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Orts and All

Posted in Digital technology, Journalism, Media criticism
Facebook Buys the Oculus Rift.  As mentioned here a few months ago, the video game trade press has been wildly enthusiastic about the development of the VR headset called Oculus Rift.  And why not?  By all reports the OR headset is a significant leap forward in its immersive qualities, thereby providing a more life-like environment. … Continue Reading

David Stockman Riles the Commentariat

Posted in Media criticism
Unless you're a demagogue or an ideologue (or, like Paul Krugman, both), it might have occurred to you that this country's outsized money printing by the Fed and our ongoing fiscal deficits are going to end badly; that the debts being piled up, at the velocity of a hurricane, will never be repaid (indeed couldn't be repaid other than with greatly devalued dollars); and that the likely end result therefore is going to be destabilizing inflation, and the passing along to future generations of staggering debt… Continue Reading

The Koch/Cato Settlement

Posted in Media criticism
It was announced yesterday that, in return for some changes in its Board and the resignation of the Cato Institute’s co-founder and CEO, Ed Crane, the Koch brothers are withdrawing their lawsuits against the organization.  Given the negative effect that the lawsuits were having on Cato’s fundraising, it’s no surprise that the Institute would eventually … Continue Reading

Politico Accuses the Post and Times of Media Bias: Reporters Detect a Disturbance in the Force

Posted in Media criticism
Every once in a while something happens in medialand that stirs up reporters. The most recent example occurred last Thursday when the editors of Politico accused the Washington Post and the New York Times of bias in their coverage of the presidential campaign. Under a headline that read, “To GOP, blatant bias in vetting,” the … Continue Reading

The Koch Brothers’ Designs on Cato

Posted in Free speech, Media criticism
Political gift giving, whether in support of candidates for public office or ideologically active nonprofit organizations, is fraught with the risk that activists of a different stripe (or journalists who are themselves of a different stripe) may take offense and retaliate.  Such has been the experience of the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, two … Continue Reading

The Shrill and the Marginal: The Left’s Criticism of the Media

Posted in Media criticism
Readers of this blog know that it’s the personal opinion of the writer that the mainstream media are hurt by the years-long perception, among Republicans and conservatives, that the media are unsympathetic to their views.  Given their large and growing numbers, and the availability of competing sources of news and commentary, this perception seems like … Continue Reading

The Voices of Moderation Strike Again

Posted in Media criticism
Readers of this blog may remember the post in January re some of the opinions expressed immediately after the shooting in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  The worst were those, by people like Slate’s Jacob Weisberg and the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, who attempted – before anything was known about the shooting – to … Continue Reading

Matthew & Rush & Glenn & Andrew

Posted in Media criticism
For those numerous consumers of news and opinion whose political views are right-of-center, the ideology and ubiquity of people like Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, and Andy Breitbart are a breath of fresh air.  Apart from the serious stuff, some of what they do – like Breitbart roller blading through a crowd of progressive … Continue Reading

The Hypocrisy and Heavy Cost of Rupertphobia

Posted in Media criticism
If Rupert Murdoch were an evil alien, a mass murderer, or a child molester, his press coverage would look pretty much like what he’s been getting lately.  That so much of the media attacks on the man has been generated by people who are competitors (like the Guardian, New York Times, Bloomberg) and/or political adversaries … Continue Reading

Nonprofit ‘Investigative’ Journalism: A Distraction (and Worse)

Posted in Media criticism
As noted here, the recently released FCC report on the future of journalism has effectively put the kibosh on the “media reform” crowd’s dream of government intervention to “save journalism.”  Likely gone forever are such schemes as a federal tax credit for investigative journalism, or an AmeriCorps-like “Geek Corps for local democracy.” But there’s another … Continue Reading

Orts and All

Posted in Journalism, Media criticism
Can’t Miss TV Comes now the news that Michael Moore, the merry propagandist, is joining Keith Olbermann on Al Gore’s Current TV, the legendary television network.  It’s practically a miracle!  Even now the crowds are queuing up to catch a glimpse of this dynamic duo. One can only imagine the kind of material that, in … Continue Reading