Monthly Archives: December 2018

White Noise – MSNBC’s Birth as the All-Monica, All the Time Network – from the American Journalism Review Archives, 1999

H/T to Matt Taibbi for sharing this gem by former NPR ombudsman Alicia C. Shepard, published in the American Journalism Review in January of 1999, which illuminates the quest for ratings and profit that drove the nonstop coverage of the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair on fledgling news channels MSNBC and Fox News. Writing in late…

How MSNBC Went From Monicagate to Russiagate – Matt Taibbi

An excerpt from Matt Taibbi’s new book, Hate, Inc. People forget that MSNBC, before it found its current niche as an anti-Trump network, was just a conventionally crappy news organization. In his new book Hate Inc., Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi critiques a corporate press which has achieved higher ratings and profits via nonstop promotion…

Petaluma Grapples with Growth: The Revolt Against Suburban Sprawl – from the L.A. Times Archives, 1988

Here’s an interesting news item on Petaluma history from the L.A. Times archives, published thirty years ago, in April of 1988. Prior to initiating controls on its growth with a one-year moratorium on new housing starts in 1971, Petaluma city officials projected its population would be 60,000 by 1988, according to the Times’s Jeffrey Perlman,…