When Will The New York Times Stop Believing The Pentagon?

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The so-called newspaper of record – and Judith Miller and Jayson Blair – did it again. Someone at the Pentagon leaked a report about how many former Guantanamo detainees were released only to become active in terrorist activities. Citing the study, the New York Times warned front page readers on Tuesday that fully one-in-seven former [...]

Award-Winning “Journalism” Targets Obama’s Head

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Meet one of the “winners” from the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies 2009 awards. The above inflammatory PW cover art is for the AAN award-winning article Hater Nation, an article on an anonymous letter received by the PW threatening Obama’s life. (hmmmm, could troll Aaron Proctor be the author of this letter?? he and Joe were [...]

Why TV Is the Pits

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I am increasingly distressed by, and unhappy with, BBC Canada. And BBC America isn’t any better, based on the program schedule on its website. When BBC Canada launched as a stand-alone subscription service several years ago, it offered a truly remarkable array of programs. Now that it is established as part of a multi-channel, want-one-take-’em-all, [...]

Wait, Wait, and The Party of the Psychotic No

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The Republican Party needs an intervention. When a comedy news quiz show makes them apoplectic with rage, I worry that their stressors to try and remain relevant – big movie trailer voice here – “in a world where only 20% of the people identify with them …” are overloaded to the breaking point. As a [...]

Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” Exploits The Skid Row Community

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Two Fridays ago on the first day of its release, I went to an early afternoon screening of the film The Soloist. I’d been eager to see it since it focuses on the real life relationship between Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, a homeless member of Los Angeles’ Skid Row [...]

LA Progressive — May 4 to May 10, 2009

Who Mourns the Confederate Slave? Forget “truth”: As John Brown and Claus von Stauffenberg found, you can be right during the day, and hanged by nightfall. Yes, you can. –Jonathan David Farley The Consent of the Governed. We can restore majority rule in California, but only if we keep it within the context of the [...]

Is Fox’s Glenn Beck Today’s Version of Father Charles Coughlin?

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Is Fox News host Glenn Beck our own Father Charles Coughlin, the “radio priest” who railed against Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s? That’s become a common refrain among liberals, who hear echoes of Coughlin in Beck’s attacks on President Obama. Conservatives recoil at the charge, of course, noting that Coughlin vilified Jews. No matter [...]

Women of the Plains, Downtown

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Because we publish the LA Progressive, folks send us announcements of all kinds of events, ones supporting every imaginable progressive cause taking place throughout Greater Los Angeles. It’s more than any three couples could attend even if they were half again as crazy as us to jump in the car and go someplace. While we [...]

Media: Tell the Full Obama Story

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Conservative writer Andrew W. Smith, writing in Canada’s Chronicle Herald, reminds us that newspapers are supposed to give us the full story — not only positive highlights. Will Rogers famously pleaded that all he knew was what he read in the papers. If all a person knew of Barack Obama’s first 100 days as president [...]

AARP and the 26 Positions

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I was flipping through an AARP Magazine the other day when I was stopped by a full-page ad that featured the photograph of a man who appeared to be licking the neck of his giddy female companion. An overline in red said, “Sex. It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something New.” I turned the pages [...]

Friday Feedback: Absolute Unwillingness

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Wayne from Fullerton, commenting on Obama’s Surprising First 100 Days by Randy Shaw. Wayne commented: As I read your article, I can not help but find myself emmitting sounds like “hhhmmmmm” over and over. [...]

Can You Imagine?

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Can you imagine the pickle we’d be in if George Bush still occupied the White House? Or if we had a McCain-Palin administration making the problems facing America today that much worse? That thought kept crossing my mind as I listened to Barack Obama’s press conference on my drive home from work this evening. America’s [...]

Our House Is On Fire: Who Stopped the Presses?

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Who stopped the presses? Obviously, it is a question that many are asking these days. It is a bit sobering to witness the apparent demise of the newspaper industry. Not unlike dominoes, newspapers around the U.S. are toppling, closing their doors, filing for bankruptcy, or ceasing their print operations and only remaining online. As someone [...]

