• Why "County Fair"?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Longtime Springsteen fans may have caught onto our new blogs's name; it's copped from the relatively obscure, Nebraska-era song of his. (Here's a nice analysis of the tune; here are the lyrics.) After running out of "media"-based name possibilities for the blog (we're pretty sure they've all been taken by now), we just liked the idea the song conveyed of a meeting place for folks to gather.

  • The New York Times has a footnote problem

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    In her rather unflattering review of Thomas Frank's The Wrecking Crew, a charged attack on the Republican's control of Washington, D.C., Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani not only decried the tone of the book (Frank was just too darn angry) but she complained that Frank sometimes didn't back up the factual claims found in his passages.

    But as Jonathan Schwarz at A Tiny Revolution points out, Frank often used something called footnotes to back up the factual claims in his passages. Footnotes that Kakutani didn't always read.

  • The NYT forgets Morning Joe

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    The Times says MSNBC "turns left" -- but somehow forgets to mention that former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough hosts a show on MSNBC. Or that the channel is home to Pat Buchanan. And the paper avoids any mention of sexist commentary from Chris Matthews and other MSNBC figures.

    The media keep asserting that MSNBC is lurching leftward -- and in doing so, they keep ignoring the channel's actual on-air content.

    Meanwhile, the Times article tells us "CNN is positioning itself as the objective option for viewers." No mention of the fact that CNN's most recent "positioning" was the hiring of five new "political reporters and commentators" -- one liberal, a McCain adviser best known for creating Jesse Helms' Hands ad, a former RNC official, a Christian Broadcasting Network reporter, and Dana Milbank.

    UPDATE: Nor did the Times see fit to mention Lou Dobbs or Glenn Beck in asserting that CNN is positioning itself as the "objective option."

  • About that Media Research Centers study on Obama's press coverage

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    The one that claimed he received virtually no negative coverage from the network nightly news broadcasts during the last month of the primaries. John K. Wilson at Off the Bus notes that, shockingly, MRC's unique brand of analysis doesn't stand up to scrutiny. (Not that Howard Kurtz would ever say so.)

    Writes Wilson: "I challenge MRC to release the full details of their study so that outside observers can determine exactly how they determined "bias" in the media and why their results are so far out of touch with reality."

    Your move Brent.