Category: Media

After the Blame

After the Blame

The past several days have been a bit of a blur for me. I sat down to write out my feelings several times immediately following the election to no avail. So, I finally decided to sit with my thoughts for a few days and listen to what others had to say. During my moment of reticence, I heard numerous explanations […]

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Detroit News endorses Libertarian embarrassment Gary Johnson a day after he can’t name a single favorite foreign leader

Detroit News endorses Libertarian embarrassment Gary Johnson a day after he can’t name a single favorite foreign leader

The Detroit News came out with their endorsement for president this morning and, for the first time in the newspaper’s history, the did NOT endorse a Republican. They also didn’t endorse a Democrat. They endorsed a candidate who doesn’t even have double-digit support in most national polls, Libertarian Gary Johnson. Johnson’s position on issues that impact everyday Michiganders shows just […]

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It’s time for national media outlets to show solidarity with the Washington Post and other outlets banned by Trump

It’s time for national media outlets to show solidarity with the Washington Post and other outlets banned by Trump

On Monday of this week, Donald Trump revoked the media credentials of journalists working for the Washington Post covering his events. This follows on the heels of his blacklisting of multiple other national media outlets including Gawker, BuzzFeed, Foreign Policy, Politico, Fusion, Univision, Mother Jones, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Des Moines Register, the Daily Beast, and Huffington Post. […]

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CNN discovers what Michigan journalists already know: Snyder adminstration hides information behind HUGE FOIA fees

CNN discovers what Michigan journalists already know: Snyder adminstration hides information behind HUGE FOIA fees

The Snyder administration had long been thought to be using fees to process FOIA requests as a way to avoid transparency and to scare off inquisitive journalists and private citizens from poking around in their (public) affairs. Then, last October, the fine folks at Progress Michigan got definitive proof that FOIA fees were being wielded as a weapon against transparency. […]

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Gawker writer judges Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize by its founder, not its art

Gawker writer judges Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize by its founder, not its art

New York City’s finest arts and media institution, Gawker, published a lengthy piece today exposing the “right-wing” “scam” that is ArtPrize. You know, the art competition hosted in the city of Grand Rapids every year. Apparently because the founder’s last name is DeVos, ArtPrize is a nefarious scheme to dupe stupid Midwesterners into enjoying terrible art in the pursuit of…well…something […]

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Conservative pundit Peggy Noonan: Hillary Clinton’s supporters applaud the wrong way

Conservative pundit Peggy Noonan: Hillary Clinton’s supporters applaud the wrong way

After watching Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign launch speech, Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan came to the startling conclusion that, when it comes to applauding, Clinton supporters are doin’ it wrong. It seemed to me to highlight some of her weaknesses as a campaigner; there was a rote quality to her speeches, a certain leaden quality, […]

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A glimpse behind the curtain of how Koch-funded corporate front groups manipulate the news you read on the internet

A glimpse behind the curtain of how Koch-funded corporate front groups manipulate the news you read on the internet

Over the past several years, I have written about how corporate front groups, largely funded by corporatists like the Koch brothers and their network of fake grassroots (“astroturf”) groups, manipulate the media to serve their corporate bottom lines. They use this network to amplify their corporate messages, disguised as “reporting” or “news”, jacking up their search engine hits, and ensuring […]

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No, Washington Post, President Obama didn’t “suggest requiring everyone to vote”

No, Washington Post, President Obama didn’t “suggest requiring everyone to vote”

Ya gotta admit, it’s terrific clickbait, though, right? Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a piece titled “Obama suggests requiring everyone to vote”. It was total clickbait that went nuts on Facebook. Other media outlets followed suit but it was the WashPo piece that went viral. And it’s pretty provocative, right? I mean, what sort of dictator would take away your […]

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Day 4: First quarter fundraiser – We represent you, the people

Day 4: First quarter fundraiser – We represent you, the people

Independent journalists like Team Eclectablog tell you what you need to know — and we tell it like it is. Have you ever watched cable news or read a mainstream media post and wondered who was paying them to slant the story? The influence of corporate sponsors happens on both sides of the aisle at some networks and news outlets. […]

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If you are an ignorant elected official, be careful or you might just get your Kirby delautered

If you are an ignorant elected official, be careful or you might just get your Kirby delautered

In Frederick County, Maryland, there lives a man named Kirby Delauter. Delauter is an anti-tax, anti-liberal City Council member and he hates the “liberal media”. He hates the “liberal media” so much that, when they published an article that mentioned him, he immediately took to the Book of Faces to issue a threat to the journalist who had the unmitigated […]

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Why the right messaging is essential to a winning campaign strategy

Why the right messaging is essential to a winning campaign strategy

First, you need to be clear on what you stand for. Then you need to make sure everyone knows exactly what that is. While LOLGOP was posting an excellent piece on how Democrats fell short of making the best possible case for voters to elect them (and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should), I was posting along […]

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