Fox News, the No Embarrassment Zone

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Berry Craig: A fierce anti-intellectualism fires much of the Fox faithful. They’re not troubled by the serial goofs and gaffes of GOP presidential hopefuls like Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry.

Fox News and LAUSD

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Leonard Isenberg: Now since Mrs. Isenberg didn’t have any dummies for children, I wonder what Fox would want from me, since calling me a progressive would be a major understatement.

Uncle Sam’s & John Bull’s Crimes Dwarf Murdoch’s Eavesdropping

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Sherwood Ross: Rupert Murdoch’s TNTW was only attempting to do in a small way what the governments of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are doing big time every day.

The Murdoch Implosion

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Tom Degan: I have been desperately trying to write a poem about the train wreck that Rupert Murdoch’s life has become but I’ve run into a brick wall. Could somebody give me a word that rhymes with schadenfreude?

Murdoch’s Watergate Waterloo WTF Week

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Denis Campbell: This brouhaha could be Murdoch’s Waterloo. Greed, arrogance, and omnipotent vanity are the disease. Brutal business strength is his greatest asset and his Achilles Heel. One perfect shot and everything falls down.

Roger Ailes and Boycotting Fox

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Carl Matthes: While Fox News still dominates cable news ratings, ol’ Roger wants something more: if he, personally, can’t be the 2012 Presidential Republican nominee, he wants to be the man who owns the 2012 nominee.

Bottom Line: No Clown

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Carl Matthes: Deciphering FOX’s wording into actual English, Ailes really said to Beck, “Get out. We’re overstocked with clowns and you’re not a cash cow anymore.”

Satire Is Very Serious

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Tina Dupuy: Judging by the reaction to The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s championing the Zadroga 9/11 responders bill to a successful passage during the lame duck session – most of the media doesn’t understand comedy either.

It’s Only Unethical When It’s Called ‘News’

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Tina Dupuy: Why doesn’t the Left have a Fox News? Why isn’t there a liberal version of political organizing on television? There are currently nine 24-hour news stations, so why isn’t there one that’s outright for progressives?

Why Liberals Don’t Stand a Chance in the Corporate Media

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Joseph Palermo: Our political spectrum, as refracted through the lens of corporate media, runs from center-right to far-right. No wonder the conventional wisdom in Washington holds, without evidence, that the United States is a “center-right” country. Those making that argument might not be real, informed commentators — but they play them on TV.

“Fox Pays GOP Presidential Hopefuls”

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Mike Price: Given Rupert Murdoch’s widely known insatiable hunger for power, reading another story about his carefully constructed Politician Enslavement Program probably won’t shock you out of your ‘jammies.

White House Press Corps Board Doesn’t Get It

Sylvia Moore: MoveOn and CREDO hailed the decision by the association’s board to deny FOX the center seat, but the fact that this nakedly right-wing propaganda outfit masquerading as a news channel now gets to sit in the front row is still an embarrassment.

Of Junk Food and Junk News

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Tina Dupuy: Cable news starts with a story, removes the grain and nuance then mainlines the fury. It’s all high-fructose hyperbole all the time.

Why CNN Fails

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Randy Shaw: CNN’s chief problem is not a lack of partisanship. Instead, it is that CNN’s “news” primarily consists of opinions from partisan political hacks. Most work for CNN because no candidate wants to hire them, and it’s an easy gig because they don’t have to know much about the subjects they pontificate about. Does CNN really believe viewers are still interested in the opinions of the corporate-funded James Carville? Or that CNN will steal viewers from FOX News by hiring Erick Erickson of Redstate.com, who publicly threatened to shoot census workers? CNN is failing because it’s selling stale conventional wisdom, which viewers are rejecting.

Who’s Afraid of World Government?

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But let’s give Glenn Beck and his ilk their due. If there were a more effective global organization, that world body would be able to reach across national boundaries to cope with global warming, defend human rights, prosecute war criminals and terrorists, regulate multinational corporations, provide famine relief, enforce arms control and disarmament, and prevent military aggression.

Glenn Beck vs. Van Jones: McCarthyism Enters the 21st Century

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What Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes, and their allies did in drumming Van Jones out of the government was an example of 21st century McCarthyism. They smeared Jones’ past political remarks and associations the same way Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn smeared a young Boston lawyer named Fred Fisher for being a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Who’s a Nazi?

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It occurred to me that calling somebody you dislike a “Nazi,” especially when they (or their programs) clearly are not, is a pretty Nazi thing to do.

So Let’s Talk About Assassination, Shall We?

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Yes. I heard it. But Hillary Clinton’s only one of the most recent public figures to bring up that dirty little unmentionable in American political history. She inferred, more than once, that she, in effect, might as well stay in because – well – something could happen (presumably to her Democratic competitor, Barack Obama), maybe [...]

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