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Tag Archives: Media Criticism

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

Excerpt: 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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Media & Culture
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The occupation convoys plaguing Canada are a slick, foreign-funded attack on democracy

Excerpt: All told, more money has flowed toward the convoy protest than was given to Canada’s three major political parties in the last quarter of 2021. One percent of donors has accounted for twenty percent of the money donated.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Why the 2022 midterms in Washington State could look more like 2018 than 2010 or 2014

Excerpt: In this in-depth post for The Cascadia Advocate, NPI's founder and executive director discusses how Republicans are working successfully to push reporters and pollsters to view the midterms on their terms and critiques Stuart Elway's recent Washington State polling.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Excerpt: 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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Technology
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The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Excerpt: 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.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, National Defense
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Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

Excerpt: "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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Media & Culture
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I‑1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture
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Book Review: The airing of grievances in Donna Brazile’s “Hacks” comes at her true crime memoir’s expense

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Donna Brazile's Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. The book has been portrayed in the mass media as a juicy tell-all, but a good chunk of it is actually a cybersecurity clinic that's worth reading.
Written by:David A Johnson
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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This again: Associated Press pushes another half-baked promotional blurb for Tim Eyman

Excerpt: Around 9 AM this morn­ing, dis­graced ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman hit the Send but­ton in MailChimp to send out an email to his fol­low­ers, the press, and elect­ed offi­cials pro­claim­ing he was launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive to gut prop­er­ty tax­es — an ini­tia­tive which, if passed, would evis­cer­ate vital pub­lic ser­vices in every city and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Don’t feed the trolls: Why we asked Andrew Garber and his colleagues to ignore Tim Eyman’s repugnant attack on Jay Inslee

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, at a press con­fer­ence on the Capi­tol Cam­pus in Olympia,  State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Judy Clib­born (D‑41st Dis­trict) and House Democ­rats unveiled a “Con­nect­ing Wash­ing­ton” trans­porta­tion pack­age that pro­pos­es to invest $10 bil­lion in Wash­ing­ton’s high­ways, streets, fer­ries, and local tran­sit agencies. Some of the mon­ey would go to road main­te­nance, some would be ded­i­cat­ed to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Media & Culture, Public Planning
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Let’s put Washington’s history of public votes on supermajority requirements in full context

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day evening, as I was scan­ning head­lines on Pacif­ic NW Por­tal, an arti­cle by Seat­tle Times reporter Andrew Gar­ber caught my eye. I clicked through to read it, and the fol­low­ing head­line and sum­ma­ry appeared on my screen: Vot­ers may make it tougher for Leg­is­la­ture to raise tax­es — again Tim Eyman has anoth­er ini­tia­tive on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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