Media Bias

The Fox Butterfield Effect Notices Immigration and Wages

Featured image Many readers will be familiar with the notorious “Fox Butterfield effect,” after the typically clueless New York Times journalist who wondered why crime was falling even though the number of inmates in prisons was going up. As they saying goes, there’s no fixing certain kinds of stupid (and note that the Butterfield Effect about crime is now Democratic Party orthodoxy). I think the Butterfield Effect can be better generalized than »

How Far Left Are Journalists?

Featured image Everyone knows that journalists tilt to the left, but this paper makes an interesting effort to quantify journalists’ biases. This chart shows the political self-identification of journalists (those, that is, who don’t claim to be scrupulously neutral): This one is based on original research; the authors counted whom journalists follow on Twitter. Their conclusion is that the average journalist falls somewhere between Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Twitter is relevant »

The Washington Post pulls the old switcheroo on Trump

Featured image The front page of today’s Washington Post exemplifies Steve’s view that there is no longer any distinction between a “news analysis” article (the precious term for “opinion piece on the news page”) and a supposedly straight news piece. The Post’s supposedly straight new pieces consist of an article blaming Trump for school bullying, an article attacking him for saying nice things about Xi Jinping, and a piece claiming that Trump »

Scenes from the Media Meltdown

Featured image The most obvious velleities of the major mainstream media today are, first, a hatred of Fox News, and second, a primal scream at the fact that over the last 25 years old fashioned print and broadcast media have shrunk more than coal mining. Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia University’s famed journalism school, took to the pages of the New York Review of Books in a recent issue to lament the »

1619 and the Oscars: Fit Companions

Featured image Needless to say, I didn’t watch the Academy Awards show last night. In fact, I didn’t know it was on: Hollywood and I parted company a long time ago. But I was surprised to learn from a friend that the New York Times ran an ad, during the Oscars show, for its 1619 Project. This seems unusual. How often does a paper advertise one of its “news” projects on national »

Fact-Checking Jokes: It’s a Thing

Featured image As you no doubt are aware, the liberal Snopes.com web site has repeatedly “fact checked” satirical stories on the Babylon Bee, America’s foremost satire site, or–as Glenn Reynolds says–America’s paper of record. In a related development, and consistent with the hypothesis that liberals undergo an initiation in which any possible sense of humor is surgically removed, CNN reacted angrily to President Trump’s joke that Michael Bloomberg was looking for a »

CNN’s Priorities

Featured image Good to see that CNN has its news priorities straight (so to speak). With the coronavirus threatening to become a serious worldwide epidemic potentially on the scale of the Spanish influenza of 100 years ago, here’s what CNN thinks is important to report: File it under “Why Decent Americans Hate the News Media, Chapter 12,186.” Chaser: Why does CNN make it so easy for Trump? Is he secretly paying them? »

Insuring Trump’s Re-Election

Featured image This is the kind of thing that insures President Trump will be re-elected in November–or would, if anyone watched CNN. It is hard to imagine a less attractive 80 seconds of television. What is it about liberals (and formerly conservative never-Trumpers like Rick Wilson) that makes them so smug and self-satisfied? Especially given that, as in this case, they are generally people of so little accomplishment. Anyway, here it is: »

Why Americans Hate the News Media, Chapter 12,186

Featured image As you know, the New York Times endorsed two women for president (Warren and Klobuchar), because you just knew they weren’t going to endorse a white male. Nonetheless, all of the candidates met with the Times editorial board, with cameras rolling, and this exchange between Timesman Binyamin Appelbaum and Buttigieg offers a great live look at the full smug repulsiveness of the major media (just 42 seconds long): This is »

Denver Post writer fired after arguing there are only two sexes

Featured image Jon Caldara, a conservative columnist for the Denver Post, was fired after writing a column his editor didn’t like. The editor, Megan Schrader, isn’t saying why she fired Caldara or what was wrong with his column. Caldara thinks he was fired because his column disputed the notion that there are more than two sexes. He also says Schrader told him he was the paper’s most read columnist. Here is the »

The New York Times Never Disappoints!

Featured image There’s a joke from way back in the 1980s about how the major media would report the announcement that the world is going to end tomorrow. The Wall Street Journal’s headline would say, “World Ending Tomorrow; Markets to Close Early.” USA Today’s headline would say, “World Ending Tomorrow, but We’ll Grin and Bear It.” And the New York Times headline would say: “World Ending Tomorrow: Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.” Lo and »

Media Madness: NBC News Tells CNN, “Hold My Beer”

Featured image If you think it is impossible to sink lower than CNN, well have a look at a piece up over at NBC News by Noah Berlatsky: Trump Voters Motivated by Racism May Be Violating the Constitution: Can They Be Stopped? The article goes on to report on the “reasoning” of Terry Smith, a visiting professor of law at the University of Baltimore Law School (I never heard of him either), which »

Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 12,186

Featured image Everyone is scandalized that Arizona Senator Martha McSally called a CNN reporter a “liberal hack” and refused to speak with him, but I think this falls into the category of a Michael Kinsley gaffe, that is, when someone tells the truth they’re not supposed to tell in Washington. As Paul noted yesterday, CNN completely disgraced itself in the Democratic debate Tuesday with its handling of the Warren-Sanders “he said—she said” »

The Dem debate’s biggest loser — CNN

Featured image Matt Taibbi, writing from the left for Rolling Stone, calls CNN’s debate performance on Tuesday “villainous and shameful.” Taibbi is referring to CNN’s handling of the “he said, she said” dispute between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And he is absolutely right to characterize CNN’s performance as he does. First, CNN’s Abby Phillip assumed the truth of Warren’s claim that Sanders said a woman couldn’t defeat President Trump. Despite Sanders’s »

Iran’s State News Anchor Resigns

Featured image More fallout from Iran’s shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner: a news anchor on Iran’s state television has resigned, apologizing to the people of Iran for “lying to you on TV for 13 years.” Iran State TV's anchor resigns saying, "It was very hard for me to believe the killing of my countrymen. I apologize for lying to you on TV for 13 years."#IranProtests2020 https://t.co/XnTv72KDkZ — Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January »

Sue the New York Times? They Deserve It

Featured image Peter Brimelow has sued the New York Times for defamation, as reported by PJ Media. Brimelow is not a nobody. Among other things, he was the senior editor of Forbes magazine from 1986 to 2002. Brimelow is now the proprietor of Vdare, a site that can fairly be described, I think, as anti-immigration, a perspective that it shares with millions of Americans. (My own often-expressed opinion is that we should »

Trump pins some blame on Obama for missile attack. Should he have?

Featured image During his address to the nation this morning about the situation with Iran, President Trump said the ballistic missiles that targeted two U.S. air bases in Iraq were paid for using “funds made available by the last administration.” This assertion enraged Democrats and their media allies such as the Washington Post. Is their outrage justified? I see two issues here. The first is whether President Trump should be calling out »