The Jaundiced Eyeball

Battle of the Brands

Chris LehmannOctober 13, 2016
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DonkeyHotey

So it’s come to this: the most potentially explosive revelations about America’s Fifth Avenue Mussolini, Donald Trump, are behind an entertainment-industry paywall, one that no mere journalistic enterprise has the power or (in all likelihood) the resources to scale.

The Pseudo Bowl of Politics

Chris LehmannSeptember 29, 2016
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Like most revered American public traditions, presidential debates are jury-rigged miasmas. True, Monday’s feverishly hyped Hofstra University rhetorical slugfest between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Lord of Destruction Donald Trump didn’t feature the absurdist brio of the 1976 Carter-Ford showdown culminating in 27 full minutes of silent bipartisan immobility, or the pedigreed theatrical sighing of the 2000 Gore-Bush contretemps.

Lies of the Times

Chris LehmannSeptember 22, 2016
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Sit up and take notice, monitors of plain speech in our elite journalistic discourse: the New York Times has at long last elected to call a lie a lie, at least as far as Donald Trump is concerned.

Fairly Unbalanced

Chris LehmannSeptember 15, 2016
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Never do our media savants look more blatantly biased than when they’re trying to wave off complaints about how they shape, and distort, the critical flow of political information. A case in point: New York Times public editor Liz Spayd’s absurdly complacent recent column on charges that the political press has been indulging “false balance” narratives in its coverage of Campaign ’16.

The Fabled and Enabled

Chris LehmannSeptember 08, 2016
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/ Kevin Krejci

We interrupt the cloddish accumulation of campaign effluvia to bring you Nick Bilton’s epic anatomy of the downfall of Theranos, the smoke-and-mirrors Silicon Valley startup that was allegedly poised to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Shillable Hours

Chris LehmannSeptember 01, 2016
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YouTube

In a development that has surprised no one, it appears that Corey Lewandowski—the former head of the Trump campaign who was cashiered at the insistence of the candidate’s children earlier this summer—remains a paid consultant of the rampaging bigoted ego atop the 2016 GOP presidential ticket.

The Media Con Job

Chris LehmannAugust 25, 2016
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Gage Skidmore

A curious outbreak of truth-telling seems to be seizing our right-wing media. In this most deranging campaign season of our postmodern political lives, the specter of Donald Trump—billionaire tribune of the forgotten white working class—has sent some of our most notable right-spinning pundits directly into confessional mode.

Enemy of the PayPal

Chris LehmannAugust 18, 2016
Gawker founder Nick Denton. / Dave Winer
Gawker founder Nick Denton. / Dave Winer

The financial unwinding of Gawker Media’s tawdry tour through the justice system landed on an oddly anticlimactic note this week: Univision, the Spanish-language TV network that has been aggressively colonizing the digital mediasphere, picked up the bankrupt web empire for $135 million.

Treacherous Waters

Chris LehmannJuly 28, 2016
False flag of false patriot / Gage Skidmore
False flag of false patriot / Gage Skidmore

All right, then—America’s own major-party-anointed oligarch has officially urged Russian cyberspies to hack State Department communications.

And his underlying political rationale is enough to give M.C. Escher a throbbing migraine: Hillary Clinton is guilty of grave, if unspecified, trespasses against American national security for conveying classified information on an unsecured private email server.

Roger, Over and Out

Chris LehmannJuly 20, 2016
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Roger Ailes

It’s certainly not in character for the corporate chieftains at Fox News to keep mum during the marquee action at a Republican Nation Convention. It’s a bit like having ESPN’s Chris Berman contain himself during a home-run derby—or Bravo TV reality impresario Andy Cohen staying quiet about anything at all.

Power Players

Chris LehmannJuly 14, 2016
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Mike_Allen

Just as Al Gore was once described (by Michael Kinsley) as “an old person’s idea of a young person” so is Mike Allen a corporate account executive’s idea of a politics reporter. Or, to put things in the argot to which both he and his power-elite readership are accustomed, he’s the forward-looking mascot of all things breathless, political, and digital in the MAJOR JOURNO REALIGNMENT ALONG THE POTOMAC.

New Conventions in Corruption

Chris LehmannJuly 07, 2016
Eating x for breakfast. / Sean MacEntee
Eating x for breakfast. / Sean MacEntee

One persistent truth has held fast amid the ceaseless, unpredictable tumult of Campaign ’16: our corporate media has been utterly flummoxed by it all. Why, the pundit class wails in chorus, are American voters so goddamn angry all the time?