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2018 Lesson: 'Nothing Matters' Is Bogus

In the Trump era, everyone from comedians to pundits have claimed that “nothing matters”. MSNBC anchor Ari Melber runs through an exhaustive list of times when Trump has been defeated or stopped by facts and reporting. “In a democracy, things matter when we make them matter.” 

Media Bits and Bytes - December 11, 2018

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Why CNN Fired Hill; Tech To Labor's Rescue; The Need For a Black Press; Regulating AI; News or Nonstop Lies?; Pretzels and Politics; NPR's Restless Temps

Team Trump Spreading Doctored Jim Acosta Video

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a doctored video clip from Infowars in which they sped up Jim Acosta's hand movement in an effort to discredit a reputable journalist. She should be forced to resign for this.

Make Saudi Arabia Pay for Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance

Shaun King The Intercept
Maybe inside the kingdom’s bubble, the Saudi royal family didn’t understand that we’d care. Maybe they listened to President Donald Trump ramble on about how the press is the enemy of the people, and assumed we all thought that. We don’t.

Trump’s New (Non-Democratic) Normal

John Feffer Tom Dispatch
What happens when the adults in the room are scarier than the crying baby? Who’s responsible for the last 17 years of American wars that have convulsed the planet? Babies? Teenagers? Grown men acting like babies? Let’s face it: perfectly sober adults

Media Bits and Bytes - July 24, 2018

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Trump Boots Reporter; Tronc Stomps; Sinclair Slime; Facebook's Wrist Slap; Con Game; Too Late for Lopate?; Watching the Watchers
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