distorts Bibi's statements, then claims he's walking them back. The distortion of
Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election statements on a two-state solution and Arab voting was a classic
Obama and media distortion. If you take the actual text of Netanyahu said, he never ruled out a
two-state solution and never discouraged Arab voting. But those were the headlines and the
foaming-at-the mouth hyperbole, fomented by the Obama administration in numerous anonymous statements
to the media.
children 'abducted' a year: yet another fishy statistic. [Scroll down] In other
words, these numbers come from an era that predates the wide use of mobile phones, which allow
parents to keep much closer track of their children, or the creation of the Amber alerts (which are
also on phones, in Facebook news feeds and so forth). There is an update in the works but the
results will not be released until sometime later this year. So, first off, you see this is an
estimate, based on a survey, not based on actual incidents. NBC News claimed this was FBI data,
which makes it sound like actual reports, but instead this was simply derived from a study conducted
by academicians for the Justice Department.
Devotes Nearly Four Minutes to Dress Debate, Seconds to Clinton Corruption. On Friday
[2/27/2015], NBC finally noticed the corruption scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton. However,
the coverage on the Today show was relegated to a 49-second mention within a story slamming
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. By contrast, the morning show devoted 3 minutes
56 seconds to a social media debate about the color of a dress.
Bogus Academic Study Creates Bogus Headlines. Thanks to the Washington Post, we
have new entry in what is surely the fastest-growing industry in academia: bogus studies that purport to
show there is no difference between black and white rates of crime. [...] This latest headline from the
Post tells a shocking story: "Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white
teens who commit dozens." Or it would be shocking if it were true. But it is not.
is Maced After Storming a Police Station with Protesters. If you run with radicals,
expect to be treated like them. You storm a police headquarters and you get maced for being part of
the mob. Oh, boo hoo! This reporter should not have expected anything less.
He's lucky he didn't get shot.
Voter ID Laws Are Like Violent Attacks on Blacks at Selma. The journalists at CBS
This Morning on Monday [12/15/2014] compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans
during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years.
great campus rape hoax. Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the
evidence accumulates it's becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism. No,
I'm not talking about the Rolling Stone's lurid and now-exploded fraternity gang-rape story. Whatever the truth behind
that story, it's now clear that basically nothing that Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely told us happened, actually
happened. But the hoax is much bigger than one overwrought and perhaps entirely fictional tale of campus goings-on.
Hysterical Media Tell Us to Calm Down.
In the past week, The New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for
having "fed panic" by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries.
[...] I haven't noticed any panic. If you want panic, review media coverage of the police shooting
in Ferguson, Missouri. That hair-on-fire coverage was based entirely, it turns out, on the media's
gullibly swallowing inaccurate accounts of the incident. For decades liberals have terrified
soccer moms about a slew of imaginary terrors: global warming, Alar on apples, breast implants,
heterosexual AIDS, nuclear war, and Republicans taking away their birth control.
and the Media's Multiple Personality Disorder. While The Daily Mail suggests
that terrorists could transform the virus into a weapon, The Daily Beast declares that the
"Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease." Fox raises the specter of illegal immigrants bringing the
virus over the border, and MSNBC assures us that the authorities have things in hand. One outlet
asks an author of medical thrillers to speculate about the ways the threat might mutate into something
more frightening; another declares that we're watching an "epic, epidemic overreaction." Wait,
sorry: Did I say that was "another" outlet? Actually, those last two both came from CNN.
Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns. The very moment that the
news was confirmed about Dr. Ebola, various reporters started telling everyone to calm down. But
nobody was panicking. I mean, expressing interest in an unbelievably deadly disease that has spread
quickly is not panicking. Panicking is loading up your car like a prepper who just won the Lottery
and heading to your cabin in West Virginia. I mean, maybe there's someone who has done just that.
But there is no evidence that we have any serious problem with people panicking.
CNN Falls For Another Trayvonesque Hoax. Desperate to frame the shooting death of Michael Brown in racial terms, CNN has bitten
hard on what appears to be faked evidence. The network did the same thing during the Trayvon Martin case.
Optics and Questionable MSM Smiley Narratives. Conservatives can be forgiven if, after
having carefully reflected upon a sampling of MSM Ebola narratives, they conclude that something
seems a bit askew. Certain optics and associated stories appear to put a giant smiley face
on the Ebola situation. Nothing to worry about here. Move along. However, certain
omissions raise troubling questions in regard to what we have been told — especially when
the omissions are conjoined with scientific findings on Ebola. [...] The MSM is obviously populated
by many people whose mouths are as big as their brains are tiny. It is therefore no surprise
that many such people do not know how to recognize when a question is really statistical in nature
and, if it is, how to analyze it.
That 'World-Ending' Solar Storm.... News of a devastating solar storm 'just missing'
Earth in 2012 made the rounds last week. Turns out that storm was nowhere near us, and similar
storms have happened before.
sets oil tankers on fire in Afghanistan. Television footage showed black
smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks
scattered around a vast parking space. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack,
saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.
The Editor says...
The sensational headline would lead most readers to believe that somebody had set fire to two or more ocean-going oil
tankers. In reality, only a few thousand gallons of oil — in ordinary trucks — appear
to be involved.
new oil crisis: exploding trains. Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are
waking up to the dark side of North America's energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing,
exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government's oversight.
The Editor says...
The article immediately above is one of those "We need more legislation" commercial for Big Government. Big Oil is
outrunning "the federal government's oversight." Railroad companies apparently don't care if trains derail,
you see, but if the government takes over, there will never be another train wreck.
passenger jet nearly collided with drone in March: FAA. An American Airlines Group Inc aircraft
almost collided with a drone above Florida earlier this year, a near-accident that highlights the growing risk
from rising use of unmanned aircraft, the U.S. air safety regulator said.
The Editor says...
Don't be deceived by the sensational headline. It was a small plane, a small drone, no collision, very small story.
Walters is TV personality, not a journalist. Walters broke into the media business as a behind-the-scenes
writer at NBC, eventually working her way up to be co-host of "Today." She entered the network news world with no
journalistic credentials, a fact that bothered the grizzled news veterans of the day. She made history in 1976 when
ABC hired her to be the first woman to co-anchor a network evening newscast. The gimmick of hiring a "Today" host
to do a serious newscast never worked. Walters had built her career as a morning gabber, and that didn't translate
to the serious news anchor desk.
producer suing NBC. Women working at NBC's Dateline show are regularly asked to pose as 'sexual bait'
for stories about prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual deviants according to a female producer who is now suing
the network. New York-based Kimberly Lengle, 33, says she quit the program last April after a senior HR director
failed to follow-up on her complaints about the practice.
Logic Gets Sucked into the Polar
Vortex. North America is presently experiencing the kind of abnormally cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on computer
climate models. The mainstream media is overflowing with headlines about coldness raging unexpectedly across Canada in January,
Jack Frost nipping at people's noses, and other signs of the Apocalypse. Naturally, then, it was only a matter of time before
these media outlets — aka the global Ministry of Propaganda — let the other shoe drop, and explained how all
this routine winter weather is the result of man-made global warming, and therefore can only be halted by international totalitarianism.
Obama portrayed as victim. Some may think reporters and editors
are simply clumsy or indifferent writers, and sometimes they are. But much of the time they choose their words (and photos) with exquisite and subtle care.
They also realize that most people only look at the headlines and photos of most articles, and that those are therefore the most important elements, and
that even people who do read the article often read only the first few paragraphs.
The media war over George W. Bush's stent.
From Benghazi to the health of former President George W. Bush, wild unsubstantiated assertions by the news media take the place of real reporting.
Fox News is left to set the record straight, yet frequently it doesn't get the credit it deserves. The stent placement in President Bush's coronary
artery is the latest example of the world of Fox News versus wild speculation.
Media Coverage of Benghazi Leans Toward
Political Theater. First, we learned from the Obama Administration that it was a YouTube video that sparked the protests —
a false narrative gladly perpetuated by the media as long as possible. Currently, the media and the administration are pushing the story that
attempts to investigate Benghazi constitute a Republican vendetta, the perpetuation of a "phony scandal" to incite the populace against the President
and former Secretary of State — and presidential hopeful — Hillary Clinton. To this end, it is not surprising that key
details of the recent congressional hearings on Benghazi went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.
Art Horn Letter to
Connecticut State Department of Agriculture. Hurricane Sandy was not a "Super Storm". This label was assigned by the news media.
Those who called Sandy a Super Storm did so because they liked the sound of "Super Storm." Having worked in television news rooms for 25 years
I am well acquainted with these exaggerations. The term "Super Storm Sandy" sounds much more dramatic than "Sandy is a category one Hurricane
on a scale of one to five" which is what it was.
Breaking News! Seventh First Climate
Refugees Discovered! BBC, your climate reporting is pathetic. Doesn't anyone there think to check up on some dewy-eyed reporter
gushing on about the tragic fate of the latest batch of pseudo-refugees? Missing the facts in this story would have been understandable a decade
ago, but in 2013, you guys are a running joke.
The Media's Moral Decline:
Standards, Story Selection Now Tabloids On Steroids. For those who don't live in New York and aren't familiar with the Daily News,
it should be noted that while it sometimes reads like a tabloid, it is a legitimate news source and is mentioned in the same breath as The News York
Times and New York Post one of the city's top newspapers. In fact, the Daily News has won ten Pulitzers and is the fourth-most
circulated newspaper in the United States. To that end, these headlines aren't too different than what we see dominating national or local cable
news today, and by extension (since we cover this stuff), Mediaite as well.
An Abortionist's Unglamorous
Victims. He's allegedly killed more people than Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy combined, but most Americans have never heard
of him. [...] We have wall-to-wall coverage of Jodi Arias, a lone nut who admits to killing her boyfriend in Arizona, but a blackout on Kermit
Gosnell. And why wouldn't we? The Arias trial involves nude pictures, kinky sex, and an attractive woman.
10 Absolute Worst Media Reactions To The Boston Marathon Bombings. In the media business, what's the one
thing you can consistently expect from reporters, pundits, "experts," and anchors on the day of a major news event?
Speculation. Wild, unabashed speculation. Oftentimes, their conjecture is based on their own political beliefs
and agendas. And this can lead to some particularly ugly comments while the wounds are still fresh during major
tragedies like the Newtown and Aurora massacres... and Monday's Boston marathon bombings.
The Media's Privacy War. Sensationalizing the news and
publicizing the story non-stop allows advertisers to count on human nature. The public tunes in and/or buys the newspaper.
Media networks bet that if you get hooked on the drama, the personalities of the reporters, you will keep watching or buying the particular
outlet for your news. High viewership and readership increases the likelihood of advertising sales. The media wages a privacy
war for money.
Flap May Turn Tide. The more superficial the brouhaha the bigger its impact. What public figures say is more important
than what they do, because cable TV and political blogs can cover a mud fight more cheaply and more easily than they can a real story.
Geraldo Rivera and Common Decency. There are those
who will dismiss Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera's announcement that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014 as a Republican as
just one more publicity stunt in a career replete with them. Rivera's public record is mixed, as it has combined serious advocacy on a number of issues
with the sort of foolish excess that has given a bad name to tabloid journalism. If people think of him more as a celebrity than a journalist, it is his
own fault and not something that he has seemed to mind very much.
The media love maniacs.
The same media that pointedly ignore frequent life-saving defensive uses of firearms consistently pours hours and days and weeks of attention
upon the latest maniac who chooses a firearm as his tool of mass murder, so that the next potential insane villain cannot fail to notice the
easy path to fame and immortality that the misuse of a gun can bring. But the greatest fame will only attach if they can beat the previous
body-count record, a number constantly and loudly broadcast, so that no one can fail to hear it. The message to the unstable is clear:
Come on, you crazy guys, can't you at least murder your way to thirty?
Newtown is the Latest Example of Media Overkill.
On behalf of all us, I beg the media: Please go away. Please stop cold calling my friends who live in Sandy Hook for potential news nuggets.
Please stop harassing people like my mother as they leave funerals. Please stop parking on people's lawns without permission.
CBS presents hype as news. Does anyone remember when CBS used to be a
respected news organization that did its own research — or at least quoted independent experts? Or even conducted interviews?
When it comes to health and science news, alas, it seems like they've been reduced to rewriting alarmist or sensationalist press releases.
The 'Screw Science' Media and Super
Storm Sandy. When science departs from the scary-story script, journalists are the first to dismiss its importance.
'Muslim Rage': A sickening piece of shock journalism that cheapens a once great magazine. Sensational covers now
seem to be the only way to keep selling the magazine, whether it's declaring Obama to be the first gay president or a recycled
picture of asparagus spears and a juicy pair of lips to tease customers into parting with their change.
A Tsunami of Exaggeration.
One of the current obsessions is how much debris from the tsunami in Japan last year — some of it possibly
radioactive!!! — will be washing ashore in North America. Usha Lee McFarling writes in the Los Angeles
Times that we should all calm down.
When 'Minority' is a Trick of
Definition. When the Census Bureau this month issued a press release headlined "Most Children Younger Than Age 1 are
Minorities," the media snapped to attention. News outlets nationwide covered the announcement, hailing it as a "historic demographic
milestone" (CNN), as the "dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority" (Washington Post), and as an "important turning
point for the nation" (McClatchy) that would "starkly ... change the face of America's next generations" (Time). None of that was
true. None of that was new, either.
Mike Wallace, Entertainment, and Journalism.
On the back nine, Mike liked to think of himself exclusively as a journalist. The network might have plucked him from daytime
television — but taking the shill out of the entertainer was another matter. Wallace was the quintessential barker, an
ambulance-chaser with press credentials. He perfected the art of "ambush" journalism at CBS. With such tactics, copy led only
when it bled. Indeed, Mike Wallace's career echoes some of the more predatory traditions of broadcast journalism.
Journalism's Eroding Integrity. The ABC News product increasingly
ceases to be journalism. It is sensationalism. It is reprehensible. It's time to let ABC News feel the sting of public disapproval.
Journalists don't have
good grasp of religion. Evidence of big media's bias against religion that doesn't advance the secular and liberal agenda of the
Democratic Party is beyond dispute. Any faith attached to a conservative agenda is to be ridiculed, stereotyped and misrepresented.
Islam is a notable exception. The media appear to bend over backward not to offend Muslims.
ABC News' reporting on the
Aurora shooting is even worse than we thought. Apparently this story isn't horrible enough already. The people we used to count on
to tell us the news keep doing [everything they can] to make it even worse.
called in because of disruptive MEDIA members harassing employees at Hollywood Chick-Fil-A 'kiss-in'. Apparently, in Hollywood, CA police
had to be called in because of disruptive people. The police weren't called in because of the protesters doing anything wrong, but rather for the
pink slime media members who were harassing the employees!
Upon Further Review?
How the media does love its monsters. The media got an early Christmas gift from Jerry Sandusky, who fills
the hideous monster vacuum that had developed after Osama Bin Laden was slain. How the media does love its
monsters. After Bin Laden, the monster niche was neatly filled by Dominique Strauss-Kahn (almost forgotten
now, relegated to media monster purgatory.) Prior to DSK we had folk villain Bernie Madoff, after which
Michael Vick's head was served to us on a platter. Prior to Vick came loony monster Mel Gibson, preceded
by Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber and, to be sure, O.J. Simpson, a sort of monster emeritus. Qadaffi
was October monster of the month, giving way to Sandusky.
What is Poverty in the United States
Today? [Scroll down] Mainstream news media also present poverty in America as severe material
hardship. ... The ongoing use of examples of severe hardship in TV news should not be surprising. TV news
thrives on drama, and reporters naturally seek out the starkest and most sympathetic examples of poverty to build
the most compelling stories. By contrast, a realistic portrayal of the living conditions of the typical poor
family in America would not make compelling viewing. In fact, the audience would be unlikely to regard
such a family as seriously deprived.
Payday Loans. The
mindset of the left was recently displayed in a big, front-page story in the October 30th issue of the San Mateo
County Times. It was an investigative reporter's expose of the "payday loan" business and its lobbyists.
According to the reporter: "In California lenders charge up to $45 in fees on a maximum $300 loan.
