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Category Archive: Media Monitor

Apr 04 2014

WND Still Doesn’t Get the Journalism Thing

This article is just a textbook example of absurd brand of “journalism” that Joseph Farah has created at the Worldnetdaily. It’s a “WND exclusive” — aren’t they all? — wherein they report a claim made by Rush Limbaugh without doing even a scintilla of actual, ya know, reporting on whether it’s true or not.

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Mar 26 2014

Cable News and the Malaysian Airplane

CNN has decided that the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane is their ticket back to ratings gold (and there is evidence that they’re right), but devoted virtual round-the-clock coverage to that one topic has led to what can only be described as monumental stupidity, especially from Don Lemon. Here he asks if a black hole …

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Mar 25 2014

CNN Asks ‘Psychic’ About Missing Plane

The Dr. Drew Pinsky show on CNN Headline News actually managed to be worse than it usually is when a guest host interviewed a “psychic” about the missing Malaysian plan. That “psychic” made the absolutely baffling claim that “psychics” must avoid “hard, concrete evidence” in order to do their job correctly.

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Mar 11 2014

White House Interference at CAP

With the recent resignation of an anchor and a reporter from Russia Today, there’s been a lot of talk about Russian government censorship of media. But Zaid Jilani, a former national security reporter for ThinkProgress, the blog of the ostensibly liberal Center for American Progress, notes that the Obama White House applied similar pressure there …

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Feb 19 2014

The Shroud of Turin and Credible Journalism

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.

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Jan 23 2014

Ezra Klein Goes Independent

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.

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Jan 15 2014

The Worldnetdaily Cares About Obama Marriage

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:

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Jan 15 2014

Worldnetdaily Catches Media ‘Hiding’ Irrelevant Fact

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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:

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Jun 26 2013

David Gregory’s Appalling Question

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:

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Jun 24 2013

How the Worldnutdaily Frames a Story, Part 3

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.”

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Jun 23 2013

Maine Governor: No Response for You!

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.

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Jun 20 2013

How the Worldnutdaily Frames a Story, Take 2

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 …

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May 20 2013

The Convenience of Political Scandal

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 …

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Apr 22 2013

Torture and the New York Times

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 …

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Mar 06 2013

Conservative Bloggers Paid PR Agents for Malaysia

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.

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