January 14, 2014 |
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
July 12, 1992
The belittling of Ross Perot by Tom Shales (TV Times, June 21) just adds more fuel to the perception that the media are trying to control our elections. Ann F. Becker, Encino
July 25, 2011 |
The maid who says she was sexually assaulted by prominent Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn stepped out in public Sunday, allowing her name and face to be used in two media interviews in which she described in vivid detail the alleged attack. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from Guinea, is apparently concerned that the Manhattan district attorney will drop four felony and three misdemeanor charges against Strauss-Kahn because of questions about her credibility that arose during the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988
I've voted against the Reagan Administration twice, and will do so again come Nov. 8. But, after watching Bush and Dukakis shamelessly pander to the sound bite-mad media for 90 minutes, I am left with just one hollow sentiment. Democracy is dead. Long live "mediacracy." JESS BORGESON Hollywood
January 3, 2002
If I hear that "liberal media" line one more time, I'll lose my mind. Boom! Too late. Ow! I can't see. I can't hear. I can't think . . . guess I'll have to become a Republican now. David G. Porter Anaheim
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001
Re "Current Events Test O.C. Schools," Sept. 24: The Orange Crescent School community was shocked at the negative sentiment and anti-American overtone of the article and questions your reporter's intention. We appreciate The Times' effort to facilitate a better understanding of Islam to the general public, however, we are concerned that the article unfortunately did more harm than good. We have received numerous disturbing telephone calls and letters mentioning the article and its suggestion that we are demeaning America and misguiding innocent children.
March 28, 2004
High-QUALITY stuff here ("It's Not Easy to Wean Media from Anonymous Sources," by David Shaw, March 21). I agree wholeheartedly. The fact is, and as a journalist it kills me, that alleged journalists such as Jayson Blair have ruined it for all of us. In the past, the media had at least a shred of credibility, but today, we're constantly trying to prove that we aren't making up stories or sources. It's like the legal system -- the burden of proof rests with the prosecution. In the media, though, we're the defense, and we're trying to prove ourselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992
Any person with half a brain can see that all minorities are not bad, just as Simi Valley is not all racist. We are just a quiet little community that wants to be left alone. So, news media, do us a favor-- leave out "your" racist and bigoted comments when talking about our community. We do not like being labeled any more than minorities like being labeled. EVALYN OWENS Simi Valley
August 12, 2008
Re "An era ends in silence," Column, Aug. 9 Tim Rutten, whose columns are almost always worth reading, cites Mickey Kaus, who is almost never worth reading, to assert that the failure of the media to follow up on the National Enquirer story about John Edwards' affair demonstrates that the media have a double standard favoring Democrats. The charge of a double standard "is largely true, as anyone who recalls the media frenzy over conservative commentator and former Cabinet secretary William Bennett's high-stakes gambling would agree," Rutten writes.