This amounts to an interest rate of 460 percent, trapping some borrowers into a never-ending cycle of
debt." ... Using this kind of reasoning — or lack of reasoning — you could quote the price of
salmon as $15,000 a ton or say a hotel room rents for $36,000 a year, when no consumer buys a ton of salmon and
few people stay in a hotel room all year. It is clever propaganda, but do people buy newspapers to be
The 'Hunger' Hoax.
Twenty years ago, hysteria swept through the media over "hunger in America." Dan Rather opened a CBS Evening
News broadcast in 1991 declaring, "one in eight American children is going hungry tonight." Newsweek,
the Associated Press and the Boston Globe repeated this statistic, and many others joined the media chorus,
with or without that unsubstantiated statistic.
Jackie, Oh No. Is
there a more empathetic person in the world than Diane Sawyer, the top newsreader at ABC TV? I'm sure
there must be — around seven billion of them, probably. But is there anyone who looks more
empathetic than Diane Sawyer? Not a chance. When she peers at you through the camera she has the
look of someone who's just seen your lab results and is trying to figure out how to break the bad news.
The Editor says...
Bill Curtis of WBBM-TV has perfected the "phony concerned look".
Poverty in the U.S.. Poor Americans, on average, live in larger houses or apartments than does
the average, non-poor individual living in Sweden, France, Germany or the United Kingdom. The media cry
with alarm that "nearly one in four kids" in the nation are hungry. Again, government data show
otherwise. Fully 96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any
time during 2009, despite the severity of the recession, according to data from the U.S. Department of
A Weather Newsgasm. [Scroll
down] The incessant "news" coverage reflects the way television (and print) news professionals tend to
regard viewers as too stupid to make decisions as basic as preparing for the hurricane or evacuating before
its arrival, nor do they just report the news, i.e., the facts. So far as Irene was concerned, they
engaged in massive speculation and endless predictions.
Here's an example of news media alarmism:
Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop.
Those little boxes that usher cable signals and digital recording capacity into televisions have become the
single largest electricity drain in many American homes, with some typical home entertainment configurations
eating more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems. ... One
high-definition DVR and one high-definition cable box use an average of 446 kilowatt hours a year...
The Editor's rebuttal:
Do the math. 446 kWh a year, consumed by an appliance that runs 24 hours a day, is an
average power consumption of only 50 watts. Is that more power than your "central
air-conditioning system" uses? Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to get a high-def DVR
and a cable box. If that's how you want to spend your money, that's your business.
Exploiting the Japanese.
For the left, no crisis is too terrible to go unused. So it is with the horrific suffering that has
taken place in Japan. ... In [an] appearance on the NBC Nightly News, Edward Lyman of UCS stressed
the ominous situation in Japan while at the same time stressing that "it can happen here." The
"safety bar is set too low," Lyman insisted. We need more restrictions — presumably
the sort that would slow down further nuclear power development or shut it down entirely. Suddenly,
the media was full of the "worse than Three Mile Island" scenario — the worst nuclear
catastrophe since Chernobyl. Come to think of it, has there been a nuclear "catastrophe" since
Chernobyl? Is the situation in Japan, however serious it may be, a Chernobyl-scale accident?
Not likely, but the media seems to be licking its lips, hoping it will come close.
Fear the Media Meltdown,
Not the Nuclear One. Relax: this is not another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and I'll
tell you exactly why. The only thing to fear is the sensationalist reporting that has the world panicked.
The Media's Deadly Sin.
Last year I was listening to the radio and heard that our area had experienced an earthquake during the night.
I took the reporter's word that it happened; it had been so mild that I slept right through it. In
December 1995, if one weren't visiting a national park or applying for a passport, the government shutdown had
the same impact as that earthquake. In other words, if it hadn't been for the media caterwauling, the
majority of us wouldn't have even known the shutdown had happened.
sob stories block reform. Now that budget battles have begun in earnest all around the country,
those advocating spending cuts, Democratic and Republican, had better not expect any help in furthering their
cause from the mainstream news media. In fact, the news media might be their most formidable foe.
How so? Well, now that we know the targets of the cuts, the news media, suckers for a sob story,
are already throbbing with carefully orchestrated, heart-rending tales about what devastation those cuts will
cause: Children who won't be fed; students unable to afford college; classrooms bursting at the seams;
cancers that will not be treated; trains that won't run; roads that won't be built; families becoming homeless
or freezing in their unheated homes; single mothers who will lose child care and job training; food that will
not be inspected; water and air that will be more polluted; farmers who will be forced from their land;
playgrounds, parks, museums, libraries and health clinics that will be closed. You know the drill.
The Toyota Death Panel. The
Toyota scare was just the latest in a long series of orchestrated crises, in the tradition of the Alar scam
of the 1980s, or DDT hysteria before that. It's very easy to provoke a media stampede against a large
corporation. The narrative plays into the anti-business biases of reporters, whose ears are hungry
for the distant cry of trumpets calling them to battle in a populist crusade.
The Anti-Cop Trend That Isn't.
[Scroll down] Dig into most of these articles, however, and you will find there is no real evidence of an
increase in anti-police violence, let alone one that can be traced to anti-police rhetoric, gun sales, disrespect
for authority, or "don't tread on me" sentiment. (CNN is one of the few media outlets that have covered
the purported anti-police trend with appropriate skepticism.) Amid all the quotes from concerned law
enforcement officials in MSNBC's "War on Cops" article, for example, is a casual mention that police fatality
statistics for this month are about the same as they were in January 2010.
The Media's Debacles. Without an
analysis of the significance of an event, the news becomes an arena in which to compete for attention and the
most outlandish, shocking, offensive or bizarre becomes "newsworthy". Competition for sensational news
is no less intense today than it was when the so-called "yellow press" in the United States, largely under the
control of editor William Randolph Hearst, found Spain guilty for the disaster of the sinking of the U.S.
battleship "Maine" in Havana harbor and provoked the Spanish-American War in 1898. ... A viewing audience
unequipped with basic background information is likely to take at face value the absurd, shocking and
grotesque if portrayed often enough and presented as "news".
IPCC Distortion Of Weather And Climate Is Reinforced
By Media Hyperbole. It's pathetic to watch the US mainstream media yearn for a hurricane, especially
one that will threaten people. They anxiously scan the weather maps off the coast of West Africa for any
low-pressure system that might develop into a news making, life threatening, normal event. It is another
measure of how the media is not about news but editorializing, speculation and sensationalism. Sadly,
they are joined in this or at least not dissuaded or counteracted by government agencies.
Jacksonian America. On
September 11th 2001, about an hour after the planes hit the twin towers, Jo Moore, a senior advisor to
Britain's Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, turned away from the TV and
fired off a departmental e-mail: It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.
I'm not sure where Ms Moore is these days, but June 25th and all the following week were even better
days to get out anything you want to bury. The House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey
"cap-and-trade" bill ... And nobody cared. Because Michael Jackson had died.
Price Of A Porcine Panic. There's panic in the streets over a flu outbreak. "Projections
are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans," the nation's top health official has warned.
The virus is swine flu. But the date is 1976. And the projection, it turns out, is off by
999,999 deaths. Direct ones, that is. The hastily developed vaccine killed or crippled
Figuring How to Terrify Us Over Swine Flu.
"U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and
as many as several hundred thousand could die." So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of
which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at the keyboard.
A pandemic of
panic — are we dead yet? We were all supposed to be in the graveyard by now, done in by AIDS,
SARS, bird flu, poisoned peanut butter, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, global warming and strangulation by
kudzu. But here we are, proof that there really is life after death.
The Great Liberal
Pandemonium Machine. The Mexican swine flu pandemic? Oh, that's soooo yesterday.
Global Warming? All those confident "scientific" predictions are falling apart around the world, even
as greedy politicians still try to squeeze the last little drops of power and money out of them. Human
flesh-eating bacteria? SARS? Ozone holes? Mad Cow? The Curse of the Killer Tomatoes?
Water torture? CO2? Bee Colony Collapse? It never ends. As long as scare stories sell,
as long as millions of indoctrinated suckers fall for them they will never end.
salmonella, bird flu, the Millennium Bug... should we actually be scared this time? Don't we
have the sense that we have seen this kind of panic before, which eventually turned out to have gone way over
the top? The moment which more than any might have set off a severe attack of deja vu came when the
BBC Today programme wheeled on an expert from the World Health Organisation to tell us that '40 percent'
of us in Britain may catch swine flu — while another unnamed expert was quoted predicting
that '1.2 million' Britons could die.
Yellowcake and Yellow Journalism:
On MSNBC they're covering the [Scooter Libby] trial like it's the Normandy Invasion, starring Elvis Presley,
as told by Joseph Goebbels. MSNBC's "reportage" consists of endless repetition of arbitrary assertions,
half-truths and thoroughly debunked canards. No one else cares about the trial — except presumably
Scooter Libby — so the passionate left is allowed to invent a liberal fable without correction.
Yellow Science: Man has
always had a healthy desire for knowledge, and it is the feeding of this hunger that ennobles journalism.
Hearst and Pulitzer were acutely aware that man has a less healthy but no less voracious desire to believe that
he has knowledge, particularly knowledge of something sensational. It is the feeding of this hunger that
irreparably disgraced journalism, and a century later now threatens to do the same to science.
The Fog of Breaking News: Why you should take
reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.
Paris, Lindsay and A-Rod? We Don't Care!
Apparently, the causal relationship between the media's supply of celebrity gossip and the public's demand for
it is a two-way street. America's seemingly insatiable appetite for celebrity scandal is a troubling sign,
but here's an even more alarming truth: Our enemy — facing the most powerful military force
in history — has never concealed its belief that its ultimate triumph, as well as our ultimate
demise, will come about because Americans are too fat, lazy and decadent to care enough to fight for
their civilization and their values.
Movie shows photo fraud involved in wartime
journalism. Numerous examples of Photoshop embellishment and throw-down toys carefully
arranged by news photographers to evoke emotion.
Amped-up storm coverage
may become the norm. Nearly a year later, hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still fresh on Gulf
Coast minds, and Houston's television stations are trending toward more aggressive storm coverage.
The Editor continues to rant...
How can someone report current events aggressively without dishonest hype? What
does "aggressive coverage" really mean anyway? It means the poorly educated masses in
Houston will be drenched, if you will, with sensational, pessimistically speculative, tabloid
television. This style of "journalism" benefits only the TV stations and their advertisers,
not the viewers.
How a New York Times reporter's passion
for Castro led him astray: Aha! Finally we've discovered the missing ingredient
in American journalism, the vitamin deficiency that's been shrinking newspaper circulation and TV
newscast audiences all these years. What Americans clamor for is not information but passion.
The heroes of the coverage of Katrina were not the reporters who got the most accurate stories but
the ones who shouted the loudest or cried the hardest.
TV News Meets the Vast
Wasteland: Those amusing, though sadly depressing man-in-the-street interviews are an indication
that the American hoi-polloi get whatever knowledge they may have only from TV newscasts, not printed
material. For this reason, national TV news has become increasingly more dependent on the sensationalism
that their entertainment brethren can provide to attract viewers. It's sometimes hard to determine where
news coverage leaves off and entertainment begins, but the signs have been around for a long time. The
O.J. Simpson day-by-day trial was the most egregious example, but John Kennedy Jr.'s fatal flight coverage was
a close second in televised excess. Aging stalwarts like Barbara Walters think they can alternate
between slobbering celebrity interviews and interrogating prominent political figures without suffering
a lack of credibility.
Barbara Walters is not a role model.
She's written a tell-all autobiography. And she's promoting it on ABC, which continues to employ her.
Once upon a time, legitimate news organizations would not have allowed a conflict of interest like this.
ABC Even Complains About
Charity. No good deed goes unpunished — that was the theme of an ABC Christmas day segment
about donating clothing to charity. "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson," took "A Closer Look"
at charities and gave the appearance of dishonesty.
protest films, e-porn and bimbos. Year's end is a time of many media traditions. For example,
the tearing away of the last page of the calendar is all the excuse TV producers need to recycle hours of sensational
video footage of dubious news value on the pretense that viewers need to relive the last 365 days. ... And
then there's the practice of "spotting trends" from the year. Trend-spotting has become something of an
obsession with today's journalists, particularly at newspapers coping with the fact that they don't "break"
news the way they did in the past.
for the Media. It is an unsettling time to be a journalist. You are either on the edge of
extinction or in charge of the universe. The newspaper industry is condemned to write piecemeal its own
obituary without knowing when or how — or, truth be told, if — the end will come.
Broadcast media now possess a self-inflated importance that they rarely bother to deny.
Times's Human Wrecking Ball. Great newspapers take decades to build. We are discovering
that they can be dismantled in relatively short order.
fiasco: Or Feliz ano nuevo. The decline of American sovereignty would typically
be a big story in any year, but with all the news coming out of Hollywood this year, maybe it
was a bit overshadowed by more significant events. I mean, how can the virtual surrender
of a 231-year-old nation to the Pollyanna-ish forces of political correctness possibly compete
with the dramatic real-life struggles of Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and the
nation's hot new nymphet, Britney's baby sister, Jamie Lynn Spears?
Summertime, and the news is so
cheesy. Last year's Great August Story was left-wing activist Cindy Sheehan's absurd campout
near the president's Texas ranch, which, much to the dismay of Mrs. Sheehan, was interrupted only after
Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Remember the Summer of the Shark? That was 2001, when
the media hyped shark attacks, despite the widely acknowledged fact that the season's attacks were no higher
than previous seasons'.
Bigotry and Sports:
Although not too many years ago, sports-writing was considered the "toy department" of journalism, the boys and
girls in the press box have been eager to catch up to their counterparts in the "real" world. And so, they
are also no longer content with merely reporting the scores, trades and what have you; they must now generate
the news. And, similar to the mainstream media, they need divisive issues in order to push the agenda of
all J-school graduates: to change the world.
Hurricane Hype Clouds Warming
Debate. ABC's Jeffrey Kofman sounded the alarm about storms so bad scientists "are now considering
adding a fearsome category 6. That's hurricanes of more than 175 miles an hour. Something no
one would want to meet head-on." No one did. Category 6 wasn't even added, and the chorus of
media hype about another deadly season of storms turned into so much hot air. That's right -- forecasts
for the 2006 hurricane season, which ends November 30, have proven entirely wrong. Instead of
17 tropical storms and hurricanes, we got only nine.
politics: In these grim and foreboding times, our media have this year spent incredible amounts
of time on a hunting accident involving Vice President Cheney, a bogus claim that the administration revealed
Valerie Plame's identity as a C.I.A. "agent" — actually a desk job in Virginia — and is
now going ballistic over a Congressman who sent raunchy e-mails to Congressional pages. This is the
frivolous media — and the biased media.
9/11 Myths, Debunked. Trust that
conspiracy theorists will attempt to exploit the fifth anniversary of 9/11 to spread sensational claims and
sensational lies. Moreover, it's a fair bet sensationalist media will collaborate, not because the
squawk show host or headline scribbler believes the poisoned foolishness, but because anger, fear and
Shepard Smith Smears Swift Boat
Vets. While some press attention has been focused on the seeming odd-couple of Rupert
Murdoch raising money for Hillary Clinton, another fascinating relationship has apparently been developed
between Fox News and Hugh Hefner's Playboy. Fox News' Neil Cavuto aired an interview with Hugh Hefner
on May 4, on the grounds that the announcement of his "Playmate of the Year" was "business news," and
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is interviewed in the June issue of Playboy magazine.
Al Gore and the Global Warming
Scare. People are naturally prone to worry about dangers that are invisible: radioactivity, for
one spectacular example. The media know this, and are forever trumpeting the discovery of new perils
to scare us with. Hardly a week passes without someone announcing that some familiar food or other
useful substance has just been discovered to cause cancer (though usually only when administered in huge doses
to mice). Dangers associated with weather are special favorites because they are usually so difficult to
cope with. In recent decades, we have been treated to alarmist reports about impending disasters to be
caused by nuclear winter, acid rain and the ozone hole. But the Big Daddy of all such scare stories
is "global warming."
someone mention Global Warming?
