The 2013 State Media Awards Go To

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Courtesy of Russ Winter of Winter Actionables

The WinterActionables State Media Award for 2013 goes to Newsweek for its absurd January 2013 cover (below). To be fair, it was published before the International Business Times bought Newsweek brand and its products last August. Runner up for worst of the worst in 2013 is state television MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “Obama on Mt. Rushmore” gibberish from last February.

The Why They Get Paid the Big Bucks Award goes to Ed Schultz, again of State TV’s MSNBC. He apparently didn’t do well with math in school as he claims that the $85 billion in sequester cuts is 30% of the country’s $3.5 trillion budget. In reality, of course, it’s just about 2.5%. Just goes to show what’s in store on State TV when the Treasury market blows up and there is a real fiscal crisis.

The Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award of State media journalism goes to Barbara Walters for this syrupy interview. Despite her relationship with Alan Greenspan in the 1970s and having access to everyone in the sistema, when was the last time she called someone out and did anything truly newsworthy or hard hitting?

The Honorable Achievement Award for Caring Out the Orders of the State goes to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for her “Come on Home, Edward Snowden” travesty last July. I still haven’t cooled off on this one.

Although Harris-Smith comes off as an amateurish hack, another media operative, David Gregory of “Meet the Press,” comes off as a hired goon. His attack on Glen Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story, says a lot about the condition of American media. Greenwald handles it masterfully.

In the third quarter, CNBC continued to fall out of bed on its ratings. This dominant business-news channel hit a 20-year low in its target demographic of adults 25 to 54 years old, according to Nielsen. Since 2008, average total daytime viewership has fallen more than 50% — to 169,000 from 348,000 —at CNBC, which commands three-quarters of the audience among business-news networks.

It’s pretty remarkable considering what the market has done. I speculate that the reason may be poor credibility and a tendency to be nothing more than a mouthpiece and propaganda arm for the sistema and kleptocrats. 

I tried to create a “Kudos List” as well but really couldn’t. Sure, you can dig deep and find greats like Bill Moyers of PBS — but he’s 80 years old, God bless him!  And noteworthy is Steven Brill’s investigative piece called “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us” about the epic failures of our health care system.

When Pulitzer Prize winner and journo veteran Seymour Hirsh broke a story that critically examined the Obama administration’s “cherry picking” of information on the chemical attacks in Syria, he had to have it published outside of the U.S.  Seymour, and a spry 76, is another God bless old timer that they don’t make any more.  Sadly, one of our younger shining lights in the media, Dylan Ratigan, has left the media bubble.


So Oregon’s health care exchange is apparently considered the most grotesque fiasco in the U.S. Gee, from its ad (at right), it looks like a barrel of laughs and fun and capture the bizarro State advertising award.

An Associated Press story notes that last week state officials cancelled an advertising campaign to get people to sign up at because the website still isn’t up and running.

The UK’s Daily Mail ran the first major coverage story of how people are experiencing Obamacare, illustrating mass confusion and a rising tide of anger.

Kaiser Health News reports that millions of lower-income people are expected to shift between exchanges and Medicaid. The federal government’s website, opted by 36 states, has been unable to transfer income and other data from applications to the state agencies that run Medicaid, the state-federal program for low-income adults, and the children’s insurance program. As a result, tens of thousands of applicants have been left in limbo – without coverage that was supposed to begin Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, the administration offers no Obamacare age data for those enrolled. Age of enrollees is described as a “key element” to evaluating the overall success of Obamacare. A study report by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that four of 10 enrollees would need to be between 18 and 34 years old to prevent a rise in premiums in subsequent years. A White House spokesman pledged to make the age data “available as soon as possible.”

“Muito complicado,” as they said all the time when I was in Brazil.

Closing Orwellian quote: “Once someone clicks ‘enroll’ and selects a plan, we consider them enrolled. We don’t know if they have paid or when they pay the company because it’s a private transaction between the company and the consumer,” a senior White House official said.


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ebworthen's picture

The award to MSNBC is well deserved; it is the virtual airport for every dim-witted lefty wing-nut "journalism" school in the land. 

Funny how people moan and groan about Fox news but somehow Chris Matthews hasn't been stripped of his degree and deported to Cuba.

"Cover Oregon" = the collision of the Kumbaya idealism of the 60's and the dreamy hopium of Obamanation with the sad hard rip-rap reality pavement of our crony capitalism kleptoligarchy.

Mike Cowan's picture

They may be dumb and deceived but they affect elections and are therefore dangerous to mankind.

Joe Davola's picture

it’s a private transaction between the company and the consumer..

with the barrel of the government's gun trained on them both.

mendolover's picture

When does that woofer Maria start on Fox BS News?

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Her with her peeps....  LOL

max2205's picture

Great piece ilene

Laughing Stock's picture

You're kidding....right?!?!?

kridkrid's picture

Why? I thought it was a nice summary. I think that the interesting discussion would be, "how much of this propaganda is orchestrated vs. how much happens through a kind of "natural selection". People should read the first few chapters of Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent". It does a fantastic job of describing in detail how the news apparatus morphs into a machine that does nothing more than support the status quo. And while the conclusion may seem somewhat self-evident, the "how to" is very interesting. The "news stories" that are listed in this article are all good examples of how the system works.

Moe Hamhead's picture

And to think... I missed all that.

--disconnected my TV years ago !

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

market crash 08, 911, constant wars, economic crimes white wash, and you say there is good people in the news business..dumb but not that dumb, whores one and all.

Disenchanted's picture

re: "Dick Gregory of “Meet the Press"

Dick Gregory and David 'Howdy Doody' Gregory are two very different people.

Laughing Stock's picture

I think you mean David Gregory (pssst: he's a Tribe member)

Rising Sun's picture

Most of my "media time" reading is spent here.


Thanks Tylers

whatthecurtains's picture

"MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Smith....."

Smith? I thought her last name was Perry. She is as common as cat shit

charles wright's picture

It is not so much they receive direct orders (although some of them may) but a change in the political weather they are responding to. I've lived outside the country for years now, and I can see changes when I go home that people living there often don't pick up on.

Government has grown a lot, and younger people have become quite used to it, because it is all they have ever known. This is how change comes. Older people may say ,"wait! you don't know what you are losing, you can't see why this is bad!" But young people never listen, they don't feel they have lost anything.

On the bright side, the internet still remains a net positive, allowing anyone who wants to know the truth to find out for themselves.

12ToothAssassin's picture

The intarwebs crackdown is coming this year (dont shoot the messenger)