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Media Bits and Bytes - March 5, 2019

Fox's Friend; UC Breaks Ranks; Facebook FUBAR; Backyard Reporting; CNN's Big Score; Antisemitism at Radio Marti; Microsoft Accuses Moscow


Trump's Symbiosis of Stupid with Fox News

By Jack Holmes
March 4, 2019

The president sought to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger in just one of three different moves he made to benefit Fox owner Rupert Murdoch.

The Costs of Academic Publishing are Absurd. The University of California is Fighting Back.

By Brian Resnick
March 1, 2019

The UC system just dropped its $10 million-a-year subscription to the world’s largest publisher of academic journals.


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I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker

By Brooke Binkowski
February 8, 2019

Trying to stem the tsunami of fake news was like battling the Hydra — every time we cut off a virtual head, two more would grow in its place.

Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America

By Mark Cook
February 22, 2019

The corporate media have continued to peddle the Trump-as-humanitarian-champion line, even after it was revealed that a US plane was caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela.

Cable News Learned Nothing From 2016. Sarah Isgur’s Hire Is Proof.

By Matt Gertz
February 26, 2019

A GOP operative who has never worked as a journalist will be helping to shape the political coverage of CNN, an outlet whose agenda-setting power plays a part in determining which stories receive national attention and how they are covered.

More Firings at TV and Radio Martí Over Controversial George Soros Report

By Nora Gámez Torres
March 1, 2019
Miami Herald

The report raises conspiracy theories about Soros, who is identified as a “left-wing billionaire of Hungarian-Jewish origin” and a “nonpracticing Jew of flexible morals.”  

Microsoft Reveals New Russian Hacking Attempts

By Andy Kroll
February 20, 2019
Rolling Stone

Think tanks critical of Putin’s regime were targeted, according to a new report from the tech giant.