Category Archives: Truth Court

Bruce et al v. Gore and Al Jazeera: Why the sale of Current is undeniably a good thing for any neutral observer

Imagine my surprise when I checked Twitter last night to find that “Al Gore” was trending, considering I happen to follow him and he hadn’t really tweeted all day. Then imagine my surprise to click it and find the headline: Al-Jazeera in talks to buy Current TV “Huh”, I think. “That’s interesting, and makes a […]

An Emergency Summit between Left and Right

If last year’s health care debate and the rise of the Tea Party movement have shown anything, it’s that the 2008 election was not the messianic defeat of conservatism that many on the Left hoped it would be. The Left saw itself as putting firmly to an end the abuses of the Bush era, the […]

My revised mission statement on the global warming series

I think I’ve had an epiphany. I have a confession to make. My intent with the global warming series was that I would attract partisans on both sides to argue their points on Da Blog, using my sources and the strip as a jumping-off point. My hope was to depict an argument so complete and […]

My Birthday (And Continuing) Book Wish List

Last summer, I made a list of books I was interested in with an eye towards pseudo-reviewing them and discussing them and their interesting ideas, or at least exposing myself to them. As it would be unlikely that I could buy them all (books are expensive, especially non-fiction ones, often running $20 a pop!), even […]

Stewart v. Cramer: What the Media is Doing Unequivocally Wrong, No Matter What You Believe

Why aren’t real news people more like Jon Stewart? The Colbert Report debuted in 2005. That means that The Daily Show had been earning rave reviews since well before that for its biting satirical take on the news that in some cases seemed better than the real news shows. Even before The Colbert Report, Stewart […]

This is going to slow down my platform examinations even more, isn’t it?

In light of the anti-media comments coming from both sides in response to this article, perhaps the exhortation at the end is of some import: But in a world, and a Web, full of analysis, opinion and “accountability journalism,” what’s missing is a neutral referee. Which is a bit like living in a world with […]

I hope this is anywhere near as good as what I was going for.

If it seems like there isn’t anyone it seems like you can trust these days, that’s probably because there isn’t anyone it seems like you can trust these days. Once upon a time, most Americans got their news from a handful of sources. There was your local paper (which probably got its national news from […]

Debunking – or legitimizing? – climate change deniers

I’m trying to allow myself to build a bit of a buffer of posts so I can work in advance with little pressure, so I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet. With luck, today’s Random Internet Discovery (look at the “internet adventures” tag in the sidebar) will be about politics so you’ll get […]

Newsbusters v. Kilpatrick et al: Part II of the Truth Court announcement

After subscribing to Media Matters and Newsbusters, I’ve realized – or rather, re-realized – an insight that may come across as novel. The battle over media bias has three sides, not two: conservatives, liberals, and the media itself. The problem is, the two political sides merely conflate the media with the other side, and see […]

Announcement of Truth Court Part I

Yes, this long-awaited post is going to be split into two parts, and in Part I I’m going to tell you that I’m not actually going to do what I’m announcing, when it’s something I’ve already demonstrated. More on that later. Lo, many months ago I was in a Barnes and Noble thinking about burning […]