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2012-12-24 09:55:46 AM  
The top 10 political media stories of 2012. Bunch of whores, this one
 
2012-12-24 10:45:00 AM  
Whores? Goods not as advertised.

Though, I admire the lack of mindless celebrity tripe.
 
2012-12-24 10:47:04 AM  

ITGreen: Whores? Goods not as advertised.

Though, I admire the lack of mindless celebrity tripe.


You missed the one on Gingrich?
 
2012-12-24 11:11:32 AM  
Silver's projections, based primarily on his carefully curated aggregation of polling data

Wrong word. Curating's basically glorified cherry-picking based on taste. Silver's continued success is due to his models.

An interesting list, but ... somehow odd. I'm not a media expert, just a consumer, but to my mind 8 thru 10 (and maybe a few others) weren't all that memorable.
 
2012-12-24 11:22:36 AM  

phaseolus: Silver's projections, based primarily on his carefully curated aggregation of polling data

Wrong word. Curating's basically glorified cherry-picking based on taste. Silver's continued success is due to his models.

An interesting list, but ... somehow odd. I'm not a media expert, just a consumer, but to my mind 8 thru 10 (and maybe a few others) weren't all that memorable.


Thats because Politico's headline is "top 10 media stories of 2012", which greatly narrows the notability factor. Unless they changed their headline, subby dropped the football.
 
2012-12-24 11:27:25 AM  
2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown

Oh yeah, I still smile when I think of that.
 
2012-12-24 11:49:41 AM  
FTA: Let's face it: The media had a bad year.

No, the media have had a few bad years; ever since W. became President.

10. John King invites the wrath of Gingrich

To be fair to King, it was the GOP debate. Not going to expect the truth to seep out out of that morass.

9. Brian Ross's Tea Party error

Should anybody be even remotely surprised at this one? I'm just surprised it was done to the Tea Party (or anyone on the right for that matter) since we all know they're full of it to begin with.

8. PBS capitalizes on Mitt Romney's 'Big Bird' remark

Uh, no. Just, no. Romney was and is a farking hack.

7. The celebrity of Nate Silver

Or, to put it another way: How science trumps the echo chamber...every. frickin'. time.

6. Roger Ailes tries to enlist Gen. Petraeus

Boy, had that happened during the GOP process, FOX News went all-in on this and then that scandal broke? Oh, but to dream...

5. CNN, Fox News bungle the Obamacare ruling

That was fun.

4. Candy Crowley fact-checks Mitt Romney

Or: The moment the "undecideds" shifted to vote for Obama. Romney was exposed and no amount of spinning could save that campaign.

3. The rise of MSNBC

Eh, #3? Would've put this in the bottom half; MSNBC is "alright"...it'll at least call out the BS spun by Fox News.

2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown
1. Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh

Two of the great feel good moments for those of us on the left. Limbaugh getting mauled by even those on the right was...satisfying. Rove losing it on live TV (when he knew that $400 Million just went up in smoke) was a damn near orgasmic moment.
 
2012-12-24 11:55:03 AM  
So outside of #10 the top stories since August? While they were at it they could have thrown in Romney's "47%"
and Obama looking like he just ate strip mall sushi in Denver.

/Irrespective of your view on the guy, Walker beating the recall could have at least be given an mention.
//Or the spiraling amounts Super PACs are contributing
///Or the Republican primary field
////Feckin' lazy column.
 
2012-12-24 12:20:29 PM  
CTRL+F for Benghazi...nope. Still not a scandal.
 
2012-12-24 12:21:05 PM  
media not political

subby, i am disappoint
 
2012-12-24 12:52:55 PM  
CNN's Candy Crowley inadvertently stole the spotlight at the second presidential debate when she challenged Mitt Romney's assertion about President Obama's handling of the security situation at the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya - an unexpected move that drew fierce accusations of bias from Romney's supporters.
1) facts are not biased
2) calling a liar, a liar is not biased - it is honest
3) must have sucked that all those GOP debates were so unbiased that they didnt actually prepare the GOP candidate for The Show
 
2012-12-24 12:58:26 PM  

Arkanaut: 2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown

Oh yeah, I still smile when I think of that.


Math You Do As A Republican To Make Yourself Feel Better.

This will go down in history as the day Rove died.
 
