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NY Times: Brexit Proponents’ False Promises Crumble.

They peddled exaggerations and lies to frustrated and angry Britons, some of whom have legitimate grievances about economic insecurity.

Okay, kids. You see the problem here, yes? WHERE WAS THE NEWS MEDIA? Where were the debunking articles? The in-depth stories? This is a HUGE warning for our upcoming election. You’re subscribed to entertainment rags, not hard journalism sources.

We have to start demanding better from journalism. Facts, not innuendo. No editorializing but on the Editorials page. More.

THIS is our challenge for the future. What is “news”? What is legitimate “journalism” in the internet age, when clickthroughs pay the bills? How can we have real news without sensationalism or fantasy?

06/28/16 • 10:16 AM • Human RightsNewsPersonalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: In new poll, support for Trump has plunged, giving Clinton a double-digit lead.

Interesting, how news titles are being created. Notice T is mentioned first, in nearly every case.

06/26/16 • 09:00 AM • NewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bloomberg: That $5,000 TV Ad May Run $100,000 Now for Political Conventions.

Ugh. “Just the facts” won’t exist this political season.

06/24/16 • 07:12 PM • EntertainmentNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CJR: Big investigation of slaughterhouse safety highlights the promise of media partnerships.

Used to be, partnerships weren’t needed. The profit models are all different now. Unless they band together, there’ll be no long-term in-depth reporting.

06/23/16 • 02:57 PM • News • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Truth-in-journalism request.

If a speaker’s using a teleprompter, it should appear in any videos taken. Likewise, kickback monitors (video screens at the foot of the stage, a la Steve Jobs fictional ‘ad libbing’) should be cut to occasionally, so viewers know the source of the rhetoric.

Anything else is fiction. Journalism isn’t supposed to be perpetrating fiction.

06/22/16 • 05:46 PM • Motion GraphicsNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: America Has a Republican Problem — and the Media is Partly to Blame.

... the Republican Party, with its history of dog-whistle racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, and gun addiction, salted now by incipient fascism, has been legitimized by the mainstream media for years.” All in the interest of keeping the old Fairness Doctrine at an arm’s length. And it ain’t just happening for the Red side of the aisle. Get the DLC dinos out of Washington. They’ve been ‘legitimized’ way too long as well.

06/22/16 • 02:28 PM • HistoryNewsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FishbowlNY: NY Times - NRA Is Complicit in Terrorism.

I think the boldness of the NY Post is forcing forthrightness at the Times. That’s a good thing. A salutary aspect of 80’s/90’s Manhattan was simple matter-of-factness.

06/17/16 • 08:58 AM • HistoryLawNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

Long. Stick with it until the end. An amazingly well-written bit of journalism.

06/16/16 • 09:55 AM • Human RightsLawNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aeon: Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump.

Of note.

06/15/16 • 08:44 AM • Human RightsLawNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: No Driver’s License, No Job.

I miss in-depth reporting from media. Ah, for the old days. We’d have a television special or something about a first-person experience of this kind of situation. No money for it now, seemingly. Independent filmmakers, here’s your niche.

06/15/16 • 07:38 AM • Human RightsNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot.

I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living. If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.” No CCW required!

06/10/16 • 04:02 PM • LawNews • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Techdirt: New York Times Says Fair Use Of 300 Words Will Run You About $1800.

FYI. I asked in 2000 via direct phone call about blogging excerpts. They said (NY Times, WaPo): “Source identified clearly, no more than three sentences and a link back.” I’ve pretty much tried to stick to that policy throughout my blogging career. Perhaps it is time for another phone call.

06/10/16 • 10:43 AM • BooksInternetLawNewsWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: The Media Called the Democratic Race a Day Early.

The media seems intent on putting their collective thumb on this election, particularly today’s primaries. It’s not at all ethical, and I don’t like it. The Clinton campaign has *not* declared the win, though many sources are making it sound as if she had.

This is egregious manipulation, and I’m offended. I am taking note of the sources, and they’re being eliminated from my news feeds.

06/07/16 • 10:46 AM • NewsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vanity Fair: Can Anyone Save The New York Times from Itself?.

It is impossible to imagine a world without The New York Times. But it is also increasingly impossible to imagine how The New York Times, as it is currently configured, continues to exist in the modern media world.” NYT cuts 200 staffers from a newsroom of 1,300. Interesting view into the workings of the Times.

06/01/16 • 08:35 AM • News • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: “Networks are Colluding” to Declare Clinton the Winner Before California Polls Close.

Perhaps. Let’s see what actually transpires.

05/29/16 • 10:10 AM • NewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FishbowlNY: WSJ Editor Reminds Staff to be ‘Fair’ to Trump.

... Baker’s remarks did not go over well with staffers. Some of them considered the speech ‘an insult or admonition.’” Being truthful is being fair, is it not?

05/27/16 • 10:26 AM • News • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Trump Stumps in ABQ [Photos].

Steven Hsieh does an excellent job illustrating the event. Consider this a followup to yesterday’s post.

Related: FactCheck.org, Trump ‘misleads’ on Martinez and Syrian refugees. His misunderstanding of simple facts is proving problematic; worse than Reagan’s, in my memory. Reagan had handlers to clean up the mess and assuage the press. Reagan would have a press conference, start ‘winging it’, and his handlers would take three days to clean up the mess. Friday -> Monday, typically. So the Reagan folks stopped having press conferences.

05/26/16 • 08:10 AM • HistoryHuman RightsNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NYT: Is Single Payer Our Health Salvation?

Listen to the doctors? I assume cherry-picked from a selection of responses; the choices an opinion in itself.

05/23/16 • 02:52 PM • EconomicsHealthNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Republic: How Donald Trump Plans to Crash Through the Media’s Gatekeepers.

The paranoid style is not just something he occasionally displays, it’s pretty much his whole wardrobe.Good comment.

05/17/16 • 05:38 PM • NewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

125 Years of Journalism at Stanford.


05/15/16 • 11:48 AM • HistoryNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Post: Clinton charity arranged $2M pledge to firm owned by Bill’s ‘friend’.

Do I need to say it? Stupid.

05/13/16 • 11:08 AM • NewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FishbowlNY: Joe Morgenstern Recalls His Contributions to 1966 Newsweek Cover Story.

How odd. I was only 7 when this came out, but I remember it. Some elders in the family must have flashed it about, starting a discussion about teenagers. The image has stayed in my head all this time.

05/12/16 • 01:09 PM • HistoryNewsPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CJR: Nate Silver unloads on The New York Times.

Once uneasy bedfellows.

05/11/16 • 12:54 PM • NewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Rumpus: Reckoning With The Bros - Trump, Bly, And Swimming In The Sea Of Grief.

There are unseen forces at work. The other night, a friend said she feels like the id is run amok. I chose Jung over Freud, arguing that the unexamined shadow is emerging from the unconscious. I just wish Joseph Campbell were around to interpret all this for us.” Oh, it’s a good one. Make time to read it.

05/10/16 • 02:07 PM • NewsPoliticsPsychologyWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Homecomings.

It is true what they say about celebrity—people suddenly don’t quite see you. You walk into a room and you are not a person, so much as symbol of whatever someone needs you to be.” The downsides of being a ‘somebody’.

05/10/16 • 08:40 AM • Home & LivingNewsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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