Biden Comms Director Shreds NY Times for Op-Ed by “a “discredited right-wing polemicist.”

In a two page letter to NY Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Biden Campaign Comms Director Kate Bedingfield slammed the paper for amplifying Don the Con’s phony controversy against Joe Biden Op-Ed by running an Op-ed written by “discredited right-wing polemicist”  Peter Schweizer, who pushed the now debunked Uranium One “scandal” against Hillary Clinton in the Times in 2015 and later…

Terrific piece on taxes by Dave Leonhardt – UPDATED

now up at the New York Times website and titled The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You. I strongly urge everyone to read it. There is a mobile graphic that runs from 1950 to 2018 by mobile I mean the line showing the effective rate of taxation across various income levels changes as…

The Truth About Those NY Times “Swing Voters” Who Don't Favor Trump Impeachment.

Matt McDermott is a democrat friendly pollster and director of Whitman Insight Strategies. x No, the New York Times did not talk to six “swing voters” about impeachment. The article quotes a handful of devout GOP voters who the NYT has repeatedly interviewed multiple times. A thread…. https://t.co/QYKCWB9V5I — Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 26, 2019…

Confused Fox News not sure how to spin Trump's admitted Ukraine collusion

Fox News has never cared about having a coherent and consistent message. As a propaganda and disinformation network, it's not Fox News' job to make sense: It's Fox News' job, these days, to cover for Donald Trump. Yet in the wake of the unfolding Ukraine collusion scandal, where Trump has admitted to pressuring a foreign country…

How the press keeps helping Trump spread his crooked Ukraine conspiracy

Tapped to handle damage control on the stunning revelation that Donald Trump aggressively tried to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in reckless bouts of misinformation during appearances on Sunday morning shows yesterday—and the hosts did nothing to stop him. In…

Good grief, New York Times—Trump is not a 'populist' like Warren

Signaling that it's going to work hard to elevate Donald Trump during the upcoming presidential campaign, The New York Times recently suggested that Trump and Elizabeth Warren are politically similar because both offer up a version of “populism.” They just do it from different perspectives, the article posited. Specifically, the Times dissected speeches that each…

NYT signs up to help Trump campaign with endless false equivalency

Oh, look! A Biden scandal, once removed, that kind of looks like something resembling a scandal — even though it’s already been thoroughly debunked by numerous fact-checkers! Let’s spend the next six months navel-gazing about it. Hey, it worked with Hillary! She’s not president, is she? x Here's @kenvogel of the New York Times saying on…

NYT uncovers new allegation against Brett Kavanaugh that the FBI ignored

So remember Brett “Bart O’Kavanaugh” Kavanaugh? He’s on the Supreme Court now because he screamed a lot at one of his hearings and the FBI did at most a 1/16th-ass investigation of the sexual assault and attempted rape claims against him. Today, in a feature on Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, who claimed Kavanaugh thrust his penis in…

Media coverage of Trump rallies is completely broken

The good news is cable news channels, even including Fox News, no longer treat Donald Trump rallies as must-air events. The bad news is that news outlets still cover the redundant, news-free rallies religiously and in the process help spread unchecked Trump lies. This week he was in North Carolina falsely claiming that “America-hating” Democrats were engaged in “a…

Paul Krugman calls out his own paper's fatuous coverage of tea party movement

Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman skewered his own newspaper’s silly coverage of the now totally irrelevant tea party movement today in a series of pull-no-punches tweets: x Academic research confirms the obvious. The idea that the Tea Party had something to do with notions of fiscal responsibility was a fairy tale told…

Trump flips out on NBC reporter for pointing out his stupidity

Watching White House press conferences these days is like watching psych ward orderlies try to convince their patients not to eat live pigeons whole in the exercise yard. Yesterday was no different. After whining that President Obama enjoyed the “benefit” of 0 percent interest rates and two payroll tax cuts (you know, because his predecessor had left him with…

Trump dupes the press about passing gun laws—again

Folding like a cheap suit, Donald Trump once again signaled that he's going to stand in the way of any kind of gun reform legislation in the wake of two more massacres that left 31 people dead and dozens more injured. Trump lying about gun laws and brazenly walking back his public pledges for action…

'Nation' reporter slaps Newt Gingrich silly over history of slavery

First of all, Daily Kos’ Denise Oliver Velez has a great rundown of The New York Times’ 1619 Project right here. So go read that after your eyes are done adjusting from the supernova explosion in Newt Gingrich’s shorts, courtesy of The Nation’s sports editor (oh, yeah, The Nation covers sports for some reason), Dave…

