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Matt Philbin
Matt Philbin
Managing Editor, Culture and Media Institute

So ‘weird’: Mitt, Mormonism and the media

5:42 PM 01/20/2012

Mitt Romney is “weird.” At least he is sometimes to some in the Obama campaign. He’s “slick,” with an “innate phoniness” and “personal awkwardness.” Oh, and just coincidentally, Romney’s a Mormon.

Baptism by fire

10:02 AM 12/08/2011

You’re a network reporter. You’ve drawn the short straw and have to cover a prayer rally led by a conservative politician and involving representatives from a group whose social views you abhor. "Even some mainstream Christians are concerned about the event," you report. To prove it, you could interview a Catholic priest or even a gay Episcopalian bishop.

The Flight 93 memorial: ‘Let’s roll,’ not ‘let’s roll over’

2:17 PM 09/07/2011

Hancock spurred to where we stood, calling out as he reached us, "What regiment is this?" "First Minnesota," replied Colvill. "Charge those lines!" commanded Hancock. Every man realized in an instant what that order meant --- death or wounds to us all, the sacrifice of the regiment, to gain a few minutes' time and save the position. And every man saw and accepted the necessity for the sacrifice... --- Lieutenant William Lochren, 1st Minn. Infantry, writing in 1893

Good riddance, Oprah

12:11 PM 05/25/2011

From a dirt poor farm in Mississippi to a Gold Coast Chicago penthouse, Oprah Winfrey worked hard, took risks and built a media empire. Her brand is instantly recognizable. She’s a businesswoman par excellence, and a generous philanthropist.

Journalists’ crush on Al Jazeera English

4:30 PM 05/11/2011

Whether the “Arab Spring” will eventually bring the blessings of liberty and human rights to residents of the Middle East is still unclear. But we already know it has done wonders for Al Jazeera English (AJE), a “news” network owned by the ruling family of Qatar and funded by its government.

MSNBC’s strange obsession with the Confederacy

5:59 PM 04/11/2011

Tuesday, April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the start of the U.S. Civil War. Over the next four years, the nation will be commemorating the bloody events of a century and a half ago, pondering their meaning and their place in history. Media outlets will produce features on the valor and the squalor, the heroes, martyrs and villains, and what they mean to today’s Americans.