Media Bias

Gaza, Russia, and the media

Featured image Last night, my wife channel-surfed her way into a bad neighborhood — RT, the Russian government’s news network. There, she saw a report about a “wave” of world wide “mass protests” against the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza. RT has also posted an article with this headline: “In our millions, we’re all Palestinian: Wave of protests worldwide demand end to Gaza slaughter.” The first paragraph of the article scales back »

CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias

Featured image CNN has pulled reporter Diana Magnay from Israel after she referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.” The offending tweet, which Magnay deleted, said the following: Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum. The second part of Magnay’s tweet is, frankly, an understandable response to threats (assuming there actually were some) to destroy »

Are Journalists Starting to Figure It Out? (Chapter 2)

Featured image The answer is still probably No, as a close reading of today’s two samples will show. Power Line’s very favorite reporter at the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin (/sarc), is out with an article wondering whether Obama is essentially assuming the fetal position.  That’s not how she puts it; she says “running away,” and maybe we should go with the Monty Python refrain from Holy Grail.  Anyway, Eilperin: Bears, beer and »

Dan Rather Plots Comeback, With Assist From Robert Redford

Featured image I read this story three times to make sure it wasn’t a practical joke. But no: Robert Redford to Play Dan Rather in ‘Truth’. Robert Redford has signed on to play Dan Rather in Truth, a film based on the 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power. The book, written by Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, centers on the firestorm that erupted after Rather »

Dionne Again, Naturally

Featured image It’s been a few months since I’ve beaten up on an E.J. Dionne column, but he’s done it again today with his column entitled “It’s Time for Progressives to Reclaim the Constitution.”  Yeah, go ahead and sit down and break out your smelling salts, since the exact opposite is the case: Progressives have been running roughshod over the Constitution for more than a century now.  In addition, Dionne takes after »

Libertarianism: The New Communism?

Featured image My nominee for the silliest op-ed of recent weeks is this Bloomberg View piece by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu, titled “Libertarians Are the New Communists.” Seriously: the authors’ thesis is that libertarianism is just like Communism. It isn’t worth a lengthy deconstruction, but it stands out because it pioneers a new concept–the straw straw man. A few excerpts: By radical libertarianism, we mean the ideology that holds that individual »

Rip van Media?

Featured image That is Michael Ramirez’s comment on the media’s performance with regard to the scandal-ridden Obama administration. Click to enlarge: This time, I think Ramirez gives the press a little too much credit. I don’t think reporters and editors have been sleeping through the Obama scandals; I think they have been wide awake, actively running interference. It takes hard work to suppress news for the benefit of your party. »

“GOP Cover-Up Of Space Invasion”

Featured image The Obama administration is awash in scandal, but our “mainstream” media resolutely avert their eyes and whistle a happy tune. As happy a tune as can be mustered under the circumstances, anyway. The great Michael Ramirez sums up the pitiful state of news coverage in this cartoon. What makes it brilliant, of course, is the “mainstream” reaction in the lower right hand corner. Click to enlarge file size: The sad »

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals

Featured image We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news. That is no longer true. Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing. Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats. Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one. Consider »

Hillary Clinton’s home town hall advantage

Featured image Is America already experiencing Hillary fatigue? Clinton’s hour-long town hall style interview with CNN barely edged out MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” in the 5 p.m. television ratings. CNN must have suspected that the event might lack energy. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reports that “CNN deployed an enthusiastic stage director who coached the audience to applaud at various points throughout the broadcast.” In addition, the producer ran the audience through »

The not-so-dirty half dozen

Featured image The New York Times has been working overtime to discredit members of Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon who, with seeming unanimity, believe he deserted. First, the Times editors complained that the six platoon members who have appeared before the media to call Bergdahl a deserter were being served up by “Republican operatives.” But the Times presented no evidence that the platoon members themselves are political partisans. Moreover, Times reporters Richard A. Oppel »

Charles Does Indeed Blow

Featured image Outside of universities, the other notable place with a shocking lack of ideological and cultural diversity is major media newsrooms.  While most newsrooms have the requisite numbers of women, minorities, and gays (nearly all of them liberal conformists), you will seldom find an evangelical Christian or an orthodox Jew. Hence you find New York Times columnist Charles Blow reflecting today that not only are lots of Americans Christians, but they »

New York Times: Let’s Give Guns to Violent Felons!

Featured image Every time someone is murdered with a firearm, it seems, the New York Times joins the liberal chorus in demanding that the law require more background checks. The current background check system is inadequate because 1) it has little relevance to criminals, who obtain their guns illegally anyway, and 2) the overwhelming majority of mentally unbalanced people aren’t on the list. You can say one thing for the current system, »

Why CNN Is Going Nowhere

Featured image CNN’s ratings have been dismal for quite a while now. The network made a smart move in hiring Jake Tapper; that might have been a sign that the network’s management intends to turn things around by producing solid, responsible journalism rather than racing MSNBC to the bottom. But no: CNN announced yesterday that it has named David Chalian as its new Political Director. Who is David Chalian? Prior to August »

Washington Post has Obama’s back on Robert Bergdahl

Featured image Robert Bergdahl is a already a major embarrassment for President Obama. Not only did the senior Bergdahl, with his Taliban-style beard, break into Pashto and Arabic during Obama’s would-be photo opportunity, he has made a string of anti-American, pro-Taliban statements (see below). The potential for further embarrassment seems great. Bergdahl either loves to explain himself, loves the sound of his own voice, or both. It’s not clear to me whether »

Reporters Shocked When Their Targets Talk Back

Featured image Media Matters has an interesting interview with Daniel Schulman, an editor at Mother Jones who has written a book on the Koch brothers. The main topic of the interview is Koch Industries’ aggressive response to journalists who try to smear the company and its owners: “In terms of the general P.R. operation, I think that KochFacts itself has been pretty effective at giving reporters pause,” Schulman said. “Now you know »

Analyze this

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times featured Nicholas Confessore’s long page-one story on David (mostly) and Charles Koch. I wrote about it in “A campaign you may have missed.” Today’s Times brings Confessore’s relatively brief story on Tom Steyer, a sort of (hypocritical and narrowly self-interested) liberal counterpart to the public-spirited involvement of the Koch brothers. Steyer has committed to raising $100 million promoting “climate” issues on behalf of Democratic Senate campaigns »