TV Jumps on Stale NSA Database Story. Like the TV
coverage, USA Today's story insinuated that the existence of the database was a major violation of Americans'
privacy rights and evidence that the President was lying last December when he described the NSA's eavesdropping
on suspected terrorist communications as limited and targeted.
Simply Put, the US Mainstream
Media Provides an Inferior Product. They may have the most advanced technology for delivering
the news and the flashiest sets, graphics and promotional tactics; they may have scoured the earth for the
"prettiest" people who can read Teleprompters and those with the most important sounding voices, but they
have sacrificed their credibility at the altar of the almighty advertising dollar and because of that the
public's trust in the mainstream media is shattered.
Drivin' and Not Cryin'? When it
comes to gas prices, the media too often know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Flip
open a paper and turn on the TV and you'll learn that gas prices are rising again. "Stormy 6 Weeks
Ahead" says CBSNews and warns consumers to expect "pain at the pump."
Digging for the
truth: Too many journalists fail to dig deeply enough to get to the real story. They
breathless hype the latest scare about everything from pesticides and "road rage" to cell phones and
irradiated food. Deadly dangers lurk everywhere, and your Intrepid Reporter is all that stands
between you and certain disaster.
Media eat up
absurd rape story. I called it back in April. When a black stripper claimed three white
Duke University lacrosse players gang-raped her at a party, I knew instinctively it was a lie. The
tale reeked of Tawana Brawley-like fabrications.
Movie shows photo fraud involved in wartime
journalism. Numerous examples of Photoshop embellishment and throw-down toys carefully
arranged by news photographers to evoke emotion.
opinion. Opinion journalism — the business not of reporting what happened, but of
commenting on it — tends to place a premium on speed. When that story breaks on Tuesday,
members of the pundits' guild spring into action as well. Editorial writers and columnists tell their
readers what the news means. TV talking heads and radio pontificators pass judgment. Internet
bloggers — the commentariat's newest, increasingly influential players — scramble
to weigh in.
CBS Whips Up Worry about Hurricane
Season: The first day of spring  proved perfect timing for the CBS's Jim Acosta to resurrect
global warming as the villain behind last year's hurricane season, downplaying how hotly debated the matter
is in the scientific community.
With NBC Over 'Dateline' Segment. "It is outrageous that a news organization of NBC's
stature would stoop to the level of going out to create news instead of reporting news," [NASCAR
spokesman Ramsey] Poston said [4/5/2006]. "Any legitimate journalist in America should be
embarrassed by this stunt. The obvious intent by NBC was to evoke reaction, and we are
confident our fans won't take the bait," he said.
ABC Hatches Weeklong Series on
Bird Flu: In 2003, ABC questioned government's bioterrorism warnings, but now emphasizes
the latest concerns on bird flu.
Are You Satisfied With Your TV
News? Sound bites! They may be the death of Western civilization! The triviality of
our network and local TV news is well known. Locally, so much of the local channels give us a steady diet
of blood and guts that is debilitating. All the accidents, the murders, the court appearances of sordid
criminals, the crimes of all descriptions seem to be their main focus.
The propaganda broadcasting
network: The definition of propaganda describes ABC News' decision to enlist the services of
actor and teenage heartthrob, Leonardo DiCaprio, to interview President Clinton about the environment:
"the spreading of ideas, information or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause
or a person."
Sometimes, during what are called "slow news periods," newspapers and magazines struggle to fill pages.
In America at least, they solve this problem several ways: by printing what are generously called "puff
pieces", by covering tabloid trash stories, or by recycling old items to try to get more mileage out of
them. We seem to be in one of those times nationally, even with the so-called "war on terrorism."
When George W. Bush choking on a pretzel is the big story of the week, you know it is a
slow news time.
How CNN Creates The
News: CNN's "Compound" Interest: Their interest is in ratings and sensationalism,
not in accuracy or justice.
is the media thinking by ignoring the Medal of Honor? "If it bleeds, it leads" is a canon of
today's mass media, so bad news usually trumps good news for editors and producers. But this week proves
there is an even more powerful maxim: "Trivial celebrity news beats all." The carefully choreographed
royal pronouncement pushed at least two other events — far more important to Americans — well
into the background of U.S. print and broadcast media.
Soft News Erodes
Audience: The rise in "soft news" and "critical journalism" could be turning off
traditional news audiences, according to a Harvard University study. Soft news was defined as
being typically more sensational, more personality-centered, more entertainment-oriented and more
incident-based than traditional public affairs news.
Christmas with Hef: They claim
that she gets "the big stories." But MSNBC's Rita Cosby continues to dig in the bottom of the
barrel to attract an audience.
most destructive kind of racism. Paula Zahn devoted two of her hour-long CNN shows this week to
the topic "Skin Deep: Racism in America." After taking the time to watch, the question I walked away with
was: "What was the point?" In my view, the shows told us little that most of us don't already
know — strong racist sentiments exist in the country — and really never asked the deeper
and more important questions about what this means and why we should care.
and limits: This "If I Did It" book and TV interview monstrosity was deliberately planned for the
last week of the November sweeps, and Simpson reportedly was to be paid a cool $3.5 million for his
efforts. It was a disaster. Fox News Channel discussed the story relentlessly, obviously promoting
both the book and the upcoming interview, but it backfired and open revolt ensued.
At The End. The surrealism of celebrity pop culture erupts when a major celebrity dies. The
sudden, mysterious death of Michael Jackson caused a near-total eclipse of the real news. The cable-news
channels blurred into 24-7 wailing walls for the so-called "King of Pop." Television ratings surged with
a big ka-ching. So much for the "news" business.
You Know The Real Reason Why Time Mag Is Going
Down the Drain? The Content! For all the tears that get shed over the beginning of the middle of
the end for Mr. Luce's mag and newsweeklies in general, one obvious explanation generally gets glossed
over: They are mostly written by conventional-wisdom mongerers who can barely finish shipping an
issue of "Why Dinosaurs Believed in God" and "The Mother Mary Holy Water Diet" before rushing out
something like this time-waster by esteemed historian David M. Kennedy.
The Michael Jackson funeral.
In their rush to pander to the lowest common denominator, the major media, especially television, have fallen for their own
hype, in a self-reinforcing cycle of Jackson mania. They believed the importance of their coverage was revealed by the
fact that all their peers and competitors regarded Jackson as equally important. The public has even less reason to
place their confidence in the antique media that brought us the sensationalistic coverage of the funeral of a celebrity
whose career and life have been falling apart for many years.
The 12 Days of Michael.
There's no doubt about it. Celebrity is the media's top priority. Michael Jackson's June 25 death
overshadowed all other news for almost two weeks. Nightly news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC featured at least
one story each night about Jackson since his death. More than half of those broadcasts aired since June 25
lead (sic) with a story about Jackson.
What ever Happened To The Erupting Iceland Volcano?
The Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to erupt in Iceland, but the story has fallen off the very small mainstream media
tabletop. ... A brief examination of climate history shows how much it changes naturally and how those changes are a great
influence on nature and human history. The planes may be flying again but the fallout from the eruption is just
beginning. The mainstream media ... quickly lurch on to the next hysteria leaving the outcome and fallout of
previous hysterias unreported.
The Lies of Duke: "She was
black, they were white, and race and sex were in the air." That's how a Washington Post columnist
described the atmosphere that led to the brutal gang rape of Crystal Mangum by a group of Duke University
lacrosse players in 2006. You remember, right? That was the violent, racially motivated hate crime
that never happened.
become 'self-reverential' celebrities. Newsmen have become the news. And the gossip. One may
run for office. Many are vying for a single plum job. Another is suing his old network for millions.
It is a long way from the austere days of Eric Sevareid, when staid anchormen left stardom to Hollywood.
The national news media provide publicity for
every crazed gunman who goes out with a bang.
Dial CNN for
Murder. The same dangerous pattern has been repeated again and again. The disturbed man who
took hostages at Sen. Clinton's headquarters in New Hampshire told loved ones to "watch the news tonight."
The shooter who terrorized an Omaha shopping mall by mowing down total strangers has achieved his goal (and I
will not add to the problem by publishing his name). He left a suicide note in which he predicted "at
least now I'll be famous." His picture is featured in every newspaper and is flashed on television
hourly. His miseries are being dissected and analyzed. ... And other disturbed people are watching
and taking note.
The Media Has Declared...
WAR! Newsrooms and hospitals have one major thing in common: the "hush" is the loudest thing
anyone ever hears. The "hush" is the moment when normal activity stops cold for an announcement of major
events that will entirely reshape any usual activity. While both newsrooms and hospitals stop on that kind of
news — and then, following it, race into a whirlwind of overdrive — the similarities end
there. Hospitals gird for the incoming and the flood of bad news to follow; most newsrooms do not.
In a newsroom, tragic events are met with a different vibe: an electric jolt that energizes the room with a
sense of self-importance. The shot of adrenaline that surges through a newsroom is fascinating to watch.
madness: The Virginia Tech story. There seems to be just one template for the media in
covering tragedies like that which just occurred at Virginia Tech: Discussion of further regulation of
guns and so much coverage of the perpetrator that copycats are sure to be impressed. … Seeing the
glorification of the latest mass murderer, the next Cho may be already getting some ideas about how to
take follow in his footsteps.
the risk of copycat killers: The way the media cover an event influences whether
there will be repetitions. For example, if a fan runs onto the field during a baseball
game, the broadcast cameras usually avoid showing pictures of the fan. The TV producers
know that the fan on the field is seeking attention, and that, presumably, getting his picture
on television will reward him. Moreover, broadcasting the man's antics would encourage
Questions about Shootings at Universities. The day after the mass murder of students at Northern
Illinois University (NIU), the headline in the closest major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, was:
"6 Dead in NIU Shooting." "6 dead" included the murderer. Why wasn't the headline
"5 killed at NIU"? It is nothing less than moronic that the media routinely lump murderers
and their victims in the same tally. This is something entirely new. Until the morally confused
took over the universities and the news media, murderers were never counted along with their victims.
time of tragedy, media are at their worst. The press, particularly television news networks
… [are] competing with each other like starving dogs for the slightest new morsel of information they
can then put on a permanent loop on cable TV, until the next fragmentary detail is pried loose by a reporter
desperate to be first, for 15 minutes. Because there isn't enough new information to fill the
infinite void allotted to these stories, the press quickly succumbs to a kind of emotional vampirism, feeding
off the grief, fear and anguish of victims clearly incapable of understanding their own feelings….
Murder by media?
Did the non-stop playing of the Virginia Tech killer's twisted thoughts help to push a fragile mind in Houston
to walk the same grisly path? Has the airing of that video set in motion other killers and imitators who
may not carry out their copy-cat crimes for months or years?
Autism Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg.
The lead author of that anti-vaccine study, which also appeared in one most respected medical journals, The
Lancet, was British physician Andrew Wakefield. And its consequences include millions of terrified
and confused parents, large drops in vaccination rates and death. Yet while this "deliberate fraud" has
been exposed, others continue to go unchallenged, or worse, get trumpeted by reporters who should know better.
Regarding Wakefield, many people, including me, have spent years puncturing his claims and those of his acolytes
in the anti-vaccine movement. But a media that thrives on sensationalism instead played up the phony link.
Hooked on trivia.
We try to hear and see no evil, but it's not far-fetched to suggest that future world events could quickly change
the lives of millions. So why then fixate on Anna Nicole, Rosie, Imus and Alec? Simple — they
are the modern equivalents of grotesque carnival freak shows that used to provide a perverse sense of escapism
from what people dare not face. Yet as our dependency on such tabloid distraction grows, so, too, do the
real dangers that we ignore.
Lines Between News and Entertainment are Blurring. An on-screen NBC News identifier for
a fictional debate on "The West Wing" and a "news conference" by a fake Boston Red Sox executive on
ESPN show how fuzzy the lines between news and entertainment have become.
Too much TV drama over storms. We
are now celebrating the anniversary of the Katrina hurricane and if one did not know better, one would think
it was a fantastic event. … The hurricane season started a couple of months ago, and when watching TV,
reading the papers or listening to the radio, it was obvious that the media was waiting with bated breath
for the next disaster. The season is half over and we can report no disasters. They really are
Like the wind, hurricane predictions keep
shifting. Hurricane forecaster William Gray's team downgraded its predictions again for the
2006 Atlantic storm season Friday [9/1/2006], saying 13 named storms are likely to form this year instead
of 15. … Before hurricane season began June 1, Gray's team called for 17 named storms. He
trimmed that to 15 early last month.
has become bogeyman, news staple. It began as a mass e-mail in a certain Seattle
office building on December's first day. A cold front was arriving! Snow! Ice! Untold
inches for the city and surrounding area! … The cautious drove home after lunch. The brave
stayed behind. And the snow never came. Not even an inch.
Global Warming to Blame for Hot
Weather Hyperbole. A heat index of more than 100 degrees for days on end not only drains
the body and spirit, but it also takes its toll on the thesaurus. There is a limit to the number of
ways to describe the heat and still sound relatively intelligent.
How many times have you heard a weatherman say that the sun will try to come out later in the day? Sometimes
their prediction turns out to be false and I wonder whether they would explain it by saying the sun didn't try
hard enough. But it's not just weathermen who use teleological explanations, ascribing purposeful behavior
to inanimate objects.
Rush to Duke's Defense. Usually, reporters breathlessly take everything prosecutors and the
police say at face value, often to devastating effect upon criminal defendants. The "perp walk," in
which a suspect is paraded publicly in handcuffs from place to place, often after officials have told
television producers where to place their cameras, is only the most visible example of this practice. The
reporters get their shot. The police get to portray the defendant, innocent or not, as
dangerous (i.e. guilty) in the eyes of potential jurors.
news is a stage. As they spin the Saddam trial and deride our soldiers in Iraq, the
lesson is clear: These media masters of theater are incapable of delivering real drama and
good news unless they control the script. Fortunately, you control the remote.
Right About America! Last Sunday when I returned from church services I
opened my hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and settled in with a
cup of coffee to review the day's news. It was a good thing I had already received
my inspiration at church, or I could have easily become downright depressed over the
negative headlines in nearly every section of the paper. The majority of headlines
on the front page of each section promised a story that would focus on the negative aspect
of an event or issue, rather than the positive contributions people are making to fix
the biggest problems we face.
Don't put much
stock in the TV experts. Stocks go up and down, but eventually, most go up. So if
you invest and hold on, odds are you'll do quite well.
a losing streak: The left is on another losing streak today, and so their
intellectual leaders in the liberal media have gone back to the old playbook for an easy
win that will get their team out of its slump. This time, it is the rich getting
richer and the poor getting poorer, which has been working for them since the days
of Karl Marx.
Fred Barnes Calls
Sheehan a "Crackpot," Rues Media Focus on Her. Barnes criticized both
her and the media's treatment of her: "This woman wants to go in and tell the
President that the war is about oil because the President wants to pay off his
buddies. She's a crackpot, and yet the press treats her as some important protestor."
The Brawley Case of the
South: [Scroll down] Reluctance to change a popular story line helps account for the strange press
coverage of Cindy Sheehan. That line pitted moral mom versus stone-hearted president. When
Ms. Sheehan's outbursts grew stranger, the press stayed with the soft line about a mother's grief
and simply omitted her increasingly bizarre comments that American troops were "being sent to kill innocent
people" in Iraq and that President Bush was "a filth spewer" and "an evil maniac" guilty of "blatant
genocide." The insurgents who killed her son Casey, on the other hand, were "freedom fighters."
someone mention Cindy Sheehan?
arguing. It's true that we have more semistructured "Crossfire"-style debates
than ever before. But much of this is rigidly preprogrammed sniping (I was once
chastised by a TV producer for not interrupting other speakers more. What a
failure!) Even when the sniping is downplayed, TV demands sharp sound bites,
which pushes all talking heads toward more vehemence and simplemindedness. Instant
certainty becomes mandatory, a delivery style many talking heads start to regret
before they're even out of the studio. Where is the real debate?
