Obama Has Always Handled Republicans With 'Political Decorum'. In a July 10 piece,
Reuters writer Steve Holland thought he saw Obama "dropping" his usual "political decorum" by
directly attacking Republicans this month. However, since the day he entered the White House, this
President has made a career of sharp jabs, name calling, and political mudslinging. [...] Obama has
no record of soft rhetoric in Washington. Despite his early claim that he wanted to improve the
level of debate in DC, he has spent years calling Republicans names and otherwise claiming they
don't care about people or mean to harm the country. In fact, in 2008, only a matter of months
after making soaring claims about a gentler tone in DC, Obama was calling Republicans racists.
He didn't even make it to the White House before employing name calling as a tactic.
Buried — Again. You'd think that a government audit showing how ObamaCare couldn't tell whether
millions of enrollees were eligible for the subsidies they're getting would be front-page news. Instead, the press
hid it from view. If you wanted to read in the New York Times about these findings — which detailed
rampant problems verifying eligibility and income information from millions of ObamaCare applicants — you had to
dig 17 pages into the news section.
Today reporter calls border crisis Obama's 'Katrina moment'. MSNBC panelists on Monday [7/7/2014]
seemed puzzled by the president's refusal to visit the U.S.-Mexico border while he fundraises in Texas, with USA
Today reporter Susan Page calling the decision Mr. Obama's "Katrina moment." Appearing on "The Daily Rundown,"
Carolyn Ryan of The New York Times argued that the crisis on the border, in which thousands of immigrants
are crossing illegally in record numbers, goes to question the president's competence.
The Editor says...
The analogy is obviously flawed since George W. Bush didn't invite Hurricane Katrina,
thousands of women and children didn't wash up on the Gulf coast looking for a lifetime of handouts,
and the people who were affected by Katrina were, by and large, American citizens.
Jarrett Interview Shows How Low 'Meet the Press' Has Sunk. Believe me, I didn't go
looking in my Sunday morning TV viewing for more evidence of what a journalistically bankrupt
operation NBC News had become. It's fish in a barrel these days. Turn to NBC News for almost any
given broadcast, and you'll find more proof than you can use of how politicized and lost it has become.
Democrat Trey Martinez-Fischer Launches Racist Attack. It's obviously a racist slur, but [Democrat State Rep.
Trey] Martinez-Fischer gets away with it because he has surgically attached a Hispanic surname, and because he's a Democrat.
Let's play "How would the Houston Chronicle have played this if a Republican had said it?" We all know the answer to
that. It would lead the paper for a week, minimum. Reporters would hound the offending Republican until he
apologized. He might even be forced to deal with questions of whether he should resign or not.
Todd's Nixonian Defense Of The IRS. NBC Senior White House Correspondent Chuck Todd's
Nixonian defense of the IRS earlier this week was so intellectually dishonest and filled with lies
of omission, regardless of your political beliefs, no intellectually honest person can watch without
marveling at the mendacity.
Media Bias Is Alive And Well. Liberals like to pretend there is no liberal bias in
the major media and enjoy mocking Conservatives who talk about this violation of journalistic
principles. This column illustrates two recent outrageous examples of deceitful liberal "reporting."
Prompted Clinton-Friendly Crowd to Applaud at Townhall. Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple attended CNN's Townhall
event with Hillary Clinton Tuesday and reports that the network not only brought in a Clinton-friendly crowd but at various times a stage
handler taught and directed the crowd to applaud. [...] Why CNN didn't use its considerable financial resources to fly in a politically
diverse audience or hold the townnhall in a nearby part of Virginia more representative of our politically diverse electorate, can only
be answered one way: The network chose not to.
Latest Scott Walker Smear, Debunked. Democrats are giddy over the unsealing of
"secret" documents that charge Scott Walker's recall campaign with illegal coordination with
outside conservative groups. To name just a few: USA Today: "Prosecutors: Wis.
Gov. Scott Walker in criminal scheme." Associated Press: "Prosecutors: Gov. Walker
part of criminal scheme." Washington Post: "How the State of Wisconsin alleges Scott
Walker aides violated the law, in 1 chart." If you didn't know better, you might think
this is a big story, highly damaging to one of America's most successful governors. In fact,
the current frenzy merely demonstrates the laziness and bias of reporters who don't understand the
events they write about.
Fires Back: 'The Media Is a Willing Accomplice of the Left'. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared on Hugh Hewitt's
radio show today to address the accusations of his involvement in a campaign finance scheme. Walker said two separate judges
threw the case out and went after the media for still questioning his involvement, telling Hewitt, "The media is a willing accomplice
of the left." Hewitt was particularly bothered by a TIME article titled "'Criminal Scheme' Will Haunt Scott Walker" that Hewitt
said was "objectively slanderous." Walker said the media is completely ignoring the fact that this case was dismissed twice,
and added, "You look at some of these media outlets, and they don't seem to care much about the truth."
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.
Zero evidence of a Walker "criminal scheme". On Thursday
morning [6/19/2014], hundreds of pages of documents relating to the "John Doe II" investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall
campaign were ordered released. These documents comprised a number of legal filings by both prosecutors and defendants. But
some media and liberal groups picked up on one specific 2013 charge by prosecutors that alleged Walker had been part of a "criminal
scheme" to circumvent campaign finance laws. Immediately, national news outlets and liberal activists ran with the story, nearly
breaking the Internet in the process.
Malpractice — Report false criminal accusations against Walker, but not contrary judicial
rulings. The big breaking news in the "John Doe" anti-Conservative Wisconsin investigation
is that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals released previously sealed court exhibits detailing accusations
made at the time the Wisconsin prosecutors commenced the proceeding. [...] What is not being reported,
is that multiple judges have found that the alleged criminal conduct was not in fact criminal even if the
factual allegations were true.
Cop-killer was a Pothead.
John Avlon's dishonest column on the cop-killers in Las Vegas should be studied by journalism
students as an example of how to exploit a tragedy for political purposes. [...] He said Jerad and
Amanda Miller killed two metro cops while shouting, "This is a revolution!," and then they "flung
the Tea Party's favorite coiled snake Gadsden flag and a swastika on the still-warm corpses and
then moved to a nearby Walmart to murder a shopper before turning the guns on themselves." The
reference to the Gadsden flag being "the Tea Party's favorite" was an obvious effort to link the
Tea Party to the murders. The flag dates back to the American Revolution and is used by various
groups and people to protest Big Government. Miller's notion of "Big Government" was a government
that interfered with his marijuana smoking.
Deceptively Edits Dave Brat to Suggest He Was 'Dodging' Questions. Editors at
MSNBC.com trimmed down Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat's June 11 phone interview with
MSNBC's Chuck Todd in order to paint him as dodging questions from the Daily Rundown host. But
a review of the full interview shows that Brat had already and seemingly quite gladly answered a
few policy questions on such hot issues as the minimum wage, immigration reform, and his stance on
Wall Street's influence on the business wing of the GOP.
Bias Becomes Embarrassingly Obvious Once You Watch 2 Clips of Obama & Bush Visiting the
Troops. NBC "reported" the trips to Afghanistan by President Bush and President
Obama, and it's clear what party the network pulls for. Bush's trip was referred to as a mere
'publicity stunt' in the midst of falling approval ratings; but Obama went there to thank the
troops amidst "alleged" misconduct at the V.A. One problem is that Obama's approval ratings are
just as low as Bush's were, and despite mentioning the "alleged" misconduct at the V.A., they also
neglect to mention other issues: like the "alleged" IRS and Benghazi scandals, the dreadful state
of the economy, and the disaster that is Obamacare.
Seeks to Discredit Benghazi Investigation. We are pleased that MSNBC has finally
taken notice of the Citizens' Commission on Benghazi (CCB), but certainly not surprised at their
failure to report on the Commission's findings. Instead, they attempted to smear the Commission by
suggesting sinister motives for one of its members, when the truth is something very different. In
a recent column, I argued that MSNBC and their new website have essentially become a "Vote
Democrat" haven akin to The Huffington Post. Underlying MSNBC's reporting is the notion that
Benghazi is not a real scandal, which ties directly into the administration's narrative.
News Denies Conflict of Interest over Exec's Familial Ties to White House. Former CBS News reporter
Sharyl Attkisson has made the media rounds claiming that network management was not exactly happy she was covering
stories critical of the Obama administration. When new Benghazi information was made public this week, CBS News
covered the new details (with a disclosure that Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration official at the center of the
controversy, is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes). However, some conservative sites still
claimed a serious conflict of interest, with the Heritage Network blog and the Washington Free Beacon picked up
on the familial connection.
expose CNN's propaganda series on Rahm Emanuel. Chicago is in deep trouble, facing a fiscal black hole,
wracked by levels of violence that make Iraq look good, and unable to get much help from the state of Illinois which
has its own serious problems. But, if [Rahm Emanuel's] image is managed carefully with the help of media friends,
he can be portrayed as heroic, facing the issues and helping people. And CNN seems to have signed up with
that effort to produce a President Emanuel.
host pens radical 'climate justice' manifesto. "What the climate justice movement is demanding is the
ultimate abolition of fossil fuels," writes MSNBC's Chris Hayes in a lengthy new call for action against global
warming. To drive home the point, Hayes' piece, published in The Nation, is titled "The New Abolitionism,"
and its message is that a way must be found to "convince or coerce" the world's energy companies and energy-producing
nations to give up the multi-trillion dollar business of powering the planet.
National Security Analyst: Right More Deadly Than Al Qaeda. Without mentioning reports that the
man accused of shooting up a Jewish Community Center over the weekend was apparently a fan of the left's Max
Blumenthal, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen exploited the murders to claim the American Right is
more deadly than jihadists.
MSNBC Releases DNC Propaganda As
'News'. As [Politico's Dylan] Byers notes, this is hardly the first time a political organization has
placed something with a friendly outlet, then promote its publication. But the timing of the intertwining only
further erodes the ability of MSNBC to argue that their daytime programs, which have seen dramatic dips in their
ratings, are any more independent or non-partisan than their evening fare.
Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously. On March 20, the Washington Post published an article
by Steven Mufson and Julie Eilperin, the import of which was that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the
Keystone Pipeline. [...] So far, the Post, Whitehouse and [Congressman Henry] Waxman have all continued to stonewall.
They refuse to say whether they collaborated in producing the false March 20 article. They will neither
confirm nor deny that the Post story was a set-up, placed by the Democratic Party in order to facilitate
the Whitehouse/Waxman attack.
Hype 'Good' ObamaCare News, Bury The Bad. The media are cheering a survey that, they say, shows ObamaCare is working
miracles. It shows nothing of the kind. Meanwhile, they're ignoring another report that finds ObamaCare-induced premium spikes.
Media's Selective Political Scandal Addiction. Many Americans are well aware of the political fallout from
Bridgegate, particularly because Christie is considered a front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
But I suspect most would know nothing about two corruption stories involving politicians that have broken in the past few
weeks. The first involves four representatives to the Pennsylvania House accepting bribes and gifts from
Tiffany's — all captured on a wiretap — for allegedly voting against the Keystone State's
voter-ID bill championed by Republicans. Did I mention all four Representatives are black Democrats?
When typing in "Pennsylvania voter ID scandal," a grand total of one story appeared.
The Editor says...
The article immediately above reads like an infomercial for Big Government. The writer celebrates the
teeming masses lining up for Cuban-grade socialist medical care, while referring to illegal aliens as "refugees."
Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposes Gay Marriage. According to Good
Morning America's Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful
members of the Westboro Baptist Church. On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech
company Mozilla. Eich was ousted after liberal groups found out that in 2008 he made a $1000 donation to
support Proposition 8 in California.
Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases. This week, the Supreme Court will consider
whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious
beliefs. [...] The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to
violate their consciences. The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available
before the contraception mandate, and still is. The papers omit to mention that it isn't the businesses who have
radically changed, but the mandates from government. Quite simply, if you read a newspaper to find out about the
contraception mandate cases, you will read lies.
Bias and the Washington Post. The Washington Post — which years ago published
a story referring to followers of the Christian right as "largely poor, uneducated, and easy to
command" — yesterday published a front-page story titled, "High court with vocally devout
justices set to hear religious objections to health-care law." Get it? The story,
written by the Post's Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes, is meant to focus attention
on — and raise our concerns about — whether justices with deep (and vocal)
religious faith can rule fairly on a religious liberties case.
Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With
Congressional Democrats? The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no
interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built,
Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would
actually damage Koch's economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch's Pine
Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving
force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts.
Chris Hayes Get Hammered After Personally Attacking Conservative Guest. Usually the type of
Republicans MSNBC hosts invite on their shows are either craven RINO types who can be depended upon to
trash talk fellow Republicans, or the more inarticulate, dimmer bulbs in the party who fail to communicate
conservative positions effectively. MSNBC host Chris Hayes had an entirely different type of animal
on his hands with PA Americans For Prosperity Director, Jennifer Stefano.
CNN, MSNBC, PBS All Skip Political ID for 'Shocking' Corruption By Democrat Mayor. ABC,
CNN, MSNBC and PBS on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the "shocking" corruption involving the
Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet, while talking about the tens of thousands
of dollars in bribes he sought, none of these networks identified Patrick Cannon's political party.
Only a Fox News host referred to him as a Democrat.
Post Falls for Left-Wing Fraud, Embarrasses Itself. [Scroll down] Who is [Washington]
Post reporter Juliet Eilperin? Among other things, she is married to Andrew Light, who writes on climate
policy for the Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress is an Obama administration
front group headed by John Podesta, who is a "special advisor" to the Obama administration. CAP's web
site, Think Progress, has carried out a years-long vendetta against the Koch brothers that has focused
largely on the environment. Ms. Eilperin's conflict in writing about environmental issues has already
been a subject of controversy at the Post.
Post hits bottom of media-bias hole, keeps digging. John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog took the Washington
Post down, hard, on Thursday [3/20/2014] for foolishly accepting a false report from a left-wing activist group and running
it as a "news" story. [...] And if the "gatekeepers" of the mainstream media had used their "multiple layers of fact-checking"
to actually read all the material from the very group they were touting, they'd have seen that the group's own research
demonstrates Koch Industries would lose money if the Keystone pipeline were built.
Push the Keyboard Away.
If you haven't seen it, John Hinderaker at Powerline has a devastating fact-check on a shabby piece in the Washington
Post today on the Koch Brothers. [...] The authors of the Post piece, Steve Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, have responded. [...]
Maybe it's just me, but it seems to me they do a good case of laying out (some of) the reasons why they never should have written
the piece in the first place.
Washington Post busted!
A Washington Post story purporting to expose the Koch brothers as behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the Keystone
Pipeline has been exposed as an utterly false propaganda operation, hilariously wrong and politically malicious.
Even worse, one of the writers behind the story is married to a political operative in the left wing Koch-demonization
machine. The Washington Post was recently purchased by Jeff Bezos of Amazon, who ought to take a hard look at
the reporters and editors who collaborated with the left wing smear machine, and while he is at it, should send a
note of thanks to John Hinderaker, the blogger at Powerline, who exposed the rot in his new media operation.
Washington Post has fallen and it can't get up. After a false hit piece on the Koch Brothers claiming
they were the largest holder of Canadian oil sands land rights was devastatingly debunked by John Hinderaker of Powerline,
the authors of the incorrect article responded conceding nothing, not apologizing or retracting their falsehoods, but only
made their situation worse.
on 'Andrea Mitchell Reports' All Agree GOP Has 'Trouble Talking to Women Voters'. It's election
season and MNSBC's manufactured GOP "war on women" narrative is in full-swing across the network. Appearing
on "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Wednesday March 19, the MSNBC host and her entire panel desperately attempted
to create a controversy surrounding comments made by two Texas Republicans on the issue of equal pay for women.
Trail Life boys with misleading 'Nazi' photo. "I was horrified," said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life
USA, a new, rapidly-growing scouting organization that doesn't allow openly gay members. Stemberger was referring to an Associated
Press photograph that accompanied an in-depth story about Trail Life. The image showed a group of young boys gathered in a circle
with their hands raised at an unusual angle. The AP's original caption on the photo said they were reciting the organization's
"creed" during a meeting in North Richland Hills, Texas. It took the AP several days to acknowledge their error.
should fact-check Obama, not Obamacare victims. Leukemia patient Julie Boonstra is the latest American to get caught up in the
media fact-checking frenzy. Her offense: Appearing in an anti-Obamacare ad for Americans for Prosperity, in which she said her
out-of-pocket costs had become "unaffordable" since her insurance was canceled because of President Obama's health care law. She
also said Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is running for Senate, "jeopardized my health" by voting for it.
'Blacklist' Photoshops Fictional Criminal Socializing With Tea Party Republicans. [Scroll down] Photoshopped images appear on
screen showing viewers the "powerful people" that Pratt is supposed to have connections with. The fake photos show her socializing with former
Florida Republican Congressman Allen West and current Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. No pictures are shown of the made-up criminal mastermind
rubbing elbows with any real-life Democratic politicians.
Homosexuality is a virtue but fur is a sin. NBC Nixes Animal Fur for Gay
Skating Commentator at Olympic Games. Former Olympic figure skating champion Johnny Weir has not tried to hide his homosexuality as
NBC's daytime figure skating analyst. He has worn bright pink and huge, sparkling jewelry as he and former champ Tara Lipinski commentated
on this year's skaters at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But according to Yahoo Sports, NBC drew the line at Weir wearing his
favorite fashion item — real fur coats.
Washington's Pack of Pretenders. Last Friday, in what would be a
humiliating episode if it were capable of embarrassment, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, acted as if a tweet from "@BarackObama"
about the TV program House of Cards represented an "endorsement" of the program by President Barack Obama himself. [...] The folks at AP are so smitten
with Dear Leader that they either weren't aware or didn't care that the Twitter account involved is from Organizing for America, a group of Obama lovers
who are technically but not substantively separate from the White House, and whose life mission is to promote his missions of the moment.
the Media Sees Bridgegate as a Scandal but Benghazi as a 'Conspiracy'. At the height of fascination with the "Bridgegate" scandal, Chris Christie
decried MSNBC's coverage as "gleeful" and "partisan." Maybe so. However, one undeniable aspect of the left's attack on Christie is the rigor with which
it has pursued the case, rigor worthy of a life-or-death story it has all but ignored — the Benghazi attacks.
Ray Nagin found guilty on 20 of 21 counts.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose tenure in office included disastrous incompetence in handling Hurricane Katrina (for which the media blamed President
George W. Bush), has been found guilty on 20 of 21 counts of corruption in a federal trial. Conviction on all counts could have led to a
20 year jail sentence and $1 million in fines, but at this point it is unknown which count went not guilty and how that will affect the sentence.
Bill Chappell of NPR writes an article that does not identify Nagin's political party, which is the mainstream media convention when treating criminal Democrats: [...]
CNN Overlooks 'Uncle Joe' Stalin's
Mass-Murder of Millions. CNN.com's latest angle on the Sochi Olympics is what could have been a fascinating story about Joseph Stalin and his
summer home. Instead what we have is an unbelievably sloppy piece of "journalism." Built in that city in 1937, twenty years after the October
revolution, the murderous dictator's dacha is now a tourist attraction in Sochi. For the uninformed, though, CNN presents "Uncle Joe" as a "notorious
dictator," but also a loving family man who did remarkably good things for social justice.
The Man With No Party. CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and ABC
World News broadcasts gave brief mention to the conviction of former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday [2/12/2014] on 20 federal counts, including
bribery and conspiracy, but all three omitted the fact that he was a Democrat. CBS anchor Scott Pelley and ABC fill-in anchor George Stephanopoulos
referred to him as the "former mayor" while NBC's Brian Williams called him "controversial."
Larry King: I Have Never Heard Of Juanita
Broaddrick. Famed former CNN host Larry King said he has never heard of Juanita Broaddrick Thursday [2/13/2014] in an
interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV. Broaddrick, a former Arkansas nursing home worker, accused President Clinton of
raping her during the late 1970s in a 1998 Dateline interview. Malzberg was describing a double standard of media coverage during
the 2012 conventions, noting left wing pundits dubbed the GOP convention a "convention of rapists" while remaining silent on Clinton's
keynote address despite sexual assault allegations directed against the former president.
A shrinking workforce is good news! MSM Whitewashes CBO Obamacare Report. Since
the release of the CBO report, the legacy media have churned out story after story suggesting that job lock is tantamount to slavery.
And, oddly enough, these stories all support the Democrat Party line.
The Media's Most Outrageous Olympic
Outbursts: Saluting the Socialists. Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia might
want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the games. Over the years the [Media Research
Center] has documented lefty reporters and writers using the games to celebrate socialist policies, bash expressions of patriotism and even work in
jabs against Republicans, like when Bryant Gumbel, in 2006, complained that the "paucity" of black athletes "makes the Winter Games look like a
Chris Hayes Takes on Obama's 'Addiction' to Oil:
Just 'Say No'. Following the release yesterday [1/31/2014] of the State Department report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL
Pipeline, MSNBC's Chris Hayes delivered a blistering rebuke of America's dependence on fossil fuels, likening President Barack Obama's apparent
willingness to embrace the project to a drug addicts trapped in a "self-destructive cycle."
An Open Letter to the Montreal
Gazette: You should be ashamed to have published this trash picture of the leader of our country who has the courage,
dignity, and clear vision to stand up for what is right and wrong. From this point on, I am boycotting the Gazette and will
never purchase your paper again.
NBC In Miami Calls Republican Party
'Reprehensible'. NBC does it again, this time through a Miami affiliate that broadcast a graphic that read: "Reprehensive
Party of Florida." You have to ask yourself what kind of culture there is at NBC News that makes staffers believe that dehumanizing
Republicans in this way is okay.
Showcases Six Pro-Choice Guests, Zero Pro-Lifers on Roe v. Wade Anniversary. The annual March for Life took place yesterday in our
nation's capital, and MSNBC marked the occasion by inviting a slew of pro-choice guests onto its daytime programming to slime the pro-life movement
without giving any pro-lifers a chance to respond. Between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday [1/22/2014], MSNBC featured six pro-choice
guests and zero pro-life guests.
economy and Obamacare are getting worse for the Democrats. The anti-Republican media is working overtime to convince voters
that the Republicans are wounded and in disarray. They are contorting themselves to keep the story about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
(R) in the news and no doubt will linger over every detail of the personal downfall of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife.
Meanwhile, the media flatter the pointless gubernatorial campaign of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat.
Wagons to Protect Wendy Davis From Bio Falsehoods. It is not as though the media would have to quit their ongoing political
assassination of Chris Christie to give the brewing scandal surrounding Texas Democrat Wendy Davis's bio falsehoods the attention it
deserves. The media can do two things at once. But other than clearing the way for President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton,
the media is desperately circling the wagons to downplay a legitimate scandal that could take down a rising Democrat star.
Call Him Reverend King. So why is Reverend Martin Luther
King, Jr, now referred to as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? It's simple. The Left wants no remnants of the Christian revolution that changed this
country. They want to make people forget that the biggest change to happen to American since the Civil War was led by a black Christian who was also a
Republican. Referring to King as "Dr. King" implies that the Civil Rights movement was led by an academic, that academia brought us "change we can believe
in." Liberals believe in their educations, even if they have not a lick of practical experience or even common sense. Ph.D. King can lead a revolution,
but a Republican pastor cannot be put in charge. That role is exclusively for black demagogues and fake reverends.
Why Bridgegate made headlines but Obama's
IRS scandal didn't. Oh, come on, you know why. Christie belongs to one political party. Obama belongs to the other.
You know which ones they belong to. And you know which ones the people at the three networks belong to, too: In surveys going back
decades, anywhere from 80% to 90% of Washington's journalists say they vote Democratic. Scandals are not just about themselves; they are
about the media atmosphere that surrounds them.
gives 'Bridgegate' 17 times more coverage in one day than IRS scandal in 6 months. The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's traffic headache dubbed "Bridgegate," have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of
coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours. By comparison, that's 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted
to President Obama's IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center.
The Editor says...
Of course you remember Candy Crowley, the "jourrnalist" who served as "moderator" of the 2012 presidential debate and turned it into a two-against-one tag team match.
This amounts to an admission (or a boast) on Ms. Crowley's part that the elevated minimum wage and nearly-perpetual unemployment checks are two methods used to
buy votes for the Democrats.
Romney grandchild [is the] latest
victim of racist media. Now there has been a lot of this "knockout" game going around where thugs sneak up on unsuspecting victims
and cold-cock them to the pavement. The goal is for innocents to drop like sacks of potatoes, without even a defensive flinch. It has
been done to young people, mothers, students, elderly men and even elderly women. But never before has such an attack been caught on video
where it was performed so ruthlessly against a defenseless infant. Since you, like most Americans, do not watch MSNBC and have never heard
of any of these thuggish characters, I will describe what they did.
Misreporting Underscored Mainstream Media's Malfeasance. Tragically, what we have today are mainstream media that put the
socialist and destructive policies of the far left well before objectivity, professionalism or the welfare of the American people and
actively promote those "progressive" policies while simultaneously working to discredit conservative and common-sense opposition.
No better example of this mainstream-media malfeasance exists than the case of ObamaCare and thousands of liberal "journalists" at the networks,
cable networks, newspapers and radio outlets who chose — out of loyalty to the president and his naively utopian nanny-state
beliefs — to shill for a program they knew to be built on a foundation of lies from day one.
A deep sickness on race on MSNBC and
CNN. It used to be unacceptable for national news shows to broadcast race hatred as commentary. No longer. So
extreme is the loathing of white Republicans that black commentators on two cable news channels have uttered patently ridiculous and shameful
comments on a Romney family photo that shows the former presidential candidate with his black adoptive grandson on his knee.
NYT Revives Benghazi Video Lie To
Save Hillary. The attempt to rehabilitate Hillary Clinton begins as the New York Times revives the long-ago debunked "video clip"
excuse for the well-planned Benghazi massacre while denying documented al-Qaida involvement.
Krauthammer: NY Times
Benghazi Report Undeniably About Protecting Dems, Hillary. The New York Times is defending its Benghazi report from
critics who said it was politically motivated, but Charles Krauthammer isn't buying it and said there is no question it was a "political
move" by the Times to help Democrats. Krauthammer said the sheer defensiveness the Times is taking in denying political bias in the
report just proves that politics was a primary motivator.
NY Times begins Hillary rehabilitation.
Right on schedule, the New York Times has published a 7,500-word account of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that all but ignores
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role and quotes a terrorist saying a supposedly anti-Islam video insulting the Prophet Muhammad
"might well have justified" the killing of four Americans.
Betrayal that whitewash won't
cover. Transparency, the current vogue word for truth-telling, is usually a good thing, unless you're trying to fool all the
people some of the time, like spending 7,000 words to resurrect a fairy tale in Benghazi, all to give a helping hand to a lady in distress.
The New York Times understands that Hillary Clinton is likely to be the only credible hope the Democrats have for 2016 and that she already needs
lots of remedial help. The Times huffed and puffed to deliver an excuse for betrayal in Benghazi, meant to second Mrs. Clinton's famous
alibi for her tortured misfeasance as secretary of state — "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
Top Doc Snyderman A Single-Payer Fan. Appearing on Morning Joe [12/30/2013], Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical
editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left's preferred solution, but brings with
it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children
sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty."
60 Minutes Report on Susan Rice Misleads on
Benghazi. This evening [12/22/2013] 60 Minutes did yet another puff piece on a member of the Obama Administration.
This time it was National Security Adviser Susan Rice's turn. Lesley Stahl called Rice "the quarterback of American foreign policy."
If that is the case then Susan Rice is to the American foreign policy what Ryan Leaf was to the San Diego Chargers. However, the most
egregious part of the segment concerned Benghazi.
Can't Say You Take Pride in American Democracy' and Be in Favor of Voter ID Laws. On Wednesday [12/4/2013], Obama-enthusiast Chris
Matthews sat down with President Obama to ask him some softball questions, ironically, on his show entitled, "Hardball." [...] Matthews, a fanatic by
even MSNBC's standards, has made no secret of his undying admiration for Barack Obama and speaking with the president, Matthews seemed about as giddy
as a teenage girl in the front row of a Justin Bieber concert. The interview more-closely resembled two comrades griping about politics over drinks
than anything that could really be expected for an interview with a sitting president on a political news show. Matthews swooned as the president
spoke and the president focused on those who dare to object to Obama's radical agenda.
The Fall of NBC News. It seems that turning
itself into an Obama lapdog has not worked out too well for NBC News. The once-respected and prosperous news organization is facing cutbacks
and an alienated staff.
The 'Duck' is all about the left
being bored with Obama. Let's look at this partial list of disappointments:
1) GITMO is still open and it won't close anytime soon;
2) The NSA program has really shaken up liberals;
3) The "still in place Bush anti-terror policies" that they hated so much at "the yes we can" rally;
4) Income inequality at a high level in the 5th year of "hope and change";
5) Black unemployment is very bad under our first black president;
6) The Iran deal under attack by Senate Democrats;
7) Global warming not so warm; and,
8) The Obama Care "roll out" has raised serious concerns about competence and the future of liberalism. [...] You can make a good case
that the law is falling apart.
My point is that you will see a very aggressive left on same sex marriage, abortion, Voter ID cards, and the issues that create excitement with the
base. They need something to grab and "get pumped up about." It already started with Charles Blow bringing racism into it.
Barbara Walters: We Thought Obama Was 'the Next
Messiah'. Barbara Walters said the difficulties engulfing President Barack Obama are a reflection of the let-down people are feeling from
the high expectations they had during his earliest days in office when she and others thought he was going to be "the next messiah."
The Media's Shooting Bias. Last week, the lawyer Gabriel Malor compiled a list
of recent events that have been unthinkingly blamed on the Right. Among them are the case of census-taker Bill Sparkman, who hanged himself in Kentucky
(the Tea Party was blamed); the case of Joe Stack, a devotee of The Communist Manifesto who flew a plane into an IRS building in 2010 (anti-tax rhetoric was
blamed); the case of Obama voter Amy Bishop, who in 2010 shot her fellow faculty members at the University of Alabama (the Tea Party was blamed); the case
of misanthropic environmentalist James Lee, who took hostages at the Discovery Channel (climate-change "deniers" were blamed); and the Boston Marathon bombing,
which was carried out by jihadists — after right-wingers were blamed and a non-existent and wholly coincidental link with Patriot's Day was mooted.
The problem of wealth. The Associated Press
describes a new problem in Obama's America. Wealth is once again threatening to rear its ugly head. You may not realize it, but
there's a danger that as many as one in five Americans may get rich sometime in their lifetimes.
CNN Analyst 'Defends' Obama: 'Every
President Is Going To Lie'. CNN's analyst LZ Granderson has defended President Obama's outright lies about Obamacare with some of
the most insidious, cynical logic seen in recent years. According to Granderson, the American people have rationalized the health insurance lies
fed to them by Obama in this way: "We can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart, he has the best interest
for the American people."
Geraldo, Fox & Friends
Openly Mock 'Adoring' Obama 'Fan' Chris Matthews and MSNBC. Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera and the hosts of
Fox & Friends openly mocked MSNBC and host Chris Matthews on Friday [12/1/2013] for his performance during an exclusive interview with
President Barack Obama. Rivera called Matthews a "fan" of the president and the hosts dismissed the network as a place that does not
specialize in "objective" analysis.
Previews Obama Interview: POTUS 'A Brilliant Writer' Who Turns in Paper with 'Misspellings'. On Thursday night [12/5/2013], MSNBC host Chris Matthews
will sit down with President Barack Obama for an interview which will, in part, focus on the problematic roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.
Matthews said that he intends to grill the president on this failure and contended that this incident was akin to "a brilliant writer" who, despite
a "great theme," turns in an essay full of technical flaws.
The Latest in a String of Panicky Decisions: Obama
Breaks Glass on Chris Matthews. For years, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has been sitting patiently behind the emergency glass
waiting for President Barack Obama to come wildly swinging the ax of panic. As recently as August, Matthews cited Obama's careful
avoidance of the network, which just last month was forced to discipline two hosts for conduct so indefensible they could not continue to
represent MSNBC, as an indication of his and his colleagues' neutrality. On Tuesday, the air raid sirens blared and the president came
screaming out of the fog begging for aid. Matthews' interview with the President of the United States will air on Thursday [12/5/2013].
Why Matthews' Obama interview
matters. For almost a decade now, Chris Matthews has served as a barometer for baby-boom progressives' attitude toward Barack
Obama — from the "thrill" that went up his leg when he heard the presidential candidate speak in 2008 to the utter disappointment
following last October's debate in Denver. That's why Matthews' interview with Obama, which takes place at 2 p.m. today [12/5/2013]
and airs at 7 p.m. on MSNBC, is a crucial one for the president, and for MSNBC.
Hardball?? How Chris Matthews rolled
over for Barack Obama. Matthews is a likable guy with a passion for politics, but he left his interviewing chops at the door. The
mile-a-minute man who jumps all over his guests let the president ramble on with long, discursive, three-part answers. At times Matthews acted like
a political science professor. Maybe he was getting a reprise of the famous thrill up the leg. This was clearly a home game for Obama.
Accuser Got 160 TV News Stories on Accusation, 3 on Murder Conviction. When Crystal Mangum falsely accused several Duke
lacrosse players of rape in 2006, there were 160 major television news stories in the first five days after the players were arrested,
but in 2013, when Mangum was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, there were only 3 major television news
stories, a difference in coverage of 5,233%.
Politico: Dems Prep to Trash
ObamaCare. It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare
rollout. [...] Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive
against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are
trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the hearings. Politico and Mike Allen, especially, are simply another
communications vehicle for the Democrat party.
Might the Establishment Turn Against
Obama? [Scroll down] Then there was Benghazi. It was obvious within a week of the attack, to anyone inquisitive enough
to read non-American news sources, that the Obama administration had knowingly allowed an ambassador and three other Americans to die during a
lengthy, planned terrorist attack, and then concocted and disseminated self-protective lies no less carefully planned than the attack itself.
The obviousness of the administration's inhumanity and mendacity was only heightened as the weeks dragged on, and the White House continued to
dig itself deeper into what ought to have been its grave, with further lies, smugness, and blunt refusals to answer natural questions such as
"Where was Obama during the seven and a half hours of the attack, and what was he doing while the victims were sending urgent and repeated
pleas for help?" This hall of horrors, which, as I noted before the 2012 election, makes Watergate look like cheating at tiddlywinks,
was completely trivialized by the "respectable" American media prior to the election.
Denial On NPR:
Journos Say Obamacare's Not a Scandal, and Obama's 'Relatively Scandal-free'. In a sign of liberal panic, NPR's Diane Rehm Show spent its
first hour Monday questioning President Obama's management style. [...] To insure that their comments weren't too upsetting to Obama-loving NPR listeners,
several journalists — Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and David Gergen of CNN — insisted the Obama administration has been
"relatively scandal-free" in its operations. [...]
Media Trash Cruz's Father,
Spare Obama's. The media are using White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz's "extremist" father to try to derail his 2016 bid. It's a
stark contrast to their kid-glove treatment of Obama's socialist dad.
Where was the media when "open secret" of
ObamaCare problems arose? Where does one go to get some objective reporting on public policy? One unmentioned aspect of the "sticker shock"
and "exchange collapse" stories, which the media now reports well, is that these problems were readily apparent before October 1, too — as
the NYT admits in the second half of its Friday [10/25/2013] article.
The Editor says...
The "mainstream" news media only began to "report" Obamacare's flaws after the whole world was aware of them.
ObamaCare: The Media's 'Better Coverage' Hoax.
Now that the fable of ObamaCare is meeting reality, one of the biggest political problems for the president is that 1.5 million families have already lost
the insurance Obama repeatedly promised them they could keep. And millions more are going to. To push back against this outrage, a new fable
developing among the left and media is that those losing their insurance are going to be better off because they will receive "better coverage" under
ObamaCare. That is complete and utter nonsense.
Grayson, media bias, and the new totalitarianism.
[Alan] Grayson is a great example of the "soft" media bias that shields Democrats. He's a [person] who daily says the kind of idiotic and offensive things
that would immediately end any Republican's career. More importantly, if he was a Republican, every other member of the party would be routinely asked to
denounce him, right up to the President. [...] We saw the same thing with Filthy Filner, whose party affiliation had all but vanished from media accounts before
his sordid tale was done.
The Shutdown that Ruined Christmas?
[Scroll down] On the very first night, Oct. 1, NBC already sounded like a DNC campaign commercial. Reporter John Yang highlighted an EPA worker in
Chicago, Elizabeth Lytle, who had already filed for unemployment benefits. [...] Despite her $52,000-a-year salary, Lytle is an experienced "victim." Back in
March, the eco-news site Greenwire also focused on her suffering from sequestration. [...] Here, too, was ethical fraud: NBC and other outlets didn't say so,
but Lytle had been previously featured in the media by her union, the American Federation of Government Employees.
Networks blamed shutdown on GOP in 41
stories — 0 for Dems. Republicans never expected to get a fair shake in the Big Three networks' coverage of the 16-day government
shutdown, but the final tally of stories blaming the GOP is stunning: 41 stories blamed Republicans and zero blamed Democrats. Nightly,
20 million Americans heard "a version of the shutdown story that could easily have emanated from Barack Obama's own White House," said the new
report from the Media Research Center.
Tea Party Is Racist, Evil, Should Die! And They're the Extremists. Virtually the entire leftist media infrastructure began drooling when one
moron showed up with a Confederate flag. Suddenly, headlines began proclaiming that "protesters" had marched with a Confederate flag —
one lone dummy became an entire movement. "DC protesters wave the Confederate flag," Salon.com stated. MSNBC's Irin Carmon said that the
presence of the Confederate flag was a not-so-subtle violent threat against Obama: "To me, this is a threat. This is a house where a black
The Editor says...
The way I see it, this may have been a misinterpretation of the Confederate flag. It was more likely intended as a symbol of
secession rather than racism. It is either an unfortunate misunderstanding, or a televised emotional outburst intended to
mislead the public.
The Kennedy Assassination Right-Wing Blame
Game. The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is nearly upon us, so one would expect America's public
intellectuals to be gearing up to present a series of sober and illuminating reflections about the tragedy's cultural and political legacy.
Of course, that's not going to happen. Any misty-eyed resonance that can be wrung out of JFK's death is already being exploited by our elite
media gatekeepers to advance a political agenda.
The AP Misreports the Debt Ceiling.
I wrote here that no matter what happens with the debt limit, the federal government will not default on its debt obligations. I also noted here
that Moody's — which certainly ought to know — agrees that there is zero chance of default on Treasury bonds. In recent days,
many more commentators have made the same point. The government is legally obligated to recognize its debt obligations, and the existing
$17 trillion debt can be serviced on less than ten percent of federal revenue. So there simply can't be a default.
CNN Mocks Million Vet March as Tea Party Crazies.
CNN.com covered Sunday's "Million Vet March" in Washington D.C. against the Obama administration's closure of military memorials by castigating the
marchers as Tea Party kooks and fringe crazies.
GOP Rep. calls
tense exchange with MSNBC reporter 'inappropriate'. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got in a tense exchange with MSNBC anchor Thomas
Roberts Tuesday [10/15/2013], repeatedly telling the host that his line of questioning was "inappropriate." "Congresswoman, let me ask you though,
when it comes to ObamaCare — do you hate ObamaCare more than you love your country?" Roberts asked. "I've got to tell you, I think that
comments like that that you are making are just incredibly inappropriate," Blackburn responded. "What we have to realize is that the [continuing
resolution]..." "You don't think it's incredibly inappropriate to shut down our government and to take all of the hostages of Americans that
you've taken?" Roberts interjected.
'Morning Joe': Derision for
Tea Party, Respect for Bill Ayers. Monday [10/14/2013], after MSNBC's "Morning Joe" spent about two hours blasting the Tea Party, Sarah
Palin, and Ted Cruz as bubbled, dangerous, and stupid — in other words, a typical Monday on "Morning Joe" — the show hosted Bill
Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist.
How the Media are Shaping Obama's Government
Shutdown. President Barack Obama remains in an intense public relations war with the Republican-led House of Representatives.
He believes that the compliant media will back up his most outrageous actions, even as he tries to magnify the crisis for the average American. [...] The
reason President Obama believes he is winning, and can continue to win the current showdown with Republicans over the partial government shutdown
and the debt-ceiling hike, is his confidence that the media will continue to support him — no matter how irresponsibly he acts.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes:
The Problem is the Constitution. There's a narrative emerging among leftists pundits, commentators, and columnists that the current government shutdown
is due to a fundamental flaw in the American form of government. Chris Hayes on MSNBC (ya know, the guy that looks like a 16 year old wannabe economist?)
recently dedicated an entire segment of his show to exposing the "fatal flaw in our Constitution".
The Top 8 Nastiest Liberal Media
Quotes Blaming the GOP for the Shutdown. The liberal media have taken sides in the government shutdown debate and not surprisingly holds only one
party to blame — the GOP. In the last week liberal anchors, reporters and writers have depicted fiscal conservatives in terms usually reserved for
terrorists as they've hyperbolically charged that Republicans were being run by a "suicide caucus" that is holding America "hostage."
How AP altered its headline to protect Obamacare.
Don't believe the press is in the tank for Obama and Obamacare? Well, check this out. [...] I realize this happens frequently, but the dishonesty is still
breathtaking. And this is why much of the MSM cannot be trusted: they are not honest brokers of information, but a propaganda and marketing arm of
the Obama White House, the Democratic Party, and the Left.
Nate Silver Pours Water On Media's Shutdown Narrative.
Nate Silver, The New York Times' polling guru of 2012 (who has since moved to ESPN), has taken a look at the government shutdown polls (and history) and concluded that things don't
look as bad for the GOP as the media would have you believe.
The Shutdown Shows that Washington Is
Working. The bulk of the news media has been demanding an instant reopening of the government, an inherently pro-President Barack Obama,
anti-Republican position. All of this reflects ignorance of recent, early American and English history. The facts are against the whiners,
complainers and hysteria-mongers.
What a coincidence: Single ObamaCare
success story is [an] OFA volunteer. Allahpundit told the story yesterday about how our intrepid national media searched high and low in this
nation of 330 million people to find someone, anyone who could figure out how to actually buy coverage through the ObamaCare exchanges. After
putting out an SOS, the Washington Post finally found Chad Henderson, and so did the Wall Street Journal, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, the Huffington Post,
and even "POLITICO!", as Henderson himself announced later yesterday [10/3/2013].
Obamacare Poster Boy Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven't Signed Up
for Obamacare, Says His Father. Chad Henderson is the media's poster boy for Obamacare. Reporters struggled this week to find
individuals who said they had been able to enroll in one of the law's 36 federally run health-insurance exchanges. That changed yesterday, when
they found Henderson, a 21-year-old student and part-time child-care worker who lives in Georgia and says that he successfully enrolled himself and
his father Bill in insurance plans via the online exchange administered at healthcare.gov. But in an exclusive phone interview this morning
[10/4/2013] with Reason, Chad's father Bill contradicted virtually every major detail of the story the media can't get enough of.
Poster boy for Obamacare website
launch is a ringer. What's a leftist to do when a cherished program fails embarrassingly? Of course, create a phantom success, and
publicize it relentlessly. And that is exactly what has happened with the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov and the assorted state websites
intended to enroll people in Obamacare. Obamacare found its poster boy for "success" in one Chad Henderson, who claims to have successfully
enrolled where others have encountered nothing but frustration. [...] In fact, as it turns out, Chad has a long history as an Obama activist.
TV network stories blame Republicans, 21-0, for shutdown, not Democrats.
The nation's big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government
shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count. According to a survey by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, in 39 stories during
the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed the failure to cut a budget deal on the Republicans 21 times, both parties four
times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame.
Limbaugh Bashes 'Journalistic
Malpractice' Attacking GOP Over Gov't Shutdown. Rush Limbaugh took the media to task Monday [9/30/2013] for foisting all the blame of a potential
government shutdown on Republicans. Limbaugh predicted in the next few days the media would write piece after piece about all the programs getting shut
down during the shutdown and blaming Republican intransigence on the whole thing. He referred to the AP article above as "basically a press release from
the Democrat party" that accuses Republicans of hating Obama so much they're willing to let millions of people go without health care.
Despite Three-and-a-Half Years to Prep Obamacare,
A Fiasco Takes Shape. The best clue that the initial open enrollment period for Obamacare's health insurance exchanges is destined to be a
bureaucratic nightmare which will fail virtually every benchmark came on Saturday morning. Hadas Gold and Kyle Cheney at Politico, two advocates posing as
reporters, all but begged the press to avoid "any rush judgments (which) could have a big impact on public opinion of the law" during its critical first few
days. They described administration officials as "pleading with reporters to avoid being seduced into treating every technical snafu as a catastrophic
failure." [Emphasis added.]
Narrative Fail: Media Forced to Acknowledge
Obamacare Failures on Shutdown Day. The topic had been shifted. Now the question wasn't whether the government should be shut down over
Obamacare. Now the question was why in the world the Obama administration hadn't insisted on an Obamacare delay rather than rushing a disastrously
glitch-prone program to the public. President Obama and his allies spent the rest of the day on defense, attempting to play off the major errors in
the system as a result of user overload.
CBS's Bob Schieffer
Falsely Claims 'Polls Say That Most People Favor' ObamaCare. In defiance of reality illustrated in numerous polls, on Sunday's Face the Nation,
host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn when she correctly asserted "there is only partisan support" for ObamaCare. Schieffer
cut her off: "Well now Congresswoman, that's not entirely true. The polls don't suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it."
Politico to Media: Ignore ObamaCare Launch
Problems. Essentially what you have here is an outlet that likes to present itself as objective, begging its media colleagues not to report on any
problems the American people might have with Tuesday's ObamaCare launch. This, despite the fact that the White House has already admitted there will be
"glitches." Again, because Politico is always trying to fool people into believing it is an objective news outlet, the piece also warns the media not to
declare ObamaCare a "success" based on the first few days.
CNN Does Twelve
Minute Interview With Susan Rice Without Mentioning Benghazi. It goes without saying that the reason Susan Rice was scrapped from consideration
to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State last year was due to the claims she made on numerous television programs the Sunday after our consulate in
Benghazi, Libya, was attacked. Despite this, when CNN's Fareed Zakaria did a twelve minute interview with Rice Sunday [9/29/2013], he didn't mention
Benghazi at all.
The Editor says...
I suspect and surmise that Ms. Rice probably consented to the interview upon the condition that no Benghazi questions were to be asked.
NBC to Air Obamacare Advertising
Series as 'News'. NBC News has announced that it will air a special series that will "help Americans get the most out of the Affordable
Care Act." A press release reports that NBC News will "help" Americans get all they can out of Obamacare.
NBC Launches Week of Programming to
'Help' Obamacare Succeed. NBC announced today that it would be launching a week of programming to help Obamacare get off its feet,
according to a press release sent out by the network. [...] The NBC release says it will help explain how to enroll in Obamacare, a service no doubt to
President Obama who has himself been barnstorming the country to try to boost enrollment in the program.
NBC News to air special
series on Obamacare. NBC News announced Friday that it will present a special series of programs and reports next week intended to "help
Americans get the most out of the Affordable Care Act," according to a press release. Timed to coincide with the rollout of new insurance exchanges,
"Ready or Not, the New Healthcare Law" begins airing Monday, Sept. 30. The series will appear on such network mainstays as "NBC Nightly News"
and "Today," as well as on social media and other digital outlets.
Cokie Roberts on
MSNBC: 'Some... Tea Party anger is racist'. Responding to a question about whether tea party opposition to Democrats might subside a bit
if Hillary Clinton jumped into the presidential race, "Morning Joe" panelist Cokie Roberts proclaimed, "I also think — and just calling
it — that some of this tea party anger is racist and that having a non-black person on the ticket will defuse it to some degree."
Davis Was 'Filibuster Heard 'Round the World'; Now It's 'Cruz 'Hijacks Senate'. The arch-liberal Huffington Post was among those
losing all perspective over the alleged wonders of Wendy Davis. An astute tweet carried at Twitchy.com notes that at one point it headlined
Davis's stalling tactics as "The Filibuster Heard 'Round the World." Now let's compare how HuffPo is treating Texas Senator Ted Cruz's
Wendy Davis and Media Bias. When a Democrat like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters against abortion
restrictions, she is elevated to hero status, her tennis shoes become totems. When Cruz grandstands against Obamacare,
he is a laughingstock in the eyes of many journalists on Twitter, an "embarrassment" in the eyes of The New York Times
Wendy Davis was a media
hero and Ted Cruz is a 'grandstander'. It's sort of hard to believe, but the Washington media is filled with people who maintain
that the major mainstream news media in the U.S. does not have a liberal bias. I don't spend too much time on the broader "media bias" case,
because it's too hard to litigate. Point out disparate treatment, and a bias-denier can just say "the cases are equivalent."
But Ted Cruz is giving us a very good point of comparison.
What Would the Founders Think of
Defunding Obamacare? A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare,
commented, "Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up." It's certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an
organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling
us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be "modernized" to meet the challenges of a new world.
The Editor strays off-topic as he says...
For two hundred years, they were called The Founding Fathers. Now, they're referred to as The Founders.
Media Imbalance on the Nairobi &
Peshawar Massacres. On a weekend in which 75 Christians were killed by jihadists outside a Church in Pakistan, you may
wonder why the main news (by far!) was the killing of 68 people in Nairobi (Kenya) — also by jihadists. (The UK's
'Islamophobic' Daily Mail hasn't featured it all so far and the 'right wing' Telegraph only featured it in its 'World' section.)
There must be reasons for this very large imbalance. So I will suggest a few.
Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money's Worth. In July 2011, the Associated Press hired Chris Tomlinson
to be its Supervisory Correspondent in its Austin, TX bureau. The AP's news reporting is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, but
Tomlinson is not. He came to the AP from a gig at the Texas Observer, which is the same lefty publication that was once the home of
The Truth About Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court.
Most of the major "news" outlets began their coverage with a rented AP report titled, "US Wants Supreme Court to Take Up Hobby Lobby Case," and
followed up with tendentious opinion pieces insinuating that the administration took this step to thwart a dark plot by Hobby Lobby to deny its
employees birth control coverage. In reality, the Obama administration "wants" the Supreme Court involved in this case just about as much as
you want a root canal. It was forced to file an appeal with the high court because, last June, Hobby Lobby dealt the government's lawyers a
resounding defeat in a federal appeals court.
How to Report on Racial Violence:
Don't. [E]very day, we read about the black caucuses, black colleges, black churches, black labor unions, black businesses,
black neighborhoods, black leaders, relentless black victimization at the hands of white supremacy, and on and on and on. Many of
these stories are written by members of the SPJ and the National Association of Black Journalists. But when it comes to reporting on
black on white crime, or black mob violence, these same reporters suddenly turn color blind.
CNN Wages War Against GOP After
ObamaCare Vote. Watching CNN after the House voted to defund ObamaCare and keep the government running was like watching "Democrat TV: Live."
As though they had agreed to every possible Democrat talking point, The Least Trustworthy Name In News immediately savaged Republicans as "radicals," "inmates
running the asylum," and a political party that was holding the American economy "for ransom."
Networks That Touted Tom DeLay's 2010 Conviction Silent About His Complete Vindication.
Back in 2010, when ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted on money laundering charges related to campaign fundraising, all three
network morning and evening news shows made sure to tell their viewers. But Thursday night and Friday morning, after an appeals court
overturned that verdict and completely acquitted DeLay of those charges, none of the broadcast networks bothered to even mentioned the former
Republican leader's exoneration.
Term you will not hear about Atlanta
kidnapping perp: Illegal Alien. The Associated Press and numerous other media outlets have banned the terms "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant"
after a relentless campaign by immigration activists who illogically claimed the terms were racist, and who want to soften the reality of crime committed by
people in the country illegally. The recent kidnapping and rescue of a teenager in Atlanta demonstrates how the media is wording around the term, and
diminishing the facts by making it unclear if the perpetrator was in the country illegally.
Punishment for Gluttons. Gluttony makes you fat,
and the New York Times is ON IT. The other day columnist Frank Bruni made an anthropological excursion to Costco, "where they sell cashews by the
quarter-ton [and] thousand-piece packs of chicken thighs." These sound to us like overestimates, leading us to suspect Bruni is a very small man. [...] Come
to think of it, the Costco complaint is a non sequitur. After all, those massive packages of nuts or chicken aren't portions
but ingredients, sold in bulk for storage and subsequent gradual use.
The Media Protect Obama Where It Counts.
[Scroll down] Historically, the purpose of the press was to inform people. But the principal purpose of our laughably misnamed mainstream media is to
prevent people from learning things that might not be good for them. Or, rather, for the Democratic Party.
Gives More Time to Hillary Clinton Getting an Award Than to Benghazi Anniversary. In news briefs on Tuesday and Wednesday, NBC Today
anchor Natalie Morales touted: "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be given the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal for
her years in public service and her work on human rights." The two segments totaled 36 seconds of air time. Meanwhile, on
Wednesday, the network morning show only managed to offer a couple mentions, totaling 10 seconds, to the anniversary of the September 11,
2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya [...]
