Category Archives: Journalism

How Kellyanne Conway Won Her Debate With CNN’s Brian Stelter — Despite Being Wrong About Everything

[Also published at Huffington Post.] White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter had a widely anticipated debate Sunday about the fairness of media coverage of the Trump administration. On every point that came up, Stelter exposed Conway … Continue reading

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A Prison Of Lies: How Misinformation Became a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry and Broke Democracy

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Imagine if counterfeiting suddenly became legal. Say we asked people not to do it — but there would be no penalty if they did. What would happen? Simple: There would be an explosion of fake money. … Continue reading

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Here’s the Scam That Makes Conservatives Believe the Mainstream Media Is Lying

[Also published at Huffington Post.]  Recently a Facebook friend shared this outrage-inducing headline: BREAKING: Massive Illegal Immigrant Welfare Fraud Discovered. My first reaction was, “Obviously fake news.” The source was something called WorldNewsPolitics.com, a website with no masthead, no physical … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Telling Real News from Fake

[Also published at Huffington Post.] I’ve been hearing a lot lately from people who feel overwhelmed by all the drastically different news narratives fighting for their attention — especially, of course, the ones about Donald Trump. Real news? Fake news? How … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Sharia Law? And Other Questions for Right Wing Media Fans

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Whatever happened to declaring Sharia law? Obama’s almost done, and it’s really beginning to look like he may not get around to it. And how is he going to fit in taking our guns away? … Continue reading

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Should Real News Be a Utility, Like Water and Electricity?

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Like people in towns across America, I’m watching my local newspapers die. Every few months, it seems, they lay off more staff, while announcing a new digital initiative that’s somehow supposed to make up for … Continue reading

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Skip the Gut Check, Democrats: The Problem Is Hiding in Plain Sight

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Following a shock loss to what looked like the worst presidential candidate in history, many Democrats are agonizing over what policies they need to change in order to win back voters. They needn’t bother: policy … Continue reading

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Branding Bannon: How to Protest a White Nationalist in the White House

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Democrats in Washington have registered strong objections to Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his senior White House adviser. Will their protests make any difference? So far, it looks like no: as the minority in … Continue reading

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Debunking The Media’s Top Excuse for Giving Trump Billions in Free Publicity

[Also published at Huffington Post.] He’s a genius at exploiting the media, if at nothing else: Donald Trump’s rise has been fueled by almost unbelievable amounts of free coverage — well over $2 billion worth so far. Many have complained that this makes … Continue reading

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Who Says Trump Is Smart?

Donald Trump’s ideas are widely recognized as not just hateful, but idiotic. And yet the conventional wisdom in most of the media is that, all the same, “he’s a smart guy” — after all, look how successful he is. Even … Continue reading

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