Hey, MLB, what were you thinking?

What’s wrong with this group of people selected to discuss World Series games for the pre- and post-game shows? “Kevin Burkhardt Hosts Pregame & Postgame Coverage with Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Raúl Ibañez and Frank Thomas.” Great. One guy who was banned for life for gambling on the game (Rose) and one guy who was …

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National Geo, say it ain’t so!

The very thought of a Rupert Murdoch-owned company buying 73% of National Geographic makes my blood run cold. Then I read the news more closely, and I learn that what’s happening is that the media brands are being folded into something called National Geographic Partners, which will include National Geographic’s domestic and international channels, National …

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An NYT reporter learns something

And she publishes a long long paper about it. The reporter is Jackie Calmes, and the paper is entitled “They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing” with the subtitle “Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party.” It’s published by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Vox’s David Roberts has read it and has some thoughts …

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Catapult the Propaganda!

Apparently the words the alleged shooter spoke before opening fire last night at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston mean less than nothing to Fox News, at least if the panelists on its “Fox and Friends” show are any guide. According to a survivor he said “I have to do it. You rape …

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A novel idea

Hey, newspapers and magazines and broadcast networks and cable channels, when it comes to the 2016 Presidential campaign, skip the whole thing! Journalists ought to simply skip the whole campaign circus, and forget about access journalism when it comes to the presidential race. It’s a waste of time and money. The point the author tries …

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Hastert

The tabloidization of news is almost complete. Look at this case. A former (former!) Speaker of the US House of Representatives has been indicted for breaking banking laws and lying to the FBI. He has not been indicted for bribery of a public official. He hasn’t been a public official himself since 2006. He’s a …

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