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Don't book liars

24 February 2021 - 09:13 PM



A House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on media disinformation, especially in cable news, broke down predictably along partisan lines. But representatives and other speakers agreed that the issue is of major concern in an age of increasingly polarized media and amplification of falsehoods.

"Partisanship and polarization in media has been building for years, but these more recent events reflect a point of frightening escalation," U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), said during the remote hearing. Citing witness testimony, he added: "Media companies have increasingly set aside journalistic standards to chase audience share and higher profits."

Longtime journalist Soledad O'Brien, host of the public-affairs talk program "Matter of Fact," said news organizations have a major responsibility to make sure they don't provide a platform for disinformation.

"Congress cannot and should not regulate journalism in defiance of the First Amendment, but here is what we can do: Don’t book liars or advance lies. Cover the fact that lies and propaganda are being disseminated but do not book people to lie on your show because it elevates them and presents a lie as another side," said O'Brien, who said the problem has been aggravated by a steep decline in reliable local news organizations.

The tRump Crimes Thread

22 February 2021 - 11:08 PM

The Rachel Maddow Show

February 19 at 7:33 PM ·


The lawyer who almost literally wrote the book on racketeering law has been hired by the Manhattan district attorney.

He wasn't looking for a job, he already works at an acclaimed law firm handling high profile white collar clients.

But he took this one gig, to work just one case: Donald Trump.


What’s Happening to Our Economy Is Like a Natural Disaster

30 January 2021 - 11:16 PM


Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman discuss Covid economics, cryptocurrencies and deficit delusions.

Tim Cook Takes on Facebook

30 January 2021 - 04:30 PM



In a recent speech at Brussels' International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Cook's speech seems to be a direct response to Facebook's recent attack on Apple, in which the world's largest social network took out full-page ads in several newspapers attacking Apple's new privacy changes.

But what's most fascinating is that Cook took direct aim at Facebook without ever mentioning the company by name.

Fox News is a hazard to our democracy. It’s time to take the fight to the Murdochs. Her...

25 January 2021 - 06:12 AM



Apparently, at a network that specializes in spreading lies, there was a price to pay for getting it right. (“Fox News isn’t a newsgathering organization,” surmised press critic Eric Boehlert, arguing in response to the purge that its White House credentials should be revoked.)

In recent days, Fox has taken a sharp turn toward a more extreme approach as it confronts a post-Trump ratings dip — the result of some of its furthest-right viewers moving to outlets such as Newsmax and One America News and some middle-of-the-roaders apparently finding CNN or MSNBC more to their liking.

With profit as the one true religion at Fox, something had to change. Eighty-nine-year-old Rupert Murdoch, according to a number of reports, has stepped in to call the shots directly. Most notably, the network has decided to add an hour of opinion programming to its prime-time offerings. The 7 p.m. hour will no longer be nominally news but straight-up outrage production.

Why? Because that’s where the ratings are.