2012-12-24 01:01:22 PM  
MSNBC vies with Fox News, the industry leader, for the coveted 25-54 demographic. Though total audience share remains significantly smaller, demographics are on their side. Barring major changes to the industry, MSNBC is poised to be even more politcally influential in the years ahead, particularly the 2016 cycle.

Sure. That would be fine. Except, like Comic Book Guy says: "I get my news from the Internet, like a normal person under seventy."
 
2012-12-24 01:04:37 PM  

Rwa2play: FTA: Let's face it: The media had a bad year.

No, the media have had a few bad years; ever since W. became President.


You seem to have forgotten about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
 
2012-12-24 01:06:51 PM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: So outside of #10 the top stories since August? While they were at it they could have thrown in Romney's "47%"
and Obama looking like he just ate strip mall sushi in Denver.

/Irrespective of your view on the guy, Walker beating the recall could have at least be given an mention.
//Or the spiraling amounts Super PACs are contributing
///Or the Republican primary field
////Feckin' lazy column.


Oh i agree but I don't think this was a political top 10. This was a navel gazing by the media, which considering the introduction to the "article" was darkly ironic.

My favorite part in the TFA was this "It didn't have the broader import that would justify A1," Post managing editor Liz Spayd told POLITICO." (Speaking about placing the story of Roger Allies offering to fund Gen. Petraeus Presidential bid in the Post's Style section.)

This quote just tells me that my sneaking suspicion that all of the "news media" has become just a propaganda machine is: true, accepted, and lamentable.

When did our "4th branch of government" become a reality show? Where do you get information when you have to question the motives of the person telling you the information.

sickening and sad.
 
2012-12-24 01:08:22 PM  
4. Candy Crowley fact-checks Mitt Romney

Change that to "Helped Obama Lie, and was wrong" and you'll have it right.
 
2012-12-24 01:10:11 PM  
No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?
 
2012-12-24 01:29:20 PM  
Karl Rove's meltdown should be #1 all day, every day. Such a feel good story.
 
2012-12-24 01:34:04 PM  
This goes to prove that american politics is BORING.
 
2012-12-24 01:38:37 PM  

randomjsa: No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?


When has any liberal host ever spent three days demanding a conservative woman post videos of her having sex in exchange for birth control?
 
2012-12-24 01:44:27 PM  

randomjsa: No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?


Yes, Corky, that's what they mean.  Run along now.
 
2012-12-24 01:50:52 PM  
I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.
 
2012-12-24 01:53:05 PM  
You'd think the president being re-elected would be the top story of the year but, yeah, what does that have to do with politics?
 
2012-12-24 01:54:56 PM  

Rwa2play: FTA: Let's face it: The media had a bad year.

No, the media have had a few bad years; ever since W. became President.

10. John King invites the wrath of Gingrich

To be fair to King, it was the GOP debate. Not going to expect the truth to seep out out of that morass.

9. Brian Ross's Tea Party error

...

Eh, #3? Would've put this in the bottom half; MSNBC is "alright"...it'll at least call out the BS spun by Fox News.

2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown
1. Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh

Two of the great feel good moments for those of us on the left. Limbaugh getting mauled by even those on the right was...satisfying. Rove losing it on live TV (when he knew that $400 Million just went up in smoke) was a damn near orgasmic moment.


Ha! You should seriously consider writing a really, really shiatty blog.
 
2012-12-24 01:57:23 PM  

Zombie Butler:
sickening and sad./i>

I go here. There are enough "experts" in various fields to call bs, wikipedia for a surface check, and search engines if I want to delve a bit more deeply. Internet isn't so great for local news though, so I still visit CNN and nbcla.com to round out my news.

The TV news is simply too loud and in your face, and it uses too many hyperbolic words to be able to distinguish what is actually important versus something someone thinks is important because they have too much time and money on their hands.

 
2012-12-24 01:58:02 PM  
Bah! Farking on an ipad ftl.
 
2012-12-24 02:00:12 PM  

namatad: Arkanaut: 2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown

Oh yeah, I still smile when I think of that.

Math You Do As A Republican To Make Yourself Feel Better.

This will go down in history as the day Rove died.


If anyone wants to know where Karl is, you ain't seen him. When the Godfather hands you half a billion dollars and tells you to buy an election, you'd better come back with an election under your arm. Forget you ever knew him.
 
