Stories by Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Reach him [email protected] subscribe to Marty Kaplan's feed

Posted on: Feb 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Of course you’re depressed. You know that the news is toxic to your spirit, and you admit you’re addicted to it.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Fear, even of Twitter, makes people say and do just about anything.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Our political press appears woefully unprepared for the challenge that lies ahead.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Man plans; God does stand-up.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The media just won't call out Trump for what he is.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Why we need a digital sabbath to keep our sanity during election 2016.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

If I see what a sociopath he is, surely enough other Americans see it to fire him in November.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Do we miss anything by tuning out horserace-style election coverage?

Posted on: Jul 14, 2016, Source: AlterNet

If you weren’t whiplashed, heartsick, nauseated, outraged and exhausted last week, you weren’t paying attention.

Posted on: May 31, 2016, Source: AlterNet

When voting for president feels like making a casting choice for a reality show.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Is campaign news even necessary at this point?

Posted on: Feb 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Unless she signs on to Bernie Sanders’ message, Hillary Clinton could be in real trouble.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Captured in a single sad, hilarious tweet was the whole maddening trainwreck of American democracy, 2016.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Other candidates have gotten some coverage, but inevitably the Trump narrative has framed it.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's more instructive to look at the people being polled than to look at the candidates.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Along with Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson is way ahead of the pack for the Republican presidential nomination.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Facts clearly don't matter if you want to lead in the polls.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Move over, Dick Cheney, the billionaire is the one who carries the biggest stick.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

FCC head Tom Wheeler has scored some significant victories.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Much of the dysfunction that now poses a threat to our government is ultimately about money, and the media it buys.