Tagged Journalism

As Glenn Reynolds Would Put It, “Oh, THAT Liberal Media!”

I didn’t like it when I heard that George Stephanopoulos had left politics for journalism. I figured that he was only being rewarded for his political stardom, that he wouldn’t do the necessary work to transform himself into a serious journalist, and that–yes–he would use his media perch to act as a shill for the Democratic party. Over time, I earned a grudging respect for Stephanopoulos. He seemed to actually be a substantive journalist, and while I didn’t follow his media career closely, I did see instances of him holding Democrats’ feet to the fire. I figured that maybe I…

Journalism Is Dead, But Ethnic Stereotypes Are (Alas) Alive and Well

Look, I get the fact that Ted Cruz is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that in particular, there are a number of journalists who are thoroughly un-enamored of the junior senator from Texas. But if you are a journalist who wishes to challenge Cruz, or at least, to offer the news-consuming public some interesting and informative fare, there are some things that one must not do. Engaging in crude stereotypes about Cuban people is on the Do-Not-Do list. And amazingly enough, no one told Mark Halperin:

Won’t Someone Please Put Vox Out of Its Misery?

Please. There is no quality control over at Ezra Klein’s pretend news site, the mistakes are piling up, and they are becoming embarrassing beyond belief. Jeff Bezos must indeed be thanking his lucky stars that he didn’t shell out good money to support this quasi-journalistic calamity, but it is not enough for this clown show of a media enterprise to have been shunned by the Washington Post. Apart from providing some much needed comedy relief, Vox serves no purpose whatsoever. Why would anyone trust it, given all of the mistakes its writers and editors repeatedly make? Stop treating Vox as…

Is There an Actual Liberal Crackup?

Jennifer Rubin seems to think so. I am not so sure. Yes, the Democratic party has sustained a lot of losses in midterm elections, but the Republican party has proven unable to win the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, and has lost 4 out of the last 6 presidential elections in the Electoral College, where it counts. For all of the controversies that the Center for American Progress has suffered, there is no think tank on the right with as much power and influence. I don’t see problems at the New York Times and Newsweek…

Quote of the Day

. . . on every story we report, we should always be the outsiders; most important, we should always, always identify with our readers over the insider experts. That doesn’t mean we can’t root for a political party, or a policy, or a company.  We are customers and citizens as well as writers, and we have a rooting interest in our own society.  But it does mean that we should not think of ourselves as part of the policy elite; we should identify ourselves with our readers, who are not only less informed than the insiders, but also less informed…

A Modest Appreciation of Vox.com

Do be sure to check out this brilliant, marvelous, incandescently stupendous piece by our very own Messiah of the Moment, Max “I used to be Otto von Bismarck in a previous life” Fisher, in which Fisher discusses the Obama administration’s attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from gobbling up any of the Baltic states. Especially wonderful and heartwarming is Fisher’s tendency to breathlessly explain the principles of deterrence to his audience as though (a) he just learned about those principles and (b) Fisher’s audience consists exclusively of two-year olds. Consider the following excerpt: President Obama gave a speech on Wednesday, in a…

Huffington Post Credibility: Shot

Is this supposed to be some kind of joke? The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security. Stallworth, a wide receiver in the NFL since 2002, is currently an unsigned free agent and has not played in any games since 2012. As a 9/11 truther, he has publicly stated that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the attacks and that the Pentagon was not hit by a plane. “NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by ‘dying’ Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn’t fly a damn kite. STILL…

This Week in Government Transparency

If you were an Obama voter in either 2008 or 2012, and you tell me that you expected this kind of story to be written, I will strongly suspect that you might–just might–be fibbing: In unprecedented criticism of the White House, 38 journalism groups have assailed the president’s team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials and overall “politically-driven suppression of the news.” In a letter to President Obama, the 38, led by the Society of Professional Journalists, said efforts by government officials to stifle or block coverage has grown for years and reached a high-point under his administration despite Obama’s…

Walmart Schools Timothy Egan

Behold. This is smart, informative, devastating PR on Walmart’s part, and others would do well to copy the company’s example when it comes to dealing with sloppy journalism. And as we know, Timothy Egan is one of the sloppiest journalists around.

Still More on the Piketty Wars

Responding to Piketty’s response (linked here) to the charges raised by the Financial Times, Chris Giles notes that there remain concerns with Piketty’s presentation: There are a few things on which we agree. First, the source data on wealth inequality is poor. I have written that it is “sketchy” and Prof Piketty says it is “much less systematic than we have for income inequality”. Second, it would have been preferable for Prof Piketty to have used a more sophisticated averaging technique than a simple average of Britain, France and Sweden to derive an estimate for European wealth inequality. Third, the available…