22 Oct 2016

When Did Reporters Become Wimps, Part 2

[sgmb id=”2″] In an earlier post on this site, (When Did Reporters Become Wimps), I noted that many journalists who used to be called  enterprise reporters have become less aggressive.  Even worse, some have become shills for the political interpretation of the news. But it is important to note that this has not

26 Sep 2016

When Did Reporters Become Wimps?

[sgmb id=”2″]The current presidential election represents both a new nadir in national electoral politics and in the journalism that is covering it. Not since the days of Yellow Journalism in the late-1800s when sensationalism dominated over factual reporting has the press been so divided and partisan.  But the added twist

30 Mar 2016

Re-Booting Financial Journalism

In this election season, it’s pretty clear that the quality of political reporting has been called into question by both the electorate and even the president of the United States. Yet since economics, especially income disparities between classes and lack of wage growth and retirement security have also become central

28 Oct 2015

Setting the Stage for the Political End Times

Issues can be defined as how they are addressed, as well as how they are ignored. Tonight’s second Republican debate will continue to show the Party’s priorities, as well as what issues they choose to avoid.  While taxes, regulation, defense spending and anti-Obama rhetoric are all expected fodder for tonight’s

06 Oct 2015

A Lesson in How Republicans Use Propaganda

We use our eyes to see the world, but language is what helps shape our perceptions of how we view the world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in politics. And if you want to twist the way people think about their most immediate surroundings and how they are governed, the Republicans

05 Oct 2015

Financial Journalism’s Glaring Blind Spot is Objectivity

When it comes to publicly discussing journalism’s ability to be objective, all shades of the political spectrum have their opinions. However, financial journalism has traditionally been considered more objective, mainly because it relies on financial data, market statistics, audited company balance sheets and information contained in legal vetted annual reports

06 Sep 2015

Why Bankers Get To Keep All the Cookies

Sometimes the simplest message can become profound. Consider this simple one below:       This contains some powerful tricks to break personal connections that prevent people from working together. It does this by inserting economic jealousy, class hatred, and greed into a simple cookie analogy. In this case, the banker has the

26 Jun 2015

The GOP’s War Against Retirees

As millions of Americans remain concerned about whether they will have enough money to fund their retirement, they can remain assured that the GOP is intent on making these post-working twilight years as difficult as possible. While retirement once had an appealing ring to it over 50 years ago, that

09 Jun 2015

Financial Journalism’s Objectivity Problem

Objectivity in the media has always been a very debatable and contested issue even among the most experienced professional journalists and academics, but so far those discussions have centered on everyday beat and political reporting, and not financial journalism. That’s a mistake because financial journalism today, especially as it is

13 Mar 2015

Why FOX News and Media Matters Will Never Agree

Like the Hatfields and the McCoys, the relationship between the factual progressive, non-profit journalism accountability group Media Matters and FOX News is an ongoing feud over what has made serious journalism mistakes in presenting the news to the American public. In their weekly radio show on Sirius Radio, and their