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Incentives Affect Behavior

We’ve noted a time or two around here that journalism– particularly punditry– is a zero-accountability profession. In the past decade, we turned surpluses into deficits, invaded a country for an ever-shifting array of weak or false reasons, then did an atrocious … Continue reading

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I’ve Known The Secret For A Week Or Two

Paul Krugman, bestriding the physical world and the worlds of political commentary like a colossus, writes on knowing a bit of information before the rest of the infotainment industry: At the airport lounge, finally — Moscow traffic lives up to … Continue reading

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Zero-Cost Antics

Via FrumForum, fun stuff from the Washington Post: Asked for single-word characterizations of the budget negotiations, the top words in the poll — conducted in the days before an apparent deal was struck — were “ridiculous,” “disgusting” and “stupid.” Overall, nearly … Continue reading

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Punditry As A Zero-Accountability Profession

Via John Cole, the latest journalistic sins of Jeffrey Goldberg: On Friday, just after the horrific attacks in Norway, Jeffrey Goldberg posted this two-paragraph screed, “Mumbai Comes to Norway,” in which he pinned the blame squarely and without equivocation upon Islamic terrorists: “Jihadists … Continue reading

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If You Don’t, They’ll Screw You. And If You Do, They’ll Screw You Too

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer emits the platonic form of atrocious punditry: “I won’t bore you,” President Obama said, as he broke into America’s prime time TV lineup on Monday night. This was ironic, because he went on to talk about … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t Have To Be This Hard

I see that Brad DeLong and Paul Krugman have been writing about the Clive Crook-style, reality-averse centrism that Jon Chait described in the post I linked below. Krugman notes that the anti-deficit lobby’s behavior “makes no sense — unless you … Continue reading

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The Eternal Temptation Of Centrism

John Cole catches Politico claiming that “the two sides” of an issue can be understood by reference to Michigan history Professor Juan Cole, on the one hand, and a few semi-random right-wing bloggers on the other. “You gotta love that line … Continue reading

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Destroying Journalism

There’s a debate going on at The Economist between two astute practitioners & critics of journalism. Indefatigable blogger and journalism professor Jay Rosen argues that the Internet is improving journalism; writer and occasional blogger Nicholas Carr argues that it is worsening journalism. … Continue reading

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The Media Is Terrible At Reporting The News

I’ve mentioned a time or two that political reporting– which focuses exclusively on gossip and horse-race speculation at the expense of informing people about what’s going on in the world– is causing great harm to America.  John Cole lets loose … Continue reading

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Is Our Nation’s Palins Learning?

Probably not, given their deep-seated hatred of postsecondary education.  But daggum, they’re going to try! At the annual Rolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Sarah Palin will kick off a week-long tour of U.S. historical sites. She will … Continue reading

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Kings And Queens And Guillotines Taking Lives Denied

People are mocking David Brooks’ column this morning, in which he expressed a preference for hereditary aristocracy: Britain is also blessed with a functioning political culture. It is dominated by people who live in London and who have often known … Continue reading

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Lunatic-In-Chief Of The Republican Asylum

Gabriel Sherman has a profile of Fox News and its chairman, longtime Republican operative Roger Ailes, up at New York magazine.  You’ll want to read the whole thing.  There’s tons of anecdotes and anonymous backbiting on Glenn Beck’s departure, the … Continue reading

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What If The Previous Eight Years Never Happened? Can We Do That?

Discredited, constantly lying, eternally unaccountable Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg writes, in a post called “What If Bush Had Been President These Past Eight Days?” that “These last eight days, as well as the last 10 years, suggest to me that there … Continue reading

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Sesquicentennial and One Day Anniversary of Denver Post Civil War Op-Ed

They sure could convey outrage back then– and on the front page, no less! The full particulars of the taking of Fort Sumpter by the Charleston traitors, together with the intense excitement created all over the country in consequence, occupied … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t Take Skin off Your Back

Here’s a website about tiny adorable giraffes and the Russians who sell them. Such cuteness could only serve to bring us humans together, right?  Well, no.  Instead, it instigated a journalism plagiarism scandal.

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