Media  Bias

Introduction:

Many people complain about political bias and incompetence in the electronic media, and many other people think there's no basis for such complaints.  For a long time I resisted the idea of producing a page like this because I thought it was too obvious.  Some of you still can't see it, so some of the evidence is presented below.

This page includes several subtopics, many of which have moved to their own pages.  Splitting them up makes everything load faster.  After all, not everyone has fast internet service.  (More importantly, if all the sub-topics were on this page, it would be ridiculously large.)

Political bias may be impossible to avoid in today's style of fast-paced 24-hour news coverage.  News programs today are apparently designed to retain the attention of hyperactive and impatient viewers — people with dozens of other channels from which to choose, and a remote control always nearby.  (Forty years ago, when you had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel, people generally stuck with a program for its duration.)  You'll rarely see a news story these days, especially during ratings periods, in which a single camera shot lasts more than three seconds.  On a normal day, almost every story is told in less than two minutes.  This results in a great loss of detail, and that's where the TV reporter's personal bias comes into play:  he or she decides what parts of a story to include or omit.

As many people have pointed out, broadcast news is dangerous, not because of what's reported, but because of what is not reported.  This applies equally to both television and radio.  Fortunately the internet is becoming a more reliable source of daily news, and it helps fill in the gaps.  Personally, I haven't owned a TV since 1980, so the internet really comes in handy.  If you're looking for current national news, you can gather more information in five minutes on the internet than you can get in an hour of watching television.

As media bias becomes more widespread, it becomes self-perpetuating, just like big government.  The "legacy" news media are now controlled by Democrats, so now when a Republican runs for President, he or she must run against the Democrat Party candidate and against the news media.



The following subtopics are on pages of their own
... although some are further down this page.

Bias in general, as it relates to news media  (Scroll down.)
Specific examples of biased news coverage
Bias in favor of Hillary Clinton
Bias in favor of Barack H. Obama
JournoList - Evidence of an actual conspiracy to bias the news.
Specific people and organizations often mentioned in the debate over media bias.
Bias related to gun control issues
Coverage of the "War on Terrorism"
Biased coverage of environmental issues
   ... including the media campaign against bottled water.
Biased coverage of economic issues
Biased news coverage of "tea parties"
Bias related to social issues:  Race relations, feminism, "diversity", homosexuality.
Cultural and political bias in motion pictures
The use of polls as propaganda
The National Endowment for the Arts
Cultural and political bias on television
    The V-chip:  An ineffective substitute for parental supervision.
Pro-Islam bias in the media
Pro-Islam bias at Google
Sensationalism vs Journalism
Dishonesty, not just bias
Incompetence
    Newsroom Clichés
    Obsolescent Media -- declining newspaper sales and TV ratings.
Suppressed news -- examples of "spiked" stories
    Bias and censorship on social media
    Terrorist attacks reported as "isolated incidents"
    Un(der)-reported news stories about the war in Iraq
    The Secret Superhighway and the Homogenization of North America
News media critics
National Public Radio
The Fairness Doctrine
The Public Broadcasting Service
The New York Times
Dan Rather
Rathergate:  The CBS Memo Controversy of September 2004
Junk science, dubious statistics and rash presuppositions
Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews
Bernard Goldberg's New Book, "Bias"
Links to other internet resources
Overflow section!  There's more material in the Spillway.
The Technology and Politics of Broadcasting,
    including the transition to digital TV, the V-Chip, closed captioning, and other topics.
Radio Broadcasting and the so-called Fairness Doctrine.



News media bias in general

Here's another web site you should visit:
Media Bias dot com.  Exposing the bias in mainstream journalism.

Overview articles:


The Three Festering Wounds of 2016: James Comey is central to all of them.  Three wounds, created or revealed in 2016, have become infected, and the infections are not yet cured.  First is the so-called "Russia dossier," which became the basis for the Robert Mueller investigation that is running away in the manner that Lawrence Walsh's "Iran Contra" investigation did.  The second is the "Uranium One" scandal, which the media still try to bury.  And the third is the fact that Hillary Clinton and her closest staff, such as Huma Abedin, committed felonies in handling classified information.  The then-FBI Director James Comey saw the proofs of their actions and nevertheless decided to protect them from punishment.  There is every reason not to write about these scandals, especially considering the enormous amount that has already been written.  So why try now?  Simply because the three all flow together in a symphony of corruption, misgovernment, and media misbehavior that cannot be ignored.

Former NPR CEO Opens Up About liberal media bias.  Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio.  When you are liberal, and everyone else around you is as well, it is easy to fall into groupthink on what stories are important, what sources are legitimate and what the narrative of the day will be.  This may seem like an unusual admission from someone who once ran NPR, but it is borne of recent experience.

The Real Reason the Democrats Want to Be Rid of Confederate Monuments.  The media spend their days "rectifying" the news.  They write and print and speak to mislead.  Since they could not factually rectify the outcome of the 2016 election, they have spent every waking moment since constructing lies to delegitimize it; with falsehoods of collusion with Russia, and implications that racism, white supremacism, Nazis, and the KKK somehow denied them their rightful destiny They know none of those imputations are true, but their goal is make the public believe they are factual.  For the eight years Obama was President, the MSM never reported the vast numbers of people who were forced, enticed and even recruited to dependence on Food Stamps (an additional 10.7 million souls), or the catastrophic, unimaginable sum of 10 trillion dollars, by which he increased the national debt (he doubled it, adding more than all previous presidents combined), or the true facts of Obamacare, driving up costs, and wrecking the finances of what was the best system of medical care in the world).

Levin: If Exposing Media Is Only Thing Trump Does, He Will Have Been a Successful President.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin lambasted the media and praised Donald Trump, saying if exposing the media is the only thing Trump does, he will have been a successful president.  "I honestly believe if this is the only thing President Trump succeeds in doing he will have been a successful president — that is, exposing the media," said Mark Levin.  "For decade, after decade, after decade, and now it's worse than ever, the media have fraudulently presented themselves to the American people — to you — as some kind of objective nonpartisan entity just reporting the news.  Now they're all out of the closet, and it's not very pretty."

Do the media know what horrors they have wrought?  The head honchos in the hardened bunkered war rooms of MSNBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, NPR, PBS, the NYT, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and on and on are not uniformed, nor do they wear military eagles or stars on their jackets, yet they are the orchestrators of the battle plan and the campaigners to defeat and bring down the administration of President Trump.  Sadly, these members of the media, the Fourth Estate, those who are still guaranteed their freedom of speech, to write their opinions without fear of being shut down by the government, are committing suicide by joining with the likes of the street mobs clamoring to destroy the Constitution.  Apparently, unbeknownst to them, they are supporting the demagogues such as George Soros and Barack Obama, who are now invisibly leading the forces of chaos and revolt throughout the land.

Just listen to all the booing when Trump brings up the media!  [Video clip]

The DNC 'hack' might have been an inside job.  Most of the big media companies get hot and bothered whenever they grab hold of a news story or happening that looks like it might hurt President Trump.  On the flip side, they do their best to ignore anything that could hurt the Democrats, the party that broke their hearts during the last election.

Arrest The Editor Of The Washington Post.  Marty Baron lives in a $1.7 million condo in Logan Circle.  It's seven blocks away from the headquarters of the Washington Post.  And a 12 minute drive away from the FBI's J Edgar Hoover Building.  Arrest him.  His paper's latest contribution to wrecking this country is an editorial titled "Charlottesville showed that liberalism can't defeat white supremacy.  Only direct action can."  It concludes with, "Start throwing rocks." [...] Incitement to riot is a crime.  And it's about time that the Washington Post along with other media outlets was held accountable for the violence that is tearing apart our cities and our campuses.

Here is Why the Violence is Going to Escalate, And Escalate Quickly.  Much of the press corps and major voices on the left see no difference between conservatives and white supremacists.  To them, Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is as much a bigot as Richard Spencer.  Spencer, they think, wants to advance the white race, and Moore, they think, wants to advance Christofascist radicals.  They have lost their ability to distinguish because they see anyone to right of them as equally awful.  It affects the media's coverage and it affect's the left's willingness to engage in dialogue.  They less and less see their opponents as opponents and more and more see them as the enemy.

We Don't Have a Leakers Problem, We Have a Left Problem.  The leaker and the journalist are not performing a separate function.  They're members of the same subversive organization operating from within different embedded positions.  It's not any more different than the atomic secrets smuggling network during the Cold War.  Or any Communist espionage operation.  The players may have different roles and jobs.  But they're part of the same network with the same goals.  We don't have an independent and neutral journalism that acts in the public interest.  Instead there are men and women who shares the same agendas in the media and government.  Pretending that they are separate because they have different job titles denies the root cause of the problem.

One Day.  There is a moment when a government becomes so corrupt that it can no longer be tolerated by the people and I suggest that we are there.  It is much more openly corrupt today than it has ever been. [...] The media has openly chosen sides and are operating as a publicity machine for the coup.  Understand that, they are providing aid and comfort to the conspirators to overthrow the duly elected President of the United States.  Words don't have the power to convey the level of treason that is being played out before our eyes, in the headlines, with absolutely no repercussions from the Republicans in office.

Trump's Unintended Consequences:  Driving the Media Insane.  After Trump won, the NYT's fearless leader, Arthur Sulzberger, actually wrote an apology to his readers, admitting how the Times had willfully broken the public trust, how it willfully ignored what Trump was saying, and how it had tried (and failed) to warp the public mind against him.  He promised that his staffers would return to accurately reporting the news and regain the public trust by being real journalists[.]  But they didn't, and neither did the rest of the leftist media.  Yes, they all went wild during the campaign trying to live up to the standard set by the Times.  It was embarrassingly biased coverage, filled with outrage, angst, and virtue-signaling.  But that was nothing compared to their reporting since the election.

Acosta Pulls the Media's Mask Off.  It is impossible to overstate the partisan jackassery of CNN, which is at once a product of the cynical, ratings-driven scumbaggery of its head Jeff Zucker and the pretentious liberalism of its "reporters," almost all of whom come from Democratic circles.  What an astonishing collection of frauds.  With their anchormanish baritones, they try to hoodwink viewers into thinking they are "serious" journalists.  But they are all just liberal activists playing reporters on TV.  Jake Tapper was a Dem staffer.  So was Jim Sciutto.  Christiane Amanpour, last heard lecturing journalists on the need to drop "neutrality" in its coverage of Trump, is married to former Clinton staffer James Rubin.  And the list goes on and on.  Out of this ethos came Jim Acosta, who, thanks to Trump, has justly become the face of fake news.

America's Media Meltdown.  When Obama announced his candidacy for president in 2007, the media relinquished pretenses of objectivity.  The progressive Obama, who had the most partisan record in the U.S. Senate after less than four years in office, appeared to progressive journalists to have come from central casting: glib and charismatic, an Ivy-League pedigree, mixed racial ancestry, a power marriage to a Harvard-trained black lawyer, and an exotic name resonant of multicultural fides. [...] In the 2008 campaign, reporters ignored the close and disturbing relationships between the mostly unknown Obama and a cast of unsavory characters: his racist and anti-Semitic pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the neighborhood confidant and former terrorist Bill Ayers, and the wheeler-dealer and soon-to-be felon Tony Rezko.  Instead, journalists quickly started worshipping candidate Obama in a manner never quite seen before, not even in the days of the iconic liberal presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

GOP Guest Hits MSNBC Host With Stat of Journalists Donating 96% to Clinton.  On Friday's [7/14/2017] MSNBC Live, host Craig Melvin denied that the dominant news media have a liberal bias after Republican Congressman Dave Brat started hitting him with reports that over 96 percent of journalists who made political donations chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

The Southern Poverty Law Center Has Become a Dangerous Joke.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, the "civil rights watchdog group" that ABC and NBC so prominently cite, has become a dangerous joke.  It's a joke because the very idea that Christians are members of a "hate group" merely because they advocate for orthodox Christian principles and the liberty to live those principles is so intellectually and ideologically bankrupt that it's barely worth addressing.

The 'Mainstream Media' no longer is really mainstream.  The election of Donald Trump to the presidency appears to have dealt the final blow to the credibility of the media outlets that formerly dominated the nation's political conversation.  The label "mainstream media" can no longer be applied to them, thanks to startling and compelling new evidence.

Media seeks fear, not trust.  Writing in Best of the Web, James Freeman of the Wall Street Journal posed the question:  "Have Consumers Decided Most News Is Fake News?"  I agree with Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, who said, "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."  However, I suggest that getting us to think all news is Fake News is now the goal of CNN and most other news organizations.

The Downfall of CNN.  It has been made perfectly clear by now that the mainstream media can't be trusted.  The main agenda has been changed from giving the people the news and both sides of a subject to becoming progressive/socialist robots that the universities indoctrinate them to be.  Not able to think for themselves that push their way onto the pedestals that they make for themselves and consider themselves to be the elite.  It has been made abundantly clear that they have lost the ability of any critical thinking since the Trump inauguration.  Deeming themselves intellectually superior to those beneath them, they use their smug faces to attempt to explain to his hicks what we should think, what we should say, and what we must do.

CNN Tracks Down Anonymous Guy Who Created Trump Wrestling GIF And Threatens TO EXPOSE HIM.  If you needed a new reason to hate CNN, this is a good one.  Trump's WWE tweet a few days ago made CNN look bad so now they've tracked down the completely innocent average guy who made the GIF and basically threatened to expose him.

CNN Threatens To Expose Non Compliant Citizen for Thinking Wrong Thoughts.  In an article identifying the originating source of the wrestling gif tweeted last week by President Donald Trump, CNN says they'll keep his name private so long as the person remains compliant to the media thought police.  The direct threat is:  "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change." [...] Got that comrades?  Failure to remain a compliant citizen may render you subject to targeting by CNN corporate media.  Worth remembering.  CNN has instituted a multi-level corporate approval process for all media articles.  That means everyone within the media organization from top tier executives through legal departments and editors approved of this statement.

CNN crosses line to extortion!  Big trouble as network blackmails user who posted Trump WWE video.  The hashtag "CNN Blackmail" is the top trending topic on Twitter after CNN bragged about threatening to dox a private citizen for creating the comical WWE meme that showed President Trump body-slamming a CNN logo.  CNN boasted that it had tracked down and basically bullied a Reddit user [...] after he took credit for the video online.

The Editor says...
After spending five seconds on Google, I learned dox is a slang term meaning "[to] search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent."

CNN Draws Backlash After Threatening To ID Reddit User Behind Trump's WWE Video.  CNN sparked a backlash Tuesday night [7/4/2017] after threatening to identify the Reddit user who claimed to have created a meme of Donald Trump body-slamming the CNN logo that the president later shared on Twitter. [...] "I can't emphasize how bad this is on CNN's part," wrote German Lopez, a reporter for liberal website Vox.  "This is basically 'don't post stuff we don't like or we'll dox you.'  Extremely unethical."

Thug Journalism:  CNN Threatens To Reveal Identity Of Reddit Man Who Made Trump-CNN Bodyslam Meme If He Disobeys Them.  [Scroll down]  The whole story is frightening, and obviously an attempt to both nail Trump and discourage people from smacking CNN.  Here's the thing:  the story here isn't the guy who made the meme.  It's the president who tweeted it.  Do we really want to establish a rule wherein every piece of information distributed now becomes suspect subject to the other, unrelated work of the source?  That's a pretty dangerous rule.

CNN has fallen into Trump's pro-wrestling trap and it can't get up.  The visceral reactions to the wrestling takedown by Trump of a character with a CNN logo photoshopped on his head backfired immediately, as the first stage of the trap sprung.  The primary outrage was that this could incite violence against journalists, which is laughable considering that most of the media establishment shrugged off the Kathy Griffin ISIS-style beheading photo as a harmless exercise of the First Amendment. [...] Griffin is part of the CNN brand, even though they fired her from her New Year's Eve gig, an iconic annual event, thereby affecting CNN's brand.  It was her highest profile engagement, a major part of her brand, too.  So CNN's outrage over violence just makes them look ridiculous, even though they did fire Griffin after waiting a day to gauge public reaction.

Trump's revenge and how Woodward/Bernstein ruined journalism.  Trump's self-made video parody that shows him wrestling down CNN has all the self-righteous pundits in an uproar, but it puts the heat where it belongs... on CNN and the rest of them that round-the-clock give him no peace, no mercy, no fairness, no slack. [...] On top of that the obscenities coming from our TV news and talk shows are so violent that there is no choice but to say that we are past media bias and deep into media depravity.

The Media Is The Greatest Enemy Of A Free Press.  [T]he only people entitled to practice the First Amendment, according to the media, own the media.  They don't need to know basic grammar.  They don't need to have their facts right.  They just need to be part of huge media conglomerates with left-wing politics whose mission is attacking conservatives.

The Media Doesn't Know Its Viewers.  In the 1990s, the "new media" emerged (think Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, and Fox News Channel) and started challenging the monopoly of traditional news services.  In the context of business, this was nothing new:  a healthy free market system allows for competition between businesses.  After all, competition is how we as consumers get the best product.  In the news business, though, the legacy media ignored their new challengers and, insofar as they did recognize the competition, the legacy media wrote it off as ridiculous, propagandistic, unprofessional, and absurd.  More damagingly, the mainstream media mocked the viewers who did take an interest in the new media. [...] It's akin to a restaurant forcing its patrons to eat the same consistently bad entrée rather than admit that the chef, not the patrons, is the problem.  At some point, people will stop showing up if all that you offer is the same terrible product, in the same tired and boring way.

Most Americans (on all sides) now agree bias infects media.  [A] very large majority of Americans sees the nation's fourth estate as "subject to partisan agendas."  Translated from YouGov.com pollese, that means 70% of the general public on both sides of the political spectrum sees news media as biased, usually toward the other side.

Majority of Democrats and Republicans say media has partisan agendas: poll.  Seventy percent of the general public agrees that news organizations "are subject to partisan agendas," with 85 percent of Republicans believing the news media is influenced by funding, according to a Wednesday YouGov poll.  "The rise of fake news, a growing multitude of media sources, and an increasingly polarized nation have Americans learning to take their headlines with a grain of salt," says the YouGov study.  The research also shows that seven in 10 Americans agree that news organizations report stories in a way that's favorable to their owners.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  Once asked by an aide to respond to a letter to the editor from one of his critics, Vladimir Lenin refused, saying:  "Why should we bother to reply to Kautsky?  He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply.  There's no end to that.  It will be quite enough for us to announce that Kautsky is a traitor to the working class, and everyone will understand everything."  That has been the modus operandi of the left for decades.  It doesn't respond to arguments with arguments but with stigmatizing names designed to end debate.  As the communications arm of the left, the media conforms perfectly to Lenin's method.  Instead of rebutting the arguments of conservatives, it has found it easier to brand them as "enemies" of science, women, minorities, the poor, and so on.

Our Crude News Network.  Progressive media bias is now a given.  The present generation of journalists and reporters tends to believe that just conveying the news no longer offers ample venue for their unappreciated talents, celebrity status, and deserved political influence.  As a result, they often massage coverage to find relevance as makers, not mere deliverers, of news.  Like many academics, writers, and intellectuals of our bicoastal elite landscapes, they are naturally self-described idealists and left-of-center both politically and culturally.  Yet Donald Trump's election as president has redefined the American media by stripping nearly all pretenses off its once carefully sculpted disinterested veneer.  In other words, never before in American presidential history — not even during the dark days of Watergate — have the media so despised a sitting president.

The Media's Ominous Ambitions.  The media have decided that reporting the news is no longer sufficient for them.  They've decided they want to participate rather than just observe and report the passing scene.  For example, they have taken upon themselves the negating of the results of the 2016 presidential election.  They've arrogantly concluded they're entitled to greater responsibilities and influence.  In the past most conservatives considered the mainstream media to be part of the support system for the Democratic Party, its public relations department or marketing division.  Recently the direction of control in that relationship has reversed.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that it's the media, not the Democratic Party, who are driving the bus.  Does it make any difference if it's the media or the Party that's in control?  Even though the philosophies and objectives of the two are indistinguishable, one important difference is that the Democratic Party's leaders are elected by voters and are at least somewhat subject to constitutional limits.  The political parties are supposed to be governing.  That's their historic role.  Although imperfect, public officials are constrained by a system of checks and balances.  The media are not.

The Need for a Middle America News Network.  Consider a neutral and fair political site like RealClearPolitics.  It is not uncommon to have one third of the stories from New York media outlets and one third of the stories from Washington media outlets and the rest from national outlets without a particular geographical designation but situated in the Beltway.  On those rare instances in which another city's media has stories in RealClearPolitics, the city is usually Boston or Los Angeles.  What that means is that the vast majority of Americans are utterly disenfranchised politically in the only area that really counts in a nation as large and media-driven as America.

Who's Telling the Truth in Washington?  Anyone?  It's well known that, with a few salient exceptions, the media tilt heavily to the left.  That tilt shows up in decisions about what subjects merit scrutiny, how much scrutiny they deserve, and the tone of that scrutiny.  Some of the decisions are conscious, some less so.  (Nobody ever issued a newsroom memo stipulating that stories should sometimes call the NRA "the gun lobby" but must never call NARAL "the abortion lobby."  It just happens.)  But even if you set political slant aside, the media sometimes get stories badly wrong.  Think of Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" memos about George W. Bush's service in the National Guard.  Or Rolling Stone's retracted cover story about a rape at U.Va.  Or CNN's retracted story about how the U.S. military used sarin gas against defectors.  Or The New York Times' reporting on Saddam Hussein's purported weapons of mass destruction — reporting The Times eventually recanted.  Partly.  Sort of.  With qualifications and so on.  That combination of ideological slant and human fallibility gives Republicans reason to be skeptical of the press.

10 Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts.  [#7] Mainstream media is the propaganda branch of the State Department:  People have long accused the media of being a proxy branch of the State Department, a highly sophisticated and well-produced form of manufactured consensus and controlled opposition all rolled into one.  In ostensibly democratic nations, a free and independent press is of paramount importance.  But in the U.S., we find a cohesion of the state and corporate news networks that do not constitute 'state-run media' in the traditional sense — but it's close.  Our first solid documentation that the media is an echo chamber for the government came with the disclosure of what has come to be called Operation Mockingbird.

Washington Post Creates Fake News Timed-Release Story Intended to Capture Evening News Lede.  Always remember the basic rule that has been proven accurate 100% of the time:
  •   When the CIA wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with the Washington Post and ABC.  (and vice-versa).
  •   When the State Dept. or FBI/DOJ wants to leak a damaging story they coordinate with CNN and the New York Times.  (and vice-versa)
This consistent pattern has NEVER been broken.

The News Is Propaganda.  Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality.  Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially.  When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do. [...] Under the conditions in which we find ourselves living crisis to crisis, there can be no thought as the steady stream of propaganda is fed to us in the form of "news" that never strays from a certain narrative.

The Media's Bias Can't Be Ignored.  Journalists who campaigned against President Trump both before and after the election questioned the need for the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year.  Trump helped burn the script by refusing to attend and TBS' theoretical comedian held a counter event the elite flocked to.  NBC said Bee's "Not The White House Correspondents Dinner" "upstaged" the traditional event.  That was easy.  "Nerd prom," as it is called inside the Beltway, became a minor event on its own night.  It headlined two ancient news icons who helped take down a president more than 40 years ago.  The comic host devoted most of his stand-up to attacking the president, who was elsewhere and making a series of Nazi, Holocaust and N-word jokes that were more hate than humor.

The 'Establishment' Media Are Finding Themselves on Shaky Ground.  ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co., which has spent over $70 million lobbying the federal government since 1998. During the 2016 election cycle, individuals and PACs associated with the company contributed $1.6 million to Democrats and $250,000 to Republicans.  NBC is owned by Comcast Corp.  In 2014, Comcast spent $17 million in lobbying and hired 128 lobbyists.  When it came to the 2016 election cycle, contributions were almost evenly distributed between the two political parties, with Democrats receiving $3.5 million and Republicans $3.3 million.  However, if you look at the contributions related specifically to NBC properties, the vast majority of contributions were to Democrats.  The only outlier was NBC Sports.  CBS is owned by CBS Corp., which spent $4,470,000 in lobbying in 2016.  CNN is owned by Time Warner Inc.  In 2016, individuals and PACs related to the company gave 87 percent of contributions to Democrats and 11 percent to Republicans.

Bias chart
Media Bias:  A New Chart.  Where's your favorite information source stand on the political scale?  The following is a subjective chart based on information compiled from various sources.  Please note that outlets on left and right sometimes publish material that's on the opposite side of the political spectrum, or that has no political leaning at all.  The placement is based on perceived overall tone and audience.


Want to Fix Journalism?  Start by Bringing Diversity of Thought to Newsrooms.  During my more than three decades as a journalist, I have sat through my share of diversity training sessions.  I have been handed memo after memo and read study after study about how we needed to make our newsrooms look more like the communities we serve.  The key word there is "look."  These sessions and memos and studies typically focused on the need to hire and promote more women and people of color.  And they worked.  While there is always more that can be done, newsrooms much more closely reflect the gender and ethnic demographics of America than they once did.  But never did I get a memo or sit through a training session in which we were urged to recruit, hire, and promote newsroom staff who think more like the communities we serve.  And so newsrooms are now populated by much more diverse-looking staffs than in the past — staffs that largely share a common set of progressive values, a monochrome worldview centered on left-wing notions of how America should behave in the world, and an elitist culture unalterably convinced of its own moral superiority.

Reporters' Political Biases Should Be Clear.  Anyone who has spent a moment around elite reporters or studied their output knows that they tend to be left of center.  In 1981, S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman surveyed 240 leading journalists and found that 94 percent of them voted for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, 81 percent voted for George McGovern in 1972, and 81 percent voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Only 19 percent placed themselves on the right side of the political spectrum.  Does anyone think the media have become less liberal since then?  None of this means liberals — or conservatives — can't be good reporters, but the idea that media bias is nonexistent is ludicrous.

'Media has devolved into a publicity department for the Democratic Party'.  There's been plenty of talk about "fake news" since the election.  In fact, some people in politics and media have even suggested that fake news contributed to Hillary Clinton's stunning loss.  But what about the supposedly legitimate media.  Aren't they to blame as well?  In his newest Firewall video, Bill Whittle puts it all in perspective.  [Video clip]

The Media Must Be Dismantled In Order For Freedom To Survive.  News has always been biased, but the American media exists for one reason and one reason only in 2016 — to further the agenda of the corporate-government complex a.k.a. the globalists. [...] You will never get any truth from the media when it comes to politics and many other issues. [...] I have personally not watched television in over a year since leaving the news industry, and my mind is more focused than it has ever been in my life.  I will likely never own another television in my life.

When does the postmortem for the media begin?  It was the media spokesmodels who took it upon themselves to tell Trump supporters not only that they had no chance, but then went on in great detail to tell them why their cause was hopeless.  They were terrible people, probably fully deserving of the title, basket of deporables.  Trump was terrible so that segment of the audience was obviously supporting a terrible person who voters of good intent and pure souls would soundly reject on election day.  Worse than that, thanks to Wikileaks we've been treated to one revelation after another of journalists — including debate moderators — who were working behind the scene to help the Clinton campaign in every way possible.  Some resorted to cheating by leaking debate questions.  The occasional analysis of how much time, both positive and negative, was devoted to each candidate spoke volumes.  Trump's negative coverage was an ocean compared to Clinton's puddle.

Is the System Rigged?  You Betcha.  In what sense is the system rigged?  Consider Big Media — the elite columnists and commentators, the dominant national press, and the national and cable networks, save FOX.  Not in this writer's lifetime has there been such blanket hatred and hostility of a presidential candidate of a major party.  "So what?" They reply.  "We have a free press!"  But in this election, Big Media have burst out of the closet as an adjunct of the regime and the attack arm of the Clinton campaign, aiming to bring Trump down.  Half a century ago, Theodore White wrote of the power and bias of the "adversary press" that sought to bring down Richard Nixon.  "The power of the press in America," wrote Teddy, "is a primordial one.  It sets the agenda of public discussion; and this sweeping power is unrestrained by any law.  It determines what people will talk about and think about — an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties and mandarins."

Laughing at the Self-Destruction of the Media Gatekeepers.  [W]e normals have grown tired of the media elite's lies, and today's technology allows us to ignore the people who would presume to tell us what we can and cannot know.

The Democrat Media Complex.  [Scroll down]  What [Andrew] Breitbart was alluding to was the reality of the press in America as the press acts as a piano on which the government plays the public in whichever direction it desires.  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.  The role that the press plays is to make clear to the American people what the Obama adminstration [sic] is doing, why the adminstration is doing it, and why it is forced to act in a certain way.

America Plagued with Fake News and Fake TV Experts.  It must be pointed out that the popularity of alternative foreign news sources for the American public came after the "dumbing down" of U.S. news consumers by a "infotainment" industry, headquartered in Los Angeles and New York, that dished massive amounts of "phony news" to America on a 24 by 7 basis.  When Russia Today (RT), China's CCTV, Al Jazeera, Latin America's Telesur, and Iran's Press TV happened upon the scene in the United States, they became instantly popular for providing actual news instead of incessant pabulum about maladjusted Hollywood celebrities.

Operation Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Corporate Media By The CIA.  As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it.  In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling.  This is an insidious lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country.  One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself.

The Mass Media Cult Goes Pathological.  If these people weren't so malignant, I'd feel sorry for them.  This is a kind of death anxiety for the American ruling class, which is also why they constantly fantasize about killing Donald Trump.  For psychiatrists, it's an interesting mental disorder, and it's too bad that millions of Americans still depend on Mass Cult for their daily news.  This is not a college textbook; it's America today. [...] Most people don't realize that "media concentration" — a functional news monopoly, day after day — has the same effect as cult indoctrination.  It doesn't matter if Disney Corp. has a different name from the New York Times.  It matters only that they tell the same "news" story every day.  For a mental mass monopoly, you don't need to violate anti-trust law.  All you need is mass media that make up the "news" by consensus, not by empirical reality.


Timely news and commentary:


Washington Post Against Enforcing Logan Act Before It Was For It.  The Washington Post, whose pages include numerous articles supporting the idea that President Donald Trump or his advisors violated the Logan Act before his inauguration, once dismissed the law in an editorial as an irrelevant atavism when used to criticize the acts of prominent Democratic officeholders. [...] The government has never successfully prosecuted anyone for violating this law.

Incorrigibly biased, but still on the staff:
ABC News President:  Brian Ross Will No Longer Cover Stories Related To Trump.  It's one thing to suspend a reporter for making an incredibly damaging error of basic fact on air.  But to remove him from covering a particular subject altogether?  That's the sort of thing you might do if you'd concluded he's incapable of covering that topic fairly.  If it's an innocent mistake borne of carelessness, there's no need to declare certain topics off-limits.  You do that only when you think the reporter's view of that topic will necessarily compromise his judgment.

The Mainstream Media Doesn't Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust.  The mainstream liberal media is primarily composed of stumblebum leftist jerks who want all the glory and respect due a caste of objective, moral truth-seekers, yet who don't want to do the hard work of actually being objective or moral or seeking the truth. [...] Remember, to our intrepid media, news is only news if it helps the liberal narrative.  If it doesn't, it's not news.  It's not anything.  It's un-news.  Like the stock market boom.  Like wiping out the ISIS caliphate.  Like Mueller's manifest conflicts of interest.  Un-news.  Remember, half the job of the mainstream media is generating metaphorical tumbleweeds.

The Democrat Media Complex.  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.

Matt Lauer and the credibility crisis at NBC News.  Last night [11/30/2017] on Ticker Carlson's Fox News show, Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis (a former child star very familiar with show business), spoke of her own experiences while working at CNBC and made it clear that there was ample knowledge in the Peacock Empire of what was going on. [...] Francis also makes the point, similar to that made earlier by Jonah Goldberg, that when Fox News employees were being fired over sexual harassment claims, it was taken by other media outlets — including NBC — as a problem with the Fox culture, but when the problem popped up in the liberal media, it was a societal issue.

ABC News Producer Married To Susan Rice.  After ABC's fake news report on Michael Flynn yesterday, they need to be looked at more closely.  Turns out the ABC News "producer" is none other than Ian Cameron, who happens to be married to Obama's favorite liar Susan Rice!  I'm sure the fake news Flynn story had nothing to do with Cameron being married to an Obama regime official or anything.  It was just pure coincidence right?  But there are more ties between ABC and the Obama regime besides Cameron and Rice.

The Mainstream Media's Accused — The Rap Sheet, 19 So Far.  To the surprise of absolutely no one, the very same mainstream media that attempted to disqualify then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 over the phrase "binders full of women," the very same media that grinded Republican senate candidate Todd Akin into dust over something he said, appears to be, itself, a depraved institution populated by powerful abusers and their enablers.  Over the past two months a number of powerful men have been fired or placed on suspension over allegations of sexual misconduct, horrific behavior that ranges from masturbating in front of female subordinates to pay-for-play.  And time and time again we hear the words Everybody Knew!  You read that correctly, according to those within this wicked institution, everyone knew ... and did nothing.  There is no question there is a cancer of abuse and enabling within our elite media, an institution that, through its unceasing fake news and hypocrisy on matters such as these, has deservedly lost all public trust and moral authority.

Not All Stings Work:  On the War James O'Keefe Is Winning.  Earlier this week, the Washington Post did a spectacularly self-congratulatory end-zone dance for no greater accomplishment than having passed a test.  Its reporters sniffed out a Project Veritas undercover who was testing the Post's eagerness to find still one more alleged victim to kill Roy Moore's candidacy in Alabama.  Where Project Veritas failed in this instance was, to paraphrase [Charles] Campisi, to make the situation seem so real that the subject did not know he was being tested.  Project Veritas has failed before.  It is inevitable in this line of work.  What is remarkable is how often these young guerrilla journalists have succeeded.

Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros.  Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a top-secret meeting of liberal movers and shakers last week, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of their progressive agenda.  A Post spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that Ross took part of the California event "without notifying her superiors that she would be attending."  The Democracy Alliance, which hosted the event, bills itself as "the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States" on the group's official website.

Progressives have a new nightmare.  Following the example of Jeff Bezos's bargain-basement purchase of the Washington Post, a couple of major media properties may fall into conservative hands and be repurposed as conservative outlets. [...] The MSM have been committing suicide by driving away half the public and being so obviously biased that even the remaining audience loses trust.  That opens the door to pick up properties on the cheap.  They are already politicized, so reversing the poles is not a huge obstacle.  There are plenty of unemployed journalists out there, so staffing up shouldn't be a problem.  Moreover, the conservative blogosphere has operated as a sort of farm team system for newly conservative magazines, newspapers, and websites to draw talent from.

Yes, Fusion GPS paid off journalists.  Digging through court documents, the Washington Examiner has found an admission from Fusion GPS that it did indeed pay journalists who covered the Trump-Russia collusion "narrative" that Fusion GPS was "researching" and spreading for the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Who planted the Roy Moore story on Washington Post reporters?  I have no idea whether the stories about Roy Moore are true or not, but neither do the Washington Post reporters and all the other reporters who just repeat the unverified story with no investigation.  Forty-year-old allegations are especially hard to disprove.  I find it odd that this story came up after the primary and after decades of service by Roy Moore.  Why did the Washington Post reporters wait until after no one else could be put on the ballot to run a 40-year-old story?  Isn't it also strange that a supposed sexual predator would have all of a sudden quit going after young girls 40 years ago?

Court Documents — Fusion GPS Paid Individual Journalists and Five Media Companies.  What a tangled web is weaved.  Hillary Clinton paid her lawyers at Perkins Coie for opposition research on candidate Donald Trump.  In turn Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS to gather information.  Fusion GPS paid Christopher Steele to write the "Russian Dossier".  The FBI also paid Christopher Steele.  Additionally, prior evidence surfaced suggesting the FBI used the dossier to get FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.  And NOW we discover that Fusion GPS paid journalists and five media companies to participate.

Fusion GPS paid journalists, court papers confirm.  Newly filed court documents confirm that Fusion GPS, the company mostly responsible for the controversial "Trump dossier" on presidential candidate Donald Trump, made payments to three journalists between June 2016 until February 2017.  The revelation could be a breakthrough for House Republicans, who are exploring whether Fusion GPS used the dossier, which was later criticized for having inaccurate information on Trump, to feed anti-Trump stories to the press during and after the presidential campaign.  The three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS are known to have reported on "Russia issues relevant to [the committee's] investigation," the House Intelligence Committee said in a court filing.  But the recipients' names, the amounts, and purposes of those payments were either redacted from the documents that Fusion GPS filed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or were not disclosed.

Unsealed: Fusion GPS Bank Records Show Russia-Related Payments.  A federal court unsealed documents in a lawsuit over Fusion GPS's bank records on Tuesday, revealing new details of payments made last year to the opposition research firm that commissioned the infamous Trump dossier.  The documents also shed new light on requests made by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about payments that Fusion GPS made to journalists.  The records were unsealed in response to a ruling made last week by Richard Leon, a federal judge in the district court in Washington, D.C.  The bank documents list 112 transactions involving Fusion GPS.

'Mystery Booms' Leave Many Frightened and Unnerved.  This scenario is playing out across the United States, even around the world, at a regular if not increasing rate.  The first spate of unexplained Alabama noises seems to have begun in 2011.  By 2012, the science website EarthSky.org featured the headline "Mysterious, unexplained 'booms' in Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin."  These events, dubbed "mystery booms," are being reported by local news outlets via TV, radio, and internet.  On the surface, they might sound like the stuff of conspiracy theories, but that's far from the truth.  These are real events reported by real journalists who consult the USGS, local military bases, and scholarly astronomers before reporting back to their stupefied public.

Claim: Washington Post Offered $1000 to Women to Accuse Roy Moore.  I don't know if this claim is true or not, but if it is, then I think it speaks for itself.  Doug Lewis is claiming that the Washington Post offered the women in Alabama a thousand dollars to come and and claims Roy Moore did what he allegedly dead back in 1979.

Endless Accusations Cloud the Truth.  [Scroll down]  I blame feminists and the media for this cloud of confusion, mostly because I hate feminists and the media, but also because they do bear some of the blame.  For instance, the New York Times, a former newspaper, now has a tip line where you can complain about something sexual someone famous did to you back in the day. How is that not going to lead to abuse? Liars will flock to it.  And if someone calls up and complains about Barack Obama, and someone else calls up and complains about Rush Limbaugh — which one do you think the Times will follow up on?

Poll Finds Poor Trust Numbers for ABC, CBS, NBC, NY Times, LA Times, WashPost.  Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports a new poll shows more voters than not find the Big Three network newscasts and the nation's three largest liberal newspapers "untrustworthy."  The latest Zogby poll asked:  "Compared to four years ago, how trustworthy do you think the mainstream media is?  When we say mainstream media, we mean network newscasts — NBC, CBS, and ABC, along with large newspapers such as the New York Times, L.A. Times, and Washington Post?"  The results?  Forty-eight percent believe these outlets are untrustworthy while 45 percent said they did trust them.  The rest were unsure.

How Many Democratic Scandals Does It Take For The Media To Give Them Proper Coverage?  This week, CNN launched a new ad campaign called "Facts Firsts."  In its ad, it featured an apple and a narrator explained how some may try calling it a banana, but it's still an apple.  There was both praise and mockery of the new campaign.  Nonetheless, CNN clearly sees itself as the one outlet in all of news media where facts come first.  So how much time did CNN spend on a subject like the Uranium One deal that's now being scrutinized?  Within seven days since the story broke, it dedicated less than four minutes (according to conservative media watchdog MRC.)  That amount of coverage was clearly dwarfed by the coverage they gave to President Trump's feud with Rep. Frederica Wilson and Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson or his spat with outgoing senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake.

The lesson the media refuses to learn.  Much of the press — not all — spent the election working to elect Hillary.  Post-election, these same phonies continue their doomed quest to usurp him.  All they need is one more false rumor — one more joke taken literally — one more quote taken out of context — and then he will fall.  And the media plays up the protests, but the resistance is futile.  Violent, sure.  But impotent.  Just as limp as the press.  All the press has is its credibility — and it shredded that.  A Politico poll found only 37% of Americans believe the press does not fabricate stories that make Trump look bad.

Beware the Shiny "Booms" — Uranium One Scandal to Nowhere?  There's something unfortunately familiar in the pattern of explosive controversies and headlines-that-go-nowhere[.]  The DC UniParty always defends itself.  The latest scandal du jour seems to surround the criminal enterprise known as "Uranium One".  There is indeed a scandal within the entire construct of a payoff to the Clinton's via a corporation connected to Russians and bribes, kick-backs, and ultimately a payoff; and there are some newly outlined details from within the FBI investigating the companies and entities associated with the deal.  However, all of these "BOOM" headlines are not new.

Trump's a Big Mouth; Journalists are Villains.  [Scroll down]  Has the press at long last no decency?  The short answer:  No decency at all.  Trump is a big mouth but the press is despicable.  Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists, they are the prime engine of division in this country.  Skewing every story in one direction, they keep us from discussing issues in a reasonable way so as to reach compromise.  And squealing like scorched cats at every Trump remark, they manufacture a sense of crisis that has nothing to do with the true state of America.  They are villains.  Within the parameters of the First Amendment, the entire industry needs to be reformed.

Sharyl Attkisson Pulls Back the Curtain.  Sharyl Attkisson's The Smear gives insight to how news is made today.  It goes a long way in convincing readers that they should believe only a small portion of what is released by the government and reported by the press.

The Beginning Of The End Of Progressive Domination?  [Scroll down]  As for the media, their long-time habit of substituting political activism for journalism, unleashed during the Obama years, has been freed from its last restraints while covering Trump.  The contrast between the "slobbering love affair," as Bernie Goldberg described the media's coverage of Obama, and the obsessive Javert-like hounding of Trump has stripped the last veil of objectivity from the media.  They've been exposed as flacks no longer seeking the truth, but manufacturing partisan narratives.  The long cover-up of the Weinstein scandal is further confirmation of the media's amoral principles and selective outrage.  With numerous alternatives to the activism of the mainstream media now available, the legacy media that once dominated the reporting of news and political commentary are now shrinking in influence and lashing out in fury at their diminished prestige and profits.

Houston Proves Everything the MSM Says About Our 'Divided' Country Is a Lie.  Basically, the media fabricates the following: that old white men (i.e.  Trump supporters) are desperate to hold on to their privilege at the expense brown, black, gay, female, and young Americans.  And for this reason, every brown, black, gay, female, and young American must vote Democrat.  Let's begin with the fact that nearly half of those, 48%!, who voted for Trump are NOT men.  Let's end with the fact that 43% of those who voted for Trump are NOT white.  This means that there are, literally, tens of millions of non-whites and women who support this president.  If you look at the establishment media, though, this inconvenient fact is intentionally memory-holed, all in service to a propaganda campaign meant to hustle Americans into believing we hate one another.

AP Stylebook on transgender coverage:  Don't say trans person was 'born a girl or boy'.  In an #APStyleChat Twitter session Tuesday afternoon [10/10/2017], The Associated Press's official Stylebook account counseled journalists to not describe a transgender individual as having been "born" a certain sex.  "Call people transgender only if relevant; give the name they use publicly; avoid references to being born a boy or girl," wrote @APStylebook during the interactive Twitter session.  The wire agency then urged writers to "[a]void transgendered or transsexual; don't call someone a transgender; trans is OK on second reference and in headlines."  In a subsequent tweet, the AP prescribed the terminology to be used to refer to an individual's medical procedures for transitioning:  "For medical procedures often but not always used for a transition, say sex reassignment or gender confirmation."

AP Lingo Police:  Use 'Gender Confirmation' Surgery for Sex Change, Avoid 'Born a Boy or Girl'.  Our longtime colleague Ken Shepherd at the Washington Times reported the AP Stylebook team are re-jiggering their politically correct terminology again on the transgender issues.  They call themselves "the journalist's bible."  They took to their @APStylebook Twitter page on Tuesday to offer an update.  First, "Use transgender for people whose gender identity doesn't match the sex or gender they were identified as having at birth."  Then, let people forget someone switched genders if possible.

The Editor says...
Note to the Associated Press:  Alas, most reporters are probably much more familiar with the AP Style Book than with the actual Bible.  But to compare your style book with The Bible is blasphemy.  You would never dare to call it "the journalist's koran" — with a lower-case "k."  To fail to capitalize Bible is disrespectful to the Bible and to the English language.  To normalize deviant trans-sexual and homosexual behavior is an affront to civilization.

Pop Goes the Liberal Media Bubble.  The other day, for example, Bob Schieffer observed on Face the Nation that one in five journalists live in New York, D.C., or Los Angeles.  The news is manufactured by residents of the liberal bubble, where conservatives are few and far between (and certainly do not sound like Sarah Palin), jobs are plenty, education is high, and the benefits of globalization manifest in cheap prices, exotic restaurants, and a reserve labor force of cleaners, contractors, and home care specialists.  Can't say I was shocked when Schieffer's finding passed barely noticed, the consciences of the press untroubled by the fact that their experiences and backgrounds are so unlike the majority of the public whose interest they presume to uphold.

Is Michelle's 'true voice' Telling Her to Run for President?  When president Trump "colorfully" chastised a few NFL players for "taking a knee" during the national anthem, the press pounced on him as a racist intent on denying caring people the right to their own opinions.  But when Michelle Obama insulted every woman who voted Republican in the last election as being pawns incapable of recognizing their own best interests, the press ate it up.  It has been that way since the surprising results of the last election.  The most insulting things shouted out by those on the Left are given a free pass.

Americans worry more about the news media than they do about terrorism:  Gallup poll.  "Americans continue to cite dissatisfaction with government above all others as the United States' top problem," reports Gallup polling analyst Megan Brenan, citing a new survey from the pollster that places the faulty government in first place. [...] The news media did not fare so well in the survey.  On the top 10 list of problems, the media was ranked in seventh place — tied with concerns about crime and violence, and environmental or pollution issues.

The Left Warms Up To North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.  North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is growing in popularity on America's political left-wing as the despot engages in a war of words with President Trump.  Progressives have shown an increasing willingness to embrace the brutal dictator as a means of attacking Trump, and some in the media have given the brutal dictator friendly, celebrity-like coverage.  Left-wing activists, meanwhile, are eagerly spreading pro-North Korea propaganda and making excuses for the dictator's murderous activities.

The media take North Korea's side.  Many members of the national media hate President Trump so much that they'll even defend North Korea if it keeps them consistent in their opposition to everything he does.  After Trump said at the United Nations General Assembly this week that the U.S. would crush the little Asian country should Kim Jong Un attack the U.S. or our allies, reporters and commentators reacted as if he had just threatened Switzerland on a whimsy.  Trump had simply said that the U.S. "has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," a relatively measured response to years of hostilities from Kim's regime.  "There were gasps in the hall:  A forum for peace was used to threaten to annihilate a nation of 25 million people," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote Thursday [9/21/2017], surely still emotionally wrecked by the experience.

Levin: Our Media Is Really No Different from Media in Any Dictatorship or Communist Regime.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin defended comments he made concerning the Obama administration's surveillance of then presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying, "[O]ur media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime."  "You see, ladies and gentlemen, our media, for the most part, it's really no different from the media in any dictatorship or any communist regime," stated Mark Levin.  "It's groupthink.  It's a gang attack.  It's a propaganda enterprise."

WashPost Objects to Spicer Saying Media's 'Largely a Liberal Group' Going Soft on Dems.  Former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer granted an interview to Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple, which naturally focused on Wemple's loathing of Team Trump's media-bashing — which usually ignores Team Media's relentless Trump-bashing.  Wemple began with how Spicer's apparently too radioactive for a cable-news pundit gig, as Obama's spokesmen Jay Carney and Josh Earnest (not to mention "bimbo-erupting" Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos) did immediately:  "Spicer spent months berating White House correspondents, sticking up for a president who'd called certain media outlets 'the enemy of the American people' and spreading misinformation with very little contrition.  Any major network that hired Spicer as a contributor may well have faced a revolt among its White House correspondents, as well as other journalists outraged by the press secretary's conduct."

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover They've Been Too Critical Of... Democrats.  As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Party's candidate or not?  So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jeff Jarvis.  There was too much reporting going on, they argue.  Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently.  Who is at "fault" for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown.  And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

James O'Keefe Announces New Investigation:  MSM Members Will 'Lose Their Jobs'.  Filmmaker James O'Keefe said on Monday that Project Veritas will be releasing the results of one of the largest investigations the organization has ever conducted.  The Project, said O'Keefe, will lead to people being fired.  "In the coming weeks, you're going see one of the biggest investigations this organization has ever done," O'Keefe said.  "It's a continuation of American Pravda series.  It's aimed at the media.  We're going after their holy grail."

DACA media coverage is a nightmare of bias.  Journalism isn't dead, but the liberal news media are trying hard to murder it in its sleep like Freddy Krueger would.  That was evident in the news coverage of President Trump's decision this week to phase out a program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  President Obama forced DACA on us in 2012 to allow illegal immigrant children known as Dreamers to gain temporary legal status to stay in the U.S. President Trump said the executive order issued by President Obama was unconstitutional and that it's the job of Congress to change immigration laws.  This was a dream scenario for the Trump haters who dominate the media.  There was no difference in tone from the far-left talking heads and the so-called journalists.

Howling about Fox as all-powerful, the left ignores the rest of the media's leftist slant.  Vox.com, the website associated with JournoList creator Ezra Klein, has an article out suggesting that Fox News is omnipotent, "more powerful than we ever imagined," powerful enough to swing elections. [...] Maybe so, but there's a problem further up in the premise.  Namely, that without Fox, the news would exist in a bias-free, utterly neutral environment and there's no such thing as a leftist slant coming from other broadcast news sources in contrast to Fox.  That slant could just as easily affect votes and swing elections just as Fox's conservative slant may contribute to conservative votes.  The study cites other cable news services such as CNN and MSNBC, but the alphabets should not be given short shift — ABC, NBC and CBS are also in the same game as Fox News.

Fox News Bankrolls Major LGBTQ Convention.  [Scroll down]  This effort appears to be aimed partly at recruiting more members of the LGBTQ sexual minority into the organization, as if they were seen as underrepresented in the news or broadcasting industries.  Gallup polling shows that Americans vastly overestimate the percentage of the population that is lesbian or gay, with a mean estimate of 23%, as compared to the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.  Only 9% of the public holds the accurate view that this minority is 5% or less of the population, meaning that 91% of the public substantially overestimates their numbers.  In addition to organizing an annual convention with at least 350 attendees, the NLGJA, founded in 1990, serves as a full-fledged LGBTQ lobbying organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Why the Media are in a Never-Ending Hunt for Right-Wing Violence.  The reason normal people are suspicious of the media's narrative on Charlottesville is that we've heard this exact same story many, many times before. [...] No matter the year or the circumstances, the media and their eunuch politicians are quick to blame any surprising violence on the Right-Wing Nazis of their imaginations — from Lee Harvey Oswald (communist) to Jared Lee Loughner and James Holmes (psychopaths) to the two stabbing murders on a Portland train earlier this year committed by a Bernie Sanders supporter, whom the media — to this day — insist, all evidence to the contrary, was a Trump supporter.  When, a few months after the first murders by a Sanders supporter, a second Sanders supporter opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice, putting GOP Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition, that political attack was simply discarded.

Media Normalizes Political Violence by Mainstreaming Antifa.  Charlottesville proved once more that the media is unworthy of the trust the people want to place in it.  Keen to pounce reflexively and at any opportunity on a president they abhor, the mainstream press provide cultural cover for Antifa's political violence.  In a textbook example of psychological projection, they ascribed to the president actions and motivations which proved to be their own: making excuses for political violence.

As Its Influence Wanes, Increasingly Militant MSM Promotes Violence and Censorship.  Yes, the MSM has admitted they got 2016 exactly wrong and that they are out-of-touch with the average American.  What truly terrifies the media about 2016, though, is something that has remained largely unspoken.  It is what Trump's victory said so clearly about the MSM's inability to influence public opinion and, by extension, the outcome of elections.  What has also remained unspoken is the media's desperate and dangerous reaction to this waning influence.

CNN Posts Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S. — A Hit List.  Calls for the removal of Confederate monuments continue to grow, with Democrats around the country demanding that they be taken down.  But CNN has officially taken it one step further:  not only did they call for Confederate monuments be taken down, they published a map that some are calling a "hit list".

Is The U.S. Media Fair, Truthful And Not Controlled?  It's not easy trying to separate the mountains of geopolitical and corporate BS spin, especially when it comes to issues affecting health, weather geoengineering, food genetic modification, vaccines, and cancer research.

Our Post-Charlottesville Narrative Is A National Embarrassment.  Charlottesville has shown just how profoundly broken and destructively useless our media industry and political establishment really are.  It is a genuine national embarrassment. [...] The politicians, journalists, and media outlets above are betting on you responding to the Charlottesville crisis with anger, irrationality, and unthinking acceptance of the narrative.  Do not fall into this trap.

How the Mainstream Media Operate.  To understand America's crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions:  the university and the news media.  They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating. [...] When it comes to straight news stories — say, an earthquake in Central America — the news media often do their job responsibly.  But when a story has a left-wing interest, the media abandon straight news reporting and take on the role of advocates.

Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason.  Firewalls that once strictly separated news from opinion have been replaced by hopelessly blurred lines.  Once-forbidden practices such as editorializing within straight news reports, and the inclusion of opinions as if fact, are not only tolerated; they're encouraged.  We've exempted ourselves from the normal rules that used to govern us, and so the most egregious kinds of reporting errors are becoming more common.  Formerly well-respected news organizations and experienced national journalists are making the sorts of mistakes that aren't tolerated in journalism schools.  When their mistakes are corrected at all, it's with little seeming regret.  And the corrections never garner a circulation as wide as the original salacious narrative.

CNN's Propagandizing and Incompetence Go Over the Top in Charlottesville.  NBC News — which has inflicted upon us the less than subtle propagandists Lyin' Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, and Tom Brokaw — is better known for left-wing spin than for veracity.  Yet it is a beacon of truth in comparison with the degenerating farce that is far-left CNN: [...]

How To Spot And Critique Censorship Tropes In The Media's Coverage Of Free Speech Controversies.  Fortunately, this ain't rocket science.  Americans can train themselves to detect and question the media's pro-censorship tropes.  I've collected some of the most pervasive and familiar ones.  This post is designed as a resource, and I'll add to it as people point out more examples and more tropes.  When you see the media using these tropes, ask yourself:  what normative message is the author advancing, and does it have any basis in law?

Between alt-right and 'antifa,' media still manages to be worse.  The only people dumber than the Neanderthals and Brass Knuckle Draggers are the insufferably tedious referees known as the Stupid Media who shape the country as a barking mad carnival, whipping up hysteria for every armed showdown.

After the Coup, What Then?  Our media preen and posture as the defenders of democracy, devoted to truth, who provide us round-the-clock protection from tyranny.  But half the nation already sees the media as a propaganda arm of a liberal establishment that the people have rejected time and again.

Fusion GPS - in bed with the mainstream media all along.  Fusion GPS, the political opposition research group at the center of the media's Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians "narrative" has been abnormally cozy with the mainstream media organs it's used in its disinformation and smear operations.  Now, they're protecting them.  Daily Caller reports that these very same press creatures who worked with Fusion GPS to spread the false stories about Trump, have gotten curiously silent about the firm's role in the widening web of scandal about the firm's actual role in colluding with the Russians.

Full of Schiff.  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has made himself a leading purveyor of the "collusion" hysteria with which we have been inundated since the election. [...] Every day it becomes clearer that the "collusion" hysteria is more a function of the Democrats' "collusion" with the mainstream media than anything else.

Tribune Columnist Slams National Anthem.  Exercising the freedoms of speech and press that so many have given their last measure of devotion for, Chicago Tribune contributor Diana Goetsch has penned an op-ed defending disgraced and unemployed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his infamous taking the knee during the national anthem.  Not stopping there, Goetsch goes on to slam the national anthem as a "pompous battle number" that wasn't played before sporting events until 1942 in the dark days of World War II.  One wonders if Goetsch has pondered the possibility that were if not for the sacrifice of veterans during World War II, she just might be plying her trade writing her tirades in Japanese or German.

The Zeroth Amendment.  By way of background, a general problem in political science with using polls to track ideological trends over the years is that you want to keep asking the same questions to see how voters' responses evolve.  But that means that pollsters seldom ask about new beliefs that would have seemed bizarre even in the recent past.  In turn, pundits, lacking polling data to write about, don't even mention historic developments, such as the rise of mainstream antiwhite American hate discourse over the past half decade.  For most mainstream journalists to notice their own increasingly vicious racist attitudes would be like a fish noticing it is wet.

