16 Aug 2017

Many in in America have become familiar with the term “fake news” in recent years. Whether it’s being shouted by President Donald Trump against the “liberal media establishment” or by liberal or progressives towards conservative media organizations, it has become the theme of a nonstop series of accusations.More than ever, America is polarizing itself along regional, economic, and ideological lines. The middle ground of bipa...

11 May 2011

centrist pundit John Avlon being interviewed by Solomon Kleinsmith in 2012
Solomon interviewing centrist pundit John Avlon at the 2012 conventions. There aren't too many strident centrists in the world of political punditry. Some mislabel those who strive toward journalistic integrity as being centrist, but that's just being nonpartisan.To be clear, I'm not criticizing being nonpartisan - we need genuine journalism much more than we need centrist punditry, but when I see things like this it hearte...

20 Apr 2011

It's amazing that people still get away with saying obviously wrong, and repeatedly debunked, junk economics like this. But here we are.Illinois congressman Joe Walsh made a comment on This Week with Christiane Amanpour, saying that "Every time we've cut taxes, revenues have gone up, the economy has grown." Politifact decided to take a look at that... and found it to be sorely lacking.Here is the main thrust of what this bit...

09 Mar 2011

Via Frum Forum, we find out that longtime Washington Post reporter and later columnist David Broder has died.I know that there were a lot of younger folk that didn’t like him and labeled his brand of centrism “Broderism,” but I did his columns for the fact that he had a memory of time when the political parties cooperated and got some major legislation passed.  In many ways, he was a forerunner to another one of my favorite co...

03 Mar 2011

A new term was invented not too long ago, describing how press releases (essentially advertising) are increasingly being used by "journalists" to churn out mildly edited posts. They called it 'churnalism'.Its a damn shame this is only in Britain, but the idea is great (kind of reminds me of Politifact and Factcheck.org like outfits, which have been popping up around the country). Hopefully it'll make the jump across the pond. ...

01 Mar 2011

Seriously? This one explains itself, from a post on over at The Hill: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a "vendetta against Elmo."Boxer made the comments during a floor speech where she made the case for her bill that would ensure that the president and lawmakers are not paid if a government shutdown occurs.Boxer said that the cost...

10 Feb 2011

John Avlon is the leading tracker of right and left wing media, and has been tracking the decline of right wing media personalities like Glen Beck for a while. In his latest at The Daily Beast, he lists some heartening numbers that may indicate that the American people are really starting to get sick of extremists like Beck: An apples-to-apples comparison of ratings between November ’09 and November ’10 in the New York area show...

03 Feb 2011

I catch a lot of letters to the editor in papers across the country, showing how centrists and moderates are getting more frustrated that their voices aren't being represented in the news nearly as much as our numbers should warrant. The following quote is from The Morning Call, in Allentown Pennsylvania, and is a great example of centrist discontent: With their capitalist bosses and political patrons on the left, unions conspi...

02 Feb 2011

Politicians say all kinds of things that are not intended to inform the American people. Misleading statements usually serve another purpose. A recent example is the following comment from Speaker John Boehner, referring to a rationale for passing legislation to repeal Obamacare: "This bill [Obamacare] is flawed and why shouldn't it be repealed? There is no reason not to repeal it. Well, that sounds about right, right? Or, is so...

24 Jan 2011

John Avlon, on over at The Daily Beast, has a great post showing that, as much as they may garner a huge portion of the national mind share when they make outlandish statements... the ratings show that some of the big names in extremist political commentary are losing a heck of a lot of their viewers: On January 20th of last year, Olbermann reached an estimated 251,000 people aged 25-to-54 at 8 p.m., according to data kept by TV...