still going for the gold in on-air blunders. Most recently, sportscaster Dan Hicks [...] covered an Alpine race
in which little-known Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic beat Austria's Anna Veith, and won the gold medal. Ledecka,
who ranked No. 43 in the world, was considered to have so little chance to win that Hicks declared Veith the winner and NBC
switched away. [...] But the race wasn't over.
snookered press at Pyeongchang. When Kim Jong-un dispatched his crack propaganda team to Pyeongchang (and not
P.F. Chang, the Chinese restaurant chain, as reported by NBC News) to cover the Winter Olympics, he couldn't have imagined
that the American media in town would have been so easy to con. It was so easy, in fact, that a girl could do it, and
she did. "If 'diplomatic dance' were an event at the Winter Olympics," CNN reported with gasps of breathless wonder,
"Kim Jong-un's younger sister would be favored to win the gold." "Without a word, and only flashing smiles," observed
The New York Times, "Kim Jong-un's sister outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomacy."
to NBC: Russians did not change one vote in 2016. CNN just lost its Fake News crown to NBC. Its effort to
win the gold has been Olympic this month. The network sent its anchor to Pyongyang to show what a paradise North Korea
is. Then it (and the rest of the Fake News media) fawned over Caligula Jong Un's sister. Then it lied and said
Koreans admire the Japanese. No, Koreans hate the Japanese after 35 years of cruelty when Japan colonized Korea.
Now the Trump administration is pushing back twice as hard. The subject is not the Olympics. The subject is Fake
News reporting by NBC on the long discredited Democratic Party's excuse that Russia meddled in the past presidential election.
Triumph of the Shills.
North Korea sent Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un and the nation's director of "Propaganda and Agitation," on a "charm
offensive" to South Korea over the weekend. With cheerleaders and pop-stars in tow, her mission was to help
rehabilitate North Korea's image and shift focus away from the regime's human rights abuses and away from the fact that the
Hermit Kingdom, essentially, is a giant prison. The Western media was all too happy to report on Kim's sense of style,
her shoes, her hair, and lack of makeup — to the exclusion of the moaning, emaciated elephant in the room.
There could be many reasons for this embarrassing spectacle — ranging from outright complicity, to political
malice, to plain old laziness. Most likely it's that pre-existing biases and journalistic laziness are creating a
witch's brew that threatens to glamorize evil. Western journalists are so blinded by disdain for the Trump
Administration that any chance to embarrass the president and hurt his agenda is seen as a welcome opportunity.
Bizarre Praise of Kim Jong Un's Sister at the Winter Olympics. CNN ran an absurd story Saturday afternoon,
seemingly praising the sister of one the world's most evil dictators for "stealing the show" at the 2018 Winter Olympics in
PyeongChang, South Korea. The piece starts off, saying, "If 'diplomatic dance' were an event at the Winter Olympics,
Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold."
Media Outlets that Colluded with North Korea to Romanticize Their Slave State. Now that normal Americans have
completely written off the disgraced institution of the American media, these amoral news outlets have been forced to pander
to the only audience they have left — the far-left. This is why, over the weekend, we witnessed almost every
major news outlet prostitute itself to offer North Korea's Hitler the kind of positive press coverage President Trump would
never receive, even if he rescued our economy and decimated the Islamic State (oh, wait, he did).
Your News Media Absolutely Hates You. [Scroll down] Having judged the American project kaput after the
election of Donald Trump, they are now stooping to the level of defending the North Koreans — perhaps the most
brutal and heinous regime in the world today — thanks to some side-eye from its minister of propaganda, the sister
of Kim Jong Un. If the headlines are to be believed, "North Korea heading for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics" is the
story American media want to tell about this moment. I wish this was an exaggeration. Witness this story from CNN
today, with its dripping credulousness in attacking Mike Pence with a story sourced entirely to a diplomatic source close to
the North Korean regime. [...] Let's be clear about what this is: this is 15 year veteran reporter at CNN, Will Ripley,
just straight up delivering North Korean propaganda whole cloth to an American audience, simply because it criticizes the
is Dead. This week we saw a perfect example of how corrupt journalism has become. There was an
opportunity to report the news and journalists and their fellow travelers in the pundit class balked. While that wasn't
unusual, what was is how they did it in the lead up to the news, not bothering to wait until they'd seen what they were
attempting to discredit. [...] The lying by Democrats in the lead up to the memo's release wasn't surprising, nor was the
complicity of journalists in spreading that lie. What was is how there was virtually no curiosity or interest in the
memo and its contents in the days leading to its release from the people whose job it is supposed to be to convey information
to the public. All journalists did was attempt to taint it's release so as to foster disinterest in it in their
audience when they could finally see it.
true threat to our freedom and democracy is a compliant media. James Comey illegally leaks government documents to a
professor who releases it to the media. Much later, Comey says the professor was his attorney. Dianne Feinstein leaks
testimony about the Russian investigation to the media. She later blames a cold for her malfeasance. Adam Schiff
repeatedly goes to the media and claims there is evidence of a Russian collusion with Trump even though there is no actual
evidence. The media gladly repeats what Schiff says, acting as if it is factual. Anonymous sources have repeatedly
leaked material from private conversations at the White House and the media gladly takes the leaks and treats them as factual.
Information is repeatedly leaked from the "secret" Mueller investigation and it shows up in newspapers and on cable and network
news. But now, we are told that Democrats and the FBI say how dangerous it would be to the FBI and how it would undermine
the justice system if a memo from Republicans were released to the public.
Attempted To Slam Trump On National Motto, It Went Horribly Wrong. Brian Karem is the White House correspondent
for Playboy, executive editor for local Maryland newspapers, and a liberal CNN political analyst, is not an expert on
American history. During the State of the Union Address, Karem thought he'd caught President Donald Trump making a
mistake when he said the motto of the United States is "In God we trust." Karem tweeted, "Our motto is 'in God we
trust.'" — WRONG. Our motto has been E Pluribus Unum — out of many One." He
was wrong, and people immediately pounced. "In God we trust" officially became the national motto in 1956. It was
reaffirmed in 2002, 2006, and 2011, with it passing the House of Representatives in 2011 by a vote of 396 to 9.
Reporters Spread Fake News
Claiming Ivanka Kicked a Spanish Chef From a Restaurant. When journalists don't fact-check, fake news spreads
faster than chickenpox in a kindergarten with shared toothbrushes. Spoiler: that happened here. With
immigration issues fresh in the head cavities of leftists, a couple of Hispanic peoples decided to make up a racist
story. Surprise, surprise, reporters bought it.
Major Media Outlets Used a Statistic about Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old. Yesterday
[1/25/2018], I reported that the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day was
the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations. Despite those shaky factual foundations, the 500 million figure has
quickly spread, virus-like, across the media landscape and even into our shops and schools. [...] Meanwhile, impressionable
children at the Mount Vernon Community School in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, are coming home with "Straw Wars" handouts
citing the same dubious figure. It's easy to understand how the school could have been led astray, given how ubiquitous
this claim is in the media. Please see below for a list of just a few of the news outlets that have cited this
"fact" — or otherwise quoted people saying it without any critical pushback — in their reporting: [...]
Hilary Rosen Shows She Might Just Be A Lot Dumber Than You Ever Imagined. Life can come at you pretty hard when
you are a shameless hypocrite. Yesterday [1/27/2018], "Democrat strategist" and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen was
slagging on President' Donald Trump's twitter account. [...] The fact is that when you have several million followers you
really can't police them unless you hire staff to do it. People follow you for all kinds of reasons. Some are
your fans. Some hate you and are documenting everything you say. You can't keep bots from following you and you
can't keep bots from retweeting you. Not only is it time consuming it doesn't matter. But there is a big
difference between having bots follow you and this: [...]
for NBC News after Lester Holt apparently falls for North Korean propaganda. NBC News is reeling after "Nightly
News" anchor Lester Holt appears to have been badly fooled by North Korean propagandists — giving a cheery report
from a ski resort in the Hermit Kingdom that looked to be bustling when it was widely known to actually be a ghost town.
Holt — who returned early from North Korea after scathing reviews — reported for "Nightly News" from the
Masikryong ski resort on Monday [1/22/2018], a facility that is the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and is typically
empty. The resort, built to create the appearance of a prosperous nation, was largely deserted during peak 2017 ski
season, according to multiple reports.
Censor Revelation FBI Lost 400 Texts. There were disturbing revelations out of the FBI over the weekend when it
was made public that the Bureau had somehow lost roughly 400 text messages between an anti-Trump investigator and a lawyer he
was romantically involved with. Since then, there have been calls from Republican members of Congress for another
special counsel to investigate the FBI's shady handling of the Clinton e-mail and Russia investigations. But despite
this bombshell news, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have been dead silent. During their
Monday evening [1/22/2018] newscasts, there was not a single second dedicated to bringing up this highly damaging
development. Instead of reporting on the FBI, ABC's World News Tonight gushed about the Super Bowl, CBS
Evening News reported that Minnie Mouse got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and NBC Nightly News
fawned over yet another royal wedding in the U.K.
Has Jumped the Shark. Every day it is becoming clearer that CNN, the once proud ratings giant and unquestioned cable
network news leader, has abandoned objective journalism to cultivate obsessive hatred for President Donald Trump. It has
"jumped the shark," meaning that a once distinguished broadcaster has become absurd. [...] CNN is a shadow of its former self and
functions in a manner that is the complete opposite of how a fair and balanced network should operate. In its infancy, the
network cared about reporting the real facts, maintaining objectivity, while being dedicated to true journalism. Today, the
network devotes 24 hours a day to one main goal, attacking a man they despise, Donald Trump.
2017, the media flunked the Trump challenge. President Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration was notable for more than
just its small crowd sizes. It was notable because it marked the beginning of the worst year of political journalism in
modern history. On the same day that Trump was sworn into office, a White House reporter claimed incorrectly that the
Trump transition team had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. Sadly, this erroneous report
and a handful of others on that same day breathlessly and unquestioningly parrotted by reporters across platforms and outlets
proved to be the norm, not the exception, for a year that has seen a dismaying and troubling decline in the quality of
CJR is making
journalism worse. The once prestigious Columbia Journalism Review showed just how awful it has become in its
year-in-review by Pete Vernon. While recognizing good works — and I will have to take Vernon's word on a few
of the stories he praised — Vernon failed to acknowledge that Fake News is real and growing. Vernon did not
say one word about the big investigative report on CNN on June 22 — "Congress investigating Russian investment
fund with ties to Trump officials" — that resulted in three people losing their jobs: the reporter, the editor,
and their boss. Instead of taking a serious look at the Fake News in the business, Vernon took a few potshots and
called it a day.
of the Year Award 2017. While journalists covering the Mideast can base themselves wherever they and their
editors choose, correspondents still have a responsibility to "make the rounds" and spend time in the countries that are part
of their beat. Seeing the situation first-hand, meeting the people face-to-face, sharing the experiences of individuals
on both sides of the conflict is possible only by physically being there, even if only periodically. That's why stories
have datelines. A dateline is a standard measure of media transparency, letting readers know where the story was
written. Specifically, a dateline can shed light on the circumstances that the reporter works in, and sometimes the
methodology behind the correspondent's work. When several journalists in multiple locations are credited, an editor's
note should disclose who worked where. In short, this often-overlooked disclosure allows readers to better judge the
coverage for themselves. The Independent relies heavily on 'laptop journalists' — reporters covering stories
remotely — for many of its articles about Israel. Some articles are written from London by writers
collecting info online, typically rehashing info originally reported in Israeli and Palestinian media, wire services, social
media and press releases. Laptop journalists can literally write articles from anywhere in the world. With just a
laptop and reasonable internet connection, reporters can write from the home or office, an internet cafe, airport lounge, bus
or even a park bench.
2017 — the
year the media lost America. [Scroll down] That's how we feel about it here in the United States.
That's how we feel about the news media. We don't trust them. We don't believe them. It's been so for
decades. But this year was the worst, and all because, being mostly Liberal and still hankering for Obama and whoring
for Hillary, they are out to Get Trump. They will find any pretext to do him harm. Over at ABC, Brian Ross rushed
to judgment when he reported that Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that Trump "as a candidate" asked him to contact the
Russians. That was a mistake. ABC took it back. Ross was suspended. Other news outlets made the same
mistake on that and upon other Russia-related scandals that never happened. Russia was the big story of 2017, and
always the wrong story. The media tried every which way to get Trump on collusion and they kept coming up empty.
From one false lead to another, they wasted our time. They wasted our trust.
Political Journalists Have Themselves to Blame
for Sinking Credibility. "Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is
pretty good," legendary reporter Carl Bernstein recently claimed. Pretty good? If there's a major news story over
the past 70 years that the American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I'd love to hear about
it. Four big scoops recently run by major news organizations — written by top reporters and, presumably,
churned through layers of scrupulous editing — turned out to be completely wrong. Reuters, Bloomberg, The
Wall Street Journal and others reported that special counsel Robert Mueller's office had subpoenaed President Donald Trump's
records from Deutsche Bank. Trump's attorney says it hadn't. ABC reported that candidate Trump had directed
Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didn't (as far as we know). The New York
Times ran a story claiming that K.T. McFarland, a former member of the Trump transition team, had acknowledged
collusion. She hadn't. Then, CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been
offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails before they were published. It wasn't. Forget your
routine bias. These were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits and
analysts, all of whom are feeding frenzied expectations about Trump-Russia collusion that have now been internalized by many
as indisputable truths. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there
they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year.
CNN Fail? They Finally Admit AG Sessions Wasn't Required To Disclose Foreign Contacts As A Senator. Well,
CNN stepped on a rake again. Last week, they totally botched a story about Donald Trump, his son, and his inner circle
receiving an email from Michael Erickson that contained a decryption key to a trove of Wikileaks emails from John Podesta and
the DNC. The insinuation was that these documents weren't public when in fact, they were. They also got the dates
wrong. Getting dates wrong is what landed ABC News' Brian Ross in hot water when he reported earlier this month that
Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians during the 2016 campaign. It was actually after
Donald Trump had won the election. Setting up a diplomatic framework is not an unusual move for an incoming
administration. Ross was suspended for a month for this report. It's just sloppiness from the mainstream liberal
news media that seems incapable of reporting on this White House accurately.
Slams CNN: 'People Don't Trust You Guys' Because You Tell Them They Are Wrong, Stupid, And Racist. Alabama talk
radio host Dale Jackson ripped CNN and the rest of the mainstream media on Sunday [12/10/2017] during an episode of "Reliable Sources"
with host Brian Stelter, as he explained why people do not trust the network. During the segment, Stelter was trying to understand
why people in Alabama were still supporting Roy Moore after explosive allegations published by The Washington Post several weeks
ago. "Why in the world would people believe the things that are said if it's always negative over and over and over
and over again?" Jackson said. "That weaponizes the term fake news."
The End of Media
History and the Last Honest Man. Ever since postwar American journalism sacrificed its soul on the altar of
celebrity sometime in the mid-'80s, a terrible day of reckoning for the craft has been in the works. The "gets" and the
gotchas, the "how do you respond to" questions, the how-do-you-feels; the unseemly scrums, the willingness to endure any
humiliation from their betters in the hopes of basking, however fleetingly, in reflected glory — that day finally
arrived this week with a series of unforced errors that has stripped bare the profession's pretenses to objectivity and
truth-seeking, and exposed them for the tawdry, politicized whores they really are. [...] The most recent spate of
self-inflicted media disasters is not the end but the beginning — of the media's end.
The Mainstream Media Suffered
its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages Yesterday. Friday [12/8/2017] was one of the most embarrassing days for
the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with
countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was
clear that several of the nation's largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false
news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.
media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week. The media is having a rough week when it comes to
reporting on the federal government's multiple ongoing Russia investigations. Three stories in the past seven days have
crumbled under greater scrutiny. Why it matters: In today's hyperpolarized world, "fake news" has become a
refrain to describe stories that observers on both sides of the spectrum decide that they don't like. These reporting
issues by esteemed media organizations give credence to that ignorance, which further damages the value of insightful,
impactful reporting — especially when it comes to one of the biggest, most polarizing stories of our political
age: the Russia probe.
Ingraham Rips CNN For 'Sloppy Reporting': 'Sometimes It's Not Fake News, It's Just Wrong News'. On Friday night
[12/8/2017], Laura Ingraham slammed CNN for their botched report on Donald Trump Jr. 'Sometime it's not fake news; it's
just wrong news," Ingraham began. Earlier that morning, CNN reported that during the election, WikiLeaks gave Don Jr.
accesses to hacked DNC emails before they were made public. That report turned out to be inaccurate and was corrected
in the afternoon. The Fox News host said that the error left CNN "once again with fried egg on its face." She then
listed some of the media's mistakes, [...]
anti-Trump 'smoking gun' turns out to be nothing. The media went berserk Friday [12/1/2017] on news that former
Trump confidante Mike Flynn had copped a plea deal with special counsel Bob Mueller. All the usual suspects launched an
orgy of speculation on what beans Flynn "must" have spilled. It all went into overdrive when ABC's Brian Ross reported
that Flynn had been instructed to reach out to Moscow during the campaign: This seemed to be the long-awaited proof of
collusion with Vladimir Putin against Hillary Clinton. Except that Ross retracted the claim hours later: The
reach-out was only after Election Day, when any president-elect is expected to start connecting with other world leaders,
US-friendly or not. ABC has now suspended Ross for four weeks without pay — modest punishment for an error
that probably had a lot to do with the stock market's dive early Friday.
Mainstream Media Doesn't Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust. The mainstream liberal media is primarily composed
of stumblebum leftist jerks who want all the glory and respect due a caste of objective, moral truth-seekers, yet who don't
want to do the hard work of actually being objective or moral or seeking the truth. [...] Remember, to our intrepid
media, news is only news if it helps the liberal narrative. If it doesn't, it's not news. It's not
anything. It's un-news. Like the stock market boom. Like wiping out the ISIS caliphate. Like
Mueller's manifest conflicts of interest. Un-news. Remember, half the job of the mainstream media is generating
Incorrigibly biased, but still on the staff:
News President: Brian Ross Will No Longer Cover Stories Related To Trump. It's one thing to suspend a
reporter for making an incredibly damaging error of basic fact on air. But to remove him from covering a particular
subject altogether? That's the sort of thing you might do if you'd concluded he's incapable of covering that topic
fairly. If it's an innocent mistake borne of carelessness, there's no need to declare certain topics off-limits.
You do that only when you think the reporter's view of that topic will necessarily compromise his judgment.
ABC News suspends Brian Ross
for 4 weeks over erroneous Flynn story. ABC News announced Saturday [12/2/2017] that it has suspended
investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about
Michael Flynn. "We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by
Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process," ABC said in a statement.
suggests investors sue ABC reporter whose erroneous report sent stocks down. President Trump suggested
investors who lost money when the stock market fell following ABC's erroneous report alleging Trump told Mike Flynn to make
contact with the Russians as a candidate sue the reporter who made the error. "People who lost money when the Stock
Market went down 350 points based on the False and Dishonest reporting of Brian Ross of @ABC News (he has been suspended),
should consider hiring a lawyer and suing ABC for the damages this bad reporting has caused — many millions of
dollars!" Trump tweeted Sunday [12/3/2017].
may discover the price of fake news. People lost money thanks to Brian Ross moving the market with his false
reporting. He's been suspended, but will we see lawsuits against him and ABC on behalf of investors who lost money?
Brian Ross Suspended
By ABC. Hack Brian Ross who has a legacy of fake news and embarrassed ABC yesterday with his Flynn-Russia BS
report has been suspended by ABC for a "serious error." Ross' "serious error" caused billions of losses in the stock market
that promptly crashed 350 points after his fake news report. Ross has been suspended for four months. He should
be fired and investigated by the SEC. This is too light of a punishment for that hack and that fake news network.
News suspends Brian Ross over 'serious error' in Flynn report. ABC News announced Saturday that Chief
Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched "exclusive" about former
national security adviser Michael Flynn. Ross' suspension is effective immediately. ABC News spokeswoman Heather
Riley would not comment on whether anyone else had been suspended in connection with the error.