What's the Difference?  CNN to Republican: 'I'm Not the Left.  I'm a Journalist'.  Providing some unintentional comedy, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Thursday lectured a conservative Congressman, telling him, "I'm not the left.  I'm a journalist."  Collectively, many Americans must have thought:  "What's the difference?"  The haughty defense came after Harlow demanded of Representative Jim Jordan:  "Are you comfortable with that huge reduction in Medicaid funding?"  Of course, the GOP health care bill does NOT cut Medicaid.  Jordan pointed this out:  "Remember, it is not a cut in Medicaid.  It is just a reduction in the rate of growth.  So it's still going to grow a lot over the next ten years."

How CNN took on President Trump and lost.  [Scroll down]  [Jeff] Zucker was not a journalism guy, but he understood numbers.  He lived and died by them.  His philosophy at CNN was to stay on anything that its viewers were watching whether it was a missing Malaysian plane or Trump.  CNN's old strategy of "flooding the zone" with meaningless non-coverage of a breaking event was merged with Zucker's own preference for reality television to create a constant coverage circus.  Hiring a ton of reporters from across the spectrum, from a New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner to the BuzzFeed trolls, would flood the zone with Trump scandals.  CNN would have the most Trump scandals and the most viewers.  It was a great strategy for manufacturing a whole bunch of fake news scandals.  And things that don't even qualify as fake news.  Like wondering whether Trump is afraid of stairs.

CNN's Stelter Blames 'Media Illiterate' Americans for Fake News Phenom.  CNN's Brian Stelter recently ranted about the phenomenon of "fake news" and explained to the nation exactly who's to blame for it:  media-illiterate Americans.  [Video clip] [...] Stelter's problem is that he can't tell the difference between the leftist propaganda versus actual truth.

Had Hillary Clinton Won the Election....  What might America look like today if Hillary had been elected?  Had she won we would not be hearing a single word about Russia.  Not a whisper.  It was not on the left's radar at all.  Ms. Clinton had embarrassed herself with that inane Office Depot reset button while she was Secretary of State.  Obama had told Medvedev to tell "Vlad" he would have more flexibility after the election, presumably re: nuclear disarmament.  The left cared nothing about that bit of collusion.

Why does the media still portray James Comey as a hero?  From the outset, reporters and Democrats (who had been calling for Comey's firing or questioning his judgment) declared him to be the man who fearlessly stood up to a president demanding loyalty pledges and discarding legal and ethical standards.  The problem with that narrative is not the criticism of the actions of President Trump, but the consistent efforts to ignore the equally troubling actions of former FBI Director Comey.  Yet, if Trump was to be the irredeemable villain, Comey had to be the immaculate hero.  The script glitch centered on three allegations — all of which were actively denied by legal experts.  First, Comey leaked memos of his meetings with Trump.  Second, those memos constituted government material.  Third, the memos were likely classified on some level.

La Raza Rebrands as 'Unidos US'.  The National Council of La Raza announced that it will change its name to UnidosUs, AP reports.  President Janet Murguia described "La Raza" as an outdated term that did not resonate with its members.  AP exclusively translates "Raza" as "the people" in its report.  However, the term can also be interpreted as "the race," which carries a suggestion of zero-sum ethnic conflict.

The Truth vs CNN.  Bill Whittle recounts the recent CNN scandal, describes the masterful way the videos were released and shows what incredible — almost unbelievable — harm is caused by media bias.  [Video clip]

We Should Cheer CNN's Ritual Suicide.  If you ever had any doubt that Donald Trump was right that the mainstream media is the enemy of the American people, CNN corrected your inexplicable inability to comprehend this painfully obvious truth by choosing July 4th to threaten some guy for daring to make fun of Its Medianess Holiness.  Apparently, if you dare defy the media it has the right to wreck your life — as long as you are an anti-Obama rodeo clown or a meme-making rando on Reddit.

Reminder: Valerie Jarrett's Daughter Was Hired By CNN In January.  If you want to understand why CNN is so biased against Trump and other Republicans, it's helpful to know that their staff is made up of various people who have very real connections to the world of politics.  Even the daughter of former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett works for the network.

Everything Is About 'Trashing' Trump With Mainstream Media.  On Thursday [6/29/2017] the House passed Kate's Law, which imposes harsher penalties on illegal immigrants, especially criminals, who try to reenter the country.  The House also passed a sanctuary city bill.  However, NBC, CBS, and ABC spent much more time on President Trump's personal attacks on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough than either the immigration bills or the travel ban.

Why James O'Keefe Is a More Honest Journalist than the MSM.  Because they so often rely on leaks — no photographs, videos or anything like them, often nothing concrete at all — what the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and so many others (even the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, alas) report is very often, one is tempted to say most often, either a distortion or an outright lie.  This is particularly true when what they are reporting has political relevance — and so much does.  If not the root cause — that's uncontrolled and unacknowledged bias — this excessive reliance on leaks has seriously exacerbated the precipitous decline of the mainstream media.

An epidemic of lawlessness.  [Scroll down]  Now like much of the [Washington] Post story, this is a piece of highly classified intelligence whose disclosure violates the oaths of those who gave it to the Post.  The violation of a solemn oath by a witness is commonly taken to detract from the credibility of the witness's testimony.  Consider, moreover, that the sources for the story were not under oath when they confided in Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous.  The intelligent reader would be well within his rights not to believe a word they say.  If we believe it, however, this pertinent fact should be added.  The disclosure of highly classified intelligence by government officials also violates the espionage laws of the United States.  It is in all likelihood felonious several times over in the case of each of the Post's numerous anonymous sources.

The Leftist News Media, Unmasked.  If there's anything that the most recent presidential campaign and its aftermath have made crystal clear, it's that the major news media in America are teeming with leftists who overtly and covertly promote leftist worldviews and agendas.  Andrea Mitchell, who has been the chief foreign-affairs correspondent at NBC News since 1994, is emblematic of the media's pitiful devolution into nothing more than a propaganda mill.  Like a dutiful leftist, for instance, Mitchell has long viewed white Republicans and conservatives as being particularly inclined toward racism. [...] Over the course of her broadcasting career, Mitchell has made plain her affinity for leftist Democrats.  For example, in an April 2016 interview in which Senator Harry Reid said that "Hillary Clinton's qualifications" for being president were more impressive than those of anyone "since the Founding Fathers," Mitchell responded by saying that only "John Quincy Adams, maybe," had compiled a résumé equal to that of Clinton.  Just before the election that November, Mitchell characterized a Clinton campaign rally that featured appearances by such notables as Lebron James and James Taylor as "extraordinary" and "magical."

Pro-Trump Crowd Protests Fake News at CNN Headquarters.  Debbie Dooley and a crowd of great Patriots marched in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta today in a show of support for President Trump and in protest against CNN's fake news.  Who isn't proud of these people literally walking the walk to voice their opposition to the constant drip, drip, drip of propaganda from CNN.

Shareholder: CNN Acting Like Part of 'Anti-Trump Resistance'.  A Time Warner shareholder accused CNN of acting like it was the part the "resistance" movement against President Donald Trump.  "I'm inquiring about CNN's bias and our return on investment," shareholder David Almasi reportedly told Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes during Thursday's annual shareholders meeting.  "Half the American public — which includes potential and current CNN viewers — voted for Trump last November and supports his agenda.  CNN acts as if it is part of the anti-Trump resistance."

Is This Treason in Time of War?  The American media have not acted like free news sources for many years.  They run the identical storyline from day to day, and scapegoat and destroy the reputations of any dissidents to the Democratic Party line.  Several years ago a collusion ring among big news media was uncovered in the so-called JournoList scandal, showing day-by-day collusion among declared propaganda media, all enemies of the United States.  DC swampocrats have joined in the attack on POTUS, to the cheers of the establishment media, which are owned and controlled by half a dozen transnational corporations that owe no allegiance to the United States at all.  Rather, declared enemies of the United States routinely buy into our media corporations.

The mainstream media should shut up and listen for awhile.  In many ways, the frenzy about Trump and Russia says a lot more about media hostility toward Trump than it does about Trump's actions.  The mainstream media has always exhibited rampant bias against right-of-center political figures.  In the coverage of Trump, that bias has turned into all-out hysteria and insidious snickering.  While overt media hostility is outrageous, reporting laced with insidious bias is much more misleading and dangerous.

CNN Sponsor List.  This thread is in response to a suggested boycott of CNN sponsors. [...] I saw an earlier thread about boycotting CNN and contacting their sponsors.  For what it's worth, I suffered through about 3 hours of Headline News to compile a list of some of their sponsors.

Some Perspective on Trump and Media Madness.  A mainstream, anti-Trump media outlet (but I repeat myself) — staffed by (in the words of former Vice President Spiro Agnew) "a small and unelected elite" who possess a "profound influence over public opinion" without any checks on their "vast power" — that wants a certain result (Trump's destruction) has recourse to seemingly endless anonymous sources that conveniently — and eagerly! — say whatever is damaging to Trump, and then those leaks and quotes are approvingly duplicated by all the other major outlets who want exactly same thing, conferring upon these stories the illusion of objectivity and correctness.  Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence — which the media (tellingly) is not providing. [...] This is about a segment of the country that utterly loathes Trump, is simply incapable of coming to terms with the reality of a Trump presidency, and thus will do anything and everything to obliterate him — including through a death-by-a-thousand-cuts campaign.

Should We Hit Reporters and How Hard?  You know how, when an institution becomes so corrupt that it feels untouchable, its leaders begin to make a show of their dishonesty to prove just how untouchable they are?  Tammany Hall sachems wryly testifying about the "little tin boxes" where they keep their graft.  Vladimir Putin placing his puppet Dmitry Medvedev in the presidency to circumvent term limit laws.  Loretta Lynch meeting Bill Clinton on the tarmac to "discuss their grandchildren."  And so on.  Well, that's what I see when I look at "news" organizations that hire and elevate guys like George "I-love-you-Hillary" Stephanopoulos or Ted Baxter clone and open anti-Trumper Scott Pelley.  These are institutions that are so corrupt and feel so immune in their corruption that they want to show their corruption off by way of spitting in the eyes of anyone naive enough to oppose corruption.

Trump Is POTUS, and Leftist Hysteria Is Noise.  Sure, the media headlines are deafening, and you don't want to immerse yourself in enemy propaganda.  Don't doubt for a moment that the Demo-media are the enemy.  They've shown it a thousand times over the decades, during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, after 9/11, after Pearl Harbor — how much evidence do you need?  They are the enemy.  Period.  For your own peace of mind, just turn them off.

Not so fair and balanced
Scientific Study:  Journalists Are a Bunch of Drunks With Sub-Average Brain Function.  [Scroll down]  I'd agree that a parade of unforced errors and stupid controversies from the very beginning made the media's job much easier, but I don't think 'the merits' fully account for the entirety of the enormous gap between the tone and content of Obama's coverage (+18) versus Trump's (-60).  Most of the media is appalled by Trump and furious that he won; not only because they're pro-Democratic liberals (which most of them are), but because his victory blew apart their near-unanimous consensus that he had virtually no chance.  Proving the Smart Set wrong angers the Smart Set.  But are elite-level journalists really the Smart Set?


Coming to terms with the creeps in the media.  For example, Fox host Tucker Carlson faced off the other night against former Democrat congressional candidate, MSNBC personality, and impeachment advocate Krystal Ball (yes, that's her real name) [...].  The woman's high staccato recitation of Trump's alleged crimes was extremely lucid, well rehearsed, and relentless.  But pressed for proof of these offenses, any sort of proof — eyewitness testimony, recordings, transcripts, a copy of the actual Comey memo — she just flamed in indignation that Tucker wouldn't just accept the word of The New York Times and Washington Post.

Harvard Study Reveals Huge Extent of Anti-Trump Media Bias.  A major new study out of Harvard University has revealed the true extent of the mainstream media's bias against Donald Trump.  Academics at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed coverage from Trump's first 100 days in office across 10 major TV and print outlets.  They found that the tone of some outlets was negative in as many as 98% of reports, significantly more hostile than the first 100 days of the three previous administrations.

The media have already impeached Trump.  In the immediate days and hours following [James] Comey's unexpected firing, some news outlets and TV commentators have indicated that they're convinced Trump is guilty of something.  USA Today published an op-ed Thursday [5/11/2017] by three legal and ethics experts under the title, "Firing Comey is worse than breaking a law."  That morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," well-known political journalist and former Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann said reporters should be assuming Trump's guilt at this point.  "There's a cover-up going on," he said.  "And that has to be the premise of all our reporting going forward."

The Editor says...
The premise of all your reporting should be a pursuit of the truth, whatever it turns out to be.  You shouldn't start with the conclusion (impeachment) and make the news lead in that direction.  That's activism, not journalism.

WashPost Bizarrely Claims Partisan Tilt 'Mostly Unheard Of In Broadcast TV'The Washington Post sounded the bias alarm on the front page of Tuesday's paper.  Sinclair is buying some powerful local TV stations from Tribune, "raising questions about content."  Reporter Todd C. Frankel worried "The deal also has energized long-running speculation that the quiet company has ambitions to be the broadcast world's Fox News."  Speculation by whom?  Liberals.  But liberals are often described in liberal newspapers as "critics" or "many people" or in this story, opponents of "media consolidation."  But Frankel uncorked a sentence that is so laughable it needs a copy editor:  bias in broadcast TV is unheard of???

The news media are losing their search for truth.  Today's mainstream news media seem to reflect increasingly the values of our increasingly doctrinally progressive academic institutions.  Last year, some 96 percent of media outlet political donations, according to the Center for Public Integrity, went to Hillary Clinton.  Increasingly, top journalists, as Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes noted, are often young, highly educated ingenues who "literally know nothing" and can be easily misled by attractive figures like President Obama.

Poll Confirms Media's Bias:  Is 'Fake News' The New Norm?  Politico surveyed 63 members of the White House press corps.  Of those, only 5% were Republicans, while 16% were Democrats, 37% independents, and 37% weren't registered to vote at all.  Let's admit one thing right off the bat:  This year's poll is an improvement on last year's poll of 72 press corps members, in which none — zero, zip, nada — were Republicans.  You'd think there would have been at least a token GOP press-member in there, but no.  But the numbers are really worse than they look.  Among those 37% "independents" are reporters who, for reasons of political deniability, call themselves independent rather than affiliating with a party.  And some of those are actually farther left than the Democratic Party in their views.

The Bret Stephens freak-out is a reminder that the media is basically a massive high school clique.  [Bret] Stephens, who came to the Times after nearly 20 years with the Wall Street Journal, suggested in an op-ed concerning the fierce political debate surrounding climate change that, "if there were less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it."  "[O]rdinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism.  They know — as all environmentalists should — that history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power," he added.  Despite that he was careful to note he doesn't "deny climate change or the possible severity of its consequences," the article left many reporters and pundits in a state of disbelief.

Poll Finds Americans Trust Trump More Than Media.  Only a day before journalists are set to meet at their annual self-congratulatory dinner, a new poll finds that their intended customers, the American people, don't trust them.  Indeed, the poll finds Americans trust the Trump White House to tell the truth more than they do the media.  The poll taken of 2,006 adults between April 23 and 26 is certainly bad news for the political media as 37 percent of respondents said they trust the Trump White House, while only 29 percent said they trust the media.

Trump Is More Trusted than Political Media.  Well, to be fair, almost anyone is more trusted than the national political media.

Obit Gives Us an Inside Look at Inside Journalism.  It's Not Pretty.  A new documentary about the New York Times arrives at just the moment America's newspaper of record presents itself as something that stands not for news but for power, partisanship, and elitism.  It's titled "Obit," perhaps in a witty response to the digital era's advance on outmoded media.  An inside look at how the paper's staff of obituary writers and researchers perform their tasks, Obit may be the closest that any media-maker gets to examining the Times' confidential procedures during this terrible period of oppositional journalism.

Who Really Controls the Modern Democratic Party?  Conventional wisdom views the media as the public relations arm of the Democratic Party.  Commonly referred to as "Democrat party operatives with bylines," big media trumpets the progressives' message 24-7, from the nation's major newspapers, network news shows, and most cable outlets, with a few exceptions, such as at Fox News.  But where is the mothership of progressivism?  The media, or the Democratic Party?

Clinton aide, fundraiser, to run Politico.  The new CEO of Politico is a long-time donor to Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and key liberal causes.  Patrick Steel of FBR & Co., an Arlington, Va., investment bank, gave a total of $64,850 to Democrats and their causes, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and an analysis from Andrew Mullins of the Media Research Center.

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think.  News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most sophisticated polling data and analysis to cover the presidential campaign.  The overwhelming assumption was that the race was Hillary Clinton's for the taking, and the real question wasn't how sweeping her November victory would be, but how far out to sea her wave would send political parvenu Trump.  Today, it's Trump who occupies the White House and Clinton who's drifting out to sea — an outcome that arrived not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment.  In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn't get the nation it purportedly covers.

Gayle King Hilariously Defends Vacationing with Obamas; 'Not Political' Spending Time with 'Friends'.  On Friday's Access Hollywood, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King responded to the fact that she had recently vacationed in Tahiti with, among others, the Obama family, pathetically claiming that it was "not a political statement" and no big deal since her "friends" are out of the White House.  "Gayle's Obama vacation under fire.  Welcome to Access Hollywood.  Did vacationing on a yacht with the Obamas get Gayle King in hot water with her CBS colleagues," reported Access Hollywood co-host and former Today newsreader Natalie Morales.

CBS Journalists [Angry] at Gayle King Over Yacht Vacation With Obamas.  Veteran journalists at CBS are reportedly quite upset with network host Gayle King after she enjoyed a recent yacht vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama in Tahiti.  King, co-host of "CBS This Morning," went on a star-studded vacation with the former president and first lady, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and her best friend Oprah Winfrey on billionaire David Geffin's 138-meter luxury yacht, called the Rising Sun.

Ethical Issue?  CBS Host Gayle King Spotted on Super-Yacht in Tahiti with the Obamas.  Once again, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King has demonstrated her networking skills.  As the media reported how the Obamas rode Hollywood producer David Geffen's super-yacht in Tahiti with bold-faced names including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen, there was another TV name in the mix.

Labeling Anything Negative As 'Fake News' Is Dangerous And Intellectually Dishonest.  Press bias isn't a black and white issue.  There will be times when the mainstream media — regardless of any biases — will cover a story truthfully.  It's important that in these cases, we don't instinctively recoil from the mainstream press because the president and his most ardent supporters continue to repeat the mantra of "fake news."  Additionally, we cannot accept as gospel truth everything the president or his preferred media allies say.  We must analyze every angle in order to suss out the truth.  This isn't always easy, but it's intellectually honest.  Not every story is badly slanted.  Not every reporter who works for mainstream media outlets is dishonest.

The Rotten Obama Record — and Legacy.  The Obama phenomenon had a complex side, but the most complex and nefarious part was the unwillingness of the mainstream media to criticize, or bring up any hint of wrongdoing on his part.  From the beginning, our media created an image for him, never actually delving into his background, his beliefs, or his life in any way.  Unlike the quest to find out Trump's tax returns, the media never sought to reveal who or what Obama was. [...] They reported everything as positive.  If there was something negative, or heaven forbid WRONG, it often was ignored, lied about or spun hard to make it look like nothing was there.  Great examples are the horror of Obamacare, the lies about Benghazi, and the falsehoods about the "wonderful" Iran deal.

The vast wasteland that is the Sunday news shows.  No one should waste time watching any of the five Sunday news programs.  They are all of a piece, joined at the hip in their singular campaign against President Trump.  The hosts of each show are leftists, including Chris Wallace of Fox — that apple did not fall far from the tree.  The rest of them — Dickerson (CBS), Todd (NBC), Tapper (CNN), Stephanopoulos, and Raddatz (ABC) — are fleas on the same dog.  Not one of them is distinguishable from the others.  They proudly antagonize any conservative guest, then strive and grovel to inflate Democrat guests.  They verbally bully every Republican and lick the boots of every Democrat.

The Fake News Crisis.  Within living memory, in 1968, the Democratic Party had its convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey was their nominee, and there were riots in the streets. [...] There is one huge difference between what is happening now, and what happened back then.  In 1968, there was a culmination of real events that actually affected America.  In 2017, there are no real events causing this, just narratives made up from nothing by a leftist media that is more divorced from reality than anyone thought possible.
  •   The Russians colluded with Trump.
  •   Trump is Hitler. Stupid. And evil.
  •   Obama was wonderful, transparent, brilliant, perfect, and fully competent.
  •   Trump's tax returns will show he is unfit.
  •   He is a racist that wants to ban all Muslims.
  •   Kellyanne Conway is a ditzy uninformed waste of a woman.
  •   Hillary Clinton is a pure and honest heroine fighting for good.
Virtually 24/7, these and other very unreal narratives are being played to the American public by our pathetic left wing media.  In 1968, the news had a reality component.  Yes, there was liberal bias in the news, but at least the events happened.

'It's Our Job to Tell You What to Think'.  Every day brings new evidence that today's media are engaged in clandestine fifth column activities involving journalistic acts of sabotage, media malfeasance, blatant disinformation or media espionage conducted by secret sympathizers.  President Trump is engaged in a vicious counter-terrorism war with the media and the Democratic Party. [...] The Democrat Party, aided and abetted by their army of fifth column "journalists," are waging a clandestine war against the heart and soul of America.

Media Bias Goes Far Beyond Language.  As the history of visual propaganda reminds us, images can be as powerful as words in promoting ideology.  And since the clichés are true — every picture tells a story and a picture is worth a thousand words — perhaps conservative men and women in the public eye should start demanding final approval of the images the mainstream media use of them.  Or at least insist on using their own photographers.

It's Bad.  But Should a 22-Year-Old Be in That Position In the First Place?  If you're on the right, you probably have a sneaking suspicion that non-conservative media prefer to spotlight two distinct types of voices to represent the conservative point of view.  The first is the "Reasonable" Conservative.  This figure may or may not be connected to a Republican campaign from a long time ago.  This type of pundit for figures like John Kasich, Jon Huntsman, Christie Whitman, and Jim Jeffords, and saw the departure of Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter as great losses for the GOP. [...] Then there's the flip side of that coin, the unappealing "Extreme" Conservative, the one who few conservatives want to be caught associating with, and who can be counted on to provide the least likeable, least persuasive, least appealing version of the conservative argument, time after time. [...] The Unappealing Conservative talking heads are [...] either completely unaware of how unlikeable they come across on camera, or cynically enjoy playing the villainous role in the television news version of professional wrestling.

Dem Congressman: 'Best Way to Oppose Fake News Is to Watch Outlets Like MSNBC'.  Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) got cozy with MSNBC on Thursday [3/16/2017] when he name-checked the news network as a remedy for opposing "fake news."  MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Lieu about recently cosponsoring a resolution that calls for "opposing fake news and alternative facts."

How and Why Obamacare Repeal Will Succeed.  [Scroll down]  It goes without saying, of course, that the "news" media have played up disagreements among Republicans over the best way to approach repeal.  To exaggerate the dissension they continuously recycle statements from a few Republicans who seem to care more about publicity than policy.

When Did Media Bias Become a Virtue?  The Trump administration is a challenge for all journalists because of the president's refusal to play by the normal rules of behavior.  His allergy to the truth, bizarre use of Twitter, and belief that he's entitled to say anything, no matter how awful or false, about anyone who criticizes him make it hard to take the time to be fair to him or his policies.  But many liberal journalists' prejudice is so great that they have come to believe that even a pretense of objectivity is unnecessary.  To the contrary, they think that nothing short of coverage designed to ridicule everything Trump's administration does is required.  But by acting in this manner, they are merely confirming the belief of senior White House adviser Steve Bannon that the media are the real opposition party and, as Trump described it, the "enemy of the American people."

All Roads Lead Back to Brennan.  It is "our job," not Trump's, to "control exactly what people think," gasped MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski last month.  This week's gasp from the media assumes a slightly different form and can be translated as:  It is our job, not Trump's, to push stories about the government investigation of Trumpworld.  For months, the media, drawing upon criminal leaks from Obama holdovers, has been saying in effect:  Trumpworld is under investigation for ties to Russia!  Then Trump says essentially the same thing on Twitter and the media freaks out.  Why does the latter merit condemnation but not the former?  Notice what is happening here:  The Obama holdovers are denying the import of the very stories that they planted.

Talk Radio, Cable News, the Mainstream Media, and the News Revolution.  What we are witnessing is an utter inversion in the supposed way the media works.  Whereas the task of a Rush Limbaugh or Tucker Carlson is to offer cogent analysis from a more conservative viewpoint on the news of the day, a supposedly disinterested media cannot be relied upon in the same degree to do their quite different job of reporting the days' events.  Or is the implosion of the mainstream media even more revolutionary?  Opinion journalists are better reporters of the day's events than are today's reporters and far more skilled and up-front editorialists than the now common front-page editorialists of the major newspapers and network news who masquerade as journalists.  Whereas in the past, the Left deprecated these alternative-media outlets, they have steadily gained stature for their unapologetic transparency, while the mainstream has lost it.

It's All Fake.  Back in Obama's first months on the throne, Rick Santelli, a TV personality, was "reporting" from the floor of the stock exchange.  He responded to a question about Obama's housing plan with a rant about socialism, finishing it off with a call for a new Tea Party. [...] It did not take long for the moonbats to declare the whole thing a racist conspiracy cooked up by the twelfth invisible Hitler in league with the eternal cyclops of the KKK.  This was when the fake hate crime stuff got its start as a daily phenomenon.  It was also when it became apparent to a lot of people that the news is mostly fake. [...] It was so obvious that the media was coordinating their coverage with the Left, it was hard not to notice it.  The game was rigged and nothing in the media was on the level.  It was not just bias, it was collusion.  The question is, how fake is it?  The answer may be, more fake than you think.

Poll: 'Fake news' CNN tanks below even MSNBC.  CNN's public perception has been dropping like a rock — plummeting lower than even the left-leaning MSNBC — a free-fall that appeared to hit bottom around the time of its most aggressive anti-Trump coverage in October 2016.  CNN is now trending lower than it did even in the first few months of 2016, according to polling released Feb. 27 by Internet-based market research firm YouGov.com.

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent 'hostile,' says new study.  There was no press honeymoon for President Trump during his first month in office.  A meticulous new study by the Media Research Center finds that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of Mr. Trump and his team was "hostile" during the first 30 days of office.  The coverage was intense and plentiful.  The study, which analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS, found that the "Big Three" networks produced 16 hours of coverage on the new president and his staff.  That is over half — 54 percent — of their total coverage for the month.

CNN Hires Valerie Jarrett's Daughter to "Report" on Trump White House.  Who could have possibly predicted that a third-generation Red Diaper Baby would have been hired by CNN to cover a Republican White House?  But, sure, I could imagine these fair, independent and completely honest journalists hired, say, Mitt Romney's kid to report on the Obama White House in 2008.

Sorry, Bush Is Wrong — The Media Aren't Doing Their Job.  While we deeply admire the former president for not holding a grudge, the media spent much of Bush's eight years in office actively lying about what he was doing and what he was trying to do.  It's one thing to disagree with Bush on Iraq; even some conservative media outlets loudly criticized Bush's strategy, down to the very presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.  But the media consistently mischaracterized Bush's actions, and served as a willing mouthpiece for the "Bush lied, people died" mantra of the left that served to undermine the effort to end the Iraq War.  Likewise, the media outright lied about what happened during Hurricane Katrina, painting a picture of an out-of-touch, racist chief executive who didn't really care about the deaths of African Americans from the ravaging floodwaters.

Media complaining about 1st Amendment rights?  Really?  The media...
    ...didn't [care] when IRS targeted Obama's political opponents, clearly violating their free speech and political speech rights.
    ...have never cared when Congress, especially Democrats, have sought to limit political speech in violation of the 1st amendment.
    ...didn't care as the Justice Dept. and Democrat state A.G.s clearly threatened legal action against people who dared say the climate changes naturally, which obviously violated their free speech rights.
    ...had no concern at all when the Obama admin sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for daring to exercise their religious freedom.
But now they are concerned about the 1st Amendment when they are asked to tell the truth.

Five festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore.  Our national media have a knack for missing important trends.  They are focused on what is seen as general confusion and a lack factual fidelity in the Trump administration.  The media miss entirely the contrast in adult responsible behavior by Republicans and the increasingly irresponsible Democrats.  Republicans at all levels of government are trying to solve America's problems.  Democrats are, at best, indifferent; it requires only a sliver of cynicism to conclude that very liberal Democrats are actually working to make our problems worse.

James O'Keefe offers $10,000 awards for evidence of 'media malfeasance'.  Conservative sleuth James O'Keefe is ramping up his effort to take down the mainstream media by enlisting the help of ordinary citizens to go undercover and expose wrongdoing in newsrooms around the country.  The Project Veritas leader announced he will give $10,000 to anyone who brings him evidence of "corruption, malfeasance and wrongdoing" in the press.  "If you have hidden audio recordings, videotapes or documents inside of a newsroom or media institution, and the material is good enough, I will pay you $10,000," Mr. O'Keefe says in the video set to be released on Thursday [2/23/2017].

Mika Brzezinski:  Media's Job Is to 'Control Exactly What People Think'.  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday for undermining the media's message by creating his own facts, adding that the "job" of the media is to "control exactly what people think."  Brzezinski made the comment on "Morning Joe" after co-host Joe Scarborough said that he agreed with a panelist's view that Trump supporters are wondering why people are so upset over what the president is doing since he is implementing exactly what he campaigned on.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  For years journalists opined self-servingly under the guise of objectivity and got away it because Republicans were too afraid to shatter that illusion of objectivity.  They permitted the media to serve as the arbiter of what qualifies as "mainstream," "extremist," "racist," and so forth, and made sure to stay within the media-determined parameters of any discussion.  Donald Trump has blown up that absurd arrangement and is beating the media at its own game.  He labels reporters in the same way that they label him.  He upends their dishonest framing of debates by treating them as what they are, liberal partisans.

A Purblind Press, Unable To Admit Error, Boycotts the President.  What is utterly astonishing about the fierce contest between the national press and President Trump is that the press does not realize how despised it is by most Americans, and how richly, as a group (which contains many individual exceptions), it deserves to be despised.  For 18 months Donald Trump campaigned with great energy all over the country, swept most of the primaries, many by astounding margins against a large field of candidates, and made a point of denouncing the national media as biased, self-serving, and malicious myth-makers.  He referred to them hundreds of times as "liars," and directed the very large crowds that he drew to the press section, and his supporters shook their fists in unfeigned rage at the press gallery.  Did the complacent, bemused national press think they were paid plants or that it was all a spoof?

The Mainstream Media Have Forfeited All Respect.  The media are beside themselves that someone would castigate them at every opportunity and use hyperbole such as "enemy of the American people" and purveyors of "very fake news" to get under their skin, as their narcissism and sense of self-importance knows no bounds.  They fail to understand why they are held in such disregard — polling has revealed only 32% of Americans trust the media (down from 55% in 2000) and why so many cheer Trump's visceral attacks.

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The Press is the Enemy.  No matter how much training the technocrats in government and media receive, we cannot trust them.  They are no longer reporters of facts, they are agents of propaganda as dishonest and skewed as the editors of Pravda.  Blogging is relatively popular in the right-wing world, not necessarily because we are the best, or the most highly trained professionals, but because most of the highly trained professionals have stopped doing journalism at all.  They are pure propagandists, at this point.  The market had a demand for news that was either unslanted, or slanted the other direction in a sort of compensation for the blatant left-wing agitprop spewed 24/7 from the major news outlets (Fox possibly excepted).


New Poll Shows Voters Have 'So Much Distrust' of the Media.  Howard Kurtz says that the latest Fox News Poll shows that Americans are "so polarized" and that there is "so much distrust" of the media.  The poll, released Friday evening [2/17/2017], reflected that 45 percent of voters trust President Trump more than the media, while 42 percent say the media are more trustworthy.

It's Not Fake News, It's Lying, Leftist, Political Propaganda.  [I]t wasn't until the press began telling bold-faced lies intended to undermine and harm the candidacy of Donald Trump that it occurred to me that the press was telling outright lies, intentionally and with malice, in an attempt to defeat my candidate, Donald Trump, in his run for the presidency.  And after he became President the untrue stories got even more outlandish and more frequent and forceful as the leftist press attempted to destroy President Trump's administration before it could get off the ground.  At this point President Trump began putting a name to it, and it began to resonate with everyone how fabricated liberal news is.

Why the Media's Trump Lie Machine is Failing.  Every five minutes the many mouths of the media broadcast, type, post and shriek that President Donald J. Trump is a liar.  After months of this treatment, more voters find him truthful than them.  49% of voters believe that Trump and his people are telling the truth.  Only 39% believe that the media is.  The media's war on President Trump isn't hurting him.  It is destroying the media's own credibility.

The Media's Jihad Against the Trump White House Staff.  [Scroll down]  The elephant in the room in these stories about the Trump White House staff is not just that the liberal media can't stand the new president — it can't abide his agenda.  And watching one executive order after another pour out of the Trump White House that is at a 180-degree variance with the Obama-era and all things far Left, the media reflexively zeroes in on the Trump staff.  Thus the stories.  Steve Bannon is really the president.  Or, according to Time magazine, which has put him on the cover, he is "The Great Manipulator" of the President.  And he's a white supremacist.  Not to mention he's anti-Semitic.  Oh, and by the way, he's incompetent too.  Kellyanne Conway ignored Ethics Rules 101.  She has no integrity and she went out of her way to make the rich Ivanka even richer using her public position.  And so it goes through the list.  Does this not mean that at any given moment President Trump may in fact have a genuine problem with one of his staffers?  Of course not.

The Crisis in Journalism Is Here.  It's getting harder and harder to kick in the needed amnesia to believe anything that comes from the media.

WSJ Editor Tells Reporters Who Don't Like Objective Trump Coverage To Leave The Paper.  Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters Monday [2/13/2017] the paper would not abandon objectivity in its coverage of President Donald Trump, and directed them to find work somewhere else if they want to adopt a more oppositional tone.

An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media's Anonymous Sources.  I'm not sure which of your stories stands out the most.  Is it the portrait you painted almost two weeks ago, of a president in his bathrobe compulsively watching the news?  Yesterday's story of a National Security Council in "turmoil," filled with staffers who "struggle to make policy" to fit President Trump's tweets?  The report in Politico that Trump's personnel concerns extend "beyond his embattled national security adviser" and that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus may be on the chopping block, with "Trump campaign aides" drafting "lists of possible Priebus replacements"?  The CNN report that "multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials" have "corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent"?  The list goes on and on.  You've been leaking relentlessly since the very first days of Trump's presidency, making the president look like a "clueless child," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza put it.  Political Twitter amplifies your voice, with countless concerned citizens retweeting the stories you helped create, appending dire worries that "we're all going to die."

Media return from soul-searching empty-handed.  On Election Day, after two years of journalists telling the public that Trump would lose, the opposite happened.  In a tone of deep remorse, CNN's media reporter Brian Stelter told his audience the following Sunday that it was "one of the biggest media failures in many years" and that reporters should accept that the public would lose confidence in the press.  "So, we on the other side of this screen over here have to reckon with that," he said, "not just for a week or two but for the long term."

The mainstream media are still in deep denial over Trump.  Since Donald Trump's election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories.  Didn't they help twice elect Barack Obama?  Why didn't the formula work this time?  Mostly the media blame voters, talk radio and Fox News, never themselves.  One might say they are in denial, a condition that has a medical definition.  The psychologywikia.com defines it:  "Denial is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence."

Major Media Remain in Denial.  Since Donald Trump's election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories.  Didn't they help twice elect Barack Obama?  Why didn't the formula work this time?  Mostly the media blame voters, talk radio and Fox News, never themselves.  One might say they are in denial, a condition that has a medical definition.

Hashtag Mentality and Today's College Students.  [Scroll down]  With the advent of social media, fact-checking has gone the wayside.  Compounding this is the fact that the media of today is so biased it can be viewed as the mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, except for a few news outlets that veer so hard in the other direction they cannot be considered balanced, either.  Objective news reporting is dead.  TV is a relic of a bygone era to our youth who have no concept of real news, never having grown up with it.  Combine it with a generation that has grown up in a sheltered environment, codified with the mentality that everyone is a winner and that they should always get their way and a sense of entitlement and the result is a perfect breeding ground for creating social justice warriors and hashtag experts.

European Conservative Parties Are Not 'Far Right'.  Europe's media constantly smear democratic conservatives as "extreme right" or "fascist."  That is a vicious lie, as you can hear for yourself by listening to video speeches on the web by European conservatives.  If you don't happen to understand their languages, you can listen to Nigel Farage, who sounds just like Trump.  But notice that the Fakestream in Europe can never allow conservatives to speak, not without smearing them in the same sentence.  Trump is a madman according to the media elites in Europe.  But then their own democratic populists are also ready to go for a new Hitler, if you listen to the establishment media.

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won.  Since at least Donald Trump's election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis.  Despite Trump's constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media.  They did this to themselves.

With Obama gone, media crybabies mull boycotting WHCA dinner.  When Barack Obama was in the White House, the political press corps celebrated with him once a year at a ritzy, A-list-only five-course dinner and laughfest inside the Washington Hilton ballroom.  Celebrities from Hollywood jetted into town to join America's top media as major news outlets tried to outdo one another with outlandishly lavish parties.  But now that President Trump has moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there are new calls by the liberal mainstream media to jettison the annual soiree, known as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which has grown into a weeklong affair with garden parties and brunches galore.

Washington Post Media Columnist:  Cancel WHCA Dinner Now that Trump Is President.  Remember Margaret Sullivan?  She is The Washington Post media columnist who wanted to retire the term "fake news" when it boomeranged on liberals after it had been embraced by the mainstream media.  Now Sullivan has another crusade in which she wants to cancel something.  The White House Correspondents' Association dinner.  Although Sullivan supported The New York Times withdrawing from the dinner several years ago when she was their Public Editor, she did not call for its outright cancellation.  It is way more than obvious that her real reason for her sudden urge to cancel the dinner outright is that Donald Trump is now President.  And the recognition of that disturbing fact for them is something that Sullivan and her fellow liberal journalists simply can't tolerate at the WHCA dinner.

'Illegal' Press Leaks by U.S. Have Become 'Systematic,' A Legal Filing in N.Y. Alleges.  A New York-based FBI agent who played a leading role in a string of recent insider trading prosecutions is under criminal investigation for what federal prosecutors, in a recent court filing, call "unquestionable misconduct by an agent of the Government... improper and inexcusable."  It's the sort of story that ordinarily might be splashed across the front pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal — except that in this case, the misconduct of which the FBI agent, David Chaves, is suspected was leaking grand jury information to the Times and the Journal.

Flashback: Six Years of Obama Super Bowl Softballs.  Bill O'Reilly will be talking to Donald Trump on Sunday [2/5/2017] for what has now become the standard pre-Super Bowl presidential interview.  For most of Barack Obama's eight years, he had the luxury of softball interviews with liberal journalists. [...] Here's a look back at those eight interviews before the big game.  In 2016, when CBS News assigned Gayle King, a donor, supporter and friend of the Obama family, to interview the President and his wife before the Super Bowl, the network guaranteed one of the softest interviews in the history of this administration.  Asking not one serious question, the journalist instead highlighted her favorite photo of the President and his wife.  King also brought up dance moves, relationship issues and Super Bowl predictions.

How to Create a Fascist Dictatorship.  Creating a fascist dictatorship is far easier than it may seem.  You are watching the rise of fascism in America, although the story the fake news media is telling you isn't the truth.

Visa Suspension, NATO and Voices From The Deep State.  The level of absurdity from the official media channel of the U.S. Department of State, CNN, is reaching new levels of Tokyo Rose disinformation and propaganda.

This Is Why Donald Trump Is President.  A healthy majority of Americans still view the main stream media outlets as nothing more than propaganda machines for the establishment using disinformation and manipulation in a fashion comparable with Soviet-run journalism, collaborators in perpetuating a corrupt status quo.  President Trump exploited already-existing sentiments, spawned by non-representative government and an out-of-touch media, but a movement lacking a leader around whom we could rally, someone who would express our views and, if elected, implement those views as policy.  Americans flocked to Trump because the country had a de facto one-party state, where all the traditional means for the people to seek the redress of grievances were blocked by the self-absorbed, unaccountable, permanent political-media elite.

America Isn't Just Divided — It's Fragmented to Pieces.  The 24-hour news cycle and media's insatiable appetite to make certain people look good and others to look bad has created an atmosphere of enmity between folks of different political and social persuasions, not to mention the rampant distrust.  There is a growing attitude of "everything we believe is right and everything you believe is wrong," and even when there is equity on both sides of an issue the animosity has gotten so pervasive that opposing views are rarely even considered by the other side.

'Forty-five percent of the media outright hate Trump'.  I thought it would be impossible for the MSM to treat a POTUS [president of the United States] with less objectivity than they did President Bush (43) but I was wrong.  Forty-five percent of the MSM is simply suspicious of President Trump.  Forty-five percent outright hate him.  Ten percent will adopt the appropriate "wait and see and report" attitude.

The price of admission to the press:  You can't riot while you're working and expect your pass to protect you.  [W]hen I read that as many as six journalists had been detained and charged with felonies during riots in Washington D.C., on the day Donald Trump became president, the first question I had was:  were they taking pictures or taking part?  Two of those detained were described in news stories as "journalist and activist."  I don't know if that is accurate, but I do know that it's not possible to be both at the same time.  A journalist who uses his or her credentials to gain access to an event — whether it's a speech, a battlefield or a protest march — gives up the right to be part of the action.  You can't riot while you're working and expect your press pass to protect you.

Trump aide Bannon calls media the 'opposition party'.  Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief White House strategist, railed against the media in an interview, calling them the "opposition party" and advising the press corps to "keep its mouth shut."  Bannon, formerly an executive at Breitbart, a conservative, alt-right news outlet, said in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday evening [1/25/2017] that the media had been "humiliated" by Trump's election.

It has been a really bad week for journalism.  For an industry that's as disliked and distrusted as Congress, there's a lot of work that media need to do to win back viewers' trust.  There's no room for error, especially now that there's a subgenre of "news" that has zero basis in fact, and is created from thin air for the sole purpose of generating cash.  But learning to be more careful and even-handed is apparently difficult for some in media, and this week was especially rough for newsrooms that are already struggling to regain credibility.

Missing All That Racial Healing.  For decades, the old joke was that homelessness "spikes" under Republican administrations, solely because the New York Times and Washington Post were blind to the homeless invisible under Democrats but, under Republicans, they are a living indictment of "trickle down economics."  We've already seen that the deficit is now a big problem for Paul Krugman, who, a few months ago, insisted that a President Hillary Clinton should do even more stimulus spending.  But what I find particularly jarring is how, 24 hours after Trump was sworn in, the last eight years under the first black president seemed to have vanished from American consciousness and how some people seem to think the racial climate in America is worse than ever, or poised to be.

President Trump Should Dump The Media.  Trust ratings and approval levels for the media are so far down in the toilet that it would take a plumber to find them.  If the media are the people's representatives, then the people want to elect different ones.  Those are some of the same representatives that the media is trying to ban from social media with a fake "Fake News Crusade" and by resisting any expansion of press briefings with threats and warnings.  "We'll have to consider doing things other than protesting and whining," Fournier threatened.  "We'll have to think about what we can do to bring some pain to make our point."  Do what?  Run items accusing President Trump of being a traitor, a liar, a racist, a rapist and a Batman villain?  The media has already done all of those.  What else is it going to except shout more lies even louder?  Within a brief span of time, the media's fake news operation claimed that Trump had banished the bust of MLK, lifted quotes from a Batman villain and had been cavorting with Russian prostitutes.  And that he was a compulsive liar.  That last accusation is notably hilarious considering the honesty and integrity of the media.

I Am Mad About The Protests and The PressThe protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin "agitating."  They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews.  We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.  These were not just angry people.  They were trained, likely paid, agitators.  They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras.  The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged.  And the news ran with their footage over and over again.  The progression from "peaceful" protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.

President Trump Should Dump The Media.  Last week the media lost its mind over reports that press briefings might be moved from the White House back to the Eisenhower Office Building next door where President Eisenhower held the first ever televised press conference.  Media outlets issued panicked reports of being "evicted," "kicked out" or "exiled" from the cramped theater that used to be the White House's indoor swimming pool. [...] "The press went crazy, so I said, 'Let's not move it.'"  President Trump finally reassured them.  He got as much gratitude for it as President Nixon did for ruining a perfectly good indoor pool and as President Bush did for spending a fortune renovating it.  Instead the media began spreading the same conspiracy theories accusing Bush of plotting to permanently banish them from the White House.

Trump Should End Government Funding of NPR's Biased News.  Is National Public Radio's (NPR) description of an Obama urban directive as something that merely "links [government] funding to desegregation" fake news?  Well, it's so slanted that if you had no prior knowledge of the program, and heard that depiction of it, you would just say to yourself, "sounds good to me."  But to many conservatives, including the man that President Donald Trump has nominated to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson, the Orwellian "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" is a tortured interpretation of the Fair Housing Act.  To them, coercing suburbs to build high-density, low-income housing in order to reflect the national racial makeup — even when there isn't a hint of discrimination — is an outrageous attempt to pursue the liberal dream of closing down the suburbs by changing their nature.

Dear press corps:  We don't believe you.  After reading newspapers since I was six, I can clarify how readers now see the relationship between us and the American press corps.  I do so in four words.  We don't believe you.  As a person with four decades in newspapering, now retired, I do not blame your readers in the least.  This election cycle has shown that the news business is dominated by social justice warriors who push a narrative rather than tell stories in a fair and balanced manner.

Before and After Obama: 10 Signs of a Diminished America.  Big media burned away its credibility protecting Obama, pushing Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and getting the 2016 election spectacularly wrong.  Their conduct since the election — pumping out Fake News stories, falling for hate-crime hoaxes, loudly announcing that investigative reporting was about to make a comeback after eight years in hibernation — has only confirmed the public's distrust.

The 'News' Media as We Knew It Is Finished.  The U.S. presidential campaign of 2016 was not a sudden news reporting phenomenon of excessive bias, but it was the apotheosis of the breakdown of journalistic fairness and credibility that had been gaining acceleration in recent years. [...] In order to eschew fair new coverage of Mr. Trump in the last four months of the 2016 campaign, the media had to abandon even the semblance of fairness.  Their problem was that the media coup was entirely in the language spoken primarily by those who already had decided to vote against Mr. Trump.  The biased news coverage not only failed to change the minds of pro-Trump voters, but also backfired with most undecided voters, many of whom found the media language and bias offensive and transparent.  But confidence in media news reporting had long been in decline before Donald Trump appeared on the stage.  Years of incessant political correctness had been enforced in the establishment media generally, not just in news reporting, and many Americans simply did not buy this ideological product.

Liberal Journalists Rediscover Mission As Obama Leaves Office.  In an article published Monday [1/16/2017], Politico's Jack Shafer argues that Donald Trump has made reporters "free" to cover the presidency in a more aggressively critical manner than they did during previous administrations.  Reporters, Shafer says, "ought to start thinking of covering Trump's Washington like a war zone."

White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration.  The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative.  According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association's prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be "unity" against the Trump administration. [...] Ah yes, the herd mindset must be retained if the echo-chamber is to battle united against a singular ideological adversary, President Donald Trump.

Finally, a Republican Leader Playing Offense.  Political games often have separate teams for offense and defense; sometimes the political leaders, often their surrogates.  In the case of Democrats, the media takes a prominent team role playing both ends of the field.  The media can ignore unfavorable stories.  A recent example is the sudden lack of interest or coverage of the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting after the shooter's Muslim conversion was identified.  And the media can play offense, as they are with ongoing and relentless attempts to discredit the incoming Trump administration.

Open Letter to Chris Wallace at Fox News.  Your questioning of Reince Priebus this a.m. [1/8/2017] demonstrates once again that you have a firm grasp of the conventional wisdom but little else.  Your questions were the same as one would expect to hear on the mainstream networks or from New York Times reporters.

Dems may regret leak of top-secret report on Russia to NBC.  The Democrat-Media Complex has gone all in on the propaganda campaign to convince Americans that Donald Trump's election is illegitimate because "Russia hacked the election."  Even if a majority of voters reject the unconvincing case being made, Team Hillary and Team Obama both know that they must keep their own supporters engaged in outrage against the victorious party.  Because they believe they are the only legitimate custodians of power in America, any Republican who wins must have gained victory through illegitimate means.  But they may have made a fatal overstep with the release of the top-secret report on Russian influence to NBC News.

American Media has Become a Terrorist Organization, Incites Violence, Covers-Up Crimes.  The firebombing of a North Carolina is the latest attack on free speech in the United States.  This attack, which would be labelled a domestic terrorism and be the subject of never-ending media coverage had it happened at a Clinton office, has been largely ignored by the American media.  The North Carolina firebombing is part of a broader campaign of terror incited by American media, which continues to cover up violence.

CNN Is Now Least Trusted News Network Among Viewers.  A recent poll of cable news network viewers found that CNN's regular audience is far more skeptical of the political news they receive than Fox News fans.

Media Suddenly Find 'Courage' to Stand up for First Amendment.  "Thank you, Mr. President.  During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving this in office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?"  That was the obsequious question asked by a New York Times reporter during one of President Barack Obama's first press conferences, in April 2009.  The media were unperturbed by the president's rough treatment of the Fourth Estate thus far — how his campaign "hijacked" a press plane, with journalists aboard, flying them to Chicago without the candidate; how the campaign attempted to silence a journalist, Stanley Kurtz, when he revealed the truth of Obama's relationship with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers; and how Obama aides suggested that the "Fairness Doctrine" be revived in an effort to shut down vigorous opposition from talk radio.  No — Obama was their man, and that was all that needed to be said about press freedom and independence.

Oklahoma newspaper that endorsed Hillary still hasn't recovered.  I still don't quite understand why any one newspaper would actually endorse a candidate.  I was under the impression the media was supposed to be objective and not support anyone one way or another, but what do I know?  Either way, the Oklahoma newspaper that endorsed Hillary Clinton still hasn't recovered from putting their money on the wrong horse.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#2] The wipe-out of the corporate media apparatus:  It is understandable why the media would choose not to report on their own irrelevance; yet that doesn't mean their irrelevance is any less a story.  Arguably you could make the complete collapse of the U.S. corporate and legacy media the #1 story of this entire election cycle.  Never before has any single political election so thoroughly, completely and visibly destroyed the credibility of print or broadcast journalism.  Collectively and individually they will never recover from the continual abject and transparent falsehoods they promoted in each and every hour of their coverage, and in almost every column inch of their publications.  Put a fork in them, they are all done — and they did it to themselves, repeatedly.

When Entertainment Reporters Get Political.  If you think liberal media bias is strictly an issue for the New York Times and the Washington Post, you haven't looked at your average entertainment site lately.  Nearly every major Hollywood news site leans left.  It has been that way for some time, but in recent years it has gotten worse.  The improbable rise of Donald Trump is hastening that shift.  And, in an age when pop culture plays an increasing role in our body politic, that matters.  This reporter follows a gaggle of entertainment scribes on Twitter.  Most work for mainstream news outlets with no agenda ... on the surface.

These Are the Media's Top Ten Embarrassments of the Year.  According to the major networks, Fidel was awesome, Hillary rallies are the best, and white people ruined America.

The Trump Nail in the Media Coffin.  Once upon a time in the 1960s, all the iconic news anchors, from Walter Cronkite to David Brinkley, were liberal.  But they at least hid their inherent biases behind a professional veneer that allowed them to filter stories through left-wing lenses without much pushback. [...] Decades-long journalistic one-sidedness was apparently tolerable when there were no other news alternatives.  Mainstream-media monopolies once were also highly profitable, and long-ago liberal news people were at least well-mannered.  All of those assumptions are no longer true.

Trey Gowdy 'really disappointed' with the media.  Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Monday night that he hasn't been happy with the media during his time in the House, and said it's too often rushing to be first instead of worried about being right.  "I've been really disappointed in the media since I've been in Congress," Gowdy said at an event in his home state sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America.  "I think there is a blurring of the line between the opinion page and the news page," he said.  "And I can take you to the headlines of almost any website on the Internet right now, and you will say, 'well that's opinion, that's subjective, not objective.'"

All the News the Editors See Fit to Print.  News today is largely fashioned into narratives by mostly young, unworldly reporters and biased news editors, repeated on TV by well-coiffed, fashionably garbed and cosmetically buffed up news readers, jazzed up by often highly biased photo editors and presented on a plate to passive consumers. [...] With the advent of television and the monopolization of print markets it seems to me we lost the ability to forensically analyze the news; we have become passive consumers and got what we deserved — propaganda, largely megaphoning the increasingly leftward tilt of the Democratic Party and various "nonprofit" organizations who promote scare stories about food, health, and the weather and challenge wars only when a Republican is in office.

The New York Times and Washington Post "Intelligence Sources" are Currently Under Inspector General Investigation.  The Sunday Talk Shows are filled with various left-wing punditry using two media reports from the Washington Post and New York Times claiming anonymous, albeit transparently political, "intelligence officials" who state:  the Russian government "hacked the U.S. election".  First, the media's choice of wording is critical within both reports.  It is impossible to "hack an election".  What was hacked was the DNC email system, and John Podesta's email.  WikiLeaks published the content of both "hacks".  Additionally, WikiLeaks has denied the source of the information was a foreign government.

How a free press became fake.  If one wonders why American audiences are reposting fake news rather than purchasing subscriptions to the Washington Post, look no further.  When the free press falls into disrepair, readers click elsewhere.  Just as the electorate rejected elites at the ballot box in November, so audiences are ditching the establishment news media.  They're tired of journalists accepting fluff for fact, lecturing instead of reporting, and getting the story plain wrong.

The People's Guide to Fake News
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Liberals' fake news panic proves they can't handle the truth.  [Scroll down]  Because they can't handle the truth, they are turning their tantrums into a witch hunt and wild conspiracy theories.  The sudden fascination with fake news and Russian hacking reveals only their rage against reality.  Yes, it's true some websites carry stories cut from whole cloth.  There are also well-regarded newspapers that treat their own biases as holy writ.  Recall that the Times and its co-conspirators created a fictional Trump held aloft by goose-stepping brownshirts and toothless bigots rising from the swamps.  They aimed to scare the country into supporting Clinton by turning their front pages into editorial pages, where "straight news" became an oxymoron.

The Problem Isn't the Alt-Right — It's the Alt-Reality.  Most Americans' perceptions of the world are shaped by information they get from primarily liberal sources such as the media, academia, and government.  That's why many Americans live in an alternate reality where Hillary did nothing wrong at Benghazi, abortions occur only due to rape, global warming is supported by 97% of scientists, the economy is doing great, emotions are good and reasoning is bad, Republicans are racists, Castro was a kind and caring man, and Trump is an insane tyrant.  The reason liberals have been able to get away with lying for so long is that most of these issues don't affect the average voter.  The average voter doesn't care about Cuba, is not planning on having an abortion herself, and didn't lose anyone at Benghazi.  As a result, many people don't bother to see if what they hear is in fact true.

Force the Media to Win Back Our Respect.  Reforming the media would require more imagination and mostly be a matter of style and protocol.  For reasons of symbolism, Trump should skip the White House Correspondents' dinner.  It has descended into a strange Neroian feast, where left-wing Hollywood celebs and the denizens of WikiLeaks fame meet to treat, and in turn hear, the president as if he were a fellow Las Vegas carnival barker.  It is a relic whose time came and went a long time ago There is no reason in this rapidly changing digitalized world to follow antediluvian customs of rewarding the New York Times or the Washington Post, or NPR, or PBS with blue-chip perks at press conferences or first claims on interviews.  They have not proved disinterested or competent in their reporting and should have to re-earn the esteem that they customarily take for granted.  WikiLeaks reminds us that CNN, the Washington Post, and Politico offer no more disinterested opinion journalism than do Rush Limbaugh or the Drudge Report — though the legacy media do spend far more to reach far fewer.

Blue State Blues: 10 Things That Journalists Did Wrong in 2016.  The media have been functioning as an arm of the Democratic Party for several years.  Some are only willing to acknowledge it now because Trump's win was such shock to them, and because many made their partisan loyalties explicit in 2016.  But the profession has been corrupt for a long time, and remains so, from top to bottom.

Hollywood TV Critic Offers Double-Down Advice: 'Cable News Should Go Full Anti-Trump'The Hollywood Reporter is touting how its own television wizard advises a media war on all things Trump.  The headline is "In Order to Survive, Cable News Should Go Full Anti-Trump:  There's one way for cable news to stave off steep declines over the next few years, writes THR's chief TV critic, and it involves embracing and channeling anti-Trump anger."  TV critic Tim Goodman — one of the usual liberals who adored "serial killer chic" in Dexter ten years ago — lectured that "if we must have cable news, perhaps it's time for the people who run it to face the facts:  Millions of people just proved, definitively, that facts don't matter to them.  [Italics his.]  For everybody else, they know you didn't or couldn't make facts matter, and so they are out searching for actual journalism..."  Goodman's advice is like telling the liberal media to go full pro-Obama.  They're already there.  Why bother offering the advice?  "Quality journalism" equals liberal journalism.  "Quality journalism" means journalism that wins elections for Democrats.

