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A generation ago, when I worked at the Washington Post, the
right-wing fringe occasionally referred to us as "Pravda on the
Potomac." We reporters were amused but also rankled.

War may or may not be inevitable, but a one-sided discussion of US
policy toward Iraq appears to be all but guaranteed on network
television.

The day before MSNBC announced that it was pulling the plug on Phil Donahue's nightly show, the man who pretty much invented talk TV was interviewing actress and author Rosie O'Donnell.

Poor Endy Chávez, outfielder for the Navegantes del Magallanes,
one of Venezuela's big baseball teams. Every time he comes up to bat,
the local TV sportscasters start in with the jokes.

Suddenly, there are serious discussions about the danger of monopoly power.

The debate over the dangers of media monopoly got a lot less theoretical
in the last week of January, when Comcast, the nation's No.

Kristin Thomson, Michael Bracy and Peter DiCola also
contributed to this article.

New York Times executive editor Howell Raines shares, with his
fellow liberal Southerner Al Gore, a talent for driving his opponents
batty.

The house organ for America's political class is pushing Bush's case for war.

Legendary New York Times obit writer Alden Whitman once observed,
"Death, the cliché assures us, is the great leveler; but it
obviously levels some a great deal more than others."

Blogs

What happens to press freedom when an ALEC-supporting telecom giant owns one of the world’s most-read news sites?

May 15, 2015

Doug Hughes is not a dangerous fruitcake. In fact, he is a small-d democratic idealist who went out of his way to alert the authorities in advance of his so-called “Freedom Flight.”

April 17, 2015

He criticized old media, he created new media and he knew the necessity of a free and freewheeling press.

March 20, 2015

The president wants cities to be able to innovate with municipal broadband systems.

January 15, 2015

Standing in opposition to net neutrality is tantamount to standing against innovation, against small business, against private-sector job creation and against competition.

December 2, 2014

It is absurd that broadcast networks choose entertainment over Obama’s immigration speech.

November 20, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and Reed on how local TV stations boost their bottom lines with a deluge of election ads.

November 3, 2014

CNN’s climate change coverage almost disappeared like Malaysian Flight 370.

October 2, 2014

Why is it that one of the authors Amazon is choosing not to screw over just happens to be the chair of the House Budget Committee? Coincidence? Or political favoritism?

September 30, 2014

Why are certain Internet users so irrationally attached to the notion of net neutrality?

May 27, 2014