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.
June 18, 2011 |
In the new documentary film "Page One: Inside the New York Times," we see media columnist David Carr attending lots of conferences on the future of newspapers. People talk intently about new platforms, worry about endangered advertising models, and parse the viability of "pay walls. " Something else goes on at these powwows. "It's kind of lonely and scary out there," Carr tells us. "It's a way to sort of gather around a campfire and say, 'We're all right aren't we? We're OK.' … 'Yeah, we're fine.
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 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.
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
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
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.