Morning Jolt: The Media’s Warped Incentive Program

On the menu today: a comprehensive denunciation of a media environment that rewards bad behavior and punishes good behavior in our body politic; Kamala Harris's office and staff are just about as dysfunctional as you would imagine; and Budweiser turns to the country's favorite former president.

When Government Is Boring, It Is Easier to Avoid Scrutiny

James Kirchick offers a dynamite essay over in Tablet magazine, entitled, "The Grift That Keeps on Grifting." The whole thing is terrific, but two sections jump out as being particularly on-target in diagnosing the widespread maladies of our era. The first:

Another baleful consequence of the Russiagate narrative has been the rapidly expanding definition of the term "disinformation," and the censorious purposes to which it has been put. Once used within the highly specific context of authoritarian governments and their attempts to divide and distract Western publics with misleading or false information, ...

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The Media's Warped Incentive Program

On the menu today: a comprehensive denunciation of a media environment that rewards bad behavior and punishes good behavior in our body politic; Kamala Harris's office and staff are just about as dysfunctional as you would imagine; and Budweiser turns to the country's favorite former president.

When Government Is Boring, It Is Easier to Avoid Scrutiny

James Kirchick offers a dynamite essay over in Tablet magazine, entitled, "The Grift That Keeps on Grifting." The whole thing is terrific, but two sections jump out as being particularly on-target in diagnosing the widespread maladies of our era. The first:

Another baleful consequence of the Russiagate narrative has been the rapidly expanding definition of the term "disinformation," and the censorious purposes to which it has been put. Once used within the highly specific context of authoritarian governments and their attempts to divide and distract Western publics with misleading or false information, ...   READ MORE

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