Friday, August 31, 2012
|Tell me again that the American corporate media has not turned to shit. I dare you.|
"(The news media is) unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization." — George Bernard Shaw
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Smartphones aren’t cheap in the U.S., but they cost a great deal more in Indonesia, where many men, women and children die digging the tin that must go in them. My old friend Cam Simpson, the London-based investigative correspondent for Bloomberg News, exposes all that here. His writing is specific, vivid and unarguable in its factual reporting. This is what 21st century journalism could be and should be and so rarely is.
Monday, August 27, 2012
“Closed-mindedness and authoritarianism— running stronger in some of us than in others — likely are (rooted in our psychology and our brains). But nevertheless, it took the emergence of a station like Fox News before these tendencies could be fully activated —polarizing America not only over politics, but over reality itself.” Chris Mooney explains the science of Fox News lies here.
As Charles Pierce has astutely observed, Mitt Romney’s face is capable of only four expressions, ranging from “Lordly Disdain” to “Flog The Butler.”
But not on Fox “News,” which regards it as their “fair and balanced” duty to pour syrup on the Romneys and lick it off.
“After showing us the outside of the beautiful, but not over-the-top house, we saw Mitt in his shirtsleeves helping his wife make ‘Mrs. Romney's trademark buttermilk pancakes. She prepares the batter. He cooks them.’ Chris Wallace pronounced them ‘sensational.’”