Dancing With Horses

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Georgianne Nienaber: Anyone who followed the last presidential election cycle will remember the hammering dressage took from liberal pundits who circled like jackals around the hapless Ann Romney and her Olympic contender, Rafalca.

What Sweat Equity Can’t Do

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It’s a labor of love for us and we’re eager to keep at it. But sweat equity can’t cover everything. Sweat alone won’t pay for upgrades to our computer systems, which are on their last legs. That’s where we need your help.

Loving LA Progressive

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Dick Price: And I absolutely love working with my wife and partner, spending endless hours with Sharon in our shared office figuring out what to publish and how to bring it to our readers’ attention. Help keep my love affair going.

The Week in Hypocrisy with George Stephanpoulos

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JP Sotille: If Stephanopoulos really wants to be taken seriously as a “journalist,” he should seriously and directly take on CIA Director-to-be John Brennan on real issues, like the nuclear double-standard that punishes Iran for (supposedly) pursuing nukes, while Israel’s pseudo-secret nukes are never mentioned.

Traditional Media Downplays Historic Keystone Pipeline Protests

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Randy Shaw: This disdain for activists working to combat climate change is illuminating. It reflects the powerful corporate interests opposed to such efforts, and the media’s framing Hurricane Sandy and other destructive weather as requiring powerful action from politicians, not activists.

CNN Scoops the Poop (Ship)

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JP Sotille: The painful fact is that CNN, and the rest of the American broadcast news business, covers less and less news with each passing year. Less actual reporters and less working bureaus equal less actual reporting on fewer stories from fewer places around the globe.

Santa Meets the Press

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n 2007 there was a newspaper story about the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) raiding Santa’s workshop, hunting for what they had suspected to be the greatest surveillance system on earth that spied mostly on United States homes and lodgings. The accusation had been put forth by an anonymous source claiming: ‘how else would Santa [...]

The No News News Media

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Walter Brasch: Subway is accused of making foot-long hoagies that are 11 inches. The media seized this major fraud and, ignoring anything Congress or Wall Street was doing, slathered layers of hype on a story that should have died with three paragraphs in one day.

Mainstream Media Downplay NRA’s Close Ties to Gun Industry

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Peter Dreier: when reporters use adjectives to describe the NRA, they don’t call it an “industry-backed” or “gun manufacturers-funded” group. Instead, they describe the NRA in terms of its political clout, calling it “powerful,” “influential,” “deep pocketed and widely feared”

New York Times Puffs Fix The Debt Corporate Lobby

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Peter Dreier: Peterson’s Fix the Debt agenda would simply exacerbate the recent trends of widening inequality and declining living standards for most Americans, a chasm we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age of the late 1800s. This so-called “solution” is bad for the economy and bad for the country.

A Broken Media and Gun Violence

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Tom Hall: Is there anything “free” about a ‘free press’ that is controlled so as to eliminate serious discussion about an industry that leads to the death of tens of thousands of people every year?

Repackaging the Message

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Tom Degan: According to Repubicans they lost big during the campaign of 2012 – not because their ideas were beyond atrocious (perish the thought) – but because those ideas weren’t “packaged” properly.

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Kumbaya?

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Michael Sigman: In the heat of the 2008 presidential race, the popular conservative blog Red State lambasted candidate Barack Obama’s remarks during a Berlin appearance as a “Kumbaya speech” filled with “nothing but platitudes and leftist, and multicultural, rah-rah.”

John McCain’s Blind Fury

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Julie Driscoll: McCain has become unstable and dangerous, and it all stems from his bitterness – and desperate desire for vengeance – because “that one” beat him in 2008, and beat another one just as unpalatable in 2012.

Washington Agog as Petraeus Caught with Pants Down

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Karen Finney: Whether or not an extramarital affair should be grounds for stepping down from a high-level post, it’s a tragic and potentially dangerous reality of hyper-partisan Washington that events are so easily perverted into partisan witch hunts.

Mapping Racism Through Digital Media

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Jessie Daniels: Following Obama’s re-election, white people who rooted for the other guy took to various forms of digital media and unleashed their disappointment. Some white folks went a good deal farther than disappointment into overt racism.

Danger: Talking Heads Exploding!

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Charley James: People heading to work outside Fox’s building on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan the morning after the election found themselves sidestepping bits of flesh and bone.

10 Pundits Who Picked Romney — and Knew Better

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Michael Sigman: Karl Rove led a parade of “experts” masquerading as fair-minded analysts whose real agenda was to line their own pockets by feeding the public’s craving for information that confirms their biases.

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