Supposed Brilliance Is Very Much In Question. [George W.] Bush was mocked relentlessly by the media for playing golf and being "disengaged."
Does Mr. Obama playing over four times as much golf as Bush — including during the Syrian crisis — or cards in the final moments of Osama
bin Laden mean he is more "disengaged" than Bush or other presidents?
How the Big Three Networks Have Censored or Spun Obama's Deadly Foreign Policy Failure: Benghazi Blackout.
Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead and sent the Obama
administration scrambling for a cover story that the Big Three broadcast networks initially bought and were slow to unravel. A similar pattern has emerged in 2013.
As new information about the administration's actions before and after the attacks have been revealed through congressional testimony, whistleblowers, and eyewitnesses, the
Big Three have responded by censoring, breezing past or spinning politically damaging bombshells.
Albuquerque Becomes Latest Focal Point in
Abortion Wars. At the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum, three dozen people, many of them teenagers, arrived last month without warning.
Wearing T-shirts that said "Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust," they demanded that the museum include an exhibit on what they called the "American genocide" of
legal abortion, and fanned out to scatter cards with pictures of bloody "late-term abortion victims." They then moved outside to picket with a banner
calling Albuquerque "America's Auschwitz."
It's the New York Times, after all, and they couldn't avoid including a few liberal talking points, like calling Operation Rescue a "militant group,"
pointing out that abortion is "legal," (therefore it must be a good idea), and making an unattributed statement that "Some Jewish leaders here are still
angry about the Holocaust comparisons..." In reality the Holocaust wasn't as tragic as the on-going slaughter in America's abortion clinics, simply
because the number of people killed is far greater, and abortion is entirely preventable and has taken place over a period of several decades
with the approval of the courts and the Democratic Party.
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.
Hillary Press Secretary Refuses to Agree Alger Hiss Was a Communist. How is it that liberals keep getting tripped up by the Alger Hiss
Soviet spy case over 75 years after it happened? MSNBC host Karen Finney raised eyebrows yesterday when she hung up on conservative
talk-show host Hugh Hewitt after she turned down several chances he offered to acknowledge that the late Alger Hiss was a Communist. He
barely got to the point of discussing if Hiss was a spy for the Soviet Union.
MSNBC's Karen Finney Hangs Up on Hugh Hewitt
Over... It's rare to see liberals, let alone MSNBC hosts, appear on conservative radio shows, but miracles do happen, and
MSNBC host Karen Finney called into Hugh Hewitt's radio show. But whatever they had planned to talk about, it was derailed almost
immediately when they got into a huge shouting match over McCarthyism and communists within the American government. Hewitt kept
pestering Finney to say whether Alger Hiss was a communist. Finney repeatedly deflected, but when Hewitt kept pushing her on the
same point, she hung up on him.
slams media for hyping rare white-on-black crime while ignoring black-on-white crime. "It was much worse in the '70s, '80s," Coulter said.
"We're getting back to it. Obama brought it all back and that's this racial etiquette from the media. They don't report on the much more common
black-on-white crime, but the very rare man-bites-dog story of white-on-black crime — that gets covered hysterically not because it is a
man-bites-dog story, but they act as if, 'No, this is all too common, it's the racism in America.' No, it is very rare.
Birtherism's Sudden Respectability. The MSM has embraced it's [sic] inner kook and
decided that birtherism is actually kind of cool after all. Amazingly, all it took was for a Republican to emerge who they could pin it on and then
suddenly... serious questions need to be asked! Of course I'm sure it's all a big coincidence that so many MSM outlets are suddenly interested
in the question of eligibility to be President.
RNC Vindicated: CNN Films Hires 'Inconvenient
Truth' Vet. Days after the RNC agreed to boycott CNN and NBC/MSNBC when it comes to hosting GOP presidential primary debates, CNN Films made a move
that only serves to vindicate that boycott. As its senior director, CNN Films just announced the hiring of Courtney Sexton, the force behind a number of
left-wing documentaries, including Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth".
MSNBC's Ed Schultz: Only 'phony Christians' oppose
Obamacare. MSNBC host Ed Schultz blasted "phony" Christian conservatives who oppose Obamacare, saying the new health care law "is the most moral thing
this country has ever done." "This is good for America and I won't let them lie," Mr. Schultz said, according to the Blaze. "They're phony Christians.
Phony Christians when they say that they are Christian but then they want to take away from their next-door neighbor. They don't want to be their brother's keeper.
Politico Reporter: Hillary Made 'Verbal Typo,' Not a Gaffe.
During a speech about civil rights before the American Bar Association Monday [8/12/2013], Hillary Clinton botched the name of Medgar Evers, calling the civil rights
icon "Medgar Evans." Normally, no one would care, but today's mainstream media is merciless at using slips of the tongue to undermine the competency of
Republicans. Democrats, however, always get a pass.
Bias alert! The Washington Post makes a great effort, in the article below, to portray
the abortion clinic operators as victims. Fairfax
City abortion clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes. A women's health care clinic in Fairfax City that performed more abortions than any
other location in Virginia has closed, and it's unclear whether it will reopen elsewhere. The closure, and the clinic's difficulty finding new
space, highlight a growing issue in the abortion debate: changes in local and state regulations and standards for abortion clinics.
MSNBC Denies Bias After Andrea Mitchell Lashes
Out at GOP Over Immigration. Andrea Mitchell appearing on MSNBC and declaring John McCain "heroic" over his position supporting immigration
reform is not out of character for her. Nor is it odd that Mitchell would blast GOP foes of immigration reform and say they "ought to be ashamed."
Andrea Mitchell leans left and regularly uses her weekday show on MSNBC to drive her agenda.
Center: CNN Biased on Supreme Court Decisions. In the last week of June, the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS)
handed down two important decisions, one striking down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and one striking down the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA), leading to a renewed national dialog on the issues. According to a review of CNN's coverage of the
June 25 and 26 Supreme Court decisions conducted by the Media Research Center, the cable network's coverage of the
rulings showed a decided leftward tilt.
Editing Makes Rabbi Appear to be Covering up Sex Abuse. In a June 24 report for NBC's Rock Center, video for a story was
deceptively edited and misleading voice overs added to quotes from an Hasidic Rabbi that made it seem as if the Rabbi was insisting that allegations
of sex abuse should only be handled internally, within the community, and should not be taken to police. But in fact, Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz
did not say that at all. After a series of emails from Rabbi Berkowitz complaining of the deceptive edits, the web entry of the Rock
Center story has been updated and the video has been pulled.
CNN Edits Out Comparison of TWA 800 and
Benghazi. On this past Saturday morning [6/22/2013], I did a live remote from Kansas City for CNN's "New Day" program on the subject of
TWA Flight 800, hosted by Alison Kosik. What follows is the transcript as it appears on CNN.com. What does not appear I will explain
later. Inherent in this transcript is the Achilles heel of what is arguably the most successful bit of government propaganda in American peacetime
history. Unwittingly, what the CNN editors left in is more damning than what they took out.
What CNN Cut Out of the TWA 800 Interview.
[Scroll down] On August 2, 1996, Clinton had yet to get the investigation under his full control. If telltale chemicals were not
found, perhaps the eyewitness testimony could be marginalized. This seems to have been the plan. If so, the investigators could "reassemble
the plane," and that Potemkin dumb show would take the investigation past the November election. Unfortunately for Clinton, the FBI found
"telltale" residue of the explosives PETN and RDX throughout the plane, and the New York Times reported the same.
Next Society-Wrecking Agenda Item: 'Monogamy
Is Unnatural'. Brightening up my Monday morning (not) is an item carried at CNN.com last Friday whose headline basically tells loyal, faithful spouses
that they're nature-defying freaks who in the vast majority of cases are ignorantly honoring an institution which doesn't make any sense. Meghan Laslocky
doesn't have the gumption to use those words. But what else are we supposed to conclude from a column entitled "Face it: Monogamy is unnatural"?
ABC News Fails to Find Homophobes in Texas.
"What Would You Do?" is a regular ABC News feature and probably the most appalling kind of gotcha journalism allowed to broadcast these days. The segments
are almost always politically correct (race, homophobia, Muslims, bullying, smoking ), but the targets are not the powerful; the targets instead are everyday
American citizens. [...] And remember, when James O'Keefe does this exact sort of the thing to The Powerful, he is pummeled by the media and is then put out of
business by our government during all of Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
MSM is Lying: Conservatives Are the Mainstream.
The MSM says Steve Lonegan as the presumptive nominee means the GOP has given up trying to win the New Jersey Senate seat. Their narrative is that
conservatives are crazy, out-of-the-mainstream, unelectable losers. It is the same spin the MSM put on Romney naming conservative Paul Ryan as his
Censoring the 'Anti-Gay' Viewpoint.
The media elites have never been less interested in objectivity than they are right now on "gay marriage." They don't wear rainbow flags
on their lapels when they appear on television, but the coverage speaks for itself. [...] In many corners of the liberal media, the space for
a social conservative to argue against "marriage equality" is vanishing before our eyes. It becomes twice as difficult [as] more and more
anchors and reporters come out and declare themselves gay, and then the gay lobby expects those journalists to perform with perfect obedience
to their agenda.
CBS's Scott Pelley
Underestimates Fox News Ratings by 90%. In a recent interview, CBS Evening News host Scott Pelley said that he thinks that
Fox News really doesn't have very many viewers — underestimating the network's actual ratings by about 90 percent. Pelley
told Deadline Hollywood that Fox might have perhaps as few as "200,000 viewers."
Reporter Equates Iran's Islamist Hardliners To U.S. Tea Party. For many years, the networks have done a sloppy job of comparing
"conservatives" around the globe. As the Berlin Wall fell, the "conservatives" became the communists who wanted to keep their grip on
power and not give way to democracy. That's hardly comparable to American conservatives. On Saturday night [6/15/2013], CBS News
was doing this sloppy dance on the elections in Iran.
Corps Cackle at Weekly Standard Abortion Question to Pelosi. At a Thursday [6/13/2013] press conference, the Weekly
Standard's John McCormack asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi what the moral difference was between Dr. Kermit Gosnell's
murdering born-alive infants and legalized late-term abortion. In response, McCormack was not only met with anger from Pelosi
but also howls of laughter from his media colleagues.
Party: Congressman's Top Aide Implicated in Voter Fraud. Jeffrey Garcia, Congressman Joe Garcia's (no relation) chief
of staff has been implicated in a "sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year's primary elections by submitting hundreds of
fraudulent absentee-ballot requests," according to the Miami Herald. [...] Quick quiz: What party does Mr. Garcia represent?
The entire 1500 word article never says.
MSNBC Contributor Michael Eric Dyson:
Eric Holder 'Is The Moses Of Our Time'. In an elaborate effort to exonerate the members of President Barack Obama's Justice Department of any
wrongdoing in relation to the scandal surrounding the sweeping subpoenas of the communications records of journalists, an MSNBC panel implied that the
administration was the subject of persecution. During the discussion, MSNBC contributor and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson said
that Attorney General Eric Holder, himself a victim of an elaborate right-wing effort to smear him, is "the Moses of our time."
LA Times: Boston Bomber's Faith
was 'Conservative Islam'. Exactly what is "conservative Islam"? Was Tamerlan self-radicalized into "conservative
Islam," LA Times? How about Hasan at Ft. Hood? Was he another "conservative Islamist" who committed "workplace
violence?" Matt Pearce is the reporter responsible for coining this new phrase.
NBC Reporter Hilariously Denies Soviet Flags Present At May Day Rally. While covering a May Day rally in Manhattan's
Union Square on Wednesday [5/1/2013], NBC New York reporter Ida Siegal was cornered and asked if her network planned to show the
communist imagery the protesters were displaying. Hilarity ensued when Siegal immediately became defensive, denying she had
seen any communist imagery and asking of the "Hammer-and-Sickle" flags: "What do they represent?"
The Sleepers Awake. The regular
media is finally covering the Kermit Gosnell trial in a big way. It's as if they woke up from a deep sleep to notice that a
poor black doctor offering a service to the community is being lynched in Philadelphia by 'racist' and 'elitist' prosecutors.
Now they're making up for lost time.
An Unbearable Aroma of Self-Righteousness in SWAT Nation.
I've already written about David Sirota's emetic essay in Slate in which he expressed the hope that the bomber would turn our to be a "white
American" while also dilating on the sin of "white male privilege." The politically correct consensus has been bleating in perfect unison
on this subject. First came the prediction and the fervent, trembling hope — the unspeakable yearning — that the
perpetrator of this slaughter would turn out to be a tea partier, an anti-government right-winger, or at least a white male Christian of some
The national news media quickly jump to erroneous conclusions. CNN
National Security Analyst Warns Of 'Right-Wing Extremists' Behind Boston Bombings. CNN national security analyst Peter
Bergen told host Jake Tapper on Monday [4/15/2013] that the explosions in Boston could be the work of Al Qaeda terrorists as much
as they could be part of a planned assault by "right-wing extremists." Bergen said he was reminded of the Oklahoma City bombing,
and that terrorism on the right could not be ruled out.
Reporter Luke Russert Speculates On Boston Explosions' Link To 1993 Waco Siege. In light of the explosions that have
rocked Boston on Patriots' Day, during the city's annual marathon, NBC reporter Luke Russert took to Twitter to speculate that today's
horrific events could possibly be related to the 1993 government siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas — an
incident often attached to conversations about "right-wing terrorism" and anti-government violence.
Matthews, Democratic congressman suggest Tax Day tie to Boston attacks. During MSNBC's coverage of the Boston Marathon
explosion, "Hardall" [sic] host Chris Matthews and Democratic Massachusetts Rep. William Keating speculated on what may have motivated
the bombing. Keating pointed out that it could be related to Tax Day. "Now, we have an international event, the marathon,
the oldest marathon," Keating said. "And we also have Tax Day, April 15, so we don't know if that's the kind of symbol
a domestic terrorist might use as well. [...]"
Marathon Bombing Could Be Result of "Right-Wing Extremists" Says CNN Analyst. In another shameful display of utter
ignorance and desperation to cover over what will obviously be shown to be a Muslim Jihadist orchestrated bombing, CNN "national
security" analyst peter Bergen spewed forth the same kind of non-sense that occurs when things like the explosions at the Boston
Marathon take place. He told CNN anchor Jake Tapper that is could be "right-wing extremists."
Embarrassment That Is CNN Situation Room's Coverage Of Boston. Wolf Blitzer took to the airwaves at 5pm Eastern time,
about two hours after the twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Wolf brought on CNN contributor Tom Fuentes,
who didn't want to 'speculate' as to whether this was terrorism, but that if it was, certainly there are a lot of domestic terrorist
groups like white supremacists and/or the Aryan Brotherhood.
Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the
heart. — Matt 15:18 Chris
Matthews: 'Normally' Domestic Terrorists 'Tend to Be on the Far Right'. Just hours after explosions rocked the Boston
Marathon on Monday, Chris Matthews speculated, "Normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right." He then
reconsidered and suggested, "...That's not a good category, just extremists, let's call them that."
Bomb Attack No Excuse for Media Speculation. As if to provide a warning to commentators, prognosticators,
ax-grinders, think-tankers and television analysts about the dangers of petty speculation, the New York Times columnist
Nicholas Kristof posted this thought on Twitter a few minutes after today's apparent bomb attack in Boston: "explosion
is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment."
Even if Fort Hood hadn't
happened, this still wouldn't be true. Bombings End Decade Without Terror in
U.S.. The bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday was the end of more than a decade in which the United States experienced
strikingly few terrorist attacks, in part because of the far more aggressive law enforcement tactics that arose after the Sept. 11,
The Editor says...
The writer of the article immediately above seems to have forgotten about
American Airlines Flight 1561 5/8/2011
Times Square 5/1/2010
Northwest Flight 253 12/25/2009
Little Rock military recruiting center 6/1/2009
Salt Lake City shopping mall 2/12/2007
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 3/3/2006
as well as several otherattempted acts of terrorism,
most of which were set up as government sting operations.
Joy Reid Praises Obama's Reaction To Terror, Says Bush Disappeared for 'Couple Weeks' After 9/11. MSNBC contributor
Joy-Ann Reid told the host of Now, Alex Wagner, that she thought President Barack Obama's response to the attack on the Boston
Marathon on Monday was powerful and comforting in a way that President George W. Bush's response to the attacks of September 11,
2001, was not. She accused Bush of being unavailable to the American people for the "first couple weeks" after the attack on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
host blames NRA for law enforcement inability to find Boston bombing perp. The National Rifle Association hasn't received
much in the way of favorable coverage from MSNBC recently. But on Wednesday's [4/17/2013] "The Last Word," host Lawrence O'Donnell
took that unfavorable coverage to the next level by blaming the NRA for law enforcement's inability to track down the perpetrator of
Monday's terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
The real domestic terrorists. In the wake of
the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, it took mere hours for CNN to strongly hint — without anything so significant as evidence
or proof — that right-wing extremists were responsible. In this, CNN is merely following the trend over the last five years
or so in which the government tries to criminalize anyone who disagrees with it. Therefore it should come as no surprise that
Americans who support the Constitution and Bill of Rights are now being reclassified as domestic terrorists, despite the fact that we
haven't done anything wrong.
'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
Amanpour Hoped 'Beyond Hope' the Boston Bombing Suspects Weren't Mideast Muslims. Dave Weigel at Slate reported from an
awards dinner Tuesday night [4/16/2013] for the leftish Arab American Instiute about the crowd's discomfort with the notion that the
Boston assailants would turn out to "look like them." (That, I think, would mean Middle Eastern and Muslim, although AAI president
James Zogby describes himself as a Maronite Catholic.) They tried not to say it out loud, he said, but then CNN's Christiane
Amanpour, there to receive an award, said it for them.
Sorry, Media, No White Tea
Partiers Were Involved. There's palpable dismay at outlets such as MSNBC and Salon that the Boston Marathon bombers were
radicalized young men from Chechnya and not angry white males from the vast right-wing conspiracy.
Oh no! Marathon bombers not 'white
Americans'. Boo-hoo! David Sirota of Salon Magazine must be in mourning this morning, for the hopes he expressed in a piece
titled "Let's hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American," have been dashed. One can only imagine he has plenty of company among
members of the MSM who are smart enough not to admit their lust to blame their political foes for the Boston violence.
Salon: 'Let's hope Boston
Marathon bomber is a white American'. The liberal online magazine Salon published an opinion piece Tuesday evening by
columnist David Sirota entitled, "Let's hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American." Sirota argued that if the perpetrator of
Monday's bombing attack, which left at least three people dead, is identified as a Muslim, then conservative Republicans will use the tragedy
to block Obama administration policy goals like immigration reform.
CNN: Pressure Cooker
Bomb 'Right Wing' Signature. An article published on CNN's website makes an unproven claim that pressure cooker bombs like the
ones used at the Boston Marathon terror attack are a "signature" of "right-wing extremists."
Why coverage of
"right-wing" violence irritates conservatives. Clearly, [NPR's Dina] Temple-Raston didn't have much evidence to back up her
theory and subsequent evidence has undermined her speculation. Further, her conflation of multiple events and ideological movements is
particularly absurd. Last I checked, Nazism was not exactly about opposition to a strong role for government. Beyond this, I think
the comment is worth revisiting to explain why it is that conservatives get so sensitive when members of the media leap to blame acts of
violence on the "right wing."
Fascism by the Numbers.
• NPR's "All Things Considered" aired a segment in which the tax-subsidized
network's counterterrorism reporter, Dina Temple-Ralston, declared: "April is a big month for
anti-government, and right wing, individuals. [...]
• National Journal's James Kitfield wrote: "The timing of the attack on
'Patriot's Day,' which coincides with the April 15 deadline for filing federal taxes, suggests a
possible link with right-wing, antigovernment extremist groups." [...]
• MSNBC aired an interview with Harvard's Jessica Stern, who observed that a
recipe for a similar bomb was published in an al Qaeda magazine — and on that basis speculated of a
The Irresponsible Search for Bomb
Scapegoats. [Scroll down] An example of that came in an article published last night [4/16/2013] in Salon by David Sirota,
in which he expresses the hope that "the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American." The conceit of this inflammatory piece is that a
white American terrorist would be treated as a "lone wolf" whose actions would have no implications on policy or society while a Muslim bomber
would be thought of as an existential threat to the country.
They're Not Named Smith Either!
Shortly after the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack was carried out by Nidal Hasan, Martha Raddatz and Diane Sawyer of ABC News openly lamented that
the killer's name was not something like Smith. They pretended to overhear this sentiment from some military wife at the fort, but I suspect
otherwise — that they were pulling the liberal trifecta of lying, projecting, and conflating victims with experts — all
Gun debate triggered media bias.
If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some
members of the press. Even by the standards of today's partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. [...] The decision by
some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives' longstanding
suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.
Murder Trial Shows Media Bias At Its Worst. The trial of notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell — as close
to a demonic presence as anything this country will ever see — was almost a month old when the network blackout finally ended.
CNN broke its silence, as did CBS. National newspapers sent reporters to the trial for the first time. They started covering it
only because of a national outrage that they would so deliberately withhold this horror story from the public — for political
Baby Talk. I see that even those commentators tipping a belated toe into
the sewage of the Gosnell trial still can't bring themselves to address what the guy did.
Howard Kurtz Agrees
Gosnell Hasn't Received Enough Coverage, Then Demonstrates Why. [J]ust a couple sentences after agreeing the media hasn't given the story enough attention,
Kurtz accidentally revealed why. He says "Kermit Gosnell is on trial for allegedly running a house of horrors, storing all kinds of mutilated fetuses, some
of which were brutally killed." [Emphasis added.] Fetuses? Gosnell is not on trial for murdering fetuses, he's on trial for murdering babies (and one
How Texas Became Texas and Why It
Matters. As a Texas-raised journalist, I can tell you two things with confidence about my native state. One, its economy has been
humming nicely for years. Two, this appears to greatly offend a certain breed of Northern writer, several of whom have descended on the state in
an attempt to rebut stories of a "Texas miracle." Their reports, Erica Grieder writes, have contributed to "a widespread impression that Texas is
corrupt, callous, racist, theocratic, stupid, belligerent, and most of all, dangerous."
The War on the Family Enters a New
Stage. Welcome to a brave new "national conversation" that proposes not simply to redefine the family, but to eliminate it.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry recently shocked millions with her brazen TV promo spot urging us to get rid of the idea that kids belong to
their parents or to "private" families. She presses us to replace it with a "collective" notion of children: "Kids belong to whole
It Takes A Village Idiot To Say
Kids Belong To State. Collectivists throughout history have said that children do and should belong to the state and that if you control
the children, you control the future. One well-known collectivist echoed such sentiments when he said, "Let me control the textbooks and I will
control the state. The state will take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing. Your child belongs to us
already... what are you?" So said Adolf Hitler, who founded a sate-run youth group that bore his name.
Whose children are they? "The 'It takes a village to raise a child'
crowd believes that all children are children of the village. Any parental decision-making authority regarding education is a mere delegation
of a core power from the government, and all prior claims over the development of the hearts and minds of children reside with the village and not
with the family.
biased against traditional marriage, says advocate. [Brian] Brown: "This is the potential Roe v. Wade of our
time, and you turn on cable and it's all about Tiger Woods saying winning takes care of everything." More: "I think on the
cable networks, the coverage has not been great at all. Even on Fox News, we find it difficult to get broadcast time airing our
views." Though Brown notes that he was on Fox last weekend, his organization and allies are having increasing difficulty getting
equal time for their views vis-a-vis opposing ones.
Jones: 'MSNBC Is Like the Ku Klux Klan Channel' — 'Just Race, Everything Race'. As NewsBusters readers know all
too well, the folks at MSNBC spend a great deal of time calling everyone they don't agree with racists. Controversial talk radio host
Alex Jones took this sentiment a step further Friday [3/29/2013] saying, "You turn on MSNBC, it's like the Ku Klux Klan channel... Just
race, everything race". [Video clip]
Our Own Little Pravda. The Washington Post
is our own little Pravda, kissing up to Obama on every day. Each day there's a story about the pain caused by the sequester,
the idea being that any attempt to introduce a bit of fiscal sanity puts all Heaven in a rage. Coupla days ago the Post had a
story on page one above the fold on how Obamacare is empowering nurses. There will be fewer doctors and the nurses will take up the
slack. A story about how doctors will retire rather than deal with Obamacare gets a feminist spin.
The coming homeless die-off.
A national study out of Pennsylvania says the median age of single adult homeless people is now 53 — and that without a big push
toward getting older indigents into housing and medical care, huge swaths of them will be dying off in the next decade.
The Editor says...
The article above is, in my opinion, an effort by the San Francisco newspaper to generate unwarranted sympathy for homeless people, most
likely for the purpose of building up a public outcry for more (spending on) homeless shelters.
Abortionist's 'House of Horrors'. The liberal media know an abortion outrage when they hear it. Sadly they only
seem to hear them from the mouths of Republican candidates, and it only takes a statement to outrage the press. Can't they
find a single abortion outrage inside an abortion clinic? Such is their radicalism that nothing, absolutely nothing regarding
this gruesome procedure raises their eyebrows, never mind their ire. One emerging story proves the degree to which our "objective"
media's views on abortion are dogmatic and extreme.
leadership group condemns defense tactics, media coverage in abortion-doctor murder case. A conservative black leadership
network, Project 21, condemned both the race-based defense strategy and also the media coverage of the murder trial of Philadelphia
abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charging that by trying to hold Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic to lower standards than abortion
providers, Gosnell's lawyers are setting a dangerous precedent for abortion clinics in African-American communities across the country.
Debt Exceeds $16 Trillion, NYT Reporter Asks 'What Is So Special About a Balanced Budget?'New York Times economics
reporter Annie Lowrey's "news analysis" on Wednesday downplayed the gargantuan national debt. [...] Obama himself made the same
observation in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, saying, "My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the
sake of balance." The national debt figure is now running over $16 trillion, more than the Gross Domestic Product, [b]ut
those frighening [sic] figures failed to make it into Lowrey's story.
Equating Christians With Racists.
Last Sunday [2/24/2013], the Washington Post's ombudsman casually revealed that the official policy of reporters at the paper is
to treat opponents of gay marriage as the moral equivalent of racists. Addressing the complaint that the paper is a propaganda
sheet for gay activists, ombudsman Patrick Pexton disclosed an e-mail exchange between a reader and a Post reporter. The reader
had asked the reporter why the paper covers the gay marriage debate so one-sidedly.
Media's Crusade Against Cruz. The liberal media have their knives out for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after his textbook
cross-examination of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel at the latter's confirmation hearing Jan. 31.
Christiane Amanpour: Happy
birthday, President Mugabe! I'm trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute
to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with [an] online video, which
is one dash news report but mostly sounds like a toast at someone's 33 Years of Brutal Power-Mongering Party.
Varney on MSNBC Editing [...] 'They Are Misleading America Quite Deliberately'. [Scroll down] Fox Business
Network's Stuart Varney reacted on Hannity, saying, "They sat around and figured out how to put this piece of tape next to that
piece of tape to make it sound like this and not like that. [...] They are misleading America quite deliberately. They're
not only cheerleading for the president, they're actually leading almost a lie to the American people."
'WaPo': Rise in Gas Prices Has Absolutely Nothing
To Do With Obama. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey helps to clear up the Washington Post's confusion over the startling 45 cent rise in
gas prices in a single month. What's also of interest, though, is a word found nowhere in the Post's 750-worder; and that word is "Obama."
Not once does the Post question, examine, or consider how White House policies or lack thereof might be exploding the price of a gallon of gas.
Ted Cruz deserves cheers, not jeers.
Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of "no more business as usual." No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and
he won. He came to Washington, and he delivered. He didn't stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he
planned to shake up the status quo. How would the media react to a senator like that? Nothing but praise for standing his ground, right?
News Reporter Stops Returning Carnival Cruise Passenger From Quoting Bible. As stranded Carnival Cruise passengers
began finally disembarking in Mobile, Alabama, late Thursday evening [2/14/2013], MSNBC had NBC News correspondent Mark Potter on
the scene to speak with them. One young lady during her over three minute interview tried to cite a Bible verse that helped
her get through the ordeal, but Potter pulled his microphone away and quickly ended the discussion.
Every Man a Criminal. For Chris Matthews, the
sob-sister sap who hosts MSNBC's hilariously misnamed Hardball, President Obama's inaugural address bore comparison to
Lincoln at Gettysburg. Whether Lincoln would have felt the same is doubtful.
Hagel Went to Five Colleges, Was 'D'
Student; Media Oblivious. The media have shown some skepticism over Hagel's qualifications after his poor showing in his Jan. 31 confirmation
hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. But they have shown little interest in his checkered academic background, and certainly none of the
derision they once poured upon Sarah Palin.
Media Ignore Domestic Terrorist
Conviction of Gay-Rights Activist. How many stories have you seen on the broadcast networks or cable networks — any of the
networks — about the first-ever domestic terrorism conviction in our nation's capital? Is same-sex marriage such a politically correct issue that
no one wants to inform the public when a gay-rights political activist shoots someone in an attempted mass-murder?
Why Does the Media Go
Easy on Barack Obama? Allegations of liberal media bias are almost constant in the conservative press, but their
intensity has increased since President Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together on 60 Minutes, where interviewer Steve
Kroft posed "softball" questions that were almost comically obsequious. "Mr. Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely
symptomatic of a larger phenomenon: the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama," Peter Wehner wrote
in Commentary, echoing an argument voiced by many on the right.
Should CNN's Obese Employees
Be Publicly Shamed Into Losing Weight? For the last three days, CNN has been on a partisan rampage to embarrass, humiliate,
and politically damage Republican Governor Chris Christie over the issue of his weight. The entire network has been behind a push
led by Jim Acosta, and the fig leaf of news — among other things — has been America's obesity problem. But
that's a lie. We know this because CNN has thus far refuse dto touch Hillary's lifelong struggle with her weight, which is now
bordering on obesity.
Supplies Secret To Restoring Washington's Good Name: More Government Programs. Nowadays, our nation's capital is in such
ill-repute that if George Washington were around, he might sue to have his name taken off it. But never fear: restoring
Washington's good name is just a few trillion dollars away! So Chris Matthews assures us in an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo that is
currently airing. After ticking off a number of big-government programs initated under past presidents, Matthews continues:
"we got to get back to that, and then Washington will have a good name again."
Unemployment Increase as Good News. Apparently, the increase in the unemployment rate means the economy is so
good, more people are joining the labor force ... except 169,000 people dropped out of the labor force, and the economy isn't
good; it collapsed over three points in the last quarter and shrunk 0.1 [percent(?)]. The AP called today's news
"upbeat," you know, even though consumer confidence hit a two-year low.
Chris Matthews Reference 'Mickey Mouse' Five Times In 75 Second To Describe Republicans. During his final thought on
Thursday [1/24/2013], MSNBC host Chris Matthews denounced Republican state legislators who are attempting to implement plans to break up
their state's Electoral College votes by congressional district — a system that the states of Maine and Nebraska already have
on the books. Matthews referenced Mickey Mouse or the Mouseketeers no less than five times in the space of one minute and
15 seconds during to describe Republicans during this monologue.
A Tale Of Two
Inaugurals: In 2005, Media Sneers; In 2013, Media Cheers. From substance to style, most are aware that the
nation's political press has imposed wildly divergent standards on themselves in their coverage of the administration of
President Barack Obama and that of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. This lamentable condition has been
well documented, so it may seem unsurprising that the press would cover Obama's second inaugural far differently than they did
Bush's. But one's ability to experience surprise is regularly challenged by the political press and their staggering
disregard for consistency.
Matthews: Republicans Will Have To 'Rig The Elections' In Order To Win From Now On. Following President Obama's second
inaugural speech, MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested that because the Republican Party is now so unpopular, in order to win future
elections they will have to "rig it" through new voter laws. "If states like Pennsylvania ever get controlled by Republican
legislators, that is frightening," Matthews said, implying those GOP-led legislatures will attempt to curb the voting rights of the
largely Democratic black voting base within the states' urban areas.
CNN Correspondent: 'I Feel Like I Should Pinch Myself Right Now'. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was positively giddy while
covering President Obama's inauguration parade on Monday afternoon, and didn't hold back his feelings on-air. "You know, I feel
like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf. I can't believe I have this vantage point of history in the making," Acosta gushed.
Tom Brokaw v. Founding Fathers.
Thursday Jan 17, Tom Brokaw was given time on MSNBC to tell the Founding Fathers the self-evident truths they laid their lives on the line
for are farfetched. Are we lucky, or what? Our talking heads know so much more than the men who pledged their lives, their sacred
honor to free us from the tyranny of Kings and establish real freedom.
Even Though. The New York Times' Fox
Butterfield is famous for repeatedly reporting with astonishment that crime rates went down as the prison population went up without giving
much heed to the possibility that the two trends might be correlated rather than (as the paper's house ideology insists)
contradictory. [...] Well, he now seems to have some competition in the "incredulous about cause and effect" department at
the Times. In today's paper, Times business reporter Reed Abelson notes with barely masked bewilderment that
insurance premiums are rising sharply as Obamacare's insurance regulations begin to take effect.
Campaign journalists 'swooned' over Obama during off-the-record bar visit. "The behavior of the assembled press corps was
telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their
minds," [Michael] Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president. "We were all, on some
level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico's paradise, the
subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!"
This a Joke? CNN Lets Oliver Stone Defend 'Magnanimous, Warm' Hugo Chavez. Out of all the guests to talk Hugo Chavez's
illness, CNN brought on Chavez-fan Oliver Stone on Friday [1/4/2013]. Stone lauded him as "magnanimous, warm, warm man, big man."
Anchor Suzanne Malveaux actually played clips of Stone's documentary involving Chavez, which Time magazine called a "love story" for the
dictator. Yes, this is the same network whose founder said he trusted the North Koreans and defended Kim Jong Il.
Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible.
You've got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it
hasn't stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" —
and needs to be amended. Piers handed down his decree while interviewing Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the December 24th "Piers
Morgan Tonight." Yes, on Christmas Eve.
How to Get Away with Political Violence.
It is evident that Washington Post pundit Dana Milbank has an odd filter when it comes to commenting on political violence in this country.
He imagines it on the right and ignores it on the left.
NBC Editor Denounces
"Religious" Part of Christmas. NBC's medical editor denounced the religious part of Christmas during a panel discussion about
the holiday on Today. "I don't like the religion part," said Nancy Snyderman, the network's chief medical editor. "I think religion
is what mucks the whole thing up." The "religion" she was referring to is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here's another web site you should visit: Media Bias dot com. Exposing the bias in mainstream journalism.
NY Times Attacks
Texas for Attracting Business. The New York Times published a piece Monday attacking Texas for giving financial
incentives to companies to encourage them to move to the southern state. This article follows only one day after the Times
published a piece that attacked states in general for "crony capitalism" while ignoring the massive crony capitalism of the Obama
CNN: Time for a Gas Tax
Hike. Dishonestly portraying "some experts" as offering a new fix to the fiscal cliff, CNN explored the idea of hiking
the federal gas tax because, author Steve Hargreaves says, the current 18.4 cents per gallon is "not enough." "As lawmakers
race to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff," Hargreaves urgently reports, "some experts say one tax increase should be on the
table: a gas tax hike." The tax, which raises $32 billion a year, hasn't been raised since 1993, he tells us.
Courant: One-Party Rule 'Unhealthy,' Only Endorsed Democrats. The former Republican Secretary of State of Connecticut has criticized The
Hartford Courant for what she calls "the height of hypocrisy." Pauline R. Kezer wrote a letter to the editor in which she slams
the news outlet for a recent editorial that depicts one-party rule as "unhealthy." Ironically, the editorial board's article came after
only endorsing Democrat candidates in the general election.
CBS and Another 'Obama is Lincoln' Story. On the network morning show recently
breaking in as the top rated morning program, CBS This Morning hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell kicked off their Lincoln segment attempting to link Abe
Lincoln and Obama by gravely wondering if there was a "lesson for Obama, now in his second term, with Lincoln?"
Susan Rice Need Not Walk
Back Her False Libya Statements, CNN's Doing It For Her. Just now on CNN, morning anchor Carol Costello falsely claimed that Rice told us Libya was
"probably" the result of a spontaneous protest. That is 100% false and near-ridiculous. Susan Rice did not "suggest" the September 11 anniversary
attack on our Libyan consulate was spurred by a video, Rice insisted on it. [I]n fact, Rice not only insisted on it, she insisted on it to
the exclusion of any other theory.
The web of deceit about
Benghazi begins to fray. The press had no interest in the Benghazi story when it could have been the campaign show-stopper,
but now some of stars of print and screen are slowly coming out of their self-induced coma. Sex makes any story irresistible, even
to pompous hacks and blowhards.
Chris Matthews: 'I'm so glad we had
that storm last week'. In their gloating over Obama's victory, members of the left are letting the mask slip. Chris Matthews,
already notorious for his over the top enthusiasms for Obama, and vitriolic rhetoric toward conservatives, has actually reveled in the death and
destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. For the left, you can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs.
Media Celebrate Increased Unemployment, Lower
Wages. In January of 2009, when President Obama took office, the unemployment rate was 7.8%. Four years and around $5 trillion
dollars in debt later, it's 7.9%. When Obama took office the long-term unemployment (U-6) rate was 14.2%. Today, it's 14.6%.
Obama promised us 5.2%. And, still, the media celebrates the jobs numbers.
beclowns itself — says its NBA team is 'too white'. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune — either in an
effort to pander to minorities or because it wants to generate controversy in order to sell newspapers — is advancing the
ridiculous notion that the team owner is stockpiling white guys in order to cater to the state's 90% white population. This
idiotic notion is backed by local "civil rights leaders" who never seem to miss an opportunity to racialize an issue.
Category 5 Media Bias On Display In Wake Of
Sandy. At an event for Hurricane Sandy victims, reporters pummel Mitt Romney to answer questions about FEMA. This is the same press
corps that refuses to ask President Obama a single tough question about Benghazi.
Media Bias 101: Benghazi vs. Watergate and Iran-Contra.
What we're witnessing right now is how the media's liberal bias truly works. Liberal journalists can be like men and women possessed when a Republican
is in the Oval Office, but for a liberal Democrat, they are as compliant as lambs. Being political partisans first and journalists second, they are now
silently complicit when faced with Obama's scandal, one potentially more disturbing than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined. After all, Americans died in
Coverage of the Libya Attacks: From Slanted to Suppressed. Americans of all political stripes were distressed by
the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador.
But the reaction of the national broadcast networks has been demonstrably and shamefully partisan from the beginning of this story.
Comedians Joke about Romney ... Again
and Again and Again. Late-night TV comedians want you to laugh at Republicans, and especially at Mitt Romney. A study by the Center for
Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found that late-night comedians overwhelmingly target Republicans in their comedy routines.
Study: TV Comics Hit Mitt Most. Late night TV talk-show comedians have
told more jokes about Mitt Romney than about all Democrats combined since the party nominating conventions, according to a new study of political
humor by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA). Overall, the study found that Republicans were the targets of jokes more than twice as
often as Democrats, with the greatest disparity occurring in David Letterman's monologues.
The Editor says...
Late-night television comedians are, in most cases, surprisingly effective propagandists using mocking derision to affect the political views of thousands
of people. They may or may not be aware of Alinsky's Rule #5 — "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" — but they're using it to support one political
party over the other.
A Nightmare Scenario.
Let's suppose that Barack Obama gets narrowly re-elected. And then, in a week or a month, the lid blows off the Benghazi
story and what is now a trickle of leaks from bureaucrats protecting their butts turns into a flood. The mainstream
media that has been so studiously ignoring this story while the election was still to be won or lost will have no choice
(and, indeed, every reason) to make it the big story it would have been had it happened on President McCain's watch.
Cindy Sheehan Was
Cheered, Charles Woods Is Ignored. During the 2004 presidential campaign, a media eager to deny George W. Bush
a second term made Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq, a national heroine and reported virtually her every word and move. [...] But
nobody in a mainstream media eager to see President Obama get a second term is bringing the Benghazi debate to the White House
doorstep. On all the Sunday [10/28/2012] talk shows, when Benghazi was brought up, the moderator quickly changed subjects.
Obama's Homeless. The left launched an unceasing
campaign from Reagan's first year in office until his last, as if there had been no such thing as a homeless American until Ronald
Reagan took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. [...] Of course, once Bill Clinton became president, the tragedy was suddenly
over, as the homeless magically disappeared; that is, they disappeared from media attention — much like how Iraq immediately
exited the media's headlines the day George W. Bush was gone.
Actively Telling Viewers How to Vote on Gay Marriage. It should come as no surprise that MSNBC's socially liberal anchors
are biased in favor of gay marriage — saying it's an issue of "marriage equality." But on Friday's [10/26/2012]
MSNBC Live, anchor Thomas Roberts dropped all pretext of being a neutral journalist by explicitly telling viewers how they
should vote on the controversial issue. Speaking on Friday with Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of the Family Equality
Council, openly gay host Thomas Roberts actually told his audience how to vote on ballot questions in the states of Maryland, Maine,
Minnesota and Washington.
media watchdogs are toothless covering Obama and Libya scandal. The attack left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans
dead. Subsequent conflicting accounts coming from the administration on how the White House responded, or didn't respond, are
tailor-made for a full-blown media feeding frenzy. Yet, the so-called media watchdogs so far have been mostly toothless.
E-mails Break; Morning Shows Minimize Pressure on Team Obama. On Tuesday evening, CBS broke wide open a story on State
Department e-mails showing the White House knew on September 11 that the consulate in Benghazi was subjected to a terrorist attack,
and that terrorists took credit on Facebook and Twitter. But by Wednesday [10/24/2012], the three network morning shows weren't
leaping to follow up.
US Weekly Ignores Michelle Obama's Expensive
Tastes. In a piece published Wednesday [10/17/2012], Us Weekly ran the headline "Ann Romney Wears $1,690 Oscar
de la Renta Dress to Presidential Debate." Fox News points out the magazine chose this headline despite the fact that
First Lady Michelle Obama's outfit cost double that price.
Mag Headlines Cost of Ann Romney's Dress, Buries Higher Cost of Michelle's. Us Magazine had a little tidbit of gossip when it
discovered who made Ann Romney's and Michelle Obama's hot pink dresses worn to the recent presidential debate. In its headline Us blares
that Ann Romney's dress cost "$1,690." But Michelle Obama's ensemble was priced at $3,290 despite the silence of the headline.
Soledad O'Brien: Obama 'up 15' in
Virginia. This morning [10/18/2012], CNN's Soledad O'Brien told Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell "pre-debate polling
shows that the president was up 15 points in the state of Virginia." But O'Brien did not mention what the CNN Chyron, on
the bottom of the screen, did: The +15 points was among female voters, based on a Quinnipiac poll that had Obama
leading Romney by 16 points (56-40) among women.
New Hampshire Public
Radio Edits Debate Tape to Favor the Democrat. New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) conducted a gubernatorial debate on 19 September
2012. One of the questions had to do with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an effort to limit greenhouse gases by auctioning
CO2 allowances (sounds like cap and trade to me). Republican Ovide Lamontagne favors repeal of RGGI, while Democrat Maggie Hassan favors
NHPR producer: Hassan edit a mistake.
An executive producer at New Hampshire Public Radio said Monday he made a mistake by editing the word "tax" out of a key answer
given by Democrat Maggie Hassan during a September debate in a recent partial rebroadcast.
Diane Sawyer Joins the Obama
Campaign. Last night, all three broadcast networks found the revelations heard in congressional hearings surrounding
the September 11 anniversary attack in Libya (criminally lax security and an obvious White House cover up) unworthy of
leading their nightly newscasts. All three hit the story, but all three are killing themselves to downplay an explosive
scandal they know could damage Obama's reelection chances.
New York Times:
Nothing 'significantly new' in 'politicized' Libya hearings. New York Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet said today he
doesn't see "anything significantly new" in yesterday's congressional hearings on Libya, while both he and the paper's executive editor,
Jill Abramson, suggested the hearings were politicized and therefore not worthy of front-page coverage. Baquet and Abramson's
remarks come in response to criticism from the paper's own public editor, Margaret Sullivan, who objected to the editors' decision
not to run its story about the hearings on today's front page. Both The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal gave
yesterday's hearings prominent play on their front pages, above the fold. The Times placed its story on page A3.
Raddatz Visited Biden at His Residence in
March. White House records reveal that the moderator of last night's vice presidential debate, Martha Raddatz, visited Vice President
Joe Biden at his official residence on March 26, 2012. Raddatz is an employee of ABC News.
the Numbers: Moderator Raddatz Attacked Ryan 9 Times, Biden Once. Liberals are more pleased with moderator Martha
Raddatz than conservatives are disappointed. And it's easy to see why. Raddatz allowed Joe Biden to interrupt Paul
Ryan repeatedly during the Vice Presidential debate, and interrupted Ryan herself, while posing questions that were radically in
favor of the Obama team. Ryan overcame Raddatz's bias and won the debate regardless, leaving less for conservatives to
Raddatz favored Biden 40% to Ryan 25%.
A vice presidential debate analysis from a conservative media watchdog group found that debate moderator and ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz asked
19 pro-Obama questions Thursday night, but just 12 skewed Republican, a 40 percent to 25 percent margin. "Any moderator whose
weighted questions favor liberals over conservatives by a 19-12 margin is biased," charged Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.
Andrea Mitchell Fails to Disclose Guest is
Obama Bundler. Andrea Mitchell quizzed Evercore Partners founder Roger Altman about the Wall Street take on the September
jobs report and the election in a Friday interview — but failed to disclose he is a bundler for President Obama's reelection
Voter ID and the Bigotry of Low Expectations.
With the presidential election right around the corner, the liberal propaganda machine is churning on all cylinders. A particularly disturbing
article was recently published in the Philadelphia Inquirer by columnist Annette John-Hall titled "A retired CEO can't top voter ID hurdles."
It is a deceptive and misleading piece that rails against Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. [... She] uses a propaganda technique known as a
"red herring" to convince the public that voter ID laws are harsh and suppressive.
ABC's Stephanopoulos Leads
Post-Debate Media Spin for Democrats. One of the most reliable pro-Democratic pundits is none other than George Stephanpoulos —
not especially surprising, given his track record as a loyal operative for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, but hardly the objective, unbiased
voice touted by ABC News. MRC has documented how, in eight out of the last nine general election presidential debates (every one since he joined
ABC News in 1997), Stephanopoulos has gone on his network's airwaves to claim victory for the Democratic candidate, all in the guise of offering
'The media have
become an enemy of the American people'. Pat Caddell addressed Accuracy in Media's conference on Obama and the
media this week. Caddell used the moment to expose the media for covering up a) an Obama adviser taking what
looks like a payoff from the Iranians and b) the Obama administration's Benghazi cover-up. He concludes that media
bias has become so extreme that it now endangers the republic.
WaPo: 'Will Romney Reach out to Racists?'.
According to Wikipedia and another source, The Root is an online magazine devoted to black culture. It's also owned by The Washington
Post. Saturday, The Root published an entire article devoted to this headline: Will Romney Reach out to Racists in Debates?
The subtext of the article is even more noxious; that if Romney does win it will be due to racism.
Media Keep Doing Free PR Work for Obama.
Want additional proof the mainstream media act more like PR agents for the Obama campaign than watchdogs who "speak truth to power"?
Here are three fresh examples from the weekend.
Gibson Asserts Romney Forced 'Far To the Right' and Calls Anti-Tax Pledge 'Absurd'. Demonstrating that he would have made the same news
judgments hostile to Mitt Romney as those who succeeded him at ABC News, in an address Thursday night to students at Quinnipiac University, Charles Gibson
declared "the Republican Party has done Romney no favors by forcing him so far to the right that he may not be able to scramble back by November 6th,"
castigated Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge as "absurd, absolutely absurd" and denigrated as "silly" the point that 47 percent don't pay federal
The Editor says...
Compared to Barack H. Obama, everybody is "far to the right".
Obama's Palace Guard. [Scroll down] The
result of all this is a textbook example of how "fact checkers" corrupt political discourse. Once they all came down on the same side of the
issue, the mainstream media quickly calcified the conclusion that Romney was wrong to accuse Obama of gutting welfare reform. Rather than
report on the policy details, the media simply made it a campaign story and acted as a megaphone for Democratic partisans eager to charge that
Republicans were inflaming racial tensions merely for arguing that the goal of welfare policy should be self-sufficiency.
Media Bias and the 47 Percent. The
narrative of the Romney campaign as portrayed by most major media last week has been one of a tone-deaf, elitist candidate. In a presidential
race as tight as this one — the Gallup daily tracking poll Thursday [9/20/2012] showed the candidates tied at 47 percent — the
media potentially can tip the balance for or against a candidate in a decisive way. Most outlets ran with the stories suggesting Romney was describing
47 percent of American voters as government-dependent slackers who pay no taxes. In fact, Romney suggested nothing of the sort.
New York Times announces that
only Obama will be allowed to approve stories in advance. It was revealed last week that the Times gave the White House the right to approve
details in a lengthy story in advance. Now that the Obama story has run, the Times has realized that that policy may just be a violation
of journalistic integrity and quickly announced a new policy that prohibits quote approval. In other words, what's good for Obama just ain't gonna
fly for Romney.
fly at Justice Dept. spokeswoman over Media Matters collaboration. Several targets of a collaborative relationship between Justice
Department Office of Public Affairs director Tracy Schmaler and the liberal message group Media Matters for America told The Daily Caller that
Schmaler's conduct is grounds for her resignation, or for the termination of her employment. And members of Congress have told TheDC that
Media Matters' enviable tax-exempt status may be in jeopardy as a result of that collusion.
Is the Liberal Press
Shooting Itself In the Foot? Reporters have been trying to help Barack Obama limp across the finish line by creating a
daily distraction to divert attention from the Obama administration's awful record. Whenever possible, they have trumpeted the
claim that Mitt Romney has committed one gaffe or another, that he is falling behind in the (bogus) polls, that his campaign is in
disarray, and he is basically doomed. No doubt this gives reporters and editors momentary satisfaction, and they have indeed
convinced most people that Obama will likely win, but does that really advance the objective of re-electing Obama?
Magazine: Anti-Islam Filmmakers Are 'Islamophobic' But Deadly Rioters Just 'Orthodox Muslims'. The caption accompanying a
September 13 TIME magazine photo slide tags the filmmakers behind "The Innocence of Muslims" as "Islamophobes" while those rioting in
the Arab street supposedly in reaction against said film are merely "orthodox Muslims." [...] Of course, "orthodox" means "right teaching,"
which may be the exact opposite of what TIME wants to communicate. If violent protests are the mark of theologically orthodox Muslims,
that suggests they are acting in accord with the tenets of their faith, not contrary to it.
GM offers big discounts to boost Volt
sales. General Motors rolled out the Chevrolet Volt two years ago with lofty sales goals and the promise of a new technology that
someday would help end America's dependence on oil.
Most Americans have no problem depending on petroleum that comes from the Gulf of Mexico, or Texas, or Alaska. Dependence on foreign oil
is what we want to avoid. The Associated Press adds a subtle twist, referring to "America's dependence on oil."
How the Media Misrepresents the
Race. The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing
larger by the day. In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of
evidence that disfavor him. The mainstream media's recent coverage of the Democratic National Convention was fawning —
little or no mention was made of the extremist abortion plank or the decisive defeat on the floor of the motion to reinstate a
reference to God in the platform (nevertheless gaveled through by the party establishment) and an acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the
capital of Israel (pro-Israel language that had been included in previous party platforms).
Facts the Media Are Distorting About Romney's Response to Embassy Attacks: The mainstream media are laboring hard to
turn Gov. Mitt Romney's strong defense of American interests and values into a "gaffe" that reflects the Obama campaign's claim that
Romney is somehow not ready for the foreign policy duties of the presidency. They are largely ignoring President Barack Obama's
foreign policy and intelligence failures, and literally collaborating to attack Romney. To do so, they are obscuring five key
Political Conventions Perfectly
Defined Their Parties. [Scroll down] The mainstream media immediately tried to debunk all the speeches [at
the Republican convention] but many of those fact-checkers were in fact wrong. Obama sycophants like Bill Maher ranted about
the lies in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's speeches without specifying how they were in fact lies. Overall, despite the harsh
criticism by the media lapdogs disguising themselves as independent fact-checkers, a close examination of the GOP speeches found
them to be accurate.
NBC Donates 25 Percent More
Airtime to DNC Than RNC. If journalists were interested in fairness, there's nothing more basic than giving a
similar amount of airtime to each major party convention. An MRC analysis finds that's exactly what CBS and ABC did,
giving virtually identical airtime to the Republican and Democratic conventions on their morning and evening news shows.
Reporters Caught on Open Mic Planning Attack on Romney. The Right Scoop reports that unnamed mainstream media
journalists were caught on a live mic coordinating hostile questions for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney before
his press conference today on the U.S. embassy attacks. Their goal was to make sure that no question would address the
substance of the crisis but instead put Romney on the defensive about made-up mistakes in his criticism of President Obama.