None Dare Call It
Fascism. After Johnson's War on Poverty, Nixon's War on Drugs, and Carter's Energy Crisis, then
came the premier liberal crisis of modern times, the Environmental Crisis. The media predictably plays
an enthusiastic accomplice in these schemes, not just because its members are mostly liberal, but more
importantly, crises generate more readers, viewers, and listeners. This is why the principal product
American media sells to its customers is crisis, not information.
This is an original
compilation, Copyright © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart
Quotes of the day.
The scandals that derailed the career of NBC News anchor Brian Williams are of the pathetic and pathological kind.
Obviously, Williams is not to be trusted. Nevertheless, other than the Katrina fairytales that were obviously meant
to damage President Bush, all of his lies were self-aggrandizing resume-enhancers.
When elites lie without much consequence,
the public follows their examples. [Scroll down] Few question network anchor newsreaders.
In Williams's case his "aw shucks" mellifluous shtick and understated dramatics were his versions of hexameters and
type scenes, and so made his lying a bit easier to swallow. After his brief suspension, Williams might even
return to his multimillion-dollar per year perch, with the understanding that he can restore NBC ratings and
profitability, and do that with occasional exaggeration rather than outright making up stuff. And
why not lie, when NBC itself doctors 911 tapes to confirm that George Zimmerman was a racist?
Williams Wants His Job Back Now, but NBC Isn't So Sure. The trial of Brian Williams is
not quite over, and the question of whether he'll be banished or welcomed back is far from settled.
Despite rumors that NBC News has completed its reportedly damning internal review of the suspended Nightly
News anchor's tall tales about his adventures in journalism, the probe isn't finished and its
conclusions are not fully baked.
Williams Knows He's Dead. For a brief moment earlier this week, it looked as though
Williams might have found a champion in Andrew Lack, the newly returned chief of NBC News.
According to a blind-sourced story in the [New York] Daily News, Lack was hoping to reseat
his old friend Williams in the network's anchor chair. But whoever launched that trial
balloon — presumably a Williams loyalist — must have been ducking for cover
the next day when the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Post sent high-velocity
rounds through the Daily News item with a blind-sourced story of its own. "They want
Brian to resign," an anonymous source told the Post. "If they have to fire him, they
can't control him."
News chief wants Brian Williams back on the air. This ship's captain doesn't want to
throw the anchor overboard. NBC News chief Andrew Lack is looking for a way to put Brian Williams
back behind the "Nightly News" desk, sources tell the Daily News — and Williams has told
confidants he won't leave the network unless he's fired. "Andy believes viewers want him (Williams)
back," the source said. "The feeling is that (Williams') problem seems to be more with the media and
other reporters than his viewers — if Andy can figure out a way to get him back on the air he
will do it."
and Brian slide down the ladder. Who do you trust? A. Brian Williams B. Hillary
Clinton Both are important public figures. Both have been accused of deception. Both admit they
made mistakes. Both now ask for your forgiveness and your trust. But does either one deserve it?
Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand. An NBC News internal investigation into Brian
Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented
or embellished his accounts, two people with inside knowledge of the investigation said. The
investigation includes at least one episode that was previously unreported, these people said, involving
statements by Mr. Williams about events from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring.
execs leaked new details of Brian Williams 'lying' to shame him into resigning. Leaks
from the investigation into shamed newsman Brian Williams were given to the press to pressure him
into resignation, a report claims. News broke this weekend that the committee investigating the
NBC star found he lied in his reporting to make himself look good at least 11 times.
far, NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times. A months-long
internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the
anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with
details of the probe.
Williams 'started lying because he felt insecure following Tom Brokaw and then blamed it on a
possible brain tumor'. Brian Williams started embellishing his stories because he felt
insecure following in Tom Brokaw's very large footsteps at NBC, according to a new report. The
network handed Williams a six-month suspension in February after he acknowledged he had lied about
being on board a helicopter that came under fire while reporting from Iraq in 2003. But according
to a report in Vanity Fair, Williams started exaggerating his stories because he felt insecure about
Brokaw, whom he succeeded at Nightly News in 2004.
Brian Williams the Canary.
The story of the Brian Williams saga wherein recorded video descriptions by Williams morphed from having only
heard about things that happened to those same things actually having happened to or witnessed personally by
him is simply an example of life in today's world of the highly visible Left. Williams is a political
iceberg that holds a whole lot more below the surface. All of it needs to be exposed if this nation
expects to survive in the real world of facts, "truth, justice and the American Way". Clark Kent is
needed just as Clark Kent. We don't need Superman.
When Network Lies Kill.
Since I haven't watched network news in decades, the saga about Brian Williams' Major Hoople persona
is more about drama than anything substantive to my interest. Whether Williams is a fabulist, an
incestuous voyeur who bragged about his daughter's soft porn role on HBO's 'Girls' or simply your
average liberal is less compelling to me than wondering if a more dangerous anchor will ever be
exposed for his lies. Unfortunately, Walter Cronkite is still revered as the most trusted man
in America even though his lies about the Vietnam War caused countless military deaths by prolonging
List: 32 Lies and Disputed Stories NBC News Let Brian Williams Tell For a Decade.
Numerous accounts now verify that NBC News not only wanted Brian Williams out there building his
brand with the likes of Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live, but that the
NBC brass knew their star was a serial liar. [...] Apparently, as long as Brian Williams' lies
helped build the NBC News brand and the "Nightly News" ratings, nobody in charge chose to say anything.
Big Sunday Story, WashPost Finds More Brian Williams Myths. A team of Washington
Post reporters did more myth-busting in the claims of Brian Williams in a Sunday front-page
story that continued to two whole pages inside the paper. The headline was "Williams undone by his
gift of storytelling: Anchor's love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall." Wild
exaggerations? "That's Brian being Brian" was the "newsroom shorthand."
investigating Brian Williams' claims that he witnessed fall of Berlin Wall and met Pope John Paul
II. NBC is expanding its inquiry into the alleged tall tales of suspended "Nightly
News" anchor Brian Williams, CNN reported Thursday [2/12/2015]. The network's internal
fact-checking is "nowhere near done," a senior NBC source told the cable news channel. The look
into Williams' exaggerated exploits has expanded beyond the anchor's claims about being in a
helicopter that was struck by an RPG during the 2003 Iraq War. The new focus will examine
Williams' claims that he, not his predecessor Tom Brokaw, was in Germany the day the Berlin Wall fell
and a story about meeting Pope John Paul II while a college student at Catholic University in 1979.
Lawyers, and Brian Williams's 'Misremembering'. In most instances, even in the smallest of markets, a
reporter might be able to get away with a single instance of "misremembering," or as it might be more appropriately
called in Williams' case, exaggeration. But any more than that and he or she would, or should, be fired.
The odds of that happening, however, are diametrically opposed to the amount of money a particular reporter could
generate for a newspaper or television station. The cub reporter on the newspaper, in other words, is more
likely to be fired than the lead anchor on a television station.
Tall Tale From Brian Williams? Seal Team Six Claim Disputed. New details are emerging
about about what appears to be another tall tale of wartime heroics from recently suspended NBC News
anchor Brian Williams. [...] The chronology of Williams's account does not match up with what we
know about where he was and what he was reporting.
'Long Period' of Concerns at NBC, Williams Given $50 Million Contract in Dec.. The
unraveling of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams's accounts of his reporting in Iraq and
Katrina-ravaged New Orleans has become a black mark on NBC News's reputation. A detailed account in
Thursday's Washington Post of the decision to suspend Williams for six months without pay appears
to demonstrate how seriously the Peacock Network has taken the newsman's transgression — NBC
Universal's CEO Steve Burke even considered firing Williams outright.
NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams. Senior NBC officials
seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a
military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war, according to a top
network official. The ultimate decision to suspend Williams for six months was made after an
internal investigation unearthed other "instances of exaggeration," according to a person familiar
with intense behind-the-scenes discussions between network officials and Williams.
of TV news in doubt long before Williams' gaffe. It's not a big deal if Brian Williams
eventually is fired, quits, or otherwise stops reading the news to viewers once his six-month
suspension is over. I'm not even sure it's a medium-sized deal. That may sound harsh, and it's
not personal. As a reader of the day's events, Williams is superb. His looks, delivery and style
helped NBC Nightly News to the top of the ratings heap. From updates about the war on terror to the
latest ice storm, he made viewers believe he is in the living room and speaking only with them. That takes
talent, but he messed up. There are consequences for a gaffe on the level that Williams committed.
Elites Defend Brian Williams from 'Bile Brigade'. If you don't already despise the
elite media, the next few paragraphs should put the final pieces into place. No joke, some
high-profile members of the elite media are now on their high horse (if you'll pardon the
expression) over the frenzied coverage of serial stolen valor liar Brian Williams. In short,
members of the elite media don't think members of the elite media should be treated like members of
the elite media treat everyone else.
Will He Lose His Smug? NBC Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months. Without pay. Now that
would affect people like us, but for a guy making $10M + a year, I don't think he'll notice.
As I noted on the show, I'm not sure how they bring him back after this.
Brian Williams Exploits: Hezbollah Rockets, Mugged At Gunpoint!. Well, maybe Brian
Williams is not lying. Maybe he is just confused. Maybe he was held up at gunpoint on Christmas,
in Israel, after being attacked by a Hezbollah rocket, right after being almost killed in Iraq by an RPG.
Brian Williams's incestuous voyeurism trump lying? What parent would cozy up with his
daughter to watch her in a graphic sex scene? Brian Williams did. As the mainstream media
erupts over Williams' fish tales about downed helicopters, dead bodies floating in flood-swamped streets
of New Orleans and burning puppies, another one of news anchor's bizarre behaviors is going unnoticed.
If NBC is embarrassed by its managing editor's fibs, what about Williams's kinky voyeurism when it comes to
his actress-daughter's explicit sex-capades on HBO?
Fawning Brian Williams Bows To POTUS At White House. Although I rarely watch any MSM
news shows, I do remember catching a segment on NBC, in June, '09, that I had found troubling:
Brian Williams, over a period of several days, had aired a two-hour special about the new president
and his life in the White House. At the end of the last segment, I was shocked when Williams,
saying goodbye, bowed to Obama.
Williams is just the latest symptom of a diseased legacy media. Are we seeing a trend
here? Dan Rather at CBS and now Brian Williams at NBC? Well, two news anchors are not a trend, but
biased and bad reporting is. It's not new, but it does seem to be gathering momentum and nowhere has
it been more apparent than the millions of words written and spoken about "global warming" and now
Bozell: 'Brian Williams has to go'.
Add conservative media watchdog L. Brent Bozell III to the list of those calling on NBC to dump
nightly news anchor Brian Williams for claiming he was on a military copter under attack. Bozell,
of the Media Research Center, said in a tweet today: "Brian Williams has to go. NBC's
credibility is completely shot."
Williams suspended without pay for 6 months by NBC. Brian Williams has been suspended
from "NBC Nightly News" without pay for six months, the network announced Tuesday [2/10/2015]. The
announcement comes amid an ongoing internal investigation into whether Williams exaggerated stories
during his public appearances as managing editor of the top-rated evening news program, both on NBC
NBC's suspension is Brian Williams' last hope for remaining anchor. NBC Universal
tried to save Brian Williams' job last night — and that's why he was suspended for six
months. The company finally had to stop the bleeding, to halt the hemorrhaging of its own
credibility along with that of its franchise player. The brass slowly came to realize that
Williams had to be punished, and significantly, for the sin of fabricating a story about his 2003
trip to Iraq.
Disarray Over Brian Williams. The embattled anchor goes into self-imposed exile and lawyers
up. Meanwhile, NBC investigates, successors line up, and Tom Brokaw watches from above.
Williams: puffed up anchor, puffed up tales. If even only some of the reports are
true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. No doubt everyone
knows somebody like this, and if you don't it's probably because you're that guy. But Williams' case
is special. This isn't some sad Willy Loman who needs to invent impressive stories about himself.
If anything, he needed to not tell such stories, given that he reportedly makes more than $10 million a
year to be a trusted name in news.
Brian Williams and
the God Complex. Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor, is taking himself off the air
for, what he says will be, "several days." He presumably hopes that the media firestorm surrounding
claims he made about his reporting experience in Iraq will subside. [...] However, there are some
scenarios in which he does not survive as an NBC anchor. One: if more fabrications surface from the
work of hundreds, probably thousands, of amateur detectives online — eager to prove that Williams
was not telling the truth when he claimed, for instance, that he saw a body floating beneath his hotel window
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Fire, Brian Williams Loses Lofty Spot on a Trustworthiness Scale. If Brian Williams's
future as the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" rests on his trustworthiness and ratings, new research
delivered some sobering news on Monday [2/9/2015]. Before Mr. Williams apologized for exaggerating
an account of a forced helicopter landing during the Iraq war, he ranked as the 23rd-most-trusted
person in the country — on par with Denzel Washington, Warren E. Buffett and Robin
Roberts. On Monday, he ranked as No. 835.
Witnesses Contradict Williams' Katrina Stories. Now that everything he has ever said
about anything will be under scrutiny for a very long time, there is a lot out there. As of now,
though, it is Brian Williams' Tales from Katrina that are receiving an extra level of scrutiny. And
they are not holding up very well. Witnesses are calling Williams' Katrina stories of close
calls at the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel "crazy."
Says He Told NBC News of Williams' False Story in 2003. Don Helus, who piloted the
chopper that sustained an RPG attack in the story that has embroiled NBC Nightly News anchor
Brian Williams in controversy, told CNN's Brian Stelter he contacted NBC News 10 years ago to inform
them of what he called Williams' inaccurate account of the attack — and received no
response. Williams is currently on a voluntary leave of absence after admitting a story he has
been telling for years about taking rocket fire in Iraq was untrue. Helus' chopper was attacked,
but Williams was nowhere near it.
Williams forced to admit he was NOT shot down in the Iraq War: NBC anchor apologizes.
NBC news anchor Brian Williams has been forced to admit that he wasn't aboard a helicopter hit and
forced down by enemy fire during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Nightly News anchor has often
repeated the war story over the past 12 years about how the aircraft he was on was forced down
by enemy fire.
Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest. NBC Nightly News anchor
Brian Williams admitted Wednesday [2/4/2015] he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire
during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.
Why NBC will stand by
its $200M man Brian Williams. NBC News chief Deborah Turness has millions of reasons
to save Brian Williams. Without its chief anchor to keep it at the front of the news pack, "NBC
Nightly News" is at risk of losing the multimillion dollar ad premium it has over rivals. "Nightly
News" raked in an estimated $200 million in annual ad revenue for NBC News in 2013.
doubts arise over Brian Williams' story about being mugged at gunpoint in his quiet childhood
suburb. An old story often repeated by Brian Williams about his bravery growing up in
a quiet New Jersey suburb is being questioned by local residents in the light of his admission that
he lied about taking enemy fire in Iraq. Williams announced on Saturday [2/7/2015] that he is
temporarily stepping down from the NBC Nightly News amid questions about his false memories of war
coverage in 2003, calling it 'painfully apparent' that he has become a distracting news story.
shouldn't believe Williams' lie was an innocent mistake. [Brian] Williams originally
told the truth about what happened in 2003 Iraq: He was on a Chinook helicopter. Another helicopter
was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). His helo was nowhere near the one that was struck and
landed some 30 or more minutes later. That isn't a near-miss; that's just rubbernecking at something
you didn't even know happened until you came along later.
Aweigh. This was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were
warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed
over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes
to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division. But the
caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and "there was no one around to
pull his chain when he got too over-the-top," as one NBC News reporter put it.
Dowd: NBC News Knew Brian Williams was 'Pathological'. According to Maureen Dowd in
the New York Times, NBC News executives knew Brian Williams had a problem with the truth but the
infrastructure wasn't in place to do anything about it. Per Dowd, things were so bad with Williams
that his "flourishes to puff himself up" became "a joke in the news division."
Williams' unmitigated disaster. It's an unmitigated disaster for Brian Williams and
NBC News. The revelation that the NBC anchor had lied on air about being in a helicopter that was
forced down after it was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War is devastating. It's hard to see
how Williams gets past this, and how he survives as the face of NBC News. An anchor's No. 1
requirement is that he or she has credibility. If we don't believe what an anchor tells us,
what's the point?