Suspends "Chief Investigative Correspondent" for Anti-Trump Fake News. After this past week, the good news is
that ABC News is suspending a top journalist for something having nothing to do with sexual harassment. The bad news is
that ABC News screwed this one up so badly that it affected the stock market. [...] But this is still a report that should
never have aired. And we can now seen how such attacks on Trump don't just harm our political system, but cause
financial damage as well. The media's war on Trump is producing all sorts of collateral damage. Furthermore, even
if Ross' original report had been correct, that is in no way impeachable behavior. And the media's repeated
impeachment-baiting is causing serious harm to our country.
The Editor says...
Yes, Brian Ross is going on an unpaid vacation, but he will be back in four weeks to pick up
where he left off.
News Makes HUGE Mistake In Report On Flynn Plea Deal. ABC News reported on Friday that former national security
advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible
collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. ABC News also claimed that Flynn promised "full cooperation
to the Mueller team" and that he is prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump "directed him to make contact with
the Russians." There is just one significant problem with ABC News' report: CNN reported late on Friday that an "ABC
News spokesperson" said that "'World News' will clarify that this should be president-elect Trump, not candidate Trump."
did unsubstantiated rumors make it to the front pages of newspapers? I get more disgusted every day with what I
see on the front page of my morning paper. Today I get the rumor story that Trump is considering replacing Rex
Tillerson as secretary of state. This is essentially a rumor based on unnamed sources, yet the AP and others report it
as if it were factual news. [...] The more these rumors are reported, the more people in the administration get mad at each
other. No matter where the rumors come from, they start to be believed, and some may come true. I might as well
read the National Enquirer or Star in the supermarket line if I want to read rumors on the front page. The National
Enquirer gets some things right also.
ABC News corrects bombshell
Flynn report. ABC News on Friday evening [12/1/2017] corrected an explosive special report that aired in the
morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.
During "World News Tonight," ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross said the source who had provided the initial
information for his story later told him that it was as president-elect, not as a candidate, that Trump asked Flynn to
contact the Russians.
Brian Ross again under fire for explosive error on Trump, Flynn. ABC's famously error-prone chief investigative
correspondent, Brian Ross was at it again on Friday when the network was forced to issue an embarrassing correction when Ross
botched a bombshell "exclusive" about retired general Michael Flynn. An ABC spokesperson declined to comment on whether
Ross will be disciplined. He has not been sanctioned for past errors. Ross's report, delivered live to ABC
stations during a "special report" on Friday, said that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact
with Russians about foreign policy while he was still a candidate — which raised the specter of impeachment and
sent the Dow careening down.
All Stings Work. [Scroll down] In 2009, for instance, [James] O'Keefe and a young friend ran integrity tests on ACORN offices in six separate
cities. ACORN execs celebrated upon realizing that their Philadelphia office saw through the sting. This was before they realized
that their officials in Washington, Baltimore, Brooklyn, and San Bernardino had no problem advising a pimp on how to find housing for his underage
Central American sex slaves. The major media had turned a blind eye to the flagrant corruption of their ACORN allies for years. As a
direct result of Project Veritas's exposure, this billion-dollar enterprise collapsed within months. When it did, the media turned on O'Keefe.
He had not only brought down a useful leftist institution, but also embarrassed the reporters who should have done that job themselves. [...]
The media have welcomed this integrity test about as much as a corrupt cop does a visit from Internal Affairs. At every level of these news
organizations, employees recognize they are making a mockery of their mission.
Fire Leandra English.
Has no one in the press read the Constitution? "Article II, Section 1, 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a
President of the United States of America." That means President Trump could fire James Comey as FBI director without any
explanation. It also means Leandra English was never acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and
her attempted coup de bureaucracy should result in the end of her employment. There is no such thing as an "independent
agency" in the federal government.
Biddle, America's Whitest Reporter, Takes Up the Black Cause. If white people had their own publication, it
would be Wired magazine. From top to bottom, this is a uniquely Caucasian experience: from the white readers,
to the white advertisers, to the white employees, to the white town where it is headquartered, to the white subject matter of
high tech, to the white owners at Conde Nast, which also owns just about every other magazine on the planet not named Jet
or Ebony or Black anything. Of the 80 people pictured on the masthead of Wired, only two are black.
That is why I was a bit surprised to see Wired magazine recently appoint itself as the arbiter of all things black.
'good guy with a gun' had an AR-15. When a mass murder takes place, the media always focuses on the weapon and
downplays focus on the person wielding it, whether it is a vehicle, as in New York City, or a gun, as in Las Vegas and
Texas. Moreover, the media likes to trumpet the term "assault weapon" when talking about an AR-15. Except when the
"good guy with a gun" used an AR-15. Then it was just a rifle. Here are some cases in point: CNN, the
NY Post, and NPR.
Viral Claims Spread by Journalists on Twitter in the Last Week Alone That are False. There is ample talk,
particularly of late, about the threats posed by social media to democracy and political discourse. Yet one of the
primary ways that democracy is degraded by platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is, for obvious reasons, typically ignored
in such discussions: the way they are used by American journalists to endorse factually false claims that quickly spread
and become viral, entrenched into narratives, and thus, can never be adequately corrected. The design of Twitter, where
many political journalists spend their time, is in large part responsible for this damage. Its space constraints mean
that tweeted headlines or tiny summaries of reporting are often assumed to be true with no critical analysis of their
accuracy and are easily spread. Claims from journalists that people want to believe are shared like wildfire, while
less popular subsequent corrections or nuanced debunking are easily ignored.
popular conservative Twitter personalities were just outed as Russian trolls. Jenna Abrams was a popular figure
in right-wing social media circles. Boasting nearly 70,000 followers, Abrams was featured in numerous news articles
during the 2016 election, spotlighted by outlets as varied as USA Today, the Washington Post, the BBC, and Yahoo!
Sports. [...] But Abrams never existed. According to information released by House Democrats earlier this week, Abrams
was one of more than 2,750 fake Twitter accounts created by employees at the Internet Research Agency, a "troll farm" funded
by the Russian government based in St. Petersburg.
Laundering: Fusion GPS, Fake News, Russians And Reporters. "The average reporter we talk to is 27 years
old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns," Ben Rhodes gloated. "That's a
sea change. They literally know nothing." Rhodes, the White House's "Obama whisperer", was explaining how he had
pulled the wool over the media's eyes on the Iran Deal to a journalist. The media responded to the story by attacking
the journalist who reported it, not Rhodes for viewing them as easily manipulated useful idiots. The media knew that it
knew nothing. And it didn't care. It just didn't want outsiders to know it. What ties together the debate
about Russian collusion, fake news and Fusion GPS is the implosion of the media. What were the professional reporters
doing while Rhodes was manipulating the 27-year-olds? They were working at places like Fusion GPS and 'story laundering'
narratives to the kiddies.
Matthews is baffled why an Uzbeki would want to attack us. Chris Matthews has put in a strong entry for the title of
stupidest reaction to the Halloween jihad massacre in Lower Manhattan. Was there a memo at NBC News that forbade any mention
of Islam or Jihad in discussing Sayfullo Saipov? Or is Matthews really that stupid? Was this madness passed down from
the suits at 30 Rock? Or does Chris Matthews wear such huge blinders that he can't connect the dots and see that this
attack is like Barcelona, Nice, and several other examples of jihadis renting trucks and mowing down infidels?
to Admit It: CNN's Jake Tapper Is Failing. While those of us who once admired CNN's Jake Tapper as a
rarity in the mainstream media — an honest and objective journalist, have been shocked by his transformation into
a dishonest, sanctimonious, left-wing virtue-signaler, we assumed his lying and peacocking was in pursuit of the applause and
fame he so transparently craves. His laughably bad ratings, though, appear to show that like most people who sell their
soul, Tapper was tricked by the Devil. To be fair to Tapper, CNN's transition into a hard-left social justice network,
something Breitbart News was the first to document and warn about nearly five years ago, has dragged the entire network down,
from second place behind Fox News, into last place behind MSNBC.
Week, Another Pathetic Low for Opposition Party Media. What does it say about the State of Journalism in
America today that when some kook wants to smuggle a bunch of Russian flags into the highly secured U.S. Capitol to throw at
the president, he dresses up like a reporter? And it works!
liberal media's meltdown. Reaching deep in their drawer of smug, CNN unleashed a "Facts First" initiative, starting with
an ad featuring an apple, with a voice-over warning viewers that some awful, yet unnamed, person or network is trying to convince you
the apple is a banana. While a juvenile attempt to discredit President Trump's complaints about the network's shoddy news
coverage, they manage only to remind us of why they're in this fix in the first place. What CNN reveals with this abject
sanctimony is their contempt for the viewers themselves.
Reports Clinton Campaign and DNC Paid For Trump Dossier. First, do not think the Washington Post is ever going
to frame a damaging article against the Clinton's or DNC; it is beyond their inherent ideology to do so. Therefore the
motive of any media expose' must be kept in mind. Second, while the article itself states the Clinton Campaign and the
DNC paid Fusion GPS to contract Christopher Steele, the researcher and dossier author, the article also tries to lend some
credibility toward the content therein. This is another possible angle. [...] Fifth, the sourcing within the Washington
Post article is weak, vague and disingenuous with verbiage such as: "people familiar with the matter",
"according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity", "people involved in the matter",
etc. Notice how the term "matter" repeats. That familiar term is frequent throughout the article.
CNN Told Us An Apple Was A Banana. Considering the numerous mistakes and misleading stories CNN has produced
over the past several years, you'd think that they'd be a tad less sanctimonious. [...] We're talking about CNN contributors
who are tagged as experts but don't understand even the rudimentary working of the topic they're tasked with explaining.
and Lies: Three Russian Stories. The major developing stories this week have been so scantily and poorly
covered in the mainstream press that you may want an easy primer. To fully understand it you have to look at
alternative media, because just as Harvey Weinstein counted on complicit enablers — his colleagues, victims and
the press — Hillary Clinton, Robert Mueller and a cast of characters, including a press determined to cover for
them have hidden what occurred.
general schools doltish press corps. Gen. John Kelly stepped to the podium in the White House briefing
room and delivered a bare-bottom, wire-brush, red-rash public spanking of the political press Thursday [10/12/2017] —
the likes of which we have never seen in the age of modern media. [...] Ordinarily, military generals are not called on to give
journalism lectures. But you don't have to be an expert in journalism to know how utterly ridiculous these people have
gotten, "reporting" about made-up squabbles between people inside the administration.
Coulter: Las Vegas Massacre — The Story Is Coming Apart. The media are either doing PR for the
gambling industry or they don't want anyone considering the possibility that Paddock was using gambling to launder money. [...]
The media think about money the way Democrats do. They have absolutely no conception of where it originates. Those
casino owners sure are generous! reporters think to themselves. Economist Thomas Sowell is always ridiculing journalists
for not understanding basic economics. It turns out, they don't understand the spreadsheet of a lemonade stand. The
New York Times explained that the "top" video poker machines pay out 99.17 percent. That's great that Paddock
was only losing cents on the dollar (if true), but it's still losing. The Times quickly explained that he could have more
than made up his losses with all the "comps" — the free rooms, meals and "50-year-old port that costs $500 a
glass," as his brother Eric said. Gamblers who are beating the house are not given $500 glasses of port. Refer to
the profit/loss spreadsheet. And yet, according to his brother, Paddock was treated like royalty by the casinos.
Which means he was losing.
tell CNN's Chris Cillizza that words actually matter in the gun control debate. The debate over gun control
rages after mass shootings, and it is almost painful to watch how poorly reporters try and stumble around an issue they're
apparently not familiar with reporting. When reporters use terms such as "automatic rounds" and "semi-automatic machine
guns," the public is less informed on public policy. There is no such thing as an "automatic round" or "semi-automatic
machine guns," but the terms sound intimidating and mislead the public into thinking they exist. Chris Cillizza wrote
an article at CNN that is loaded with errors and shouldn't have made it past an editor with any knowledge of firearms and
EPA to propose repealing Obama's climate regulation: document. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the
Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's centerpiece regulation to fight climate change — and plans to solicit input
on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters.
The Editor says...
This article is accompanied by a photograph (left) which appears to be a photo of an industrial plant of some sort, with the dishonest
caption, "Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, California March 24, 2012." The "smoke" being released is
obviously water vapor, since it appears to be absorbed into the surrounding atmosphere within a few seconds of its release. The
contrast on the photo appears to have been enhanced to make the emission appear to be black as it leaves the vent, but smoke doesn't
turn white and then disappear within a few seconds. This appears to me to be a shamelessly dishonest attempt to make harmless
vapor look like smoke.
Las Vegas Shooter "Radicalized"? The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history has been cravenly transformed into
anti-American propaganda by the Left, as Democrat commentators race to ghoulishly disparage white men, gun rights and the NRA, Republicans,
and President Trump, blaming them for what otherwise looks like a Muslim terrorist atrocity. Islamic State continues to claim
responsibility for the massacre. The terrorist group also claims Paddock converted to Islam six months ago and refers to him
by a nom de guerre, Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki. In Las Vegas Wednesday [10/4/2017] FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron
Rouse said, "We have found no evidence to this point to indicate terrorism, but this is an ongoing investigation. We're going
to look at all avenues, not close any." Paddock may have been "radicalized unbeknownst to us," Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff Joe
Lombardo said at a presser without elaborating. The reporters present for the statement did not bother to follow up.
For much of the mainstream media, the fact that Paddock was a white male explained his violent rampage.
media doesn't understand guns — and doesn't want to. The American political left and mainstream
media pundits at large do not understand guns. They are not educated about them and they refuse to learn about
them. They could not tell you the difference between an automatic or semi-automatic firearm. They don't
understand what a suppressor does or does not do.
Three Big Stories
Imploded This Week. The Department of Homeland Security stated last Friday [9/22/2017] that Russian hackers
tried to hack into the voting systems of 21 states including Wisconsin and California. But DHS backtracked this
week, stating that hackers targeted the California Department of Technology and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce
Development but not voting systems in those states. "Either they were right on Friday and this is a cover up, or they
were wrong on Friday and we deserve an apology," Mark Thomsen, chairman of Wisconsin's Elections Commission, said Tuesday.
will use any excuse not to give power back to the states or the people. A major culprit in the ACA, health care mess we have today are
the significant majority reporters that just go out and repeat Democrat talking points. They never cared and still don't that Obama continually
lied to get the ACA passed and that the disastrous premium and cost increases are because of Democrats. The story will be written that Republicans
and Trump caused the collapse even though that is demonstrably not true.
Todd is a constitutional illiterate. Roy Moore's primary victory in Alabama is terrifying progressives, and so
the all-out assault on Moore and the Republican party has begun. Tripping over themselves to paint Moore as an
extremist theocrat, some liberal anchors like MSNBC's Chuck Todd are stepping in it. On Wednesday evening's [9/27/2017]
episode of "Meet the Press," Todd alleged that Moore "doesn't appear to believe in the Constitution as it's written."
"Roy Moore, where the phrase 'Christian conservative' doesn't even begin to describe him," Todd said, "could very well be
your next U.S. senator."
Howler: Abraham Lincoln Was Pro-Science Back in... 1963? Celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared
on CNN, Sunday [9/17/2017], to lecture those he deemed too stupid to accept the linkage of climate change to Hurricanes
Harvey and Irma. Proving he should stick to science on TV, deGrasse pompously botched history: "Abraham Lincoln,
the first Republican president, signed into law in 1963 — a year when he had important things to be thinking
about — the National Academy of Sciences." Of course, Lincoln had been dead for 98 years in 1963.
apology, who's got an apology? ESPN, the sports network, is part of Disney entertainment enterprises, and last
week one of its "anchors," a $1.98 cent [sic] word for "announcer," or "reader," had to be disciplined by the network for telling
her semi-vast following that "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists."
She said it in a tweet, naturally, the preferred communication of those unable to speak words of more than one syllable. She
offended a lot of people, or at least some people. How could she not? Taking offense is the great American pastime.
Ms. Hill is, of course, entitled to her opinion, however ill-informed by liberal group-think, but she should have known that
even as a commentator, entitled to pop off about whatever pops into her mind, she should beware of making a fool of herself.
E. Coyote press says Trump betrayed you. Each month, the press magically has a bunch of stories that center on
the same theme. Last month, it was President Trump as inciting violence. This month, it is President Trump is
stabbing his supporters in the back. [...] However, real journalism requires that you get the White House to comment before
you publish as a "fact" that President Trump reversed himself. An attribution to a third party does not cut it.
Killed the New York Daily News. The sale of the New York Daily News for a dollar isn't the death of the sleazy
leftist tabloid. It died a while back. Today, the Daily News is best known for its trolling front pages.
That and bizarre trolling hate pieces from a staff of repurposed and unqualified trash like Linda Stasi, a former Post movie
critic turned hate spewing bigot, and sportswriter Mike Lupica, trying to churn out political commentary. Stasi
summoned a boycott of the already failing paper when she blamed one of the victims of the Muslim terror attack in San
Bernardino because he was a Republican. Lupica has no idea when the Constitution was written. The Daily News
had once been a powerhouse. But as the end approached, it lacked any actual talent.
NBC News Incorrectly
Labels Menendez a Republican Before Correcting Article Hours Later. NBC News published an article Wednesday
incorrectly labeling Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), currently in federal court on bribery charges, a Republican.
NBC styled Menendez as a Republican in the lede of the article, then confusingly labeled him a Democrat at the end of the
introductory paragraph, the Daily Caller reported. The article appears to be a wire from the Associated Press,
but the original piece on the AP's website does not feature the mistake, suggesting it was added in by NBC.
Sokalized. A few years ago, I learned of an article by Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi in the November
2009 issue of Scientific American called "A Path to Sustainable Energy." My first impression was, "These guys must be
joking." My second impression was, "Yes, they are joking, and the joke is on Scientific American."
Groups Fueled Joel Osteen Church Story. Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen was taking considerable heat Monday evening
[7/28/2017] for allegedly not opening his 16,000-capacity Houston church to flooding victims in that city. But the story
appears to have been concocted by members of a George Soros-backed group keen on simply smearing Osteen and Lakewood Church.
Once it became viral on social media, the liberal mainstream media picked up on it — seemingly without ever asking
if it was true.
Stunned — President Trump Support Stronger Than Ever, and Growing. President Trump has been in office for 30 weeks,
and 20 of those weeks have been called "the worst" by media. However, if you actually engage with people living their lives and not focused
on who the media blame for the latest round of horrid offenses; well, then you might recognize the scope of how over-emphasized and out-of-touch
the media perspective really is. CBS and The Associated Press each found themselves picking their corporate media jaws off the floor when
they actually did ask people. You know, ordinary people. Folks like you and me. The media didn't anticipate the power of common
sense to see through their [duplicity].
Treat College Admissions like Immigration. Last week, President Donald Trump endorsed an immigration bill put forth by Senators
David Perdue and Tom Cotton. The reaction was swift yet predictable. [...] CNN's Jim Acosta, auditioning for Wolf Blitzer's or Don Lemon's
gig on CNN, beclowned himself during a White House press conference by equating a contest-winning poem with the US Constitution.
Big deal. CNN doesn't recognize the US Constitution as a founding document, instead relying on the front page of the New York Times
or the Washington Post as the law of the land.
The New York Times Even Have Editors? On September 30, the New York Times published a long article about Donald
Trump's wife Melania in its Fashion and Style section. The article said little of substance — Mrs. Trump is
a nice lady, apparently — but it resulted in an epic sequence of five corrections: [...]
the Speculation That's Fit to Print. Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story on Republicans who
supposedly are angling for their party's 2020 presidential nomination: "Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape
as Trump Doubts Grow." The story was, of course, part of the paper's daily war on President Trump. Its purpose was to
cause "doubts" about President Trump's being the GOP nominee in 2020 to "grow." The Times article contains no actual news.
Anchor Doesn't Recognize US National Anthem. CNN anchor Poppy Harlow apparently didn't recognize the Star
Spangled Banner on Thursday, mistaking it for the French national anthem. Harlow was covering President Trump's arrival
in Paris, France to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron. After the two world leaders shook hands, they stood
together as a band played the United States national anthem. However, Harlow cut to the scene by saying, "Let's just
listen in to the French national anthem for just a moment." It took at least ten seconds before whispering could be heard
in the background — presumably a producer who caught Harlow's error — and Harlow had to correct herself.
