Category Archives: Media

Gee, I Wonder Why Al Jazeera America is Bombing …

This just in:  Nobody in the United States is watching Al Jazeera America. Technically, that’s not true.  I should have said, almost nobody in the United States is watching Al Jazeera America. The network averaged 23,000 total viewers in primetime for the week ended Sept. 1, according to Nielsen, and 18,000 in total day.  To…

Do We Really Want Another Coronation in 2016?

Maybe you’ve seen the bumper stickers, or at least heard about them – the ones that say “I’m Ready for Hillary.”  Surely you know about the CNN documentary about Mrs. Clinton that’s in the works — and the NBC mini-series that’s “in development.”  Or how about The New York Times decision that’s already put a…

Wanna Know What’s Wrong With Journalism?

The other day I received an email from a reader named Christine who asked me to write a piece about the dangers of an “elite press.”  What got her “riled” – her word – was a story she saw on one of the networks about the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston.  According to Christine, the…

Obama: Don’t Blame Me — Blame Those Phony Scandals

The most disturbing aspect of President Obama’s “phony scandals” broadside is that it wasn’t a slip of the tongue.  If it was, we might cut Mr. Obama some slack.  Who among us hasn’t said something on the fly and instantly wished we could catch our words in midair and snatch them back? But President Obama…

Zimmerman is Not Guilty — What About the Media?

There are certain things polite people are not supposed to say out loud, and certainly not in public.  I thought of this while listening to what passes for television analysis after the George Zimmerman verdict came in. First, let’s acknowledge that Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy.  I’ll go so far as to say it…

Do We Need Affirmative Action for Conservative Journalists?

There’s a new study out about diversity in America’s newsrooms.  And the bean counters aren’t happy. According to the American Society of News Editors there has been a steady decline in the number of minority journalists in the newsroom.  About 37 percent of the U.S. population is non-white but in the newsroom minorities represent only…

Should We Ever Punish Journalists for Publishing Secret Information?

Let’s say you break into somebody’s house and steal a TV set.  Then you call a friend and ask if he wants it – for free.  You make him aware of how you got the TV and he says, “Sure, I’ll take it.”  If the authorities find you, you and your friend are both guilty…

Did Eric Holder Lie to Congress?

On May 15, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee and said this about the Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks to journalists. “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material:  This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would…