How Trump Turned the National Media Into Impotent Hecklers:  Savor it.  It finally happened.  The national media no longer matters.  The entire institution has been rendered as irrelevant as a drunken fan in the cheap seats pretending to know more about the game than Kobe.  Sure, the media might still have the power to annoy.  But as far as how the players play, the institution is now just, well, belligerent jerks with no power, no sway, no influence.  Much of the credit does not belong to President-elect Donald Trump.  The media did this to themselves.

Tom Friedman, Apparently Straight-Faced, Claims Most of the Media Support Trump.  Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable.  Otherwise this comes across as delusional.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, [...] made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.

'Fake news' isn't the problem — mainstream news with an agenda is.  "Fake news" has been a big news story for the past week.  Hoaxes and fabrications hatched by clickbait-hungry websites — or, some reports say, by the Kremlin propaganda machine — have been blamed for Donald Trump's election victory.  Leading journalists such as CNN's Christiane Amanpour have decried the profession's "existential crisis" caused by the onslaught of fake stories.  Google and Facebook have both moved to curb the problem by denying advertising to "fake news" sites.  Meanwhile, critics on both the left and the right argue that the outcry about "fake news" is a manufactured crisis intended to smear and ostracize dissident, non-mainstream media — especially since some of the critiques lump together publications that contain real if slanted reporting, such as Breitbart News or Antiwar.com, with sites that publish actual hoaxes (such as a story about Pope Francis endorsing Trump) or satire.  Critics also charge that the "fake news" trope obscures the fact that the mainstream media have their own problem with false or misleading stories.

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton "Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools".  The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its "fake news, blame the Russians" narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably.  Citing "two teams of independent researchers" (who surely have a substantial libel litigation provision) who found "Russia's increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery... echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal," the Jeff Bezos-owned website names Drudge, Zero Hedge, and The Ron Paul Institute and countless other outlets among the "useful idiots" that true American patriots should be wary of.

The U.S. Media's Decades of Cheering Castro's Communism.  While every other country in the Western Hemisphere moved towards democracy, Cuba remained a one-party state under dictator Fidel Castro, who held power without free elections from 1959 until health problems forced him to step aside in 2006.  Castro's communist regime executed hundreds of political opponents and drove tens of thousands more into exile; hundreds of dissidents today languish in Cuban prisons.  The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all listed Castro's Cuba as among the worst violators of human rights on the planet, while the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the harassment and imprisonment of journalists.

'Fake news'? Judge for yourself who the faker is.  Let me make my position on "fake news" clear.  It does exist.  It is most evident in the revolving door between politics and the media — a phenomenon that doesn't bother the establishment media or establishment politics one little bit. [...] When political activists can move seamlessly from election campaigns to directing newsrooms and back again, the line between news and political agitprop is blurred to the point of journalistic prostitution.  Yet, it takes place at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and every other corporate media outlet, as well as the semi-official, government-subsidized mouthpieces like NPR and PBS.

The Pathological Intolerance of the Left.  [Scroll down]  Of course, CNN's Chistianne Amanpour weighed in with a speech to The Committee to Protect Journalists, those privileged but beleaguered victims of bias and violence. [...] She rails against "fake news sites."  Those would be the ones with which she and her fellow journos disagree.  That would be any site with conservative views reporting or commenting on the issues the left considers settled and beyond debate.  It is Amanpour and her ilk that broadcast fake news, like "Hillary will win in a landslide."  Every word out of their mouths is propaganda meant to sway public opinion.  That is how stupid they think American citizens are.  So stupid that we do not see them for exactly what they are:  elitist snobs who believe it is their job to dictate to us how to think, act, speak, and vote.

Media Finally Admit They Have a Credibility Problem, Face Industry-Wide Trust Crisis.  Several top reporters at establishment media outlets are finally admitting, more than two weeks after the election, that their industry has a credibility problem and has much work to do to regain the trust of their readers in the wake of Republican Donald J. Trump's landslide electoral college victory over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

An Obituary of The New York Times.  Working with the government to suppress stories, covering up election fraud in the ruling party and ruthlessly campaigning against the main US opposition leader, The New York Times has sentenced itself to wither away into irrelevance.  Remembered only in history books as a relic of the Cold War, much like its sister newspaper Pravda of the Soviet Union.

32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat.  From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat.  Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable.  Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming.  The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.

Liberal media OK with normalizing Iran and pedophiles; Trump is a step too far.  The liberal press is fretting it will begin to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump, that is, to treat him like any other president-elect in the history of America. [...] OK then.  The liberal press' mission — its renewed mission — is to continue doggedly pursue Mr. Trump to convince the American people just how bad he really is (those 60 million plus who elected him, didn't seem to get it the first time around).  Mr. Trump can't be normalized — he's too dangerous.  But Iran can.  Pedophiles can.  Pornographers can.  Here's a list of five instances where the liberal media sought to normalize the truly indefensible.

How Journalism Turns Into Propaganda.  President-elect Donald Trump's win proved how useless is the current state of journalism for investigating and conveying real news about real people.  And that's putting it kindly.  Not only were mainstream journalists blind to the pain of so many in the country — particularly the long-neglected Rust Belt voters who showed up in droves to elect Trump — but they shamelessly cheered Hillary Clinton's campaign and smeared all Trump voters while doing so. [...] But the high level of collusion we see today between Democrat power elites and the media goes back a long time.  The collusion continues post-election, as the media gives lopsided coverage to angry anti-Trump protests organized by Moveon.org, which are stirring up calls for violence.

Media Malpractice?  Media Bias And The 2016 Election.  As Election Day demonstrated, the contentious 2016 presidential campaign witnessed a stunning uprising of the people against the Washington establishment and political elite.  This was not the only revolt that transpired Nov. 8, however.  Election Day also represented a victory of the American people over the establishment news media, as they repudiated its liberal bias and attempt at influencing the election.

Obama Squelched Press Coverage of the White House.  Trump Should Not Follow Suit.  [Scroll down]  Most conservatives' first reaction will be laughter.  Their second reaction will be cheering.  After all, the vast majority of these media figures covered not just Trump but Republicans unfairly for years.  This is the same cast of characters that somehow turned Mitt Romney, a deeply honorable human being, into a cruel sexist carrying around binders full of women, strapping dogs to the top of cars, and forcibly cutting the hair of closeted gay teens.  They deserve it.  The media have obviously destroyed their own credibility.  Polls show that nearly seven in ten Americans don't trust the media.  That lack of trust meant that even solidly researched stories about Trump were routinely ignored during the election cycle.  Trump's slamming the media isn't out of bounds on a moral level.

The Simple Reasons Americans No Longer Listen To Reporters.  No one is listening to reporters these days.  Their approval rating sits at an all-time low, their worst nightmares are unfolding before them, and despite their most dire warnings, the American populace is largely unmoved.  Why?  Panicked clamors instead of measured reporting, shrill cries disguised as honest evaluations, and a level of hyperbole that is simply astonishing.  One would think reporters would have realized this by now, but not even their self-proclaimed truth-sayer, Bill Maher, could get around his own head.

Mainstream Media Recap:  Who Colluded With the Clinton Campaign?  In April 2015, the Clinton campaign held a private dinner party with at least 65 journalists and pundits in attendance.  Individuals from CNN, CBS, The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC and more came together under the campaign's stated goal of "framing the race" to help Clinton win.  Many of the above media outlets were indeed the Clinton campaign's biggest surrogates throughout the 2016 presidential election.  This past election cycle was unprecedented in terms of the bias and lack of objectivity exercised by the mainstream media.  The emphasis on mainstream media blaming "fake news" for Donald Trump's election is an attempt to distract and divert the feedback loop developed between the Clinton campaign and much of the press.  Throughout the 2016 election, the media obsessed over Trump to elevate his candidacy.  He was their preferred opponent for Hillary Clinton — after they had thoroughly subverted Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The New War on Conservative Media.  Remember when Hillary Clinton won a landslide victory?  The fake news media which predicted it in order to depress pro-Trump voter turnout certainly does.  And so they're out to fight "fake news."  By fake news, they don't mean their own raging torrent of misinformation and lies.  The media has gone to war against Facebook.  While various supporters have blamed Hillary's loss on everything from the FBI to internalized misogyny, the media has decided that Facebook is to blame.  Why Facebook?  Cable news is dying.  Newspapers struggle online and offline.  The mainstream media's profitability lives and dies by social media.  But the essence of social media is that it allows communities to shape what they see.  That's a terrifying idea if you're a media conglomerate that depends on its megaphone.  But it's also scary if you're a leftist running for office in a country that doesn't agree with your views.

TV reporter fired after writing Facebook post praising Trump.  A Texas television reporter is out of a job after she criticized President Obama and praised President-elect Donald Trump on her personal Facebook page — claiming the country went "downhill" under the outgoing commander-in-chief.  Scarlett Fakhar said she was recently canned from her local news gig at Fox in Houston for posting last week that she was "happy and relieved" over Trump's unexpected White House win.  Fakhar had said in the post, which has since been deleted, that Obama made the "entire county hate one another" and claimed God "had a hand" in the election.  She also said she could "barely sleep from how happy and relieved she was" after Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

Outrage as reporter is sacked for praising Donald Trump and criticising Obama.  A US reporter has been sacked after she praised President-Elect Donald Trump and criticised President Obama for making the "entire country hate one another".  In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Scarlett Fakhar, a Fox 26 Houston journalist, said "God had a hand" in the election and she could "barely sleep from how happy and relieved she was" after Trump's election victory.

Tucker Carlson Eviscerates Journalist Smearing Jeff Sessions As Racist.  Tucker Carlson eviscerated one of the journalists accusing Jeff Sessions of being racist on his new primetime show on Fox News Friday, saying bluntly the column on the Republican senator is "one of the most unfair things I think I've ever read."  "I mean, it's almost like a pure download from the DNC website," Carlson, who co-founded The Daily Caller, said to Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen.  In a recent column arguing Sessions is "unfit" for any cabinet post in Donald Trump's administration, Allen accuses the senator of being racist.  Trump reportedly offered him the post of attorney general Thursday [11/17/2016].

Watch as Tucker Carlson reams MSM reporter for acting as DNC stenographer attacking Jeff Sessions.  Members of the mainstream media still are having a hard time understanding that the old days in which they could get away with pretending to be journalists, not propagandists, are fading into memory.  Donald Trump called their bluff, WikiLeaks exposed the level of conspiracy between Democrat leaders and  journalists  propagandists, and the American people confounded the media and supported Trump and Republicans down the ticket.  Nobody is taking better advantage of the new relationship between  journalists  propagandists and the voting public than Tucker Carlson.

Pat Caddell:  CNN 'Smearing' Trump Supporters — 'They Just Call Everybody a Racist'.  Political analyst Pat Caddell told Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM on Friday [11/18/2016], "They just call everybody a racist," referring to CNN.  Caddell called the network "outrageous."  Caddell said, "What they have not admitted is their complicity in Hillary Clinton's campaign, or their unbelievable bias, and worse, their smearing of people, including Steve Bannon and others so that they could make some political points."  He laid the blame on having someone from Hollywood like Jeff Zucker running the network.  "I don't think it will go very well if that continues," said Caddell.

Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous.  [#4] Media Matters:  Soros is a financial backer of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that hyperventilates over any conservative view that makes it into the mainstream media.  Now its founder, David Brock, has openly declared war on Fox News, telling Politico that the group was mounting "guerrilla warfare and sabotage" against the cable news channel, and would try to disrupt the commercial interests of owner Rupert Murdoch — an odd mission for a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation that is barred from participating in partisan political activity.

Post-Election Poll: 69% of Voters Don't Believe News Media Are Honest and Truthful.  A new post-election survey by YouGov shows that 69% of U.S. voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful, and 78% of voters believe news coverage of the presidential race was biased, the Media Research Center, which sponsored the survey, reported today [11/15/2016].  "The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftist agenda — and them," said MRC President Brent Bozell in a Nov. 15 statement about the poll.  "People didn't believe the nonsense that the media were politically neutral.  Even a third of Hillary's supporters believe they were pro-Hillary!"

Drown Out the Lying MSM.  Older readers may remember an era when the media generally reported facts and left spin to the mind of the viewer, or at least wasn't so crookedly biased.  In accurately predicting President-Elect Trump's victorious path through Michigan and Pennsylvania, I indicated that the media was distorting polling numbers deliberately to keep Trump supporters from bothering to vote.  While Trump won an electoral landslide, only a relatively small chunk of votes made the difference in those two states and in Florida.  Yes, the lying, propagandizing jackals in media nearly won the election for Clinton.  They decided to hang together up until the bitter end, and are now predictably circling the wagons trying to figure out what went wrong.  Everyone knew there was a secret Trump vote, and they still lied. [...] Do you enjoy being lied to?  Or do you have to watch sports so badly that you're willing to fork over $150 per month for a cable or dish subscription that directly funds people who hate you and everything you believe in and want to mislead you, all while insulting you to your face?

Trump must ignore the media and trust his gut.  Here's my advice to President-elect Donald Trump:  When it comes to the media, don't listen.  Ignore the haters.  These are the same people who, as WikiLeaks exposed, were openly colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign in violation of every ethical standard they are supposed to honor and uphold.

Exit Polls Prove the National Media Was Soundly Defeated By New Media.  While you read the following data from the 2016 exit polls, it is bigly important that you remember the last 18 months of election coverage that emanated from our elite national political media.  Also, keep in mind that like pretty much everything else that came from the national media, these exit polls turned out to be wrong, and if any of the numbers below are wrong, they are so in Trump's favor.

WikiLeaks emails reveal media whores' private dinners with Hillary Clinton campaign officials.  We know the word "whore" means prostitute.  But "whore" also has these other meanings:  Debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money.  (Oxford Dictionaries)  An individual who compromises his or her principles for personal gain.  (Urban Dictionary)  By those definitions, many in the MSM are whores for Hillary Clinton.

About those rioters.  For many months, the LeftMedia have been warning that Trump supporters were so clearly violent they would likely riot when he lost the election.  The media were salivating at the ratings triumph of this imagined scenario.  They knew that it was coming, and it was going to validate their contempt for Trump and anyone who supported him.  So prevalent was the conviction that Trump was going to lose, and lose badly, that Chris Wallace, in the last debate, asked Trump if he would concede if he lost.  It never occurred to him to ask Clinton the same question.  Of course it didn't.  The media have been of one mind this past year and a half, including Fox News; Clinton was a shoe-in.  The Donald did not have a chance.  Not only would Clinton win, but the Senate and maybe even the House would fall back into Democrat hands.

The Media and the Pollsters have lost their clout by incompetence and deceit.  The entire media, even Fox news, reflected the bias against Trump, a bias well-documented in the Wikileaks disclosures of the Podesta emails, showing the media conniving to feed Clinton debate questions and coordinating their coverage with Hillary and the DNC. [...] Newsweek, which last sold for one dollar, was forced to recall 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President edition.  We're just not so into you fools any more.  And apparently even the editor of the NYT — the paper which published a piece suggesting it was okay for journalists to abandon objective reporting to help Hillary, has now relented and said "that the paper would "reflect" on its coverage of this year's election while rededicating itself to reporting on "America and the world" honestly."  Online friends remain skeptical of this new found "humility" of the formerly dominant media.

Trump outsmarts media as he sets sights on Obama's divisive, racialist policies.  [Donald Trump] overcame all the odds, beat back both political parties, jumped around all the powerful special interest industries that own Washington and scored an unprecedented victory for the people.  And he did it all while circumventing the massive media machine that worked in lockstep unison to block him at every turn.  Every mainstream newspaper and television outlet — after months of gorging themselves at the profit trough of his monster ratings — shirked all pretense of covering the election fairly.

This Was A Massive Repudiation of the Press.  [Scroll down]  This is why the pundits got it all wrong.  They believed the media and their spin, not just on the coronation of Hillary Clinton, but more important, on America's repudiation of Donald Trump.  They saw Trump's voters just as the Clinton campaign saw them:  a basket of deplorables.  All season long the pro-Hillary press treated Trump's followers with utter contempt.  At the same time the leftwing media were giving aid and comfort to Hillary Clinton, covering up her scandals when they could, spinning them in her favor when they couldn't.  Don't anyone here deny it.  We documented it all season long.  What we saw is what the public saw.  In fact, conservatives heard top leftist reporters like Jorge Ramos calling on the news media — yes, the news media — to take sides against Donald Trump.

The Democrat Media Complex Will Never Understand What Happened Tuesday Night.  The morning after the election, I was asked by a lifelong Democrat friend of mine what my thoughts were.  I told her that my big takeaway was the that media managed to make me respect it less and despise it more even though this was an election cycle where I had no emotional investment whatsoever in a candidate.  It's not just the bias, although I will never condone that while they're pretending to be neutral observers.  It's the overwhelming ignorance displayed by a group of people who truly believe themselves to be the smartest ones in the room.  It's like an island populated by people who are four feet tall and have never met anyone else:  they all think they're giants.

A Blow to the Non-Elite Elite.  There were a lot of losers in this election, well beyond Hillary Clinton and the smug, incompetent pollsters and know-it-all, groupthink pundits who embarrassed themselves. [...] Journalists often violated their own ethics codes during the campaign.  Political analyst Donna Brazile even leaked debate topics to the Clinton team.  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reportedly asked the Democratic National Committee to provide him with anti-Trump research.

The People Are Laughing at the Liberal Media.  Members of the media continue to talk among themselves, as if they had not been repudiated by the people on November 8.  Mass firings and new faces are needed if the media are going to have any hope of regaining any credibility with the public. [...] Reid Wilson of The Hill newspaper calculated that Clinton got 57 newspaper endorsements and Trump got only 2.  In addition to The Washington Post and The New York Times, which both endorsed Hillary, some of the other notable losers included:
  •   The Columbus Dispatch endorsed a Democrat (for the first time since Woodrow Wilson), and urged voters to elect Hillary.  Ohio went for Trump anyway.
  •   The Akron Beacon said that Hillary was the change this country needed.
  •   The Cincinnati Enquirer broke a century-old tradition to endorse Hillary.
  •   The Sun Sentinel editorial board urged Floridians to vote for Hillary.  Florida went for Trump.
  •   The Arizona Republic broke a 120-year tradition to endorse Hillary.  Arizona went for Trump.
  •   The Dallas Morning News broke a 75-year tradition of supporting Republicans to endorse Hillary.  Texas went for Trump anyway.
  •   The Houston Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Texas, usually backs Republicans but endorsed Hillary.

CNN's Camerota: 'Why Does President Obama Have to Be Gracious' to Trump?  On Thursday's New Day, during a panel discussion of the scheduled meeting at the White House between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump, and whether the two would be cordial despite their differences, co-host Alisyn Camerota at one point wondered why it is that President Obama "has to be gracious" to Trump instead of just sending an intern to meet him.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables.  A theme is reverberating on this, the Day After, and it goes like this:  The media are buffoons who so obviously got everything wrong.  How could anyone trust them ever again?  All of the Network Gurus (save FOX's) staved off the Trumpocalypse for as long as they could on Tuesday evening [11/8/2016], keeping those delegate counts artificially inflated on the side of Hillary Clinton.  But their long faces told the tale, which was being whispered into their earpieces.  Now those same Gurus are temporarily owning the fact that yes, they failed to see this coming, and today they are reaching for explanations.

Liberal Media Are "Second-Biggest Losers" of the Election; "They Cheated and Got Caught".  Appearing on Fox Business Network's Varney & Co., MRC founder and president Brent Bozell said the liberal media were the second-biggest losers on election night:  "They were crushed.  They were the second-biggest losers.  But the difference between them and Hillary Clinton is that their loss continues.  She is finished, but they still stay in the game.  They have a public that simply repudiated them.  The public didn't distinguish between her calling them a basket of deplorable and the media treating them like a basket of deplorables."

Liberal journalists are biggest losers in Trump victory.  To most journalists, the election of Donald Trump is Mourning in America.  Trump won despite a massive effort by the liberal media establishment to discredit and destroy him, and they were still at it early Wednesday morning, even as it became obvious that they'd utterly failed to derail his candidacy.  On CBS, Slate columnist Jamelle Bouie painted the anti-Washington wave that carried Trump to victory as a racist "push-back against the advancement of African-Americans, of Hispanics, of women, of Muslim-Americans."  On MSNBC, co-anchor Rachel Maddow also played the race card:  "I'm thinking about President Obama too.  I mean, to have the first African American President succeeded by a guy who was endorsed by the KKK....it's a big deal."  The Stop Trump effort among journalists has played out in newspapers and on TV screens for months now.

Disrupters Were Journalism's Winners in the 2016 Election.  [Scroll down]  Judicial Watch is a conservative gadfly, yes, but it is acting more like a newsroom staffed by lawyers — a scary thought, to the government at the very least.  With an ample, donor-funded war chest, the nonprofit is taking journalists to school in deploying one of their most valued weapons, the Freedom of Information Act, doing so more effectively than any news organization in recent memory.  Mainstream news organizations are happy to take its costly court-won revelations and run with them.  So it's not surprising that its President, Tom Fitton, nominated Judicial Watch for three Pulitzer Prizes last year[.]  (It was disqualified because it was ruled to be an advocacy group, Fitton told the Pulitzer-laden New York Times).

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One could easily argue that the New York Times is also an advocacy group.

Journalists Celebrated Obama's 2008 Victory, Mourned Trump's 2016 Win.  For supposedly non-partisan reporters of the news, journalists sure reacted differently to President Obama's election in 2008 and Trump's election in 2016.  Obama's election was a "leap towards something better and uniting our country as never before in our history," according to MSNBC's resident Obama-super fan Chris Mathews, on the Sunday before election day eight years ago.  But early Wednesday morning, Matthew's colleague Andrea Mitchell frowned at Hillary's defeat, calling it "history put on hold yet again."  Earlier in that same segment, NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie shared this same sentiment:  "Hillary Clinton's attempt to break the ultimate glass ceiling in politics" was "a presidential bid that once again fell short."

Don't Get Comfortable Mainstream Media — You're Next!  In the following video, I set the record straight on many of the patently false narratives that have been forced on the American people by the very people and institutions We the People depend on for accurate information.  Much of it will shock the average viewer who has relied on the mainstream for their knowledge of Donald Trump. [...] One thing is certain:  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat Party, and their machine have turned Washington into more of a cesspool of lies and corruption than Hollywood would be able to pull off in a typical fiction movie, and they finally pushed the sleeping giant too far.  [Video clip]

The unbearable smugness of the press.  The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so.  It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that, with a few exceptions, we were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer, which has led to a certain anguish in the face of Donald Trump's victory.  More than that and more importantly, we also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.  This is all symptomatic of modern journalism's great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness.  Had Hillary Clinton won, there's [sic] be a winking "we did it" feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

Concerns grow of press kept at bay during Donald Trump presidency.  Mr. Trump, who at campaign rallies regularly denounced the news media as "the most dishonest people you'll ever meet," has support for breaking the tradition and keeping the public in the dark about his daily whereabouts.  "I don't think Trump needs the press pool," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who is a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill.  "He didn't need it when he ran and he doesn't need it as president of the United States."  Mr. Hunter said the news media brought it upon themselves.  "If I had just won the election after everyone said I'd lose and rooted for my opponent, why would I give anyone the time of day," said Mr. Hunter.

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The news media tried their best to elect Hillary Clinton.  Now they can't understand why Trump doesn't trust them.

Trump Win Exposes Media's Smug Failures.  The media turned itself into the opposition and, accordingly, was voted down as the new political reality emerged: [...] Not only did the media get almost everything about this presidential election wrong, but it became the central issue, or the stand-in for all those issues, that the great new American Trump Party voted against.  The transmutation of political identities has arguably devolved into two parties:  the Trump one, the angry retro people, and the Media Party, representing the smug modern people, each anathema to and uncomprehending of the other.  Certainly, there was no moment in the campaign where the Media Party did not see itself as a virtuous and, most often, determinative factor in the race.

Why Hillary and Bill are the Mafia mobsters of US politics.  [Scroll down]  But it is the rancid stench of corruption surrounding the Clintons which pervades the air.  For once, Donald Trump didn't need to resort to hyperbole when he compared Hillary's behaviour to the Watergate scandal.  You'd think this story would be dominating the news agenda in the days leading up to tomorrow's election.  But outside of the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal and Fox News, which first reported the ongoing FBI investigations into the Foundation, it has been largely ignored by the Clinton cheerleaders in the mainstream media.  I've been covering U.S. elections for 25 years and have never seen such partisan Press and television coverage.  We moan about the perceived liberal bias of the BBC, but in America most of the media outlets make Pravda look impartial.

The Trust Vacuum.  Revelations the press has been clearing questions with the DNC, coaching Hillary through interviews and in acting as her political agents motivated John Nolte to write:  "national media now sees itself as part of the government".  It is part of the Narrative, along with everything else.  It's not news, it's a paid political advertisement.  "And here is the consequence of all this," he adds:  people have lost faith in everything.  Museums, churches, universities, perhaps even the FBI.  But the media's betrayal, given its former role as America's secular church was the unkindest cut of all.  Jeffrey Gedmin, formerly of Radio Free Europe, notes that Russian disinformation has never been so influential as it is today.

TV Critic:  The Biggest Loser of the 2016 Campaign Is The Media.  Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik is turning heads by already proclaiming the Biggest Loser of the 2016 presidential election.  He says it's ...the media. [...] A strong consensus is forming against CNN's formula of putting paid partisans on the set.  After all, you don't have to pay partisans to get them to accept an invitation to spin on their party's or candidate's behalf.

Florida newspaper apologizes for anti-Donald Trump bias.  A Florida daily newspaper is apologizing to readers for not being objective enough in its coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  The Daily Commercial, which serves Lake and Sumter counties, recently issued a "mea culpa" admitting that it hadn't taken a balanced-enough approach to the 2016 presidential election.  "Because we have limited space and resources, smaller papers are generally limited to covering the horse race — the day in-day out happenings on the campaign trail," the paper explained in an open letter.

The Votes Are In — The Media Lost The Election.  The louder Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, and Andrea Mitchell scold voters for daydreaming of committing heresies against democracy in the voting booth on November 8, the firmer viewers press that internal mute button in their minds.  A liberal-bias Laffer Curve demonstrates that the more journalists allow their preferences to override objectivity, the more viewers filter out spin from information and tune out advocacy.

Requiem for responsible journalism.  When the campaign smoke clears after Election Day, and Americans see the president they elected, the reputation of the media will lie among the ruins.  The art of journalism has taken a pasting as a source of credible information.  Masters of the press can blame only themselves, but they won't do that.  The losers are the innocent and naive who think the media preserves the distinction between fact and fiction.  The notion that the press should give light and let the people find their own way has evaporated in the newsrooms.

On The Upside, At Least This Election Will Destroy The Media.  Liberal journalists, by which I mean journalists, do not think you should know things that hurt their favored candidate.  This is an interesting new take on the whole idea of "news reporting," an innovative rethink that refocuses journalists less on ensuring people hear the news and instead focuses on ensuring they only hear certain news that, incidentally, supports the media's progressive political agenda.  So we get fact checking that involves neither facts nor checking.

Just how biased is the media against Donald Trump?  Media bias in political coverage is hardly new.  Going back to the muck-racking days of "yellow journalism", newspapers have expressed clearly partisan slants in the way they cover candidates to higher office.  And going back at least to the early 20th Century, that bias has tended, at least generally speaking, to favor candidates professing a progressive agenda.  This election season, however, appears to be have reached new levels of slanted coverage, one media watchdog says, with a report showing negative news coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump outweighing positive coverage by a whopping 11-to-1 margin.

This presidential race is the low-water mark of American journalism.  However it ends, the 2016 presidential race will mark the low-water mark of journalism that is worthy of the First Amendment.  Never before have so many media organizations, old and new, abandoned all pretense of fairness to take sides and try to pick a president.  Their cozy confederacy with the incumbent political faction is largely in opposition to public will.  Although polls show a tight race for the White House, studies find staggeringly lopsided coverage, with Donald Trump getting far more negative coverage than Hillary Clinton.

Major Newspaper Makes Unprecedented Confession About Trump.  A newspaper in Central Florida just did something unprecedented:  they apologized to their readers for the extremely biased coverage against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.  You have to see it to believe it.

Reform the Mainstream News Media.  Remember when Marco Rubio drank some water while giving the Republican response to the president's 2013 State of the Union address?  Remember how CNN ran a picture of the Florida Senator taking his sip with a chyron reading:  "Career Ender"? [...] So my question is this, if a drink of water threatens the career of a Republican, what happens when a former Democrat congressman makes sexual Twitter advances to a minor causing the FBI to seize the computer of his wife, the Democrat presidential candidate's aide and a woman with ties to radical Islam, and the said computer is found to contain emails that potentially exposed classified information to our enemies so that said candidate could hide her likely influence peddling?  Worse than a sip of water?  Better?  I'm asking for a friend.

By Overwhelming 10-1, Public Thinks Media Want Clinton to Win.  Two national polls released late in the week confirmed the public widely recognizes the news media's agenda in favor of Hillary Clinton and decidedly against Donald Trump, a reality documented in a NewsBusters study earlier in the week.  "By nearly 10-1, all those surveyed say the news media, including major newspapers and TV stations, would like to see Clinton rather than Trump elected," Susan Page and Karina Shedrofsky reported deep into a Thursday [10/27/2016] USA Today story on the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll on the Clinton-Trump race.

Time for Newspapers to Retract Endorsements for Hillary.  Look far and wide and you'll find that nearly every major newspaper in the country has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.  But surprise!  The ongoing Wikileaks dumps, coupled with the re-opening of the FBI's investigation regarding Clinton's reckless use of emails, shows the unbelievable and indisputable corruption of Mrs. Clinton's during her tenure as Secretary of State and that of the Clinton Foundation.  The sordid behavior of the Clintons as they wormed their way to massive wealth is finally breaking into the consciousness of the general public, and it stinks to high heaven.

State Dept Told 'Friendly' AP Reporters About Missing Hillary Emails Before Congress.  Department of State officials told Hillary Clinton campaign staffers they would leak a story about missing Benghazi investigation emails to a "friendly" Associated Press reporter before Congress "has a chance to realize what they have."

Why is the media barely covering Wikileaks?  Because almost 100% of mainstream media sources, as well as several prominent publishing news sources are implicated in the leaks in colluding with the Clinton campaign.  These "news" sources (as you will find in the leaks below) have conspired to get Hillary elected, by only reporting anti-Trump smear pieces, manufacturing or exaggerating scandals, and hiding anything damaging to Hillary.  Most are even donating big money to the Clinton campaign in order to keep the globalist status-quo.  These revelations are the stories journalists dream of, but CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, AP, and several more are all implicated in the leaks.  This is why the media has been so one sided this election season, and why only 6% of people trust the mainstream media.  Trump hasn't helped with some past comments, but as CNN said here, the media is doing everything they can to help Hillary and give her a free ride.

Conservatives Look For a New Network.  With the far-left Huffington Post proclaiming openly gay Shepard Smith as "the future" of Fox News, many conservatives are looking elsewhere for news and information.  Almost on cue, it has been announced that a new digital conservative TV channel called CRTV is launching this December that will be featuring Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin and Mark Steyn.  There is also talk of "Trump TV."

American's Trust in Media Sinks to a New Low.  Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.  This is down eight percentage points from last year.

NBC, Chuck Todd Hide Wife's Kaine Donation, and Her Firm Getting Millions from Bernie Campaign.  NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has a wife who's active in Democratic Party strategic communications, and sometimes donates to Democrats.  In 2012, Kristian Denny Todd contributed $2,500 to Sen. Tim Kaine.  Todd never felt any need to disclose this during his three recent Kaine interviews on NBC (August 7, September 18, and October 23).  But Maverick Mail & Strategies, the firm Mrs. Todd founded in 2007 with fellow James Webb aides Steve Jarding and Jessica Vanden Berg, did heavy lifting for openly socialist Bernie Sanders for President this year.  Open Secrets shows a bill for $1.992 million made in ten payments to Maverick from January to April.  Todd has never disclosed this business relationship in 11 Sanders interviews this year.

"Amerca's Morning News" All in for Hillary.  I was listening to the radio when America's Morning News came on with some election "news".  It was essentially a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton disguised as "news".  It dwelt on the made up "scandal" of Trump accusers that have been mostly debunked.  Not a single word about the multiple Hillary scandals from exposing U.S. classified information, pay for play as Secretary of State, transferring half a million dollars to the campaign of the wife of the FBI individual who was supposed to be investigating Hillary, and on and on.  I have never seen the full force of the organized media so completely all in for one candidate before.

If The Media Investigated Hillary Like They Did Watergate, We Wouldn't Need WikiLeaks.  It has now been more than four decades since the Washington Post and New York Times led the charge to bring down Richard Nixon and his administration's massive web of corruption and political subterfuge schemes.  They did so by aggressively and tirelessly seeking out the truth, and reporting back to the American people clearly and comprehensively.  Today, both publications have become willing accomplices in suppressing the same type of information they worked so tenaciously to expose all those years ago.  By openly and unapologetically acting as institutional surrogates for the Clinton campaign, these same institutions, and nearly every other mainstream media outlet in America, have gone hands-off in exposing what may very well turn out to be the most explosive and damaging corruption scandal in American politics since "Tricky Dick" was reelected back in '72.

Can You Trust The Press?  I remember several years ago when there were complaints that young people were going to journalism school, not to learn how to accurately report the news, but with the idea that journalism would allow them to change the world.  That unfortunate misconception has played out as your see.  However, the world of information has changed.  [Video clip]

Brazile's Deception and the Big Media Lie.  It "pains" Jordan Chariton at Mediaite to say so, but "Trump is right — the [news] media is dishonest."  WikiLeaks has exposed the "jarring ... alliance between supposedly neutral 'analysts' and 'journalists' with Hillary Clinton."  Case in point:  interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile, who was exposed "tipping off the Clinton campaign to a CNN town hall question she'd be asked the next day."  (She denies it.)  But Brazile is just one in a "long list of phony 'analysts' and 'strategists' — as well as anchors and reporters — who were clearly in-the-tank for Hillary Clinton all along."  The "wider media lie" is that what you see on-air "is being delivered by neutral arbiters and journalists."

Matthews Confronts NYT Reporter On Bias:  Know Any Pro-Life Reporters?  MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronted a New York Times reporter on media bias during a "Hardball" segment Monday, asking whether she knows anyone at the paper who is pro-life.  "And really this is something I think that is kind of an effective argument," NYT reporter Yamiche Alcindor told Matthews, referring to GOP nominee Donald Trump's argument the "elite media" is biased against him and is helping rig the election.  "Because people really do feel when they go and get the news that they are really getting it from these people who have some sort of plan to rig this election, or rig the economy, or don't want to cover the real issues."

Why I Now Feel Compelled To Vote For Trump.  Bias has always been a factor in journalism.  It's nearly impossible to remove.  Humans have their thoughts, and keeping them out of your work is difficult.  But 2016 saw the remaining veneer of credibility, thin as it was, stripped away and set on fire.  More than anything, I can't sit idly by and allow these perpetrators of fraud to celebrate and leak tears of joy like they did when they helped elect Barack Obama in 2008. I have to know I weighed in not only in writing but in the voting booth.  The media needs to be destroyed.  And although voting for Trump won't do it, it's something.

The Mainstream Partisan Media Is Going Too Far.  The partisan media is insisting that the election is all over, Hillary has won, and there's no need for you backwards Trump voters to bother anymore.  The polls all confirm that Hillary has won, except they actually don't.  ABC just said that Hillary has opened up her widest lead yet, popping up to confirm my first paragraph.  Hillary wanted to run against Trump, as she thought him the easiest to defeat, and the partisan media cooperated all during the Republican debates by focusing entirely on Trump and not really giving the other 16 candidates much of a chance to get a word in.  Hillary told another of her whoppers, claiming that 17 of our intelligence services had verified that Wikileaks was a Russian production and suggesting that they were trying to get Trump elected.  Not true.

Rotten to the Core.  [T]hanks to WikiLeaks and others who are doing the job the Democrats' propaganda apparatchiks wearing the hats of the mainstream media refuse to do, we know what we're getting in the event Hillary Clinton is our next president.  We know that the Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee control what's written and said about the presidential campaign.  So much so that Politico's Glenn Thrush, who, recognizing how thoroughly he was whoring himself out to a corrupt political establishment when he allowed John Podesta to edit — or "approve" — an article he'd written about the campaign, self-identified as a "hack."  Thrush shouldn't feel so guilty (are you kidding?  Of course he should, and then he should leave the profession in shame!), as he's hardly alone.  Podesta's emails are a treasure trove of collaboration between the Clinton machine and willing media stooges.

RNC Official Schools CNN's Brian Stelter on Liberal Media Bias.  Liberal media bias has become painfully obvious during the 2016 election cycle.  Between the severely lopsided coverage of political scandals and WikiLeaks exposing just how cozy the media is to the Clinton campaign, it's nearly impossible to deny its existence.  But that didn't stop CNN's Brian Stelter from trying on Reliable Sources Sunday [10/23/2016].  "But how is this anything more than the team that thinks it's losing and trying to work the refs," he started off his show by asking, but Stelter may have bitten off more than he could chew with an RNC official who gave him an ear full.

CNN Gets Blasted In Virginia Beach.  It's not like the media can say they didn't know this was going to happen.

To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity.  Any objective observer of the news media's treatment of Trump can certainly conclude that reporters are taking a side in this election — and they don't have to be wearing a button that says "I'm with her" for this to be readily apparent.  The irony is that the media's Trump bashing may wind up having the exact opposite of its intended effect.  Polls shows that journalism is one of the least respected professions in the country, and with Trump calling out media organizations for their bias, widespread slanted reporting is bound to reinforce this point — and to backfire.  Trump's campaign is throwing down the gauntlet to the political class.  If journalists are seen as the mouthpiece of that class, they may soon find themselves covering Trump's inauguration.

Kurtz tosses aside his credibility.  As a media critic for the Washington Post and CNN, Howard Kurtz was a reliable apologist for liberal bias in reporting.  Moving to Fox News pushed him away from that.  But with the departure of Roger Ailes and the rise of Trump, Kurtz has regressed into a PR man for a press corps that only 6% of the nation trusts, according to a poll by the Associated Press.  There was a third debate this week.  Kurtz wrote that Trump did well for 89 minutes but wiped that out in one minute by something he said.

The Roof Blows Off the Echo Chamber.  There is no news cycle.  There is no national debate.  There's no Ed Murrow, no Walter Cronkite, no figure of authority from whom the public can learn the facts with a reasonable degree of trust. [...] Sixty-two percent of Americans get at least some of their news via social media according to a Pew Research survey and the proportion is growing fast.  Facebook and other social media allow individuals to customize their news consumption on the basis of recommendations and re-posting by friends, and news consumers increasingly depend on their networks rather than the media. [...] Only one in nine Americans believes that Hillary Clinton is "honest and trustworthy."

Brokaw Rejects 'Liberal Media' Label, Says Conservatives Have Fox News & Social Media.  Appearing on Thursday's NBC Today, special correspondent Tom Brokaw dismissed Donald Trump's accusations of liberal media bias:  "His complaints have been, apparently, that he thinks there's a media conspiracy of some kind.  The media conspiracy consists of The New York Times printing his tax returns..."  Co-host Savannah Guthrie downplayed the Republican nominee's complaint as something all candidates say:  "And we probably can't find any presidential candidate in modern history who didn't feel that the media was definitely stacked against that candidate."

Count of Trump-Lampooning TV Shows Nears 30.  Filled with avid Clinton supporters, it is no secret that Hollywood disproportionately targets Donald Trump.  Three months ago, an MRC Culture study determined that more than twenty TV shows had attacked him; now, with only three weeks until the election, the count has increased to nearly thirty.

Obama's final State Dinner packed with media guests.  Three weeks before the presidential election, the White House has stacked President Obama's final State Dinner heavily with guests from the media.  No fewer than 22 journalists and media types were attending the glittering dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a giant tent on the South Lawn Tuesday evening.  Typically the White House includes a handful of journalists as guests at state dinners.  Among the attendees were Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press;" Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC's "Today" show; George Stephanopolous of ABC's "This Week;" Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS's "This Morning;" and Haim Saban, billionaire chairman of Univision, America's largest Spanish-language broadcast network.

Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Incites Violence.  The media are going to great lengths to instigate a public hatred toward the Republican candidate.  Consider the remarks from Jonathan Allen of Roll Call, who called Donald Trump a "subhuman" who has a "blackened soul."  It's too easy for someone on the edge to take those remarks and decide that something has to be done about such a person.  Meanwhile, the New Republic seems to suggest that Trump firebombed his own North Carolina campaign headquarters, presumably to use it as a means to obtain power.  If it were true, wouldn't that make him the new Hitler, and therefore deserving of any and all the violence visited upon him?

Confessions Of A Former Journalist In The Corrupt Media Establishment.  I doubt anyone needs to be reminded that the media is rotten to the core; even the most reluctant and closed-minded people are accepting this as a given now.  But despite the media being widely condemned nowadays (my special thanks to Germans for bringing the word "Lügenpresse" back), few people know or understand what's really going on in the journalistic kitchens, where the foul slop of lies that people are fed every day is cooked up. [...] The bottom line is to always remember that the media is not your friend in any way, shape or form, even if its lowest tier operatives fit the description of hapless victims rather than nation-wrecking enemies.  The media must be opposed, exposed and boycotted at every turn until it starts bleeding money and choking on its own venom.

Here is the list of reporters that John Podesta cooks for at his home — the biggest names in media.  A couple of days ago, when reading through the Podesta emails, I came across one from April 8th with Podesta sort of bragging to the President of the Soros-backed propaganda machine — The Center for American Progress (CAP) — about how he was cooking for 30 of her reporter friends.

Chuck Todd Hosted Swanky Dinner Party At His Home For Top Clinton Campaign Official.  "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd and his wife, a Democratic consultant, hosted a dinner party at their Washington D.C.-area home last year for Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton's communications director.  An invitation for the shindig was sent on July 11, 2015 to John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.  Podesta's hacked emails have been released online by Wikileaks.  The party, which also involved a cocktail hour, was thrown for Palmieri and her husband, Jim Lyons.

Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cashNew Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum, a newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, spent the Republican National Convention pen-pricking presidential nominee Donald Trump as a misogynist shyster running an "ugly and xenophobic campaign."  What Nussbaum didn't disclose in her dispatches:  she contributed $250 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in April.

Gingrich: Trump would be up 15 points without media's 'one-sided assault'.  Hillary Clinton would be facing a double-digit polling deficit against Donald Trump if media bias against the Republican presidential hopeful didn't exist, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich argued on Sunday [10/16/2016].  "I think that without the unending one-sided assault of the news media, Trump would be beating Hillary by 15 points," Gingrich, a top Trump ally, said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."  Trump trails Clinton by 5.5 percent in the current RealClearPolitics national polling average, and he has fallen behind her in a number of battleground states that are critical to his path to victory.

Geraldo Rivera:  I Have Never Seen 'the Mainstream Media ... Be So Partisan'.  Fox News' Geraldo Rivera said Friday [10/14/2016] that he has never seen the mainstream media be so partisan in terms of their involvement in the presidential election. [...] "And I also want to say[,] imagine how daunting it is if you're Donald Trump and you wake up every day knowing that there are 20 of the best investigative reporters at the Washington Post and 20 of the best investigative reporters at the New York Times on your case every day, every night, 24-7," he added.

The Lockstep Partnership Between Clintons And The Media Is Bad For America.  That this information is coming out is all so obvious that if you saw all these warning signs — and everyone saw these warning signs — and still supported Trump, you should look inward.  Still, it's intriguing that there was an obviously coordinated push.

Can the media reveal stolen truths?  The reason we know about these leaks is the common thread among them — the willingness of the media to publish what was apparently stolen.  Hence the question:  Can the government hold the press liable — criminally or civilly — for the publication of known stolen materials that the public wants to know about?  In a word:  No.

CNN should investigate Brazile providing questions to Team Clinton.  For a media that will somehow emerge from this election season much worse in the eyes of the American public than before it began, Tuesday was the decided low point.  A WikiLeaks email dump of just one person's account — Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta — shows just how corrupt and compromised our media is today.  Exhibit A is former CNN contributor Donna Brazile, currently on a temporary friendly suspension from the network after taking over as Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman following the humiliating resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the Democratic National Convention in July.  As you recall, Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down after a separate WikiLeaks email dump showed top levels of the DNC were actively attempting to take down the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The Media Is Liberalism's Achilles Heel.  [A]bout half the population hates so-called journalists and is voting accordingly.  That hate is destroying the media's business model, and they are scared.  You can see it in their frenzied doubling-down on the same foolishness that made us hate them in the first place.  We complain that the media hacks are taking sides and they publicly reject objectivity.

Witnessing the Final Demise of the Mainstream Media.  If this year's presidential election has a silver lining, it is the final demise of "mainstream media." Which is not to say that liberal media are going away; they aren't, of course.  But liberal media's claim to being mainstream — reliable, objective, fair, unlike fringe or partisan news sources — is gone forever.  That is a good thing.  No one could follow this year's campaign without understanding that the media formerly known as mainstream have jettisoned any pretense of neutrality, or even of journalistic integrity, in their desperation to preserve the status quo by electing Hillary Clinton president.  Fair enough.  We know where they stand.

Here Are The Mainstream Reporters Who Are Open About Their Anti-Trump Bias.  Reporters covering the presidential election from a myriad publications including The New York Times and NBC have expressed negative opinions about Republican nominee Donald Trump in writing, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.  The journalists all expressed their thoughts about Trump over the past year on Twitter.

Farewell USA Today! (I Hardly Knew Ye).  Thursday [9/29/2016], USA Today announced its editorial board felt so strongly, it was time to take a historic stance and deviate from its longstanding "no endorsement" policy, urging readers to reject Trump.  Accompanying the announcement was an awkwardly-staged video with a USA Today media reporter "interviewing" the editorial page editor in a scripted event that was supposed to appear off the cuff.  For me, it will be difficult to view USA Today from now on as the newspaper it once was.  After all, when an editorial board admits this sort of bias, it's reasonable to suspect they'll see fit to deviate from other normal editorial policies, slanting their news coverage in subtle if not overt ways.  USA Today now joins a cadre of media and journalists who have sacrificed their once-sacrosanct role of trying to remain at least relatively unbiased for the sake of the audience they serve.

Nine Months Too Late, A Media Panic.  The political press is panicking, and some are starting to contemplate desperate measures.  Anxiety among Clinton allies has led them to demand that political media take the reins from her lackluster campaign.  Members of the political press appear spooked enough to debate the pros and cons of the proposal.  The threat posed by a Donald Trump presidency is so great, some on the left contend, that it demands extraordinary measures — by serving as judges of his mendacity.  Given how accommodating the political press was to Donald Trump when he was useful to the left, the predicament in which the press finds itself today is both revelatory and deserved.

Media In Denial!  Media 'Doesn't Exist,' Calling Us 'Media' Is 'Lazy and Unfair'Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a very strange article headlined "Dear readers:  Please stop calling us 'the media.' There is no such thing."  The headline in the paper was "What's wrong with the media?  For starters, it doesn't exist."  Low poll ratings and complaints from both parties have caused Farhi to suggest the media is some sort of phantom menace.

Lester Holt, 'Registered Republican'? Not at the OfficeThe Washington Post and Time magazine are trying to play up the fact that debate moderator Lester Holt is a registered Republican — as if this means anything about his performance.  Registering only gives you the right to vote as a Republican.  It doesn't mean that you actually do.  It could just be a public-relations ploy.

Media Bias Grows as Trump Gains.  Many in the media seem to be getting that horrible, sinking feeling that Donald Trump could actually win this.  And they're not going to let that happen!  I'm not one of those who think the mainstream media get together in some kind of cabal and plot the destruction of Republicans.  I've been in the mainstream media, and I know they don't.  What I do know is that nearly all of them are moderate or liberal, often talk to each other as if conservatives are bad or crazy, and that their outlook affects their reporting.  Usually, they don't realize it or wouldn't admit it to themselves.  And sometimes liberal bias is done on purpose.  What I see happening now is reporters suddenly coming to the unthinkable conclusion that a Trump presidency could actually happen and, whether by design or not, they're amping up the negative Trump coverage.

Liberals denounce the media for not derailing Trump's candidacy.  The liberal media are freaking out over the possibility that Donald Trump might win the presidency.  They are denouncing their profession, decrying what they see as a press corps that coddles Trump and castigates Hillary Clinton, and demanding a change before it is too late.  Let's take a deep breath and see if they have a credible case, or whether this is pure partisanship.

The U.S. Media are Infected with "Ideological Affluenza".  Not only do the media project an air of pontificating superiority and elitist entitlement, but it goes much further.  These dolts are professionally conditioned to actually believe it.

Gallup poll:  American trust in news media falls to lowest level in history.  A major pollster has some stark news:  "Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media 'to report the news fully, accurately and fairly' has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.  This is down eight percentage points from last year," writes Art Swift, an analyst for the Gallup poll, which first asked the nation to weigh in on the press in 1972.  "Over the history of the entire trend, Americans' trust and confidence hit its highest point in 1976, at 72 percent, in the wake of widely lauded examples of investigative journalism regarding Vietnam and the Watergate scandal," Mr. Swift said.

Huckabee: Journalism is Dead as we Once Knew it.  "It used to be that if you read a story written by a journalist you didn't really know whether that journalist liked the person he was writing about or didn't.  And I always said, 'the best journalists were the ones who when I read the story about me, I couldn't tell whether he liked me or not.'  And when I read that I said, 'that's a real journalist.'  I don't read many stories like that ever — there just aren't any."  According to Huckabee, today there are an increasing number of examples of liberal bias in the mainstream media.

Media Invented Lie About Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter.  Just when you think the media could not possibly become more loathsome, the Fourth Estate bullies prove you wrong again.  The Washington Post's latest ugliness was to exploit the disability of a newspaper reporter in order to smear the Republican nominee for president.  Then — and this is the least surprising part of the story — the Post lied about it.

Mainstream media journalists rationalize their war on Trump.  The mainstream media's lopsided coverage of the presidential campaign has gotten so blatantly anti-Trump and pro-Hillary that even some progressives are starting to notice. [...] Was it an "idealistic form of journalism" when the media carried on its "slobbering love affair," as Bernie Goldberg put it, with Barack Obama in 2008?  Where were the intrepid "guardians" of the public weal when the media ignored the gaps in Obama's history, his fabrications in his memoirs, and his associations with the racist pastor Jeremiah Wright and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayres?  Or when Journolist, an online discussion group of journalists and activists, colluded to downplay these unpleasant facts and coordinate negative coverage of the Republicans?  Or how about CNN Political Correspondent Candy Crowley in the 2012 presidential debate, violating every canon of professional objectivity when she intruded herself into the debate in Obama's favor by backing up his false claim that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror?  And don't forget Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, [...]

Media Anti-Trump Frenzy Will Backfire.  The media can land a few punches, but they will not win this fight on their terms, because the media itself has become a central part of the problem.  Their attacks are not on Trump, they are on all of us.

Media looks inward, deems slanted Trump coverage warranted.  Lately some, including The New York Times, Vox and Bill Moyers' website, have not only owned up to Trump's accusation, they've embraced it.  "If you deplore media cowardice, you might think this is a good thing, not because Trump is a mortal danger to this country, although he is, but because it means the press is doing its job," Neil Gabler wrote on the journalism website of Moyers, the longtime PBS newsman who cut his teeth as a spokesman for Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.  "Call it partisan bias if you like.  I call it journalism."  Ezra Klein, the Vox writer who as a Washington Post staffer organized a secret society of left-wing reporters dubbed "JournoList" that was shut down after it was exposed in 2010, acknowledged that the press is not giving Trump traditional treatment.

The anti-Trump frenzy signals the collapse of American journalism.  This is a historic moment.  Mainstream Americans will continue their migration to the Internet.  That is their alternative and in using it they will continue the steady bankruptcy of the news organizations of MSM.  Their abandonment of the standards for fairness and accuracy is completely willful.

Hillary's Corruption Is Overwhelming.  After over two decades in the heart of America's spotlight, Hillary Clinton is still an unknown quantity for most Americans.  That's thanks to one factor and one factor only:  the love and worship of the mainstream media.  Over the weekend, no less than six terrible stories broke that would have crippled anyone else's campaign.

Media Manipulation of U.S. Politics Under Increased Scrutiny.  Several recent articles are spotlighting a ridiculous transparency in the way the U.S. media is covering the 2016 Presidential Election. [...] Yep, the results confirm there is indeed validity to those people who point out this ridiculously over-the-top attack against candidate Donald Trump with the specific intention to advance candidate Hillary Clinton.  As a reasonably minded person might say, at this point — it's unequivocal.

American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.  Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president.  But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important:  the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.  The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House.  They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation's news organizations.  The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

Glenn Greenwald:  The U.S. Media Is Essentially 100 Percent United Against Donald Trump.  [Glenn] Greenwald, the progressive journalist who broke the Edward Snowden mass government surveillance storyline, was asked what he thought about Donald Trump's press conference recently in which Trump joked that Russia should release any emails it has from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's illicit private home-brew email server from her time as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.

Media coup d'état against Trump.  Fox News' Howard Kurtz brought my attention to a New York Times article by Jim Rutenberg, a media columnist, who views a Donald Trump presidency as "potentially dangerous" and he essentially encourages reporters to "move closer than you've ever been to being oppositional." [...] A 2014 Indiana University poll found that just seven percent of journalists identify as Republican.  My guess is that once you remove Fox News and Wall Street Journal reporters from the sample then that percentage would be quite close to zero percent.  Yes, Donald Trump and other Republicans are right.  The media is biased.  Yet, many voters, perhaps most, don't understand, possibly because teachers and professors, themselves mostly comprised of leftists, tell students that journalists are simply collectors and conveyors of facts.

Media-driven political insanity.  Throughout history, real-life dictatorships have been known to "pre-define" reality via meaningless slogans, political correctness, and punishment of cerebral dissent.  The fact that several months before elections we are constantly told that a candidate has already won definitely rings an alarm bell.  Orwellian "Newspeak" morphed today into NewsSpeak, with the mainstream media acting as thought police.  While we are being nonchalantly reminded about a long list of observable crimes that go unpunished, the media cheer those crimes' authors and try to contaminate us with the "enthusiasm."

Desperation Grows Amid The Weaponized Media.  Unfortunately when the wider U.S. electorate voted the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers to be the president of the United States they were, perhaps unwittingly, ushering in a new era of fundamental change, governmental weaponization.  Events and outcomes ceased to be determined by laws, and the politics of any given event became the overriding filter through which all action, or lack thereof, would be determined.  The last seven years have provided numerous examples for points of reference.  The IRS investigation of conservative groups was driven by politics, not legality.  The investigation of officer Darren Wilson was driven by politics, not evidence or legality.  The arrests of the Baltimore Six were driven by politics, not factual, substantial evidence.  The FBI decision not to recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton was driven by politics not evidence.  These are just a few examples of manipulated common law principles that have been overridden by considerations of political benefits.

Naturally, CNN's parent company is one of Hillary Clinton's biggest donors.  If you watched the first Democrat Presidential debate last night on CNN, it was plainly obvious that the head honchos did their level best to make it the Hillary Clinton show.  The main moderator, Anderson Cooper, used to be a member of the Clinton Global Initiative; and he couldn't wait to interrupt each of the other candidates so that he could get back to whatever Hillary Clinton wanted to say.  Clinton was front and center on the stage, and it wasn't by accident.

Newspapers worse than TV on Trump/Clinton coverage, report finds.  If you think the television networks are biased toward Hillary Clinton in the current presidential race, a media watchdog wants you to know that newspapers are even worse.  The conservative Media Research Center first compared TV news networks' coverage of two recent controversies involving Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.  Clinton's appearance at a Kissimmee, Fla., rally with the father of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen seated prominently behind her earned a fifth of the amount of coverage that Trump's ambiguous suggestion that Second Amendments advocates could "do something" about a Clinton administration's Supreme Court justices got.  But when MRC looked at how the two controversies were handled by print journalists, the discrepancy was even more stark.

Tucker Carlson Reveals the Sad State of Modern Journalism.  Criticizing the current state of modern journalism, Tucker Carlson told Accuracy in Media (AIM) that journalists' obsequious behavior, blatant bias and monolithic worldview have compromised the integrity of the nation's fourth estate. [...] Questioned about the media's election coverage this year, Carlson opined, "I don't think by and large they have been covering it, they've been advocating on behalf of one candidate against another."  He explained that regardless of the election's outcome, the media's advocacy has destroyed its claim to objectivity.

