February 22, 2004 |
Jim Steyer is fond of referring to the media as "The Other Parent." Indeed, that's the title of his 2002 book -- and given the statistics he's accumulated, the term is as appropriate as it is alarming. According to a University of Maryland study, American children aged 2 to 18 now spend only 17 hours a week, on average, with their parents -- "40% less time ...
August 4, 2009 |
The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America sought to ratchet up the pressure on CNN on Monday with an ad slamming the network for allowing host Lou Dobbs to continue raising questions about President Obama's birth certificate. In the ad, set to begin running on cable today in three cities, the group spotlights Dobbs' recent focus on the so-called "birther" controversy, fueled by right-wing critics of Obama who question whether he is really a citizen.
April 7, 2011 |
Completing a swift rise and fall from TV stardom, controversial host Glenn Beck will lose his once-popular Fox News show later this year, the network announced Wednesday. Beck's 5 p.m. program, which earned scorn from liberals for its attacks on President Obama as well as its devotion to sometimes-obscure right-wing thinkers, was a top cable draw in 2009 and a signpost for the populist "tea party" movement in last year's midterm elections, which dealt a ballot-box rebuke to the White House.
July 11, 2004 |
"We report, you decide." That's the slogan of Fox News. It's baloney, of course. Fox is probably the most biased of all mainstream news outlets. But Fox has been successful -- at least in part, I'm convinced -- because more and more people want biased news, no matter how much they protest to the contrary. Actually, let me rephrase that slightly.
June 28, 2007 |
PBS producers Wednesday defended their selection of longtime GOP pollster Frank Luntz to help analyze reaction to tonight's Democratic presidential candidate forum, rejecting assertions by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America that Luntz's partisan work makes him an inappropriate choice. Luntz will help conduct a focus group of 30 Democratic voters and monitor their reactions to tonight's 90-minute live forum on PBS, moderated by Tavis Smiley.
October 10, 2004
David SHAW critiques the appearances of Pat Buchanan, Paul Begala and James Carville, et al, in fostering a perception of media bias [Media Matters, "War Horse Analysts Come Saddled With Image of Bias," 10/3/04]. These pundits make no secret of their partisanship for their respective positions, so what is the problem? Is there a TV viewer alive who doesn't now know this? Shaw doesn't seem to have a problem with the "Dennis Miller" show, hosted by Bush's opening act. If Shaw is going to write about Dan Rather's lapses, fine.
October 13, 2002
WITH today's Calendar section and with new typography, the Los Angeles Times begins to unveil changes in content and design. (For more on the typography, see Page A2.) Sunday Calendar becomes a full-size, two-part section. Part I focuses on movies, television and style. Part II is a showcase for reporting and commentary on the performing and visual arts.
July 16, 2013 |
Satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc. is launching a rebranded political talk channel for left-leaning audiences next week called "SiriusXM Progress. " The channel, formerly known as "SiriusXM Left," will debut Monday and feature an afternoon call-in show hosted by Michelangelo Signorile, an editor at large for Huffington Post Gay Voices. Media Matters senior fellow Ari Rabin-Havt will host a new morning show, and longtime civil rights activist Mark Thompson will continue his early evening show "Make It Plain.
December 17, 2010
Love it or hate it, Fox News has shaken up the media establishment and achieved financial success by airing the views of strident conservative pundits. Yet while the network has never made any bones about the political slant of opinion shows hosted by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly, executives often claim that its news coverage is "fair and balanced. " A memo revealed this week by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters calls that into question. The first time Media Matters unveiled a leaked e-mail from Bill Sammon, Fox News' Washington managing editor, it was hardly worthy of mention.