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.
Jack Cashill's If I Had a Son.
The definitive account of the conspiracy to send George Zimmerman to prison for the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin is reaching bookstores
today. Jack Cashill's If I had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman is a must-read for anyone interested in race,
justice and the corruption of the American mass media. [...] There are villains aplenty, and Cashill not only names names, he documents and explains
the outrages that were perpetrated on a gullible public.
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.
Zimmerman case hurt media's image.
A Pew Research poll this month revealed that less than a third of Americans believe journalists contribute "a lot" to societal well-being.
That's more in a continuing stream of bad news for the media. Unfortunately, the press has done little to improve that image with its
coverage of Trayvon Martin's death. Instead, reporters took a tragic situation and sensationalized it [...]
Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman connected to al Qaeda? Why is anybody in the media focusing on such absolute nonsense?
From Jody Arias to the Martin-Zimmerman trial, the American media has focused on complete and utter drivel while world financial systems are
collapsing and Middle Eastern governments are exploding into flames. Media scavengers may desperately need ratings, but that does not
excuse the American people from investing their energy in two men who should not be known to anybody outside of their immediate families.
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!
George Zimmerman Lynching Further Unravels. George Zimmerman has been
the subject of the most transparent and vicious media and law enforcement lynchings since the FBI tried to blame hero security guard Richard Jewell for the 1996
Olympics bombing carried out by Eric Robert Rudolph. [...] Despite erroneous media claims, George Zimmerman's next-day account tracked well with both the physical
and medical evidence recovered at the scene of the shooting and with the recording of the non-emergency call he made the night before. An underreported fact
of the investigation: the almost foolishly transparent way Zimmerman cooperated with police, refusing to obtain an attorney until long after he'd completed
his interviews and follow-up interviews with the Sanford Police's investigators.
Affiliate Aired Edited Zimmerman 911 Call Days Before Today Show Did. According to a report from South
Florida TV News, the person allegedly responsible for the misleading edit to George Zimmerman's 911 call was a local
reporter/producer named Jeff Burnside, and he has been fired by Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ. [...] The report says that
a producer at the network level, who failed to check the tape because it came from an affiliate, was also fired.
Correspondent at NBC Affiliate Created Fake Zimmerman Recording. According to the journalism news site
Poynter.org, [Jeff] Burnside did not create any of the altered clips which ran on NBC's television programs.
Instead, he created a clip of his own that aired on the WTVJ programs. Poynter has spoken with Burnside and
confirmed that he has indeed been fired.
Who Is Responsible for NBC's Zimmerman
Edit? We Have a Name. I wrote earlier that there is no way that NBC's Zimmerman edit was an accident or error, as the network
claims. I base my position on nearly 20 years of editing video and audio. NBC's Zimmerman edit was deliberate, done in a
network editing studio at the specifications or orders of a producer who in turn answers up a chain of command that ends with the executive
producer of the show that aired it. That show was the Today show, the highest-rated morning news show on the networks, and
one of NBC's prime products.
NBC = New [Baloney] from Capus. First, a quick recap of
what NBC News did to George Zimmerman's 911 call: Zimmerman answered a police dispatcher's direct question about Trayvon Martin's identifying
characteristics, and NBC altered it to make it sound like Zimmerman said Martin was up to no good because he was black. And we're supposed to
believe NBC made an innocent mistake.
NBC's latest editing 'mistake'
follows a history of similar mistakes. NBC announced on Friday [4/6/2012] that the "seasoned" producer who edited sound of the 911 call between
George Zimmerman and a 911 dispatcher was fired. [...] Unfortunately, this is not the first time an edit or circumstance like this occurred at one of the
That 'Inadvertent' Editing at NBC.
Why should we believe a network that commits serial transgressions against decent journalism?
a one-time thing that NBC News did over and over. NBC News made that dishonest edit, then claimed it
was an innocent mistake and the perpetrator had been fired, but wouldn't say who and wouldn't say how everybody
else at NBC News somehow missed it. [...] I knew about the multiple instances of this same "mistake" at NBC
Miami, but I didn't realize the Today Show had made the same "mistake" the week before. If Steve Capus
didn't know that, why not? If he did know that, why is he pretending it only happened once?
MSNBC's Year Of Apologies. It has been a
fateful year for the cable news network MSNBC. It seems every month, another host — or even the network
itself — is forced to apologize for reporting a factual error or overstepping the bounds of responsible commentary.
NBC News and the Death of Truth.