The media's obsession with Democratic 'gaffes' in the age of Trump insanity

Gearing up for another Democratic primary season, journalists have already settled into the “gaffe” newsbeat, posting extensive updates on verbal miscues and how they could supposedly doom certain candidates. Specifically, the media narrative is that Joe Biden's gaffes will hurt him if he is the nominee against Donald Trump in the general election. Quick question,…

Media 'optics' police hounded Obama and Clinton for years, now give Trump a pass

What a difference a new administration makes. After spending years as self-appointed patrollers of so-called political optics, relentlessly ticketing Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for supposedly major and minor infractions, the D.C. press has dropped that pursuit under Donald Trump. No longer obsessing over how things look or bemoaning a lack of proper theatrics, Beltway…

Why the D.C. press isn't equipped to handle Trump's racist re-election crusade

Doubling and tripling down on his bigoted commentary and racist tweets, Donald Trump is all but boasting that his re-election run will be fueled by hate speech and hardcore white grievance. Unlike anything ever seen before in American politics (remember, segregationist George Wallace didn't have a Twitter feed), Trump's re-election strategy is to basically spark…

Why impeachment media coverage would likely be a disaster

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony confirmed once again that Donald Trump has engaged in serious wrongdoing, including likely obstruction of justice. It also raised the possibility that Trump could be charged with crimes after he leaves office. Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday also provided something of a preview for what possible impeachment…

How The New York Times' obsession with white voters helps amplify Trump's racism

Forever committed to shining a constant, glowing spotlight on members of Donald Trump's political base with a series of endless updates that closely examine their unwavering support, The New York Times has carved out a completely new political beat during the past two years. The Times' white voter obsession (see here, here, here, here,  here, here, and here)…

Charles M. Blow says “Denying Racism Supports It”

< p class=”is-empty-p”> When did we arrive at the point where applying the words racist and racism were more radioactive than actually doing and saying racist things and demonstrating oneself to be a racist? That is the first paragraph in this powerful column in today’s New York Times, which has as its subtitle these words:…

How the press rewards GOP cowardice in the age of Trump

After Donald Trump ignited a firestorm by launching a racist attack on four Democratic members of Congress, the Beltway press last week temporarily revised a time-honored journalism tradition of forcing members of the president's party to respond publicly to controversial behavior. The results were utterly predictable, of course, with most Republicans refusing to criticize Trump's latest…

Let's end the media charade that Trump's a master communicator

Has any recent president snatched political defeat from the jaws of victory quite the way Donald Trump has done over the last few days? Watching the Democratic Party become ensnared in a nasty civil war being fought among House leaders and insurgent freshman congresswoman, Trump inexplicably entered the fray over the weekend by posting blatantly…

Dark days: When journalists won't name Trump's blatant racism

Three months ago the Associated Press updated its influential AP Stylebook, which news editors and producers across the country use as a guideline in terms of what language to use when covering today's current events. In a key and dramatic change, the AP this year began urging news outlets to accurately describe racist behavior when it's…

Charles M. Blow challenges us with important questions

His column for today’s New York Times is titled It's the Cruelty, Stupid and reminds us of so many of what I cannot help but describe as the transgressions against humanity and violations of American principles committed under the leadershipo/direction of the current occupant of the Oval Office, with the tolerance and even active support…

How a rape allegation against Trump became a symbol of media dysfunction

When longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll decided to go public in New York magazine with her shocking story of being raped by Donald Trump in a department store dressing room, she was likely prepared to be bullied and attacked by the president and his right-wing defenders. She was probably less prepared to be all but ignored by…

The press soft-pedals GOP’s wild and dangerous insurrection in Oregon

The political and militia showdown that's been unfolding around Oregon's state Capitol is a stunning news event by any modern standard. After fleeing the state in order to prevent a quorum that's needed for a vote on climate change legislation, Republicans are being aided by right-wing militia members who are promising to lay down their lives for…

How the press played along with Trump's Iran 'crisis' charade

Dubbed “the decider,” Donald Trump basked in lots of undeserved media glory last week after he invented a crisis with Iran, then claimed to have solved it by calling off a planned bombing raid on the country at the last minute. Largely missing from the tick-tick “crisis” storytelling was the media acknowledgement that the whole episode…

You need to read column by Charles M. Blow

for tomorrow’s NY Times, titled ‘Help Us!’ The Panic at D.C. Pride. Blow tweeted about this in real time yesterday. There are some pointed comments towards the end of the column

Charles M. Blow asks, “An Imperial Presidency?”

His column for today’s New York Times  is subtitled “President Trump’s free rein from political norms puts the United States at risk.” Blow has a number of brief and to the point statements about our current political situation throughout his piece, after beginning with this direct paragraph: We watch daily as the constitutional and conventional…