In The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg has asked “Is it time for Jews to leave Europe?” The piece has received praise around the American political press for the shear hotness of Goldberg’s take, built heavily on anecdotes and anti-Muslim suspicions. Fredrik deBoer has an excellent response to Goldberg here, as well as a detailed explanation as to why […]
Entries Tagged as 'The Media'
March 16th, 2015 · Comments Off on Is it time for everyone to leave everywhere?
January 28th, 2015 · Comments Off on This is what it’s about
At the tail end of an outstanding dismantling of Jonathan Chait’s recent hippy punching, anti-speech-that-makes-him-feel-uncomfortable screed against the so-called “pc movement,” Jessica Valenti offers up an excellent description of why it is so important to give space for historically marginalized people to voice their opinions and raise their objections to the policies, assumptions, and behaviors of […]
November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on On polling & punditry
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 […]
October 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Taibbi on the crappy media
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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October 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Shorter Kevin Drum
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.
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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February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Daily Caller: Fox News is the head of the GOP
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 […]
November 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on Rick Perry’s real disaster
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 […]
October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dahlia Lithwick on Occupy Wall Street & the Press
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 […]
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, […]