Valor Writ Large. While [Brian ] Williams will no doubt have most of the liberal media
and the Democrat party circling their wagons around him, there are some of his media colleagues who
are calling for his resignation, noting that as an anchorman, his perceived honesty is his most
essential qualification for the job.
buried lede: "Senior" NBC News execs "counseled" Williams to stop telling helicopter story.
[Scroll down] That puts a whole new spin on the story, and NBC News' part in it. [Brian]
Steinberg has three sources that state that news execs barred Williams from telling his story on air,
at least during their broadcasts. If true, then that means that NBC News brass must have known
something was suspect about Williams' tale of courage under fire — otherwise,
why not tell the story that would reflect so well on their anchor?
Williams' heroic stories include Princess Di and Hurricane Katrina. He lives in a
vivid fantasy world that would make Walter Mitty blush — never missing a chance to
shamelessly play the hero or embellish a news story. Reality-challenged NBC anchor Brian Williams
once boasted about abandoning a dying buddy to cover the death of Princess Diana — but
said it was worth it because it won him worldwide fame.
Brian Williams Fiasco Is Worsening — More Possible "Fake Stories" Surface.
Things are going from bad to worse for NBC Anchor Brian Williams. Yesterday a report surfaced which
claimed a pilot remembered taking small arms fire while Williams was on board, this report was used
by those who defended Williams. However, that pilot has now walked back his story saying his memory
was wrong and he probably didn't have Williams on the flight.
News standing by Brian Williams in Iraq war-embellishment issue. NBC News is standing
by Brian Williams after the anchor's admission that he embellished his role in a military incident
during the Iraq war. The network has not commented publicly, but an executive familiar with the
matter says Williams will face no disciplinary action. His apology, delivered during the Wednesday
[2/4/2015] edition of "NBC Nightly News," was accepted internally.
Brian Williams also exaggerate his Hurricane Katrina reports? On Wednesday [2/45/2015]
[NBC News anchor Brian] Williams blamed his mistake on the 'fog of memory over 12 years', but
evidence has emerged since that Williams has repeatedly mis-told the story including to late night
host David Letterman in 2013. The anchor's previous credibility as a highly regarded journalist
is based partly on his reporting from inside the New Orleans Superdome in the immediate aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.
Williams and the Tyranny of Ego. Like so many others, I find it impossible to believe
Brian Williams simply "made a mistake." At the risk of indulging in armchair pop psychology,
I'd say it's far more likely that a titanic ego collided with reality, and reality lost.
Brian Williams lie about his Katrina experience, too? NBC News anchor Brian Williams
is in quite a bit of trouble over his admission that his decade-long claim to have endured heavy
fire while flying in a military helicopter over Baghdad in 2003 was a fabrication. Accordingly,
journalists are beginning to review other extraordinary claims Williams made over the course of his
career, and they are not short on material to parse.
Livid Over Brian Williams' Lies. Veterans in all branches of the military who have
sacrificed to keep America safe are livid at NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who was forced to admit
this week that he had, for 12 years, lied about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq.
Sun: Brian Williams Needs To Be Gone By Friday. Writing for the Baltimore Sun, media
journalist David Zurawik called for Brian Williams to resign or to be fired by Friday. "If
credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor
of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday [2/6/2015]," Zurawik writes.
Williams faces internal investigation at NBC for lying about helicopter attack in Iraq: sources. The
head of NBC's investigative unit is breathing down Brian Williams' neck. Richard Esposito has been assigned
to investigate the embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor for lying about dodging danger while reporting in Iraq,
sources told The [New York] Daily News on Friday [2/6/2015]. And the reporters and producers who work for
Williams are "shocked, furious and sad" about the scandal that that has wrecked the reputation of an anchor many
considered "the most trusted name in news," the sources said.
Rathergate to Rolling Stone: Fake But Accurate. Rathergate has many similarities to
the Rolling Stone rape hoax. Both ignored the basic rules of journalism to pursue a narrative.
The narrative was so full of holes that bloggers and even casual readers realized that something was
wrong and stepped in where the professional journalists had failed. The difference is that
Rolling Stone has even less investment in its journalistic credibility than CBS did. The
principals will not be forced out. Their work may have been fake, but it was still accurate.
someone mention Rathergate?
Deep Is This Education Official's Involvement In The Rolling Stone Hoax? A top-ranking
official at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has emerged as a potentially
key figure in Rolling Stone's false article, "A Rape on Campus." Catherine Lhamon, who heads the
Department's civil rights wing, was identified in a letter sent last month by University of Virginia
Dean of Students Allen Groves to Steve Coll and Sheila Coronel, the two Columbia Journalism School
deans who conducted a review of the Nov. 19 article, written by disgraced reporter Sabrina Rubin
Erdely. Groves' letter was included as a footnote to the Columbia deans' report, which was
released on Sunday and cataloged the failures and lies that led to the article's publication.
the Rolling Stone gang-rape author EVER corroborated a story? In the wake of Rolling
Stone's refusal to fire the author behind its now-retracted and now infamous University of Virginia
gang-rape story, one has to wonder if this is a rare mistake or a pattern of behavior. There are
some big hints that it is the latter. Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author in question, actually has a
history of writing articles based solely on one person's account, with no indication that she even tried
to corroborate the story or hear any other potential side.
Stone' didn't let facts block story. The best thing you can say about this fiasco is
that there was little deliberate lying involved. According to an exhaustive report by the Columbia
Journalism School, the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and her editors didn't purposefully publish
falsehoods. Of course, this is faint praise. The field of journalistic ethics can get ridiculously
Talmudic. But it's all based on a very simple rule: Tell the truth.
Why the Left Lies.
There was only one problem with Erdely's story: It was false. Jackie had lied. And Rolling Stone had
no evidence to back up Jackie's story in the first place. This week, Rolling Stone apologized for the story but
did not fire Erdely or any of its editors; Erdely apologized not to the fraternity or its members but to virtually
everyone else. She added, "In writing each of these stories I must weigh my compassion against my journalistic
duty to find the truth." Herein lies the problem. Journalism does not require sympathy for human beings.
It requires sympathy for readers, who deserve truth. But for the left, truth represents a secondary value.
It is far more important to forward a particular political narrative than it is to simply state the facts. And
that narrative can only be forwarded if there is controversy over the facts.
Against 'Rape Culture' Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry. The extensive post
mortem that Rolling Stone commissioned in the wake of Sabrina Rubin Erdely's now infamous
"Rape on Campus" disaster rests upon — and confirms — two salient facts. The
first: that Erdely did not receive her story from a source and then contrive to write it up, but instead
went looking for a tale that would help her to advance a political narrative. The second: that
Rolling Stone's editorial process broke down almost entirely, thereby permitting her shoddy
workmanship to reach the international stage.
Stone, media bias, and how the left uses fake victims to create real ones. Hey,
remember that Rolling Stone article about the brutal gang on the campus of the University of
Virginia that never happened? Well, Rolling Stone is officially retracting the story. [...] But
here's the thing: This is mission accomplished for progressives. When it comes to something
like this, Rolling Stone (and others) is much less concerned about honesty in journalism than it is activism
through journalism. It's all about the narrative. I don't mean to suggest that the writer of this
piece wanted the humiliation associated with writing an inaccurate piece. I'm saying that she didn't
bother to even question Jackie's story because it fit her progressive, victim/oppressor worldview perfectly.
Stone's Fake Rape Piece Shows Media's Culture Of Corruption. What does a magazine
caught in a scandal too awful to defend do? Why, go to Columbia's journalism school for absolution.
That's what Rolling Stone did after its false campus rape story. It won't work this time.
Made a Difference': The Liberal Gang Rape of Journalism. What percentage of the news
reporting staff at NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN voted for Mitt Romney in 2012? What percentage of the
editors at the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Associated Press have ever
voted for any Republican? For most members of the modern media, the news business has ceased to be a
business and is no longer about news. Instead, journalism has become a sort of missionary field for
political zealots engaged in an evangelical crusade for what Ann Coulter called "The Church of Liberalism."
Young liberals become journalists for the same reason others go to work for UNICEF or the Peace Corps, because
they want to "make a difference." Liberal journalists conceive of their careers as a sacred calling, to
assist the forces of "progress" in creating a world of "social justice."
Made a Difference': The Liberal Gang Rape of Journalism. Rolling Stone magazine
perpetrated a hoax against the University of Virginia, doing "journalism" about an alleged gang rape
that evidently never happened. The source of the dramatic tale Rolling Stone published last
November, "A Rape on Campus," was a UVA student named Jackie who has been proven to be a liar. [...]
What better way to exploit the political "gender gap" than to claim that college girls are being
raped en masse, and then to suggest that the solution to this problem could be summarized in two
words: "VOTE DEMOCRAT!"
Conclusion: Rolling Stone UVA Rape Story a Work of Fiction. Four months after the
publication of an infamous Rolling Stone piece depicting a violent gang rape at one of the
University of Virginia's fraternities, and the magazine's subsequent retraction due to numerous
inconsistencies and gross journalistic malpractice, the Charlottesville police department announced
their investigation's findings this afternoon [3/23/2015]. From the Associated Press: ["']All I
can tell you is that there is no substantive basis to conclude that what was reported in that article
happened,['] Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said.["]
Frat Has Powerful Legal Case Against Rolling Stone. On Monday [4/6/2015], the
University of Virginia's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity announced it would investigate a lawsuit against
Rolling Stone after the magazine's massive "Rape on Campus" expose turned out to have been
based completely on a fraudulent story.
Columbia Missed In Its Review of Rolling Stone. In November, Rolling
Stone magazine ran a story detailing the horrific account of an alleged gang rape at a
fraternity on the University of Virginia campus. The story quickly proved to be rubbish, and
Rolling Stone reached out to the Columbia University School of Journalism to discover how the
magazine could have blundered so badly. [...] As I document in my forthcoming book, Scarlet
Letters, cases like the Rolling Stone's have become so common because those perpetrating
a given fraud almost inevitably advance causes that the cultural establishment, the Columbia faculty
included, wants to see advanced.
Are Eight Campus Rape Hoaxes Eerily Like The UVA Rape Story. In a now-infamous Nov. 19
story in Rolling Stone, disgraced journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely asserted that at least five
members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity gang-raped a freshman named Jackie at a frat house party,
then left her in a bloodstained dress to exit via a conveniently vacant side staircase. The
Washington Post's reporting now suggests that Jackie fabricated huge swathes of her gory rape tale,
and that Erdely abrogated her duty to properly investigate it. Erdely's career is rapidly
disintegrating with each freshly revealed fabrication, as it becomes more and more evident that no
News Media Dishonesty
Bias is one thing, but
sometimes newspaper and TV reporters are just overtly dishonest.
... aside from the specific cases
of Brian Williams (see above)
and Dan Rather.
Behind Fabricated Gay Marriage Study LIED About Funding. Michael LaCour, the University of
California-Los Angeles graduate student responsible for a now-widely discredited study on attitudes towards
gay marriage, apparently lied about the funding grants given for his fraudulent research. In fact,
according to The New Yorker, LaCour received no funding at all for the study — which was published
last December in Science magazine and discredited earlier this week — into whether views on
same-sex marriage change due to interaction with gay individuals.
Behind Big Science Frauds? In December, Science published a paper claiming that people
could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes with a gay
person. It seemed too good to be true — and it was. On Wednesday [5/20/2015],
the journal distanced itself from the study, after its accuracy was disputed, and one of the authors
could not back up the findings. News organizations, which had reported on the study,
scrambled to correct the record.
words from a weasel. When [George] Stephanopoulos's contributions to the Clinton
Foundation were discovered by the Free Beacon's Andrew Stiles and leaked by Stephanopoulos, or on
his behalf by ABC public relations, to Politico, Stephanopoulos prepared a statement that amounted
to old-fashioned damage control. [...] Stephanopoulos wraps his statement in a profession of his
great generosity, of which the Clinton Foundation was coincidentally an additional beneficiary.
He made the donations over the past three years only to support worthy causes: to heal the sick,
protect the weak and feed the starving. Make room for the apostle George.
Stephanopoulos go wrong? Of course he did. "[W]hen those donors give that money," ABC
host and commentator George Stephanopoulos said to Jon Stewart last month, "there's a hope that
that's going to lead to something." Stephanopoulos was impugning (or perhaps more accurately,
describing) the motives of many people who had given money to the now-very-controversial Clinton
Foundation. He failed to mention that he himself had given $75,000 — a fact he was forced
to admit last week after Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon began asking questions about it.
Stephanopoulos Still Hasn't Disclosed. The common denominator in what Stephanopoulos still hasn't
disclosed is the fact that Stephanopoulos didn't just give the Clinton Foundation money, he gave it his time.
Schweizer notes that time is the one thing news media personalities have very little of. In Stephanopoulos'
case there's a second thing: integrity.
Stephanopoulos has forfeited all trust as a newsman. Dan Rather of CBS was toppled by a phony document
scam. Lyin' Brian Williams at NBC casually mixed fact with self-aggrandizing fiction. Now George
Stephanopoulos is caught in a Clinton web of deceit at ABC. The hat trick of arrogant anchor scandals helps
explain why Americans don't trust network news. With apologies to Walter Cronkite, that's the way it is, and
the way it is stinks. Stephanopoulos shares with Rather and Williams the rotten distinction of fessing up
only after being exposed by real journalists.
perpetuates tale that Benghazi attack caused by anti-Islam film. In a report about a
Supreme Court ruling, the Associated Press on Monday [5/18/2015] continued with the ruse that an
anti-Muslim film posted on YouTube caused violence in the Middle East, culminating in the murder of
a U.S. ambassador on Sept. 11, 2012. "In a victory for free speech advocates, a federal appeals
court says YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in
the Middle East and death threats to actors," the AP wrote.
anchor Chris Cuomo: The First Amendment doesn't protect hate speech, you know. This
guy is a professional journalist. And a Yale grad. And a law-school grad.
But let's be fair. If you polled the media, how many of them would agree? Don't stomp
Cuomo just because he's bold enough to say what the rest are thinking.
America killing Muslims 'in the streets for decades" explains Garland shootings. If
there's an attack on American's anywhere, I think there's a law that there has to be someone on
MSNBC to defend the attackers. They always seems to get TV time.
Crime: Media-driven versus Statistical Realities. The much-hyped "black killed by
whites" stories sold to us over the past several years by the media and Race Industry have been
either outright lies or grossly misreported.
Trust Liberal "Fact Checkers". The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news
media. Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea: they established "fact
checkers" within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats' favor.
Today, several such "fact checkers" are well known. Are they reliable? Of course not.
no one at MSNBC pays taxes. Democrats are fond of accusing Republicans of being hypocrites
on a variety of issues, but particularly when it comes to tax policy. The liberal comedian Bill Maher
recently claimed that Republicans expose themselves to this critique when they champion the value of hard
work and perseverance while simultaneously opposing the inheritance tax.
Hypocrites At MSNBC Don't Pay Their Taxes. For typical Americans who paid all their taxes upfront,
Friday [4/24/2015] is Tax Freedom Day. But for several hosts at MSNBC, Tax Freedom Day came much sooner.
Touré Has the Taxman on His Case. Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC's The
Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review. In
September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68.
Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87.
MSNBC Stars Do Not Pay Their Taxes. National Review's Jillian Kay Melchior reported Wednesday
[4/22/2015] that, along with Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry, two more MSNBC stars are not paying their
fair share of taxes. Touré Neblett, co-host of "The Cycle" owes the IRS a cool $59,000.
Joy-Ann Reid, a former anchor and now a regular contributor to the "Lien" Forward network, owes New York
almost $5,000 in back taxes. As we reported last week, Melissa Harris-Perry owes the IRS $70,000.
Al Sharpton's tax bill is upwards of $3-$4 million.
fails to address tax problems of hosts. National Review reported today that MSNBC's
Touré, who co-hosts the network's afternoon program "The Cycle," owes nearly $60,000 in taxes
to New York State, according to a pair of tax warrants that the magazine found. And as the story
fully noted, there's a trend afoot here: [...]
