The Jaundiced Eyeball

All the President’s Chums

Chris LehmannJanuary 06, 2016
The Oval Office is just the place to “think out loud.” / LBJ Foundation
The Oval Office is just the place to “think out loud.” / LBJ Foundation

It seems odd, after the media revolutions of the past several decades, to behold one of the worst conventions of the old press order soldiering blithely on: the private, off-the-record presidential briefing. In a curiously noncommittal dispatch for the New York Times, D.C.

High Caliber Television

Chris LehmannDecember 17, 2015
Guns. / Tyler Merbler
Guns. / Tyler Merbler

The planned launch of Gun TV, a home-shopping channel devoted exclusively to selling firearms to impulsive shut-ins, is an idea so purely American that one can only marvel that it’s taken this long to come to life.

The mass marketing of lethal weaponry to the bored and insomniac channel surfers who make up the core home-shopping demographic may seem like it’s cribbed from the opening reel of a Tarantino film.

Media Abets Trump’s Shock-Jock Statesmanship

Chris LehmannDecember 09, 2015
Trump: undeniably powerful optics. Gage Skidmore
Trump: undeniably powerful optics. Gage Skidmore

There was something more than a little disingenuous about the late news cycle’s clamor over Donald Trump’s demagogic, crypto-fascist call to ban Muslims from entry into the United States. 

It’s not that Trump’s announcement wasn’t newsworthy, shocking, and terrifying—it was all those things, in spades.

Thought Leaders as Loss Leaders

Chris LehmannDecember 02, 2015
Lars Plougmann
Lars Plougmann

The breathless, investor-beguiling fable that the next iteration of the Web has to be the smart one has been around long enough now to qualify as a touching millenarian faith, like the quadrennial fiction of a “deep” GOP presidential field, or the diehard belief that the Chicago Cubs will eventually make it all the way through the postseason.

For Chyron Out Loud

Chris LehmannNovember 20, 2015
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Even amid the fast-multiplying agora of digital platforms, tweets, and instagrams that make up our new millennial mediaverse, one almost-touching platitude continues to transfix the sober lords of the establishment press: the impartial, stern-yet-blasé myth of purely noncommittal, “objective” reporting.