Hostile Media. President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate
him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist's Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly
told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press
Secretary Sean Spicer and strategists Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. Months later, all still work for or with the
pushes back on media for calling Bible verses 'Republican'. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday pushed
back at a news article that claimed the conservative lawmaker was tweeting "the most Republican part of the Bible."
"Proverbs is the Republican part of the bible? I don't think Solomon had yet joined the GOP when he wrote the first
29 chapters of Proverbs," Rubio said tongue-in-check, while retweeting Politico Magazine's story on the matter.
The Editor says...
I have worked with a number of people who call themselves "journalists," and 90 percent of them appear to
know next to nothing about the Bible. I'm not a Bible scholar, either, but if you're going to write about
Biblical issues and make accusations in the media, perhaps you should have the facts on your side.
Dies Due To Journalists' Lies. One of CNN's reporters complained that the president had the audacity to take
questions in Poland from a reporter who had applied for a job with the Trump Administration. Please pay no attention to
the actual number of reporters who went to work for Barack Obama and those who did not but chose to carry his water for
him. After the election, the media pushed out the story that Russia had stolen the election for President Trump.
One newspaper claimed Russia had hacked the American power grid. That story had to be retracted. [...] In February, the
Associated Press ran a story that President Trump intended to mobilize the National Guard to round up illegal aliens.
The story was not true, but just about every major media outlet ran with it. In May, the media claimed the GOP had
trucked in beer to congress to celebrate repealing Obamacare. That was not true either.
Just Published A Fake Quote From Abraham Lincoln. The quote, which is also displayed at the Newseum, was interpreted
as yet another attack from the media giant against the president. [...] Insofar as a hearsay quote should ever be tweeted out or
inscribed in walls, at least it should be accurate. Particularly when it's about "truth" and "facts."
visit to Poland and the incoherent media. CNN is already against the wall after recently retracting a report on a Trump associate's
supposed ties to Russian money. But in a rush to find something wrong with Trump on his trip, White House correspondent Jim Acosta bruised
his network again. Before his speech in Poland, Trump said in a press conference that he had found that only "three or four" out 17 U.S.
intelligence agencies made formal conclusions about Russia's election interference. Acosta called Trump's comments "fake news" and
wondered, "Where does that number come from? Where does this 'three or four' number come from? My suspicion ... is that if we
go to the administration and ask them for this question, I'm not so sure we're going to get an answer." Except everyone else by that
point, including the New York Times, had known that Trump was correct. Just four agencies have formally and independently made their
conclusions about the election interference.
Many reporters are basically clueless about Christianity. No topics confound media with greater regularity than
firearms and Christianity. To put it plainly, many commentators and reporters have no idea what they're talking about
when it comes to either of these subjects.
Media Now Retreating From Sketchy Russian Conspiracy Reports. Hillary Clinton and aligned political operatives
manufactured the illusion of a connection between Russian entities and the Trump campaign/organization. Those
manufactured points of evidence, including a sketchy Russian Dossier, were used by the political intelligence community
(Clapper, Brennan Comey) to open an investigation of nothingness — to nowhere. The mere existence of the
investigation was then used as the originating point for a series of media intel leaks (the narrative) intended to cloud and
damage the Trump campaign/organization.
CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story on Russia Ties. Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations
over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday [6/26/2017]. Thomas Frank, who
wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.
"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved
in the story's publication," a network spokesperson said in a statement Monday [6/26/2017].
Employees Resign from CNN Amid Very Fake News Scandal. Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which
it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates. "CNN said Monday [6/26/2017] that three journalists, including the
executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted," CNN's Brian
Stelter reported late Monday. "Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the
unit, have all left CNN."
CNN Imposing New Rules On Russia Coverage After Another Botched Story. Higher-ups at CNN are cracking down
after another botched story regarding President Trump and Russia. The network retracted and deleted a story late last
week that claimed Anthony Scaramucci, who served on Trump's transition team, was under FBI investigation for a meeting he had
with a Russian executive. That story, which was based on one unnamed congressional source, was false.
can't have nice things. In an extraordinary move, CNN's staff, from social media, to video, to editorial, to
MoneyStream, has been told "No Russia reporting for you!" without adult supervision. [...] It's probably a reasonable
response, given that the network's claim about Trump transition team member, Anthony Scaramucci, claiming he was under
investigation for Russia ties, turned out to be pure garbage and the network had to apologize to him, probably to stay out of
libel court. But oh, what an embarrassing thing to get out in the journalism world! Not just the order to clear
it with the adults, the leaked memo, too.
Has to Completely Retract a Major Anti-Trump Story. CNN, you will recall, ran a major story about James Comey
claiming that Comey would contradict the President on whether the President is being investigated. They went wall to
wall with the coverage of that story. Then James Comey did not contradict the President. CNN had to walk it all
back. Now they have done it again. On June 22, CNN ran a story claiming that Anthony Scaramucci had dealings
with a Russian investment group.
It Up As You Go Along. Two articles that could have come from different universes were actually written in the
same week. The first is a Washington Post article describing how president Obama, aware of Russian plans to influence
the 2016 election "choked" by not responding forcefully, lulled by "the assumption that Clinton would win" anyway. The
second article by Emile Simpson at Foreign Policy warns that Trump may be stumbling into a war involving the very same
Russia. They are representative of stories that depict the administration either at Putin's throat or at his feet, in
collusion or conflict with the Kremlin. Although this is contradictory nobody seems to notice. In fact both can
simultaneously be true if you assume the political system is inconsistent, as if driven by a random number generator. That
may in fact be the case. The entire political system, not just Trump administration, is zig-zagging through public policy.
They're Wrong About Everything.
What I have heard from the media and political class over the last several years has been so spectacularly proven wrong by
events, again and again, that I sometimes wonder why I continue to read two newspapers a day before spending time following
journalists on Twitter. [...] The fact is that almost the entirety of what one reads in the paper or on the web is
speculation. The writer isn't telling you what happened, he is offering an interpretation of what happened, or offering
a projection of the future. The best scenario is that these theories are novel, compelling, informed, and based on
reporting and research. But that is rarely the case. More often the interpretations of current events, and
prophesies of future ones, are merely the products of groupthink or dogma or emotions or wish-casting, memos to friends
written by 27-year-olds who, in the words of Ben Rhodes, "literally know nothing."
Gun 'Expert' on NBC Doesn't Know How Guns Work. Evy Poumpouras, a correspondent and security analyst for NBC,
MSNBC, CNN, and HLN, was invited on NBC to give expert opinion on the assassination attempt of congressional Republicans on
Wednesday [6/14/2017]. This former Secret Service agent under President Obama and current cast member on the CBS show
Hunted inaccurately described how semiautomatic rifles and pistols function. Her remarks are what continue
pushing the narrative that assault rifles are somehow more deadly than other firearms.
is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism. What do all of these stories have in common?
They're completely unsourced. No names. No real people. Just claims that come from, in order, "two
administration officials and three outside advisers familiar with the matter," an anonymous tweeter who set up a dummy
Twitter account, and "a Downing Street adviser." None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the
accusations. Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories — Politico, the Daily Mail and the
Guardian — simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources. The subjects of the anonymous slurs
have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back. The accusation streams out onto the
internet, where it lives forever — whether it's true or not.
it takes to be fired by CNN. But even at CNN, there are limits. First the network fired "comedian" Kathy
Griffin from what was apparently her only CNN gig, co-hosting the network's New Year's Eve show. Griffin's offense, as
we all know, was displaying a model of the president's severed, bloody head. Given the magnitude of the offense,
finding a new New Year's Eve co-host didn't seem like much of a price to pay. Now CNN has brought down the hammer
again. It has fired Reza Aslan, who hosted a CNN series. Aslan has a degree, among others, from Harvard Divinity
School. Divinity isn't what it once was; his offense was this tweet about President Trump: [...]
Philadelphia Journalist, Colleen Campbell, Upset After Video Goes Viral. Play stupid games, ya win stupid
prizes. Journalist Colleen Campbell called work at PHL 17 to tell her boss why she was unable to come to work. [It is
unknown whether she told her boss she was in jail.] Ms. Campbell was surprised to discover she was fired. There
was video. "Video, what video"? She protested.
Colleen Campbell Later Assaulted the World's Most Patient Cop. By now, you're probably familiar with the viral
video of since-fired PHL 17 reporter Colleen Campbell ranting and raving and getting arrested outside of Helium Comedy Club
on Sunday night. Earlier, we told you that the 28-year-old South Philadelphia woman had been charged with resisting
arrest, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, but now the Philadelphia Police Department is saying that it's worse than
we originally thought. According to a police statement about the incident, shortly after the calm, cool, and collected
cop who responded to the scene led her away in cuffs and the video stopped, Campbell, a recent Temple University graduate, allegedly
assaulted him. Police say that she kicked him repeatedly and also kicked the doors and windows of a police car.
Bias In Action: NY Times Makes Obama The Victim Of His Incompetence. The concern here is we are a culture
that demands a ton of information, and we want it fast. Twitter, Facebook, Apple News, news alerts and email alerts
keep us up to date on every bit of news we want from sports to politics. Unfortunately, an environment also exists
wherein people are happy to read a headline and not read an article.
and Journalists Are Destroying Our Republic. Leakers and journalists are tied together like drug dealers and
junkies. Unfair analogy? Maybe a bit, but people who live "respectable middle-class lives" can be just as dangerous,
more dangerous, ultimately, than the murderous El Chapos of the world and that's pretty bad. Only the other day some
U.S. intel people or person leaked to the New York Times about the Manchester terrorist, causing news to be reported that could
have instigated more Islamist child murders. We have an epidemic of leaking in our society unlike anything I have seen in
brains below average due to alcohol and caffeine: Study. [Dr. Tara Swart's] research titled "Study
Into The Mental Resilience of Journalists," blames journalists' cognitive shortcomings on dehydration caused by excessive
alcohol consumption along with poor diet, including higher levels of sugar and caffeine. Less than 5% of journalists
drink enough — or any — water while 41% drank more than 18 alcoholic drinks per week. The study
measured "executive functioning" which, as Swart writes in her report, is "the ability of the brain to regulate emotions,
suppress bias, switch between tasks, solve complex problems and think flexibly and creatively." She notes that some
of the deficiencies may be a result of a high-pressure work environment that doesn't allow time for mindfulness.
Into the Mental Resilience of Journalists. Results indicated that, on average, the journalists who participated
were no more physically stressed than the average person. Blood test data, which would have shown high levels of
cortisol to indicate stress, was mostly normal — save for two anomalies, one showing high cortisol and the other
high testosterone levels. Anecdotally, a high proportion of the group reported experiencing some stress, but often
cited factors other than their job, including family and finances, as being the cause of this. This was supported by
heart rate variability data in several instances indicating a higher degree of stress during hours spent at home. The
demands of digital were often cited as contributing to feelings of stress at work. The headline conclusion reached is
that journalists are undoubtedly subject to a range of pressures at work and home, but the meaning and purpose they attribute
to their work contributes to helping them remain mentally resilient despite this.
Mass Media Cult Goes Pathological. If these people weren't so malignant, I'd feel sorry for them. This is
a kind of death anxiety for the American ruling class, which is also why they constantly fantasize about killing Donald
Trump. For psychiatrists, it's an interesting mental disorder, and it's too bad that millions of Americans still depend
on Mass Cult for their daily news. This is not a college textbook; it's America today. [...] Most people don't realize
that "media concentration" — a functional news monopoly, day after day — has the same effect as cult
indoctrination. It doesn't matter if Disney Corp. has a different name from the New York Times. It matters only
that they tell the same "news" story every day. For a mental mass monopoly, you don't need to violate anti-trust
law. All you need is mass media that make up the "news" by consensus, not by empirical reality.
Cutting-Edge Reporting Brings You ... Ice Cream? CNN seems to have taken Trump's 'You Are Fake News' statement
as a challenge to lower their bar. The seem to be SEEKING out stories to prove JUST how fake their reporting can
be. They breathlessly report on ANYTHING that could possibly put President Trump in a bad light. Even secondhand
whispers about rumors are presented as though they were established fact.
Levin On Comey: "A Lot Of Legal And Historical Illiterates Posing As TV Hosts And Commentators".
Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin rips the media and pundits posing as legal and historical experts, namely CNN's
Jeffrey Toobin. [Video clip]
Lester Holt Interrupts Trump 9 Times in Less than 3 Minutes. NBCNews.com on Thursday posted a two minute and 34
second preview clip of anchor Lester Holt's exclusive sit-down with President Donald Trump. The clip features Holt
conducting an interrogation-like interview in which the NBC personality interrupted Trump nine times and spoke over the
president on many of those occasions. The short clip is part of a 31-minute White House interview set to air Thursday
night [5/11/2017] on NBC Nightly News. [Video clip]
Caused Venezuela's Collapse Is No Mystery — Except To Economically Illiterate Journalists. When the
New York Times wrote about Venezuela's ongoing collapse a year ago, it described how the country was suffering "painful
shortages ... even of basic foods," and how "electricity and water are being rationed, and huge areas of the country have
spent months with little of either." Here is how the Times explained the reason for Venezuela's dire situation:
"The growing economic crisis (was) fueled by low prices for oil, the country's main export; a drought that has crippled
Venezuela's ability to generate hydroelectric power; and a long decline in manufacturing and agricultural production."
There's no mention — not one — of the fact that Hugo Chávez tried to turn Venezuela into a socialist
paradise, policies that his successor Nicolás Maduro has continued. The Times' coverage is par for the course.
Left's Culture Of Contempt. The left is devoutly convinced that this snickering can save America. That
it's better than the news. The Peabody awards celebrated the Daily Show as "a trusted source of news for citizens
united in their disappointment and disgust with politics and cable news". But the media was the first in line to anoint
the politics of contempt, ridicule and disgust as the future of journalism. Now the future is here. The
Washington Post, once a paper of record, swarms with snarky Stewartesque headlines like, "Jeff Sessions doesn't think a judge
in Hawaii — a.k.a. 'an island in the Pacific' — should overrule Trump". Journalism is dead.
And replacing it with snarky lefty spin hasn't saved the Republic. Or anything else.
Will The Media Realize That Anonymous Sources Undermine Their Credibility? [Scroll down] Why does all this matter?
Because precision matters. Accountability matters. When they support their arguments with the lazy and hazy "some" and "many,"
the fabled New Yorker is no better than the "anonymous" message boards and blogs the mainstream media routinely ridicules. And
because while this might go unnoticed by many, some are still paying attention.
many buzzwords can the liberal media write in one sentence? I was reading a very poorly written Los Angeles Times article about North
Carolina legislators introducing a bill to define marriage as between a man and a woman, and I was surprised to read the following sentence:
["]Opponents of the legislation castigated it as an unnecessary step that will stoke division in a state still reeling from
the fallout of a controversial bill regulating which bathrooms transgender people can use.["] I have rarely seen a sentence
so sensationalistically, so chock-full of so many liberal buzzwords. The over-dramatization of facts makes this news article read
like an action thriller.
slip on ICE. Hmm. What a coincidence. Two illegal alien moms from Mexico, each with four kids,
living in Lorain, Ohio, worry about deportation after a traffic stop in the same month in Sheffield Village.
Sheffield's population is 3,982. It is 6% Hispanic in a county that is 8% Hispanic in a state that is 3% Hispanic. The
truth is, they are the same person. Anabel Barron Sanchez works as a caseworker at El Centro DE Servicios Sociales INC
in Lorain, Ohio. Until she was 16, she migrated back and forth between San Antonio and Mexico. Then she moved to
Ohio. She knows the system. She knows the media. That is how she got a national magazine to cover her
story — as Anabel Barron.
the Media Too Comfortable with Its Own Mistakes? In November, New York magazine excitedly reported on
the claims of computer scientists that "results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or
hacked." No credible evidence of hacking was ever presented. In December, Politico reported that the bank of
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had "foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error," a claim widely
repeated in publications such as Vanity Fair. As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Ted Frank pointed out, the
"widow was never foreclosed on and never lost her home, and it wasn't Mnuchin's bank that brought the suit." Seven hate
crimes widely reported after the 2016 election turned out to be hoaxes. Do members of the media feel bad when they get
facts wrong or gullibly repeat implausible claims? Guilty? Angry at themselves? Do they resolve to do
better next time?
CNN, Washington Post can't find evidence of vote fraud that a 9-year old could using Google. The problem for
these big brains is that a 9-year old using Google could raise enough questions about systematic, rampant vote fraud to
completely legitimize Miller. Here's a starter kit for the
idiots reporters on the
• On hidden camera, an authority on the subject — Democrat election commissioner
Alan Schulkin from New York City — admitted that "there's a lot of voter fraud... they bus people around to
• In the 2014 publication of Election Studies Journal, the authors estimate that 2.8 million
illegal aliens voted in both the 2008 and 2010 elections
• In just three Virginia counties, more than
1,000 illegal voters are eligible to cast a ballot
• California's Los Angeles county reported the
most provisional ballots — the easiest to game — in the country, representing a stunning 40 percent
of all votes cast.
Got a Big Job Reining In Voter Fraud. It is hard to fathom how anyone, especially those inquiring minds of the Washington press
corps, legitimately would be so uninterested in finding the truth. Despite insisting that the President provide evidence of voter fraud,
he is being assailed even more vehemently by the Democrat pols, late-night talk show hosts and reporters when he offers to do just that. [...]
Fraud long has been an ugly element of American politics, and it has been almost exclusively the dominion of Democrats.
From The Press Are Piling Up In The Opening Weeks Of The Trump Administration. Journalists can't seem to get
their stories straight in the opening weeks of the Trump administration, whether in tweets or in articles where falsehoods
have been spread almost daily. The mistakes have not just been from newer liberal news outlets such The Huffington Post
or BuzzFeed, but from legacy media like Reuters, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. What follows are several
botched stories or conflicting reports since President Trump took office.
A List Of Stories The Media Got Wrong This Week. It was an embarrassing week for the mainstream media. In
case after case, stories pushed by news outlets turned out to be either unsubstantiated or fell apart upon closer scrutiny.
Another Media Meltdown Turns Out To Be Totally Wrong. News that President Donald Trump was easing sanctions
against Russia was refuted almost immediately, like so many other stories. The Department of the Treasury said Thursday
that it would allow U.S. companies to make limited transactions with the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia's
intelligence agency. Possibly eager to establish a connection between the new U.S. president and Russia, numerous media
outlets and journalists were quick to claim that Trump was easing, and even lifting, sanctions against Russia. "I
haven't eased anything," Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday [2/2/2017].
Covers Trump's First Executive Orders With The Worst Camera Work In History Of Broadcast Journalism. Donald
Trump signed his first executive orders as president Monday morning, and for some reason, the cameraman the White House press
pool assigned to cover the event appeared to have never operated a camera before.
Me What Your Real Name Is': Tucker Carlson Confronts Guest Over Hoax in Bonkers Interview. The video above
contains quite possibly one of the most bizarre interviews you will ever watch. Here's how Tucker Carlson began the
interview: "This is a sham, your company isn't real, your website is fake, the claims you have made are lies, this is a
hoax. Let me start at the beginning, however, with your name, Dom Tullipso, which is not your real name. It's a
fake name, we ran you through law enforcement-level background checks and that name does not exist. So let's start out
with the truth. Tell me what your real name is." [Video clip]
The Editor says...
This fellow apparently was invited on to Fox News Channel only after they discovered he had been fooling other news organizations
into publicizing his fictitious claims.
ads in two dozen cities offered protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural. The polished Demand
Protest website, the Backpage.com ads recruiting paid protesters for the Trump inauguration: Apparently it was all a
hoax. A man using the alias "Dominic Tullipso" said Tuesday [1/17/2017] on Fox News Channel — well, it was
hard to figure out what he was trying to say, but it was also clear that he wasn't running a business that involved spending
thousands on hiring activists.
anchor wastes Pence's time. Governor Mike Pence, who will become vice president on Friday, gave John Dickerson
an interview on Sunday [1/15/2017] on CBS's "Face the Nation." Waste the Nation was more like it as Dickerson asked no
substantive questions. Not one. Instead Dickerson pestered Pence about John Lewis pouting over President
Trump's election, and about the totally discredited Russian dossier.
