Media Bias

The Media Mask Slips

Featured image There’s a refrain on the left that is now so familiar as to be unremarkable. The form runs, “Even Reagan wasn’t as bad as [insert current Republican president here].” It got a workout under George W. Bush, and it’s gotten heavy use under Trump. And already I’ve seen several articles in the New York Times and elsewhere saying, “Whatever the GOP offers us after Trump will be even worse.” To »

Why Is All COVID News Bad?

Featured image Three professors, two from Dartmouth and one from Brown, have produced a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” It focuses on the U.S. press, and its findings are disturbing: On February 18, the Oxford Mail published a story that Professor Sarah Gilbert and her colleagues at Oxford’s Jenner Institute were working on a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and that »

Biden turns to “polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline”

Featured image I wanted to write a hard-hitting post about Joe Biden’s selections for key foreign policy jobs — Antony Blinken (Secretary of State), Alejandro Mayorkas (Secretary of Homeland Security), and Avril Haines (Director of National Intelligence). Then I found out that three Republican Senators have already done the work. According to the Washington Post, Sen. Tom Cotton called this collection “panda huggers who will only reinforce [Biden’s] instincts to go soft »

There’s More Than One Way to Steal an Election

Featured image The jury is still out on whether the Biden campaign stole the 2020 election through voter fraud, but that isn’t the only way elections get stolen. The evidence is strong that the Democratic Party press swung this year’s election to Biden by its selective non-coverage of critically important news stories that reflected well on President Trump or poorly on Biden. The Media Research Center has conducted extensive polling in seven »

Where’s the outrage?

Featured image The Washington Post claims that the “Black community” is angry over claims of vote fraud by President Trump and his legal team. It’s true that some of the claims of fraud center on precincts that are populated almost entirely by Blacks. However, I doubt that many Blacks care about the Trump campaign’s allegations of fraud and I suspect that even fewer are outraged by them. The Post cites five Blacks »

Psychotic Break at the NY Times?

Featured image Reading the New York Times is kinda fun right now, in a clinical sense. They seem to be having psychotic break over the election results, since the massive “blue wave” didn’t happen, and even more worrisome, Trump improved his share of the non-white vote so significantly. And now that the Times is snug and secure in its warm, Upper West Side bubble blanket with the presumption that Agent Orange has been »

Black legislator skates on conspiracy to damage monument charge

Featured image A local Virginia prosecutor has dropped charges against Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas, who was caught by the Portsmouth, Virginia police conspiring to topple a Confederate monument last summer. There was evidence from social media that Lucas encouraged people to attend a demonstration and help tear down the statute. And video taken by police showed Lucas telling officers that they could not arrest the demonstrators for what they were about »

Foreign Interference? What’s That?

Featured image I’m so old, I can remember when foreign interference in our elections was a vitally important problem. A naive observer might have thought that the issue would still be with us, what with Joe Biden, the Manchurian Candidate, being one of the nominees. But the naive observer would be wrong. Tyler Cowen asks some good questions: What is the current take on foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election? I »

The 2020 debates

Featured image Yesterday’s Washington Post article about top Biden adviser Ron Klain contained this passage: Klain has developed a specialized role as the Democrats’ preeminent coach for presidential debates. He worked on debate preparations for Bill Clinton in 1992 and Gore in 2000, and he has led the debate prep for every Democratic nominee since — John F. Kerry, Obama, Hillary Clinton and Biden. Klain’s debate rules for candidates, versions of which »

“Right-Wing Misinformation”? It’s True!

Featured image In a revealing moment, New York Times columnist Kevin Roose denounced four instances of “right-wing misinformation” making the rounds on Facebook. Here is his tweet; see if you can spot the common denominator in the four instances of “misinformation.” Facebook is absolutely teeming with right-wing misinformation right now. These are all among the 10 most-engaged URLs on the platform over the last 24 hours (per @NewsWhip data) pic.twitter.com/WlTR10fRBE — Kevin »

Civil War on the Left (74): New York Times Edition

Featured image We knew things at the New York Times were bad, but hoo-ey boy we had no idea just how bad! New York magazine is out with a deep dive into the internal Maoist struggle sessions going on inside the Times, and get a big bowl of popcorn ready for this long piece. The piece could be called “Annals of the Liberal Self-Obsessed,” as it contains many nuggets of pure comedy »

Massive Election Corruption Documented In Michigan

Featured image Yesterday GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel held a press conference and unveiled 131 affidavits and 2,800 incident reports documenting fraud and other irregularities in the election in Michigan. Reporters were unimpressed: In Wayne County, Republican poll watchers were denied their legal right to monitor the election and purposefully kept in the dark…there are thousands of reports of poll watchers being intimidated and unable to do their job and as of 4 »

Washington Post: Biden should reach out to Trump voters with. . .broadband

Featured image Claiming that the nation “can’t afford two years of gridlock,” the Washington Post’s editors call on Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, and Nancy Pelosi to work together. I call on McConnell to be exactly as willing to work with the Biden administration as Pelosi and Chuck Schumer were to work with the Trump administration. McConnell will chart his own course. However, I’m betting it will be closer to the one I’m »

While We Wait for the Votes To Be Counted. . .

Featured image You have to love this Tweet from PBS: “Trusted source.” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. If you have to proclaim that you are a “trusted source,” um, I have some fake news to sell you. Meanwhile, this, from comedian Angelo Tsarouchas, is worth a read: Early November is finally here. I have seen a lot of hate spewed in recent days about a man who »

Delusions of Grandeur

Featured image Check out this tweet by the New York Times, since deleted, via InstaPundit: Needless to say, it is not up to the news media to “declare the winner of a presidential election.” And what’s this about being “prudent”? I think it relates to the Democrats’ “red mirage” disinformation campaign. The Times and the rest of the news media will be “prudent” about declaring President the Trump the winner, even if »

Another Day, Another Mainstream Media Scandal

Featured image Back in the late 1990s, The New Republic suffered from serial scandals with writers who made things up, most spectacularly Stephen Glass, but also Ruth Shalit, who was fired from TNR in 1999 after she was discovered to have plagiarized and “reported inaccurately.” Lately Shalit, now married and using her married name “Ruth S. Barrett” as her byline, has been attempting a comeback in journalism. Her latest feature about meritocracy »

The Ad CNN Wouldn’t Run

Featured image CNN refused to run a pro-Trump ad submitted by America First Action PAC on the ground that the ad, which predicts middle-class tax increases if Joe Biden wins, isn’t true. Jim Treacher has the details. CNN seems obviously to be wrong; Biden has promised to reverse the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cut taxes for (as I recall) something like 82% of American households. The middle class must be »