There’s no shame in having learned the lessons of Iraq: no to a war in Syria.
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The ethical principle of full disclosure has become a way for political journalists to subtly brag about themselves
I was in Russia when a tourist from New York turned to me and said, “Whatever happened to Chicago?” To this mysterious question he added, “I kept thinking it was going to break through, but it never did.” Nonplussed, I tried to think of a Chicago breakthrough. Eventually I must have sputtered something about Nobel [...]
James Joyner discusses how consumers of particular conservative media outlets were shocked that President Obama was re-elected and were shocked again that Senator Hagel was confirmed as Secretary of Defense. Bubble-supporting media presumably attracts an audience by telling them things they want to hear. But when the predictions that media makes are dramatically wrong over [...]
Annie Lowrey laments that the budget lines that are big are the ones people want to spare from cuts, and the ones they want to cut don’t make up much of the budget. But the big counterexample–from her own chart–goes unmentioned.
Or gals. Either way, some political anthropology is in order. Via Drum, Dave Weigel objects to the media narrative about the supposed new Republican flexibility on raising taxes on those making more than $250,000: When I carp about Meet the Pressistan, this is what I’m talking about — a mobius strip conversation among the same [...]
If FOX sought to fill this void, they would win at least one new viewer. And if FOX needs a host, I’m available….
An African friend asked me recently “What did Kim Kardashian DO?”. “Nothing” I said. “Then why is she so famous?”. How I cherish his innocence. The exchange made me want to go back and watched Clive James’ masterful documentary Fame in the 20th Century, but I discovered alas it is not available on DVD and [...]
Why do journalists love the idea of “sacrifice” for its own sake? Five speculations.
Much has been written about the media’s tendency to cover political issues by (1) Highlighting areas of turbulence and conflict rather than stability and agreement and (2) Treating the viewpoints they cover as broadly representative and of comparable accuracy. Thus, to cover the question of whether the city should build a new sewer system, a [...]