Fake News, Or:
'The Art of the Fail'. Actually, I am starting to think that maybe the mainstream media is not dishonest at
all, just incapable of serious analysis or examination of ideas.
discovers "new" network that's been around 74 years. Today in Fake News, Politico reported:
"President-elect Donald Trump is about to inherit a newly empowered Voice of America that some officials fear could serve as
an unfettered propaganda arm for the former reality TV star who has flirted for years with launching his own network."
The network began in World War II, on February 17, 1942 to be exact.
Journos Uncritically Retweet Fake Rex Tillerson Twitter Account. New York Times energy reporter Clifford Krauss
thought he had President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of sate pick on the ropes when he retweeted what he thought was
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson's Twitter account. It wasn't. Krauss went after a fake Tillerson Twitter account
that was apparently created Saturday — the day before he retweeted it. Krauss went after Tillerson for
tweeting "he is a patriot," but other journalists on Twitter quickly questioned the legitimacy of the fake Tillerson account.
editor: We didn't read 'Madam President' issue before publishing. A Newsweek editor admitted Wednesday [11/30/2016] that
he and other staffers didn't actually read their recalled commemorative "Madam President" election issue before it was published.
Newsweek political editor Matthew Cooper said Wednesday on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that the magazine's issue, which incorrectly
anticipated a Hillary Clinton win, was not produced by Newsweek but by a third party. "Well, no one on our staff wrote that,"
Cooper said. "Again, we subcontract out to a company."
Didn't Even Read Its Own Recalled President Hillary Commemorative Issue. An editor at Newsweek magazine
admitted on Tucker Carlson Tonight that the magazine hadn't even proofread a commemorative issue honoring Hillary Clinton
before having it distributed in anticipation of her winning the 2016 presidential election. Like many others, Newsweek
believed Clinton was a strong favorite to defeat Donald Trump in November's election. Seeking to take advantage of her
win, the company printed out 125,000 copies of a commemorative issue honoring the triumph of "Madam President," and even had
Clinton sign some of them.
Farage Spoke at a Media Conference and Journalists Lost Their Minds. Nigel Farage has sent the international
establishment media into a tailspin by telling them that they are wrong on climate change, wrong on immigraion, wrong on
radical Islam — and that they need to change. Appearing in Copenhagen at the News Xchange annual conference
for the international broadcast news industry Farage addressed the audience of around 630 journalists from around the world
and promptly sent them into a Twitter frenzy by informing them they were out of touch.
Explains How It "Fudged" Its Polls. Over the past couple of weeks, we have constantly pointed out that polling
data was seemingly being manipulated to "manufacture" artificial leads for the mainstream media's chosen candidate, Hillary
Clinton. By "oversampling" democrats and/or various minority groups, pollster after pollster kept rolling out
predictions that seemed utterly ridiculous to us but were gobbled up by complicit media outlets.
Reaction: We And Our Self-Obsessed Liberal Friends Were All Wrong. Journalists flatly admitted they
completely failed to understand the 2016 presidential election following Republican nominee Donald Trump's win Tuesday
[11/8/2016]. "To put it bluntly, the media missed the story," Margaret Sullivan wrote in The Washington Post. "We
were all wrong," Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman wrote in Politico's Playbook newsletter. "That seems obvious, right?
But we were more than wrong. We were laughably oblivious. The entire Washington political-media complex completely
missed the mark. Not by inches or feet, but by miles."
Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises. The Left was quite positive that the first woman to be president would
triumph, and obviously the whole thing was quite a shock. Celebrities, always eager to get their faces or persons
before any available camera, did so. But just what is a celebrity? They are people who are famous because you
might recognize their face or their name. They prefer to think that because they may or may not have some name
recognition, that the world is interested in their political opinions — it isn't. Unfortunately
there are always some star-struck reporters around who are.
Yet Again Misreads America's Complex Pulse. The misfire on Tuesday night [11/8/2016] was about a lot more than
a failure in polling. It was a failure to capture the boiling anger of a large portion of the American electorate that
feels left behind by a selective recovery, betrayed by trade deals that they see as threats to their jobs and disrespected by
establishment Washington, Wall Street and the mainstream media. Journalists didn't question the polling data when it
confirmed their gut feeling that Mr. Trump could never in a million years pull it off. They portrayed Trump supporters
who still believed he had a shot as being out of touch with reality. In the end, it was the other way around.
concern on Election Day: The companies that bring you the news. Experts have been warning for months that
hackers could try to disrupt Tuesday's election by penetrating local voting systems. But another target could prove
easier to hack: U.S. media outlets offering election night results. Upguard, a Mountain View, California, company
that assesses how well companies are protecting themselves from hackers, has found that three major news organizations —
The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and CBS News — tallied "pretty abysmal" scores on key criteria to thwart
breaches. All three are key sources of election night results, with the AP perhaps the largest provider of election
tabulations in the country.
Carol Costello to Millennial Republican: I'm Not Sure What You Mean by 'Traditional Values'. In a CNN
panel for first-time voters, a young conservative explained that Millennial voters could learn a lot from the "older
generations" and their "traditional values". CNN's Carol Costello admitted that she wasn't sure what that meant.
Robert Wines, who is casting his first vote for independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin, said, "Millennials have to
be more accepting of traditional values ... that are greatly found in the older generations." "Hm," Costello said, "I'm
trying to figure out what you mean by that."
Too Stupid To Rule. [Scroll down] Once e-mail was sent from the domain to outsiders,
it was only a matter of time before the secret was out. They were lucky that most media people are remarkably stupid so they lack the
wherewithal to wonder why Hillary Clinton did not have a State Department e-mail account. Watch the cable channels and you come away
thinking that the people on TV just learned about e-mail last week. Eventually the Romanian cab driver unearthed the whole thing and
the enterprise came crashing down. [...] There are a lot of angles to these Clinton scandals, but the thing that transcends all of it is the
rank stupidity of the people involved.
CBS Anchors on Obamacare Premium Hikes: "What Happened?". How did this happen? Well, Charlie, Norah
and Gayle: You carried the water for your 'messiah,' Barack Hussein Obama, for eight years, you all hailed Obamacare as
an amazing success, and you ignored the suffering of real Americans as Obamacare began to implode.
CBS Morning News Anchors Act Shocked at Totally Predictable, Huge ObamaCare Rates Increases. Watch the liberal
CBS Morning News Anchor crew act totally shocked at the totally predictable huge premium rate increases announced for
ObamaCare. Premiums are going up 25% on average, and many providers are dropping out of the system. CBS' Norah
O'Donnell acts like it is a total mystery. Yet, conservatives said years ago this is what would happen with
ObamaCare. It is a total disaster. [Video clip]
Anchors Bamboozled by Obamacare Rate Hikes. Have a look at the CBS This Morning anchors, totally mystified
about why Obamacare premiums are rising. I mean, do they administer IQ tests to these people before they put them on
TV? Listen to Norah O'Donnell — "The premiums are skyrocketing!" She sounds like she just
found out Martians had landed and opened up a chain of delicatessens. [Video clip]
Tries to Burn Trump, Thinks Members of Congress Already Have Term Limits. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin criticized
Donald Trump's call for term limits on members of Congress on Tuesday [10/18/2016] by incorrectly saying that such limits
already existed. As part of a new policy to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C., Trump announced Tuesday he would
push for a constitutional amendment as president to impose term limits on all members of Congress. "Correct me, there
already are term limits, so what does he mean?" Baldwin skeptically asked reporter Dana Bash. Indeed, Baldwin had to be
corrected. Bash did so politely.
CNN Moonbat Claims "There are already term limits in congress". In what can only be described as the current
intelligence customarily found amid the Clinton News Network, host and pundit Brooke Baldwin looks at her panel, smugly and
condescendingly replying: ... "there are already term limits, so what does he mean"? [Video clip]
Anchor Brooke Baldwin Doesn't Know There Are No Term Limits for Members of Congress. The liberal media that is
pushing Hillary Clinton down our throats while trashing Donald Trump every chance they get may not be as informed as they
portray themselves. Take for instance CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin who is under the impression that there are term limits
for members of the US Congress. Even funnier is that she made this mistaken point while trying to stick it to
Trump. Brooke Baldwin is a fairly attractive woman and perhaps she got her job more on her looks than her journalist
chops. On Tuesday she was reporting that Donald Trump has made a pledge that if he were elected president, he would
propose a Constitutional amendment that would place term limits on Congress. Here's what Baldwin had to say about this: [...]
NPR Reporter Has No Idea What
'Come And Take It' Means. Sunday marked the 181st anniversary of the Battle of Gonzales, the first military
engagement of the Texas Revolution, when Texian militiamen, responding to Mexican soldiers demanding the surrender of a small
brass cannon, coined the now-famous battle cry, "Come and Take It!" An NPR reporter decided to mark this anniversary with
a story about how the phrase has been stolen by Second Amendment activists, "with no appreciation of its origins." Some local
residents of modern-day Gonzales, we're told, "think it's been cheapened — and they want it back." But neither
the hapless NPR reporter nor the several anti-gun residents of Gonzales interviewed for the story know the actual origin of
the phrase, or why its application to the ongoing national debate about gun control and the Second Amendment is entirely
appropriate — and historically accurate.
Expert: All Journalists Proved About Donald Trump's 1995 Return Was Their Own Ignorance. Tax preparer and
Forbes contributor Ryan Ellis writes that "professional" journalists' hot takes about Donald Trump's 1995 tax return show how
little they know about taxes and business.
Tax Return Story Exposes Policy Ignorance Of Political Reporters. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported
that they had obtained a copy of Donald Trump's 1995 New York state tax return (whoever sent it committed a felony). It
showed that he claimed a net operating loss (NOL) of about $900 million that year. What followed was a collective
explosion of talking heads over the weekend, with the theatrics inversely proportional to the pundit's knowledge of tax policy.
To state the obvious, political reporters don't know [any] thing about taxes.
the media caused the 2000 Florida recount. On November 7, 2000, during the final hour and a half of voting in
Florida's most conservative region, the Panhandle, 13 national television journalists, representing all six major outlets,
asserted a total of 39 times that the polls in that region closed an hour earlier than they really did. Not once did
anyone on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC, or MSNBC inform the audience that Florida has two time zones and two poll
closing times. They hammered away that there was only one poll-closing time throughout the entire state of Florida:
7 p.m. Eastern. The polls in the ten westernmost Panhandle counties — all heavily Republican —
were actually open until 8 p.m. Eastern.
Fraud Underway" — NBC Affiliate Posts "Election Results" For Florida Race That Hasn't Happened Yet. Republican
candidate for Florida House District 86, Laurel Bennett, was a bit shocked over the weekend when she discovered that a local
West Palm Beach NBC affiliate, WPTV, reported that she had lost a race even though votes hadn't been cast yet. Why do
we need voters when it's far easier to just skip straight to the results?
too much on polls doesn't serve public. Every major broadcast and cable network, and many major newspapers,
feel compelled to sponsor their own political polls. But the polling conducted today by news outlets and universities
does little to serve the public interest. The polls do, however, serve the branding and marketing interests of the
sponsoring organizations. That financial motivation drives the polling frenzy more than any sense of civic duty.
When CNN, Fox News or NBC releases periodic poll results, the news channels benefit from having those results reported across
the journalistic world, raising the profile of the respective news outlets. Polls provide journalists with something to
report about, fill time and endlessly analyze. That's easier for news organizations than covering issues and providing
election news of substance. Such "horse race" coverage diminishes the process of democracy to the level of a sporting event.
Push Obama's 'Cool Brand,' Present Summer Playlist as 'News'. Who in the world decided that revealing Obama's
summertime playlist actually constituted as newsworthy? Apparently ABC News did, as well as CNN, Politico, The
Washington Post — and even Obama himself when he tweeted: "Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist,
the encore. What's everybody listening to?"
fueled by backlash against media bias and deception. On Thursday [6/23/2016], the British voted by a 52% to 48%
margin to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, an action known as "Brexit." In doing so they ignored virtually
all of the self-styled "experts" cited in British newspapers, who opposed leaving, and the majority (although by no means all) of
Britain's media (including the Guardian, the BBC, the Financial Times, The Times, the Daily Mirror, The Economist, etc.). As
Alexandra Petri writes in the Washington Post, "The people who were in favor of remaining were Basically All Experts ... the
Economist, the Financial Times)... and Every Prime Minister of Britain Who Is Still Alive, but what do these establishment types
know? ... All of this has come about thanks to a world that is increasingly suspicious of experts."
Politico mistakes disgraced Democrat for Republican. Politico misidentified disgraced Rep. Chaka Fattah,
D-Pa., this week as a Republican. [...] The article as it appeared on social media carried the headline "Fattah submits
resignation but wants to stay until October," and it included a picture captioned, "Convicted Pennsylvania Republican wants
to remain in House until sentencing."
York Times quietly backs away from story on Orlando terrorist's weapon. After widespread complaints on social
media, the New York Times has quietly backed away this afternoon from inaccurate reporting on the weapon used in Saturday's
Orlando terror attack. Second Amendment supporters and others have repeatedly questioned why "AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved,
Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings" was so quick to incorrectly draw a common theme between other domestic
incidents and this one based on the killer's weapon of choice.
fail: Orlando terrorist did not use an AR-15. Since Sunday's terrorist attack on an Orlando gay
nightclub, the Democrat-media complex has gone on a tear demonizing the AR-15. A number of ignorant outlets and biased
operators (as opposed to "reporters" who actually try to get the story right) breathlessly reported that the shooter used an
AR-15. Here's an example of the false reporting. A video at the Washington Post is captioned: "Orlando shooter
Omar Mateen used an AR-15 style rifle to kill at least 49 people, officials say. Here's what you need to know about
the gun some are calling 'the gold standard for mass murder.'" But, Bob Owens wrote at Bearing Arms, they got it wrong.
Orlando Killer Didn't Use An AR-15 Rifle. [T]he demonization of the AR-15 rifle has begun in the media.
The usual talking points about its lethality, its rate of fire, and its scariness are coursing through the veins of the
anti-gun Left following the Orlando attack. Omar Mateen committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday
morning, which will likely be reclassified as a terrorist attack, when he murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub (Pulse).
As Bob Owens and Streiff noted at Bearing Arms and RedState respectively, Mateen didn't use an AR-15 rifle, but the media has
a narrative to dole out.
'Law Enforcement Expert' Blamed Orlando Terror Shooting on Anti-Gay 'White Hate Groups'. Early on Sunday before
the world learned the identity and religion of the man who murdered up to 50 people in an Orlando, Florida, gay bar, a "law
enforcement expert" for NBC went on the air on MSNBC and hinted that the shooter was probably a Christian and a member of a
"white hate group."
+ NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness. What happens when a National Public Radio host interviews a New York Times
reporter on the subject of Venezuela's economic collapse? You get a perfect storm of cluelessness. The host is
Terry Gross, the guest is New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, and the program is Fresh Air. Gross asks Casey about
the utter disaster that Venezuela has become. Casey understands the depth to which Venezuela has fallen — he
lives in Caracas! — but he can't bring himself to offer an honest diagnosis.
Dickerson's Face the Nation Interview with Hillary a Disgrace to CBS News;. John Dickerson was one of the
better moderators we saw during the campaign season. He asked solid questions and follow-up questions, didn't
editorialize and kept the trains running on time with multiple candidates to juggle. This space gave him an 'A' for
the way he handled a Democratic presidential debate back in December. But an interview with Hillary Clinton that was
broadcast this morning [5/8/2016] on CBS' Face the Nation was not only profoundly disappointing, but even
disgraceful... particularly for someone as seasoned as the 47-year-old CBS political director and host. Never have
there been so many questions to a presumptive presidential nominee that were so unfocused, so tilted, so teed-up, so
non-probing than whatever that was Dickerson served up during his long sit-down this morning.
Matthews: 'We Don't Even Know What the Facility's Called' Where the Benghazi Attack Happened. MSNBC host Chris
Matthews said Wednesday [4/27/2016] that "we don't even know what the facility's called" where the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack
occurred that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Discussing Donald Trump's attack on former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not being awake for the phone call about the attack, Matthews appeared not to remember
it occurred at the diplomatic compound in the Libyan city.
news group runs picture of a rifle for story about a pistol. A Florida newsweekly on Monday [4/25/2016] used a
picture of religious liberty activist holding a rifle instead of the pistol that was the subject of its story, and justified
it by saying the image of the larger, more powerful firearm was "just too good to pass up."
and Why the Conservative Media Sold Its Soul To Facilitate Trump's Nomination. In short, the vast majority of
"conservative" media is simply just a business cynically disguised as a cause. The reason this is the case is actually
quite simple. Because the vast majority of "newsish" media outlets are overtly liberal, the business model and employment
opportunities (or lack thereof) on the right are vastly different from the rest of the media. Liberals have an abundance
of chances to opine on network television, major newspapers and books from mainstream publishers, usually without any serious
worries about having to sell products or get ratings. Meanwhile, radio talk show hosts and Fox News anchors are forced to
fight for every possible ratings point (usually against people allegedly on the same "team") and often sell their souls to
maintain their ability to sell soap. Conservative websites, with the exception of the Drudge Report, are in a constant
battle to stay afloat, often with badly broken business models. This dynamic set up a perfect storm of circumstances
for "Trumpsanity" to overtake the process and ultimately produce a result about as unjust and destructive as the OJ Simpson
verdict. There is even evidence that Trump understood this reality and designed his campaign's launch during the slowest
news period to take advantage of it.
Hill Calls Lifelong Democrat Segregationist George Wallace a Republican in Piece About Donald Trump. Mark Hensch, a staff writer for The Hill, wrote an
article tiltled, "Kiefer Sutherland: Trump recalls segregationist George Wallace," in which Hensch wrote, "Actor Kiefer Sutherland sees similarities between GOP presidential
front-runner Donald Trump and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (R), one of American history's most vocal segregationists." The glaring problem here is George Wallace
was never a Republican.
Interview Devolves Into Asking Obama What's in His Pockets. After sitting down with the President and the First
Lady on Sunday [2/7/2016] for a friendly chat before the Super Bowl, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King was not
finished with her sycophantic fawning as she followed Obama into the Oval Office for a one-on-one exchange highlighted by her
asking what "cool things" he was carrying in his pockets that day.
Whites Commit Most Of The Crime In Fargo You Idiots. It's time for another fantastically stupid "exclusive"
news story from the folks at Fargo-based television news station Valley News Live. Their big revelation? White
people commit most of the crime in Fargo. A city where, according to the U.S. Census, is 90.2 percent white.
seven deadly stupidities of 2015 political coverage. [Scroll down] One particular bit of bah-humbuggery:
three tweets are not a story. Once, reporters had to call people on the telephone or even, heaven forfend, go places in order
to get information. In time, the fax machine started dropping story ideas and statements into our laps. That electronic
dependency deepened a decade ago when cut-and-pasteable emails started populating our inboxes. But now, Twitter feeds provide
ongoing press conferences in Crazytown. It is a ruthlessly efficient outrage generation machine.
Because I'm Black, Isn't It?' Race makes people crazy, but often not in the way you'd expect. A nation watched
wide-eyed as Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC complained that the Star Wars franchise was racist because the major villain is "black."
Darth Vader is black in the sense that Johnny Cash or Ben Roethlisberger or certain figures from Arthurian legend are "black" —
white guys in black outfits — so people kept waiting for Harris-Perry, "America's foremost public intellectual," to crack and
let us know that she was joking. But she wasn't joking.
Refuse to Talk About Storming San Bernardino Suspects' Home. Journalists gathered at the home of Syed Farook
and Tashfeen Malik, the terrorists who carried out Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, will not talk about whether they had
permission to storm inside. Breitbart News' Michelle Moons and Raheem Kassam arrived on the scene shortly after MSNBC,
CNN, and other networks burst through the door, which had been opened with a crowbar after the landlord allegedly gave
permission to journalists to enter.
Paris Attacks, MSNBC's Brian Williams Asks About Impact On Climate Conference. A climate conference is underway in Paris, and
Weather Channel Managing Editor Sam Champion is there, along with former Vice President Al Gore, filming the event and doing promotion there
for the cause. Champion was on MSNBC to discuss the terror attacks in Paris as they were occurring. After some back and forth,
tone deaf Williams asked Champion how the conference would be affected. Williams did not merely ask about how the event would proceed,
or whether security would be affected, which might be natural questions even if grossly untimely. But instead he asks specifically,
how this attack would impact the messaging.
