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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.
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.
November 11, 2010 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Lou Dobbs, the outspoken cable news host who left CNN a year ago after clashing with management over illegal immigration, is returning to television early next year on the Fox Business Network. Fox Business had been flirting with Dobbs practically since the day he left CNN. The 65-year-old anchor appeared on Fox News several times in the last year and is close with Fox News and Fox Business chief Roger Ailes. Talks between the two heated up in the last few weeks. Few details were available about the nature and scope of Dobbs' new show.
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.
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 | By Ryan Faughnder
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.
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