Media Bias

CNN’s Very Bad Week

Featured image It’s been a tough couple of days for CNN. Yesterday, the network announced the resignation (firing, I assume) of three journalists–Eric Lichtblau, recently hired away from the New York Times, Thomas Frank, and the head of the network’s new investigative unit, Lex Haris. They published a Russia/Trump story that turned out to be false (embarrassingly so, the quality of the reporting was abysmal) and had to be retracted by CNN. »

CNN producer admits Trump-Russia story is “mostly bulls**t”

Featured image Project Veritas, James O’Keefe’s project, has video of a senior CNN producer admitting that his network’s relentless coverage of the alleged Trump-Russia scandal lacked substance. “Mostly bulls**t” is producer John Bonifield’s apt description. Bonifield is also clear about the motive for pushing the bulls**t story. “Our ratings are incredible right now,” he exclaims. Bonifield notes that at a staff meeting, CNN’s CEO congratulated his reporters for their coverage of the »

The AP Runs Interference for Comey and Mueller [with comment by Paul]

Featured image President Trump noted that James Comey and Robert Mueller are “very, very good friends…which is bothersome.” So the Associated Press sprang into action to defend the two men now locked in a death struggle with the president. The AP vouches for the extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, integrity of the men who are trying to bring down our duly elected president. In the AP’s telling, they are: …somber-faced and demanding… …more approachable »

A shot across the bow

Featured image Rumor has it that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein might recuse himself from supervisory responsibility over the investigation being conducted by “special counsel” Robert Mueller. Rosenstein distanced himself from the investigation by appointing an outside lawyer in the first place. The thought of washing his hands completely probably has plenty of appeal. If Rosenstein does recuse himself, supervisory responsibility will fall to Rachel Brand. As Associate Attorney General, Brand is »

NY Times Doubles Down on Stupid

Featured image Yesterday we noted the New York Times‘s repulsive and contemptible editorial repeating the leftist talking point that somehow Sarah Palin was indirectly responsible for the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords: In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric »

The Empire Strikes Back

Featured image Along with many others, I have suggested that in the wake of James Hodgkinson’s rampage, Democrats should look in the mirror and consider whether the insane climate of hate they have fomented over the last seven months contributed to the overtly political crime committed by one of their fervent supporters. Despite the Democrats’ prior attempts to blame the actions of crazed leftists like Jared Loughner, who listed The Communist Manifesto »

More darkness at the Washington Post

Featured image I wrote here about a Washington Post story by Philip Rucker regarding whether President Trump will fire Robert Mueller. I found the Rucker’s piece intellectually dishonest because he never identified the main argument being advanced by those who advocate firing Mueller — namely a possible conflict of interest due to Mueller’s close relationship with James Comey, who likely would be the key witness in any case of “obstruction of justice” »

New York Times Hits a New Low

Featured image Naturally the New York Times shows up this morning with an editorial entitled “America’s Lethal Politics,” which includes the following: In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl. At the time, we and others were sharply critical of the heated political rhetoric on the right. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action »

Jennifer Rubin swings and misses at Jeff Sessions

Featured image The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin tries to salvage something for the anti-Trump cause from Jeff Sessions’ testimony yesterday. Grasping at straws, she characterizes as “exceptionally weak,” Sessions’ explanation of why his recusal from the Russia investigation didn’t preclude him from participating in the decision to fire the FBI director, James Comey. Sessions’ explanation of why he wasn’t precluded from involvement in the Comey firing is straightforward. In his written testimony, »

Darkness at the Washington Post

Featured image One ought not expect quality reporting, or even simple honesty, from the Washington Post on any matter of partisan interest, and certainly not if it involves President Trump. But the Post outdoes itself in this story by Philip Rucker (with help from Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky) about whether President Trump will fire Robert Mueller. The Post’s conclusion? He might, though it seems unlikely and would be big mistake. But »

Washington Post blasts Trump for not sharing its obsession

Featured image The Democrats’ latest talking point about the “Russia” investigation is that President Trump has shown no interest in the part of it that pertains to what Russia did to interfere in the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, the Washington Post peddles this talking point in a story by Phillip Bump about Attorney General Sessions’ testimony today. He writes: In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he “did »

What It Takes To Be Fired by CNN

Featured image CNN has joined the New York Times and the Washington Post (along with the perennially hysterical MSNBC) in the front rank of the Resistance to America’s duly elected government. Cranking out over-the-top anti-Trump propaganda is mostly what the network does these days. But even at CNN, there are limits. First the network fired “comedian” Kathy Griffin from what was apparently her only CNN gig, co-hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve »

CNN Bungles Comey Testimony

Featured image CNN has been competing with MSNBC to see who can come up with the most over-the-top attacks on President Trump. And when an agenda is at stake, accuracy is secondary at best. Tuesday evening, CNN tweeted that James Comey was expected to deny President Trump’s claim that Comey had told Trump he was not being investigated: Comey expected to refute Trump's assertion that Trump was told he was not under »

Washington Post peddles Palestinian propaganda, Part Two

Featured image Last week, the Washington Post dedicated an entire section of the paper to airing Palestinian grievances and talking points. The section was called “Occupied: Year 50.” This week, the Post was back with more, turning the first five pages of its Sunday “Outlook” over to Dan Ephron so he could whine about Israeli settlements. I don’t recall anyone ever getting five pages in “Outlook” to write, or in this case »

Washington Post covers up left-wing violence in Portland

Featured image After the election of a president it hates, the Washington Post adopted as a slogan “democracy dies in darkness.” But “darkness” isn’t a problem in our society. With the media explosion of the past few decades and the constant glare of the news cycle, the problem, if any, is confusion. The danger is being blinded by the lights. But adopting the slogan “democracy dies in darkness” should carry with it »

Washington Post blames Gianforte assault on Trump

Featured image “Trump blamed for targeting of press.” So declares the Washington Post (paper edition) in the sub-headline to a story citing a small number of cases in which reporters have been “roughed up.” Though the headline doesn’t say who is doing the blaming, it’s from the story that Post reporter Paul Fahri blames Trump. When a politician roughs up a reporter, there is really only one person to blame — the »

Has Anyone Ever Leaked So Much To So Little Effect?

Featured image The number of anonymous leaks that have assailed President Trump since his inauguration is staggering. They have come from the intelligence agencies, the FBI, and all over the executive branch, including the White House. Gateway Pundit enumerates the leaks that liberal media have reported on breathlessly during just the last two and a half weeks: 17 of them, almost exactly one a day. Most have something to do with Russia, »