Williams Asks About How Paris Attacks Will Affect Climate Summit Messaging. Right in the middle of the reports
of the Paris attacks yesterday [11/13/2015] comes a really bizarre and tone deaf note of concern from Brian Williams of MSNBC.
Brian was concerned about how the attacks will affect the messaging of the Paris Climate Change Conference which is scheduled to begin
at the end of this month.
Media Bias Goes Extreme. The national
and local media bias against the Second Amendment reached bizarre heights this week when a newspaper headline proclaimed "Shooter
kills 4; 30 injured." The problem? Well, even a casual reader would note that the tragedy described in the article had
nothing to do with a "shooter" but was about a individual who drove her car through a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University.
While the motives of the driver's actions remain unclear, we find it simply incredible that a headline could be so abundantly off the mark.
Times the Media Acted Shocked That Trump Was Running a Real Campaign. Indeed, by succeeding so easily at the
campaign game, Trump has made a mockery of political journalism's obsession with campaign strategy.
MSNBC Admits Anti-Israel Graphics Were
'Wrong'. MSNBC has admitted that highly controversial graphics aired on the network that depicted Israel as stealing land
from the Palestinians were "factually wrong" and that the broadcast would be corrected on Monday [10/19/2015], according to a network
spokesperson. The cable news network has been fighting off criticism after it aired the graphics and analysis, including a map
linked to conspiracy groups branded as anti-Semitic, that portrayed Israel as existing on territory expropriated from Palestine.
The graphics garnered criticism from pro-Israel advocates and has now prompted the network to acknowledge that the graphics were highly
stopped a jihadist in France. Now he's been stabbed in California. The original story about Skarlatos and
Harper-Mercer evidently has legs. In all there have now been three high-profile, possibly related violent attacks in
France, Oregon, and California that might be connected to the world of Islamofascist (some prefer the descriptor Islamo-Nazi)
terrorism. In this writer's opinion, no reasonable person who follows current affairs can reflexively dismiss the seeming
connection of attackers and victims, given what's going on in the world right now. This is not to say that there
necessarily is (or was) an Islamist plot against the three American men. But the mainstream media, as usual, isn't doing
its job. Journalists are sitting on their hands, regurgitating talking points, and failing to consider the big picture.
Chris Cuomo Has Absolutely No Idea Where Babies Come From. Chris Cuomo is a broadcast journalist, currently
anchoring at CNN. [...] He interviewed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) the day after the first GOP presidential primary debate
last week. And Cuomo came out hard in support of abortion. That's not particularly noteworthy in the current media
environment, where journalists openly advocate for abortion. But it is worth noting that he did it in a mind-numbingly
Reporters Question President Pinocchio: A Pathetic Press Conference. Today [7/15/2015] President Obama met
the White House press corps at length to defend his Iran nuclear deal. One could deconstruct his evasions line by
line, but that would largely duplicate the content of many posts we have done over the past weeks and months.
Instead, I want to focus on a few key issues. But first, this observation: if any of the reporters present
had read the agreement, which is only 159 pages long, it was not apparent. Maybe reporters are not accustomed
to reading legal documents; maybe they are too lazy to try; maybe they have read and understood the agreement and are just
partisan hacks, covering for their president. But I have a full-time job, and nevertheless have read the agreement
several times. Why can't reporters do the same? That would seem to be a prerequisite to participating
intelligently in a press conference on the subject.
Fiorina: Give Me Shot on Debate Stage to Ask Every Question Press Won't. [Scroll
down] "She was not asked a single question about her track record as secretary of State. She
wasn't asked about why she thought a gimmicky reset button would stop Vladimir Putin. She wasn't
asked about why she called President Bashar al-Assad of Syria a positive reformer. She wasn't asked
why she declared victory in Iraq in 2011. She wasn't asked if she thought she had lied to the
American people about Benghazi and what she thinks now of the fact that Libya is a failed state and
a haven for terrorists," she continued. "In other words, she isn't going to be asked all the
questions she needs to be asked, which is why we must have a nominee who will face her on a general
election debate stage and ask every single one of those questions so that the American people have
the facts they need to make a good judgment."
A shocking breach of professionalism:
GoPro antics rile Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States briefly
removed media interns from its press room on Monday after a CNN intern was caught recording video
footage with a GoPro camera that he had strapped to his chest, the On Media blog has learned. The
episode led to an impromptu meeting among top CNN executives and editors in Washington, a call to
the company's legal department, and a profuse apology to the Supreme Court's public affairs team.
York Times 'Reporter' Who Can't Tell a 'Luxury Speedboat' from a Fishing Boat Upset that People
Think He's an Idiot. For the second time in a week, the New York Times made an attempt
to do some damage and, once again, it was a spectacular failure. [Michael] Barbaro could have
avoided his embarrassment if he'd engaged in the most basic of journalistic activities:
making a phone call.
'08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015. New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a
gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate
version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff
hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015. The segment included
supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, "It's June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99." (On
the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.) Another clip featured this prediction for the
current year: "Gas reached over $9 a gallon." (In reality, gas costs an average of $2.75.)
Journalists: Do Your Job.
If someone says something, you have an obligation to report it accurately and without bias. Your job
is not to tell people how to think. In a free and open society, your job is to inform readers and
viewers so that they may form their own opinions. You keep your views in check while presenting the
information. Is it near impossible to keep all bias out of a story? Admittedly, yes. But,
if you bring up all points and lets readers and viewers decide for themselves, you have done your job.
Who is a Journalist?
My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early
20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied,
"Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service."
[...] The rules of the road to journalistic success have changed dramatically, as has the definition of
journalist. Today, one can self-identify as a journalist without any background or experience.
Which brings me to George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor and co-host of "Good Morning America."
of the Media Downplaying, Making Excuses for Baltimore Riots. Last week the media
tried to characterize the increasingly violent protests in Baltimore as "peaceful." Now, even after
the demonstrations have turned into outright riots, some members of the media are still trying to excuse
the violence or are otherwise downplaying what has been going on since last Thursday. The rioting
in Baltimore has gotten so bad that now the Maryland National Guard has been called in to try and restore
order, yet some members of the media are spinning the unrest to take blame off the rioters.
media's sloppy week. [Scroll down] Last week Bloomberg News ran, and then retracted a
report that Nancy Reagan had endorsed Hillary Clinton. Except that it came from a parody news site
and wasn't even slightly true. Again, this was something that the editors just wanted to believe.
In reportorial parlance, it was a story "too good to check."
Deep Thoughts of Sally Kohn. Would it be uncivil to suggest that lesbianese CNN pundit
Sally Kohn is the dumber, blonder version of Rachel Maddow? I know I'm not supposed to be uncivil,
but what else can you say about someone who... almost daily... spews idiocy like this: [...]
MSM Reporters Give Hillary Clinton Standing Ovation. On Monday evening, mainstream media
reporters reportedly gave Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she joked about her private email
scandal and took no questions from the press — at an event honoring excellence in journalism.
Befuddles MSNBC Hack on Congressional Role in Foreign Policy Using... History, Facts.
For some reason, Ted Cruz decided to appear on MSNBC's The Morning Shmoe (Mark Levin's name for the
lowest-rated news program on the lowest-rated network), where the combined IQ of the hosts —
the science is settled — is roughly the square root of that of a goldfish. Which makes
Ted Cruz schooling Mika Brzezinski akin to teaching calculus to a Maine lobster.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Became Media Control Freaks. Embattled former
secretary of state Hillary Clinton can console herself with the knowledge that she's not
alone. The presumptive presidential candidate and email deleter — whose apparent
reluctance to release public records and documents prompted the Associated Press to sue the State
Department this week — is by no means unique in her wish to starve the insatiable media,
or at least restrict ravenous reporters to a bland diet of happy news.
solidifies its standing as the clown version of cable news. I suppose you call this
another historic first for Eric Holder: the first attorney general asked by a TV interviewer to
quack like a duck on air. The incident came toward the end of a fawning interview by Melissa
Harris-Perry (no stranger to clownish and embarrassing stunts, some of which caused tearful on air
Depicted as Rape Suspect in Fox 5 News Graphic Error. In a stroke of Friday the 13th
bad luck, Fox 5 San Diego briefly portrayed President Obama as a sex-assault suspect on its 10 o'clock
news. At 10:04 p.m., viewers heard anchor Kathleen Bade say: "The only suspect in a sex assault
at SDSU will not be charged." At the same time, a picture of Obama appeared with the legend "NO CHARGES."
The Obama shot lasted about 5 seconds, but it was noticed immediately in the newsroom, said Mike Wille, an
The Editor says...
I wasn't there, but I can tell you exactly how that happened: The owners of television stations all over the country, especially
the stations with "local news" programs, enjoy tremendous profits. And yet they are constantly looking for ways to
increase those profits. The actual amount of yearly profit doesn't seem to matter — only the annual increase
in profits over last year. As a result, the station owners cut costs in any possible way, and many of them have decided
that labor costs are the easiest to reduce. (I could write another couple of paragraphs in this space,
but I'll skip ahead.) The television stations used to have graphic artists who would take stock photos and apply a
certain amount of typesetting to make the "over the shoulder" graphics we've seen on TV since the 1960's. Then
an associate producer would check the graphics before the big show to see that they all matched the scripts.
Even then, if one of the graphics had an egregious error, either the director or the technical director or the "still
store" operator would catch the error, a last second change of plans would occur, and the on-air news reader would
appear on camera without the graphic beside him or her. But, as you may have guessed by now, almost all of
those jobs have been eliminated, and one person can now put graphics requests into a template, specifying (in this case
incorrectly) the underlying photo and the text, and a computer system a thousand miles away assembles the graphic and
stacks it in the playlist for the big show. (You'll notice I don't call it the news.) Then
the director, now sitting alone in the automated control room, steps through the playlist and, since he probably
hasn't had a chance to run through the entire show in advance, he sees these graphics for the first time
when you see them at home. This is what would be known as being penny wise and pound foolish, except that
the commercial breaks still air, so the station still gets paid. In fact, in this case about half of the
viewers probably found the error more entertaining than the constant drone of the rip-and-read announcer telling us
about all the great things Big Government has done for us in the last 12 hours. I should write a book.
of 'fact checkers' and 'proof readers' at NY Times fails again. How out of touch with
the rest of the country are employees of the New York Times? An editorial skewering Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker was a typical Times hit piece on a potentially dangerous opponent in 2016 —
typical except earlier versions of the editorial referred to Mr. Walker as "Mr. Scott." [...] The governor of
Wisconsin is just not imporant enough to register on the Times' radar. Besides, he's a Republican.
Those two factors make errors like "Mr. Scott" possible.
New York Times Commits One of Its Funniest Blunders Ever. [Scroll down] The
paper eventually realized its mistake and corrected it, although without acknowledging the
correction. I suppose it was just too embarrassing. You can see how this kind of thing might
happen; people occasionally have such synapse failures. But some people expect more from the Times
editorial board. (I don't, but some others do.) In fact, the Times editorial board is no better
than, or different from, a minor-league left wing blogger. Actually, that's where they get a lot of
Media Hoax Claims 'American Sniper' Inspired Anti-Muslim Threats. It looks as though
the Left and the mainstream media gathered in their hollowed-out volcano over the weekend to cook up
another anti-science Narrative to destroy Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper." The latest lie is that
the film is inspiring a surge of death threats against Muslims. A thorough search of the countless
stories launched by this well-coordinated Narrative found exactly 3 Twitter examples in a country of
nearly 350 million.
to the government, there's no inflation. Government data reports are so funny. The
blaring headlines today tells us that prices dropped in December. We are all saving billions from
the drop in oil and gas. Hallelujah!! The corporate MSM never digs into the numbers to get the
real truth. These reports and their distribution to the sheep are designed to keep you sedated and
calm. Facts are not necessary. How this data pertains to your everyday life is not important
to the .1% who control the flow of information.
Farrow's Awkwardly Condescending Exchange with Black Teen. As we've written here many
times before, Ronan Farrow's MSNBC show is something to behold: An awkward mess of obvious
inexperience, nepotism, self-congratulatory sanctimony, and preening condescension. Today's
[1/20/2015] edition of the program showcased the lattermost element.
Notorious Red Exploits
King Legacy. Janel Davis of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a "noted
scholar, author and veteran civil rights activist" by the name of Angela Davis will deliver the
keynote address January 18 at Kennesaw State University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day
observance. This is the same Angela Davis "who supported the imprisonment of Soviet political
dissidents (calling them common criminals), cheered on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia,
and was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize (formerly the International Stalin Peace Prize)
by communist East Germany," as noted by another paper, the British Telegraph. The differences
reflect the abysmal state of our media today, as compared to a foreign newspaper that conducted some
Three Major December Media
Misfires. [#3] The imaginary Kwanzaa "parade." In recent years, the annual
late-December Kwanzaa parade in South Central Los Angeles has fallen on hard times. In 2011, the
second-last year the Los Angeles Times covered it, the paper claimed that "hundreds" attended, but
could only muster a photo showing a half-dozen participants and about the same number of onlookers.
On December 26, 2014, apathy won. A CBS-Los Angeles reporter tweeted a photo showing an empty
boulevard with no spectators captioned, "People in #SouthLosAngeles disappointed by lack of turn-out
for #Kwanza parade. Parade lasted 10 mins." (What "people"?)
than 90 Percent of a Group of Illegal Immigrants Never Showed Up to Their Immigration Hearings.
Once again, local-TV investigative reporters are showing up their national counterparts. Recall that this
summer the administration insisted the thousands of Central American illegal immigrants it was waving across
the border would be put into deportation proceedings and those who did not qualify for asylum would be removed.
You'd think, then, that there'd be bigshot D.C. journalists interested in finding out how many actually bothered
to attend their immigration hearings. You'd be wrong.
journalism of 2014. As one of the most recognizable anchors on CNN, Don Lemon has
helped lead the cable network's coverage of the biggest stories of the year. Live television is
exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon's gaffes this year offer a case study in how
to choose words wisely — or not.
Million More Reasons To Doubt The Mainstream Press. In less than two weeks, bombshell
stories of a vicious gang rape and a millionaire teen investor were exposed as frauds that never
would have made it into print but for gross negligence and liberal bias.
Media Failed Again in the Brown Case. What we saw in their handling of the Brown case
is a rerun of the Martin case. The facts don't seem to fit with the left's views and even after
substantial evidence comes to light showing what did happen, they refuse to believe it. [...]
Comparisons to the Martin case began with the NAACP which made the connection almost immediately.
That comparison was more apt than the spokesman knew and not in the way he probably intended. In
case the details are no longer in the forefront of your mind, recall that major news outlets
repeatedly bungled the evidence in the Martin story and always in a way that made Zimmerman out to
be something worse that he was.
Warn About Bias In The Facebook And Twitter Data Used In Millions Of Studies. Writing
in today's [11/27/2014] issue of Science, Carnxegie Mellon's Juergen Pfeffer and McGill's Derek
Ruths have warned that scientists are treating the wealth of data gathered by social networks as a
goldmine of what people are thinking — but frequently they aren't correcting for inherent
biases in the dataset. If folks didn't already know that scientists were turning to social media
for easy access to the pat statistics on thousands of people, they found out about it when Facebook
allowed researchers to adjust users' news feeds to manipulate their emotions.
Gross exaggeration alert:
How is it possible that "millions of studies" have been conducted since Facebook and Twitter were created?
Facebook started up
in 2004, and Twitter was launched
Who Has Found Damning Gruber Vids Faults Media's Failure to Uncover Them. The
Associated Press deserves a special mention here. AP assigned eleven reporters to review 2008
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's book in 2009, but wire service health reporter
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and others involved in covering the Affordable Care Act during the past
several years somehow never found (or if they found it or knew it, never reported it) what Weinstein
was able to find. How can that be? (That said, Obamacare's opponents didn't find it either, which
makes one wonder how they could also be so ineffective.) The press has also been extremely reluctant
to report on another "architect," namely "Zeke the Bleak" Emanuel, who has a history of advocating
the rationing of medical care to patients depending on their age and other "useful lives" factors.
Moderator Apologizes to Scott Brown After Falsely Correcting His Geography. Last
night, a debate moderator was forced to apologize to former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, after
the GOP candidate proved that he, in fact, did know something about New Hampshire, which he now
hopes to represent in the Senate.
CNN anchor claimed Michelle Obama signed bill into law. A sillier moment than earlier
this week for CNN's Carol Costello, but perhaps just as revealing. [...] The state of civics
education in this country may be poor, but it's not that poor. Schoolchildren can make this
distinction, and an average high-school student would know better than to claim that a First Lady
signed a bill into law. Perhaps Costello should have taken a refresher course of Schoolhouse
Rock in J-school.
News Is Fit to Print But Are Major News Organizations Fit to Report It? Over the past
several months, a variety of polls and reports have documented the declining trust of the American
people in the news media. A starting point for reversing this trend is for the heads of major
American news organization to look in the mirror and ask whether their organizations or their
journalists are part of the problem.
Thought Earplugs Were Rubber Bullets. Does It Matter? The thing about not knowing that
earplugs are not rubber bullets is that it makes it really hard to take any other reporting about
police tactics, much less guns, seriously. It's one of those unfortunately boneheaded errors that
Media Clueless About the Inner
City. The media's frenzy that descended upon Ferguson, Mo. once again demonstrates its
complete ignorance of life in the inner city. Anyone who has survived the barrios and the ghettos
would recognize the usual cast of characters that converge on these incidents and would stay far
away from them. But no-these media lapdogs shove mikes in their faces and actually believe their
'eyewitness' versions that nearly always turn out to be bogus and nothing other than a self-serving photo op.
Americans Disapprove of Media's Coverage of Ferguson. Most Americans say that things
would be different in Ferguson, Mo., if the racial roles had been reversed. According to a Rasmussen
Poll released today, many believe the media's coverage of the incident would differ if a black police
officer had shot a white teenager. A majority, 54 percent, agree the media would have
reported the death of Michael Brown differently according to the color of his skin. Regardless
of race — white, black and other minority adults — most believe the shooting
would garner less media attention.
Media Irresponsibility in Showing House of Accused Officer. Jim Hoft is reporting that
several news media outlets are brazenly broadcasting in front of the house of accused Ferguson
police officer Darren Wilson. [...] What are these people thinking?
Was a UN
School in Gaza Really Bombed? (Update: No, It Wasn't). The UN is going bonkers because
they say another one of their schools in Gaza was shelled. Ten people were killed and dozens
injured, but read this account carefully from The Guardian: [...] The UN is going bonkers because
they say another one of their schools in Gaza was shelled. Ten people were killed and dozens
injured, but read this account carefully from The Guardian: [...] The attack was not on the school.
The bomb hit the street outside the gates of the school and killed and injured people standing at the
gate — not in the school itself which was being used as a shelter.
Did Ben Nelson Doom
Obamacare? Is this the first time you've read about Nelson's misgivings? Well, it
would appear that you're not alone. Many alleged reporters who claim to have thoroughly covered the
Obamacare debate from the Pleistocene era until the present are also ignorant of the role he played in
determining the destiny of the exchanges. Indeed, some these "journalists" have advised their
readers that there couldn't have been any serious discussion in Congress about differing rules for
state and federal exchanges because no one told them about it.
Things You Need to Know About Chelsea Clinton. [#3] Chelsea began her business career
making MBA degree salary, despite having no experience[.] NBC was criticized for Chelsea's
$600,000 "special correspondent" salary, but that is not the most absurd offer sheet that Chelsea
has agreed to. After deciding that various career paths weren't right for her, Chelsea settled
at the age of 23 for a $120,000 a year salary at premier consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
She was their youngest hire that year and made as much as consultants with MBA degrees, even though
her Stanford degree was in history.
