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Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

If you want to see a media pundit rendered utterly speechless, reduced to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi’s Thursday night takedown of FOX Business commentator Todd Wilemon.... Read more»

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Murdoch, Ailes, and Fox: Right from the start

A new book from reporter David Folkenflik details how Fox News’ shady practices have been around since day one.... Read more»

Murdoch’s circle: The growing News International scandal

From phone hacking to bribery, the corruption at News International has involved many players — increasingly, ones close to Rupert Murdoch.... Read more»

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Murdoch, Murdoch, everywhere

Rupert Murdoch is the most powerful man in global media, which makes him a strong contender for the most powerful individual in the world. There is no good way to measure this, but the mere panoply of interests and the devil-may-care attitude his employees take toward professional ethics vastly magnifies his power and influence beyond merely giving people the news in his typical biased fashion.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Something died on Election Day

What’s that smell? A whole lotta conservative memes rotting on the trash pile of history – that’s what. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The outrage industry

Making you scared and angry is an international industry. But you don’t need to buy in.... Read more»

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News Corp. hacking scandal still hiding in plain sight

Rupert Murdoch is almost certainly the most powerful person in the most influential business on earth. And yet he is treated as a kind of innocent bystander to the criminal activity allegedly undertaken in his name.... Read more»

Fox's Ailes regrets calling NY Times reporters 'lying scum'

Roger Ailes, Fox News' chairman, said he regretss calling the New York Times "a cess pool of bias" and its reporters "a bunch of lying scum" while lecturing at Ohio University on Monday.... Read more»

Brewer touts pro-SB 1070 poll, ignores faulty wording

Gov. Jan Brewer touted Monday a Fox News survey that showed national support for SB 1070, but overlooked a poll question that misstated the law's effect.... Read more»

Big media lobbies against transparency

Many of the country’s biggest media companies are fighting against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.... Read more»

Rebekah Brooks

Ex-Murdoch editor arrested in UK phone-hacking scandal

Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor, and her husband were among six people arrested by British police in dawn raids Tuesday connected with the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.... Read more»

The fanciful 'facts' at Fox News debate

Nine Republican presidential candidates debated for two hours in Orlando, Fla., and they served up more exaggerations and falsehoods — about Obama, each other, and even Thomas Jefferson.... Read more»2

News Corp. redacted embarrassing hacking document

New documents published today cast doubt on News Corporation’s claims that top executives and editors at the now-defunct News of the World were unaware of widespread phone hacking at the paper.... Read more»

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NPR: Still bending over backward

NPR needs to take a good hard look at whether its decision-making processes, whether on news content or on personal matters, are driven more by public relations concerns or by journalistic ones.... Read more»1

Analysis

Why Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may be News Corp.'s next worry

The allegations against News Corp. of wide-scale corruption and obstruction of justice could violate a much bigger law than hacking: the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.... Read more»

News Corp. lawyers up with ex-federal prosecutors

The embattled media conglomerate News Corporation and its independent directors have not only hired top criminal defense lawyers, they’ve also hired former Justice Department prosecutors well-versed in U.S. bribery law.... Read more»

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