Category media

What makes DeSantis more ideal for FOX News than Trump?

Things are coming full circle. Throughout the course of the last year when I’d argue at various time that former President Trump is less dangerous than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis or that DeSantis is actually more in-tune with the Murdoch media empire and right-wing media in general, people would scoff. However, recently, I’ve been getting […]

Hey Florida GOPers: Your image of Disney, (now a global media behemoth) is dated

Florida GOPers seem to think Disney in 2022 is dependent on Amusement Parks and “family friendly films.” In the anger over Disney’s reaction to the “Don’t Say Gay,” law signed by Governor DeSantis, angry Florida GOPers are ready to take action. But as someone who covers TV and streaming media as my beat professionally for […]

TFS + – All about CNN+ and whether it’s a good value

CNN + launched on March 29, and I was among the lucky subscribers that was able to take in day one. I penned an in-depth look at the service over at TFS+ .

TFS + – Biden’s first year defined by a media employing double-standards

Joe Biden has had a rough first year in office Of course, the Biden White House could do better on messaging. Of course, the Biden White House could have done better on COVID testing.  Of course, the Biden White House could have done better with its legislative strategy.  But none of this is the point.  […]

That conservative media spin cycle we keep talking about? Here it is – Speaker Pelosi did NOT buy a Florida mansion.

Last week, conservative and far left Twitter went crazy as Nancy Pelosi was purported to be buying pricey Florida real estate. Conservatives said this showed the out-of-touch elitism of the Democrats, while the extreme far left said it showed Pelosi’s career of rewarding political donors was culminating with a purchase of real estate worth $25 […]

Newsmax – MAGA media entity puts Florida in the spotlight again

Newsmax, the media empire founded by Christopher Ruddy and based in West Palm Beach has emerged as the most Trumpian media entity during the last four years. Following the 2020 Election, Newsmax’s fledgling cable channel has become a favorite of MAGA loyalists and those alleging election fraud. Ruddy, a personal friend of the President, and […]

Exciting new media project launching today: Media Democracy in Action

An audacious new media project launches today, with live presentations throughout the week. Media Democracy in Action, produced by The World’s State and Project Censored is an interactive and participatory media project beginning today with a series of presentations from investigative and citizen journalists. The project sets off with a collaborative media system “that holds truth to power and […]

The FOX News frat house: Why so little media scrutiny until now?

This weekend The New York Times had a feature story after the culmination of the newspaper’s investigation on the sexual harrasment lawsuits against FOX News host Bill O’Reilly and the continued success of O’Reilly who continues thrive in terms of exposure and TV ratings despite numerous allegations of sexual harassment and a reported $3 million […]

Hacking and fake news – never a better time to remember Stephen Glass

Hacking and fake news has been at the forefront of the discussions around new President Donald Trump. Possible Russian hacking of Trump’s election and his constant use of the term “fake news” to describe credible media outlets got me thinking of the combination of hacking and fake news – the piece “Hack Heaven” the ran […]

Advocacy, fandom and the failure of objective journalism

Never has the media been more under the gun or scrutinized than today – the proliferation of advocacy blogs (like this one) as well as social media combined with the obsessive nature of 24-hour cable news channels has made media watchers and critics of us all. But it’s also turned us into cheerleaders and advocates […]