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Injecting some truth into the right wing grapevine

Prior to this health care reform insanity, the netroots has been really good about pushing back against the way that right wing lies and bullshit are promoted through channels such as right wing media, think tanks, and mainstream media promotion of both. But what’s harder to do is deal with…

Reimagining the news

Here’s a fundamental difference between the right wing blogosphere that’s fading in influence and the liberal blogosphere that’s gaining—we feel completely different about the profession of journalism, even if many people in that profession don’t necessarily see it. I realized yesterday that I’ve been in this world for five years…

Reflections on a crazy week

Boy, this last week really drove home what it’s going to be like for the netroots now that Democrats are finally in charge. I, for one, am feeling really good about it. The mainstream media has shifted right back into the zone they were in when Clinton was President, which…

You can be fair or balanced, but not both

I hate to say it, because it comes out of place of defensiveness (especially since they’re supposed to be a conservative magazine that mainstreams right wing ideas to a large extent), but this article in Politico defending the media’s “unbalanced” approach to the election is right. It’s true that the…

Liars

Earlier, I denounced the mainstream media for complicity in McCain’s blatant lying during this campaign. My terror might have been premature—David Brooks and Richard Cohen, perhaps shamed by being bested by the ladies of “The View” in the journalism department, have denounced the McCain campaign for their unprecedented rip-roaring commitment…

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