Journalism

Recently, and not the first or last time, issues involving the black community have been workshopped without input from one of the groups it affects most. On August 4,  University of Virginia historian Allida Black, Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz, journalist Anne Applebaum, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Vinay Reddy,...

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  • September 7, 2022

This journalist, Ali Velshi, goes where most won’t, the unadulterated truth without sugar coating. He appropriately torched insurrectionists supporting Republicans. Ali Velshi Torches insurrectionist-appeasing Republicans See full episodes here. Republicans would have everyone believe that if the media criticizes them, it makes them, wait, THE LIBERAL MEDIA. Truth isn’t Liberal, Progressive,...

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  • May 30, 2021

Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol did not mince his words as he disparaged Trump’s Republican Party, which for all practical purposes, he has left. He has been on this necessary crusade for some time. Bill Kristol makes his case against the Republican Party See full episodes here. Bill Kristol is...

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  • May 15, 2021

Al Sharpton did a piece on immigration that dispels the manner the Fox News-like manner mainstream media is covering “border crisis.” Al Sharpton knocks it out of the park See full episodes here. Al Sharpton did not mince his words in the piece above. Most importantly, he revealed an important chart...

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  • March 31, 2021

Formerly the face of Trump-TV, Lara Trump is now being promoted for her run for the North Carolina Senate by being hired by Fox News. There's a lot of things that are pretty bad about this (see thread), but Lara Trump is also actively considering a run for Senate in...

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  • March 29, 2021

Perhaps as a coda to the Trump era, the repression of journalists in a democracy got at least one setback. An Iowa jury acquitted a journalist on Wednesday in a highly unusual trial of a reporter who was arrested last spring as she covered a protest against racism and police...

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  • March 10, 2021

I watched Jake Tapper yesterday repeatedly try, and fail, to get the Mississippi Governor to say plainly that Joe Biden was legitimately elected president.  We all see this same variations over and over – “Joe Biden is the president.  He was elected president by a majority of the electors.”  Tapper (or...

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  • March 8, 2021

I watched Republican Senator Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union, and he made a case against Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid Relief package.  Pressed to explain his differences, Sen. Cassidy said it entailed “too much money” and as support said only that the bill provides: “$112 million...

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  • March 1, 2021

An initial note — I’ve always thought that the most effective tool by far against Trump is to mock him.  That weakness has been central to this rube from Queens who spent a lifetime craving Manhattan’s (unavailable) approval. With that in mind, I need to point out one of the weirdest (although typical)...

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  • February 24, 2021

No, not by the US but by that jolly benevolent Empire of the British. Of course, it was started by a corporation. But something changed in 1765, shortly after the East India Company took control of the subcontinent and established a monopoly over Indian trade. They arranged a sweetheart deal....

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  • February 23, 2021

Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists....

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  • February 6, 2021

Dr. David Dozier discusses fake news. Democrats are better for the economy. They must say no to Republican obstruction. Fake news is still with us Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: Nancy Pelosi challenges reporters who toe...

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  • February 4, 2021

For obvious reasons, most of the press initially swooned when Senator Collins, Romney, et al. made a misnamed “bipartisan” counter-offer to President Biden as to the Covid-relief bill.  I did notice that the press quickly kind of swung back against this narrative somewhat.  It is really hard not to considering Republicans are...

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  • February 3, 2021

Newsmax is a “news” outfit so far right it makes Fox looks reasonable. Or at least scared that they’ll lose audience share. Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, is so far up the conspiracy theory colon that he is turning into a tapeworm. You’d think they would be perfect for each...

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  • February 3, 2021

This is what journalism is supposed to look like. George Stephanopoulos grilled Rand Paul into a hyperventilating frenzied state. George Stephanopoulos dings Rand Paul See full episodes here. George Stephanopoulos was on a mission. He was not going to allow the notion that every story has two sides. And that threw...

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  • January 24, 2021

Megyn Kelly tells BBC Newsnight that Trump mobs attacked the Capitol because they didn’t trust the media. There’s journalism and then there’s what passed for evening programming on Fox News. Megyn Kelly bashes Joe Biden’s call For unity—”We’re not gonna unite” https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1353169337373192192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw In a recent interview with BBC‘s Newsnight, Kelly, who was...

