CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks in the U.S. To determine how accurately these networks inform viewers about climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analyzed their coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently.
According to the UCS report, “Science or Spin?,” Fox News was the least accurate; 72% of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of its segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was cited as the most accurate, with only 8% of segments containing misleading statements. (Fox News, however, wins a consolation prize for “most improved,” since, in 2012, its climate change coverage was deemed 93% inaccurate.)
Two women journalists were shot in Afghanistan Friday—one fatally—while reporting on preparations for the country’s upcoming election.
Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer, and Kathy Gannon, an AP reporter who covered the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls doggedly, were observing election workers in the eastern city of Khost when an Afghan policeman approached, yelling “Allahu Akbar”—God is great—before opening fire. Niedringhaus was killed instantly; Gannon was shot in the arm and is in stable condition.
German-born Niedringhaus was best known for her intimate and challenging portraits: children playing on the front lines in a war zone; a single soldier’s face as he prepares for battle.
Now here’s where things really get sketchy: Media conglomerates such as Sinclair have bought up multiple news stations in the same regions—in nearly half of America’s 210 television markets, one company owns or manages at least two local stations, and a lot of these stations now run very similar or even completely identical newscasts, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. One in four local stations relies entirely on shared content. (See chart at right.)
On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission finally took steps to curb the practice. The commission’s rules have long prohibited companies from owning more than one of the four top-rated stations in a given market. But there was no rule preventing a single company from managing more than one station per market. Companies exploited this loophole by controlling stations through “joint sales agreements”—essentially shell companies formed just to hold the broadcast license. “Removal of the loophole helps ensure competition, localism, and diversity in local broadcast markets by preventing a practice that previously resulted in consolidation in excess of what is permitted under the Commission’s rules,” the FCC said in a press release.
Is the Feminist Majority Foundation like mean girls…or a force for women?
Is the Feminist Majority Foundation like mean girls…or a force for women?
- Mean girls
-Force for women
A Fool and His Money — are the New Owners of Newsweek Financing a South Korean Cult? — Thoughts on Journalism —
Mother Jones just ran a detailed report on the connections between David Jang, a former acolyte of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, his Bible school, Olivet University, and publications International Business Times and Newsweek.
The print Newsweek returned from a long hiatus with a cover story that supposedly revealed the true identity of the anonymous creator of the Bitcoin currency protocol. The accuracy of the account is still in doubt, however.
Former IBT reporter Benjamin Reeves has also looked into the connections between his former employer and the other parts of the Jang organization. His hypothesis is IBT and Newsweek are serving as revenue generators for cash-strapped Olivet University, which is trying to expand despite being unable to pay its bills.
Why did Uzac and Johnathan Davis buy Newsweek? While we can’t peer into the minds of Johnathan Davis, Uzac and their compatriots, we can make some educated guesses. IBT has failed to make a positive impression on the media landscape — it’s reporting has been widely lampooned for some time. While the website drives a vast quantity of web traffic, it seems to be generally low value readers who are attracted to sensationalism and celebrity gossip. Most likely Uzac and Davis purchased Newsweek in a bid to use its history to bolster the reputation of their company. By buying Newsweek, they perhaps hoped to purchase a bit of cache. [sic]
But as the recent Newsweek Bitcoin cover story debacle shows: dogmatic fools and their money are soon parted.
Reeves reports that he received a “cease and desist” letter from Olivet’s attorneys after he emailed the school a list of as-yet unanswered questions. It seems like Olivet has taken its lead from the Church of Scientology.
Before the news that over 7 million people had signed up for Obamacare, Fox News pundits seemed to be in agreement about one thing: the program was definitely not going to hit that target.
In the wake of the news that over 7 million people have signed up for Obamacare, Fox News pundits Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer were in complete agreement about one thing: there’s no way those numbers were real.
