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Media Unprepared for Trauma a Trump Presidency Will Bring

The 'rush to normalize' him has begun: Rick Perlstein

(Newser) - When George W. Bush was president, Rick Perlstein writes that he used to fantasize about posing this thought experiment to the mainstream media: If you were reporters in Germany when the Nazi party was rising, he would ask, at what point would you break from the pretense of "'... More »

Fake Election Stories Did Better Than Real Ones on Facebook

Made-up news outperformed actual news in final months

(Newser) - No, the pope didn't endorse Donald Trump, and, no, Hillary Clinton didn't sell weapons to ISIS. But those fake stories and others like them spread more widely on Facebook than actual news stories before the election, a new BuzzFeed analysis reveals. Specifically, the top 20 fake election stories... More »

Conservative Media Blew It

How the right-wing media failed its audience: Conor Friedersdorf

(Newser) - If you relied on conservative media for your election news, last night's Obama win likely came as quite a surprise. But, while right-wing pundits had long been predicting a Romney victory, the mainstream media knew all along that the president had a much better shot, writes Conor Friedersdorf in... More »

Tea Partiers Are Terrorists?

Left vs. right debate includes some charged rhetoric

(Newser) - Today's big left-right debate falls under the Tea-Partiers-are-terrorists meme, and two of the more buzzed-about columns hit the main points:
  • Joe Nocera, New York Times : He blames the debt ceiling mess on the "jihad" waged by Tea Partiers willing to ruin the country. And they're still not
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On NBC News, Not a Peep About GE Tax Story

But reps say that has nothing to do with the fact that GE is parent company

(Newser) - The GE tax avoidance story was kind of a big one—so why wasn't it covered on NBC News when it broke on Friday ... or on Saturday or Sunday or Monday? Critics were quick to point out that GE is NBC's parent company, but representatives insist that had nothing to... More »

Palin: I'm Done Whining

... about the 'lamestream' media, anyway

(Newser) - Attention, lamestream media: Sarah Palin has had it with you, to the point where she's not even going to whine about you anymore. Seems Bill Maher called her a nasty name ever-so-subtly invoking female genitalia , NOW leaped to her defense, and Palin went on Fox yesterday to tell everyone to... More »

Bachmann Explains Gaffe—by Making New Gaffe

Says mainstream media's '3,400' members are to blame...

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann yesterday fired back at critics who poked her recent American history gaffe on the Laura Ingraham Show. She accused all "3,400" members of the "mainstream media" of being "part of the Obama press contingent." There's just one tiny problem with her counting, notes... More »

Egypt Holds Mirror to US

But American press would never admit it

(Newser) - Egypt, the media have been breathlessly informing us, is a corrupt state where money buys power and vice versa. Sound familiar? asks Glenn Greenwald of Salon . “How many American politicians with a national platform over the last thirty years have failed to convert their political standing into great personal... More »

Sarah Palin Warms to 'Lamestream' Media

Politico piece may have prompted work with NYT , ABC

(Newser) - Though the “lamestream media" has long been her punching bag, it appears Sarah Palin is ready to embrace it—selectively. Palin, who has largely relied on Fox News, Facebook, and Twitter to air her thoughts and grievances, is now turning to outlets her supporters have been critical of in... More »

Blame (or Thank?) Blogs for Brett Favre Scandal

Mainstream media would never have reported on this, writes Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - “I didn’t get into journalism to write about Brett Favre’s private parts,” harrumphs Howard Kurtz today in his last Washington Post column, and most mainstream reporters would agree. “But our ability to spike such tawdry tales ended many seasons ago.” Now blogs can drive... More »

Sarah Palin Slams 'Impotent, Limp, Gutless' Reporters

She's especially annoyed at anonymous sources

(Newser) - Here's a quote from Sarah Palin you're likely to hear replayed more than a few times. It's on press coverage of her: “I don't read some of it because I know that those who are impotent and limp and gutless, and then they go on, they're anonymous, they're sources... More »

Palin: I Didn't Roll My Eyes at That Woman

'I've been hit by another spin operation'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is upset that the "lamestream media" pounced on her for appearing to "roll my eyes" when the former constituent who's blasting her as the "worst governor ever" tells Palin she's a teacher—an exchange reality TV cameras naturally caught on tape (catch up on the... More »

Media Helping BP 'Whitewash' Damage

Where's all the oil? Look under the sand

(Newser) - Mac McClelland is a little tired of all the stories in the mainstream media about how the oil from the BP spill is pretty much gone. ( Here's one that set him off.) He texts reporter friends and quickly turns up stories of "gobs of oil" on beaches... More »

Snobs Doomed Enquirer's Pulitzer Bid

Edwards exposé a shoo-in for glory—but not for tabloid

(Newser) - By any sane measure, the unmasking of John Edwards as a philanderer who knocked up his mistress while his wife battled cancer was one of the all-time great scoops—except in determining the winners of yesterday's Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. "The media elite circled the wagons to exclude the... More »

Hate-Crime Wave Is Just Lefty Fakery

Past incidents overblown at best, duplicitous at worst

(Newser) - Reports of political hate crimes against Democrats since the passage of the health care reform bill are overblown at best, and downright lies at worst, Michelle Malkin writes, charging that Nancy Pelosi & Co. “can’t stand the heat” and so manufactured “a Tea Party epidemic of racism,... More »

Rush Limbaugh: I'm No 'Champion' of Eric Massa

He pulls back as Steny Hoyer and Robert Gibbs blast ex-congressman

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh says the mainstream media has it all wrong about his opinion of former Democratic congressman Eric Massa. “They think I'm a big supporter,” the talk show host said today, perhaps because yesterday he promised to make Massa’s ordeal “a national story,” reports Politico... More »

Breitbart Blasts Maddow on ACORN Filmmaker

Rips MSNBC host for slandering O'Keefe in 'propaganda campaign'

(Newser) - Conservative media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart lashed out at Rachel Maddow yesterday, branding the MSNBC host intellectually dishonest and slamming her politics. Breitbart was particularly angry about Maddow's coverage of the man who created the ACORN pimp videos, James O’Keefe. Maddow and the left “falsely framed" O'Keefe on the... More »

Palin Makes Good Copy, Not Good Candidate

Sarah Palin is good for business, but beware inflating presidential prospects

(Newser) - That Sarah Palin drives up TV ratings and online traffic is clear, but listen up, mainstream media—that doesn’t mean she’s the next big thing in Republican politics. Just look at the polls , Jim Vandehei and Jonathan Martin write for Politco . They say they “know we’re... More »

Hypocritical Media Should Stop Swinging at Woods

Tiger's attackers in the press just angry he won't play their game

(Newser) - The sanctimonious media frenzy surrounding Tiger Woods' "transgressions" smells pretty hypocritical to Jason Whitlock. The tabloids can be excused because they're just doing their job, Whitlock writes at Fox , but writers at outlets like ESPN and the Washington Post are "pretending Tiger has committed some crime against humanity... More »

ACORN Sting Raises Media Ethics Questions

Hidden video subterfuge made news, but where was the reality check?

(Newser) - “You've got to give James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles credit for abundant chutzpah and guile,” writes James Rainey in the Los Angeles Times. The pair’s hidden camera ACORN takedown “likely will do for guerrilla video what Ashton Kutcher did for Twitter—popularize and expand the form.... More »

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