Newsonomics: 15 terms that summed up 2017 in news and news coverage

This is the year America wishes it could take a shower long enough to wash away the scum of daily mud-slinging. Remember 2016? Last year, it seemed as if Tronc was the most memorable word of the news year, a new media name seemingly invented as self-parody. In 2017, the memorable words tumble onto the page. Let’s briefly catalog those that have pushed their way into our lexicon. Duopoly: Google and Facebook dominate the field of digital advertising — which is now the largest category of ad spending, surpassing TV in North America and the U.K. Google and Facebook have been taking almost 90 percent of all the digital ad growth in the market in the U.S. The remaining 10 percent or so is supposed to help support news media, as well as all other businesses dependent on advertising. The immense damage done to news media by the Continue reading "Newsonomics: 15 terms that summed up 2017 in news and news coverage"

Chuck Todd Blasts Fox News After Guest Suggests FBI Ought To Be Shut Down

On Thursday night, NBC News’ Chuck Todd went after Fox News for something a guest said regarding the Robert Mueller investigation. Last night, Tom Fitton, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, blasted the Department of Justice for the several allegations of conflicts of interest that have emerged in recent weeks. “I think the FBI has been compromised,” Fitton told Shannon Bream. “Forget shutting down Mr. Mueller. Do we need to shut down the FBI because it was turned into a KGB-type operation by the Obama administration?” Well, Todd had a strong reaction to those remarks.

Twitter Laughs as Trump Cuts Literal Red Tape With XL Scissors: ‘Beyond Parody’

President Donald Trump took a pair of extra large, cartoonish scissors to a band of literal red tape today as a way of demonstrating his administration’s efforts in cutting back government regulations. The White House believes their effort to remove two regulations for every new regulation is boosting the economy, which led Trump to boast about the 1,100 regulations that have been removed since the beginning of his presidency. With his first year in office coming to a close, pundits and critics have started debating what exactly the current administration has been able to accomplish — with health care reform dead and tax reform still being debated — so the president was sure to add a number of self-congratulatory statements regarding his effort to cut bureaucratic tape. As another visual aide, Trump presented what regulations were in place during 1960 — demonstrated by a relatively small stack of papers — Continue reading "Twitter Laughs as Trump Cuts Literal Red Tape With XL Scissors: ‘Beyond Parody’"

Internet Melts Down Over Impending Internet Meltdown: Net Neutrality Repeal ‘Is Simply Not Okay’

In a 3-2 split, the FCC voted on Thursday to repeal Net Neutrality — a series of regulations adopted during President Barack Obama‘s administration which prohibited Internet service providers from favoring certain websites, and possibly charging more to access other websites. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended the move in a speech prior to the vote. “We are helping consumers and promoting competition,” Pai said, according to The New York Times. “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.” But much of Twitter was in panic mode after the vote was announced. Here’s a sampling of the reaction from politicians, pundits, and others.

Tavis Smiley Rips PBS For Its ‘Sloppy Investigation’ Into Alleged Misconduct: ‘I For One Intend to Fight Back’

Late Wednesday night, Tavis Smiley took to social media to defend himself against sexual misconduct allegations that were made against him. According to Variety, he was accused of having sexual relationships with multiple subordinates and some had “expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.” He began by saying he was “just as shocked” as everyone about PBS’s decision to suspend him. “I have the utmost respect for all women and I certainly celebrate the courage of those who have come forward of late to share their own truth,” Smiley said. “But let me assure you, I have never groped, inappropriately exposed myself  or coerced any colleague in the workplace ever in my 30-year career.” Smiley blasted PBS for launching Continue reading "Tavis Smiley Rips PBS For Its ‘Sloppy Investigation’ Into Alleged Misconduct: ‘I For One Intend to Fight Back’"

Morgan Spurlock Pens Open Letter on Sexual Misconduct: ‘I Am Part of The Problem’

In the current climate dominated by the #MeToo movement, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock wrote an open letter regarding his own behavior. He began his letter on Twitter (via Vulture) by telling readers he wasn’t asking “who will be next?” to be accused of sexual misconduct, he was asking “when will they come for me?” “I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought, but I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this, and if I’m going truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it’s time for me to be truthful as well,” Spurlock wrote. “I am part of the problem.” He recalled an incident in college when he had a one night stand with a classmate and that classmate wrote about it in a short story writing class accusing him of rape. Continue reading "Morgan Spurlock Pens Open Letter on Sexual Misconduct: ‘I Am Part of The Problem’"

Trump Finds Low Road on Roy Moore Defeat: ‘I Was Right!’

President Donald Trump issued a tweet late Tuesday night in the immediate aftermath of Democrat Doug Jones’s stunning victory over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race — and it was surprisingly professional, congratulating Jones and commending the people of Alabama. But, in a move that should take no one by surprise, Trump was back on Twitter early Wednesday morning, this time offering a pettier take on the election: “The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election,” Trump boasted. “I was Continue reading "Trump Finds Low Road on Roy Moore Defeat: ‘I Was Right!’"