We’re in the boutique age of journalism. CNN is just the department store — the Wal-Mart of journalism.
- Miles O’Brienformer CNN science journalist  
Dear CNN,
1. This isn’t breaking news.
2. You spelled “Seinfeld” wrong.
Otherwise, great work.

Dear CNN,

1. This isn’t breaking news.

2. You spelled “Seinfeld” wrong.

Otherwise, great work.


Study: Fox News, CNN, MSNBC are "least informative" news sources

1,185 respondents nationwide were asked about what news sources they consumed in the past week and then were asked a variety of questions about current political and economic events in the U.S. and abroad. On average, people were able to answer correctly 1.8 of 4 questions about international news, and 1.6 of 5 questions about domestic affairs. 

…the study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly. The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well.  And people watching only The Daily Show with Jon Stewart could answer about 1.42 questions correctly. 

“These differences may be small, but even small differences are important when we’re talking about millions of people,” said Cassino. “We expect that watching the news should help people learn, but the most popular of the national media sources – Fox, CNN, MSNBC – seem to be the least informative.”  

The American people don’t often pay attention to what’s going on in the world until they have to.

John King, CNN anchor 

I don’t think this is controversial. Isn’t this obviously true?


Jeffrey Sachs and Niall Ferguson Debate Occupy Wall Street

This gets a little heated. For such a nice guy, Sachs can be one tough bastard. 


Fuck You, CNN

Really, CNN? Really? The Wall Street protestors are ridiculous and have no goal but the Tea Party movement is worthy of co-hosting a debate with you?

The group that despises deregulation and is troubled by growing income inequality is mocked but the group that believed in an Obama birth certificate conspiracy is given creditability by your own network? Like I said: fuck you, CNN. 


Majority of Americans Support Secularism, Gay Marriage, and the Department of Education

Some recent polls from CNN:


Jon Huntsman discusses President Obama, the Tea Party, and Captain Beefheart 


Is Wolf Blitzer the Dullest Journalist in America?

Ha! How true. He also might be among the dumbest journalists in America. See above for his humiliating appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy

from Slate:

To excel in journalism, says Blitzer, you must be polite, honest, talk to a lot of people—especially the well-connected and knowledgeable—and consult a lot of websites. After I commented earlier today on the flatness of Blitzer’s tedium, my colleague Charles Homans tweeted his own Blitzer-inspired tips for journalists: “Breathing is important. Remember to eat and sleep when necessary.”

Beating on Blitzer is an old game. I went to town on him in a 2008 column in which I analyzed the limited Blitzer-ese dialect, and that same year Greg Veis ridiculed the poor bastard in the New Republic, writing:

The man’s so devoid of charisma that you can picture him reporting, in his endearing monotone, that a comet is headed straight for CNN studios and that he’ll be prematurely robbed of his molecular composition and the chance to ever see his family again in seven, six, just five seconds now.


George W. Bush looks like Abraham Lincoln compared with this crowd.

- John Avlon, on 2012 Republican candidates


In 2009, Senate Republicans filibustered a stunning 80% of major legislation. Given how the chamber is composed— two Senators per state, no matter how thinly populated— people representing just 10% of the country can block all legislation. Is that how a democracy should function?

- Fareed Zakaria


63% of Americans Want Higher Taxes on Businesses and the Rich



Fareed Zakaria Explains Washington’s “Extraordinary Polarization”  


Poll: 67% of Americans Want to Tax the Rich, Only 20% Approve of GOP Debt Ceiling Deal

This is just one more piece of evidence that Republicans have turned sharply to the right and are drifting farther away from the center. Their position on the debt ceiling deal is simply not reasonable, nor is it popular with Americans.

Despite our country’s unacceptable income inequality, we have a major political party insisting on maintaining the status quo. This might sound socialistic to some (which is part of the problem) but the richest Americans are getting richer at everyone else’s expense and nothing within the GOP’s current Tea Party inspired platform will change that.  

from CNN

"A full 67% of Americans favor a deal to raise the debt ceiling that includes taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University."

"And according to Gallup, only 20% of Americans want a deal that consists only of spending cuts. That’s the position of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and many of his colleagues.”

"Instead, most Americans want the deal to include a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, something that is much closer to the bargaining position staked out by Democrats.”