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Rupert Murdoch

A man like Murdoch deserves to be shunned. That he is celebrated instead tells you almost all you need to know about the insanity that grips our benighted political culture.

In Beck's twisted telling, it is activists like Piven—not the militias of the right—who threaten Americans' safety.

The shootings underscore that a strong social compact is the only real route to safety.

As American life becomes more and more like reality television, could product placement of a candidate become the surest route to the presidency?

Unchecked by campaign finance regulation, unchallenged by a journalism sufficient to expose abuses, a nearly unbeatable force opposed progressives in 2010.

We have increasingly substituted opinion and prejudice for science and reason.

By this past weekend, says Greg Mitchell, the media's focus had shifted from the elections to Keith Olbermann's suspension for donating money to Democratic candidates. Not a peep, of course, about the amount that MSNBC's parent company, GE, had given throughout the campaign season.

Why don't voters know more about Obama's accomplishments?

All the attention given to Dobbs's hypocrisy risks obscuring the deeper lesson to learn from this case: that undocumented workers are so thoroughly woven into the fabric of our economy that even a professional immigrant-basher like Dobbs couldn't avoid relying on their labor.

Blogs

Alterman on comedy and Crosby, Stills and Nash and Reed on media's political coverage bias. 

November 11, 2011

Alterman reviews the Beach Boys and Reed pokes holes in media ethics.

November 4, 2011

What happens when a nonpartisan newspaper reveals unflattering information about a Republican?

November 1, 2011

 Conservatives are trying to blame the protests for every shooting in New York City. 

October 31, 2011

Eric on how The New Republic's back of the book comes close to redeeming the magazine from the front.

October 21, 2011

Eric on story collections and film fest picks and Reed on Wall Street's media advantage. 

October 13, 2011

 Alterman pitches big-ticket holiday items and reads the mail, Reed covers the coverage on Occupy Wall Street. 

October 7, 2011

Alterman is off, Reed dispenses on bad-news muffins.

September 29, 2011

Alterman on classic rock and jazz, Reed on cliché's gravitational pull over media.

September 23, 2011

Eric on Jennifer Rubin's deepening hypocrisy, and Reed on the media's "shark week"-esque debt-ceiling coverage.

August 5, 2011