Media Bias

“Post-Truth” Media Should Look in the Mirror

Featured image It was Nietzsche who remarked that “there are no facts, only interpretation.” From this small beginning the entire contemporary world of “post-modernism” was born, reaching its apogee in the swamp of the Frankfurt School, Foucault and other nihilist thinkers who argue, among other things, that there is no objective basis for making a “truth claim”—and that even language itself it a purely subjective exercise in exerting power. “Non-foundationalism” is all »

Fake Pizza News: Avoid the Noid?

Featured image I’ve known for a while that liberals are trying to blame their electoral defeats on “fake news” propagated on Facebook and other venues. Having spent much of the last 14 years exposing fake news emanating from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS News, CNN, and so on, I wasn’t impressed and devoted zero time to the subject. But now, the liberals really have something to talk about: a »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

Colin Kaepernick, Political Commentator

Featured image Colin Kaepernick is a once-promising quarterback whose career has gone into the toilet–although, to be fair, he currently is starting for the San Francisco 49ers, the second-to-worst team in the NFL. These days, Kaepernick is known mostly for kneeling during the national anthem as a show of anti-Americanism. Beyond that, he is a garden-variety ignorant leftist. Kaepernick once wore a shirt featuring an image of Fidel Castro, and he praised »

Memo to Trump: Stop Disavowing!

Featured image Today Donald Trump held an on-the-record meeting with the New York Times. Despite the meeting being of record, no transcript has been released. Instead, we know about what transpired through tweets by various Times reporters–which, shockingly, are spun in an anti-Trump direction. The Associated Press headlines: “Trump again disavows alt-right, white supremacists.” No doubt much else was discussed, but this is what millions of newspaper readers will see: an association »

Did Pence want to be booed?

Featured image Of course not. But that’s the theory of a liberal Washington Post writer called Catherine Rampell. She writes: I. . .wouldn’t be surprised if Pence attended Friday’s performance specifically hoping, or at least expecting, to stoke boos and a brouhaha that would ultimately rouse the Republican base — and distract from much more embarrassing Trump-related news. What embarrassing Trump-related news? The Trump University settlement, foreign diplomats booking stays at Trump’s »

Trump Goes Out to Dinner, Press Has Hissy Fit

Featured image Last night, Donald Trump went out to dinner with his family at the 21 Club, where he got an ovation from the other diners. Shockingly, he failed to tell reporters he was leaving Trump Tower. So the Associated Press headlined: “Trump ditches media – the public’s eyes and ears – again.” The AP’s presumption is awe-inspiring. Their story is written by Julie Pace. Let me break it to you gently, »

The Dogs Are Barking, But the Caravan?

Featured image Post-election, the newspapers and talking heads have picked up right where they left off last Tuesday. They are in full anti-Trump mode. They try to convince us that a handful of alleged incidents of Muslim girls having their hijabs torn off constitutes a wave of terror that Trump is obliged to denounce. Never mind that some of those incidents, at least, are hoaxes. My guess is that most of them »

Reporters Spin Furiously Against Trump

Featured image In the wake of last week’s election, one might have expected reporters to be chastened, with their candidate defeated and their attacks on Donald Trump having proved unavailing if not counterproductive. But they are incorrigible. Trump is nowhere near being inaugurated, and already reporters are spinning madly. Let’s take just one example from today’s news. The Associated Press (our old friends Jill Colvin and Julie Pace, along with Steve peoples) »

The New York Times: Still Delusional

Featured image I heard someone say today that the person we should thank most for Trump’s victory is Jon Stewart. He had a point: support for Trump was, in large part, a rebellion against the smug liberal ignorance that Stewart embodies. Of course, when you think of smug liberal ignorance, the New York Times comes to mind. Today the Times sent the following email to its subscribers: To our readers, When the »

Freakout — “reach out and touch someone” edition

Featured image The freakout continues on the Washington Post’s op-ed page. Today, Michael Gerson weighs in. Sounding very much like the college presidents and diversity administrators we’ve been ridiculing, Gerson writes: The most immediate concern should be to reassure men, women, and children — particularly Muslim Americans and migrants — who feel uncertain of their place in the new order. . . [A]ll of us should go out of our way in »

Media Defeat Trump!

Featured image The Democratic Party pulled out all the stops to try to drag Hillary Clinton across the finish line, including more brazen use of their operatives with bylines than ever before. Never again will anyone take seriously the claim that reporters at papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post are objective journalists. (Recall, among many other outrages, Post columnist Dana Milbank calling on the Democratic National Committee to »

Slate Goes Ape

Featured image My wife pointed out the front page of today’s Slate. (Slate, if you are not familiar with it, is a left-wing on-line magazine.) You can enlarge this image and then just ponder it. There are numerous delights to be discovered, from “Donald Trump’s Victory Proves That America Hates Women” to “Trump Won the Election By Promising a Resurgent White Supremacy.” Sure he did! One question: doesn’t a complete lack of »

This Year’s Election In One Cartoon

Featured image The great Michael Ramirez sums up this year’s presidential race in a cartoon. The “referee” is the opponent. Click to enlarge: »

Democratic National Committee, Research Arm of the Washington Post

Featured image One of the most stunning Wikileak revelations is this email exchange inside the Democratic National Committee. Eric Walker, deputy communications director of the DNC, relays a “research request” to “RRResearch_D,” the “Rapid Response Research” department at the DNC. The subject heading is “research request: top 10 worst Trump quotes?” Walker explains: “Milbank doing a Passover-themed 10 plagues of Trump.” “Milbank” is Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. Apparently Walker assumes »

Imagine there’s no media bias

Featured image I originally posted this in February 2015. A reader reminded me of it yesterday. I thought some readers might find it of interest in the event you missed it the first time around. Here it is in slightly revised form: It is impossible to imagine what our political landscape would look like in a world where the mainstream media were fair and impartial. Unlike the utopia conjured by John Lennon, »

The Stretch Drive (6)

Featured image Well holey-moley: the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll today has Trump leading by 1 point. Yes, yes, margin of error, mumble mumble—but there’s no avoiding the obvious fact that Hillary’s once large lead has evaporated. The state-by-state polls showing Hillary still ahead should be viewed with skepticism. That sound you hear is Hillary being toppled from her Podesta. The Washington Post says that “Democratic enthusiasm dips.” Ya think? Democrats were »