Tax Delinquents Lecture Audience on Taxes. MSNBC, the liberal network that advocates
at every turn for a progressive revenue system, is home to four tax delinquents who have all
lectured their audience about tax fairness over the years.
employee goes silent after making baseless fraud charge about embattled Indiana pizzeria. An employee of a
Virginia-based CBS News affiliate has gone silent following revelations Friday [4/3/2015] she made a baseless fraud charge
against an attempt to raise funds for an Indiana family at the center of a political battle over religious freedom.
Math Is Hard For Obamacarians.
If you are masochistic enough to read the "reporting" of the legacy media on Obamacare, you will
have noticed a spate of recent stories with titles like the following from CNBC: "Health spending
post-Obamacare seen $2.5 trillion lower." This headline is not only awkwardly worded.
It is, like the article over which it appears, misleading. It misrepresents a new study from the
left-leaning Urban Institute concerning projected health care spending in a way that suggests the nation
has saved enormous amounts of money thanks to the "Affordable Care Act." This is absurd, of course,
but it highlights an underappreciated element of the health care reform debate — the adversarial
relationship that exists between Obamacare's partisans in the press and basic statistics.
Great Moment in Mainstream Journalism. This story, like the now-completely discredited
Rolling Stone "campus rape" article, shows the dangers of an increasingly biased mainstream news
media. Stories that fits reporters' and editors' ideological predispositions get rushed through into
print with little skepticism or careful review, and apparently with no actual fact checking.
Is Obama's Latest Weapon In His War On Israel. Behold what's buried in Tuesday's [3/24/2015] Wall
Street Journal — a claim of Israeli spying, which was obviously planted by one or more nameless
administration officials seeking to make the Israelis' newly re-elected leader look like a U.S. enemy:
"While U.S. intelligence officials believe secured U.S. communications are relatively safe from the Israelis,
they say European communications are vulnerable." The Israelis, it turns out, almost certainly got their
information from eavesdropping not on U.S., but on European and Iranian diplomatic communications —
which virtually every U.S. embassy in the world does.
NYTs Caught Manipulating Story That Didn't Fit Their
Narrative. In a story published Monday [3/16/2015], The New York Times reported online
that family members of Jeffrey Williams, the 20 year-old man suspected of shooting and wounding two
Ferguson police officers, confirmed that Williams had been one of the Ferguson protesters. This
morning, at the same url, that crucial piece of news disappeared from the story. No update or
editor's note explained the removal (that has now been returned).
Biggest Lie of Our Generation: Ferguson Was All About Traffic Tickets.
don't shoot? Lie.
Gentle giant? Lie.
Minding his own business? Lie.
in the back? Lie.
Did not attack the police officer? Lie.
'Didn't do nothing' to
the Asian shopkeeper? Lie.
Relatives did not try to start a riot? Lie.
were "largely peaceful?" Lie.
National Guard would protect the business owners from
This is a very long list of of the bodyguard of lies that reporters and activists
(sorry for the redundancy) hoped would protect anyone from challenging the core truth of the racial
grievance industry, which is the biggest lie of this generation: Black people are relentless victims
of relentless white racism. All the time. Everywhere. That explains everything.
And it is not just Ferguson. Lying about race and racial violence is now the default position
for American reporters.
Report States "Hands Up — Don't Shoot" Narrative Was Completely False — We
Again Explain Its Origin. Today [3/4/2015] the DOJ released their comprehensive
finding report on the Mike Brown shooting. The DOJ Report states unequivocally the "Hands Up - Don't
Shoot" narrative was a completely false construct, but yet the media ran with it for months. Why?
Set To Plead Guilty — Remove Himself From The Clutches Of Obama/Clinton Blackmail. CNN
is reporting, through Evan Perez again, that General David Petraeus is expected to plead guilty to a federal probe
that he gave classified pillow-talk intelligence to Paula Broadwell during their affair in 2011/2012.
It should be noted, however, that Evan Perez was recently the CNN reporter who presented an entirely false
story about a DHS report on Soverign Citizens where he portrayed the report as DHS worried about right-wing
extremist groups. Nothing in his interpretation of the report was even remotely accurate [...]
CNN, DHS and
SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job. The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a
report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the
farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. [...] CNN splashed the big scoop on its
website: "DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat." The fear-mongering
piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of "violence by sovereign citizen extremists since
2010." [...] But a closer look at the rigging of that phony factoid simply confirms the malevolent
intention of so-called objective journalists and "hate watch" groups to marginalize conservative
political speech and dissent. The CNN/MSNBC/SPLC smear job involved both the dishonest deflating
of left-wing and jihadist incidents, and the dishonest inflating of "right-wing" incidents.
Scientific Chicanery Underlies Global Warming Alarmism. In her December 28 CNN
article, "How Germany Banishes Climate Myths," German environment minister Barbara Hendricks argues
that the climate policies enabled by her country and the EU as a whole have been an economic
success. This is nothing more than East German-style disinformation. The reality is that
Germany's so-called "Solar Valley" has become a mothballed industrial rust belt. Nearly all solar
energy manufacturers have closed their doors. [...] Hendricks' CNN article is just another example
of the use of fraudulent PR spin to promote a desired political message while ignoring the realities
of science and economics.
'Our Rights Do Not Come From God'. During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN
morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come
from God. Cuomo was debating Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on the constitutionality of same-sex
marriage. Near the end of the back-and-forth and after Moore argued that rights cannot be handed
down by men, Cuomo blurted out: "Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that.
They come from man... That's your faith, that's my faith, but that's not our country. Our laws come
from collective agreement and compromise." [Video clip]
Exposes Another NBC Scandal Days Before Brian Williams Debacle. The mainstream media's
credibility continues to deteriorate at a breakneck rate and now a major network television
station — with recent transgressions exposed by Judicial Watch and a U.S. military
newspaper — is serving as the poster child of this shameful movement. It involves two
popular and "respected" journalists at NBC, disgraced "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and "Meet
the Press" anchor David Gregory, two of the highest paid and most coveted personalities in the
Islam Fundamentally a Religion of Peace, 'Brazen' Critics Probably Racist. AP writer
Lee Keath published an article on Monday dealing with the "debate among Muslims over interpreting
faith" — without mentioning that thousands of deaths are meted out every year in the name
of Islam across the globe. Keath instead describes those who question the link between Islam and
jihadist violence as "increasingly brazen." Rather than focusing on the "brazenness" of the murderers
in Islam's name, the author instead points towards those who dare critique the Religion of Peace.
hit piece smears Bible, Christians. Newsweek's 16-page diatribe portrays Evangelical
Christians as homophobic, right-wing fundamentalist hypocrites who believe an unbelievable Bible.
And just in case the reader misses the writer's subtle nuance, the essay was illustrated with images
of snake handlers, Pat Robertson and the Westboro Baptist Church. That's because in the minds of
Newsweek's esteemed editors, most evangelical Christians spend their weekends dancing with snakes and
picketing gay nightclubs.
LA, CBS Station Pretends There Was a Real Kwanzaa Parade Yesterday. A Kwanzaa "parade"
was held in Los Angeles yesterday [12/26/2014]. In reporting on the event, CBS Los Angeles published a work of
fiction which absolutely belongs on any 2014 list of most embarrassing moments in journalism. [...] A procession of a
few vehicles lasting 10 minutes is not a "parade." It isn't even a motorcade.
Right-Wing Militias Are The Real Threat To Cops. Time Magazine warned of a growing threat to cops
nationwide in September 2010. The nationally renowned publication argued that sinister individuals would
launch targeted attacks against police officers and even ambush them in their patrol cars. Time alerted
readers that these groups and individuals have a disturbing hatred of cops and that there was a real threat
of "lone-wolf" attacks. Who are these groups that present such a threat to police? Right-wing militias,
according to Time.
News Fabricates Story That Michigan Bill Would Allow Doctors/EMTs to Deny Treatment to Gay
Patients. CBS News published a story on December 11 under the headline: "Bill would
let Michigan doctors, EMTs refuse to treat gay patients." CBS News reports: [...] According to
Michael W. McConnell, a professor at Stanford University Law School and former federal appeals court
judge, the CBS story is false. "The exact same law has been on the books at the federal level and in
many states for almost twenty years, and no such claim has ever been made. And if it were made, it
would lose in court, probably unanimously," McConnell tells The Weekly Standard in an email.
Endless Lies and His Media Accomplices. It was appropriate that the Democratic Senate
report on "torture" was released on the same day that Jonathan Gruber was testifying about lying to
the American people regarding the benefits of Obamacare. The Senate report was another form of
deception, designed to confuse and mislead about what Obama has used in place of interrogation techniques
of terrorists. Obama doesn't interrogate terrorists, he kills them. Yet, we are led to believe
Obama believes in American values and practices them. The American people would see through the
lies if only they could depend on a media that would lead them out of all the deliberate obfuscation.
The Media's Fact Problems Are Way Bigger Than Rolling Stone. It's absolutely true that
we don't have a wave of outright fabrication-out-of-whole-cloth. But what we have is much worse. We
have a tsunami of inaccuracy that is generally tolerated, embraced and even celebrated so long as it serves the
right political and cultural goals.
faces credibility issues. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too
damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long.
Mike Brown PBS "Lie Chart" — The False PBS Claims Deconstructed Visually. A
Treeper has been reviewing every piece of testimony in the case and comparing it with the chart that
PBS published. Turns out they misrepresented almost all of the statements.
Aide Destroys Media Narrative, Admits Gruber Was an 'Important Figure'. A former
adviser to Barack Obama on Tuesday [11/18/2014] overturned the media narrative, promoted by the
President, that Jonathan Gruber was an unimportant, minor figure. The New York Times on
Tuesday insisted in an editorial, "Republicans are crowing over Mr. Gruber's remarks because he has
been portrayed as a major architect of the health reform law. In truth, his role was limited."
The health care operative has repeatedly bragged about fooling "stupid" Americans. The paper's
editors lectured, "His comments should not be taken as evidence that the reform law was hatched in
secrecy and foisted on the public by trickery." Yet, Steven Rattner, a former Obama administration
adviser, countered this narrative on Morning Joe.
and NBC Ignore Gruber's Numerous W.H. Visits, CBS Barely Covers. On Tuesday, the Wall Street
Journal reported that Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of ObamaCare, made more than a dozen visits to
visit the White House since "Democrats began drafting the law in 2009." Despite the latest developments
in the Gruber controversy, which contradicts President Obama's line that Gruber was "some advisor who never
worked on our staff," CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to mention the report, giving
it a mere 24 seconds during its Tuesday morning [11/18/2014] broadcast. ABC's Good Morning
America and NBC's Today ignored the Journal's report altogether.
about the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal.
Todd: Eric Holder is a 'Very Non-Political Person'. [Meet the Press host Chuck] Todd says
this of the man who openly talked about serving "my people" as attorney general. He made that comment in
connection with the New Black Panther case — a racially-tinged case that Holder's DOJ dropped even
after the government had won it. Eric Holder desperately wants to treat al Qaeda terrorists as
criminals rather than non-state illegal combatants. That's a political choice, and one for which he has
been roundly criticized. When Holder attempted to move trials of al Qaeda terrorists from military
tribunals to civilian court — in New York — he lost. Big. Being obtuse to
the viewpoints of others, and being unable to comprehend that the things that you say and do offend and anger
others, is not the same thing as being "non-political."
of facts-free reporting hands-down... I mean up. I began to lose interest in Ferguson,
Mo., when it was first reported that the late Michael Brown was an "aspiring rapper." Hadn't heard
that one yet? It was in the LA Times, under the headline: "Michael Brown's raps: Money, sex,
drugs — and a vulnerable side." Of course he had to have a vulnerable side. That's why
he was known as "the Gentle Giant." He didn't look terribly gentle in that closed-circuit video,
shoving the owner of the Ferguson Market when he was stealing the box of Swisher Sweets just before
he got shot. But the demonstrators could see right through that — "the man" had
photoshopped the video, or so they said live on national TV.
Media Are Buying Hillary's Foreign Policy [Prevarication] — And Selling It To
You. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the most senior foreign
policy official in the United States, aside from President Barack Obama himself, for four
years — is now attempting to differentiate herself from her old boss, now that his
hapless leadership has become a liability to her presidential ambitions. And the media are buying
it, then re-selling it to the public as if it represents an authentic split instead of opportunism and lies.
Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola. [#5] The mainstream media
lies. It lies all the time. The mainstream media is a degenerate, habitual, serial liar that exists
only to serve the government and the noxious little career-climbing bubble it exists in. I always
assume the media is lying — that way I'm right more than I'm wrong. The mainstream media
is a wretched institution populated with wretched people and only a handful of exceptions. If
you're foolish enough to believe the mainstream media will put what's morally good, right, and true
above The Club Rules, you obviously haven't watched CNN's coverage of the war in Gaza.
Self-Inflicted Hamas 'Massacre' Blamed By the Media on Israel. According to the Hamas version of events — widely
promulgated in the media by ITN, the Telegraph and the Belfast Telegraph — an Israeli airstrike on a crowded market place during
a partial ceasefire in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza City on July 30th, 2014 was responsible for the deaths of 17 people,
including blue-helmeted photojournalist Rani Rayan. However as Thomas Wictor has incontrovertibly demonstrated using close
analysis of film footage of the incident, the deaths were not caused by Israeli shrapnel but by secondary explosions from a vast
cache of Hamas rockets. Oh, and the market wasn't 'crowded' either: it had been closed for the day. And this
particular area wasn't included in the ceasefire zone, either, because Hamas was continuing to fire rockets from it.
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today [6/19/2014] by Gallup. [...] In the latest
survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V.
news, and 8 percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.
Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low. Public confidence in television news is
at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup. Only 18 percent of the
Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.
Milbank's Heritage disaster. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry
of outraged tweets on Monday night [6/16/2014] after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at
The Heritage Foundation that, he says, "deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who
wore an Islamic head covering." Video of that panel has since surfaced and — in my
view — Milbank grossly misrepresented the nature of that exchange.
Don't Let Friends Read Dana Milbank. Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington
Post who serially exaggerates or distorts what he writes about. It's just what he does. This has
been established so many times by so many people that it's disappointing to see he is still given prominent
perch in his paper and that people who made it past their sophomore year in high school take him seriously.
What Dana Milbank
Does Not Tell You. [Scroll down] But what's more, Milbank relies on the account of "Saba Ahmed,
an American University law student," who is the aggrieved victim of his piece. She's a moderate,
caring Muslim girl targeted by the group because she is Muslim. What Milbank does not tell you is
that Saba Ahmed is a family friend of Mohammed Osman Mohamud, the convicted Islamic bomber who
tried to blow up Portland, OR in the name of jihad. Milbank also does not tell you Saba Ahmed has
been arrested for stalking and her family claims she was diagnosed with a mental disorder. She's
also been active at Occupy rallies denouncing American war efforts. She has made opposition to the
American war against terrorism a key part of what she does. And she took to Heritage to hijack a
conversation on Benghazi, turning it to her issue, which had not even been a topic of conversation.
Post Lets Columnist Dana Milbank Lie About Heritage Foundation. Writing for a
Washington Post that apparently decided his column was too good to check, columnist Dana Milbank
attacked the conservative Heritage Foundation for bullying a female Muslim woman who expressed
concern about Muslim stereotyping during a panel Monday night. The only problem with Milbank's
charge is that it's a smear — it never happened. And of all places, it is video
from the left-wing Media Matters that debunks Milbank's entire column.
Deceptively Edits Dave Brat to Suggest He Was 'Dodging' Questions. Editors at
MSNBC.com trimmed down Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat's June 11 phone interview with
MSNBC's Chuck Todd in order to paint him as dodging questions from the Daily Rundown host. But
a review of the full interview shows that Brat had already and seemingly quite gladly answered a
few policy questions on such hot issues as the minimum wage, immigration reform, and his stance on
Wall Street's influence on the business wing of the GOP.
ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist. ABC News
Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional
marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive [...] signs. Mr. Schneider contacted the Media Research
Center on Thursday after our social media department requested members call and complain about the comparison.
dubs sound for quiet electric car. CBS News says an editor made an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a
loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car in a story that aired Sunday [3/30/2014].
Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases. This week, the Supreme Court will consider
whether businesses and their owners must choose between paying millions of dollars in fines and violating their religious
beliefs. [...] The leftist papers do not mention the substantial monetary burden put on religious business owners to
violate their consciences. The papers do not mention that contraception was both inexpensive and widely available
before the contraception mandate, and still is. The papers omit to mention that it isn't the businesses who have
radically changed, but the mandates from government. Quite simply, if you read a newspaper to find out about the
contraception mandate cases, you will read lies.
Jacksonville Channel 4 falsely portrays black on white hate crime attacks
as having a white perpetrator. For years we have talked about how the media censors black crime.
Many major media outlets now openly admit to having a policy of censoring black crime perpetrators. However, an
even more sinister form of censorship is rising. This is what we call Stage 2 censorship of black crime.
Where the media purposely leads you to believe that a black crime perpetrator was actually a white guy.
NY Times editorial distorts, misleads, and lies to readers on HHS Mandate. With many political debates, I try to
give opponents the benefit of the doubt on intentions. Sure, raising taxes is a bad thing, but some politicians and pundits
believe higher taxes will benefit society. Some people think we need to spend more, and others really fear climate change.
When it comes to the HHS abortifacient/contraception/sterilization mandate, however, I've almost stopped being that generous
with the left's media and thought leaders. [A recent] New York Times Magazine editorial is a prime example as to why.
Almost from start to finish, the piece misleads and misdirects readers about the mandate, its opponents, and religious freedom.
Yet Another Journalist Says Lying Is A-OK.
It's a relatively new development for journalists to admit that lying to the public isn't a bad thing, but it's a rapidly growing
phenomenon, as sophistry becomes an increasingly accepted practice in the MSM, to the point where it's openly talked about by
those who employ it.
DJs spark outrage after admitting they made up story about a homophobic RSVP to a party. Two radio DJs in Long Island who caused an uproar
last week by posting the homophobic RSVP to a birthday party for a 'little girl with two gay dads' admitted on Saturday that the whole thing was a hoax.
Expert Accuses NBC of '100% Fraudulent' Hacking Story, NBC Fires Back. Earlier this week, NBC's Richard Engel filed a report warning
travelers to Sochi about the danger of getting hacked, but one cybersecurity expert took serious issue with the story, which he described on his
blog as "100% fraudulent." In the report, Engel brought some brand-new laptops and a new phone just to test how secure people's devices would
be in Sochi, and he concluded that he was hacked "almost immediately." But Robert Graham pointed out a few reasons why all is not as it seems.
Mellody Hobson, Whose Husband George Lucas Is Worth $7 Billion, Slams Rich CEOs. CBS analyst Mellody Hobson, whose husband George
Lucas is worth $7.3 billion, appeared on This Morning to slam excessive salaries for corporate bosses.
News Fails to Disclose Soros Connection In Shriver Report on Women. The Media Research Center reports that a report promoted
heavily by NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver was funded by a ultra-left political group funded by George Soros. Earlier this week
Shriver was all over NBC News and MSNBC to talk about a study titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink."
The promotion of the report also allowed Shriver and NBC News to portray President Obama as "sympathetic to working mothers." This
push focusing on women we see throughout the media, not just on NBC, is nothing more than the media prepping the battlefield to elect
Years of Falsehoods at NBC News. Everyone acted surprised when we learned yesterday that after a couple of disastrous
months, MSNBC is defiantly refusing to change their editorial process. But why would they? For years now, MSNBC and NBC
News have both become a culture of left-wing hate and fraudulent editing. The only thing new, as you will see [in this article],
is that the frequency of the fraud and hate is increasing. What I've assembled here isn't anything close to comprehensive, but
it is a revealing top ten: [...]
Ripping Off the "Progressive" Mask. It is a sad fact that
telling a lie these days has become more convenient than telling the truth. This is a terrible commentary on those with access to our
major media. Consider the coverage of the inauguration of Bill de Blasio as New York City's mayor. The term "progressive" is
used in most accounts to describe him and his backers. De Blasio accepts that term. Yet, by any objective measure, he is a
dedicated Marxist, and has been for most of his life. For example, he never disavowed his support for the communist Sandinistas in
Nicaragua. He claims to have honeymooned in communist Cuba, when such a trip was illegal. His wife was a member of a Marxist collective.
News' Happy Obamacare Customer is a Dem Candidate, Operative. NBC News senior health reporter JoNel Aleccia told the story of a
woman described as "Joyce Moore, a Pennsylvania financial planner" who "runs her own retirement and estate planning business." NBC said
Moore was actually happy her existing insurance was canceled due to Obamacare. [...] What NBC News Senior Health Reporter JoNel Aleccia failed
to mention is that Joyce Moore is a longstanding Democratic activist who, in November 2013, ran as a Democratic candidate for Upper Milford
Township Supervisor in Pennsylvania.
10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice. [#1] Pretend
that "no one" is saying something, when they really are. Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that "no one
is talking about overturning the Second Amendment or confiscating guns in America." In the three preceding weeks, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo had said that "confiscation could be an option"; an Iowa state representative had "said governments should
start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms"; and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California had suggested a
gun-buyback program which "could be compulsory." In early December, New York City's police department sent out "letters
telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences," i.e., confiscation.
malpractice over Benghazi. The Times' report misconstrues known facts and simply sweeps under the table mountains
of evidence of al Qaeda's ties to Libyan jihadi groups. In June 2012, for example, more than a dozen different jihadi
groups put the black flag of al Qaeda on parade in Benghazi in what they hoped would be a three-day show of force.
Thousands of jihadi fighters, many of them in Pakistani and Afghan dress, paraded through the streets of Benghazi with
hundreds of gun trucks. For The New York Times, though, the black flags were merely "the black flags of militant Islam"
and apparently bore no relation to al Qaeda. "Benghazi was not infiltrated by al Qaeda," The Times flatly asserted.
Intel Chairman on NYT's Benghazi Report: 'That Story Is Just Not Accurate'. The New York Times on Sunday
[12/29/2013] published a highly controversial report claiming the September 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya,
did not involve al Qaeda, and was as the Administration originally stated a spontaneous demonstration in response to an American-made
anti-Islamic video. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) completely
refuted the article saying, "[T]hat story is just not accurate".
Denver Post Stealth Edits Out
'Socialist' from Profile of Arapahoe School Shooter. In a profile on the shooter in the Denver Post which focused on his "strong political beliefs,"
several of Pierson's classmates offered their impressions of the shooter. One of the shooter's classmates described him as a "very opinionated socialist."
Shortly after that post was published, however, that description was edited out. The current copy simply describes him as "very opinionated."
Mika Suggests Obama 'Too Smart' For The
Job. Too smart to be President. Is that really Barack Obama's problem? Mika Brzezinski thinks so. On today's [11/4/2013] Morning
Joe, as Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann kicked around the notion, as others have before, that President Obama doesn't much like politics and the people
in it, Brzezinski piped up with a different explanation for his aloofness: he's "too smart for the job," she suggested.
The Editor says...
I can provide copious evidence that Barack H. Obama is not all that bright.
Milbank: 'Couldn't Be the Case' That Some Lost Insurance Because of ObamaCare. On Monday's PoliticsNation, Washington Post
columnist Dana Milbank claimed that it "couldn't be the case at this time" that ObamaCare is already causing people to lose their current health insurance
plans, in spite of all the documented cases insurance companies canceling plans as they struggle to comply with ObamaCare regulations.
The Shutdown that Ruined Christmas?
[Scroll down] On the very first night, Oct. 1, NBC already sounded like a DNC campaign commercial. Reporter John Yang highlighted an EPA worker in
Chicago, Elizabeth Lytle, who had already filed for unemployment benefits. [...] Despite her $52,000-a-year salary, Lytle is an experienced "victim." Back in
March, the eco-news site Greenwire also focused on her suffering from sequestration. [...] Here, too, was ethical fraud: NBC and other outlets didn't say so,
but Lytle had been previously featured in the media by her union, the American Federation of Government Employees.
The AP Misreports the Debt Ceiling.
I wrote here that no matter what happens with the debt limit, the federal government will not default on its debt obligations. I also noted here
that Moody's — which certainly ought to know — agrees that there is zero chance of default on Treasury bonds. In recent days,
many more commentators have made the same point. The government is legally obligated to recognize its debt obligations, and the existing
$17 trillion debt can be serviced on less than ten percent of federal revenue. So there simply can't be a default.
The Planned Destruction of America. One world is where the television and radio pundits sanctimoniously scold
us into believing that all is normal, and everything we see taking place today is merely the result of a growing acrimonious relationship between two political parties. They sit behind
the microphones, in front of the TV cameras, write the newsprint, and dominate the internet with their matrix of mendacity. They are well-paid for keeping the public in the dark, and by
confining public discourse to the limitations of mere political theater. Regardless of their political bent, they bully and mock those who disagree, and sneer at those who dare threaten
the illusion of normalcy. The other world is what is really taking place behind the scenes.
Limbaugh Bashes 'Journalistic
Malpractice' Attacking GOP Over Gov't Shutdown. Rush Limbaugh took the media to task Monday [9/30/2013] for foisting all the blame of a potential
government shutdown on Republicans. Limbaugh predicted in the next few days the media would write piece after piece about all the programs getting shut
down during the shutdown and blaming Republican intransigence on the whole thing. He referred to the AP article above as "basically a press release from
the Democrat party" that accuses Republicans of hating Obama so much they're willing to let millions of people go without health care.
CBS's Bob Schieffer
Falsely Claims 'Polls Say That Most People Favor' ObamaCare. In defiance of reality illustrated in numerous polls, on Sunday's Face the Nation,
host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn when she correctly asserted "there is only partisan support" for ObamaCare. Schieffer
cut her off: "Well now Congresswoman, that's not entirely true. The polls don't suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it."
Little Media Lies About
ObamaCare. [Scroll down] Obama signed House bills to kill a costly ObamaCare reporting rule, terminate its long-term care insurance
program and repeal the "free choice voucher" program. He also signed bills cutting funds for the so-called CO-OP program, a public health slush fund
and other ObamaCare programs. Two other House-passed bills — one to end the Independent Payment Advisory Board and another terminating
the medical device tax — have strong bipartisan support. Another simply codified the employer mandate delay Obama himself had already
ordered. Yet the media pretend these things never happened.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev motivated by "right-wing" literature, not radical Islam. With all the efforts to tie the Tea Party and "right wing"
to violence committed by others, it wouldn't be long before the Islamic radical Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was tied to "right-wing" causes.
With the slenderest of proof, The BBC goes there.
Politico: Media Didn't
Ignore Benghazi. Politico's Dylan Byers, in a piece for his buddies in the MSM, declares that conservative criticism of the mainstream
media is overblown. [...] Let us enlighten Byers to the scope of the MSM's betrayal of the public trust, with some added help from the Media Research
How the Media Has
Distorted a Tragedy. [Scroll down] This narrative has perpetuated the lie that Zimmerman's history of calls to the police
indicates obsessive racial paranoia. Thus, discussing the verdict on the PBS NewsHour, University of Connecticut professor and New Yorker
contributor Jelani Cobb asserted that "Zimmerman had called the police 46 times in previous six years, only for African-Americans, only
for African-American men." Actually, only six calls — two of them about Trayvon Martin — had to do with African-American men.
American Principles Is Now a Revolutionary Act. The [George Zimmerman] case was a joke, but you wouldn't know that if you only listened
to the mainstream media. The media's rank speculation, mischaracterization of the evidence and outright lies were designed to replace the strict
adherence to law and the rules of evidence that for a thousand years have protected the accused from the mindless fury of the mob.
Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story. We wrote yesterday [10/31/2014] about
the "October Surprise/Get Out the Vote" announcement by a flailing Obama administration that the
Department of Justice will be holding a Grand Jury hearing next Wednesday regarding possible federal
civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. The only named witness for Wednesday's hearing is
Frank Taaffe, a self-declared "friend" for George Zimmerman. Earlier this year Taaffe suddenly
announced that he believed Zimmerman had a racial, not merely self-defense, motive in killing Trayvon
Martin. This would be more than two years after the shooting occurred.
More lies from the main
stream media about the Zimmerman case. The claim that Zimmerman was at fault because he pursued Martin after being told not to has
absolutely no basis in fact. It is a made up assumption that has been repeated so many times by the media that people actually believe that is
what happened. The 911 call that was placed by Zimmerman is on the web in both audio and written transcript form. It was played numerous
times at the trial. There is no excuse for continuing to lie about the evidence. The Chicago Tribune should know better than to continue
to perpetuate lies that have fueled so much anger over this case.
Just report the news, don't generate it.
Lt. Gov: Reporters Tried To Inflame Pro-Abortion Protesters. Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst told HotAir's Ed Morrissey
that his office received reports that reporters were actively encouraging and rallying pro-abortion protesters during State Sen. Wendy
Davis' fillibuster last week.
Media misreporting rampant in Trayvon
Martin case. A combination of pressure through social media and poor journalism led to the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of
second-degree murder in last year's shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Immediately after the shooting in Sanford, Fla., which is
20 miles northeast of Orlando, the media described Mr. Zimmerman as white, setting up the racially divisive meme of a white man killing a black
teenager — a characterization that proved to be wrong.
Number Seven: NBC
News Again Caught Selectively Editing Video. Deceptive journalistic practices at NBC News show no sign of slowing down. This
latest attempt to selectively edit audio/video in order to benefit Barack Obama represents the seventh such act of willful, intentional journalistic
malpractice. NBC News is already being sued over one instance involving George Zimmerman.
WaPo Quietly Changes Key
Details in NSA Story. The gist is that the Washington Post has quietly made major edits to its initial
story about the NSA's PRISM program, without acknowledging that any changes have been made at all. Many of the
changes are stylistic, but many are factual.
Again: Washington Post Stealth Edits Obama/Africa Story. For the second time in a week, The Washington Post
has been caught editing a major story without noting publicly that the story has been changed.
Launches Dishonest Attack On Clarence Thomas — To Protect Voter Fraud. CNN published an article by John Blake entitled
"Three questions for Clarence Thomas" that allows them to not only distort the black conservative judge's opinions, but also to tip-toe on the
edge of racism, referring to Justice Thomas as a "sellout" and "Uncle Thomas" while hiding behind the cowardly journalistic trick of "Hey,
we're just reporting what other people say!"
NPR Incorrectly Claims IRS Has Nothing to do With Obamacare. During the May 22 broadcast of National Public Radio's
"Talk of the Nation," host Neil Conan repeatedly contradicted a guest by claiming that the IRS has nothing at all to do with Obamacare.
NPR's Conan is, of course, completely incorrect. The IRS is up to its Tea Party harassing neck in Obamacare. The guest Conan
contradicted was Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist and pollster. Conway was on to discuss the various scandals in which
Obama is mired and close to the end of her segment she questioned how the American people can trust the IRS to implement Obamacare.
Conan initially pressed her on the claim saying that she must have "misspoken."
CNN's Crowley Admits
Obama Didn't Call Benghazi a Terror Attack. On the May 19 broadcast of CNN's State of the Union, host Candy Crowley said that
Obama was late in identifying the attacks in Benghazi as terrorism quite contrary to what she said during the Presidential debates late last year.
Quietly Edits Story Claiming Tea Party Supports Immigration Bill. Politico deceptively edited its lead story from
Tuesday, "Immigration's new ally: Tea partiers" that originally erroneously argued the Tea Party was an "ally" of the "Gang of
Eight" immigration bill. The changes came after Breitbart News caught the site red-handed in a number of factual errors.
Politico made several substantive changes to its piece and the only notification it gave to readers of those corrections was an
updated time stamp next to the authors' bylines.
Anchors Fake a Satellite Interview in the Same Parking Lot. "Sorry, we're experiencing a delay in the broadcast while we
both wait for this bus to go by." Yes, those are all the same cars. Apparently they thought we wouldn't notice because Nancy
is on the right side of the screen, when in reality she is to Ashleigh Banfield's left.
