Thursday, August 16, 2012

Media Matters for America

What Wisconsin Journalists Want You To Know About Paul Ryan

In the early stages of a VP announcement, news outlets often depend on the campaigns themselves, prior national coverage of the candidate, and even Wikipedia for insight. But local reporters know information the national media can miss. That's why Media Matters' investigative reporter Joe Strupp talked to journalists in Wisconsin. Here is what those who know Paul Ryan best want you to know:

"We Haven't Run The Numbers"

During his first solo interview this week, Ryan made a startling admission to Fox's Brit Hume: that Ryan and the Romney campaign "haven't run the numbers" yet as to when their plan would balance the budget. Even more surprising is how little media coverage that admission received. Simon Maloy lists four reasons this statement should ring alarm bells for media covering the campaign. Read those reasons and find out the few who have correctly noted the importance of this statement.

Rush Limbaugh Is Still Bad For Business

Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey told investors that Rush Limbaugh was still a "drag" on the radio industry, causing millions in losses, months after many said that Limbaugh's advertiser problems would blow over. Angelo Carusone describes why Limbaugh's problems are far from over. Get the details and see who are the latest advertisers to drop Rush Limbaugh here:

Study Proves Bill Nye Right On Climate Coverage

During a recent appearance on CNN, Bill Nye expressed 'disappointment' in the mainstream media for ignoring climate change and the environment. A new Media Matters study proved Nye's criticism correct. While covering that July 2012 was the hottest month ever on record in the United States, print and TV media rarely even mentioned climate change. Jill Fitzsimmons puts this study in context of CNN's continuing problems contextualizing climate change for its viewers. Get the details on the study for CNN and other news outlets:

NPR Gives Credibility To Extreme Anti-Immigrant Voice

From birthers to truthers, people with extreme and discredited views are part of the American political process. But venerable media outlets ought not validate discredited sources and extremist views. NPR missed the mark this week. When reporting on the implementation of the new immigration policy, NPR turned to extreme anti-immigrant activist William Gheen. Just days earlier, Gheen argued that immigrants carried diseases and were likely to brings drugs to America's streets. Solange Uwimana breaks down NPR's failure. Find out what NPR should have disclosed about Gheen if they felt the need to interview him:

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