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Archive for April, 2008

Elizabeth Edwards: Campaign News Coverage Is Poor

Monday, April 28th, 2008

One wonders if all the criticism of the presidential campaign coverage is heard by the folks in newsrooms. Certainly it is not heeded. As I have said here many times, the Public Journalism movement was built as a reaction to the terrible news coverage of the 1988 presidential election coverage.
Elizabeth Edwards says it all again, but this [...]

TV Political News, Another Night of Utter Embarrassment

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

At 9:15 p.m. I turned off the TV, I could no longer stand to watch the left and right wing partisan folks on CNN and MSNBC scream at each other as they tried to get their political operative talking points across. What a waste of social and political capital in an election where more people [...]

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 [...]

Public’s New Digital Thumbs Gouge ABC News Debate

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The Public Journalism or Civic Journalism movement started 20 years ago and grew out of repulsion to the sleaze and trivia of that 1988 Presidential election. Back then it was a few lone voices like Jay Rosen, Buzz Merritt and Cole Campbell who tried to wake up the news media folks about their errant ways.
If [...]

David Brooks loves ABC News Debate Questions

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

David Brooks, New York Times columnist, under a condescending column headline reading: No Whining About the Media, writes:
First, Democrats, and especially Obama supporters, are going to jump all over ABC for the choice of topics: too many gaffe questions, not enough policy questions.
I understand the complaints, but I thought the questions were excellent. The journalist’s [...]