Media Bias

Craziness at the New York Times

Featured image That is an evergreen headline, I suppose, but here are a couple of examples from the last few days. Maggie Haberman is one of the Times reporters who cover President Trump and the White House; like many others, she has been driven around the bend by hatred. This is one of the dumbest tweets of all time: Does…anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song? — »

Snopes: Fact-Checker of Jokes

Featured image To my knowledge, every purported fact checker in the United States is on the left–Snopes, PolitiFact, the Washington Post, the Associated Press. If there is a neutral or conservative fact checker operating–other than sites on the free internet like Power Line–I don’t know who it is. Snopes is not a sophisticated operation. It has fallen for satires on many occasions, purporting to fact-check what are obviously jokes. In at least »

Blasey Ford makes Time’s 100 most influential list

Featured image Christine Blasey Ford didn’t derail Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but she at least has this consolation — she made Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. Not just the United States, the world. Time seems to be assuming that Blasey Ford’s allegation of attempted rape by Kavanaugh is true. Indeed, it turns the floor over to one of her most partisan defenders, Sen. »

If the Justine Damond Case Feels Different, Here’s Why

Featured image Scott has been reporting daily on the criminal trial of Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond in the Summer of 2017. The case has generated a great deal of commentary. One of the sillier such pieces is by columnist Jennifer Brooks in today’s Star Tribune: In a Hennepin County courtroom, the jury studied a collage of crime scene photos and videos, listened to Damond’s »

Nunes v. McClatchy

Featured image Devin Nunes has sued The McClatchy Company and Liz Mair in state court in Virginia, alleging defamation and requesting $150 million in damages. The Complaint, which is embedded below, is fun to read. For example, footnote 1: McClatchy is well-known for publishing false stories meant to advance the false narrative that associates of Donald J. Trump colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 presidential election. McClatchy’s outrageous lies about Cleta »

Josh Hawley: Let’s have a third-party audit of Twitter

Featured image In a letter to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, Sen. Josh Hawley has called for a third-party audit of Twitter’s account suspension policies. It’s pretty obvious to conservatives that Twitter blocks more conservative than liberal content and that there is no good explanation for the disparity. An independent audit would either confirm or disprove this suspicion. The immediate impetus for Hawley’s letter comes from Twitter’s treatment of the new pro-life movie »

A Primer in “Ventriloquist Journalism”

Featured image Scott’s two posts on his and Victor Davis Hanson’s treatment by The New Yorker calls to mind one of the first and most important lessons I learned from my mentor in journalism, the great M. Stanton Evans. Most “mainstream” journalists are not merely biased, but have a narrative story line in mind when they begin “reporting,” so that when they call you on the phone, they aren’t looking for actual »

Donald Trump: Neither evil genius nor bumbler

Featured image During the first term of George W. Bush, I attended a Passover Seder. One of the other guests delivered a long riff about some non-Iraq-related conspiracy Bush supposedly had formulated. I deadpanned, “Wow, that guy sounds like an evil genius.” The guest, who did not know my political leanings replied, “I wouldn’t say genius.” More sophisticated Bush-haters solved the problem I raised with my quip through Vice President Cheney. He »

Russia collusion fake news Hall of Shame

Featured image Amber Athey of the Daily Caller has compiled a list of the worst offenders among news anchors and reporters who, as she puts it, “gave breathless coverage to the alleged [Russia collusion] scandal and ultimately misled the public.” She names 15 offenders. Naturally, Rachel Maddow heads the list. She built her program around the phony collusion story. Below is a sampling of others singled out by Athey, but do read »

Rachel Maddow sheds tears, viewers

Featured image According to the Daily Caller, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lost half-a-million viewers in just one week after it became clear that Robert Mueller did not find enough evidence to support a claim of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia. The phony Russia collusion story had been good to Maddow. It helped drive her show consistently to first or second place in overall cable news ratings during the past year. »

Less than full disclosure from the New York Times

Featured image Yesterday, the New York Times carried an op-ed by Bob Bauer. As the title — “Trump’s Shamelessness Was Outside Mueller’s Jurisdiction” — suggests, the op-ed is just another attempt to talk around the fact that Robert Mueller cleared President Trump of “collusion” with Russia. What’s notable about the article is how the New York Times identifies Bauer. The Times states: Mr. Bauer is a professor of practice and distinguished scholar »

Four Pinocchios for Amy Klobuchar

Featured image Glenn Kessler is the Washington Post’s “fact checker.” He writes a column reporting on his fact checks. In my opinion, Kessler usually does a good job of analyzing claims by partisans, both Democrat and Republican. He identifies what’s correct and/or plausible about a given claim and what’s incorrect and/or implausible about it. He provides useful background information and often offers nuance. Kessler concludes his columns by awarding “Pinocchios” — one »

Will There Be an Accounting?

Featured image Now that the Left’s collusion narrative has fallen apart, many are speculating about whether those who drove it, and roiled our public life for more than two years on the basis of opposition research that they probably knew was fraudulent, will be held to account. There is much to investigate: the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants; the hundreds of incidents of unmasking of innocent American citizens; the attempt by the FBI’s »

Mueller report “opens media outlets to mockery”

Featured image The mainstream media isn’t known for self-awareness. And those in the MSM who report on media are typically as lacking in this regard as their brethren. Thus, it surprised me that the quotation in the headline (paper edition) of this post comes from Paul Farhi, who writes about media for the Washington Post. Farhi’s article is unsparing. If he were a pro-Trumper, he might be accused of spiking the football. »

The Mueller investigation, five things that didn’t happen

Featured image Byron York identifies five things that didn’t happen during the course of Robert Mueller’s now-concluded investigation. Below, I list the five things Byron identified and provide my brief commentary: First, Mueller did not indict Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or other people whose purported legal jeopardy was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year. Thus, Mueller found no criminality arising from that famous meeting Trump Jr. and »

[Fill in the blank], Trump White House in chaos

Featured image The Washington Post greets the Mueller report with its standard, all-purpose story about chaos at the Trump White House. The title of its paper edition article about the White House response to the Mueller is “Trump team didn’t have a plan of attack.” But the White House didn’t need one. Mueller has not called for the indictment of President Trump or any member of his family. And given the news »

Our Adversarial Press, Then and Now

Featured image Yesterday CNN’s Jim Acosta grumbled about the fact that a Daily Caller reporter asked President Trump a softball question at the end of the president’s appearance in the Rose Garden. How dare he? Doesn’t he know the press is supposed to be adversarial, speaking truth to power? Someone on Twitter put Acosta’s gibe at the Daily Caller reporter together with his own fawning question to President Obama a few years »