by David Phinney
Friday April 19th 2024



‘Media’ Archives

Tim Hates Chris and Other Nasty Business

Kiss, kiss in the Beltway. Tales of media favors, backstabbing and manipulation. This morning's Los Angeles Times reports on the Libby trial: As they talked by phone, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby scribbled down a series of Machiavellian suggestions from Cheney's then-communications guru, Mary Matalin: What to do about MSNBC talk show host Chris [...]

(Huh?) ‘Increasingly Sexy’ Global Warming (?)

Global warming is making people hot around the collar, perhaps, but sexy? Maybe The Washington Post's new blogger, Paul Kane, is just being "cute" by calling it "sexy." After all, a newly-hired columnist can't be too careful about giving credibility to an issue once advanced exclusively by lefties (readers might think you have a liberal bias or [...]

Gripping Headline!!! Hold the Phone! This Just In!!!

by David Phinney Jan 14, 2007 -- A guy I was standing next to in line at Murky Grounds on Capitol Hill pointed this out to me. "That's no headline," he said, pointing to a stack of Washington Post newspapers by the cash register. And there it was, above the fold on The Washington Post front page: "HOUSE GOP SHOWS ITS FRACTIOUSNESS IN [...]

And the Oscar for Best Documentary Goes to…..

And the Oscar for Best Documentary Goes to…..

This is a tough one. Two outstanding docs are up for the nomination: Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and The War Tapes by Deborah Scranton and Chuck Lacy. Al Gore lucidly delivers an urgent warning about global warming in Inconvenient Truth that is jaw dropping in its punch. PLUS, there's an enormous appeal to the idea that a former Vice [...]


From a December 12 Bill Moyers speech before a bunch of lefty groups gathering in New York sponsored by The Nation, Demos, the Brennan Center for Justice and the New Democracy Project: Democrats are ebullient as they prepare to take charge of the multitrillion-dollar influence racket that we used to call the US Congress. Let them rejoice while [...]

Arianna’s Aggressive Pursuit of (the) Action

Arianna’s Aggressive Pursuit of (the) Action

Talk about swing voters! Some readers may take interest in remembering that Arianna Huffington, publisher of the innovative, liberal Huffington Post, first spun into the American political limelight as the GOP diva and head ideological cheerleader when Republicans took control of Congress in 1995 for the first time since 1952. She could be [...]

Happy Birthday, CIA

Someone just sent me this link: from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: Extra! November/December 1997 One of the most evenhanded examples of mainstream coverage of the CIA's anniversary was on ABC News' website, where the report opens on a note of caution: "No doubt the nation's leading band of spies prefers to forget about the disastrous Bay of [...]

Follies for Foley

The Republican effort to cast blame on the media for publicizing Rep. Foley's masturbatory online flirtations with teenage house pages doesn't appear to stick..... I ran into a friend who told me he was sitting on a story about a then-unnamed US Representative with a predilection for young teenage pages last spring -- say six months ago. He said [...]

American Airlines Prepared to Pull Ads From ABC

Ooops.... Bad research and fact checking at ABC leads to advertiser concern for the recently aired, slanted movie, The Path to 9/11. American Airlines may pull its advertising! The film in both its first and second parts appears to suggest that chief hijacker Mohammed Atta was flagged as a security risk at Boston's Logan Airport by American [...]

ABC, bin Laden, Clinton and Monica

by David Phinney Sept. 7, 2006 -- It figures that ABC would be bending current events for reasons beyond my understanding. Ratings? Politics? Ass kissing to the current administration? Who knows? Perhaps, it's just typical corporate incompetence. On January 21, 1998, ABC's Jackie Judd was the first network reporter to broadcast the [...]

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