Yearly Archives: 2021

When the 3rd paragraph of your hot take starts ‘It’s not exactly a surprise,’ maybe you should reconsider your line of work

A Politico item on Anthony Fauci not appearing on Fox grants the propaganda network a legitimacy it doesn't deserve.

Will the end of abortion rights rouse the political press from its everything’s-fine stupor?

They should start pre-writing their obituaries for abortion rights so they don't understate the significance in the rush of a deadline.

Trump looking for ‘help’ from state legislatures in 2024? Let me rewrite that for you.

Trump's preparations to steal the 2024 election are beyond alarming. But an NBC News story tried to make them sound innocuous.

I am thankful for journalists who bring clarity to our times

I am particularly grateful for mainstream journalists who help the public understand the most important, troubling, and sometimes intentionally misconstrued issues facing the nation.

More media figures need to publicly renounce Fox’s propaganda and disinformation channel

It's time for leaders in journalism and academe to state definitively that Fox is a pariah network.

Rittenhouse shootings took place “amid violent protests”? Let me rewrite that for you.

The single most important fact about the Rittenhouse case is that he, a white kid, brought a killing machine to a protest for Black lives that offended him. Why is the corporate media burying this?

Holding him to the Trump standard, media finds Biden doing terribly

White House reporters crave a president who is gregarious and constantly engaging with them, always making news. So is it any surprise they consider Biden is a failure?

Handicapping the midterm elections? Let me rewrite that for you.

Ignoring or forgetting their own reporting on how dangerously extreme the Republican Party has become, political journalists are calmly -- even confidently -- predicting GOP victories in 2022 and beyond.

Political reporting hit another low last week

Political journalists, the day after a dishonest and racist strategy seems to them to have worked, write about it as a winner.

So much wrong in just one paragraph by Jeremy Peters of the New York Times

Times reporters have a bad habit of finding ringers to illustrate their preconceptions.

Fox News is not news. Say it with me.

What we in the greater journalism community must do to distance ourselves from a so-called "news" network that engages in the opposite of journalism.

Failing to call out ‘critical race theory’ as a racist dog whistle? Let me rewrite that for you!

Isn't it crazy that reporters are writing so much more about how winning a strategy it is than about what a lie it is? That they're quoting people opposed to "critical race theory" who have no idea what it really is and yet are sure it's in their schools even when it's not?

“Confrontations” cloud Big Sky Country? Let me rewrite that for you!

A fascinating tale about extreme Trumpists creating havoc in daily life becomes a big mess when the author tries to hang a one-sided story on a both-sides frame.

Jackie Calmes has an assignment for failing political reporters

The former New York Times White House reporter called on all reputable media organizations to take a concrete first step towards ending false equivalence by vowing never to use a quote that reporters and editors know is a lie without immediately refuting it.

The sky is falling

There are existential dangers to our democracy, our way of life, and our core values.  But our top journalists seem unable to recognize that and reassess how they go about their work.