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  • January 24, 2021

As Trump’s one term winds to a thankful close, one of the largest scandals remains seemingly forgotten and bizarrely unexplained.  There not only has never been a counter-intelligence investigation into Trump’s connections with Russia and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — but we have learned that this is because that investigation was secretly thwarted...

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  • January 17, 2021

In all the talk about the Republican Insurrection and Trump’s impeachment, one very large story has not gotten nearly the degree of high attention that it deserves.  It appears that we now have a President (or Republican voters generally) that effectively have death squads or, as crucially, the effective threat of...

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  • January 15, 2021

Staring at the Andrew Jackson portrait in the Oval Office must have had a stochastic effect. Like Nixon talking to portraits, Trump decided he’d go out with a bang. As his hero, Trump perhaps read about the second inaugural on 4 March 1829. Trump would never hold such an “open house” rather...

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  • January 8, 2021

No more delays and no more excuses. Donald Trump must be removed immediately. https://t.co/YTYlMtCSFD — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 7, 2021 Trump is “a dangerous person who should not continue in office…this is an emergency of the highest order.” — Nancy Pelosi Do you think Vice President Pence and...

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  • January 7, 2021

​Is the Market for Lemons like the market for lemonade or even Don Lemon. Asymmetric information is everywhere, the example of the used-car salesman synonymous with the reign of Trump, best exemplified by his disinformation complicity shared by hiring as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil from...

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  • December 24, 2020

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

Every time Chuck Todd is about to go over the brink to full-throated journalism, he pulls back. Lose the false equivalence implied or otherwise. Chuck Todd almost got it. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. In a recent Meet The Press Daily, Chuck Todd almost did it. It seemed he...

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  • December 13, 2020

Watching the depressing and alarming spectacle of 17 Republican states joining Texas’s bad faith, frivolous Supreme Court application to overturn the election in favor of Trump, I am reminded that in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “The Sad Truth of John Boehner’s Resignation” — which received 1,275 Recommends, 789 Comments and,...

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  • December 10, 2020

As Trump tried to put his loss in doubt, pundit keeps the pressure on the failed president. Good & bad journalists in action. Here’s a COVID reality. Journalists good and bad do Trump x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK —...

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  • December 8, 2020
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The improv group Can’t Tell Us Nothing visits, and there is a poignant healthcare story you must not miss. And we have much more. Can’t Tell Us Nothing improv visits, healthcare, & more x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK —...

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  • December 7, 2020

Just a short note to recognize something important and telling that has been left out of current news coverage.  In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has asked for a limited recount of only two Democratic-leaning counties that went heavily for Biden: In a statement, the [Trump] campaign said it was asking for recounts in Milwaukee and...

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  • November 19, 2020

We’ve all heard it before, ad nauseam: Donald Trump demands loyalty. That’s not exactly right, of course. Donald Trump demands lickspittle obeisance 24/7, and anything short of that will trigger a poo-flinging the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Exhibit A: x .@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime...

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  • November 12, 2020

Watching Morning Joe today was somewhat amusing because Joe and all his pundits spent their time portraying the current race as a huge set-back for Democrats — which requires a reckoning within the party and, of course, the rejection of any progressive ideas or candidates within the party.  The chatter was...

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  • November 6, 2020

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell is from a time of cordial journalism. Trump's comms guy forced her out of character and she did not disappoint. Andrea Mitchell, out of character. Welcomed! x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Andrea Mitchell invited President Trump’s Campaign Communication Director, Tim Murtaugh, to the program. True...

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  • October 29, 2020

Typhoid Trump has shown that negligence has consequences. Will Pence be a disease vector. Meanwhile, Tupac Shakur will be there in spirit, for someone. Against this backdrop, it should be clear taking team Trump’s word on the timing or presence of any infection in their ranks is unsafe. And yet, it...

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  • October 7, 2020

Republicans have done a very good job of framing this next election as automatically going to the courts to potentially pick a winner.   But normally the losing candidate only gets to ask for a recount.  He or she does not have some freestanding right for a court to decide the election....

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  • October 2, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

This is epic. Ayman Mohyeldin destroys Steve Cortes, one of Trump's main liars. He completely caught the enabling sycophant off guard. This is a must-see. MSNBC Ayman Mohyeldin destroys Trump spokesman Steve Cortes x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Sadly this type of journalism was not done during 2016. It is...

