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How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street

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  • Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow.
  • It’s not just Fox News.
  • Related: Stop Whining About 'False Balance'

Thomas Frank, Salon

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Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 | As the Obama administration enters its seventh year, let us examine one of the era’s greatest peculiarities: That one of the most cherished rallying points of the president’s supporters is the idea of the president’s powerlessness.

Today, of course, the Democrats have completely lost control of Congress and it’s easy to make the case for the weakness of the White House. For example, when Frank Bruni sighed last Wednesday that presidents are merely “buoys on the tides of history,” not “mighty frigates parting the waters," he scarcely made a ripple.

Thomas Frank is a Salon politics and culture columnist. His many books include "What's The Matter With Kansas," "Pity the Billionaire" and "One Market Under God." He is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine.

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Stop Whining About 'False Balance' Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?

 

 

Stop Whining About 'False Balance'

 

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Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=240  September 16, 2016 | News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of "false balance" or "false equivalency." The New York Times, one of the outlets most often accused of this offense, recently defined the term:

"The practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a debate as equally credible, even when the factual evidence is stacked heavily on one side."

The crime of The Times, according to some of its readers, has been its coverage of the Clinton email and Clinton Foundation stories. As one Times reader put it, "There's too much at stake in this election for the media to stoke the belief that Hillary's mistakes (which she has definitely made) are even close to par with Trump's."

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What the Ryan Lochte Fiasco Tells Us about the News Media and Selective Outrage

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  • This whole fiasco seems like a classic case of the news media suddenly doing their job in a way that actually exposes how and why they so rarely do so when it really matters.
  • Related: Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying,

John Ziegler, Mediaite

http://static01.mediaite.com/med/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ryan-Lochte-818-e1471534064803-1.jpg August 21st, 2016 | Ryan Lochte is a dope and liar who, if the world was universally just, deserves every bit of criticism and of the consequences which are coming his way for the inaccurate story he told at the Olympics a week ago. However, in my view, there is also little doubt that, had the circumstances been only slightly different, the news media would have given him a pass, or maybe even made him into some sort of hero. The selective outrage over Lochte’s lies tells us a lot about how the news media works (or, often, doesn’t) in these situations and how they decide who gets destroyed and who does not.

To be very clear, what Lochte did warrants condemnation. What happened at that Rio gas station, as he has belatedly admitted, was started by him. His dramatic distortion of the story caused a lot of damage for which he is solely responsible. He put his teammates in a horrendous position not of their making and damaged the reputation of the city of Rio and this Olympic Games. As a price for all of this, he has been tortured in the news media and his swimming, media and endorsement career are all, very likely, effectively over.

John Ziegler is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

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Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth

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  • The close relationship between reporters and police is often marked by diffusion of language from the police PR team to the front page. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, here are some examples of how “copspeak” — or jargon used by police departments — is internalized by journalists covering police violence, and how it affects the public’s perception of crime and police brutality.
  • Related: Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

July 11, 2016 | 1. “Officer-involved shooting”http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/OfficerInvolvedShooting-e1468266009910.png

Probably the most popular and most frequently criticized example of copspeak, “officer-involved shooting” is a textbook example of what Robert Jay Lifton called a “thought-terminating cliche.” It describes an act of violence without assigning blame and is almost never used for when a police officer is the victim, only when the police have shot someone — justified or not.

By describing an event alongside the person who did it without connecting the two, “officer-involved shooting” vaguely alludes to what happened without the emotional response this would normally evoke. “Such phraseology,” Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” “is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

 

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Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

Dan Tynan, Quora / Huffington Post

http://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/images.jpg?w=225 08/04/2016 | Journalism is on a respirator — and the prognosis isn’t good.

Listen, there is more media today than ever in our history — there’s probably two or three times as much media now as a year ago, and probably 10 times as much as three years ago. We are swimming in it. But journalism? Actual, fact-based, multiple-sourced, authority-questioning journalism? It’s on the endangered species list.

Mass media is corporate owned, thus the narrative is extremely narrow. With the exception of sudden horrific events, which seem to be coming on a continual basis these days, it’s pretty much scripted and numbers driven, especially on 24/7 cable. Which is why The Donald is still with us today, threatening us all with the rise of New American Fascism — he’s ratings gold.

Dan Tynan, tech journalist, Quora

Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

 

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The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Huffington Post 

  • So long as the media continues to give airtime to the Trump campaign’s fear-mongering and race-baiting, he stands a real chance to win this election. Because as powerful as Mr. Khan’s impassioned speech was, fear is is all the more powerful, and has helped many a demagogue win many an election across the world.
  • Related: Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

 

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