Chris Hedges @ Truthdig - I am not sure exactly when the death of television news took place. The descent was gradual—a slide into the tawdry, the trivial and the inane, into the charade on cable news channels such as Fox and MSNBC in which hosts hold up corporate political puppets to laud or ridicule, and treat celebrity foibles as legitimate news. But if I had to pick a date when commercial television decided amassing corporate money and providing entertainment were its central mission, when it consciously chose to become a carnival act, it would probably be Feb. 25, 2003, when MSNBC took Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq. Read more.
Donald Trump — who has made a habit of demeaning black public officials and celebrities with “low IQ” or “dumb” slurs — waded into the Virginia blackface scandal on Sunday morning, feeling the need to speak for African-Americans. Read more.