Media Bias

Washington Post solicits immigration sob stories

Featured image In what might be described as the journalism equivalent of ambulance chasing, the Washington Post is inviting readers to tell it how their lives have been ruined by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The Post’s main web page includes this: Are you, or someone you know, affected by President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and migrants from the U.S.? Share your story with us. If you follow the link, »

Press Pretends to Fact-Check Trump, But Only Misleads Readers

Featured image We have seen this pattern over and over: Donald Trump says something that may be debatable or exaggerated, and in their quest to bring him down, reporters and editors publish “fact checks” that are more misleading than what Trump said in the first place. It happens every day. Yesterday, Trump delivered a speech to a GOP gathering in Philadelphia. He talked for around 27 minutes; you can see the full »

Voters Like What Trump Is Doing, and They Can’t Stand the Press

Featured image Despite the Left’s howls of outrage, or maybe in part because of them, voters like what President Trump is doing so far. Rasmussen currently finds 59% of likely voters approving of Trump’s performance. That is a Reaganesque level that he won’t be able to sustain long-term, but it suggests that most voters are comfortable both with the direction of Trump’s policies and with his iconoclastic style. The newspapers have declared »

Trump at the CIA, Part Two

Featured image The mainstream media seems unable to let go of the story of President Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters. The visit occurred Saturday. On Tuesday, Wolf Blitzer was still pushing the tired notion that the new president committed an outrage by visiting the CIA and, in the course of praising the men and women who work there, also talking about the size of the inauguration crowd. Blitzer’s guests claimed that the »

Those Whom the Gods Would Destroy…

Featured image Steve wrote earlier today about the Left’s meltdown since Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Left’s nervous breakdown is, of course, a topic we have been covering for a while. But–to say the least–the Trump administration has accelerated the Left’s crackup. I am so old I can remember when the Associated Press wasn’t considered part of the Left. But Trump’s election has pushed the AP over the edge, and they have gone »

The Associated Press Goes to War With Trump

Featured image As of January 20, the liberal press has a new mantra: no more mister nice guy! We’re going to call a lie a lie, damn it! That would have been a nice practice during the last eight years, but better late than never, I suppose. The Associated Press manifests its new attitude–all-out war on the president–with today’s “news” story: “Trump bridge-building overshadowed by false voter fraud line.” Even as President »

Trump at the CIA

Featured image On his first full day in office, President Trump visited the CIA at its Langley, Virginia headquarters. Trump told CIA employees he is “behind” them. He said, “I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re going to get so much backing.” The visit has been harshly criticized by the mainstream media. This is understandable. The mainstream media loves to attack Trump and his family »

Propaganda. It Comes At a Cost!

Featured image When I studied epistemology decades ago, I had no idea that it would someday be front and center in our political life. Truth is now all the rage: the liberal media try to tell us that they are the reliable sources of truth, as opposed to…what? I am not certain. Virtually all newspapers, magazines and networks are liberal. But there evidently is a heck of a lot of wrongthink out »

This Is CNN

Featured image I am spending a few hours in an airport, so CNN is being inflicted on me at the gate. A few minutes ago, a CNN analyst was agonizing over whether people will be able to trust the Trump administration, given Trump’s history of lying about things like the size of his inauguration crowd. The angst-ridden reporter wondered whether statistics produced by Trump’s agencies will be trustworthy. Trump, according to CNN, »

Was Trump Right About His Inauguration’s Crowd Size?

Featured image Apart from the overhyped “women’s” marches, yesterday’s biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s: Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday’s crowd. Two points: one, there »

Were “Women’s” Marches the News Story of the Day?

Featured image The liberal media certainly thought so. Anti-Trump protests dominated CNN and other news channels, while the Associated Press was giddy with delight at the number of people who turned out to demonstrate against President Trump: In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message »

CNN Rails Against Trump’s Obamacare Order

Featured image President Trump’s first executive order, other than appointments, related to Obamacare. It directed agencies to interpret Obamacare regulations so as to impose as little financial burden as possible. CNN explained: Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. *** Republicans have been railing against the »

Associated Press Whitewashes Inauguration Protesters

Featured image This is what yesterday’s “protests” against the Trump inauguration looked like: The “protesters” also set a limousine on fire and threw concrete blocks at police officers, yelling “put the pigs in the ground.” None of this is surprising. This is what leftist protesters–read, criminals–always do. And yet, how did the Associated Press characterize the demonstrators just hours before they started smashing windows and attacking policemen? “Protesters make their mark on »

Washington Post snipes at Melania Trump’s bio

Featured image Is this garbage the kind of story the Washington Post will try to pass off as scandalous during the next four to eight years? Visitors to the newly revamped White House website get more than a simple rundown of first lady Melania Trump’s charitable works and interests — they also get a list of her magazine cover appearances and details on her jewelry line at QVC. Her biography starts with »

Valerie Jarrett’s daughter will cover Justice Department for CNN

Featured image Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller reports that CNN has hired Valerie Jarrett’s daughter Laura Jarrett to cover the Trump Justice Department. Valerie Jarrett was a senior adviser to Barack Obama during both of the ex-president’s terms. What qualifies Laura Jarrett for this gig? According to her CNN bio, she graduated from Harvard Law School in 2010. At Harvard she was an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and »

Washington Post Disgraces Itself

Featured image Normally I’m able to keep my equanimity in the face of the relentless stupidity of the media and even academia, but once in a while something sets me to full boil. Such as this headline and story in the Washington Post, which is beyond a disgrace even for the worst of the comPosters: David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser By Sarah Kaplan Now »

The White House Press Corps Bids a Slobbering Farewell to President Obama

Featured image In his final press conference today, President Obama said to the White House press corps: You’re not supposed to be sycophants, you’re supposed to be skeptics, you’re supposed to ask me tough questions. You’re not supposed to be complimentary, but you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have »