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  • October 1, 2020

From The Daily Beast: A leading congressional ally of President Donald Trump alleged last week that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) threatened to withhold financial support for the president’s re-election effort unless he helped get her top Republican opponent out of the race. According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Loeffler or...

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  • September 24, 2020

Chuck Todd interviewed RNC chair, Ronna Romney McDaniel, about Trump's COVID-19 failure. He did not let her get away with the hypocritical spin. Chuck Todd took countered her spin x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Two times in one program, Chuck Todd performed journalism for a change. While he continued to...

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  • September 14, 2020

In his presser, Trump blamed Portland violence on “professional anarchists” because of course they carry cards noting their memberships, rather than those awful amateur anarchists. There are so darn many of them, so many moms and vets. Too many pro-tips for Trump, because when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro....

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  • July 31, 2020

Community policing can happen even if it’s been talked about for half a century against a backdrop of paramilitary enforcement and military intelligence. Sadly, the change must be serious and even more radical, requiring even greater defunding/retraining and anti-corruption. x LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is speaking right now about police reforms....

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  • July 28, 2020

DHS Secretary Chad Wolf was tripped while being questioned by the CBS host. He better be careful as Trump may fire him for using the wrong words. Great journalism on the part of the CBS host. CBS host trips up DHS secretary x x YouTube Video Watch complete episodes here. It...

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  • July 25, 2020

Of many conservatives who write on the editorial side of the NY Times, the tenure of Bari Weiss was uneven with mainly meta-commentary, but apparently she will have a gig elsewhere in combination with some other writers like Andrew Sullivan. x .@bariweiss is leaving the NYT, @laurawags reports. https://t.co/mewLM6tbhQ— Alex...

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  • July 14, 2020

Some more big news today out of Georgia: x Honored to be endorsed by @NARAL. I look forward to fighting with you for reproductive justice for all. https://t.co/x1iruEHb4B— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) July 9, 2020 Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won the endorsement Thursday of NARAL Pro-Choice,...

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  • July 10, 2020

Here’s A Letter on Justice and Open Debate in Harpers July 7, 2020. The usual contingencies apply considering that some of the signatories have serious issues with one or more ideas represented by other signatories. For example one is currently being pilloried for calling gay conversion therapy the equivalent of hormone...

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  • July 8, 2020

Jennifer Rubin gets a lot of flack here over the suspicion that she isn’t really on our side, she’s just against Trump, and will go back to screeching at us the way she screeches at him now. That’s possible, maybe even probable. But let’s not be so suspicious that we...

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  • July 7, 2020

Donald Trump's spokespersons do not get a pass when interviewed by Ali Velshi. As a real journalist, he does not allow the spin or refuted statements or lies. Ali Velshi did not allow an unchallenged lie. x x YouTube Video Watch complete episodes here. Ali Velshi was not allowing Peter Navarro to use the...

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  • July 4, 2020

Because sociopaths are letting their freak-flag fly, here are some disinformation examples, each with problematic media frames. x Given the circumstances, if mom, in her duty to protect her child, temporarily lost her mind and opened a can on this person, would she be charged? Asking for a friend. — Grace...

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  • June 24, 2020

Trump is pressing to resume shortly his regular “rallies” — with thousands packed in an arena despite the Covid pandemic.   This brings to mind the wide, post-mortem soul-searching among the press for giving so much uncritical, long broadcasts of Trump’s rallies in the 2016 election.  As just one example in “My...

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  • June 10, 2020

On the one hand, this is a bizarre, inexplicable story.  On the other hand, it is probably the most revealing story about the failure and obsequiousness of the White House press. In short, looking to fuel their fantasy propaganda that the Covid pandemic is over, White House aides at Trump’s Rose...

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  • June 5, 2020

So much disinformation, so little time left to election day. Malign forces are at work, not always interested in things like equal rights under the law. Which side are they on. Who are they, considering the media manipulation at work. On Wednesday morning, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a video on...

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  • June 4, 2020

Paul Waldman at The Washington Post notes the obvious thing to say, yet no one says it. Trump has no economic recovery plan either: [Trump] kept searching for a “miracle,” either that the virus would just vanish or that something like hydroxychloroquine would solve the problem and take it off his...

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  • May 18, 2020
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