Yearly Archives: 2020
Director Bong Joon Ho’s movie is profoundly angry. But the media coverage of its stunning triumph at Sunday night’s Oscars focused mostly on less controversial things.
Almost every day, he publicly demonstrates that he's not capable of holding anything back. Meanwhile, he treats the media as the enemy. So why would self-respecting journalist let him go off the record?
The big takeaway is obvious: Republicans cannot be trusted to hold members of their own party accountable
Our nation’s top political journalists are going to great lengths to avoid this obvious but very partisan-sounding conclusion.
Talking to Michael Barbaro on the Times’s “The Daily” podcast, Baquet refused to in any way condemn a recent Times article that was widely and appropriately cited as a canonical example of bothesidesism, and instead reiterated that Times reporters will not be “taking sides” -- even when one side is the truth and the other side is a lie.
Peter Baker at the New York Times finds it amusing that Democrats want a despised neocon to testify about what he saw and heard
An article about how Democrats and Republicans have turned themselves “upside-down” when it comes to their views of John Bolton is a master class in false equivalence. Democrats don't suddenly like him, they just believe hist testimony could help arrive at the truth.
There are lots of legitimate concerns about Bernie Sanders as the Democratic standard-bearer, but so far, at least, his most outspoken critics are people with questionable standing.
At a time when too many political reporters choose maintaining access over pushing back, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tough questions and called him out when he answered with lies. Then after he summoned her to his office and yelled at her, she went public.
Too many elite journalists have kept a distance from the issues Schiff raised, preferring to simply present two sides, sometimes even falsely equated. So his words made them uncomfortable. And they damned near ignored him.
The corporate-media position that it’s so important to have pro-Trump voices represented on air that it’s worth paying known liars to lie is really ticking off some viewers.
We heard a compelling, evidence-packed story Wednesday about how Trump's sordid plot played out step by step by step. If Trump’s team simply responds with invective and shrugs, will news organizations realize that's not a real rebuttal?
Here's the story the mainstream media didn't tell you: The first real day of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump was an epic exercise in raw political power. Members of the Trump team, effectively led by Mitch McConnell, put forth no plausible arguments to support their position. But they didn’t have to. Because they had the votes.
Mitch McConnell is not a hard guy to figure out. Indeed, countless, extensive profiles of him have concluded the same thing: that he is singularly uncomplicated. His only ideology is power.
A profoundly weak front-runner should be the ultimate in big game for our top political reporters. But instead, mainstream journalists in the best positions to demand answers – during sit-down interviews and televised debates – have been remarkably soft on Joe Biden.