Posts Tagged ‘media’

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Sunday, December 18th, 2011

I just really like this Fox News screengrab:

Fox News outdoes itself

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

This is a few weeks old, but worth a look if you haven’t seen it already.

With the phone hacking story, it’s been fun to watch how Fox News and other Murdoch-owned outlets cover the story. Not surprisingly, Fox has been covering it a lot less than other networks:

(Source: Pew

The really amazing part, though, is when they do talk about it. As you hopefully know, the scandal is about “journalists” from News of the World hacking into the voicemails of celebrities, war widows and murder victims. But when this is discussed on Fox, they throw News of the World in with a list of other hacking victims. It’s masterfully orwellian:


Note how they gloss over the fact that the Pentagon, Citibank and Bank of America victims, but News of the World was a perpetrator. It’s all a whitewash. Don’t worry about the details!

The best part is that they spend the last bit decrying how there are important national issues that should be discussed instead, and then cut to the Casey Anthony story.

I’m not even mad about this anymore. FNC viewers get what they deserve at this point. Whatever.

(via James Fallows)

Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday

Monday, June 20th, 2011

One of the better interviews Jon Stewart has done on Fox in a while:

Video link

I don’t really think either party convinces anyone outside of their base in these interviews, but I like seeing people have to defend their beliefs.

Fox News geography

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Miss South Carolina must be interning in their graphics department:

(via media matters)

How Not To Make a Chart, Episode 302

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

From CBS News:

It still amazes me that people whose job it is to visualize data would abuse the y axis like that, making it look like the debt had tripled. Nobody can comprehend trillions of dollars, so I think in this case the relative change is far more important than the raw numbers. I’m not trying to minimize the importance of the debt, of course.

I went to the trouble of repairing the chart for them:


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Just saw this clip from Anderson Cooper.


Favorite quote from Cooper:

You also talked about victory mosques that Muslims built hundres of years ago on sites of military conquest. Don’t all religions do that? You’re Catholic, Rome was conquered from the pagans and their altars were destroyed so the Vatican could be built. Christian conquistadors and pilgrims to America all destroyed local religions and built their own houses of worship. Is the Vatican a victory church?

I wouldn’t follow the same line of argument that he does (as he seems to be arguing ‘victory religious structures are normal’ instead of ‘this isn’t a victory mosque’), but it’s still an interesting point. The rest of the interview is pretty good.

Manipulating statistics

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

During this clip of CNN (shown on The Colbert Report), Wolf Blitzer says “The nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14.3% last year. […] More than 43.5 million Americans are in need, that’s the highest number in half a century of recordkeeping.” while this is shown on the screen:

If you look at the chart, you can see that the poverty rate was over 15% in 1991 (the y axis is a bit hard to read here, but trust me). So, yes, the raw number is the highest it’s been in a half century, but that record has more to do with population growth than the raw poverty rate. If they hadn’t been showing that chart when Blitzer said this, I don’t think I would have noticed that subtle trick.

I don’t mean to minimize the significance of the poverty rate, but still, I think the rate is the really meaningful figure here.

Superbowl ads

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Slate has a pretty good writeup about this year’s superbowl ads. I laughed a few times this year, but found very few of the funny commercials to be memorable. The Bud Light commercial with the human bridge could have been funny if they hadn’t completely pulled their punch at the end: the bridge should have failed disastrously. Maybe that would be a bit too dark, but if done right, it could have worked a lot better than what they ended up with.

I’m of course biased, but I really liked the Google ad. It was simple, clever and very human.

It’s also really easy to parody, as Slate has done well:

How to Report The News

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

A nice piece of satire:

For your entertainment

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

11 Most Painfully Obvious Newspaper Articles Ever