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by | Oct 30, 2013

NEW YORK TIMES media reporter Brian Stelter greeted the August 20 debut of Al-Jazeera America by gushing that it was “the most ambitious American television news venture since Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes started the Fox News Channel in 1996.”…

by | Sep 7, 2013

YOUR HUMBLE MEDIA critic came in for some media criticism over the summer. Its source: Kelly McBride, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute, the nonprofit journalism school that owns the Tampa Bay Times. McBride wrote on the institute’s…

by | Jul 6, 2013

IT WAS an appeal to his political base from a Democratic president mired in scandal. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs,” Barack Obama said in a May 23 speech at the National Defense University. “And…

by | Jun 8, 2013

When the Democratic Senate killed every one of President Obama’s gun-control proposals on April 17, the next day’s New York Times featured two revealing stories. The first was a front-page “news analysis” by reporter Jennifer Steinhauer, which carried the headline…

by | May 11, 2013

WHEN PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE published an article Mayor Michael Nutter didn’t like, he tried to censor it. He wrote a letter to the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission asking it “to evaluate whether the ‘speech’ employed in this essay is not the…

by | Apr 30, 2013

IF YOU’RE A REPORTER at the Washington Post and you aspire to write unsigned editorials, just send an e-mail to the ombudsman. That was the lesson of an extraordinary late February column by Patrick Pexton, the Post man who, during…

by | Mar 31, 2013

It turns out you can deny evolution and get published on the New York Times op-ed page. Dan Slater did just that, in a January piece called “Darwin Was Wrong About Dating.” Slater, author of a book about online dating,…

by | Feb 2, 2013

If hypocrisy were an intoxicating spirit, Andrew Rosenthal would be a master distiller. A few hours after the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, Bryan Fischer, an official of the American Family Association, tweeted: “Shooters attack an elementary school…

by | Dec 5, 2009

The first week in October saw a stunning turnabout in coverage of Barack Obama. Pro-Obama coverage might have hit its peak on Monday, October 5, when CNN’s Situation Room aired an astonishing segment “fact checking” a comedy sketch. No joke….

by | Nov 1, 2009

By the time readers of the New York Times met Van Jones, the Obama administration’s so-called green-jobs czar, he had become the Obama administration’s former so-called green-jobs czar. Jones’s departure came over Labor Day weekend, in the wee hours of…

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