Joel Achenbach has a column at the Washington Post about the media coverage of that ridiculous claim that the Shroud of Turin is real because a massive earthquake (that never happened) released neutron radiation when Jesus died. His criticisms are spot on.
Category Archive: Media Monitor
Feb 19 2014
Jan 23 2014
In a very interesting development both for the mainstream media and for the world of blogging and independent journalism, Ezra Klein is leaving the Washington Post to create his own online news organization that apparently will focus on “explanatory journalism” — that is, explaining policy details rather than focusing on partisan disagreements.
Jan 15 2014
Here’s another textbook example of the faux-journalism at the Worldnetdaily. The headline reads “FOREIGN MEDIA REPORT OBAMA-MARRIAGE RUMORS: Renew speculation about state of first couple.” The “article” is the first few lines from a report in The Australian, but it’s just a report about American tabloids:
Jan 15 2014
The journalistic standards of the Worldnetdaily are really quite transparent: If it makes Obama look bad, report it. And don’t worry whether it’s supported by the evidence or relevant to anything that matters. Here’s what their front page screamed out on Monday morning:
Jun 26 2013
As many of you have no doubt heard, David Gregory asked an incredibly appalling question of Glenn Greenwald on Meet the Press on Sunday. He asked him whether he should be charged criminally for “aiding and abetting” Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA data mining. Here’s the video:
Jun 24 2013
In this article by Aaron Klein, the Worldnutdaily’s boy wonder in Jerusalem, we see another archetypal example of WND’s brand of “journalism.” The headline reads “Anti-NSA reporter tied to Soros-funded radical left.” It’s the standard issue game of “Six degrees of George Soros.”
Jun 23 2013
Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, a Tea Party favorite, has decided that his administration will no longer respond to three newspapers in his state, even with public documents, because they have reported negative things about him and his appointees.
Jun 20 2013
Here’s another great example of how the Worldnutdaily slants its stories, this time with a misleading headline. The headline reads “WHISTLEBLOWER: OBAMA USED NSA FOR POLITICS.” And the whistleblower in question is William Binney, one of the people who leaked information about NSA data mining during the Bush administration. Now look at what is said …
May 20 2013
As the media and politicians explore three stories — Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, and the DOJ’s seizure of AP phone records — Ryan Lizza points out something very important, that these scandals really only have two results: a media feeding frenzy and convenient political posturing. Actual solutions have no part to play …
Apr 22 2013
Andrew Sullivan has for years rightly blasted the New York Times for refusing to use the word ‘torture’ when describing what the Bush administration did to detainees. Now Bill Keller of the Times attempts to defend that reluctance. I say ‘attempts’ because he fails miserably. Bizarrely, he admits that it clearly was torture even though …
Mar 06 2013
The conservative media and blogosphere has been hit with a scandal after a federal filing revealed that the government of Malaysia had paid hundred of thousands of dollars out to several of them to write good things about them on major online media outlets like Red State and the National Review Online.
Feb 26 2013
Glenn Greenwald has an absolutely scathing column about NBC hiring former Obama advisers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs as contributors and what this says about the sad state of our sycophantic media. While noting that there are exceptions — Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow are sometimes highly critical of the Obama administration — he points …
Feb 16 2013
The Washington Post actually reported on Tuesday that Sarah Palin was joining the Al Jazeera America network to host a new show. Their source? The Daily Currant, an Onion-style parody site. They now issued a correction and removed this paragraph from the original article:
Feb 05 2013
Michael Moynihan writes about a journalistic practice that annoys the hell out of me too, the overuse of terms like “exclusive” and “breaking news” to promote usually mundane and non-exclusive stories. It’s especially ridiculous when a news outlet refers to an “exclusive interview” of someone who has been making the rounds of all the big …
Jan 08 2013
I don’t get Current TV on my cable and I’ve never actually seen the channel, but I’m happy to hear that Al Jazeera bought the network and I hope we get it soon. The wingnuts are, of course, throwing a fit about it. Here’s Pam Geller’s unhinged reaction: