Tag Archives: media
According to the New York Times Caucus Section, 92% of campaign ads in the Florida primary have been negative.
It does not come as a surprise that these candidates have nothing positive to say about their own campaigns.
However I suggest that instead of wasting millions on negative ads, these republican candidates should simply shut up.
Original Source: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/92-percent-of-ads-in-florida-were-negative/?ref=politics
This is one of my favorite news clips:
<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/aFQFB5YpDZE&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/aFQFB5YpDZE&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”425″ height=”344″></embed></object>
The right-wing slander machine (Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox News et al.)Â have tried their best to connect the President-elect Obama to the scandal surrounding Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich with their unbreakable logic (“they’re from, like, the same state and stuff”).Â It’s been terribly dissapointing the extent to which the mainstream media have picked up on the non-story.Â Their repeated innuendos that there is some connection beyond geography between Obama, Emmanuel and other members of the incomming administration and the disgraced governor have convinced a large number of Americans, 48% of whom think members of the administration had illegal or unethical contact with Blogojevich.Â I can’t blame the average American who knows only what CNN tells them.Â I can blame the media which refuses to let Americans know that Blago called Obama a “motherfucker” and lamented that his people refused to offer “anything but appreciation.”Â I can blame the media which remind us that Rahm Emmanuel spoke to Blogojevich about the open seat, but don’t mention he offered nothing in return and has been completely cleared.
For peddling this meaningless dreck, and making no effort to inform the public of the truth, the mainstream media is the Douche of this Boxing Day.
This year, for the first time, Nickeldeon — our favorite channel for kids (next to Disney, right?) — will be covering the Inauguration in January. According to Huffington Post, after 2.2 million voted in their online election, they kinda figured there was an audience for this stuff.Â For those of you unable to hop on over to D.C., forget about CNN! Forget about MSNBC! Catch coverage live on Nickelodeon.
(But seriously, I’m really hoping it’s geared towards younger kids… the earlier they start paying attention to what’s happening around them, the better.)
The Detroit Free Press spins it as a bold plan to retain two papers in the city, but the bottom line is this: Detroit will no longer have a daily delivered newspaper.Â Though the Free Press and News will still be available every day at newsstands, but will only be delivered Thursday, Friday and Sunday.Â The Tribune is bankrupt, the Times took out a mortgage on their building, and every newspaper is losing money, but this may be the most shocking story yet in the decline of the American newspaper.
The bloodbath in Bombay thus led to unprecedented media mayhem in India and certainly in the US as well. It was certainly enjoyable to see Indian New Yorkers of every shape, size and political opinion pontificating on India’s 9-11 on the networks here. And as frantic American shoppers trampled a Walmart worker to death, we got a brief respite from the bombs in Bombay. I felt ashamed that my country had never before elicited such attention in the American media. Most Americans were certainly not informed in such detail about the train bombings in Bombay in July that killed more than 200. And the Gujarat riots of 2002, where more than 2000 people, the majority of them Muslim, were killed also did not occupy the Breaking News cycle on American television with such intensity. – Parvez Sharma
I still find the intense, misguided coverage of the Mumbai attacks to be amusing, or enough to elicit a jaded chuckle. As Sharma talks about in the above quote, India has had plenty of other attacks. Last time I went to India, in 2006, the 7/11 train bombings occurred in Mumbai. Did the American media focus on it at all? Not really. They were to busy rattling their mouths on the Hezbollah crisis going on at the time. But why didn’t we talk about it — I mean, after all, couldn’t Al-Qaeda be involved? This little tidbit was often vigorously declared on air a week ago. (Really, no other terrorist organizations exist? Hmm.)
Anyway — you all should take a break from the Illinois coverage and read Parvez Sharma’s most recent post on HuffPo… Bullets in Bollywood:No Eid For Me.
Just the name Democratic Republic of the Congo evokes images of violence and warfare, and it is easy to write off any more information about conflicts there or elsewhere in Africa as â€œjust another African problem.â€ The recent news from the area isn’t any different-a new conflict broke out in the Nord-Kivu region of the DRC just last month. Since October, 45,000 people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1,200 die every day. Yet almost no US news source has even mentioned the conflict. Election information did dominate a lot of the news over the past month, but the fact that a war killing more people every three days than died in total on September 11th, 2001 shows the glaringly apathetic stance the US takes towards the rest of the world, and the fact that major news sources that cover world events rarely, if ever, mention the conflict is appalling. We cannot simply just write off the deaths of thousands of people. We have a responsibility as human beings to at least know what is happening, and our news agencies have a responsibility to report events like the Nord-Kivu war.
These two were taught by Tom Duvall in political warfare.
“Machiavelli and Sun Tzu working in tandem couldn’t have put together a week for John McCain that would have rivaled the favorable coverage that Obama’s getting from his foreign tour.”
~ Republican media strategist Dan Schnur
It’s been pretty apparent to me that the media have been giving John McCain a free pass for the better part of a decade now.Â Though McCain, and the right-wing talkers trod out tired old lines about the “liberal media,” a study shows the media are systematically harder on Barack Obama than they are on John McCain.Â It’s a repeat of 2000 where the media fell over itself to ignoreÂ misstatements and downright lies byÂ George Bush whileÂ harping on any gaffe by Al Gore.Â This analysis, which compares positive and negative stories for each candidate, comes in addition to research showing that subtle visual cues overwhelmingly work against Democrats in the mainstream media.
The right-wing lied about media bias over and over until their story was finally accepted as true.Â Even the media itself started to believe it, or at least fear that their viewers and readers did.Â As a result, the media, has slowly, involuntarily, even accidentally moved to the right.Â Unless countered by facts like the ones in this study, the continual cry of media bias will continue moving media outlets further and further to the right.
^ Not on anyone’s Veep shortlist ^
Welcome to Monday, July 28th 2008… The weighty feeling of a Vice-Presidential selection is in the air… McCain met with his “inner-circle” yesterday and has no scheduled events today. Obama is meeting with top business leaders to talk economics.
From the Political Wire: Why we might have trouble keeping Michigan blue this November… It comes in the form of Mitt Romney. To refresh yourself on who Mitt Romney is you can go here, here, here, and here.
From The Huffington Post: A conversation between two HuffPo writers and Senator Carl Levin about how Obama’s trip will change the history of this campaign.
From Salon: THE BEST ARTICLE EVER – A rundown of all those artists writing songs about Obama. For a taste I direct you to this calypso beat entitled “Barack the Magnificent.” I will post the video after the jump.
From Politico: Why all those Latino voters we were so worried about at the end of the primary are now supporting Obama.
From the Detroit Free Press: Mr. Mayor, Enough! After shoving a police officer, being forced to take drug tests, and ordered to post bail – the editorial board at the Free Press says enough!
From Harvard Dems: A look at the true media bias against Barack Obama.