At a time when American media are drowning in disinformation, lies and vitriol, I am not happy to see this mainstream a return for the partisan, polarizing O’Reilly who regularly told his viewers they cannot trust the mainstream media — they can only trust him.
As agitated as I was watching Trump’s rally Saturday, I came to understand something about them that I should have appreciated long before this time: Not only are they a form of media, they are as profound and possibly as brilliant as his use of cable TV and Twitter was in the 2016 race.
Let’s get one thing straight in connection with the December boycott and the one now faced by Carlson: Despite his best efforts to frame the boycotts as ”free speech” issues, no one’s First Amendment rights are being denied or violated when advertisers refuse to place their ads on Carlson's show.
Conservative media analysts have every right to blast mainstream critics like me if we don’t denounce sexual harassment and assault at CBS every bit as angrily as we did when the ugliness at Fox News was exposed. This is a story that goes well beyond whether or not Moonves got $120 million.
Let’s put aside all the heated rhetoric and personality-oriented-Trump-v-Acosta framing and ask more fundamental questions, such as: With all the disinformation and lies coming from that podium in the White House press room, what are we getting from these sessions anyway?
In my worst fears since 2016 about what President Trump's right-wing media messaging machine would look like and how it might affect our democracy, I never thought I would see what I did Monday night on Fox News starting with the propaganda performance of Sean Hannity.
Confirming Brett Kavanaugh was the best outcome at the end of a hellish decision tree that left the country with no ideal option. Reasonable people may differ on that. But what seems more obvious: It's all going to get worse. Because everyone is taking the wrong lessons from the Kavanaugh debacle.
As our politics move from crazy to crazy and fevered with the battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh totally on and midterms just around the corner, it is fascinating to watch the Trump propaganda machine gear up. Enter stage right: Sean Hannity and Boris Epshteyn.
Even in this era of nanosecond news cycles, what happened at CBS News in the last year warrants a moment or two of reflection. There are some darker truths here to be absorbed — such as how deep and wide the roots of patriarchy reach throughout not just the media but the entire culture.
Finally, the giants of digital media are showing some social responsibility in cracking down on Alex Jones for violating hate speech policies. It is long overdue, but it is a step in the right direction in trying to regain control of a media ecosystem that has become polluted with hate.
I cannot let this work week end without voicing outrage over CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins being barred from a White House press event Wednesday. The more I think about it, the angrier I get — especially Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine lecturing her.
Calls for civility are to silence you. If you think liberals are going to become civil, wait till they are in power again. The only way the rancor on the left will diminish is for them to recognize Americans won't tolerate it. We can stop tolerating uncivil behavior by not voting for it.