Chuck Tryon examines the reception of Clinton’s announcement video to explore the role of cable news in producing election coverage that sidesteps questions about how candidates will actually govern.
Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
The sale of U.S. cable station Current TV to the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera raises questions about how a foreign network might explain Americans to themselves. Might Al Jazeera provide a foreign lens for Americans to examine themselves? What would that even look like?
With election results now in, attention has inevitably turned to the one media source that has seemingly dedicated itself, 24/7, to making sure Obama was defeated and Republicans would take control of the Senate: Fox News.
A look at the differences between how Occupy Wall Street is framed on Fox News, MSNBC, and the Daily Show versus how greater, more diverse coverage circulates on Twitter.
Glenn Beck’s departure from Fox News does not mean he truly leaves the network. Cable television news has been fundamentally changed as a result of his presence. We look back at Beck’s legacy and what that means for television news.
A first-hand account of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s gathering on the National Mall.
As the media hand-wringing continues over whether Rev. Terry Jones’s Quran book-burning stunt deserved so much media attention, commentators miss the more important points about this episode and its relationship to contemporary political culture.
As the Republican Party careens off into the netherworld of nuttery crafted by right wingnuts, we must ask ourselves what role users of new media play in helping craft their appeal. Do they deserve the attention we afford them through our own actions employing new media/social media?
Later this year, the RightNetwork, a network dedicated to programming solely for conservatives, will launch. I’m intrigued by this network for a few reasons.
Glenn Beck may say he is simply an entertainer with little interest in politics, but that is a lie. He has proven himself a political demagogue who employs a variety of well-worn rhetorical techniques, all of which, as history has shown, are dangerous.
While Palin’s contract with Fox News seems natural and inevitable, television is actually her worst medium.
Today’s pet peeve: how some pop critics and observers try to read cable news ratings as a sign of which political philosophy is in the ascendancy, or even of which outlet is trusted.