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 inElections

NYT admits its midterms coverage was wrongly wedded to a “red wave” narrative

“Not for the first time, a warped under­stand­ing of the con­tours of a nation­al elec­tion had come to dom­i­nate the views of polit­i­cal oper­a­tives, donors, jour­nal­ists and, in some cas­es, the can­di­dates them­selves,” the sto­ry penned by the trio of Jim Ruten­berg, Ken Bensinger, and Steve Eder acknowledged. 

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 inMedia & Culture

Extremism Watch: Sinclair’s Jonathan Choe serves up lots of publicity for the Proud Boys

Choe calls him­self a jour­nal­ist — he even empha­sizes that label as part of his Twit­ter han­dle — but he rarely seems to prac­tice what the Soci­ety of Pro­fes­sion­al Jour­nal­ists defines in their code of ethics as jour­nal­ism. On March 19th, he pret­ty much dropped any pre­tense of being a jour­nal­ist and instead chose to act as a press agent for the Proud Boys dur­ing his after­noon in Olympia.

Posted inTechnology

Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Rather than gath­er­ing facts and then report­ing the more com­plex details of this event, a whole bunch of sto­ries appear to have been writ­ten on the basis of a press release and a com­pa­ny end of life doc­u­ment. A sim­plis­tic nar­ra­tive has once again pre­vailed over the more com­pli­cat­ed reality.

Posted inPolicy Topics

The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Unbe­liev­able as it may seem, Han­ni­ty briefly offered Trump sen­si­ble advice in clos­ing days of his scan­dal-rid­den pres­i­den­cy, accord­ing to a trea­sure trove of emails obtained by the House Selec­tion Com­mit­tee to Inves­ti­gate the Jan­u­ary 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Posted inMedia & Culture

Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

“Blue States, You’re the Prob­lem” cer­tain­ly has excel­lent pro­duc­tion val­ues and slick visu­als. The dis­cus­sion, on the oth­er hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opin­ion video by the New York Times’ John­ny Har­ris and Binyamin Appel­baum could have been so much bet­ter… deep­er, rich­er, and more informative.