Category: Media

Let’s hear it for Sunday talk shows that are as diverse in gender and race as they are in parts of the brain utilized! How Up with Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC  are revolutionizing TV, one weekend at a time:


Following GOP strategy, Fox News is again blaming the Obama administration for rising gasoline prices — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts. But back in the summer of 2008, when the average U.S. gasoline price hit a record high of $4.11, Fox said that “no President has the power to increase or to lower gas prices.”

In 2008, Fox’s coverage occasionally even mirrored the facts: expanding domestic oil drilling willnotsignificantlylowerprices, and the only way to reduce our vulnerability to gas price spikes is to use less oil. Perhaps there was more room for reality-based coverage at Fox when there wasn’t an incumbent president to defeat?

Dear Patricia Heaton,

What happen there with your tweets?

We here in the “Middle” America value fair play, civility and are not extreme with our religion or politics. We love you in your 9 year run in Everybody Loves Raymond. Your character Debra Barone was one that was Respectful, Fair, Smart and Balanced. It is what we were familiar with, love and admire about the character. Maybe not a rational thought to you but we believed you were Fair, Smart and a Balanced person also.

And that is why your tweets are receiving a huge push back. It is a big disappointment and a shock to the “Middle America”. The values we cherish were not shown by your tweets.

Please, my advice would be to do some political research on the important issues that are vital to “Middle America”. Attacking a young woman that is not a public figure but a private person concerned about Health Insurance Companies covering basic women’s healthcare is unacceptable. And that is the lesson learned in the Rush Limbaugh incident.

If private Americans are attacked, expressing their concerns to congress, we are on our way to lose much in our society and our Democracy. These unacceptable actions from a few put us all in danger.


Susanthur Middle America





Hamsher calls S&P a “kingmaker” and this isn’t an exaggeration given the effect their actions are having. Either way, they will shoot the economy in the head. Either the negotiators come up with package that suits their demands, which will lead to steep enough cuts that the economy will weaken in 2012, making an Obama loss highly probable.


EconoMonitor : EconoMonitor » Has S&P Become Our Rupert Murdoch?.

Whatever S&P’s agenda, it has nothing to do with avoiding default risks or putting the US on sound fiscal footing. It appears to be intertwined with their attempts to absolve themselves from responsibility for their role in the 2008 financial crisis, and they are willing to manipulate not only the 2012 election but the world economy to escape the SEC’s attempts to regulate them.

It’s time the media and Congress started asking Standard and Poors what their political agenda is and whom it serves.



Is Standard and Poor’s Manipulating US Debt Rating to Escape Liability for the Mortgage Crisis? | Firedoglake.

The debt ceiling crisis is the latest case in which the radical right in the South has held America hostage until its demands are met. Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln refused to appease the Southern fanatics. Unfortunately, President Obama and the Democrats in Congress chose not to follow their example and instead gave in. In doing so, they have encouraged the neo-Confederate minority in Congress to find yet another opportunity in the near future to extort concessions from America’s majority by sabotaging America’s government. 


The Tea Party, the debt ceiling, and white Southern extremism – War Room –


The emotional supercharge of 9/11 in the US is many times greater than Milly Dowler in the UK – and look what happened here.

Commentators have compared the crisis to Watergate; Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporter whose revelations helped depose a US president, says it is evident to him the events of the past week “are the beginning, not the end, of the seismic event”.

To coin a famous Murdoch newspaper headline: will the last person to leave News Corporation turn off the lights?


Worst Is Yet to Come for News Corp..

This is a very revealing, and honest, article of what really goes on behind the scenes at Fox News.

How Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes Failed at Setting Up a Strong Republican Candidate for 2012 — New York Magazine.

Put simply, Republicans are conducting a radical attack on the Democratic Party, aimed at the roots of Democratic power and sustenance. The battle is occurring in Washington and around the country, and even if the right doesn’t succeed completely, the fight will almost certainly leave Democrats weakened and defensive.

Look at the targets conservatives have taken aim at in the last couple of years: access to the ballot box, unions, organizations representing the poor, organizations protecting reproductive rights, and more. The assault is not just on ideas or policies (though there’s plenty of that, too) but on the institutions that undergird the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.

Crushing the Democrats’ Base.

If I hear one more person talk about the “liberal media” in America, I will probably vomit on them. It was a stupid and ridiculous thing to say last week – take a long look at which mega-corporations own which news networks, and you won’t find a “liberal” entity anywhere on the list – but the events in Wisconsin have further underscored the absurdity of the statement.

The Liberal Media Strikes Again.

Congressional attacks on public media seem to come as regularly as NPR fundraising drives. Every year, as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) pleas for federal funding, some members of Congress denounce public media altogether, while others quietly vote to shave off another sliver of subsidies, rather than eliminate all funding. In the end, the CPB limps away still intact, but wounded.

What You Need to Know About the Assault on NPR and PBS — In These Times.

When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees’ fight over collective bargaining.

Economic nonsense is being reported as fact in most of the news reports on the Wisconsin dispute, the product of a breakdown of skepticism among journalists multiplied by their lack of understanding of basic economic principles. Really Bad Reporting in Wisconsin: Who ‘Contributes’ to Public Workers’ Pensions?.

Let’s be clear what is going on. Only three of the top 10 spenders in the most recent elections were unions. Among the others were organizations representing business interests, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and individual corporations themselves. Both corporations and unions were unleashed by the Citizens United decision.

If unions can be broken in the public sector, this will further tilt the political playing field on behalf of corporate interests and their Republican allies. This will also silence one of the few remaining vehicles that advocate on behalf of ordinary people in this country.

No unions: Government by the rich, for the rich –

Right-wingers seem to have a problem understanding how this whole free-speech thing works. They seem to believe, for instance, that it’s perfectly acceptable for them to say the most outrageous things imaginable as part of their rights to free speech — but if someone stands up and exercises their free-speech rights by criticizing what they said, then by God, they’re trying to take their rights away!

Liberals don’t want to ‘silence’ conservatives — they’d just like to have an honest democratic debate | Crooks and Liars.

here’s your at-a-glance guide to the health care law provisions in effect now, as well as some still to come, and what they may mean for you.

Health Care Law Benefits in 2011 and Years to Come, Efforts to Repeal Reform.

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