2012-12-24 02:01:16 PM  

namatad: Arkanaut: 2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown

Oh yeah, I still smile when I think of that.

Math You Do As A Republican To Make Yourself Feel Better.

This will go down in history as the day Rove died.


The best part about the math line is that it was delivered by a Fox Blonde, the stepford wife of news media, and yet it cut to the very core of what was going wrong in Republicanland.
 
2012-12-24 02:04:20 PM  

dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.


Almost 24-hours a day.  When it's not showing Scarborough, Locked Up, or Caught on Tape!!

Which means that it is not "the FOX of the left."  FOX is truly one-sided derp 24/7
 
2012-12-24 02:32:26 PM  

randomjsa: No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?


I for one am shocked, SHOCKED, that liberals are trying to force conservative women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds; to bear the full cost of contraception; etc. al.
/
Do you try hard to sound stupid, or does it just come natural to you?
 
2012-12-24 02:36:36 PM  

Kome: randomjsa: No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?

When has any liberal host ever spent three days demanding a conservative woman post videos of her having sex in exchange for birth control?


That probably actually happened, in his head.
 
2012-12-24 03:46:50 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.

Almost 24-hours a day.  When it's not showing Scarborough, Locked Up, or Caught on Tape!!

Which means that it is not "the FOX of the left."  FOX is truly one-sided derp 24/7


I like how the American media market has become so perverse that the cable network most grounded in reality is synonymous with "left-wing echochamber"
 
2012-12-24 03:51:00 PM  

Peki: Zombie Butler:
sickening and sad./i>

I go here. There are enough "experts" in various fields to call bs, wikipedia for a surface check, and search engines if I want to delve a bit more deeply. Internet isn't so great for local news though, so I still visit CNN and nbcla.com to round out my news.

The TV news is simply too loud and in your face, and it uses too many hyperbolic words to be able to distinguish what is actually important versus something someone thinks is important because they have too much time and money on their hands.


I do like the internet to check out differing information. However, I've found that frequently internet sites lead you to bad blogs, incorrect and repeated incorrect information and just outright lies.

I'll give you an example, I read a story in the Boston Herald about New York declaring a no fly zone during the Zucotti park crackdown. This meant that any news helicopter reporting on the event had to leave the area. This story was repeated over and over in blogs and other internet news sources.

I was having a discussion with another farker and so I posted the links. The farker came back with the FAA log which showed no such order was given. This confused me with so many sources reporting the order by the police and yet the FAA logs showed no such order given. After an hour of google fu, I finally came up with the answer.

The order was given by the police to leave the area but it was a bluff the reporters fell for not an official order given by any other governmental authority. The Herald was incorrect and every news source that quoted or expanded on the story were off base. Many jumped on the story because it solidified a preconceived concept of government suppressing speech. The truth was the police didn't want to be observed, so lied to the reporters, who like the obedient talking heads that they are, left.

I agree the loud and obnoxious talking heads are irritating and if anything, uninformative. I just want some real news. The question is, where is this fabled animal?
 
2012-12-24 03:54:32 PM  

sadbad: Lionel Mandrake: dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.

Almost 24-hours a day.  When it's not showing Scarborough, Locked Up, or Caught on Tape!!

Which means that it is not "the FOX of the left."  FOX is truly one-sided derp 24/7

I like how the American media market has become so perverse that the cable network most grounded in reality is synonymous with "left-wing echochamber"


Reality has a left-leaning bias
 
2012-12-24 03:55:23 PM  

Arkanaut: Rwa2play: FTA: Let's face it: The media had a bad year.

No, the media have had a few bad years; ever since W. became President.

You seem to have forgotten about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


Really? Cause the voting public didn't...at least with Republicans. :)
 
2012-12-24 03:56:14 PM  

randomjsa: No single media story was as highly charged as the face-off between conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke,

Hit add comment instead of preview... bah.

You mean when the media erupted in to a fit when Limbaugh treated a liberal woman the same way liberals treat conservative women?


We should do a top ten Fark Conservatroll comments of the year. This one would certainly qualify as a candidate for a spot on that list.

False equivalency comparisons..the last bastion of the defeated!

Heh heh...
 
2012-12-24 03:56:52 PM  

aintnuttintofarkwith: Rwa2play: FTA: Let's face it: The media had a bad year.

No, the media have had a few bad years; ever since W. became President.

