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  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

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Posts Tagged ‘media and politics’

On sabbatical

Posted by James McPherson on June 18, 2013

I’m on sabbatical from my “regular job” until the spring semester. Among other things, I’ll revise my small chapter of the the most popular media history text in the U.S., work on a new academic book, and perhaps finish writing a novel that I began some time back. That means I won’t be doing much, if any, writing here.

And however much as I may need a sabbatical break from teaching, I need one even more from the nonsense that now passes for political discourse in this country. I will be doing a bit of fun and easy blogging with a new project (which for the next few months will also become my primary WordPress blog).

And perhaps I’ll write something here once in a while. I can’t seem to help myself, despite my best intentions.

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Craig Ferguson: “If you don’t vote, you’re a moron”

Posted by James McPherson on September 15, 2008

Craig Ferguson has been a U.S. citizen for just over seven months. But he has a grasp of some of what’s wrong with the media, and with the American people, during elections.

Since he’s on TV after my bedtime–and probably after many of your are either in bed or starting the homework you have due the next day–I’ll share the video below.

Some of the most important lines:

“If you watch the news, you’d think that Sarah Palin was running for president. Spoiler alert…”

“I think a lot of the reporters want to be as famous as the candidates they’re covering.”

About the candidates: “Shame on you, you manipulative hypocrites.”

“Which candidate would you rather have dinner with? Here’s an easy answer: ‘None!’ They’re politicians. I don’t dinner with you. I don’t want your friendship. Here’s what I want to know: What are you gonna do for this country, pal?”

“Are we so lost we need to be sold our own democratic right?” … If you don’t vote, you’re a moron.”

“Voting is not sexy. Voting is not hep. It is not fashionable. It’s not a movie, it’s not a video game, all the kids ain’t doin’ it. Frankly voting is a pain in the ass. But here’s a word–look it up–it is your duty to vote.”

“This country is at war right now. Americans in foreign lands, wearing uniforms representing this country, are losing their lives. Americans here in this country are losing their homes.”

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