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Joinfortmill

(14,360 posts)
Sat Nov 25, 2023, 09:58 AM Nov 2023

Wow, just wow! The Hartmann Report... [View all]

https://hartmannreport.com/p/saturday-report-112523-speaking-of


'America’s largest newspapers are actively working against our democracy. The Columbia Journalism Review, arguably the premiere watchdog of American news reporting, is out with a scathing indictment of political coverage in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Because these newspapers are so widely read and respected, they tend to set the agenda and tone for most other reporting in the United States, and what the Review found was shocking:

“Both emphasized the horse race and campaign palace intrigue, stories that functioned more to entertain readers than to educate them on essential differences between political parties. … By the numbers, of four hundred and eight articles on the front page of the Times during the period we analyzed, about half—two hundred nineteen—were about domestic politics. A generous interpretation found that just ten of those stories explained domestic public policy in any detail; only one front-page article in the lead-up to the midterms really leaned into discussion about a policy matter in Congress: Republican efforts to shrink Social Security. Of three hundred and ninety-three front-page articles in the Post, two hundred fifteen were about domestic politics; our research found only four stories that discussed any form of policy. The Post had no front-page stories in the months ahead of the midterms on policies that candidates aimed to bring to the fore or legislation they intended to pursue. Instead, articles speculated about candidates and discussed where voter bases were leaning.”

This is the exact same type of “reporting” that led up to the 2016 election and brought us Donald Trump as president. It’s almost a cliche these days to complain about the “infotainment” we see in TV and radio “news” reporting that has come about in the wake of Reagan ending enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine, but to see this same type of horserace coverage passing as news on the front pages of the nation’s largest newspapers is, frankly, a crime against our democracy. For voters to make intelligent decisions about candidates, they must be well-informed. Sadly, that is very much not what is happening today in America, and it bodes ill for the 2024 elections...'

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Wow, just wow! The Hartmann Report... [View all] Joinfortmill Nov 2023 OP
And added to the mix of misinformation bdamomma Nov 2023 #1
The only place a lot of people get their information anymore, Bayard Nov 2023 #44
A lot of Americans already know.............................. Lovie777 Nov 2023 #2
I fear that a lot of Americans do not know that corporate media is a shill for horse-race politics. Lonestarblue Nov 2023 #7
Spot on. Traildogbob Nov 2023 #28
K&R 2naSalit Nov 2023 #3
I will make sure I watch Thom more often, gab13by13 Nov 2023 #4
Sirius XM Progress (ch 127)... rubbersole Nov 2023 #46
K&R redqueen Nov 2023 #5
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was enacted by the 104th Congress in Jan/Feb 1996. jaxexpat Nov 2023 #38
Completely Agree. sop Nov 2023 #40
I don't believe that. Lawmakers are not that naive. redqueen Nov 2023 #41
From the first paragraph of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Conference report: sop Nov 2023 #43
Because they were lying, of course. redqueen Nov 2023 #45
Without A "Horse Race" modrepub Nov 2023 #6
Good Thing Katharine Graham Was In Charge Of The Post During The Reign Of Tricky Dick Jacob2 Nov 2023 #8
He's a National Treasure! Goddessartist Nov 2023 #9
FYI, some DUers will never forgive Thom for being on Russia Today. CrispyQ Nov 2023 #13
Shazaam! Goddessartist Nov 2023 #14
LOL. With your screen name, it was perfect timing. CrispyQ Nov 2023 #19
It's a great number! I also have 666 in my medical card number! Goddessartist Nov 2023 #20
Well, when we're talking about the biases of sources, Russia Today would be pretty hard to ignore muriel_volestrangler Nov 2023 #23
Thank you, but I didn't respond to the OP. -nt CrispyQ Nov 2023 #24
Yes, context is important. TwilightZone Nov 2023 #48
Since when is the average voter informed? Septua Nov 2023 #10
And people say we should give them MONEY? usonian Nov 2023 #11
Where can we read real news? marybourg Nov 2023 #12
I use this site a lot, to look up other sites/sources, although I wonder how they would rate themselves. ??? CrispyQ Nov 2023 #15
Common Dreams is a good site for progressives. japple Nov 2023 #21
That's the question of the DECADE (or more) usonian Nov 2023 #25
These are my exact two news aggregators LearnedHand Nov 2023 #60
Please post more of them here. usonian Nov 2023 #62
I totally added Ansel to my must-have app list LearnedHand Nov 2023 #64
And today: Periodic Table of Tools LearnedHand Nov 2023 #65
That is a delight to any tool lover's heart. usonian Nov 2023 #66
Let them eat clicks ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 2023 #39
For context, report on a study from 2016... Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2023 #16
Canceled NYTimes this month LittleGirl Nov 2023 #17
i cancelled NYTimes this month also! orleans Nov 2023 #27
1. Newspapers primarily report news; speak easy Nov 2023 #18
Exactly. "Issues" are rarely front page news, that's not really the purpose of the front page. thesquanderer Nov 2023 #35
Very good points! reACTIONary Nov 2023 #50
BARF!! Jean Genie Nov 2023 #22
Fairness Doctrine DC77 Nov 2023 #26
yep. i've heard him talk about the fairness doctrine too; it certainly does not seem like orleans Nov 2023 #29
The Times' first article about Hitler barbaraann Nov 2023 #30
It's an odd time when I feel I get the most accurate take on the news is Late Night talk shows. LakeArenal Nov 2023 #31
I am guilty of that, gab13by13 Nov 2023 #36
Ignore the bookmakers, too. TwilightZone Nov 2023 #49
Remember the Maine!!! LiberalArkie Nov 2023 #32
The billionaire-funded GOP shitrags are not your friends Blue Owl Nov 2023 #33
No one reports the facts and truth better than Thom Hartmann. gab13by13 Nov 2023 #34
There's nothing much we can do about it. Elessar Zappa Nov 2023 #37
Here's the link to the actual report h2ebits Nov 2023 #42
Everyone MUST READ THIS AT LINK ABOVE....AND BELOW: Stuart G Nov 2023 #47
The press serves its masters. Chainfire Nov 2023 #51
From the summary in the Columbia Journal I note... reACTIONary Nov 2023 #52
Well, I guess it's official orangecrush Nov 2023 #53
American Media has always just covered the controversy and not the issues Jacson6 Nov 2023 #54
According to some the thing is invalid and of questionable methodology CousinIT Nov 2023 #55
Corporate McPravda Kid Berwyn Nov 2023 #56
K&R burrowowl Nov 2023 #57
Ugh. Eating our own :( Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2023 #58
Two Wrongs Don't make a Right Roy Rolling Nov 2023 #59
I'm the only person I know, who knows who Hartmann is. MerryBlooms Nov 2023 #61
Kicking. nt Hotler Nov 2023 #63
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