Media Ignorance is
Becoming a Serious Problem. [Scroll down] The real problem is the arrogance that goes with the
ignorance. Take Kate Zernike's 2010 attempt at an expose of the ideas that motivate tea party activists that
ran in the New York Times. She wrote: ["]But when it comes to ideology, it has reached back to
dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas. It has resurrected once-obscure texts by dead writers — in
some cases elevating them to best-seller status — to form a kind of Tea Party canon.["] Who are
these obscure authors of long-dormant ideas? She points to Friedrich Hayek, for one. Yes, the same Hayek who
won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974 and died way, way back in ... 1992. Whose Road To
Serfdom was so obscure that it has never been out of print and was excerpted in Reader's Digest, that
obscure publication with only 17 million readers.
How Little Chelsea Clinton Cares About Money, In Dollars. [Chelsea] Clinton is
currently pulling down $600,000 per year for the kind of no-show job you probably thought had
disappeared with the demise of the American mafia. She is officially employed as an on-air
correspondent for NBC News even though she hasn't appeared on NBC for the past four months. Clips
of Clinton's work for the Peacock Network are hard to find online, and one of the few accessible
segments — her interview with the GEICO gecko — reveals that NBC's coaching
failed to improve her affectless voice, lazy delivery and absolute lack of charm, charisma or talent.
Clinton hasn't been on NBC News for four months but still earns $50,000 a month.
Chelsea Clinton — under scrutiny for her pricey contract with NBC News —
hasn't been featured since January, but the network says it does expect two completed stories to
air soon, and two others are in the works. Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter, who was hired in
2011, has done just a smattering of reporting for NBC News. Last week, Politico reported she is
being paid $600,000 a year.
NBC not concerned about Chelsea Clinton's alleged 'overpriced' salary. Chelsea Clinton's contract as an NBC "special
correspondent" has come under intense public questioning given that she hasn't been featured on-air since January despite being on
a $600,000 annual salary deal, as reported by Politico. But according to a well-placed media insider, the network higher-ups
are hardly perturbed by the high price tag for little TV time.
Basic Primer On The Scott Walker Case For Ignorant Reporters. This is a true story:
in 2012, Democratic district attorneys in Wisconsin launched a secret probe known as a John Doe
investigation with the goal of proving that conservative groups illegally coordinated activities
during Gov. Scott Walker's recall election. They issued more than 100 subpoenas, demanded the
private information of conservatives and conservative groups, and actually conducted secret raids.
And under state law, individuals who were targeted or witness to the investigation were forbidden
from making knowledge of it public. Fortunately, judges saw right through this partisan abuse of
power. Early this year, a state judge, ruling in a secret proceeding, quashed the subpoenas
and all but ended the investigation.
Anchor Gives Michelle Obama Power to Sign Bills into Law. CNN anchor Carol Costello
ascribed new powers to the ceremonial office of first lady of the United States on Tuesday [5/27/2014] in a
report about Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch initiative and the opposition it is receiving
from Republicans and members of the food industry. Costello declared that Michelle Obama signed a
bill regarding her initiative into law in 2010 after it passed Congress. The Constitution, however,
limits the power to sign legislation into law to Mrs. Obama's husband, the president.
downfall of American journalists. It ought to be a matter of deep shame that the most
popular news website in the United States is the U.K. Daily Mail. And the fact that so many top
editors and journalists in the United States happen to be from Britain is something that ought to
disturb all those professors of journalism at elite schools like Columbia. You know, the ones that
hand out big prizes like the Pulitzer, touting how wonderful our journalists are. Strangely
enough, with all the university and foundation resources available for conferences, commissions,
studies, and the like, nobody seems much interested in this embarrassing situation. There's
a good reason for that.
White House Impressed Corps. On Friday, the speaker of the House ordered a special
probe into a White House cover-up of terrorism. On Saturday, the White House press corps buried the
news and yukked it up with the president at the black-tie dinner. Once viewed as a serious news
network, CNN blacked out hard news for five full hours to cover the gala, including "live updates of
the red carpet arrivals." Instead of interviewing White House officials about Benghazi emails,
anchors interviewed comedian Joel McHale, who roasted Republicans as racists.
Appalling Ignorance of Christianity. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof [...] admitted
that when he was covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, he was surprised at how the candidate
connected with Americans because of his evangelical faith; more surprisingly, Kristof admitted that he had "only
the vaguest idea at the time what an evangelical was."
Caught Scribbling 'Blah Blah' While GOP Senate Candidate Speaks; Drama Ensues. Staffers of
the alt-weekly newspaper Willamette Week recently met with Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidates seeking
an endorsement and things got quite dramatic after one reporter was caught scribbling "blah blah blah" on his
notepad while a candidate spoke.
Marathon victim storms off 'Meet the Press' set after being 'disrespected'. A survivor of the Boston
Marathon bombing stormed out of a scheduled interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" in tears on Friday. Adrianne
Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of one leg during the attack, said NBC promised not to name alleged bombers
Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in her presence but did not follow through on the request.
Health Care Launch 'Terribly Flawed'. Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says
the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1
were "just flat out wrong." Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview airing Sunday the health care
website's launch was "terribly flawed and terribly difficult."
Oops: ISU losing its nuke
program due to concealed carry law not exactly accurate. When the Idaho State Journal and the Associated Press reported last week
that Idaho State University in Pocatello could lose its nuclear program if legislators pass a bill to allow guns on campus, the news wire and
social media hummed with the revelation. Problem is, the story's not exactly accurate and no one wants to take blame for misleading the
public on the volatile issue.
I Seen You Before? Why News Reports Quote The Same People. Al Cross has been all over the news lately.
Just in the past couple of weeks, he's been quoted in Time, The New York Times and The Washington Post on
no fewer than three separate occasions. Who is Al Cross, and what has he done to earn such exposure? Cross is a
longtime political columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal. When national reporters are exploring the Kentucky Senate race,
they often turn to him for perspective on the ground.
You've got to know the
territory. The uproar over "Duck Dynasty" should be studied forever in the business schools as a priceless teaching
exercise in marketing quackery. Television executives are so highly paid because they're supposed to be so smart. Rarely
have so many smart guys been so out to lunch.
When '60 Minutes'
Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door. [V]iewers expect the show to bring its A game, and deserve it, when it
takes on a huge issue like the N.S.A., to serve as a stand-in for the American people and ask the uncomfortable questions.
CNN's Top-Five Credibility Catastrophes of
2013. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the former Most Trusted Name In News. The belief was that CNN's ratings couldn't sink
much lower than its 2012 lows and that newly-installed president Jeff Zucker couldn't possibly make things worse. Wrong. After months of retooling,
CNN is still in last place and its primetime viewership has improbably sunk even further.
In Defense Of Lara Logan. Once it became clear
they had been duped, Logan publicly apologized for the mistake saying on CBS This Morning that "The most important thing to
every person at 60 Minutes is the truth, and today, the truth is that we made a mistake," she said, calling it a very
"disappointing" situation. After all, what makes a show like 60 Minutes different from, say, a cable news show
is that every word in the script is supposed to be heavily vetted by producers and lawyers alike. So on the scale of news
screw-ups, this was pretty egregious. It wasn't just an error — their entire report was based on what seems
to have been a lie.
Trey Gowdy Rips MSM For Media
Malpractice On Benghazi. On October 30, Senator Lindsey Graham reiterated his threat to hold up all future Senate confirmations
unless the Regime is more forthcoming with the information Republicans are seeking. And Trey Gowdy took the opportunity to shame the MSM for
being basically AWOL on the story. He asked if they could answer a series of pertinent questions about the attack — knowing, of
course — that the answer would be no, because the media as a whole allowed the Regime to lie and stonewall on Benghazi so Obama could be
reelected. Some great investigative journalism was called for, and they totally dropped the ball.
Media Malpractice, Chapter 12,894.
A few months back we were treated to MSNBC identifying George Wallace as a Republican. Yesterday [10/27/2013], CBS News proved itself unable
to distinguish J. Edgar Hoover from Herbert Hoover. It's a wonder they can still tell the Kennedys apart.
A Quick Note on Weaponry and Language.
I just watched the press conference from Los Angeles airport and I was irritated as usual by the way in which law enforcement agents and politicians who
should know better throw around incorrect terminology to the press. Over and over, we were told that the shooter at LAX used an "assault rifle."
This is now being repeated widely. There is one key problem with this: It's not true. We can argue all day about the silly "assault
weapon" term, but "assault rifle" actually has a meaning. An "assault rifle" means that the rifle can be switched between safe (off, in
layman's terms), semi-automatic, and automatic fire.
Questions Rarely Asked — and Never Answered.
Is there still a notion of scandal? If EPA director Lisa Jackson's fake email con and the Pigford payouts were small beer, what were the scandals about
Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, and the NSA? Does anyone care that every presidential pronouncement about the Affordable Care Act was false? We
have reached a new point where either the media is an appendage of government, or the public is too weary to care about the conduct of its
government — to the degree that this administration could do pretty much anything. [...] How did Barack Obama become the
most anti-civil liberties president in history — to almost complete silence?
The Press Endures Obama's Unrequited Love.
Journalists pride themselves for being on the cutting edge of events and trends, but they have been slow to realize or to admit that they have been
instrumental in electing a pathological liar to the highest office in the land.
Wussies! Every Last One of You.
The liberal media can't help themselves. They have a huge crush on the President. He can do no wrong. [...] There's something very dangerous about
the liberal love affair with the President. Fear of asking the tough questions crushes accountability. And without accountability, tyranny follows.
Just 26 percent of new reporters have skills to do the job. A journalism degree can cost nearly $100,000 for graduate students, but for many
it's a waste of money because they are leaving school without the skills needed in the new age of digital reporting and publishing, according to a sweeping
new survey of the industry. The highly-regarded Poynter Institute, an international strategy center and leader in journalism education, found in their
2013 "Future of Journalism" study that only one quarter of journalism school students showed up on the job ready for work.
Media, The Navy and the DC Shooter: A
Retired Navy Security Officer's View. If you are watching the news in the early stages of the Navy Yard shooting, you may not be surprised that you
hear one thing and hours later hear something totally different. [...] That's why we first believed there were 3 shooters, then 2, now 1.
That's why we still don't know how many or which guns were used. Supposedly there is a shotgun, a Glock pistol and an AR-15. It was first reported
that he bought an AR-15 in Virginia but later determined he rented in during a practice session. Now they don't even know if there was an AR-15 on the
scene or if that is just typical hype.
Professional media ID wrong man as
Navy Yard shooter. That would be CBS and NBC, who offered the name Rollie Chance as the dead suspect in the Washington Navy Yard, responsible
for six deaths and a number of wounded. The only problem? Rollie Chance is still alive and had nothing to do with the shooting, apparently.
Less than three weeks after the conclusion of the Fort Hood terrorist shooting trial:
CNN Fail: Anchor Can't Remember the
Last Shooting at 'U.S. Military Facility'. During CNN's coverage of the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting Monday morning [9/16/2013],
Carol Costello asked when the last time a gunman wrecked "havoc at a U.S. military facility." It would seem that Costello forgot about the
2009 Ft. Hood shooting that claimed the lives of 13 Americans.
Limbaugh Compiles Round-Up of Media
Celebrating Obama's 'Genius' Embrace of Kerry's Gaffe. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh tore into the media on Tuesday and accused them of malpractice
in their reporting of how the so-called Russian proposal to impose a diplomatic solution on Syria. Limbaugh played a montage of clips of members of the media celebrating
the "genius" of President Barack Obama for embracing a misstatement by Sec. John Kerry and making it the centerpiece of American policy towards that country's civil war.
"Turns out, this was the plan all along — at least what the media wants us to believe," Limbaugh said of the Russian solution. "This is journalistic malpractice."
Cyrus and the Pornification of America. Consider this: during a week in which news reports on NSA mass surveillance, militarized
police forces, and a war brewing with Syria were vying for attention, CNN's number one news story was Miley Cyrus' VMA performance.
Sounds like the death knell of an empire to me.
America the Trivial. President Obama is making
the argument that the executive branch by presidential fiat can pick and choose which laws should and should not be faithfully executed — whether
Obamacare, immigration amnesties, or No Child Left Behind statutes. The fate of the entire concept of voluntary tax compliance is currently endangered
by the politicization of the Internal Revenue Service. Whether the government can monitor the communications of either reporters or average citizens
depends on getting to the bottom of the National Security Agency and Justice Department/Associated Press scandals. Instead, the media seem more
interested in whether Obama is playing golf on Martha's Vineyard.
Meet the worst Sunday morning show.
[NBC's Meet the Press], you see, is at a 21-year low in ratings. [...] David Gregory is a weak host, the weakest of any Sunday show. I've documented
the lame questions, the absence of follow ups and the blatant bias. That's bad journalism and uninteresting TV.
Millennial Generation Is Abandoning Liberalism.
The media have claimed that conservatives must become more moderate or face permanent irrelevancy after the supposedly solid liberal Millennial generation of 18-29 year
olds overwhelmingly supported reelection of Barack Obama. These dire warnings reminded me of the media geniuses who proclaimed after Jimmy Carter's Presidential
victory in 1976 that the 18-29 year olds of the Baby Boomer generation would always vote as a liberal block. Four years later, Baby Boomers abandoned
liberalism and began reliably voting as Ronald Reagan conservatives for the next three decades.
The Editor says...
The news media peddles predictions favorable to the Left, hoping their predictions will be self-fulfilling.
Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP
debate moderators. Miffed that their candidates were singled out for personal questions or CNN John King's "This or That," when he asked
candidates quirky questions like "Elvis or Johnny Cash," GOP insiders tell [The Washington Examiner] that they are considering other choices, even a
heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Reporters Afraid To Ask Obama White House About
Benghazi. Obama has apparently taken his cue for this from Hollywood. It is a well-known fact that movie stars in Hollywood will
not grant access to those reporters and media outlets that do not write or report favorably about them. [...] The end result of this is that there is no
honest reporting coming out of Hollywood these days. This has likely been obvious to most everyone for quite some time. Now that Obama is
doing the same thing, how long will it be before there is no longer any honest reporting coming out of the White House Press corps? Perhaps we
are at that point already?
Press Corps Meets President, Takes Careful Notes. President Barack Obama held a rare press conference on Friday afternoon [8/9/2013]
in the East Room of the White House, and was treated to all-too-common deference by the White House Press Corps. Only Ed Henry of Fox News
asked a question that challenged the president in any way. The rest asked soft questions that often invited him to take shots at the Republican
opposition and revisit talking points he has made repeatedly in recent speeches.
Liberals will believe
anything if you call it a 'study'. [L]iberals in the left wing media, led by the HuffPo, are citing a "study" claiming that
doubling the wages of McDonald's workers would only result in a 17% price rise: "Doubling McDonald's Salaries Would Cause Your Big
Mac To Cost Just 68 ¢ More: Study" headlined the story by Christine Fairchild, citing a study by someone described as a "researcher
at the University of Kansas." Ms. Fairchild later had to acknowledge that author Arnobio Morelix "is registered as a undergraduate
student at the university, according to University of Kansas School of Business Communications Director Austin Falley." A not
particularly bright undergraduate, it turns out. As in laughably ignorant about the nature of the business McDonald's is in.
How did mainstream
media get the NSA PRISM story so hopelessly wrong? If you don't understand the technical workings of these surveillance
programs, you can't understand whether they're working as intended, you can't identify where the government has overstepped its bounds,
and you can't intelligently debate the proper response. The fact that the government has maintained rigid secrecy compounds the
problem. [...] The basic facts in that story aren't news. We've known since at least 2006 that the U.S. security establishment
is collecting details of phone calls and mining that data to identify calling patterns consistent with terrorist activity.
Study: 22% of TV
Journalists Face Job Burnout. You think carrying The State's water is easy work? Think again, my friends.
A study of 900 journalists done by the University of Kansas found that a full 22% of television journalists were facing burnout.
Why, one morning show host complained that she was required to tweet three times every half-hour while she was on the air.
Imagine how difficult that must be with only ten minutes of commercial breaks.
History: Segregationist George Wallace Was A Republican? Former Alabama Governor George Wallace was many things:
segregationist, lawyer, Methodist. But one thing he most certainly was not: a Republican. But during a segment of
last night's [6/11/2013] All In on MSNBC, a chyron mistakenly identified the well-known racist governor as a member
of the GOP, despite his affiliation with the Democratic Party of that era.
Media Fail to Break Even One of Four Obama Scandals. Over the past few weeks, four major scandals have broken over the Obama
administration, and it is a very sad (and frightening) truth that our pathetic, American, lapdog mainstream media is not responsible for
breaking even a single one.
Brace yourself for deep disillusionment.
Channel Abandons 'Advertising Trick' Of 'Breaking News' Coverage. In a slick new advertisement released Monday
afternoon [6/3/2013], WDRB urged its viewers to recognize that "breaking news" is simply a "marketing ploy." The narrator
asserted that stations claiming to be "first" in "breaking news" use that branding as an "advertising trick" despite it being
"simply not true." "Breaking news is seldom breaking," the narrator continued, "and quite often isn't even news."
Chief Phil Griffin: Our Network Is 'Not The Place' For Breaking News. Over the last several months, it has become
pretty clear that when it comes to ratings, MSNBC struggles during breaking news events, while CNN and Fox both receive boosts.
In an interview with the New York Times this morning, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin essentially conceded the "breaking news" mantle to the
other networks, telling viewers that his network is not focused on that sort of coverage.
The article itself is off-topic -- see remarks below.
signs global arms control treaty. Australia has signed a landmark global arms treaty, joining 60 other countries
in a move to stop the vast illicit trade in weapons. The treaty, co-authored by Australia, is designed to end the free-for-all
of international arms sales.
The Editor says...
This is the first and only time I've ever seen Australia referred to as Aust. Is bandwidth (or ink) so scarce that
Australia can't be spelled out, or is it just a matter of laziness?
Sins Of The Fourth Estate (Part I).
The one clear thing that came out of last week's chaotic activity in Boston, Massachusetts is that real reporters were missing.
For that matter, they've been missing since last year's attack in Benghazi. From Benghazi, the Gosnell abortion trial, gun control
debates, immigration and then the Boston Marathon bombings, television news reporting has become positively painful to watch. The
First Amendment to the Constitution grants freedom of the press but this was supposed to endow it with a responsibility to be the
people's watchdog. The modern Fourth Estate represented by the mainstream media has made a mockery of this privilege.
outlets can't get their stories straight. Here is what we know thus far: The cops have photos of one of the suspects,
or two. The suspect(s) may be either "dark-skinned" (CNN) or "white" (CBS). They were carrying backpacks, or maybe bags.
The backpacks, or bags, were black, unless they were blue. The bombs were detonated by control boards, unless it was cellphones,
unless it was egg timers. Yesterday's [4/17/2013] press conference was supposed to take place at 5, until it was supposed to
take place at 8, until it was canceled.
'marathon' meltdown. The fast-moving news out of Boston on Wednesday [4/17/2013] snared some of the most respected
reporters and news outlets in the country into offering false or conflicting information about whether a suspect had been
arrested — leaving CNN and the Associated Press, among others, scrambling to clean up their reports as the day
NY Times Columnists Embarrass Themselves on Guns in Sunday Review. Two New York Times columnists embarrassed themselves over
the weekend, betraying anti-gun ignorance in the paper's Sunday Review. Frank Bruni went hunting for the first time (with the chef of a ritzy
Manhattan restaurant), and remarked "what an unfair fight" hunting is, as if he was the first person to think that up.
WaPo page one
oops: '70 deer per square acre'. In the fifth paragraph, right there on the front page, it reads, "With
70 deer per square acre, the park has about four times the density considered ideal." Error one: an acre is a square
measurement. It's redundant and ignorant to say "square acre." Error two: anyone who has any idea of how big
an acre is would know that "70 deer per square acre" is pretty much impossible.
fans celebrate Super Bowl win by car tipping and looting a Baltimore 7-11. But AP told us there were no reports of
"disturbances" after the Ravens' Super Bowl win. Once again, Twitter has the news first.
Backdooring Gun Registration in Missouri. Missouri cannot be alone in this scandal; doubtless numerous
other states have complied with DHS requests as well. We are seeing but the tip of the iceberg.
The Editor says...
Backdoor is not a word, and certainly isn't a verb. Please develop an adequate vocabulary before becoming a writer.
'Heckle' and Jive. It
started as an awkwardly written article by Ken Dixon, a reporter at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport. It became a fast-moving
rumor and in some cases an outright lie propagated by national journalists.
It's Time for Media Control. Was there anything about
the Sandy Hook massacre the media got right on the day it happened? In their rush to be first, they ignored their obligation to be right.
