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Media Bits and Bytes - February 25, 2020

MSNBC and NPR skewered! T-Mobile/Sprint merger and more

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Larry Tesler invented a series of commands for the computer system when he worked at Palo Alto Research Center, credit: MobyGeek

 

MSNBC in Full Freakout Mode Over Nevada Caucuses Vote

By Jake Johnson
February 23, 2020
Common Dreams

"Nazi comparisons, commentators near tears, and even a stunning admission that maybe they don't understand the country anymore."

How NPR Sticks It To Bernie

By Robin Andersen
February 18, 2020
FAIR

Despite Mara Liasson's claims, many polls have documented what the public thinks about Sanders’ policy positions, and the evidence is overwhelming: From a wealth tax to minimum wage, they are extremely popular.

Trump Wants to Cut Public Broadcasting

By Ted Johnson
February 10, 2020
Deadline

The White House’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget would scale back discretionary funding across the board while increasing military spending. 

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Looms

By Alex Sherman
February 12. 2020
CNBC

T-Mobile’s deal with Sprint may usher in the next wave of major U.S. media and telecommunications consolidation: the merging of cable and wireless companies.

Bloomberg’s Bizarre Media Strategy

By Paige Leskin
February 20, 2020
Business Insider

Over the last few months, Bloomberg's campaign has paid and partnered with popular Instagram meme accounts and micro-influencers to create content.

Epoch Times Turns to YouTube

By Kevin Roose
February 5, 2020
New York Times

The right-wing paper, started by practitioners of Falun Gong, has turned to the video platform for an advertising blitz.

YouTube At 15

By Mariangela Mianiti
February 18, 2020
Il Manifesto Global

Registered in 2005, YouTube has become the second-most-visited website after Google. Its network hosts the breadth of human interest, and disinterest.

The Inventor of Cut, Copy and Paste

By Chris Isidore, Scottie Andrew and Mirna Alsharif
February 20, 2020
CNN

Tesler was not nearly as well known as computing giants such as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. But he played an early, central role in making computers accessible to people without computer engineering degrees, i.e. most of us.