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NYTimes: Bush’s Military Trojan Horse Influences War News

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The Sunday New York Times has an expose about how the Bush administration recruits retired military generals to analyze the Iraq war for TV and other news outlets. However, never mentioned is this little fact:
several dozen … military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include [...]

New York Times Reinforces Inane Debate Questions

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Last night I expressed my distain for the ABC News questions aimed at Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, including my favorite: Why doesn’t Obama wear an American flag lapel pin?
It took about an hour before the first real policy question was asked, then the debate took on some semblance of high [...]

PBS Can Survive by Filling TV News Void

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

There is commentary in the New York Times about the decline of PBS; it is becoming more and more irrelevant. For example, the writer Charles McGrath mentions Masterpiece Theater has become Jane Austen fulltime, and as I write this my wife is in the other room watching Jane Austen on our local PBS channel. For me the Antiques Roadshow [...]

MediaWeek: CNN to Take on YouTube

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

This from today’s MediaWeek:
Time Warner’s CNN this week will enter YouTube territory with the launch of, a new Web site built entirely on user-produced news. And unlike CNN’s own properties—where only iReport submissions that have been handpicked by editors and checked for accuracy ever make it online or on air—the new site will be [...]

Rosen: Dump the “Who Is Going to Win?” Question

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Jay Rosen has an excellent piece  about the media’s presidential primary horse-race mentality. However, he reminds us that collectively the media is not human and has no mentality at all. It has no mind thus is not easy to change.
That’s excellent point number one, excellent point number two for me is that the media’s so called experts are not [...]