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Megyn Kelly’s Original Sin

Megan Garber The Atlantic
It would take just over a year, it would turn out, for the absurdity of Megyn Kelly Today’s founding proposition to come to its full fruition.

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Seymour Hersh: He Got the Story

Michael Hirsch Jacobin
Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh has gotten a few things wrong over his career. But his memoir shows a reporter with broad and brave consistency, exposing one atrocity and cover-up by the forces of American imperial power after another.

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Murphy Brown Is Back and Ready to Take On Donald Trump

Jen Chaney Vulture
Unlike the most recent Roseanne, which was a largely political series that frequently tried to bill itself as something other than that, Murphy Brown declares its intentions to challenge the current Republican Establishment.

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

Friday Nite Videos | August 24, 2018

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Beto O'Rourke on NFL Players Kneeling. The Fractured Politics of a Browning America. Why Tesla Is Building City-Sized Batteries. Inside Flex—Amazon's Army of Everyday Delivery People. David Pecker's Past Practice Puts POTUS in a Pickle.

David Pecker's Past Practice Puts POTUS in a Pickle

Rachel Maddow looks back at how David Pecker programmed the National Enquirer to promote Donald Trump and trash Hillary Clinton through the 2016 campaign, though he is now reportedly cooperating with investigators in the Cohen case and maybe more.

Dr. King’s Crusade, Economic Justice and Media Consolidation

Bob Hennelly Salon
King’s critique of power was never purely about race: The collapse of independent media is partly what got us here. It was the independent and radical left media that forced mainstream media to cover the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, poverty and the fight against it. Over the last 15 years, more than half the jobs in the news industry had disappeared, media consolidation will quicken this trend.

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The Backstory Behind the Unions that Bought a Chicago Sun-Times Stake

Brian Dolber The Conversation
An investment group led by former Chicago alderman and businessman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor recently pulled off an unusual feat when it acquired the Chicago Sun-Times. The purchase is a return to labor’s long tradition in fostering a broader public sphere.
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