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Chart: The Media’s Ebola Coverage Vanishes

No, it’s not your imagination; media coverage of Ebola has evaporated. According to a new report from Media Matters, cable news channels and broadcasters aired nearly 1,000 segments on Ebola during the month prior to the election, but have only … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Chart of the Day

Here’s another installment of Why Cable News is Terrible courtesy of Media Matters. If you were to superimpose the climate change debate on top of the above chart, they would be nearly identical. Continue reading
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Chart of the Day

The cable news networks are very concerned about the effects sequestration will have on average Americans White House tours. It’s hard to imagine much of a future for dedicated cable news channels as a professional medium when you see things … Continue reading
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The Worst Show on MSNBC

The other day when I wrote about MSNBC, I mentioned two shows that suck — not because they’re partisan, but because they just suck. Well, yeah, the Martin Bashir show is unwatchable. For the first year of the show, it … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Won the First Debate. But Why and How?

My post-debate reaction: Mitt Romney won the debate last night but only if you judge the “winner” of a debate as the most hyperkinetic, oftentimes aggressive and condescending participant who used his rehearsed delivery to spackle over his lies, mistakes, … Continue reading

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Dylan Ratigan Leaving MSNBC

Ratigan is leaving to spend more time with the sound of his own voice. MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is leaving the network at the end of the month, the New York Times reported this evening. Ratigan, who hosts the 4PM … Continue reading

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Cable News Dopplegangers

Mediaite put together a pretty eery montage of cable news lookalikes. In particular, Tamron Hall and Bill O’Reilly are weirdly similar to their celebrity counterparts. And I’ll post this one, because I’m sure it’ll drive Hannity fans crazy.

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Far-right Lies Versus Reality

Ashby posted about this poll yesterday. Here’s the corresponding chart. Of course this is irrelevant. The far-right will continue to play the victim and bitch about the press and how it’s “in the tank for Obama.” And people will believe … Continue reading

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Super Stupid

The Fox News mole/spy for Gawker went from being our hero to a dumbstupid within about 48 hours. He evidently attained and leaked information from within Fox News using his personal login for the FNC database. Doy. So that’s it. … Continue reading

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Best Idea Ever in the History of Best Ideas

Gawker evidently has a mole inside Fox News Channel. Yes, a real life spy working for Fox News and, after becoming disgruntled, plans to leak embarrassing information back to Gawker. Love it times a million. I always intended to keep … Continue reading

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It Could've Been Much Worse, Olbermann

You could’ve been working for a TV news network in Greece. As seen in this video, anti-austerity protesters infiltrated this news show and, yes, pelted reporter Panagiotis Bourchas with eggs and yogurt. Mmmm. Eggs and yogurt. Anger never tasted so … Continue reading

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Olbermann Off the Deep End

In Olbermann’s lawsuit against Current, Olbermann went after Cenk Uygur’s show. Via Buzzfeed: On Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks”: “Olbermann told them he did not believe Uygur would be a good choice. Olbermann opined to Bohrman that Uygur … Continue reading

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Quote of the Afternoon

“[Olbermann] arrogantly and falsely calls “cheap” the company that has paid him the highest compensation he had ever received in his career, provided him the largest staff of any program he had ever anchored, given him the largest studio and … Continue reading

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Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Trailer

Oh hell yeah. This looks utterly kickass. So it looks like Sorkin made the Daniels character a Republican news anchor who loses his shpadoinkle. Might be a good way to mitigate the predictable liberal bias criticism from Republicans, though we … Continue reading

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Worst Person in the World

Chez wrote a fantastic item for the Huffington Post yesterday calling upon CNN to fire Nancy Grace. In case you’re not aware, Grace suggested on her show that Whitney Houston might have been murdered. Yes, murdered. Drowned. Here’s what she … Continue reading

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TV Thinks Men Know More Than Women

Who better to talk about contraception for women than a shitload of men? Your cable news networks: (Via ThinkProgress)

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The Cable News Media Still Blows

I literally haven’t watched cable news for months. Until yesterday. The objective distance only served to amplify how superficial, insufferable, painful and stupid cable news has always been. I watched for hours yesterday and there wasn’t a single discussion about … Continue reading

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Charts of the Day

Back in July, the cable news media barely mentioned unemployment in lieu of this mostly nonsensical obsession with the debt and austerity. According to ThinkProgress: Now, they’re finally paying attention to the real economic crisis: Progress! (Via Zaid Jilani)

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Cable News Debate Coverage Is Hurting Democracy

(My latest column for the Huffington Post) Chuck Todd likes to occasionally refer to the political press as “the refs.” While at first glance it appears to suffice, it’s actually just another bad euphemism in a growing list of hackish … Continue reading

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Republican Dress 'Em Up

Steve Benen is right to scold the cable news media for spending too much time talking about who “looks like a president,” but, sadly, physical looks are something Republican voters (almost exclusively so) take into consideration. Why else do we … Continue reading

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