Mark Halperin Mocks 'Unscientific' Claims of Liberal Media Bias.  Journalist and author Mark Halperin on Monday [8/8/2016] mocked the "unscientific" claims of liberal media bias from conservatives.  With All Due Respect guest Donny Deutsch derided the 2016 campaign assertions as "conspiracy theories."  After playing a montage of conservatives on Fox hammering journalists for coverage of Donald Trump, Deutsch seethed, "It's preaching to their audience which, A, loves conspiracy theories.  I mean, they're talking to their audience."

Mr. Trump:  The media is no longer your friend.  Dear Mr. Trump,  Apparently you didn't get the memo — the one that told you the difference between competing in the primaries and running in the general election.  Here's the bottom line:  you are now facing off against Hillary Clinton, and the media is no longer in your corner.  If you're wondering why The New York Times ran a piece about the Khan family a full 10 days after the Gold Star father spoke out against you at the Democratic convention, even though there is no breaking news on that damaging fracas, it is because they do not want you to win.

The Press That Cried Wolf.  You are not dealing with the fourth state.  You are not even dealing with a press that pretends to be objective.  You are dealing with the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee.  While Fox provides something of a counterbalance, most Americans still get their news from tainted leftist sources.

DNC Emails:  An Optical Collusion?  For years, it's felt like the mainstream press was just a satellite office of the DNC — and in light of the 20,000 emails leaked this week, we know why.  The intimate relationship between the Democratic Party and the media isn't just a conspiracy theory dreamed up by paranoid conservatives.  Turns out, there's more bias in some newsrooms than there is at a Lois Lerner auditing party.  From reporters giving party officials a chance to edit or comment on their stories to outright dictating what questions Democratic officials will be asked on air, the collusion uncovered in the pages of messages is astounding — even for the most cynical media critic.

Contradictory Attacks On Trump Expose The Media's Hollow Echo Chamber.  Now that Donald Trump has finally secured the GOP nomination, we can look back at the last year and see unfolding events with greater clarity.  The media frenzy surrounding this election, the 24/7 news-cycle, and Trump's gumption ensure we're constantly talking about him, analyzing his every move.  Although the most fascinating presidential election in decades, it can get rather exhausting, and there's no end in sight.

Whining About the Media Is a Losing Strategy.  Media bias in favor of Democrats is a fact of life.  This is blindingly obvious to most serious observers of American politics, and it has been repeatedly confirmed by serious studies of journalistic trends.  It is also an utter waste of time for a GOP presidential nominee to whine about it.  Complaining about the partisan press is like complaining about the weather.  It accomplishes nothing.  Yet, instead of emulating the successful strategies of Reagan and Bush, Donald Trump has allowed himself to be tricked into squandering increasingly valuable campaign time bellyaching about media bias.

'Mediagate,' the scandal you won't hear about on cable news.  [Scroll down]  The biggest example of that was the non-story about Trump supposedly attacking the Khans, the Gold Star family who denounced him at the Democratic convention.  If you actually look at what Trump said in response, the worst he ever did was ask why Mrs. Khan did not speak even though she appeared on the stage alongside her husband.  Mr. Khan on the other hand questioned Trump's patriotism, his knowledge of the Constitution and essentially called him a bigot.  In the real world, Trump showed admirable restraint in the face of this attack, especially when it was eventually discovered that Mr. Khan is an advocate of the primacy of Islamic sharia law over all other law, including the Constitution.  But the Khan-troversy was just one of many hyped-up stories rolled out over two weeks by the national media so they could ask the one over-riding important question over and over:  "When will Donald Trump withdraw as the GOP nominee?"  To anyone who was watching with an open mind, it was obvious that the media was creating the story, not reporting it.

'Mediagate,' the scandal you won't hear about on cable news.  In the last two weeks, it has become obvious that a political scandal is unfolding which exceeds in scope anything seen previously in our country's 240-year history.  What could that be?  Is it the fact that leaked emails proved that the Democratic Party rigged the election cycle to ensure that Hillary Clinton would be nominated for president instead of her grassroots opponent, Bernie Sanders?  Or the fact that it became firmly established that the Obama administration had essentially agreed to pay ransom to Iran for the release of our hostages?  How about the fact that President Obama — acting more like Hugo Chavez than George Washington — announced from the White House that one of the two people who have a chance to be the next president of the United States is "unfit to serve" in that office?  All of those were bad enough, but they don't come close to the importance of the political scandal that you will never hear reported on cable news or in the pages of the New York Times.

DNC Corruption At the Core — The Latest Evidence.  Just a few days before the [Democratic national] convention Julian Assange's Wikileaks released over 20,000 emails hacked from the DNC.  From the publically exposed internal emails what many of us have suspected was verified, that the DNC colludes with the mainstream media on their reporting. [...] Over 15 specific recent examples were exposed of mainstream media "draft sharing" their stories before publication.  Draft sharing is a practice of sharing the drafts of stories with sources before the stories are published.  Hispanic and black "buckets" of voters, "most brand loyal" to Democrats.  While not illegal, from a reporting standpoint, the practice is unethical, according to journalism experts. Renita Coleman, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has said, "It's been a time-honored code that you don't show sources stories before they run."

Necessary Trump Endorsements To Avoid Disunity Media Narratives.  Corporate media (in full alignment with Wall Street) is our enemy.  Corporate media is Tokyo Rose.  There's a battle being waged on multiple fronts as the right-wing of the UniParty is left naked to their enemies, us.

NBC: Trump Controversies 'Pushing Off' Coverage of Hillary Scandals.  Acting like an innocent bystander with no control over NBC's reporting, on Tuesday [8/2/2016], Today co-host Savannah Guthrie declared that the media focus on Donald Trump's controversies made it impossible for journalists to also cover the scandals swirling around Hillary Clinton:  "I mean, this story [of the Khan parents] has now been kept alive for four days... By the way, pushing off some otherwise negative stories about Hillary Clinton that might be leading all the headlines."

Condemning Republicans, Cheering Democrats:  The Media's Biased 2016 Convention Coverage.  With both the Republican and Democratic conventions now concluded, it's time to judge the news media on how fairly they covered the two parties.  Media Research Center analysts looked at various aspects of coverage, all of which demonstrate that journalists obviously favored the Democratic gathering.  By a 12-to-1 margin, journalists spent far more time deriding the Republican convention for its negativity, even as their reactions to Democratic speakers were consistently positive and often enthusiastic.  Cable news had its own unique biases:  MSNBC carved out time on each night of the GOP convention for interviews with top Democratic officials, but — despite promises to the contrary — aired no such interviews with Republicans during the Democratic convention.  Meanwhile, CNN devoted more than an hour of airtime during the Democratic convention to airing 18 party-produced videos, but only included three such videos during the GOP convention.

CNN: Anchor Wolf Blitzer wasn't celebrating Clinton nomination.  CNN is pushing back on claims that one of its lead news anchors was seen celebrating Hillary Clinton's historic nomination for president Thursday night [7/28/2016], calling the accusation "absurd."  A video circulating online shows anchor Wolf Blitzer dancing to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" while drinking from a glass and waving his hands in the air, apparently at the network's CNN Grill in Philadelphia.  "CNN celebrates Hillary:  Blitzer toasts speech, dancing, party!" reads a headline at the conservative Drudge Report, linking to the video.  But a CNN spokesman said Friday that Blitzer was not showing bias toward the Democratic nominee, only celebrating the end of the network's coverage of both parties' national conventions.

How To Ditch A Media That Vets Its Stories With The DNC.  [Scroll down]  They weren't just feeding stories to impressionable journalists, but the more enthusiastic partisans were sending stories to the Democratic National Committee for pre-publishing approval.  The media hardly fares better with straightforward event coverage.  Television media has chased a dwindling audience for so long by adding flashy graphics, skimpy clothes, and dirty laundry fillers that I don't know if they realize how insufferable they have become to listen to and watch.  Apparently, they were all hunting for the same clickbait potential Trump supporter story behind the scenes.  Then for the actual convention, they kept cutting away from the people at the podium, assuming — erroneously — that I wanted to listen to their commentary instead of the actual party officer on the stage.

CNN's Persistent Bias.  The bias of every CNN host I've seen, including Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Ashleigh Banfield, Christiane Amanpour, Wolf Blitzer, and the fawning Piers Morgan whose reportage has been the equivalent of french-kissing the entire Clinton family, has been disgusting and depressing to see.  The only talking head who has seemed even slightly close to reasonable is Anderson Cooper.  CNN gave copious air time to Bill Clinton's "interview" of Barack Obama, followed by Piers Morgan's sycophantic pro-Clinton propagandistic interview of Bill in which Morgan said that Senator Ted Cruz's Senate colleagues think Cruz is "crackers" (getting a guffaw out of Bubba) and suggested that the US is extremely fortunate to have the Clinton family, including Chelsea.  But the worst of the bias was in their coverage of Cruz's filibuster.

What the WikiLeaks Hack Exposes About Democrat Media Bias.  Leaked emails seem to suggest that the Democratic National Committee maintains cozy relationships with mainstream media outlets but takes a more caustic approach with publications it believes to be conservative.  According to these emails, party officials stonewalled and blacklisted the Washington Examiner when editors approached the party in May to gather the names of delegates to the Democratic National Convention for publication in a souvenir edition of its magazine.  "I can send an alert to the state parties not to respond to this inquiry," DNC Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker wrote in an email of May 10.  "Examiner is a right wing rag."

Immigration and Astroturf.  What if all isn't as it seems?  What if the reality you found is completely false and contradictory to the reality you are told exists?  The stories that now predominate the news headlines in America are not actually news at all.  What passes for the news today is nothing more than carefully constructed narratives created by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion while pushing an artificial agenda.  This is the essence of what veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson defines as astroturf.  Attkisson explains that astroturf disguises itself as being legitimate while in actuality it's not as astroturf is a "perversion of grassroots by corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploiting the media and the internet to try and convince you [that] there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not."

Don't Let Liberals Destroy Fox News.  The idea behind the Fox News channels was by no means a stroke of genius; it was actually a stroke of the blazingly obvious.  Why not create a cable news network that was explicitly not another Democrat propaganda machine and directly target the 50 percent of Americans the rest of the media either ignores or treats like dirt? [...] Fox has so much influence, and makes so much money, because it's the only big player the space between the coasts.  However, the left can't tolerate any dissent, and it will do all it can to try to ensure that Fox becomes yet another dull, goose-stepping transcriptionist for the coastal liberal elite.

The Democrat Media Complex.  [Scroll down]  The objective of the press today is not merely to inform, but to instruct the millions of impressionable American minds on what to believe, who to believe, and how to believe.  The content is so rigidly controlled today that in a way the fourth estate has now become nothing more than an institution of the government restricted to publishing and advancing White House directives and Democrat policy agendas.  The role that the press plays is to make clear to the American people what the Obama adminstration is doing, why the adminstration is doing it, and why it is forced to act in a certain way.  Of course, as we have become accustom to hearing, the Obama adminstration is always forced to "act in a certain way" because of the "obstructionist" Republicans.  The effect of this is to demonize the Republican party to the point of capitulation.  This formula for "reporting" by the press encompasses every single issue advocated by the Obama adminstration and the Democrat party.

The Mainstream Media Chose a Side and Now It's Paying the Price.  What's super sad is that when I started counting all of the mainstream media reporters I respect I didn't run out of fingers.  Most of them are just what Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds memorably labeled "Democrats with Bylines."  And that's literally true — something like 90% of them are, in fact, Democrats.  And they act like it. [...] The MSM, of course, wants to have it both ways.  It wants to be hailed as an institution composed of crusading truthtellers whose integrity and willingness to speak truth to power make them the cornerstone of a free society.  Except most of them are really partisan hacks who lie endlessly for the liberal politicians they suck up to.

Washington Post and DNC Hold Joint Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton — Lawyers said "illegal", Did it Anyway.  Apparently, The Washington Post was hosting a party.  The DNC saw the opportunity to make a fundraiser out of it and sell tickets to the party to donors.  However, the email chain shows the lawyers for the DNC said they can't publish the price for the tickets because the joint event would be illegal.

WikiLeaks Emails:  DNC Had Off-Record Meeting With Wall Street Journal, Leaked Doc from Sanders Campaign.  The Democratic National Committee held an off-record meeting with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal in April, according to DNC emails released by WikiLeaks today [7/22/2016].  A leaked email featured a schedule of numerous meetings with the media that were scheduled to take place during the week, and also included off-record meetings with Buzzfeed and Bloomberg.

AP Helped Set Expectations For RNC Protest 'Chaos' in Cleveland, and It Didn't Happen.  The headline at Dan Zak's Arts & Entertainment column at the Washington Post early Thursday evening [7/21/2016]:  "We were promised a riot.  In Cleveland, we got a block party instead."  Though his article's tone was generally positive, he did complain that "Cleveland is basically a police state this week." [...] So it's worth asking who made the "promise (of) a riot," or at least who built the expectation.  To what should be no one's surprise, the Associated Press had a big role.

How The Media Covers Up Muslim And #Blacklivesmatter Terrorism.  The media spin on Micah Johnson and Eugene Gavin Long, Omar Mateen and Mohammed Bouhlel is propaganda with a purpose.  The purpose is protecting the media's political allies from being linked to the atrocities being committed by their friendly neighborhood Islamists and black nationalists.  Every Muslim and black nationalist terrorist is crazy.  Because the alternative is admitting that both movements use violence to achieve their goals.  And that their political allies on the left are complicit in their crimes.  As the violence increases, so do the cover-ups.  Anyone who reaches the obvious conclusion about Islamic terrorism and #BlackLivesMatter is dubbed a bigot.  A rash of politically motivated killers are dismissed as lunatics.  Gun control is revived, not just for its own sake, but as a convenient distraction.

The Cleveland Show:  Expect Reporters to Paint the GOP as Rigid, Intolerant and Ultra-Conservative.  Here's a safe prediction about this week's Republican National Convention:  TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters.  And that's not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party's presidential candidate.  Going back to the 1988 convention, the MRC has documented how reporters act like Democratic surrogates, lecturing Republican officials and delegates about how they are too far to the right and intolerant.

CNN's Corey Lewandowski Still Being Paid by Donald Trump Campaign.  Three weeks after hiring former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a commentator, CNN has begun to inform viewers that Lewandowski still receives cash from the Trump campaign in the form of severance payments.  Media Matters notes that in two recent appearances on the network, hosts for the first time disclosed Lewandowski's continuing financial ties.  Most recently, Lewandowski was introduced Tuesday on CNN Tonight as "former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is still receiving severance from the Trump campaign."

The Narrative Of A Shooting Can't Be Formed Until The Media Knows All Races Involved.  When we examine the three big media shootings of the past month, we can see a profound difference in the media coverage and the political response of Barack Obama, Inc, and his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton.  I become more convinced with each tragedy that the Democratic modus operandi to a shooting tragedy is one sympathetic tweet as soon as possible, one statement condemning the violence the next day, then unceasing calls for gun control until the next tragedy.  However, although these shootings were all senseless violence, and all resulted in lost American lives, and one should think that that would mean that perhaps a common thread of "we have a lot of unhappy people, maybe we should fix our narcissistic, autistic, overmedicated society into something resembling humanity once again," we instead bear witness to how the political regimes in this country can either use, or not use, each of these tragedies to their best interest, and so we see a different response to each.

By the Way, I Am Right About the News Media Being Afraid to Offend Blacks With the Truth.  Recently, I've written four columns here that all had a similar premise:  The news media is afraid to tell the truth when it comes to issues of race because nothing can get them in more trouble than being seen as racist, even if all they are really doing is stating facts.  Well, we now have at least two new pieces of strong data suggesting that I am dead right. [...] The first comes from CNN's coverage in the aftermath of the killing of at least three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Gavin Long.  Long was a black man with an extensive social media profile littered with numerous racist statements against whites and connections to racist black groups.  However, one liberal black commentator wanted to make sure that no one rushed to any conclusions based on the fact that we now have two massacres of police officers perpetrated by young black men within just a week (after all, rushing to a guilty verdict is an act usually reserved by the news media mostly for white police officers and college football coaches).

Oops, We Started a Race War!  As the chaos unfolded late Thursday night in Dallas, I was struck by how many members of the media insisted the protest was peaceful and we have to remain calm. [...] The reason these reporters were acting like teachers is that's how they see themselves.  They don't just report the news, they Voxplain it.  Of course, the problem with thought control is you need to keep correcting the course.  First they tell us "racism is alive and well" and we should be disgusted with our country, but when that starts a riot, they backpedal and tell us we're overreacting. [...] The clowns on TV went to Cultural Marxism school so they're not trained journalists.  They're trained socialists.  This means they're experts at propaganda and controlling the populace while having little or no interest in the truth.

Daily Signal Writer Exposes 'Alarming' Media Bias at Top Journalism Conference on Guns, Women's Health.  In an excellent piece on Monday [7/4/2016] for The Federalist, Daily Signal senior news producer Kelsey Harkness thoroughly detailed her time at the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference (IRE) that led her to conclude that "the problem" in the journalism profession today "goes far beyond agreeing on the facts" after seeing media bias in panels about guns and women's health.  Harkness began by emphasizing that she went to the conference with the intention "to learn about fairness, integrity, and hard work" and on issues like "gun rights, women's health, and policing," she expected there to be "equal weight" given to all sides.  After making clear that she works for a site affiliated with the conservative Heritage Foundation, she realized that "during some training sessions I watched top professionals in their fields encouraging political bias against conservatives before reporters' pens could even hit paper."

I'm Shocked, Shocked To Find Liberal Bias At This Major Journalism Conference.  In June, I had the honor of attending one of the top journalism conferences in the country, if not the world.  For three days, I rubbed shoulders with reporters from places such as The New York Times, USA Today, and ProPublica.  Call me naïve, but I expected to learn about fairness, integrity, and hard work.  This means giving equal weight to politically divisive issues such as gun rights, women's health, and policing.  Instead, during some training sessions I watched top professionals in their fields encouraging political bias against conservatives before reporters' pens could even hit paper.

Nancy Pelosi Thanks Press for Creating 'Echo Chamber' on Gun Control.  During a press briefing on Thursday [6/23/2016], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi openly thanked people in the news media for creating an "echo chamber" that provided extensive coverage of the Democrats' "sit-in" seeking legislation to promote stricter gun control even though the Senate didn't approve a similar measure.  "Thank you all," the California Democrat said.  "I never saw the gallery so full," she stated before noting that her staff "gave me six pages today.  Six small-print, full pages listing of newspapers around the country where the sit-in was on the front page.  I thank you for that.  Thank you all."

Obama [is] Never Blamed for Bad Security.  It seemed like every piece of bad news during the Bush years was somehow Bush's fault — and proof of his incompetence. [...] But absolutely no one in the media wonders for two seconds if Obama looks incompetent when a terrorist calls the cops to declare himself an ally of ISIS and shoots more than 50 people, killing 49.  Instead, the post-shooting "news" focused on how the Republican love of "assault weapons" and hatred of homosexuals are the obvious targets for blame.  What of Islamic terrorism?  What of Obama's incompetence — his very real refusal to even call the threat by its name?  It doesn't matter if it's San Bernardino, the Boston Marathon, Chattanooga, Benghazi or Fort Hood.  No terrorist attack has ever cast the slightest shadow over this president.

Can we have a do-over with the mainstream media?  People are beginning to notice that the media is not addressing the real world, but their own political leanings, and truth and clarity and honesty are not to be found.  Everybody's got an agenda, and truth just isn't in it. [...] This is at the same time that the ways media reaches us are fracturing and changing before our eyes.  Do you read the same blogs or refer to the same sources as you did last year?  And how much faith do you have that what you read is actually true?  Do you know how to surf through the media rejecting the false and saving the real, and is the real real?  Certainly our schools are not teaching our young what information is and what it is not, and how to manage the information we receive.  They are not taught how to distinguish propaganda from truth, nor falsehood from reality.  And it shows in the chaos emerging from the campuses.

The media is using you as pawns.  Don't let them.  Not liking Trump and opposing the left aren't mutually exclusive.  It should be every conservative's duty to rebut dishonest left-wing propaganda.  Prioritizing Trump-bashing over rejecting the malicious notion that Trump's rhetoric is strengthening ISIS or that alleged American homophobia is responsible for Orlando is surrendering to the left.

Sharyl Attkisson:  Media Distorting Facts to Serve World Elites at Levels Never Seen Before.  [Scroll down]  "I just got back from a conference in Russia, of all places, where global journalists gathered to talk about this as a trend globally, where government interests, corporate interests, special interests have learned how to use the news media," Attkisson said, "how to use social media to control the narrative in ways, I think, more aggressively than has ever been done before."

Confidence in newspapers, TV news hits bottom.  Confidence in newspapers has hit an all time low in the latest Gallup survey, and TV news is also at a new low, the latest proof that Americans are losing faith in the media.  Gallup found that just 20 percent have confidence in newspapers, a 10-point drop in 10 years.  TV news saw an identical 10-point drop, from 31 percent to 21 percent.

Poll:  Not a Single White House Reporter Is a Republican.  Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico.  Those results are buried in a story this week on President Barack Obama's relationship with the press.  An infographic posted in the story reveals that not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps surveyed by the Virginia-based trade publication identifies with the GOP.  Of the journalists surveyed, more than a quarter are registered Democrats and 13 percent are not members of any political party.  Sixty percent are not registered to vote, but 72 percent of those polled said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover.

The Media Corruption that Helped Spawn The Donald.  The charge that the news media is biased toward Democrats is an old one, but only because the truth of it is so ludicrously apparent.  When the chief anchor of ABC News is a former Clinton operative, when the best investigative reporter at CBS News had to quit because the network wouldn't run her stories about Obama's malfeasance, when the former anchor at NBC News actually bowed to Obama like a courtier to a king, Andrew Breitbart's accusation that we're dealing with a "Democrat-Media Complex" seems much too polite.  To some extent, the ideological corruption of our press is an outgrowth of the shattered American political consensus.  As our politics has become more European and extreme, so our media has become more European and partisan.  It is a shame, however, that news outlets should skew so entirely to one side, that fifty percent of the country should find itself insulted, coerced and lied to on a daily basis.

5 Ways Orwell's 1984 Has Come True Since Its Publication 68 Years Ago.  [I]t's a wonder so many Americans put faith in mainstream, corporate outlets for an accurate summary of the news, yet they still do.  Just six corporations own 90 percent of all media platforms in the U.S., effectively controlling the narrative — whether on foreign policy, legislation, or any goal fitting its needs.  Indeed, many call corporate media the government's mouthpiece for good reason — a number of executives and upper-level staff from mainstream outlets donate the maximum allowed to line the campaign coffers of politicians in every level of government.  Plenty of others have proffered hefty sums to organizations with ties to candidates — such as the Clinton Foundation.  Though the merits of a media without any bias could be debated endlessly, to surmise such intermingling of interests leads to favoritism in the press wouldn't be a stretch.  What would be a stretch, however, would be calling reports from these outlets news in the traditional, original sense.  When the government needs Americans' approval for, well, anything, it simply turns to the press to cough up an appropriately-tilted news item — and even Orwell, rolling in his grave though he may be now, would have called this process by the most honest non-Newspeak term available:  propaganda.

Journalism, R. I. P.  For a variety of historical and cultural reasons, most of those who work in the media are progressives.  They believe that government must undertake to fix an array of social maladies, such as income inequality, perceived racial and gender disparities, and the general dangerous superstitions, bad habits, and cultural baggage of those of less education than reporters, investigative journalists, and Internet and television commentators.  Yet sometimes simply reporting on society's perceived ills does not offer quite a rich enough landscape in which to save humanity.  And sometimes reality offers examples that confound the progressive ideology.  Therefore, journalists often fabricate stories and justify their cons as necessary means to achieve their higher aims.

Sunday Roundtable Guests Seven Times More Likely to be Anti-Trump.  Despite Trump being the only candidate remaining in the GOP race, his supporters accounted for only 12 percent of all participants (9 out of 73 total) in roundtable discussions on Sunday shows from May 8 to May 29.  A staple of Sunday political shows, the roundtable discussions give a chance for pundits from across the political spectrum to voice their concerns and opinions about the political news of the day.  The difference between liberals and conservatives is still significant when you include anti-Trump GOP guests.  While Fox and CNN had equal numbers of Republican and Democratic guests, ABC, CBS and NBC had nearly three times the number of liberal guests (36) compared to either pro or anti-Trump Republicans (13).  The purpose of having four participants is to encourage a wide variety of views in the discussion.  By stacking these discussions with liberal journalists in addition to outright Hillary and Sanders surrogates, the networks are steering the narrative in a particular direction.

Media Denial of Climate Change Thuggery.  Powerful government officials collude with proponents of one side of a vastly complex national debate.  They target the opposition.  They use their broad investigatory powers to intimidate, financially punish and ultimately silence them.  The legacy media respond to this egregious misuse of the public powers of office by collectively yawning and looking away.  We expect the media to inform the public, to safeguard free expression and to promote robust debate.  Yet time and again, the legacy media fail to deliver.  They avoid colorful stories that cast doubt on the Obama administration's climate change agenda.  They ignore the abuse of power perpetrated by four state attorneys general, at present count, on organizations that deviate from the party line on climate change.

Retired White House Correspondent Explains "How Obama Gets Away With It".  [Scroll down]  One of the news media's main jobs is to hold public officials accountable, from the president on down.  But Mr. Obama is the beneficiary of news-media managers and reporters who mostly like his style and agree with his policies, from his reluctance to make strong military commitments to his advocacy for LGBT rights, fighting climate change and supporting tougher gun-control laws.  Case in point:  The administration's easy orchestration of the media story line about the Iranian nuclear deal, recently revealed by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, only scratches the surface of the White House's skill at managing a media happy to be managed.  Given such a congruence of opinion, Mr. Obama's policies don't receive the scrutiny and analysis they should.

Liberal Media Bias:  From Nixon's Fund to Trump's Women.  [Scroll down]  One could go on - and on - with examples of media hit jobs like this targeting GOP luminaries.  (Does the name "Dan Quayle" ring a bell?)  Now, it's Donald Trump's turn.  There on the front page of the Times was that story that has now been rebutted by one of its prime subjects.  Meanwhile, as Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich have pointed out, the Times can't find space for interviews with Bill Clinton's hanging out on the jet of a convicted pedophile who fills his plane with young women.  Not to mention there is mysteriously no extensive investigation into allegations that Hillary Clinton was an enabler of rape and sexual abuse, as accused by women with names like Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleeen Willey and Paula Jones.  Indeed, MSNBC's brusquely dismissed Broaddrick by saying her story was "discredited."  By whom?  Mitchell did not say.  That this business of the liberal media hit job has been going on for decades is no secret.

Some Thoughts on Facebook and Conservatives.  [Scroll down]  I still have great relationships with the folks at CNN though I have not worked there in four years.  They were and are good people and I call many of them friends.  I know many of them were to the left of me, but I thought they tried to balance out most topics.  But, on multiple occasions I recall having to go on television to talk about news stories that originated on left of center websites and never once did so over stories from right of center sites except when I myself offered up the stories.  Likewise, before most topics were discussed producers would send emails with relevant links to relevant stories on the topics.  There were always more links to left of center sites covering the stories than right of center sites.  Talking Points Memo and Think Progress more regularly appeared than a RedState or National Review link.  It was not so much an intentional liberal bias as it was a world view and a relationship.  When all your friends are looking at the same things on the internet, you'll find you are too.  So it is with news producers and editors.

Disinformation Agents and the CIA.  The CIA institutionalized the term "conspiracy theory" in its very successful attempt to derail the honest attempts to investigate the roles of various governmental agencies and individuals that were involved in the execution of President Kennedy in 1963.  Of course, all clandestine state-sponsored secret service agencies (like the CIA, MI6 and the Mossad) routinely and shamelessly make use of lies, secrecy, deception and false flag operations in their daily affairs.  It is a fact of life for such secret agencies and it is all accomplished in the name of "national security".  The CIA has admitted that it routinely "plants" stories in the mainstream media.  Those "press releases" contain disinformation that influences the perceptions of the electorate and thus national policy.

Pelosi to Media:  Follow Late Night Comedians in Taking Down Donald Trump, GOP.  Speaking to reporters on Wednesday [5/11/2016], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi instructed them to follow the lead of late night comedians (in the mold of The Daily Show or The Nightly Show) to take down Donald Trump and the Republicans to the point that she offered to "encourage" them to broadcast such exposes as the general election intensifies.  Pelosi led into the suggestion for her like-minded media members by lamenting that she and her fellow House Democrats would not be able to showcase "a side-by-side and some of the egregious remarks" made by Donald Trump and allies due to House rules deeming such an exercise illegal.

Millions of Us Are Strangers in Our Own Party.  No, this is not because of Donald Trump's victories over the past few months, although it is certainly a reflection of them.  It is because the media has succeeded in helping reelect every single RINO incumbent in every election cycle and most open races, including in this much-vaunted year of the outsider.  The system is rigged, but not in the way Donald Trump claims; he is the recipient of the rigged system.  It is rigged because anyone who is truly a smart and principled conservative will be destroyed in a primary — either overpowered by the media or the superior power, money or fame of the non-conservative candidate who almost always runs as a conservative outsider as well. [...] [P]rincipled guys finish last because the media will ensure that outcome.

Get Ready for the Biggest Media Assault You've Ever Seen — Aimed Squarely at Trump.  Fox News made a name for itself by being the "fair and balanced" network.  Conservatives found a place where their views were represented, although the station did have a representative selection of liberals to balance out the conservative point of view.  Then along came the 2016 primary and the Trump circus.  News stations and talk radio hosts quickly realized that if you put a reality TV star on your show, your ratings will go up.  Even better (for them, not for America):  if you put a reality star who regularly says completely unhinged things on our show, your ratings will go through the roof.  Sadly, Fox became the worst Trump-ratings whore in the cable news business.

Why Aren't We Having a National Conversation About Leftist Violence?  [Scroll down]  The media was happy to portray the peaceful Tea Party as a movement surreptitiously driven by racism without a shred of proof outside its opposition to Barack Obama.  You will remember Paul Krugman blaming peaceful assembly and free speech for an insane person's "assassination" attempt against Kathleen Gifford, and Ezra Klein lamenting how scary things get when conservatives oppose liberal doctrine.  Every shooting in America necessitates a thorough investigation into political proclivities of the perpetrator.  Is he angry at the president?  Did he ever register as a Republican?  Is he fond of the Confederate flag?  But only when the facts mesh with the helpful narrative do we hear about it.  When a single incoherent nutjob shoots up a Planned Parenthood, the National Rifle Association and every pro-life organization — nay, every pro-lifer in the country — is called to do some soul-searching about their positions.  All of it an attempt to chill speech.

Jeff Zucker Concedes CNN Has Been 'A Little Too Liberal'.  The President of CNN Worldwide is seeing the advantage of presenting its content down the middle of the aisle as opposed to inadvertently favoring one side.  In a Wall Street Journal piece investigating the sweeping "ratings bonanza" that CNN has had in the 2016 election cycle, Jeff Zucker admitted that perhaps in the past the network has ostracized some viewers with its coverage.  "I think it was a legitimate criticism of CNN that it was a little too liberal," Zucker conceded.

The Great Culture War.  [Scroll down]  Similarly, the chattering skulls on television pull down six figure salaries and live in bunkered, whites-only communities.  It is not an accident that they are crowded into the richest counties on earth, all of them around Washington DC.  They are the petty royalty of the ruling class.  To these people, normal Americans are aliens, indistinguishable from the people sneaking over the border.

Dear New York Republicans:  Let's talk about New York values.  [T]rue conservatives fully understand what Sen. Cruz meant with those words.  He didn't mean the New Yorkers who rallied together for 9/11.  Instead, he meant:  [#1] The New York Times, which is nothing more than a house organ for the Democrat party. [...] [#2] The New Yorker, which was once a soft Left magazine that aimed to make its middle-class readers feel cultured, but that is now a hardcore Leftist publication that actively, aggressively proselytizes for the Democrat party and for Democrat causes (especially climate change).

Second New York Observer writer resigns over paper's endorsement of Trump.  The New York Observer's longtime restaurant critic revealed on Tuesday [4/19/2016] that he resigned from the publication last week after it chose to endorse Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Poll: Vast majority of Americans don't trust the news media.  Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and headlines the Boston Globe will never show you.  The cat is out of the bag.  The mainstream media in America no longer even pretends to hide their bias and disdain against Republicans.  Exhibit A was Sunday's [4/10/2016] edition of the Boston Globe dedicated to headlines about what America might look like under a President Donald Trump. [...] How could a major newspaper so ferociously engage in slashing and burning a Republican candidate?  Are we living in the land of the free, or a Banana Republic?

Newspaper reporter rated worst job in America.  A new survey of the best and worst jobs in the country has declared that being a newspaper reporter is the worst career you could be pursuing.  CareerCast just published its Worst Jobs of 2016 list.  It cited fewer job prospects because of publications going out of business and declining ad revenue providing less money for decent salaries.  The survey put the annual median salary of a print reporter at $37,200.

New York Observer political reporter quits over paper's Trump relationship.  On Wednesday [4/13/2016], one day after the New York Observer endorsed Donald Trump, the paper's national political reporter, Ross Barkan, announced that he would leave the paper.

How The Media Attack Religious Liberty.  Most of the media won't acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments to make. [...] One way the news media signal their dismissiveness of religious liberty is by insinuating that the entire debate is bogus.  Editors do this by putting quotation marks around the term "religious freedom," as if this notion, when practiced by Christians, is somehow ambiguous or manipulative or deceptive.  Now, if those quotation marks exist because the topic itself is up for debate, then why isn't there a similar journalistic standard for the usage of "inequality," "environmentalist," "civil rights," "investments," "loopholes" or any of the hundreds of other similarly contentious or loaded words in our political discourse?  Another, more overt way of misleading the public about religious freedom is framing the debate as a struggle between open-minded, civil-rights seeking gays and a bunch of bigots frightened of progress — essentially the tone of every piece covering Mississippi's new religious liberty law.

CNN Commentator David Gregory's Wife Is The Attorney For Hillary's Ex-Aides In Email Investigation.  The wife of CNN political analyst David Gregory is the attorney representing Hillary Clinton's ex-aides in the FBI's investigation into her private server usage, raising concerns of a possible conflict of interest.  It was reported by Politico on Friday [4/1/2016] that Gregory's wife, Beth Wilkinson, is representing four of Hillary Clinton's former state department staffers in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's use of private email.  Wilkinson is a former federal attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Obamabot Stephanie Cutter Fired by NBC News after Conflict of Interest Exposed.  Stephanie Cutter, who was the deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, was hired and quickly fired by NBC News as a political analyst on Friday [3/18/2016] without ever appearing on the air, after it was reported that she had a massive conflict of interest.  Cutter, whose last regular television gig was the failed Crossfire reboot on CNN, was set to join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst and "contribute exclusively on a range of topics across all platforms including Meet the Press, TODAY, Nightly and MSNBC," according to Politico's Mike Allen.  That job, which was announced on Friday, was quickly undone when The New York Times reported on the same day that Cutter would be spearheading the efforts of a new group, the Constitutional Responsibility Project, to get Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland approved.

The very short, unhappy MSNBC career of Stephanie Cutter.  Eric Wemple at the Washington Post points out a good bit of detective work on the part of Politico which uncovered a plan to further bend the media dial in the direction of liberal political goals. [...] Anyone who watches cable news on a regular basis is familiar with Stephanie Cutter.  She makes the rounds on a seemingly daily basis, sharing her "political analysis" with the nation on any number of subjects.  She's also a veteran of the Obama political machine and the fact that she's no longer directly on the payroll hasn't changed the tune she sings.

Chris Matthews facing 'Hardball' questions over wife's campaign donors.  Philadelphia native Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, is facing his own hard questioning over the booking of guests who've contributed money to his wife's congressional campaign.  Kathleen Matthews is running as a Democrat in Maryland's 8th District.  As reported by The Intercept, which broke the story, and the New York Post, whose Right-leaning bias contrast with Chris Matthews' Left-leaning bias, Hardball guests have contributed close to $80,000 to Kathleen's campaign, with many of the contributions coming within a few days of the guest's appearance on the show.

We've seen this movie before.  Every presidential cycle, the mainstream media select our candidate for us.  Dole was the sane candidate, superior to the crazies.  McCain was the "maverick," whose adoration was sung by all the liberals.  Romney was the class of the field, otherwise dominated by ideological purists. [...] So, each cycle, the MSM purposefully take out all true conservatives during the primary, leaving their preferred RINO standing alone.  Until, of course, their designated RINO wins the nomination.  Then they turn.

Top ABC Boss Bob Iger: George Stephanopoulos Is an Unbiased 'Person of Integrity'.  Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter relayed that a representative of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research challenged Disney CEO Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting about the network's liberal bias.  Iger insisted that former Clinton publicist George Stephanopoulos — who didn't help any attempt to appear nonpartisan by donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation — was unbiased.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Defends ABC News Over Accusations of Liberal Bias.  "I assure you, if we felt George was not presenting it fairly or were bias, he would not be on our air," Iger said of George Stephanopoulos.  "It's something we take very, very seriously, and we monitor closely."  Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger defended ABC News and one of its anchors, former Democratic party advisor George Stephanopoulos, against charges of liberal bias when pressed to do so Thursday [3/3/2016] by a shareholder who works for a conservative advocacy group.

Stephanopoulos reminded on air that he's a political operative playing a journalist on TV.  The old rules embraced by the GOP establishment include politely granting legitimacy to all the biased political operatives with bylines who make the mainstream media an adjunct of the Democratic Party.  But this election cycle, the two leading contenders for the GOP nomination are refusing to play by the old rules, to the dismay of the elites of both parties.  Last night, appearing on ABC's election night coverage, Ted Cruz implemented the new rules.  [Video clip]

Media Pundits Often Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Hillary Clinton.  Tune into television coverage of the current presidential campaign, and you will undoubtedly hear from various pundits described as "former campaign strategists" and "political contributors" explaining the latest developments of the race.  But in many cases, these pundits — though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics — in fact have financial ties to the candidates they praise on the air, according to an article on The Intercept website by Lee Fang on the subject.  Fang began his missive by quoting Jeff Cohen, an associate professor of journalism at Ithaca College, who stated:  "Journalism 101 teaches that reporters and TV news hosts must properly identify their sources and analysts."  However, when the author reached out to NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC News, he did not hear back from any of the news organizations regarding any ties to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Media bias tops big money as top voter complaint.  Media bias is a bigger problem than high dollar donations for 2016 likely voters focused on the presidential election, according to a new national survey.  Rasmussen Reports found that when asked "Which is the bigger problem in politics today," voters picked media bias over money, 47 percent to 45 percent.  What's more, the survey found that voters believe that the media has too much power in politics.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Debate: Who Hates America More?  The Democrat Party is the world's most successful hate group.  It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine, and a lot of bratty college kids who hate their parents.  However, the real secret of the party's success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans, and who therefore work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats.

Hillary Donors Helping Chris Matthews' Wife Into Congress.  MSNBC's Chris Matthews has been accused by Bernie Sanders supporters of being blatantly one-sided in favor of Hillary and against Bernie Sanders, to the point that thousands of progressives have signed a petition calling for MSNBC to suspend the host of "Hardball" "because of his constant shilling for Hillary Clinton."  The magazine Esquire sharply criticized Matthews' recent interview with Clinton as "ahistorical and out of bounds" for his attacks on Sanders.  Now, research by The Daily Caller reveals that Hillary's biggest donors are backing Matthews' wife — Kathleen Matthews — in her congressional race in Maryland, even though many of them don't even live in the same state, much less the same district, that Matthews is seeking to represent.

The Sanders/Clinton Rocky Horror Show: A Sneak Peek.  [Scroll down]  Note that the MSM have been mute regarding the historical aspect of electing America's first Hispanic president. The MSM have been relentless in their attempts to convince voters that Dr. Carson is not authentically black; the guy thinks too white, void of a victim chip on his shoulder.  Meanwhile, the MSM, Democrats and Hillary promote that her gender alone is a moral and just reason to put the first woman in the White House, placing gender above all else, including character, qualifications, and agenda.

Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government.  A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.  National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports.  He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be "to Ms. Merkel's liking".

Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should [End] Her Candidacy.  Simply receiving at least two emails containing top secret material on the nonsecure private server she set up for herself, as we know she did, and for which the Justice Department is investigating her, is an obvious violation of that contract she signed with the federal government (and, considering the national security implications, with the American people themselves).  If it weren't for the steep slant of the dominant media, the revelation of Clinton's nondisclosure agreement would signal a perfect storm forming to doom her presidential candidacy.

Ten Lawful Acts of Political Resistance for Liberty Guerillas.  [#2] Unplug from Big Media.  Big media and the cable companies that pipe it into your homes are purveyors of the "Big Lie".  The "news" is not about dispassionately informing, it's about framing the Narrative and shaping your world view to something compliant with the bigger goals of those who wield the levers of power.  As the credibility of the corporate media continues to erode, the number of people turning to alternative sources of unbiased information escalates.  This will turn out to be one of the biggest linchpins for success for the Liberty-minded.  A secondary benefit of "unplugging" is that it denies the Fabians another source of slush funds (mandatory channels included in package lineups, surcharges, levies and taxes tacked to every cable bill) to redistribute monies to in-groups and dole out perqs and privileges to the "right" people.

No "Major Scandal" in Obama Administration?  The ongoing incestuous relationship between the Obama administration and the media often tilts in favor of the administration, leaving many scandals uninvestigated, minimized, or outright ignored.  For example, both CBS News president David Rhodes and former ABC News president Ben Sherwood have siblings working for the administration.  CNN's deputy Washington bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Tom Nides, a former Obama staffer under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  And David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager, joined Bloomberg News, while MSNBC hired Axelrod.  President Obama even joked in 2013 that "...David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod."  With so many members of the elite media in bed with the administration, Dartmouth College professor Brendan Nyhan's 2011 observation that "the current administration has not yet suffered a major scandal, which I define as a widespread elite perception of wrongdoing" becomes essentially meaningless.

The Media's Cockeyed Political Spectrum.  Never, ever trust the liberal media to put politicians on a mainstream-to-extreme political scale.  In their minds, Nancy Pelosi sits on the centerline of the political fulcrum.  By that measurement, Jeb Bush looks like a fire-breathing extremist.

The servile media in Obama's America.  [Scroll down]  That pretty much sums up the media today, although they're nowhere near as honest about their true calling as was my editor, an old-style liberal who was open about his biases but still actually attempted to provide fair and balanced coverage. Nowadays, they don't even bother to pretend.  Nothing has exposed this more than the media's servile stance toward the Obama administration, which can do no wrong except occasionally moving too slowly to the left for their taste.  Newspapers, wire services and the major TV networks demonstrate the dangers of a Washington-based press gone native.  Even Fox News, the exception to this rule, has only a few journalists who challenge the claims of the progressive social and cultural agenda.

Why is George Stephanopoulos even allowed to cover Clinton campaign?  Last year, George Stephanopoulos had a particularly antagonistic interview with the author of Clinton Cash, and shortly thereafter, it was revealed that he had donated a substantial sum of money to the Clinton Foundation.  ABC stood by their man, though he did have to apologize on-air.  The Washington Free Beacon is now reporting that Stephanopoulos has simply stopped disclosing his donations to the Clinton Foundation.

NBC Debate Moderator Andrea Mitchell: Two Decades of Spinning the News Hillary's Way.  Longtime NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell will join Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in moderating tonight's [1/17/2016] debate among the three Democratic candidates for President.  If history is a guide, Mitchell's participation is a good omen for Hillary Clinton, since NBC's "Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent" (who, despite her title, seems to spend most of her time covering U.S. politics) has a long history of fawning over the Democratic frontrunner.

Media Form A Human Shield Around Democrats.  The media spent this week protecting Bill and Hillary from the actions of Bill and Hillary.  And they were happy to do it.  The re-emergence of Bill's women, both willing and unwilling, is being ignored by the media and being spun when they can't ignore it.  With Juanita Broaddrick's courageous return to the national scene, reporters are presented a choice: treating her how they've demanded all who claim to be victims of sexual assault should be treated, or ignoring her to protect the narrative of the Clintons being champions for women.  Naturally they chose the latter.  Progressives are progressives first and always.

The Tet Offensive: European Union Edition.  [Scroll down]  Over on the Fourth Estate, the global mass media have been almost entirely subverted, scripted and stage-managed for decades by these über-wealthy elites through a thousand channels greased with kickbacks, no-show jobs, and secret payoffs that are disguised as special stock offerings and private land deals.  Media figures morph seamlessly into senior political advisors and corporate board members, adding millions to their portfolios with each well-timed transition.  Even many retired generals and admirals eagerly wallow in this swamp of sell-out and sleaze.  It should not be a surprise to anyone that so many politicians leave Washington or Brussels as millionaires.  Just as it should not be a surprise that long-time CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," was for his entire adult life secretly a leading member of the World Federalist Association, a fact he proudly revealed only after his retirement from in front of the camera.

The Delusional Self-Importance of the Liberal Media.  I have long marveled at liberals' air of superiority and lack of self-reflection, which have always been particularly evident among liberal media elites and journalists.  They tend to view themselves as sacrosanct and above scrutiny.  Perhaps this attitude sprang from the British and, later, American tradition that the press is the Fourth Estate.  It doesn't just serve to inform the people and make them better contributors to the democratic process.  It is the virtual fourth branch of government, operating as a watchdog on the formal branches to further check their potential abuses of power.  It is a heady concept to believe you function to keep the powerful in check.  It is even more so when no one has ever told you that you, too, need to be kept in check.

Spike It! When the Media Kill a Story for Political Reasons.  As Momma used to remind us, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.  What a great motto for reporters.  That is exactly what the national media have done to an important story about the White House's intimate working relationship with MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped craft the Affordable Care Act.  You may remember Gruber from his infamous videotapes, the ones in which he called the American public too stupid to understand the law.  He added their stupidity was helpful to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid in passing the law.  The Obama administration snapped into action.  At a press conference, the president noted that Gruber was not employed by the White House and said flatly that he had not played an important role in drafting the law.

Mainstream Media's Bias.  Apparently, integrity and critical thinking are not qualities found in today's mainstream media.  We know this after watching the CNBC-hosted Republican debate billed as one which would focus on "the key issues that matter to all voters — job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy."  Obviously, that did not happen.  Instead, Americans watched moderators with the seeming intellectual prowess of June bugs disrespectfully hurl boneheaded attacksand stupid questions at GOP presidential hopefuls, offering millions of viewers a front row seat to observe in living color proof positive they are nothing more than extensions of, and left-wing propagandists for, the Democratic Party.  For this gift we should be thankful.

Biggest Liar of 2015: The Washington Post and Its Pinocchios.  [Scroll down]  The [Washington] Post, of course, was an early and gleeful adopter of the narrative of the unarmed black person shot for no reason whatsoever by racist police in Ferguson who apparently did that kind of thing all the time.  This Lie infected more than just miles and miles of newsprint in the hard news sections.  It was also reported and spread in the sports, lifestyle, opinion, entertainment, and virtually every other nook and cranny of the Post — even after the attorney general grudgingly admitted the entire thing was a hoax in March of this year.  The lies are legion.  A few of the more deceitful:  The Post led the way in glorifying the hundreds of black Capitol Hill staffers who gathered for a photo op in their $1000 coats, soft leather gloves stretched into the air, proclaiming 'hands up, don't shoot.'  [...]

Republicans' media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists.  A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates' claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.  As Republican candidates prepare for their fourth debate of the primary season Tuesday in Milwaukee, the people doing the questioning are increasingly in the spotlight, with their motives being questioned by the campaigns, voters and even by their fellow journalists.

Pew: 65% say the news media has a 'negative effect' on America.  An extensive new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65 percent believe that the news media "has a negative effect on the way things are going in the country."  Some 56 percent said the entertainment industry has a negative effect.  For comparison, 51 percent believe that the Obama administration has a negative effect and 40 percent say labor unions do too.

The News Is Propaganda.  Non-stop distractions are deliberately used by those in power as instruments of policy for the purpose of preventing people from paying attention to reality.  Propaganda is used by those in power to manipulate language, thought, and opinion in a way that causes the progression from thought to action artificially.  When the public is reduced to a state where people no longer care about the truth and are unaware of what that truth even is, propaganda takes hold and shows them what to do.  The world [Josef] Pieper was describing is the world that we live in today as more and more Americans are subjected to a bombardment of propaganda that is based on the ever changing news cycle that predominates our lives.

Leading American Newspaper Wants to Rethink the First Amendment, Blames ISIS.  Since 9/11, the federal government has seized upon a cowardly, craven act carried out by soldiers of Allah, most of them from Saudi Arabia:  because of the actions of the 19 hijackers, the civil liberties of Americans have been drastically curtailed by such bureaucratic monstrosities as the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security.  But rather than go after the evil at its source, the American government — cheered on by both left and right — prefers to punish its own citizens.

The Media Are the Biggest Backers of the Trump Campaign.  The media may be liberal, but they are not stupid.  They know exactly what they are doing.  And even though it appears for all the world that they are attacking Trump and hating Trump, they know good and well that what they are doing is helping him get the GOP nomination.  Trump is operating a famously shoestring operation, campaign-wise; but he can afford to because he has received billions of dollars in in-kind donations from the press.

More than 30,000 sign petition urging CNN to fire anchor Don Lemon.  More than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on the news channel to fire bombastic newsman Don Lemon after he insisted that his colleagues Wolf Blitzer and legal analyst Sunny Hostin withhold deciding whether South Carolina "resource officer" Ben Fields used excessive force when removing a student from a classroom earlier this week.  With an average of around 600,000 viewers, that's about 5-percent of Lemon's audience calling for his ouster.

The liberal media gets crushed.  Last month, we saw the World Series and another set of debates in the presidential election.  In the World Series, fair-minded umpires let the players play.  They called balls and strikes the way they saw them.  The best team won.  In the debates, the umpires cheated.  Under the guise of moderators, they didn't just call the balls and strikes — they delivered the pitches.  They delivered pitch after pitch for the Democrats and called strike after strike against the Republicans.

House Conservatives Call Out the Networks for Their Labeling Bias.  Last week, a Media Research Center study documented how ABC, CBS and NBC were using loaded labels to paint House Republicans, especially the Freedom Caucus, as ideologues who are outside the American political mainstream.  Now, several leading conservative Congressmen have sent us statements blasting the networks for their slant.  "Only in this town does doing what you told voters you said you were going to do mean you are 'ultra-conservative' or 'far-right,' Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan told NewsBusters.

CNBC Biased? You Don't Say!  Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC — and when did he not know it?  Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, sanctioned CNBC's sponsorship of last week's debate.  When during and after the debate many of the candidates blasted the moderators for their bias, Priebus said that the moderators created a "hostile environment" and "it was one 'gotcha' question, one personal low blow after the other."  Please.  Why the surprise?  After all, CNBC's parent company, Comcast, employs the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews — a virtual murderers' row of GOP-haters.

Long-Overdue Vigilance on Moderators.  A debate among the Republican presidential candidates is supposed to benefit Republican primary voters.  The moderators would, ideally, ask questions that reflect the values and questions of GOP voters, not the hive mentality of liberal partisans.  To this end, Ted Cruz this weekend suggested banning anyone from moderating a GOP primary debate if they have never voted in a GOP primary.  Liberal journalists developed the vapors — probably because they don't know any colleagues who ever voted Republican.

Scarborough: No Republican Has Hosted Network Sunday Show or Newscast in 50 Years.  In the wake of the CNBC debate debacle, Joe Scarborough went on an epic rant on liberal media bias on today's [11/2/2015] Morning Joe.  He summed things up this way, in challenging the panel:  "you can't do it and nobody here can do it:  name the single Republican that has hosted a Sunday show, that has been an anchor of a news network for the big three networks over the past 50 years:  you can not do it."

Has the liberal wing of the Democrats finally pushed the party too far?  [W]hen the "protesters" get out of hand and go after the cops, national support for the movement plummets.  Only 25% of respondents in a [recent] poll felt that the riots in Baltimore "were sparked by legitimate grievances" while a very solid majority described them as criminal actions.  It's possible that the Democrats' candidates have spent too much time watching the skewed views of reporters on MSNBC and CNN and came away thinking that theirs was some sort of national consensus view while nearly the exact opposite was the case.

Political Discomfort.  It is odd how people can understand the media fraudulently influencing public opinion regarding racial stories (Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, McKinney Pool Party, Eric Sheppard Jr, et al), yet become willfully blind when those same MSM methods are deployed within current political stories.

CBS' Charlie Rose: Rubio's 'ultimate super PAC' Exhibit A.  That didn't take long.  Fewer than a dozen hours after Marco Rubio identified the unholy "ultimate super PAC" alliance between the mainstream media and Democrats generally and Hillary Clinton specifically, "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose unwittingly provided indictment-worthy evidence in abundance interviewing Florida's junior senator.

A debate that will live in infamy.  [Scroll down slowly]  The sneak attack had been effectively countered, and from that point forward, most of the candidates joined forces against the slippery sloppy questions.  The entire nation rose up to ask, "Could those moderators possibly have not known how foolish they were?  And what does that say about the mainstream media?"  Watch the tape, or read the transcript of the debate online.  You owe it to yourself to see the blatant attempt to manipulate public opinion by insulting the standard-bearers of the Republican Party.  There is no reasonable, responsible Democrat anywhere who could defend the behavior of the three intemperate moderators.

CNBC Debate Executive Worked In The Clinton White House For Al Gore.  The CNBC executive who oversaw the disastrous Republican presidential debate is a former Clinton White House staffer, Breitbart News has learned.  Brian Steel, senior vice president of communications at CNBC, was the second highest-ranking network official at Wednesday night's debate in Colorado after only CNBC CEO Mark Hoffman.  Steel was described by an insider as the "executive on hand" for the debate, which was marked by the moderators' partisan attacks and gotcha questions for the Republican candidates.

Yes, liberal media bias is real, and here's how it affected the CNBC debate.  Since the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night, there's been plenty of sturm und drang about media bias.  Republican candidates and conservative commentators have piled on the CNBC moderators for their questioning.  Many in the major media have responded with odd defenses, some claiming that there is no such thing as media bias, and that the Republican candidates were just upset about tough questioning.  This mainstream response is wrong, and the quicker my colleagues in the press come to terms with this, the better off everyone will be.

GOP Media Takedown: A Recipe for Victory.  It's long been known that a leader can gain power by rallying the people against a boogeyman.  And it helps when that boogeyman is real.  When CNBC's GOP debate moderators couldn't help but be sanctimonious, supercilious, and self-important Wednesday night [10/28/2015], they did more than provoke a response from their intellectual superiors.  They did more than further reveal the Establishment Media as a left-wing monolith, further discredit themselves, and further cement in minds that they're comic-book versions of journalists.  They quite literally revealed a strategy for GOP electoral gains.

Ronald Reagan PAC: RNC Must Turn Debates Over to Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin.  Grassroots conservative group Citizens for the Republic has surveyed the wreckage of the CNBC debate, and is calling upon the Republican National Committee to let conservative media professionals moderate a debate. [...] Their presence would surely bring additional viewers, along with a tremendous amount of media synergy.  Any network marketing department worth its salt — including mainstream media networks — should salivate at the thought of people like Ingraham, Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck talking up a debate for days beforehand on their popular radio and television shows.

The Media's Potemkin Village Starts to Topple.  Wednesday night's CNBC Republican debate turned out to be a tussle between the three left-leaning "moderators" and the candidates on the main stage, most of whom can safely be described as center-right.  And finally — thanks largely to the huge ratings bonanza that is Donald Trump — the American people got a chance to see the true, ugly, partisan, smug, self-righteous face of what we used to call journalism, but now is simply political advocacy employing computers and television cameras under the shield of the First Amendment.  Ted Cruz punched the hardest when he went straight after the moderators: [...]

How to Fix the GOP Debates.  Why is it that whenever you hear about a speaker having his/her invitation rescinded from a college speaking invitation, it is always the left that complained?  When was the last time you heard about conservatives protesting an event or speaker somewhere?  Last night, the audience at the GOP debate booed the questioners from CNBC.  When was the last time you heard a Democratic audience boo a media panel questioning Democratic candidates?  A silly question indeed.  The presumptuousness of liberalism runs so deep that I'm guessing John Harwood hasn't a clue that he was a biased jerk last night.  As Marco Rubio suggested correctly — or as Glenn Reynolds puts it — most journalists are just Democrats with bylines.

