» Those numbers were enough to beat the Nielsen ratings almost every major cable news network — including CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC — leaving Fox News as the lone out-performer with 803,000 viewers. The folks at UStream don’t seem to think it was a fluke either. “This speaks to how much more sophisticated social media tools are getting on the web,” said company spokesman Tony Riggins, adding, “Consumers are adapting technologies to get news now from sources like Ustream.”
My general impression is, whenever they have me on, it’s to criticize the American government. Of course, that’s no big surprise because that’s pretty much what I do. That’s how I make my living. But I did start to wonder after a while what they were saying about the Russian government.Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum • Discussing his appearances on RT, formerly known as Russia Today, a network that, despite its ties to the Russian government, has gained a following among liberals and libertarians for its willingness to question U.S. foreign policy. The New Republic’s Jesse Zwick talks to a variety of serious journalists and pundits who have shown up on the network — some who are willing to get airtime anywhere, others who say RT treats them more fairly than other networks — along with some who choose not to go onto the network. “I have friends who I highly respect who have done RT, but the network also features guests who I would put in the conspiracy-theorist camp,” said one liberal journalist who chose not to give his name. We’ve had our opinions on RT in the past — not particularly positive, admittedly — but what do you guys think? Do you trust their coverage? (via Matt)
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It would be nice to think that the rapidity of the official reaction had to do with legitimate disapproval. Actually, it is a reflex quickened by practice because what cable news now calls political journalism is set up to produce just this kind of ‘television moment’ and its attendant swirl of attention-getting faux controversy.L.A. Times columnist Tim Rutten • Offering a room-clearing take on the whole situation with Mark Halperin and “Morning Joe.” To put it simply, he doesn’t think it’s actually any sort of controversy of the real kind, but instead an opportunity to create a conversation-of-the-day moment. (Which Halperin’s quip successfully did, by the way.) It’s an idea that started with Fox News but has kinda expanded from there. There’s even a site dedicated to this idea. And well, you know, he’s right. But it makes good TV, and that’s all that matters, right? source (via • follow)