Media Bias

Is the news media “the enemy of the American people”?

Featured image No, I don’t think it is. To me, this is another instance of President Trump overstating his case, and rather recklessly. But Trump’s claim can’t be dismissed simply by jeering at it. Nor can it be countered, as Dana Milbank tries to do, by citing the sympathetic backgrounds of various Washington Post writers. Trump never said that everyone who works in the news media is an enemy of the people. »

CNN Says: Oh-Oh

Featured image James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are about to strike again. O’Keefe told Sean Hannity that he has “hundreds of hours of tape” that he intends to release tomorrow. The footage apparently comes from the newsroom of a Democratic Party news organization, and was given to O’Keefe by “someone on the inside.” Who is the target? There has been much speculation that it is CNN. O’Keefe appeared to confirm that speculation »

Immigration Law Enforcement Begins

Featured image John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued two memoranda, directed to the relevant federal agencies, that implement the executive orders on immigration that President Trump signed in the first days of his administration. The orders are reproduced below, so you can study them for yourself. The main thrust of the memoranda is to tell ICE and the other agencies that the nation’s immigration laws are now »

The New Republic Finally Loses Its Mind

Featured image The New Republic has been on a long downhill slide from its days when it presented a vigorous, thoughtful liberalism that made each issue must-reading for anyone who wanted to follow serious political argument. TNR was known as the “in-flight magazine of Air Force One” during Bill Clinton’s presidency, for example. But I doubt if even Arianna Huffington would want to display it on her private jet these days. Exhibit »

Carl Bernstein’s silly anti-Trump rant

Featured image Four and half decades after Watergate, Carl Bernstein is still living off of his reporting on that scandal. Bernstein may have been a capable reporter in the 1970s, but his latest rant against President Trump suggests that he is well past his sell-by date. According to Bernstein, “Trump’s attacks on the American press as ‘enemies of the American people’ are more treacherous than Richard Nixon’s attacks on the press.” The »

The Silly Sweden Flap

Featured image The liberal media’s war on the Trump administration has become comical in its monomania. The latest skirmish is over this riff from Trump’s triumphant speech in Melbourne, Florida: Here’s the bottom line. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening. We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would »

Trump 4, Politifact 1

Featured image Now that Donald Trump is president, our “fact checkers” have gone into overdrive. Every day, they crank out news stories purporting to correct Trump’s errors. More often than not, the “fact checkers” are merely relating the other side–the Democratic Party’s side–of the story. This story by Politifact is typical: “Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s Florida rally.” Politifact claims to correct five things that Trump said: Trump takes Jefferson out of context »

Washington Post: We Aren’t Biased!

Featured image Marty Baron, editor of the Washington Post, denies that his paper is out to get President Trump: The editor of the Washington Post, which staffed up its White House team to cover the new administration, said the paper would have covered a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency with the same intensity as it has President Trump. Cheered by journalists at a media roundtable in California late Tuesday, Marty Baron also said »

Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise

Featured image April Ryan is a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks. Last week, after a tense exchange with White House aide Omarosa Manigault, she leveled several accusations. Ryan claimed that Manigault told her she was among a group of reporters on whom the White House is keeping dossiers with negative information. She claimed that she felt “physically intimidated” by Manigault. She described Manigault’s behavior as threatening enough to be “Secret Serviceable,” »

Trump Goes On Offense, Blasts Press

Featured image President Trump gave a press conference today in which he recounted the achievements of his administration to date, and excoriated the press for its biased and ill-informed coverage. It was a bravura performance. Reporters kept trying to get mileage out of the Mike Flynn/Russia story, but got nowhere. The main news that emerged was that the administration will issue a new travel/immigration order next week that will avoid issues raised »

Highlights of the Trump-Netanyahu Press Conference

Featured image Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington meeting with President Trump. Prior to their meeting, they conducted the usual dual press conference. No major news was made, but several interesting points emerged: 1) I’ve rarely seen Netanyahu look so happy. He must be almost as relieved to see the end of the Obama administration as we are. 2) President Trump indicated that he was open to alternatives to the two-state »

Is the New York Times a Serious News Source?

Featured image The New York Times tells us we should subscribe because truth propaganda is expensive: But is the Times a reputable news source, by any normal standard? Consider this tweet, which the Times issued on its official Twitter feed early this morning: White House adviser Stephen Miller became Public Enemy No. 1 with a few late-night hosts on Monday https://t.co/cc4nseYxq0 pic.twitter.com/OAFIlKw1j0 — The New York Times (@nytimes) February 14, 2017 Let’s »

What softball questions?

Featured image I want to pick up on John’s point about media outrage over the questions President Trump fields from reporters, and in particular the ones he took yesterday during his session with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. John focused on AP, but of course this outlet was not alone in displaying chutzpah. On CNN, a media talking head expressed outrage that President Trump took no questions about Flynn, and no »

Chutzpah: AP Decries “Softball” Questions

Featured image Now that we have a Republican president, the press has gone oppositional. Today, the Associated Press complains that President Trump isn’t taking antagonistic enough questions during his press conferences: “News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs.” President Donald Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in »

Washington Post solicits anti-Trump activists

Featured image I wrote here about the Washington Post’s solicitation of sob stories from people who say their lives were adversely affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. I called it the journalistic equivalent of ambulance chasing. The Post is at it again. Now, it is soliciting activists. Here is the introduction to a questionnaire that follows a silly story about a random woman from Pennsylvania who attended the anti-Trump march »

Why Is Saturday Night Live News?

Featured image Every Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening’s Saturday Night Live show. Today’s story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House. Well, yes, they do that every week. Last Sunday’s AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of–Melissa McCarthy–was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer. And it isn’t just the Associated Press. Many news outlets breathlessly »

The M-E-C Freakout Continues

Featured image The Media Entertainment Complex (MEC) is going all in to destroy Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party. I wonder how liberals would react if Saturday Night Live did a sexist sketch like the one last night about Elizabeth Warren (preferably in full native American regalia) instead of Kelly Anne Conway: Paul has already noted the ruckus over the supposed ethics violation of Kelly Anne suggesting on air that people »