CNBC Beclowns Itself.  There is not a sentient human on the planet who does not know, without a shadow of doubt, that the mainstream media is a left-wing collective or that its main mission is to ridicule, demean and render irrelevant anyone with conservative views.  Its inhabitants have been indoctrinated in the universities they attended, and have marched into their media jobs with all the proper left-wing credentials; they are almost all Democrats who have never questioned WHY they are Democrats.  Since critical thinking is no longer a skill taught in any American educational institutions, they do not know that they should or are allowed to question the orthodoxy with which they have been imbued.  That the three principal panelists for CNBC were so smug, and thought they were so cleverly mocking, is a sad commentary on our elite media.  They are not remotely elite.  They are pathetic.  So certain of their intellectual superiority, they ran headfirst into self-immolation.

CNBC moderators repeatedly booed as candidates Trump, others bash 'nasty' questions.  Several candidates had very strong outings, but I must say, some of the moderators' questions came off as downright snide, bordering on insults.  One question after another was just loaded, worded to denigrate the candidates.  No wonder Ted Cruz got a big cheer from the Boulder audience when he attacked the questioners and called the debate a case study in mainstream media bias.

CNBC and Jeb Bush Commit Suicide in Boulder.  [Scroll down]  The big story — the A-story — on Wednesday night [10/28/2015] — the actual full blown case of seppuku — was CNBC.  The network will never seem the same.  Their moderators — Becky Quick, John Harwood, and Carl Quintanilla — were so obviously biased you would have thought it was a parody, if you hadn't known it was real, a kind of black comic nightmare out of a leftwing theatre of the absurd.  Ted Cruz superbly caught the temper of the evening when he called them out, specifying how they had attempted to poleax each of the candidates one-by-one.  This turned the already alienated audience completely against the moderators with the candidates abandoning their competition and joining forces as well against the moderators in a red versus blue color war.

Debate 3: Ted Cruz Changes the Game.  [Senator Ted] Cruz did not just criticize the questions; he made sport of them.  He demonstrated just how infantile most of the CNBC crew was (Tea Party originator Rick Santelli not included).  Cruz flat-out embarrassed them, and they knew it. [...] And because these precious egotistical and not very bright media mavens crave the love of the audience, I submit that this dynamic will go farther than just recasting the last hour or so of this debate.  I think the moment was a shot across the bow of any liberal moderators in waiting for Republican debates.  These candidates have now seen the light.  They will not be cowed by gotcha questions, nor will they accept the liberal templates underlying the questions.  The candidates will fight back, and they will get cheered while the moderators get booed.  The mods don't like that.

Unprecedented Bias.  As a public relations professional who deals with the media every day I am disgusted by the media's intellectual dishonesty in their coverage of the ongoing conflict in Israel.  Journalists have a responsibility to cover issues with accuracy and what we've seen thus far has been an infusion of bias and misinformation. [...] People who consistently read mainstream news sources, such as The New York Times, may be surprised to learn they are not as informed as they think they are.

Hillary Clinton: American Royalty 2015 Style.  Not since Senator Ted Kennedy went on prime time television in a neck brace to spin the reasons for the Chappaquiddick accident have I felt so manipulated by a politician as I did by Hillary Clinton in her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee.  As it turns out these two incidents have more in common than one might think. [...] In the case of both Senator Kennedy and Mrs. Clinton, there was and is a sense of entitlement, some of it due to "American royalty" but much of it due to victimhood, the great weapon of liberalism.  "I suffer.  You owe."  Denying "the first woman president" her destiny is simply too dangerous for any member of the media to be blamed for upending her quest.

As Rush Limbaugh Routinely Demonstrates: The Media's Lockstep Leftist Talking Points.  We've time and again seen the media receive their messaging orders — and then march off all mouthing the Leftist talking point(s) of the day.  Washington, D.C.-based talk radio host Chris Plante quotes a military friend of his describing the media not as a gaggle, but as a centipede.  Multitudinous legs in coordinated movement — all headed in the same direction.  Talk radio impresario Rush Limbaugh has long made audio cavalcades of this media mal-practice a routine feature of his show.  He strings together "media montages" — innumerable examples of "reporters" magically all arriving at the exact same Leftist term(s) to describe the news of the day.

They Really Hate Ben Carson.  On Fox News, Carson noted that "the poor families of those individuals had to be hurting so badly."  One of the hosts then made the following comment:  "Dr. Carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun at you and says, 'What religion are you?' that is the ultimate test of your faith."  To which Carson responded:  "I'm glad you asked that question.  Because not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.  I would say, 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him.  He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'"  He was asked, in essence, what he would do.  Whether one agrees or disagrees with what he says he would do, it was hardly "blaming the victims."  Yet, that is what the left accuses of him doing.

Americans Are Devoid of Critical Thinking Skills.  If we are to ever bring America back to the point where she is great again, the majority of the citizens are going to have to acquire and hone critical thinking skills.  Why is it imperative for the citizenry to be able to think critically?  Because the mainstream media has abandoned its responsibility of reporting facts in exchange for distracting, distorting, propagandizing and protecting.  The public education system also ran [sic] by liberals, has dumbed down the quality of education in exchange for explicit (non-age appropriate) sex education and revised negative American history.  For these reasons, individuals must master the ability to think critically in order to navigate through the lies and distortions coming from the mainstream media so that we can elect people based on his or her record of accomplishments, stance on important issues, and the substance of his or her rhetoric.

Why Carson Scares the Media.  The media, having failed to stop Ben Carson's steady rise in popularity by treating him like Ralph Ellison's "invisible man," are now going nuclear on him.  The number of press attacks launched on Carson has recently increased exponentially.  And, significantly, the barrage has been far more vicious than any criticism directed at Donald Trump or the other GOP presidential aspirants.  The GQ assault [...] is only exceptional for its vulgarity.  Countless columns, articles, broadcasts and blog posts have portrayed him as "stupid," "insane," and even "racist."  The media clearly fear Carson more than the other Republicans.  Why?

Carson Says Mainstream Media Can't Stand Thought of a Black Conservative.  Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says one of his predictions is coming true:  The mainstream media is manipulating reality, based on its ideological underpinnings, to come after him during his presidential campaign.  "They're actually playing right into the narrative that I have predicted for them," Carson told host Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Sunday [10/11/2015].  "Because they can't stand the thought of a black person who is a conservative, who hasn't had to make it on their handout and be at their beck and call and doing the things that they want them to do.  It just infuriates them."

The Journalists' Handbook: How to Write any Story Without Working At It.  Simply put, corporate media simply doesn't understand the public disdain for the political class and is trying frame the foreign policy ineptness of the administration (and the former secretary of state) and the paltry offerings for the Democratic presidential race into a fairytale of a Republican civil war in which conservatives are destroying their party.  Obama and Hillary have created world chaos with the ridiculous Arab Spring and Iran deal.

Wanted: A President of Good Character.  [The news] media are owned by half a dozen transnational corporations who shield trillions of dollars from American taxation, while whipping up daily headlines about flesh-eating bacteria.  They wouldn't recognize the truth if it hit them in the face.  Every sane person is turning to the web, because we know we'll never find it in the Big Media.

The media has a problem right now.  Obviously, the're going to push the nominee for The Democrat Party.  That's not even up for debate.  But the question (at the moment unanswered) is "which nominee for the Democrat Party is the most viable.  Because there's no clear answer, the media is stumped on how to portray Hillary and Bernie.  If they had their druthers, it would be Bernie.  He's "admitted Socialist" and right in the media's wheelhouse.  But they also know that "admitted Socialist" probably won't work in a general election.

The tangled web linking Sidney Blumenthal, CBS News, and a secret Clinton spy network starting to come to light.  We may never get the truth about how the Benghazi story was manipulated, but the election prospects of Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 are both profoundly impacted by the story.

What Was a Member of Clinton's 'Secret Spy Network' Doing While Working for CBS News?  In March, an investigation by ProPublica and Gawker revealed that a "secret spy network" that was not on the State Department payroll, run by longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, was "funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State's private account starting before the Benghazi attack."  Now the Weekly Standard has learned that Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA's clandestine service in Europe who was working directly with Blumenthal as a member of Clinton's spy network, was concurrently working as a consultant to CBS News and its venerable news program 60 Minutes.

Is Obamism Correctable?  There is not much of an idea any longer of investigative journalism.  The press for the last seven years has largely chosen to become a Ministry of Truth.  One reason why Donald Trump soars is that, after the press's canonization of Obama, the public relishes Trump's contempt for the media — and the latter have now lost the moral credibility to critique any candidate on the grounds of dishonesty, hypocrisy, narcissism, mendacity, or polarization of the electorate.

UN and Oxfam caught bribing media to write crusading climate stories.  News journalists are being bribed by the United Nations and the Oxfam charity to write scare stories about climate change ahead of the global climate treaty negotiations in Paris later this year.  Details of the bribes — which take the form of ego-boosting "awards", global travel in CO2 generating airliners and financial payments — are contained in a news release just published by the UNDP today, an organisation headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.  Journalists' codes of ethics prohibit being induced to give favourable coverage, but those rules have increasingly been ignored in recent years by the use of backdoor mechanisms like funding journalism "awards" as a means of generating content and rewarding propaganda-writers.

Misinformed Electorate, Not Trump, Is Real Danger.  The media seem to think that participation in elections is a big deal.  [...] Despite many people who urge us all to vote, as a civic duty, the purpose of elections is not participation.  The purpose is to select individuals for offices, including president of the United States.  Whoever has that office has our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the fate of the entire nation in his or her hands. [...] If you want to fulfill your duty as a citizen, then you need to become an informed voter.  And if you are not informed, then the most patriotic thing you can do on Election Day is stay home.

Also posted under Not everyone should vote.

Trump and Cruz Battle the Liberal Media Narrative.  Let's just say the Liberal Media Narrative — replete with double-standards — ain't what it used to be.  Too many people, particularly conservatives and Republicans, are on to how the game works.  Two of those people are Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, both GOP presidential candidates.  How does the Liberal Media Narrative game work?  Like this. [...]

The Media and Criminal Justice.  For over a year now I have watched as the media has regularly criticized law enforcement officers, inaccurately portraying officers as "racist", "overzealous", and "poorly trained", just to name a few.  On the national level, we saw the media, without knowing all of the facts, persecute Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.  Fortunately, the entire truth was revealed and Officer Wilson was ruled to have acted within the law.  But has anyone stopped to ask:  where would we be today if Officer Wilson had been portrayed as a hero from the beginning?  Ever since the Ferguson incident, we have seen at least seven officers murdered simply because they were officers.  Sure, Officer Wilson was portrayed much more favorably after all of the facts were revealed.  But by that point, the damage was done — not only to Officer Wilson, but to all of law enforcement.

NBC partners with Dem political firm for 2016.  NBC News is partnering with TargetSmart, a political data firm founded by Democrats that was also hired by the Democratic National Committee to provide voter information for the 2016 election.  The partnership between NBC News and TargetSmart is intended to "enhance election coverage and study the voting process in America in depth," according to a Tuesday press release from NBC.  Data provided by TargetSmart, which was founded in 2006 by veteran Democratic operatives Jeff Ferguson and Paula Kowalczuk, will allow NBC News "to perform non-partisan analysis, research voting habits, and identify voting trends at the state and local levels," the release said.

Do 'All Lives Matter' or Not?  The media, which lean overwhelmingly left, and the political fraternity, with its own leftist component, don't fool around much with narratives that contradict left-wing (aka "progressive") essentials.  Among these essentials:  the conviction that American whites, having racked up a record of racial oppression, are due for a comeuppance.  On such terms, a dead white cop, shot by an inner-city (or in the Harris County case, a suburban) black man isn't half so interesting a story as an inner-city black man shot by a white cop.

The First Rule of News Coverage.  Here is the first rule of "mainstream" news coverage in America:  Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration — and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  Let's face it, liberal media bias has been around since there have been liberals to do the "reporting" of the news.  But this fact should surprise no one.  After all, the news media has always been filled with bias of one type or another.  In fact, there was a time when American customers of the news knew exactly which newspapers sported which point of view.  It was taken for granted that one newspaper supported one side and another newspaper a different side.

Take a Lesson From Trump: Stand Up to the Media.  There are several reasons why Donald Trump is popular with Republicans, even though he probably isn't a Republican himself, and certainly is not a conservative.  One of them is the way he stands up to left-wing media.

Biased Media vs. Behavioral Standards.  We all know that the mainstream media are biased.  But they appear to have totally come out of the closet lately, exposing their true identity as leftist operatives.  It was infuriating watching a CNN interviewer hammering Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson.  This despicable jerk kept trying to twist Dr. Carson's words to mean that Dr. Carson wants to bomb refugees with drones. [...] Also infuriating and evil is the MSM hiding the sick scandal happening at Planned Parenthood.  In the latest video released exposing Planned Parenthood's black-market baby body parts business, one of PP's clients joked about shipping whole heads of aborted babies to research labs.  I was stunned by the lack of media coverage and national outrage.  Have we grown numb?

Black Killer's Manifesto: Murders were a Response to Charleston.  [Scroll down]  This Part of the Game I Can Cleanly Blame on the Media: When the killer is Muslim, the media tries its hardest to not connect that killer to any other Muslim, or even the Islamist ideology.  They want to draw as narrow a circle as possible around the killer, including no other people, so that a hypothetical half-crazy would-be Crusader won't think "I'll get my vengeance by killing one his compatriots."  But when the killer is white, they expand that circle as wide as possible to indict all of white society.  In the Charleston shooting, they blamed the Confederate flag and all the white people who admired that flag. [...] Would the media ever do that with Muslims?  Would they start making random tendentious connections between a Muslim killer and all other Muslims, or a Muslim stage performer?  Would the media blame CAIR?  No, they would not.  But they routinely do that when the killer is white — they go searching for the "root causes," and the root causes they're interested in are not specific to the killer; they find the sins to dwell within the hearts of all white people.

Questions Every Planned Parenthood Supporter Should Have To Answer.  Question for the media:  Do you believe there are two legitimate sides to the abortion debate?  If so, should your theoretically unbiased editors and reporters be accepting awards from the best-funded and best-connected advocates for abortion in the country?  Planned Parenthood handed out its Maggie Awards for Media Excellence earlier this week (named after the xenophobe quackologist Margaret Sanger), honoring 16 journalists from mainstream outlets like Buzzfeed, Yahoo! Health and MSNBC, for their work shilling for the group.  Color me skeptical, but does anyone believe a senior health editor who accepts this honor can be trusted to ask questions that matter about the groups she covers?

Black Skin Privilege: The Media's Love of Black Racism & Violence.  The media has only been barely interested over the years in President Obama's 20-year membership in white-hating, America-hating, Jew-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church in Chicago that is more or less a Christian version of the Nation of Islam. Wright and his ilk are no big deal the media assure us.  They just speak in a different idiom that the rest of America is too ignorant and stupid to understand.  In other words, white people can never "get" it because they're not black.  Holding black people who do terrible things and hold repugnant views accountable isn't fair, according to the media.

16 Journalists Accept Planned Parenthood Awards — Despite Horrifying Abortion Videos!  While the media stay away from the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood's trafficking of aborted baby parts, they are drawn to Planned Parenthood's annual media awards ceremony.  During Planned Parenthood's Maggie Awards for Media Excellence Tuesday night [8/18/2015], the abortion giant recognized 16 journalists for pushing "reproductive rights."  From Buzzfeed and Yahoo! to MSNBC, MRC Culture compiled a list of several prominent media attendees — and found a picture announcing the winners.

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NBC Weaponizes for Hillary: Funnels $400 Million To Extreme-Left BuzzFeed & Vox.  One need only watch 10 minutes of MSNBC to understand that NBC News is an extremist organization in favor of open borders, partial birth abortion, the government setting CEO pay, and destroying people's lives through the pushing of the Climate Change hoax.  Unfortunately for NBC, though, the MSNBC experiment only resulted in a ratings catastrophe.  To right the ship, NBC is promising that MSNBC will be moving from opinion news to straight news.  We'll see.

Signs of Democrats' subterranean civil war emerge on Meet the Press.  [Scroll down]  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I remember analyzing the media in the old USSR, where the story itself never told you the truth, but by careful weighing of why a particular line was being put forth, you could figure out what was going on beneath the surface.  Which faction was trying to enhance itself at the expense of another?  Why would one particular lie be featured more than other possible lies?  We're getting closer and closer to that state of affairs here in the United States.

How Jon Stewart Handled the Biggest Stories.  In the early days of Jon Stewart's tenure as the host of "The Daily Show," the comedian often made viewers aware that his program was just the "fake news."  But over the past decade-and-a-half, the show weighed in on very real news stories, albeit with satirical slants.  That approach led many to use the "Daily Show" as their primary source of news.

Why media's failure goes beyond Trump and Sanders.  Journalists and commentators tend to talk to the same kinds of people — political consultants, donors, other media types — and not so much voters out in the heartland.  But the bubble is not necessarily just liberal in nature.  Plenty of conservative media outlets and pundits have ripped Trump as a charlatan and been slow to grasp why he's connecting with so many Republicans.

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign.  The Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel.  He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper.  In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement.  However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general.

Frank Luntz to Press: How Many of You Attend Church Weekly? Only 9 of 70 Raise Their Hands.  During Mike Huckabee's interview at the Family Leadership Summit candidate forum on Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz asked the reporters in attendance how many of them went to church or synagogue on a weekly basis.  After doing a quick hand count of what Luntz estimated to be about 60 or 70 journalists, the pollster observed "Only nine of them" raised their hands.

Every Day, A New Way to Hate.  Unusually slow on the uptick, the neo-puritan elect have yet to coin a term for those who "hate" or "fear" the "transitioning" among us.  "Trannyphobia" might have worked, but the playful term "tranny," which was acceptable until about a week ago, has joined the n-word and the f-word among the unutterable.  Transgender activists will decide on a label soon enough.  The Islamists did.  In one of the more curious twists in recent progressive history, a media savvy cell in America chose to mimic gay activists who had been successfully using the "phobia" trope to defame opponents of their political agenda.  The Islamists saw the same potential in the concept of "Islamophobia."  With the media's help, they could and did tie their struggle to those of other marginalized groups and, in the words of one former activist, "beat up their critics."

The Media Used To Do Abortion Stings, Not Slam Undercover Work.  After the release of a shocking video by the Center for Medical Progress that shows an abortion doctor talking about harvesting and selling baby parts, the mainstream media refused to cover the story.  No surprise there.  They also blacked out the grisly realities of Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who severed babies' necks and drowned them in toilets.  What the media in our country used to do — investigate and expose the truth — has been left to groups like the nonprofit Center for Medical Progress (CMP).  Through the Human Capital project, these citizen journalists are undergoing extensive sting operations to document how Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted babies — a worthy undertaking considering the seriousness of the practice, the ethical questions swirling around it, and the fact that taxpayer money helps fund it.  These journalists have been the watchdogs the mainstream media used to be.

Ideas For Reporters Struggling To Cover Planned Parenthood.  A few reporters wrote an initial story on the undercover video that caught the senior director for medical services at Planned Parenthood discussing the harvesting of organs from the unborn children killed by abortion.  Another few reporters noted early political repercussions that followed, including the launching of state and federal investigations. [...] But given the many angles that could be covered, the lack of ferocity with which they're tackling this story is noticeable.  Compare, for instance, what happened in the last month with coverage of Confederate flags.

Compared to Bush, Obama Has It Easy From Reporters.  It is not uncommon for the President of the United States to receive difficult and sometimes inflammatory questions — especially if your last name is Bush.  On Wednesday [7/15/2015], CBS reporter Major Garrett asked President Obama a pointed question about the four American hostages left in Iran and why they were left out of the deal with Iran.  President Obama seemed to be angered by Garrett's question and said he 'should know better.'  Since then, many have taken to social media and denounced Garrett's phrasing of the question.

Revealed: Caitlyn Jenner's reps 'demanded ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs and Diane Sawyer interview'.  Representatives of Caitlyn Jenner reportedly negotiated her ESPYs award in exchange for PR plugs in her upcoming TV series and threatened to pull out of her 20/20 interview.  Reports have emerged that Jenner's team approached ESPN with the idea that she win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award just as details were being finalized for her 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC.  ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney, and ABC aired Wednesday's [7/15/2015] awards ceremony.

'Lone Survivor' director blasts Caitlyn Jenner courage award with disabled veteran meme.  Hollywood director Peter Berg used a military-themed meme to blast ESPN's decision to give Caitlyn Jenner its Arthur Ashe Courage Award.  Mr. Berg, who directed "Lone Survivor," shared an image of a double amputee next to the Olympic athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

ESPN's Decision To Give Caitlyn Jenner The 'Courage' Award Just Backfired Big Time.  It was indeed a spectacle.  But the fallout from Wednesday night's ESPY Award presented to Caitlyn Jenner — the transgendered woman formerly known as Bruce — is certainly not what a cable net that relies on its fans for success wants to see.  The homepage homage to Caitlyn's "courage" has been blasted with sharply negative comments on the ESPN website.

Ted Cruz Levels Politifact: 'Noxious Yellow Journalism'.  In his new book, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, calls out "a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse.  It's called 'PolitiFact.'"  Cruz gives three reasons PolitiFact [is in error]:  selection bias, liberal bias and inability to differentiate fact from opinion.

Cruz: If Hillary Was Republican Media Would Have 'Special Prosecutor Watch'.  Sunday on Fox News Channel's "MediaBuzz," Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if a Republican had done the ethically questionable things Hillary Clinton did with private email servers, Clinton Foundation foreign donations and former president Clinton's soaring speech fees the media would set up "every day on every Sunday show," a "special prosecutor watch."  Cruz said, "Mainstream media is not fair and impartial.  They are protecting Barack Obama and this presidency.  I think no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media."  He continued, "If any Republican did what she's [Hillary Clinton] doing right now, she doesn't take any press interviews and the press is docile ... How many criminal investigations are ongoing into Hillary Clinton right now?"

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Media Matters Flaunts Tax-Exempt Status While David Brock Admits Its True Objective.  It's hard to argue that the past six months hasn't been a patently-embarrassing time to be in journalism: The Rolling Stone/UVA fiasco, the Brian Williams disaster, the George Stephanopoulos controversy.  Trust in media has plunged to yet another all-time low as a result.  But say this about Rolling Stone, NBC and ABC:  At least each pays their fair share in taxes.  The same can't be said about Media Matters for America, which enjoys thumbing its nose at logic and ethics by not paying a dime.  Why?  Because somehow it's [sic] founder, David Brock, arranged a sweetheart deal with the IRS to be a tax-exempt organization.

Media Matters Founder: We Defend Hillary Clinton!  Media Matters For America founder David Brock admitted Monday [6/22/2015] that his nonprofit, tax-exempt organization specifically defends Hillary Clinton, a political candidate for office, from Republican criticism.  Brock's stunning admission calls into question the nonprofit status of his left-wing media monitoring organization.  Brock made the admission in an op-ed defending his group's association with Sidney Blumenthal, Hillary Clinton's political adviser and informal Libya consultant.

Cosmo Editor Admits Her Magazine Engages In 'Liberal Cheerleading'.  During a discussion on CNN's Reliable Sources about whether or not women's magazines were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton, Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles admitted that her magazine engages in "liberal cheerleading."  Coles claimed that her magazine was "very interested in the issues around politics and how they impact our readers" which include "do they have access to contraception and God forbid should they need it, can they have access to an abortion."

It's Official: Chris Matthews's Wife Kathleen Running for Congress in Maryland.  Earlier today [6/3/2015] Kathleen Matthews made it official.  The former journalist and wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews announced she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maryland congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring.  We can expect the former WJLA-TV news anchor to tack hard to the left, as the Washington Post's Bill Turque noted that:  ["]Matthews said she will bring [']an opportunity agenda['] for women and children to the campaign, focusing on pay equity, reproductive rights and an increased minimum wage.["]

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The article immediately above describes a situation from which media bias is likely to come forth someday soon.  There are several similar items further down this page; in fact, it might be worthwhile to create a subsection for articles about the atmosphere in which media bias thrives:  Cases where networks and TV stations have hired left-wing activists to pose as reporters, or situations where prominent news people are married to liberal activists.

Why journalists need to practice what they preach.  When they're on the other side of a microphone or press pad, reporters can be as thin-skinned, controlling and paranoid as the people they cover.  And they can be as unforthcoming about themselves and their organizations as any other source.

Junk Journalism.  What the MSM calls "reporting" is often just activism, careerism, and narcissism to advance the Democrat agenda.

Dan Pfeiffer joins CNN as contributor.  Dan Pfeiffer, a long-time top aide to President Barack Obama, is joining CNN as a contributor, network president Jeff Zucker announced Monday [6/1/2015]. [...] He left his post as the White House's senior adviser for strategy and communications in March as one of Obama's longest-tenured strategists.

Obamacare Overhead Study [is] a Trojan Horse.  During the past few days the legacy media and the Internet have been flooded with news articles, editorials, and blog posts with titles like "Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare."  This all-too-predictable phenomenon has been breathlessly reported by outlets as different in their ideological perspectives as the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Kos.  Sadly, when liberal and conservative publications are equally enthusiastic about breaking a story, it usually means the latter have been duped into promoting progressive propaganda.  This case is no exception.

Singling Stephanopoulos out misses the point.  This is an open-and-shut case: Stephanopoulos should never have conducted this interview without revealing his connection to the foundation.  But does anyone actually believe that had he not made the donations, the interview would have gone differently?  Are we all really surprised that a mainstream news media host might be predisposed to skewering an author who is causing damage to the presumed future Democratic presidential nominee?

Most Voters Expect Biased News Coverage of 2016 Presidential Race.  In the wake of the George Stephanopoulos scandal, most voters doubt the accuracy of political news coverage and think most reporters will slant their coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters now do not trust the political news they are getting.

Reforming American Presidential Debates.  The startling mishaps and mismanagement of the 2012 debates informs the current need for reform.  Without question, the most flagrant violation was the egregious conduct of debate "moderator" Candy Crowley.  She interrupted the debate to claim that Romney was wrong and President Obama was correct on an important argument regarding the events of Benghazi.  There was nothing moderate about her performance, and few remember that Crowley promised in advance that she would break the rules of the event in order to impose her own private sense of politics on the event.  Conduct like Crowley's now casts shadows on the role accorded journalists and has swallowed up George Stephanopoulos as a potential moderator.  Stephanopoulos has long been an obvious partisan in his role as moderator and it is peculiar that this now constitutes news.  The role of journalists in these debates since 1960 is one of the most profound distortions of the proper notion of a debate.

The protected, connected liberal media elite.  I hate the term "elite."  This implies some sort of extraordinary skill, which in my experience in Washington, at least with the media and definitely in politics is not apt. [...] They aren't elite, but they are the political class.  And they are protected.  The Stephanopoulos kerfuffle is a great example.  Why does this guy still have a job?

The Stephanopolous Syndrome.  The firestorm surrounding the disclosure that ABC host George Stephanopolous made and failed to disclose donations to the Clinton Foundation — while he was covering the Clinton for President campaign and the controversies surrounding donations to the Clinton Foundation — dramatizes a syndrome of secrecy and conflicts of interest that have brought widespread public disapproval against politics in Washington and leading institutions of the mainstream media.  This syndrome of secrecy and conflict of interest involves a long list of dirty little secrets that Washington insiders do not want the American people to know.

George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams and the media's sinking reputation.  By failing to disclose his donations to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos has damaged his credibility and tarnished his network.  But you know something? He's got plenty of company.  What an awful couple of years it's been for the news business, even by our already-tattered standards.

Debates without moderators:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick.  Rather than just introducing a topic and stepping offstage, moderators have weighed into the proceedings in ways that have a profound impact on the nominating process.  No media personality should have such power.

Let's Celebrate the Death of |the Mainstream Media!  All decent, patriotic Americans yearn for the day when the effects of emerging technologies combine with the mainstream media's insufferable progressive cheerleading to finally destroy it.  Its death throes are underway, but it won't buy the farm overnight.  The body of the mainstream media is still shambling along, wreaking havoc, long after it its brain has died.

Fighting Entropy Part 2.  The reason the press has been trying to corner interviewees into "admitting" that George Bush made erred in toppling Saddam Hussein is the need to reassure themselves that catastrophe in the Middle East isn't really their fault.  The constant need to be told it's not their doing is a form of denial.  The more certain they are of their blunder the more they will need to tell themselves that the sounds they hear aren't the footfalls of doom.

The Hired Liars of Liberal Media.  Andrew Breitbart used the phrase "Democrat-Media Complex" to describe the dishonest and hypocritical frauds who consider their partisan opinions to be synonymous with Truth and Virtue.  Based on my own experience — as an ex-Democrat who has been in the news business since 1986 — I long ago concluded that most journalists don't notice liberal bias for the same reason fish don't notice water.  It's everywhere, all around them, and it's all they've ever known.  Because liberalism is the default mindset of nearly everyone in the media, it becomes a sort of self-confirming prejudice, where those who don't buy into the liberal mythology are systematically excluded from the industry and the few dissenters are ostracized within the industry.

Signs of savvy in GOP candidates dealing with biased media.  Perhaps the worst moment of the Romney campaign in 2012 was the second presidential debate, where Candy Crowley's brandishing of a transcript conveniently at hand in response to President Obama's misleading claim of having identified Benghazi as a terror attack marked the end of the Romney momentum generated in the first debate.  Fortunately, at least some of the GOP field this time around are showing the way in handling bias.

It's Not Hateful To Point Out Bruce Jenner Isn't A Woman.  Of all the trends currently working their way through journalism, there is perhaps none so baffling as the media's indulgence in the transgender narrative.  Journalists appear to have acquiesced to this ideology en masse.  No less a formidable source than the "AP Stylebook" declared a few years ago that Associated Press employees are to use "the pronoun preferred by the individuals" in cases where confusion may arise. [...] Journalists should not buy into this.  Simply as a matter of factual accuracy, it is nonsensical:  if tomorrow I declared myself head of the executive branch of the U.S. government, for instance, the AP would not suddenly be required to call me President Payne.

Never Trust Liberal "Fact Checkers".  The Democratic Party controls almost all of the news media.  Some years ago, the Democrats came up with a great idea:  they established "fact checkers" within Democratic Party newspapers to spin unfortunate facts in the Democrats' favor.  Today, several such "fact checkers" are well known.  Are they reliable?  Of course not.

From Edward Murrow to Diane Sawyer, the deterioration of TV news.  Somewhere, Edward R. Murrow is saying, "I warned you this would happen."  This month (April 27) marks 50 years since the godfather of broadcast news died. [...] Murrow's visionary speech in 1958 to the Radio Television News Directors Association warned of the growing influence of corporate power in news reporting.  He said the public interest could not be served when news was only "a commodity" to be sold for advertisers.  He said electronic news was "an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news."  Journalism has been the loser in this combination ever since.

Prepper star Rick Austin turns down CNN for being too biased.  If you haven't heard of Rick Austin yet you're probably not somebody who is interested in disaster preparation. [...] The audience Austin reaches is not looking for entertainment so much as information on what they consider a vital topic.  He needs to be taken seriously, not treated like some pop star, and the comedian chosen by CNN to host this show has a history of cynical, left wing propaganda disguised as comedy.

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage.  Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison says she wants to see an officer shoot an unarmed white teenager in the back before agreeing that the "conversation about race" is over, but she almost certainly already has received her wish.  An analysis released last week shows that more white people died at the hands of law enforcement than those of any other race in the last two years, even as the Justice Department, social-justice groups and media coverage focus on black victims of police force.

Valerie Jarrett Kisses Reporters Before Interview.  President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning [4/15/2015] on MNSBC's Morning Joe.  The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.

Valerie Jarrett Hugged by Panelists Before MSNBC Interview.  Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett got a very warm reception before her interview on Wednesday's broadcast of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

Reporter: Team Hillary Hoping Handpicked Journos at Off-Record Dinners Echo Favorable Talking Points.  ABC's George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, and a half-dozen reporters from CNN were reportedly among the media elites that attended an off-the-record New York dinner with Hillary Clinton's advisers on Friday evening [4/10/2015] ahead of her Sunday campaign announcement.

Face the Far-Left Nation?  Bob Schieffer is retiring as host of CBS's Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation.  CBS has announced that his replacement will be John Dickerson, who, among other things, is both the political director for CBS News and chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. [...] Bear in mind, too, that in all election cycles prior to this one, hostile "journalists" like John Dickerson presided over GOP presidential primary debates.  Their objective was to make all the Republican candidates, and the party as a whole, look bad.  Reince Priebus has, I hope, finally put that practice to rest (although leftists will still preside over the general election debates).  But incalculable damage has been done, over the years, by Democratic Party activists masquerading as objective journalists.

The Skewed View of America Inside the Progressive Bubble.  Ordinary Americans don't particularly care if Rand Paul is brusque with interviewers; they have a low opinion of journalists already.  Ted Cruz's ideas are much less "extreme" outside of newsrooms.  And only about one-third of Americans have a bachelor's degree, making Scott Walker closer to the "average American" than everyone else in the field.  A lot of members of the media who are covering the GOP presidential candidates have exceptionally little in common with the voters who will select the Republican nominee.  Thus, when the Republican candidates make their pitch to grassroots conservatives, the hot-take instant analysis from the big media voices usually concludes that the pitch was a belly flop.

Stop Dancing with the MSM.  Rich, isn't it?  The U.S. lives under the tyranny of feminism yet the MSM was in a snit about Rand Paul.  Paul's tart responses to NBC reporter Savannah Guthrie last week on the Today Show earned him MSM brickbats.  Odd, the media's protectiveness of gals, who are supposed to be the equal of guys.  Yet the evidence is in, based on MSM reactions:  girl reporters can't take the rough stuff, so men — that's Republican men — better let the Savannahs say what they please, driving their narratives over them. [...] Voters deserve more than being shovel-fed manure by reporters who are preprogrammed Democrat operatives.

New Host of Face the Nation Advised Obama in 2013 to 'Destroy the GOP'.  John Dickerson, replacing Bob Schieffer as the new host of Face the Nation, will continue the same level of objectivity that CBS has brought to viewers for half a century.  In 1964, when CBS was one third of all television news, Walter Cronkite and Daniel Schorr repeatedly smeared Barry Goldwater as a crypto-Nazi.  His successor, Dan Rather, blew himself up in spectacular fashion with RatherGate in 2004, as dissected by all those bloggers in their Pajamas, to coin a Website name.  In 2007, Rather's successor, Scott Pelley, violating 32 flavors of Godwin's Law in the same fashion as Cronkite, "was asked why he refused to include global warming skeptics in his reporting.  He responded, 'If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?'", as NewsBusters noted.

Time To Go On The Offense Against Liberalism.  [Scroll down]  The mainstream media, also known the Democrats' Steno Pool, looks invincible, but it's vulnerable too.  It needs eyeballs to live, so look elsewhere for your news and information.  Every time you watch NBC News, you validate and empower liars who hate you and everything you stand for.  So don't.  There's a growing segment of conservative traditional and alternative media, and even a few mainstream journalists who still try to be objective, like Jake Tapper at CNN.  Patronize them.  Starve the lib-loving media until it either dies or reforms.  The MSM needs you [...] a lot more than you need it.

Make the Leftist Media the 2016 Issue.  The enemy of conservatism in America is the leftist establishment — the leftist-controlled institutions of news, education, and entertainment.  Take away these big, fat incestuously connected institutions, and the left in America is a circus sideshow and nothing else.  Democrat "leaders" like Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, and Reid are slow-witted, mean-spirited, and narrow-minded sock puppets filled by the chubby hands of the leftist establishment.  Indeed, the leftist establishment prefers empty vessels as nominal political leadership of the Democratic Party.  Defeat the establishment, and the battle is won, but as long as the establishment luxuriates in unmerited respect, the values we treasure face constant peril.

An Army of Weaklings, Cowards, and Traitors.  While the impact of the MSM is real, it's not what people think it is.  The real impact of the media is on the politicians.  Living in Washington and moving with the Washington cultural "elite," too many Republicans begin to believe that what they hear from their consultant class friends and the Washington Post is true.  Those politicians begin to think they can't get re-elected unless they downplay their conservative values.  Or they, like human beings everywhere, start drifting toward the positions held by the people they see and socialize with every day.

The Left wages total war; and then plays victim.  On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500.  On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers.  One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs.  The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences.  Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current skirmishes over religious liberty as conservative offensives.

Hey Media, 'Religious Freedom' Is a Real Thing.  Why is it that the media regularly adorns the term "religious freedom" with superfluous quotation marks but not terms like "environmentalist" or "civil rights" or "marriage equality" — or any other of the many debatable issues of American political discourse?  Well, maybe unbiased journalists feel a responsibility to intimate to readers that religious freedom is considered a dubious assertion by one side of the debate.  And this would be a reasonable editorial decision if it were employed consistently.  It's not.  What's more likely is that editors and journalists consider the term "religious freedom" dubious because anything that strikes them as "discriminatory" or stands in way of "progressive" moral aims is by default illegitimate.

Communism's Useful Idiots in Hollywood and the Media.  There are tons of useful idiots in Hollywood and the mainstream media and the reason they can be so easily manipulated by Marxists is that they are either clueless or supportive of communists in their industry.  I was just as uninformed until I did my homework [...]

Study of 130,213 stories shows Obama bias in 2012 election.  A sweeping study of some 130,213 news articles on the 2012 presidential match between President Obama and Mitt Romney has proven anew that there was a strong pro-Democratic bias in the U.S. and international press.  The study, published in the authoritative journal Big Data & Society, also tested the campaign themes the media focused on and determined that Obama succeeded in stealing the economic issue from Republican Romney.  "The 2012 elections saw an 'issue trespassing' strategy with President Obama taking the initiative on the economy," found the survey of stories produced by 719 U.S. and international outlets.

Media Critic: MSNBC's '24 Hours a Day of Mess... Unwatchable'.  Appearing on Fox News' MediaBuzz on Sunday, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik mercilessly mocked MSNBC's low ratings, calling the network "24-hours a day of mess."  Zurawik appeared on MediaBuzz to discuss a recent Quinnipiac poll that found Americans consider Fox to be the most trusted television news network whereas MSNBC was the least trusted network.

Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?  When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding.  But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media.  Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets — including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

CBS' Nancy Cordes Perfectly Demonstrates Media Bias Problems.  A Pew survey came out last week showing that conservatives don't trust many media outlets.  And newspapers and magazines that are presented as ideologically neutral skew far to the left in terms of their actual audience.  People joke about MSNBC being liberal but its audience, at least, is more conservative than those of NPR, the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, Politico and the New Yorker.  But even the supposedly moderate media outlets such as CBS have serious problems with covering politics in anything approaching a neutral fashion.

Why Fox News Is Winning.  There are plenty of reasons that explain Fox News' ratings dominance over the past decade and a half, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University sheds light on at least one major factor:  trust.  When voters were asked "Whose news coverage do you trust the most?" Fox News beat out all other television news organizations — on network and cable.

The most trusted name in news is ... Fox?  It depends on how one measures trust, but Fox News wins in at least one definition provided by Quinnipiac in their latest polling.  When ranked head-t0-head in a single question — notably asked after individual trust questions in this survey — Fox News wins by a significant margin against other national television news outlets, 29/22 over CNN and with NBC and ABC tied for a distant third at 10%.

Eric Burns and the Cult of Liberal Media.  People get "fired" in the media all the time.  In fact the media is not unlike baseball.  Personalities and shows come and go.  Superstars emerge.  Some burn for a long time — like O'Reilly — while others can fade.  Glenn Beck was red hot and then no longer.  Some get fired and rehired elsewhere by another team.  Still others are the equivalent of those stalwart ballplayers or coaches in the majors who never gain superstardom but show up everyday for work and spend a career doing their jobs.  While his ending experience at Fox clearly wasn't pleasant for Burns, in the world of media it is hardly unusual.

Seven Reasons Why We Really Hate the Media.  [#1] It's one giant club.  Trust me on this, as I was part of it for 25 years.  They all went to the same schools, studied the same subjects, live in the same neighborhoods in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.  Not only do they not know you, they don't know anybody who knows you.

Media Matters Puts Entire Staff On Mission To "Bring Down Bill O'Reilly".  Media Matters employs 45 paid researchers who have a very specific goal.  They advocate for far-left agendas, create the scripted talking points for CNN, MSNBC and the alphabets, and they are mission destined to destroy Fox News.  Regarding their mission to "destroy Fox News", they have now put their best men, top men, ALL MEN, every-single-researcher in the entire organization, on a single mission to eliminate FOX's Bill O'Reilly.

Republicans need to learn how to turn the tables on the MSM.  The Republicans have a serious messaging problem. Either they are totally clueless when it comes to public relations or they're just "Democrat Lites" as they've been described over the years.  With the issue of funding homeland security ruling the headlines at this time, Republicans need to be talking every day whether it be news conferences, media interviews, Sunday morning news shows or speeches on the House floor, but get it out loud and clear to the public the reason why they are not defunding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), rather it is Obama that would be defunding it because of his refusal to sign a bill that includes defunding his illegal executive order on immigration.

Working the Ref: Law Prof Randy Barnett Details How Media's Lobbying John Roberts.  Georgetown Law professor Randy Barnett has an excellent piece today at the Volokh Conspiracy blog detailing the lengths to which the liberal media is going to not-too-subtly lobby Chief Justice John Roberts on the upcoming ObamaCare subsidy case King v. Burwell.

Book: Liberal news bias now infecting sports coverage.  And the host of radio's "The Mighty Gwinn Show" on Yahoo Sports, Dylan Gwinn, is blowing the whistle in a new book titled Bias in the Booth.  It details a surge of liberal bias against conservatives in sports and he offered a reason for it to Secrets.  "There is no real difference between mainstream media and sports media.  They have the same background, go to the same schools, have the same pedigree, but instead of news went into sports," Gwinn said.

History's Greatest Monster: A Scott Walker Presidency 'Would Be a Disaster'.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has won three statewide elections in a blue state, has so freaked out the leftist media it's a wonder if some of them will even make it to the day he declares his candidacy for president.

Will Media Apologize for Calling Scott Walker an Un-American Racist Dictator?  Liberal journalists from CBS's Norah O'Donnell to the Washington Post's Dana Milbank have questioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for not rejecting Rudy Giuliani's comments about Barack Obama's patriotism and for his response to a "gotcha" question about the President's faith.  But where were they when Walker himself was being called an un-American, tyrannical, racist woman-beater?  Walker's welcome to the national stage from the press has been a far different one that candidate Barack Obama experienced.  In 2004, the liberal media couldn't contain the chills up their legs when they first laid eyes on the "cool" "rock star" Senate candidate from Illinois.

Arrogant media elites mock Middle America.  Last week the DC-New York media responded in epic fashion to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's comment that he didn't think President Obama "loves" America.  They nearly tripped over themselves to ask every potential GOP presidential contender if he agreed with Giuliani; their braying eventually led to mocking Christians.  In an interview with the Trib, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that while Giuliani could have better framed his point, it was accurate.  Then Jindal offered a critical observation:  When we face truly grave concerns, from economic disconnection to radicalized Islam, why did this supposed issue rise above those others for so long and with such velocity?

All the news fit to... miss.  It's hard to imagine MSNBC could manage to limbo below its own low credibility bar, but America's most shamelessly partisan cable "news" channel has really pulled it off.  There's always stiff competition for bias in America's slavishly left-loving media.  Think of Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" Bush-bashing National Guard story, Newsweek's flushed Korans fable and Candi Crowley's assist for President Obama in the 2012 debates.  Yes, the "Morning Joe" wet kiss of an "interview" with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren yesterday [2/24/2015] belongs in that company.

Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order.  [Scroll down]  But the whole controversy isn't really about Scott Walker's qualifications. It's about something deeper.  On the surface, of course, it's certainly about Scott Walker.  The left-leaning mainstream media senses that he's a potential danger.  After all, he has won three straight elections in a swing state, while challenging the public employees' unions head-on and significantly reducing their government privileges.  (This is precisely what makes him interesting to those of us on the right.)  The mainstream media feel that they need to disqualify him now, so they're looking for anything they can use against him.

Scott Walker is officially the GOP frontrunner, and the media is out for blood.  How do you know that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken at least temporary custody of frontrunner status in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016?  Beyond, of course, the polls that show him rocketing to the front of the pack in critical early primary states like Iowa?  The political press is coming down hard on him and his nascent campaign.  After three unambiguous statewide victories in a Democratic state in just four years, Scott Walker is thoroughly vetted.  If there were skeletons in his closet, the media and the myriad opposition researchers scrutinizing his past would have found them by now.

Smearing Walker With Giuliani.  We can tell who the Democrat media fears among the GOP 2016 presidential field; it's tipping its hand.  Fresh off the castigation of Scott Walker for his lack of a college degree and his refusal to be dragged into the question of evolution vs. creationism, Walker is now being dragged through the mud for failing to repudiate statements made by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani assailing the patriotism of President Barack Obama.

What GOP hopefuls need to learn about media 'gotcha' questions.  The "gotcha" games of the liberal media have already begun.  A couple of weeks ago, reporters following [Scott] Walker in London demanded to know if he believed in evolution.  And before that, all the rage among the MSM was what possible Republican candidates thought about vaccines.  Since then, some of those candidates have been asked about what other candidates said.  It's a tried-and-true tactic for the leftist media:  One nut job Republican utters the words "legitimate rape," and suddenly all Republicans are legitimate rapists.

The Media: When You Attack Obama, You're Attacking Them.  It was just a few short days ago that President Obama said that Republican attempts to tie ISIS to a radical form of Islam are lying and helping to drive recruitment by not leaving out the religious element to their terror the way he does.  After he said those things, there was no furor in the press.  Journalists were not taking to social media to express their outrage at the President suggesting Republicans were aiding a barbaric Islamic terror group.  They were largely silent.  It was a whole different story however, when news broke broke just the day before about comments former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made at an event for Governor Scott Walker.

Three questions all Democrats must answer.  If you think the mainstream media is not out to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 every bit as much as it was for Obama in 2008 and 2012, then you need your head examined.  The multi-day and ongoing demand that Scott Walker verify that Obama is Christian and loves America is a good example.  Why is it that Republican candidates and politicians are required to verify the bona fides of Democrats?

The Media's Breathtaking Double Standards on Patriotism and 'Civility'.  Democrats and Republicans play by different rules because the media enforces those rules, and members of the national press tend to be liberal Democrats.  During the Bush years, we were often reminded, dissent was the "highest form of patriotism."  Over the course Obama's tenure, dissent became dangerous, disrespectful, un-American and quite possibly racist.  When a conservative figure says something that seems to impugn or question a prominent liberal's character or love of country, "civility" SWAT teams are dispatched to knock down some proverbial doors.  Such transgressions mustn't stand.  But when the dynamic is reversed, the civility police are curiously off duty.

Why Secular Elites Ignore Religion.  It is not too brash to say that "religion" is the one field that is frequently disallowed in serious discussion by the urban, bi-coastal crowd.  For years the New York Times best-seller list would not contain any religious book.  If you listened to NPR from 1970 to 1990, you would think that no one in America ever had a religious thought.  Since that time, it appears that somebody woke up and sent an internal memo indicating that religion is now a legitimate subject for thinking people.

Notorious Race-baiter MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid Cancelled From MSNBC.  Joy-Ann Reid used the George Zimmerman trial to advance her personal brand of hate and achieve a show on MSNBC.  Mrs. Reid is friends with some of the most well known media racists, and promotes a divisive and toxic brand of race-based journalism in line with the "#F*** The Police" movement.

Evolution and allegiance to the Church of Global Warming.  I can think of no question that better peels back the layers of leadership when it comes to picking our next president.  Twelve million illegals are presently living illegally and working illegally in the United States, sir.  What is your position on evolution?  A seething cauldron of hatred is boiling over in the Middle East, threatening one of our most important allies and hellbent on destroying America, madam.  So, what do you think of evolution?  Iran is fast building a nuclear bomb.  So, you know, what do you think about evolution?

Republicans Should Declare War on the Mainstream Media.  [Scroll down]  What should Boehner do?  I think he, and every Republican, should do what George H.W. Bush did to Dan Rather as the 1988 presidential race was heating up:  eat the mainstream media alive.  They are the enemies of the Republican Party and should be treated as such.  Stop trying to curry favor because you won't get it.  Bush laid a trap for Rather, insisting on the interview being live so it couldn't end up on the cutting room floor.  It totally flustered Rather, greatly energized Bush's campaign, put the kibosh on his too-much-a-nice-guy image, and helped mightily to propel him to the White House.  Make mainstream media bias the issue.  Throw loaded questions and those premised on liberal assumptions back in their faces.  Accuse them of bias when they are biased.  Don't be Mr. Nice Guy.

How Jon Stewart turned lies into comedy and brainwashed a generation.  Brian Williams lied about his personal exploits a few times.  Jon Stewart was unabashedly and habitually dishonest.  Though Stewart has often claimed he does a "fake news show," "The Daily Show" isn't that.  It's a real news show punctuated with puns, jokes, asides and the occasional moment of staged sanctimony.  It contains real, unstaged sound bites about the days' events and interviews about important policy matters.  Stewart is a journalist:  an irresponsible and unprofessional one.

Media Go Collectively Insane over GOP Positions on Evolution.  While ISIS burns Jordanian pilots and beheads American journalists, while the economy teeters on the brink, while Obamacare rolls out, while racial divisions plague America, the media have focused, laserlike, on the issue that matters most:  opinions on Charles Darwin.

NPR Admits: Jon Stewart Tilts Left, His Audience 10-to-1 Liberal to Conservative.  NPR's All Things Considered was surprisingly honest on Wednesday night [2/11/2015] about Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show.  Stewart was credited for "influencing the way a generation of young people, especially liberals, view the news and politics."  Correspondent Don Gonyea admitted the president of the College Democrats "sees Jon Stewart as being on her side" and cited research that shows Stewart's audience is overwhelmingly liberal.

Williams and the Myth of the Evening News.  In our 24/7 news environment it is sometimes hard to remember the central role that the national evening news broadcasts played in American life prior to the cable revolution. [...] But while the toppling of yet another mainstream media giant is still a big deal, it also points out the fallacy inherent in the way most Americans once regarded the institution of the evening news.  Far from being the source of objectivity and integrity, these shows were, and are, the product of news organizations that are not only flawed but also saturated with liberal bias.

Five Ways Liberals Ignore Science.  How do we deal with the false perception that liberals are more inclined to trust science than conservatives?  Or, how do we approach the media's fondness for focusing on the unscientific views of some conservatives but ignoring the irrational — and oftentimes, more consequential — beliefs of their fellow liberals?

Obama: 'We Got 600' TV Stations and 1 'Conservative Station'.  A slip of the tongue?  An inadvertently candid bit of sarcasm?  Whatever his intention, President Barack Obama revealed to a crowd at Boise State yesterday [1/21/2015] his (correct) belief that the television media in the United States is dominated by liberals.  [Video clip]

A Gunfight in Kansas.  The local news stories have not only been deliberately stingy with the details of how events unfolded, and have used a deliberately passive voice (e.g. "gunfire erupted"), but they have consistently characterized the suspects as "teenagers" or merely "teens".  It was also several days before any identifying details about the four "teens" were reported; nor were their names reported for several days, and it was longer before their photos were shown.  The cynics among us have almost come to expect that when a journalist's physical description of a suspect conspicuously omits anything about the suspect's complexion, there's a reason.  And that's part of why the cynics feel that the media are following a template we've seen before, as in the way 17 yr. old, 6'2" and 175 lb. "little" Trayvon Martin was characterized as "a child", accompanied by a childhood photo, and the way Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO was characterized as a "gentle giant".

Amid outcry, News-Press is adamant on provocative term for immigrants.  A few decades ago, it wasn't unusual for American newspapers to refer to people living in the United States without legal permission as "illegal aliens," or even "illegals."  Those terms were criticized as offensive and eventually gave way to "illegal immigrant," a label that itself was jettisoned by most outlets two years ago, when the Associated Press banned the term from its stylebook in favor of language that more precisely describes a person's immigration status.

Conservative Group Targets Comcast/NBC.  The 65-page letter is addressed "Dear NBC Affiliate Owner." The sender: the Conservative War Chest, with spokesman Michael Flynn signing the letter. [...] The subject:  Comcast/NBC Universal, now in the middle of a merger bid with Time Warner, and the larger issue of "the corruption of American journalism."  There is also a two-minute video, found here.  Comcast/NBC is accused of acting as a "leftist Super Pac sponsoring millions of dollars worth of attack ads disguised as 'news' that seek the political oblivion of conservatives and the Republican Party."

Republicans Must Investigate Where the Media Fear to Tread.  The liberal media are terrified that Republicans will actually do something with their power.  On foreign policy, the [Washington] Post feared that Republicans could put in jeopardy President Obama's "outreach to Cuba and Iran."  The term "outreach" implies that Obama is pursuing a wise and correct approach to our enemies in the communist and Muslim worlds.  This is how a major liberal paper attempts to intimidate Republicans into letting Obama and the far-left have their way.  Let's hope the Republicans are smart enough to see through this propaganda disguised as "news."

Bill Moyers' Greatest Misses.  Bill Moyers has retired from television (for the third time).  His last show aired yesterday, though it will be repeated.  Frankly, I didn't know Moyers was still on television.  As the Washington Post reports, "Moyers' visibility has fallen in recent years, in part because Moyers & Company airs at different times on public station, sometimes in the wee hours, which complicates national promotion."  There aren't hours "wee" enough to which to banish a hack leftist who spews such ahistorical nonsense as "I've lived long enough to see the triumph of zealots and absolutists, to watch money swallow politics, to witness the rise of the corporate state."

Jurassic Media Desperate for Jeb.  The Jurassic media is on the march, and their goal is to help the Republicans nominate Jeb Bush in 2016.  In order to achieve this goal, they have started to soften the battlefield of ideas with their stockpile of shallow psychological tactics.

Public Trust in Media at an All-Time Low.  Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%.  Americans' trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

MSNBC's worst in 2014.  David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon has compiled a partial list of the worst from MSNBC in 2014.  I say partial because in order to do the subject justice, Rutz would have had to write a novel-length treatise.

The Worst of MSNBC in 2014.  MSNBC in 2014 was so much like other years: low-rated and highly ridiculous. [...] The Cycle's Krystal Ball offered viewers a new understanding of George Orwell's classic "Animal Farm" as a screed against the evils of capitalism.  After being called out for butchering a timeless piece of literature, she naturally doubled down on her wrongness.  That wasn't her only rough moment of the year.

When will Al Sharpton go?  On Saturday afternoon, two New York Police Department officers, Wenjin Liu and Raphael Ramos, made the ultimate sacrifice.  They were assassinated by man who was a member of the Black Guerilla Family gang and who quoted jihadists on his social media accounts.  He said he was going to get revenge for the killing of criminals Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  Meanwhile, on cable there is a network many real Americans refer to as the Karl Marx channel.  They call themselves MSNBC.  Granted there are more members of the flat earth society than there are viewers of the Karl Marx channel.

After Ratings Tumble, MSNBC to Debut Left-Wing, Internet-Based Shows.  After failing at the ratings game on cable, left-wing cable news network MSNBC plans to take its "progressive sensibilities" to a series of some 14 new Internet-based shows on topics ranging from the gay lifestyle, to politics, to journalist navel gazing, and even sports.  The new Internet network will be called "MSNBC Shift."  MSNBC's ratings have kept it in near perpetual third place, behind CNN and far behind ratings leader Fox News.  At times, even HLN, CNN's old Headline News station, has beaten MSNBC in the ratings game.  In fact, MSNBC's third quarter ratings hit a record low with every one of its shows falling into the bottom of the cable ratings.

Massive Media Fail: Only 29% Oppose CIA Interrogation Methods.  A Pew Research poll finds that the mainstream media and Democrats failed miserably in their coordinated attacks against the Bush Administration (and America) over Bush-era enhanced interrogation methods employed by the CIA against 3 terrorists to stop future terror attacks (and hunt down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden).  Only 29% said the methods in question were unjustified.  A majority of 51% consider them justified.  A clear majority refused to buy into the media's lies about these methods not working.  A full 56% believe correctly that the intelligence gathered stopped future terror attacks.  Only 28% disagreed.

Obama's Endless Lies and His Media Accomplices.  It was appropriate that the Democratic Senate report on "torture" was released on the same day that Jonathan Gruber was testifying about lying to the American people regarding the benefits of Obamacare.  The Senate report was another form of deception, designed to confuse and mislead about what Obama has used in place of interrogation techniques of terrorists.  Obama doesn't interrogate terrorists, he kills them.  Yet, we are led to believe Obama believes in American values and practices them.  The American people would see through the lies if only they could depend on a media that would lead them out of all the deliberate obfuscation.

Google exec to head up Democrat midterm review panel.  How cozy is the Democrats' relationship with the media and technology worlds?  Close enough for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to head up a panel convened by the Democratic National Committee to figure out why they got creamed in the midterm elections, as CNN reports: [...]

