Posted on Mar 15, 2013

MSNBC’s Extreme Makeover

Posted in Media

Call it one hell of a shot across the cable news bow. In the span of just 24-hours MSNBC has made it perfectly clear exactly what kind of network it wants to be. The outraged populist with the combative tone, force-of-nature personality and tendency to let his constantly running mouth get him into trouble is gone. In his place will now be a cerebral, wonkish, self-described facts-and-figures nerd who...

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

Mitt Romney Won the First Debate. But Why and How?

Posted in Politics

By Bob Cesca: Mitt Romney won the debate last night but only if you judge the “winner” of a debate as the most hyperkinetic, oftentimes aggressive and condescending participant who used his rehearsed delivery to spackle over his lies, mistakes, generalities and misleading statements. Almost on cue, the cable news people along with, shockingly enough, some people who I otherwise admire and whose work I read every day, confused...

Posted on May 26, 2011

Ed Shultz and Laura Ingraham Debacle Symbolic of Ridiculous Media

Posted in Politics

Image by Dan Patterson via Flickr MSNBC host Ed Shultz called Laura Ingraham a ‘Right Wing slut’ on his radio show and was rightfully suspended from MSNBC without pay for a week. His words were inexcusable and Schultz deserves every bit of the backlash he gets. In a broader context, Schultz’s remarks are indicitive of an insane personality driven news media that values feuding talking heads over serious reporting....