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    Here's a positive media story on CNN's rising star Abby Phillip.
    https://www.washingtonian.com/2021/0...-go-from-here/
    I wont' hold anything against her for working for CNN, but she is hot.

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    What’s wrong with working for CNN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06deacon View Post
    What’s wrong with working for CNN?
    Well, OAN, Newsmax and Fox are so much more honest...

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    Waiting for evidence of authoritarian instincts seems like a good way to get ruled by an authoritarian.

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    Judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post of being “Democratic Party broadsheets” in a dissenting opinion on Friday.

    Washington, DC, federal appellate judge Laurence Silberman accused the New York Times and Washington Post, and to some extent the Wall Street Journal, of being mouthpieces for “rather shocking” bias against the Republican Party in a written opinion on Friday.

    “The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe),” he said in the opinion. “Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.”

    Further, Judge Silberman wrote that Silicon Valley “also has an enormous influence over the distribution of news,” which “similarly filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.” He called Fox News, The New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page “notable exceptions to Democratic Party ideological control,” though he admitted “a number of Fox’s commentators lean as far to the right as the commentators and reporters of the mainstream outlets lean to the left.”

    “It is well-accepted that viewpoint discrimination ‘raises the specter that the Government may effectively drive certain ideas or viewpoints from the marketplace,'” Silberman said. “But ideological homogeneity in the media—or in the channels of information distribution—risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.”

    “It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news,” Silberman added, saying “it is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy. It may even give rise to countervailing extremism.”

    The judge said the Supreme Court should overturn New York Times v. Sullivan, the 1964 case holding that when the media discusses public figures, the outlet should be liable under state defamation laws only if the plaintiffs can prove “actual malice,” which the Court defined as the speaker either knowing the statement was false or making it in “reckless disregard for the truth.”

    “The First Amendment guarantees a free press to foster a vibrant trade in ideas. But a biased press can distort the marketplace,” Silberman concluded. “And when the media has proven its willingness—if not eagerness—to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’ power.”

    The case is Tah v. Global Witness Publishing, Inc., No. 19-7132 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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    The evolution of the Republican Party has rendered it a necessity to be biased against it.


    For informed and decent people and media organizations.


    The only shame involved is that Republicans have made this so.
    I love mankind...it’s people I can’t stand!!

  8. #2688
    Sailor appreciates activist judges! News at 11.

  9. #2689
    If this leads to Fox News, OANN, Newsmax and others being held liable for spouting lies and conspiracy theories, then I’m all for it.

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    Posts article in "Role of the Media" thread, doesn't link to said media

  11. #2691
    I love this. Fox News was literally founded as a GOP propaganda network, not a legitimate news source. The founder of the network wasn't a journalist, it was Nixon's top PR director, Roger Ailes. Besides Fox News, conservatives have OAN, Sinclair Media, and a wide array of conservative websites like American Greatness, Townhall, The Hill, and on and on. Silberman's analysis at the end - “And when the media has proven its willingness—if not eagerness—to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’ power” - is far more easily applied to right-wing than mainstream media. Too bad the judge is apparently blind to that. Hell, he probably watches Fox and Fox Business and believes every word he hears there.

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