The New Republic Commits Suicide.  This morning [12/5/2014], pretty much the entire editorial staff of the New Republic resigned, in protest at the direction in which the magazine was being taken. [...] It is notable, perhaps, that one of the only people who did not walk out today is former Salonista Brian Beutler, a recent hire whose specialty appears to be writing whatever the Establishment Left needs to be written at any given moment and then throwing it at his enemies with gusto.

Chuck Todd's wife aiding Jim Webb.  Kristian Denny Todd, the Democratic strategist and wife of "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd, is working with former Sen. Jim Webb as he considers a 2016 presidential bid, a Webb spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday [12/2/2014].  "She's been helping and advising him," Webb spokesperson Jessica Vanden Berg said.  Todd previously served as the communications director for Webb's 2006 Senate campaign in Virginia.  She is not currently being paid by Webb's office, according to spending reports for Webb's political action committee.

Mark Levin: The Left Is Whipping Up Ferguson To Cover Their Failures.  My reaction is that Farrakhan is a violent, hateful racist anti-semite and the fact that the president of the United States didn't denounce those comments, the fact that the attorney general of the United States didn't denounce those comments, the fact that not a single Democrat went to the floor of the House or the floor of the Senate and denounced that man and what he stands for, and not even a Republican, as far as I know is unbelievable to me.  As far as Jesse Jackson is concerned, Ferguson is not Selma and Michael Brown is not Emmett Till.

In a sane world, Sharyl Attkisson would be recognized with the highest commendations in journalism.  Appearing at number five this week on the New York Times' bestseller list is Sharyl Attkisson's much anticipated debut "Stonewalled," the tale of a renegade reporter who was forced out of her job at CBS because of a supposed "anti-Obama bias."  (Quick:  name one reporter ever canned for having an anti-Bush bias.)

What evil lurks? The liberals know.  On a good day, about 80 percent of the content generated by left-leaning websites will be spent explaining why Republican positions on x, y and z are really expressions of their fear and loathing of non-white Americans, and how modern conservatives descend from John C. Calhoun, Jefferson Davis, the 1948 presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond and the Ku Klux Klan in its entirety in one straight and unbroken line.  MSNBC frets over the threat of the "dog whistle," by which one uses a commonplace phrase to send a sinister message to one's fellow bigots.  Only their network's anchors are apparently able to hear them.

AP Accused of Bias Against Israel.  The Associated Press is pushing back against charges leveled by one of its former Israel-based reporters that the global news agency is systematically biased against Israel and specifically makes editorial choices meant to portray the Jewish state in negative terms.  The article by former AP reporter Matti Friedman accused the organization's Jerusalem bureau staff, as well as other reporters who cover the issue, of having an innate "distaste for Israel."  Friedman, who worked for the AP from 2006 to 2011, claims that these reporters choose and write stories about Israel based on "a belief that to some extent the Jews of Israel are a symbol of the world's ills."

H8ers Gotta H8.  The real haters are in the media, some of them the openly left-leaning media and some of them claiming to be mainstream.  But oh, how vilely they spew their hatred.  That's the most obvious takeaway from a perusal of this year's "Best Notable Quotables of 2014:  The Twenty-Seventh Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting," sponsored by the indispensable Media Research Center.  This is my 17th straight year as one of the 40 or so volunteer judges for the awards, and each year the media's anti-conservative vitriol seems worse than before.

The Torch Is Being Passed to A New Generation of Right-Wing Media.  Conservative media, never somnolent, is in a new and different boom period, led by millennial writers who are striking out against fresh targets.

Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Speaks Out for Advocacy Journalism: 'Neutrality Helps the Oppressor'.  Receiving an award before the Committee to Protect Journalists, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos delighted The Huffington Post by giving a stemwinder speech in favor of advocacy journalism, including his usual tub-thumping for immigration "reform."  Ramos pointed to a quote by the great Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel to bring his point home:  "We must take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim."

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Supporter and Former NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw.  President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18 individuals on Monday afternoon [11/24/2014] with one of them being former NBC Nightly News anchor and reliably liberal supporter Tom Brokaw.  During Monday's NBC Nightly News, current anchor Brian Williams used two teases and a segment by NBC/MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell to hype the ceremony.

Obama's immigration edict has no legal justification.  The broadcast networks refused to air the president's immigration speech, with some insiders admitting the networks found it too political.  Besides that, the speech was insulting to anyone remotely familiar with our system of government, and it assumes that his base is so unhinged it will stop at nothing to get what it wants.

The Editor asks...
When have the networks ever considered Obama's speeches to be "too political" to put on the air?

Krauthammer: Obama Counted On 'Minions in the Press' to Help Cover Up Gruber Scandal.  Appearing on Fox News's Special Report Monday [11/17/2014], columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested that the reason President Obama waited a week to comment on the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal was because the White House knew it could count on the liberal media to ignore the story.

More about the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal.

Did Chuck Todd Say Too Much About MSNBC?  Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, just released his latest book "The Stranger:  Barack Obama In the White House" chronicling the Democrat's first six years as president.  While much of the book details the numerous political battles the administration was engaged in, three excerpts from the book are quite striking.  Not only does Chuck Todd concede that MSNBC is openly leftist, the NBC host writes that "perhaps most frustrating to Team Obama was that even their allies weren't always allies."

Obama [is] So Isolated That Dem Senators Call MSNBC to Learn White House Plans.  Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appear to have a much better relationship with senior Democratic leaders than President Obama does.  "I actually had a senator — and it happens quite a few times where senators will call us saying, what are you hearing over at the White House?  What are they thinking on this bill?" Scarborough said.

Chris Hayes' Attkisson Interview Sums Up MSNBC's Issues in One Question.  [Scroll down]  We've often explored why MSNBC struggles so mightily, particularly lately — a disturbing development considering an election was just held.  Is the presentation outside of its morning show an echo chamber, which doesn't make for compelling television?  Yes.  Is the decision to go almost all opinion — even during dayside — making it impossible to discern one program from another?  Yes.  But here's one more point to consider:  How high is the quality of the guests?  Are those guests diverse from a political perspective?  The answers are "not high at all" and "no".  Rarely does a big-name Republican outside of a periodic Rand Paul interview ever appear on the network.

Democrats Must Accept That This Year's 'War On Women' Was A Disaster.  With a cartoonishly compliant media serving as attack dog for every Republican error or otherwise helping push the message, Democrats and abortion-rights activists couldn't conceive (definitely no pun intended) of a reason to change course.  And in 2014, they had what they believed were some of their best candidates.

Voters' verdict explodes Democratic myths.  As Democratic losses mounted in Senate races across the country on election night, some liberal commentators clung to the idea that dissatisfied voters were sending a generally anti-incumbent message, and not specifically repudiating Democratic officeholders.  But the facts of the election just don't support that story.

Stephanopoulos To Moderate Final NH Senate Debate — Despite Ties To Shaheen Operative.  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, a former aide to former President Bill Clinton, will be moderating the final debate here between incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Republican Scott Brown on Thursday evening.  But one thing that's not known to the public about Stephanopoulos is his longtime personal ties to one of Shaheen's top political advisers.

It's Time to Trim the Debate Moderators' Role.  As this campaign season draws to an end, doubtless many will comment on what was right and what went wrong for each party.  Let me beat the crowd by stating whatever the outcomes of the Congressional and state races the notion of Republicans continuing to allow Democratic operatives posing as newsmen and women to act as moderators in candidate debates is one of the most inexplicably stupid blunders of all.  And yet each election it is repeated.  Let this be the last time.  Here are some names and incidents that should be engraved forever on the RNC steps and in each republican officeholder's quarters:  George Stephanopoulos, Gwen Ifill, Charlie Gibson, Candy Crowley, and James Pindell.

Keystone Korps: The farce of the White House press.  Is the White House press corps obsolete?  Today its members are restless, grumbling about an Obama White House that claims to be the most transparent ever.  From big issues such as the tapping of a Fox reporters's phone to the media blackout imposed on the president's golf game with Tiger Woods, the chorus goes up:  When it comes to the press, President Obama may be even worse than ... Nixon.

The Left's fantasy world is no amusement park.  The Obama propaganda machine churns out fantasy to the liberal and Left media outlets, who obligingly publish and defend everything they put out.  And since Fox News is the biggest media source that does not buy into this Fantasy World, they are the ones portrayed as living under false conceptions.

The media embargo on "the B word".  [Scroll down]  If America's reporters are so concerned about race relations in the country that such descriptions are included immediately when discussing a case where a white person is charged with injury to an African American, how is such discussion less valid when the roles are reversed? [...] As much as some of these news outlets may hate to admit it, black people do, on occasion, commit acts of violence.  And sometimes the victims of that violence are white.  But somehow that's not a story.

The List: Every Journalist in the GameJournoPros Group Revealed.  Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes.  We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list.  Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing.

A plea for constitutional literacy on Constitution Day.  Earlier this summer, I managed to perplex, perhaps even offend, a famous TV interviewer when I declared I wanted a federal government that followed the U.S. Constitution.  Seemingly aghast, the interviewer went so far as to suggest my position was a "highly charged thing to say."  Imagine that.  A journalist who, owing to the Constitution, has the right to report freely and to speak freely, being uncomfortable to hear a fellow American swear allegiance to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers' vision of a limited central government.

Andrea Mitchell: Obama's New Foreign Policy Advisers All MSNBC Regulars.  MSNBC'S Andrea Mitchell claimed President Barack Obama's new cabal of foreign policy advisers "looks like a review of our guest list" on the liberal cable news network, with the AP's Julie Pace explaining that the White House is trying to bring the commentators "into the fold."  Mitchell spoke Tuesday [9/9/2014] with Pace about Obama's Monday night dinner with the DC foreign policy intelligentsia, presumably designed to help craft a strategy to contain an aggressive Russia and defeat ISIS in the Middle East.  But as the MSNBC host ticked off the guests — including former Clinton aide Sandy Berger, longtime Democratic adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman — she couldn't help but notice a trend.

Latest 'World News' Anchor David Muir Loves 'Cool Kid Obama,' Mocked Romney.  Starting on Tuesday [9/2/2014], ABC journalist David Muir will replace Diane Sawyer as the anchor of World News.  Given the liberal legacy of predecessors like Peter Jennings and Sawyer, it's not surprising that Muir has a history of fawning over "cool kid" Barack Obama and attacking conservatives.  The Media Research Center has compiled a Profile in Bias of his worst examples of liberal bias.

Finally a Lib 'Journalist' With Guts to Say He Wants Conservatives Banned from TV.  Left-winger Ed Kilgore, who blogs for Washington Monthly magazine, made to comment on the new ideas that NBC has for revamping Meet The Press when Chuck Todd takes over the venerable Sunday political show (Todd himself is an old Democrat operative, by the way).  In his August 25 post entitled, "Who Should Be Banned as Panelists For the New 'Meet?'," Kilgore notes that NBC president Deborah Turness is saying that she wants to have a panel of journalists question each guest as a sort of "coffeehouse conversation." [...] Kilgore thinks this is a terrible idea.  Why?  Because *gasp* that panel might have conservatives on it.  So, Kilgore has a solution for this conservative "problem."  He thinks NBC should ban all conservatives as panelists.

Cable Karma: Fox News soars as CNN reportedly to announce huge layoffs.  According to a report in The Wrap, CNN and sister network Headline News are planning to lay off 550 staffers, a huge and very painful cutback. [...] Because progressives dominate 90% of media outlets and studiously ignore major stories like the IRS scandals, Benghazi, and basically anything harmful to Democrats, Fox News is handed the opportunity to reach the public with distinctive content unavailable elsewhere, and the public is responding.  Most major media would rather be progressive than successful.

CNN and the Titanic.  What is the difference between CNN and the Titanic?  The only casualties from CNN's sinking will be careers, not lives.  For CNN, the bad news has hit.  With no new race riots or crashing Malaysian airliners to boost ratings, CNN is back in the ratings basement again.  While the normal rules of journalism may not always apply at CNN, the rules of business do.  A business must bring in more money than it loses or it must make cuts.  Since payroll is usually a business' single largest expense, that is often what is first cut.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski Brags About Being Buddies With Eric Holder.  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski casually revealed her close rapport with Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday [8/19/2014], earning a gentle ribbing from co-host Joe Scarborough after claiming she's "in contact" with Holder and that their kids attend the same school.  The "Morning Joe" co-hosts were discussing President Barack Obama's decision to send Holder to Ferguson, the small Missouri town wracked by violent riots since the killing of an unarmed black man by police ten 10 [sic] ago.  "Sending Eric Holder — I've been in contact with Eric Holder over the past few months on other issues," Brezezinski said.  "Our kids went to the same school."

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When she says, "the same school," I think she means the same expensive private school.

Media Fail: Poll Shows Increase In Support for Ferguson Police.  A very useful YouGov poll that tracks public sentiment about Ferguson over time shows that despite the 24/7 racial demagoguery from cable news network's like CNN and MSNBC, public opinion is moving in the exact opposite direction of what the media is aiming for.  Between August 14-17 a plurality of only 45% believed Ferguson residents reacted unreasonably following the shooting of Michael Brown.  Four days later that number jumped to a clear majority of 56%.

Bloodbath at CNN, HLN: Axing of 550 Jobs 'Imminent'.  Today's news of a coming bloodbath at CNN and HLN is a reminder that while CNN has been able to use the unrest in Ferguson to race-bait its way to better ratings, everyone knows that's temporary.  Without something that allows the left-wing network to appeal to the lowest common denominator, CNN is almost certain to fall back into the ratings basement until something else comes along for the network to cynically exploit.

Hide 'D,' Showcase 'R'.  It is such common sense as to be undeniable that basic journalism requires a party label to be affixed to a story about an elected public official, the president excepted.  It is the DNA of the "who" in a news report. [...] But what happens when that cardinal rule is applied to one party but ignored for the other?  Favoritism?  Bias?  No, it's far worse than just that.  It is a commitment to abide by the rules of journalism with one party and then a deliberate attempt to protect the other, even if it means violating the most basic rules of news reporting.

#StandWithIsrael Rally Targets CNN Media Bias at Time Warner Center.  The event page lists 1,200 attendees who RSVP'd affirmatively to attend the protest.  "We are an independent group of people who share a common and STRONG bond with the beautiful country, Israel!" the protest's organization wrote.  "We are tired of seeing the media berate and straight out LIE about the events taking place during this difficult time (and over time). [...]"

Obama is Betraying the Republic's Trust.  The current occupant of White House has been in office for 6 years.  He could not have achieved this without the refusal of the media to affirmatively vet his past, and then, the media's abandonment of all objectivity to actively support and protect Obama from all forms of criticism.  In first averting, and then betraying, their indelegable public duty to hold government accountable for its actions, the media has betrayed the free republic that tolerates its existence in the first place.  With their betrayal of first the public trust, and then the Republic's trust, the media has literally, and finally, cut its own throat.  Only 40% of Americans get their information from the "Big 3" networks and newspapers.

5 Reasons Not to Trust the 'What Me Worry' Media About Ebola.  [#1] The Mainstream Media Love to Lord Their Superiority Over Us[.]  Accusing the hoi polloi of panicking and then calling for calm is the first knee-jerk reaction of anyone who gets off on puffing themselves up as Our Betters.  And that is our media personified.  I believe and worry that the need to preen their superiority over us could affect the media's judgment.  That's why the bloodless, slide-rule, Big Government-worshipping Spocks at Business Insider are already accusing others of panic ... even though no one is panicking.

Americans support Israel and the press hates it.  One gets the impression that America's broad support for Israel's mission in Gaza over that of Hamas militants, support reflected in policy in Washington, is evolving into an obsession for members of the press.  In fact, it seems that the more stubbornly Americans cling to their support for their country's democratic ally in the Middle East, the more frenetic and scolding the media's tone has become while covering the conflict.

Pelosi to Reporters on Midterm Election: 'We Need You to Be Messengers...'  When asked at a press briefing on Thursday [7/31/2014] why her party's message is "not resonating with the electorate," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a room full of reporters "we need you to be messengers."

Michelle Nunn: Favorable Media Bias Part of Democrat Campaign Strategy.  Over at National Review, Eliana Johnson got hold of a confidential campaign plan for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democrat running for the U.S. Senate.  Nunn is one of the two or three hopes Democrats have of actually picking up a Senate seat.  The campaign is cynical, to say the least, especially in its assessment of Jews as a "tremendous financial opportunity" and Asians as "very tight."  Ricochet looked at the report and found one area the campaign felt very good about:  How Nunn could count on the media to be on its side and even warn them of in advance of GOP attacks.

Sharyl Attkisson: CBS Lost Interest in Government Watchdog Stories.  In an interview with National Public Radio's David Folkenflik, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said that the network discouraged her from pursuing stories on the Obama administration, and seemingly lost interest in her government watchdog stories to the point that they kept them off the air.

Krauthammer Slams NY Times Editorial Page: 'Childish,' 'They Have No Influence.  On Tuesday's [7/8/2014] "The O'Reilly Factor," Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer offered his assessment of the layout of the current media environment, particularly with regards to liberal bias.  Krauthammer was particularly critical of The New York Times.  In its news pages, he argued the Times offered the news through a leftward prism.  However, it declared its celebrated editorial page inconsequential for its slant.

IRS Lawyers Ready for Busy Week Ahead.  The Obama administration has managed to keep the IRS story just below full-blown-scandal level for months now.  The Washington-based establishment media, long friendly to Barack Obama and his White House, have been willing to accept at face value the increasingly implausible nothing-to-see-here claims of top IRS and Obama administration officials.  Many reporters are eager to believe Democrats' claims that the scandal is yet another example of right wing hysteria.  When Republicans make wild public accusations without evidence to support them, as we've seen in abundance in recent weeks, they make it easier for lazy reporters to move the IRS story from their "potential scandal" box to their "Washington dysfunction" pile.

Chicago Rejects Illegal Aliens.  If you watch the lame stream Pravda U.S. News you'd be inclined to think that only conservative communities take issue with busloads of disease riddled, contagion spreading, Illegal Aliens disbursed in their neighborhoods to overwhelm their social safety nets. [...] Here you see the same response from uber-liberal Chicago's South Side.  But that doesn't fit the Pravda narrative, so you probably won't see Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow calling Chicagoans "bigots" or "racists".

Ex-White House Flack Jay Carney To MSNBC?  If it happens, Carney would follow in the natural footsteps of a few other aides to President Obama who were welcomed into the MSNBC family upon leaving their jobs.  The last White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, became an MSNBC contributor in May, 2013, while David Axelrod, a top aide to Obama, became one in February 2013.

MSNBC Primetime Ratings Crash, Worst in Eight Years.  As July closes out, MSNBC has posted some of its worst ratings in eight years.  The network came in third in total viewers and fourth in the key 25 to 54 age bracket for the month.  In prime time, the network came in second in total viewers and third in the key demographic.  This was MSNBC's worst showing in prime time in the key demo since 2006.

16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket.  [#10] The stuff that you see on broadcasts like CNN aren't news or reporting but the controlled media simply spewing forth talking points that have been provided for them by the white house and other government agencies — this has been admitted to by main stream "news" organizations.

The Palace Guard MSM Drops the Mask.  Since its birth in the 1920s with the first national radio networks, the modern MSM has always had a cozy relationship with power, and until the creation of Fox News, one channel on your TV dial or satellite guide, that power has almost exclusively meant their fellow Democrats.  The media have long voted overwhelmingly Democrat in presidential elections; as Walter Cronkite once said at a Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner in the mid-1990s, in-between feting the Clintons on his yacht in Martha's Vineyard, "Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents."

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals.  We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news.  That is no longer true.  Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing.  Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats.  Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one.

Media is blindly following Obama.  That the leftist media remain a sucker for story lines about Democratic unity, as opposed to those about a Republican "civil war," is a disgrace that helps define the age of Obama.  Uncurious and unserious journalists are not journalists.  They are stenographers at best, shills at worst.  Their abdication is destructive.  The refusal to subject Obama to the same critical standard applied to Republican presidents provides cover for policies that lack public support.  And that blackout of skepticism serves to keep potentially wayward Democrats in line.  Then and only then is it possible to claim they are "starting to unite" behind a policy that doesn't exist.

Scott Walker Fires Back: 'The Media Is a Willing Accomplice of the Left'.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show today to address the accusations of his involvement in a campaign finance scheme.  Walker said two separate judges threw the case out and went after the media for still questioning his involvement, telling Hewitt, "The media is a willing accomplice of the left."  Hewitt was particularly bothered by a TIME article titled "'Criminal Scheme' Will Haunt Scott Walker" that Hewitt said was "objectively slanderous."  Walker said the media is completely ignoring the fact that this case was dismissed twice, and added, "You look at some of these media outlets, and they don't seem to care much about the truth."

Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low.  Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today [6/19/2014] by Gallup. [...] In the latest survey, conducted June 5-8, only 10 percent said they had "a great deal" of confidence in T.V. news, and 8 percent said they had "quite a lot" of confidence.

Gallup: Public Confidence in TV News at All-Time Low.  Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup.  Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that news medium.

Media Matters founder funds 'journalists' to target conservatives.  Does the Left really need another organization whose sole purpose is to attack conservatives?  Apparently so, according to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, head of the liberal American Bridge PAC and board member of the liberal Priorities USA Action.  Brock is going to bring his special brand of bias to the re-launched American Independent Institute — an obvious mock name considering it will be anything but independent.  The goal of the institute will be to expose the "nexus of conservative power in Washington," according to Dylan Byers of Politico.

5 Reasons Hillary Won't Run.  3) It ain't gonna be a coronation.  HRC must have been taken aback last week when two members of the traveling sisterhood — Diane Sawyer of ABC News and Terry Gross of NPR — actually pressed her with uncomfortable questions about Benghazi and gay marriage, respectively.  Hillary didn't respond well in either situation, and the ensuing coverage was instructive.  If she can't count on favorable press coverage during the choreographed rollout of a self-reverential memoir, what does that tell us about how she'd do in debates against a determined opponent?

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In other words, Hillary can't win without the eager assistance of the news media, which confirms the obvious:  that Obama wouldn't have won without that assistance.

Time Warner CEO Blasted For CNN Bias at Shareholders Meeting.  Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes was blasted for CNN's left-wing bias at Time Warner's annual shareholders meeting Friday [6/13/2014].  The Hollywood Reporter's Paul Bond reports that Bewkes was confronted by shareholder Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research, with a litany of complaints about CNN's sharp turn to the left under Jeff Zucker.  Danhof's comments were met with applause from other shareholders.

Poll: MSNBC The Least Trusted Name In TV News.  MSNBC is the least trusted name in news, even less than the comedy program The Daily Show, a new Brookings and Public Religion Research poll revealed.  Fox News Channel ranked as the most trusted name overall (25 percent of respondents) and with self-described independents (26 percent), while only 5 percent of all Americans rated the liberal channel its most trusted source of accurate information on politics and current events, Mediaite reported.

Poll: The Number One Problem In Politics Is...  Despite Sen. Harry Reid's near-daily speeches about the "un-American" Koch brothers and the vast amount of money they give to the Republican Party — all while the Democrats take billions from other interest groups — Americans are still not convinced that campaign donations are the number one problem in politics right now.  That designation goes to media bias, according to 48% of the 1,000 likely voters polled for a Rasmussen Report. Big campaign contributions earned the #2 spot, with 44% of those polled.  Among people who identify as Tea Party members, media bias is an even bigger problem — 77% say it's the number one issue.

Poll: Media bias tops money as the biggest problem in politics.  More Americans believe that biased media coverage is a bigger problem in politics than donations from fat cats, according to a new poll.  Rasmussen Reports found that when given a choice, 48 percent of voters believe media bias is the No. 1 villain while 44 blamed big campaign contributions.  And among Tea Party members, 77 percent said media bias and reports against the movement are the top problem in politics.

Lord Obama.  The media is not just overwhelmingly hard left, but hard left with a chip on its shoulder that its own views are neither accepted by the majority nor usually implemented by government.  All the above scandals and embarrassments would have ruined a Bush, given that such mishaps would have been headlined daily in the New York Times (e.g., "VA, Benghazi, AP, NSA, IRS overwhelm sinking Bush administration") or Washington Post ("Bush Cabinet Paralyzed by Scandal").  For the media, Obama is not Jimmy Carter or even Bill Clinton whom they overwhelmingly supported.  He is quite different — the first gold-plated liberal president since FDR, and probably the last for a while, intent on fundamentally transforming the United States, by redistributing income and accumulated wealth, and recalibrating the American profile abroad.

How Conservatives Can Defeat the Media.  For decades the media has collaborated with Democrats and the liberal elites in creating a superstructure that exists for the sole purpose of humiliating conservative candidates and spokesmen.  It is proactive, universal, and often quite successful.  It has also been virtually ignored by the conservative establishment, which consistently behaves as if American politics is a gentleman's pastime operating by the same rules that it did in the late 19th century.  It can be said without exaggeration that the major public uproars of the 2012 campaign were either media-generated or immediately exploited by the media/liberal superstructure.

The downfall of American journalists.  It ought to be a matter of deep shame that the most popular news website in the United States is the U.K. Daily Mail.  And the fact that so many top editors and journalists in the United States happen to be from Britain is something that ought to disturb all those professors of journalism at elite schools like Columbia.  You know, the ones that hand out big prizes like the Pulitzer, touting how wonderful our journalists are.  Strangely enough, with all the university and foundation resources available for conferences, commissions, studies, and the like, nobody seems much interested in this embarrassing situation.  There's a good reason for that.

Palin unloads both barrels on partisan media.  From Fast and Furious to Benghazi, and from the IRS to the VA, the national media has assiduously covered President Obama's tracks from start to finish, and is no doubt preparing to do the same for possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Having heard enough, Sarah Palin this week let the media have both rhetorical barrels over their partisan covering for know-nothing Democrats, as highlighted on the Drudge Report.

Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That's far fewer than even a decade ago.  A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one, according to a new study of the media conducted by two Indiana University professors. [...] The great thing about this survey, called "The American Journalist in the Digital Age", is that its been conducted four previous times — in 1971, 1982, 1992 and 2002.  That allows for some fascinating comparisons of how partisanship (or the lack thereof) among reporters has evolved over that time.

What newspapers does he read?
Harry Reid Scolds Press For Being Too Fair To Republicans.  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reprimanded MSNBC's Chuck Todd — and indeed, journalism in general — for being too interested in treating Republicans fairly, claiming reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."

Harry Reid: Media covering for Republicans.  The media are covering for Republicans in their political coverage, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Asked by MSNBC's Chuck Todd in an interview aired Thursday [5/8/2014] why he won't allow Republican amendments to an energy bill, Reid shot back that reporters "won't call things the way they actually exist."

America's Appalling Ignorance of ChristianityNew York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof [...] admitted that when he was covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, he was surprised at how the candidate connected with Americans because of his evangelical faith; more surprisingly, Kristof admitted that he had "only the vaguest idea at the time what an evangelical was."

Media Matters founder David Brock: We appreciate Soros funding to pursue journalists.  Media Matters founder David Brock said Sunday [4/27/2014] that he's grateful for progressive billionaire George Soros' "generosity" and confirmed that he chooses to "pursue" journalists if he "starts to see patterns" in their work.  Brock, his silver mane and bizarre vocal intonations lending him the likeness of a socially awkward Bond villain, sat in San Francisco for a softball interview with CNN's Reliable Sources to respond to the controversy surrounding former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  The liberal smear machine Media Matters has been hammering the brilliant female investigative reporter with the term "shoddy reporting" to describe her exposes on Obama administration scandals including Fast and Furious and Benghazi.

Washington Post hires ultra-liberal former union bully and nobody bats an eye.  On Monday [4/21/2014], The Washington Post announced it had hired Philip Bump, a journalist currently at Atlantic magazine's The Wire, to cover politics for their daily blog The Fix.  The move set off a chain of congratulations from across the political press corps.  But lost in the media love fest was Bump's partisan past — a history left unspoken in either the Post's official announcement or any of the Twitter applause.  Not only does Bump's archive at The Wire betray a palpable bias in favor of progressivism; his career as a journalist began when he headed a vicious pro-labor blog which published the names and addresses of opponents later targeted by unions.

CBS Responds to Attkisson's Claims About Network Reporting Bias.  Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has been very vocal about how CBS pushed back on reports she did critical of the Obama administration.  On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday [4/20/2014], Attkisson went after both her former network and Media Matters; the former for muzzling stories and the latter for targeting her.  Attkisson has repeatedly argued that while CBS didn't really get in her way when it came to covering issues critical of George W. Bush, bus when it came to the same with President Obama, she was called a "troublemaker" and sensed a chilling effect for journalists everywhere.

Attkisson: Some CBS Bosses Seemed 'Personally Defensive' of the Obama Administration.  [Scroll down]  Some CBS News managers are so "ideologically entrenched," Attiksson explained, that they're willing to quash or bury reports that could inflict political damage on the sitting administration. [...] "I didn't sense any resistance in doing stories that were perceived to be negative to the Bush administration.  By anybody, ever."

Sharyl Attkisson charges Media Matters helps produce news reports for CBS.  Now that she has left CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson is revealing all sorts of interesting facts about the way news is shaped by ideologues. [...] In combination with the revelations on Politico carried by the Washington Post today, Attkisson's explanation of Media Matters' influence provide more reasons to distrust the mainstream media.

Sharyl Attkisson Suggests Media Matters Was Paid for Propaganda Attack Campaign Against Her.  Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," host Brian Stelter was very critical of former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's reporting skills because she has spoken about her experience at CBS News where she witnessed as a common practice the killing of stories unfriendly to the Obama administration.

Sharyl Attkisson Claims CBS Moved On From 'Fast and Furious' as She'd 'Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface'.  Appearing on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson claimed that CBS "had barely begun to scratch the surface" of the "Fast and Furious" scandal before the network moved on from the story.  She noted that the network showed similar reluctance for its coverage of Benghazi and the ObamaCare rollout.  Before her resignation last month, Attkisson covered Obama administration controversies like "Fast and Furious" and Benghazi and her reporting helped the CBS Evening News win the Edward R. Murrow award in 2012.  Yet she told O'Reilly that higher-ups at the network moved on from the "Fast and Furious"scandal "due to lack of interest, well before we found answers to a lot of questions."

ABC's Dan Harris Denies Any Conscious Liberal Bias.  ABC "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris appeared on the Steve Malzberg show Friday on Newsmax TV to promote his new book promoting meditation called "10 Percent Happier."  After the two communicators discussed having panic attacks while they were broadcasting, Malzberg concluded the interview by asking about liberal media bias.  Harris repeatedly said he was "open" to the idea, but insisted it was subconscious, and that "very, very powerful" people at ABC are conservatives.

Santelli: On Obamacare, Climate Change, Media Too Quick to Accept Facts are 'Settled'.  CNBC contributor Rick Santelli ranted against the media's tendency to accept certain things as settled fact.  According to Santelli, the media, "whether press, TV or whatever it is," aren't focusing enough on presenting hard data.  Santelli argued that this was due to the media accepting data from third party sources as settled science.  "Seven million, it's settled.  Climate change, it's settled.  It's all settled."  He also expressed doubt about whether or not anyone was even capable of doing anything about climate change.

The media hate Republicans.  California State senator (and, until last week, candidate for secretary of state) Leland Yee was well-known as an anti-gun activist.  Then, last week, he was indicted for, yes, conspiring to smuggle guns and rocket launchers between mobsters and terrorists in exchange for massive bribes.  Some highlights, as excerpted by San Francisco Magazine. [...] This all sounds like news.  You've got charges of huge bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a leading politician in an important state.  But — and here's the part Hollywood would miss — outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.

The Leland Yee Story, As a Free Press Would Tell It.  Now, one might think that this is a major scandal.  A prominent politician, a principled advocate of gun control, turns out to be a gun runner who wants to import shoulder-fired missiles, in exchange for a large bribe.  How could the networks resist a story like that?!  Poor CNN has been limping along with a lousy lane closure for what, two or three years now?  A dynamite story like Yee's could put them back on the ratings map!  Oh, one thing I forgot to mention — Leland Yee is a Democrat.  So no national news organization has any interest in his story.  Sorry.  It's on the back pages of the local papers.  This is more proof, if it were needed, that the Democratic Party's news media are not primarily interested in ratings or profits, but in advancing the party's narrative.

ObamaCare Is A Fiasco, So Why Don't Media Report It?  How do we know ObamaCare is failing?  Ironically, because those very same "reporters" are doing the opposite of the Bush years.  They're burying the story.  They aren't in denial.  They know the truth.  They're just choosing to ignore it.  They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.  They are pretending, like Ellen DeGeneres told the president, that "everyone" in America loves ObamaCare.  Just how much coverage have they given to this, the most important domestic issue since Ronald Reagan's economic recovery plan?

MSNBC: Hate Forward.  MSNBC's entire primetime lineup is stacked with liberal journalists and pundits, who in turn have on more liberal journalists, pundits, and Democratic lawmakers as their guests more than 90 percent of the time.  The subject matter, as anyone who watches MSNBC knows, is nearly always to gleefully and freely shred Republicans.  One common point of contention:  Daring to oppose the commander in chief.  Yet, rather than engage Republican and conservative criticisms of Obama, anchors and guests often dismiss nearly all of them as stemming from a "hate" for the president.

A few questions for the Cheer Leaders at ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, NYT, et al.  You few, you proud, you journalists who inform Americans about their nation and the world; you inheritors of the glorious tradition of a free and vital press — may I turn the tables and ask you a few questions?  Will any of you Obama cheerleaders ask the "Leader of the Free World" why he was so wrong and Romney was so right about the geopolitical challenge that Putin's Russia poses to America?  Will you all apologize to Sarah Palin for y'all mocking her when she suggested Obama's weakness might encourage Putin to invade Ukraine?  Ya, know, since she was so right and you all were embarrassingly wrong?

New President of Disney/ABC Television Sits On Soros-Backed Board.  Ben Sherwood, the current president of ABC News who sits on the advisory board of the George Soros-backed Center for Public Integrity, will take over as president of Disney/ABC television in February of 2015.  Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney, who will be leaving next year after ten years.  Sherwood will immediately become Co-President of Disney/ABC Television and continue his duties as President of ABC News.

The Death of Journalism.  Of course when Republicans are in office, liberal journalists become quite aggressive and love to launch investigations.  When Democrats are in office, these same journalists help the politicians cover up their misdeeds.  The identical press that blasted George W. Bush throughout his administration is totally uninterested in examining President Obama's failed policies, broken promises and weak leadership.  The biggest omission has been a detailed examination of Obamacare and the President's many exemptions, extensions and revisions to the plan.

Modern Journalism: We Report, We Decide.  It is no wonder news organization credibility continues to decline.  Rather than objectively analyzing and reporting the news, most major media organizations have become one large editorial page.  And when they tire of attempting to report the actual news, they turn to the sensational.

Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians.  Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, "I wouldn't surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions.  If I need something answered from the White House and they won't tell me, I'll call our White House Correspondent.  They're friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general.  So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told 'ask that at the briefing and we'll answer it.'  They want to answer it in front of everybody.  They do know it's coming and they'll call on you.  There's that kind of coordination sometimes.  I wouldn't be shocked if there's sometimes more coordination. [...]"

Sharyl Attkisson: Always a 'Chummy Relationship' Between Reporters and WH.  Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Friday with Philadelphia-based radio host Chris Stigall where she was asked about a story that exploded on Thursday involving an accusation from a local CBS reporter who alleged that White House correspondents often submit their questions to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney in advance.  The White House press corps strongly objected to this allegation, and the reporter who made this claim later walked it back.  Attkisson said that, while she did not think this was a matter of collusion between journalists and political spokespeople for some nefarious purpose, there is some form of coordination between them.  Attkisson added that there is a "chummy" relationship between reporters and political spokespeople that has been a feature of Washington D.C. that predates the Obama administration.

My cross to bear — why I no longer hide my faith in the newsroom.  Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson tweeted five simple words last week:  "I resigned from CBS News." Seconds later, a website report explained why.  Sources say she felt frustrated with the network's "liberal bias."  If true, in a nutshell, she had become a square peg in a round hole, and was tired of pretending otherwise. [...] There's always a reason liberal bias is denied.  But it alive and well in newsrooms.  And it has been for decades.  The same is true for religious persecution.

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TV stations don't mind featuring openly homosexual news reporters, but an openly Christian reporter is frowned upon, especially on the east and west coasts.

Sharyl Attkisson vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago.  CBS's Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network, the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses.  But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.

Star Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Quits CBS: Democrat Scandals Not Welcome.  Rumors of Attkisson's stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made the rounds for months and months.  In conversations from last year, CBS News sources told the Erik Wemple Blog that Attkisson, who came to the network from CNN two decades ago, was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn't make "The CBS Evening News" with greater frequency.

Attkisson's CBS Departure Shows Big Media's Bias.  [Sharyl] Attkisson is nearly alone within the broadcast media in pursuing Obama scandals, like the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans; the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal that left U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry dead; and the Solyndra scandal that wasted over a half-billion dollars of taxpayer money on a failed solar-panel maker.  Last year, her computer was mysteriously hacked.  Whether it's network corporate sponsors who don't want to anger President Obama, or news editors who love Obama's agenda, we're all in trouble if investigative reporting focusing on the president is persecuted into marginality.

The Media's Obama Protection Society.  While [Sharyl] Attkisson is just one reporter and CBS has long since ceased being a dominant force in the national media, this may be a crucial moment in the history of American journalism.  It was assumed that any major news outlet would regard aggressive coverage of all administrations as a given.  But that ceased to be the case when Barack Obama entered the White House.  If Attkisson is being shown the door at CBS it is not because her work is not highly regarded but because she has violated the prime directive of liberal media insiders:  thou shalt not report on Obama in the same way that you reported on George W. Bush or even Bill Clinton.  The liberal bias that conservatives have long complained about is out of the closet.

The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party.  Why do Republicans never seem to come out ahead politically when they go toe-to-toe with the Democrats?  Part of the reason, at least, is that the press, to a greater extent than at any time in our history, is monolithically Democrat.  The most important news organ is the Associated Press, whose articles appear in hundreds, or possibly thousands, of newspapers around the country.  The AP pretends to be a neutral, just-the-facts information source, but it is nothing of the kind.  While there are some good reporters at the AP, the overwhelming majority function, as to issues that are politically controversial, as advocates for the Democratic Party.

Why the Media Will Never Treat Conservatives Fairly.  As objective as the media claims to be, the so called Gang of 500 — the reporters and chattering class who develop the conventional wisdom in politics — is mostly of the left or married to the left.  There is a revolving door between the media and leftwing politics that rarely exists on the right.  It shapes the world view of the members of the media and necessitates conservatives working even harder to get their opinions, views, and stories heard.  I have encountered this bias throughout the media in my professional life and seen it up close over the years.

How AP altered its headline to protect Obamacare.  Don't believe the press is in the tank for Obama and Obamacare?  Well, check this out. [...] I realize this happens frequently, but the dishonesty is still breathtaking.  And this is why much of the MSM cannot be trusted:  they are not honest brokers of information, but a propaganda and marketing arm of the Obama White House, the Democratic Party, and the Left.

Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News.  CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday [3/10/2014].  Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network's liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network's corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said.  She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.

Echoes of Edward R. Murrow in Sharyl Atkisson's departure from CBS News.  CBS News has lost its strongest claim to be a fair and non-partisan news source with the departure of Sharly Atkisson from the network.  The award-winning reporter has been squeezed-out because of her reporting on investigative themes inconvenient to the Obama administration, including Fast and Furious and the Benghazi Scandal — two incidents in which United States government officials lost their lives.

Report: Star Benghazi Reporter Attkisson Exits CBS Due to 'Liberal Bias'.  Apparently [Sharyl] Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat.  Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of President Obama's National Security advisor, Ben Rhodes.  According to ABC News, Brother Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that — with the help of the mainstream media — misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

Dumb, Uneducated, And Eager To Deceive: Media Coverage Of Religious Liberty In A Nutshell.  In the aftermath of the abominable media coverage of Arizona's religious liberty bill, an editor shared his hypothesis that journalists care about freedom of speech and of the press because they practice them.  And journalists don't care about freedom of religion because they don't.  But one of the most interesting things about modern media's deep hostility toward the religious, their religions, and religious liberty in general is that press freedom in America is rooted in religion.

The Media, the South.  As someone who moved from New Jersey to Mississippi eight years ago, I don't understand why leaders here don't more aggressively rebut the stereotypes the media perpetuate about the South.  Because no amount of apologizing or explaining will ever change what the media think about us.

Two New MSNBC Hosts Bring News Media-Obama Revolving Door to 30.  With two political activists, who toiled for Barack Obama, starting hosting duties today [2/24/2014] with new shows on MSNBC, the Media Research Center's list of those revolving between working on behalf of Obama and positions in the news media has reached 30.

Shut up, they explained.  The Democrat-Media complex works to in effect silence conservative critics rather than engage their criticisms and debate the issues.  They employ a variety of programs and techniques to ensure that substantive points from the other side will either be ignored, distorted, demonized, or delegitimized.

Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset.  The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon.  Now that he's taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent.  Fallon's Obama-friendly sketches and interviews have become immediate "news" grist for the Comcast corps at NBC and MSNBC.  The same sensation happens when Fallon is ripping into a Republican.

Understanding The Left's Grip On Media.  While talk radio and FOX grab much of the attention, what really broke the left's control over media was the Internet.  Before its advent, one needed a large investment in a printing press or a broadcast tower to engage a mass audience; afterward, all one needed was a few hundred dollars for a basic computer and Internet service.  The web shattered barriers to entry and, suddenly, pent up demand for information free of non-progressive bias met an onrush of supply.

Larry King: I've 'never seen a bias off the air or on'.  Larry King said that in his 26 years of experience at CNN and 20 years of work in Mutual Radio, he's never seen evidence of media bias — never.  "I worked at CNN for almost 26 years.  I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years.  I've been in the business 57 years.  I have never seen a bias off the air or on," he told Newsmax TV.

The Golden Egg.  As far as Bill and Hillary Clinton are concerned, the media's horizon of expectations is stunningly narrow.  It encompasses on the one hand the belief that the "secretary of explaining stuff" is a national treasure beyond reproach, and on the other hand the expectation that the former secretary of state will be our next president.  Stories that fall outside of this horizon are problematized, scrutinized, ascribed to partisanship, and read with the sort of incredulity reporters are supposed to apply to public figures such as the Clintons.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Claims Station Has No Ideology.  Some viewers may raise eyebrows as to Griffin's assertion that he doesn't run a biased network.  In 2013, MSNBC hired former Obama presidential adviser David Axelrod and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to provide political commentary across the network's programming.  Media critic Howard Kurtz admitted that he is very troubled by having two Obama loyalists as network advocates.

NBC 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 Hillary Clinton.

They fall right into his lap: Journalists jump for jobs on President Obama's team.  Journalism and open government groups have criticized President Obama for falling short of promises to increase transparency, but that hasn't stopped reporters and editors from gobbling up jobs in his administration.  One of the latest to go from covering the administration to promoting it is Dorie Nolt, who left her job as education reporter for The Associated Press to become press secretary at the Education Department.  She joins at least 22 other former journalists who have worked or who continue to work in the administration, according to White House announcements, ethics filings and media reports.

When the press is a poodle.  This nation's Founders had a special role in mind for the media in the constitutional arrangements they carefully constructed.  It was to provide a fourth source of checks and balances on the potential abuse of power by the three branches of government, by virtue of journalists' independence and, if assured freedom of the press, their ability to expose and, thereby, to counter overreaching presidents, legislators or courts.  The Framers of our Constitution didn't reckon on the American media in the age of Obama, however.

ObamaCare Misreporting Underscored Mainstream Media's Malfeasance.  Tragically, what we have today are mainstream media that put the socialist and destructive policies of the far left well before objectivity, professionalism or the welfare of the American people and actively promote those "progressive" policies while simultaneously working to discredit conservative and common-sense opposition.  No better example of this mainstream-media malfeasance exists than the case of ObamaCare and thousands of liberal "journalists" at the networks, cable networks, newspapers and radio outlets who chose — out of loyalty to the president and his naively utopian nanny-state beliefs — to shill for a program they knew to be built on a foundation of lies from day one.

2017 and the End of Ethics.  Will there be a scandal if the new political appointees at the IRS sic their auditors on Moveon.org?  What will the Washington Post say should the new president keep Guantanamo Bay open for five more years, quadruple the number of drone missions, or decide to double renditions? [...] In other words, because for the past five years the members of the Washington press corps have abdicated their traditional adversarial role as watchdogs of the executive branch, can we still have watchdogs at all in 2017?  If the next president falsely swears that his new health-care program will not affect citizens' current coverage, what consequences could possibly follow?

Surprisingly Unanimous Journalist Panel: Media Lean Left, Exist in Socially Liberal Echo Chamber.  Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN acknowledged Wednesday [12/18/2013] that, generally speaking, the national media has a liberal bias," Politico's media reporter Dylan Byers noted in a December 18 post recapping a Politico Playbook breakfast discussion held earlier on Wednesday morning.  More than one panelist opined that it's not just that journalists tend to be liberal on policy questions but that they live and work in environments which are socially liberal.

Journalist Panel, Including CNN's Tapper, Agrees Media Has 'Liberal Bias'.  [Jake] Tapper argued it's not so much a liberal bias as it is a bias rooted in personal experience.  He said a "certain type of person becomes a reporter," and while he didn't want to generalize, he said most reporters haven't gone through the same kind of experiences most others have, and acknowledging that fact leads to some of the best reporting.

Attempted Character Assassination of Breitbart Protégé Brandon Darby.  Darby became an emerging voice of the center-right populist movement called the Tea Party after working undercover with the FBI to stop former comrades from killing Israel civilians and using firebombs to hurt law enforcement and stop Republicans from assembling at the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Darby chose to testify in highly publicized federal trials against members of the far Left and they tried to destroy him for it — and they did so with the help of mainstream left-of-center media outlets.

Journalists Place Near Bottom in Poll Ranking Public Respect for Professions.  Continuing a decades-long trend, members of the media placed near the bottom in a poll which asked respondents their opinions of various professions.  In the Gallup survey, TV reporters were barely more popular than advertising salespeople, state-level politicians, car salesmen, members of Congress, and lobbyists with just 20 percent of respondents saying they had a favorable opinion.  They were tied with lawyers.  Print newspaper reporters fared slightly better at 21 points.

Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving big bucks from unions.  Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers?  Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all?  Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers.

Dylan Byers: MSNBC Is Everything the Left Accuses Fox News of Being.  Today Politico's Dylan Byers got tough on MSNBC with two posts calling into question the channel's journalistic credibility.  Byers started the day by going after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for something she said over the weekend.  Harris-Perry claimed Sunday that the term Obamacare was an attempt by white people to denigrate a black President.  Byers pointed out that "Hillarycare" and "Reaganomics" seem like similar appellations and asked, in light of these, how "Obamacare" could be implicitly racist while the other terms are not.

Liberal media's chickens [are] coming home to roost.  [Scroll down]  In other words, the shift of cable news viewers away from liberal CNN and radical left (Forward!) MSNBC is considerable.  Unlike monopoly newspapers, cable news viewers have a choice, and they are finding that those who uncritically supported Obama are less trustworthy and therefore are changing their viewing habits.  Unmistakably, there is a trend here.

Oh, Now They Tell Us.  After spending three years promoting ObamaCare lies, the media elite now scramble to get out of the way of a train wreck they helped cause.  Their backpedaling would be funny if so many lives weren't at risk.

A Death Panel Toldja So.  My pal Steve Malzberg, now hosting a show on Newsmax TV, scored big this week with an interview with leftist journalist Mark Halperin — co-author of Game Change, and the former ABC News political director who once sent a memo directing reporters to be biased in their coverage of the Bush-Kerry election.  Halperin admitted that Obamacare includes death panels — committees of bureaucrats who will decide when your life is no longer of value to the state.

Politico: Dems Prep to Trash ObamaCare.  It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. [...] Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week.  If Politico is "hearing" something, it means Democrats are trying to leak the information to the public ahead of the hearings.  Politico and Mike Allen, especially, are simply another communications vehicle for the Democrat party.

Why Obama can't wave away this scandal.  [Scroll down]  Consider the events that would have been unprecedented scandals in a Republican administration — with teams of reporters digging and scratching daily at every nook and cranny in every bureaucratic corridor — that have instead been covered dutifully but with relatively little passion and almost no follow-up.  Why?  Because it would have hurt Obama, that's why.

Might the Establishment Turn Against Obama?.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, the bulk of the media, dominated by progressive executives and editors, along with their useful idiots the journalism majors, made protecting progressivism's new poster child and mocking or ignoring anyone who dared to challenge him their primary mission. [...] The leftist media majority, meanwhile, followed the Democratic Party's talking points right down the line, as they were hired to do.  And the doomsday clock for American liberty that is ObamaCare was carefully concealed through the obvious and simplistic tactic of delaying much of the law's implementation until after Obama's re-election.

Group Tied to Obamacare 'Trains' Journalists on how to Spin Obamacare's failures.  Every dictator knows that if you want to stay in power, you absolutely must control the media.  Having a robust, honest, independent media is an important aspect of maintaining a government accountable to the people.  However, the Obama Regime has worked very hard over the years to gain a stranglehold on the media and it shows.

Digging for News vs. Digging out Obama.  As the Obamacare fiasco deepens and broadens, and one watches the panic enveloping Team Obama, which strategy looks more desperate:  Defending the indefensible or savaging critics as somehow responsible for this mess?  The spin control is actually amusing when you consider that it isn't Team Obama trying to influence the media.  It's the media doing damage control for Team Obama.

ObamaCare, Other Scandals, Virtually Ignored By Big Media.  Obama only looks "relatively scandal-free" when the media quit doing their job and choose to dwell in a wonderland of denial.

The Obama Facade Cracks at Last.  Only now — five years into his presidency — are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama, and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened.  Mainstream journalists have not scrutinized his controversial policies, nor have they held him accountable for questionable actions that have caused outrage among fair-minded critics and produced irreparable harm to the nation.  Some facts are irrefutable, but the president has, by and large, deflected all blame and few in the media have dared question his policies and actions.

Obamacare's Media Mandate.  [Scroll down]  So the question is now, will the media agree that if Democrats were so thoroughly invested in Obamacare, they should now pay the price at the ballot box for its collapse?  Will they conclude that different voices are needed to moderate their ultra-liberal view of America?  Will they, as often as they have acquiesced in the blaming of George W. Bush for every Obama failure, now rebuke the latter as fiercely and frequently as they did the former?  Fat chance.  No, even should pigs sprout wings, the media will defend their myopic view of the Democrat and Republican parties; even to the political grave.

Obama just got used to saying things that were never challenged.  He was going to close GITMO was one of the early promises.  He even signed an executive order to close it within a year.  But GITMO is still open and will likely stay open the day that President Obama flies home to Chicago in early 2017.  I'm not good at predictions but I can predict today that [President] #45 will inherit GITMO.  He said that you could keep your own health care plan or doctor. [...] It looks like millions won't keep their insurance.  Where was the media on both of these?  They weren't doing their job.  This is why he got away with making these statements.

Obama Ex-Chief of Staff Joins CBS News.  The incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Obama White House continues unabated with the announcement today [10/28/2013] that Bill Daley, President Obama's former Chief of Staff, is joining CBS News as a contributor.

Ted Cruz's father equates 'liberal media' to communist propaganda ministries.  The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that the "liberal media" in the U.S. has an "evil agenda" that reminds him of the "ministry of misinformation" in communist countries like Cuba.  In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck, Cruz said that the media was interested in "destroying what this country is all about."

The 10 Rules In The Establishment Republican Handbook.  [#4]  Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats:  There's a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama.  The liberal media applauds you for saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats.

The New Nexus: Media Left And Republican Moderates.  The government shutdown has made it abundantly clear that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it's almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins.

Wussies! Every Last One of You.  The liberal media can't help themselves.  They have a huge crush on the President.  He can do no wrong. [...] There's something very dangerous about the liberal love affair with the President.  Fear of asking the tough questions crushes accountability.  And without accountability, tyranny follows.

Drown the Racist Terrorists!: Media Ramp Up Rhetoric Against Right.  With the government shutdown now entering into its third week, the frustration and rage among the media elite is manifesting itself in ways above and beyond the usual-usual hostile coverage.  Just two years after launching the New Tone-era, media elites are now openly wishing conservatives dead while comparing them to terrorists, criminals, and segregationists.

Who Created the Gerrymandered Media?  New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks its shocking that some smart people don't want to read his paper or the Washington Post.  He was amazed to learn in a New York magazine interview that Justice Antonin Scalia a man who is widely acknowledged, even in the saner precincts of the left, to be an intellectual giant, won't read either of them and that his daily sources for news are limited to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and conservative talk radio.

Media's Off-the-Record Meetings with the President Really Need to Stop.  Earlier this year, President Obama privately sat down with the primetime lineup of MSNBC to talk about selling his tax plan to the American people.  Those journalists, or pundits, or hosts, or personalities, or however [...] we define those who host cable news shows these days, weren't there for an interview, they were there for instructions.

Jake Tapper Acknowledges Media Bias, Says 'White House Press Briefings Are Quite Often Useless'.  One of the things many conservatives admire about CNN's Jake Tapper is his willingness to speak truths typically too inconvenient for most in his industry.

Jake Tapper on media bias: Most reporters have never fired a gun, worked 9 to 5.  Award-winning journalist and author Jake Tapper says most reporters' bias comes from being out of touch.

Ben Shapiro: TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'.  Shapiro said TruthRevolt will be billed as the "anti-Media Matters."  He emphasized that Media Matters has tried to destroy the careers of conservatives who are truth-tellers and TruthRevolt will "turn that around and go after the liars of the left-wing" and the mainstream media.

Weakness Does Not Make A Political Party.  Boldness is the stuff of leadership.  Many have argued that the Republicans must not risk bad press.  This is the fear behind the call to not shut down the government.  They allude to the days of Newt Gingrich fighting President Clinton.  The Republicans will never receive good press unless they are attacking other Republicans.

Reuters asks staff if they are 'intersex,' 'transsexual,' 'genderqueer,' male-to-female.  The 60,000-strong Thomson Reuters media empire, in an effort to determine its diversity success, is asking its staff of reporters, researchers, marketers and others to pick their sex from nine choices, including "genderqueer," a category for identities other than man or woman.  According to the company's annual employee survey, choosing a sexual identity doesn't have to be based on a worker's actual sex, but instead "a person's innate, deeply felt psychological identification."

Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.  Obama thrives on crises, not solutions.  That's the key to this whole administration. [...] He believes that politically he can't lose with a completely obedient media spinning everything his way.  As long as Americans are suckered by our monopoly media, we will never solve any real problems.  Instead, we will be drawn into phony crises instigated by Obama and the Democrats.  Any real dangers, like nuclear proliferation and the Jihad War, will be ignored as long as Democrats are in power.  The only permanent solution is to fire the mendacious media, and that is completely up to you.

The World According to Andrea Mitchell.  Now's a good time to bring this up as Mitchell, one of the biggest Obama supplicants on the boob tube, improbably receives the National Press Club's highest honor, the Fourth Estate Award, at a gala banquet tonight [10/4/2013] in the capital city.  Mitchell is receiving the prize even though it is designated for "a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence."

Wendy Davis was a media hero and Ted Cruz is a 'grandstander'.  It's sort of hard to believe, but the Washington media is filled with people who maintain that the major mainstream news media in the U.S. does not have a liberal bias.  I don't spend too much time on the broader "media bias" case, because it's too hard to litigate.  Point out disparate treatment, and a bias-denier can just say "the cases are equivalent."  But Ted Cruz is giving us a very good point of comparison.

Associated Press Hires Lefty Activist Chris Tomlinson, Gets Its Money's Worth.  In July 2011, the Associated Press hired Chris Tomlinson to be its Supervisory Correspondent in its Austin, TX bureau.  The AP's news reporting is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, but Tomlinson is not.  He came to the AP from a gig at the Texas Observer, which is the same lefty publication that was once the home of Molly Ivins.

Media bias springs up after seeds like this are sown:
Obama golfing with ESPN sportscasters.  The president is golfing [9/15/2013] at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, co-hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" program.

The Media Protect Obama Where It Counts.  [Scroll down]  Historically, the purpose of the press was to inform people.  But the principal purpose of our laughably misnamed mainstream media is to prevent people from learning things that might not be good for them.  Or, rather, for the Democratic Party.

Rick Stengel Is at Least the 21st Journalist to Work for the Obama Administration.  Keeping track of how many reporters went to work under President Obama is tricky.  Do you count those who had some other job in between reporting and the Obama administration?

