WASHINGTON • Of all the umbrage makers in an era when outrage reigns, “Flyover State” seems minor — like “Left Coast” or “Deep South” and the snide connotations that come with those terms.But when a Washington Post opinion writer called Missouri a "Flyover State" while asking why the news regarding embattled Gov. Eric Greitens had not broken through the glass walls of national media, the question became an answer unto itself.Helaine Olen’s column blamed geography and a media hypnotized by the brutal acrimony emanating from — and directed at — President Donald Trump. In other word, that Bright Shiny Object on the Hill (apologies to the late Ronald Reagan) is so mesmerizing that no journalist can turn away from it.The tweets, the language, the “fake news” propaganda designed to goad us all — it really is goading us all. Online Post-Dispatch coverage of the Greitens … [Read more...] about Raasch: If a governor falls in a Flyover State, is it national news?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain by Gregory J. Martin and Josh McCrain April 10 at 7:00 AM In recent weeks, news anchors at local TV stations across the country have warned Americans about the “sharing of biased and false news” and the threat “fake stories” pose to democracy. As a recent video revealed, reporters recited word for word the same script bearing this warning. What do these stations have in common? They’re … [Read more...] about Yes, Sinclair Broadcast Group does cut local news, increase national news and tilt its stations rightward
President Donald Trump continued his attacks on Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday.Trump attacked another of Bezos's investments, the Washington Post, in a tweet calling the paper Amazon's "chief lobbyist."Washington Post editors have said there is no editorial connection with Amazon and Bezos' investment is through private funds.President Donald Trump on Thursday picked a new way to go after Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos, slamming a Washington Post headline about his recently announced tariffs on China."The Fake News Washington Post, Amazon’s 'chief lobbyist,' has another (of many) phony headlines, 'Trump Defiant As China Adds Trade Penalties'," Trump said. "WRONG! Should read, 'Trump Defiant as U.S. Adds Trade Penalties, Will End Barriers And Massive I.P. Theft.' Typically bad reporting!"This is not the first time that Trump has attacked the Washington Post's relationship with Amazon. As far back as July 2017, the president suggested the Post was being used for Amazon's … [Read more...] about Trump picks the ‘Fake News Washington Post’ as newest target in his war against Amazon
Updated: A security detail has been assigned to the Delaware judge who sentenced a DuPont heir to probation for the rape of his daughter beginning when she was 3 years old.Judge Jan Jurden was assigned the security detail after receiving threats, the Delaware News Journal reports. Jurden sentenced DuPont heir Robert Richards IV to probation in a 2009 plea deal, saying on a sentencing form that “he will not fare well” in prison. The sentence came to light in a suit filed this month by Richards’ ex-wife, Tracy, seeking damages for sexual abuse of the child.The Delaware Attorney General’s office had originally charged Richards with two counts of second-degree rape, carrying a minimum prison term of 10 years for each count. He pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape, which punishes sexual penetration of a minor and carries no mandatory prison sentence.At least three online petitions seek Jurden’s ouster. She was appointed to a 12-year term in 2001 … [Read more...] about DuPont heir’s sentencing judge gets security detail after child rape case makes national news
Yesterday, much of the country learned the name of Jeffery Sandusky. This happened because he was charged with multiple counts of serious crimes which the media routinely described as “sexual assault of children.” Of course, this kind of horrible thing happens many times a day, so why did this situation get wide-spread national news coverage and trend on Twitter for most of the day?Well, you see Jeffery is the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the most notorious convicted child molester in the world and the reason that Penn State University is now more well-known for “scandal” than for anything else. As someone who has investigated the entire Jerry Sandusky story more completely than anyone on the planet, I found this development to be beyond mystifying on multiple levels.Don’t get me wrong. I am hardly naïve when it comes to the ways of the ratings/click-driven news media. The Sandusky name is known/hated by almost everyone and therefore any negative … [Read more...] about The News Media Was Very Wrong to Make Jeffrey Sandusky’s Arrest a Huge Story