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Thoughts, and Then, the News
There should be more center-left programming on cable news. Why? There are more and more of us.

Increased public support for the social safety net, signs of growing public concern about income inequality, and a diminished appetite for assertive national security policies have improved the political landscape for the Democrats as the 2008 presidential campaign gets underway.

My only quibble with this is the wording: "assertive" national security policies.  I think in context, the press release writer is equating assertive with using the military.  An assertive national security policy presumably would have a military component, but an assertive national security policy can also be one where diplomacy is the main ingredient.

Now for the news:

I don’t care how much you hate health care, MSM, It’s IMPORTANT
So try to pretend you like covering it, k?

Covering Iraq
CBS News’ Allen Pizzey on the Struggle to Talk to the Audience

The Chris Matthews Let’s the Truth Slip Out Item of the Week
On WaPo

Someone who should keep her job
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister won’t have her TV column anymore

Edwards fans: Couric helped them
I’m with Kevin Drum on this one. The criticism of Couric is warranted, but I wouldn’t worry about the outcome of the interview. I think it’s a net positive.

Dems are exercising investigative powers, because there’s a lot to investigate
Stupid Beltway Types have such short memories. There’s a huge backlog of GOP BS that needs investigating.  And I think the American people know this.

Ombudsman Roundup
From Romenesko.

WaPo Editorial Board: Nothing to see here!

Is it me, or does David Broder write the same columns over and over again
Shorter David Broder: Democrats should be nicer than Republicans ever were

Well Duh
Reporters covering national security & political campaigns should be vigilant

More Mea Culpas
Resulting from Edwards story coverage

Be Careful, Cramer
CNBC’s Jim Cramer keeps the lawyers busy

THK v. Halperin

Teresa Heinz Kerry isn't too happy that author Mark Halperin calls her husband John Kerry's presidential campaign "The Way to Lose" in his new book, "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008." Though Halperin is political director of ABC News and founder of its online analysis column The Note, Heinz blurted, "What would he know? Why would anyone listen to him?" when Charlie Rose interviewed the couple at the 92nd St. Y last week. On Wednesday, Halperin spoke at a Bernstein Global Wealth Management session and replied, "As Bill Clinton might say, ‘That's like a pig calling someone ugly.'"

RWCM Watch

Credit Where It’s Due

Media People & In the Field

News & Notes on Media orgs, Programming, Specials, etc.

State of the Media, Trends, Research Reports, Innovations

The Audience: Ratings, Circulation, & Ad Rates, etc.

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Originally posted to Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 08:37 PM PDT.

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  •  tips, comments, recommendations welcome (16+ / 0-)

    The Next Department of Defense Scandal
    Profiles in How Not to Support Our Troops

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    Newsie’s Media News Report: TPM Takes A Bow... Politico? Not So Much.
    In this edition: journalists & their political spouses; Glenn Beck makes an ass of himself again; unusual amount of BS from the RWCM/MSM this week (too much to detail here, just read the report!); Ed Henry has been eating his Wheaties lately; journalists in war zones; are Iraqi interpreters trustworthy?; the fate of newsweeklies; ratings; and so much more...

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    by Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 08:35:28 PM PDT

  •  the trashing of edwards on ABC and NBC tonight (4+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, ek hornbeck, begone, Ellicatt

    was ...

    the usual deplorable despicable bullshit?

    I think edwards is making the powers that be nervous:

    IF he is real about going after the powerful,

    THEY gotta trash him.

    the coverage tonight was as bad as anythign I saw about mondale, dukakis ... kerry

    they are really out to wreck this guy.


    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 08:40:18 PM PDT

    •  I didn't see it, or Couric (5+ / 0-)

      But you're right, Edwards is talking about class issues.  That's as close to a third rail for corporate media types as you can find.  

      They're going to Howard Dean him if we let them.

      -4.50, -5.85 Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. -- Rumi

      by Dallasdoc on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 08:57:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I wouldn't worry about it (1+ / 0-)
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      in this one instance, because the Edwardses are sympathetic figures right now. They're doing what's right for them, and just about anyone who question them comes across looking really bad.

      I don't think it's about Edwards going after the powerful. I think this is about some journalists trying to nurture their hard news creds or their "we're tough on everybody" creds, without thinking about how this situation just doesn't warrant that same type of gotcha journalism.

      I don't think this is about the media v. Edwards. Did you see the articles about Obama? ChiTrib noted that Obama's memory of what magazine he read when he was 8 years old, was flawed. Gotcha!!! Not How many people remember for sure the magazines and books they read as an 8 year old?  

      The media is in "We've got to find some dirt on these guys" mode.  The GOP side have obvious targets. Romney's flip flops. McCain on the war and some of his inconsistencies. Giuliani's marriage.  The media is searching harder when it comes to the Dems. I think it's about trying to find balance where there isn't any.  It's a common problem in the media. It's not unique to the Edwards situation.

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      by Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:23:06 PM PDT

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  •  The Politico (2+ / 0-)
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    Newsie8200, ek hornbeck

    Besides having kind of a dumb name for a website,  I'm kinda torn on that site.  I'll check it every now and then and it seems like one day I look at it and it has some interesting article.  Then the next day and it's like a thousand dkos diaries where the suject line insinuates something blockbuster, but once you read it you feel totally teased with no follow-through.

    Plus,  Mike Allen is kinda creepy.
    The way he talks makes him look like he's got some nervous system disorder.

    •  Politico is trying hard to make (1+ / 0-)
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      a name for itself. Sometimes the blogging and articles are okay, but if you want more reliable information (with less GOP spin), I'd check Roll Call or The Hill.

      The DC papers ranked by moi from best to worst:
      Roll Call
      The Hill
      The Politico

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      by Newsie8200 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:17:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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