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That was eleven years ago today.
Greg Mitchell wrote an e-book about media coverage in the run-up to and the early months of the Iraq war. Today he reminds us of how the corporate media reported Bush’s trip out to that aircraft carrier on that day eleven years ago. It illustrates how deeply broken our media is. Everyone quoted here should have been fired for violating the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics:
Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”
PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”
Bob Schieffer on CBS said: “As far as I’m concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time.” His guest, Joe Klein, responded: “Well, that was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day. That was the first thing that came to mind for me.”
Maureen Dowd in her column declared: “Out bounded the cocky, rule-breaking, daredevil flyboy, a man navigating the Highway to the Danger Zone, out along the edges where he was born to be, the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity.
“He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around. Maverick was back, cooler and hotter than ever, throttling to the max with joystick politics.”
When Bush’s jet landed on the aircraft carrier, American casualties stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded.
Climate change is happening fast in the United States but state and federal governments are so dysfunctional they’re unable to respond. Chaos reigns. Central California’s San Joaquin Valley is an example. It’s referred to as America’s “bread basket” but it’s literally being sucked dry. And no, I’m not a drama queen blogger high on Cheetos:
When water doesn’t fall from the sky or flow from reservoirs, there’s only one place to find it: underground. So, three years into a devastating drought, thirsty Californians are draining the precious aquifer beneath the nation’s most productive farmland like never before, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a perverse race to the bottom.
The rush to drill is driven not just by historically dry conditions, but by a host of other factors that promote short-term consumption over long-term survival — new, more moisture-demanding crops; improved drilling technologies; and a surge of corporate investors seeking profits for agricultural ventures.
Now those forces are renewing an age-old problem of environmental degradation: Decades ago, overpumping sunk half of the entire San Joaquin Valley, in one area as much as 28 feet. Today new areas are subsiding, some almost a foot each year, damaging bridges and vital canals.
Yet in California, one of the few states that doesn’t regulate how much water can be pumped from underground, even this hasn’t been enough to create a consensus to stop.
“It’s our savings account, and we’re draining it,” said Phil Isenberg of the Public Policy Institute of California, a former Sacramento mayor and assemblyman. “At some point, there will be none left.”
I recommend reading the whole article. Growers are plowing hundreds of thousands of dollars into drilling wells and well drilling companies are booked 12 months out. Well permits have tripled this year over last, and this year is only three months old. What’s happening there is a not-so-slow-motion catastrophe the corporate media will talk about — and people will know about — when it’s too late.
You know Politico’s Mike Allen.
He’s one of those Very Serious People who’s on television all the time talking about the “conventional wisdom” in Washington. This is the first sentence of his post today over at “Politico’s Playbook: Mike Allen’s Must-Read Briefing on What’s Driving the Day in Washington:”
CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SHIFT: For the first time, top Republicans tell us there is a better than 50 percent chance that they’ll take the Senate.
I’ve been wondering where all the certainty about Republicans taking the Senate in November is coming from and now I know, it’s coming from ah, Republicans!
Oh, and and just in case that sentence somehow changes (wink, wink) here’s a screenshot:
John McCain features prominently in the Rolodexes of D.C. and New York television bookers but as for his popularity in the far-off hinterland of his own state, not so much:
PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.
Shorter: He’s universally disliked by every constituency in his state.
Poor guy. Maybe he can take some comfort in known that the Sunday talk shows love him but why they don’t feel the same way the folks in Arizona do is a mystery:
If you watch the Sunday shows, the only thing you’ll be surprised about is that McCain hadn’t passed Dole (or anyone else) already. In fact, I wrote a column three whole years ago asking why the hell anyone still cares what John McCain thinks, and the question has become even more relevant in the time since. He’s a member of the minority party in the Senate who is not part of the leadership and has virtually no influence over his fellow senators. In 29 years in Congress, he has managed to produce exactly one significant piece of legislation (the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law), which got gutted by the Supreme Court. His knowledge of and ideas about policy are notoriously shallow and self-indulgent, running more toward phony moralism about tiny earmarks than the search for actual solutions to thorny problems. In his supposed area of expertise, national security, he can be relied on to offer the most simple-minded and uninformed opinions possible (Of course we should use military force! Which country were we talking about again?). So the public needs to hear his sage words in about the same measure as they need to hear those of other presidential losers.
The next time you hear the likes of John McCain or his sidekick Lindsey Graham accuse Obama of a lack of “leadership” or “resolve” in all things foreign policy, remember, when they use those words, they’re counting on us presuming they have detailed, deeply considered plans of their own.
Chances are good they don’t:
The Cliches of “Leadership” and “Resolve”
It’s true that hawks typically assume that real “leadership” requires the use of force or at least the threat to use force, but it can also function as a generic euphemism for U.S. hegemony. In this usage, there is really only one kind of international leadership that qualifies, and this is one in which the U.S. is dominant, preeminent, and preoccupied with policing the globe. This tends to view leadership more as an exercise in giving orders and dictating terms.
As with its ugly cousin “resolve,” one can always get away with insisting that a particular president isn’t showing enough “leadership” in the world, because there is no way to measure these things and no way for the complaint be remedied. Because it is so ill-defined and frequently abused, it can be applied to every issue without even having to think about the specific details. “Leadership” is always the correct response, and “leadership” can’t fail, because it means everything and nothing at the same time.
Too bad the “liberal media” doesn’t press them by asking, and following up on one simple question: “What would you do?”
The “smartest guys in the room,” who destroyed the world’s economy are still strutting around, getting multimillion dollar bonuses, but an 84-year-old nun who tried to bring attention to the danger of nuclear weapons has been sentenced to two+ years in prison:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 18 (UPI) — Three anti-nuclear activists, including an 84-year-old Catholic nun, received jail terms Tuesday for breaking into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee in 2012.
Sister Megan Rice received a 35-month term, and her co-conspirators, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, received 62-month terms, WVLT-TV, Knoxville, reported.
Rice, 84, Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, were convicted of breaking into the Y-12 Security Complex at Oak Ridge, a nuclear weapons manufacturing facility operated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and considered among the most secure buildings in the world. They defaced a uranium-processing facility with human blood as an anti-nuclear protest.
The NAACP estimates that 80,000 to 100,000 people gathered outside the North Carolina State Capitol Saturday morning for the Moral March in Raleigh (official attendance numbers have not been released yet). The march was the culmination of a year of Moral Monday protests at the State Capitol organized by The Forward Together Movement, a “fusion movement” of over 150 groups fighting for mostly progressive causes in North Carolina.
A year ago, only 15,000 turned out for the same march in Raleigh. The leap in turnout is a good indicator of the growing support for the movement’s agenda in the months before the 2014 midterms, and a show of how much more popular the movement has become since last February.
The article goes on to explain what North Carolina’s Tea Party government has been doing over the last three years and, well, it ain’t pretty.
This was the largest civil rights demonstration since the 1960s and the largest demonstration of any kind here in the United States since those held in the run-up to the Iraq war. You know, when George Bush said he didn’t “pay attention to focus groups?” And the corporate media hasn’t said a word.I wonder if they would have covered it if this had been a Tea Party demonstration. (I’m thinking yes.)
Chris Christie thinks we’re idiots. Let’s prove him wrong. If the U.S. attorney thinks the mayor of Hoboken should be taken seriously, at least initially, we should too. This “liberal media” bullshit is meant to deflect attention ——-> over there and away <——– from Christie.
The “liberal media” meme was conjured up 30-yearsago by Republicans who didn’t like that the truth was being told about their ideas and policies. The “liberal media” has thus, over time, ducked it’s head and been cowed, endlessly trying to prove it isn’t liberal by going overboard in siding with conservatives. It’s scared to death of being called “the liberal media.” This has been exacerbated by Democrats who are too chicken shit to fight back.
Since when does Fox so-called-News feel scared or intimidated about being the voice of wingnuts? Never.
So, yes, maybe MSNBC is liberal but that’s okay. We need freakin’ balance around here but don’t get me started on the media as a whole being “liberal.” I wish.
BTW, here’s a link to the article cited in the tweet: US Attorney Inquiry Into Christie Widens.
Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how the cable “news” networks cycle through so-called news stories roughly every eight, ten, 15 minutes and repeat themselves ad nauseam all day (unless there’s “breaking news” of course, like a high-speed police chase or an apartment fire)?
And maybe its just me but have you noticed how the right constantly screams about how liberal the U.S. media is?
Imagine how this country would change if the media really was liberal and they repeated this kind of thing every day, all day:
– Giving Employees Paid Sick Leave is Good for Business: A large majority of employers in Connecticut — where paid sick leave has been mandatory since January, 2012 — “reported that the law did not affect business operations and that they had no or only small increases in costs.”
– The NSA’s Sweeping Surveillance Programs Don’t Stop Terrorism: On June 5, 2013, the Guardian broke the first story in what would become a flood of revelations regarding the extent and nature of the NSA’s surveillance programs. Facing an uproar over the threat such programs posed to privacy, the Obama administration scrambled to defend them as legal and essential to U.S. national security and counterterrorism. Two weeks after the first leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden were published, President Obama defended the NSA surveillance programs during a visit to Berlin, saying: “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information not just in the United States, but, in some cases, threats here in Germany. So lives have been saved.”
However, our review of the government’s claims about the role that NSA “bulk” surveillance of phone and email communications records has had in keeping the United States safe from terrorism shows that these claims are overblown and even misleading. An in-depth analysis of 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaeda or a like-minded group or inspired by al-Qaeda’s ideology, and charged in the United States with an act of terrorism since 9/11, demonstrates that traditional investigative methods, such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations, provided the initial impetus for investigations in the majority of cases, while the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal.
Climate change will complicate the Philippines’ efforts to become self-sufficient in rice, the country’s economic planning secretary said Monday.
Arsenio Balisacan said preliminary data showed that 74% of the estimated damage from natural disasters in the country last year came in the farm sector, primarily affecting rice. The natural disasters include extreme weather caused by global warming, he said.
“We expect these extreme events and unpredictable phenomena to become the new normal,” Mr. Balisican told a workshop on efforts to address the impact of climate change in agriculture.
No government regulation! Woo hoo. A Libertarian paradise (unless you need to take a shower, drink water, wash your clothes, make dinner or wash your face).
The U.S. is a “center right” nation? I don’t think so. A majority want single-payer health care. A majority now support gay marriage. There’s huge support for extending unemployment insurance and now — now — most of us support legalizing marijuana:
D.C. pundits, receiving text messages from conservatives as they speak, insist we’re, ah, a conservative nation but no we aren’t.
This happened in April, 2009:
The Associated Press and its member newspapers will take legal action against Web sites that use newspaper articles without legal permission, the group said on Monday, in a clear shot at aggregators like Google.
Last June, AP threatened to sue bloggers for copying their content (see “AP Fair Use Guidelines” and “Wire Service Theft for some backstory). They ultimately thought the better of it, partly as a result of mediation by the Media Bloggers Association but the basic question — what constitutes “Fair Use” in matters of breaking news — was never really resolved. Further, as MBA president Bob Cox notes, one can be right on the legal merits, win in court, and still go bankrupt defending yourself.
This issue with the AP is still up in the air so I stay the hell away from linking to their stuff which is so dumb on their part. If I copy a photo or some of their text, and give them credit, isn’t that good for them? I think so. It’s called publicity, small as my blog is.
That said, I love, love, love this much more modern approach to linking from AspenJournalism:
Editor’s note: These photos are available for distribution across all platforms with credit given to Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism. Brent’s at email@example.com and 970/948-1930.
Short and sweet and as it should be.
Journalism is supposed to be about getting the word out. It isn’t meant to be “owned” (here’s looking at you AP).
Ah yes, the corporate media looking down on We the Little People:
Earlier today I watched Bill Clinton swear in Bill de Blasio, New York City’s new, progressive mayor. What a breath of fresh air after having that city run by billionaire 1%er Mike Bloomberg for three terms.
After Clinton swore de Blasio in, de Blasio, of course, gave an acceptance speech in which he talked about tackling the income unfairness in the city — some making zillions and some making pennies; raising the minimum wage and creating after school programs so kids belonging to the working poor have a place to go and something to do after school, among other things.
After de Blasio finished his speech and CNN stayed on the cheering crowd for a minute, they returned to Dana Bash in the studio, who said what de Blasio said was “pretty boastful.”
We know the media’s ragingly liberal (not) when a newly elected conservative who sets out his agenda is talking about his “vision for the future” but what a liberal sets out his “vision for the future” it’s referred to as “pretty boastful.”
Get ready for the corporate media to hate on Bill de Blasio for the next four years because he says he wants to do something for the 99% which, you know, we just can’t have. Before long they’ll be comparing him to Fidel Castro and Stalin.
If I can get a clip I’ll put it up.
As I’ve mentioned before, six or seven years ago I read a quote somewhere from someone (don’t remember any of the particulars) about why so many Republicans appeared on “talk news” shows. The answer was, “They’re the ones in power.”
It made sense at the time but whoever said was obviously full-o-crap. Democrats are in power now but Republicans still dominate. The blue lines are Democrats, the red lines are Republicans:
Larger version here.
