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February 22, 2004 | DAVID SHAW
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 | Matea Gold
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.
July 25, 2004 | DAVID SHAW
The two announcements seemed to come almost simultaneously: * The three traditional networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- would each cover only three of the 28 hours of the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday in Boston (and about the same amount of the Republican National Convention, which starts Aug. 30 in New York). * Twenty-eight bloggers had been issued credentials for the Democratic convention, with more expected every day.
May 4, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An influential network of some of the country's wealthiest liberal political donors is steering resources to an advocacy group backing President Obama's agenda and to organizations working to pass immigration reform, providing a surge of money that could boost the president's legislative goals. Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only group that makes funding recommendations to its members, selected the pro-Obama Organizing for Action and immigration reform groups such as the National Immigration Forum as some of its top 2013 priorities at its spring conference in Laguna Beach last week, according to leaders of the organization.
July 11, 2004 | David Shaw
"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 | Matea Gold
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.
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.
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.
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