By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions


Nov. 17, 2020. A little more than four years after turning off comments and directing everyone to Facebook, I’ve turned them back on. The move comes at a time when we’re all questioning our dependence on Facebook given the social-media giant’s role in spreading disinformation and subverting democracy across the world.

I will continue to post links on Facebook, and readers will be able to comment either there or here. But if you’d like to reduce your own use of the platform, I urge you to sign up for email delivery of Media Nation (click on “Follow This Blog” in the right-hand rail) and post your comments here. Your real name, first and last, is strongly recommended.

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  1. Linda Clayton

    Discovered your show, Most excellent talk host, pleasant and so patient with callers, you greet them like friends.Cant get your signal in warmer months, will miss Nightside.
    Do look forward to listening every evening. .
    Kind regards Dan, You bring so much relaxation to this senior.

  2. I regret that commenting has largely moved to Facebook. Facebook feels very cramped to me, like being in a crowded store, or something — for me, Facebook is not nearly as conducive to composing a response as a blog page is. But I accept that things change.

  3. ella

    Get rid of Debbie !

  4. Don Hall

    As a retired radio programmer, I appreciate your broad-based view of media, but as a westerner, I have a question: Why does WGBH insist on dropping their “W”? Are they just jealous of the pioneer broadcasters who were granted three-letter call signs, or are they just being cute?

  5. Dan Kennedy

    It’s so that the next consultants they hire can tell them to restore the “W.”

  6. Lauryl Anne Dubin

    I am so devastated about GBH cancelling “Beat the Press”. I loved that show and miss it so much. I think Emily Rooney is the finest of journalists and TV personalities. I loved the panelists, including you Dan, and discussion. SUCH an entertaining show… Such a bad call on WGBH’s part to do this. HOW COULD THEY?? It was the best show on TV.

  7. M. Charles Bakst

    Dan: Re your Zelensky item: Eto ochen interesno!
    Best regards, M. Charles Bakst


    If we have to rely on journalists to do our background checks, then I’m surprised we didn’t get something worse than maga. I’m so mad at NYTimes, but I’m seething at my own employees. How in the name of our country, did these politicians think someone else did it? If I don’t hear a reform law passed that ensures me that the people I vote for have been vetted, fact checked, and then start really looking. Don’t pull an old bone out of the trash and tell me it’s Filet Mignon. I feel violent towards all parties and pieces of our government. I’m going to sleep.

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