Media Bias

Comedy Writing at the NY Times

Featured image There are some days I wonder whether the editorial page of the New York Times is really just a training ground for deadpan comedy writers. Surely Leslie Nielsen and Lloyd Bridges at their faux-serious best in Airplane! can’t match the ironic hilarity of the Times editorial endorsements yesterday of Hillary Clinton and John Kasich. Of Hillary Clinton, for example, the Times tells us: Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, »

The Trump-Fox feud as seen by the left

Featured image Let’s take one last look back at the controversy surrounding the Fox News debate, and consider the left’s reaction to it. The reaction can best be described as gleeful. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple relished the spectacle, celebrating it with over-the-top imagry: The right-wing penchant for nonstop media criticism is swerving across the median, zigzagging around the road, about to wrap itself around that oak tree around the curve. Like »

Audiences Rejecting 13 Hours? Not Exactly [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul and Scott have both seen the movie 13 Hours and wrote about it here and here. Scott noted that at the theater he attended, the large room was reserved for Carol. 13 Hours got the smaller venue and was sparsely attended. Scott linked to a Hill story headlined “Benghazi film flops at the box office.” This was a pretty common theme on the left; to cite just one instance, »

Vacuous Vox Boxes Itself

Featured image It was only a few days ago that I took note of the sorry Politifact people for jumping on Marco Rubio for supposedly distorting the role Ronald Reagan played in the denouement of the Iranian hostage crisis back in January 1981, and now Vox has weighed in also with the purpose of disputing Rubio and denigrating Ronaldus Magnus. Except that Vox makes a total botch of it. Here’s the lede »

Let’s hear it for Senator Perdue

Featured image When Democratic presidents nominate leftist minority group members to the federal bench, it’s win-win for them. Either they get a leftist confirmed plus the right to brag about how much they’re doing for minorities or the Democrats can castigate Republicans for being mean to minorities. The nomination of Dax Lopez to the federal district court for the Northern District of Georgia is a classic example. Lopez is Hispanic (and Jewish »

Jane Mayer and the New York Times Dive Into the Gutter

Featured image Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is not just a bad reporter, but a detestable one. She habitually deceives her readers in order to advance a left-wing agenda. One of her most outrageous hit pieces, published in the New Yorker in 2010, focused on Charles and David Koch and was the source for much of the slander that the Left has directed toward them since that time. Now we learn »

Mass Sexual Assault Covered Up In Sweden, Too

Featured image We wrote here, here and elsewhere about the mass sexual assaults that occurred across Germany, often in conjunction with robberies of young women, on New Year’s eve. All or substantially all of the assaults were committed by Islamic immigrants, in many instances just-admitted “refugees.” It is hard to say which is more appalling, the mass sexual assaults or the efforts by Germany’s officials at all levels to cover them up. »

Europe’s Dishonest Elites, and Ours

Featured image A reader writes to comment on the mass sexual assaults that have been taking place in Germany, and efforts to cover them up or mischaracterize them: The German situation is even worse than you presented. Sure, the Cologne police chief got fired, but the despicable mayor hasn’t resigned. And, sure, there has been some scrambling and slithering by left politicians, including, mirabile dictu, Angela Merkel, Mutti herself, to tap dance »

Disgusting at Newsweek [With Comment by John]

Featured image Alexander Nazaryan, currently a staff writer at Newsweek and formerly an editorial page writer at the New York Daily News, posted this tweet earlier today: Classy guy. He later deleted the tweet, apologizing to Cruz supporters, but not Cruz. National Review‘s Jim Geraghty has the best response: There’s also this from Nazaryan, still up on his Twitter feed as of this moment: Gee, you wonder why so many people hate the »

Top Ten Mideast/Israel Media Muffs of 2015

Featured image The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has published its list of Top Ten Media Mangles of 2015. They include the New York Times’s infamous list of Jewish opponents of Obama’s Iran deal (yellow highlighting in original): MSNBC features prominently, as with this graphic showing the fictitious country of Palestine, among other errors: The openly anti-Semitic BBC scores again, as you would expect. My favorite, however, »

The problem with Speaker Ryan in one headline

Featured image Yesterday’s Washington Post featured an article by Amber Phillips called (in the paper edition) “A dismal congressional session, but a flicker of hope.” According to Phillips, the “hope” lies in the “fresh face” of Speaker Paul Ryan and the bipartisanship he has already demonstrated. That the Washington Post sees hope in Ryan’s emergence tells conservatives everything they need to know about the new Speaker. Moreover, an article like Phillips’ is »

The invisible impact of Obama’s Christian faith

Featured image After seven years of perhaps the most disappointing presidency in American history, I thought the era of Obama worship was over. At a minimum, I thought we’d seen the last story about how badly Obama wants to unite the country. But no. In a strong last-minute entry for silliest news story of the year, Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post gives us “The Quiet Impact of Obama’s Christian faith.” Jaffe’s »

A Bad Week At the New York Times

Featured image The New York Times is taking it on the chin these days. First there was the story about Tashfeen Malik, the San Bernardino terrorist, who, according to the Times, was an open jihadist before she received a visa to come to the United States: Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to »

Shocker: Trump supporters unmoved by MSM’s favorite anti-Trump talking points

Featured image The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reports on a focus group in which supporters of Donald Trump were shown attack ads against the tycoon. According to Weigel, the ads, presented by pollster Frank Luntz, did not cause members of the group to move away from Trump. In fact, focus group members were more inclined to support Trump following the presentation. Weigel describes only two of the negative ads presented to the »

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" »