Nearly every detail they disseminated Friday was wrong, even down to the name of the killer. [...] As liberals love to remind us, broadcasters make
their living over "public airwaves." Conveying false information over them is a violation of the trust placed in those institutions by the
public and should be punished.
Matthews Claims GOP Ignorant of Science While Claiming Plants Absorb Carbon Monoxide. Note to Chris Matthews:
when seeking to slam Republicans for their supposed ignorance of science, try not to expose your own. On Tuesday's [11/13/2012]
Hardball, Matthews — mocking the Republican congressmen vying for the chairmanship of the House Science
Committee — committed this whopper: "As we all learned in grammar school — young people
watching — trees absorb carbon monoxide."
The Real Culprits. Anyone willing to invest a little
time in a search for facts can find plenty of them literally at his fingertips. But vast numbers of Americans are still totally dependent
for their information — and thus in large measure for their political opinions — on the TV networks and the printed
media. It is the duty of the press to perform the crucial function of enlightening the public. But the liberal media refuses to act
as a guardian of democracy, fulfilling its obligation enshrined in the First Amendment. Rather than supplying its customers with unbiased,
factual information, it feeds them a steady diet of blatant propaganda.
An Ode to Citizen
Journalists. Why are newspapers published? ... During my thirty years in journalism, I've interviewed
dozens of candidates who were hoping to be hired as a reporter or editor. I asked each one: Why are
newspapers published? In thirty years, no recent graduate of a journalism school has known the answer.
How Republics Fall. [Scroll
down] This is how republics die, in thrall to the inane, the frivolous, and the inconsequential. A liberalism incapable of persuading
the public to embrace its policies has been converted by its media tribunes into a publicity stunt. As a result, the nation that gave the
world the Federalist Papers and the Lincoln-Douglas debates may very well reelect a flawed chief executive for no other reason than that
he has been continuously portrayed as a super-nice guy by the media lackeys who tend the Obama cult.
Skips 9/11 Moment of Silence to Talk Breast Implants with Kardashian. This morning after 8AM Eastern most of the
networks observed a moment of silence to commemorate the terror attacks that hit the Big Apple on Sept 11, 2001. But
not NBC. No, NBC thought it would be much for fun to talk about boobs with a Kardashian. ABC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC and
CNN all took a moment out of their busy broadcast mornings to observe the moment of silence for those who fell that day.
Asks Brother of Colorado Shooting Victim How His Dead Sister Is Doing. NewsBusters has been for years exposing the breathtaking
ignorance, incompetence, and unprofessionalism of the on air personalities associated with the so-called cable "news network" MSNBC.
On Monday [7/23/2012], Michael Eric Dyson, filling in for Ed Schultz, actually asked the brother of one of the victims of Friday's shootings in
Aurora, Colorado, how his dead sister is doing.
Brian Ross of ABC takes heat for another blunder. In television
journalism, few reporters are as controversial as Brian Ross of ABC News. The investigative correspondent has landed major scoops and won
prestigious awards for his reporting on the Peace Corps, Solyndra, and U.S. antiterrorism efforts — to name just a few. And
yet, he has also produced more high-level haphazard reporting than perhaps any other reporter on television.
Journalism Offshoring Scandal Ends. For months the Chicago Tribune has been suffering the slings and arrows of local
critics for having hired a web-based company called Journatic to write many of its small, "hyper local" stories for its Trib Local
newspapers. Critics lambasted the stories after it was discovered they were written by writers in the Philippines for 35 cents
per piece — people that had never even heard of the Chicago suburbs they were writing about. Another big reason
the Trib was so mercilessly mocked is because the stories often carried fake bylines with American names instead of the names of
the Filipino writers that really wrote them.
U.S. Uproar, Another Syrian "Civilian Massacre" Story Falls Apart. Yet another alleged "massacre" of "civilians" by the
Syrian regime was in the establishment-press headlines this week, supposedly a brutal killing spree by dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces
in the village of Tremseh that left up to 250 people dead. As has become typical, Western governments and mainstream media
outlets — the New York Times, the BBC, and others included — parroted anonymous "opposition activists" for the
claims. But within days, after foreign powers seeking regime change had their chance to beat the war drums even louder, the
carefully constructed tale was already falling apart.
ABC's Terry Moran is a
Know Nothing On Bush v Gore. Terry Moran was on the panel on George Stephanopolous' ABC Sunday morning program today [4/1/2012],
as he was last week. He was introduced as ABC's Supreme Court "expert." For the second straight week, Moran misstated the Supreme
Court's vote in Bush v Gore in December, 2000. The vote to overturn the Florida Supreme Court's decision on how ballots
should be counted in the Florida recount controversy was not a 5-4 decision, but 7-2.
The fruits of the public school system:
MSNBC blows it again on U.S.
geography. For all of MSNBC's efforts to promote public policy on education, the graphics department
at that network might be proof there is a lot of work that needs to be done in this area. During Alex Witt's
7 a.m. program on Saturday [3/10/2012] on the channel, Alabama was labeled as Mississippi and Mississippi
When English is the official language of this
country, lots of writers and reporters will be out of a job.
wondering: what happening to language? Something funny going on across the country. Verbs
disappearing. Other speech parts, too. Meanwhile: sentence fragments, participial phrases running
amok — starting in New York and Los Angeles, then blanketing the entire nation. Law enforcement puzzled.
FBI, no leads yet. Investigations ongoing. And now a theory: Nightly news to blame.
Secrets of the American
Nomenklatura. [#1] The media and the Democrats are joined at the hip and have created a "hereditary
celebrity class". ... TV news is now officially entertainment and if you are looking for journalism turn it off
and look elsewhere.
The Hot-Air Car.
It would be so easy for "journalists" to ask an engineer to verify the claims in their stories, but
then they would not have a story.
no wonder that the public hates journalists. I'm ashamed to be a journalist. Yes,
again. Like little kids who continually put their hands in a flame and get burned every time, my
profession just never learns from its mistakes. We have an unfortunate habit of hyping the wrong
stories. Over and over. And when it comes to assessing the effect that our foolishness
has on our craft's reputation, it's practically a fatal flaw.
Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge
hole. With newspapers cutting back and predictions of even worse times ahead, Rupert Murdoch said
the profession may still have a bright future if it can shake free of reporters and editors who he said have
forfeited the trust and loyalty of their readers. ... Murdoch, whose company's holdings also include MySpace
and the Wall Street Journal, criticized what he described as a culture of "complacency and condescension" in
The Problems with Al Gore:
[Scroll down slowly] The world is full of ignorant people. As a college professor, I interact
constantly with students, many of whom are very concerned with global warming. But in my interactions
I have invariably found that the more science a student knows, the more skeptical they are of the standard
global warming alarmist scenario. Students majoring in engineering or physics have some appreciation
for the scientific method and the uncertainties involved in understanding and predicting climate change. ... Students
who buy into global warming alarmism are almost always from non-technical majors such as journalism. They
can't think quantitatively, critically, or analytically. They have beliefs, but no interest in or
appreciation for facts.
Mike Huckabee: Journalism is dead.
Former Arkansas GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee, currently a Fox News talk show host, ripped the media this weekend, claiming that
journalism has been reduced to "ink-stained drivel that smeared the pages of paper and the people who attempted to
Doctors are the most trustworthy and journalists the least, poll finds.
It is the 25th year running that doctors have been rated as the most trustworthy in the survey commission by the Royal
College of Physicians. Four times as many people believe doctors tell the truth as believe politicians do, the poll
found. More than nine in ten adults in Britain trust doctors, compared with 87 who trust teachers, 79 percent
who trust professors, 78 percent trust judges and 74 percent trust clergymen.
Rubes: The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a "rube" as a "naïve or inexperienced
person," or "an awkward unsophisticated person." Clearly, no better set of adjectives can be found to
describe a great many American journalists, who together have managed to provide Obama with an 86 percent
favorable report rating, at least through March of this year.
Modified Media Mea Culpa.
[Scroll down] The Cardiff researchers did point out that British reporters today have about two-thirds
less time to check their stories as their media counterparts did 20 years ago. Nevertheless, "The
researchers went on to look at those stories which relied on a specific statement of fact and found that with
a staggering 70 percent of them, the claimed fact passed into print without any corroboration at all,"
Powers writes. Indeed the Guardian is so infamous that there is even a web site devoted exclusively
to exposing its inaccuracies
Crypto box failure causes MTA credit card
processing failure. There are a few lessons here. One, of course, is that headline writers
shouldn't be trusted to get technical details right. Saying "M.T.A. Blames Encryption for MetroCard
Problems" is just wrong — the MTA didn't blame encryption, they blamed the failure of a particular
Spitzer's Media Enablers:
The fall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer holds many lessons, and the press will surely be examining them in
coming months. But don't expect the press corps to delve into the biggest lesson of all — its
own role as his enabler.
What makes this more embarrassing for any self-respecting journalist is
that Mr. Spitzer knew all this, and played the media like a Stradivarius.
He doled out scoops to
favored reporters, who repaid him with allegiance. News organizations that dared to criticize him
were cut off. After a time, few criticized anymore.
TV News: Evil or Incompetent? In the complex and intense world of the 21st Century, an
informed and aware public is more essential than ever. Citizens are asked to make judgments on issues
and candidates where the decision could literally mean life or death for millions. And yet, what is the
public fed nightly by those over-paid "news" organizations at what is called the Networks? The public is
force fed a steady diet of propaganda, distortions and outright pap.
It's Still the Same Old Agitprop. [Scroll down] "Mainstream" now means homogenized, lowbrow,
ignorant, robotic, group-thinking cheap plastic puppets. America used to have great
journalists — Benjamin Franklin was one, and Mark Twain, and Henry Louis Mencken, all sharp writers and
independent thinkers. They would be nauseated by today's media. Today, the only real journalists
write for blogs.
The Mainstream Moron Media:
[At the Democratic National Convention] the media gaggle, with few exceptions, has plangently repeated —
tediously and cheerlessly — many things that I know to be untrue. The preeminent untruth resounding
across the airways is that the Clintons are political geniuses.
Since the early 1990s I have sedulously
researched the Clintons' life and work. My finding is that they are mediocrities in all things political,
save one: huckstering. Moreover, they are accomplished hucksters solely because the media are
composed of credulous ignoramuses.
ATF Seizes Gun Shipment Labeled
'Toys' — But They Really Were Toys. Working from a Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) press release entitled "Tacoma Seaport U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Shipment of
Machineguns," these news organizations had every reason to feel that they were just reporting the news ... But
there was much, much more to the story that [Rolando] Suliveras and the CBP failed to mention, starting with
the fact that the 30 "machine guns" seized in the raid really were toys.
Media Blunders in Covering
California's Prop 8. Six months ago, California voters passed Proposition 8, denying legal
recognition to same gender marriages. Petitions are now being circulated to put the issue back to the
voters in June 2010. Before venturing into this thorny thicket again, the media should realize what a
poor job it did in covering the fundraising for Prop 8. The reporting blunders include gross
inaccuracies and one where the media did not recognize a good story right before their eyes.
Now I am not a scientist, but the idea that a few alleged degrees of warming — with none apparently in
the last decade — could cause an increase in earthquakes seemed pure quackery to me. So, I decided
to perform Google and Yahoo searches of the "scientist" who had issued the finding, one Thomas Chalko, MSc, Ph.D.
In less than five minutes I found that Chalko was perhaps the last person who should be quoted on the purported
impact of allegedly man-caused global warming.
CBS Pulls Unvetted
Story Blaming Earthquakes on Global Warming. CBS News and the Associated Press were quick to
regurgitate claims that global warming has increased the intensity of earthquakes fivefold in the past
20 years. But had either taken the time to investigate, they would have discovered that both
the source's facts and credentials were, if you'll pardon the expression, on very tremorous ground.
The Editor says...
I am amazed that a story like this got on the CBS web site, and may have aired on CBS stations. Anyone
with a milligram of critical thinking skills should be able to conclude that a one-half degree temperature
change is not enough to cause an earthquake, without having someone else point it out.
Happy Birthday, Monicagate! The press loves
anniversaries of big public events because they're predictable, a quality seldom found in the news.
Coverage can be planned in advance. Stories can be written, laid out, and put to bed without any worry
that later developments will compel revisions. Sputnik is turning 50? Let's cover it. The
only thing it can possibly do while we're not looking is turn 51. Given this predisposition, I find
it worth studying the rare instances when the press accords a significant anniversary little attention.
Citizen journalist 1, MSM 0.
Is there anything that moves slower than a government bureaucracy? Actually, it seems that there is: the mainstream
media. Back on March 17, [2006,] I posted a story about FEMA going after people who received duplicate or fraudulent
Hurricane Katrina disaster payments. It was a followup to a February 13 story on the Government Accountability
Office's report on people defrauding FEMA. And despite their having access to the same sources I do — and a
whole lot more — it's taken the mainstream media until today [4/21/2006] to get a story out.
Highway Robbery: Rick Perry's vision for Texas,
the Trans Texas Corridor, made it through the State Legislature in 2003. H.B. 3588, the enabling
bill for the Trans Texas Corridor and, hence, the largest spending bill in the state's history, became law in
large part because Texas' mainstream press, used as a watchdog, was inexplicably asleep.
Ship collision with San Francisco Bay Bridge:
Despite many reports calling it a tanker, the Cosco Busan was actually a container ship, and the fuel on board
was solely for the purpose of running the ship.
Norman Hsu Who? Radio
personality Rush Limbaugh has coined the term "Drive-By Media" to refer to those in the MSM who shot up a
story and then leave others to clean up the mess, or not. First the WSJ broke the Norman Hsu story.
Then, last October the LATimes broke the story of the vanishing NYC Chinatown donors. Neither story was
completed. The "Drive-By's" just shot them up and drove on down the road. Meanwhile, where's Hsu
and what's his story?
Treason, Plagiarism and The Washington Post:
Winning a Pulitzer Prize for a story about CIA "secret prisons" has been quite lucrative for Dana Priest of the
But the article for which she won the prize not only damaged the security of the United
States and endangered the safety of American citizens but appears to have been largely based on the work of
London-based journalist Stephen Grey.
of America As We Know It: [Scroll down] Add to that a heavily partisan, politicized environment
where different political parties can't even agree on the most basic facts, much less the issues —
and an incompetent mainstream media that cries wolf on an almost daily basis about something that's going to
kill us — and we're producing a society riddled with people who have extreme difficulty coping with
or even recognizing basic threats.
Journalism's Hoax on Duke: As the
late commentator and editor Michael Kelly wrote, "most journalists learn to see the world through a
set of standard templates into which they plug each day's events." The most obvious templates
concern race — whites are oppressing blacks, gender — men are oppressing
women, and class — the privileged are oppressing the poor. Since all three of
these templates were in play during the Duke race case, how surprising is it that this triple
high tide resulted in some of the worst journalism of the decade?
know much about voting. Two-thirds of those surveyed in NYU's Foundations of Journalism
course would trade their vote for a year's tuition, department chair Brooke Kroeger found. Twenty
percent would trade it for an iPod, and 90 percent would give up their franchise forever for
$1 million. At the same time, it is claimed, the students "value" their votes. About
70 percent still believe that one vote can make a difference. This result is strange for a
profession which counts "government watchdog" among its roles.
School Probes Possible Cheating on Ethics Exam. It was an ethics exam in a journalism class, and
someone may have cheated. Ironic? Yes. Unfortunate? Certainly. But what made the
incident particularly notable was where and when it took place: at Columbia University, one of the
premier journalism schools in the country, at a time when media ethics are much in question.
mainstream media: The Associated Press reached a new level of incompetence, and the "news"
industry they serve doesn't seem to care. If you want political opinion, you'll find it in Associated
Press dispatches. If you want news, you might have to read conservative opinion columns.
Press Can't Decide If Espionage Is Journalism. Imagine the year is 1942 and the German government
runs a news bureau in Washington, D.C. collecting government secrets. Even FDR would have laughed at
claims they were actual journalists, locked them up and thrown away the key. He would have been right.
There's a huge difference between an individual or an organization reporting abuses in government or business
one at a time and the same people stealing enough classified material to run a spy agency.
Hour at CNN: Error-Filled Chyron During Beck Rally. There is something about CNN and the
people writing chyrons for the alleged "most trusted name in news" with the "best political team on television."
Last week, these geniuses clarified the White House's position on President Barack Obama's religion.
However on CNN Aug. 28 coverage of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which CNN reporters and anchors
seemingly held their collective noses up and reported on throughout the event, the chyron on the screen was
something likened to one of those parlor games where you circle the numerous errors involved.
is the Politics. The "debates" between the current crop of presidential wannabes bear little
resemblance to the stirring intellectual drama of Lincoln and Douglas, but they accurately reflect our
times. Short answers to trivial questions for short attention spans. There's little opportunity for
eloquence in a sound bite and it's not likely that television audiences would stay tuned if there were.
The News Media Vs. the Innocent.
Years ago, Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's Labor Secretary, was prosecuted for corruption, only to be acquitted.
After the verdict, Donovan asked plaintively, "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?" Steven
Hatfill knows where to go to get his reputation back. But upon arriving there, he finds the door blocked
by someone who says her privileges are more important than his good name. That someone, of course, is a
journalist. And, not surprisingly, she enjoys the broad support of other journalists, who have proved to
be slow learners about the obligations they share with their fellow citizens.
Lessons from TNR. The caption that accompanied the photo read: "An elderly Iraqi woman shows
two bullets which she said hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite
Baghdad suburb of Sadr City."
The only way these "bullets" could have hit the woman's house was if
they'd been thrown at it. They'd obviously never been fired.
Haditha Massacre: Media and Terrorist
Hoax? As charges against U.S. Marines — regarding an apparent fabrication of the
"Haditha massacre" — continue to be proved false and based upon unsubstantiated "evidence," only
some of the leftist media appear to be standing by their original spin on the story.
A press storm over
secrets. The media may not be the most detested institution in America, but it is surely a
contender for the title. A Harris poll in March found that only 14 percent of American adults
express a "great deal" of confidence in the press, while 34 percent — one American in
three — have "hardly any" confidence in it.
Should Have 'Outed' Foley. The finger-pointing in the Mark Foley scandal has curiously not focused
on one particularly powerful player complicit in allowing the Florida Republican to continue his detrimental
behavior for years: the American media.
election, Foley story fizzles. If ever a news story bolstered Rush Limbaugh's low opinion of the
"drive-by media," it is the tawdry saga of former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. When the story about Foley's
e-mails to former House pages first broke, cable news was All Foley/All the Time. … When the House
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct report came out this month finding no violations by GOP leadership
of House rules or standards, the once-big story devolved into news briefs and tepid editorials. No big
scandal, no big story.
Hillary and the Ghost of LBJ:
Much complained about every four years is the tendency of the media to play elections for the presidency as a
horse race. There is reason for this. Exciting, colorful, horse races never fail to capture an audience.
They have a winner and a batch of losers. But horse races always end. What the horse racing model of media
coverage never does is illuminate the long-term success or failure of the underlying ideas at stake in the ever
fluid, always forward-moving history of the American experience. But those ideas do win —
and they do lose. One of the most continually defeated ideas that has appeared in American politics
is that of weakness and appeasement in foreign policy.
Big Media are Repeatedly Wrong Claiming
'Record-High' Gas Prices. Since Hurricane Katrina swept ashore on the Gulf Coast, we've heard
seemingly countless reports of "record high" gas or oil prices. From the beginning of September last
year, the big three networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — have told us about record high gas
or oil prices close to 100 times. They've been wrong each and every time.
media's shabbiest moments. The year 2005 is ending as it began, with another
successful election in Iraq and a liberal media still flapping around trying to find other
controversies to submerge it. It does not matter to them that a Gallup poll found
that 74 percent of Americans express confidence in their military, but only 28 percent
express confidence in their newspapers or TV news outlets.
Jellyfish of the Year: The
intellectual flubber of Time's decision is manifest on many levels. Though some argue that
Time was patting the American people on the head for voting the way they wanted in the last election,
the more obvious explanation is that Time's editors didn't want to offend anybody. "If you choose
an individual, you have to justify how that person affected millions of people," Richard Stengel, Time's
newly vintaged managing editor, told the Associated Press. "But if you choose millions of people, you
don't have to justify it to anyone."
