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By Lois Melina | December 23, 2004
AS THE COUNTRY prepares for at least two years with the Republicans in control of both the White House and Congress, it is vitally important that the news media look at how they have failed the American people and contributed to a polarized nation. Journalists have allowed political operatives to successfully control what is discussed and how it is discussed. TV programs that pit an extremist on the left against an extremist on the right have made it clear there is no room for moderate voices.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | November 4, 2004
GO AHEAD, Mr. or Ms. America, scrape that bumper sticker off the car. Pull up those lawn signs and toss them in the garbage. Throw out your Bush-Cheney or Kerry-Edwards buttons and the silly boater you were wearing when you stayed up late on Election Night, swilling too much chablis and shrieking at Wolf Blitzer and pulling for the red or blue candidate of your choice. Yes, the long national nightmare is over. We officially have a president. But the truth is, for most voters, the whole loud, ugly, rancorous campaign didn't end a moment too soon.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2001
It was with nothing less than great irony that Madonna kicked off last night's Grammy Awards ceremony with a performance of her hit "Music," with its la-la-land, love-fest lyrics like "Music makes the people come together." The ultimate pop diva even emphasized the air of all cultures and people coming together by stepping out of a flashy, silver limo that could have fit into many a Jay-Z music video. And she even incorporated another genre in her act when she had the potty-mouthed, 13-year-old rapper Lil Bow Wow open the limo door for her. However, just moments before Madonna's let's-all-hold-hands act, hundreds had gathered outside Staples Center in Los Angeles to protest the four Grammy nominations of controversial rap star Eminem.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | December 6, 2000
I have a new hero, and his name is Andy Kindler. Kindler is a commentator for Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," the half-hour mock newsmagazine on weeknights at 11 that provides the sharpest satire to be found on television. Imagine my delight last week when ostensible anchor Jon Stewart - a comic who won my affection when he singed the fawning coverage of Joe Lieberman with the words "Senator, you had me at `Shalom' " - provided the following lead-in: "Many people feel that the landscape of daytime talk shows is too highbrow, too inaccessible, for the mainstream audience."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 24, 2011
President Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan -- in which he said he'd remove a minority of troops there by next summer -- is being met with criticism from both the right and left.  Hawkish politicians want to keep all the troops there as long as the generals desire (which could be forever) and those opposed to the war want to bring the troops home immediately.  Comedian Jon Stewart joined the chorus of critics last night, when he ripped Obama's plan for not bringing the troops home quickly enough.  "That's it?"
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart acknowledged on-air Tuesday night that he was wrong in saying Fox News viewers are the "most consistently misinformed media viewers. " He had made the statement in a much-discussed interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" three days ago. Read about it here from my Tuesday post. But the comedian then pivoted on a punchline and used his apology to hammer Fox News on what he sees as its lack of credibility. The ultimate message of the segment essentially boiled down to this: OK, I lied, but Fox News lies a lot more than I do, and they never acknowledge their mistakes or set the record the straight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | August 10, 2011
Newsweek's crazy-eyes Michele Bachmann cover has been getting a lot of attention this week, especially from conservatives who are blasting the magazine for the unflattering image of the GOP frontrunner. (You've got to hand it to Newsweek editor Tina Brown. She knows how to stir up a controversy.)  Last night, liberal-leaning comedian Jon Stewart joined the Newsweek criticism, though not exactly for the same reasons that are making Republicans so upset.  "Newsweek, that's a s---y picture of Michele Bachmann," Stewart said.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
Regarding Jon Stewart's swipe at Chris Wallace over whether Fox News viewers are misinformed: As much as the media is blamed for spreading lies and misinformation, people will believe what they want to. More often than not, what they want to believe is shaped by their immediate surroundings, their parents, churches, schools, friends and life experiences. So good luck trying to tell Rep. Michelle Bachman that "intelligent design" is not intelligent, or Sen. John McCain that illegal immigrants aren't to blame for the recent fires in Arizona.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 20, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday and participated in a somewhat heated (but relatively polite) exchange with host Chris Wallace.  It was a pretty good debate ( The Sun's venerated TV critic David Zurawik even got a shout-out) but both Stewart and Wallace were, in my opinion, somewhat wrong.  Stewart is partially wrong when he says that Fox News is "A biased organization, relentlessly promoting an ideological agenda under the rubric of being a news organization" -- and not only because he uses the word "rubric" instead of "guise.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Comedian Jon Stewart lied when he said that "every poll" shows Fox News viewers to be the most "consistently misnformed" of all news consumers, PolitiFact says. Stewart made that claim in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace that is still be debated all over the place two days later. I have been dragged into the fray in part because Wallace used a quote from me to challenge Stewart about his lack of accountability as a media critic. You can read about that and see the Fox News video here . I applaud PolitiFact, ans its Pulitzer-Prize-winning truth-o-meter, for holding Stewart accountable for his false statement about Fox. By the way, in its well-researched and thoughtful analysis of what constitutes true and false statements about news audiences being poorly or well-informed, PolitiFact quotes my analysis of a deeply flawed University of Maryland "study" on the matter.
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