Enacting the Liberty Amendments.  Without getting into the detail of the potential disputes over the procedures for an Article V convention, it is certain that, even if two thirds of the States were to call for a convention, it would be tied up in litigation for years.  And if it was ever able to convene, it would likely turn out to be the largest convocation of leftist law professors ever assembled, who would dominate the media coverage and assure that no amendments would issue which would accomplish anything sought by constitutional conservatives.

It's Super-Media! With the Power to Detect Non-Existent Racism.  In order to immunize the most left-wing presidential candidate the nation has ever seen, the Non-Fox Media went into overdrive reporting their fantasies of an America full of racists, constantly terrorizing innocent blacks.  Of course, once Republicans got the Democrats to stop terrorizing black people, there was no one else doing it.  Nonetheless, for decades, the media would highlight every apparent white-on-black crime, treating each such incident as the Crime of the Century.

Hillary Clinton, the Press, and the Permanent Campaign.  When the media decides that something or someone is or isn't in the "public interest," it will inevitably abuse the elasticity of that category.  When the media sees itself as responsible for enabling or resisting trends in American politics, it tends to take sides.  It is not the fault of the New York Times that the 2016 presidential campaign seems already to be under way.

Media's Cruz Derangement Syndrome: 'Creepy,' 'Abrasive,' Born in Canada.  The attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has begun. Fearful of Cruz as a prospective Republican presidential nominee in 2016, the media is now digging into his past, all the way back to birth.

The Editor says...
Why didn't Barry Soetoro (a/k/a Barack H. Obama) get the same treatment?

Media Target the Powerless; Protect Powerful Liars, Bigots & Race Hoaxers.  Last week, a nobody shopgirl was globally defamed after one of the most powerful people in the world publicly accused her of racism.  Today, Oprah Winfrey's tale of being victimized by this shopgirl has completely collapsed.  Meanwhile, the media are too busy talking about Winfrey's Oscar chances to vindicate this poor shopgirl's honor or to hold Winfrey accountable for her behavior.

Politico Publishes Media Matter's Attack On CNN's 'Rightward Shift'.  You have to give it to Politico and Media Matters.  What a genius stroke to team up for an Orwellian attack against CNN that accuses the network of a "detectable rightward shift."  Though David Brock, founder of Media Matters, has all kinds of space of his own to spew propaganda, Politico apparently felt this particular editorial was important enough to host and promote on their own real estate.

BBC 'is twice as likely to cover Left-wing news stories than Right-wing ones' claims study.  Long-running accusations that the BBC is biased have been backed by a study that found it was twice as likely to cover Left-wing policy proposals as Right-wing ones.

America's Three Worst Pravda Press Organizations.  The competition for the most loathsome news organization in the U.S is fierce.  Based on their offenses against the basic tenets of journalism seen during just the past two weeks, some of which would have made the propagandists at the former Soviet Union's Pravda blush, three lame losers — Politico, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press — have emerged as leaders of the left agenda-promoting, Barack Obama keister-covering brigade.  Politico is the trailblazer in frequently tailoring and even altering its coverage to minimize Obama administration embarrassment.

Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?  [Scroll down]  American media executives, and American journalists, might have political positions with which we cannot agree, and they might not even appear sensible, but for the most part, they are still intelligent people.  And they remember a lot of what they hear or read.  They see how this administration has approached dealing with those it might view as "enemies."  They have heard how a president's choice for the FCC views control of the media. [...] So perhaps we should view these media "softball" questions as a pre-emptive defense position.  That would be the most charitable view we could take.  Otherwise, we would have to conclude that the mainstream media are acting in collusion with the administration to undermine the Constitution of the United States of America.

Andrea Mitchell: 35 Years of Liberal Advocacy.  On July 31, 2013, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell celebrated her 35th anniversary at the network and was predictably praised by her media colleagues. [...] Given how consistently Mitchell has toed the liberal line throughout her career of slanted reporting, it's no wonder why MSNBC's left-wing hosts also heaped accolades upon her.

'Andrea Mitchell Reports': Five Years of Cheering Liberals and Slamming Conservatives.  On Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell celebrated five years of her 1 p.m. ET hour show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, with highlight reels and congratulatory messages from her NBC colleagues.  The accolades for Mitchell followed five years of her using the program to routinely praise liberals and bash conservatives.

Obama Visited Amazon 6 Days Before Founder Bought WaPo.  While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler:  the Post is now Bezos' latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration.

88 Percent of New Washington Post Owner's Donations Went to Dems.  Amazon founder and chief executive officer Jeffrey Bezos has agreed to acquire the Washington Post for $250 million, the paper announced Monday [8/5/2013].  Although not a major political donor, Bezos' donation history skews Democratic — 88 percent of his donations since 1998 have been to Democrats.  Bezos has donated $17,000 to political candidates during that period, with only $2,000 to Republicans.

In the mood for fiction? Wait for new projects on Hillary.  When did the Clintons become the Kennedys?  Just what the world needs is not one, but two movie projects on the so-called virtues of Hillary Clinton.  Has Obama set the bar so low that Hillary looks like a good alternative?  With left-wing Tinseltown celebs in the Clintons' back pocket, the chances of her scandals being included in the CNN film and the NBC miniseries now in the works are slim and none.  The film either will be the best example of revisionist history during our lifetime or a two-hour episode of "The Twilight Zone."

It looks settled now; Hillary will be president #45.  Well, it looks like we won't have much to write about here for the next three years.  The media, which knows all and tells some, has proclaimed Hillary Clinton the definite Democrat nominee in 2016.

Bending the Trayvon Martin tragedy to fit.  I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got.  But reasonable people can disagree about that.  What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line.

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 [...]

Media Fig-Leafs Dirty Democrats.  In the rare times the networks report on Democrats snagged in scandals, they conveniently forget their party affiliation.  Scandalous Republicans, in contrast, get ID'd 100% of the time.

Poll: Media Out of Touch on Voter ID Laws, 83% Approve.  Remember how, during the media's failed months-long crusade to push for gun control, the GOP was under siege 24/7 from left-wingers like Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer armed with polls that showed 80% wanted background checks tightened, including a majority of Republicans? [...] Well, guess what else is an 80-20 issue?  Voter ID.

Reporters Tell Obama His Ideas are "Great"?  We have all heard about liberal media bias, but this is just over the top. [...] In his speech that lasted over an hour yesterday [7/24/2013], President Obama said reporters praise his economic proposals as "great and tell him that they are "all good ideas".  The speech which droned on for what seemed like ages, presented no new ideas and was dismissive of serious concerns with his administration.

Licensed to Smooch.  How do we believe a word of anything we read (or hear or see) from the Licensed Media (or the "state-run media," as Rush calls them) if they are not counter-balanced by the Non-State-Run Media?  "Trust us, we're professionals" is not exactly reassuring given their recent track record as information falsifiers and administration cheerleaders.

It's time for 'journalists' to discover journalism.  I was recently speaking with two editors from top-10 newspapers who by their own admission see the world from different ends of the political spectrum and yet both were bemoaning the state of their profession.  One — a bit right-of-center — complained how more and more reporters and editors are putting their ideology before their duties as journalists and skewing stories and "news" accounts to reflect or enhance that ideology.

Wendy Davis' Shoes and America's Ideologically Monochromatic Newsrooms.  For better or worse, we live in a pretty balanced country.  Yet when you look around the newsrooms and editorial boards of most major media organizations, this ideological diversity isn't remotely reflected.  At the New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, if you were betting that three-in-four journalists were pro-choice Democrats, it would be free money.  Equally important, these reporters and editors are just like most everyone else they know.

Associated Press, You're Why We Can't Have a Nice Country Anymore.  Obviously it's too much to expect that the AP treat any Republican fairly, let alone a conservative Republican from Texas.  By accentuating the trivial, AP plays up irrelevance and minimizes politicians' actual records.  That's no accident, as it tends to help Democrats who have built up records of failure by pursuing leftwing policy, and downplays the successes that Perry and other GOP governors such as Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal have had in pursuing smaller-government policies that actually work.

Former Producer Rips MSNBC as Obama's 'Official Network'.  Left-wing media critic Jeff Cohen has been all over cable news as a contributor, but for a time he worked as a senior producer for MSNBC.  Monday [7/8/2013], in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, Cohen lashed out at his former employer as the "official network of the Obama White House."  This isn't exactly news to the most of us, but MSNBC's water carrying for Obama's massive surveillance state apparently woke Mr. Cohen up.

In the news business, bias leads to destruction.
Not Even Democrats Like MSNBC, Poll Finds.  [A recent Gallup] poll showed Democrats turn to television first for news at a 54 percent rate, well above the Internet (18 percent), print media (12 percent) and radio (4 percent), yet MSNBC was used by them at the same rate as National Public Radio (2 percent).

Who's the most opinionated in town? MSNBC.  Bias is hard to measure because, like beauty, it's in the eye of the beholder.  But the Pew Research Center tried to put numbers on it and they've codified what everyone already knows.  Bias is an art, not a science, and their conclusions won't settle many arguments.  The folks at Pew set out to determine the network with the most obvious bias, what Pew calls the most "opinionated."  The winner, and hence the loser in the race for the viewers the advertisers covet most, is MSNBC.

Zimmerman and Obama.  In the likely event that George Zimmerman is acquitted, it is also likely that there will be explosions of racial violence all over this country.  Even in the event of a guilty verdict, it is possible in this emotional situation that there will be violent actions by those on all sides of this tense issue, whether white or black, liberal or conservative.  Sensible folks should be frightened for the fate of our nation now as the Zimmerman case dominates so much of the media.

Jim Lehrer Reveals Decades of Liberal Journalists Assisting Democrats in Presidential Debates.  It may be 2013, but the race for the White House in 2016 is already heating up.  The eventual Republican nominee will have to deal with the liberal media assisting the Democratic candidate in the presidential debates.  In his 2011 book Tension City, journalist Jim Lehrer recounts several examples of that happening from 1960 through 2008.

In Press Briefing, Reporters Don't Ask Obama a Single Question About Scandals.  During his flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, President Obama headed to the part of the plane where the travelling press corps was seated and held an impromptu news briefing.  Despite the many scandals currently swirling around the administration including NSA spying and lying, Benghazi lying, and the revelation that the IRS's political attacks on conservative groups was even more widespread than originally thought, the left-leaning journalists did not ask Obama a single tough question.

The Obama White House Tapes.  [Scroll down]  But a detailed examination of the videos reveals [IRS Union Chief Maureen] Kelley's eye-opening description of how the federal bureaucracy really works.  A statement that was echoed separately by [ABC senior correspondent Claire] Shipman in her "Breakout Session 2."  Unwittingly, they confirm exactly the charge made by an anonymous IRS official in Cincinnati that "everything comes from the top."  A close look also reveals a stunning admission from [Cokie] Roberts of her own influence in the Obama White House as she openly boasts about directly influencing policy through Valerie Jarrett.

Gallup: Less Than One Fourth of Americans Trust Newspapers.  A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans' confidence in the news industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007. [...] Naturally, liberals trust newspapers more than conservatives.

How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition.  Paradoxically, the totalitarian world's great advantage in its cultural assault was the openness of the democracies themselves.  Specifically, our free press became the communists' best weapon, as it gave them a strategic advantage: [...] Everyone saw freedom's warts, blunders, and impurities; from the totalitarian world, there were only declarations of purity and superiority, supported by apologetics from Western intellectuals, and mitigated only by vague, unsubstantiated rumors of secret police, repression of political opponents, and other implausible-sounding evils. [...] Today's Western totalitarian propaganda apparatus, still operating under its former, respected title, the "news media," functions on precisely the same mechanisms as the Soviet or Chinese propaganda operations described by [Jean-François] Revel: suppress, obfuscate, dilute and, when revelation seems unavoidable, delay.

Obama's Climate of Intimidation.  Both parties constantly make accusations that their rival is engaged in hypocritical, unethical, or illegal behavior.  Given the drastic lack of ideological diversity in the American elite media, the general public usually only hears about such accusations against Republicans.  Beyond the fact that biased reporting shapes public opinion to favor the left, it may also have an effect on law enforcement.  The persistent lies that have been told about right-leaning political groups by leading Democrats, including President Obama himself, may have led to the IRS abuses of power that we've heard so much about in recent weeks.

Yet another arrest-ridden liberal protest gets the atta-boy from national press.  The coverage of the Tea Party, especially racism charges, is meant to discourage home-schooling moms and flat-tax dads from getting involved and to put off possible newcomers.  The press largely finds it distasteful when conservatives voice their beliefs in public and would like them to keep it as quiet as possible if they feel the need to talk at all.  The persecution of Tea Party groups at the hands of the IRS institutionalized this message.  One method was unfair and unethical; its ensconcing in the halls of government power was unconstitutional.  But make no mistake about it.  Neither is merely a mistake.

Washington Post: Family Relations Between Media, Obama Officials Does Not Affect Coverage.  Let's start by going through the Post's article to create a list of journalists married to or closely related to officials within the Obama administration.  The size and scope of this is bad enough.  But what is most troubling is how high up this incest occurs in the worlds of both the media and the Obama administration.

How Progressives in the Media Ignore Uncomfortable Facts and Justify Their Bias.  [Scroll down]  Progressives don't want a level playing field, they want to disqualify their opponents at every opportunity so they can win unchallenged.  Look at Obama.  How did he win his first few elections in Illinois?  Simple — by getting his opponents disqualified or playing dirty pool by unsealing divorce records to force his opponent to drop out so he could run unopposed.  So it's no surprise at all that an Administration under Obama's direction almost immediately turned to trying to disqualify the opposition.

Is this the result of incompetence or bias?
Mainstream Media Fail to Break Even One of Four Obama Scandals.  Over the past few weeks, four major scandals have broken over the Obama administration, and it is a very sad (and frightening) truth that our pathetic, American, lapdog mainstream media is not responsible for breaking even a single one.

It's the Power, Stupid!  Because the media work with the government in order to get their stories, they have an amazing amount of influence.  The MSM (Main Stream Media) reporters are essentially the friends of the politicians; and we all know what influence friends can have on people.  Additionally, since MSM reporters are almost all liberal they envelop the candidates in a cloud of liberal "reality"; in liberal reality when hundreds of thousands of people march in the dead of winter in DC for the right to life of every unborn American nothing really happens.

How the Latest Obama Scandals Robbed Liberal Media of Their Favorite Defense.  The biggest problem for Liberals in these current growing Obama scandals is they have been robbed of their usual favorite defense/justification of Obama:  "Bush did it too!"  Perhaps you've seen this yourself over the past 4½ years.

Keyword:  cahoots
Liberal Columnists Quietly Gather at White House.  NPR's Ari Shapiro posted an interesting Tweet on May 21.  He discovered that a cadre of well-known lefty columnists and journalists visited the White House together, three of whom he mentioned by name.

Media who spin for Obama are getting lonely as scandals pile up.  Hard as it is to believe, there are still Obama administration loyalists out there in the media insisting scandals are not scandals.  These are just bad facts (e.g. auditing tea partyers, spying on reporters, creating a false narrative on Benghazi) on which Republicans "seize" to attack the president — for doing things like politicizing the IRS, the Justice Department and national security.  [I]t doesn't quite make sense, but their job, you see, is to keep spirits high on the left and defend and deflect criticism of the White House.

Obama Is Counting on a Double Standard.  While not licking their chops at the thought of tearing into the president's aides about the IRS scandal, the Justice Department's fishing expedition into the AP's phone records, or Benghazi, they're asking a salient question of journalists:  What would you do with this material if it was George W. Bush or Dick Cheney who were accused of lying about a terror attack, infringing on the rights of the press, or selectively enforcing the laws to punish political opponents?

Sorry Media Performance Of Late Is Largely Due To Left-Wing Bias.  One reason the major television and cable network news outlets get it wrong so often is because they sometimes would rather be first rather than right.[...] Another real reason they get so much wrong is because of their left-of-center bias.  As we have seen time and again, the television news networks that lean left of center, such as CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, and CNN — there is not enough room to list all of the newspapers in the tank for the left — will give President Obama a pass for the exact same issues they targeted President George W. Bush.  Be those issues golf outings, uttering factual mistakes or even foreign policy parallels.

'Today' Host to Marry Longtime Democrat Operative.  The warm fuzzies were everywhere as "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie announced on-the-air that she was officially engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Mike Feldman.  Al Roker made jokes, Matt Lauer beamed like a proud poppa, the blushing bride-to-be flashed her ring...  But what wasn't revealed is just who it is one of the most powerful women in media is marrying.  Mike Feldman is a long-time Democrat operative.

Earthquake: Did Carney Presser End MSM Monolith?  Do not underestimate the significance: the Obama administration has not faced such an onslaught of truth-seeking since he took office in 2008, and further, no Democratic administration has been charged from all sides like this in recent memory.  That press conference was unthinkable just days ago.

Presidents of ABC and CBS News Have Siblings Working at White House With Ties to Benghazi.  "CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi."  So stated political consultant and media commentator Richard Grenell on Saturday's Fox News Watch.

CBS News President and WH Official Tied to Benghazi Scandal Are Brothers.  One of the mainstream media journalists whose pursuit of the truth has been truly tenacious and nonpartisan is CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson.  Her tough reporting has made life difficult for everyone from Hillary Clinton to the Bush administration and Congressional Republicans.  She's also been relentless on the Obama administration's Fast & Furious gun-running scandal — and, of course, Benghazi.  As we mentioned this week, Attkisson's tough investigative journalism is starting to bother unnamed CBS News executives.

Top Obama official's brother is president of CBS News, may drop reporter over Benghazi coverage.  The brother of a top Obama administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration's scandals too aggressively.  CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya since late last year.

The Sovietized American Media.  What happened in the Soviet media was the systematic suppression of all real news and a purging of all serious intellectual inquiry.  All news made the party leaders look good, or it simply wasn't news.  All facts supported the theme that the latest Five Year Plan was working marvelously, whatever the clear facts of ordinary Soviet life might say to the contrary. [...] Isn't that the way things are in America today?

Gun debate triggered media bias.  If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some members of the press.  Even by the standards of today's partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. [...] The decision by some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives' longstanding suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#47]  Anti-Christian Bias:  There is, of course, one religion that the Old Media attacks with regularity:  Christianity.  The anti-Christian bias in the media is endemic.  [#49]  Abortion:  Once again, this is one of those issues where the media presents "experts" to legitimize a story on abortion but those "experts" are always members of left-wing think tanks or abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood.  Naturally, these "experts" are never identified for their bias.  The media has gone out of its way for years to push the liberal agenda on abortion.

The Curious Case of Kermit Gosnell.  If there was ever a case of clear-cut media bias and cover-up, this is it.

More about "Doctor" Kermite Gosnell's news media coverage here, and more about his crimes here and here.

Know Thy Enemy II: the Media.  The throng known as the "main stream media" has lost far more than its neutrality; it's also lost its institutional memory.  While there isn't a journalist on or off payroll who can't recite his First Amendment rights verbatim, they seem to have collectively forgotten the responsibilities that accompany those rights; i.e. reporting the truth without regard to their personal political, religious or secular beliefs and inclinations.

Guns Responsible for Global Warming.  For every issue there is a narrative:  a set of assumptions and boundaries of thought with which every story (and editorial) is tailored to agree.  False narratives usually serve the left well.  For over eighteen months, American politics was forced into as media narrative tat [sic] ignored everything else and focused on Obamacare which, we were told, would make health[ ]care cheaper and more available, the precise opposites of its effect.  For months before that, we were told Obama's "stimulus" would create tens of thousands of jobs and get our economy growing.  It did no such thing, but the media narrative helped it become law.

Can You Imagine the Coverage If It Were Puppies?  It is fascinating how much of a bubble the media lives in with that bubble so DC-NYC centric.  It is again one of the problems for news organizations like CNN as it tries to rebuild. [...] In churches, local restaurants, and small town hair salons a lot of people across the country are talking about the terrible trial of Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania.  It's just not the people who interact with those who produce the news in New York City.

Working Up to Auschwitz.  A demon has been revealed in twenty-first-century Philadelphia, and the three broadcast networks have been enforcing a policy of silence about the discovery.  So have most major newspapers.

America's Economic Disconnect.  The state of our economy has become a constructed fantasy created largely by mainstream media (MSM) narratives.  Media accounts of economic performance over the past four years have ranged from confusing to inaccurate to flagrant happy talk and spin.  Rationalization and selective reporting have created economic 'good' news and false 'hopes' where none existed or should exist. The techniques employed have included consistently biased memes, factual omission, factual commission, and even misdirection.

Why They Won't Talk About Kermit Gosnell.  You may not have heard much about Gosnell's case.  That's because the mainstream press has chosen by and large to ignore it.  There is no area of American politics in which the press is more activist or biased or unethical than social issues, the so-called culture wars.

The Media Can't Bury McConnellgate.  While the Watergate scandal may have been more about the cover up than the crime, the line crossed by Nixon's henchmen has always appeared to be a bright line that no one — not even liberals who can generally count on favorable media treatment — dare cross in this country.  Yet someone or some group may have done so in Kentucky, and if that explanation of what happened at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville office holds up what follows will be an interesting test of the media's integrity.

MSNBC's Touré founded militant anti-white student paper.  MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992.  Touré's flagship publication, The Fire This Time, lavished praise on famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus.  Before he became an intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried "the suffocating white community" and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime.

Shame On The AP For Surrendering To Left-Wing Language Policing.  The Associated Press has rolled over in the face of political pressure and dropped the term "illegal immigrant" from their style guidelines.  They have implicitly accepted the liberal notion that using the term outside the context of an action is offensive.  "No human being is 'illegal,'" immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas recently wrote.  Apparently, the AP agrees with this fatuous, self-obsessed interpretation of the generations-old descriptor.

Associated Press bans the phrase 'illegal immigrant'.  "It's 'illegal immigrant' no more" says the Associated Press, which banished the phrase from its usage guide on Tuesday — the latest stylistic edict for journalists who have for years juggled such terms as "undocumented worker" or "illegal alien," its politically incorrect variant.  "The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person.  Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," said the senior vice president and executive editor Kathleen Carroll.

AP Ban On 'Illegal Immigrant' Undeniably Political.  It's no coincidence that a major mainstream wire service is banning the term "illegal immigrant" just as immigration reform gathers steam in Congress.  The "P" in AP must stand for "Politicized."  Jay Leno described it best, on Tuesday's "Tonight Show."  The comic noted that "the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term 'illegal immigrant.'"  Instead, "they will now use the phrase 'undocumented Democrat.'"

The Associated Press Revises Another Politically Charged Term.  Following on the heels of the Tuesday [4/2/2013] decision by The Associated Press to discontinue use of the term "illegal immigrant," the news agency on Thursday revised its stylebook entry for another politically charged term.  The term "Islamist," the AP clarified in a Thursday afternoon alert to online stylebook subscribers, should not be used as "a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals."

The reporters who banned "Illegal Immigrant".  File this in the overflowing cabinet labeled:  No Wonder the Mainstream Media Is Dying.  On Tuesday [4/2/2013], the Associated Press announced that it is banishing the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its famous stylebook.  The world's largest newsgathering outlet now advises reporters that "illegal" will "only refer to an action, not a person."  AP directs writers not to use the terms "illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented" anymore, except "in direct quotations."  It won't be long before illegal border crossers, illegal visa overstayers, illegal deportation evaders, document fraudsters and illegal alien traffickers are all referred to as "our fellow Americans."  Without the quotations.  Mark my words.

Gay Marriage Is the Media's Vehicle, Destination Is to Destroy the Church.  If anyone wants to argue that the same government currently forcing religious institutions to purchase the abortion pill through ObamaCare will not eventually use civil rights violations in order to attempt to force the Church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies — good luck with that.  But this would have been unthinkable five years ago.

Disney CEO defends ABC, ESPN against shareholder's complaints of liberal bias.  Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the reputations of ABC News and ESPN at the company's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday [3/6/2013] after one shareholder accused both networks of contributing to liberal media bias and the nation's declining trust in the media.

America's Sharp Left Turn Began With Education Takeover.  Realizing that they could actually influence the national polity, including elections, the media abandoned any semblance of journalistic balance and became shameless mouthpieces for liberalism, the Democrat National Committee, and any political cause or candidate of the political spectrum's left side.  National reporters and news anchors have descended to the level of overt cheerleaders for the left.  They blatantly run interference for Barack Obama, even to the point of abetting the cover up of major scandals such as Benghazi.

Why Liberals Still Detest Fox News.  More than 16 years after its founding and 11 years after it assumed its current perch as the most-watched cable news network, Fox News remains the favorite punching bag of the left.  Liberals take it as an article of faith that Fox is not merely biased but a travesty that serious people should ignore.  But the notion that there is something unholy about what is broadcast on Fox or that its mix of news and opinion is uniquely biased has never stood up to scrutiny.

The Media's Dirty War Of Words Against Pope Francis.  The left has been trying to paint the new Pope Francis as someone with a dark past dating to Argentina's dirty war.  One problem:  Their allegations are falling apart.  So now it's all about endlessly repeated innuendo.

MSNBC Coverage Almost Entirely Opinionated, While Fox News Includes More Factual Reporting, Study Says.  True to its motto, MSNBC has been leaning forward.  To the point that its opinionated programming far outweighs its "factual reporting," according to a new Pew study.  While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting.

MSNBC Has Become Almost Entirely Saturated With Opinion.  MSNBC's programming became almost entirely full of commentary and opinion in 2012, while "factual reporting" saw almost no airtime, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.  The report, which is part of Pew's annual comprehensive State of the News Media, found that opinion and commentary fill 85 percent of the airtime on MSNBC.  The network only devotes 15 percent to "factual reporting," according to the Pew study.

More reporting, less punditry.  According to a new survey done by Pew Research for its Project for Excellence in Journalism, most of the major "news" networks are more opinion than reporting.  MSNBC is the most opinionated network by far.  About 85 percent of its programming is opinion, which media analyst Howard Kurtz reminds us "is cheaper to produce than reporting."

The political media's declining power.  A new Pew report on the state of the media exposes one of the worst-kept secrets in politics:  reporters are losing their power to frame presidential contests for the average citizen.

Patriots Must Be Prepared to Answer Obama's Lies and Deceptions.  [Scroll down]  Along with confiscating as much wealth as he can get away with, Obama believes that the tax code should be about punishing achievers and controlling behavior.  Assisted by the media, Obama sells his perverted definition of "fairness" to low-info voters.  Anyway, Obama knows that the mainstream media usually acts as his personal public relations firm, eagerly selling his lies to the public.

Poll shocker: Some voters still trust the news media.  It may be hard for many educated voters to believe, but fully six out of every 100 Americans still find the news media Very Trustworthy.  That compares with a proportion twice as large (12%) who find the country's professional deliverers of news Not At All Trustworthy.  A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters reveals that more than four-of-ten Americans (41%) believe the average media reporter (and most of them are average) is more liberal than they are.

Know Thy Enemy III: Celebrity Culture.  In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies.  By 2011, that same 90% was controlled by just 6 corporations.  The new Big Media cartel has given us a huge number of outlets, all controlled by a few corporate entities.  This serves to give MSM the illusion of programming diversity without actually having to present any content with different points of view.  Obviously this creates a concern from a journalistic standpoint — as the right wing has been arguing for years, and the left wing has been denying.

Goodbye to a Very Green Business Week.  In the February 18-24 edition of Business Week, an editorial, "The Right Way Forward on Climate Change", contained this gem:  "Still, the U.S. accounts for about 19 percent of all emissions — emissions that are causing global temperature increases, rising seas, and destructive droughts, floods, and hurricanes, according to a government advisory panel report released last month."  When a magazine publishes such drivel, you should not read it.  There are no rising temperatures worldwide.

Bob Woodward Retreats: Death of the Free Media.  I have to ask with all due respect where has Woodward been all these years when scores of journalists and citizens have been threatened, marginalized or smeared by their government for daring to speak truth to power?  During the Clinton era that would include anyone who dared to challenge the official narrative during the investigation into the death of Vince Foster or Oklahoma City bombing.  Remember how Chinagate and Pardongate were shut down?  Did Woodward not see how people were trashed during impeachment?

Did someone mention Vince Foster and the Oklahoma City bombing?

Know Thy Enemy II: The Media.  The fuss over Fox's (admittedly) rightwing editorial orientation is surprising in face of the fact that they're outnumbered 6:1 by left leaning alphabet TV news outlets — ABC, CBS, NBC, MsNBC, CNN, PBS — 8:1 if you count TMZ and Comedy Central as news sources, which many do [...]

The media's approach to Rand Paul's filibuster: pretend it never happened.  [The] front pages from some of the dominant newspapers in America provide a textbook example of mainstream media control over political dialogue in America.  The media's playbook is simple:  For Democrats, elevate good stories and bury bad ones.  For Republicans, elevate bad stories and bury good ones.  Because the drive-by media is no longer interested in reporting news, but only cares about obtaining outcomes, it is up to us [...] to offset the media hegemony.

Our Father, Who art in the White House.  Do you accept Barack Obama as your Lord and Savior?  Chris Rock does — calling him our father, who art in the White House.  The media does as well. [...] To the media, the man can do no wrong.  He is universally portrayed as successful, moderate and bipartisan, when he has not one single measureable success, is probably the most left-wing president the nation has ever elected, and has 'reached across the aisle' only to publically slap those who have dared to disagree, or beneficently allow them to do as they are told.

President Obama divides and strongarms.  [Scroll down]  In an earlier, better age, enterprising journalists would be curious about who in the White House conjures these fictions that are then foisted on the American people in the name of the president.  They would dig for the work shop and roster of aides tasked with the job of misleading the nation.  Not now.  Now outright lies are considered business as usual, at least as long as Barack Obama is the beneficiary.

Sen. Reid to the Press: 'You Guys Have an Obligation to Report' that Democrats Are Right.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday [2/28/2013] that the news media have an "obligation" to report that the Republicans are "unwilling to do what the American people want done" on looming automatic, across-the-board budget cuts.

The Media Threat to Democracy.  Today, the mainstream media — ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, Newsweek, Time, and all the other mainstream media outlets — are unabashedly liberal.  They have also been integrated into the inner workings of the Democratic Party and the United States government.  The Obama administration tells the mainstream media what to report and how to report it.  We now have a government-controlled press, not a free press.

The Oscars, the Obamas and Camelot.  The Obamas are the beneficiaries of a media whose liberal bias is beyond doubt.  They also have a skillful staff that is ruthlessly manipulative and takes full advantage of social media and creative tactics.  But mere bias and smart tactics don't fully explain it.  No president or presidential family has been treated by the mainstream media with the sort of deference if not reverential awe the Obamas get since John F. Kennedy and his beautiful wife were in the White House.

CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'.  Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday [2/24/2013] about the Obama administration's media strategy.  Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media".  [Video clip]

TV critic: Gibbs and Axelrod pushing 'propaganda' on MSNBC.  CNN's "Reliable sources" host Howard Kurtz and Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik debated on Sunday [2/24/2013] whether MSNBC's hiring of former Obama officials Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod is punditry or propaganda.  "Two of President Obama's fiercest and most visible defenders are now becoming television pundits," Kurtz said, asking Zurawik, a frequent "Reliable Sources" guest, about the move.

Liberal Bias Central to Obama Media Edge.  No matter how smart the strategies employed by the White House, the president's ability to skate through four years without getting seriously challenged by the mainstream media would not have been possible if most of those being played were not willing accomplices.  Due credit must be given to the administration's ability to take advantage of technology as well as their brilliant if unscrupulous game playing with journalists.  But without the liberal bias of most of the mainstream outlets that let the president play them like a piano, he would come across as a bully and a demagogue rather than the reasonable nice guy seen in those "60 Minutes" interviews he loves to give.

Enforcing the Liberal Media Omerta.  A basic rule of life:  If you volunteer to be somebody's doormat, you forfeit the right to complain about the footprints on your back.  The White House has merely exploited the unabashed fandom of the journalistic elite, which is so overwhelmingly liberal that they were only too happy for the opportunity to publish daily valentines to their presidential heartthrob.

'Non-Partisan' Magazine Hired Dem Lobbyist 'Media Specialist' to Get Obama Interview.  Author Steve Brill claims that the New Republic magazine hired Democratic  lobbyist  "media specialist" Anita Dunn to help secure an Oval Office interview with President Barack Obama.  The magazine ran the interview, which was in part conducted by former Obama campaign aide Chris Hughes, who now owns and publishes the New Republic, on the cover of their re-launch issue earlier this year.

Obama's obedient lap dog.  For more than four years, the fawning mainstream coverage of the president has been a national disgrace.  The only standard was a double standard, and Obama accepted the adoration and demanded more.  Never lacking in self-reverence, he came to believe that he can arbitrarily set the terms of news coverage, and cleverly uses carrots and sticks to get his way.  He doles out interviews and chances to ask questions at news conferences to organizations whose coverage flatters him and promotes his agenda.

CNN and NBC News: Is journalistic integrity dead?  The truth seekers have gone, the truth tellers are rapidly dying off.  The "news" is little more than political campaign for a particular party.  Every subject is skewed and skewered to the point that everything you see hear and read should be taken with the proverbial "grain of salt."  A recent article on the popular progressive website Politico refers to Obama as a "puppet master", calling him "a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House."  While this states the obvious, they go wrong in their claim that the media is powerless to do anything except parrot White House press releases and accept them as cold hard facts.  Whatever happened to questioning the "facts"?

Chuck Todd: It's 'Mythology' That MSM Hostile To Conservatives.  Chuck Todd can't imagine what could ever have given conservative politicians the idea that the MSM is unfriendly to them.

Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias.  The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias.  Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday [2/18/2013] that he's written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.

MSNBC's Axelrod And Gibbs Deny 'Pro-Obama' Allegations.  MSNBC's hiring of former high-ranking Obama staffers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs once again puts the network in the position of having to defend itself against allegations of being decidedly "pro-Obama" in its reporting and analysis.  Speaking with CNN's Howard Kurtz this morning [2/21/2013], the two pushed back against such accusations and instead claimed the mantle of "independent analysts."

Extreme media alert.  The insurance industry appears to be behind all the hype of extreme weather.

Oops, your racism is showing.  The New York Times and Washington Post have been called out for what grievance industry types like to call racism — treating a person of minority ethnicity more harshly than members of the dominant ethnicity.  And the target, unsurprisingly, is Ted Cruz, the brilliant and tenacious new senator from Texas.  Make no mistake:  Ted Cruz is a serious threat to the liberal establishment because he is so damn smart and has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and call out their misbehavior.

Ted Cruz deserves cheers, not jeers.  Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of "no more business as usual."  No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and he won.  He came to Washington, and he delivered.  He didn't stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he planned to shake up the status quo.  How would the media react to a senator like that?  Nothing but praise for standing his ground, right?

Media dogpile on Ted Cruz.  Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is breaking china in the Senate — and the media is responding.  Here are the latest media stories and columns in just 24 hours — reacting to Cruz's Tea Party firebrand behavior — and fretting about his lack of comity in the Senate.

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If the media liked Ted Cruz, I would be deeply disappointed with him.

That Ted Cruz Is So Canadian.  As Bryan Preston and Stephen Kruiser noted last week, the liberal media has mounted a campaign to destroy Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  He's a high priority target because he goes against everything the media has said about the Tea Party, and conservatism in general.  For all the talk about the Tea Party's anti-intellectualism, Cruz received his B.A. at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor at Harvard University.  He also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Our Incorrigible Media.  For the last several weeks, as you are no doubt aware, the Washington Free Beacon and other news outlets — most of them conservative — have been investigating secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel's positions, finances, associations, career history, and utterances.  Which seems to us to be precisely what you would expect an intrepid and creative and entrepreneurial press to do when the president of the United States nominates a controversial former senator to one of the most important cabinet posts in the land.

Media Cover Up True State of Our Union.  Even though Obama has failed miserably when it comes to managing the economy, and things have only gotten worse during his watch, the American media has spent the last two years intentionally covering this fact up.  Instead of reporting on and pressuring the White House to solve a problem afflicting tens of millions, the media prefers to work in tandem with the White House to manufacture divisive distractions that boost his standing.

Washington Post Hires Lobbyist Hilary Rosen.  The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages.  Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary.

You remember Hilary Rosen, don't you?

Dreams From Our Fathers: Obama Resigns.  [Scroll down]  The left-wing media, still dominant in the United States, is a puzzle to say the least.  They ought to possess every motivation to encourage both an economically strong nation in and about which to cover and live, as well as a militarily strong nation to protect their behinds from annihilation (as well as their jet-set vacation spots).  Yet, they have become so enamored of a black man in the White House that he can do anything he wants regardless of the potential or actual consequences.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#5]  The mainstream media has become so partisan for the Democratic Party that it's not significantly different from a state-run media.  Every news story and scandal is reported differently based solely on which party is involved.  "Scandals" that would destroy the careers of Republicans are largely ignored and treated as irrelevant when Democrats are involved.

You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way Journalists Blow.  Remember back in what was it — 2006 or thereabouts — when left-leaning critics of President Bush couldn't stop talking about how nothing was more red, white, and blue than good old-fashioned American dissent?  Why, our very country was founded by an act of dissent, didn't you know! [...] Those were good times, friends, and they stopped pretty much the minute that liberals and Democrats took control of the federal government.  The antiwar movement disappeared once it became clear that Barack Obama wasn't going to shut down Gitmo or stop bombing places or [care] about that constitutional stuff he used to teach in law school.

Imperial City: Why the Media Don't Care About the Poor.  The media is intentionally protecting Barack Obama at all costs (see: cover up, Libya), and the media is populated by hive minds terrified of what might happen should they jump off the Narrative Plantation and actually report on the state of the economy.  But via Glenn Reynold's Instapundit, we learn a third reason the media doesn't care about those struggling in Obama's economy:  Washington DC has become the Imperial City.

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.

Why I'm Canceling My SI Subscription.  I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year.  I hope lots of other people will do the same.  Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias.  Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either.

Revolving Door Spins Again: Boston Globe's Glen Johnson to Kerry's State Department.  Glen Johnson, formerly the politics editor for Boston.com, the website of the Boston Globe, has become the latest journalist to join the Obama Administration working as a senior adviser for new secretary of state John Kerry.  In a hilariously self-unaware press release, Kerry is quoted touting Johnson's supposed neutrality.

Counting the Ways the Media Lies About the Economy.  Pop quiz:  What was the biggest news story this week?  And I don't mean, what was the biggest news story according to Obama's media.  Obviously, it was the economy taking a nosedive into negative territory last quarter, along with the fact that hardly enough jobs were created last month to keep up with population growth.  Oh, and the unemployment rate increased.  Of course the economy is the biggest story; it affects the most people and Obama's doing it wrong.  But not only is the media never-minding the economy, much of the media coverage related to economic bad news is forever being spun into good news.

On Bias, Yet Again.  Any statement which helps Obama is deemed presumptively true by liberals.  No fact-checking needed, no skepticism applied; if it helps Obama, then it must be true, right?

Did Fox News make liberal media bias worse?  If the 2012 elections taught us anything, it's that liberal media bias is alive and well — and effective.  David Fredosso is out with a new book on the subject, called: "Spin Masters: How the media ignored the real news and helped reelect Barack Obama."  As he notes in "Spin Masters," the establishment media seemed more concerned about Mitt Romney's dog Seamus and allegations that Romney gave someone a forced haircut, decades ago — than about Benghazi — or the fact that an Obama-authorized drone strike killed a 16-year-old American.

What Difference Does It Make?  Every day brings news that would be utterly different had Mitt Romney won the 2012 election.  To answer the question Hillary Clinton recently posed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in another context:  The facts on the ground make all the difference indeed.  Even the dimmest New York magazine blogger ought to be prepared to admit that a hypothetical Romney administration would be subjected to far stricter scrutiny by the U.S. media than President Barack Obama has experienced.

The 'Obamedia' Ignore Major Events, Fabricate Others.  Would Communist Russia's TASS news agency or Pravda newspaper have been any more subservient to the party in power, the chief executive who leads it, or the ideology at their foundation than America's major media outlets are being to Barack Obama, the Democratic Party and their socialist-style liberalism?

Media Bias in the Age of Obama.  [Steve] Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely symptomatic of a larger phenomenon:  the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama.  To say that the elite media has a liberal bias is similar to declaring that the sun rises in the east.  But it's never been this transparent, the infatuation never this deep, the advocacy this passionate.

We Must Do Something About The Media.  The media no longer hides it in their actions.  They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC.  The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it:  They'll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing.  This is dangerous and unhealthy.

Ben Shapiro: 'NBC News is a disaster area, an unholstered weapon for the left.  "Brian Williams is an excellent example of how the media bullies the right," said Shapiro, author of the new book "Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans," in an email.  "He claims objectivity, but he's obviously a leftist.  I don't mind bias — I'm biased.  But I don't lie about it.

It's time to take on the media.  It takes some reframing in our own minds, I believe, to grasp the idea that it is simply a political candidate or policy we are fighting.  We must destroy the food chain that is rotting our country, the primary vehicles of which are the media and the government-run schools.

CBS News' Political Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' Republican Party.  The author of this outrageous left-wing fever dream is John Dickerson, whom Slate describes as "Slate's chief political correspondent".  What Slate leaves out of its little bio, though, is that Dickerson is also the political director at CBS News.  Dickerson is merely being Dickerson, and there's no doubt he speaks for legions upon legions of those in the media today.

Dear Leader: CNN Correspondent Wrote Obama Letter Every Day for Four Years.  Most people would cut a 13-year-old girl some slack if she became obsessed enough with Justin Bieber to write the teen singer emails and letters all the time, but what if an ostensibly professional journalist were to do the same to a politician?  This odd scenario actually is not a hypothetical, however.  A CNN correspondent named Tom Foreman has been doing just that, writing a letter every single day to President Obama for the past four years.

Reporter: Campaign journalists 'swooned' over Obama during off-the-record bar visit.  "The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling.  Everyone, myself included, swooned.  Swooned!  Head over heels.  One or two might have even lost their minds," [Michael] Hastings writes, as each reporter had a chance to speak personally with the president.  "We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there.  This was nerd heaven, a politico's paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!"

MSNBC: The Racist Network.  MSNBC is arguably the most race obsessed cable news network on television and they beat a single drum constantly.  In their narrow view, all white conservatives are racists, the Tea Party is a terrorist organization and the Republican Party is as white as the snows of January.  This leads me to wonder why MSNBC also does everything it can to demonize black conservatives.

The Obama-Media Love Affair.  Media bias is not just a "problem" or an "annoyance."  It is a fundamental challenge to the political health and future of America.

How the fact-checking press gives the president a pass.  A proliferation of "fact-checking" enterprises at various mainstream media outlets, combined with an increasing willingness to abandon what New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan in September called the "false balance" of "giving equal weight to both sides of a story, regardless of an established truth on one side," produced a nearly consensus conclusion:  "Let's Just Say it: Republicans Are the Problem."

The Real Country-Killer in 2013.  Simply trim a few percent from every program — here a little, there a little.  Isn't that obvious?  Yet big spenders howl as if entire programs must be completely eliminated — all or nothing.  People will be cut off and starving in the streets if the federal spending spree is slowed.  "What would you cut?" candidates are asked.  This is a trap.  Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.

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The trap only works because so many people make their decisions based on sound bites and bumper stickers, rather than rational thought.

Is There a Constituency for Liberty in the U.S. Media?  When I was a journalism student at the University of Tennessee 35 years ago, one thing we were told over and over again was that journalism served a "watchdog" role in keeping tabs on government.  I had assumed (naïvely, of course) that the term "watchdog" meant serving as a counterforce against the predations of the state.  Alas, what I have found that it really means is that modern journalists and their mainstream organs like the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Time and Newsweek, not to mention a gaggle of numerous smaller wannabe publications, are making sure that the state is using all of its powers and then some to push people into line.

Hillary Clinton Must Answer for Benghazi.  It's almost as if many in the mainstream press wish we could switch temporarily to a monarchy.  That way we could coronate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and assure her role as our next leader and be done with it. [...] Four Americans lay dead because of these failures, and most of the media seems entirely comfortable with this being swept under the rug.

The Media's Gunsmoke.  Eliminating guns is a separate goal from eliminating violence.  The media supports the former but opposes the latter.  It routinely props up the culture of death, guarding abortion with even more zeal than it condemns gun rights.  "We need to have a conversation about the killing of unborn children," is a line you will never hear from CNN's Piers Morgan or Soledad O'Brien.  The lamentations of posturing pro-abortion journalists over a coarsened culture don't count for much.

MSNBC Is President Obama's Pravda.  The president has rewarded his campaign loyalists from MSNBC with an off-schedule West Wing meeting, where he's given them new talking points to win the next battle over taxes.  Yes, this state-press collusion is happening in your capital, not just Caracas or Havana.  The lovefest between Obama and MSNBC toadies Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton actually took place on Dec. 4.

Now They Tell Us The Economy Stinks.  Little noticed in President Obama's "fiscal cliff" plan is a demand for a huge new stimulus package.  Wait!  Wasn't he and everyone in the press telling us just before the election how the economy was gathering steam? [...] In the crucial last few weeks before the election, the mainstream media were falling over themselves painting a rosy economic picture.  Every upbeat bit of data made it to the front page; any bad news got buried.

The Media Mogul Protection Racket.  If you are a millionaire or billionaire looking to avoid negative or critical or even remotely credulous press coverage, stop what you are doing, invest in a media property, and employ liberal writers and editors.  You will probably lose a lot of money, but the intangible benefits of slavish praise and deflected criticism will be priceless.  Emphasis should be placed on the hiring of liberal writers and editors.

MSNBC Hosts Spotted Visiting Obama White House.  On Tuesday afternoon [12/4/2012], four of MSNBC's primetime hosts were seen entering the West Wing for a meeting with President Obama.

Mantra Raves.  It's not hard if you have a show on MSNBC.  There's a mantra and all you do is repeat it, like a fourth grade math teacher going over the same fractions year after year until she starts to develop a dislike for 10-year-olds.  I get home from work and click on the TV and MSNBC's Chris Matthews is saying "the rich" aren't paying their "fair share."

TV news anchors quit on air, allege media bias.  These brave people stood up for what they believed in and unfortunately they are in the minority.  Most people either go along with the bias because they believe it themselves, or they know they can't advance their careers without going down the same path.

Fighting the Good Conservative Fight.  Perhaps the only thing more daunting than the level of media bias with which conservatives have to contend, is the willingness of so many on the right to accommodate it.  Nothing exemplifies this better than the RNC, the Romney campaign and Congressional Republicans sitting still when four leftist debate moderators were chosen for the presidential and vice presidential debates.  Their spinelessness was "rewarded" when CNN hack Candy Crowley took the president's side against Romney on the issue of Benghazi in the second presidential debate.

Jaws '12.  For the past seven years, this column has chronicled the decline of the mainstream media's credibility.  That decline has multiple sources, including the increasing polarization of American politics, which has made it more difficult to appear "moderate" and thereby conceal one's own biases; the emergence of new media that not only compete with the old but also act as adversarial critics; and the mainstream media's own hubris, their tendency to view their authority as an entitlement rather than a trust that they must continuously earn anew by adhering to standards of impartiality.

MSNBC Looks To Battle Pro-Obama Reputation During Second Term.  Many believe the network's "pro-Obama" reputation has, thus far, been warranted:  A recent Pew study found that during the final week of the 2012 election campaign, MSNBC ran zero negative stories about President Obama; and not a single positive story about Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Pew: Positive media coverage of Obama surged in campaign's final week.  President Obama had his best run of media coverage during the final week of the campaign, while positive coverage of Mitt Romney dwindled, according to a study released Monday from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

How The Press Helped Obama Over The Finish Line.  It's hard to see how press coverage of President Obama's re-election bid could have gotten any more biased, but a new report shows the media managed to outdo themselves the week before voters went to the polls.

MSNBC's Bias Against Mitt Romney Was Astonishing.  No one really expects MSNBC's coverage to put a positive spin on Republicans — but in the final week of the 2012 presidential campaign, the network's coverage toward presidential nominee Mitt Romney skewed entirely negative.

Losing the Battle to Spin the War.  The media-entertainment-education-Democrat axis control the mainstream narrative, which means the 30-40% who are in the center (between conservative and liberal identification) generally will believe whatever Bill Maher, CNN or Politico says.

Your Guide to Understanding the Media for the Next Four Years.  There's no question we have a long four years ahead of us, and the fact that we're going to have to fight the mainstream media every inch of the way is only going to make those years feel longer.  But if we're going to fight the media, we at least have to understand what we're up against and what the media's over-arching goal is.

N.Y. Times: MSNBC Voice Of Obama's America.  The New York Times, in a puff piece about its spiritual cousin MSNBC, said that the leftist network is the megaphone for Barack Obama.

Sure, our ambassador was murdered and the Obama administration is lying about it, but the real story is that McCain is a grouch.  CNN wants you to look over there! [...] Here's the rule:  When a Republican screws up, that's the story.  When a Democrat screws up, the Republican response is the story.

Post-Election Survey: Voters Have No Confidence in Media.  Most voters who watched the second Presidential debate saw CNN's Candy Crowley jump in and bail out President Barack Obama when he stumbled on Benghazi and correctly concluded she was biased in his favor.

Journalists Found Donating Heavily to Obama Campaign.  Here in the waning days of this campaign for the White House, Politico reports that many journalists, editors, and news personnel have donated thousands to Barack Obama's reelection campaign.

MSNBC: Joke Network, Cont'd.  The worst offender, Keith Olbermann, is now gone, not because of his crazed leftism or frequently embarrassing errors, but because he was an insubordinate employee.  Of those who remain at MSNBC, Chris Matthews is among the worst.  In another era, his reckless disregard for truth and unprofessional conduct would have brought his career as a journalist to a speedy end.  At MSNBC, these qualities are apparently valued, as Matthews has been rewarded with a multimillion dollar contract.

The worst media election since the last one.  No matter which candidate wins Tuesday, it's clear the media didn't just cover this election, they shaped it.  To paraphrase Dickens, it was the best of coverage and the worst of coverage.  If you were President Obama, you got the best of coverage and photos of you with halos around your head. [...] The major media, on the other hand, turned Mitt Romney into a caricature straight off a Monopoly card.

Wave goodbye to the Obama media.  By tomorrow night we'll likely know the name of the next president.  But we already know the loser in this election cycle:  political reporters.  They've disgraced themselves.  Conservatives have long complained about liberal bias in the media, and with some justification.  But it has finally reached the tipping point.  Not in our lifetimes have so many in the press dropped the pretense of objectivity in order to help a political candidate.  The media are rooting for Barack Obama.  They're not hiding it.

Media Favoritism May Be Hurting Obama.  This election's X-factor may be a gift to Romney from the mainstream media.  It is the suppression of public expression of support for him.  However, while pre-election polls may not have been fully recording it, Election Day may finally capture Romney's true support level for the first time — to Obama's ultimate detriment.

CNN political reporter not happy about favorable Romney coverage.  There was a time when news reporters who covered politics were expected to keep their partisan leanings or preferences to themselves.  That time is nearly gone. [...] And now, in the age of Twitter, we see political reporters increasingly not only taking advantage of the new technology to get information out to their readers faster, but also expressing their personal partisan opinions on what they are seeing and hearing out on the campaign trail.

Are the TV anchors rooting for President Obama?  It is widely perceived that the national television news industry skews left and in some cases actively supports liberal political candidates.  While that is debatable on a case-by-case basis, the evidence is overwhelming that the folks who deliver the news to the nation are sympathetic to liberal causes, and that obviously favors President Obama during this election cycle.

Controversial book skewers Biden but is ignored by media.  Imagine a scathing look at a vice presidential candidate.  Put a "R" after that candidate's name, like Sarah Palin, and you get big-name books, a controversial film and lots of news coverage.  Put a "D" after that candidate's name, even when he's still the sitting vice president, and it gets almost no attention.

Obama's Homeless.  There are more homeless right now, at this point in Barack Obama's presidency, than there were at this point in Reagan's presidency.  That's significant because the homeless, at this point under Reagan, were used by liberals to torpedo Reagan's reelection bid.  And yet, today, liberals are completely silent about the homeless under Obama.  Liberals have not turned the homeless into a propaganda issue today, as they did in the 1980s.

Rise of the Mediacracy.  The media is no longer informative, it is conformative.  It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them.  It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think. [...] The media isn't biased anymore, it's a player, its goal is turn its Fourth Estate into a fourth branch of government, the one that squats below the three branches and blocks their access to the people and blocks the people's access to them.

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural Walter Duranty Prize.  A recent Pew Poll showed public dissatisfaction with the mass media has reached what Pew called a "fresh high," with 60 percent of Americans saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.  Personally, I wonder who the forty percent are.

Obama's not-so-centrist Hampton speech.  To hear Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen tell it, President Obama is "a man of the center — or maybe a wee to the left of it."

ABC News scrambles to downplay Obama's attendance at VP debate moderator's wedding.  President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned.  Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.

VP Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz Hosted President Obama at Wedding, Never Told Public.  The liberal media/politician/bureaucrat revolving door spins so rapidly, sometimes it's hard to keep pace.  Today [10/10/2012] we learn via the Daily Caller that the moderator for tomorrow's vice presidential debate, ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz, hosted President Obama as a guest at her 1991 wedding to the man who would later become Obama's FCC commissioner, Julius Genachowski.

ABC News' version of an impartial debate moderator.  Tomorrow's vice presidential debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz.  The Daily Caller has reported that in 1991, Barack Obama attended Raddatz's wedding to the future president's law school classmate and fellow Harvard Law Review member Julius Genachowski.  If that name sounds familiar, it's because Obama appointed Genachowski to head the Federal Communications Commission.

What Obama's Raddatz connection really shows us.  [Scroll down]  Why might this matter?  Even when overt favoritism isn't a factor, people who socialize are more likely to share a worldview.  And that can be the most insidious form of bias.  In short, Republicans are constantly being interviewed by people who see the world differently than they do.  Over time, it's fair to assume this might pose a problem.  Republicans tend not to cultivate these sorts of relationships.  There are a lot of theories for why this is.  Liberals, for whatever reason, seem to be more attracted to journalism and the arts.  Conservatives might be too focused on their jobs and family to network or attend dinner parties?

The Axis of Liberalism Marches to Re-elect Obama.  Most people still get their news from national and local television, and from their local newspapers.  Virtually all of the editorial pages of the major newspapers are liberal, and reporters self-describe as liberal far more often than they self-describe as conservative.

Pat Caddell: Media Have Become An "Enemy Of The American People".  Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from "organized governmental power," they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers.  Nowhere was this more evident than during the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya that was lied about for nine days, because the press and the administration did not want to admit it was a terrorist attack.  "We've had nine days of lies over what happened because they can't dare say it's a terrorist attack, and the press won't push this," said Caddell.

How the Liberal Media Ruined Obama.  The fact is that this Obama we saw Wednesday night and have endured for the last four years is a product of our liberal leftist media.  Obama was not ready Wednesday [10/3/2012], he has never been ready, and he will never be ready to be the leader this country needs, for he is the first president to have never been vetted. [...] It is the fault of America's leftist liberal media who have continually misled Obama into thinking he would never have to answer to his record.

A Look at Chuck Todd and Conspiratorial Media Incest.  [Scroll down]  Flip on any major news network other than Fox and you'll be greeted by reports heralding gay marriage, an issue that has failed repeatedly in more than half the states, a generally liberal social world view, Washington compromising jacking up the national debt, and unquestioning acceptance that a poorly produced video on the internet caused our American Ambassador in Libya to die.  You'll probably even get some poo-pooing about excesses of the First Amendment with regards to Coptic Christians and Citizens United, but rarely about pornography or the press itself.

We Live Under a Media Coup d'État.  We have long lived under this assumed reign of liberalism — in our media, in our schools, and through our entertainment.  It is as pervasive as the air we breathe and as unquestioned.  Fox News, even the Wall Street Journal, important as they are, exist under this reign and more often respond to it than initiate their own programs and investigations.  Barack Obama is a product of this coup d'état.

The Real Enemy.  The list of flacks for leftism is drearily familiar:  academia, public school systems, the entertainment industry, professional organizations, nonprofit foundations of vast wealth, the bureaucracies dependent upon social grievance and mind-numbing regulations (which includes not only federal and state bureaucrats, but "experts" in private industry who would have spent their careers mastering the arcane arts of regulatory compliance), and, of course, the media.  It is this establishment which is our true enemy.

Mainstream media is threatening our country's future.  I think we're at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not.  You know, when I first started in politics — and for a long time before that — everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were [mean] to everybody.  Which is exactly what they should be.  They were unrelenting.  Whatever the biases were, they were essentially equal-opportunity people.  That changed in 1980.

