Fox News gives us what we want: journalism for a New America

Summary: We have become a new people, and need new ways to become informed. In the America-that-once-was we got news from boring newspapers like the New York Times and boring old guys like Walter Cronkite. Today we have high-tech news. Quants like Nate Silver distill news coverage of elections into pure horse races, stripping away … Continue reading Fox News gives us what we want: journalism for a New America

Media madness #1 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

Critics (like me) have railed about the flaws of the old media.  Media experts, such as Clay Shirky, have warned that the new news media might be worse.  Today we look at evidence supporting their fears. Here we see the essence of making us stupid Internet websites, 21st century propaganda machines.  It's not that their analysis was … Continue reading Media madness #1 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

Foolish but dangerous attempts to manage the media by Team Obama

 Each President for several generations whittles away our freedoms.  Each party has their preferences in freedoms to erode; neither displays much interest in expanding our political and economic interests -- although all display generosity in trivial matters, and make token efforts on some important matters.  Now Obama takes the knife. Media manipulation has been a primary … Continue reading Foolish but dangerous attempts to manage the media by Team Obama

News: “U.S. Army Isn’t Broken After All, Military Experts Say”

Important news, if accurate:  "U.S. Army Isn't Broken After All, Military Experts Say", Fox News (19 March 2008).   Of special note are the data they show in these nine charts. Opening of the Fox News story One year ago, as President Bush decided to send more troops to Iraq, the conventional wisdom in Washington among opponents … Continue reading News: “U.S. Army Isn’t Broken After All, Military Experts Say”