Not only did NBC edit the audio, but also edited Zimmerman's quotes as published on its Internet site, helping to foster the
false belief that Zimmerman had singled out Martin because of his race. Yesterday [4/25/2012], NBC News fired a
producer/reporter at its Miami affiliate — the second such reported firing in connection with the deceptive edit [...] This
would seem to suggest that NBC News is sacrificing low-level personnel — throwing "fresh meat" to "right-wing
bloggers" — in an effort to evade corporate responsibility for an unethical deception that inflamed racial
tensions in the Martin case.
Second Firing in False
Zimmerman 911 Edit. There has been a second firing at NBC over the misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call.
A report published yesterday [4/25/2012] afternoon by the Miami Herald identifies reporter/producer Jeff Burnside as the
individual responsible for the edits which appeared in an NBC6 news story on March 19th and again on March 20th.
How Many Deceptive NBC Edits Before Steve
Capus Is Fired? Well, we know the answer isn't five. Though it won't speak the truth of why out loud, even the New York Times
admits the NBC News brand is in trouble, and late yesterday Reuters gave us another example as to why: ["]Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky sought a
mistrial before his conviction for child sex abuse on the grounds that prosecutors showed jurors an inaccurate version of a bombshell NBC News
interview with the former football coach, and the mistake may now form part of the basis for an appeal.["]
Media bigotry burned Zimmerman. Oftentimes,
media executives dismiss complaints about their bias as people who do not like the outcome of the news. In some cases,
this is true. Witness Rick Santorum's attacks on Fox News and Matt Drudge. Maybe he is running for President
Obama's press secretary. But the irresponsible, inaccurate and occasionally libelous stalking of George Zimmerman,
for shooting Trayvon Martin as the young man was pummeling him, is flat out racist.
NBC Editgate: Buck Stops With Brian
Williams. In September 2004, shortly before the November presidential elections pitting George W. Bush
against John Kerry, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Dan Rather presented a falsified document to the public that
purported to show that Bush had gone AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. As it turned out, the papers were forgeries.
Rather retired under heavy pressure. This month, NBC News broadcast a heavily edited tape of George Zimmerman's 911
call in the Trayvon Martin case. The tape itself was fully available. And NBC News, as we've reported,
cut the relevant portion of the tape deliberately in order to make Zimmerman look like a racist.
Media malpractice alert: ABC and NBC backtrack on Zimmerman stories.
Coverage of media coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting has now fully separated from the actual events of February 26, 2012,
and become a separate story in its own right, as have political attempts to manipulate perceptions of the case.
ABC News Correspondent:
Trayvon Shot 'Because He Was Black'. ABC News has already been caught red-handed attempting to aid and abet
Obama's national campaign to community organize America by inflaming racial divisions, and now a series of Tweets from ABC
News correspondent Matt Gutman, one of the network's lead reporters on the Trayvon Martin story, gives us a first-hand look
at the biases and preconceived notions that have sprung up in ABC's abysmal (and corrupt) reporting from the beginning.
Mother Jones Spanks NBC
Over Zimmerman Edit. When even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has to call NBC out over their outrageous editing of
George Zimmerman's 911 call to portray him as racist, you know it's bad. NBC may try to pass it off as one miscue, or mis-edit,
somehow — but many will argue NBC portrayed Zimmerman precisely as they wanted to and they as well as other networks have
been doing all along.
The Obama Administration's
Dispensable People. George Zimmerman, the man who claims he shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, is
like Mr. Verilli — a disposable person from what should be a media-protected category. According to
prevailing orthodoxies, he is actually more deserving of special status than the average Hispanic; while, oddly, The New York Times
seemed to imply that his mixed lineage as a "white Hispanic" renders him less worthy of consideration, since identity is supposed
to be everything, is not Zimmerman a living embodiment of the kind of racial diversity the Legacy Media claim to cherish and promote?
Obama fails the race test.
Hearsay, rumors and opinions masquerading as facts dominate the discussion. Acts of extreme journalistic malpractice, such
as NBC's "Today" show running a 911 call tape that was edited to make Mr. Zimmerman's motive appear unquestionably racist,
serve to throw gasoline on the fire. A March 26 CNN poll showed that 73 percent of Americans think Mr. Zimmerman
should be arrested, and this trial by media brings to mind John P. Roche's observation that lynch mobs will claim to be
highly democratic because there is only one dissenting voice.
News starts probe of edited Zimmerman 911 call. Amid withering criticism from media watchdog groups, NBC News on
Monday [4/2/2012] said it will conduct an internal probe into how and why an audio tape of George Zimmerman's 911 tape was altered
to make the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer sound racist.
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 © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
Bias is one thing, but
sometimes newspaper and TV reporters are just overtly dishonest.
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.
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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