10. John King invites the wrath of Gingrich

To be fair to King, it was the GOP debate. Not going to expect the truth to seep out out of that morass.

9. Brian Ross's Tea Party error

...

Eh, #3? Would've put this in the bottom half; MSNBC is "alright"...it'll at least call out the BS spun by Fox News.

2. Karl Rove's on-air meltdown
1. Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh

Two of the great feel good moments for those of us on the left. Limbaugh getting mauled by even those on the right was...satisfying. Rove losing it on live TV (when he knew that $400 Million just went up in smoke) was a damn near orgasmic moment.

Ha! You should seriously consider writing a really, really shiatty blog.


Why? Politico has that slot filled anyway.
 
2012-12-24 04:55:52 PM  

Zombie Butler: I agree the loud and obnoxious talking heads are irritating and if anything, uninformative. I just want some real news. The question is, where is this fabled animal?


No such place. Every human, journalist or not, has an agenda. Even if that agenda is to "accurately" portray the news. I think the larger issue is somehow in the U.S. journalism started being included under the entertainment industry, instead of an industry on its own.
 
2012-12-24 05:29:49 PM  

sadbad: Which means that it is not "the FOX of the left."  FOX is truly one-sided derp 24/7

I like how the American media market has become so perverse that the cable network most grounded in reality is synonymous with "left-wing echochamber"


It's definitely becoming more Fox like. Sure MSNBC lies less, but they're not unbiased reporters just trying to report facts. They're promoting an agenda. They don't claim to be Fair and Balanced, but their number 1 priority is being cheerleaders for the Obama administration.

Obama recently met in secret with the MSNBC pundits, Markos Moulitsas, and Arianna Huffington to help figure out how to sell his tax plan. Alot of the libs who were outraged in 2006 when Bush pursued the same strategy have no problem that Obama and the Democrats are now doing the same thing.

Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and others have good analysis, but their job right now is to make the president and his agenda look good. They are salesmen, not journalists.
 
2012-12-24 05:49:25 PM  
Or that story about how this Dylan What'shisface called the election for Romney a week out, and chided the LSM(Nate Silver and his Zombs) for being deluded for saying otherwise.
 
2012-12-24 06:20:47 PM  
I would argue the #1 story was Nate Silver.

So much of this election was about the polling data, turnout prediction, skewed polls, etc., and he was at the center of it.

Rove's meltdown and the GOP's general over confidence were all related to it.
 
2012-12-24 07:06:43 PM  
www.wearysloth.com

They got no laws, got no honor!
 
2012-12-24 07:08:20 PM  

dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.


And Prison on the weekends.
 
2012-12-24 09:02:56 PM  

CptnSpldng: dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.

And Prison on the weekends.


Actually, only part of the weekend. They have panel discussion shows led by Chris Hayes and that black professor woman with the lisp and cornrows now. And a repeat of Gregory pretending to ask hard questions. Then, yeah, all prison all the time.
 
2012-12-25 10:09:01 AM  

dsmith42: CptnSpldng: dsmith42: I like how MSNBC is a " a 24-hour megaphone and echo chamber for a progressive worldview" when 3 hours a day of their programming is hosted by a Gingrich revolution former Republican congressman.

And Prison on the weekends.

Actually, only part of the weekend. They have panel discussion shows led by Chris Hayes and that black professor woman with the lisp and cornrows now. And a repeat of Gregory pretending to ask hard questions. Then, yeah, all prison all the time.


That's Melissa Harris Perry..show a little respect, mkay?

thegrio.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-26 09:37:08 AM  

Peki: Zombie Butler: I agree the loud and obnoxious talking heads are irritating and if anything, uninformative. I just want some real news. The question is, where is this fabled animal?

No such place. Every human, journalist or not, has an agenda. Even if that agenda is to "accurately" portray the news. I think the larger issue is somehow in the U.S. journalism started being included under the entertainment industry, instead of an industry on its own.


Try Russia Today if you want a liberal version of Fox News. Which also has the added benefit of being mostly factual. And which enjoys the high ground of CLEARLY labeling its commentary as opinion and its news as news.

If you want high quality international news coverage, Al Jazeera is still cock of the walk if you ask me.

Oh, you wanted US journalism? Sorry, never existed. Shame really, since we obviously understand the rules and mechanics of journalism... we just refuse to actually... do it.
 
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