| Jul 14, 2011
| 2:00 AM
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation.
• Touchy, touchy: 'Agitated'...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 8:49 AM
During the economic meltdown of 2008, I was appalled by the emotional, rollercoaster, histrionic, fact-lacking "coverage" from such cable-TV business analysts as Jim Cramer (CNBC) and Ali Velshi (CNN).
I thought TV coverage during that crucial time in...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 10:11 AM
Last year when CNN was talking about hiring Eliot Spitzer and Piers Morgan, I expressed my dismay at the way in which both could harm the credibility that the channel had steadfastly built through its journalism.
Spitzer did prove to be an...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Rupert Murdoch is in trouble and a whole lot of folks are delighted. They are practically drooling at the mouth that the downfall of Fox News could be around the corner. Members of Congress are calling for an investigation into allegations that the...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 1:33 PM
One of the first journalists to go on the record and allege phone hacking at News of the World was found dead Monday, the British Press Association said.
Sean Hoare, a former News of the World employee, "was discovered at his home in Watford,...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 12:03 PM
UPDATE (11:55 a.m.): The hearing was abruptly interrupted, and the camera went to a blank wall as a result of a disturbance in the hearing room at about 11:55 a.m. as the last questioner was addressing a question to Rupert Murdoch. A replay of video...
| Jul 20, 2011
Of all the questions to arise out of the Rupert Murdoch hearings (including: Shaving foam? Really?) one of the more intriguing is why London calls its police force Scotland Yard.
The parliamentary hearings on the phone hacking scandal are looking, in...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:03 PM
As the scandal that sunk Rupert Murdoch's News of the World continued to unfold last week, one of the questions that loomed was whether there would be any fallout on this side of the Atlantic.
What most American analysts were wondering was whether...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 7:48 PM
If nothing else, Monday night's dueling prime-time addresses to the nation by President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner hopefully woke more Americans up to the fact that we are at an epic moment in the nation's history.
| Jul 27, 2011
| 4:04 PM
Last Sunday, I wrote about the way in which British tabloid values had already taken root in American media and corroded the soul of our press.
I was challenging the conventional wisdom here that our journalistic standards are somehow vastly superior...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 8:56 AM
About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She also...