Downsizing the News Media; Downsizing Quality and Credibility

      by Walter Brasch   (Part 2 of 2) For more than a decade, advertising, circulation, and news quality in both print and electronic media have been in a downward spiral. That spiral has twin intertwining roots. The first root is the rise of social media. The complacent … Continue reading

DNC Infographic: Stop The Sequester

Just days before $85 billion in deep federal budget cuts are to take effect, the Democratic National Committee is circulating a new online infographic aimed at pressuring Republicans to back President Obama’s plan to avoid the so-called sequester. “If Republicans in Congress don’t act by Friday to stop the so-called … Continue reading

Former Gen. McChrystal: Assault Rifles For Battlefields, Not Schools

Gun control is the hot topic of the day today and today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who led the Afghanistan war, jumped into the fray and endorsed stronger gun control laws: “I spent a career carrying typically either an M16 or an M4 Carbine. An M4 … Continue reading

Obama Campaign Reactivates To Pressure GOP

Just a month after President Obama won his campaign for a second term, his campaign apparatus sprang back to life Wednesday, urging supporters to keep pressure on the GOP to sway towards the president’s favored tax policies. In an email to supporters, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina urged supporters to … Continue reading

Obama Needs Good Convention, Strategists Say

As Democrats gather in Charlotte, N.C., to formally renominate President Obama for another term, it’s critical that convention go well to propel the president toward re-election in the fall, according to a pair of top Democratic strategists. “This is a close presidential race where President Obama and the Democrats still … Continue reading

Labor Chief Blames GOP For Poor Jobs Growth

One of the nation’s most prominent labor leaders is blaming Republicans for poor jobs growth, saying that “the economy is simply not delivering right now.” The nation added just 80,000 jobs in the month of June, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent, according to new data from … Continue reading

F.T.C. Fines Debt Collector $2.5 Million

In the midst of this economic recession (or depression) the F.T.C. has been cracking down on debt collectors who “harass consumers for money they may not even be legally obligated to pay.” This is good news for consumers who have found themselves for whatever reason unable to pay their debts in … Continue reading

Stories We Will Still Have to Write in 2012

  by WALTER and ROSEMARY BRASCH   In January 2009, with a new president about to be inaugurated, we wrote a column about the stories we preferred not having to write, but knew we would. Three years later, we are still writing about those problems; three years from now, we’ll … Continue reading

Obama Maintains High Public Opinion

President Obama’s first months in the Oval Office have strengthened his “standing with the American public, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, giving him political capital for battles ahead.” As his 100th day as president approaches next Wednesday, the survey shows Obama has not only maintained robust approval ratings but also bolstered … Continue reading