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GOP debate: Fox tries to dump the Trump

Clown car, political reality show, Roman circus. There’s no shortage of derisive and colorful descriptions of the first official Republican debate. Every pundit and political consultant is weighing in about “what it all means.” Who’s up, who’s down, who won, who lost, who failed, who succeeded (besides Fox News, with a reported 24 million viewers). […]

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Bill O’Reilly’s lying problem: Does it even matter, at Fox?

As NBC News’ Brian Williams serves his six-month unpaid suspension over fabricating his experiences in the Iraq War, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is facing similar accusations of “misremembering.” Williams ‘fessed up to exaggerating what happened in 2003 while covering the Iraq War. It turns out he hadn’t been in a helicopter that was hit by […]

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Jon Stewart leaving: Who will speak truth to power now?

Comedy fans received a blow to their funny bones with Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show this year. For 16 years, Stewart has walked the nation through the pitfalls and idiocies of the news cycle. It didn’t matter if you were a politician or a pundit, a celebrity or an everyday […]

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GOP has selective memory when police are killed

Remember Jerad and Amanda Miller? In June of 2014, they were among the Tea Party, anti-government followers of scofflaw and tax cheat Cliven Bundy on his Nevada ranch, who refused to pay his cattle grazing fees. The Millers, who had an online history on social media of white supremacy and militia movements, decided to start […]

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Truth about 2015 Obamacare rates the GOP won’t like

The Affordable Care Act health exchanges are again open for business, and it’s good news for consumers. And bad news for Republicans, no matter how they try to spin it and no matter how many votes they take to repeal the law. According to an intelligence brief by the respected and impartial McKinsey Center for […]

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Aren’t we all tired of Ebola media and political idiocy?

I admit — my eyes start to roll when I hear another member of the news media or politician tell a lie about Ebola or try to score a political point with a ridiculous policy that will do nothing to stop the spread of the disease. But they keep going, and call them out we […]

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Too late, but media backtracks on Ebola hysteria

Irony, thy name is CNN. After weeks of all-Ebola, all-the-time coverage on cable news channels, some cooler heads are starting to realize the news channels were more than a little over the top in their reporting. “Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction,” claimed the headline on CNN.com. In an interview with CNN commentator and legal […]

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Excellent — and horrible — media work about Ferguson

Often your take on the news depends on how you get your news. If you stick to ideology-driven websites, Twitter feeds, and news media, your view of today’s stories are going to be skewed. It’s certainly true on the right; it’s even partially true on the left. That’s why the coverage of the events over […]

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