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Media Moving Away From “Asking Questions” Paradigm

Have we mentioned that the media is terrible at reporting the news? From a (OK, New York Post) article on CNN apparently cutting ties with Soledad O’Brien: The source added, “Soledad is talented at producing in-depth, serious pieces of journalism, … Continue reading

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Memories Of The Way We Were

Yesterday, we noted the media carping about Pres. Obama’s substantive interview hosted by Google, with questions selected by the votes of viewers. Let’s recall how well the traditional media handles asking difficult questions, from an old Matt Taibbi column: After … Continue reading

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Should The Media Accurately Report The News?

The New York Times isn’t sure: Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?

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Just About The Most Morally Indefensible Reason That Anybody Could Have For Doing Anything

Jay Ackroyd read Tom Friedman this morning. He quotes: As I never bought the argument that Saddam had nukes that had to be taken out, the decision to go to war stemmed, for me, from a different choice: Could we … Continue reading

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“Platitudes In Lieu Of Programs”

So we’ve noted, a time or two or so, that the media in the US isn’t very good at reporting the news. Happily, we let some foreigners in here at some point, and Der Speigel is able to call a … Continue reading

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You Are Entering The No-Fact Zone

Due to relatively unusual circumstances, I happened to catch some of the Sunday morning Chris Matthews Show this weekend. They spent just about the whole few segments I saw debating whether Pres. Obama has “that fire in the belly” to … Continue reading

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Conan O’Brien May Be About To Push The Envelope On Late-Night Television

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The Washington Post Agrees: Incompetent Media Aids GOP’s Savage Partisanship

Well, not the Post itself, but Greg Sargent explains how it all works: And there you have it. This voter [interviewed by the AP, quoted earlier in Sargent's post] agrees with Obama’s policies, but blames the failure to get them … Continue reading

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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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James Fallows On The Problem With Our Politics

As PYM readers know, the fundamental problem with American politics is the irrationality, tribalism, and disinterest in policy of the Republican Party. This irrationality is enabled by the media, which is terrible at reporting the news. James Fallows has been … Continue reading

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Centrism Vs. Reality

Fine post by John Sides, noting that folks who write for respectable centrist outlets like the New York Times, and The Atlantic and Brookings were certain in 2010 that divided government would lead to productive and centrist policy, whereas people … Continue reading

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Getting Things Wrong

We’ve noted before that punditry is a zero-accountability, lifetime tenure occupation for journalists (worse than that, actually– if you predict things accurately, but do so before it’s politically correct, your career actually suffers). Along with pundits’ lack of long-term accountability, … Continue reading

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What We Have To Look Forward To

Here’s how the media handled coverage of the primaries early in 2008, according to a Pew Research Center study: Reading the news will make you dangerously stupider. You have the illusion that you’re well-informed, but you’re actually just hearing about … Continue reading

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Walt Imitates Satire

So as we’ve mentioned before around here, there are two main rules that govern all centrist punditry: The choreography, possible electoral consequences, and hypothesized motivations of political actors always take precedence over policy consequences. “Both sides are too extreme.” This rule holds … Continue reading

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He Said/She Said

Many good points, one wildly errant generalization, in this Foreign Policy Watch post by Jeb Koolger: Anderson Cooper grilled the Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jafari, in a long and hostile 14-minute interview earlier this week. Every question is tough, combative, … Continue reading

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In Which I Agree With Thomas Friedman

Like all empirically inclined Americans, I have a passionate distaste for Thomas Friedman’s glib, smug, lazy, cliche-ridden, narrative-driven, data-averse columns and worldview. The first few minutes of this interview are just what you’d expect– Howard Kurtz falsely declares that S&P … Continue reading

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Accuracy In The Media (Almost)

So, we all know that the Republican Party is a powerful force for ignorance– adhering to false ideas, and repeating them over and over again. We also know that, because the media is terrible at reporting the news, many people … Continue reading

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Thoroughly Postmodern Media

A long while ago, conservative columnist John Leo criticized postmodernism on college campuses, writing that it obscured the ability to admit that some things are true and some things are false. In particular, Leo was appalled by students at elite … Continue reading

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