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Media critics are more accustomed to pointing out problems than pointing to victories.

Although he endured great hardship, Bill Clinton comes out of the Oval Office smelling like roses.

After thirty years spent building the Federation of American Scientists into one of the country's most valuable and venerable institutional voices for peace, democracy and real security, Jeremy S

Isn't it curious how often the policy disaster that is posited as the thing that will never happen takes place within minutes?

Dentists and cardiologists warn their patients about plaque, harmful to both teeth and arteries.

The ideological rigidity that governs punditocracy trade debate transcends right/left dichotomies.

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.

When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened the opulent new Staples Center in LA on October 17, the Jersey Troubadour had a few choice words for those watching from the luxury skyboxes.

Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's factual findings in United States v. Microsoft, released November 5, spell the doom of Microsoft as we have known it.

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?"

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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

Denver's contest for local school board seats has already cost $600,000, as big-money backers of school privatization, charters and “choice” try to buy control of education policy.

October 21, 2011

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

October 21, 2011

Conservative pundits are misrepresenting everything about the Occupy Wall Street, from their views to their legal right to be in Zuccotti Park. 

October 14, 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

At the Labour Party conference, a whiff of Hollywood glamor helps Britain's anti-hacking campaigners keep their spirits up—and MPs on their toes.

September 27, 2011