Politico Media Critic: Fox News Coverage of Trump Trial's a 'Brownout'

May 19th, 2024 6:20 AM

Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer argued on Saturday that Fox’s coverage of the Trump trial in Manhattan exposed a propaganda network -- while CNN and MSNBC going into gavel-to-gavel overdrive does not?

Politico Slams DeSantis As 'Red-Toothed Biter' As He Handles Hurricane

September 30th, 2022 11:03 AM

Don't be fooled by the benign headline: "Ron DeSantis Shows Some Good Manners."  No good deed goes unpunished . . . particularly when it comes to the liberal media, and the person performing the good deeds is a top contender to wrest the White House from Democrat grip. Example A: this Politico magazine column by Politico's "senior media writer" Jack Shafer. Shafer's entire…

Politico Scolds 'Pouty Republicans Who Stiff Reporters'

July 30th, 2022 10:41 PM

Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer typed an article titled “Unsolicited Advice for the Pouty Republicans Who Stiff Reporters: 2024 GOP contenders are making a big mistake by only talking to themselves.” The problem here is you don’t have to be “pouty” to make a decision to restrict media access. And not all “reporters” are liberal (so-called “mainstream”) reporters. That’s an insult to…

Even Politico Mocks the DHS 'Disinformation Police'

April 30th, 2022 10:54 PM

The absurdity of a government agency to combat what is labeled as "disinformation" is so  blatant that even Politico mocked that idea.

Washington Post Memory-Holes and Alters Steele Dossier Stories

November 19th, 2021 10:19 AM

2845. That was how many words that the Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler used on Thursday to try to explain away why the Washington Post, along with much of the rest of the media, for years treated the now-discredited Steele dossier as some kind of investigative "bombshell" endangering Trump.

Politico: Embarrassing Journalist Tweets Are Fair Game for Exposure

August 28th, 2019 8:00 AM
If New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger is looking for support from other media outlets for his complaint about embarrassing tweets by journalists for his newspaper being exposed, he can cross Politico off his list. Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer has no sympathy for that complaint as he made clear in his Monday Politico Magazine article, "Why Journalists’ Old Tweets Are Fair Game…

Politico Declares Beto O'Rourke a Has-Been, Spotlight Now on Buttigieg

April 19th, 2019 9:32 PM
Politico on Wednesday chronicled Beto O'Rourke's tragic loss of his magic mojo in "Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete." Buttigieg, in today's media environment, is "burning with the velocity of a prairie fire on a gusty Indiana day."

Politico Writer Labels Beto O'Rourke a 'Semigogue'

March 16th, 2019 7:48 AM
At the very least, the Beto O'Rourke candidacy for president is certain to be the inspiration for a lot of humor.  Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine already labeled him as the Seinfeld candidate and that it is a "Campaign About Nothing, Not that there's anything wrong with that." 

Politico Denies Censorship: Twitter ‘Punishments’ Aren’t 'Arbitrary'

November 27th, 2018 1:38 PM
Conservatives should just suck it up and accept their online punishments, according to Politico. In an article criticizing the conservative backlash to Jesse Kelly’s ban on Twitter, Jack Shafer argued that there really wasn’t a reason for conservatives to be angry at Twitter.

Politico Pundit to Press v. Trump: 'Time to Circle Behind Enemy Lines'

January 18th, 2017 1:59 PM
Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic now with Politico, wrote an article on Monday with the wisecracking headline "Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again." In short, he argued since Trump is so hostile to the press, it's reinvigorating journalism and making it relevant. He doesn't seem to catch that he's also saying, by contrast, that Obama was then a bad thing for journalism, since everything…

Politico's Sixth Sense: 'Brian Williams Knows He's Dead'

May 1st, 2015 12:20 PM
In a scathing article for Politico Magazine on Thursday, senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote an obituary for the career of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: "At this point, Brian Williams knows he's dead: He's simply negotiating the terms of his burial."

New York Times 'Best Books' List Is Wildly Inconsistent -- Except For

December 22nd, 2012 9:55 PM
Reuters media blogger Jack Shafer has no use for year-end "Best of the Year" lists. "Lined up, one-by-one, the best-of-year-in-review packages resemble the floats gliding down wide boulevards during a New Year’s Day parade: colorful, big, but pointless." Shafer then picked on the New York Times best-of-books list for complete inconsistency (without commenting on its obviously liberal and pro-…

Open Thread: 'Release the Dead Laden Photos,' Says Jack Shafer

May 5th, 2011 10:01 AM
Slate's media reporter Jack Shafer has a great column up calling on the White House to release the apparently-gruesome photos of Osama bin Laden after he was shot and killed by Navy SEALs on Sunday. Suppressing the photos, Shafer claims, "infantilizes the nation and gives the White House unwarranted news control." Check out a longer excerpt below the break.

Time's Crowley: McGinniss Deals Blow to Journalism, Plays Into Palin's

May 28th, 2010 12:08 PM
Time's Michael Crowley, late of the liberal publication The New Republic, took to his new magazine's Swampland blog with a salutatory post yesterday. After the obligatory kind words about how excited he was to be on board "another great [journalistic] institution," Crowley laid out his case about why author Joe McGinniss was foolish for renting a house right next door to the Palin family's…