The KGB's Useful Idiots:
There are numerous examples of leftists unwittingly serving the Soviet cause in the 1980s, which today sit in
Communist government and media archives, some of which have been translated and are easily accessible in the
United States. There they gather dust, as liberal historians and journalists ignore them, failing to
do their jobs, never reporting the real history that exists.
Aweigh: According to a Pew Research Center survey of 552 journalists and news media executives
from November 20, 1998 to February 11, 1999: "40% of journalists working for national news
organizations and 55% of those working for local outlets said that news reports were increasingly marred by
factual errors and sloppy reporting. About 60% said the boundary between reporting and commentary had eroded."
Funniest Media Gaffes of 2006: In the dubious
sources category: "Don Spille — A man who told the Tallahassee Democrat that he lost everything
in Katrina — including his father. Ed Spille Sr., his father, later contacted the newspaper to
of Raids on Tulsa Illegals Draws Outrage. A series of raids in Oklahoma last week led to the
arrests of 127 criminal aliens, fugitives and other immigration violators despite a TV station's news report
that not only exposed the operation to the public, but also described the people and the vehicles being used
in the effort.
This Ain't Nightline. It's not Ted Koppel's
fault that the New York Times has made him a Times contributing columnist. … [T]he fault belongs
to whomever assigned, accepted, and edited or rewrote Koppel's self-indulgent, self-congratulatory,
late-to-the-party, and punishingly obvious 1,500-word piece about the state of television
news. (It's bad.)
The Press And the Rush To Judgment. Remember
those January newspaper headlines heralding the survival of all 12 trapped miners in West Virginia? Even
the august New York Times reported "12 Found Alive 41 Hours After Explosion," but only one miner had actually
survived. In the frenzy to scoop competitors, reporters failed their journalistic responsibility, and
this penchant to rush to judgment before all the facts are verified is again occurring on two recent hot
button issues — homeland security funding cuts to New York City and the Haditha civilian deaths.
after Ted Koppel: Koppel's debut as a New York Times columnist has been widely panned,
but it is a revealing column, for Koppel confirms what many of us had figured out as he and his broadcast
became increasingly irrelevant. He writes that journalists "should be telling their viewers what is
important, not the other way around." Finally, all of his cards are on the table and he's revealed
the contempt that he had for his audience all along.
Whatever happened to news as
information? Most hurricane reporters aren't exactly war reporters, so once they've
proved how hard the wind is blowing, they pack it in. … And have you noticed where most of
these reporters were "reporting" from? More often than not, it's either just outside their
station's office building or on the patio of some hotel. There's nothing seriously wrong with
reporting from your hotel, but it's awfully lazy.
Myths of rich
and poor: There is a fundamental difference between seeking the truth and scoring
points. In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts
of the media.
Journalists have become ambitious
courtiers. Gone are the days of the cheerfully humble reporter sticking
to the facts and keeping his opinions to himself. Today's media forget how much they
don't know. … You may have noticed, for example, how thoroughly the media omit
any religious perspective on the news — which means that they miss the
actual significance of the news for countless Americans. They utter self-assured
pronouncements about the Constitution from depths of confusion.
How the CIA Uses the
Press: One of the fascinating aspects of coverage of the Joseph Wilson
affair is the tendency of the media to go to the defense of the CIA, which arranged for
Wilson's dubious Africa trip.
When accountability is
compromised: The disgraceful affair of Wen Ho Lee, the onetime Los Alamos scientist
defamed but never tried for supposedly stealing nuclear secrets for China, is over. The U.S. government
and five news organizations will pay Lee $1.64 million for sliming him by publishing private information
from his personnel files to support espionage allegations that nobody could ever prove and that apparently
Barrett. In a very clever year-end column the venerable William Safire writing in the
New York Times asks whether "special prosecutor David Barrett's 400-page expose of political influence
within the Internal Revenue Service and the Clinton Justice Department" will be the government
report "most likely to resist investigative reporting" this year. I certainly hope not.
Report Miracle Mine Rescue — Then Carry the Tragic Truth. In one of the most
disturbing media performances of its kind in recent years, TV news and many newspapers carried the
tragically wrong news late Tuesday and early Wednesday [1/4/2006] that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners
in West Virginia had been found alive and safe. Hours later they had to reverse course. … It
was "Dewey Defeats Truman" all over again.
United Flight Diverted
Because of Unruly Passenger. Boston's Channel 7, an NBC affiliate, reported that the woman had
a screwdriver, Vaseline and a note referencing the al-Qaeda terrorist group. [George Naccara, federal
security director for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration at Logan Airport] said she was not
in fact carrying any of these items.
Judith Miller, TWA 800 and
the Death of Press Freedom. All those wonderful federal sources who spoon-fed you, the
dominant media journalist, story after story for which you were praised and rewarded with even better
stories — as long as you did not demand that officially sanctioned stories be backed up
with actual documents and other provable facts. These "sources" would never again be available
to you if you ever crossed the Beast, the National Security State. You'd actually have to push
away from your desk, get out of your chair, go out into the cold, cruel world, walk past your favorite
pub and find sources.
And now, a touching, fake story of
bogus courage and false hope. Who can really blame student journalist Michael
Brenner, editor of The Daily Egyptian at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., for
grabbing onto what seemed to be a really good story when it dropped into his lap? How was
he to know that it wasn't true at all?
Ignorant: Washington is an echo chamber. One pundit, one senator, one reporter
proclaim a snazzy "truth" and almost immediately it reverberates as gospel. Conventional wisdom
about Iraq is rarely questioned. A notion seems to find validity not on its logic or through
empirical evidence, but simply by the degree to which it is repeated and felt to resonate.
Why the media passes off bunk as news.
I like oddball news as much as anyone. In fact, I make a decent living showcasing a daily collection of
silly news, offbeat items, and real news with amusing headlines on my website, Fark.com, which attracts
3.5 million unique visitors each month. What's scary, though, is that the ratio of filler news to
real news is now so high that the content of Fark and major news websites is often nearly identical. That
should never happen because, in theory, mass media outlets are staffed by full-time, serious journalists who
have better things to do.
No, they really don't.
CNN visitor launches website due to marimba-playing robots. Do you ever go to CNN.com to check up
on the latest news? Neither do we. Well, unless we're writing about CNN's political analyst Jeffrey
Toobin watching baseball on his laptop during a vice presidential debate. But why bring that up? At
least one disgruntled CNN visitor is challenging the network's choice of news selection. Not that the
network is too liberal or too conservative but too fluffy.
Math Is Harder for Girls. The
New York Times is determined to show that women are discriminated against in the sciences; too bad the facts
Either the Times is deliberately concealing the results of the study or its reporter cannot
understand the most basic science reporting.
FEMA. While making the rounds of the network morning shows, [Senator
Hillary Clinton has] been very hard on the Federal Emergency Management Administration
and, of course, the Bush Administration. She went as far as complaining that Bush
damaged "Bill's FEMA." Naturally, the mainstream media are too lazy to
investigate her politically-charged exploitation of Katrina to not only revise her
hubby's legacy, but also to score brownie points as she eyes a 2008 presidential run.
Media Mind Control
in the War on Terror. By using graphic images, focusing only on what
they want you to see and hear, shaping events by reporting only on those that fit
the media's political agenda, ignoring anything that is counterproductive to their
goals, they control an empire that is actually a fourth arm of government.
Preserving the public
trust: Most of the truly profitable newspapers in the country today are essentially shopping
circulars with some cheap journalism printed on those pages not devoted to shopping mall sales. The
great newspaper chains take over local papers, fire journalists, and set out to fill their pages with
still more advertisements.
USA Today's Reporting Scandals: USA
Today recently acted correctly to remove a reporter guilty of fabricating facts and sources for several
articles. Too bad they weren't so responsive several years when Michael Fumento reported
major errors in reporting on the Gulf War Syndrome story by a reporter named John Hanchette.
Scribblers: On the education of young journalists, there has been much recent
debate. There is one argument over whether or not journalists should aspire to objectivity
and another about the liberal bias that permeates journalism programs. But the problem
isn't that journalists are being taught improperly; it's that the foundations of journalistic
education are faulty.
Soft on the stars'
scientology. Many people believe, as I do, that Scientology is a cult, an oppressive
organization that splits families and milks believers for every cent they can muster. But to
entertainment journalists, Scientology is about as harmless as scuba diving.
Fannie Mae's bailout
tab: Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored mortgage association, has been battling a
mounting scandal since last year. It has accounting errors of about $11 billion. [That's
Enron × 19.] This is news — $30 billion worth of
news — but only print reporters are out there covering it regularly. TV news
is out to lunch.
hardest numbers: Polls on unfamiliar issues are notoriously volatile,
and results can shift wildly when questions are worded slightly differently.
Poll Accuracy in the 2008 Presidential Election: 23
organizations ranked by the accuracy of their final, national preelection polls.
reflections in the media mirror. The mainstream public does not
perceive that the "mainstream media" takes the time to check facts and eschews
opinion in its "reporting." According to the Pew Center for the People and
the Press, only 35 percent of Americans think the media get the facts right.
enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President
Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country. Elections are
supposed to be an alternative to other ways of settling political differences, including riots, military
coups and dictatorships. But riots have been re-christened "demonstrations" by the mealy-mouth
media: Who in the major media has asked why John Kerry would need to be
issued an honorable discharge during the Carter administration, years after leaving
the navy, unless his original discharge was less than honorable? One of Jimmy
Carter's first acts as President was to issue an order granting amnesties to draft
dodgers who had fled the country during the Vietnam war and also allowing an upgrading
of military discharges that had been less than honorable.
How to skew the news without really
trying. As columnist Jill Stewart notes, "disingenuous reporters hate … term limits because
reporters must woo new legislators every eight years, working their butts off for leaks and cell phone
numbers." Journalism depends on access. Term limits, by making old cultivated sources of access
irrelevant every few terms, make reporters work harder. Why would they want that?
Be Doubly Afraid Of Cell Phones Lost In
Airports. Earlier this week, a scare story about the supposed dangers of hidden data left on used
cell phones did the rounds, spurred on by a self-serving vendor's "research". … Somehow, stories
like this would be a lot more believable if they didn't originate from vendors who just happen to have a
solution to these invented problems for sale.
News 4 sale: Local newscasts
are passing off corporate press releases as news, according to a new report.
The Editor says...
Manufacturers and marketers of new products know how local TV news works. The stations
have time to fill, and one of the highest priorities is getting video on the air other
than a studio camera pointed at the happy team of news anchors.
Pre-packaged "news" stories, called Video News Releases (VNR's) are fed via satellite, sometimes two or three
times a week. In some cases, the items are syndicated and available only to subscribing stations, and in
other cases they're made available to any station that wants them. Someone at the station looks them over,
and decides if the donated items are interesting enough to use as filler. Naturally, the "news" in each
story is about some problem that a new product — a drug or gadget or software package —
will fix, and that's the point of the story. Sometimes, the satellite feed contains footage of the product,
along with "suggested anchor lead-in" scripts, and sometimes it is a complete pre-produced "package,"
essentially a 90-second infomercial, ready for air. Small market stations probably put the stories
on the air exactly as they were received. In larger markets, if it's interesting enough, the story
is given to a reporter, who then re-records the announcer track in his or her own voice, often without
even rephrasing it (except to remove verbs!), making it look like (s)he went out and dug up the
story. Thus the station gives the appearance of providing "local news" coverage, without spending
any money, and without mentioning that the footage was shot a thousand miles away by somebody else.
There has apparently been some backlash to the story above, because the news managers at many stations
are now being careful not to run VNR's.
in the press. Can we have a serious political debate in this country any
more? Why is it that when a politician, addressing an important national
issue — articulating the position held by an overwhelming majority of
Americans — is ridiculed, his words distorted, twisted, caricaturized?
Media Diversity Test: The diversity they seek is, by definition, skin-deep. They
call themselves "journalists of color." Not journalists of substance. Or journalists of
integrity. Or journalists of independent thought.
When diversity is only
skin-deep: What the convention should have been told is that it is neither moral nor
progressive to view the world through a racial prism. Unity's "journalists of color" should have heard
the blunt message that journalism does not need more reporters and editors of color. It doesn't need
more white journalists, either. What it needs are men and women of talent and integrity —
adults who have no interest in a "diversity" that is merely skin-deep.
Real Sherrod Story
Still Untold. [Scroll down] The major media reported the settlement as though it were
the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. For the last forty years, as the civil rights industry has
manufactured more and more absurd grievances — most notably the Tea Party smear that incited
Breitbart's reprisal — the media have reported on them with increasingly wide-eyed innocence.
In the various stories on the settlement, not one reporter that I could identify stopped to do the
math. ... Although 86,000 black farmers are alleged to have received payments, at no time in the last three
decades have there been more than 40,000 black farmers. Nor is there much turnover in the farming
uninformed voters. Whether you are liberal or conservative, Democrat or
Republican, if your only news source is the boob tube you are simply underinformed,
though not necessarily misinformed. Unfortunately, most Americans are
Reality Bites. Thankfully, the American system makes it hard for colossal tax and regulatory
burdens to foxtrot into law without scrutiny. So we hope our politicians will take responsibility for
the global-warming policies they say they favor. Or even begin to understand what they say they favor.
For a bill as grandly ambitious as Warner-Lieberman, very few staff, much less Senators, even know what's
in it. The press corps mainly cheerleads this political fad, without examining how it would work or
what it would cost.
ignorance: Many media people have been journalism and/or communication
majors. Most of these programs have little analytical rigor. Along with departments of
education, they are a dumping ground for the most ill-prepared students. That might
explain a lot.
All the News We Get From the
ACLU: In case you aren't able to read ACLU press releases for yourself, The Associated Press
and The New York Times will helpfully restate them for you as important, breaking "news."
CNN called Castro's
"megaphone": After analyzing every Cuba-based story that has appeared on CNN since it established
a Havana bureau five years ago, the Media Research Center is calling the network a "propaganda tool for
Fidel Castro's government" and a "megaphone for a dictator."
latest verbal blunder. Discussing the Ground Zero Mosque: "Suppose they built this thing
right square over....right over the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem." Obviously, he does not realize that the
Dome of the Rock Muslim "Shrine" was built directly on the site of the 2nd Temple...
Juan Williams and the Left's Intellectual Bankruptcy.
Juan Williams makes the understandable post-9/11 observation that the sight of Muslims on airplanes makes him nervous, and NPR
immediately fires him. Bill O'Reilly states the obvious truth that Muslims attacked the United States on 9/11, and Whoopi
Goldberg and Joy Behar walk off the set. These incidents and others demonstrate that the Leftists in the mainstream media
and their Islamic supremacist allies are wholly intellectually bereft — and so they cannot engage their opponents on
the level of ideas, but must instead bludgeon them into silence.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Why do reporters and news anchors constantly refer to ordinary people
as "folks"? When will they stop using "absolutely" as an expletive? Why must news writers
refer to snow as "the white stuff"? Why are politicians called "lawmakers" in the press when
nobody uses that term in person? When was the last time you went somewhere and then "fled the
scene?" The Medical Examiner probably doesn't actually say, "I pronounce you dead at the
scene," but that's the way it's often reported when someone dies on the highway. What
are these news writers thinking?
The most overworked cliché in the field is the ubiquitous "How do you feel?" to which every
reporter resorts when he or she runs out of ideas during an interview. Of course, many reporters
start out with that question because it makes the other guy talk a lot, and because it adds emotional
appeal to the story. (If they start to cry, zoom in!)
I'm sure to face stiff opposition from some of you, but you owe it to yourself to keep reading.
Most Annoying Expressions in Politics. Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political
circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation's capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete,
but entrenched, government programs.
cliches — and counting. Over the past few years, some colleagues at The Washington Post and I have played
our own parlor game, assembling a list of verbal crutches, stock phrases, filler words, cliches and perpetually misused expressions
that we should avoid in The Post's Sunday Outlook section — or at least think hard about before using.
Lake Superior State University Banished Words
List. This "breaking news" just in: Lake Superior State University releases its 33rd annual List
of Words and Phrases Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.
And then there's this…
Banished Word List Archive from
1976 to the present.
Groaners! You know 'em. You
love 'em. But can't we live without 'em? Groaners are those horrible, overused, hackneyed
phrases that turn news copy into boring, "same old, same old" stuff. This is a list of some of
the worst offenders.
[But they left out "every parent's worst nightmare", "an emotional roller coaster"
and "a mile-long path of destruction."]
Sports Clichés: The Sports Cliché List
was assembled from a detailed survey of numerous player and coach interviews, pre-game, post-game, and
halftime analyses, sports radio commentaries, television sportscasts, and printed sports
reports. … For the purpose of this website, we define a sports cliché as an
expression that has been used in and around sports with sufficient frequency over a protracted
period such that it is "tired" at best and meaningless at worst.
At the end of the day, do an about-face on
clichés. Chris Pash is an executive with Factiva, the database company that loads news
articles from 10,000 sources, including 1,600 American newspapers. [He took] the leading 55
clichés and developed a detailed index which charted how often each cliché was used and
which publications used that cliché the most.
More Clichés Than You Can Shake a Stick At. Some
of these are classics. Others might more accurately be called newspaper or media jargon because you'll
never see or hear these phrases anywhere else. What normal person says "densely wooded area"
or "blueprint for growth" in everyday — or any — conversation?
Inspiring 'overcomer' stories are
newsroom cliches. "Supercrips are everywhere in the media," Wolfe went on. "The person
with no use of her arms who paints masterpieces with her feet, the guy with Tourette's syndrome who becomes
a radio announcer, Stephen Hawking explaining the universe from his wheelchair. And, of course,
that blind mountain climber."
Banned For Life: This page is devoted to those
expressions so hackneyed and insufferable that they should be forever banned from the nation's news
rising tide of clichés, The.
Periodically an old (or hoary old) question is raised. Is the standard of writing at the BBC declining
(or plummeting or plunging or even in free-fall)? Or is it improving (or soaring or rocketing)? ... It is
lucky for the BBC that the only people who continue to be worried about such matters are the Radio Four audience,
and the smattering of news snobs who insist in a superior fashion that they much prefer the World Service bulletins.
Listeners to other networks give no sign of knowing or caring about good English. The same applies to the
television news, in which words count for almost nothing.
The Cliché Community:
But let's turn the page! Paul[ McCartney]'s right that the times are ever-changing, but I wish they'd change a little more
quickly, so we could get a new set of insta-clichés and cant phrases for everybody to start using all at once —
or better, so we could all return to using the perfectly fine words we were using before we popped these new verbal pacifiers
into our mouths.
Show me where Stalin
is buried and I'll show you a Communist Plot. Cable networks in particular label weather
phenomenon as The Battle for Des Moines! Crisis in the Heartland! The term hero is applied to
everything from crossing guards to anyone in the military. It's heroes and battles all the time.
Watch the language of the media carefully and see if you don't detect it. The battle for this, a politician
goes to war for such and such. A Senator speaks of how hard he had to fight. And on and on it
goes. Naked plagiarism of Soviet era propaganda.
compiles list of top ten irritating phrases. Heading the list was the expression 'at the end of
the day', which was followed in second place by the phrase 'fairly unique'.
See No Evil. [Scroll down
slowly] If reporters ever read their own words or listened to their own voices, they would stop
repeating the ugly cliché that the Taliban (or gang X) has "claimed credit" for some revolting
crime or attempted crime. Do we say that "The jury assigned credit to Joe Shmoe for beating up an
old lady and kicking her dog down the stairs"? The word reporters are looking for is guilt.
The Taliban have admitted guilt, once again, for an attempted mass murder. Do liberals ever listen to
what they are saying?
Man up, Media and
Open Your Eyes! One of my complaints in the local newsrooms that I worked in was that we did not
do "real" very well. We liked telling viewers early and often in our promos that we are, "part of your community,"
or, "your neighbors in the newsroom," or, "watching out for your neighborhood," or whatever silly slogan was used.
The reality is that the local TV newsrooms are more connected to grabbing stories out of the daily newspaper and repeating
them, or repeating what they are told by the last public official they spoke to than they are at being on the pulse of a
community. If you try to do "real" on a TV newscast you don't last very long...
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