Media Tries to Undermine Obama Agenda

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Barack Obama has been President for eight weeks, and much of the traditional media remains incapable of making sense of his agenda. In one corner we have hosts like Hardball’s Chris Matthews, who appears to be compensating for pro-Obama campaign comments by giving excessive voice to the president’s critics. Or we have CNN’s John King, [...]

Media Fails First Test of Obama Era

Jack Cafferty and Maureen Dowd

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 [...]

Obama, Pelosi Must Rescue Damaged Stimulus Package

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Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have produced a Senate stimulus bill that kills jobs, eliminates affordable housing, guts education and gives billions in new tax breaks for the rich. Their hypocrisy is shameful. As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman put it, the Senate measure will “lead to substantially lower employment and [...]

Chris Matthews Is Becoming the Left’s Bill O’Reilly

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by Charley James – As a progressive, one of the things that I appreciate about MSNBC’s evening line-up is that although its people have a liberal point of view, they stick to actual facts rather than slide down into the slimy half-truths and outright lies that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the other on Fox’s [...]

Media Criticism of Sarah Palin is Gender-Neutral, But GOP and Far Right Are Not

A friend of mine who is a Republican contends the rampant criticism of Sarah Palin in the media is largely based on the fact that she is a woman. My friend also blames the John McCain campaign for “mishandling” Palin and comes to her defense, stating that Palin is “ . . . a woman [...]

Conservatives Wallow in Denial

Not surprisingly, red meat conservatives are wallowing in denial today, now that the shock of Tuesday night has worn off. Basically, the arguments run along one of two or three lines: Obama tricked people, Obama stole the election or that despite the size and scope of the win across counties and states, he must abandon [...]

Tears, Joy, Relief, Release

I suppose like many others last night, at precisely 11 p.m. when the polls closed in California, Oregon and Washington, and Keith Olbermann called the election, I started to cry. Steady, solid, weeping that kept coming in waves.

Monday, 20:59:52

Keith Olbermann will utter the words: “That’s Countdown for this the 2,000th Day since the declaration of Mission Accomplished in Iraq. I’m Keith Olbermann. Goodnight and good luck” thus closing Monday night’s MSNBC broadcast, two weeks before Election Day 2008.

Sarah Palin’s Feminine Wiles Fall Short

Shortly after the Katie Couric-Sarah Palin interview, a slew of reports hit the Internet assessing the VP candidate’s performance. Try as I might, I was hard pressed to find a single report that looked favorably on Palin’s delivery. Slate‘s Christopher Beam said that Palin resembled, “a high-schooler trying to BS her way through a book [...]

Will Girl Power Get In The Way?

Ever since McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I’ve been battling with my intuition and the fight or flight reflex. My first thought was, “McCain’s desperate and is pulling all the stops.” I wanted to curse her, smash McCain’s face into a brick wall, and throw a temper tantrum of huge proportions. But [...]

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 [...]

Trying To Make Nice

By Mary Lyon – Dear Senator McCain: Well, gee, look at you, ‘eh? Have we finally met the “kinder, gentler” Republican that Republicans have been teasing us with for 20 years now? And why is my first instinct still to pull away? Maybe because it’s a Republican talking. Pure and simple. Perhaps you’ve heard the [...]

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 [...]

Media Desperately Searching for Black Clouds Over Obama

Something almost shocking occurred last week on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show: MSNBC political expert Chuck Todd announced that the electoral math made a McCain victory extremely unlikely, if not near impossible. Such comments are rarely expressed in the media, which studiously avoids state-by-state poll numbers and spends much of its time probing for weaknesses in [...]

CNN Anchor Slams Impeachment As Kabuki Theatre

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Those familiar with cable news television understand that several programs – even entire networks – broadcast from a particular bias. Keith Olbermann’s COUNTDOWN on MSNBC is left leaning, as is Dan Abrams’ VERDICT. Olbermann has become famous for his highly crafted “Special Comments” which take aim at conservatives from George W. Bush to Rudolf Giuliani. [...]

Keith Olbermann: Crazy Like a Fox?

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By Sherwood Ross — Chairman Rupert Murdoch of Fox News once said of his former sportscaster Keith Olbermann, “I fired him. He’s crazy.” And when MSNBC’s Senior Vice President Phil Griffin hired Olbermann for his new “Countdown” show in 2003 he agreed “The guy is crazy” but “he is made for this.” According to a [...]

Hillary Clinton A Warrior For Another Time

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Ever since this campaign downshifted into high gear, I’ve been wishing it was like some sort of Time Traveler’s Checkerboard. If we could plug some dynamics of this year into 2000, or 2004, imagine how much less glum we’d all be now, as Americans, and how much less grim our circumstances would be. I’ve watched [...]

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