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When will the media finally admit that the Trump economy hasn’t been ‘great’?

Throughout the presidency of Donald Trump, the media has parroted the GOP talking point that the economy is “great” (or “booming” or “strong” or “humming along” or whatever word Republicans happened to be using on any given day). Never mind the fact that the economy Trump inherited from President Obama was doing pretty well, thank […]

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Ignore conservatives’ advice on how to pick the Democratic presidential nominee

Spare us from supposedly well-meaning conservative pundits telling the world whom the Democratic Party must — and must not — nominate for president. They’re out of step with the times. It’s still more than six months until the first votes in the Iowa caucuses, a year before the Democratic National Convention, and nearly 16 months […]

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Six rules for the media on how to cover the 2020 election

With the entrance of multiple Democrats into the 2020 presidential contest, and with several others either waiting in the wings or still pondering, the nation’s political reporters have a chance to do a better job than they did in 2016. The question is: Will they? Other journalists are offering advice and warnings. Many acknowledge that […]

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Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s 22 months until the next presidential election, and already one potential Democratic female candidate is being trashed while one Republican male who’s not even a candidate is being treated like an elder statesman who might challenge Donald Trump. On the last day of 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth […]

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We don’t need an anonymous op-ed to tell us Trump is nuts

The political world is agog, agape, and aghast about the anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times trashing Donald Trump. The Times essay, described as being written by “a senior official in the Trump administration,” delivers the news of a “resistance” within the White House itself, trying to protect the country from the worst […]

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Hey, media: Real news doesn’t always start with Trump tweets

The nation’s media made a collective decision after the 2016 election on how to cover Donald Trump’s tweets. Too bad it was the wrong decision. Yes, he’s the president, and the media are obliged to cover what he says and does. They are not, however, obliged to regurgitate in full the growing number of lies […]

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The privilege of whining about white male privilege

You’d think we wouldn’t need to say this out loud in 2018, but obviously, we do: White men who are miffed that someone else besides them is in charge need to get over it. Because any slight that any of them has ever felt pales in comparison with what the rest of us have put […]

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Trump’s ‘fake news’ awards put him in dictator territory (UPDATE)

The undisputed king of fake news has been bragging about holding his own “awards” show: Giving out “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR.” Too bad a real group beat him to it. Now Donald Trump has been given a new title of his own in one of the “Press Oppressor” categories […]

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6 reasons for media’s obsession with Trump voters

Ever since the 2016 presidential campaign and election, some media outlet somewhere in America is publishing, posting, printing, or airing an interview with a Donald Trump supporter. It could be an NPR host calling one of the many Trump voters they must have on speed dial (Googling “NPR Trump voters” gives you story after story […]

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Doug Jones’ Alabama Senate victory: Black voters, honesty, and shoe-leather campaigning

When you’re on the winning side in an election, you’re happy. If your candidate lost, you’re casting around for someone to blame. Media love to issue morning-after political analyses, assigning winners and losers. Let’s see if we can’t do the same. Winners Doug Jones. Obviously, the victor in the contest belongs at the top of […]

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