Not only that, the Democrats, left to right, are Joe Manchin (Coal Industry-WV), Chuck Schumer (Wall Street – NY) and Dick Durbin (In Favor of cutting Soc. Sec. benefits – IL). Manchin and Schumer are corporate Democrats. Something happened to Durbin along the way because he’s itching to cut Social Security. If they switched parties no one would notice. All these guests have pretty much the same point of view. It’s misleading to think that just because someone labeled a Democrat is on with a Republican at any given time, the audience isn’t actually hearing differing opinions. For all intents and purposes all of these guests are Republicans.
The next time I hear the term, “liberal media,” you’ll probably be able to hear me scream.
Regular readers of this site know I have serious disagreements with President Obama but this is ridiculous. Here’s an article from the Washington Post (it’s on today’s front page) about Sasha and Malia Obama growing up, as young human beings tend to do, and it’s titled: Growing Proof of the Limits of Presidential Power:
I mean, it’s astonishing how the ahem — “liberal media” — twists into knots to find ways to make Obama look impotent.
Got that? Earlier this month, Republicans refused to extend unemployment insurance to more than a million Americans because they’re lazy a++holes and if we coddle them they’ll just keep on keepin’ on sucking the tit of the American taxpayer.
Dear god of the universe: If only we really did have a liberal media here in the U.S., they’d be screaming about this: <—- <—-:
And if we had Democrats here in the U.S. who made some serious noise, who had guts and a willingness to stand up to the corporatocarcy (thank you Justice Roberts and your ruling on Citizens United), We the People might stand a chance…
The “liberal media” has adopted the Republican spin that repealing the Affordable Care Act is popular. Problem is, if the “liberal media” dug just a wee bit below the surface of the latest poll, they’d find that a lot of people oppose it because it doesn’t go far enough. But no. They’re too lazy and too afraid of being accused of having a “liberal bias.” So you can be sure you won’t hear a peep about this today (or tomorrow, or ever):
This has always been the inconvenient detail for the right. Conservatives look at the top-line poll results and say, “See? 58% of Americans oppose ‘Obamacare.’ Therefore, Democrats should listen to Republicans and gut the law.”But it’s the nuances of Americans’ attitudes that matter. In this CNN poll, 40% of the public backs the Affordable Care Act and another 14% want the law to go even further and be more ambitious.In other words, as the CNN analysis explained, 54% of the country either supports Obamacare, or say it’s not liberal enough.
Tell me if you think we’d ever see an article like this about a guy. Or, this is how sexist and petty the D.C. media is:
Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads
Whether Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s latest pick to head the Federal Reserve, proves to be the financial genius our sputtering economy so desperately needs, remains to be seen.
At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture.
Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her:
And then the bored-out-of-his-mind moron who thinks this is important news goes on to show a photo of Yellen in the same outfit today when she appeared on Capitol Hill for her confirmation hearing.
Imagine someone saying the same thing about a guy wearing the same suit during two appearances a month apart. It would never happen.
If this isn’t clear evidence that the “liberal media” will pick at anything, ANYTHING, having to do with the Obama administration, I don’t know what is.
Not only that, Yellen is arguably going to be one of the most powerful people on the planet if she’s confirmed. Is nitpicking about her clothes what immediately comes to mind here? Really?
Yes America. You’re being dumbed down big time.
Love this tweet from In These Times‘ labor reporter Mike Elk.
I’m so old I remember when the cable “news” networks said they were giving Republicans more coverage than Democrats because Republicans were in office.
Democrats have been in office for five years.
Fool me once, shame one me. Fool me twice, you’re a lying SOB:
Love how the righties scream about the “liberal media.”
It would be one thing if “E! News” did this but when the supposed “real” news outlets do it it’s pretty disgusting. In short, get ready to get played:
Here we go again.
More than three years ahead of the 2016 election, Donald Trump is already hinting at a presidential run, and the media — though certain this time around that he can’t be serious — are covering it anyway.
Dubbed a “sideshow” by NBC’s Chuck Todd and a “serial presidential campaign explorer” by CBS News, Trump is being accused by the press of engaging in yet another publicity stunt. “Folks,” the NBC News political team flatly declared this week, “he isn’t going to run.”
But don’t for one second think that means an end to Trump coverage. And lots of it.
Even as reporters suggest that Trump should not be taken seriously, many media organizations continue to cover him as a potential legitimate candidate, as they did in 2012. The reason for that is something Trump, the executive producer and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is very familiar with: ratings.
