From Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander's August 30 column, headlined "A Missing Ingredient in Health-Care Coverage":
Make no mistake, The Post has produced some stellar health-care coverage. It's exposed heavy industry campaign contributions to key members of Congress who are drafting legislation. It's revealed those with personal investments in corporations that could be affected by the health-care laws they write. And it's burrowed into thorny questions about who should be authorized to deny patient requests for expensive but non-critical medical care.
However, readers say that too many other stories have been about process or politics. That's coverage The Post must own, of course. Washington is filled with policy wonks and decision-makers.
But readers seem to be saying: What about the rest of us? Over the past month, dozens have called or e-mailed to urge more explanatory journalism.
Many have said that Post stories routinely assume a foundation of knowledge that they simply don't have. Some said that they don't understand basic terms like "public option" or "single payer." They want primers, not prognostications. And they're craving stories on what it means for ordinary folks and their families.
In my examination of roughly 80 A-section stories on health-care reform since July 1, all but about a dozen focused on political maneuvering or protests. The Pew Foundation's Project for Excellence in Journalism had a similar finding. Its recent month-long review of Post front pages found 72 percent of health-care stories were about politics, process or protests.
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Matt Drudge is currently blaring this lead headline: "BILL WOULD GIVE OBAMA 'EMERGENCY' CONTROL OF INTERNET."
That links to this CNET article. Now, I'll admit I don't know much of anything about the issue. Maybe the article is spot-on. But I do know something about Declan McCullagh, the reporter whose byline appears on the article. He's the guy who started the "Al Gore claimed he invented the Internet" nonsense that helped elect George W. Bush.
So before you get too worried about Drudge's alarmist headline, maybe you should take a deep breath, consider the source -- and wait for a better one.
Nearly fifty companies have now reportedly said they will no longer run ads on Glenn Beck's Fox News show.
Media Matters for America has compiled a list of companies that did run ads on Glenn Beck this evening (August 28) in the order they appeared:
"Dollar-a-holler" is the old-time radio term used to describe ad rates on small-town AM radio stations. I'm reminded of the phrase after reading this key passage from the Los Angeles Times, and how Beck no longer has any A-list advertisers:
As a result, few major businesses remain as sponsors of Beck's eponymous 2 p.m. PDT program. On Wednesday, the only big companies with a presence during his show were Bank of America and the Wall Street Journal, whose parent company News Corp. also owns Fox News. The rest of the commercials included spots for gold seller Rosland Capital; Ashley Furniture Home Store; Empire Carpet; Liberty Medical, a diabetes medical supplier; Johnson Law Group, an asbestos litigation firm; "Shadow Government," a new book critical of Obama published by the National Republican Trust; and the anti-tax group TeaPartyExpress.org.
Turns out Bank of America isn't even a Beck sponsor. So as best I can tell, all the blue chip advertisers have abandoned Glenn Beck.
All. Of. Them.
Number of those words that quote a criticism of Brown or his organization: 0
Value to Brian Brown and his organization of a 2,000-word Washington Post profile that presents them as noble, "rational," "mainstream," "sane," people put upon by shrill opponents who irrationally demonize them: Priceless.
After Media Matters for America noted that Ashley Furniture HomeStore advertised on the August 26 edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck, we received the following statement:
"Ashley Furniture HomeStore pulled its advertising from "Glenn Beck" as of Aug. 27, said Kendra Maggert, a spokeswoman for the company."
Ashley Furniture HomeStore joins forty-six other companies who have reportedly said they will no longer run ads on Beck's Fox News show.
Author/gossiper Ed Klein, whose dreadful work in recent recent has been completely discredited, appeared on NPR on Wednesday and claimed that Sen. Ted Kennedy used to love telling Chappaquiddick jokes.
Right-wing bloggers have seized upon the comment (Ah-ha! Kennedy was evil!) and are pretending that because Ed Klein said something about a prominent Democrat it must be true.