But the key thing to understand is that the criticism here is not really of the coverage of what happened in Waco. It’s of the juxtaposition of what happened here with what happens when the people involved are of a different color. The message is not that the conversation about Waco should be overblown, hypercritical of an entire culture, or full of racial subtext. It’s despair over the sense that if the gang members were black, it almost certainly would be.
The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms than, say, the BBC is familiar. But this presentation is notable for two reasons.
The first is its source — for those who don’t know, Barlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations and was an influential early proponent of supply-side / tax-cut economics. He also worked for Ron Paul. Since then he’s harshly criticized the Bush-43 administration, but in no sense does he come at this as a Democratic party operative.
The second and more important reason is Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.
Here is a link to the paper:
How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics
EE: Yes. And now I have been reading the press around Mad Max. There are some so-called “men’s rights” groups, which I think are fairly reactionary, who are boycotting the movie. They are saying women are not equal to men, women have no logic. They’re angry that I was a consultant on the film. They feel feminism is destroying Mad Max.
AL: Oh, give me a break.
EE: It is astonishing. Here is what’s amazing about the film. Charlize Theron’s character has a real mission. Any violence that occurs does not feel gratuitous because she is directed toward her mission. When you see a female action character, who is capable of fighting on equal ground with the men, who is the most powerful fighter in this film, when you see that, as a woman, allegorically, metaphorically, in all ways, it changes your idea of yourself. You actually believe you have agency over your life, you can fight with men as an equal partner — in some cases she is saving Mad Max, in other cases he is saving her. You never feel women are crippled, or disabled, or incapable of defending themselves. That alone is so empowering.
Charlize’s character is taking the wives to the green place called the Land of the Many Mothers. Another thing that is astonishing is when they get there, there’s a reveal. I don’t want to spoil it for people, but the reveal of who they are is something I have never seen before in a film.
there you go: Sex is a Vice. Nothing More Nothing Less.
No acknowedgement that such a world view has Fucked Individuals and Society for centuries. No acknowedgement that sexual relations are a healthy, normal part of life.
Abortion care, a provably safe medical procedure that affects one in three women, is an unsuitable topic for millions of people worldwide, according to Google and Hulu, which recently rejected informational advertisements that discuss abortion.
“Let’s pretend that life is perfect and everything happens exactly as you plan,” says the narrator of a video ad, produced by Productive Rights and paid for by UltraViolet, which uses petitions and ads to address progressive political issues. “You go on a date with the guy of your dreams. Your condom never breaks. You never make mistakes and you never need to access abortion.”
“Let’s end the pretending,” the ad continues. “Condoms break. Mistakes are made. Abortion is a part of real life.”
Just a few weeks ago, Wikileaks published more than 30,000 documents from the Sony hack, the huge release of confidential data by cyber criminals who targeted Sony Pictures late last year. The result: a massive, searchable archive of 30,287 documents and 173,132 messages.
As Women and Hollywood reported on Monday, one of those leaked emails was an exchange between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and Sony CEO Michael Lynton. In the email, dated August 7, 2014, with the subject line “Female Movies,” Perlmutter appears to be explaining to Lynton why a female-centric superhero movie is a bad business idea:
I refuse to take DAESH connection to the Garland shooting seriously, as I refuse to take this despicable woman seriously. Ever. I actually flinch when I see this kind of thing any more prominent than page eight in the paper or scrolled way down on any website. Sometimes, well too often our collective media outrage feeds their illness.
Hey I think I will sponsor a cartoon contest. Right here. I’ll buy a two month subscription for the artist that makes the best cartoon that shows Pamela Gellers true nature by way of caricature.
Haroon Moghul is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is an author, essayist, and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter @hsmoghul. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)It’s possible you’d never heard of Pamela Geller before Sunday night’s tragic attack in Garland, Texas. You might think she’s taking a brave stand for free speech, for American values, and that by supporting her, you’re supporting America.
