Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

A house united in ignorance cannot stand

The NYT’s Timothy Egan on the wilful ignorance (if that’s the right term for it) of far-right Americans and the media that abets them.

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Fri, August 27 2010 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

60 Minutes (fake documents) II, The Daily (fake news) Show win Peabodies

Eyebrows are raised over the awarding of two Peabodies, meant to symbolize broadcast journalism excellence.

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Sat, April 9 2005 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on 60 Minutes (fake documents) II, The Daily (fake news) Show win Peabodies

‘Daily Show’ on the CBS memo-gate scandal

I was watching The Daily Show tonight, as is my habit, and as usual, it offered an amusing and thought-provoking insight, this time into the CBS memo-gate scandal. Jon Stewart’s riff on it wasn’t great, but Stephen Colbert’s piece was terrific — a not-so-thinly-veiled linkage between the Bush Administration’s myopic zeal in going to war in Iraq […]

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Wed, January 12 2005 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ‘Daily Show’ on the CBS memo-gate scandal

Dear American friends

A new poll done both here in Canada and the U.S. tells me I’m pretty much in the mainstream: I like America and my American neighbors, but I’m not so hot on Dubya and his fellow travellers in his administration.

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Tue, November 30 2004 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Dear American friends

Maureen Dowd’s brother thanks the Democrats

In her Thanksgiving column entitled Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy, NYT writer Maureen Dowd gives her conservative brother Kevin’s explanation of why the Republicans triumphed in Apocalypse 2004:

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Tue, November 30 2004 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Maureen Dowd’s brother thanks the Democrats

Finally, someone picked up on the PIPA survey!

The NYT’s Bob Herbert has written belatedly about the Program on International Policy Attitudes study on Bush and Kerry supporters — and how the Bushies had their heads up their asses (my words, not Herbert’s) on many key issues.

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Tue, November 9 2004 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Finally, someone picked up on the PIPA survey!

The values-vote myth – a counter-argument

David Brooks of the NYT took a look at the exit-polling numbers and came up with some different conclusions that your typical pundit. But there’s some big holes in his argument too: For example, he doesn’t account for the ignorance and gullibility of Bush supporters.

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Sun, November 7 2004 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on The values-vote myth – a counter-argument

Why the post below doesn’t matter

Read this excerpt from what I think will become known as a seminal article on Dubya by Ron Suskind in the Oct. 17 NYT Magazine – “Faith, Certainty and the presidency of George W. Bush“: (BTW, the headline refers to this post)

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Thu, November 4 2004 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media, politics » 2 Comments

Election afterthoughts from OOT NY media elitists

I attach for your linking pleasure columns from Thomas L. Friedman, Maureen Dowd and William Safire on the U.S. election, plus a bonus editorial:

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Thu, November 4 2004 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Election afterthoughts from OOT NY media elitists

Amusing thought du nuit from Jon Stewart

“I never thought I’d say this, but I really miss voter fraud.” :) That was preceded by Stewart saying that he passed out around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night and woke up naked and bruised outside his studio. “Anything happen?” he deadpanned. Correspondent Ed Helms said tonight was the last night in America for going to […]

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Thu, November 4 2004 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Amusing thought du nuit from Jon Stewart