Tag: media criticism

CNN Covered Itself in Shame to Try to Save Chris Cuomo’s Career

That spring, Andrew Cuomo was the hottest ticket on non-right wing cable news. While President Trump was bungling the response to the pandemic, sticking his head in the sand and advertising various quack cures, Andrew Cuomo’s gruff, periodically paternal persona cut a contrast. He was, for many, a comforting force: A leader who appeared to […]

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Project Veritas Wants to Have It Both Ways on the Freedom of the Press

How could Project Veritas claim the mantle of press freedom in one case while undermining it elsewhere? Fairly easily, apparently. In a statement obtained by the Times, which reported on its own legal defeat before Wood, O’Keefe suggested that it was The New York Times itself that had somehow violated press freedom. “The paper needs […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Congressional Budget Office?

On Thursday evening, the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, finally released what everyone on Capitol Hill had been breathlessly awaiting: its score of the Build Back Better Act, the multitrillion-dollar spending bill that will likely be the foundation of the party’s midterms pitch next year. For weeks, Democrats had fretted over the score’s impact. Given […]

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Why Did The Washington Post Publish an Op-Ed by One of Trumpworld’s Big Liars?

Rita Lavelle, who ran the Superfund environmental clean-up program during the Reagan administration, was the last person to be put on trial for contempt of Congress. She beat that rap in 1983, but the following year she was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to Congress. (She served four.) Thirty years later, in […]

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Why Did The Washington Post Let Mark Meadows’s Lawyer Rewrite History?

Rita Lavelle, who ran the Superfund environmental clean-up program during the Reagan administration, was the last person to be put on trial for contempt of Congress. She beat that rap in 1983, but the following year she was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to Congress. (She served four.) Thirty years later, in […]

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Why Did The Wall Street Journal Publish a Letter From Donald Trump Pushing the Big Lie?

Since The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page mainly exists to provide a steady stream of embarrassments to the paper’s news division, it’s hardly surprising that it chose to publish, without explanation, a letter from Donald Trump alleging that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him. Oh, you don’t say? The former president is still shaking […]

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The Atlantic Is Well Rid of the Aspen Ideas Festival

Under the old regime, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation sometimes made stupid funding decisions, but these were stupid decisions made by trained experts, which at least guaranteed some diversity. Under the new regime, stupid funding decisions tend to resemble one another because they reflect the blinkered worldview of the rich. “The lived experiences […]

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Doing Popular Things Won’t Save the Democratic Party

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is taking a political battering, thanks to his support of Barack Obama, so he’s uniquely qualified to offer counsel on what many think is the president’s central political problem—his failure to connect with white working-class voters. His advice: Go to where they live and work. Listen. And don’t talk down […]

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Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

Virginia’s off-off year elections also tend to favor whichever party isn’t occupying the White House, moreover. Between 1973 and 2009, Virginia elected someone from the opposite party that held the White House in each gubernatorial election—it was McAuliffe, who narrowly beat then-attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who broke the streak. Even with Virginia’s shifting demographics, winning […]

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Joe Biden Is Not in Free Fall

We don’t live in that country anymore. We live in a 48-48 country. There are certain states—a lot of them—that a Democrat simply can’t lose. This is especially true if Trump is the Republican nominee, as I expect he will. Biden could fail at everything and be at 43 percent in the polls and still […]

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Katie Couric’s Unforgivable Lie of Omission

Clearly, that’s hogwash. Ginsburg spent several minutes in the original video unpacking her thoughts about race and policing; the omitted portion flowed naturally and coherently from the points she’d already made. She understood the question perfectly well and provided a thorough response; it just happened to be an abysmal one. And Couric fully understood that […]

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Jon Gruden’s Emails Are a Symptom of the NFL’s Cultural Rot

Gruden’s role within the ESPN Extended Universe was that of the network’s on-call coach: He hosted, for instance, Gruden’s QB Camp, where he worked with young quarterbacks. Above all, he was the audience’s stand-in for the coaches on the field who were making the calls on which he was commenting. It was during his tenure at […]

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Nobody Gives a Rat’s Ass Whether the Debt Ceiling Gets Folded Into Reconciliation

McConnell’s strategy failed because people were starting to notice that the Republicans were playing Russian roulette with the economy. If the debt ceiling weren’t lifted, the Treasury would default on the various bonds, notes, and bills that it must float to cover the nation’s bills. Taxes aren’t sufficient to cover those bills because the budget […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Is So Bad at This

What does Kyrsten Sinema want? Nobody knows; she won’t say. The Arizona Senator is known for living out loud in plenty of other ways—she favors patterned dresses, gaudy accessories, and profane jewelery (literally); her identity is bound up in attention-seeking hobbies (fancy wine, triathlons). But when it comes to her actual job, which is being […]

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