In the event, six out of the seven questions were almost exactly the same, all questioning Romney for his supposed mistake.
Is Melting Faster: America's Position in Middle East or MSM's Position in America? If an American consulate had been
attacked and four Americans including the ambassador slaughtered on George W. Bush's watch — on 9/11, no less —
the outrage broadcast over the nation's elite media would have been intense and round-the-clock. Had George W. Bush then
responded to those events by jetting to Vegas for a fundraiser and campaign rally marked by a rote and emotion-less nod towards the
victims and a callous transition to the difficulty of campaign life for political volunteers, well, the hysteria that would have followed
would have melted wires.
The media lash out.
One might think that these custodians of the public good would wish the discussion to be of nothing else. The United States and
its representatives abroad have been attacked, and in a manner that threatens to spread like wildfire. You'd think everyone would
agree it's time to talk foreign policy. Oh, no. In the precincts of America's Most High, the worst evil done yesterday
was Mitt Romney daring to broach the subject and use it to criticize President Obama's foreign policy.
Why Obama Is Still Ahead. If a
Republican president had a record like Obama's, his approval rating would be lower than Carter's. Press bias in Obama's favor
is a given. It was activated again by the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East. The media scorned Romney's
criticism of the Obama administration's response as a gaffe that may have doomed his campaign. Obama got a pass, though the
anti-American assaults were stark evidence of the failure of his policy toward Islamic countries. This was press favoritism
at its most typical: Obama's okay, his critics aren't.
CNN: White Protestants 'Have Jumped
The Shark'. The deep racism and anti-religious bigotry of the column is glossed over by CNN editors, who refuse to
acknowledge that had this column been written about any other religion or race, it would be unprintable.
Amusing Take on How Media Would Have Reacted If GOP Had Platform Dispute. How would the media — which barely noticed
the platform dispute at the Democratic convention in which the chair clearly didn't get the required two-thirds majority from the floor to
revise embarrassing platform gaps by adding a reference to God and identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — react if such
an incident occurred at the Republican convention?
Media Push 'Raves' for Mrs.
Obama's Convention Dress. The fashionistas in the "objective" press displayed their favoritism by boosting Michelle Obama's convention speech dress and
quoted flagrant Michelle-boosters like Kate Betts, who insisted whatever stylishness the Republican women had they owed to the pioneering Mrs. Obama.
PolitiFact Ohio still cited as objective
despite questions of bias. PolitiFact Ohio — the "fact-checking" wing of the Cleveland Plain Dealer — has been cited as
an authority by all six of Ohio's major papers, but now faces proof of staffers' liberal bias. And even after the outlet's claim to objectivity was
debunked in an Aug. 16 report from conservative watchdog Media Trackers Ohio, the Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch and the Dayton Daily News continue
treating PolitiFact Ohio as an objective source.
Race-Bait-and-Switch. The coverage at the
third-tier cable outlet MSNBC this week has been no less than a hysterical fit over all the perceived "racist" slights that might
possibly be construed from criticism of the president.
Were journalists using fake names to
make Obama donations at the convention? [Scroll down] So the next time you hear a "journalist" pitching in with the sort of in-kind campaign
contribution that Democrats love, even though they are very upset by the idea of other types of corporation participating in political speech, remember
that he or she might be driving home in a car with a "Democrats Are Hot" bumper sticker, purchased under a fake name at the Democratic National Convention.
NBC's Chuck Todd Follows Obama's 'Bank of America' Talking Points.
One of the funniest and most revealing things coming out of the upcoming Democratic convention is how Democrats will NewSpeak the name of the very place the convention is being
held. [...] Democrats changing the language, facts, and calling something it's not is a time-honored tradition.
Fired Yahoo bureau
chief: Sorry for my inappropriate "joke". There's nothing jokey or witty or clever about it. It's a
straightforward accusation of racism and callousness, and of course one of the other schmucks there laughs because he's
a nasty liberal hack too who's thinking the same thing. It's a laugh of recognition, and maybe a bit of surprise
that Chalian would be willing to say that with mics around.
Media's 'Fact Check' Smokescreen. If media "fact checkers" are just impartial guardians of the truth, how come they
got their own facts wrong about Paul Ryan's speech, and did so in a way that helped President Obama's re-election effort?
Leftist Newsroom Chatter.
This is the culture that Republicans and Mitt Romney are fighting during this election. Off-hand leftist comments in newsrooms
are as common as Max Factor in the makeup room. This was just on display for all to hear. I've spent virtually my
entire adult life in newsrooms, and what Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian said is minor compared to some of the
leftist political comments I've heard.
NYT bias bleeds through
photos of Ryan at RNC. You've got to hand it to the photo editors at the New York Times: they are even better
progressive propagandists than the NYT's writers and their editors. [...] The crowd, shadowy figures in the background, compressed
by the telephoto lens into looming, vaguely threatening entities, sets the mood brilliantly. Then there's the cropping:
just a disembodied head of Ryan. Not a bust, including the shoulders, for that would add dignity. The editors chose
their frame carefully, too, capturing a moment that could be interpreted as deer-in-the-headlights.
Lauer Cites Obama Flack to Question if Paul Ryan Gave an 'Honest Speech'. In an interview with former Florida
Governor Jeb Bush on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer used attack lines from deputy Obama campaign manager
Stephanie Cutter to question the honesty of Paul Ryan's vice presidential nomination acceptance speech: "[She] said, 'Forty
minutes of vitriol and half a dozen previously debunked attacks.' Was it an honest speech or was it just a campaign convention
Who Racializes Welfare Reform?
The Romney campaign criticizes the Obama administration for gutting welfare reform, and the Democratic chorus sings the familiar
refrain: "Racist!" Leading the choir is tingly countertenor Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "When you start talking about
work requirements," he thundered at Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, "you know what game you're playing, and
everybody knows what game you're playing: It's a race card." This judgment was immediately confirmed by Thomas Edsall of
the New York Times and Timothy Noah of The New Republic, among others. There is racial politics at work here, and,
as usual, it is a Democratic initiative.
Matthews: The word 'Chicago' is now racist, too. In what is seemingly the natural progression of things these
days with [Chris] Matthews, the subject of the 'otherization' of the President was being discussed. Because, if you
weren't aware already, Barack Obama is black, and any time a Republican chooses to discuss the failure that is his administration,
the media will be there to quickly remind you that they only feel that way because of his skin color. But tonight's episode
of race-baiting with Chris Matthews was a bit odd in that the panelists somehow came to the conclusion that reminding people of the
President's roots in Chicago politics is racist. In fact, simply saying Chicago is racist.
Furthers Liberal Media's 'Racist' Narrative at RNC: 'Republican Party is White, Aging, & Dying Off'. The liberal media
can't seem to help themselves. While counter-arguments are occasionally acknowledged, most journalists of the progressive
persuasion are not interested in fair and balanced coverage of politics. Facts and figures are seemingly subjective in the
whole scheme of things. Severely limited studies and polls seem to provide them with all the information they need. Oh,
and almost everything is racist. [...] It doesn't seem to matter that the speaker lineup in Tampa has included the likes of Artur
Davis, Marco Rubio, Mia Love, Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez, Luis Fortuno, Ted Cruz and Nimrata "Nikki" Haley (née Randhawa).
Herman Cain's rise during primary season bears no significance either.
Racists of the Mainstream Media.
Racism is stalking the Republican Convention in Tampa. But it's not from the Republicans. It's from the mainstream media.
First it was MSNBC treating convention speakers Artur Davis, Mia Love, and Ted Cruz like nonpersons. And now it's Yahoo! Washington
Bureau Chief David Chalian getting caught on an ABC webcast saying Mitt Romney would be "happy to have a party when black people drown."
The race canard. Silly season is when nothing is going
on in the presidential campaign and the debate focuses on trivialities. Racist season is when the presidential campaign begins
in earnest and President Barack Obama looks vulnerable. Then, liberal commentators pull out all the stops to deem practically
any criticism of the president racist. Chris Matthews of MSNBC led the charge this week with an on-set rant against Republican
National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Trashes MSNBC: 'You Know What We Call People Obsessed With Race? Racists'. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked
MSNBC on his program today after listing a series of words that the cable news network has determined to be racially coded defamations of
President Barack Obama. "You know what we call people obsessed with race? Racists," said Limbaugh. "Really what we have
here is blatant bigotry and racism on this network of holier-than-thou liberals."
Media Bias Of Hurricane Proportions. As Isaac bore down on New Orleans, the administration's media toadies
preferred to talk not about substantive issues, but on how the "shadow of Bush and Katrina" hung over the delayed GOP
convention in Tampa.
Media coverage scarcely resembles the actual GOP convention. The Exact Opposite of Truth. The Republican
Party has spared no expense to accommodate the hundreds of journalists who have come here to write dishonest stories aimed at preventing the
GOP from winning this year's election. [...] Most journalists never notice liberal bias for the same reason that fish don't notice
water — it is all around them, it is all they've ever known, and they take it for granted. And just as the fish out of water
flops around desperately at the life-threatening loss of its accustomed environment, most journalists react with a frantic horror at reporting
that lacks the partisan slant which is understood as "objectivity" by members of the press corps.
On abortion, Obama is the Left's Akin.
Ever since Missouri Rep. Todd Akin made his now infamous gaffe about "legitimate rape," liberals and Democrats have gone out of their way to
accuse every Republican in the nation of thinking the way Akin does. President Obama was the first to hint — and not very
subtly, I might add — that Republicans were the ones guilty of, in his words, "qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape," even
though the distinction is made by the Associated Press Stylebook. Then editors at the Baltimore Sun — a paper whose editorials
sound more these days as if the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee wrote them — decided they'd get in on the act.
Hey, Did You Know Barack Obama is... BLACK?!?!?
Chris Matthews was in full-on loony mode this morning, fulminating about Republicans supposedly playing the "race card" against Barack Obama by,
among other things, mentioning "work requirements" for welfare. Tell that to Bill Clinton, who signed the bill requiring work for welfare.
Roland Martin, Soledad O'Brien Try to Quash Citizens United Film. When Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon went
on CNN this morning [8/27/2012] to discuss his new film, The Hope and the Change, Soledad O'Brien and her panel were eager — as
usual — to be as nasty as possible. The chyron on the screen called the film "propaganda," and Roland Martin chimed in to call
the former Obama supporters in the film "folks who lie" because they (correctly) claim President Obama has raised taxes.
Report: Incomes Dropped More
During Obama 'Recovery' Than Recession. This is real pain felt by real people. Unemployment is rising, the economy is
shrinking, the deficit is exploding, and household income did worse under Obama's non-existent recovery than during the actual recession.
You would think this would be bigger news than something stupid someone in Missouri uttered a week ago or a hurricane or week nine of Romney's
tax returns. But it's not.
'If I Were Obama I'd Marry' Bill Clinton. MSNBC's Chris Matthews sure doesn't have a problem expressing his affection for
men on national television. After showing a new campaign ad former President Bill Clinton just completed for the current White House
resident, the Hardball host actually said, "If I were Barack Obama, I'd marry that guy".
An example of the left-wing bias in the New York Times: Giving Reins to the
States Over Drilling. With gasoline prices again approaching $4 a gallon, Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, is
also trying to merge energy and economic policy in a way that will make voters see increased energy production as a pocketbook issue.
The Editor says...
Well of course four-dollar gas is a pocketbook issue. The New York Times is trying to make increased energy production
look like a development that would only benefit the oil companies, but the return of two-dollar gasoline would benefit everybody.
Our Billionaires Are More Virtuous Than
Your Billionaires! They don't give a prize for the world's worst reporter, but if they did, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker would be a contender.
Her endless campaigning for liberal causes, in the guise of reporting, doesn't distinguish her, but her dishonesty does.
Journo-Tools for Obama. Can we stop calling the
hosts of the presidential debates "moderators"? They're left-erators. It's time for the old media godfathers to end the pretense that they're
fair and neutral observers of the American political scene. And it's time for the GOP to stop perpetuating these rigged exercises in futility.
Media Rushing Out
White Guilt Political Campaign Again — To Criticize Obama Is Racist. If you don't support Barack Obama, you are racist.
So says MSNBC and Obama White House guest Touré who goes on to classify Republicans as the "all white party" that has been programmed to
hate Black people. These comments come after it was Obama Vice President Joe Biden's now infamous "back in chains" gaffe that has even Black
Americans shaking their heads wondering what is going on with the Obama campaign.
Time's 'Ideas' Blog Toys with Notion of Mandatory
Voting. Whatever happened to American exceptionalism? Liberal abhorrence of the concept has been well-documented in the past. One of the
latest examples can be found at Time Ideas, where Eric Liu has published a case for mandatory voting laws. Liu never outright admits as much, but it's
abundantly clear he feels such a policy would help elect more liberal Democrats to office and hence put the country further leftward than it would otherwise be.
Fact-Checking AP. A friend sends me this AP story
on Romney's introduction of Ryan, perhaps thinking that it's biased, sloppy, and deserving of criticism. If that was his idea, he's right.
CBS, ABC Lead Evening Broadcasts with Romney Tax Returns, Again. [Scroll down slowly] One would think the mainstream media networks would have struggled over
which of these two significant stories they would lead their Thursday evening [8/16/2012] broadcasts with. Yet, since these two stories hurt Obama,
the evening broadcasts of NBC News, ABC News, and CBS News (all three!) led with stories about Romney's tax returns, further proving that the mainstream
media, far from being the neutral arbiters they so desperately claim to be, wears the same jersey as the Obama campaign.
Ted Cruz Schools E.J. Dionne on Obama's Budget. Ted Cruz, Texas's Tea Party candidate for Senate, gave a rather embarrassing education
to the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday [8/19/2012] regarding President Obama's budget proposal. When Dionne
had the audacity to call it "a serious plan," Cruz marvelously replied, "It got zero votes. Not a Democrat in the Senate voted for it.
Not a one"
Race-Baiting And The Resultant Subculture.
The network coverage of the London Olympics suggest that liberal commentators see only the color of a person's skin and their Pavlovian response is
inevitably to interject race into their commentary. Gabby Douglas may have been the first African-American to win a gold medal in the all around
gymnastics but in his closing remarks of her bio segment Bob Costas had to suggest that she would be an inspiration to African Americans girls.
Why not all girls, Mr. Costas?
CBS And Nancy Cordes In Full Fraud Mode.
Nancy Cordes shows up to fill-in on "Face The Nation" Sunday [8/12/2012] and she gets the first shot at Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Director for the Obama
Campaign. Perhaps you've heard the story about how Stef got caught lying last week about collusion between the Obama campaign and the Priorities USA
SuperPAC. The networks have basically ignored this story, but it's been mentioned on the web a few times. [...] Maybe this was a gaffe. Or
maybe, just maybe, Cordes is another liberal Obama hack.
Chicago Tribune Analysist as Arm of the
Democrat Party Campaign. Chi Trib and its sister, LA Times, are off to a flying start for the campaign to make sure Paul Ryan never becomes vice
president. This batch of stories I offer as evidence in globo, but today's Chi Trib hard copy offers something worth analyzing. (It's also among
the batch.) I speak of "Romney's choice of Ryan pleases both left and right," a textbook-worthy case of campaign literature coming on to us as
"analysis," a favorite Chi Trib fig leaf from years back.
Soledad O'Brien Says Factually-Correct GOP Claim Was 'Debunked'. What exactly is Soledad O'Brien arguing? On Monday's [8/13/2012] Starting
Point she slapped away a factual statement that President Obama has cut Medicare funding by $700 billion as "debunked" and "very much political
spin." "But I have to tell you as I'm sure you know, that 700 million dollar figure has been — billion dollar figure has been debunked by
CNN and the Congressional Budget Office," O'Brien lectured Romney surrogate Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.). What Republicans have been saying is that President
Obama chose to cut Medicare by $700 billion to help pay for ObamaCare. And according to CBO estimates, the reduction to Medicare growth has indeed
increased to around $700 billion.
Andrea Mitchell: 'Paul Ryan is Not a
Pick for Suburban Moms'. Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC anchor and noted expert on suburban mothers' political priorities, offered her analysis on Mitt
Romney's pick for vice president from Paul Ryan's welcome home rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin last night. It's about as intelligent and in line with middle
America's values as one might expect. [...] After all these years, the GOP position on life issues still manages to surprise NOW and its ilk.
Another round of liberal debate
moderators. If Romney wants to fire up the base, he'll need to fire up his response to the inevitable biased questions, especially from Schieffer
and Crowley. He should take the initiative and note how the moderate just lobbed an underhanded softball to the President, and ask why the President was
not queried about... whatever issue was deftly dodged. That's the opportunity. The threat is obvious — a base dispirited by another
round of simpatico, puff questions to Obama posed by faux journalists, shilling for the D.N.C.
Remove the Media from the Debates. I was appalled,
although not surprised, to read the just announced list of moderators for the forthcoming presidential debates: Jim Lehrer of PBS, Candy Crowley of CNN,
Bob Schieffer of CBS, and Martha Raddatz of ABC (VP debate). All liberals from liberal news organizations. Not even a token representative
from Fox or the Wall Street Journal — not in the moderator seat anyway.
Mitchell Describes Push for Free Birth Control as 'Contraception Rights'. On Wednesday's [8/8/2012] NBC Nightly
News, as correspondent Andrea Mitchell filed a report recounting that President Obama is running ahead of Mitt Romney with
female voters, Mitchell referred to liberal birth control activist Sandra Fluke's political activities as a push for "contraception
rights" rather than more accurately relaying her desire to force health insurance to pay for birth control pills for women as if they
could not choose to purchase such products on their own.
A Mainstream Media Glossary.
Gaffe comes from the french word for "hook." A gaffe is something a Republican says that is absolutely true,
but that can be twisted like a hook to sound false or embarrassing by the journalist using the gaffe. For instance, when
Mitt Romney recently said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that cultural differences between the Israelis and Palestinians
accounted for Israel's greater success, he was trying, in his silly, fumbling way, to say that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and
that cultural differences between the Israelis and Palestinians accounted for Israel's greater success.
TV Station Fires
Anchor After He Fails to Disclose Connection to Atheist Group He Was Covering. Jason Volentine, a former anchor for WXMI, a television station
in Michigan, found himself without employment after failing to tell his employers about a relationship he had with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
FFRF, an atheist activist group, is a non-profit that advocates for the separation of church and state, while fighting faith in the public square.
It wasn't Volentine's relationship, in itself, that was problematic — it was the fact that he had covered the non-profit group, but had purportedly
failed to tell his employers and viewers about the relationship beforehand.
Miller: Media Should Ignore 'Astroturf' Black Pastors Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage. On the Saturday Washington Post "On
Faith" page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the
National Press Club and insisted Obama's support for gay marriage "might cost him the election." It's not a story, Miller insisted,
because Rev William Owens is "enough to make a cynic blush... He's a figurehead in what political operatives call an 'Astroturf'
campaign... and his threat is not a threat."
Matthews Gushes Shamelessly Over Bill Clinton: 'The Big Dog Has Gotten His Bone'. Is there anything more disgusting than
watching a grown, heterosexual, married man gush and fawn over another grown, heterosexual married man for political reasons on national
television? Unfortunately, this happens all too often for MSNBC's Chris Matthew who on Monday's [7/30/2012] Hardball was
once again proudly displaying the thrill up his leg, this time for former President Bill Clinton.
Getting it Wrong on Voter
ID. Among the many poorly researched articles that have written about voter-ID laws, one piece that appeared recently
in Politico holds a special place. Reporter Emily Schultheis opens with the claim that "at least 5 million voters,
predominantly young and from minority groups sympathetic to President Barack Obama, could be affected by an unprecedented flurry of
new legislation by Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures to change or restrict voting rights by Election Day 2012."
Schultheis doesn't say where she got the estimate of 5 million until well into the article — it's from a Brennan
Center report. And she fails to disclose the radical, left-wing nature of the Brennan Center or the fact that it is an
advocacy organization that is litigating against voter ID.
The anti-Romney press is behaving like spoiled children.
The media have never liked Romney. They have always thought him to be a rich stiff, a well-tailored-but-empty suit, a fake.
Their preferred narrative of last week's journey — that Romney has a penchant for "gaffes" — was set in
concrete months ago. As far back as February the Wall Street Journal published a handy list of "Romney's Top 10
Wealth Gaffes." The Week assembled a similar catalogue. Among the "gaffes": Romney owns a couple of
Cadillacs and is friendly with some NASCAR owners. Obviously this disqualifies him from the presidency.
Obama's Ultimate Cover-up. [Scroll down] The nation
recoils in horror at the child predator Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach protected and even facilitated by the university where he
worked. Yet, the fact that Obama was under the tutelage of a pedophile for eight years continues to be a non-story.
Plays 'Stupid Girls' Before Story About Sarah Palin Visiting Chick-Fil-A. Remember last November when Congresswoman Michele
Bachmann (R-Minn.) was disgracefully greeted with the song "Lyin' A-- B--ch" during her appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy
Fallon? On Sunday, Pink's "Stupid Girls" was played before a CNN Sunday Morning piece about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin
visiting a Chick-fil-A restaurant to show support for the embattled company.
Schieffer Cues Up DNC Chairwoman: 'Is Mitt Romney a Wimp?'. A left-wing writer for a liberal magazine wrote an article trying
to undermine the Republican presidential candidate, a cover story which featured an insulting characterization. But instead of treating
the attack as irrelevant, CBS's Face the Nation decided to showcase it.
CNN Panel: Gays
Should Attack Boy Scouts. Soledad O'Brien's panel on her CNN morning show, Starting Point, all agreed that
gay advocates should attack the Boy Scouts of America for its recently renewed decision to exclude gay men from serving as scout
leaders. On its July 18 show, the entire CNN panel fell all over themselves to laud gay activist guest Zach Wahls,
telling him how great he was and openly encouraging him to go after the Boy Scouts for its decision.
Four Days Late to Obama's Infamous 'You Didn't Build That' Remark. Four days after President Obama insulted job creators
by asserting "If you've got a business, you didn't build that; somebody else made that happen," CNN finally reported the controversial
remarks, and only once the Romney campaign featured them in a campaign attack. In contrast, when Romney surrogate John Sununu said
on Tuesday morning [7/17/2012] that he wished "this President would learn how to be an American," it only took CNN a few hours to jump
on the remarks.
Kurtz Warns CNN: Liberal Media Double Standard Apparent 'to Many'. Media critic Howard Kurtz warned CNN on Friday that "to
many people" it looks like the media has a massive double standard in its campaign coverage of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
"[W]hen you combine all the stories, all the airtime, all the column inches, it looks to many people, I'll just say this bluntly,
like the press is giving much more aggressive scrutiny to Romney and his background than it ever gave to Barack Obama," Kurtz told
CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Fraud: CNN Airs False Accusation
That Romney Broke Tax Laws. CNN went into full anti-Romney attack mode this morning [7/9/2012], with a false report about an anti-Koch brothers
protest at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney and endless discussion of Romney's personal finances, in keeping with the Obama campaign's current message.
The worst moment came when CNN aired a charge by Nicholas Shaxson, the pro-Occupy, "offshore" British writer for Vanity Fair, that Romney had
possibly broken tax laws.
Apply Harry Reid's 'Dog Catcher' Standard to Barack Obama. It is worth reminding Sen. Reid (and the media) that
several of President Obama's nominees for the Cabinet did, in fact, have very serious tax problems — and were
confirmed anyway (though at least one, with a sense of humility lacking in her colleagues, withdrew). The most notorious
is "TurboTax" Tim Geithner, who outrageously blamed a computer program for his failure to pay self-employment taxes while he was
working for the International Monetary Fund. He was confirmed anyway, under considerable pressure from the mainstream
media (and after an inexcusable capitulation by Senate Republicans), which painted Geithner as the only person who could
possibly be qualified to run the U.S. Treasury in crisis.
ABC Skips Its
Own Footage of the Supreme Court Contradicting Obama on Tax Increase. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that ObamCare is
constitutional as a tax, a number of media outlets played the now-embarrassing clip of Barack Obama insisting the law isn't a tax.
Despite the footage coming from a 2009 nterview on This Week, ABC's journalists studiously avoided highlighting their own footage.
CBS, however, played it.
Columnist 'Celebrates' Fourth of July by Calling Republicans the 'Treason Party'. On a day when most normal Americans are relaxing and
celebrating the Fourth of July with family and friends, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg is giving full vent to his Liberal Rage Syndrome by
angrily lashing out at Republicans by labeling them as the "treason party." Oh, he pretends he could be labeling them as such but won't.
However, this disingenous denial is belied by the fact that reading his column leaves no doubt that he is most definitely making that accusation.
Magazine Tries to Tell The "Truth" About Fast and Furious, Fails Miserably. [Scroll down] The guns sold during Fast and Furious
didn't "eventually fall into criminal hands," they were put there intentionally as soon as ATF approved the sale of those guns to guys they knew
were straw purchasers before they even walked through the door of the gun dealerships. Not to mention, weapons were never seized until they were
found at violent crime scenes; 1400 remain missing.
Milbank Claims: 'Media Would Love to Have an Obama Scandal to Cover'. Unintentionally defining irony, in the midst of trying to
rationalize news media disinterest in the "Fast & Furious" scandal by maintaining "it's not a political scandal" but "a scandal of government,"
Washington Post columnist and former reporter Dana Milbank claimed on CNN's Reliable Sources: "It's not an ideological thing. I
think the media would love to have an Obama scandal to cover." Cue the laugh track as you watch the video.
Time For Super PACs to Tell the Truth
About Fast & Furious. Forget about the media. No amount of shaming will ever convince those moral illiterates to tell the
full and complete story of Fast and Furious. If you think Brian Williams and those who staff every other newsroom in this country went
to journalism school to hold power accountable and inform the public, think again. They entered media for one purpose and one purpose only:
to defeat the right and to further the leftist cause.
Pethokoukis Slices, Dices, and Destroys WaPo's Romney-Outsourcing Story. In a post at the American Enterprise Institute's blog
this afternoon [6/22/2012], James Pethokoukis, who previously toiled at U.S. News and Reuters, made mincemeat out of Washington Post reporter
Tom Hamburger's Thursday Mitt Romney-Bain Capital hit piece ("Romney's Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas").
CNN Allows Immigration
Activist to Pose As 'Undocumented College Student'. Meet Mayra Hidalgo. She was introduced yesterday [6/21/2012] to the CNN viewing
audience as a "student" who happened to question Gov. Mitt Romney after his speech to Latinos in Florida. She made for great television for
CNN because Ms. Hidalgo asked Romney to explain his position on illegal immigration and the DREAM Act. When the governor would not pander
to her, she bolted to the nearest camera crew she could find to explain how terrified she was for her future if Romney were elected.
CNN more than obliged.
Welcome to the Mainstream, Mr. Furious. The Obama
administration gun-running plot known as Operation Fast and Furious exploded into the mainstream this week with a dramatic series of motions that
caught many Americans (those not familiar with the scandal) by surprise. [...] The movement may seem stunning to the American people if they have
not followed the scandal closely, as the mainstream media has continued to refer to Operation Fast and Furious as a "botched law enforcement
operation" for 18 months. Evidence suggests, however, that the gun-running plot worked precisely as designed.
MSNBC Host Spews: Racist Conservatives Fear Obama Taking Money From 'White People'. Steve Kornacki, who will debut as a new MSNBC
host on Monday, appeared on Hardball, Thursday [6/21/2012], to smear conservative opposition to Eric Holder and Barack Obama as racist.
Asked why some on the right oppose the attorney general, Kornacki derided the "caricature of Obama" as a "secret black radical" who is trying
to "take away rights or...money from, you know, from white people."
ABC Reporter Engaged to Obama Press Sec. Sets Romney
Up. Last Friday, Barack Obama violated his oath of office by proudly announcing he would no longer enforce the law and deport
somewhere around a million Mexican illegals. This act was nothing more than a power grab/political stunt and the result was cheers from the
President's Media Palace Guards. Boxed in, or so the corrupt media thought, all eyes turned to presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, who
wisely chose not to play.
The breathtaking dishonesty of Andrea Mitchell.
Andrea Mitchell's recent attempt to further the Democratic Party's narrative about Mitt Romney — that the former Massachusetts governor
is "out of touch" — has now been widely exposed as dishonest reporting. Mitchell used a deceptively edited clip to suggest Romney
was completely unfamiliar with what average Americans encounter in convenience stores.
the 2,000-Death Count in Iraq, ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC Skip 2,000 Marker in Afghanistan. On June 13, the CBS Evening News
devoted a story by David Martin to the Afghanistan death count reaching 2,000, as Martin interviewed a mother of a fallen Marine. CBS was
alone. There was no story last week on the Afghanistan death "milestone" on ABC, NBC, the PBS NewsHour [...] But the networks were
all more aggressive when the 2,000 mark arrived in Iraq on October 25, 2005. The Big Three networks devoted 14 morning and
evening news stories to the death toll from October 24 through the end of October, and another 24 anchor briefs or mentions.
They used the number to spell "disaster for this White House."
'NBC News Is An Annex of the Democrat National Committee' for Selectively Editing Romney. As NewsBusters reported Monday [6/18/2012],
NBC's Andrea Mitchell, on the MSNBC program bearing her name, aired a video of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selectively
edited in a fashion designed to make him look like an out of touch imbecile. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh excoriated those
involved with the airing of [a] video Tuesday going so far as calling NBC News "an annex of the Democrat National Committee".
Media Misreporting Boehner's Fast & Furious
Stance. Once again the media is reporting supposed facts about Speaker John Boehner without actually confirming them. This time Fox
News's William La Jeunesse states Speaker Boehner is putting pressure on Chairman Darrell Issa to drop contempt charges against Attorney General Eric
Holder in relation to the ongoing investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This is not true. Speaker Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel
confirmed it for me once again.
anti-Obama book. It's heading for a fourth consecutive No. 1 spot on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller
list, but the mainstream media — including the NYT — is ignoring the anti-Obama book "The Amateur," by former
New York Times Magazine editor Ed Klein. The publicist for Regnery Publishing charged to Secrets that the media is blackballing
the author and book to protect the president. "Klein's got the hottest book in America and is getting blackballed by the networks
and other national news outlets," said Keith Appell. "This is beyond bias. This is an in-kind contribution to the Obama
The S.S. Obama is Leaking. The holes in the Obama
Administration continue to show the greatest inherent problem to the President's re-election: These people are incompetent.
At almost every level, in almost every issue the Obama Administration is barely keeping afloat. [...] Imagine the apoplexy among the
studio hosts on MSNBC if George W. Bush had been found riffling "baseball cards" deciding who should live, who should die and in
Partisanship Reigns at CBS.
Les Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS, took his wife, the former CBS news anchor Julie Chen, on a date on June 6 — to a
star-studded Beverly Hills Democratic Party fundraiser starring President Obama. He told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times of his
respect for Obama, who he said "has shown great leadership" — by bringing his support for gay marriage out of the closet.
Did I mention he runs CBS News? Moonves tried to say, "I run a news division. I've given no money to any candidate." No,
of course not. He merely donated between $2,500 and $25,000 to the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council, which
will helpfully pass it along to the candidates of their choosing.
Obama's Public Sector Full
Employment Plan. Last week, President Obama said "the private sector is doing fine." This was not reassuring to those of us
who suspect the Democrats haven't the first idea what "private sector" means. [...] Obama's monumentally idiotic statement has led his media
defenders to recycle Mitt Romney's alleged "gaffe" from several months ago, when he said: "I like being able to fire people who
provide services to me." But that was not a gaffe at all — except as deceptively edited by the media to end after the
Behar Wants to See Romney's House Burn Down. Joy Behar, Al Gore's new employee at Current TV, said Tuesday in response to
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments on the need for more police, teachers, and firefighters, "I'd like to see his
house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down."
Nightly News Devotes Mere Seconds to First-Ever Mention of Fast and Furious. In the eighteen months since the Operation
Fast & Furious investigation began, Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News have never mentioned the Department of Justice's gunwalking
controversy. Every single time Mr. Holder has testified or a major development happened, NBC Nightly News ignored it.
Tonight [6/12/2012], in their first mention of the scandal — ever — NBC Nightly News and Brian Williams distorted
Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony.
The bias is in the
drumbeat. You'd be hard-pressed to find a series of news cycles over the course of the last four years dominated by a
single story about actions under Obama's management unfavorable to him as a candidate or as president.
and NBC Ignore Holder Hearings, CBS's Fast and Furious Coverage Slows to a Crawl. The news that the House Oversight
Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, for refusing to turn over
subpoenaed documents in the Fast and Furious investigation, was met with silence from the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) network news
shows. There was no mention of the Holder hearings on Monday's evening news shows or Tuesday's morning shows.
Union Clout Crumbles. Democratic pundits in the
MSM were prepared for the Walker victory with pre-designated talking points. Their primary lament was the disparity in funds generated by both
sides. They kept hammering the point that the Walker campaign had an overwhelming 7 to 1 advantage in money. Never mind that
the math showed $45 million for Walker versus $9 million for Barrett: Which works out to a 5 to 1 gap. Liberals
have never been good at math (for evidence here note the present administration's insistence that $40 billion in annual tax increases will
close a $16 trillion deficit.)
Obama Not a Socialist. Yesterday [6/4/2012], the Associated Press published an article that tried to debunk the notion that
President Barack Obama has socialist leanings and paint Republicans who have called him a "socialist" as foolish. The article also
insinuated that when Republicans call Obama a "socialist," they are slurring him with racial overtones.
Unmasking the media's birth certificate
hypocrisy. The liberal media are finally looking into the birth certificate issue — Mitt Romney's, that is.
[...] It is very different for President Obama. He has been given a free pass. The press corps refuses to investigate his
murky background. In fact, the liberal media are doing everything possible to sweep his dubious past under the rug. Take
the birth certificate issue. Conservatives who question the origin of Mr. Obama's birthplace are derided as "birthers" —
extremist kooks, who supposedly wallow in conspiracy theories. Yet, when "mainstream" media outlets, such as Reuters, insist on
getting a copy of Mr. Romney's birth certificate, it is considered objective, hard-hitting reporting. The hypocrisy and double
standards are shameful.
MSNBC's Four Stages of Political
Grief. What do you do if you host a program for MSNBC and Republican Scott Walker not only wins his recall
election in Wisconsin, but (a) wins more votes and wins by a larger margin than he did in 2010 and (b) deals a
devastating blow to organized labor? Easy. First you pretend a near-landslide election is going to be razor-thin.
York Times Preemptively Spins Wisconsin Recall Results In Obama's Favor. The New York Times' Michael Shear
irresponsibly, falsely, and erroneously accused outlets like Drudge Report and Breitbart News of racism for vetting President
Barack Obama. Shear is now taking the lead in "objectively" and preemptively spinning the results of the Wisconsin recall
election in Obama's favor.
Media Ignores $21 Million Unions
Spent in WI. [Scroll down] On the surface, then, it appears that Walker had a tremendous cash advantage.
Not so fast. As it turns out, labor unions spent an additional $21 million on the recall election. When it came to
state senate recall elections back in September 2011, Democrats outspent Republicans $23.4 million to $20.5 million. [...] In
terms of strict numbers, Walker spent some $30 million; Barrett and the unions spent $25 million. That's not
a 7-to-1 differential. And when you add in unions' inherent advantage in ground game, you're talking about a better-than-even
split for Barrett.
for covering the campaign. The left denies that there is a double standard in media coverage of President Obama and Mitt Romney;
the right finds it patently obvious and deniers of such bias disingenuous. The bias in story selection, word choice and tone is so
obvious to many of us, one can easily come up with the rules, the unspoken assumptions that result in biased coverage (in some cases,
Hayes: I'm 'Uncomfortable' Calling Fallen Military 'Heroes'. In fairness, Hayes and the other panel members distinguished
between their respect for the valor of the individual military members who had given their lives with the worthiness of the various causes
in which they fought. Even so, what does it say about the liberal chattering class, which Hayes epitomizes, that it chokes on calling
America's fallen what they rightly and surely are: heroes? Watch the hesitant Hayes in what almost seems a parody of the
I Actually Feel Sorry For Chris Hayes.
I feel sorry for Chris Hayes because sadly, this is his worldview. It's how he thinks. It's his value system, and it's sad.
This is a man who over and over again has spoken with greater reverence about the 'Occupy Movement' than he did today about our fallen service
members. He's painted 'Occupy' as do-gooders and the police as evil, and now says he's 'uncomfortable' with referring to fallen as heroes.
MSNBC Panel Debates Using
the Word 'Hero' To Describe Fallen Soldiers. MSNBC is not known as a network that sympathizes with the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan,
but this Memorial Day weekend, rather than put aside their political differences to salute our men and women in uniform, a panel on Chris Hayes'
show instead engaged in a debate over how to refer to our fallen soldiers. Specifically, the panel debated over using words like "hero"
because — in their words — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't "worthy" causes.
The Editor says...
I never watch MSNBC, so I don't know if Mr. Hayes apologized on the air, where he made his offensive statements, or just on
a web site, where his apology may never be seen.
Nuts to Nutting: Under Obama, Real Spending Has Exploded.
On Tuesday, Rex Nutting of MarketWatch, who per his Linkedin profile is the site's Washington bureau chief, published a column titled "Obama
spending binge never happened." This column will show that it did, but that clever accounting has largely concealed its existence.
Washington Post notices
Obama was a stoner in high school. After spending 5000 words examining Mitt Romney's high school days at Cranbrook, where he
allegedly harassed a long haired student who later in life came out as gay, implying he was a gay-basher just as Obama suddenly evolved and
began a multimillion dollar fundraising blitz among homosexuals, the Washington Post attempts to present a facade of even-handedness by noting
that Barack Obama was hard core stoner in high school. The entire piece runs 619 words, most of which are devoted to reactions to the
tales of Obama on the blogosphere. [...] I suppose we should be grateful that the WaPo even noticed something mildly negative about Obama.
When 'Minority' is a Trick of
Definition. When the Census Bureau this month issued a press release headlined "Most Children Younger Than Age 1 are
Minorities," the media snapped to attention. News outlets nationwide covered the announcement, hailing it as a "historic demographic
milestone" (CNN), as the "dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority" (Washington Post), and as an "important turning
point for the nation" (McClatchy) that would "starkly ... change the face of America's next generations" (Time). None of that was
true. None of that was new, either.
Obama's Bio Grows Even Sketchier.
The other night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews argued on his "Hardball" show that Americans would be wise to re-elect Obama because he's "the candidate we know."
He claimed he's a trusted brand who "is who he seems to be." [...] Of course, Obama isn't at all who he seems to be. And judging from Obama's sinking
poll numbers, this is becoming more apparent to the electorate — thanks in part to the new media's revetting of Obama after the old media's
half-hearted attempt in 2008. Voters who don't watch MSNBC are starting to see that the president's public persona is merely a hologram created
by media shills like Matthews, who define his identity and ideology and redefine it when facts disrupt the carefully constructed narrative.
"The so-called 'news' media have sunk to a new low." Biggest
Religious Lawsuit in U.S. History Launched, Liberal Evening News Shows Ignore It. This is the worst bias by omission I have seen in
the quarter century history of the Media Research Center. Every American knows about the Chinese communists withholding for 20 years the
news that the US had landed on the moon, because it reflected poorly on the government. Our US media today are no different. They are now
withholding news from the American people if it is harmful to the re-election of Barack Obama. This is not a mistake, nor is it an editorial
oversight by the broadcast networks. This is a deliberate and insidious withholding of national news to protect the 'Chosen One' who ABC,
CBS and NBC have worked so hard to elect and are now abusing their journalistic influence to reelect Obama.
Politico Continues Attacks on Private Citizens
Supporting Romney. MSNBC's unofficial web-branch, known as Politico, couldn't move fast enough to dismiss our story about the possibility that
as a grown adult, President Obama, or those around him, might have had faked his biography Elizabeth Warren-style. To Politico, of course, that's not
news. The backgrounds of private citizens supporting Governor Romney, however, elicits all kinds of time, attention, manpower, and publicity from
Politico's wretched left-wingers.
Low-Rated Jon Stewart Refuses to Mock Elizabeth
'Cherokee' Warren. What could be more ripe for political satire on a low-rated show that claims to be all about political satire than
a U.S. Senate candidate's cynical and bizarre use of non-existent Cherokee blood to receive cherished minority status at Harvard and everywhere else in
life? This is the lowest hanging comedy fruit since a married Congressman named Weiner accidentally tweeted his last name out to the world.
The Editor says...
Why is this item posted on a page about news media bias? I know a few people who get all their information about current events from late-night
comedians on television, who, by and large, are political activists planting little nuggets of disinformation through comedy. Underinformed and
misinformed people cast their votes (if they vote at all) based on what they think they heard on television. It is as if the viewers are volunteering
for brainwashing, but the ideas stick, and in the end it works to the advantage of the political left.
Media Rekindle Their Obama Love Affair.
[Patrick] Pexton quotes national editor Kevin Merida saying the expose "just happened to coincide with the time when President Obama made his
statement." The fact that the Post had to defend itself against this charge is telling. But the paper's defense is laughable.
Do they really expect us to believe that the piece, which had been in the works for weeks, "just happened" to appear online immediately after
Obama's "historic" announcement, and just happened to lead with the suggestion that Romney was bullying a student he supposedly suspected
of being gay?
Obama's Media-Contrived Courage. [Mitt Romney]
should quote the statement about five years ago by Washington Post editor Marie Arana who said, "The elephant in the newsroom is our
narrowness.... If you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I've been in communal
gatherings at the Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democratic
Washington Post Ombudsman Gives Up
Any Pretense of Credibility. [Washington Post ombudsman Patrick] Pexton says the story holds up to scrutiny, despite the fact
that the story directly quoted a dead man; it claimed things about him that, being dead, he is in no position to affirm or refute; it mischaracterized
the opinion of one of its core witnesses; and the family of the dead man says the story is factually inaccurate. Other than that, it holds
right up. Pexton also admits that the Post timed the story to help the president.
Washington Post: Obama Green Jobs Cost $5 Million
Each. The [Washington] Post outlined Obama administration promises to "create or save 65,000 jobs" in the green jobs category.
What it left out was that, while campaigning, Obama promised to create 5 million "green" jobs. He's about 4,996,455 short.
The Media's Annual Spring Spin on Gas
Prices. It would be humorous if it weren't so insane. But for the media it's become almost a game. They scored points
blaming Bush and now rack them up defending Obama. Nowhere is that more apparent than with gas prices. So here we are again, with prices
shooting skyward and a president and an energy secretary who have both previously said they supported high gas prices. Stephen Chu, you'll
recall, said, "somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," according to The Wall Street Journal.
SEC Files Lawsuit
Against Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick; WashPost Omits Party Affiliation. According to the Washington Post's David Hilzenrath, the SEC
has "filed civil charges accusing Kilpatrick and others of committing fraud against the [city's] pension funds by failing to disclose a conflict of
interest." But, what do you know, Hilzenrath couldn't find any space in his 15-paragraph page A15 story to disclose Kilpatrick's Democratic
The Decline of The Washington Post.
[Scroll down] The [Washington] Post is running paid ads from the Russian and Chinese governments that are made to look like
news sections of the paper. The ads, some of them six pages long, even carry a facsimile of The Washington Post
masthead. In relatively small print it says they are paid supplements and have nothing to do with the paper's news or
editorial departments. But The Washington Post masthead or logo is more prominently featured. [...] Readers are
thus given the impression that the propaganda has the approval of the Post.
Media Downplays Obama's Past, Tries
to Define Romney with Teen Prank. Media bias isn't just about what is and isn't covered. It's also about how something is
covered and rolled out. For instance, the failing and corrupt Washington Post has twice now attempted to use decades-old incidents to create
ongoing media narratives meant to negatively define serious challengers to their precious Obama. The way in which this is done is to use huge
splashes that are rolled out in a way that ensures plenty of attention and coverage (probably through coordination) from their fellow members of the
Cracks in the Washington Post story on
Romney's 'pranks' emerge. A question emerges in reading the Washington Post piece on Mitt Romney today: How can Romney's old
pal Stu White tell the Washington Post that he has "long been bothered by the Lauber incident" — and then later admit to ABC News that
he was "not present for the prank" and "was not aware of it until this year when he was contacted by the Washington Post"? This is curious.
There's Something Fishy About
the Mitt Haircut Incident. [Scroll down] ABC News followed up with Mr. White, and found this: "White was not
present for the prank, in which Romney is said to have forcefully cut a student's long hair and was not aware of it until this year when
he was contacted by the Washington Post." How could White have "long been bothered" by a prank for which he was not present,
and of which he was not even aware until the Post told him about it? Is this sloppy writing, or fabrication? [...] Horowitz
has some explaining to do, and so do his editors. Did he fabricate any part of the story and implant it with Mitt's school friends?
Did he work on the timing of the story's release with anyone in the Obama campaign?
So When Will We See Obama's College Transcripts? Or The Rashid
Khalidi Tape? I just got through reading Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz's "expose" of Mitt Romney's prep school
days the centerpiece of which focuses on an alleged bullying incident of a gay student in 1965. If the Washington Post and
other liberal media outlets insist on getting the skinny on Romney's day to day life from the age of 12 to 18 then the very least
they can do is to at long last release President Obama's college transcripts from Occidental, Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
Does it really have to take a $10,000 bounty to find about Obama's academic records?
Washington Post behaving scandalously in wake of Romney hit piece. The Washington Post is behaving in a rather Nixonian fashion,
refusing to openly admit that its hit piece on Mitt Romney in high school yesterday contained serious errors that seem to reveal malevolent
intentions. The coverup — quietly altering the text in the online version, but not admitting error there, or publishing a
formal correction — may be worse than the crime, in classic "-gate" fashion.
Washington Post Changes Story,
Doesn't Admit Error. On Thursday, Breitbart's Retracto, the Correction Alpaca asked the Washington Post to correct
its anti-Mitt Romney hit piece wherein it included an inaccurate and misleading statement about his past. [...] We appreciate the
correction and would have appreciated it even more if the Washington Post had alerted its readers to the change.
Post Romney 'Bullying' Profile Contradicted By... Automobile Magazine. [Scroll down] After nearly 50 years, Stu White
only heard of the Lauber incident a few weeks before the Post contacted him for his impressions of it. Yet "investigative
journalist" Jason Horowitz does not ask the basic journalistic question of "who" told Stu White of the incident — and "why"
suddenly now, after 50 years. Does WaPo just dismiss this as miraculous coincidence? Isn't that perhaps the most
crucial element to the Post story — the question of why Obama's epic same-sex marriage announcement seemed to have been
timed so precisely with someone tipping off Stu White after 50 years, and with the Post's publication of its gay-bullying hit
piece on Romney? White's anonymous informant and the Post's piece seem hardly coincidental.
Washington Post Romney Hit Piece
Implodes. Today's unconscionable Washington Post story, which implied without evidence that Mitt Romney was a homophobic
bully to one John Lauber back in his high school days five decades ago, has totally imploded. Timed to drop the day after President
Obama's announced embrace of same-sex marriage, the story set the political world atwitter. But earlier today, Breitbart News reported
that the Post had inflated witness testimony.
The Striking Bias of the Washington
Post. Just to add a few observations to Pete's right-on post regarding the Washington Post's hit-job on Romney, it
should be noted, as reported by Brietbart, that the Post misquoted one of the main sources for the story. The paper reported
that a fellow student had been bothered by the incident for years, but it turns out that he only heard about it this year. The
Post, hiding its journalistic misfeasance, made a silent correction to its website regarding this.
The Decline of The Washington Post. Dana Loesch of
Big Journalism points out that the [Washington] Post has already corrected the Romney story, without
acknowledging that a correction was made. The correction was of the paper's report that a former Romney classmate had
"long been bothered" by the Romney bullying incident, when in fact, he wasn't witness to it and only recently heard about it.
It is troubling that the Post would embellish the story and then retract the charge without comment or an apology.
The Washington Post's Romney hit piece comes apart. The Washington
Post was already skating on thin ice with its fantastically convenient hit piece on Mitt Romney, published in perfect synchronization with
President Obama's embrace of gay marriage. [...] The Post based this hit on testimony from five men who "mostly lean Democratic," including
one who was a volunteer for the 2008 Obama campaign. No one else seems able remember the incident taking place.
Obama-Loving Media Spin the Economy.
[Scroll down] This is the Obama version of events. Greed. Lack of oversight. Government policy had nothing to do
with it. Banks just suddenly and for no reason started lending money to people they knew could not afford their mortgages.
Time magazine makes no mention about the central role played by laws like the Community Reinvestment Act. Nothing about the
government-built and government-supported behemoths Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, which changed the rules so that "underrepresented"
borrowers could buy a home, too. The government told lenders to lend to high-risk borrowers — or else.
Retroactive media bias? Media and Permanent
Political Class Attempt to Rewrite 2008 Election. Winston Churchill said "history is written by the victors." But too often in politics,
where professional tacticians want to preserve their permanent paychecks by deflecting their mistakes onto everyone but themselves, losers often desperately
attempt to re-write history. And that is exactly what GOP establishment operatives, aided and abetted by members of the mainstream media who want to
preserve access to them, are now doing to the history of the 2008 presidential campaign, as they attempt to blame Palin — and, by association,
non-establishment grassroots conservatives — for their own professional malpractice during that campaign.
Hey, Big Spender. Even as Ann Romney's wardrobe becomes an issue in the 2012 presidential election,
critics of her sartorial choices have turned a blind eye on first lady Michelle Obama's frequent appearances in pricey designer outfits. When the wife of the
presumptive Republican nominee appeared on television last week wearing a nearly $1,000 blouse, pundits were quick to point out the price tag. MSNBC's Lawrence
O'Donnell called the blouse "a really ugly T-shirt" that is "yet another example of how out of touch the Romney family can be with how 99 percent of Americans
live." The first lady's expensive designer clothes, however, rarely warrant mention.
Politico's Priorities. Politico is under fire from foreign policy
experts and budget hawks on Capitol Hill for running a biased front page article that erroneously correlated Republican concerns about
military cuts to a mean-spirited desire to slash the country's social safety net.
Gains in Wisconsin: NYT Shields Readers From Distressing News. The New York Times has a long piece on the political
situation in Wisconsin this morning, and in some ways it is reasonably balanced. [...] Even so, it is a journalistic disaster:
it tells you everything you need to know except the one thing you really need to know, and it reveals the soft pale underbelly of
establishment journalism in America today.
Obama DOJ Wants Greater Power to Access
Cellphone Records. Barack Obama's Justice Department is requesting that access to cellphone records be made more available
to the government. [...] This move by the Obama administration may go unremarked upon in the media; they routinely cover for Obama's
antics. But when the Bush Administration headed down the same path, there were howls of indignation from the Left.
60 Minutes' Journalistic Crime
of Omission. Bob Simon's Sixty Minutes segment titled Christians in the Holy Land can be
legitimately accused of the journalistic crime of omission, and for those with an ungenerous spirit, Simon may be blamed
as well for the act of commission. Simon simply ignored the obvious in covering the status of Christians in the Holy
Land: the fear and intimidation Palestinian Christians suffer at the hands of the Muslim-led Palestinian Authority in
the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza.
Circling Wagons to Protect Warren Over Bizarre 'Native American' Flap. It must be nice to be a liberal Democrat.
Unless you've fathered a child with a campaign staffer while cheating on your cancer-stricken wife, or repeatedly lied about accidentally
tweeting photos of your genitals to coeds, the media generally has your back. Journalists overwhelmingly support Democrats, yet many
delude themselves about their own capacity for objectivity. What would be a "deeply troubling" story if its subject were a
conservative magically transforms into a silly and petty distraction, borne of our "divisive politics," if a Democrat happens to be
Fauxcahontas' 1/32 Cherokee claim debunked. At this point, any media
organization that uncritically repeats Warren's claim to even the tiniest bit of American Indian heritage is committing journalistic fraud.
It must, at a minimum, be noted that no verifiable evidence for this claim exists.
Chronicle Lies About True the Vote; Author Shrugs when Confronted. [Scroll down] The damage was done in the
Sunday [4/29/2012] edition of Houston's only major metropolitan paper; never mind that the millions of readers who presumably
saw the falsehood wouldn't go to the blog or read the corrections page. Though it's all too predictable for Media Matters
to make false claims against pro-Constitutional groups, Joe Holley and the Houston Chronicle doing so will no doubt take
many Houstonians by surprise — if they ever realize the information they were fed as truth was inaccurate and false.
Socialist propaganda masquerading as news: NBC's
Ann Curry Rants: It's 'Fundamentally Unfair' Some Have More Money Than Others. In a supposed discussion of
financial ethics with left-wing Harvard professor Michael Sandel on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry decried people
being able to pay more money to get through airport security faster: "...there's an inherent unfairness to it... it's
about those with money having an easier life than those who don't. And there's something fundamentally unfair about that."
Media Protect Elizabeth Warren in
Senate Race. Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has picked up the endorsement and
fundraising support of entertainer Harry Belafonte, whose reputation as a calypso singer has been superseded by his service
to international Marxism. During the Cold War, Belafonte sang at a "Concert for Peace" in communist East Germany, where
he attacked President Reagan's anti-communist foreign policy. A long-time supporter of the Castro dictatorship, he has
more recently been singing the praises of Venezuelan Marxist ruler Hugo Chavez.
Jansing to Carter: Has Romney 'Gone Too Far' With Conservatism to 'Be Trusted?' MSNBC's Chris Jansing on
Wednesday [4/25/2012] didn't exactly press Jimmy Carter as she interviewed the ex-President, wondering if Mitt Romney has "gone
too far" with conservatism "to be trusted." Carter appeared to disagree with his former presidential speechwriter, Chris
Matthews, who smeared the former Massachusetts governor as a KKK "Grand Wizard" on Monday [4/23/2012].
Obama's Fallon Appearance
Violated Campaign Law. Last night [4/24/2012], President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to
"slow-jam the news." By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would
utter a few lines to back him up every so often, and his lead band singer would warble in support of Obama's propaganda.
Only one problem, aside from the fact that this was possibly the worst "comedy" segment in the history of mankind: it
violated campaign finance law.
The Obama re-election myth.
The Obama campaign machine is firing up, and its most important fuel is the media. For the millions of Americans who get
their news from the networks, most cable programs or the average kneejerk liberal newspaper, it's a foregone conclusion that
President Obama will get a second term. This is supposedly because the economy is rebounding and Mitt Romney is a flawed
candidate. None of these pro-Barack assumptions are true.
Good News: Obama To Act More
Like A Dictator. Obama has fully embraced the use of executive powers, and the NY Times works hard to say "yes,
this is A-OK". One has to wonder how they would react if it was a Republican president.
Chris Matthews Smears GOP Base. An unhinged Chris Matthews on Monday [4/23/2012] excoriated Republican primary voters as racist,
deriding them as the "Grand Wizard crowd." Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele fought back, slamming "this Grand
Disguises 'About 40 People' Hung Out at DC's Earth Day Rally! Monday's Washington Post gave the badly-attended Earth Day
rally on Sunday [4/22/2012] a whitewash on the front page of the Metro section. "Earth Day stands up to the rain," was the headline,
as reporter Tara Bahrampour said rain "didn't stop the die-hards." Online, the headline was funnier: "Rains don't water
down Earth Day enthusiasm." The Post offered no attempts at a numerical estimate.
Mike Wallace, Entertainment, and Journalism.
[Scroll down] Walter Cronkite cried on air for John Kennedy. What network anchor shed tears for Ronald Reagan when he was shot?
Were Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a liberal jurist instead of a conservative black man, would he have been savaged by PBS and Nina
Totenberg? More recently, Dan Rather, another 60 Minutes regular, was caught using forged documents to attack George Bush's
character. Even colleagues claimed that Dan Rather was "transparently liberal" — a charge that might be made about many
network journalists today. Rather was fired for cooking the books, while Mike Wallace was just left to marinate with a troubled
Obamunist-Controlled Press Has a Job to Do on Jobs. This week's jobless claims came in higher than
expected tending to confirm that the recovery is: 1) still very slow; and 2) jobless, despite attempts
by the Obamunist-controlled press to paint a different picture. [...] Depending on to whom you listened, the stock
market was up early in trading on the unemployment report or was down midday on the unemployment report.
Covers John Edwards: No Mention of 'Democrat;' Republicans Trashed Five Times. Curiously, an Atlantic article that points out Old Media
was "late to report" on John Edwards' extramarital affairs and corruption makes its own strange omission from the story. Somehow, blogger Hampton
Dellinger forgets to mention even once that Edwards was, indeed, a Democrat. Yet five times the piece mentions Republicans in order to cast
aspersions on the Grand Old Party.
New York Times Speaks
Ill — and Falsely — of Andrew Breitbart. There's a profile of the late Andrew Breitbart in the New York
Times "Sunday Styles" section by reporter David Carr. Carr's a talented and fair journalist, by Times standards, and the piece is mostly
fair enough. But in the middle of it is this striking sentence, or rather this striking parenthesis: "For good or ill (and most
would say ill), no one did it like Mr. Breitbart." "Most would say ill?" Really? I know of no empirical evidence that backs up
Conduct by Schieffer: Cues Up Biden to Pontificate, But Argues with Gingrich. An embarrassing performance Sunday [4/1/2012]
for CBS's Bob Schieffer in the debut of the new hour-long format for Face the Nation. At least he should be embarrassed by
the contrast in how he played sycophant to Vice President Joe Biden, treating him as an oracle of wisdom, while not being nearly so
coddling with Newt Gingrich who he corrected and challenged.
Media Hackery: Subtle, But
Insidious. [Scroll down] As Monica Crowley noted on Thursday [3/29/2012], AP can't even write
about a unanimous House rejection of Obama's budget without editorializing in the lead paragraph that the
very act of actually holding a vote on the president's proposal (oh — the horror!) was "forced
by GOP lawmakers to embarrass Democrats."
Anti-Walker Petition Reaffirms Journalists' Political Bias. Hypocrisy rules. Unapologetic news media in
Wisconsin make bizarre excuses for unethical conduct. Keeping offenders' names anonymous, while spanking Wisconsin
circuit court judges by names, reflects a coarse, self-centered disregard on the left, for full transparency. Standards
are for "them," you see, not for petition-signing journalists to overturn a state governor.
Journalists Chastised for Signing Gov. Walker Recall Petition. Late last week, Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green
Bay Press-Gazette, told readers that 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists, including seven at his own paper, had signed the petition
calling for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker: ["]In the interest of full transparency, we are informing readers today that
25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists, including seven at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, signed the recall petition. It was wrong,
and those who signed the petition were in breach of Gannett's principles of ethical conduct.["]
anti-Walker petition affirms journalists' bias. No wonder journalism is ranked by the public at the
bottom of the public's ethical trash heap, along with used car salespeople and ambulance-pursuing lawyers. ... Truth
be told, it is likely further inquiry will turn up more birds-of-a-feather journalists who also signed, dutifully toeing
the joint Democrat Party-Union line.
Orwell, the 'truth' and a
troubling trend. [Scroll down] It's suspected now that [Soledad O'Brien's] producer was whispering in her ear with the
definition she rattled off after [Joel] Pollak had challenged her. The actual entry at Wikipedia says that critical race theory "is
an academic discipline focused upon the intersection of race, law and power." Not an exact match to O'Brien's words, but close enough
to raise suspicion. More interestingly, soon after the interview took place, the Wikipedia article on critical race theory was edited
to remove a reference to white supremacy and thus to conform with the claims of O'Brien, the media champion of President Obama. It was
an interesting example of the "intersection" of media, politics and propaganda, and should make everyone wary of everything they hear
reported on CNN, at the very least.
'The Road We've Traveled' With Obama.
Mr. Obama has spent three years wallowing in blame. His culprits have ranged from his predecessor, to tsunamis and earthquakes,
to ATMs, to Fox News, to yours truly. If you Google "Obama, Blame, Bush" and "Obama, Inherited," you'll get tens of millions of
hits. As for inheriting the worst economy since the Great Depression: Perhaps Mr. Obama has forgotten the Carter presidency,
which featured double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, and high unemployment. The film is riddled with other
inaccuracies and misleading claims.
Politifact Yet to Report Two Glaring Falsehoods
in Obama's Reelection Doc. Media bias comes in many forms, but mostly in what the MSM refuses to cover or ignores outright.
For instance, Mel Gibson's despicable anti-Semitic outbursts received the coverage they deserved. On the other hand, Tom Hanks can
spend five minutes joking around with a guy in blackface at an elite school in the Pacific Palisades, and the media pretty much pretends
it never happened. The reason for this is simple. One guy made "The Passion of the Christ" and the other is a high-powered,
left-wing A-lister who tells lies about Sarah Palin.
The Editor says...
Notice that CBS News asserts that the painter is "controversial" but President Obama is not.
Conceal True Nature of "Flash Mob" Racial Violence. Relying on documents made available exclusively through a
Freedom of Information Act request, we can add another face to the growing picture of racial "flash mob" violence in America.
It is a face that the media have concealed from public view. This writer was forced to use the local Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) to ascertain the facts about the racial identity of one of the victims of these attacks. The media concealed the
identity of the white victim apparently because of misguided racial sensitivity.
Matthews' War On Catholics And Mormons. Imagine the uproar if Rush Limbaugh had called Islam a
cult. Yet there was Matthews, whose legs once twitched at every word coming from Barack Obama's teleprompter,
telling fellow MSNBC left-winger Ed Schultz in the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP has "two RCs — Roman
Catholics — running and a Mormon, so three cultists running." Having Matthews, Schultz and
Sharpton on the same show is perhaps the greatest collection of intolerant minds ever assembled, with the
possible exception of when David Duke dines alone.
Activist Lied About Chinese Work Conditions. Mike Daisey lied about work conditions in contract
manufacturing factories in China where iPhones and iPads are made. He lied on stage in a theatrical
monologue. He lied on NPR in a now-retracted episode of "This American Life." And his lies were
picked up by The New York Times, The Associated Press, MSNBC and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to name a few.
Why Didn't Apple Sue Mike Daisey?
Mike Daisey's lies about Foxconn's Chinese factories emerged because Rob Schmitz, a Public Radio reporter based in China, thought
Daisey's account sounded fishy and investigated for himself.
CBS secretly films GOP
fundraiser. CBS News secretly filmed GOP freshman lawmakers who were at a high-price fundraiser
at a South Florida island resort, giving a backdoor look into campaign fundraising rarely seen by constituents.
The segment, which aired Friday morning [3/16/2012], featured footage of a recent Republican fundraiser for freshman
congressmen at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., organized by the National Republican Congressional
What if George W. Bush had done that?
A series of recent moves — from aggressively filling his reelection war chest to green-lighting shoot-to-kill
orders against an American terror suspect overseas — would have triggered a massive backlash if
George W. Bush had tried them, say former Bush administration officials and a few on the political left.
Even Obama's love for the links draws only gentle ribbing rather than the denunciations that helped drive Bush
to give up the game for the balance of his presidency.
How Derrick Bell
Beat Martin Luther King Jr.: [Scroll down] Two years ago Newsweek ran a photo of a white
baby asking the question, "Is your baby racist?" While the media will gleefully charge 6-month-old white
babies with racism, accusing them of bigotry for staring longer at photos of other races; it will go on ignoring
the Allen Coon case, as it has ignored any number of similar and worse cases.
Rick Santorum: An American
Ayatollah? It's the latest Leftist talking point: Rick Santorum is a bit dangerous, a bit
unhinged, deeply religious and dangerously fanatical, not to be trusted with the governance of our pluralistic
republic, and certainly not with guardianship of the First Amendment protection of the freedom of religion.
The prominent Leftist Muslim writer Reza Aslan has recently become a foremost exponent of these claims, although
they did not by any means originate with him. Leftist journalists and Islamic supremacist spokesmen always
march in lockstep, using the same talking points, as I've pointed out previously...
O'Donnell: 'I Want to See Hard Core Republican Conservatism Crushed'. During live coverage of the Super
Tuesday primaries [3/6/2012], MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell declared that he hopes that Rick Santorum wins the GOP
presidential nomination because he wants to see "hard core conservatism crushed" in November. Moments later,
Chris Matthews declared his belief that Santorum would result in a "moderate to liberal Democratic party running the
country" which he believed "would be good for the country."
defends 'Doonesbury' abortion strip. "Doonesbury" author Garry Trudeau on Friday [3/9/2012]
defended an upcoming strip that some newspapers rejected and others have questioned because it deals with
a Texas abortion law the cartoonist described as "lunacy." The law, which went into effect earlier
this year and requires abortion providers perform an ultrasound before the procedure, is intended to give
pause to pregnant women and possibly motivate them to reconsider their decision.
Arpaio exposes forgery of Obama's Selective Service registration, the Browns report. Having just
attended Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "Cold Case Posse" news conference in Phoenix, Arizona, we candidly admit we have
never seen a greater example of raw media bias in our 30 years of watching the fourth estate. ... Obama's
team responded with ridicule, not answers. His campaign tweeted links to an old episode of the X-Files
TV show. But ridicule in the face of legitimate questions only works so long. Citizens are still
daring to ask questions about Obama. And by doing it you face certain ridicule, name calling and being
treated as children.
The Hate That Dare Not Speak Its
Name. In Kansas City on Wednesday, "two older teens" followed a "13-year old boy" walking home from school. When
the 13 year-old reached his front porch, the teens grabbed him, pinned his arms, poured gasoline on him, and set him on fire.
The boy managed to pull his shirt off and pat the fire out, and the parents rushed him to the local children's hospital. As
seen on local TV news, although not obvious in the accompanying article, the parents are white. So is the boy. "We were
told it's a hate crime," the boy's mother told the reporter. ... Without the mother's reference to the hate crime, the viewer/ reader
would have no sense that the attackers were likely of another, unspecified race.
Teen Set on Fire in
Racial Attack; Media Silent. [Scroll down] Of course, if you scrutinize the few local outlets reporting the story
and cut and paste, you can piece the picture together. The Fox article I excerpted above provides only the vaguest hint of the
attack's racial nature by quoting Mrs. Coon as saying that her family was told "it's a hate crime." KCTV 5 did a bit
better, reporting that the victim was white and the assailants black; however, while they quoted the attackers as stating "This
is what you get," for some reason they omitted the "white boy" part.
Skewers Santorum, Romney On Faith, What About Obama? The religion and religious views of Rick Santorum, Mitt
Romney and Newt Gingrich are all widely known. They are reported on, discussed, and insulted regularly in the press.
On the other hand, discussing President Obama's religious views is apparently not in the realm of permitted discussion.
That's because Obama's religious philosophy seems to have a lot more to do with politics than spirituality — and
the press doesn't want you to know anything about it.
The Devil and Rick Santorum.
Critics of Senator Santorum's moral and religious views, especially in the media, have not been wholly scrupulous about
identifying what they are before attacking them.
Luke Russert Asks: Are Mandated Abdominal Ultrasounds a Sort of 'Sex Crime'? Filling in on the 11 a.m.
hour of MSNBC Live coverage this morning, Luke Russert talked to Washington Post reporter Anita Kumar and Virginia Del.
Charniele Herring (D) about Gov. Bob McDonnell's "abrupt switch" to oppose requiring "invasive" transvaginal ultrasounds
prior to an abortion. McDonnell is backing a bill that would make transvaginal ultrasounds optional but abdominal
The Media's Brokered
Convention Hypocrisy. This subject has also dominated the cable news coverage of the campaign ever since
Rick Santorum's shocking win in Colorado. To political junkies, this should not be a surprise. After all,
ever since conventions became largely irrelevant in the 1980s, political reporters, much like typewriter salesmen, have
openly pined for a confluence of events which might new breathe life into a largely dead institution. They have
done this for obvious reasons, none of which, of course, has anything to do with the health of the republic.
Media trash. Politico, perhaps the sleaziest purveyor of
liberal propaganda-masquerading-as-news on the Internet, artfully constructed a sentence that somehow conveys the message
that what Obama is doing, using cabinet members and federal employees to campaign for his reelection, has always been
done, even by George Bush. But look closely. Bush's reelection was in 2004 and the practice in question was
outlawed in 2002, so in fact the only two presidents to engage in this illegal and unethical practice are Clinton and
Obama, both Democrats.
Seen in Philadelphia Papers. Last week, Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of
the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, summoned the news
organization's three most senior editors to his office. Over three hours, he told them he would be
overseeing all articles related to the newspapers' impending sale. If any articles ran without his
approval, the editors would be fired, according to several editors and reporters briefed on the meeting
who did not want to be identified criticizing the company's leadership.
Robinson: Believing Life Starts at Conception is 'Frankly Insane'. Washington Post columnist Eugene
Robinson set off alarm bells last month when he denigrated Rick Santorum as "very weird" for the manner in which
Santorum and his wife mourned the loss of their newborn son Gabriel, who died within hours of his birth in 1996. ... Robinson
doesn't limit himself to his belief that a fertilized egg is not fully human. He also believes this of babies born
prematurely who die shortly after birth — as shown by his dismissive criticism of the Santorums' response to
the death of their son.
Where They Sneer at the 'Vanilla Side of Town' and Laugh at 'Kill Whitey' Jokes. NPR is supposed to be a
very, very civil space to talk. But apparently not when NPR stations air the weekend talk show of PBS star Tavis
Smiley and his Marxist professor friend, Cornel West. Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer was disturbed by West
alleging the media and the politicians only care about the "vanilla side of town" and the hosts were "laughing hysterically
at a 'kill Whitey' joke." Their guest was 1970s Saturday Night Live star Garrett Morris. Maloney asked, "Can
you imagine jokes about killing black people airing on NPR?"
Media Matters talking
points occupy MSNBC. Reports that Media Matters for America's (MMfA) campaign to attack Fox News and
other news outlets has an ally in Fox competitor MSNBC are evidenced in multiple examples of MSNBC hosts using MMfA
material in segments for their shows. Just in recent weeks, there have been several examples.
David Brock Out of the Closet, Again.
It has been apparent for some time that ex-conservative David Brock has been masquerading as a "media critic" while
at the service of the Democratic Party. But the head of Media Matters has officially dropped the mask of media
critic by creating a so-called Democratic "Super PAC" devoted to re-electing President Obama, adding Democrats to
the Senate Democratic majority, and taking back the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
reporter withheld information about liberal Media Matters For America. About a year ago, the
organization Media Matters For America gave Politico reporter Ben Smith a 2010 planning memo for a profile he
was writing on the liberal advocacy group. But Smith curiously withheld key parts of the 89-page document
when he published his story, "Media Matters' war against Fox," in March 2011.
Tilts East, Fires 4 Jewish Journalists in Jerusalem. CNN has reportedly fired most of the Jews in
its Jerusalem bureau, cutting half the bureau but leaving Arab workers and reviving charges of CNN's pro-Arab
slant. CNN denies the charges, claiming a budgetary downsizing, but two producers in the CNN Jerusalem
office confirmed that four of the eight-person bureau, all Jews, were told they were being fired, leaving only
one Jewish producer.
How the MSM spins
the HHS decision. The MSM deliberately ignores the fundamental trampling of our Constitution and
muddies the waters with a variety of distractions, half-truths and omissions. Unfortunately for the vast
majority of uncritical readers, the MSM are quite masterful in this craft. Let's look at a February 9th
article in SFGATE, the Obama Administration's most reliable online shill for the joyful embrace of Big Brother.
Read the whole article, it's a veritable minefield of MSM propaganda that could take weeks to fully disarm.
The race card is a joker.
When I watch MSNBC and read plenty of liberal commentary online, I get the distinct feeling that I am not living in 21st century
America, but in some imagined past where racism is still an all-pervasive, all-powerful bogeyman. ... MSNBC's white anchors seem
to think they know more about race and racism than I do. Their obsessed daily rants insist that almost everything
the Republicans do is really about sending messages to white people about black people.
Media's Shameful, Inexcusable Distortion Of The Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision. One of the
beauties of the transfer of power from major media operations to individuals, bloggers and tweeters is that
they — we — can all serve as a sort of fact-checking peanut gallery. So it's hard to imagine that,
in this day and age, the mainstream media could repeatedly misstate the holding of one of the most significant Supreme
Court decisions without being roundly excoriated. Not a matter of opinion or a partisan viewpoint, but, simply
parroting a mistake or lie about the holding in that crucial ruling.
Fast and Furious: Three Questions Not
Asked. To date, the media has largely buried the story of the Department of Justice scheme that contributed
to the deaths of a federal agent and more than 300 Mexican citizens. Such a story would have held front-page,
top-of-the-hour focus until answers were provided and officials had been hounded out of office or imprisoned had it
occurred under a Republican administration. But Barack Obama is a Democrat, and black. Also, Eric Holder is a
Democrat, and black. It is inconceivable for the mainstream media to grill the decisions, motives, or goals of
black Democrats for fear of being "racist" according to their own definition of the term...
Magazine on George Washington: In a Time Magazine special on the life of George Washington, Mount
Holyoke College professor and historian Joseph J. Ellis blasted the Tea Party and the "conservative agenda
of the modern Republican party" as antithetical to the vision of the Founders, and claimed that Washington began
a tradition of centralizing government that culminated in Obamacare. ... Ellis is attempting to reinterpret history
to support the liberal fantasy that the Founders, if they were living today, would have supported the liberal
agenda of expanding government.
Exposes NBC's Gregory. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, appearing on NBC's Meet
the Press Sunday [2/5/2012], told host David Gregory, "You just managed to precisely repeat the Obama
When is an investigative reporter not an investigative reporter?
When most people think of an investigative reporter, they think of someone who pursues a story in depth, gathers
all the facts and then, using those facts, connects the dots to a then fairly obvious conclusion. ... What most
people don't consider investigative reporting is the use of selective facts that support an ideology and agenda
in an attack on someone to reach a preordained conclusion. An example of that sort of reporting was recently
found in a Rolling Stone hit piece on LTG William Caldwell.
To Eric Holder's Rescue From Big Bad Bully Darrell Issa. I've mentioned before it's unusual for
the Old Media to run any Fast and Furious news if the AP didn't run something first. Same thing with this
story. AP didn't bother to post a story about Mr. Issa, but as soon as Mr. Holder says something they're
all over it. It's quite pathetic and reminds me of Pavlov's dog.
Brewer Vs. Shoe-Tossing Journalist. The photograph of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing a finger
at President Obama on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport brought out the worst in amateur psychoanalysis from
our media elite. No one had an audiotape or videotape of what was said but just the finger-pointing
image somehow was definitive evidence of profound disrespect. These same journalists were not only
unfazed but also actually downright amused back in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad threw two shoes
at President Bush's head. That man, they said, was an "instant hero." Over and over, they replayed
the footage, each time laughing just a bit harder.
Are Big Media
Covering Up Fast and Furious? Various big media outlets that ran 120 stories of Herman Cain's
alleged sexual dalliances from November 2 to November 15 didn't see a need to enlighten the masses about
Fast and Furious. The number of times "F and F" was mentioned in the same time span? One.
Chronicle Claims Conservatives Have 'Low IQ'. The Houston Chronicle is attacking conservative
Republicans as people suffering from "low I.Q." scores. The Houston newspaper with a liberal agenda is citing
a British scientific study posted by the leftist media website, the Daily Beast, to justify its allegations.
AP Avoid 'M-word' in Report About 'Honor Killings'. It is the religion that dare not speak its
name... at least on NBC News and at the Associated Press among other politically correct circles. Both
media outlets reported on a verdict in an "honor killings" case in Canada while managing to avoid mentioning a
certain religion whose name starts with "M."
Yahoo News Casually
Smears Conservatives. Over the years, we have gone after the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated
Press and other liberal news sources countless times. We probably haven't paid enough attention to the news outlets that
many more people actually read, like Yahoo News. I haven't seen any hard numbers, but I suspect that many more people
see Yahoo News headlines than New York Times headlines.
Pro-life slideshow features only pro-choicers. Over the years, pro-life activists have come to accept that
the media isn't interested in their annual March for Life in Washington D.C. protesting abortion, even though it routinely
attracts hundreds of thousands of people. But this year's photo slideshow hosted on a local Washington CBS website has
activists scratching their heads in disbelief. Currently the March for Life slideshow of seven photos features
protesters who actually support abortion; none of the photos actually feature pro-life marchers.
Wisconsin Media Downplays Pro-Walker Rally. It's bad when national media outlets show bias, but
I honestly think it's worse when your local media shows bias. Last night on Twitter I came across a tweet
about thousands at a pro-Walker rally, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said only hundreds were there.
Pick and Choose Which Ox to Gore. He had a mistress who was pregnant and his wife had terminal
cancer; he was running for president and the press knew all about it. But there was no firestorm in the
media about this juicy scandal until after the election of 2008 because John Edwards is a Democrat! Too
bad Newt Gingrich is a Republican — otherwise the media would see to it that he'd be home free,
warts and all, just like John Edwards.
Moines Register Withholds Arrestee's Connection to Democrat Consulting Firm Until 'Safe'. In
this case it was the Des Moines Register wondering if it was "safe" to mention that a former Obama campaign
staffer, Zachary Edwards, who was arrested on Friday [1/20/2012] for attempted identity theft of the Iowa
Republican Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, was a prominent member of a well known Democrat campaign consulting
firm, LINK Strategies. On Friday, the day the Des Moines Register first briefly reported the arrest, it
wasn't "safe" to mention Link Strategies.
The Unbearable Lightness of
Being the MSM. [Scroll down] As dumb as we are, however, most of us grasp something that has
obviously eluded the brainiacs at Newsweek — insulting the customer is not a good strategy for
selling one's product. But the editors of that increasingly ridiculous publication, like most of their
colleagues in the establishment media, are intellectual lightweights.
Warns Viewers DeMint is 'South Carolina's Very Conservative Senator'. CBS's Bob Schieffer decided
his viewers needed a special warning about how far out of the mainstream an upcoming guest dwells, plugging at
the top of Sunday's Face the Nation how he'd have as guests Republican presidential candidates Rick
Santorum and Newt Gingrich — and then: "for context on how it's going, we'll bring in South
Carolina's very conservative Senator, Jim DeMint." ... DeMint is "very conservative," but neither [Howard] Dean
nor [Nancy] Pelosi, amongst his most liberal guests, are "very liberal."
Avoids Calling John Edwards a Democrat Until Paragraph 15 of 17. In the annals of fawning coverage of
scandal-plagued Democrats, Michael Biesecker's Saturday morning [1/14/2012] report on John Edwards's illness and its
effect on his upcoming trail on campaign finance violations surely must be among the worst. Biesecker missed at
least a half-dozen natural opportunities to tag Edwards as a Democrat, finally doing so in cryptic fashion in his
15th of 17 paragraphs.
Anatomy of a Newspaper Hit
Piece: I spent yesterday afternoon [1/15/2012] breaking down the way The Charlotte Observer
misled its readers in the political hit piece it ran on Sunday, not to prove to you that the paper is incredibly
biased to the left, which we already know, but to expose the simple methods reporters are using this political
season to flim-flam their readers.
Joan Walsh The Most Bigoted Journalist in Media? Calling the use of the term 'food stamp,' racist
towards blacks, when a majority of those on food stamps are white, can only make sense in the mind of a bigot
projecting their own true brand of racism. Projection is a staple of the left. It is why they continue
to harbor some of the more egregious offenders on the topic, whilst playing the race card at every turn.
Univision Attempt to Blackmail
Marco Rubio — Hispanic Groups Yawn. [Scroll down] Univision's CEO Haim Saban, in an email,
called Rubio "anti-Hispanic." Lee, the Univision news chief, says his network is "pro-Hispanic" on
immigration. This makes Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, a menace who must be crushed. Why
aren't the Hispanic advocacy groups up in arms? Rubio symbolizes the wrong kind of Hispanic — an
anti-amnesty, pro-legal immigration Republican conservative who refuses to play the role of oppressed victicrat.
Week's MSM Bias Award Goes to George Stephanopoulos. We've been dealing with liberal media bias
for years, but George Stephanopoulos' performance in the Republican presidential debate Saturday night [1/7/2012] in
New Hampshire was particularly egregious. In many of these MSM-moderated debates, liberal moderators have
tried to stir up personal fights between candidates, which diverts our focus from more important issues and,
before national television audiences, shifts attention far away from Barack Obama and his disastrous agenda.
Standard. A funny thing happened on the way to the New Hampshire primary: ABC moderator George
Stephanopoulos embarrassed himself on national television with questions plainly intended to embarrass the Republican
candidates. Therein lies a lesson. On Saturday night, Mr. Stephanopoulos stepped outside the role of
honest interlocutor when he pursued Mitt Romney with the issue on nobody's lips or legislative agenda: whether
states have the right to ban contraception.
Questioning Pelosi: 100 Words; Questioning GOP Candidates: 1,000 Words. George Stephanopoulos was
more aggressive in pursuing the issue of government involvement in contraception when he questioned Republican
presidential candidates in a debate Saturday night [1/7/2012] in New Hampshire than he was in January 2009 when
he questioned then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ABC News's "This Week." Before going to work for ABC,
Stephanopoulos worked as the communications director for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign and White House.
Media Bias, Stage Two.
Scott [?] wrote this morning about the absurdity of Republican debates being moderated by liberal activists like
George Stephanopoulos and David Gregory, who, as Scott put it, are "on a mission to take down the candidates by
making them appear crazy or by separating them from the base of the Republican Party." But that is just
stage one of the liberal press's effort to control the presidential election cycle. Stage two comes when
Democratic Party activists posing as journalists report on the proceedings.
Wages Political War On Latino Conservatives. A giant TV network has effectively admitted to blackmailing
Florida's GOP Sen. Marco Rubio over his immigration stance. It's Exhibit A of the kind of sludge
being hurled at Latino leaders who won't toe the open-borders line.
Becomes Propaganda. There were a few reported instances back in the late 1960s and early 1970s where
TV crews showed up at college campuses with anti-war signs to pass out to students to make sure they got the right
visuals. And then there's this devastating expose by a young Italian journalist named Ruben Salvadori about
how photojournalists have become not merely part of the story of Palestinian unrest on the West Bank, but the
instigators of it.
The No News Stories of 2011.
In short, every time we promised the Pakistanis more money, each time the president promised more unemployment
insurance and food stamps, at every evocation of a new element of the Dream Act, at all the fury over the number
of F-22s to be built, no one said, "Hmm, all on borrowed money." The media simply did not tell the public
that we have collectively taken out a huge adjustable rate mortgage to pay for our daily consumption, and that
each day we are going to have to eliminate more expenditures to service the interest. Why the silence?
Journalistic Sun Stroke.
Sometimes our intrepid media class chooses to cover a story that perfectly (if inadvertently) illustrates the
real problem: our intrepid media class. Case in point: the Washington Post's Sunday feature
on the Solyndra scandal. In reading the headline one initially takes some solace that, however overdue,
the WaPo finally has gotten around to cover this half-billion dollar backdoor heist of the public treasury by
cronies of the President.
Let 'Biggest Lie of the Year' in Politics Go Unanswered For Months. Tuesday's [12/20/2011] Early
Show on CBS brought on PolitiFact's Bill Adair to reveal what he labeled as the "biggest lie of the year" inside
politics, which was "the claim by many Democrats that the Republicans voted to end Medicare." But CBS let
Democratic operatives spout that falsehood several times without scrutiny earlier in 2011.
Party Was 'Extremist' But OWS 'Protester' Is 'Person of the Year'. Americans need only to open
the daily newspaper or turn on the nightly news in order to see the media's double standard. Each day we
continue to hear the Occupy Wall Street movement's hijacked the slogan of "the 99 percent" which has
been forced it into our lexicon and the media's daily lingo. And almost comically, Time magazine has
decided that "The Protester" is 2011's Person of the Year.
The Year of the Fauxtestor. Time
magazine calls 2011 the year of the protestor. Being a creature of the times, I protest. Time
imagines a global revolt against capitalism. This is really the year of socialism's implosion.
New York Times Paints Holder As A Victim Of Fast And Furious. Charlie Savage's newest piece
at The New York Times is, as my friend Sean Arthur on Twitter says, a shameless PR drivel and allows Mr.
Holder to make ludicrous statements without challenge and pulls the race card. The New York Times and
Charlie Savage are really going to do this after all the articles they published during Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales scandals? Give me a break. The hypocrisy at The New York Times is too much to take.
Minutes Broadcast Edits Out Laughable Obama Claim as 4th Best President. George Washington was
the father of our country. Eh! No big deal. Barack Obama is better... at least in his own
mind. Such was the laughably absurd claim of President Obama on 60 Minutes last Sunday.
What? You didn't see it? That was because 60 Minutes conveniently left it out of
media's latest attempt to control the discourse: They call themselves "fact checkers," and with
the name comes a veneer of objectivity doubling as a license to go after any remark by a public figure they
find disagreeable for any reason. Just look at the Associated Press to understand how the scheme works.
The venerable wire service's recent "fact check" of statements made at the November 12 GOP presidential
candidates' foreign policy debate was a doozy. Throwing no less than seven reporters at the effort, the
piece came up with some unusual examples of what it means to correct verifiable truths.
Funny about Democrats. A recent Saturday Night Live skit on Obama has been called a lampoon,
but in reality, it was more like an excuse for liberalism's shortcomings. ... This skit drives home the point that
comedians seem to find nothing funny about Democrats. They are almost never the target of jokes. On the
other hand, there is practically a whole industry of comedy and satire aimed at conservatives. ... Comedians are
stone-cold serious about doing no harm to liberalism. Joking about liberals is the third rail of the comedy
business. If they were to step off the reservation, they'd probably be out of a job.
The Editor says...
You might think that an article about comedians is off-topic, but you'd be wrong. There are too many people in
this country who pay no attention to the news or politics, but they do enjoy late-night TV comedians, and that's where
they get their information about politics (right before they go to sleep). The comedians have a leftward
political bias even more obvious than the bias on the evening "news" programs.
Why It's So Easy To Destroy
Republicans. If one examines the voting patterns over the last few decades it appears that Republican voters are
particularly picky and principled about whom they vote for. Democrats on the other hand are more interested in what's
being promised to them than in a candidate's character. ... Perhaps due diligence by the media is only applied to the pasts
of Republican candidates because they are most vulnerable to the fickleness of the average GOP voter. Would it have
made any difference to the voters if Bill Clinton's reason for leaving Oxford had made some headlines?
Fast and Furious is infuriating. [Scroll down] One year later the Obama administration has
the case records sealed and now neither the public nor the press has any access to the information. This
action from the most "transparent administration ever" headed by the most transparent president ever. Where
is the main stream media and all their hot shot reporters bringing this story of government "corruption" and
wrongdoing to the public? The one reporter for a TV network that dared to bring the story forward was muzzled
within a few days. If this were a Republican administration, this story would be front page every day and
looped "ad nausea" 24 hours a day on TV. But not so for the most transparent administration ever!
York Times Spins Fast And Furious Document Dump In Favor Of DOJ. If Charlie Savage is going to
write an original story he could at least use a headline that doesn't dupe the readers? But the headline
isn't the only bad part of the article. The whole article is completely soft on the DOJ and the tone is
off, almost as if Mr. Savage is unconcerned that this operation has taken the life of Border Patrol Agent
Brian Terry and 200+ Mexican civilians.
Schweizer's Book and Why Media Have Mostly Ignored It: Last month, NewsBusters reported
60 Minutes cherry-picking Peter Schweizer's book about Congressional insider trading to make it
appear the problem was largely a Republican one. Schweizer did a phone interview with NewsBusters last
week to discuss this matter in greater detail including how with the exception of Fox News, despite this being
a bipartisan issue, the media have largely ignored it to protect liberal politicians they revere.
let the media use Herman Cain to humiliate the Republican Party. In covering the merciful end of
Herman Cain's campaign Saturday [12/3/2011], an MSNBC contributor said that Cain had been a major player in the
Republican Party but would now be relegated to a historical footnote. The truth is that Herman Cain was
never a serious candidate nor a serious politician or representative of the Republican Party. He was a
fringe, gaffe-prone candidate (albeit a charismatic one) from day one.
Let's Kill Cain's Campaign.
Ginger White makes an adultery charge against Cain and she's on NBC within hours. But when Juanita Broaddick
accused Chelsea's father of raping her in a 1999 Dateline NBC interview, then-anchor Tom Brokaw never allowed
one second of her voice to break into the NBC Nightly News. By morning, Cain was dismissed
as a political corpse, or a ghost.
Bob Schieffer, Ron
Paul and journalistic "objectivity". In this 7-minute clip, Schieffer repeatedly mocks, scoffs at, and
displays his obvious contempt for, two claims of Paul's which virtually no prominent politician of either party would
dare express: (1) American interference and aggression in the Muslim world fuels anti-American sentiment
and was thus part of the motivation for the 9/11 attack; and (2) American hostility and aggression toward Iran
(in the form of sanctions and covert attacks) are more likely to exacerbate problems and lead to war than lead to
peaceful resolution, which only dialogue with the Iranians can bring about.
The Media's Emotional Investment
in OWS: If you want to see a revealing look at the emotional, and not simply political, investment
liberals have in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, watch Mika Brzezinski and Jeffrey Sachs respond to Newt Gingrich's
comments over the weekend that the protesters should get a job and take a bath. Their rage is uncontained,
almost tear-inducing, and comical. The whole crew and conversation, with one liberal egging on the other,
is a fantastic window into the dominant mindset of modern-day liberal journalists.
Antique Media Clings to the "Mostly Peaceful" OWS Mantra.
I noticed awhile back that seemingly every news account detailing the vile antics of the Occupy Wall Street movement
always made sure to inclue the assurance that despite what we were witnessing, the anarchist mob was always mostly
peaceful. Of course what we usualy were seeing, from endless banging on drums, to incoherent shouting, to
assaulting police officers, was never peaceful. In fact, the violent always seems to be more obvious than the
A Revolving Door Of Media Bias.
Liberal presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton getting a high-profile broadcast gig at NBC Nightly News is only
the latest example of the press' ideological double standard. Who "reports" influences how voters decide.
"It's the request of the president and Mrs. Clinton that Chelsea be allowed to have as normal a childhood as
possible while living at the White House," the White House demanded — and the press obeyed.
Filth of OWS goes beyond sanitation.
We live in an era where OWS literally stole the news. Citizens, who have to scramble to find out about ObamaCare
reaching the Supreme Court, are saturated with news about OWS rapes, drug overdose deaths and the outbreak of both
sexually transmitted disease and ones like tuberculosis. OWS grab news headlines for fighting the capitalist
pigs in the banking business while giving the capitalist pigs in senate and congress a free ride. The only
cleanliness associated with OWS is the purity of their Marxist strategy at play. They deflect and distract
from the Fundamental Transformation of America ongoing at the White House.
Morgan Interviews Cain Accuser. CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday [11/8/2011] did the first interview
with Herman Cain's accuser, but failed to ask Sharon Bialek — who was in the company of her liberal
activist attorney Gloria Allred — any questions about her two bankruptcies, the paternity lawsuit
her former husband filed against her shortly after their child was born, or exactly why she was terminated
by the National Restaurant Association a month before the alleged actions by Cain took place.
media love — not bias. I know, it's irritating that if a single person steps out of
line at a Tea Party event, the whole movement is branded by it. Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street can have
constant violent clashes with police and be filled with fringe nuts and anti-Semites and still get praised for
its idealism. Or how the media was all over the barest mention of allegations of sexual harassment against
Herman Cain, while they previously ignored allegations that John Edwards had fathered a love child until the
evidence was too overwhelming.
Razing Cain. The media have
been up to their usual tricks this week, smearing a Republican candidate with innuendo and anonymous charges.
Hit Cain Story 50 Times in Less Than Four Days; Ignored Clinton Scandals. Over a period
of just three and a half days, NBC, CBS and ABC have developed an insatiable hunger for the Herman Cain
sexual harassment story, devoting an incredible 50 stories to the allegations since Monday morning.
In contrast, over a similar period these networks mostly ignored far more substantial and serious scandals
relating to Bill Clinton.
Cain and innuendos. This was once a serious country with serious newspapers, back in the
day when they were edited by serious editors and a man had the right to confront an accuser before she
was allowed to destroy his reputation, career and even his life. Herman Cain doesn't look like
Jack the Ripper, but Scotland Yard never pursued Mr. Ripper with the passion of the newspapers and
television networks so hot after Mr. Cain.
despicable data dump. Racial stereotypes are perhaps the most pernicious of all hidden racism,
and the data dump released this weekend on Herman Cain plays to the most vile of human impulses. The
headline allegation is that Cain engaged in sexual harassment. The rest of the story is that there is
nothing to the charge and Cain is the victim of a racial smear. The fact that a media that gave a former
president of the United States a free pass in the blue-dress incident and the resulting perjury over the meaning
of the word "is" can in good conscience report an obvious political fabrication is disgusting.
The Rap Sheet, So Far. When it came to the Tea Party, the MSM was notorious for amplifying a single
incident (that was usually a lie) and using it to attempt to smear and define an entire movement. This is
what you do when you want to quickly take out a political enemy. The MSM's contextual game changes, however,
when their desire is to strengthen a movement and give it credibility and room to grow. By dutifully reporting
individual incidents but not reporting on the growing scope and size of Occupy Wall Street lawlessness, the MSM
is willfully covering up the violence, vandalism, and anti-Semitism that truly does define this movement.
Publicity for Democratic Challengers to Tea Party on CBS. Thursday's [10/27/2011] Early Show on
CBS provided free air time to Rep. Steve Israel of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and three
of his top candidates for the 2012 election. Correspondent Nancy Cordes trumpeted how the Democratic
Party is "determined to bounce back from their big losses" to Republicans during the 2010 cycle and highlighted
that the three were "running against Tea Party members."
Media Paints Itself as the Victim. Falling to your own media malpractice makes you irresponsible,
not a "victim." It doesn't make you a "target" when other people publicly note the absence of your
journalistic integrity. Politico missed this bit of logic recently when it attempted to blame
conservatives for the misdeeds of various members of the media, most recently NYT's Natasha Lennard.
Fire, The Washington Post Quietly Scrubs Their Marco Rubio Hit-Piece. Thanks to those stubborn
things called facts, today it's the Washington Post under fire not the subject of their Thursday hit-piece,
Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio. ... and now the once-legendary newspaper has taken to quietly scrubbing the original
story in order to make it look like something closer to the truth.
on the Anti-Marriage Bandwagon. One day after NBC's "Today" celebrated the "end of traditional
marriage," CBS's "Early Show" went even further, entertaining the view that marriage is an "unnatural" institution
and a "morality cage."
Journolist 2.0: Occupy
Wall Street Emails Show MSM Working With Protesters To Craft Message. Big Journalism has
learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and
messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy
Wall Street email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who's who in media.
Of course you remember
the Journolist scandal, right?
party groups criticize media coverage of 'Occupy Wall Street'. Activists affiliated with the
tea party movement say they're witnessing a double standard in the way the media is covering the "Occupy Wall
Street" protests compared to the tea party. "It's almost laughable," said Sal Russo, a strategist with
the California-based group Tea Party Express, in an interview.
little helpers. Did you happen to catch the photos of an Occupy Wall Street protester exercising his
First Amendment rights by defecating on an NYPD patrol car? Probably not — unless you follow a
British newspaper online. How about the bizarre chanting ritual by the demonstrators of Occupy Atlanta —
who then refused to let John Lewis, an icon of the civil-rights era, address them? Again, probably
not — if you watch the three major broadcast TV networks or read papers like The New York Times.
Shill For OWS. A cache of new Occupy Wall Street emails shows several press types offering advice
to the protesters. We'd be shocked, except the mainstream media have been openly helping the Occupy
movement all along.
Candy Crowley Picks Up MSNBC's Trial Balloon, Questions Cain's 'Blackness'. [Scroll down]
[Herman] Cain is what you call an existential threat to Democrats. This is a man who can do more than
unseat the MSM's Precious One. If he were to merely increase the percentage of black Americans who vote
Republican to 15 or 20%, they are done as a party. Lawrence O'Donnell and Candy Crowley both know this,
and thus... At all costs, Cain's very identity as a black man must be stripped from him. He must
be turned into a "sell-out," an "Uncle Tom," and an "oreo." We all watched white liberals in politics
and the MSM do this to Clarence Thomas, and with the stakes even higher in 2012, they are just getting started
Editor: We Still Consider Herman Cain A Second-Tier Candidate. Yeah, Herman Cain won the Florida
straw poll, crushing Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. And OK, a CBS poll recently found him tied with Romney
among likely Republican primary voters. Sure, he also scored a resounding victory in another straw poll
this weekend. And Rasmussen just today released the finding that 56% of GOP voters like Cain's
9-9-9 plan. So is that enough to make the Associated Press consider Cain a first-tier
Top Stories Suggest Site's Liberal Tilt. Politico's "Daily Digest" is an email the blog blasts
out in the morning, touting the day's top stories. As a subscriber, this NewsBuster was struck by the
left-friendly lean of five out this morning's six featured stories.
Crony Capitalism Is Bad, But Solyndra Crony Capitalism Is Okay. Halliburton & Solyndra are cases
of crony capitalism. I just wish I understood why the MSM thinks they should only report on GOP crony
capitalism and not equally on Democrat crony capitalism. The MSM loves to remind people of Dick Cheney's
connections to Halliburton, yet refuse to mention President Obama's political connections to Solyndra.
New Black Panthers Bring Racism to the Mainstream Media's Clubhouse.
On Friday, September 23, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a panel of activists held a press
conference on the $2.7 billion Pigford settlement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
black farmers claiming past discrimination. What ensued was a grotesque display of racism, antisemitism,
and homophobia. And not a single member of the mainstream media was on hand to report what happened.
The event was opened by Malik Zulu Shabazz, Chairman of the New Black Panther Party, a militant hate group that
supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election and sent armed thugs to intimidate voters at several polling places
in 2008 and 2010.
Blood from Stone. The Washington Post's stoning of Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry is journalistic malpractice.
Instead of calling the newspaper to task, other national media outlets have joined in. And now, the Post is
doubling down on slander.
Rock vs. Reverend Wright. Apparently, investigative reporting at the [Washington] Post means
staring at old rocks under paint (with a microscope?) to discern almost invisible letters — and
suggesting this should ruin a presidential campaign. It resembles the Post feverishly fumbling through
foreign-language dictionaries trying to find a racially defamatory definition for "macaca" to torpedo Sen.
George Allen's re-election in 2006. The "fact" that these Republicans are racist is never established.
Two days after the rock "scoop," a Post front-page article by Amy Gardner found Perry's record on race was
"complicated"... by the facts.
True Liberty in
a New Media Age. The policies and practices of several major Internet-interactive "new media"
communications platforms and service providers were examined and evaluated in order to determine the risk of
those entities committing anti-Christian viewpoint censorship. The companies reviewed were: Apple
and its iTunes App Store; Facebook; MySpace; Google; Twitter; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Comcast,
AT&T, and Verizon. Our conclusion is that Christian ideas and other religious content face a clear and
present danger of censorship on web-based communication platforms.
ABC Dismisses Cain: 'Nobody' Won the FL Straw Poll. Good Morning America's John Hendren on
Sunday dismissed the victory of Herman Cain in the Florida straw poll, condescendingly asserting that the "big
winner is nobody." The ABC reporter made sure to repeatedly mention the business of the Republican presidential
candidate: "That's right. The man who brought you Godfather's Pizza at 37 percent."
bias on display as NBC grills Suskind. You want a quick and easy introduction to media bias?
Just look at the reception given to author Ron Suskind when he appeared on NBC's "Today" show this week to
promote his new book, "Confidence Men," which is critical of President Obama — and then compare it
to the reception Suskind received in 2004 when he appeared on "Today" to tout another book,"The Price of
Loyalty," which was critical of President George W. Bush.
York Magazine Calls Obama 'The First Jewish President'. In New York magazine this
week, John Heilemann contends that President Obama is the "best thing Israel has going for it right now" and
despite some setbacks he remains a president "every bit as pro-Israel as the country's own prime minister...
Is Obama Pro-Israel?
[Scroll down] On the other side of the debate, New York magazine has a pathetic cover story by John Heilemann,
titled "'The First Jewish President:' The truth? Barack Obama is the best friend Israel has right
now." How credulous an Obama apologist do you have to be to believe that?
Removes Story on Perry Campaigning During Wildfires. According to Politico, the Associated
Press has removed a story about Texas residents questioning Gov. Rick Perry's return to the campaign
trail while the wildfires continue to rage in Texas. The AP issued a mandatory kill when they
discovered that the person who asked the question about Perry's campaigning was not an area resident.
Media Outdid Themselves in GOP Debate. A dispassionate look at the NBC Republican debate
moderators' questions reveals that they were not themselves dispassionate, which they have a professional
duty to be. NBC's Brian Williams and Politico's John Harris put on a clinic in liberal bias and
journalistic unprofessionalism as they fired loaded, sanctimonious questions at the debate participants.
Debate moderators have no business injecting themselves into the debate or editorializing on the fly as these
two did, to their disgrace.
Media Bias and
Abortion Language. In a recent essay in the August 10 New York Times magazine titled,
"Two-Minus-One Pregnancy," author Ruth Padawar discusses cases where a pregnant woman chooses to "reduce
twins to a singleton." The expectant mother, after choosing not to endure the extra burden of
raising twins, aborts one of the fetuses. Except, technically, she does not abort the fetus.
Instead, a doctor inserts a long needle into her abdomen. Then, using a sonogram, he directs the
needle into the chest of one of the fetuses and injects it with potassium chloride, quickly
killing it. The body of the dead fetus remains in the womb and shrivels during the
remainder of the pregnancy. It is removed during the live birth of its twin. Although
the above description uses the word "kill," the New York Times author does not. Instead,
she uses euphemisms such as "extinguish," "eliminate," and "reduce to a singleton."
MSNBC's Post-GOP Debate Analysis Will Be Dominated 10-to-2 By Hostile Left
Wingers. Following Wednesday's [9/7/2011] NBC News/Politico Republican presidential debate which
will last one hour and forty five minutes, MSNBC will devote more time, two hours and fifteen minutes, to a
group of ten left-wing commentators — with a mere two non-liberals mixed in — to
analyzing what the Republicans and conservatives said.
Mitchell Should Resign Over Telling Gaddafi's Lies. As we noted at the time, Barbara
Slavin of USA Today offered an insight into how the lie was concocted during a public appearance in
2004. I was there to record her observations. She said, "His adopted daughter was not killed,"
adding, "An infant girl was killed. I actually saw her body. She was adopted posthumously by
Gaddafi. She was not related to Gaddafi." Slavin's comments have been on the record for about
seven years. [NBC's Andrea] Mitchell and others ignored them. Why? The stories made Reagan,
who ordered the raid, out to be a cold-blooded child-killer. The truth would have made Gaddafi out
to be a cynical exploiter of the Western media.
News: Are Perry and Bachmann 'Too Far Right to Beat Obama?' It would be funny if it
weren't so pathetic. On this morning's "Today Show" on NBC, GOP candidate Jon Huntsmann was
interviewed by intrepid reporter Savannah Guthrie. After indulging Huntsmann in his usual
cookie-cutter "I'm the moderate choice" responses Guthrie decided to cut to the chase and ask one of
those biased questions that don't actually require a response, because the actual intent of the
journalist is to communicate a message to the audience.
The Media's War
Against Dick Cheney. Prior to his selection as George W. Bush's running mate in the summer
of 2000, the liberal networks generally treated Cheney — who served as White House chief of staff,
Congressman and Secretary of Defense — as a respected Republican leader. But the media turned
on Cheney as soon as he joined the Republican ticket, portraying him as an extremist who was "anti-equal
rights" and "against education" — even distorting his vote on a non-binding resolution as a vote
"against releasing Nelson Mandela from prison," as if the U.S. House had such power.
Everyone Knows Government Creates Jobs! The solution to our raging unemployment rate is
so simple, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it before. Luckily, Chris Matthews did. The
government simply needs to spend more money! Because, as "everyone knows, as we studied in school,"
government spending creates jobs!
The Editor says...
The sad part is that he probably was taught exactly that in school.
Obama Needs To Offer Alternative To Capitalism. Chris Matthews claims that for purposes of the
2012 campaign, Barack Obama needs to offer an alternative to capitalism. Along the way, Matthews, on his
MSNBC show this evening, offered a completely crazed notion of what capitalism is about.
is the left's biggest muckraker you never heard of. Dave Kopel, research director at
Colorado's Independence Institute, ... checked out ProPublica's assertions about natural gas hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, "suspected of causing hundreds of cases of water contamination." Colorado
and New Mexico officials supposedly "documented more than 1,000 cases where water was contaminated by
drilling activities." Kopel called the officials. New Mexico had no fracking cases.
Colorado didn't compile fracking numbers. Kopel concluded that ProPublica cited data about contamination
from every drilling-related activity in a story only about fracking.
The Left Owns the
Election Law Industry. Activists posing as nonpartisan academics, like Michael Waldman of
the Brennan Center or Tova Wang of DEMOS, disingenuously claim voter fraud doesn't exist. Wang is
particularly dishonest. She released a report after the 2010 elections that there was no voter
fraud. Wang's conclusion came only two days after the election, hardly enough time for the careful
study necessary for such a sweeping conclusion. Nevertheless, sycophants in the media
lapped it up.
[Heck] with You People. Look, I am past exhausted talking about liberal media bias.
It's real, we all know it, and people who deny it aren't even fooling themselves. But some things
just have to be pointed out.
God and Man at Fort Hood. If
you were getting tired of hearing about how Norwegian butcher Anders Behring Breivik is a "right-wing
Christian" whose bloody crimes implicate everyone mentioned in his 1500-page manifesto, I have some good
news: you won't hear much more about it. ... Why did the media echo chamber fill with cries that
Breivik is a "Christian" terrorist? Because the monster of Oslo used that word to describe himself
on his Facebook page. No one in the media took the time to run through his entire manifesto.
They certainly didn't dissect it with the intensity they reserve for Sarah Palin's emails.
Newsweek's Adulatory 2008 Obama Cover Portraits. With outrage from right to left over
Newsweek's "Queen of Rage" cover story photo of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann
in which she looks crazy, or at least empty-headed, a look back at how during the last campaign the
magazine, under previous ownership, made sure candidate Barack Obama always looked presidential.
Stewart's Perfect Spewing of Left-Wing, Anti-Tea Party Talking Points. Man oh man,
Jon Stewart has the left-wing spin and talking points down cold, doesn't he? No one
with even a smidgen of intellectual honesty uses the term "revenues increases," and to blame the
Bush tax cuts (or any tax cuts) on the deficit — especially after Obama's unprecedented
spending orgy — is nothing more than pure propaganda.
They Think You're
Stupid. Those are not my words but the title of Herman Cain's book released in 2005.
He is now a candidate for president and according to the mainstream media his chances are slim and next
to none. Of course, the MSM is ignoring his campaign because Cain is not the kind of black man they
want to promote. Barack Obama has become their chosen one even though he has absolutely nothing in common
with the average black in America. Herman Cain, however, is the quintessential American success story
that was possible before this administration put up so many barriers to individual achievement.
Blaming Righty in Oslo.
A madman a continent away in Norway mows down almost 100 innocent people in cold blood. The shooter,
Andrers Breivik, grew up a child of divorce, estranged from his father, in a liberal home in a liberal country.
And yet when the press starts pointing fingers, guess which direction they point. Do they gesture leftward,
towards a liberal culture that belittles family and religion? Is atheist Europe the culprit for spawning
a homicidal maniac? On the contrary... the media chooses the Usual Suspects, that vast right-wing
Breivik no Christian nut,
just nuts. So a murderer quotes Gandhi. So a fascist quotes Churchill. A Satanist
calls himself a Christian soldier. But that was enough to shift the coverage in the mainstream media.
They were positively relieved, even thrilled, the mass murder here was done by someone who wasn't Muslim.
CBC news anchors started repeating every hour: The murderer was by a "Christian fundamentalist" who hated
Debunking 6 Myths
About Anders Breivik. [Myth #1] Anders Behring Breivik was a Fundamentalist Christian.
Breivik described himself as not a religious person and mentions praying only once. His plans leading
up to the attacks involved multiple visits to prostitutes. ... Breivik did call himself a Christian, but
meant that in a cultural sense, rather than a theological one. He emphasized that he was not seeking
a theocracy, but a secular society. His idea of a Christian Europe had nothing to do with religion.
Affirmative-Action Win. Eight months after Al Sharpton signed a pivotal agreement that
helped Comcast and NBC secure Federal Communications Commission approval for their $30 billion merger,
MSNBC appears poised to reward him with a prime-time news show.
Media Report Acknowledges That Embezzling Sheriff Is a Democrat. It doesn't get more obvious
than this. Former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano, who pleaded guilty Wednesday [7/20/2011] to
five felony counts, is a Democrat. ... It seems more than a little doubtful that press coverage of a
Republican sheriff sentenced for serious crimes of this nature would be able to completely avoid having his
or her party identified by any press outlet.
Launch Christian Witch Trials. Irreligious, or at least humanistic, liberals are always quick
to point to the constitutional ban on "religious tests" for federal office when they are touting one of their
godless candidates. While butchering the context within which this Article VI prohibition was written,
liberals tell everyone who will listen that a person's religious beliefs (or unbelief) are immaterial in
considering their qualifications. But then why does Chris Matthews want Republican candidates grilled
over whether they believe in a literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account? And why does ABC
tout the work of a left-wing group "investigating" the Bachmann family's religious views on homosexuality?
Proves Limbaugh's Point About Hyped Heat Wave Reports. Conservative talk show host Rush
Limbaugh on Wednesday mocked news outlets hyping the heat wave gripping much of the nation by reporting the
heat index rather than the actual temperatures. On Friday's [7/22/2011] "Real Time," host Bill Maher
proved Limbaugh's point by falsely telling his audience, "It was 123 in Minnesota".
Lies About Mom, Networks Yawn. In 1996, Gore moved the Democrats to tears by claiming that when
his sister Nancy died of cancer in 1984, he vowed then and there to oppose the tobacco industry. How
courageous — and completely untrue. The Times found Gore campaigned in 1988 boasting of his tobacco-farming
prowess. He lied through his teeth. Network coverage from ABC, CBS or NBC on this whopper, even
as Gore prepared a presidential run? Zero.
Wisdom Frames a Faulty Storyline to Suit Obama. [CBS's Bob] Schieffer represents the Conventional
Wisdom about as well as anyone — and in this case, the CW seems to be that the GOP plan is a "total
waste of time," unreasonable, unserious, and inflexible, while anything President Obama demands is fair,
balanced, thoughtful, and Solomon-like.
Launches Racial Rant Against Michele Bachmann. With her poll numbers rising and her closing in on
the front-runner, it's time for popular culture to jump in and do their dirty work against Rep. Michele Bachmann.
The three boxes are all checked in this segment: racist/stupid/crazy. Perhaps the most shocking part
of this clip is watching Whoopi Goldberg ignore the devastation of the American black family with an oddball
defense of single parenthood.
Religious Expert Excoriates 'Radical,' 'Theocratic' Christians. In a segment on the religiosity
of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, MSNBC's Richard Lui on Wednesday [7/6/2011] looked to an author who has
smeared conservative Christians as "radical," weird individuals who "hate" America. The guest host for
Martin Bashir interviewed Frank Schaeffer, a blogger on the liberal Huffington Post website and also a
constant critic of the religious right. ... Lui never pointed out Schaeffer's liberal leanings or his
endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008.
Feelings and Violent Facts. What is the most important thing about mobs of black teens attacking
and seriously injuring innocent pedestrians and businesses? The feelings of teenagers who share the
race of the attackers, according to Chicago's local CBS affiliate. That's right: Mobs of
teenagers have unleashed terror in the streets of Chicago and other cities in "flash mobs," and the best
thing CBS in Chicago has to say about that is that black teenagers are worried about racial profiling.
The Humberto Leal Execution Intervention.
The state of Texas is scheduled to execute Humberto Leal Garcia tonight. He was convicted in 1994 of
rape and murder, and spent the ensuing 16 years on Death Row. The Obama Administration, including
both the State Department and the President himself, have intervened to demand a reprieve. So has the
Mexican government, the United Nations, and various diplomatic figures, including former President George W.
Bush. There are two phrases you will never read in any mainstream media account of the Leal affair.
One of them is "Adria Sauceda." That's the name of Leal's victim.
How Race Gets
Rubbed Out of the Story. The editor of a major newspaper has just admitted that he prints
propaganda. There is no other way to describe the decision of Chicago Tribune editor Gerould W. Kern,
who refuses to report on the racial aspect of recent mob attacks in Chicago.
Wright speaks at Savannah State. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Barack
Obama's church, who attracted nationwide scrutiny over comments made just after Sept. 11, called for
African-centered teaching during a lecture. A crowd of about 80 turned out at Savannah State
University to hear the retired holy man and scholar...
Jeremiah Wright is neither a holy man nor a scholar, and nobody outside of Chicago had ever heard of
him until 2008. Other than that, the first two sentences were fairly accurate. I didn't
read the rest.
Time magazine's Orwellian story on the Constitution is wrong. Time magazine's cover
story shows the U.S. Constitution and asks, "Does it still matter?" Reading this story, we kept
waiting for Emmanuel Goldstein to show up for the Two Minutes of Hate. It was difficult to discern
whether we were reading Time or Orwell's 1984. The article portrays the Constitution as
an outmoded document that we should ignore to whatever extent is expedient to pursue someone's vision of a
Gross Media Ignorance.
There's little that's intelligent or informed about Time magazine editor Richard Stengel's article "One
Document, Under Siege" (June 23, 2011). It contains many grossly ignorant statements about our
Constitution. ... Stengel says, "If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure
doesn't say so." That statement is beyond ignorance.
Belief Blog Promotes Atheist Group's Airplane Messaging. CNN's Belief Blog might seem more like
the Unbelief Blog at times. CNN's Katie Glaeser not only publicized, but seemed to take sides with
American Atheists and their campaign to fly their Godless message on airplane banners on the Fourth of July.
The Thomas Ball Story.
The difference in these two cases comes down to what the American media finds relevant: girls and
women, they're important; men and boys, not so much.
insulting Bachmann, Chris Wallace insulted all women. Most of the interview went well.
Bachmann gave off the air of a person who is becoming very comfortable in her skin as she articulated her
positions and demonstrated a growing gravitas. Then, at the very end of the segment, Wallace flat-out
smeared Bachmann with one of the most deliberately defamatory questions I have heard in a long time.
Dem Affiliation Left Out of Seven AP Stories. Earlier today [6/27/2011], a grand jury
convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, on 17 of 20 counts of
corruption. ... In six items all carrying today's date found at the AP's main site in a search on the former
governor's last name at 8:15 p.m. ET, the wire service not only failed to tag Blago as a Democrat,
it failed to tag anyone as Democrat.
cancer, and fig leaves. At 5:30 this morning [6/25/2011] the Associated Press reported,
"Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan's
Greenwich Village." The article quoted nine people, all ecstatic about the new gay right. ... But what
about the AP's "Statement of Ethical Principles"? The first sentence under the heading "Integrity"
states, "The newspaper should strive for impartial treatment of issues and dispassionate handling of
The Truth About Gun Walker. Earlier
this week, the Washington Post ran a hit piece on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House
Oversight committee, designed to imply — without evidence — that Issa was aware of
"Operation Fast and Furious" all along. That would be the astonishing Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms
operation that deliberately flooded Mexico with American guns, and which Issa's committee has been investigating.
The thinking behind planting such a story is almost as appalling as the "Gun Walker" scandal itself.
Magazine: Constitution Doesn't Limit Government, ObamaCare Constitutional. Regular readers of
Time magazine this week found in their mailbox yet another pile of leftist tripe in the vein of "the Constitution
is a living document." This week's cover article by managing editor Richard Stengel is a freak show of
anti-Constitutional babble including an assertion that the Constitution was not intended to limit government:
"If the Constitution was intended to limit the federal government, it sure doesn't say so..."
Picks on Supposed Republican Stumbles Before Showing Obama Soothing a Baby. On Tuesday night [6/21/2011],
NBC decided to highlight a series of stumbles by Republican presidential candidates, none of them all that
significant (Romney having $100 bills in his wallet and Perry referring to Twitter as "tweeter"), before
later in the newscast showing White House-produced video of a baby which stopped crying when handed to
He is not a reporter, he is an activist.
There's a big difference. ABC newsman "comes out" to support DREAM
Act. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has revealed his status as an
illegal immigrant in order to fight for the DREAM Act. ... He didn't know his immigration status until he
applied for a driver's license and was told his green card was a fake. He has kept the secret until
Reckless Folly of the "Undocumented Immigrant". With great fanfare and elite media sympathy,
Jose Antonio Vargas publicly declared himself an "undocumented immigrant" this week. ... The [New York]
Times featured full-color photos of Vargas' fake document trove — including a fake passport with a
fake name, a fake green card and a Social Security card his grandfather doctored for him at a Kinko's. He
committed perjury repeatedly on federal I-9 employment eligibility forms. ... Making false claims of citizenship
is a felony offense. Document fraud is a felony offense. Vargas, who frames himself as a helpless
victim, freely chose instead to secure yet more dummy documents. He used a friend's address to obtain an
Oregon driver's license under false pretenses.
Vargas: From Journalist to Illegal Immigrant and
Political Activist. The newly publicized life-story of award winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas
seems to be one of those revelatory stories that tends to confirm some of the worst charges against liberals and
the Old Media. The media sees no reason not to break the law, it employs people with political agendas, and
all the while refuses to inform customers of the "news" that this is the case.
Alien Reporter Used Fake ID to Report From White House. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer prize-winning
reporter who has worked for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, has revealed that he is an illegal
alien. ... Vargas also revealed that he breached White House security by using a fake ID, including when he
covered a state dinner. And that a superior at the Washington Post knew and approved of his actions.
Cuts 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance. NBC on Sunday [6/19/2011] decided to cut the words
"under God" from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage
of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.
Frank Mickens took NBC to task for its censorship of "Under God" and "Indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance
over the weekend. Mickens is a news anchor for CBS affiliate WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina.
He did what our free press is supposed to do: hold accountable those in power. We need more intrepid
journalists like Frank Mickens.
NBC-ya Later. It has now been
revealed that NBC's decision to leave out the words "under God" and "indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance
in Sunday's U.S. Open golf broadcast was no accident. ... It takes a concerted effort to open up an audio file,
cue up to the "offensive" language and snip it out. But it also takes a stratospheric level of obliviousness
to one's own arrogance to do so without contemplating the kind of blowback that is occurring. Part of that
arrogance was likely animated by the thought that most Americans would be too stupid to notice.
So Many Atheists on CNN Belief? The CNN Belief Blog, which has graciously featured a few of
my pieces, just celebrated its first anniversary, and for the occasion, its editors reflected on 10 things
that they've learned in the course of the year. The one that got my eye was this: that atheists are
by far the most fervent commentators on matters religious.
Bias On Display In Hate Of Palin. The New York Times and Washington Post have asked their
readers' help in scouring 24,000 emails from Sarah Palin's governorship, released Friday. They hate
her — really hate her. Imagine a newspaper in 2008 asking readers' help in perusing Barack
Obama's emails as U.S. senator and Illinois state senator. Or for that matter, help in unearthing his
college records. The howls from "mainstream" journalists and Democratic politicians would have been
Paper Trails and Media Hypocrisy. The deafening roar of nothingness emerging from the Sarah Palin
email trove points up the media's hypocritical lack of interest in Barack Obama's pre-presidential record.
Just as Palin's emails were released, Slate's David Weigel pointed out that Barack Obama's State Senate
records are not available. Weigel quotes Obama's statement to the effect that he didn't have the staff or
financial resources to preserve office paperwork. As a result, Obama claims, his State Senate records
may have been thrown out. In fact, Obama could easily have preserved his State Senate records had he
Monsters in Our Midst.
The elite liberal congressman Anthony Weiner turned his world of digital correspondence into an X-rated
predator zone. ... As the pitiable man of his time endures the attacks of moralists, hypocrites, and other
fiends who resent the congressional gym being used as a soft-core production house, the press is hot on the
trail of the real monster. Major media institutions, such as the New York Times and the Washington
Post, enlisted their readers to comb through Sarah Palin's emails and report back on anything pounceable.
Bias Shows In Palin E-mail Affair. No wonder last week's frenzy over Sarah Palin's old emails
went as fast as it came. Not only did it turn out to be the nonstory of the year. It gave objective
journalism one of its biggest black eyes yet.
Left-wing talking heads
helped Anthony Weiner spread his lies. Following the salacious tweets and Facebook posts
seen by just about anyone with an Internet connection, it has been astounding to watch certain members of
the mainstream media defend Rep. Anthony Weiner by either uncritically reporting his own lie that his
account was "hacked," blaming the scandal on someone else (i.e., blogger Andrew Breitbart) or simply
ignoring it altogether.
Case Shows Media's Double Standard. There's an obvious double standard when the liberal media
cover political scandal. They're a pack of hungry lions to devour Republicans; they are mellow
leaf-eaters when Democrats cross an ethical line. Let's recall the quick and dirty end of Republican
Mark Foley's career in 2006. ... Foley's scandal was a sex talk scandal. Investigators never found a
physical relationship, but the media chewed that story clean to the bones. The timing —
just weeks before midterm elections — surely was delicious.
The Palin pile-on.
A book some years ago called The Dance of Anger was an exploration of dysfunctional intimate relationships.
The so-called "mainstream" media ought to read it, with Sarah Palin in mind. It's comical to watch them
stalk Palin and then blame her for it all.
handmaidens. You might have seen the vicious Mediscare video by now entitled "America the
Beautiful." If you haven't, you should. It's from folks who just the other day were chanting
the mantra of "civility." It's a taste of what the left will be serving up as 2012 approaches. ... Not
since Barry Goldwater was smeared in 1964 with the famous "little girl with daisy and mushroom cloud" TV ad
has there been such bald-faced character assassination.
Money Finds 10 Reasons 'You Should Love $5 Gas'. Many have noted that homelessness seems to
always become a concern for the legacy media when a Republican is president. Similarly, during
Democratic administrations, media outlets always seem to find good things about bad economic news (remember
"funemployment"?). The latest such attempt comes from MSN Money, which on Wednesday tallied ten reasons
that "you should love $5 gas."
Andrea Mitchell Alinsky's Sarah Palin's Bus Tour Before It Even Begins. Governor Sarah Palin
accepts an invitation from Rolling Thunder, a non-profit veteran's organization that holds an annual motorcycle
ride in Washington D.C. every Memorial Day ... and what does the MSM do? Well, what they always do when
it comes to Governor Palin: using well-honed Alinsky tactics, they attack with the goal in mind of
discrediting, embarrassing and undermining her.
GOP 'Long Shots' vs. 'Confident' Obama 'Raking in Millions'. During a report on Tuesday's [5/10/2011]
Nightly News, White House correspondent Chuck Todd was largely dismissive of the current crop of Republican
candidates: "[Mitt Romney] skipped the first debate last week, leaving Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
as the only major contender alongside a slew of long shots jockeying for attention."
Spotting Media Bias in
Story Choices. Media bias can be easily noticed in what the media say, but sometimes the worst
cases of bias involve what the media do not say. A perfect example of this is the current media
coverage — or non-coverage, if you will — of the recent gas price crisis nationwide. When President
Obama first took office, prices were $1.86 per gallon. On 25 April 2011, the average price of
fuel in America was $3.789. Yet where is the media outcry about gas prices?
The Editor says...
There is no mention in this article of Mr. Terronez's party affiliation; therefore, he must
be a Democrat.
Vastly Different Reporting On Bush, Obama Gas Prices. Read the article ... and see for
yourself how CNN defends President Obama's actions regarding oil prices. CNN showcases Obama's
recent rhetoric about gas prices, while conveniently neglecting to fact check any of President Obama's
claims (as CNN did when covering President Bush's gas price rhetoric in past years).
Left-Wing Journo Attacks Rep. Allen West.
Brandon K. Thorp, a gay activist from the alternative weekly Broward-Palm Beach New Times newspaper, is only
the latest left-winger to launch into a verbal assault on Lt. Col. Allen West, now a Representative from
Florida's 22nd District. Like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, Rep. West is one of the many
conservatives that leftists fear the most. We know this because the left's constant, fevered,
overwrought attacks tell us so.
Advocates Repeal of the 'Natural Born' Clause. Apparently, in [Jon] Meacham's world, it is
irrational (and horrifying) to expect transparency from this particular president. As expected, he
refers to the matter as the "birther issue" instead of an issue of transparency, and insults those who
consider the matter important by equating them to "crying children."
leaders motivated by power and greed, not desire to help. Although the left has been talking of
civility since the unfortunate Tucson incident, civility applies only to the other side. Only two months
later, the Wisconsin activists launched the most vicious campaign of intimidation with a number of death
threats, violent signs, and widespread hatred. The media, of course, silent.
They were outraged over "Death Panel" claims, but... NBC
Doesn't Object to Dem Calling GOP Budget a 'Death Trap'. On Tuesday's [4/5/2011] NBC Nightly
News, a report on the Republican 2012 budget proposal included a sound bite from Democratic Florida Congresswoman
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who decried the plan and ranted: "Medicare would become little more than a
discount card. This plan would literally be a death trap for some seniors."
Obama and the Press so Silent on Afghanistan? The mainstream media basically downplayed or ignored
a March 15 Washington Post/ABC News poll which showed American support for the Afghanistan war seriously
eroding. For the first time since the war there began almost a decade ago, nearly two of three surveyed
said the battle is not worth fighting. Normally, such a dramatic turn in public sentiment against a war
would rate screaming headlines and endless speculation on how that might affect President Obama's political
standing and re-election chances in 2012.
disobedience: Media ignores union thuggery. In Michigan, protesters opposed to Gov. Rick Snyder's
austerity budget broke a window to get into the capitol building. One faces felony charges after assaulting
police with an edged weapon; 14 were arrested. In Washington, DC, the windows at GOP headquarters were
shot out, not the first time that Republican offices have been subject to such attacks. In Madison, Wis.,
the state capitol was occupied for weeks by teachers-union members and their supporters. Doors and windows
were broken; a mob tried to keep Republican state senators from entering the Senate chamber to vote.
Top 10 Ugly Moments in the Wisconsin
Union Battle. The mainstream media was in a tizzy about signs at Tea Party rallies
that pictured Obama with a Hitler mustache, but there was no similar outrage about the intemperate
signs at the Wisconsin protests.
Link Bush to 'Skyrocketing' Gas Prices 15 Times More Than Obama. As gas prices rose in 2008,
network reporters mentioned President Bush in 15 times as many stories than they brought up President
Obama in a similar period in 2011. Bush drew gallons of coverage in 2008. Comparing a 20-day
span of rising gas prices in 2008 to 24 days of rising prices in February 2011, the Business & Media
Institute found the networks did more than 2½ times as many stories during the Bush years versus
Reporter Taints Big Oil With Watergate Scandal. On Friday morning [3/4/2011], NBC's Tom Costello
couldn't close his Today show report on high gas prices without airing the proverbial soundbite from an angry
gas station customer accusing oil companies of gouging the consumer. Costello even managed to taint
Big Oil with the Watergate scandal, in his set-up for the perturbed gas pumper, as he pointed out one
of the highest prices he found in Washington D.C. was "right in the shadow of the Watergate" adding, "customers
across the country are increasingly suspicious of the oil companies."
The media protects a Democrat with silence.
You would think something like this would be a pretty big story, especially since the union troops Hintz supports are
becoming increasingly aggressive in their occupation of the state capitol. After millions of BTUs worth of hot
air were unleashed about "tone" and "civility" in the wake of the Tucson shootings, an actual death threat from an
elected representative is a significant event. No "heat of the moment" defense would be accepted from a
Republican under similar circumstances, especially if a male Republican cited for sexual misconduct were
threatening a female Democrat.
Dem Assemblyman Curses GOP Assemblywoman, Media Mum. A Wisconsin Democrat Assemblyman turned to a
Republican Assemblywoman in the middle of a legislative session Friday and said, "You are f---ing dead."
Despite the following report from the Northwestern at 12:53 PM Monday [2/28/2011], no major media outlet
other than Fox News has covered this disgusting story.
drop ball on Wisconsin coverage, make union protesters look like saints. The cadre of
reporters that descended on Madison, Wis., during the past couple weeks steered attention away from the
union demonstrators' negativity — or, at the very least, failed to call attention it. The
public sector union protesters have exhibited violence against Fox News reporters and have carried signs
comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to recently deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams likened union members' actions to the populist revolts in the Middle East. ... ABC
News' Diane Sawyer opened her Feb. 17 show in a similar manner, but went a step further.
Teachers' Unions are on the Ropes. [Scroll down] It was real news to the residents of
New Jersey, how the teachers' unions had rigged the system. Because for decades, the story went untold
by the Newark Star Ledger and Bergen Record, the state's two largest dailies. The
editors either didn't think the corrupt collective bargaining process was an issue worthy of a series, or
didn't have a problem with the process. I suspect that many of the editors liked being for what their
ideological opponents were against. Because both of those papers are liberal by any objective
standard, and those that challenged the teachers' unions tended to be Republicans.
Be Wrestling Girls? This year's Iowa state championships attracted attention nationwide when
the promising high school sophomore Joel Northrup (the fifth-ranked wrestler in the state) defaulted on his
first match. He had drawn Cassy Herkelman, a female freshman, as his opponent, and he could not, in
good conscience, wrestle a girl. ... Had he not declined to wrestle Herkelman, he might have won it all.
The New York Times, the AP, and other national news organizations noted that Northrup's father is a minister —
the suggestion being that such peculiar and backward views as the young man expressed must be chalked up to a
religious sensibility. Most of the coverage stressed the "girl against the old boys network" angle.
Clift Asks "Since When Does Scott Walker Represent 'The People'?" Maybe someone should have told
Eleanor that Walker won in 2010 by roughly the same margin Barack Obama did in 2008, as she certainly thinks
the current White House resident represents "the people". More importantly, as is clearly evident in
Clift's protestations, Democrats elected with union money represent the people. Republicans supported
by individuals don't.
Cooper and the 'Big Bad Birthers'. [CNN's Anderson] Cooper is the guy who popularized calling
Tea Party protesters "Teabaggers" even though he knew it was a derogatory term that referred to a sex act
popular among homosexuals. He had to apologize for that, sort of, but what would be more appropriate
would be an apology for pretending to be a fair journalist when he actually is a shill for left-wing causes.
Stops Tagging Troubled 'Centrist' Wu As a Dem. Oregon residents and news followers nationwide
can be forgiven for shaking their heads over the Associated Press's latest item on the misadventures of
Congressman David Wu. All of a sudden he's apparently not a Democrat — well, at least
he's not identified as such by the wire service's Jonathan J. Cooper.
Unions vs. The Tea Party: A Classic Double Standard. A story-by-story analysis by the Media Research
Center shows the Wisconsin protests are a perfect case study in the media's longstanding double standard
favoring left-wing causes while demonstrating much more hostility to the Tea Party and conservative protest.
Media on Wisconsin? A Bad Joke. The battle in Madison, Wis., between new Gov. Scott Walker
and the public-sector union hacks offers an amazing study in journalistic double standards. The same
national media that have spent the last two years drawing devil's horns and Klan hoods on the Tea Party
protesters have switched sides with lightning speed. In the Wisconsin protesters, they find sweetness
and light, "hope and change."
Bush-Death-Wishing Guitarist Delights Union Crowd in Madison. While reporters like Adam Nagourney
"worry" out loud that the Wisconsin Republicans are going to look too extreme, AP somehow left out Morello's
truly appalling and extremist stands, like speaking fondly of Philadelphia cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and the
Maoist Shining Path terrorists in Peru. If that didn't seem pro-violence enough, then there's Morello
praying for the drowning of President Bush in 2007, as reported in the Washington Post.
NBC Reporter Advances Dem Talking Points on
GOP's 'Severe' Budget Cuts. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, on Monday's [2/21/2011] Today show, lumped
the Wisconsin and federal budget fights together and depicted the Republicans, in both cases, as being on
the defensive. Starting in Wisconsin O'Donnell reported that over the weekend "Protesters backing
union workers vented anger" but didn't mention the Tea Party had a counter-protest.
Media Gone Mad. The
battle to reform spending on public employees is underway in a dozen states, and there's little doubt as to
which side the mainstream media is taking. ... Everything from crowd estimates to characterizations of intent
was distorted. Unlike the exaggerated estimates of anti-reform crowds (a Feb. 18 crowd of perhaps
10,000, reported as up to 40,000, according to one station), few estimates were given as to the size of
pro-reform crowds. Saturday's NBC Nightly News reported that "up to 70,000" protestors had
gathered in Madison, but the context of the statement seemed to suggest that the estimate referred only to
pro-union protestors. Another source clarified that the estimate of 70,000 included both pro- and
Calls Doctors Writing Sick Slips In WI "Fraud," CNN Calls It "Helping Out". On Fox News, Mike
Tobin interviewed some residents of the state who claimed that it was extremely easy to get a doctor to give
them a sick note, thus enabling public employees to take off from work to protest without any risk. News
anchor Gregg Jarrett responded, "That's incredible news if it's true. That's basically fraud by doctors
incidental to the breach of a teacher contract, which prohibits them from calling in sick to protest."
Over on CNN, the story was essentially the same, but the tone decidedly different.
Fox News Highlights Nazi, Hitler Signs in Wisconsin Pension Debate. Wisconsin radio talk show
host Vicki McKenna appeared on Your World With Neil Cavuto to discuss the battle over whether state employees
will have to pay more for their pension and health care. Citing the attacks by liberals, she informed,
"I have been called the Taliban, Hitler... I mean, anything that involves dictator, tyrants or genocide,
historical references to slavery." In comparison, Good Morning News anchor Juju Chang spun the story:
"Well, a bill seen as the most aggressive anti-union proposal in the country goes up for a vote in Wisconsin
today." She simply claimed that state workers are "swarming the capitol in protest."
News reporters — or Narrative
Shapers? CBS reporter Lara Logan, "covering the jubilation" as CBS put it, was surrounded by a
mob of men screaming, "Jew, Jew!" who beat and sexually assaulted her. She is currently recovering in a
U.S. hospital from injuries described as "serious." Despite the fact that the incident occurred last
Friday, CBS sat on the story until it became apparent that other members of the media had gotten wind
of it. Why? The bet here is that this incident interferes with the mainstream media-established
narrative regarding the true nature of some "freedom-loving" Egyptians. People yearning for democracy
aren't supposed to be anti-Semitic thugs or sexual predators as well. Thus, a genuine news item
became an "un-story."
Channel Credits 1980s Economic Recovery to 'Reagan Tax Increases'. According to a new History
Channel special on Ronald Reagan, the profound economic recovery of the early '80s can be credited to "the
Reagan tax increases." The February 9 program contained this odd assertion while highlighting the
President's path to reelection in 1984. Of course, the Economic Recovery Act of 1981 actually cut the
top marginal rate from 70 percent to 50 percent.
Reagan: The 100-Year-Old Racist? Ronald Reagan "tortured" blacks. Tavis Smiley, the PBS
television host, once said this about the former president. NBC's Bryant Gumbel and New York Times
columnist Paul Krugman, among many others, consider Reagan a racist.
Bashes Bush for Holding Saudi King's Hand, Ignores Obama's Bow. In a classic example of liberal
media bias, Chris Matthews on Friday bashed former President George W. Bush for holding Prince Abdullah
of Saudia Arabia's hand when he visited the Crawford ranch back in 2005. After mentioning how "the bowing
and scraping" involved in the "paramount task" of presidents honoring Arab leaders has sometimes "been nearly
comical," the host of the syndicated program bearing his name completely ignored President Barack Obama's deep
bow to the very same man less than two years ago.
Tale of Two SOTU's.
Even though it was Obama's first State of the Union since his party lost control of the House and saw its
Senate majority shredded, the [New York] Times didn't dwell on the decline in his party's fortune. By
contrast, Kate Zernike's 2007 lead story on Bush's first State of the Union after the Republicans lost
Congress emphasized the power shift away from the president, while lauding new Speaker of the House Nancy
Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War. It's a metaphysical certitude that
whenever anything happens in the Middle East, the media will quickly blame former President George W.
Bush and the war in Iraq. Not missing the opportunity to do so, Chris Matthews began the
5PM installment of "Hardball" Friday [1/28/2011]...
A Natural Born Job Killer.
Don't believe the media. Obamacare is already adding to the unemployment rolls. ... A typical example is an AP
"fact check" piece that includes this priceless quote from economist Paul Fronstin: "CBO isn't saying that there
is job loss as much as they are saying that fewer people will be working." The irony of such verbal contortions
is that they would be unconvincing even if they were not self-refuting. It isn't necessary to invoke the CBO to
demonstrate that Obamacare is a job killer. The ink was hardly dry on the new law when the layoffs began at the
small insurance companies.
NYT's Tale of Two Speeches. The New York Times's lead political blogger Michael Shear was predictably
effusive toward Obama's "soft and restrained" Wednesday night [1/12/2011] address to the nation, while showing resentment toward
Palin's "accusatory" Wednesday morning video defense of herself: "Obama and Palin, a Tale of Two Speeches."
The Times Loses It.
The [New York] Times ran, as its second lead, above the fold on the front page, a story about the
Tucson shootings headlined "Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics." The article, by Carl Hulse
and Kate Zernike, contains almost nothing newsworthy. Nor can it be called news analysis, beginning as it
does with an attempt to create a self-fulfilling prophecy: "The shooting of Representative Gabrielle
Giffords ... set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics."
If self-fulfilling prophecies were wanted from reporters — and they are not — a better one
would have been "Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Mental Health Policies."
Just When Grace Is Called for, Count
on the MSM to Wallow in Disgrace. Fox's Bernard Goldberg, in commenting on the media's coverage of
the Tucson massacre, put it (as usual) very well: "In all my years as a working journalist I've never seen
such shallow, thoughtless, agenda-driven drivel as I have in the past 36 hours — and it's all
masquerading as serious analysis and commentary." He added, "This is as bad as anything they've ever done."
As a wise friend wrote me yesterday: "I don't think I have ever seen any episode in media that quite approaches
this level of depravity."
What if Jared Loughner had been a Muslim?
Shamefully and sadly, the media would have covered his horrific assassination attempt of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
(D-Ariz) and slaying and maiming of innocent Arizonans in a more responsible manner. They would have called
for restraint and not violated the journalistic tenet of not assuming anything, a tenet they purportedly (and often
facetiously sanctimoniously) claim to hold dear. But because Loughner was not a member of one of the mainstream
media's protected classes, they used Loughner's heinous act to go on liberal crusades against conservatives and Tea
Partiers, to promote gun control, amnesty, and rail against those who may oppose ethnic study programs that erroneously
teach students that the Southwestern part of the United States is a part of Mexico.
Journalism and Politics. The mainstream media reached a new low with their coverage of the
Tucson shooting spree by a deranged "left-wing pothead" (as one classmate described him). It seemed
that with each attempted terrorist attack on our soil by a Muslim extremist, the journalistic community's
refusal to call a spade a spade and identify and report to the public the reality of a very pervasive and
genuine threat to national security was a symptom of political correctness run amok. However, the
Arizona shooting proved that the real issue with news outlets is that their reporting is guided not by
politically correct standards, but rather by biases so pervasive that there is no longer a moral
compass involved in the reporting of world events. Editors and producers either do not care to or are no
longer able to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil, victim and attacker.
The New York
Times: Three-Fifths Of A Newspaper. It's sad enough the New York Times' editors believe it
"a theatrical production of unusual pomposity" that the incoming Republican Congress require "that every bill
cite its basis in the Constitution." It may be only me, but I'd be willing to bet those same Times editors
would be running down the hallways, arms a-flailin' and citing a pure constructionist position on the First
Amendment, if the new Congress required government oversight as to the content of their sorry excuse for a
York Times Attempts to Label the Constitution As Irrelevant. As the unofficial, official
Newspaper of the progressive movement, the NY Times has a core audience to placate, but who would think
that they would go out of their way to alienate the rest of their readership. But that's exactly
what they did in an editorial called "Pomp, and Little Circumstance", which rebukes the GOP for the attempt
to repeal Obamacare, allowing John Boehner to swear his staff in early and most startling, for wasting the
people's time by starting off the 112th Congress with a reading of the United States Constitution.
The NY Times Explains the Constitution.
It is fascinating to see the liberal response to House Republicans reading the Constitution in the House chamber. At
the New York Times, reporter Kate Zernike offers an "annotated guide" to the Constitution that purports to explain the main
battlegrounds between, as the Times frames the dispute, the Tea Party and progressives. ... The Times' analysis contains a
number of howlers. ... We have "little in common with the framers"? Not even, apparently, a system of government.
This is reminiscent of Ezra Klein's observation that the Constitution is old, so we may as well ignore it.
Why the Constitution — and
What It Means — Matters. Having taken control of the House of Representatives, Republicans
plan to begin their political journey by today [1/6/2011] reading the American Constitution word-for-word. This is
simply too much for those on the left. According to the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, it's a "gimmick."
The Constitution, you see, was written "more than 100 years ago" and is very, very hard to understand.
Democrats Scorn Pelosi in Speaker Vote, WaPo Buries Story on Page A8. The first vote cast by the
110th Congress on January 4, 2007 was for election of Speaker of the House. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won
all 233 Democratic votes (including her own). All 202 Republicans voted for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio.
Two years later Pelosi secured 255 (including her own), and there was only one Democrat, one Rep. Gutierrez who did
not vote. Minority Leader Boehner received every Republican vote, save for his own and three other Republicans who
didn't vote. By contrast, yesterday's [1/5/2011] vote for Speaker witnessed a total of 20 Democrats —
10 percent of the party caucus — defecting from the Pelosi line.
Plays Food Police, Touts ObamaCare Counting Calories. On Tuesday's [1/4/2011] CBS Evening News,
correspondent Michelle Miller lectured Americans on their diet: "According to Consumer Reports Health,
many Americans are simply deluding themselves, most say they eat well but don't... 85% of Americans rarely, if
ever, count calories. Another 79% never set foot on a scale."
Promotes 'Princess Boy' Propaganda. Any semblance of objectivity grew fairy wings and flew out
the window on the January 3 broadcast of NBC'S "Today Show." Host Meredith Vieira promoted a book by
Cheryl Kilodavis, titled "My Princess Boy," an illustrated children's book that promotes the tolerance of
says Russian Regime Untrustworthy, After Endorsing Russian Arms Treaty. A Washington Post
editorial on November 19 endorsed Senate passage of the New START treaty with Russia. On
December 27, after the treaty was passed, the Post published an editorial saying that Russia was firmly
under the control of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, the former president who is now Prime Minister, and
that the Russian regime could not be counted on to live up to international standards. Wouldn't it have
been nice for the Post to have told its readers this fact before the treaty was passed?
The 10 Biggest 'Non-Story'
Stories of 2010. [#10] The Resurgence of State's Rights — Somewhat supported by the Tea Party movement,
and certainly related to ObamaCare and Arizona's immigration battles, the broad issue of state rights in the context
of constitutional government is garnering interest among Americans perhaps like never before. The 10th Amendment
is being championed on an increasing number of fronts and even the concept of "nullification" has returned to our modern
dialog. Big Media really isn't into the whole Constitution thing. It would never occur to them that
Washington is less than omnipotent.
Reporter Buys Liberal Line That Abortions Are 'Virtually Impossible' in Rural Iowa. Has The
Washington Post ever traveled to Iowa? Obviously, yes for presidential caucuses. But on Friday
[12/31/2010], Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar accepted the bizarre premise of abortion advocates that
abortions are "virtually impossible" in rural Iowa. No one owns a car? The story centered on a
new pro-life cause, protesting the provision of RU-486 abortion cocktails over the Internet. Liberals
can get upset about selling booze on the Internet, or the spreading of Obama slurs on the Internet, but the
marketing of death pills online is a precious human right.
Palin. When ABC's Barbara Walters deems Sarah Palin one of the year's "Most Fascinating People,"
it's a backhanded compliment. Walters knows Palin has an adoring fan base, and she's definitely not part
Matthews Spread the MSM's Anti-Palin Gospel. Oprah Winfrey sounded the bell for the 2012 presidential
race with her thinly veiled whack at Sarah Palin in the new issue of Parade Magazine; And the mainstream media
are already lapping it like swine.
doctored cover mocking Bush's book. Like so many CBS "Sunday Morning" pieces over the past 30 years,
the one on book covers this past weekend seemed gentle, fair and snark-free. Unless you took a really close look.
When a series of book covers flashed by on-screen, former President George W. Bush's recent memoir was no longer
titled "Decision Points," but instead carried this title and subtitle: "Desision Points: How I Managed to Go Eight
Years without Making One Good Decision."
Are the Stories On the Death of the Democrat Party? When Republicans lost in 2008 there were stories everywhere
about the Death of the Republican Party. The one in Time Magazine was most enjoyable. While this article talks
about the possibility of a comeback, Michael Grunwald can't mention often enough that Republicans are an "endangered
species" and even calling them the Donner Party. Who's eating their own now?
The Palin 'Glaring Gaffe' That
Wasn't. [Scroll down] If Yahoo wanted to do a little serious political reporting, it might have inquired
as to how chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, who was sitting with Clapper during his brain freeze, got his job.
A former CIA operative and advisor to Barack Obama, Brennan first came to public attention in April 2008 when one of the
employees of his small consulting company was caught illegally rifling Obama's passport files. Maybe, he was trying
to figure out just how many of America's 57 states our president had visited.
Net Neutrality: For some,
'Big Brother' regulation is OK. It's been interesting watching the spin on net neutrality.
PC Magazine online offers one of those little-of-this, little-of-that "journalistic" pieces that put me
to sleep. Heck, I was even beginning to think, "Neutrality" has a nice ring, reminds of Switzerland during
the war, studiously impartial to all and sundry — well, except for safeguarding hoards of Nazi gold and other loot.
Not content with that, PC Magazine also offers an opinion piece, though it is becoming increasingly difficult to
distinguish news from opinion. The title was provocative: "Do We Need FCC's Net Neutrality Order?"
Christ. 2,000 years ago, there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the inn in Bethlehem.
Fittingly enough, in the past two years, there was no room for their baby at the network evening news shows.
Every year, millions of Americans celebrate the most important Christian holiday by reflecting upon the significance
of the birth of Christ. Families attend church, count blessings and exchange gifts, and yet the evening
news broadcasts for ABC, CBS and NBC almost completely ignored these religious traditions by leaving Christ
and God out of Christmas.
Glorifying "Great" Liberal Judges.
Scott Pelley hailed how Stevens had "shaped more American history than any Supreme Court justice alive."
He especially underlined how liberals see Stevens' opinions on the rights of terrorist suspects as "among the
most important of his career." The detention center at Guantanamo Bay is a legal and political mess.
One could easily blame the "historic" Justice Stevens; CBS lauds him.
Gush Over Clinton Briefing Room Appearance. Before the media got thrills and chills over Obama,
they were enthralled with Bill Clinton. They still have that lovin' feeling for him to this day, judging
by their reaction to President Clinton's return to the White House briefing room lectern on December 10.
Walters vs. Sarah Palin: When ABC's Barbara Walters deems Sarah Palin one of the year's "Most
Fascinating People," it's a backhanded compliment. Walters knows Palin has an adoring fan base, and
she's definitely not part of it. When the Dec. 2 special began, Walters greeted Palin with "Many
people find the thought of you as president a little scary." This is not what Walters asked President
Obama in yet another gooey Barack-and-Michelle hour-long ABC interview on Thanksgiving night. ... Liberals
like Walters always assume that if you're liberal, you're smart; if you're conservative, you're either evil
or stupid. Or both.
Pelley Promotes Claim Supreme Court 'Stole' 2000 Election for Bush. In a softball interview with
retired liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Sunday's 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley
touted Stevens's opposition to the court ruling on the 2000 presidential election: "He thinks [Bush v. Gore]
is one of the Court's greatest blunders.... There were many people in this country who felt that the Supreme
Court stole that election for President Bush."
Terror Suspect Turns Out to Be a... Leftwinger. It seems that whenever you hear about a "rightwing" hate
crime nowadays, it turns out the the perpetrator turns out to be a leftwinger... much to the disappointment of liberals
who continue to maintain the fiction about a violent Tea Party movement.
All The News That Is
Unfit to Print. Here are a few important developments that remain strangely ignored. I say
strangely, but most readers understand why some news becomes news and some does not.
The Threat of Leftist Violence.
In 1918, the Sedition Act was added to the Espionage Act of the prior year, making it a crime to publish, speak,
or write in a fashion critical of our form of government. Aimed at the radical Progressives, there
were more than two thousand successful prosecutions under the act. The Sedition act was upheld in the Supreme
Court numerous times as a perfectly constitutional means of protecting the Constitution from those who sought to
subvert it. Twenty-two years later, the Smith Act made it illegal to advocate the violent overthrow of the
government. Yet just the other week, MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan committed prosecutable violations of both
acts when he hosted a segment on his show featuring cartoonist/author Ted Rall discussing his cheerful new book,
The Anti-American Manifesto. ... That such a discussion was held on a mainstream American news network
Brewer Promotes Electric Car Charging Stations as Parent Company GE Sells Them. Displaying a clear
conflict of interest during Friday's 12PM ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Contessa Brewer did a story promoting electric
car charging stations but did not disclose to viewers that the channel's parent company, General Electric, was
selling the very same product. GE commercials for the charging stations have frequently aired on MSNBC in
Gore's Climate Exchange Utterly Fails — Media Ignores It All. One would think that if
such an effort from the right had failed so miserably to succeed the Old Media would be pushing this news by
leading every news cast, every TV report, and filling up the front page of every news paper with the tale.
Yet this magnificent failure of the leftest of left-wing causes leaves the Old Media utterly silent.
The Ad the Media
Didn't Want Delaware to See. It's one thing to grouse about media bias, and another to confront
it head-on. Just in the past couple of days, we've seen a CBS affiliate in Alaska get caught plotting
how to disrupt Republican Joe Miller's rally, and now a cable station in Delaware "forget" to air Christine
O'Donnell's half-hour closing argument ad — twice.
Study: "News" Media Aid Democrats' Tea Party Trashing. The Democrats' strategy to
salvage the 2010 campaign was to distract voters from their record over the past two years and paint
their opponents as wacky extremists. Win or lose, the Democrats got a lot of help from their
friends in the supposedly objective "news" media.
Palin's not laughing, and neither are we. Like methane bubbling up from the bottom of a swamp,
every so often we get glimpses of the overwhelming liberal bias that dominates America's newsrooms, nationally
and locally. Such was the case when a call from Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA to the Joe Miller campaign
failed to disconnect and some revelatory comments were recorded.
CBS Alaska Caught on Tape Scheming against Joe Miller.
CBS affiliate KTVA in Alaska was caught on tape Thursday [10/28/2010] in the most provocative accidental voicemail
message scandal of the campaign season to date. It's really not a good idea to for reporters to have a
conversation about ways the CBS affiliate might be able to discredit the Republican candidate right after
leaving a phone message for the candidate's press representative. They may find that the voicemail
is still recording.
Reporters' Scheme to Undermine Republican Joe Miller. I wonder where these "reporters" went to
journalism school. ... They want to fool the public into thinking that they are just responding to a legitimate
news tip as opposed to what they're actually doing: trying to manufacture dirt on a candidate out of
thin air — one day before the election.
CBS reporters plot hit piece on GOP candidate.
Reporters from a CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, allegedly left a voicemail by mistake at the campaign of
the state's Republican nominee for Senate, Joe Miller, in which the journalists can be heard plotting to
"find" a "child molester" among the politician's supporters. The reporters are also overheard hoping
for violence against Miller so they can "send out a tweet" and Facebook alert that "Miller got punched" at a
rally he held four days ago.
The TV station admits guilt: CBS
Affiliate Fires Two After Joe Miller Voicemail Controversy. Reporters from a CBS affiliate in
Alaska recently left an accidental voicemail message for an aide to Senate candidate Joe Miller, in which
producers are heard discussing the possibility of reporting on the appearance of a child molester at a Miller
rally. Essentially, they could be heard conspiring to create or fabricate stories.
dumps two producers over 'Phonegate'. Local CBS affiliate KTVA announced Tuesday afternoon [[11/2/2010]
via press release that two producers are no longer with the station as a result of an accidental voice recording
which captured newsroom staff discussing coverage plans for Joe Miller rally last Thursday.
Newscasts Nixed For Ethics Issues. In the wake of a Big Government exclusive report featuring
audio of CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA-TV staffers seemingly plotting potentially damaging scenarios for Alaska
Republican Joe Miller's Senate campaign, the station has been forced to cancel two evening news broadcasts,
allowing time for extended discussion on journalistic ethics.
Old Media Constantly Undermines Sarah Palin. Most media-watching conservatives have simply been
flabbergasted at how the Old Media establishment has so neatly come together to destroy Sarah Palin. The
Internet has been abuzz with examples of this attack on Sarah since she was chosen by John McCain to be her
number two during the campaign for the 2008 presidential election. Every day there is a new example
of it and here is yet another one.
Gives Free Time to MoveOn.org Ad. Just days after MSNBC President Phil Griffin claimed his
cable network does not use air-time to support Democratic candidates and liberal causes, evening host
Lawrence O'Donnell yielded over two minutes of his eponymous program to feature MoveOn.org's latest
anti-Republican advertisement in its entirety.
New York Times: Democratic voter fraud? That's crazy talk!. The New York Times tackles the subject
of voter fraud today, I'm going to give them points for honesty for this one. Sure, the article is biased,
but if you're going to slant things in a news article, you might as well come out and announce it in the first
Andrea Mitchell Saves Democrat Party Boss From Embarrassing Gaffe. [Scroll down] Rep.
Brady shockingly acknowledged that the cash-on-the-streets strategy is not an antiquity but still part of
the Democratic Machine's playbook in 2010: "We still have the street money and we're very knowledgeable,"
he said. Rather than follow-up on this damaging revelation, Ms. Mitchell continued on with her scripted
questions for several minutes until the very end when she decided to follow-up on the inflammatory statement.
But, instead of trying to nail him and make him squirm (as one would expect a reporter to do with a
politician in the midst of a serious gaffe) she threw him a safety line.
and NPR. The recent firing of NPRs Juan Williams is only the tip of the iceberg for NPR's journalistic
malpractice. ... Charlie Rangel has been in Congress since 1970 and has been under ethics investigations for
nearly 2 years. Joe Wilson has only been in Congress since 2006 — yet for some reason
Mr. Wilson seems to have garnered more attention from NPR than the graft, greed and blatant corruption
of the man who writes the tax code for the entire country. Why?
CNN's America, We're Heavily Black and Muslim. CNN, like many liberal media outlets, is very
interested in diversity — in race, creed, sexual preference, everything but ideology. But
this image today, as CNN launched a new marketing gimmick asking viewers to fill in the sentence "My America
Is...." If we're going to get into bean-counting here, judging from the graphic behind anchorman Tony
Harris today, America is majority-black and has a lot of Muslim women.
For almost 20 years, in this new era of activist groups and activist reporters, The New York Times
has covered Supreme Court fights with a heavy finger on the scales of justice, tipping the balance. They
have painted conservatives as highly controversial and dangerously ideological, while liberal nominees were
presented as "brilliant" moderates who were only newsworthy in that they were often laudably "historic"
choices, or, in Kagan's case, she was not only "brilliant," but "very funny, warm and witty."
most conservative court? Hardly. What do you call a Supreme Court that within the last few terms
has ruled that carbon dioxide can be regulated as "air pollution" by the Environmental Protection Agency? ... If
you're NPR's Nina Totenberg, you say it's "dominated by a new brand of conservative justice." If you're
Dahlia Lithwick writing in Slate, you slam it as a court "in which big business always prevails, environmentalists
are always buried, female and elderly workers go unprotected, death row inmates get the needle, and criminal
defendants are shown the door." If you're The New York Times, you label it "the Supreme Court that
conservatives had long yearned for and that liberals feared."
Daily Kos' AstroTurf Program to Manipulate Google and Trash GOP Candidates. There is more than
one way to manipulate the public, and the progressive movement has turned it into an art form. Less than
one week after their AstroTurf rally in Washington DC, where unions and socialist organizations foot the bill
to bus people to the nation's capital city, the Daily Kos has developed a new AstroTurf program with the
objective to use Google to trash Republican Candidates.
Try to Rig Google. In accord with the elevated tone set by the founder, the Daily Kos openly
urges readers to rig Google rankings of articles, in order to make the most damaging material about Republican
candidates appear prominently when their names are searched.
Sanitizes Left Wing Rally, Excludes Communist and Socialist Signs. Good Morning America on Sunday
recapped the liberal One Nation rally held on the nation's capital, Saturday, but skipped any mention of the
socialist and Communist themed signs seen during the march. These are some of the signs that were
featured during reporter Tahman Bradley's segment: ""Peace, justice, equality, hope, change," "Fair trade,
not free trade," "Educate every child," "Full and fair employment" and "Silence GOP lies." However, signs
with the Communist Party USA logo, posters reading "Capitalism is failing, socialism is the alternative" and
"Build a socialist alternative" were not.
Nation Rally Picture Guaranteed to Haunt Media. The media — and especially MSNBC's
Ed Schultz — were hoping for a huge turnout at Saturday's "One Nation" rally in Washington,
D.C. So hopeful were so-called journalists that this liberal event would top the attendance of Glenn Beck's
"Restoring Honor" rally in August that Schultz even "guaranteed" on his radio show that he "could do more than
The Media's Debacles. The latest
reporting from the New York Times, Newsweek and Time have set new records for not wanting to report the news
that doesn't fit their editorial line. Glenn Beck's Tribute to Honor in Washington D.C. that attracted in
the neighborhood of half a million participants was resigned to a few inches on page 34 of the Times and
the other liberal journals were hardly more accurate in their non-coverage. Their sanctimonious condemnation
of all opponents of the Ground Zero Mosque was the icing on the cake of irresponsible journalism.
goes on attack against GOP's Boehner. The heat is on Republican leader John Boehner. Liberal
media outlets are trying to smear the highest-ranking Republican in the House just weeks before the midterm
elections with a deal-breaking scandal before he has a chance to take the speaker's chair from Nancy Pelosi.
of Hillary. After all these years, the Christian Science Monitor is starting to live up
to its religious name. At least they are beginning to publish hagiography-the reverent biographies of
saints. In the current issue, their candidate for canonization is St. Hillary Clinton. Howard LaFranchi's
"Hillary Clinton: A Quiet Brand of Statecraft" is as gushily adulatory as Chris Matthew's leg tingle.
Newsweek Makes Up Ground Zero Election Day Tea Party Rally. [If a mosque at Ground Zero] isn't
appropriate, would it be an appropriate place for a Tea Party rally to be held? Possibly not. But
whether that's the case or not, Newsweek's David A. Graham would have you believe there will be a
so-called "Election Day Tea Party rally" held at Ground Zero, led by former United Nations Ambassador John
Bolton, as an effort to shore up support for a 2012 presidential bid.
California Corruption — Not a Single Mention of Party Affiliation From Media. Today,
eight city council members were arrested in Bell, California for what Los Angeles County District Attorney
labeled "corruption on steroids." Thus far, every major news outlet that has reported on the story has
omitted the fact that all eight individuals arrested are Democrats. These glaring omissions come only
weeks after NewsBusters reported that of the 351 stories on the then-brewing controversy, 350 had
omitted party affiliations, and one had mentioned they were Democrats only in apologizing for not doing so
From sword fight to shoeshine.
The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recalls a horror show on two levels. There's the actual disaster,
which killed hundreds of people, and then there's the media smear job on the Bush administration and first responders.
Pacifica Radio Planning to Air Al-Jazeera Audio. It might seem impossible, but the radical-left
taxpayer-funded Pacifica Radio network is in negotiations to get even more anti-American in its orientation.
It's negotiating with Al-Jazeera for its five stations to broadcast audio from the Al-Jazeera English cable TV
channel, which is only marginally available in the United States.
media bias in Beck crowd counting. Sure you expect bias — of the more subtle and deniable
kind. But the deliberate downplaying of crowd numbers at the Beck rally shows that the major media outlets
really don't care if their wildly underestimated totals (or in the case of WaPo deliberate deception) are
challenged. The left has their backs and they know only conservative media will call them on it.
Perhaps the Washington Post outright deception takes the cake.
York Times delivers predictably hackish piece on Beck/Tea Party rally. Neither the Huffington
Post nor Dave Weigel have found racism yet at today's Glenn Beck rally (I've got to admit, I'm not really
sure what to call this odd event), and so you can safely assume anything smelling of racism was pretty hard to
find. That left the New York Times' official conservative-are-racist reporter Kate Zernike with two
options: (a) quote Al Sharpton, or (b) write an op-ed about how she interprets the Tea
Party types, but throw in a couple of "critics say" and disguise it as a news story.
News Tries To Incite Incident At Mosque Protest. In 1989 during my first gig as an investigative
reporter with the Guam Tribune, my editor sat me down and I've never forgotten his warning, "It's the job of
the news media to report the news, not incite it." Tell that to ABC News.
ABC, You Got
Some 'Splainin' To Do — Now. Was I shocked when I read Andrea S. Lafferty's
article about ABC News sending an undercover photographer into a crowd of Ground Zero Mosque protesters?
Yes and no. Yes, because it's something a news organization has no business doing. No, because
nothing surprises me with the media nowadays. NBC's Dateline sent people dressed as Muslims to a NASCAR
race shortly after 9-11 to videotape bigotry that they hoped to find. They found none, but that's not the
point here. The fact they thought they would find it at a NASCAR race shows NBC's bigotry.
Orders Staff: 'Stop Using the Phrase "Ground Zero Mosque"'. In an unusual move, the
Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo to its reporters on how to cover of the Ground Zero
mosque story — and the first rule is that journalists must immediately stop calling it
the "Ground Zero mosque" story.
Race War A'Comin'?
[Scroll down] The media insist that opposition to the leftist political plans is racist, so debate on
political issues is stifled and unhealthy. In black-on-white situations, the news always skips to
racism and excuses the black parties. Blacks are blameless, victims of racism. A black guy fired
because he was caught on camera stealing shoots and kills all his coworkers, and the report is that he was
the victim of white racism.
and NBC Refuse to Identify Corrupt Rostenkowski as a Democrat. Reporting the passing of Dan Rostenkowski,
the ABC and NBC anchors on Wednesday night [8/11/2010] managed to gently note his ignominious departure from public
life while also including a humanizing anecdote about his life, but neither identified him as a Democrat.
Nor did any on-screen graphic mark his party.
'Spot the Democrat'! In the greatest party-affiliation cover-up since the media tried to
portray Gary Condit as a Republican, the media are refusing to mention the party affiliation of the
thieving government officials in Bell, Calif. There have been hundreds of news stories about
Bell city officials' jaw-dropping salaries. In this poor city on the outskirts of Los Angeles,
where the per capita annual income is $24,800 a year, the city manager, Robert Rizzo, had a salary
D word. If you read a 1,000-word article on the new University president's deep political ties,
wouldn't you expect the article to mention what party this new president is in? I did. But
once I realized the article — on new UNC head Thomas Ross — contained neither the words
"Democrat" or "Republican," I knew which one it was — D.
conservatives suspicions regarding the media justified? Yes. Howard Kurtz whines that
"[Conservative] candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past
statements and inconsistencies, which is a basic function of journalism. They are avoiding or
limiting interviews with all but the friendliest faces as a way of circumventing the press. And some
of them delight in skewering the mainstream media, a tactic that plays well with their base." It's
interesting that Kurtz doesn't mention the Obama administration's attempt to boycott Fox News, and its
ongoing complaints about that network.
Whitewashes Al Sharpton. A well-known "civil rights activist" made the cover of Newsweek, the
left-wing "news" magazine reportedly sold for its debt and $1. Based on this cover story, the buyer
Skips Label for Liberal Media Matters. Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart and Eric
Boehlert of the liberal organization Media Matters debated each other on Wednesday's [7/21/2010] Good
Morning America. But ABC only identified the ideology of the right-leaning guest.
Protest Arizona's Immigration Law With Cameras and Microphones. The TV networks have
aggressively demonstrated their dislike of Arizona's state law "cracking down on illegal immigrants," a law
that "pits neighbor against neighbor." An MRC review of morning and evening news programs on ABC, CBS,
and NBC from April 23 to July 25 found the networks have aired 120 stories with an almost
ten-to-one tilt against the Arizona law (77 negative, 35 neutral, 8 positive).
The Editor asks...
Who is further to the left than Carter and Mondale? Tell me the names of the politicians who make
Carter and Mondale look like centrists.
Schieffer Stacks 'Face the Nation' Panel 4-1 in Favor of DOJ.
Last week, CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer made the incredible confession that he was unaware of the
New Black Panther Party voter intimidation cast on CNN's July 18 "Reliable Sources." ... "I was on
vacation that week," Schieffer said. "This happened — apparently, it got very little
publicity. And, you know, I just didn't know about it" To compensate for this oversight,
Schieffer has assembled a panel for his July 25 broadcast of "Face the Nation" to discuss this
issue. The problem — it's heavily stacked in favor of the Obama administration's
perspective on the issue.
Hypes NAACP Indictment of Tea Party as Racist, a Smear the Network Stoked. Four months
after ABC's World News spent a weekend defaming anti-ObamaCare Tea Party protesters as "very ugly" with
"reports of racial and homophobic slurs," citing "protesters roaming Washington, some of them increasingly
emotional, yelling slurs and epithets," Tuesday's newscast, unlike those on CBS and NBC, credentialed the
NAACP's charge that the "Tea Party movement is a threat to the pursuit of human rights, justice and equality
Kos: Take Legal Action to 'End Organized, Institutionalized Religion'. For all the daily
talk on the Daily Kos that conservatives are dictatorial, their cast of bloggers isn't without grand designs for
social control. Take this post: "Time to begin working for the death of religion (a rant)."
The diarist "BlueMoon" expressed no attempt to disrupt free speech, but the "end of organized religion" must
A Phone Call from
the Associated Press. [Scroll down] What the AP did yesterday [7/14/2010] is yet another
example of how low journalism has sunk in the United States. The AP journalist seems to be dialing around to
engineering experts hoping to get the answer they want to support a political position determined to stop
fossil fuel use in the United States.
Most Nets Skip Over Their Advocacy of Broadcast Profanity.
Most networks skipped over the story of their own corporate advocacy of broadcast profanity last night when the
Second Circuit Court of Appeals shredded the FCC's broadcast decency regulation. (All the major broadcast
networks signed on, with Fox in the lead). NBC's Brian Williams offered 94 words, but erred in
claiming "When a curse word has slipped out in the past, the FCC has imposed heavy fines on networks."
Schieffer Interviews Eric Holder, Ignores Black Panther Case. While devoting all of Sunday's
Face the Nation to an interview with Attorney General Eric Holder, CBS host Bob Schieffer failed to ask a
single question about the Obama Justice Department dropping a voter intimidation case against the Black
Panthers or allegations that the department has adopted a policy of ignoring such cases.
The harassment of Sarah Palin.
It took one year, two independent counsels, and tens of thousands of Alaska taxpayer dollars to conclude that
former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did nothing wrong in connection with a legal defense fund created to pay legal
fees resulting from allegations related to her service as governor. Indeed, the story of the endless
harassment of Sarah Palin is incredible.
Black Racism. Why haven't national media outlets reported on the vile and violent rants of the
New Black Panther Party (NBPP) thugs whose 2008 voter intimidation tactics got a pass from the Obama
administration? Simple: Radical black racism doesn't fit the Hope and Change narrative.
There's no way to shoehorn Bush-bashing into the story. And, let's face it, exposing the inflammatory
rhetoric of the left does nothing to help liberal editors and reporters fulfill their true calling —
embarrassing the right.
Tavis Smiley on Oil Drilling. Apparently, Tavis Smiley
of PBS knows what's best for Gulf residents, even if it would mean widespread unemployment.
Shows Devote 52 Minutes to Lindsay Lohan, a Scant 20 Seconds to Berwick. Over the span of two
days, the network morning shows have given just 20 seconds of coverage to the recess appointment of
Donald Berwick, a pro-rationing doctor who will run Medicare. In contrast, Good Morning America, Today
and Early Show devoted 52 minutes of coverage to every detail of Lindsay Lohan's sentencing.
Paso City Hall Takes Cross-Border Fire, MSM Yawns. On Tuesday [6/29/2010], seven bullets believed
to have been fired from one or more AK-47s from across the border hit the El Paso City Hall. It was big
news in the Texas border town right across the river from Juarez, Mexico, but it earned a collective yawn from
the national MSM.
Equates Illegal Immigrants to Civil Rights-Era Minorities. The "struggle" illegal immigrants
face as they seek the same benefits and services afforded to U.S. citizens is the same that faced civil
right activists in the middle of the 20th century, according to the Associated Press. "Students
fighting laws that target illegal immigrants are taking a page from the civil rights era," reporter Rusell
Contreras wrote, "adopting tactics and gathering praise and momentum from the demonstrators who marched in the
streets and sat at segregated lunch counters as they sought to turn the public tide against racial segregation."
Left-wing Journalistic Plant in the Conservative Movement. A writer masquerading as a
conservative who was supposed to be covering the conservative movement has quit his job under fire at the
Washington Post. The writer, David Weigel, left after it came to light that he had made disparaging
remarks about conservative personalities on a private email list of liberal journalists. The scandal
involves The Washington Post, Reason magazine, and a network of "independent" on-line publications with
funding from billionaire George Soros and multi-millionaire gay mogul Tim Gill.
Can't Bring Himself To Mention Byrd's Klan Past. When Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond died, the
MSM was quick to stress his segregationist past. The New York Times ran the headline "Strom Thurmond,
Foe of Integration, Dies at 100," leaving readers to imagine the South Carolinian had remained an advocate of
segregation. The very first line of USA Today's story described Thurmond as "the nation's most prominent
segregationist." Strange how the MSM can suddenly become reticent about mentioning someone's
segregationist past when the late politician in question is a Democrat.
Why the News Makes You
Angry. Objectivity, in the journalistic definition, is a bare-boned restatement of facts, e.g.,
he said this, she said that. But by the time the reporter gets around to transcribing comments, he has
already made a number of decisions, including perhaps the most important one: Is this subject sufficiently
compelling to justify my effort and the requisite newsprint or broadcast time? In fact, there is simply
no way to establish objectively what is important and what isn't. The reporter and the editors have to
make that decision.
Bias: 'Name That Party' Blasts Repubs, Leaves Dems Unnamed in Stories. One of the many
ways in which the Associated Press lends its support to Democrats and leftists in its political reporting is
often evident in its stories about political scandals. The most common assist the AP gives to Democrats
is to somehow forget to mention that a politician in the news because of criminal activity or other scandals
is a Democrat. Yet when any pol in the news for scandal is a Republican, his party affiliation often
leads the story, if it isn't in the headline, even.
Post Writer Sounds Like a Cuban Agent. The Huffington Post's Cuba-based writer, Margarita
Alarcon, informs us that treating Cuba "this small island" as "a threat to U.S. integrity so much that
the Department of State puts it on its list of terrorist nations is considered tantamount to political
dementia." In fact, Margarita Alarcon's views closely parallel those of the U.S. Defense Intelligence
Agency's former Latin American head, Ana Belen Montes. ... Turned out that Montes, (a frequent visitor to
Cuba on "academic exchanges") had been working for Castro since the 80's.
Pelosi Hijack Christianity. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to follow President Obama's lead in
claiming that God directs her lawmaking, invoking the Bible as her legislative roadmap. If a conservative
Republican did this, it would be the top of the news.
Williams Boasts of Bettering Obama in Oil Spill Compassion. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian
Williams granted an interview to the website Mediaite on Thursday [6/3/2010], boasting that whatever the
Obama administration and BP are doing to stop the oil spill is due to TV news cameras. ... But Williams
seems to miss that news anchors and cameramen don't close oil spills. He's not offering expertise.
He's just offering persistent public embarrassment to spur action.
Bush on Memorial Day. The ABC News report on the rainout of President Obama's planned Memorial
Day speech in Illinois noted that Obama had been criticized for not staying in Washington to go to Arlington
National Cemetery. But ABC provided a ready excuse, subtitling its report "Obama Not First to Skip
Arlington on Memorial Day" and asserting that George W. Bush "did not attend in 2001 or 2002."
ABC was flat-out wrong about 2001, and highly misleading about 2002.
convoy'? This was an Islamist terror ambush. [Scroll down] And now we can see that the
real purpose of this invasion — backed by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a radical
Islamic organization outlawed by Israel in 2008 for allegedly serving as a major component in Hamas's global
fund-raising machine — was to incite a violent uprising in the Middle East and across the Islamic
world. ... The notion — uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western
media — that the flotilla organisers are 'peace activists' is simply ludicrous.
Debunking Flotilla Lies,
One by One. Based on the information available three days ago, honest people of goodwill might
truly have believed that Israeli soldiers perpetrated an atrocity on innocent peace activists aboard the
Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara. The information that has since emerged precludes any such belief.
Anyone who still believes, for instance, that these "peace activists" actually had peaceful intentions
should study new video footage uploaded by the Israeli army yesterday [6/2/2010].
Blumenthal, Reagan, and
the Big Lie: On Thanksgiving in 2003, President Bush made a surprise visit to troops in Iraq.
The initial wildly enthusiastic public response to Bush's visit was dampened by reports that the roast turkey
the president held for photographers was fake. The stories turned out to be erroneous, and newspapers
subsequently issued corrections. But the damage was done, and the "plastic turkey" story persisted for
years. A potentially inspiring moment for Bush's presidency instead became a subject for ridicule.
As D.C. Cops Fine-Tune Their Story... Where's the Washington Post On the SEIU Protest? Why
is the Washington Post ignoring the SEIU protest at the homes of two bank executives, one being an
employee of the Bank of America? Aside from a brief mention in a larger story on May 17 about SEIU
protests, the paper of record in the nation's capital has been strangely silent.
job: What Media Matters and the SEIU got wrong about Fortune's Nina Easton. Last week,
Nina Easton, the Washington editor of Fortune, wrote a column about the SEIU and National People's Action.
The two progressive groups had sent roughly 500 protesters to Easton's Chevy Chase neighborhood on
May 16th to picket the front yard of Bank of America's Greg Baer. Easton had just put her
2-year-old son down for a nap, and stepped outside to ask the protesters to quiet down. They didn't.
Easton wrote a column. And now she's become the target of the SEIU and Media Matters for America.
Better than Teflon — He's a Democrat. I'm from Houston and I covered Hurricane Ike, so I
know what it's like to have a disaster the press doesn't care about. The damage was horrific. Galveston
Island was nearly wiped out. An estimated 400 or more people died and 300 are still unaccounted for.
Gone. National media? Crickets. President Bush was in office. It was his home state.
Some in the lefty blogosphere even stated that the people of Texas got what they deserved.
Obama Needs to 'Nationalize' Oil Industry! Last week an agitated Chris Matthews tried to hold Dick
Cheney accountable for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and this week Matthews is demanding action from
President Obama, as the Hardball host pushed the President to nationalize the oil industry to solve the
problem. On Monday's [5/17/2010] Hardball a visibly angry Matthews demanded Obama go after BP.
Magazine Introduces Radical Obama Nominee, Says He's Not Radical. "Any health care funding plan
that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the
poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional. Britain,
you chose well." Was that a British socialist speaking in Parliament? Nope. It was Dr. Donald
Berwick, a Harvard professor about to face Senate confirmation as President Obama's nominee to head Medicare
May Be Our Best Hope. The Washington Post editorial board, after noting Sen. Robert Bennett's
loss in Utah and Sen. Blanche Lincoln's primary challenge, asked: "Is there a way to push back against
the movement toward partisanship and paralysis — to carve out some space for those who strive to
work across party lines in the national interest? We can think of no more important question..."
Really? How about the question as to whether the trajectory of government spending will drag the United
States into insolvency? How about the problem of a governing class unmoored from the Constitution?
Journalists Refuse to Review Anti-Obama Book. Journalists do the public a service by
rebutting absurd conspiracy theories and wacko charges. In recent memory, though, they have
taken a much greater zeal toward stamping out allegations against Democrats, particularly President
Obama, a stark contrast to the kidglove or even promotional attitude they took toward books by liberal
authors alleging all sorts of anti-Bush absurdities.
Meanwhile, In Nashville.
What does it say when 11 men who perish on an exploding oil platform, or 30 poor souls who die in a
1,000-year Tennessee flood, get less coverage than two oil-soaked birds? It says news is driven
from the left.
'Hutaree Militia' Case Starts To Unravel — On First Amendment Grounds. When the nine
members of the Hutaree militia group were arrested in late March near Adrian, Michigan, the MSM ran hard with
the story. Within 48 hours, the template was set: A "right-wing extremist Christian" militia
group had been planning to wreak havoc by killing law enforcement officers as a way to engage a wider war
against the government. Soon the MSM had the Hutarees tried, convicted and jailed. ... Here's the
question the MSM needs to ask, but won't: Was this flamboyant raid primarily driven by political
rather than law enforcement motives?
The MSM looks for a way to avoid the obvious. Mystery Solved. As
information about Faisal Shahzad accumulates, a number of misconceptions are being dispelled. It
turns out that the Times Square would-be bomber was not, Mayor Bloomberg's speculation notwithstanding,
someone who was unhappy about Obamacare. Nor was the bomber the random "white man" who was filmed
by a security camera removing his shirt a block away from Shahzad's Pathfinder. Nor was he, to
Contessa Brewer's deep regret, one of those dreaded Tea Partiers. Nor was his "motivation" a
mystery, as suggested by the Associated Press. No, to the surprise of some — but
not us — Faisal Shahzad was a jihadist.
Elite Media vs. Tim
Tebow, Christian. What do women, Tim Tebow, and evangelical Christians have in common? They
are all largely despised by the sports journalism division of our media elite. The continuing controversy
over the first round selection in the National Football League draft of quarterback Tim Tebow by the Denver
Broncos is a reminder that sports journalists are simply smaller and often nastier versions of their elite
brothers on the serious side of the business.
Whiteout: As with everything
having to do with race, this report has been subject to all kinds of distortion. From the left-wing point
of view, white decline comprises a perfect Hegelian opposition — whites vs. everybody else —
and it has been promoted as such. A process occurring over decades became a revolutionary, if not
apocalyptic, event. "Minority status" was transformed into the "downfall of the whites," in much the
same sense as occurred in Rhodesia or South Africa. Barack Obama was presented as a symbol of this event,
the same as he is with everything else.
News Compares Media Coverage of Tea Parties and Immigration Protests. As NewsBusters' Scott
Whitlock reported Monday, ABC News logged dramatically different reports about the ObamaCare protests on
Capitol Hill in March and the virtual riots that happened in Arizona after that state's governor signed a
strict anti-illegal immigration law last Friday. The former was depicted as "very ugly" while the
latter, despite the number of riot police and arrests, was described as "mostly peaceful."
Law: What The Media Fail To Report. Media coverage of Arizona's new immigration law has
become so bad that even some Republicans, like Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida, have criticized the
law. Most news reports make it seem as if any Arizona cop can mosey up to any Hispanic and ask for
his immigration papers.
hateful, violent, extremist liberals. Imagine a group of angry demonstrators toting swastika-festooned
protest signs calling politicians Nazis, shouting obscenities and racial remarks and throwing rocks and bottles
at police officers sent to keep order. No, these are not Tea Partiers. They are the mob that turned
out last week to protest Arizona's new immigration-enforcement law. This group of liberal rowdies has been
dubbed the Tequila Party. For the most part, liberal media coverage overlooked all the leftist violence.
Typical headlines described the protest as "mostly peaceful," with media outlets avoiding details about why they
had to use the qualifier "mostly." Reporting a near-riot by the opponents of the Arizona law doesn't fit
the dominant media storyline.
immigration law mirrors federal version but with state enforcement. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough
has an odd obsession for criticizing conservatives for calling Mr. Obama a "Nazi" all the time, yet he has no
problem comparing the newly signed Arizona immigration law to "Nazi guards asking to see your papers." ... Federal
law mandates that aliens register and carry their documentation. Arizona's new law functions the same
way. Why hasn't the MSNBC host called the federal law "Nazi" in nature?
and Media Hyperventilate Over Immigration Law. While the critics would have you believe enforcing America's
immigration law is the second coming of fascism, the Arizona law properly emphasizes enforcement in a manner that upholds
the Constitution and basic principles of human decency. Nevertheless, Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post columnist,
denounced the law by saying, "Arizona's draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary,
oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust."
Critics Saluted Media Slams on Bush During Katrina Crisis; What About
Obama's Oil Mess? The last time a major disaster threatened the U.S. Gulf Coast, journalists
dropped any pretense of objectivity and openly scorned what they saw as the ineffective response of the Bush
administration to Hurricane Katrina. And top media writers found it just wonderful that the press was
taking a side, with New York Times' critic Alessandra Stanley saluting "a rare sense of righteous indignation
by a news media that is usually on the defensive." Now, there are gentle suggestions that the Obama
administration dropped the ball in the days after the oil rig explosion...
of Media Bias: A Tale of Two Cases. [Scroll down] Oh dear. It would seem that
the only thing that matters to Media Matters is a false narrative. Perhaps some of their state media
contemporaries compare better: "Senior Fellow" Eric Boehlert is still on a mission to prove that what
happened on the ACORN videos didn't actually happen (while insisting that what didn't happen on the
Lewis/Carson/Cleaver videos did), which is really the only defense left. Good luck with that.
Liberal Nazis. [Scroll down slowly]
The recently passed healthcare bill is not a constitutionally secure piece of legislation and since it does not
have a two-thirds ratification as a constitutional clause, it could be gone by next spring. The news media
will not mention this. Back in 1938, Germany was being run by a minority party that had majority control of
the government. In order to consolidate power, that party selected the successful and the prosperous as a
scapegoat. Sound familiar?
Press tries, convicts doctor-soldier.
Do you remember the old concept of presumption of innocence? ... Well, like so many other media standards, you
can throw them out the window when it comes to those brave men and women who stand up for principle and the Constitution
in challenging Barack Obama to prove his eligibility for office. As WND first reported, Lt. Col. Terrence
Lakin, an Army doctor, is refusing to deploy as ordered to Afghanistan until Obama offers proof he is a natural
born citizen, as required by the Constitution. I guess it's not enough that he's facing court-martial,
disciplinary action, possible jail time, dishonorable discharge. The media are hanging him out to
dry — trying and convicting him before he's even officially charged with misconduct.
Columnist: Media Didn't Do Enough to Shill for Health Care. A lefty columnist for the
Huffington Post believes that the media's coverage of the health care debate was sorely lacking. ... [Allison]
Kilkenny's complaint seems to be that all media did not skew their coverage to the left, and those that did
simply didn't skew it enough.
Democrats Awash in Corruption Scandals.
Seven months before the November midterm elections, the Democrats are awash in ethics and corruption scandals
in Congress and among the nation's biggest governorships. The major networks' nightly news shows have
largely ignored or played down the mounting allegations, charges and investigations targeting Democrats, but
they are becoming a major issue in key campaigns that could help the Republicans make large gains in the
House, Senate and state capitals.
Helps Energy Secretary Chu Push Cap-and-Trade. At Newsweek, the global warming crusade remains
an important mission. The magazine's latest push came in an interview by CNN contributor Fareed Zakharia
of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Zakaria threw softballs to Chu throughout the article, as Newsweek
showed it was simply a matter of when — not if — the administration should continue to
pursue a drastic environmental agenda.
How Quickly Spread
the Tea Party Smear. [Scroll down] Only two possibilities present themselves, neither of
them good: [William] Douglas had started writing this enormously consequential article in advance and/or
he assembled it with a reckless indifference to the facts. A simple call to the Capitol Police would
have killed the spitting story and a review of the video footage would have thrown the screaming of "nigger"
by multiple "protestors" into such serious doubt that no responsible paper would have printed it. The
fact that Douglas is himself black and that the McClatchy chain has a liberal bent should not matter, but
in this case they both do. This is not journalism. This is collusion.
It's Time For the Black Caucus Race Hustlers to Apologize.
On Saturday March 20th the leftist media reported what they described as a horrible story from their
sources at the conservative-hating Huffington Post. ... At least one report said that it was "a chorus" of
racist hatred. Another report said the Congressional members heard the n-word at least 15 times.
Reporters from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX News, (including Bill O'Reilly), MSNBC, and so on, repeated this horrible
story. Unfortunately, it was a fake. The media had no evidence... Nothing. As the story was
a complete fabrication. It was totally made up.
Obama Steps Up
Confrontation. [Scroll down] Even his surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday [3/28/2010]
mobilized the perks of the presidency to marshal public opinion, as pictures were beamed home of Mr. Obama
mobbed by U.S. troops.
The Editor says...
On the contrary, I saw the unedited satellite signals from Afghanistan, and the soldiers looked like reluctant props who had been
ordered to attend the President's speech — extras in Obama's photo op du jour.
Some of the soldiers shook his hand, but only to be polite, or so it appeared. The response from the
enlisted men appeared to be tepid at best.
The troubled Kansas City school district is closing almost half its schools. But the media can't quite
figure out why. Maybe it's because the reason doesn't fit the left-wing narrative.
Pseudo-Achievement: The story here is not that he succeeded against all odds and
with the winds against him to push through historic legislation, even though that is what the media
would have you believe. The story is that a party holding a 75-seat margin in the House of
Representatives was barely able to squeak by with its greatest legislative priority and most
devoutly desired policy.
ACORN was Brought Down by... The New York Times? And you thought a couple of plucky young
conservative activists with a camera brought down ACORN. Nope. It's the arch-conservative New York Times
that did in the noble community organizing group, or so says The Huffington Post...
Cast First Vote for Health Care. From the president's attack on insurers to the bogus prediction
the bill was going to pass any day to claims that opponents were "Astroturf" or phony grassroots, the media
mirrored the president's position almost constantly.
LA Times Refuses To Report Honestly on Costs of Climate Law. Why can't the LA Times be fair
about the costs of AB 32, California's global warming law? Last week, the non-partisan Legislative
Analyst's Office found that the "net jobs impact" of AB 32 is "likely to be negative." No surprises
there — AB 32 is designed to raise the price of energy, and expensive energy hinders economic
growth. The LA Times, however, was unconvinced.
ACORN Agrees to Leave Ohio, AP Writer Despicably Plays the Race Card. The Associated Press seems
to have two unwritten rules on how and when to write stories about leftist controversies and setbacks: Rule
Number 1 — Do little or nothing with the story until you can figure out a way to make center-right critics
or victors look like the bad guys. Rule Number 2 — If you're thinking about covering the story any
other way, refer to Rule Number 1.
Software Turns Your Cell Phone
Against You. Malicious software for cell phones could pose a greater risk for consumer's personal and
financial well-being than computer viruses, say scientists from Rutgers University. The scientists have made a
particularly resilient malware, known as a rootkit, that can turn a cell phone's microphone, GPS and battery against
the phone's owner.
The Editor says...
That's odd. Up until now, anyone who developed a rootkit was called a hacker by the mainstream
news media. Why, in this case, are they being called scientists?
Rangel's Ethics Scandal Has No National Significance. Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman says Congressman
Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) ethics scandal has absolutely no national significance. As the Roundtable segment of
ABC's "This Week" turned to new revelations concerning the powerful Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
Sunday, the New York Times columnist was all by himself in making the case that Rangel hasn't really done anything
The Real Tea Party
Story: Community Builders vs. Community Organizers. In less than a year, the MSM has
gone from ignoring Tea Parties to mocking and insulting their participants to grudging coverage with ridiculing
overtones. Finally it has arrived at giving wide attention to the movement, albeit grudgingly and
ungraciously. A once-highly esteemed fourth estate, they have become talking-head dilettantes on a
mission to save the disgruntled masses from democracy itself.
Texas and the
Textbook Alamo: [Scroll down slowly] In the article "Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets,"
the New York Times warns against conservatives and white evangelicals who dare to disbelieve the man-made global
warming theory. The article lambasts states introducing legislation to promote "critical thinking" on
evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning." That same article refers to scientists
who embrace intelligent design as "deniers of evolution." The author states emphatically "for mainstream
scientists, there is no credible challenge to evolutionary theory," and then adds, "There is wide agreement
among scientists that global warming is occurring and that human activities are probably driving it."
Journalism: In June 2007, Castro's Stalinist regime held a "tourism fair" in Havana to kick
off an ambitious plan to boost the Cuban military's tourist booty. By some peculiar coincidence, NBC's
"Today Show" decided to broadcast from Havana that very week. Amidst smiling, clapping, dancing tourists,
Matt Lauer and Andrea Mitchell advised viewers on how to legally vacation in Cuba.
Says She's Running Most Ethical Congress Ever, Media Mum. During a Friday [2/26/2010] press
conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was running the most ethical Congress ever. ... Despite
the absurdity of this remark, CNSNews.com and Fox News were by themselves amongst major press outlets in
finding it newsworthy.
Brian Williams Ignores Rangel Corruption Charges. After the Democrats regained control of
the House in 2006, Nancy Pelosi promised NBC's Brian Williams that she would "drain the swamp" and "turn
this Congress into the most honest and open Congress in history." So when news broke that a House
Ethics committee found that long time New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel accepted corporate
money for trips to the Carribean one would think Williams would be all over the story — he wasn't.
The Internet and
the Agora: [Scroll down] Maureen Dowd and Ellen Goodman could be pinups for
journalistic agnotology, other variants of false narrative. Miss Dowd recently accused a
congressman of calling the President a "boy" with no proof other than innuendo. The false
narrative here is the belief that those who criticize black politicians are bigots. Ellen
Goodman in a notorious column equated those who question some of the "junk science" associated
with global warming to "holocaust deniers." These ladies illustrate the lack of fair play
and racist doublethink that has come to characterize many traditional newsrooms.
Ayers A 'Former' Radical. At age 50, Bill Ayers called himself a "radical" and a "communist."
As recently as 2001, Ayers had himself photographed for a magazine story trampling an American flag. But
that's not good enough for the Associated Press. In an article today [2/23/2010], AP describes Ayers as
a "former radical."
Ignored Left-Wing Tone of Netroots Nation in 2009. While the national media dig through CPAC
2010 material for anything potentially embarrassing to fling at conservatives, their actions highlight a stark
example of the blatant double standard applied to controversial speakers. Back in 2009, the Netroots
Nation Convention took place in Pittsburgh just before the G20 summit. Even though it hosted a number of
far-left agendas, the media stuck to popular, mainstream subjects in their coverage.
What's in Morning Joe's coffee?
When Scarborough proudly proclaims that "I have been bashing my party more than the Democratic Party because I want
to make sure that I am fair and down the middle," conservatives scratch their heads in disbelief. How does
"bashing" your party make you "fair"? Joe, meet Non Sequitur. That's Scarborough's problem. He
bashes everyone and then whines when anyone complains.
Southern Poverty Guest Ties Stack To 'Radical Right'. Liberal TV show host? Want to guarantee
that the post-Stack finger will be pointed at conservatives? Choose as your sole guest on the subject someone
from the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center. That's precisely what Chris Matthews did this evening
[2/18/2010], with utterly predictable results.
vs. Edwards, a case study in media bias. No one can confuse me for someone who is an enthusiastic
supporter of Sarah Palin. ... Nonetheless, there is little question that Palin has been treated unfairly by the
press, at least in comparison to other politicians. And no comparison best illustrates the double standard
the media has with Palin than how they treated another former vice-presidential nominee, Sen. John Edwards.
putting in billable hours live on MSNBC. The Nation has a fact-filled and interesting piece (via
Reason) on lobbyists and consultants who go on TV as if they were disinterested experts, and advance positions
that help their clients. My favorite part deals with the AIG shills who stuck up for the administration's
Bad Memory: Impeachment Was 'Initiated' Against Clinton. We're not looking to give Bill
Clinton a hard time on a day when he's undergone heart surgery. But our forbearance doesn't extend to
Tom Brokaw when he misstates history ... Can you imagine the MSM field day if, say, Sarah Palin had so bungled
an important fact from recent American history?
Statement from James
O'Keefe: It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the
organizations covering this story. MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent "gag order."
The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I "broke in" to an office which is open to the public. The
Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me. And these are just a few examples
of inaccurate and false reporting.
Weeks later... James O'Keefe: No
Felony. It looks like James O'Keefe won't be in cuffs after all. The conservative activist
filmmaker, who was arrested in New Orleans in January along with three cohorts in the office of Democratic
Senator Mary Landrieu, is expected to enter a plea to a misdemeanor on Wednesday in federal court. He's
accused of entering federal property under false pretenses.
Devotes Over 60 Minutes to John Edwards, Avoids Labeling Him a Democrat. Since Friday, ABC has
devoted 60 minutes and 23 seconds to interviews covering the most salacious details of John Edwards'
sex scandal. Yet, the network's anchors have refrained from referring to him as a Democrat. 20/20
on Friday spent the entire hour talking to Andrew Young, a former top Edwards aide who allegedly holds a sex
tape involving the politician. The D-word was never used by reporter Bob Woodruff.
Alabama professor 'far-left political extremist who was obsessed' with Obama. A few days ago,
liberal blogs trumpeted banner headlines about a Massachusetts man who was charged with stockpiling weapons.
It seems he was a Tea Party activist and a Sarah Palin fan. Naturally, this confirms the left's suspicion
that all conservative activists are violent anti-government terrorists. Well, I wonder what those same
bloggers will make of this tidbit in today's Boston Herald about Amy Bishop, the Alabama professor who
recently went on a shooting rampage killing three people.
Homosexual Media Target
Christians. The Washington Post editorial page has joined lesbian MSNBC commentator Rachel
Maddow in blasting the government of Uganda for considering a law to protect children from homosexual
predators and the dangerous public health impact of the homosexual lifestyle. Despite its moderate views
on some foreign policy issues, the Post has always come down firmly on the side of making homosexuality into a
special right that should be protected and even glorified by governmental institutions. Now it wants to
impose that view on Uganda's mostly Christian population.
Shuster Wonders If Massachusetts Voters Have Lost Their Minds. Teasing coverage on tomorrow's
Massachusetts special election to fill its vacant Senate seat, MSNBC's David Shuster avoided any pretense of
objectivity as he opened the 10 a.m. EST hour of the network's news coverage with the question: "Has
Democratic-leaning Massachusetts lost its mind?!"
to Massachusetts: Drop dead! Watching coverage of the Massachusetts senatorial election
Tuesday night [1/19/2010], I wondered if MSNBC was getting ready to cut off its cable signal to the state. Keith
Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, positively enraged that Massachusetts dared to elect a Republican, delivered
two hours of nonstop bilious rage toward the state's voters, calling them "irrational" and "teabaggers,"
engaged in "a total divorce from reality," and hinting that they're vicious racists to boot.
Caulkers, Clunkers, and
Coakley: [Scroll down] MSNBC, doing its part to help get out the vote for Coakley, ran a
streaming headline at the bottom of the screen on election day which said that Brown supports "waterboarding."
Apparently, ignorant viewers were supposed to see that, gasp, and then rush to the polls. It didn't seem to
occur to MSNBC's hosts that what they considered grim warnings about Brown — if he wins, ObamaCare
dies, they said repeatedly — would serve instead as open invitations to vote for him.
Tangled Web of Green: Manufacturing a Public Scare. In addition to the "incestuous" relationship among
some scientists, there seems to be an "incestuous" relationship between newspapers and environmental activists
claiming to be health experts. Consider that the "health advocates" quoted in the December 29
Journal-Sentinel article by almost-Pulitzer Prize winner Meg Kissinger are Janet Nudelman of the Breast Cancer
Fund and Alex Formuzis. The Breast Cancer Fund's agenda, despite its name, is environmental issues.
Matthews Calls Saul Alinsky One Of His Heroes. Chris Matthews on Tuesday [12/22/2009] called
"Rules for Radicals" author Saul Alinsky one of his heroes. This admission came only five days after
the "Hardball" host proudly admitted on the air that he was a liberal.
Chris Matthews Admits He Hearts Saul Alinksy.
Ever since Obama's installation into the White House, left wingers feel free to tout their radicalism.
It's as if they spent years trying to at least create the illusion of sanity and dropped all pretense the
moment Obama was sworn in as Community Organizer in Chief. Just five days after affirming on air that
he is a liberal, MSNBC host Chris Matthews exclaimed that radical community organizer Saul Alinsky is one
of his heroes.
I Saw At the Napolitano "Revolution". [Scroll down] Oh, my — how does America's
liberal media explain it all away? One of the most extraordinary accounts of this chaos was served
up by Washington Post columnist David Broder. In the aftermath of Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano's sweep-it-under-the-rug "the system worked" analysis of the Christmas day attack, Broder published
a column on January 1 explaining her terrific handling of the crisis.
Not PC enough to
work for the AP. Uh oh. The Associated Press (AP), which has become so politically
correct that according to James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal they have assigned 11 reporters to
fact check the 432 pages of Sarah Palin's book. This means each reporter has 39.3 pages to
authenticate. But they only assigned 2 investigative reporters to drill through the 4,064 pages
of the multi Obamacare bills giving each reporter 2,032 pages to study.
Media Downplays Palin Crowds.
Former Alaska Gov. continues to attract large crowds on her nationwide book tour but the mainstream media
prefers to lowball the numbers.
and Publisher's unethical ACORN defense. On Monday [11/23/2009], Editor and Publisher
published a lengthy piece — "Have the Media 'Falsely Framed' ACORN?" Written by Christopher R.
Martin and Peter Dreier, it's a shameless defense of the corrupt left-wing advocacy group.
Tale of Two Leaks: NYT Bashed Palin, But Won't Touch ClimateGate. The ClimateGate email
leak has demonstrated in full force a glaring double standard in the mainstream media's coverage of leaked
information. Too often, liberal media outlets jump at the chance to damage conservative figures by
publishing sensitive information, but refuse to publish such information if it discredits or hinders
the left's efforts.
Friedman on ClimateGate. [Thomas] Friedman has been hoping for some sort of forced action on
global warming for several years now. On ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 9, 2006, he boldly
announced his preference for the future of U.S. energy policy. "Charlie, if they [Iran] cut off oil
and oil went to $100 a barrel — that would make my day, because the sooner we go to $100 a barrel,
the sooner we're going to have everyone in America driving a plug-in hybrid car fueled by corn and ethanol,"
How The Media Have
Mangled The Pro-Life Story. This past year, I found myself chief chronicler of the two of the
year's most important stories involving the pro-life movement. One was the inspiring saga of the 2009
March For Life, the largest in its 36-year history. The second was the dispiriting saga of the recently
murdered late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller. What the two stories have in common is that each was
consciously and completely mistold by the major media.
Why Newsweek is the Punch Line.
Newsweek lost almost $20 million in the first quarter of this year; in response, [editor Jon] Meacham
said that he would attempt to cut readership in order to increase profits. His plan involved "discouraging
renewals," ostensibly by creating a magazine so far to the left that no rational human being could take it seriously,
and "targeting a more highbrow audience" (the term "highbrow" being used in the loosest possible sense).
Fort Hood Horror.
Horror spread quickly across America as the story unfolded: An Army psychiatrist went on a shooting
rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 and wounding 30. But as more information emerged, clearly
pointing to an act of terrorism, many in the "news" media simply chose not to report news.
Now the AP Does It. Via
Kathryn Lopez at NRO, I see that the AP is out with a horribly biased story, not even listed as analysis (and
therefore by definition treated as "straight news"), that tries to downplay GOP success IN ADVANCE of tomorrow's
elections, so that if Republicans or conservatives win, the media can treat it all as no big deal.
The Left-Wing Country
Club. Very curious editing error at the Guardian today. In an otherwise comprehensive list of
all previous Nobel Peace Prize winners, Britain's leading liberal newspaper managed to leave out all three Israeli
Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote.
Veteran Washington Post reporter Daryl Fears, part of a two-person writer team, unmistakably wrote
that filmmaker John O'Keefe had "said" he "targeted" ACORN, the advocacy group, for his candid-camera expose,
because it registered voters to defeat Republicans. O'Keefe said no such thing. It was a
non-quote made out of whole cloth by reporter Fears, and published as fact on Sept. 17. Making the
falsehood exponentially worse, the Post story then was retailed worldwide by the Associated Press.
Anita Dunn — Pots and Kettles.
On April 16, 2000, viewers of CBS' 60 Minutes saw Dan Rather interviewing Elian Gonzalez' father, Juan Miguel
Gonzalez. ... Here's what America didn't see: "Most of the questions Dan Rather was asking Elian's father during
that 60 Minutes interview were being handed to him by Gregory Craig," recalls Pedro Porro, who served as
Rather's in-studio translator during the taping of the famous interview.
CNN: 'Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh... communism still can win'. Reporter Carol Costello had a report
on CNN's "American Morning" Friday [10/2/2009] asking whether the time was ripe for a third party in the United States.
That's certainly an interesting topic, and one well worth featuring in a news report, but what was really
interesting was that the third party Costello chose to feature was communism. That seems to tell us
more about CNN than about American politics.
Soros' money stupidly. Every journalism inquiry from the mainstream media continues to focus on the successful
operation that exposed ACORN, not on ACORN itself, as if there is no evidence to sift through or common traits to be found
in the videos. Why is the story about journalistic process rather than institutional corruption?
A Biased Media at Work.
[Scroll down] The minimal coverage of the Pouillon murder included references to Pouillon as an
"anti-abortion protestor" who practiced "in-your-face" protests against abortion and carried photographs of
bloody fetuses. Absent from the stories were any balancing phrases, such as a "tireless crusade to save
the lives of innocent babies." Instead, the coverage was characterized by thinly veiled disdain for
Pouillon's commitment to a pro-life agenda. Further, pro-life groups did not use Jim Pouillon's death
as an opportunity to score political points and attack liberals and abortion advocates. By contrast,
when late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in Wichita, media coverage was extensive and
liberal political groups used the death as an opportunity for conservative bashing.
Quayle: Evidence of a Double Standard. Whenever I'm in a debate regarding left-wing media bias, I find
it useful to mention the treatment of Vice President Dan Quayle as opposed to the treatment of Vice Presidents Al Gore
and Joe Biden by members of the Fourth Estate. While Gore made statements that bordered on the absurd — he
claimed he created the Internet — the liberal establishment even now heaps praise and accolades upon him, including
an Academy Award for his documentary on global warming.
Taking It To The Streets.
When Americans have to turn to the foreign press for truthful reports of the size of popular protests in
Washington, it's time to wonder: Are we dominated by "state-run media"?
story fells the big oaks of mainstream media. If there's one story that's had it all in the past week it's
the series of undercover reporting stings that have uncovered the true nature of ACORN — the Association of
Community Organisations for Reform Now. It's got sex, misuse of taxpayer funds, the condoning of illegal activity
by officials and connections to Barack Obama.
Democrats Run Away From ACORN.
Democrats in Congress are abandoning an embattled community organizing group after Republicans stepped up
attacks on the liberal-leaning ACORN and the federal funding it receives.
Bias alert: Liberal leaning? As if ACORN isn't all the way out on the fringes of the political left?
The Liberal Media's Favorite
"Republican": The demonstrators were mostly against Big Government, but many banners and signs
on display during the 9-12 march and rally in Washington, D.C. expressed disgust with liberal media bias.
One of the harshest was, "Mainstream media: communists or puppets?" Another said, "Why are the
watchdogs White House lapdogs?" One of the most direct, equating liberal news outlets to state-run media,
was "AP, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC = Pravda." Still another said simply, "Shame on Mainstream
Jones — unfit for print. The [New York] Times continues to treat communism as a cute campus
peccadillo like pot smoking or nude streaking. A Times think piece (Sept. 9) worried that [Van] Jones' fall
was "swift and personal." Being a communist is personal but being the pregnant teen daughter of a vice
presidential candidate is public business?
End of America's Experiment With Royalty. [Scroll down] This was the work initially of the
patriarch, Joseph Kennedy, a self-made millionaire, hyper-ambitious for his sons, who manipulated the media with
aplomb. Joseph Kennedy invited himself to the apartment of Henry Luce, the proprietor of Time and Life, to
watch the coverage of his son's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in 1960. He also arranged to
have a new car parked in the driveway of Arthur Krock, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. The
result was fabulous media coverage not just of the candidate but of the extended Kennedy family, as well.
Ombud: NPR Was Big on Ted Kennedy Stories, But Not on Chappaquiddick. National Public
Radio ombudsman Alicia Shepard isn't afraid to raise questions of liberal bias occasionally. Her latest
column is titled "Too Much Kennedy." She reports NPR offered 53 stories on Ted Kennedy's death in
the first five days (August 26-30), "But on that first day, in the 23 on-air stories, only one mentioned the
name Mary Jo Kopechne and 5 mentioned Chappaquiddick." When they did, it was passed over gently...
the Washington Post trying to 'Macaca' Bob McDonnell? In the 2006 campaign season the
Washington Post ran more than a dozen front-page stories on Senator George Allen's reference, at an
August 11 campaign stop almost 400 miles from Washington, to an opposition campaign staffer as
"Macaca." ... Now there's a campaign on for governor of Virginia, and the news editors of the Post seem to be
using their front page once again to defeat the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, and elect Democrat
When Post Editors
Attack: The Washington Post's behavior lately goes so far beyond mere bias that it
looks like a caricature cooked up by a comedian or saboteur. The paper's bid to fix the Virginia
gubernatorial election is right out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. ... It would be funny if it
were not such a serious breach of journalistic ethics.
Post's campaign to 'Macaca' McDonnell takes a new tack. Today's front page story by Amy Gardner and its
placement by Post editors on the front page is one of the most flagrant examples of electioneering by a paper's
news pages that I have ever seen. "Scrutiny Spreads to '03 McDonnell Remarks," the headline proclaims.
Dead People Who [Stink]. When [Ronald Reagan] died, the media made sure to cover "both sides of
the story" and even sadder, they genuinely seemed dumbfounded at the fact that so many people were seriously
mourning the man. They had spent such a long time painting him as an evil warmonger that they didn't
even realize how diametrically opposed they were to the mainstream American opinion. The media's
ignorance of America's Conservative roots are only surpassed by Barack Obama's incapability of grasping
Ted Kennedy's "50 years in public office" as a perversion of the founding fathers intent for our
Hypocrisy Flashback: Media Liberals
Saluted Anti-Bush Dissent. With the Obama administration and their friends in the media
denouncing the sometimes loud dissent that liberals are facing in town hall meetings on health care,
it's worth recalling how some of those same journalists celebrated the anti-Bush dissenters and
denounced what they claimed was the Republican administration's attempts to stifle dissent.
The Place for Made-Up Numbers of Uninsured Women. As the media get more desperate, as they see
the national popularity for the government takeover of medicine they favor continue to tank, they get more
desperate — and so do their claims. [Angela] Burt-Murray's whopper is the "very real
issue" of 64 million women who have allegedly lost their insurance due to their losing their jobs.
Statistically, that would mean that there are also roughly 64 million men without health insurance (unless
Ms. Burt-Murray is claiming the scourge of uninsurance to be exclusively a women's issue, which would be a
whole other area of bizarreness).
Tries to Tie Health Care Town Hall Protesters to Hate Groups. ABC News correspondent Brian Ross tried to
connect the health care town hall protesters to hate groups on Friday's [8/14/2009] GMA. Ross cited the Southern
Poverty Law Center, whose left-wing political affiliation he omitted, and used two sound bites from the SPLC's Mark Potok,
who hyped that President Obama supposedly "triggered fears among ... white people ... that they are somehow losing their
Hall Outrage? Media cooperated in disruptions at GOP events. [Scroll down slowly]
Activists again used their sympathizers in the media to disrupt the 2008 Republican convention, using press
credentials multiple times. At least one witness said MSNBC was specifically identified as the source of
the media pass. On another occasion, a newspaper reporter said she was, conveniently, in the bathroom
when a protester, using a pass with her name on it, disrupted an RNC session on abortion. It is, perhaps,
possible that the passes were used without the reporter's — or, in the other instance, MSNBC's —
prior knowledge; Code Pink has been accused of forging credentials, even stealing identities. But Code Pink
has specifically admitted to using media credentials from "friends of friends" to disrupt Republican events.
Uses Pro-Communist American to Tout Cuban Health Care. There's something deeply wrong with journalism
that scrutinizes and criticizes the institutions of free and successful nations, but produces puff pieces on the
supposed achievements of totalitarian dictatorships. On Thursday [8/6/2009], CNN aired a piece of communist
party propaganda about how Cuba could serve as "a model for health care reform" in the United States, complete with
an authoritative sound bite from an American medical expert, identified only as someone "who's lived and worked
in Cuba for decades."
O'Donnell Performs Possibly the Worst Interview in History. Is it a requirement at MSNBC that program
hosts interrupt conservative guests whenever possible thereby preventing anyone other than liberals to make a point?
Such certainly appeared to be the case Thursday evening when Lawrence O'Donnell filled in on "The Ed Show" and treated his
guest, Peter Schiff, more poorly and unprofessionally than just about anything I've ever witnessed.
touts economic momentum, recovery; in 1992, not so much. The Times hasn't always been so optimistic when
it comes to one-tenth-of-a-point declines in the unemployment rate. On this very day in 1992, in the midst of the
presidential campaign between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the government also reported that the unemployment
rate ticked downward by one tenth of a point, and the Times' treatment was far more restrained.
Ignore Democrat Astroturfing at Pelosi Event. As media members fell all over themselves last week calling
town hall meeting protesters part of an angry mob financed by conservative organizations, they were totally disinterested
in evidence of astroturfing by Democrats at an event attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.).
Take Turns Failing to ID Convicted Democrat William Jefferson. On Thursday [8/6/2009], all three
network morning news programs reported the conviction of former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson on
bribery charges, but only NBC's Today identified him as a Democrat. CBS's Early Show and ABC's Good
Morning America simply referred to him as a "former congressman."
Tucker: 45-65% Of Townhall Protesters Are Racists. Are you opposed to ObamaCare?
Willing to attend a town hall to express your disapproval? Odds are good you're a racist. Just ask
Cynthia Tucker ... As Clay Waters has noted, Paul Krugman alleges that racist motives are at the heart of the
town hall protests against ObamaCare. On this evening's Hardball, Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution was willing to get specific, estimating that "45 to 65%" of the protesters are motivated
Opposition to Sotomayor = "Smearing" the Nominee. On his Countdown program last night a
sneering Keith Olbermann, whose modus operandi is to use well-rehearsed sneers and ad hominem derision as
substitutes for facts, summarily dismissed "the Republican talking point of 'judicial activism'" vis á vis
the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
No wonder black America doesn't have a clue.
While flipping through the channels with my remote, I stopped on the movie "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" on BET
(Black Entertainment Television). Excellent movie. During a commercial break, they gave a news
update. An announcer said, "They tried to get the Bronx kid, Sonia Sotomayor, but she beat them." There
was not one mention of Sotomayor's controversial racist statements. Thus, ill-informed black viewers who
don't follow the news closely are led to conclude that those "evil racist white Republicans" are at it again
trying to block a person of color.
New York Times Misleads in
Editorial on Census and ACORN. An entirely justified concern that some Americans have is that
ACORN is actively involved in the 2010 census planning process (including hiring decisions) and that the Obama
administration lied about it. This was proven in the document dump ably engineered by Tegan Millspaw of
Judicial Watch. Of course the NYT ignores this issue altogether.
"Almost Entirely White and Irritable
Crowd" of "Angry" Obama-Care Protesters. After years of mainstreaming and idealizing anti-war
protesters and marches supporting illegal immigrants as "grandmothers with canes, parents with children in
strollers," dissent against a president's policies is no longer cool in Timesland. The [New York] Times
finds the newest batch of protesters against Obama health care to be "angry," "irritable" crowds of whites
taking marching orders from conservative talk radio and web sites.
Hondouras and Chavez: What the centralized
media is not telling you. The "coup" in the Central American nation of Honduras is the first
major blow to the Marxist expansion sponsored by Hugo Chavez, but the American people are to a great extent
being kept in the dark by the centralized news media. The Associated Press, upon which most news outlets
in the United States depend, appears to be slanting its reporting to support the pro-Chavez version of events
A 'coup' in Honduras? Nonsense.
Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization
of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this
past weekend as a coup d'état. That is nonsense. In fact, what happened here is nothing
short of the triumph of the rule of law.
Honduras Outraged by Obama-Chavez
Alliance. I continue to receive messages from Honduran citizens upset at the international media for their
distorted coverage of the situation in the Central American country. The people support the ouster of Manuel "Mel"
Zelaya, who is considered a puppet of Venezuelan Communist ruler Hugo Chavez. They are mystified that an American
president would want to return this Chavez puppet to power in Honduras.
Helen Thomas Cited for Honest Reporting?
Even with the Marxist influence in President Obama's background — and even with the reluctance to raise
his voice against bloodthirsty tyrants such as Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — even with all of that, trust Helen
Thomas to find Obama too hard-line with America's enemies and too easy-going with America's friends.
Helen Thomas uncensored.
Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made many foolish decisions in past negotiations with the United
States and Israel. Yet his decision to honor disgraced former reporter Helen Thomas really takes the cake.
Progressive Media Continues to
Protect Helen Thomas. A month short of two years ago my friend Rabbi David Nesenoff gave me a video which contained a
short explosive interview he had conducted with Helen Thomas. There on tape the veteran White House correspondent gave a statement
that many people (including me) saw as telling the Jews to go face another Holocaust.
Expert Says Sotomayor Aims to 'Annihilate' Losing Side in Cases. Imagine, if you will, an expert on the
federal judiciary told a Washington Post reporter a few years ago during the Sam Alito nomination that the conservative
jurist took "a kind of carpet-bombing" approach to the law, showing a determination "not to just defeat the other side,
but to annihilate it" when rendering his opinions from the bench. It's hard to image that being buried deep in an
article on the jurist. But of course the nominee in question isn't Alito, it's President Obama's pick of Judge
Sonia Sotomayor to replace outgoing liberal Justice David Souter.
Before Key Vote, Networks Remain Silent on Cap-and-Trade. A House vote on Waxman-Markey's
American Clean Energy & Security Act to cap-and-trade emissions was imminent June 26. Some
Republicans have called the bill "the largest tax increase in American history," but despite the enormous
burden to taxpayers the three major networks failed to cover the bill the night before.
CBS Slams Exxon for Not Drilling
More. After all the media hand-wringing the past few months over imploding financial institutions,
they might praise ExxonMobil for taking care of it shareholders first and keeping ample reserve funds, rather
than running on risky investments and toxic assets. "Consumer advocate" Dan Weiss closed the story
saying, "Big oil is swimming in profits with money drained from the pockets of American families." CBS
mentioned he was a senior fellow at the "Center For American Progress" yet neglected to mention that it is an
avowedly liberal think tank. The founder of CFAP is former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta.
Are Gay Rights Groups 'Far-Left'? When They Criticize Obama. During the Bush administration, do you recall
the MSM ever describing a gay rights group such as the Human Rights Campaign as "far-left"? Neither do I. To
the contrary, such organizations were sympathetically portrayed as proponents of mainstream values. But let such groups
criticize Pres. Obama and — what do you know? — the MSM suddenly decides they're "far-left."
Two Killers, One Bias.
Amid the press coverage and consternation about the murder of veteran abortionist George Tiller in Kansas, the media and
President Obama seemingly missed another news item. Or at least they didn't emphasize it much: The man suspected
of murdering one military recruiter and wounding another in Little Rock, Ark., was an Islamic jihadist. The two cases
are interesting for what they reveal not only about the media and its hero in the White House but also about their unspoken
Skipping Over the Murder of Private William Long? Just like audio offered on the National Public Radio
website, NPR transcripts in Nexis do not include top-of-the-hour newscasts. But a quick Nexis search finds there is
no mention of the Monday shooting of Private William Long at a Little Rock recruiting station by a Muslim
convert. ... Meanwhile, Nexis lists NPR has aired seven full stories or interview segments on the Sunday
shooting of late-term abortionist George Tiller.
So, you want to
compare hate crimes. On a Sunday morning in Wichita, Kan., a man is murdered while attending
church. The killing is immediately labeled a "hate crime" and an act of "domestic terrorism." The
news media is outraged. Television networks act as if the man was a martyr, and the story is front-page
news in every newspaper in the country. ... The next day, in Little Rock, Ark., two young men are shot down by
a lone gunman. One of them dies. For the most part, the public knows nothing about this shooting
because the news media don't report the story. They are too busy covering every possible aspect of the
first murder. ... And no one calls it a hate crime.
Extreme, but Buried in Briefs. The Tiller assassination garnered three stories, an editorial and a column
(mine) over the following two days, and a week later a front-page story, whereas The Chronicle ran two national briefs
about the military-recruiter attack, on Page A5 one day, and Page A6 the next. Other media underplayed the
domestic terrorist attack as well. For me, the reason is pretty obvious: Stories that reinforce journalists'
political beliefs rate the front page or top of their newscasts; stories that do not are not considered big news.
Jon Stewart: Socialism Is
Awesome. Last night's [4/22/2009] agenda on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart was: Socialism is
awesome! As more and more Americans worry about the growth of government in their lives here in the U.S., the
Daily Show travelled to Sweden to put those worries to rest. They wanted to show us that we should embrace
Socialism rather than fear it. Well, by playing fast and loose with the facts, as usual, we fear even one
person believed their nonsense.
A Conspiracy of
Euphemism. The eight a.m. NPR news update today included word of the fatal shooting of one soldier and the
wounding of another outside an army recruiting station in Arkansas. The news reader, Nora Raum, outlined the incident
and stated that the shooting appeared to have "religious motivations." She did not name the suspect, Abdulhakim
Mujahid Muhammad, or tell NPR listeners what those religious motivations might be. In other words, it could have
been a radical Unitarian who gunned down the soldiers, or possibly a violent Presbyterian.
Decides Sotomayor No Liberal: 'Can't Be Easily Defined by Political Labels'. "Pundits usually label judges
as either liberal or conservative, but that won't be easy with Judge Sotomayor," Katie Couric propounded in setting up a
piece from Wyatt Andrews, who concluded: "President Obama, then, has found a judge with 17 years experience but
no clear ideology on discrimination, gay rights, or abortion and who can't be easily defined by political labels."
At least not by the CBS newscast, which back in 2005 asserted Roberts would move "the court further to the right" and
fretted over the Alito pick "tilting the Supreme Court in a solidly conservative direction for years to come."
Reporters Rise For The President. Some people noticed that many reporters rose from their
seats last Friday [5/1/2009] when President Obama unexpectedly entered the White House briefing room, but the
same courtesy was not always extended in the past when President Bush would make an appearance. Comparison
videos were even posted on YouTube.
Tiller's suspected murderer, Scott Roeder, is white, Christian, anti-government and anti-abortion. The alleged
gunman in the military recruitment center attack, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is black, a Muslim convert, anti-military
and anti-American. Both crimes are despicable acts of domestic terrorism. The disparate treatment of the two
brutal cases by both the White House and the media is striking.
Newsweek Celebrates Christianity's Decline.
Ever anxious to create controversy, Newsweek, in its April 13 cover story, has proclaimed "the decline and fall of
Christian America." The number of Americans who consider themselves Christians has fallen 10 percentage points
in two decades, Newsweek's Jon Meacham reported with scantily-disguised glee. "Our politics and our culture are,
in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even
five years ago," Meacham wrote. "I think this is a good thing..."
The End of Newsweek?
Newsweek greeted the coming of Easter with a black cover, and the headline "The Decline and Fall of Christian
America," spelled out in red in the shape of a cross. Inside, it was more declarative: "The End of
Christian America." Why? Because they found that the percentage of self-identified Christians had
fallen 10 points since 1990. OK, then let's compare. How much has Newsweek's circulation fallen
Sole Purpose Is to Remind Viewers Why They Should Hate Republicans. Moments ago, I saw a promo
for Chris Matthews, in which the announcer asked, "Is the Right sucking the wind out of the GOP?"
Matthews contemplated running for Senate as a Democrat. He worked for Tip O'Neill. It's not like
the host has an interest in the future success of the Republican party. So why is he so obsessed with
the health of the party he disagrees with?
to Capitalists: Be Very Afraid. Lately, MSNBC's Chris Matthews has been on a childish tear,
taunting Republicans to admit their belief in the biblical account of the Creation. Someone ought to ask
this paragon of smug self-satisfaction why, if he's so brilliant, he unquestioningly echoes the demagogic
hyperbole of global warming fanatics hellbent on destroying the economic system responsible for producing
unprecedented prosperity in the advanced industrialized world.
Roesgen: Taking Hackery to New Heights. This video with CNN anchor Susan Roesgen is pretty
unreal. She attends the Chicago tea party, picks some wacko out of the crowd and tries to argue with him
about whether Obama's a fascist (and even then the guy with the ridiculous Obama-as-Hitler sign comes off more
willing to engage in discussion than her), then she talks to a guy who seems perfectly reasonable and rudely
cuts him off multiple times. She then attacks Fox News, ranting that the crowd is anti-CNN and says that
the tea party is not "family viewing."
Shortly thereafter... Avoiding
Criticism: CNN Shuts Down Anti-Tea Party Reporter's Email Address. So, we are all well aware of
the so-called "reporter" from CNN, Susan Roesgen whose on-air haranguing of those she was ostensibly reporting
on made obvious her anti-Republican bias. Well, for the past day Americans have been emailing her to let
her know how they feel about her unprofessional attitude. Apparently, CNN does not appreciate hearing
from its viewers, though, because all of a sudden anyone that sends an email to Roesgen's CNN email address
will have it returned as address unknown!
Time Mag Photographer Works as Both a 'Journalist' AND Team Obama
Employee? Time Magazine has employed a photographer named Callie Shell that has apparently
been doing double duty as both a "journalist" AND a member of team Obama, taking pictures subsequently
sent out as official White House photos. How is it that we can have someone thinking that bias
cannot be presumed when that same person is working for both a news agency and at the same time
for the subject of that news?
Excuse Me, Your Leftism
is Showing. On March 2nd there was a demonstration in Washington D.C. It was billed as the largest
demonstration for green power/global warming awareness/stop dirty coal/let's all go live in a tepee, ever held.
It was attended by — are you ready for the number? — 2,500 people. That was the largest one ever! This
demonstration was covered by every major television and news service. No station or alleged newspaper gave any
coverage to opposing opinions. Ironically there was a blizzard that day another fact which, to the best of my
knowledge, was not noted by any major news outlet.
Review of a new documentary... Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was
Targeted. In journalistic terms it's called a "tick-tock." This is when the media
crafts a news story that takes you behind the scenes of an event and breaks down, piece by linear piece,
the individual acts which led up to that event. With "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got
Elected and Palin Was Targeted," director John Ziegler turns the art of the tick-tock around and
aims it, with damning effect, squarely at the news media. The result is not a documentary, at
least not for anyone who believes in truth, fairness or journalistic integrity — the result
is a horror film.
News Shocker: The 'All Time Dumb Quotes' Are All From Republicans. Looks like ABC News is starting out
2009 with a partisan bang. On its main page, ABC News is hosting a slide show featuring what it is calling the "All
Time Dumb Quotes." ... There are six political quotes five by Republicans and one by Tina Fey making fun of a Republican
(Palin, naturally), yet there are no "All Time Dumb Quotes" from any Democrats. Not a one. Apparently ABC
doesn't think there's ever been a dumb Democrat?
It is, perhaps, fitting that, as metropolitan newspapers fade from the scene, the Boston Globe should
remind us why this is happening by producing not one but two hagiographies of Edward Kennedy. ... Now that
his days in office are numbered, the cliché machine has anointed him the "last lion," the last of a
vanishing breed, the last giant to stalk the corridors of the Senate, we shall not see his like again, and
so on. Oh, please. The last time this phrase was employed in a book title, by the late
William Manchester, the subject was Winston Churchill. Surely the Globe isn't drawing a
Sells Obama T-Shirts, Propagandizing for The One. Remember the days when news agencies claimed
they were the fourth estate? Remember when they claimed to be "objective" and pretended at being separate from
the controlling power in Washington D.C.? Apparently that whole claim has proven somewhat chimeric if
the several stories we've detailed this week are any indication. And now, to add to the gathering
evidence that the Old Media are actively joining Team Obama and the political left, comes CNN to hawk a new
line of Obama T-Shirts. So much for being objective.
How the News Became Propaganda. The never-ending
campaign of President Barack Obama finds a cornerstone in 24-hour television network CNN. CNN, home of Wolf Blitzer
and Larry King Live among other talking heads, now leads the Newsfront Cult called Obamamania. While the viewers of
most television networks watch the news, CNN viewers "wear the news".
All Obama, all the time... D.C.
Station Dumps Its Failing Liberal 'Obama 1260' Talk Format. Liberals may want to insist on the
"Fairness Doctrine" as a business strategy, since liberal talk is barely moving the ratings needle. The
Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reported Monday that "President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but
OBAMA 1260 is not. The area's only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such
syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news,
starting next week."
The Editor says...
Call me old-fashioned if you will, but partner is not a verb.
Manages Not To Mention Why Richardson Went. In its opening half-hour, Good Morning America found
time to tell us — twice — that President-elect Obama choked up with emotion as he viewed his packed-up old
home. But somehow ABC never got around to mentioning that a possible pay-to-play scheme was behind Bill
Richardson's bye-bye as Commerce Secretary nominee.
Over Attack on U.S. President. The name: Muntadhar al-Zeidi — a new hero to many
in the Muslim world. President Bush — in a surprise, end-of-term visit to Iraq —
held a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Zeidi, an Iraqi "reporter,"
shouted, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog," and threw a shoe at Bush. The reporter quickly threw a
second. The shoes missed their target only because an agile President Bush managed to duck. And
with his typical self-deprecating humor, he later joked, "It was a size 10."
The psychopathology of
Bush hatred. The Bush hatred we are seeing in the media today belongs in the long catalogue of
human psychopathology — not rational behavior. The latest version is the shoe-throwing incident
in Iraq. ... But our media harbor such bitter hatred for him that they turned a potential bomb-throwing
incident — by one of their own — into a joke, just another reason to sneer at the
Only 26 days
left for Bush-bashing. With only 26 days left to harangue, mock and bash President Bush, some
of our colleagues in the media aren't wasting a day. Bashing ex-presidents, except for the ex-presidents
with shrill prominent wives, isn't nearly as much fun as bashing while he's still the real thing.
liberals take power, loony media Left behind. The Seattle paper will cease publication in
March unless a buyer is found. Even though it can't pay its bills, the Post-Intelligencer should
have been inducted into the left-wing hall of fame after its publisher told the FBI to buzz off when the
agency asked for media help in locating two possible terror suspects.
Media Fiddle While America Burns.
Bloomberg News, one of the few news organizations seriously examining the role of the Federal Reserve in the financial
meltdown, now puts the cost of the various bailouts and other federal schemes to "save" the financial system at an
incredible $7.7 trillion. And there is no reason to believe that the bailouts are at an end. At the end of
it all, America could be reduced to the status of banana republic, without the ability to pay to import bananas.
vs. the Barracuda: Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post has devoted two columns in as many weeks
to this "fairy tale" scenario in which [Caroline] Kennedy, our "tragic national princess," is finally
rewarded — for her years of quiet dignity, selflessly avoiding scandal and the
paparazzi — with the Senate seat that once belonged to her uncle Bobby. What's astounding
about the normally sensible Marcus' case for "the Cinderella Kennedy" (New York magazine's phrase) is that she
doesn't really make one, at least not on the merits. Marcus doesn't even bother. It's all
Sweet on Caroline.
One sign the liberal news media live in a plastic Manhattan bubble is their undying ardor for the Kennedy Myth, best known
by that public-relations construct "Camelot." Instead of a president and First Lady, they believe, we had the King
and Queen of Glamour.
Survive Media Bias. [Scroll down] Michelle Bachmann learned her lesson the hard way.
The Minnesota mother of five, foster mom of 23 and tax lawyer serves as a member of the House of
Representatives. But she almost lost her bid for re-election, and the reason is MSNBC, a network
that's become a playground of the rabid left.
'Lifelong Republican' for Obama Is An ACLU Member. On Monday's [11/3/2008] CBS Early
Show ... Colorado Springs City Council member Jan Martin described herself as a "lifelong Republican"
explained: "I think we are at a place and a point in time where hope and unity are two things
that this country needs more than anything." The only problem is that Jan Martin was similarly
touted by the New York Times in early October, at which point, NewsBusters' P.J. Gladnick discovered
that she was a member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and
Colorado's Gay and Lesbian Fund.
A recent Associated Press story so thoroughly twisted the English language to present the opposite of reality,
Bill Clinton might be writing its headlines. … This is not reporting: it is news manipulation designed
to massage public opinion about the war. It is an important reminder of the ever-present filter through
which Americans receive their news.
Censor Their Way to Oblivion. This campaign season The Kansas City Star passed on a
parcel of the nation's most eye-popping stories. Incredibly, at least five of those stories flared up
in the Star's home state, Missouri. As the reader might guess, all five stories reflected unfavorably
on Democratic candidates. This is nothing new. What is new is that by censoring such stories the
Star has continued to show its indifference to the majority of its potential customers even as it
struggles to stay afloat.
Gas Prices Down Brokaw Wants To Tax Them To $4 A Gallon. If you needed any more proof that liberal media
members don't [care] about the state of the economy or the American people, and instead just want to raise taxes, you
got it Sunday when Tom Brokaw advocated gas prices, which have plummeted recently, be kept at $4 a gallon with government
keeping the added cost.
Arrested! [Scroll down] Let's do a little survey of where in their stories certain
well-known press outlets mentioned that Gov. [Blagojevich] is a DEMOCRAT:
— Home Town Paper Chicago Tribune — 5th graf.
— Associated Press — 4th graf.
— New York Times — 2nd graf.
— Washington Post — never. Not once. In a 2,500 word story the Washington Post
never thought it might be important, interesting, or even amusing to note that Gov. B is a Democrat.
If Govenor Blutarsky had been a Republican that fact would have appeared in the headline.
Conflicting news reports about the same story:
The subject of evolution being taught in
public schools is covered on another nearby page, but this is a rather surprising example of an incident
being reported as a victory for evolutionists by some news outlets (in viewpoint 1), and as a victory
for creationists in others (in viewpoint 2).
Texas scraps school
anti-evolution requirements. The Texas Board of Education has scrapped a 20-year-old
requirement that public school students discuss the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution, the
Associated Press and other news outlets report. But the board, in what some in the media viewed
as a compromise, did vote to encourage students to scrutinize "all sides" of scientific theories, the
Houston Chronicle reports.)
'weaknesses' won't be taught in Texas schools. A last-ditch effort by social conservatives to
require that Texas teachers cover the "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution in science classes was rejected
by the State Board of Education Thursday in a split vote. Board members deadlocked 7-7 on a motion to
restore a long-time curriculum rule that "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories — notably
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution — be taught in science classes and covered in textbooks for
Evolution moves to head of class in Texas
schools. The State Board of Education gave a nearly final nod to new science curriculum standards
Thursday [3/26/2009] that would change a long-standing Texas tradition over how schoolchildren learn about
evolution. The tentative vote — a final one is expected today — will mean that
teachers and students no longer will be expected to discuss the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution and
the theory about the origin of life developed by Charles Darwin 150 years ago.
lose another battle over evolution. Social conservatives lost another skirmish over evolution
Friday when the State Board of Education stripped two provisions from proposed science standards that would
have raised questions about key principles of the theory of evolution.
Wins Over Censorship in Texas! After a fierce battle on how science will be taught in Texas, the
State Board of Education voted today to include wording that guarantees children will have the chance to learn
and examine all sides of scientific theories. It looked like we had lost yesterday when the board voted
to strike out the requirement that students learn about the "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific
theories, including evolution. However, we believe today's final vote, which includes the
words "critique" and "examining all sides of scientific evidence," came as a result from your
persistent prayers, calls and emails. We believe this language is just as strong.
Science education issue finally
settled in Texas. The Texas State Board of Education has decided overwhelmingly to keep
the teaching of scientific strengths and weaknesses, but under a different name. By a vote of
13-to-2, the Board decided to replace strengths and weakness with the language "examining all sides
Conservatives get evolution
win. A day after failing to uphold a 20-year-old requirement that Texas public high school
students evaluate the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories, including evolution, the State Board
of Education on Friday morning [3/27/2009] ratified new standards requiring biology students to "analyze, evaluate and
critique" scientific theories.
State Board of Education
approves new science curriculum. Texas' school children will continue to be given instructional
options for questioning the relationship between man and his natural origin. Last minute amendments
helped the The State Board of education approve a new science curriculum Friday.
Setting the Record Straight on Science: Correcting Some
Misleading Media Reports. The media coverage of Friday's victory for critical discussion of
Science and rejection of Censorship has been all over the map, and I don't just mean the fact that this
story was covered by media outlets all over the country. I mean that if you read more than one report,
you might think that Texas Freedom Network and their band of thought police strict Evolutionists from
California (Eugenie Scott) and other places got what they wanted. Absolutely not.
Another example of conflicting viewpoints:
Well into August... Ice choking the Northwest
Passage. Warmist doctrine has it that the Northwest passage (through Arctic waters to reach the North
Pacific from the North Atlantic) should be clear sailing anytime now. In fact, according to the Ottawa
Citizen: "...the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center is predicting another near-record meltdown by
the end of this year's summer thaw." Unfortunately for them, reality is not cooperating.
Vast expanses of Arctic
ice melt in summer heat. The Arctic Ocean has given up tens of thousands more square miles
of ice on Sunday [8/9/2009] in a relentless summer of melt, with scientists watching through satellite eyes
for a possible record low polar ice cap.
The Editor says...
Attention AP writers: Vast expanses of Arctic ice always melt in the summer heat.
Yet another example:
Obama's approval rating sinks to new low. President Obama's approval rating has hit the lowest level
ever in CBS News polling, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times survey. The drop may be partially
attributable to rising gas prices. Just 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing
as president, according to the poll, conducted from March 7 to 11.
At the same time... Viewpoint 2:
Obama's Job Approval
Rating Reaches 49% Over Weekend. President Barack Obama's job approval rating rose to 49% in the
three-day period from Friday through Sunday [3/11/2012], building on an upward trend that began the middle of
last week. Obama's current approval rating is the highest measured since early February, and before that
the highest since June 2011.
President Obama's approval rating has either sunk to a new low or reached a new high, depending on which newspaper you read.
And another example:
Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low. More people support the Tea Party than
consider themselves liberal, and almost 3/4 of the electorate does not oppose the Tea Party. That's not the headline you will see, of course.
Instead, Gallup headlines its story about its most recent polling to emphasize the negative about Tea Party support, Tea Party Support Dwindles to
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low.
As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing
for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the
height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today's 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.
Sarah Palin subsection
Readers of a page like this probably fall into on of two categories: Either you're sick of
hearing about Governor Palin, or you're disgusted by the news media's treatment of her during the last
half of 2008. This subsection could have easily filled a page of its own, but I'll keep it brief.
The Media Plan to Destroy Palin.
A Rasmussen poll found that 51 percent of the people believe that reporters are trying to "hurt" Palin.
Twenty-four percent said the stories made them more likely to vote for McCain. The backlash has begun.
media sire hypocrisy. When the story first broke that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had
cheated on his cancer-stricken wife and sired a baby with a bimbo on his campaign payroll, The New York Times refused
to run it. But when the news hit that not the president, not the vice president but the daughter of the
vice-presidential nominee is pregnant, the Times ran five — count 'em, five — stories about
it. In one day.
Smut-hunting NY Times Limbo Dancing in
Alaska. The New York Times is proving "how low it can go". The NY Times is dispatching
a group of its top "investigative journalists", fanning them across the State of Alaska looking for dirt on
[Sarah] Palin and Republicans in a desperate bid to take the wheels off of John McCain's little red wagon.
Into Orbit. [Governor] Palin, of course, knows all about [media bias]. Obama-linked blogs
like the Daily Kos invent charges out of whole cloth, like the time one claimed Palin wasn't the mother of
her own baby. The media reported that as news. Meanwhile, ad agency personnel linked to the
Obama campaign faked charges in videos that Palin belonged to an Alaska secessionist group. The media
picked that up too. The more we observe media bias in action, the more we're amazed by its new ways
of distorting and concealing news.
The Media's Vendetta Against Palin:
To be sure, the media tried to take out George W. Bush. His reelection was so abhorrent to the New
York-Washington media axis that one member, CBS News, put obviously phony documents on the air to defeat him.
Bush was never a movement conservative. He is not creating a new generation of young conservatives.
But Palin can be.
Palin, Cloward, Piven and
Kafka. The 18 ethics charges filed since [Sarah Palin] rose to prominence in Republican circles might be
the first time the left has successfully used the Cloward-Piven Strategy to stop an individual politician on the national
level. For those who do not know, the strategy was developed in the late 1960s by two sociologists at Columbia.
In a nutshell it seeks to "hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of
impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse".
The castigation of Brit Hume
Brit Hume offered some free advice to Tiger Woods on a Sunday talk show [1/3/2010] and was pounced upon by
leftist commentators all over the country east and west coasts.
If You Can Find a Better Deal, Take It!
Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and
blinking incomprehension. ... [Brit] Hume's words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a
tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals' copious ignorance of Christianity.
Throwing Brit Hume
to the lions. If there were doubt that much of the media is hostile to traditional faith,
especially traditional Christianity, that doubt has been drowned in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on Fox
News analyst Brit Hume. Histrionic fulminations against Mr. Hume's inoffensive expression of faith expose
an ugly strain of anti-religious bigotry that is spreading inside this country's liberal establishment.
The Soul of Tiger
Woods. The first rule of dinner-table conversation is no hot talk about politics or religion.
Apparently, there's a rule regarding the discussion of religion during political talk shows, too.
Obama Could Learn from Brit Hume. Tiger [Woods] would likely benefit from the advice
of a decent man. Brit Hume is characterized by those from the left and right as one of the most
principled individuals to ever work in network news. Yet when you consider his circumstances, his
position, and how lost he genuinely is, President Obama would benefit equally if not more than Tiger by
turning to the person of Jesus Christ.
Crucifixion of Brit Hume. Nothing makes the left lose its collective noodle like an open
proclamation of Christian faith. You don't see it when Muslims proselytize in government schools;
the ACLU doesn't sue when Wiccans share their witchy ways; militant "gay" activists don't picket Buddhist
temples with bullhorns while inhabitants grasp at Zen. No, there's something about Christianity
that just drives 'em nuts. Always has. Always will.
Hume, Tiger Woods and Buddha. My colleague Brit Hume has aroused the ire of some secularists,
as well as some Buddhists, by advising Tiger Woods to seek redemption through Christianity in place of
his mother's religion, Buddhism. ... Almost immediately, the far left began mocking Hume as a religious
Have the feeling Barack Obama gets more favorable coverage than John McCain? It's not just a perception,
it's a reality, according to yet another study confirming media bias. The right-of-center sector of the
blogosphere has for months maintained that the mainstream media are "in the tank" for Obama. The
observant bloggers were right.
The Media, Ahab Levin and Moby Bush. We've seen a
lot in this campaign cycle, but the media hit a new low with the ABC Sunday love-fest between Hillary Clinton and George
Stephanopoulous. For an entire hour, we were treated to an infomercial for the Clinton campaign. It's a perfect
example of how the political activists who pose as journalists have seized control of the media battlefield. ABC News
is now Hillary Clinton's most committed superdelegate. Still loyal to Hillary, ABC chose to stage a one-candidate
debate Sunday morning hosted by a former Clinton White House staffer.
Journalist Sympathizes With
Illegal Immigrants. A reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Nazario started her career at the Wall
Street Journal two decades ago. Her book, Enrique's Journey, recounts the perils faced by a young Honduran boy
traveling north on the "train of death" to reunite with his illegal immigrant mother in the United States. During her
Commencement speech at Messiah College, Nazario carefully omitted any mention of these persons' legal status, referring to
them instead "immigrants," "migrants," or, simply, women and children seeking a better life in the United States.
Al Gore is a victim of media bias and advocates of low taxes are "crackpots." These are two of the
counterfactual theses advanced in major magazines this week.
Defends Use of CodePink Members in 'Independent' Focus Group. A Detroit Free Press editor
expressed regret Monday [9/8/2008] that left-wing and anti-war activists were included in a focus group of
so-called independent voters the newspaper interviewed during the political conventions, but said he didn't
see the harm in having a "radical leftist or two" in the group.
More Viewers, MSNBC Turns Left. With the promotion of Rachel Maddow, the Air America radio host, to
a prime-time television spot this week, the longtime third-place cable news network MSNBC cemented its identity as
a channel for a liberal audience. But is that what advertisers want it to be?
Jeer, Protest NBC News. About a year into MSNBC's strategy of refashioning itself into the network for
Bush haters, some consequences are starting to emerge for the cable channel and its corporate parent NBC.
Worst Business Stories of the Last 50 Years — [#9] Food Lion. Food Lion was at the time the
fastest growing grocery store chain in the nation, having implemented a revolutionary business model based
on wholesale purchasing and distribution to its stores. But [Diane] Sawyer accused the company of being
so driven by profits that it neglected health concerns in order to sell tainted meat.
The Media Descend
to a New Low. Time's Mark Halperin has posted an advance copy of the cover
of US Weekly magazine, the tabloid published by Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner. That
cover shows a smiling Sarah Palin, holding her youngest son Trig. The screaming headline: "Babies,
Lies and Scandal: John McCain's Vice President." Wenner has contributed $5300 to Obama's campaign
since 2007. The cover was sent to select news organizations by Mark Neschis, the head of corporate
communications for Wenner Media and former director of television in the Clinton White House.
Oprah exhibits unmitigated bias
Sarah Palin on Oprah Winfrey
Show? Oprah "Adamantly Against It". Now that Sarah Palin has stepped onto the political
scene and could become the country's first female vice president, will Oprah interview her? Oprah
Winfrey, the talk show host queen who outwardly supports Senator Barack Hussein Obama, apparently doesn't
want Palin on her show, despite numerous viewer requests.
Is Oprah Biased? Host
Won't Interview Palin. She may have let Tom Cruise jump all over her couch, but Oprah
Winfrey says that Sarah Palin can't even sit on it. At least not until after the presidential
election, that is.
Storm as Oprah
says no to Palin interview. Oprah Winfrey, America's favourite daytime TV star, has
refused to have Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as a guest on her talk show.
Winfrey, a prominent supporter of Democratic nominee Barack Obama, has been facing pressure from
conservative commentators and pundits who say that Palin would be a perfect interview for her
Says No to Palin, and Gets an Earful. Oprah Winfrey has said she will not interview Gov.
Sarah Palin of Alaska, the hottest political star in the firmament, and the decision is drawing negative
reviews from many fans of the doyenne of daytime television. A group of Republican women in Florida
has announced a boycott of Ms. Winfrey's television show and called for cancellations of subscriptions to
her magazine, "O: The Oprah Magazine."
Florida Republican Women Officially Boycott
Oprah. On September 6, the Florida Federation of Republican Women called for a boycott of the
Oprah Winfrey Show based upon Ms. Winfrey's refusal to have Governor Sarah Palin as a guest on Oprah until
after the election, according to Linda Ivell, President of the FFRW.
Court Reporter Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Centrist. The New York Times sent veteran Supreme
Court reporter Linda Greenhouse into retirement in grand style on Sunday, turning over to her the front page
of the Week in Review for "2,691 Decisions," a title marking the number of court cases she had covered during
her tenure. Unmentioned were her off-the-clock denunciations of conservatives, such as her infamous
speech at Harvard in June 2006 when she tore into the Bush administration. What was included: Her
clear belief that the world is a better place with Anthony Kennedy on the Court and Robert Bork not.
How to Lie With
Statistics: With apologies to Darrel Huff and his famous book of the same title, today's papers
provide a wonderful demonstration of how the mainstream press — in this case, The New York
Times, can use real statistics to justify politically spun conclusions.
Obama: The Snoozer in Nashville. "This was the worst-moderated debate in the history
of presidential debates," one McCain campaign insider told me just moments after John McCain and Barack
Obama left the stage at Belmont University in Nashville. "The audience and the American people
should feel robbed — that the one opportunity they had to ask questions of the presidential
candidates was taken from them by Tom Brokaw."
NBC's Brokaw Asks No Questions
on Iraq, Immigration, Abortion or Same-Sex Marriage. The pretext of the debate was that the
questions would come from a "townhall" audience and from Americans all across the nation sending in
questions via the Internet. All issues would be inbounds. Ultimately, however, all questions
were screened and chosen by NBC's Brokaw, who kept the focus almost exclusively on the economy and foreign
Some people have to
be told. The editor-at-large of newspaper industry trade publication Editor & Publisher
upbraids reporters at the political conventions for failing to stand when the National Anthem is played at the
start of each night's session.
Jeremiah Wright's Controversial AIDS
Charge. [Jeremiah] Wright isn't the first public figure to repeat the claim that AIDS is a U.S. weapon to
kill people. The claim that AIDS was manufactured by the United States was reported by CBS Evening News anchor Dan
Rather on a March 30, 1987, broadcast. Rather was widely criticized for playing into a Soviet KGB disinformation
campaign. The charge had appeared in a number of Soviet and Third World publications before Rather picked it up.
TV One plans to cover Obama — but
not McCain. TV One will cover the Democratic National Convention because — and
only because — the party's nominee is black. And yet, oddly enough, some of the people who
will be involved in that coverage took umbrage at the suggestion that the cable/satellite network
is, um, covering the Democratic National Convention only because the nominee is Sen. Barack
Obama, D-Ill. "Yes, Sen. Obama running for president is a huge deal at TV One, as it is
in the African-American community," said Johnathan Rodgers, the CEO of the network
that, in his words, "targets African-American adults."
Williams Tosses Softballs to Obama, Empathizes
Over Elitist Image. Brian Williams, who slobbered over Barack Obama in their last interview in early January,
did so again in a Thursday [5/8/2008] session excerpted on the NBC Nightly News. Williams didn't pose a single
challenging question nor mention Jeremiah Wright in any of the ten questions aired.
Barack Clinton Obama.
[Scroll down slowly] Reality is now shattering the myth. Obama turns out to be a Chicago politician —
highly ambitious, extremely talented, and neither untainted nor uncompromised. Maybe it's time for the national media,
many of whom (like Newsweek and MSNBC, for starters) are enraptured by Obama, to acquaint themselves with the real man.
Is that too much to ask when selecting our next president?
It is not a compliment to human nature to say that there is something within us that is sometimes drawn to
watching — for a limited period of time, anyway — the comically deranged on display.
Which brings me to MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.
MSNBC's Doomed "Experiment":
Outside of special events coverage, MSNBC's executives haven't really seen the light about how their
Obamaholics Unanimous lineup is bad for ratings. Even as they yank Matthews and Olbermann away from the
anchor desk, MSNBC's adding hard-left Air America radio host Rachel Maddow to consolidate the "progressive"
carpet-bombing after dark. They think they're the Genius Channel.
Joy's Argument. Appearing on the April 29 edition of "The View," former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich proved his intellectual superiority to Joy Behar punching holes in her very shallow debate points.
Also, in discussing the ongoing Reverend Wright controversy, Whoopi Goldberg placed Billy Graham in league with
Wright and Louis Farrakhan.
Round-Up: The facts about your security are being torn to shreds by activist liars. And they
think that you're too stupid to know the difference. Let's lay out the worst current examples of media
make-believe and election-year truth-trashing.
Do You Believe in Magic! Could there have been any doubt as to how the media would react when, on
November 9, [1991,] Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers announced he was HIV-positive? [...] With Magic Johnson, the media and the AIDS activists scored a long-awaited
coup. CNN jumped on the Johnson story to proclaim that now "anyone can get AIDS." How curious to be told that, if a man who apparently had thousands of sex
partners can get AIDS, we are all at risk.
for the Left. The Rev. Wright's decision to allow himself to be interviewed by Bill Moyers was,
from his perspective, an excellent one. It is difficult to imagine a less challenging, more fawning,
interview. How bad was it? Given that one of the most egregious of the Rev. Wright's statements
was his charge that the American government developed the AIDS virus and inflicted it on black Americans, one
assumed that the first major reporter to interview Wright since the comments were made public would ask him
about it. Not Bill Moyers.
Who Needs Friends Like the Rev. Wright?
What is Jeremiah Wright doing? That's easy. He's helping himself. Trying to save his
reputation. Smiling for the cameras. What can Barack Obama do about it? Not much. The
only thing worse than Wright speaking out is the respect with which he is treated when he does. In
numerous reports, Wright is being described as one of the leading African-American pastors in the country.
Editor: Most Press Members 'Hate Hillary Clinton'. "I was struck when I got to Iowa and New Hampshire
in January by how our media colleagues were just swooning over Barack Obama. That is not too strong a word. They
were swooning. I was at a speech, I remember it, I will write about it some day, in Manchester, and every, the biggest
names in our business were there, and they were, they could repeat some of his speech lines to one another. It was
like a Bruce Springsteen concert where the fans sing along."
business on the Edwards story? As a member in good standing of the mainstream media, I generally
tend to be skeptical of those in the blogosphere who accuse us of liberal bias. But they sure seem to
have a point with this John Edwards story.
CNN Pushing Kids to Ask For a Salary for First Lady Michelle? CNN has a segment that they call
"CNN Student News" that is supposed to highlight the news of the day for the kiddie set. Pursuant to
that, in a December 15 segment, CNN floats a question asking if Michelle Obama (or any First Lady)
should get a government salary just for being First Lady?
The Editor says...
This brings up a series of questions: First of all, is CNN engaging in
journalism or activism? Second, isn't it obvious that Michelle Obama
knew before campaigning that the position of "first lady" was an honor — not
Election questions no one ever
asks: After each debate, some network would convene a focus group of undecided voters who
then preened over their lofty status. Pollster Frank Luntz, CNN's Soledad O'Brien or some other
enabler would gush over how fascinating it was to talk to "real people." ... [But] These people are
undecided because they don't do their homework. CNN profiled an undecided voter from Nebraska
the day before the election who said he is "definitely pro-life" and a single-issue voter on abortion.
But, according to CNN, he was still trying to figure out which candidate was pro-life. Um, really?
Don't strain yourself trying to figure that one out.
Bill Maher, Bigot. Last week, a few days before
Pope Benedict XVI's visit to America, TV talk show host Bill Maher went on a profanity-laden tirade against the Pope and the
Catholic Church. On his HBO Real Time program, Maher claimed that the Pope "used to be a Nazi," and called the
Catholic Church a "child-abusing religious cult" and "the Bear Stearns of organized pedophilia."
& Bailey & CNN. We're not talking about the candidates here, but about the shamelessly high-pressure pitch
machine that has replaced the Cable News Network's once smart and reliable campaign coverage. Was there ever a
better backdrop than Las Vegas for the traveling wreck of a journalistic carnival that CNN's political journalism has
Jesse Helms and Mangled Manners:
When Helms announced his retirement from the Senate in 2001, the media elite made their own distaste very clear. "He
was so wonderfully odious," declared top Newsweek editor Evan Thomas. "He was very comforting to the east coast media
establishment to know that there was an evil guy out there that you could really fear."
The McCain Mutiny: "No other modern
politician has received as much favorable press as John McCain has in the past decade," write (plainly
irritated) David Brock and Paul Waldman in "Free Ride: John McCain and the Media." "The rules are
simply different for McCain." Boy, are they. Though he flip-flops and prevaricates like any
politician, McCain all but has the phrase "straight talker" tattooed on his skull-plate. A lifetime
Beltway insider and third-generation naval officer with an heiress wife and an heiress mother is still
referred to, without irony, as a "Man of the People."
Media Try to Coronate McCain.
It is presumptuous, of course, for the Post or any other media outlet or personality to assume that McCain will be
the nominee. There is still a fierce battle going on. In the February 9 Washington State
caucuses, to take one example, McCain reportedly got 26 percent, Mike Huckabee got 24 percent, and
Ron Paul received 21 percent. The Huckabee campaign says that there were "obvious irregularities"
in the counting of the votes and that Huckabee may still win if all of the votes are counted. It is also
still possible that the Republican convention could be deadlocked among the candidates.
But then, after McCain was sure to get the nomination... NBC's
Ann Curry: John McCain is Old, He's 71. Did I Mention He's 71? The "Today" show's Ann
Curry interviewed Cindy McCain on Thursday morning [5/8/2008] and got her to promise that the McCain campaign
won't go negative. However Curry, herself, repeatedly pressed a point that is sure to be part of a,
not-so-quiet, whisper campaign against the Arizona Senator this fall — that he's too old to be
Let's Get Journalists To Report The Truth About The
'Pregnant Man'. Thomas Beatie has gained worldwide attention for allegedly being the first "pregnant man."
Mainstream media outlets are reporting Beatie's story as if were fact and referring to her as "he" instead of accurately
reporting that Beatie is really a woman. Thomas Beatie is actually Tracy Lagondino who lived in Hawaii with her
lesbian girlfriend Nancy. Lagondino and her girlfriend were lesbian activists who lobbied for "gay marriage" in that
state. They are now transgender activists working to redefine what it means to be married, to be male or female and
to be parents.
NBC Nightly News Finally
Calls Spitzer 'Democratic Governor'. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, substitute NBC
Nightly News anchor Ann Curry and reporter Mike Taibbi failed to identify disgraced outgoing New
York Governor Eliot Spitzer as a Democrat, but on Thursday night [3/13/2008] Curry finally informed
NBC viewers of the party affiliation — a fact network journalists always consider
relevant when a Republican gets caught in scandalous behavior.
Eliot's Mess: [Scroll
down] If you rely on the media, you may not even know it's a Democratic scandal. They are once again practicing
the infuriating art of dropping the party label out of their reporting. As the story broke, ABC and NBC couldn't
even mention the word "Democrat" in their Spitzer stories. ABC put a "D" next to Spitzer's name on a screen
graphic. NBC couldn't even do that.
First Affirmative Action Candidate. To the adoring eyes of the liberal mass media, Obama is the
closest expression of a rock star, if not a "black messiah." While every white candidate is scrutinized
and criticized, Obama remains "beyond criticism." Had any white candidate, with less than three years
experience in the national arena declared himself a candidate for the presidency, especially at the tender
age of 46, he/she would have been ridiculed. The media's collective white guilt with its derivative of
"political correctness," does not seek articulation on policy or substance from Obama.
Less Tingling, More Reporting.
We have come a long way since Chris Matthews told us his leg was "tingling" when he listened to Barack Obama. Well,
sure, the liberal punditocracy is still playing defense for Obama But more and more you see the MSM sharing tidbits
of information that show him to be less than the Gandhi-like figure he originally was made out to be.
Guess He Liked It. So much for
"Hardball" — MSNBC host Chris Matthews calls Barack Obama's speech on race "worthy of Abraham Lincoln," "the
best speech ever given on race," and "one of the great speeches in American history."
Hardball. Conservatives in Pennsylvania loaded their rhetorical muskets last week as reports circulated
that Chris Matthews — Mr. Spittle himself — might run for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010. Mr. Matthews
is the commentator on the Peoples Republic of MSNBC who famously informed his viewers of the thrill running up
his leg when listening to President-elect Barack Obama's disingenuous speech about race. This was way too
much information for many of us.
Unanimous. Now that Barack Obama is closing in on the Democratic nomination, some are wondering
whether the media will be tougher in their coverage. There's a better question: is it possible to be
any softer? The media writ large have been sounding like they're covering a messiah more than a man.
So was Hillary Clinton right to complain that Barack Obama has been more celebrated rather than vetted?
To the Washington Post, Bill Clinton is a Man of
Character. In a front-page article Friday, the Washington Post provided redundant reminders of
why many people no longer trust the Mainstream Media to give them fair political coverage. In bending
over backwards to portray Bill Clinton in the best possible light, the Post story seems to prove that the
media doesn't understand what constitutes good character.
Obama. There's one little three-syllable word that has been left out of most of the Democratic
primary coverage on the TV: "liberal." We're constantly told by anchors and reporters how the
Republican contenders are fighting over the "conservative" vote and who's more "conservative," and that's
true. But exactly the same fight is taking place on the left side, with the Clintons trying to suggest
Barack Obama's not sufficiently liberal .
and the kid gloves. I must be woefully misaligned with family values or linguistically tone deaf
to be so deeply offended by MSNBC's suspension of Emmy award-winning Washington correspondent David Shuster.
His crime: uttering a word no one liked. If "pimped" is offensive enough to get a commentator suspended,
where was the famous delay button? And where — most importantly — is due process?
The union members who waved their signs behind Hillary Clinton might ask how she feels about an employee getting
suspended, fired, demoted or down-sized for uttering one cheeky word.
Conservatives Laugh at Media Bias.
If Vice President Richard Cheney died, more people would live. Bill Clinton sounds like Jesus in the Temple.
And the Republican Party caused the near-deathly stroke of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Each
year, the Media Research Center issues awards for the worst examples of bias in a nation full of outrageously leftist
media. The awards, due out any day now, are a signal service to all who care about fairness in reporting.
Media myths about the Jena 6:
The outside media made sure everyone knew the basics. There's just one problem: The media got most
of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism.
Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were
seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.
Academic Dirty Linen
Revealed in California Law School Case. Unsurprisingly, the way the controversy has been played
in the press follows the usual left wing narrative of brave liberals threatened by troglodytes of the right,
but beating back the forces of darkness. McCarthyism redux. And who can blame the libs from
casting themselves as heroes?
Avoid Linking Democratic Party With NJ Scandals. New Jersey = Corruption. That is the
conclusion when reading news stories about the latest round of criminal charges involving public officials in
the Garden State, according to political scientists and media analysts. However, the political scandals
that continue to beset New Jersey have not translated into negative press coverage for the Democratic Party,
which has been disproportionately affected by the corruption charges and arrests.
'Wins May Cost Him' — News or Wishful Thinking? The top headline in Saturday's
ashington Post underlines the tendency for display bias by practicing future-tense
journalism. Why can't the newspapers simply report what has already happened, and not bog
down the reader with their own biased impressions of what could or should happen next?
Why must reporters always get out a crystal ball and wear a silly fortune-teller's hat?
Media glow on
Jane Fonda ignores her treason. Here is one Vietnam veteran who is bothered far more by how the
media portray her than by Fonda herself. Now that the threat of communism is gone, the Cold War stand
against it is sometimes ridiculed, likened to looking for boogeymen under the bed. Fonda's own affinity
for communism is brushed aside as paranoid rubbish. But it shouldn't be. Among those who protested
the Vietnam War were many honorable, patriotic and faithful citizens. Fonda was not one of them.
Loony-Left Year. Left-wing lunacy was pretty common in 2007. Rosie O'Donnell talked her
way off ABC's "The View" by spewing "655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?"
Rosie had company on that set. Her co-host Joy Behar seriously claimed that Democratic Sen. Tim
Johnson's brain hemorrhage could be a Republican conspiracy: "Is there such a thing as a man-made
stroke? I know what this party is capable of."
by Their Own Petard. For the past 20 years, the Media Research Center has been compiling its
list of notable quotables. The quotes, from prominent members of the mainstream news media, provide a
clear window into the leftist mindset that pervades most of America's large news organizations.
spokesman John King of CNN: I'm asking this question literally, not rhetorically:
if McCain's actual Press Secretary (rather than one of his many de facto ones in the press corps) had
conducted this "interview," how would it have been any different? Maybe they would have at least
tried to pretend the questions were a little more probing, less adulating, just for the sake of
appearances if not basic dignity.
Canonizes McCain While Slandering Romney. The media manipulation inflicted on both sides
during this primary season has been premeditated, dangerous, and outrageous. That two of the most
far-left "news" organizations in the country would get together to draft a prejudiced question designed
to illicit a preordained response in time to use it against Romney just before the critical Florida
primary, demonstrates that they not only have no shame, but could care less who objects to their
about Carville and CNN. There are very few political analysts more closely associated with
the Clintons than James Carville, who was a key adviser to Mr. Clinton in the 1992 campaign. So
it's no surprise that Mr. Carville's appearance on a round table after last night's CNN-sponsored
Democratic debate is arousing some morning-after controversy. "Would it kill CNN to disclose that James
Carville is a partisan Clinton supporter when talking about the presidential race?" wrote Daily Kos.
Wolf Blitzer is No Tim Russert. Judging
by the reaction to Thursday night's CNN debate, everything seems to be falling into place for Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton's campaign for president. After flirting with subjecting her to some scrutiny, the media
seem to be coming to the conclusion that her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate is inevitable.
Rising. If Hillary Clinton becomes president — get ready for everything we hated
about our government to come springing back to life. CNN's Wolf Blitzer's less than robustly honest form
of debate engineering reminded us of the old idea that when it came to being bought and sold in favor of the
Clinton's — CNN's brand was head and shoulders above the crowd.
A Clinton Friend's Role Sets
Off Intense Criticism of CNN. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared for a battle with her
Democratic rivals at the CNN-sponsored debate on Thursday night [11/15/2007]. She did not have much
to fear from the postdebate round table. Among the experts trotted out by CNN to comment was James
Carville, a Democratic strategist and CNN commentator who is also a close friend of Mrs. Clinton and a
contributor to her campaign.
the Books on Vet Suicide Numbers. The headline is sensational: "Suicide Epidemic
Among Veterans" says CBS News. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals something even more
surprising; the suicide rate for vets is only slightly higher than it is for all males, both vet and
nonvet, in the US.
Shock: Journalist Backs Mrs. Clinton!
The Boston Globe reports — are you sitting down? — that former ABC News anchor Carole
Simpson, now a professor of journalism at Emerson College, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president: "I
anchored for 15 years, and I defy anyone to have determined my political feelings from that," she said.
Well, some people certainly tried .
Hsu's Your Daddy. Any other candidate
would be a victim of the 24-hour news cycle. But Senator Clinton gradually renounced the funds in a crafty
fashion. The first funds — Hsu's direct contributions — were renounced at around
6:30 PM on August 29, shortly after the evening news had begun. Then, on September 10,
Clinton announced the return of around $850,000 in bundled donations. She did this on the day of the
Petraeus report, the eve of 9-11 celebrations, and again, at 6:40 in the evening, virtually ensuring that the
story got minimal press coverage.
Honoring Hillary For Media
Manipulation. There is absolutely no doubt that liberals really do think of the Clintons in
rock-star terms, and the "objective" media have not merely treated them that way with a long-running assembly
line of dazzled profiles and shoe-polishing interviews. No one should deny that if our political press
decided to drop the syrup bottle and press the Clintons on their scandals, or their politics of personal
destruction, or their leftist policy prescriptions, they would look like a lot less impressive — and
a lot less inevitable.
Journalism: A Tale Of Two Papers. Every now and then, one has the opportunity to read the
original story from one newspaper and the edited version carried by another newspaper. This can lead to
responses ranging from amusement to outrage. Such was the case with a story that originally appeared in
The New York Times and which the Houston Chronicle extensively edited for its print edition.
For Bias: Networks Downplay Drug Costs, Treat Medicine as an Entitlement. The
Business & Media Institute (BMI) has found a recurring network news bias against the pharmaceutical industry,
treating drugs as an entitlement rather than an expensive-to-create product, refusing to credit and often ignoring
entirely the companies that made the medicine. ... BMI looked at 132 stories on prescription or over-the-counter
drugs from the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening newscasts between January 1 and Sept. 30, 2006. ... The broadcast
networks mentioned costs to consumers or drug company revenues 11 times more often than they mentioned drug
The Liberal Suicide Pact. It seems we weren't
the only one to notice that the New York Times buried news of a foiled terror plot against John F. Kennedy International
Airport on page 37. Every time law-enforcement authorities announce that they have stopped a terror plan, we hear
Daley-like pooh-poohing from the left: The plot wasn't really that serious, it was nowhere near being carried out,
the suspects were just a bunch of losers, that sort of thing.
NBC Promotes Bogus Russian Claim to North Pole.
On the NBC Nightly News on Monday night [8/13/2007], Brian Williams introduced a story about Russian claims to the
North Pole that featured an image of what viewers were led to believe was a small Russian submarine under the polar
ice. The image originally appeared on the Russian television channel Rossiya. But the image was not of a
Russian sub under the Pole. It shows a min-sub at the scene of the wreckage of the Titanic.
Time Magazine's Anti-Republican Bigotry. Joe
Klein of Time demonstrates why the media are more unpopular than the President they despise. Klein has smeared
secure-borders advocate Rep. Tom Tancredo, calling him anti-immigrant, while insinuating that the Republican Party as
a whole is prejudiced. This is as cold and calculating as the media practice of referring to illegal aliens as
"undocumented workers." It is deceptive rhetoric designed to manipulate news media consumers and confuse people
about the real issues.
Media: Sen. Charles Schumer is a legendary pursuer of television cameras. But look at the
way the national media are covering Schumer's heavy-breathing pursuit to make Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
cry uncle and resign. It makes you wonder just how hard Schumer has to work to get press attention.
The media appear Schumer-owned and operated. One interview really captures how the press acts more like
a Democratic goon squad than nonpartisan observers of the national scene.
Double Time for Democrats: CNN hosted three presidential debates last week, two
for the Democrats and one for the Republicans. Democratic candidates were awarded twice
as much airtime in a three-day period. CNN has its work cut out for it if it wants to be
seen as impartial in the upcoming presidential election.
MSNBC Confirms Liberal Media Bias.
An unusual source — MSNBC — has provided the latest documentation of the liberal bias in the mainstream
media. It came in the form of a Bill Dedman article on its website looking at journalists who have given
money in recent years to federal candidates, political parties, or political action committees.
NBC's Donation to Al Gore:
This coming Saturday, July 7, NBC Universal will devote a record 75 hours of coverage to Al Gore's
"Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis," to raise awareness about the alleged global warming
"crisis" as defined by Gore. The coverage will air on seven NBC Universal-owned programs, and Today
news anchor Ann Curry will host coverage during NBC's primetime.
Al Gore And NBC: Birds Of A
Feather. Was what Al Gore called "the largest global entertainment event in all of human history"
also the largest in-kind political contribution? And where's the Fairness Doctrine when you need it?
the Apes Redux: Are Darwin and God mutually exclusive? Like little boys called to the
front of the class for public humiliation, Huckabee, Tancredo and Brownback immediately became targets of
ridicule by the educated elite who, though Darwinists all, were presented with a contradiction: If
Darwin was right, how did these knuckle-draggers make it to the presidential campaign podium?
Poor Planned Parenthood?
As much as liberals decry major corporations that act as if they're above the law, there's always quiet
when the subject is Planned Parenthood, America's No. 1 corporate provider of abortions. This is one
corporation the media hold in the highest regard. They're not "merchants of death." That would be the
tobacco companies, or gun manufacturers, or hamburger joints. These are the heroic "providers" of "a
woman's right to choose."
double standards. Where are the muckraking champions when you need them? Intrepid Lila Rose
has learned the hard way: Not all undercover journalists are equal.
A Mormon first? For once, the
media aren't so thrilled by a "first." Usually being the first African-American, woman, Latino or anything else
to run for a major office gives a campaign a frisson of excitement in the press. Such pioneering campaigns
are said to hold important lessons about the tolerance of the American public. But former Massachusetts
Gov. Mitt Romney represents the first "first" that has elicited a lukewarm reaction from the media.
Scant Coverage of Brutal Crime
Called 'Journalistic Malpractice'. The national news media demonstrates a double standard in
covering "hate crimes," as evidenced by the lack of attention given to the murder of a white couple in
Tennessee last January, a conservative columnist charged on Monday. However, a media analyst responded
that a crime is not necessarily a hate crime simply because the victims are white and those accused of
perpetrating it are black.
Falwell gone, evangelical
movement alive and well. The Rev. Jerry Falwell's passing seems to have traumatized the
mainstream liberal press. Absent in its coverage of the event is even the normal pretense of
objectivity. According to Time and others, the edge is disappearing and more evangelicals are
buying into the so-called "progressive" agenda. Now remember that "progressive" is today's
code word for "liberal." Suggesting that this increasingly defines today's evangelicals tells us
more about the wishful hallucinations of left-wing journalists than reality.
Why Are They Lying About Ron Paul? In a
desperate attempt to make Rudy Giuliani out to be the hero of Tuesday night's debate, Fox News is continuing to
attack Texas Congressman Ron Paul for something he did not say. In the latest installment of this campaign,
John Gibson of Fox News says that Paul "suggested that the U.S. actually had a hand in the [9/11] terrorist
attacks." No, what he said was that U.S. foreign policy was a reason why Osama bin Laden attacked America.
This is a fact.
blacks again. The recent release of census figures divided by race, with the eye-catching datum
that 100 million Americans now are racial "minorities", has revealed a host of assumptions on the part
of liberal journalists. But a new mental habit by the so-called progressives is emerging that is even
more noteworthy: the treatment of blacks as some sort of endangered species in various cities.
Hillary's Shill At CBS:
With Rather's retirement last year, CBS Evening News lost its big Clinton fan to sit in front of the cameras.
With former first lady Hillary now running for president, however, the network has decided to place one behind
the cameras instead as executive producer. … CBS "Evening News" has become third in the network ratings since
infotainer Katie Couric arrived as hostess. For some reason, CBS thinks having a bosom buddy of the
Clintons turn it into a nightly commercial for Hillary's presidential campaign is the solution.
Clintons Are 'Masters at Turning Bad News Into Good'. In early October, ABC
reporter Kate Snow sprang to the defense of Senator Hillary Clinton's much maligned laugh.
On Thursday's Good Morning America [10/25/2007], the correspondent marveled over Bill Clinton's
successes and also how his wife is able to make turning 60-years-old a good thing. While
an ABC graphic wondered if the Democratic power couple are "masters of spin," Snow gushed:
"The Clintons have always been masters at turning bad news into good."
Media Are Key to Hillary Victory. Another
Hillary Clinton connection to the phony media "watchdog" group Media Matters has surfaced. Susie Tompkins
Buell, a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, put $300,000 into the group through her
Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation. Interestingly, while Tompkins Buell was swelling the bank account of
Media Matters, which largely functions as a Hillary Clinton front group, her foundation was also putting
$100,000 into The White House Project, an organization dedicated to promoting the election of a woman to
the U.S. presidency. And we all know who that is.
All quiet on
Hillary's plantation. With [Al] Sharpton proudly looking on, [Hillary Rodham Clinton] threw
the race card on the table with a big, noisy thwack. "When you look at the way the House of
Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about."
… Had Trent Lott uttered those words last week about Democrats, today he'd be unhappily retired in
Mississippi. But it was Hillary attacking Republicans, so the news coverage was very, very different.
Hillary, Canonizing Chelsea. Reporters are tripping over themselves to convince us how likable
and human [Hillary Clinton] is — strong and yet nurturing. It's the same playbook the media used for
Al Gore and John Kerry, both just as stiff, robotic and unlikable then as Hillary is now. So
they're portraying Hillary not only as strong and invincible, but also as warm as a down comforter and as
sweet as Mrs. Butterworth.
Bus story cries out for some perspective.
It seems a white guy was attacked by a group of black people on a bus in Wauwatosa two weeks ago. The
Wauwatosa police decided to seek charges including a hate-crime enhancer against one suspect because most of the
people on the bus were African-American and someone reportedly used a racial slur. Some folks have jumped on
the Great Bus Hate Crime story as the latest example of rampant black-against-white hate crime in Milwaukee that
goes largely unreported because of liberal media bias.
Superior Stem Cells Shunned
By Media. Each year there are stunning breakthroughs with adult stem cells, and 2007 has already
brought its first. Adult stem cells cure and treat more than 70 diseases and are involved in almost
1,300 human clinical trials. Scientists also keep discovering that adult stem cells are capable of
creating a wider variety of mature cells. ... This has caused great consternation on the part of those
seeking increased taxpayer embryonic stem cell funds. The reason is that there are currently
no practical applications for this type of cell.
Culture of lying:
This saga is important for a number of reasons. ... It again exposed an unholy alliance between liberal
politicians and the leftist big media who are quick to attack someone whose policies and party they don't
like, but rarely correct errors of their own making, or investigate bogus charges when they help the policies
and party the media prefer.
40th Anniversary of
Liberty Attack. This past June 8 marked the 40th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty
by the air and naval forces of the state of Israel, resulting in the deaths of 34 American servicemen
and a cover-up that has been maintained throughout the entire period. In remembrance of the day
that — for many — will always be a day that will live in infamy, the Liberty
Veterans Association (LVA) organized a reunion that included several ceremonies marking the event.
Why Roe vs. Wade is Losing Ground:
Did you notice the decrease in news coverage of this year's March for Life in Washington DC last week? I
tuned in to local and cable channels every day looking for news on the March for Life events I knew were being
held in the nation's capitol for the 34th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. But I could find
little coverage. The same thing was true for print news. Why? Because of the mainstream
media's liberal bias, many would say. And I would agree with that.
NBC and the Cancer
Vaccine that Isn't. Even in the title of the story, "Cancer Vaccine Controversy," NBC gets
it wrong. Gardasil is a vaccine for HPV, not cancer, though HPV is one of the leading causes of
cervical cancer. But NBC used the words "cancer" and "cervical cancer" six times in just under
two minutes. Conversely the words "sexually transmitted virus" and "promiscuity" were only used
one time each.
ABC World News Uses Scary
Footage to Push Hate Crimes Bill. Want to use a news story to influence a House vote on a hate
crimes bill? On the eve of the vote, lead with a close-up of skinheads presenting a Nazi salute. Run
some scary shots of the Ku Klux Klan. It's a visceral, one-two punch. You don't need to
mention any legislation; you just need to paint a picture of out-of-control hate in need of a government
solution. That's just the manipulative trick that ABC News' World News with Charles Gibson played
during its May 2 broadcast.
Media's Warning This Memorial Day: Step Away from the
Grill. Journalists constantly attack the foods Americans eat and the companies that make
them Reporters hype food dangers, complaining about the obesity "epidemic" and bringing on "consumer"
experts who try to scare viewers from eating just about everything. They also rarely include any
comments from the very companies or industries they attack.
CBS doesn't air special
report on President Ford. Unlike its network rivals, CBS News did not
break into its programming for a special report on former President Ford's death,
instead running a printed "crawl" at the bottom of the screen with the news.
Gerald Ford and Media Historians: The
passing of President Gerald Ford drew a dignified, even warm farewell from the national press. There was
near-consensus that he would be remembered for his decency and the risk he took, pardoning Richard Nixon from
Watergate prosecutions in an effort to heal the nation. It is proper that the press is kind today.
It ought to be remembered, however, that the press was not of this opinion when Ford took office.
erroneously label Ford as oaf-in-chief. Republican leaders get pigeon-holed by Washington's liberal
media establishment as either evil schemers (Nixon, Gingrich) or idiot bumblers (Reagan, Bush 43). Gerald
Ford got the idiot moniker, to the ever-grateful cartoonist community — but it was an unlikely label
for the ex-college football star.
Bob Schieffer Plays Patty-Cake With Ray Nagin
on "Face the Nation". There was nothing, first and foremost on the journalist's
plate, about Nagin's wild exaggerations about a death toll of 10,000 and the rampant rape and
murder he and his top cops gave to the national media. There was no question asking Nagin
about his utter failure to order a mandatory evacuation until the last minute. There was
no question asking Nagin about his failure to evacuate citizens by city bus or Amtrak
train. There was no question asking Nagin about race-baiting and finger-pointing
at FEMA and Team Bush.
Socialists: It's funny how the conclusion of an election can completely alter media
reportage. The day after the Democrat Public Relations Arm (DPRA) — euphemistically known as
the "mainstream media" — got its party elected, they actually started broaching a couple of real
issues. Such as amnesty for illegal aliens. … Why wasn't the DPRA telling you about this
before the election? … If you look at the groups that constitute 85 percent of legal
immigrants and virtually all illegal ones — those of Third World ancestry — you'll
see that they supported the DPRA's candidates by overwhelming margins.
'GMA' Discourages Enforcement
of Immigration Laws. The shortage of labor has some low-skill employers in a bind. According
to "Good Morning America" co-host Diane Sawyer, you can thank U.S. immigration officials for doing their job
and cracking down on illegal border crossers.
The Media's Double Standard on Race.
In November 2005, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) had the audacity to hold a fundraiser for her Democratic
colleague Sen. Robert Byrd — a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and a stalwart opponent of landmark civil
rights legislation — at the home of civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglas. Suffice it to say, had Clinton
and Byrd had an "R" next to their names, it's likely that this act of very questionable judgment would not have
been ignored by the mainstream media.
Media Gaga For
ObamaRama. In order to squeeze out every last possible drop of free publicity, Obama noted that
his formal declaration of running will not come until Feb. 10, in Springfield, Ill., home of
Abraham Lincoln. Everyone plays up the impending rivalry between the two candidates everyone assumes
as frontrunners — Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton.
CNN's Roberts: Obama's
$162,100 Senate salary 'modest'. Only a network anchor could think that earning nearly four
times the median household income is "modest." That was CNN "American Morning" anchor John Roberts' take
on Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) annual salary of $162,100. He also called the Obama family incomes of
"$470,000 up to $1.4 million" "pretty modest" during the May 17 report. Roberts used the word
"modest" three different times to depict some part of Obama's financial life.
CNN Disguises Left-Wing Activist as Everyday
Mom. On Thursday's American Morning [12/21/2006], CNN correspondent Dan Lothian reported on the
controversy over a new Christian video game that, according to co-host Soledad O'Brien, "critics say" encourages
"hate and religious intolerance." Who are these critics? Well, if you believe CNN, they are simply
parents and concerned citizens. In reality, the experts are actually committed left-wing activists.
Target-Rich Environment: As
we launch our Conservative Renaissance, we are blessed. By the Democrats and their media masterminds.
By doing what comes naturally (and compulsively) they refuel our engines and goad our pit crews and drivers to
greater speeds. The 527 Media won't let the libs pretend to be moderates, and the environment created
by their internal conflicts will be one in which the Conservative Coalition can regain itself. We should
thank them. For starters, thank you, New York Times.
Dirty Trick from the New York Times. In
a last-minute dirty trick before the election, The New York Times took a story and twisted it in such a way as to
damage the Bush Administration. This will go down as a case study of media bias intended to sway votes.
&c. Call me a right-wing paranoid — it's been done before! — but I think that,
if Sandy Berger were a conservative Republican, the story of his criminality would be a really,
really big deal. Bear in mind that the man was national security adviser. … If Berger
were a Republican, the word "Nixonian" would be making a big, big comeback — at a minimum.
The media's dark role:
Nov. 7 needs to be remembered for something even Republicans don't have the stomach to address at the
moment: that the remnants of objectivity in the mainstream media were all but exterminated by some on
the left. A chilling and ominous development that played some role in the Democratic wave that is still
splashing around the red states. Make no mistake. Along with the multitude of Republican gaffes,
and the hard work of the Democrats, there can be no doubt that the left-of-center mainstream media helped to
manufacture this election victory for the Democratic Party.
ABC's Joy Behar Wonders If Sen. Johnson's Illness Is a Republican
Conspiracy. Well, it certainly didn't take long for a member of the media to suggest that there's
some kind of conspiracy involved with Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-SD) medical condition. On Thursday's "The
View," co-host Joy Behar questioned, "Is there such a thing as a man made stroke? In other words, did
someone do this to him?"
Murtha Scandal Time
Arrives. The oohs and aahs began last November. "All of Washington listened," announced
CBS's Bob Schieffer, since "on military matters, no Democrat in Congress is more influential." Murtha's
words "followed President Bush halfway around the world," boasted NBC anchor Brian Williams. CNN's Bill
Schneider declared Murtha's withdrawal mantra as the "Political Play of the Week," suggesting it might turn out
to be a tipping point just as delicious as Walter Cronkite's call to get out of a "stalemate" in Vietnam.
Schieffer Forwards Canard about McCain.
CBS's Bob Schieffer, on Sunday's Face the Nation, resurrected the media canard that John McCain's support of the
Iraq war is what cost him the frontrunner status in the Republican presidential contest.
insular take on Hillary: Hillary Rodham Clinton is featured in a flattering black-and-white
photo on the cover of Time magazine this week — the 10th cover story for Hillary Clinton since
she appeared on the national scene hitched to Bill Clinton's wagon in 1992. … If you think the whole
thing reads like an internal memo at a Democratic club, you're not mistaken. In more than 4,000 words,
there's not a single conservative or Republican detractor — not one — quoted.
Hillary may have to hide her
brothers. Mrs. Clinton's brothers may yet play a role in her pursuit of the
presidency. And she is indeed already in pursuit, if Time magazine's cover article
this week is to be believed. … Time magazine wants to help. This is the tenth
Time cover she's been on. Even Princess Diana didn't receive such royal treatment.
Jonah Goldberg's Column Is Curiously
Redacted. What this newspaper did to Goldberg's column in the editing process is a case study
in how editorial people omit cogent information that might clash with their own political views. Another
reason, if one were to speculate on why the clever editing, is that liberal gatekeepers seek to protect their
fellow liberals, and their megaphone, mainstream media, from bright, coherent conservative criticism.
hysteria, Year 19. Each year for the past 19, I've served as a judge for the Media Research
Center's awards for the year's worst journalistic outbursts. The winners will be announced later this
month, and on my ballot MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Newsweek's Eleanor Clift are two of the leading
candidates. Olbermann said on Sept. 11, at the site of the World Trade Center, "Who has left this
hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country
John Kerry, and The New York Times. Now as then, the New York Times acts as if the issues
involved were between Kerry's latest representations of his record and the "unsubstantiated" charges of the
Swift Boat group. The Times used the term "unsubstantiated" more than twenty times during its election
coverage and continues to make no discernable effort to examine any of the charges in detail.
Under the Influence of Liberalism. I
find it interesting that, in today's maniacal media world, conservatives are taken to task for every syllable
they utter, but liberals are given a pass. A GOP gaffe will be replayed ad nauseam on news broadcasts,
news magazine programs, and comedy shows. Then, it may get a second round of play on liberal talk radio
and ripped-from-the-headlines TV dramas. But when a liberal makes a rhetorical blunder, he or she is
excused because, after all, he or she really didn't mean to say it. The guilty party is too erudite or
too compassionate for the remark to be taken at face-value.
Democratic Win "A Good Thing".
The media pour on the bias during the last days of Campaign '06: ABC's Sam Donaldson says he expects victorious
Democrats to "delve into every nook and cranny of the Republican administration for the last six years. …
It's a good thing," while Time's Joe Klein embarrassingly gushes over liberal Senator Barack Obama, writing
that "Obama seemed the political equivalent of a rainbow — a sudden preternatural event inspiring
awe and ecstasy."
Magazine Gets Caught Lying. Would an editor who had never visited the scene of a photograph
deliberately contradict the photographer's account of events? Is it possible that someone would change a
caption that ends up incorrectly describing what took place? Moreover, would a prominent media outlet
accept the claims of a terrorist organization over that of its own photographer?
Judge's order reveals FEMA aid shortcomings.
Those still receiving aid were most dependent before Katrina, mostly single mothers on welfare, while the
rest are back on their feet, said Ronald D. Utt, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a
conservative think-tank. … "A lot of people have simply found it easier to stay where they are, which
are probably places of greater opportunity than New Orleans."
The Editor says...
The story above is loaded with political bias: The question is whether FEMA is dishing out taxpayers'
money fast enough, to people who have no intention of paying it back. On one side of the argument,
the article cites "anti-poverty advocates", and on the other side are "Bush administration defenders"
at "a conservative think-tank". As if the conservatives are in favor of poverty.
CBS Spins Good News into Bad to Influence
Voters. This is typical of how the liberal media operate, especially going into an election.
They take extremely good news — unemployment at a low national rate of 4.4% — and focus
on one angle of the story that can be spun in a negative way, in this case, the conditions of minimum wage
Washington Post Ignores Canadian Censorship In "War on
Christians" Reporting. Both Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank and religion reporter Alan
Cooperman covered the "War on Christians" conference Tuesday [3/28/2006], but neither touched on one trend
in Canada that American evangelicals are warning against: "hate crime" laws that make speech
condemning homosexuality illegal.
barrier method works. A Monday story by the Reuters news service should be required reading for
anyone opposed to illegal immigration: "Experts see U.S. border fence plan as impractical" is a stunning
example of the intellectual dishonesty of Big Media and apologists for illegal aliens. And surely the
most stunning, how oblivious both seem to be about it.
New Study: TV Networks Have Pounded
Bush for Five Years. For nearly all of his presidency, George W. Bush has been on the
receiving end of mainly negative — sometimes highly negative — coverage from the ABC,
CBS and NBC evening newscasts, according to a new report from the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA),
a nonpartisan research group.
Bush Exposes Liberal Bias of NBC's
Lauer. On NBC's Today, co-host Matt Lauer pushed President Bush about Iraq with loaded questions
and, as a result, allowed the President to expose Lauer's liberal bias as a journalist.
Anti-War Marcher Vieira Joins NBC's
Today. On Wednesday, Meredith Vieira will replace Katie Couric as co-host of NBC's Today
show. In 2004, Vieira declared that the "entire pretext for war" was "built on lies" and she marched in
an anti-war protest.
Media Should Go After Criminals. In
my opinion, some of the best shows on television involve hunting down criminals. "America's Most
Wanted" on Fox led the way. But [Howard] Kurtz, on his CNN "Reliable Sources" show, asked, "Should NBC be
cooperating so closely with law enforcement?" What followed was a discussion, not a debate, in which
all three panelists … found fault with what NBC was doing.
$2 Trillion on Foreign Aid. "After
fifty years and more than $2 trillion in aid, the West has strikingly little to show for its efforts in
alleviating poverty." This was the blurb advertising an April 25 event at the American Enterprise
Institute entitled, "Why Foreign Aid Has Failed-And How to Fix It." However, the Los Angeles Times on
April 13 ran an editorial accusing the U.S. of being stingy in dispersing foreign aid. For the
Times, $2 trillion still isn't enough.
Vieira, anchor/protester. Meredith Vieira came on the air on August 30, 2004, the
Monday of the Republican convention, and declared — no, boasted — she had marched
in an anti-Bush, anti-war protest in New York, a protest designed to ruin any political benefit for
the GOP. NBC News is now hiring her to replace Katie Couric as co-host of "Today," and NBC's
going to hand her an eight-figure salary each year to bring her leftist biases along with her,
replacing Katie in more ways than one.
CNN Promotes Bush Assassination
Flick — for Free. CNN's American Morning devoted four minutes of air time, and free
advertising, to a faux documentary that includes a digitally created assassination of George W. Bush.
The network, which has refused to air commercials for the controversial Death of a President movie, instead
featured the film's director on the Friday edition of its morning show.
Falun Gong Protester: CNN
Censored Me. The Falun Gong protester whose shrill outcries disrupted President Bush's White
House reception for Communist China's leader Hu Jintao said Thursday [5/4/2006] that she was told not to
discuss Beijing's gruesome practice of organ harvesting during a recent TV interview because it would
disturb viewers during the dinner hour.
faith and the press. Can someone please explain why Hillary and Bill Clinton always get a pass
from the secular left when they invoke God in their public discourse? Why is Dan Quayle ridiculed for
championing family values while Hillary is glorified as a dutiful disciple of evangelist John
Wesley? … Aren't we witnessing a glaring double standard here? When the Clintons brandish the Bible,
where is Maureen Dowd to warn of an impending theocracy?
Anti-Americanism Neglected by Media, Study Says. Higher oil prices generate more media attacks
on oil companies and their executives, but the anti-American behavior and alleged human rights violations of
Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez receive much less critical coverage from network news, according to a free
market group dedicated to challenging media misconceptions about free enterprise.
mom silenced by mainstream media. A grieving mother of a soldier killed in Iraq wants
to voice her opinion. She has a message about the war in Iraq and feels the American people
need to hear what she has to say. … Her message is exactly opposite of the over-exposed
message of the well-known protesting mom.
assassination, media-style. Gasoline prices are rising, which means it's time for a
new round of hysterical media stories about that dastardly oil industry, its obscene profits, and
its nefarious ways. Now the media are at it again, but with a different target. They've
turned their guns on Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens.
Month — and the Black Heroes it Ignores. Malcolm X didn't mince
words. "I'm not an American!" he sputtered, "America is a nightmare! America practices
slavery! The white man is the common enemy!" Naturally, Time Magazine heralded him
during Black History Month.
Lauer sets his audience up for ignorance. The mainstream media positioned this
story as a teacher who was disciplined, because, after listening to the president's State of
the Union speech, he said Bush sounds a lot like Hitler. Unfortunately, the mainstream
media failed to report the fact that on February 1st, while addressing his high school
geography class, Jay Bennish sounded a lot like Osama Bin Laden.
More about the Jay Bennish incident can be found here.
Will the Miracle Baby
Change the Abortion Debate? Is "Hurricane Amillia" about to blow the abortion village
down? Not if the media can help it. ... ABC World News Tonight was the only broadcast
news outlet to make the connection between Amillia's gestational age and laws governing abortion.
The vast majority of the 21 broadcast stories that ran about Amillia last week merely dealt with
the baby's homecoming.
CNN Analyst Won't Say "Partial Birth Abortion". On
the February 21 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, substitute host John King discussed the issue with
legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. The term "partial birth" was referred to only twice in the segment by
King, who made sure to note that it was a term used by "critics" of the procedure.
Media Myths and examples of bias
in the coverage of the abortion issue.
Abortion Rates Drop, Bias
Doesn't. In reporting the good — nay GREAT — news that the number of
abortions performed annually has continued to decline in America, The Washington Post couldn't refrain from
infusing the Page One story with liberal bias. Reporter Rob Stein put the statistics up front in the
story (the abortion rate dropped 9 percent from 2000 to 2005, and hit the lowest absolute number since
1976), before mentioning that the numbers come from the Guttmacher Institute. He failed to report that
institute is a research arm of Planned Parenthood and an abortion rights advocate.
Wal-Mart: Always Under
Attack. Always. When journalists start referring to "the retailing behemoth," a "giant"
or a business that "destroys other companies," it's time for another Wal-Mart story.
presidency? You have to wonder where the likes of Jonathan Alter were when Bill Clinton
openly flouted the rule of law. Was he not seeking to become a law unto himself? How about
Hillary's penchant for secrecy and her frequent flights from accountability? What about Bill's
"unilateral" bombings of Iraq and Serbia? No, it's not expansions of executive power that bother
the left, but when they occur under a Republican presidency.
tempest at ABC: The subject was the ethics of judicial travel. As investigative
reporter Brian Ross explained in the middle of the piece, "Justices at all ends of the political
spectrum take plenty of these trips to lots of nice places, all paid for by somebody else." But
this was no expose on justices "at all ends of the political spectrum." It was a shameless
hit piece on conservatives, complete with hidden-camera cheap shots.
Probing ABC's Scalia
probe: There's no shortage of historic and gripping Supreme Court stories for
journalists to report on these days. Why, then, does ABC News' "Nightline" care where
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was the night Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in? It
cares because it mistakenly thinks it has caught him in a "judicial junket."
More information about domestic spying can be
Lauer calls Alito "ultra-conservative". If Lauer calls Alito an "ultra-conservative," does
he ever use the term "ultra-liberal"? The liberal ADA — Americans For Democratic
Action — scores members of Congress from 0 to 100, with 100 meaning most liberal. … Under
the ADA rating, for example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., receives an ADA rating of 100; Sen.
Kennedy scores a 100; and Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., rates a 100. Would Lauer refer to them as
Swallows Kennedys' Arrogant Presumption. Are we done worshipping the Kennedys yet? And what
do you mean by "we"? That was quite a spectacle — the commentariat gushing superlatives over
the alleged power of Ted and Caroline to deliver liberals to Barack Obama. Half the electorate wasn't even
born when the sainted John F. Kennedy was assassinated — and few have any idea who Ethel is.
Though the Kennedy brand is in steep decline, the wave of conformist opinion still thinks this endorsement is
The Editor says...
Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment. If Ted Kennedy was a man of
integrity, he would have resigned from the Senate
Outbreak Among 'Gays' — Let the Whitewash Begin. You can't help but feel a little
sorry for Amanda Beck. She's a reporter from Reuters who was among the first to cover a new study
conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, which warns about an outbreak of
a virulent, drug-resistant, and potentially deadly strain of Staph infection afflicting certain segments
of the homosexual community. Here's where Amanda went wrong. She objectively provided
scientific information to the public which cast "high risk" homosexual conduct in a negative light.
The Gay Propaganda Machine: In
a blatant violation of journalistic ethics, Time magazine assigned a homosexual reporter, John Cloud, to
write the recent Time cover story on homosexual teenagers but did not disclose his conflict of interest
to its readers.
Homosexuals in the
military: It seems virtually every story written or soundbite uttered involves supporting the
ability of homosexual men and women to serve openly in the armed services, but remarkably few discuss the
alternative point of view. Such an important issue ought not be decided based on such an out-of-balance
George Stephanopoulos. ABC News has appointed "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos
as its chief Washington correspondent, adding duties to his weekly job at the helm of the Sunday
morning political talk show. [Mr. Stephanopoulos was an adviser to President Clinton before
joining ABC News.]
Old Media News In The Tank.
Chris Matthews was a speech writer for Jimmy Carter and, later, a top aide to Tip O'Neill. Brian Williams
dropped out of college to become an intern in the Carter administration. George Stephanopoulos was Bill
Clinton's communications director. When they put together a "roundtable" it tends to resemble a
Station Apologizes to Schwarzenegger. A television station apologized to Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger Friday [11/04/2005] after discovering that several Democratic activists were in its
audience for a voter forum. … The Republican governor was peppered with questions with a partisan
slant during Thursday's broadcast, and at one point a man in the audience tried to shout him down.
[Liberals are apparently unable to engage
in a rational debate. When they begin to lose an argument, they just start shouting.]
They're Terrorists. "I know it
when I see it" was the famous response by a U.S. Supreme Court justice to the vexed problem
of defining pornography. Terrorism may be no less difficult to define, but the wanton killing of
schoolchildren, of mourners at a funeral, or workers at their desks in skyscrapers surely fits
the know-it-when-I-see-it definition. The media, however, generally shies away from the word
terrorist, preferring euphemisms.
CNN: 'Be nice to
Fidel'. So how does an American news giant tell its on air talent to handle Fidel Castro's
resignation? By glossing over the truth of the tyrant's reign and pimping "social progress" under his
brutal regime: In a memo to CNN anchors, CNN brass laid down the line that should be taken when talking
about the resignation.
The U.S. Media's Decades of Cheering
Castro's Communism: Castro's communist regime has executed hundreds of political opponents and
driven tens of thousands more into exile; hundreds of dissidents today languish in Cuban prisons. ... Yet
liberals in the U.S. media — who have rightly condemned such abuses when perpetrated by dictators
such as Chile's Augusto Pinochet — inexplicably remain enchanted with Castro and his socialist
revolution. For more than half a century, positive profiles of Castro have appeared in U.S. papers.
CBS Comes to Castro's Aid. CBS's
60 Minutes has run a segment on Elian Gonzalez, five years after the Clinton administration sent him back
to the communist prison island. He had come to America as a refugee, without his father, who was
back in Cuba and under pressure from the communist regime to demand him back. The Clinton
administration complied, seizing the little boy at the point of a gun. It made a mockery of
America's reputation as a free society open to refugees fleeing persecution.
Nets Obscure Earle's Partisan
Affiliation; CBS Didn't With Starr. The CBS Evening News, which described Ken Starr
as the "Republican" independent counsel, on Wednesday night [9/28/2005] went out of its way to
avoid alerting viewers to how Ronnie Earle, the Texas county prosecutor behind the indictment
of Tom DeLay, is a Democrat. Anchor Bob Schieffer twice described DeLay not by his title
as House Majority Leader, but as the "House Republican Leader."
trouble with religion: For an industry that claims to reflect reality,
the results are not good. Religion is virtually ignored, and when covered,
more often than not it's attacked.
USA Today Caught Altering
Condi Photo. USA Today has been caught altering a photograph of Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice in order to make her look more sinister. … This is another reminder that
we must cast a skeptical eye to anything published about conservatives in the national media.
own history with race. For decades, it has been a template of the major media that Republicans
are the party of racism. It repeats uncritically any charges of Republican racism, no matter how
unfounded. Democrats, on the other hand, are always given a pass whenever they commit racist
offenses. Even a cursory review, however, will show that the media template is totally contrary
Firefighters Versus the
Media. One of the biggest stories of the presidential campaign is being
ignored by the major media. It's how the president of the firefighters union
engineered an endorsement of John Kerry for president without asking his members
about it. It turns out most of the members of the union are Republicans who
those "controversial Catholics" again. You'd think Katie Couric would aspire to be an
anchorwoman for all the American people now that CBS appears to be wooing her for the Throne of Rather.
So why did she have to be so rough on Thomas Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza, for being a
Wilson Discredited, Networks
Silent. All three of the broadcast networks treated Joe Wilson like a rock star when he was
bashing the Bush administration and its case for war against Saddam Hussein. But ABC, CBS and NBC haven't
bothered to inform viewers that Friday's [7/9/2004] Senate Intelligence committee report showed how Wilson's
own claims were false.
Tit for Tet: Abu
Ghraib is the new Tet offensive. By lying about the Tet offensive during the Vietnam War, the media
managed to persuade Americans we were losing the war, which demoralized the nation and caused us to lose the
war. And people say reporters are lazy.
The Lies of Tet: Media
misreporting of Tet passed into our collective memory. That picture gave antiwar activism an unwarranted
credibility that persists today in Congress, and in the media reaction to the war in Iraq. The Tet
experience provides a narrative model for those who wish to see all U.S. military successes — such
as the Petraeus surge — minimized and glossed over. In truth, the war in Vietnam was lost on
the propaganda front, in great measure due to the press's pervasive misreporting of the clear U.S. victory at
Tet as a defeat.
Media's Selective Outrage, by the
Numbers: To the casual observer, the situation in Iraq is bleak, the Iraqi people don't really
want democracy, and the only worthwhile story is the brutality and intimidation of Iraqi prisoners. To
the "casual observer" of the mainstream media, that is.
Judging from Iraq, the United
Nations is no solution. Media pundits can't understand why all the negative news coming out of
Iraq doesn't produce poll results that show Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., defeating President George W.
Bush. That's probably because Kerry's solution to the Iraq problem is to turn over its management
to the United Nations.
The news media and Nick
Berg: For those who still doubt that ideology guides most of the world's major news media, the
reporting of the Islamic ritual murder of Nick Berg provided textbook examples of an almost universally leftist
bias. News media have essentially become propaganda organs for anti-Americanism.
Beirut, Waco or Oklahoma City? Tom
Brokaw called the event "an evil act". But Tom never even suggested that there were evil actions of
government in Waco.
Painfully unaware: Fetal-pain
expert testifies on the "excruciating" partial-birth procedure as the government defends its ban against the
industry's lawsuit. But as the trial produces sensational testimony, the courtroom remains virtually journalist-free.
business: part II. A recent column in the San Francisco Chronicle vividly
illustrates the anti-business mindset of many Californians. It dealt with the fact that
Wal-Mart lost a referendum to allow the retailer to put a store in Inglewood,
California. According to the Chronicle columnist, Wal-Mart was "trying to bully
its way into another targeted community." Putting an issue to a vote is called "bullying"
when business does it, and the community where it wants to locate is called a "target."
you repeat that, please? After waiting months to question President
Bush at a full-dress press conference, why did these reporters get up one after
another and ask the same question?
media: My first inkling of how fundamentally ill-informed some of even the big
names on television are came back in 1981, when I was interviewed on "Meet the Press." Back
in those days, the interviews were done by a panel of reporters. Their questions and
comments revealed incredible ignorance. The reporters in turn were incredulous when
I said that Social Security was financially unsound. Now, 23 years later,
everybody knows that.
York Times' Bush Smear Campaign: On Saturday [4/10/2004], the New
York Times — adhering to the P.T. Barnum school of journalism — screamed
on its front page that President Bush was warned "that supporters of Osama bin Laden
planned an attack within the United States with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes."
media flip-flop. Don't think that presidential candidates are the only
political players who can be accused of flip-flops. Take a look at how the media
elite have spun the election in Spain.
Says No Improper Influence, CBS Ignores It. CIA Director George
Tenet specifically denied that the Bush administration improperly
influenced intelligence on Iraq in a speech at Georgetown University. CBS News
ignored the comments but ABC, NBC and Fox News all reported them.
Move on? Let's not.
The radical haters at MoveOn.Org have used their Internet space to show ads comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler,
and the media, so quick to condemn any negative ads produced by Republicans, are giving them a free ride.
The Playboy philosophy at
50: For the past weeks, the media have been gaga over the 50th anniversary of Playboy magazine
and the "Playboy philosophy," whose guru, Hugh Hefner, began to mainstream pornography and de-couple sex from
a committed marital relationship.
The Truth and Mr. and Ms. Clinton: Does the
media treatment of former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton suggest a bias? Please,
let us not engage in reckless, unfair, and cynical speculation.
First kids: The
mainstream media chooses to portray our country's First Children either negatively or positively, depending on
the political party of their parents, the President and First Lady.
Something Fishy at
AFP: An AFP photographer uses a wide-angle lens to exaggerate his picture, and the AFP caption
omits essential context.
Media reporting from Iraq is
one-sided and flawed. If you rely on newspapers and TV networks for your news, chances are you
have no idea that the controversial performance of Western reporters in Iraq is emerging as a big issue.
The mainstream media have virtually ignored the stunning charges made by John Burns, the New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
True Grit: A man named
Greg Packer "...is apparently the entire media's designated "man on the street" for all articles ever
written. He has appeared in news stories more than 100 times as a random member of the public."
Packer Is the 'Man on the Street'. While Packer says "honesty is very important to me," he does
admit that about 5% of the time, "I'm making stuff up to get in the paper." A Boston newspaper, for
example, quoted him as saying he had a ticket for the 1999 baseball All-Star Game there when he really
didn't. "At times the media can be gullible, but they have to take people at their word," he
Related article: The
Times' Designated Man in the Street: When the New York Times needs
to find a man in the street to interview they never have to look very far - they
have one on tap suitable for every occasion.
A Double Standard at CNN: The double
standard at CNN is: when those on the right do something it is fishy and needs an expose. When
the same thing is done on the left, it is just "the given."
The Castro News Network:
To many Cuban Americans, CNN is the "Castro News Network" - an organization that lends legitimacy to a
corrupt regime and sneers at the exile community in Miami.
Fidel Castro's Dupes: In Castro's Cuba, it
is a crime to meet to discuss the economy, to write letters to the government, to report on political developments,
to speak to international reporters, to advocate human rights, to visit friends or relatives outside your local
area of residence without government permission.
Castro's Cult of Sycophants: Celebrities,
journalists, and other illuminati have long gushed with admiration for Cuba's communist despot.
Media Mangle: Sometimes the
mainstream media gets it so wrong we have to call them on it. (Numerous articles)
Slant Pushed at ABC, Retired Correspondent Claims. Having kept
quiet for 14 years, a former ABC News correspondent has gone public for the
first time with allegations that network anchorman Peter Jennings manipulated
news scripts during the 1980s in order to praise the Marxist-backed
Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
Recriminations Begin! If the past is any indication, no one on the left is
likely to own up to being so horrendously wrong about Operation Iraqi Freedom. That's why
it's up those of us who have supported the war all along to point it out for them.
Helen Thomas's heart lies: Shame, shame, shame on Helen Thomas. The crusty
ex-journalist turned White House heckler had only one thing on her mind when her favorite
news stations, al Jazeera and Iraqi state TV, repeatedly broadcast those chilling pictures
of scared American POWs and gleeful Iraqi soldiers hovering over dead American
Ignores Polls, Rallies Showing Support for War Effort. Patriotic
citizens in the tens of thousands have already attended rallies to support the troops,
but the liberal media has demonstrated a preference for ignoring them and instead portraying
sparsely attended anti-war rallies as the sentiment of most Americans.
Viet Cong Admiration Society retreats. As American servicemen swept
through Iraq, securing oil fields, rescuing POWs, risking their own lives to protect
Iraqi civilians, Peter Arnett went on Iraqi television — the propaganda arm of the
enemy — to proclaim that the Americans' "war plan has failed."
adults vs. media snipers: Sorry, but I'm compelled to talk about the media war
critics again. I won't quit fairly criticizing them until they quit unfairly and dishonestly
criticizing the American war effort.
How the Liberal Media Are Preparing
For the Tax Wars: Despite commentators who have spent the days since November's elections accusing
the media of being too conservative (really), there has been no let-up in the establishment media's prevailing
liberal bias, especially when it comes to the issue of high taxes. Liberals believe government is an
engine for positive social change, so it's always better for bureaucratic do-gooders to have as much money
Biased Sniper Aftermath: The suspects — caught with the smoking rifle — were
John Muhammad, a 41-year-old black man with affections for the Nation of Islam (not to
mention al-Qaeda) and John Lee Malvo, a 17-year-old black male Jamaican in
the U.S. illegally. In both print and broadcast, the national media
avoided the controversial labels of "Farrakhan fan" and "illegal alien." They
were an "Army veteran" and "a teenager," the Gulf War sharpshooter and his Jamaican
ward. Most ridiculously, the Miami Herald cast Mr. Muhammad as "an 'all-American'
veteran of the Gulf War."
The Rush From Judgment: Like many
people, it crossed my mind early in the Beltway Sniper case that this might be a terrorist attack. I
reserved judgment, realizing — unlike the armchair experts who flocked to fill airtime on cable
news channels — that I did not know all of the facts available to the police. But the moment I heard
the suspect's name, John Muhammad, the conclusion was obvious. These killings were motivated by a
version of the same Islamic ideology that has inspired mass murder around the globe.
The Dictator-Celebrity: Journalism is never more amoral than when dictators are
the mandatory "get" for a news puff piece. For the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile
Crisis, the network anchors were all scrambling to get an interview with Fidel Castro,
the dictator-celebrity. Which network superstar would get the first opportunity to reward
the communists for their exclusive by lauding the achievements of the glorious revolution?
Donahue Owes an Apology. As the mysterious sniper was rampaging, Donahue went
on his MSNBC program with a look of smugness and glee to say, and I'm paraphrasing, "You're not
going to like to hear this, but this is a white guy." (As it turned out, the suspects
are black.) Donahue's irresponsible mutterings are racial stereotyping, and that is wrong.
Media Try to Blame Military for Sniper Suspect: It figures: The left-wing
media establishment is downplaying and even ignoring sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad's
pro-terrorist sympathies and ties to radical Islam, the anti-American left and Louis
Farrakhan — and is trying to blame the U.S. military.
The Media's Messed Up
Priorities in News Coverage: On August 12, more than 700 mourners from across the country
gathered to mark the tragic murder of Kris Eggle -- a 28-year-old National Park Service ranger who was
gunned down near the U.S.-Mexico border last week. Not a single national network or cable news station
mentioned the memorial service or the outrageous circumstances of Eggle's death.
of interest: The American media functions primarily as a pimp for government. The
liberal media will blast conservative Republicans but never the government. …Consequently,
every prosecutor with a high-profile case relies on the media to
pressure the target into a plea bargain.
Klayman: Bias Exhibit A: Life if full of surprises. Here's one. Who ever
imagined that Larry Klayman would be the darling of National Public Radio?
of Errors: It would take a revolution at the New York Times, the
Washington Post and the TV networks to get them to tell their readers and viewers
that they had deceived them about the dangers of DDT, global warming, nuclear power
and the ozone hole.
Washington Post Still on Bush Twins
Beer Patrol: The prestige press continues to cover anonymous accounts of the drinking habits of
President Bush's daughters, while ignoring actual photos snapped recently showing Chelsea Clinton so drunk
that she had to be carried out of a London nightclub.
In Washington, Hindsight is 20/400: In
this context, the current media fetish over "What did Bush know and when did he know it?" back on 9/11 shows
neither a left-wing nor a right-wing bias. Instead, it merely dramatizes the existence of an empty-headed
media culture in which our intellectuals and leaders have simply run out of ideas.
Thinking The Unthinkable About
Bush: The media should investigate and report on the seriously flawed intelligence apparatus that
could have, and possibly should have prevented 9/11 from happening. But to suggest, to hint that the
President (Bush or Clinton, doesn't matter) allowed it to happen is an outrage of the highest order.
Is PBS Making You Sick? The Los Angeles Times
recently reported that the taxpayer-subsidized PBS television is suffering from serious ratings problems.
Perhaps the problem lies with the fact that PBS leadership wants to preach a creed, rather than serve its
viewers. But the public doesn't want a lecture; they want entertainment as well as balanced and
intellectually challenging news programming.
The Taxpayer-Funded Dogma of PBS: American
taxpayers have long subsidized the indoctrination efforts of the "Public Broadcasting Service" (PBS) via
various combinations of historical revisionism, moral relativism, anti-Christian humanism, and
The rise of religious
radio: A Variety magazine editorial lambasted Christian radio as "strident." "It is, like,
nuts," complained one NPR general manager to The New York Times. What's nuts is for the publicly
subsidized radio chieftains to lament the unfairness of hardball private competition while they continue
to draw on taxpayer funds to fight back.
The media's immigration
blunders: "ILLEGAL ALIEN QUESTIONED IN CHANDRA LEVY CASE." Did you
miss that headline in the news last week? Well, that's because no one ran it.
What is the New York Times
Promoting? "Personnel is policy" is an old axiom in politics. It also applies to the world of
journalism, as evidenced by recent developments at The New York Times, which has been trending even further
left with recent appointments. First, the Times promoted crusading liberal editorial page editor Howell
Raines, who once publicly mourned that "the Reagan years oppressed me," to editor-in-chief. Now, Richard
Berke, the paper's national political correspondent since 1993, is being promoted to Washington editor, the
number-two job in a bureau of more than 50 people.
If They Only had a
Brain: The Hard-Left adheres to their liberal pacifist ideology even in matters of life and
death. Our country is in a battle to the death with fanatical terrorists, and for a while, the Hard-Left
was silent because they knew that if they openly criticized the president and his administration during a time
of war, they would be toast. That is, until last week when a fairly impressive strike was launched
against the presidency of George W. Bush, covered with the fingerprints of the Hard-Left. Key information
was "leaked" and fingers pointed at the FBI.
Not! There's just something about Ashcroft, as fine a gentleman to serve in Washington as we've
seen in many quadrennia, that PC journalists can't handle.
Zimbabweans: Although conditions in Zimbabwe continue to deteriorate — with ongoing seizures
of white-owned farms, state-sanctioned murder and harassment, and a dangerous famine — the misery has
failed to gain the attention of the establishment Western media, leaving many inside the nation feeling
hopeless and abandoned.
Blacks take over
farms as whites flee police: At least 20 white farmers were rounded up and flung into police
cells across Zimbabwe as hundreds of new black farmers, the beneficiaries of recently-appropriated white-owned
land, celebrated their new opportunities.
Media Silent on Pipe Bomber's
Leftism: The same media establishment that is quick to label right-wing extremists refuses to
call admitted pipe bomber Luke John Helder a left-wing extremist. Helder, an art student from Minneosta
who plays in a punk rock band, sent a rambling letter to the University of Wisconsin student newspaper
expressing his radical environmental views and wish to legalize marijuana.
ABC's Terry Moran Distorts Armey's
Remarks: Terry Moran, the ABC White House correspondent noted for his unpleasantly juvenile
manner at press briefings, charged that GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey echoed former Yugoslav president
and indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic in calling for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians –
something Armey never said.
CNN Runs "Propaganda" for
Castro: Cable News Network, the only American television news organization with a full-time
bureau in Cuba, has "allowed itself to become just another component of Fidel Castro's propaganda machine,"
instead of "exposing the totalitarian regime that runs Cuba," Media Research Center charged in a report
released Thursday [5/9/2002].
Distrust of Media Threatens
Freedoms: Houston-based true-crime writer Vanessa Leggett's record 140 days, and counting,
detainment as the longest-jailed journalist in US history has brought forth no shortage of support or editorials
from media organizations. But, the true crime is not necessarily Leggett's lengthy detention, but the
media's selective outrage in protecting their own.
Bush Drug Bust Makes Big News; Not
So Clinton Rehab Report: The media are having a field day with the drug bust of 24-year-old Noelle
Bush, daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose attempt to fake a tranquilizer prescription catapulted her to the
top of the news Tuesday [1/29/2002]. But when the last name is Clinton – as it was when the
ex-president's brother, Roger, checked himself into Arizona's Cottonwood de Tuscon drug rehab clinic in
July – the media feeding frenzy never quite materializes.
TV as Ministry
of Truth: The controversy over anti-drug messages on TV shows could only happen in a
"No Spin Zone": O'Reilly Tackles
Jesse Jackson. For years and years, Jesse Jackson has not only gotten a pass from the mainstream
media, he's been all but deified by them. This in spite of the Rev. Jackson's propensity to pop up
wherever there's an opportunity for him to capitalize on some well-publicized tragedy, disaster or anything
else he can transform into a publicity platform for himself. The phoniness of his publicity stunts,
though obvious, is studiously ignored by his legion of supporters in the liberal media.
Would "Deep Throat" Play a Second
Time? Enron failed early in Bush's administration. The mistakes and shenanigans that
brought down the company occurred during the Clinton administration. The cooked books happened before
President Bush was elected. But facts don't matter to a news media that serve as the propaganda arm for
the Democratic Party. True to form, The Washington Post on Jan. 24 gave an entire page to a "primer"
on Enron. Under the section "Political Interactions," the propaganda organ listed only Republicans.
Throat and Watergate: Time to Come Clean. Deep Throat may not exist and Woodward and
Bernstein may have been lying to us for all these years. In other words, Woodward and Bernstein may be
far from ethical journalists who deliberately lie to their readers. Yet the liberal media has made these
characters into folk heroes? Why?
1: Bush: Let's be clear about one thing: Bush has two enemies, Democrats and the
press. They both desperately want a major scandal. Democrats have been hurt by September 11
and its aftershocks. Suddenly they're confronted by an enormously popular Republican president, who now
owns the national security, economic, and education issues.
Book Reveals How P.C. Media Are
"Coloring the News": Bernard Goldberg's runaway best-selling book, "Bias," exposed the leftist
slant of the network news corporations. Now William McGowan's "Coloring the News: How Crusading for
Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism" delivers another punishing body blow to the shocking manipulation
of the news by the ultra-liberal U.S. media establishment.
Media: Imagine the outcry if a newspaper editor permitted a Catholic priest to revise —
before publication – a reporter's story about a pro-life rally. Or if a columnist called in a
tobacco executive to edit an article about the hazards of smoking. Or if a publisher gave an advertiser
the opportunity to rework a piece about his industry. A loud chorus of media critics would condemn the
miscreants. The journalist would almost certainly be fired.
Hillary the Hypocrite: School Choice for
Chelsea, But Not for America's Low-Income Children: Hillary says vouchers don't improve student
achievement. She's wrong. Hillary says vouchers don't help the kids who need help the
most. She's wrong. Hillary says vouchers don't help improve the public schools.
She's wrong. Hillary says vouchers don't help racial integration.
She's wrong. Consistently wrong, which is what makes Hillary dangerous. She spouts the
Left's disinformation so very effectively and without criticism from the mainstream media!
Media Bigs Suddenly Bristling Over
White House "Enemies List": For the past eight years, most reporters stayed obediently silent
while Clinton operatives succeeded in curbing coverage of inconvenient witnesses, potentially explosive
investigative reports and assorted administration whistleblowers – obligingly deep-sixing one
scandal bombshell after another. But now, the Bush White House's decision to blacklist Talk magazine
over its so-called satire of the Bush daughters' underage drinking brouhaha has got some journalists wringing
their hands over what they say is a Nixon-like "enemies list."
Jenna vs. Roger: Media Doubled
Coverage on Bush Drink Charge: In the last six months, reporters gave underage drinking
allegations against first daughter Jenna Bush more than twice the coverage received by former first brother
Roger Clinton, who on Tuesday plea-bargained his February drunken driving arrest down to a reckless driving charge.
Review of "Staying Tuned: A
Life in Journalism", by Daniel Schorr. There is a delicious irony to his book, one that this
winner of countless electronic journalism awards probably doesn't appreciate. These pages typify the low
level of understanding and analysis that too often dominate the journalism industry.
media: The biggest threat to freedom in America or any society is and always is from
government. Don't forget that.
Hillary Feature Reeks Of
Bias: An article appeared in the July 10 edition of USA Today that simply oozed with
undisguised and unprofessional partiality for the New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Hillary's "village" is
bombed: The largest study ever found a correlation between day care and aggressive, defiant
and disobedient behavior in children, hallmarks of school shootings. Conservatives have long believed
day care isn't good for children, and have advocated restructuring taxes so that it won't take two incomes
to support a family. The liberal media immediately circled its wagons to protect the agenda of
greater governmental control of child rearing. TV anchors Rather and Jennings interviewed liberal
spokesmen without identifying their political cast; their solution was basically to spend more and get
more government involvement.