9 episodes

Every Friday journalist Nayeema Raza and Semafor Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith pull back the curtain on the most important stories from the past week, revealing why you see and hear what you see and hear across the media landscape. Joined by Media Editor Max Tani, they also unpack the blindspots your media diet might be missing.
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    • 4.7 • 144 Ratings

Every Friday journalist Nayeema Raza and Semafor Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith pull back the curtain on the most important stories from the past week, revealing why you see and hear what you see and hear across the media landscape. Joined by Media Editor Max Tani, they also unpack the blindspots your media diet might be missing.
Mixed Signals from Semafor Media is supported by Think with Google

    Trump, the Man's Man at the RNC, AKA the Happiest Place on Earth

    Trump, the Man's Man at the RNC, AKA the Happiest Place on Earth

    Ben and Nayeema discuss reactions to the attempted assassination of former President Trump – from a cautious media, an internet in overdrive and a Republican National Convention that proved surprisingly welcoming. Then, they turn to the undercurrent of the RNC: the campaign for the hearts of American men, via the UFC, Hulk Hogan, and broader “manosphere.” Semafor Political Reporter Kadia Goba also joins to talk about Trump’s appeal to Black men, particularly the iconic athletes of the 80s (you’ll hear from Mike Tyson and Lawrence Taylor). And, of course, Max Tani fills our blind spots … with a dog interview and gym etiquette.
    If you have a tip or a comment, email us mixedsignals@semafor.com
    Find us on X: @semaforben, @nayeema @maxwelltani or on Instagram @nayeemaraza 
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    • 55 min
    Is Sex Political? And Will Biden — and Kamala — Survive the Vibe Shift?

    Is Sex Political? And Will Biden — and Kamala — Survive the Vibe Shift?

    After a brief assessment of President Biden’s strategy to shut down his critics, Ben and Nayeema move on to the larger culture and gender wars that will define the 2024 election, regardless of who ends up on the Democratic ticket. They look at recent upheavals of a media-fueled myth that women can “have it all” and dig into how trends of trad wives, polyamory and “hot celibacy summer” pierce that mythology, as does the conservative Project 2025.Then they connect with Lindsay Peoples, editor-in-chief of The Cut, to discuss vibe shifts, the politicization of gender roles and whether the publication is putting its thumb on the scale for Kamala Harris. 
    Finally, Max Tani joins to rid us of our blindspots, replete with DC spin and (national security) influencers in the wild. 

    If you have a tip or a comment, email us mixedsignals@semafor.com
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Did The Media Cover Up Biden’s Condition? And 13.5 Other Conspiracy Theories

    Did The Media Cover Up Biden’s Condition? And 13.5 Other Conspiracy Theories

    How did the media miss the biggest story in American politics? Many journalists were shocked by Joe Biden’s decline, showcased on a debate stage. Did we ask the wrong questions, or fall for White House spin? Or did we, as Republicans claim, engage in a cover-up? 
    In this emergency pod, Nayeema, Ben and Max separate conspiracy from reality and reasonable reporting questions falling out of everything from “Weekend at Bernie’s theories” to Jill Biden’s role. They take you inside the media and party machinery bringing spicy takes from top editors and other media elite. Finally, they make some predictions about where it goes from here and who would be the media savviest Biden-replacement (… if it comes to that).
    If you have a take on whether it was the media’s fault - drop us a line mixedsignals@semafor.com
    Find us on X: @semaforben, @nayeema @maxwelltani or on Instagram @nayeemaraza 
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    • 47 min
    When Biden Lost It & Nate Silver's Bet

    When Biden Lost It & Nate Silver's Bet

    Where were you when Joe Biden lost the debate to Trump? Max was in the CNN Spin Room, Nayeema watched with a cabal of crypto bros and Ben was at home scrolling X. They discuss the moment the debate was decided (9:22 or 9:23 EST) — and who gets to call it. Then, Ben and Nayeema turn to an interview with political statistician and professional gambler Nate Silver to talk election prediction, Biden’s age, and why Nate’s new Silver Bulletin model gives Trump a 66% chance of winning the election in November. 
    Finally, Nayeema makes us eat our spinach with a quick tour of global elections whose participants can’t possibly produce 90 minutes of television as bad as we just watched.
    Drop us a line if you’ve got a tip: mixedsignals@semafor.com
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    • 57 min
    TikTok Ban, Journalists Have Ethics?!, and the Gods of Cannes

    TikTok Ban, Journalists Have Ethics?!, and the Gods of Cannes

    Despite Washington moves to ban TikTok, the company and influencers in the South of France seem to be in denial. Ben, Nayeema, and Max explore conspiracies around TikTok and the company's future, particularly if its most recent Tokfluencer, Donald Trump, wins in November. Then they turn to the saga of Will Lewis, CEO of The Washington Post, unpacking why everyone (in media) is talking about it and what it means for the bigger picture of journalistic ethics. Max brings blind spots from the worlds of short-short fashion and political video editing, and Nayeema and Ben talk about how we get to the bottom of the age question in the presidential campaign.
    Also: on-the-ground updates from the Cannes Lions Festival, where you can find the real conspiracy behind media: The ad business.

    Watch the full TikTok from user tophertownmusic that we played part of in the episode: https://www.tiktok.com/@tophertownmusic/video/7368680270368787758
    Drop us a line if you’ve got a tip: mixedsignals@semafor.com
    Find us on X: @semaforben, @nayeema @maxwelltani or on Instagram @nayeemaraza 
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    • 37 min
    Hunter Biden Conspiracies, Coverage of Gaza and Sudan & Got Raw Milk?

    Hunter Biden Conspiracies, Coverage of Gaza and Sudan & Got Raw Milk?

    In the wake of Hunter Biden’s conviction, Ben and Nayeema revisit the media’s history of covering the President’s son and the “October surprise” of his infamous laptop. Then they turn to the challenge of covering foreign wars, including Gaza, and talk with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, about her critique that the media is ignoring the crisis in Sudan.
    Max joins to share a couple blindspots: The politicized rise of drinking raw milk, and the state of Trump’s private jet.
    Drop us a line if you’ve got a tip: mixedsignals@semafor.com
    Find us on X: @semaforben, @nayeema @maxwelltani or on Instagram @nayeemaraza 
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    Mixed Signals from Semafor Media is presented by Think with Google

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

CredibleReviews ,

Excellent

If you’re sick of far left activists spewing propaganda, this is a surprising destination because it’s not that. It’s an original, refreshingly nonpartisan take on news events, I have no idea about the hosts personal views, which is nice. Absolutely worth listening. And Semafor is worth reading for the same reason.

Lizzilou10 ,

Nasal Fry

Can’t seem to get past the nasal fry voices of the hosts, especially Ms. Raza. She had the same issue when she worked with Kara Swisher and I was hoping for a speech therapist intervention prior to this new venture, but no such luck. (Think of the commercial with the guy getting coffee from the barista with the affected voice — it’s not that extreme but it’s hard to listen to.)

Dana Karina B ,

Hanging with smart friends..

…Who don’t take it all so seriously. Refreshing and smart. Great way to process media and politics like a normal person who balances between the seriousness of the topics with a good sense of humor.

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