Michelle Wolf Delivered Truth and It Hurt

By |April 30th, 2018|

Michelle Wolf Delivered Truth - It Hurt THE WHITE House Correspondents Association asked a female comedian to entertain. When Michelle Wolf delivered the WHCA freaked out. Celebrating journalism doesn't mean these insiders want to applaud free expression by a performer who isn't interested in access. Michelle Wolf torched the place. It's art versus [...]

Beyond Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting

By |April 2nd, 2018|

Beyond Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting Not since the Harding administration has the presidency conducted itself in so venal a fashion. - Jonathan Chait [New York Magazine] A CONSPIRACY requires co-conspirators to succeed. To steal something from underneath people there must be a deal, a grand bargain, something to be gained for everyone involved. Then [...]

Fox News Blows It, Media Needs a Holiday

By |December 9th, 2017|

Fox News Blows It, Media Needs a Vacation THE PRESIDENT has lost it. The news media needs a holiday. Fox News has updated a report that initially said a woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault had forged his entry in her yearbook. [The Hill] It is called a retraction. [...]

Trump-Putin Meet, Rube Meets Murderer

By |July 6th, 2017|

Trump-Putin Meet, Rube Meets Murderer Instagram screen capture, via NBC News on Twitter “I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and/or countries,” Trump told reporters on Thursday at a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, a day ahead of his first in-person meeting as [...]

No Media Gatekeepers for Kremlin on the Potomac

By |January 16th, 2017|

No Media Gatekeepers for Kremlin on the Potomac QUESTIONS STILL need to be answered. The media are asking them but President-elect Donald Trump doesn't answer questions honestly. Mr. Trump, what do you own? What do you owe and to whom do you owe it? Those are just a couple of queries asked since [...]

Clinton Coverage Misfire

By |September 8th, 2016|

Clinton Coverage Misfire Lauer’s attempt to press Trump was the completely ineffectual technique of asking repeatedly if he is ready to serve as commander-in-chief. Lauer probably believes the answer is no, but nothing about this question would drive home Trump’s extraordinary lack of knowledge. - Jonathan Chait [New York Magazine] EVERYONE has a [...]

On The Last Trip to China, DIA Apologizes for Tweet Tweak

By |September 5th, 2016|

POTUS on Turtle Beach on Midway AtollOfficial White House photo via Pete Souza, public domain It's the second day of high-stakes diplomacy for Obama, who arrived here Saturday to an inauspicious welcome: no red-carpeted stairs for Air Force One and open quarreling on the tarmac between Chinese and US officials over press access. [...]

Gretchen Carlson Sues Ailes, Doocy, for Sexual Harassment

By |July 7th, 2016|

Gretchen Carlson Sues Ailes, Doocy, for Sexual Harassment Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is suing the network's CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, alleging a pervasive practice of sexual harassment. Now Ailes is vigorously denying her accusations and Fox's parent company is conducting an "internal review." - Brian Stelter [CNN] ANY BEAUTY QUEEN [...]

Trump’s Media Scolding

By |June 1st, 2016|

Donald Trump loves the media! But sometimes you have to scold your friends. screen capture via Instagram "The problem here is the difference between what Donald Trump says and what Donald Trump does," Clinton said. "He's bragged for months about raising $6 million for vets and donating $1 million himself, but it took [...]

Democrats and Republicans are Different, Who Knew?

By |January 14th, 2016|

Two reporters switch jobs and learn a lot about both parties. graph via Washington Post SO, TWO MSNBC reporters, Benjy Sarlin, covering the Republican drama, and Alex Seitz-Wald, reporting on the Democrats, switched jobs. What was the difference they saw in covering the other side. One snippet from MSNBC (h/t Ezra Klein) What [...]