This morning on Meet the Press, David Gregory, an alleged journalist but we all know what a joke that is, asked Glenn Greenwald, a real journalist, if he should be charged with a crime for “aiding and abetting” a “criminal,” as in Edward Snowden.
That said, here’s my Tweet of the Day:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Oops, I guess I’m going to have a second Tweet of the Day (so many good ones out there today):
So, the New York Times finally noticed that John McCain is a more-than-regular guest on one or more of the Sunday morning talk shows; something pajama-clad hippie bloggers have been harping about for years:
Senators’ Appearances on Sunday News Shows Since 2010
Senators often make the rounds of the Sunday news shows, and Republicans are the most frequent guests. Of 641 total appearances by senators since 2010, 369 were by Republicans, 247 were by Democrats and 25 were by independents (22 of those by Joseph I. Lieberman.) The programs included are “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” “Fox News Sunday” and “Al Punto.” Data is through June 3.
As an aside, six or seven years ago I remember someone asking — I think it was David Gregory — why he had so many Republicans on his show. He said, “Because they’re the ones in power.” Hah. Cute little white lie there. Republicans still overwhelmingly dominate (go to the link above for more detail), going on five years into Obama’s presidency.
Liberal media? My yas.
Raging Liberal (Per the Righties) Huffington Post Taking Chris Christie to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Who’s using who here? And, just asking, am I to believe the HuffPo couldn’t find anyone — anyone! — else just a tad more progressive to bestow this honor on?
Moral of the story. Them 1%ers stick together.
Or maybe this is what they want us to think is the new-new “bipartisanship.”
Ah yes. The “liberal media.”
Oh, and BTW, I don’t think we’ll see this on Fox. If we do, it’ll be interesting to see how they present it. Fox has long bashed the Huffington Post so if they say Christie is happily going along with this, that won’t be a good thing for him. It will signal that Fox is pushing him aside. On the other hand, they could present this as Christie being the ultimate diplomat for getting the invite and, you know, it’s all his doing and he manipulated them so ain’t he great. The man!
Here’s my headline of the day. Sadly it’s par for the course for our crappy corporate media: Sunday Shows Respond to the Popularity of Same Sex Marriage By Hosting Anti-Gay Bigots.
According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 58% of Americans support same sex marriage. Only 36% of those surveyed oppose it. Among those age 18-29, 81% support same sex marriage. However, on the Sunday shows [this morning] the anti-marriage position [was] treated as being equal.
The Sunday shows really did it up, hosting two rabidly anti-gay, right-wing religious zealots: Ralph Reed and Tony Perkins.
[F]aith shouldn’t trump facts. Opposition based on faith should not be treated by the media as being equal to facts. When that faith based position is out of touch with nearly 2/3 of America, the mainstream media should not be treating it as holding equal footing in a public policy debate.
Instead of challenging these bigots, the mainstream media has chosen to give them an equal platform. Instead of acknowledging that country is changing, Meet The Press and State of the Union catered to right wing fantasy of deep divisions. None of these shows questioned the validity of the opposition, and they all gave untrue statements about the impact of same sex marriage on families a free pass.
Until the media stops catering to the white conservative minority and starts talking to a majority of this country, they will continue to fail to fulfill their duties as the fourth estate.
And they will continue to lose viewers.
Read the whole article at the link above.
26 children and adults were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. We were all outraged.
Here’s what’s happened in the 87 days since:
America would be outraged about this too, if only the “liberal media” would devote as much time and attention (as in 24/7 coverage) to it as it did Sandy Hook.
I like the plain truth President Obama told Steve Kroft in his 60 Minutes interview tonight:
You know, Steve, I gotta tell you, the — you guys in the press are incorrigible. I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you’re talking about elections four years from now.”
And I like the plain truth he told The New Republic too:
One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.
Memo to Obama and all Democrats: Keep it up, hammer away at it, drive it home and for God’s sake, don’t let up!
Check out this photo the New York Times ran yesterday under the headline: On This, 2 Sides Agree: Fighting Hardened Positions:
The caption under the photo reads: “Girls at a Gaza school were stunned to find it closed.”
Read the article here or at the link above.
That said, I love the reaction from TheAngryArabNewsService which is spot on:
“Girls at a Gaza school were stunned to find it closed[?]” No, you smart people of the Times. They are stunned obviously to see all that destruction.
Geezus. The NYTimes can’t get past its own spin. Look at the blown-out windows in the background and the rubble. Who does the NYT think it’s kidding?
Hey, I think I know. Itself.