Posted inMedia & Culture

Jettisoned by Trump, Ronna McDaniel tried a pivot into media, only to discover accountability exists outside of Donald’s cult

The Trumpi­fi­ca­tion of the Repub­li­can Par­ty has proven a char­ac­ter test for its office­hold­ers and can­di­dates. His­to­ry is unlike­ly to look kind­ly on those who car­ried water for the first Oval Office occu­pant to refuse to par­tic­i­pate in the peace­ful trans­fer of pow­er to his legit­i­mate­ly elect­ed successor. 

Posted inPolicy Topics

A majority of Washington voters agree big tech companies should have to pay for news

55% of 773 like­ly gen­er­al elec­tion vot­ers in Wash­ing­ton inter­viewed ear­li­er this month said they strong­ly or some­what agreed that big tech com­pa­nies like Google and Face­book should be oblig­at­ed to pay media pub­lish­ers for news con­tent. Only 17% some­what or strong­ly dis­agreed, and 27% were not sure.

Posted inMedia & Culture

Fox settles with Dominion, averting anxiously awaited trial in landmark defamation case

The pric­etag for spar­ing the wit­ness stand, and escap­ing account­abil­i­ty, came to $787.50 mil­lion. “The truth mat­ters: Lies have con­se­quences,” Dominion’s lawyer Justin Nel­son said out­side the court­room. “Over two years ago, a tor­rent of lies swept Domin­ion and elec­tion offi­cials across Amer­i­ca into an alter­na­tive uni­verse of con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries, caus­ing griev­ous harm to Domin­ion and the country.”

Posted inElections

The New York Times is failing readers with its awful, one-sided 2022 midterms coverage

The end­ing of the 2022 midterms has yet to be writ­ten, but NYT edi­tors and reporters are con­vinced they know what’s going to hap­pen. They are churn­ing out sto­ries that have Repub­li­can vic­to­ry is just ahead as the premise, with head­lines that end­less­ly play up Repub­li­cans’ chances and sug­gest Democ­rats are doomed.

Posted inElections

The threat to American elections: No time for hysteria, but we should all be worried

With a nation’s news media “hol­lowed out” by clos­ings and down­siz­ings, Seat­tle-based Inves­ti­gateWest is swim­ming against a tide as it pur­sues a task vital to the repub­lic: It has tak­en on the job of seek­ing the truth about those seek­ing pow­er in Amer­i­ca, specif­i­cal­ly report­ing on ongo­ing threats to Amer­i­can democracy.