“These numbers that they are touting are phony numbers,” Krauthammer told O’Reilly on Tuesday. “That’s like saying anybody who goes on Amazon, orders a nifty stereo set, and puts it in the shopping cart, has purchased the stereo set. I can assure you it’s not going to show up at your house until you paid for it.”
The two men were also sure that the whole thing was a conspiracy to move towards a single-payer system, which, since single-payer advocates think Obamacare is a mess that only further entrenches a corrupt private insurance oligarchy, would be news to them.
It was meant to herald the triumphant return to newsstands of a venerable 80-year-old American media institution with a proud journalistic record.
Newsweek’s 4,500-word relaunch cover story on Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a California engineer who, it claimed, was the creator of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, gripped readers from Silicon Valley to Manhattan and delivered a frenzy of follow-up coverage to rival some of the biggest scoops of the magazine’s heyday.
“Everyone is really excited to start this new chapter,” Johnathan Davis, Newsweek’s new co-owner, told the Guardian earlier this month, before it went to press. “It’s a great honour. Newsweek has a storied history of great storytelling and hard-hitting journalism both in the United States and around the world”.
Since then, however, the article has come under an onslaught of criticism, as Nakamoto “unconditionally” denied that he was “the face behind bitcoin”, as Newsweek’s cover had proclaimed, and said that he had not even heard of the currency until he was contacted by a reporter
I haven’t read the entire report yet, but I’m sure it’s interesting. Based on the parts I skimmed through this morning, the author seems to feel more optimistic than I do about the current media landscape.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate a PDF of the whole report, so you’ll have to go over to Pew to read all of it. The database mentioned below has some useful info—some of the facts provided could come in handy when people make assertions about the various media outlets, such as cable news channels’ audiences, spending & revenues, newspapers’ circulation & online traffic, etc.
The State of the News Media 2014 is the eleventh edition of an annual report by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project examining the landscape of American journalism. This year’s study includes special reports about the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, the role of acquisitions and content sharing in local news and developments around digital video. In addition, it provides the latest audience, economic, news investment and ownership trends for key sectors of news media, including a new, searchable Media & News Indicators database. Read the Overview.
CNN’s Don Lemon is quickly becoming the source of all of the “best” theories about what happened to the missing Flight 370.
Lemon’s new tactic is to solicit any random and wild theory from his viewers and then put them to a panel of guests. He did this on Wednesday night, which led to him asking Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, whether a black hole or Bermuda Triangle could have taken the plane. Also, another Twitter follower had said the whole thing was like an episode of “Lost.”
“I know it’s preposterous,” he said, before completely negating that statement by asking Schiavo, “is it preposterous, Mary?”
Schiavo had an extremely delightful answer:
“A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that. A Bermuda Triangle is often weather, and ‘Lost’ is a TV show.”
Earlier this month, Newsweek magazine returned from its temporary slumber with a bombshell. It had found the elusive creator of the Bitcoin protocol, who went only by the name “Satoshi Nakamoto.”
Only problem is, the man Newsweek identified says he is not Bitcoin’s creator, and his background and skills seem not to fit the profile of a crack C++ coder with a solid grasp of cryptography. And the purported true Satoshi Nakamoto posted anonymously online that he is not Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, of southern California.
Now, more than a week after the story’s publication, it seems clear that Newsweek fingered the wrong man. So the question now turns to Newsweek and the level of irresponsibility they displayed in publishing this at all.
So we ask: could Newsweek have known? Prior to all the denials, prior to Dorian’s interview with the AP where he said nonsensical things like “I have never communicated with bitcoins” - could Newsweek have found details that would have suggested that Dorian and Satoshi were different people?
I believe the answer is yes.
The article goes on to detail the discrepancies between Newsweek’s Nakamoto and the anonymous Bitcoin creator, and the possible explanations for them.
Newsweek and the reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman, stand by the story, but judging from this article, it looks like they really screwed up. Not a shining moment in American journalism by any measure.