Tag Archive for MSNBC

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…

The Saudi War on Yemen Supported by U.S. – ‘Worst Humanitarian Crisis in 50 Years’ – was Not Newsworthy to MSNBC in 2017

Russiagate Stories = Higher Ratings = Higher Profits Busily fueling the Grand Kremlin Conspiracy to Subvert Our Peace-Loving Democracy, MSNBC spent 2017 virtually ignoring the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 Years, in Yemen. As a major media institution with a large audience, MSNBC helps to define the scope of respectable political discourse in the United…

A Russo Reader for the Skeptics of Corporate Media and the Intelligence Community

This post has been repeatedly updated since its original publication as more information related to Trump, Russia and the media accumulates. – RR While I sometimes appreciate the work of Rachel Maddow and her colleagues at MSNBC, I’m more than a little uncomfortable with their current, breathless promotion of a borderline hysterical anti-Russia meme. On…

The Problem with Corporate News Media: Trump Sells Eyeballs

Future critiques of the mainstream corporate media’s 2016 campaign coverage will spend a great deal of time focusing on its tendency throughout the past two years to marginalize Senator Bernie Sanders while promoting – and profiting from – the Donald Trump brand. Images such as this screenshot of CNN, provided by Laila Al-Arian via Fairness and Accuracy in…