June 14, 2012 |
LONDON - He'd already admitted that relations were too tight between politicians and Rupert Murdoch's media empire. But on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron sat under oath, on the witness stand, answering questions and listening poker-faced as embarrassing evidence of his own coziness was read out loud in court. The grilling, in which a judge and the investigating lawyer often addressed him as "Mr. Cameron" and not "Prime Minister," was the latest chapter in a judicial inquiry on media ethics that he himself had initiated in light ofBritain'sshocking phone-hacking scandal.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 |
Oh my God! Parents, quick, lock up your black sons! There's a roving gang of Hasidim in Brooklyn randomly beating up blacks ! It's happened at least once, and it could definitely happen again. And it seemed like it might have been a game, or part of a possible trend. Or … whatever. It's proof for sure of white hatred and resentment against black people. I could go on here, but you get my overheated point. The “knockout game,” a faux trend promulgated by media outlets who have deliberately or unthinkingly bought into racial stereotypes about black teenagers has kind of jumped the shark.
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.
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
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
April 10, 2012 |
Let's start by looking at the picture of Ashley Judd, above, and note that many in the media (and the public) have been speculating of late about how she's losing her looks as she ages. As if. The media (and the public) went into overdrive recently, speculating over one of Judd's recent appearances in which she appeared "puffy faced. " She ruined her face with plastic surgery, or Botox, or something similar, the online world crowed. Now normally, Judd would have ignored all of this.
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.