NBC News Again Caught
Selectively Editing Video. I had hoped this nonsense would end with the reign of Steve Capus, but once again we have
NBC News forced to apologize for yet-another dishonest edit meant to push the left's agenda.
News Media Keep Peddling
Their Bush Vs. Gore Lie. When Sandra Day O'Connor said she regretted her decision in Bush v. Gore, the press threw
another fit about the "stolen" election. They seem to forget their own studies proved the court's ruling didn't matter.
caught photoshopping injuries out of Boston Marathon photograph. A US newspaper has admitted that it digitally altered a
front-page photograph of a Boston Marathon bombing victim so that the woman's pants covered her horrific leg wounds. The woman's gory
wounds had vanished on the large image that wrapped around the New York Daily News on Tuesday [4/16/2013], despite the photograph
appearing unedited online and in other publications in the US.
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#12] Fake Exploding GM
Trucks: In 1993 on its Dateline NBC program, NBC News was determined to smear trucks made by General Motors. The TV newsers wanted to show America
that the gas tanks in GM trucks were prone to exploding. Dateline aired footage of just that causing a PR nightmare for GM. Ultimately, NBC had viewers
convinced that GM's "sidesaddle" gas tank was a hazard. But in its zeal to destroy GM, NBC forgot to mention one little thing to the viewing public.
Its video of an exploding gas tank was little else but Hollywood special effects.
Narrative: Hagel Filibuster 'Unprecedented'. You'll hear it all over cable news and the networks and in every lede
paragraph from the Washington Post to the LA Times: Republicans are conducting an unprecedented filibuster of Chuck Hagel.
Where did the media get this buzz word that's repeated breathlessly by the obedient servants of the White House? From the White
House, of course.
Steve Capus Oversaw 'Erosion of
Journalistic Values'. You would think five documented instances of outright journalistic fraud from a single news division would result
in a little more outrage from our journalistic overlords. You would also think that those who believe in the ethics of their profession would
speak out, or that those with competitive instincts would leap at the opportunity to ding a competitor. But media has its own version of a
the Blue Code of Silence.
Gives False and Conflicting Information on Potential Voter Fraud Case. In a move that serves to discount the severity of voter
fraud in the US, the Associated Press' Gary Fineout posted two conflicting reports regarding a voter fraud investigation. Strangely, after
posting inaccurate information in an article, the heavily left-leaning AP staff writer then posted an update — one that conflicted
with the first false posting, yet was still false in itself.
Cod Times says reporter fabricated sources in dozens of stories. A Massachusetts daily newspaper apologized to its readers
after an internal investigation concluded that a veteran reporter wrote dozens of stories that included people who don't exist.
$1.2 billion examples of ABC News' bias.
The slimiest news coverage of 2012 has nothing to do with the presidential election. It concerns a massive ABC News campaign against an American
beef company. Led by national correspondent Jim Avila, the network bombarded a South Dakota firm with a seemingly endless barrage of stories
claiming that its lean beef was — it doesn't get uglier than this — "pink slime." According to that company, ABC's reports
cost it hundreds of millions of dollars, and cost more than 700 people their jobs. Now that company is suing ABC —
for $1.2 billion.
Cutter: Yeah, we've been
lying about the $5 trillion we said Romney's lying about. As soon as Team Obama realized its excuse-making was getting embarrassing after
the president's debate performance, they pivoted to a replay of the response to Rep. Paul Ryan's convention speech in Tampa. They can't call either
of them dumb, so they have to call them liars. In the service of that narrative, they either present mere philosophical disagreements as "lies" or
they dishonestly represent parts of Mitt Romney's plan to make him into a "liar."
Matthews Says 'Unemployment Was Well Past 10%' When Obama Took Office — It Was Only 7.8%. "When your guy left town,
Dubya — who nobody asked him to come back by the way at the Republican convention — unemployment was well past ten percent
and skyrocketing." So falsely said MSNBC's Chris Matthews to conservative talk radio host Roger Hedgecock on HBO's Real Time
Are the Media Telling
the Truth About Romney's "Lies"? [Scroll down] Many reports have documented examples of stimulus money wasted on dubious projects or
that benefited well-connected firms. And [Paul] Ryan's overall complaint was that the money was "borrowed, spent, and wasted."
That may be hyperbole, but by Obama's own standards, the stimulus was hardly a success. Just before he signed the stimulus, Obama
promised it would "ignite spending by businesses and consumers," unleash "a new wave of innovation, activity and construction," and
produce 4% economic growth this year. None of which happened.
Journalists Using Fake Names to Buy Obama Merchandise. Several journalists have reportedly used fake names to buy Obama
campaign merchandise inside media-only areas of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Were journalists using fake names to
make Obama donations at the convention? [Scroll down] So the next time you hear a "journalist" pitching in with the sort of in-kind campaign
contribution that Democrats love, even though they are very upset by the idea of other types of corporation participating in political speech, remember
that he or she might be driving home in a car with a "Democrats Are Hot" bumper sticker, purchased under a fake name at the Democratic National Convention.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews
claims to live in 'black majority' DC, but actually lives in Md. suburbs. MSNBC host Chris Matthews might have
exaggerated his abilities to hear dog-whistle racism at this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Newsbusters' Jack
Coleman noted. During Tuesday night's [8/28/2012] coverage, Matthews made the case that he is well-positioned to judge
racial issues because of where he lives, after having repeatedly insinuated that Republican figures are racist.
Media Bias Of Hurricane Proportions. As Isaac bore down on New Orleans, the administration's media toadies
preferred to talk not about substantive issues, but on how the "shadow of Bush and Katrina" hung over the delayed GOP
convention in Tampa.
Kessler Has Fact-Checking Tantrum Over 'You Didn't Build That'. Glenn Kessler is The Washington Post's laughably
biased fact checker, and when you think of Kessler, remember this — remember the "fact" checker who called Romney a liar
for saying a president who didn't go to Israel didn't go to Israel. This guy is utterly shameless, and this morning he's
having a full-blown tantrum.
Mark Brown Declares Obama
is not a Chicago Politician. In a curious column the Sun-Time [sic] Mark Brown denies that President Obama has much to
do with Chicago Politics. Curious because the preponderance of evidence that Brown offers is that President Obama is a typical
Chicago politician, working in league with donors and other politicians to fleece their consituents and taxpayers. [...] If being
Emil Jones point man in Springfield, married to the daughter of a Precinct Committeman/water department employee, and having David
Axelrod as a constant flack for many years doesn't qualify you as a Chicago politician, just what does?
Cutter: I'm Just Going to Make [Stuff] Up
about Jobs. Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for Obama's reelection effort, seems more a character out of fiction than a
real person. A high-octane spokesman, she is willing to say anything to win the 30-second sound byte cycle. She will lie, contradict
herself and make up stats on the fly to get through any single cable news appearance. Its something real people, with a credibility gene,
wouldn't do. Fortunately, she's a Democrat, so the media will never really hold her statements to account.
Hey, Fareed, You've Got a
Paragraph; You Didn't Write That. In penning his recent piece "The Case for Gun Control," Time editor and CNN host Fareed
Zakaria actually made the case that he needs to focus on pen control. Because he plagiarized part of his work from a New Yorker article
written by one Jill Lepore. Zakaria was busted by NewsBusters, a feat that probably wasn't too difficult since Lepore's piece was published
less than four months ago.
Will Yale Fire Fareed Zakaria? There is now
little question that Fareed Zakaria is guilty of plagiarism. He has admitted copying a portion of a New Yorker essay and apologized. Time,
where Zakaria works as a columnist, has suspended Zakaria for a month, and CNN — owned by the same parent company — has suspended him
pending an investigation. This represents a mere slap on the wrist for someone whose standard speaking fee is $75,000.
A few days later...
Fareed Zakaria's suspension lifted by CNN and Time.
All is forgiven for Time magazine writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who last week was suspended by both outlets for apparent plagiarism. CNN said on
Thursday [8/16/2012] that Zakaria's weekly "GPS" public affairs program will return to the air on 26 August.
accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics. Controversy over the coverage of the Olympics on
American television deepened today when NBC was accused of deliberately editing footage of the women's team gymnastics in order to create
what critics called "fake suspense." Russian world champion Ksenia Afanasyeva's unexpected fall during the floor exercises, which
effectively handed a gold medal to Team USA during an early stage of the contest, was inexplicably removed from the time-delayed version
of events that NBC presented to its prime-time television viewers.
Faking and enhancing the sounds of the
Olympics. Ah, there's nothing quite like the serene "swoosh-swooshing" of oars in the water, as Olympic rowers glide along the
water. There really isn't, because those sounds spectators are hearing on their TVs are not live from the event, The Atlantic
reported. In order to keep sight of the boats, broadcasters must follow them with chase boats and a helicopter. The result is that
the sound of the rowing is drowned out by that noise. So, NBC elected to replace the live audio with a recorded soundtrack of rowing
practices to deliver more accurate depiction of what the sport sounds like in its pure form.
Media Invents Story That
Chick-fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage. Last week, reports emerged that Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy had condemned gay
marriage. It's no secret that the company is run by devout Christians, but this still caused an uproar. Boston's mayor threatened to
deny the company business permits, celebrities condemned the company, and the Muppets announced fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any
new toys for their kids meals. One small problem: The president of Chick-fil-A never actually said anything condemning gay
TV Station Fires
Anchor After He Fails to Disclose Connection to Atheist Group He Was Covering. Jason Volentine, a former anchor for WXMI, a television station
in Michigan, found himself without employment after failing to tell his employers about a relationship he had with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
FFRF, an atheist activist group, is a non-profit that advocates for the separation of church and state, while fighting faith in the public square.
It wasn't Volentine's relationship, in itself, that was problematic — it was the fact that he had covered the non-profit group, but had purportedly
failed to tell his employers and viewers about the relationship beforehand.
Nuts to Nutting: Under Obama, Real Spending Has Exploded.
On Tuesday, Rex Nutting of MarketWatch, who per his Linkedin profile is the site's Washington bureau chief, published a column titled "Obama
spending binge never happened." This column will show that it did, but that clever accounting has largely concealed its existence.
The Decline of The Washington Post.
[Scroll down] The [Washington] Post is running paid ads from the Russian and Chinese governments that are made to look like
news sections of the paper. The ads, some of them six pages long, even carry a facsimile of The Washington Post
masthead. In relatively small print it says they are paid supplements and have nothing to do with the paper's news or
editorial departments. But The Washington Post masthead or logo is more prominently featured. [...] Readers are
thus given the impression that the propaganda has the approval of the Post.
Boston Globe Takes Credit for
Breitbart Scoop. Today the Boston Globe has a front-page, below-the-fold story titled "Filings raise more questions on
Warren's ethnic claims." It's a well-written take on documents and information first brought to light here at Breitbart News two weeks
ago. Unfortunately, it's presented as a scoop with no link or reference to the fact that the information has appeared previously in
Washington Post Admits to Bogus Quote.
Veteran Washington Post reporter Daryl Fears, part of a two-person writer team, unmistakably wrote
that filmmaker John O'Keefe had "said" he "targeted" ACORN, the advocacy group, for his candid-camera expose,
because it registered voters to defeat Republicans. O'Keefe said no such thing. It was a
non-quote made out of whole cloth by reporter Fears, and published as fact on Sept. 17. Making the
falsehood exponentially worse, the Post story then was retailed worldwide by the Associated Press.
Fox News Has a Van Jones
Problem. In the same way that Van Jones was exposed originally by New Zealand blogger Trevor
Loudon by using Internet search engines to look into his controversial background and writings, over the
course of just a few days Accuracy in Media has been able to determine the following about [Marc Lamont]
Hill from public sources.
This is what passes for journalism these days:
Fakes Muslim Prejudice, Unsurprisingly Finds 'Islamophobia' in America. Apparently to prove that
the US is filled with Muslim hating yahoos, ABC went on the hunt to find "Islamophobia" in America and the
result is "Witness to Discrimination: What Would You Do?" Since they didn't really know where to
find any, ABC News decided to create their own prejudice against Muslims by hiring an actress to put on Muslim
dress and get "confronted" by a Muslim hating coffee store server — also an actor hired by ABC.
It's Not Just Scott
Beauchamp. Scott Beauchamp was the last straw. I realized that I need a scorecard to keep
track of all the fallen journalists, journalistic mistakes and major and minor screw-ups in the
Offenses include lying and fabricating, doctoring photos, plagiarism, conflicts of interest,
falling for hoaxes, and overt bias. Some are hilarious, such as an action figure doll being mistaken
for a real soldier. Some are silly, such as reporting on a baseball game watched on TV. Some
are more serious.
It's Not Just Scott
Beauchamp — Part Two. Without too much extra effort, it was fairly easy to
add 21 more names to the "Media Hall of Shame" list, bringing the total to 83. With more
effort, I'm sure the total list could easily double.
In part three, the list grows to 101.
Media Dishonesty Matters.
Did you know that Time magazine and other news organizations had a Vietnamese communist on full-time staff
in Vietnam during that war? Do you remember that ABC, CBS and NBC have all rigged cars or trucks
with explosives or other devices to make them look dangerous on TV, or that Consumer Reports lied about
the Suzuki Samurai enough to put it out of business?
Ethics' an Oxymoron? The Founding Fathers thought a free and skeptical press was
essential to the preservation of our political and economic liberties. The First Amendment
is first for just that reason. What would they think of today's generation of reporters
who hide from the truth, parrot the slogans of left-wing advocacy groups, fail to do their own
research, and routinely give politicians a free ride? My guess is they would be stunned.
Is news just the facts? Not
anymore. When I entered the field the ideal was to "... tell it like it is." Not
what I would like it to be, but simply lay out the facts. If one fact strongly supports a point of
view we were obligated to seek other facts that would dispute it. Unfortunately,
many of today's instructors teach what is called, "advocacy journalism."
Fake News from CBS. In 2002 the
Guerilla News Network published a piece written by staffers from a group called PR Watch. They
said that "For years CBS (and all the other networks) have run fake news stories in the form of video news
releases." What's more, the article, "CBS sells fake news," went on to announce that CBS also had gone
into the business of creating, producing and distributing so-called "fake news."
'48 Hours' apologizes for altered
image. The executive producer of CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" has apologized for airing an
altered image of the front page of the Tribune in an episode about the murder trial of Ryan Ferguson
that aired Saturday night [2/18/2006].
Playing with the
numbers: A UPI story a few months back reported that nearly 300,000 veterans
are homeless on any given night. If so, as blogger Megan McArdle pointed out a few weeks
ago on Asymmetrical Information, that would mean that every single homeless person in America
must have served in the armed forces, since 300,000 is about the total number of the homeless.
Opinion masquerading as journalism:
Liberal media are living in cocoons. Whenever you read the headline, "some say," you know
you are reading the opinions of the reporter. Some say the moon is made of green cheese, but what's the
difference? The story is only worth telling when "some say" what the reporter wants them to say.
Uses Global Warming Activist's Press Release as News Story. The Palm Beach Post was caught in a
bit of deception by one of its readers over the weekend. ... Unfortunately for the reputation of Dara Kam and
that of the paper, this "article" was merely a rewording of the press release of an environmentalist group
calling themselves, Environment Florida. An alert reader who wrote in calling them on it also exposed
several other papers across the country that did the very same thing.
Phony Tale Of Woe. The story currently making the rounds about the guy who robbed a bank for
$1 to get free jailhouse health care is supposed to expose how terrible our medical system is. It
actually exposes something worse. It's a story tailor made for the news media. ... The fact that not
one reporter trafficking this story bothered to point these facts out is an example of gross dereliction
of duty or extreme bias — or both.
Author who Tied Romney to KKK Resigns over Plagiarism Scandal. When Washington Post journalist
Elizabeth Flock wrote a post last year falsely accusing Mitt Romney of using a Ku Klux Klan slogan in his campaign
speech, she was not fired or disciplined. But when Flock stole from the work of another mainstream organization
and did not properly attribute, she abruptly "resigned" from the Washington Post conveniently and coincidentally
before another editor's note went up on her post that described it as having "serious factual errors" and "a significant
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