I’m here to disabuse you of that notion. While Geller claims to stand for American values, much of what she does undermines our values.
Bryan details not just the Williams debacle and susequent mishandling, but also the series of missteps taken after the Comcast merger. This is a recommended long read for you this Sunday — you could read this instead of watching “Meet the Chuck” with John Boehner or something…
It had been a tumultuous period for NBC’s news division, as had the entire four years since the Philadelphia cable/phone/Internet giant, Comcast, took over NBCUniversal, as the company is officially known. There was Ann Curry’s tearful flameout on Today; David Gregory’s long slide to his exit from Meet the Press; the strange firing after less than three months on the job of Jamie Horowitz, an ESPN executive brought in to fix Today; not to mention ratings declines at several of the division’s centerpiece shows, including Today and Meet the Press.
But that afternoon, after a long presentation to 200 NBC advertising salespeople, Turness was feeling better than she had in months. When she had been hired she knew she was stepping onto a troubled ship; finally, she felt, the organizational changes she had made were showing results. Meet the Press’s ratings were edging up; Nightly News seemed to be stabilizing. “Things,” she told Fili, “feel like they’re in a really good place.”
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Her sense of relief, however, lasted mere minutes. As she left Fili’s office around 3:30, Turness learned the startling news: the most important person at the network, the face of NBC News, its anchorman Brian Williams, had apparently been exaggerating an anecdote about coming under fire in a U.S. Army helicopter during the Iraq war in 2003. A reporter from the military newspaper Stars and Stripes had called about it that morning. Williams was supposed to talk to him off the record in an effort to determine what the reporter planned to write. Instead, to the dismay of NBC’s P.R. staff, Williams had gone on the record and admitted he hadn’t been telling the truth, not only on a Nightly News broadcast the previous week but also over the years at public appearances and on talk shows.
20-month-old Al Jazeera America was slapped with a $15 Million lawsuit by a former employee today:
Matthew Luke, formerly the network’s director of media and archive management, filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court claiming wrongful termination. Among other allegations, Mr. Luke said he was fired after he complained to the company’s human resources department about his boss, Osman Mahmud, who, Mr. Luke said, told him to exclude female employees from meetings and not involve them in projects that they had previously worked on.
In the suit, Mr. Luke asserted that Mr. Mahmud mistreated female employees and exhibited anti-Semitic behavior, including expressing a desire to replace an Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian. A female senior vice president who resisted fulfilling that request was later transferred to another position, the lawsuit says. The suit further claims that Mr. Mahmud said that “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.”
As if that were not enough drama for one day, the network also announced that two executive vice presidents - both women - were leaving the network effective in early May. It has not been confirmed that either of these resignations are related to the lawsuit, or merely just an unfortunately coincidence in timing.
I was a semi-regular viewer of Al Jazeera’s international English network while living abroad, and have found Al Jazeera America to be of a similarly high journalistic standard. Having said that, it should not be a great shock that these channels and their management strongly reflect the biases of the Al Thani clan, the ruling family of Qatar, which finances and runs them.
While this lawsuit and the resignations are problematic for Al Jazeera America, they are actually facing a much bigger problem:
When Al Jazeera bought the cable channel Current TV for $500 million to start an American cable network, it was said to be the most ambitious television project since the introduction of Fox News. Al Jazeera America opened bureaus, spent lavishly and recruited veteran TV journalists like John Seigenthaler and Ali Velshi.
But in the nearly 20 months since Al Jazeera America went on the air, it has struggled to match the ratings of its frail predecessor, Current TV.
I think there is a chance that we are going to find out just how much money the Al Thani clan is willing to lose in order to keep a place on the American cable dial.
Fox News is desperately trying to create a new Congressional investigation of Hillary Clinton even as Clinton Cash crumbles before their eyes.
Video: at link
Fox News Sunday’s interview of Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, revealed their true agenda.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday: