Media Bias

Washington Post selects Reagan staffer as publisher, but don’t expect change in slant

Featured image Jeff Bezos has named Fred Ryan to be the Washington Post’s new publisher. Ryan is a former Reagan administration official. He served as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling and as head the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. Near the end of Reagan’s second term, Ryan became Assistant to the President, the highest level of staff position in the White House, as I understand it. After Reagan left »

Michael Brown: Too Burly for the New York Times

Featured image Michael Brown was a very large young man, 6’4″ and 292 (sometimes reported as 300) pounds. He used his size aggressively to rob a convenience store and shove aside a store clerk just ten minutes before his fatal encounter with a police officer. Brown’s height and weight are obviously relevant to the police officer’s claim of self-defense, which we assume will eventually be forthcoming. Yet these basic physical facts are »

What If Watergate Happened Today?

Featured image In a brief clip from ABC’s This Week, filmed this morning, Sharyl Attkisson answers that question–humorously but accurately, I think. But only because we have a Democratic president. If the next president is a Republican, journalism will undergo a renaissance: »

The New York Times Ignores the Facts In Tennessee

Featured image The New York Times editorial board is one of the most irresponsible political groups around, which would matter more if the paper’s editorials were read by anyone other than a few die-hard leftists. In addition to writing their collective editorials, the board members blog individually. These posts provide a window into the board members’ thinking, or lack thereof. As, for example, this one by Dorothy Samuels titled “Tennessee Ignores the »

Honest journalist tweets, with good reason, “out of gaza, far from Hamas retaliation”

Featured image Honest journalism from Gaza about Hamas’ tactics has been difficult to come by. Anti-Israeli media bias may have something to do with this. But threats by Hamas against honest journalists are probably a bigger factor. Consider the case of Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati. On Tuesday, he tweeted that the deaths of Palestinian children on a playground caused by rocket fire were the result of a misfired Hamas rocket. “Misfired rocket »

Gaza, Russia, and the media

Featured image Last night, my wife channel-surfed her way into a bad neighborhood — RT, the Russian government’s news network. There, she saw a report about a “wave” of world wide “mass protests” against the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza. RT has also posted an article with this headline: “In our millions, we’re all Palestinian: Wave of protests worldwide demand end to Gaza slaughter.” The first paragraph of the article scales back »

CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias

Featured image CNN has pulled reporter Diana Magnay from Israel after she referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.” The offending tweet, which Magnay deleted, said the following: Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum. The second part of Magnay’s tweet is, frankly, an understandable response to threats (assuming there actually were some) to destroy »

Are Journalists Starting to Figure It Out? (Chapter 2)

Featured image The answer is still probably No, as a close reading of today’s two samples will show. Power Line’s very favorite reporter at the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin (/sarc), is out with an article wondering whether Obama is essentially assuming the fetal position.  That’s not how she puts it; she says “running away,” and maybe we should go with the Monty Python refrain from Holy Grail.  Anyway, Eilperin: Bears, beer and »

Dan Rather Plots Comeback, With Assist From Robert Redford

Featured image I read this story three times to make sure it wasn’t a practical joke. But no: Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Truth’. Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather »

Dionne Again, Naturally

Featured image It’s been a few months since I’ve beaten up on an E.J. Dionne column, but he’s done it again today with his column entitled “It’s Time for Progressives to Reclaim the Constitution.”  Yeah, go ahead and sit down and break out your smelling salts, since the exact opposite is the case: Progressives have been running roughshod over the Constitution for more than a century now.  In addition, Dionne takes after »

Libertarianism: The New Communism?

Featured image My nominee for the silliest op-ed of recent weeks is this Bloomberg View piece by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu, titled “Libertarians Are the New Communists.” Seriously: the authors’ thesis is that libertarianism is just like Communism. It isn’t worth a lengthy deconstruction, but it stands out because it pioneers a new concept–the straw straw man. A few excerpts: By radical libertarianism, we mean the ideology that holds that individual »

Rip van Media?

Featured image That is Michael Ramirez’s comment on the media’s performance with regard to the scandal-ridden Obama administration. Click to enlarge: This time, I think Ramirez gives the press a little too much credit. I don’t think reporters and editors have been sleeping through the Obama scandals; I think they have been wide awake, actively running interference. It takes hard work to suppress news for the benefit of your party. »

“GOP Cover-Up Of Space Invasion”

Featured image The Obama administration is awash in scandal, but our “mainstream” media resolutely avert their eyes and whistle a happy tune. As happy a tune as can be mustered under the circumstances, anyway. The great Michael Ramirez sums up the pitiful state of news coverage in this cartoon. What makes it brilliant, of course, is the “mainstream” reaction in the lower right hand corner. Click to enlarge file size: The sad »

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals

Featured image We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news. That is no longer true. Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing. Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats. Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one. Consider »

Hillary Clinton’s home town hall advantage

Featured image Is America already experiencing Hillary fatigue? Clinton’s hour-long town hall style interview with CNN barely edged out MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” in the 5 p.m. television ratings. CNN must have suspected that the event might lack energy. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reports that “CNN deployed an enthusiastic stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast.” In addition, the producer ran the audience through »

The not-so-dirty half dozen

Featured image The New York Times has been working overtime to discredit members of Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon who, with seeming unanimity, believe he deserted. First, the Times editors complained that the six platoon members who have appeared before the media to call Bergdahl a deserter were being served up by “Republican operatives.” But the Times presented no evidence that the platoon members themselves are political partisans. Moreover, Times reporters Richard A. Oppel »

Charles Does Indeed Blow

Featured image Outside of universities, the other notable place with a shocking lack of ideological and cultural diversity is major media newsrooms.  While most newsrooms have the requisite numbers of women, minorities, and gays (nearly all of them liberal conformists), you will seldom find an evangelical Christian or an orthodox Jew. Hence you find New York Times columnist Charles Blow reflecting today that not only are lots of Americans Christians, but they »