As Nation Moves Left, Media Stuck in Past

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Despite Barack Obama’s victory and polls showing strong support for a progressive agenda, the traditional media is “staying the course” in presenting the news. While the blogosphere pokes fun at the FOX News-created “tea parties” on April 15, CNN and other media are giving wide coverage to these fake protests, ignoring legitimate protests and rallies [...]

White House Media Pack Goes Diddley Over Bo

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As Cesar Millan, the world’s best known dog whisperer, often reminds people with problem pooches, “a dog doesn’t know or care if it lives in a slum or The White House.” But don’t try telling this to The Washington Post, AP, The New York Times, and the rest of the media pack that refuses to [...]

This Week in the LA Progressive — April 5 to 11

Averting the Greater Depression Nationalizing Banks and Industry: Why Capitalists Hate Socialism –Anthony Asadullah Samad Why We’re Not at the Beginning of the End –Robert Reich CSI Bailout, with William K. Black —Bill Moyers It Is As Bad As The 1930s –Charley James Blame It All on Unintended Consequences –Joyce Appleby Why You Should Work [...]

A Year Without a Newspaper — The Best Year of My Life

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Exactly one year ago Saturday I was fired as Editor of the Daily News, the newspaper I devoted 23 years of my life to, and like everybody else who worked there during that time, endured just about everything imaginable to be able to keep my job and put out the best newspaper I could for [...]

From Oxy to Encino: Making Friends and Creating Waves

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If you’ve glanced at the LA Progressive recently, you know that our weekend last week was consumed with the media workshop at Occidental College, which this magazine sponsored and which Sharon and I helped organize. We learned a bit, met some interesting folks, and had a blast. Called “Local Media for Social Change,” the day-long [...]

The Way We Were

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It is a day of unrelenting light in Southern California, a moment in the burgeoning spring that forces the sun into every crevice of one’s life, whether he wants it or not. I am writing in our gazebo where diagonals of light trace criss-cross patterns on the tiled floor, and the warmth on my back [...]

Media Cries “Deficit” to Defeat Progressive Agenda

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Despite all of the economic history of the past 30 years, the traditional media is brushing off its favorite bogeyman – the budget deficit – to defeat and/or scale back President Obama’s progressive budget, education, and health care agenda. The New York Times warned in a front page story on March 21 that a new [...]

Is iTunes New Economic Model for Failing Newspapers?

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As the San Francisco Chronicle faces its last days, the question is whether any comparable news alternative for the Bay Area can emerge. Much of this centers on creating new models of economic viability for the news business. Some, including former Chronicle business columnist David Lazarus, now writing for the Los Angeles Times, believe that [...]

Media Fails First Test of Obama Era

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With the nation’s economy reeling, and corporate advertisers desperate for help, some assumed that the traditional media would have an incentive to provide solid, fact-based coverage of the stimulus package debate. But like “bipartisanship,” this expectation has proved unrealistic. From Jack Cafferty and Campbell Brown on CNN, to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, to [...]

The Lonesome City Blues

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A friend who lost his job in a newspaper washout some time ago said it made him feel alone and isolated in the city. He was describing the intense feelings of rejection that accompany sudden unemployment. He was talking about the loneliness that an outcast feels. I know that feeling. I became like him on [...]

Up Paula’s Nose & Other Stories

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As newspapers struggle to enhance their appeal to younger readers by dressing up their pages and limiting the use of words that exceed three syllables, I am filled with a growing need to help them survive. Readers of my column may have noticed that my own strong response to the effort is to be less [...]

Is the Media Really Helpless to Challenge Palin?

by Randy Shaw — Prior to Charlie Gibson’s interview of Sarah Palin last week, Chris Mathews of MSNBC’s Hardball asked Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker why the media was not focusing on Palin’s lack of experience. Lizza responded that Palin’s scant political background made this a critical question, but that the McCain campaign had [...]

Talking Heads

I am, or at least I was for much of my life, an inveterate newspaper reader. Once I left my childhood home in Minneapolis and moved to New York City at 17, later to Washington D.C., and then out here in Los Angeles beginning in the late 70s, my day couldn’t start without a half [...]

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