Media Bias

The Washington Post Denounces “Fringe News”

Featured image In the Washington Post, Paul Farhi writes: “Thanks to Trump, fringe news enters the mainstream.” Farhi begins by describing Donald Trump’s interview with Alex Jones of InfoWars. I agree that Jones is a fringe character. But it turns out that in Farhi’s mind, “fringe” includes pretty much anyone he disagrees with. Many of Trump’s more controversial assertions since he declared for president have come from the murky swamp of right-wing, »

“Mismatch” — a taboo subject for the MSM

Featured image When Justice Scalia raised the issue of “mismatch” during oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the mainstream media acted as if a stink bomb had exploded in the courtroom. Can it really be that serious reporters on legal affairs were unfamiliar with this carefully researched phenomenon? Maybe so. Gerard Alexander, who teaches politics at the University of Virginia, offers a plausible explanation for the MSM’s apparent »

Don’t Bother Me With Facts, I’ve Got a Narrative to Sell!

Featured image As the San Bernardino terrorist attack unfolded yesterday, liberals were desperately hoping that it was an attack on a Planned Parenthood outlet. They openly speculated about, and rooted for, this possibility. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, MSNBC did the best it could, reporting that the terrorists had struck a location “only a few blocks away” from a PP clinic: "The planned parenthood clinic is only a few blocks away" »

Ten of the Dumbest Things Said About the San Bernardino Shootings

Featured image Grabien has assembled this list of ten of the dumbest things that have been said about yesterday’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Actually, the list could be a lot longer. I will have more to say about this when I have time: »

Behind the left’s selective treatment of tragic violence

Featured image Yesterday, John and I wrote about suggestions that harsh criticism of Planned Parenthood is to blame for the attack on a PP facility in Colorado. Pointing to the attack on the Family Research Council two years ago, I noted the selective nature of this type of argument. Jim Geraghty has compiled a thorough history (complete with links, a few of which I have omitted) of the double standard at work »

The New York Times Becomes The Onion

Featured image The New York Times editorial page (insert guffaws here) has just discovered, a few days after the brightest and best at Princeton, what conservatives have known for decades: Woodrow Wilson was a racist! They still haven’t been able to connect the dots between Wilson’s racism and his progressive ideology, nor grasp the irony that Wilson was merely aiming to provide blacks with a “safe space,” as we say nowadays. We »

Washington Post’s Fact Checker Doesn’t Read the Washington Post [Updated][Updated Again]

Featured image I wrote earlier today about the liberal media attacking Donald Trump’s statement that on 9/11, “thousands and thousands” of American Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the successful terrorist attacks. Another Democrat who got into the act was the Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler. He addressed Trump’s claim here, and, calling it “outrageous,” awarded it four Pinocchios. Kessler wrote: Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on »

When the Press Attacks Donald Trump, the Truth Is Optional [Updated]

Featured image In recent days Donald Trump has caught flak for several ostensibly anti-Muslim comments. Among them was his statement that he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating after the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. This claim has been roundly and unanimously denounced. NPR says: [W]hen he was questioned by ABC News today about his assertion that “thousands and thousands of people” cheered the collapse of the World »

Exploiting Tragedy?

Featured image Today New York Times columnist Frank Bruni complained that various pundits have “exploited” last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris by relating them to issues like gun control and immigration. Bruni writes: “On Saturday morning I read that Paris was going to be good for Republicans. I read that Paris was going to be good for Democrats.” But every commentator he complains about is a conservative (if you assume Judith Miller »

How’s this for objective political reporting?

Featured image The headline in today’s Washington Post (print edition) reads: “Debate exposes a rift within the GOP — rigid conservatism vs. a flexible pragmatism.” The story, by Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe, leads off this way: The leading Republican presidential candidates clashed sharply over immigration policy, military spending, and other intractable and emotional issues in a debate here Tuesday night, bringing into sharp relief the party’s fault line between rigid conservatism »

I Am Libeled. I Respond.

Featured image Scott wrote yesterday about a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that responded to his column on the movie “Truth.” The letter was written by Gary Gilson, a supposed journalist who, as the former executive director of the Minnesota News Council, used to rule on whether news stories were accurate or not. Gilson’s letter adopted the long-discredited “fake but accurate” defense of 60 Minutes’ attack on President »

Big Ben Strikes

Featured image This evening in Florida, Ben Carson held a press conference and addressed attacks that have been launched against him by the Democratic Party press. This excerpt, courtesy of CNN, is good. Carson points out that reporters had no interest in stories about Barack Obama that vastly eclipsed the nuances of whether Carson could have attended West Point. In particular, he notes that Obama’s college and law school records are sealed. »

CNN outs Ben Carson as nice kid

Featured image We’ve grown accustomed to the liberal media trying to derail Republican candidates by exposing them as jerks when they were kids. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush received this treatment. But CNN is taking different line of attack against Dr. Ben Carson. It wants to derail the good doctor by showing that he was a nice boy. Why? Because Carson has said that before he found God, he had a terrible »

The AP On Yesterday’s Election Results: It’s a Tie!

Featured image As Steve noted this afternoon, Republicans and conservatives routed the Left in yesterday’s elections. This is the Washington Post’s headline on James Hohmann’s report: “From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections.” The highlights: * Dramatically outperforming the polls, Matt Bevin was elected Governor of Kentucky. His Lieutenant Governor, Jenean Hampton, is the first African-American elected to statewide office in Kentucky. Republicans pulled off a near-sweep of »

RNC to NBC: Sod Off

Featured image The RNC finally gets a clue about the inherent media hostility to Republican candidates, and has transmitted the following letter this morning: Mr. Andrew Lack Chairman, NBC News 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10112 Dear Mr. Lack, I write to inform you that pending further discussion between the Republican National Committee (RNC) and our presidential campaigns, we are suspending the partnership with NBC News for the Republican primary »

How To Fix the GOP Debates

Featured image Ask yourself a series of questions: Why is it that whenever you hear about a speaker having his/her invitation rescinded from a college speaking invitation, it is always the left that complained? When was the last time you heard about conservatives protesting an event or speaker somewhere? Last night, the audience at the GOP debate booed the questioners from CNBC. When was the last time you heard a Democratic audience »

CNBC Defends “Tough Questions”

Featured image Last night’s presidential debate was the most-watched program in CNBC’s history, which might not be a good thing for the cable network. The moderators’ performance was generally considered disgraceful, as we have already noted more than once. NBC’s spokesman–CNBC is part of the NBC news empire, now America’s most left-wing–put out a one-line statement defending the moderators’ performance: People who want to be president of the United States should be »