Anyone who has been watching any cable news during the early stages of the 2020 race knows how dominant, informational and powerful a role cable news has come to play in providing a microphone and stage for new voices and shaping the national conversation of politics and the presidency.
There has been much ado over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist who won the Democratic Party primary for a New York congressional seat last week. Yet this isn’t the first time a major party has nominated a candidate who believes in Medicare and higher education for all.
The Washington establishment rejoiced last week over what seemed to be a windfall "gotcha" moment, as President Donald Trump said he had fired FBI Director James Comey over "this Russia thing, with Trump and Russia." The President labeled it a "made-up story" and, by all appearances, he is mostly correct.
Fox still has the biggest ratings in cable news despite the staggering loss of three-fourths of its evening lineup in the last eight months. But it's also still on the wrong side of patriarchy and male privilege. And the recent firings of host Bill O'Reilly and Co-President Bill Shine underline how much trouble the network is in thanks to its 20-year history of sexual harassment.
The media are taking it from all sides. On the right, President Trump blasts the media for "lying." On the left, Jon Stewart rips the media for letting Trump use them. Despite their opposing political views, Messrs. Trump and Stewart share something in common: They're both talking about the "Mainstream Media." But what is the Mainstream Media? The term isn't just outdated, it's antiquated.
Gerald G. Altman Jr., known to generations of Baltimore radio talk show listeners as "Gerry from Pikesville" who gave voice to various liberal and progressive causes, died Monday of heart failure at Northwest Hospital. He was 92.
Despite the latest primary results from "Western Tuesday" this week, the question remains: "What do we make of Donald Trump?" The answer is as roiled now as it has been for the past 10 months. From pundits to politicians to the professional prognosticators in the mass media, nobody knows. But that doesn't stop them from making spectacularly bad predictions.
When CNN and NBC News called the election for Barack Obama Tuesday, viewers were offered as clear a snapshot as I have seen of the difference between a news gathering operation like CNN and an propaganda machine like MSNBC.