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If the sixties were the age of the war reporter and the seventies the age of the investigative reporter, then the late nineties may go down in history as the age of the blowjob reporter.

This article is adapted from Robert W. McChesney's Rich Media, Poor Democracy (Illinois).
Three charts accompany this article: "Global Media Moguls," "Who Owns the Movies?" and "Who Owns the Music?"

Woe unto the denizens of the Washington press corps when the rest of the world discovers Bob Somerby's Web site, The Daily Howler (www.dailyhowler.com<

October is here, and once again it's time for post-season playoffs, foliage and fashion magazines thicker than the Old Testament with seasonal guidance for the young and voguish.

Michael Kelly said all the right things upon being appointed to head the
142-year-old beacon of American letters, The Atlantic Monthly.

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting," writes Milan Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. But in the US media today, nothing is so priz

The summer of 1999 will be remembered by many progressives as the time of the great KPFA lockout--when Pacifica's management tried to muzzle the nation's oldest community radio station.

Just before Christmas in 1997, as a tumultuous stock-market crisis ravaged emerging markets in every corner of the globe, readers of the Wall Street Journal were treated to some good news:

Residents of Skaneateles, New York, complained to visiting reporters about the Clintons' decision to make themselves relatively scarce on their recent vacation.

Israeli schoolchildren returned to their desks this year to find a new history curriculum.

Blogs

The Republicans' last-dtich effort to ward off the inevitable involves lots of Red Scare and Harry Belafonte. 

November 4, 2013

Photo spreads of Lhota’s and de Blasio’s families hit  the news stands on the same day, in the New York Post and New York magazine, respectively.

October 29, 2013

Eric Alterman on the Twilight series and Reed Richardson on the media freakout over Healthcare.gov.

October 24, 2013

As New York City Mayor would de Blasio embrace his progressive past, or try to please too many people?

October 23, 2013

Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota try to find the right tone for their debate.

October 22, 2013

Mainstream reporting has consistently underestimated the number of people who think the Affordable Care Act doesn’t go far enough. 

October 21, 2013

Will the media start nodding along to Lhota's new, falsifiable script? 

October 18, 2013

With de Blasio coming out on top in last night’s debate, Republicans regroup for future attacks. 

October 16, 2013

It's time for the media to meet the parents—Bill de Blasio's, that is.

October 14, 2013

NYC's elite don't necessarily take to well to de Blasio, many of them are Bloomberg's friends.

October 10, 2013