithwick: I confess to being driven insane this past month by the spectacle of television pundits professing to be baffled by the meaning of Occupy Wall Street. Good grief. Isn’t the ability to read still a job requirement for a career in journalism? And as last week’s inane “What Do They Want?” meme morphs [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · The Media

Obama, Romney, & Reporting Wall St Money

October 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yesterday there was a Washington Post story on how much money Obama and Romney have gotten from Wall Street which directly conflicted with a New York Times article earlier in the week. The Washington Post story reported that Obama has raised more money from Wall Street than all of the GOP candidates combined. The Times, [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections · The Media

Sesame Street introduces poverty-stricken, hungry Muppet

October 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments

A sign of the times: A new poverty-stricken Muppet will highlight the issue of hunger struggles on an episode of “Sesame Street”, the show said in a statement on Tuesday. Pink-faced Muppet Lily, whose family deals with food insecurity, will join Big Bird, Elmo and other favorites on a one-hour prime-time special featuring country star [...]

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Tags: Economy · The Media

NYT editorial says Schneiderman shouldn’t go along with foreclosure settlement

August 23rd, 2011 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog This is big. The New York Times editorial board is saying that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman shouldn’t go along with the Obama administration’s, and Iowa AG Tom Miller’s, efforts to have a broad settlement of their ongoing foreclosure fraud investigation.  (John reported on the administration’s efforts to push prosecutors [...]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law · The Media