Democrat Pollster To Megyn Kelly: Media Guilty Of Corruption Of The First Order' For Protecting Obama.  Former Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell appeared on Fox News Channel with Megyn Kelly on Monday to elaborate on a talk he gave recently in which he claimed that the media has today become "the enemy of the American people."  Caddell called the media's deliberate downplaying of certain stories that could damage Barack Obama's electoral prospects as "corruption of the first order."

The great media slide continues.  The distrust of the media becomes total.  That's hardly news to anyone, except to the clueless editors and publishers of the big newspapers and the big mules of the television networks, who see their audiences shrinking and wonder why.

Mainstream Media: Public Enemy No. 1.  Mitt Romney can still win this election, but first he has to confront the largest single domestic threat to our liberty, our values, and our national and economic security  — the mainstream media.  Most mainstream "journalists" unethically supported then-Sen. Obama in 2008, and most have doubled-down on that bet in 2012.  And that biased and corrupt support may be the least of their professional sins.

Media Shocked GOP Hasn't Conceded.  When the mainstream media declares that Mitt Romney is finished, they expect everyone in the Republican Party to not just listen but to act accordingly.  That's the only way to respond to an astonishingly obtuse feature in Politico that centers on the willingness of GOP congressional candidates to embrace Romney.

Gallup: 60% of Americans Don't Trust Mainstream Media.  Gallup is out this morning with a new poll that contains a damning indictment of the mainstream media.  60% of Americans, an all-time high, do not trust the mass media to accurately or fairly report the news.  Mind you, that isn't 60% of Republicans or conservatives, but Americans of all political persuasions.

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High.  Americans' distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.

Who needs elections when we have the mainstream media?
Obama's Army.  Obama's most successful reset, it turns out, was not with Russia but with the mainstream media:  In their eyes we are back where we started, in 2008, and Obama is once again nothing more or less than a symbol of racial and political progress whose opponents are ideologues or reactionaries or bigots.  This is the story line that has dominated news coverage of Obama ever since that first tingle ran up Chris Matthews' leg, and we know the media love story lines.  They have been committed in this election to the twin notions that the Republicans are radical obstructionists and that Romney is an out-of-touch and gaffe-prone plutocrat.  Neither the Republicans nor Romney can do anything to change such an impression once it has been set in media concrete.

Why is the race close?  The media's role as propagandist is evidenced in several ways.  News stories freely mix opinion with fact.  Interviews are conducted not to gather information but to prove points.  Investigations are conducted not to uncover news but to create it.  Instead of acknowledging the need for independent media watchdogs, members of the media appoint themselves to "fact check" the candidates.  For example, the fact-checking website PolitiFact.com is owned and operated by the anti-Republican Tampa Bay Times and its staff includes a number of reporters.

The Audacity of These Dopes.  Mitt Romney makes a comment about how 47% of Americans are "dependent" on government handouts, and the media is outraged that he would tell the truth.  The rest of America is outraged that the figure is 47%.  This is why Americans cannot believe the media message that the president is winning.  The press has to pretend, and they will, right up until November 6, when he will lose in a landslide.  Strip away the Obama myth, and what are you left with?  You are left with a man who is nothing more than an illusion.  There never was and never will be a Barack Obama, because he is not real.  The man reading from the teleprompter is nothing more than the sum total of the audacious hopes and dreams of delusional progressives — touted endlessly by a submissive press.

Media lap dogs in hot pursuit of the wrong story.  What we are in the midst of witnessing right now is a complete, Fukushima-style meltdown of the mainstream media.  Without these slobbering lap dogs, President Obama never would have been elected in the first place.  And now they are his only hope for staying in office amid all the global violence, a morbidly paralyzed economy and a national crisis of confidence so profound that the American Dream has become nothing more than quaint fiction for millions.

Romney's "Secret Video" and the Dem Politics of "Squirrel!"  [T]he same media lapdogs who had conniption fits when the late Andrew Breitbart and conservative investigative journalist James O'Keefe used undercover video are tripping over themselves to publish glowing profiles of Carter the Fourth and his impressive "furtive efforts" to secure the Romney tapes.

Media Bias Designed to Save Obama's Presidency.  Our media understand that, in the same way that Jimmy Carter lost Iran and America was humiliated during the Iranian hostage crisis, there is a danger that Obama will be perceived to have lost Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, as violent demonstrations continue in the Middle East and other Arab/Muslim areas of the world.  Hence, attention is being directed to a film that has been on the Internet since July.  It is a diversion intended to save Obama's presidency.

Farenthold: Congress will likely investigate DOJ-Media Matters collusion, target group's tax-exempt status.  Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said Tuesday that he expects the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate collusion between the Department of Justice and Media Matters for America, in the wake of The Daily Caller's publication of emails between the liberal messaging group's employees and a top DOJ spokeswoman.

Emails reveal Justice Dept. regularly enlists Media Matters to spin press.  Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder's communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America's top law enforcement agency.

The November Referendum on the Liberal Media.  The old media is dialing-up its defense of a failed Presidency.  It will cost them. [...] America is not a totalitarian state, but more than a few Americans believe the nation has taken significant steps, during the Obama Presidency, in a totalitarian direction, and we are alarmed.  Today, America's liberal media displays behavior typical of how news and political commentary outlets function in totalitarian states.

The Real Culprits.  Anyone willing to invest a little time in a search for facts can find plenty of them literally at his fingertips.  But vast numbers of Americans are still totally dependent for their information — and thus in large measure for their political opinions — on the TV networks and the printed media.  It is the duty of the press to perform the crucial function of enlightening the public.  But the liberal media refuses to act as a guardian of democracy, fulfilling its obligation enshrined in the First Amendment.  Rather than supplying its customers with unbiased, factual information, it feeds them a steady diet of blatant propaganda.

The Fourth Estate, Still Thrilling to the Spirit of '08.  By the time the presidential campaign had ended four years ago, the media's role in driving the outcome had become a fact too obvious to dispute.  The impact of the journalistic horde's devotion to the Democratic candidates was clear, the evidence vivid — especially in the case of reporters transported to a state of ecstasy over candidate Obama's speeches.  One New York Times reporter wrote of being so moved he could barely keep from weeping.  Not for nothing did the role of the press become a news story in itself — an embarrassing one that might, serious people thought, serve as a caution during future campaigns.

Campaign Coverage Goes Beyond Biased.  In an interview this week, the president of CBS News insisted his network isn't biased.  We agree.  When it comes to the current election campaign, calling the mainstream press biased doesn't go nearly far enough.  These days, the media aren't just tilting stories, they're acting like paid employees of the Obama campaign's PR shop.

CBS News President Appears Not to Understand What Bias Is.  CBS News, current employer of the reporter caught coordinating attack questions against Mitt Romney and former employer of the disgraced Dan Rather, is actually not biased.  So says its current president David Rhodes. [...] According to Rhodes, his news team is actually "constantly diligent" to avoid being accused of bias.  Those who do so are simply trying to affix "labels" to what is actually objective reporting.

The sun never sets on Obama's failures.  Our adversaries are stronger.  America and her allies are weaker.  And yet, after spending practically a decade blaming every last thing, including the bad weather, on President Bush, the media seem determinedly uninterested in ascribing even the slightest amount of responsibility to President Obama.

How Republics Fall.  [Scroll down]  This is how republics die, in thrall to the inane, the frivolous, and the inconsequential.  A liberalism incapable of persuading the public to embrace its policies has been converted by its media tribunes into a publicity stunt.  As a result, the nation that gave the world the Federalist Papers and the Lincoln-Douglas debates may very well reelect a flawed chief executive for no other reason than that he has been continuously portrayed as a super-nice guy by the media lackeys who tend the Obama cult.

The Mainstream Media's Coverage Of Romney On Libya: American Pravda.  When the Evil Empire was up and running, Americans used to have a good laugh at Pravda.  How in the world could the Soviet people believe the tripe coming from those hacks?  Well, the mainstream media in this country has become every bit as corrupt as Pravda and the reporters can't even claim that they're controlled by the government as an excuse.

The media are doing the same thing now that they did in 2010 to drag Democrats across the finish line and depress conservative morale.
How the Media Lies:  [Scroll down]  It's so easy to go down rabbit holes of conspiracy wondering what people's real motives are in politics, but I just don't understand anyone who writes for a conservative site or even comments on one who does not focus on exposing how the corrupt media lies to benefit Democrats.  That should be a paragraph, at least, in every article because whatever's being covered in the news that day is saturated with the corrupt media's pro-Democrat spin.  I think the reason so many conservatives are so bad at picking up on this stuff is because it's so rare that they see anyone talking about it ... or calling out the conservative writers who pen "Doom Reports" instead of showing people just how shamelessly the corrupt media lies in service to the Left.

Sitzkrieg and Dezinformatsiya.  Like the ineffable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Baghdad Bob of the DNC, who has mastered the dark art of looking you straight in the eye and lying right to your face, the media has simply declared the verdict they wanted to reach all along. [...] For the truth is, the conservative media effort is pathetic:  uncoordinated, scattershot, internally contradictory and grotesquely underfunded.  Whereas the Democrats have not only the mainstream media — beginning with its official mouthpiece, the New York Times, as well as the broadcast networks and two of the three cable networks — but also the George Soros-fueled resources of the "non-profit" Media Matters for America disinformation operation, whose stated mission it is to take down Fox News and to combat conservatism in general.

Introducing President MSNBC.  No one pretends anymore that MSNBC is an objective observer to the news.  Obviously, the decision was made to be aggressively progressive.  With the exception of "Morning Joe," where Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski co-host a roundtable of commentators, politicos and actors who dispense praise and criticism equally to Democrats and Republicans, the cable network's other political shows are unapologetically pro-Democratic, pro-Obama.

Double-Minded Republicans.  Certainly, the media, the academy, and most of our society's major institutions are heavily influenced by progressives, if not outright controlled by them.  It is therefore a given that elite opinion will portray Republicans as villains.  Yet, that longstanding challenge for Republicans has never before been an insuperable one.

The Pinocchio Press.  Outside the world of journalism, fact checkers were pretty much unknown until recently.  Like proofreaders, they work behind the scenes.  Their job is quality control.  The most rigorous fact-checking operations — The New Yorker's and Reader's Digest's are the best known among us who know about such things — would scrutinize every factual assertion in an article, reporting back so that any error could be corrected.  Over the past few years, many organizations have promoted "fact checkers" by making them writers, or perhaps demoted writers by making them fact checkers.  No, it's more the former, because other writers have been bowing to the "fact checkers" as submissively as Barack Obama upon meeting some anti-American dictator.

A prediction of future media bias:
Come October, liberal media will say economy springs anew.  [Scroll down]  Here's what will happen, beginning immediately after the Democrats' convention.  The media will discover signs blossoming all over that the economy is recovering.  Jobs are appearing and various indicators will show that the Obama tax-and-spend approach is working.  By Nov. 6, if you read the paper or watch TV, we will be in boom times.  The national debt will continue to rise.  Unemployment may be as bad or worse.  Social Security and Medicare will be as likely to go bankrupt.  But from the liberal media's perspective, happy days will be here again.

US journalists trade independence for access.  In the US, journalists are sacrificing editorial independence in exchange for access to top politicians.  The practice has a long history in Germany, where interviews often must be authorized before publication.  In democratic societies, the media has long struggled with the political class to define what information is fit to print.  While journalists seek access to high-level officials for a scoop, officialdom often does its best to control the flow of information to journalists in order to mold public opinion in its interests.

The Huffington Post Whitewashes Sharia.  Big broadcast news and print media offer Islamic supremacists and their leftist shills unfettered access to defame, lie about, smear, and give misleading information about freedom's fiercest defenders, without giving the victims of these vicious defamation campaigns the opportunity to rebut the false charges.  This is twenty-first-century Goebbels-style propaganda.  Islamic supremacists and their useful idiots on the left are given enormous power — the kind of influence and access to deceive and mislead the American people that Nazi propagandists were given in Germany.

Stephanopoulos: No Bias in Media.  MRCTV's Joe Schoffstall ran into "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  When asked if he believes there is a liberal bias in the media, he responds, "I don't."

The Exact Opposite of Truth.  In case you didn't realize it, the only claim [Chris] Matthews has to being a journalist is that he is a partisan Democrat.  Matthews never worked a day as a reporter, never covered a city council meeting or a homecoming parade.  After evading the Vietnam-era military draft by enrolling in the Peace Corps, Matthews moved to Washington and worked on the staff of various congressional Democrats before unsuccessfully running for Congress as a Democrat, later joining the White House staff as a speechwriter for Democrat Jimmy Carter, then spending the Reagan years as a top aide to Democrat House Speaker Tip O'Neill.  Somehow, this ultra-political background as a partisan operative qualified Matthews for the job of Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Media's One-Sided Coverage Is Clear Evidence Of Bias.  The media should, at bare minimum, be expected to reveal the truth.  But it won't even do that.  Still the media focus nonstop on unsubstantiated reports about Mitt Romney's tax returns — not on anything substantial.  MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin, when asked about Mitt Romney's tax returns on the Today Show, said, "The press still likes this story a lot."  He added, "The media are very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this."  The fact the media are susceptible to do what any campaign wants is disturbing enough.  But the way the media focus relentlessly on gaffes and ignores substantive issues when covering one side, while ignoring gaffes and issues critical of the other side, does serious damage to the integrity of news reporting.

Voight: Obama controlling American media like Hugo Chavez does in Venezuela.  Award-winning actor Jon Voight told The Daily Caller at the Republican National Convention that he thinks President Barack Obama's administration has "taken over" the mainstream media in a manner similar to how leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez controls media in his country.  "The media has been taken over by this administration," Voight, an outspoken Hollywood conservative, said in an interview with TheDC.  "It's not less than what has happened in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, really, because you can't get the information through.  I'm giving you this because I want to get the press my opinion.  You can put it in any way you want to.  But, it's become pure propaganda and we should be appalled."

All Major Media Companies Donated More Money To Obama, Says NYT.  For those who argue there's a "liberal media bias," this is likely to affirm those beliefs.

Marital, personal ties link Obama administration to Commission on Presidential Debates.  The moderator of the lone October vice presidential debate was previously married to a top Obama official, an association both ABC News and the left-leaning Commission on Presidential Debates do not view as a conflict of interest.  ABC Senior Foreign Correspondent Martha Raddatz, whose role as moderator was announced on August 13, was previously married to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski — an Obama appointee.

Don't Just Stand There: Employ A Three-Question Test!  You wouldn't call someone "anti-spoon" if he preferred to use a knife to cut his steak. [...] That's what makes the frequent misuse of the term "anti-government" so perplexing.  It's a common refrain among left-of-center commentators when they search for adjectives to describe those who advocate for free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government.

Why Isn't Romney Slaughtering Obama?  [Scroll down]  It is well-known that virtually all of the opinion-molding organs of American society are firmly in the hands of the leftists.  These include:  the media, public schools, academia, legal profession, foundations, seminaries, libraries and, sadly, many major corporations.  Therefore, unless an individual is an exceptionally original thinker or is exposed to a countervailing inoculation, his mindset is inevitably shaped to be part of the liberal consensus.  And the two venues that are most influential in this regard are the media and the government-controlled public schools. [...] Today — and for the last 30-50 years — the children of America are subject to a relentless barrage of left-wing propaganda that is strongly reinforced by what their parents see and read on TV, in the movies and in the newspaper.

Clearing up this silly media bias business.  The new Rasmussen poll reports that this time 51% of likely voters now fully expect reporters to help the incumbent Democrat keep his office, while only 9% expect reporters to help the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  Nine percent?  Really that much?  Other Rasmussen findings:  18% of likely voters, presumably deaf, blind and living in closets, can't make up their minds, while 22% absolutely expect unbiased coverage throughout the remaining national agony and bonanza for commercial TV stations.  Obviously, they only watch C-SPAN.

Lamestream coverage leans left.  Now "angry" joins an ever-growing list of moonbat-proscribed words and phrases that have been deemed "racist."

Left-Wing Non-Profits Paying Newspapers for 'News Gathering'.  Several newspapers have recently announced that far left leaning, non-profit foundations such as The Ford Foundation have given them hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover "the news." [...] Consider the left's main complaint about researchers funded by cigarette manufacturers or oil companies.  They claim that the funding guides the research.  Why shouldn't we assume that the funding of the news by hardcore, left-wing foundations wouldn't eventually (if it isn't already) coloring the coverage of "the news"?  If money from oil companies makes research funded by them less reliable, or even bogus, then what does that make "news" funded by hardcore, left-wing foundations?

See no evil.  Our news media, especially as seen and heard during nationally broadcasted news, engages in highly selective story-choosing, story-telling and subsequent indignations and outrages that are first weighed on political scales.  Early this month a spectacular story was given tiny attention, and none, as far as I watched, on nightly national newscasts.

Poll: Media in Obama's pocket.  Likely voters, by a five-to-one margin, believe that America's media is in President Obama's pocket and will treat his candidacy better than challenger Mitt Romney's as the election nears, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.  The startling numbers point to an even more disturbing trend for the media:  Reporters just aren't trusted to deliver the news in an unbiased fashion.  The proof:  Rasmussen found that when it comes to information about the presidential campaign, 48 percent of likely voters trust friends and family while just 26 percent trust reporters.

Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back.  The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.  They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition:  the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name. [...] Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.  No one said the editing altered the meaning of a quote.  The changes were almost always small and seemingly unnecessary, they said.

Proof! Establishment media controlled.  This may be the most important story broken by the New York Times in years.  What it means is this: When Americans read these reports — whether in newspapers, wire services or on the Internet — they are not really reading news stories at all.  They are reading approved, pre-packaged press releases from the government and politicians.  But, even worse, they are not labeled as such.  They are labeled as actual news.  That's how low the national press establishment has descended. [...] These so-called journalists are selling their ethical and moral souls for access to politicians.  And this practice raises expectations by politicians that they can routinely manipulate the press to their advantage.

Obama's Media-Contrived Courage.  The Obama media — the Gatekeeper Media who try to control what people know based on what fits their narrative — are proving almost daily that they're not in the news business.  They are in the business of political activism, aimed solely at getting their guy another four years in the White House.

Republicans Roll Over on Debate Moderators.  Either Mitt Romney and the Republican party doesn't get it about the media, or they're just plain stupid. [...] Once again for terminally clueless Republicans:  this presidential election, like every presidential election, is a two-against-one battle.  It's your party on one side, Democrats and the mainstream media on the other.  It's one thing not to get a fair shake and have to deal with It.  it's quite another to embrace it with open arms.

A Reporter with Convictions.  A journalist who has made a career attacking the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) also has an extensive criminal history, including drunk driving charges, possession of exotic hallucinogens, and the attempted invasion of a senior center while screaming homophobic slurs.  Beau Hodai is a reporter for PR Watch, a publication of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).  He previously worked for In These Times, a far-left labor publication.

"Ugly Black Babies" and the Left.  In mediaworld, abortion doctors are just noble people striving to protect the equal rights of women.  In mediaworld, gay marriage activists are all ordinary loving couples who seek nothing more than to be left alone to snuggle as they choose, and opposing gay marriage is "controversial" for a business executive.  In mediaworld, all children raised by gay couples are grateful for the experience and turn out as impressive as young Zach Wahls.

No Matter Who Romney Picks For Veep, the Media Will Hate Him or Her.  This is as automatic as the debt-ceiling growing under Barack Obama.  The media will hate Romney's choice for Vice President.  It does not matter whom Mitt Romney chooses; this person will be hated, despised, and compared to Sarah Palin.  There will be no comparisons to the nut-job, gaffe machine Joe Biden, because the media loves him and finds his foolishness endearing.  "Someone get that VP a puppy."  The media has failed miserably at "cracking" Romney, so the Veep will be the new target. [...] It is already happening.

Have Your Way with the Local Newspaper.  [Scroll down]  Here are a few tips for getting your story in the paper, and for having it told (to the degree possible) the way you would prefer to have it told.  If you are an elected official, assume that the reporter with whom you are speaking is skeptical and is seeking an opening for a good, juicy story.  If you are a Republican candidate or officeholder, assume that the reporter thinks you're both stupid and self-serving.  Not all reporters think that way, but the vast majority do.

Confidence in News Hits New Low.  Nearly 80 percent of Americans lack confidence in television news, a historic low, according to a new Gallup poll.  Just 21 percent of adults expressed a great deal of confidence in T.V. news, a six-point drop from last year, and 25 points lower than in 1993, when Gallup first started asking the question.

Americans' Ignorance About Socialism Is Unbelievable.  Socialism has never worked but it is easy to sell to those who refuse to study history which is why progressives use academia as their base of operations.  I'm willing to bet that "Animal Farm" and "1984" are no longer recommended reading in today's high schools.  Big Brother is only a TV reality show to many of the young today who regard socialism and big government as a good thing because that's how the mainstream media presents it.

Bain Capital and Media Bias.  Most journalists will swear that, despite the fact they vote Democratic, they treat both sides fairly.  Indeed, it is a rare event to read a news article that directly attacks the Republican party or one that praises the Democratic party.  But that does not mean media bias does not exist.  It does — its exercise is just subtler than this.  And the last two weeks have been a great example of how it operates.

NBC and NYT Employees Caught Contributing to Obama Campaign.  Workers in news organizations ranging from the New York Times to NBC News are making donations to President Obama's re-election campaign even though many companies forbid employees to do so for fear that such contributions will raise questions about the staff's impartiality.

National Media's Bias Erodes Public Confidence.  The national liberal media's bias has eroded the public's confidence in the news they get.  Americans' distrust of the national media will continue to grow until the national media provide the public with objective news reports.  Recent bias displayed by the national media has caused one of its long-time defenders to grow "weary of trying to defend the indefensible."  These recent remarks by former CBS producer Greg Kandra highlight the continued existence of the national media's liberal bias.  As a result of the national media's use of selectively edited clips to push its liberal agenda, Kandra stated that he cannot and will not defend his former colleagues against claims of liberal bias.

A Leftist Media for Obama.  Left-leaning journalists like Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather were memorable names because, despite their leftism, they did not entirely compromise their professional journalistic standards.  But who will remember the hordes of little Marxists who now dominate the mainstream media?  What they share is the conviction that the journalistic profession is the handmaiden of social transformation, and Obama is the transformer.  Thus, any sort of bias, omission, or speculative reporting is an acceptable means to the end of revolution.

Washington Post Fact Checker: I Don't Fact Check Our Own Writers.  In your meta moment of the day, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's Fact Checker, announced today [7/2/2012] that he will not grade comments made by political candidates about stories reported in the Washington Post, largely because he refuses to fact check stories published in his newspaper.

Where Are Today's Woodward and Bernstein?  Whether it's patterns in voting, financial support, or political identification, journalists are significantly more liberal than the average American.  According to a 2012 Pew Research Center study, the public perception of that bias is increasing with 67 percent of Americans now believing that there is a bias in news coverage.  Journalists have every right to hold liberal views, but it makes their job of objective reporting more difficult.

Time For Super PACs to Tell the Truth About Fast & Furious.  Forget about the media.  No amount of shaming will ever convince those moral illiterates to tell the full and complete story of Fast and Furious.  If you think Brian Williams and those who staff every other newsroom in this country went to journalism school to hold power accountable and inform the public, think again.  They entered media for one purpose and one purpose only:  to defeat the right and to further the leftist cause.

The Most Pathogenic Media in History.  We have the most pathogenic media in history — they create social divisions, ethnic hostilities, massive deliberate misunderstandings of the real causes of economic despair, and political "solutions" from the very people who created those problems in the first place.  Our media are the worst plague virus in history because they spread falsehoods and block the truth.  No society can solve problems if the media lie as a daily habit.

Unmasking the media's birth certificate hypocrisy.  [Scroll down]  The answer is that the liberal media have become thoroughly corrupt.  They no longer care to hold leaders of both parties accountable; rather, they act — and view themselves — as the communications arm of the Democratic Party.  In short, their mission is not journalism, but propaganda.  This is now blatantly obvious to the point of becoming a professional embarrassment.

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.

Their Rules, Not Ours: Time to Vet Private Lives of Journalists?  We now have three instances of three individual Politico writers digging up and publishing political oppo-research about the private lives of private citizens who don't support Obama, and the motive behind these attacks can only be for two reasons:  1. To change the narrative of effective criticism of Obama to the less flattering moments of the private lives of these individuals.  2. To intimidate and frighten others who might consider supporting a candidate not named Obama.

Media Rekindle Their Obama Love Affair.  The Washington Post defends its Mitt Romney hit piece by claiming it didn't collude with the Obama White House on timing.  Collusion isn't the problem.  The fact that they both share the same goal is.

Cronkite and the Roots of Media Bias.  It wasn't Fox that poisoned the well of journalism, as former New York Times editor Bill Keller recently alleged.  Fox and other such outlets were brought into existence in an effort to balance a journalistic establishment that was already tilting heavily to the left.  The real sin here is not bias or even partisanship but the pretense of fairness that Cronkite exemplified.

The Media Mess of Pottage?  [Scroll down]  Ideology plays a major role, as an overwhelming majority of journalists and editors are politically left of the majority of the American people.  But this craven cheerleading for and knee-jerk defense of the president raises the question:  is there another more practical and base factor behind this unprecedented sycophancy?

Media accountability.  A September Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of Americans perceive a media bias, with 47 percent saying the media are too liberal and 13 percent saying they are too conservative, findings similar to the year before.

Stadium promises never pay.  [Scroll down]  In a just-released article in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, my colleagues and I studied media coverage of 23 publicly financed stadium initiatives in 16 different cities, including Philadelphia.  We found that the mainstream media in most of these cities is noticeably biased toward supporting publicly financed stadiums, which has a significant impact on the initiatives' success.  This bias usually takes the form of uncritically parroting stadium proponents' economic and social promises, quoting stadium supporters far more frequently than stadium opponents, overlooking the numerous objective academic studies on the topic, and failing to independently examine the multitude of failed stadium-centered promises throughout the country, especially those in oft-cited "success cities" such as Denver and Cleveland.

More about public funding of sports stadiums.

Olbermann, Rest of Media Won't Chase Dog Stories Anymore.  Jonah Goldberg broadened the argument beyond dog stories to the way the media frames stories in general.

To the media, controversies are only distractions if they benefit Republicans.  My complaint isn't about distractions, it's about the press's tendency to treat controversies that help Republicans as "distractions" and ones that hurt Republicans as Very Serious Issues.

Our National Media Don't Deserve Their 'Mainstream' Title.  The opinions expressed by the media are neither widespread nor accepted by the majority of Americans.  To call today's national media "mainstream" is inaccurate.  They are better described as the "liberal" national media.  Regardless, the term "mainstream" should be dropped.  According to a Gallup poll, 55% of Americans have little or no confidence in the national media to report fully, accurately and fairly.  Americans are right to be skeptical about the news they receive.  How can something be considered "mainstream" if the majority of people lack confidence in it?

Politico Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats.  In one of the more honest admissions of the obvious, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei has admitted that the majority of the journalists that he's known in his career at a variety of publications "vote Democratic."

Media Want Complexion To Count In Guilt Or Innocence.  Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice.  An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated.

Time to Stop Being Intimidated by the Left.  [Scroll down]  What has this selling out accomplished for the media?  In a recent poll, 63% of respondents said the media were "politically biased in their reporting"; 66% believe that news stories are often inaccurate; 42% say the press is immoral; and 72% believe that "they [the media] try to cover up their mistakes."

TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air.  What is it with television news and corrections?  When the rest of the journalism world gets something wrong, they generally correct themselves.  But network news acts as if an on-air admission of error might cause a meteor to land on the noggin of one of its precious talking heads.  NBC used all of the powers at its disposal to amend the mistake, except the high-visibility airtime where the bad clip ran in the first place.

MSNBC, the Faux News Network.  Liberals have been feverishly attacking Fox News for years now, irate that the Left's monopoly on television news outlets has been broken.  Conservatives, on the other hand, have tended to ignore MSNBC, even though that network is far more partisan, and less reliable, than Fox.  Perhaps this is because of a perception that hardly anyone watches MSNBC.  It is true, of course, that that network's ratings are nowhere near Fox's, but still, close to a million people watch the most popular MSNBC shows.  That is far too many for a network that is not only ridiculously partisan, but spews hate on a regular basis.

Editgate, Spittlegate, and the Left's 'Race-Gating' Tradition.  The media's willingness to lie for the cause should shock no one to the right of Bill Ayers.  What is particularly troubling about Editgate is that the major media, which once served as a firewall against fraud, now seem eager accomplices in its commission.

Andrew Breitbart built Internet empire by combining new media, partisan slant.  Get this:  The Washington Post points its finger at someone else's partisan slant.

More about the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart.

MSNBC'S Al Sharpton Sinkhole.  NBC news used to be the channel for sober, boring Huntley-Brinkley journalism.  It was liberal, to be sure but serious.  NBC's news wasn't always objective, but it had a reputation for professionalism.  Think Tim Russert.  But in today's era, Brian Williams going on saucer-eyed burger runs with President Obama is a refreshing improvement over MSNBC's lineup, chock-full of vicious, uncivil, shamelessly partisan left-wing hacks.

Ed Schultz and MSNBC's Sewer of Hate:  This story emerges in a little known book called The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry by Kenneth Bilby.  Mr. Bilby was a close associate of David Sarnoff's.  The ultimate Sarnoff insider who was a two decades-long member of Sarnoff's management team.  The book, a combined biography and insider's account of the legendary Sarnoff — the man who was known in his day as the creator of the modern NBC and "the father of television" (not to mention color television) — tells quite a tale.  And in reading it, one is left speechless at just how far the network's mindless obsession with all things fashionably left — otherwise known as MSNBC — has now managed to steer the entire NBC network's reputation into a veritable sewer of hatred.

Poking around the propaganda factory.  [Edward] Bernays worked for Woodrow Wilson, the president who was re-elected because he "kept us out of war" and then promptly took us into World War I, where 117,000 American soldiers were killed in action.  It was Bernays who helped come up with the justification of "bringing democracy to all of Europe," and was delighted to find out that the American public could be easily manipulated with slogans and blatant falsehoods.  Although rarely acknowledged today, he laid the groundwork for modern political propaganda and in particular is the godfather of progressive techniques for pushing public opinions such as those used by moveon.org and Media Matters.

Media Matters' targets revealed: business, wealth, Christianity.  When David Brock applied for tax-exempt status for Media Matters for America, he told the IRS exactly who his group would be fighting against:  businesses, wealthy Americans and conservative Christians. [...] Treasury Department documents — 88 pages that The Daily Caller obtained through a public records request to the IRS — reveal for the first time how the organization described its mission while applying for coveted 501(c)(3) non-profit status.  Media Matters has made no secret of its adherence to progressive principles, but flagging Christianity as having undue influence in media is the latest revelation about the group's treatment of religion.

Media Matters Fights War on Christians.  CBN News has uncovered Media Matters for America's foundational IRS documents — and they show that Media Matters was constructed as a weapon against Christians.  According to its application for non-profit status, it was created in order to counter pro-Christian "bias in news reporting and analysis by the American media".

Left-Wing Media Dishonesty:  We know that most of the media is actively rooting for President Obama to be re-elected.  But it used to be that the liberal press just tilted coverage, ignoring stories that reflected positively on conservatives and Republicans and hyping stories that helped Democrats and liberals.  But now, national news agencies are actually lying to you, using out-of-context quotes that they get from websites and fabricating things all in an effort to advance the liberal agenda.

Ed Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept.  A Labor Department spokesman confirmed to NewsBusters that Schultz received $190,000 from CWA in fiscal 2011, far from than the $7,500 he was paid by the union a year earlier.  The spokesman said unions are mandated to report such payments as required by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  For its fiscal 2010 payment to Schultz, the union characterized the payment as pertaining to "union administration," according to Labor Department records.

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I had never heard of Ed Schultz until I saw the article immediately above.  Apparently he has a radio talk show as well as a show on MSNBC.

Bill Moyers, Progressive Propagandist.  The problem is not that Moyers admires Alinsky as a good man, but that he is intellectually dishonest and vindictive regarding those who don't share his admiration.  His erudite tone and his measured, smooth-as-silk delivery seem to be aimed at damning what he portrays as knuckledragging conservatives as much as praising Saul Alinsky, and this stains Moyers's commentary with brutish propaganda.

Liberals and the Suborned Media Employ Hegel's Dialectic.  We are at a dangerous time in our Republic's existence.  The warning signs are there and the Cultural Marxists have almost destroyed our national culture and society, the final brick in the foundation of a Marxist totalitarian state worse than that created and ruled by Uncle Joe Stalin.

Political Puppet Show.  [Scroll down]  The television career of Stephanopoulos is merely an extension of his work as a communications director for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and subsequently in the Clinton White House.  Like the late Tim Russert (a lifelong Democrat who worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Mario Cuomo) and Chris Matthews (a former aide to Democrats Jimmy Carter and Tip O'Neill), Stephanopoulos is merely one of many who have followed the well-trod path from Democratic operative to liberal media star.

Obama's Law of Contraception.  A thinking person would ask where the President has the legal authority to order the insurance companies to give away anything for free. But there are no such thinking persons in the Democrat Party-controlled press, which is ready to applaud a third-world style Obama benevolent dictatorship — benevolent, that is, if you are part of the party political machine.

Absolute Propaganda The Associated Press Conspiracy.  Just last week AP released this directive to their members regarding its editorial 'standards' as applied to Koran burning:  "Should the event happen on Saturday, the AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned, and will not provide detailed text descriptions of the burning," managing editor Thomas Kent wrote to AP staff.  "AP policy is not to provide coverage of events that are gratuitously manufactured to provoke and offend."  Shortly after the decree, numerous media organizations and their disciples fell all over themselves rushing to support AP's decision, ignorant of the fact AP has no problem breaking their own rules when convenient.

Economic News From Big Brother, 'The Recession Is Over!'  Big Brother sends us today's urgent Newspeak via the Associated Press...

Left-wing foundations lavish millions on Media Matters.  Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S. foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation.  That sum represents 54 percent of every dollar the organization has raised in its history, making Media Matters a principally foundation-driven — not citizen-supported — activist group.

Media Matters accepted $50K grant for 'fact checking' religious broadcasts.  The liberal Media Matters for America organization once accepted a $50,000 grant to monitor and attack religious news outlets, according to tax returns examined by The Daily Caller.  The grant came in 2006 from the ARCA Foundation, a 60-year-old philanthropy that funds Democratic causes.  The foundation gave Media Matters the $50,000 "to support a Religious Broadcasting Project to expand the monitoring and fact checking of religious broadcasts," according to its tax return that year.

Pew: Record High 67% See Political Bias in News Media.  The downward slide of media credibility continues.  A Pew survey released a few days ago found 67 percent of Americans see "a great deal" or "fair amount" of "political bias" in the news media, a record high for the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press which pegged the level at 63 percent just four months ago.

Diabolical American Propaganda Storm Fogs Republic.  What's intriguing about today's propaganda is that despite the West's many sophisticated democracies, which depend upon an unbiased media, we observe the press devolving into cheerleaders for socialism.  How this occurred, in a nutshell, is simply that journalism — much like universities — was targeted as a strategic place to foment leftist ideas.

Paranoid Media Watchdog Threatens Press Freedoms.  Media Matters For America head David Brock surrounded himself with "more security than a Third World dictator," including a semi-automatic-toting "assistant" protecting him from right-wing assassination squads, according to the Daily Caller. ... Recent revelations expose Media Matters as nothing more than a thinly disguised adjunct of the Democratic National Committee.  With President Obama announcing he was breaking his campaign promise of refusing the help of Super PACs, you'll never guess who serves as the head of a new one called American Bridge 21st Century:  Media Matters' David Brock.  And there's lots of overlap in the two groups' donor lists.

Inside Media Matters:
Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations.  Founded by [David] Brock in 2004 as a liberal counterweight to "conservative misinformation" in the press, Media Matters has in less than a decade become a powerful player in Democratic politics.  The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members of Congress and progressive groups around the country.  Brock, who collected over $250,000 in salary from Media Matters in 2010, has himself become a major fundraiser on the left.  According to an internal memo obtained by TheDC, Media Matters intends to spend nearly $20 million in 2012 to influence news coverage.

Non-shocker of the morning: Soros monkeys coordinate with Democrats.  The Daily Caller provides a deeper glimpse into the Soros-backed Media Matters/Democrat propaganda machine. ... The Media Matters sycophants have repeatedly attacked the few reporters digging intrepidly into the Fast and Furious scandal.

Is the White House manipulating the media through Media Matters?  The Daily Caller has a multipart exposé on David Brock and Media Matters which will surprise ... well, probably no one who reads this site.  Speaking with former and current employees, Tucker Carlson, Vince Coglianese, Alex Pappas, and Will Rahn paint a picture of Brock as paranoid and out of control, but still supremely effective at getting his message out through the mainstream media.

If Bloggers Aren't Journalists, Neither Are Many Members of the MSM.  [George] Stephanopoulos earned his political science degree at Columbia University and he has been a Democrat political lion ever since, apparently making him a desirable spokesman for the party's agenda. ... MSNBC, a cable station claiming to be "a leader in breaking news, video and original journalism," is anything but.  It is stocked with partisan Democrat anchors and, in one instance, Morning Joe Scarborough, a former Republican RINO.  Al Sharpton?  Chris Matthews?  Rachel Maddow?  Lawrence O'Donnell?  These are journalists? ... Watching MSNBC is a chore and an exercise in frustration waiting for the other side of the story.  It simply will not be presented.  Instead we are treated with angry scowls and insulting language thrown at Republicans.

WashPost Ombudsman Won't Quibble: The Post Has a Liberal, Pro-Obama Bias.  On Sunday, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton noted that Deborah Howell, Post ombudsman from 2005 through 2008, said at the end of her tenure that "some of the conservatives' complaints about a liberal tilt [at The Post] are valid."  He added:  "I won't quibble with her conclusion.  I think she was right."  Pexton said this even as he characterized his electronic mailbox as a harsh place when conservatives get going on the paper's fawning Obama coverage.

The Self-Destruction of the Mainstream Media.  For the past forty years the mainstream media has become increasingly liberal and more overt in promoting the policies of the Democratic Party.  This evolutionary process reached its zenith in 2008 when the media were instrumental in Barack Obama being elected President.  Many journalists dropped any pretense of objectivity and became not only cheerleaders but active de facto members of the campaign.  During the past two decades no other sector of the economy has experienced such overwhelming financial and employment devastation.

Media Matters.  Among the most conservative South Carolina primary voters, fully 89 percent had an unfavorable opinion of the media.  The same poll showed Gingrich beating Romney in the primary, 37 percent to 28 percent — fairly close to the actual outcome.  Conservatives not only resent the liberal media for trying to pick the Republican nominee (n.b. the media prefer Romney) but they also resent Republican politicians who, once elected, spend their careers appeasing the media while abandoning conservative principles (n.b. the supine leadership of the Republican party in the House of Representatives).

Obama's Favorite SuperPAC, The Activist Old Media.  Let's call it what it is now, folks.  The biggest SuperPAC out there right now is the one working overtime to destroy any Republican who might be so bold as want to take on the media's Dear Leader in the White House. ... The Activist Old Media has two very specific goals in mind here, 1) keep the "horse-race" going as long as possible because it will help ratings and revenue, 2) work to damage whomever becomes the GOP winner.

Progressives and the Media: Still Together after 100 Years.  A century ago, a segment of the American media abandoned their role as facilitator of public discourse and became active participants in making politically achievable the transformative change being offered by the newly formed progressive movement.  The marriage was undeclared, yet under the cover of darkness they conceived a leviathan child which fashioned a mammoth government beyond even the imagination of Hobbes.

Election Deceptions.  Conservatives frequently complain that our presidential candidates are chosen by the media for us but give little thought to how this is actually possible.  It is, and has been for decades, the modus operandi of the media to work hard to predispose the attitudes of voters toward their candidate by planting the seeds of doubt about the chances of his opponents.

Agenda Journalism:  Reporters and news writers not only assume that they understand a story before it unfolds, they approach events with a cookie-cutter mentality, a prefabricated plot line.  They come equipped with an entrenched political perspective that enables them to shape the news according to prior specification, a practice that has come to be known as "agenda journalism." ... Similarly, the controversy over the now-defunct Journolist group does not cloud the fact that a number of its members were clearly playing partisan politics, attacking Republicans and suppressing unsavory facts about Obama.

Context-Challenged Media Doesn't Tell Full Story About Obama's Fourth-Quarter Fundraising.  Long, long ago, the Associated Press simply decided to stop being objective.  Other than the final act of officially declaring their left-wing bias, the AP has done just about everything else required to announce that they are on a crusade, among other things, to ensure Barack Obama's reelection.  But even then, you would think credibility would mean something to the AP.

Santorum vs. the Meat Grinder.  [Scroll down]  Conservative viewpoints are extreme, but the liberal counterpoints never are so.  It's extreme to criticize contraceptives, but not extreme to give them to 12-year-olds in public schools.  It's extreme to oppose all abortions but not extreme to favor every one of them (even partial-birth abortions) and want them funded with taxpayer money.  It's extreme to believe in traditional marriage, but it's not extreme to support poly-amorous groupings of three or five lovers in loose "family" arrangements.

Will Obama Go to War?  [Scroll down]  Three separate news reports from media outlets that are the first to cheer Obama and genuflect before his ideas.  Three media outlets that are supported by a viewership made up largely of Liberal-Progressive-Democrats.  Three media outlets with staffs and on-air talent that also overwhelmingly support the president and the L-P-D agenda.  All three statements from official Obama administration spokespersons reported by the so-called mainstream media without comment.  One needs only a minimal amount of imagination to visualize the reactions of these same media outlets if a spokesperson representing the Bush administration had spoken exactly the same words in exactly the same context.

The biggest little story of 2011.  If the mainstream media had their way, President John Kerry would likely be in the final year of his second term.  Vice President John Edwards might be a leading candidate in the 2012 Democratic primary.  In this alternate universe, John Kerry's three-month stint in Vietnam would be a footnote in his storied rise to power.  And most Americans wouldn't know that he acquired three purple hearts without bleeding in battle.  For the most part, that information reached the American electorate through new media — and in spite of the efforts of the broadcast news outlets.

The No News Stories of 2011.  As a general rule, when you watch a story on CBS, listen to NPR, or read the New York Times, assume that the news is prepped in such a way as to suggest the opposite of what really happened.

Amanpour's Snooty Brand of Liberalism Comes to an End at ABC.  On December 13 Christiane Amanpour announced she would no longer be host of ABC's This Week.  Her run as host of that show was filled with shots at conservatives and their issues as she called Tea Party candidates "bizarre," and scolded that tax cuts would "hurt" the poor.

Rahm has deep financial ties to new Sun-Times owners.  It's nice to have friends in the media.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel sure will have a ton of buddies in one key local media outlet, because virtually every one of the Sun-Times' new owners has been a major contributor, business partner or civic ally of his.

Ezra Klein: From 'Journolist' To Liberal Activist.  In the early days of the Gulf War, pundits marveled at the specter of Iraqi troops surrendering to journalists.  Well, now it's even worse:  Journalists are giving the Democratic Party its talking points.

The Ever-Worse Establishment Media.  Once again, the Media Research Center identifies the real haters.

Fighting for The Mainstream.  You're probably getting your news from people whose approach to information is so one-sided as to be dishonest — people, I mean, like Brian Williams, George Stephanopolous, and Diane Sawyer.  And yet they appear thoroughly presentable: polite, well-spoken — exuding elegance and good will even as they go about demonizing anyone they disagree with.

Ted Koppel, Elitist Hack.  To [Ted] Koppel, the nation was much better off when it was guided by a small and wise (and supposedly nonpartisan) national media elite that had the brains to separate the wheat from the chaff of information and tell the public how it should think.  That's all been ruined now by the "democratization of journalism," and the public will ruin the country with their incessantly partisan ravings.

The Media's Debacles.  In both the coverage of the Ground Zero Muslim Community Center and Mosque and the coverage of the great demonstration organized in Washington by Glenn Beck attracting in the neighborhood of half a million Americans, the mainstream media once again revealed their bias, blatant selectivity, self induced amnesia, and a rush to judgment to "shame" the audience into guilt over their assumed Islamophobia, the newest charge in the litany of grievances with which the public has been maligned focused on racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia in the past.

Military Scandal, Media Blackout.  Let me preface the facts of this column with two disclosures: first, I have a deep and abiding respect for the United States military. ... Second, I have equal amounts of contempt for a mainstream media, which is neither mainstream, nor remotely interested in reporting the truth, if it interferes with their agenda.

Secrets of the American Nomenklatura.  [#1]  The media and the Democrats are joined at the hip and have created a "hereditary celebrity class".  One of the fastest ways to celebrity and fortune is to be the child of a politician or a well connected political operative. ... If you are a Democrat, like JFK, Jr, Mika Brzezinski, or Maria Shriver who can be counted to toe the party line, the door is wide open.  The capper was the announcement this week, that Chelsea Clinton has been hired by NBC.

Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC.  NBC announced Monday that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.  The appointment was immediate.  Ms. Clinton will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its "Making a Difference" series, which runs on "NBC Nightly News," said Steve Capus, president of NBC News.

The Editor says...
Is Chelsea Clinton paving the way for her own political career?  Is there any doubt that her reporting will be biased?  And really, why is there a "Making a Difference" series on NBC?  Journalists who "make a difference" — or even attempt to do so by expressing their personal opinions — are activists.

David Zurawik: NBC Hiring Chelsea Clinton a 'Journalistically Bankrupt Decision'.  Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik on Sunday called NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton a "journalistically-bankrupt decision."  Talking to CNN's Howard Kurtz about Clinton's debut, Zurawik said if she's been preparing for this all her life "it's been a largely wasted life".

Media vs. the military.  The Vietnam War and the Walter Cronkite legend inculcated a strong distrust of the media in the military establishment.  The sentiment is that if the press can lose America's wars, it is something to be dealt with warily, if at all.  But what comes across as bias is often the product of structural and unavoidable aspects of reporting.  The primary role of the press is to expose and publicize information, while the military norm, based on the need for operational security, is to withhold and control information.

Study: Newspaper endorsements swing left.  After overwhelmingly endorsing Republican presidential candidates from the 1970s into the late '80s, the United States daily newspapers have shifted editorial support in the past 20 years to Democratic candidates, a new study shows.

To [Heck] with You People.  Look, I am past exhausted talking about liberal media bias.  It's real, we all know it, and people who deny it aren't even fooling themselves.  But some things just have to be pointed out.

CNN's Candy Crowley Picks Up MSNBC's Trial Balloon, Questions Cain's 'Blackness'.  CNN's Candy Crowley and her absolutely shameful interview with Herman Cain over the weekend was yet another piece of evidence that proves my theory that the MSM is involved in one big left-wing conspiracy.  They use each other, they work together, and because it comes so naturally thanks to their shared ideology and social circles, they don't even know they're conspiring.  Trust me, that's the worst kind of conspiracy, and Journolist was only a symptom of something much more insidious and widespread.  And MSNBC plays a very important role in this.

New Media, Old Bias.  Back in the old days — say, 10 years ago — Christians used to complain about liberal media bias.  The newspapers and networks had a stranglehold on what was considered news.  And because most members of the national media were part of the liberal cultural elite, polite indifference was usually the best we could expect.  Now, of course, all that has changed, right?

What Will Happen When the People Realize that the Constitution Is No More?  Dishonest, manipulative, agenda-consumed politicians who hold power will not easily surrender that power.  Today, an overwhelmingly "progressive" mainstream media feed progressive politicians' lies as truth directly to the people, thereby reinforcing the lies, giving the lies credibility in the minds of a mostly gullible electorate.

O'Reilly Tells Ingraham NBC's Todd Worked for Lib Senator.  After radio's Laura Ingraham questioned Todd about this issue Thursday [9/8/2011], Fox News's Bill O'Reilly brought her on his program Friday saying, "We did a little research on Mr. Todd... His wife makes a living working for the Democratic Party.  There is a report that Chuck Todd actually worked for Senator Tom Harkin, very liberal Senator from Iowa".

ProPublica is the left's biggest muckraker you never heard of.  An obscure nonprofit investigative newsroom's editor in chief is paid $585,117 a year and the group gives away its online stories for publication by big-time "partners," including the New York Times, ABC World News, Salon.com and Associated Press.  The 32 highly paid reporters seem to investigate only things liberals don't like.

News Bias, Civil Disobedience, and John Adams' Rule of Thumb.  Almost all of our TV "news" shows are unacknowledged, unchallenged, and unopposed Far Left to Moderate Left, pro-Big Government apologists.  Occasionally they will make a daring foray out into the hinterlands of "fly-over country," and run a slanted expose on what those wacky Tea Party people are up to, but mostly they stick with their schtick — smug, anti-American, elitist doublethink.

MSNBC: Leaning Left for 15 Long Years.  Tonight [7/7/2011] MSNBC's cast and crew will gather in Washington D.C. to celebrate their network being on the air for 15 long years.  In that time its hosts, reporters and guests have attacked conservatives and Republicans on everything from impeaching Bill Clinton and conducting a war on terrorism, up to the fight over public unions.  All the while some of its reporters and hosts have been thrilled by the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Barack Obama.

MSNBC's New Low: Hiring Al Sharpton as On-Air Host.  When CNN hired Elliot Spitzer many complained hiring the disgraced former governor was a new low in cable news.  Allow me to submit to you that with the hiring of "Reverend" Al Sharpton to be their 6pm host, MSNBC has smashed through CNN's record and established a record for finding a new host in the sewer of society that may never be topped.  While CNN and others have hired people disgraced by political or sexual scandals, in hiring Sharpton MSNBC has contracted with a "Reverend" who bears false witness and a racial arsonist who is responsible for the deaths of at least eight innocent people.

Where does all that bias get you?
CNN Tanks in April, Hits Ten-Year Low.  The era of the old media is over.  CNN had the lowest rated month in eleven years in April; the last time CNN had ratings this bad, the date was August 2001.  CNN had a grand total of 357,000 viewers, and just 108,000 in the crucial 25-54 age group.

Ratings: CNN Hits 15 Year Low.  Last week on Twitter, Piers Morgan taunted me with an invitation to come on his show and debate.  We responded in the most serious way we could; we reached out directly to his producer and said, "anytime."  Haven't heard back.  Kind of glad now.  I can get more attention strolling through a supermarket.

CNN reaches all-time lows again.  Forget April — May was the cruellest month for CNN.  The third-place cable news network hit a 20-year prime-time ratings low last month, averaging only 390,000 viewers — down 51 percent from May 2011.  Those were also CNN's lowest numbers, in prime time, since October 1991.

Far-Left Nation Magazine Editor Gets MSNBC Show.  If you thought Comcast buying into NBC was going to change the overtly liberal bias at the network's news divisions, think again.  On Monday [8/1/2011], MSNBC announced that Christopher Hayes, the Washington editor of the far-left magazine The Nation, will be getting his own show in September.

Pernicious effects of media bias.  It is a well-told story that the mainstream media — at least to a small degree — have a liberal bias.  It's surprising, then, that few people have examined, or even asked, a potentially more important question:  Does the bias matter?  If the media reports the news with a certain slant, how does it affect those who take in the content?

Unbalancing Act: America needs more media bias, claim some on the left.  What the self-styled opponents of balance really want is something resembling a state media monopoly — but one that is nominally independent and that is pliant when liberals run the government and adversarial when conservatives do.  That is more or less what existed between the 1970s and the late '90s, when competition greatly weakened the authority of the formerly mainstream media.  Strident leftism is not going to restore that authority.

Singing the Climate Blues.  [Scroll down]  Al Gore is not wrong to see that the media is changing into something that feels more like professional wrestling than like the hallowed network news broadcast in the Cronkite era.  The public at large increasingly sees journalists as entertainers rather than arbiters.  "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" play this for all it is worth and increasingly the myth of the objective journalist is yielding to the idea of the engaged party frankly promoting an agenda.

The Education of a Compassionate Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Leftist assumption of control of academia and the media was so swift and thorough during the 1970s and 80s only because many conservatives had swallowed the liberal line that such values as self-reliance, merit, individualism, and fairness were not only immoral and indefensible but quite possibly racist and borderline fascist as well.

The proliferation of media is the best guarantor of accuracy.  The multiplication of online news outlets unsettles some traditional journalists, especially those on the soft Left who have until now been accustomed to dictating the narrative.  Blogs, they complain, are opinionated and tendentious.  Well, yes; but try looking in the mirror, gentlemen.

The Hill Poll: Most voters see media as biased and unethical.  Likely voters hold a dismal view of the news media, generally regarding reporters as biased, unethical and too close to the politicians they purport to cover, according to a new poll for The Hill.  A full 68 percent of voters consider the news media biased, the poll found.  Most, 46 percent, believe the media generally favor Democrats, while 22 percent said they believe Republicans are favored, with 28 percent saying the media is reasonably balanced.

It's a close Race Between 'Don't Know' And 'Nobody'.
Who's The Most Trusted Political Reporter?  The same poll that showed "undecided" narrowly beating Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination also showed voters are just as divided on political reporters.  When asked by pollsters at Suffolk University which political reporter "you trust the most," respondents (1,070 of them were polled) said "don't know" (21%) followed by "none" (15%).

Big Media Suicide Compact.  Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?  What other business metaphorically flips the bird to those who don't subscribe to their social, cultural and political worldview?  That is precisely what big media does to a large number of potential viewers and subscribers.

Michele Bachmann Rips Through the Shroud of Contempt.  Control of the cultural and media landscape places some powerful weapons in the hands of the Left.  One of their favorites is the Shroud of Contempt, which they use to muffle targeted individuals by declaring them unfit to be taken seriously.  The public has been conditioned to applaud "moderates" and recoil from "extremists," so painting someone as a horrid extremist is an effective way to airbrush them out of the national conversation.

Don't Let Liberal Establishment Choose Our Candidates.  Obviously, the liberal media do not have the best interests of Reagan conservatives in mind when they do their "reporting."  So when they tell us certain GOP candidates are unelectable or electable, common sense would counsel us to take their advice with mounds of salt.

Maybe this has something to do with it...
Many in Congress invested in news media.  Many members of Congress have financial interests in the media that cover them, financial disclosure documents show.  The Center for Responsive Politics reported Wednesday [6/15/2011] some 60 senators and representatives, or their spouses, have investments in at least 19 media corporations.

CNN still despises Republicans.  One can take MSNBC, hose it off, dress it up in moderate looking clothing and call it CNN.  It is still a liberal network with an agenda that includes ridiculing Republicans and ensuring that their deity Barack Obama is reelected.  John King is more dangerous than Chris Matthews because at least with Matthews the screaming leftist lunacy is laid bare for all to see.

Perpetual Media War Against Palin Exposes Imbecility of Mindless Critics.  Palin is loathed for what she represents, not for being dumb.  Her "stupidity" is simply a shorthand rejection of her unacceptable political ideas.  This became obvious when detractors were unable to provide meaningful examples of how she lacks intelligence.

On Eligibility, It's Up to the States.  For much of our American history, we had a safety net that existed to deal with that political class when its actions and its oaths became divergent — the press.  What would Watergate have been without Woodward and Bernstein?  Our press used to pride itself on being our watchdog — that assiduous, obstinate handful of reporters who knew, and revered, the service they provided our free nation.  However, as we have painfully become aware, that press no longer exists in this country, as it has grafted itself onto the far left corner of that political class.  To protect their real estate in that corner, they have refused to approach this issue honestly, and have, rather, responded to the citizens of this country with ridicule and derision.

Media Bias in Layout.  When it comes to printed news, the front page trumps all — especially the front page above the fold.  This is the part of the paper that contains the headlines and the color pictures; it's the part of the paper that's put on display on the sides of city streets.  On any given day, more people see the front page of a newspaper than any other page.  The stories that make it to the front page above the fold are the ones the newspaper editors feel the public would — or should — find most important.

Corsi Book An Important One.  As I have come to learn firsthand, the anti-journalist does not seek to report the news.  The anti-journalist attacks the people who do report the news or, just as likely, ignores them completely.  When in attack mode, the anti-journalist disregards the facts and dismisses the fact finder as partisan, whacko, reckless, and inevitably, in regard to Obama, racist.  No reporter in America knows this form of abuse better than Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi.

Soviet Propaganda Would Fit In With USA Of Today.  Today, the Obama administration is inserting federal government dictates into major aspects of life and the economy in the USA.  In the USSR, the governing Communist Party directed and controlled all aspects of life and the economy.  Today in the USA, political correctness is used by American progressives to control speech and to suppress undesirable criticism.  In the USSR, speech-control played a major role in silencing the opposition.  The nuanced difference is that those who critique Obama administration policies are accused of being racists or bigots; in the USSR, individuals who criticized the government were described as spies, traitors or "enemies of the people."

George Soros' Ties to Major News Organizations:  When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding.  But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media.  Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets — including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

Why the New York Times Gets Everything Wrong: It's the Left-Wing Bias.  There's no secret anymore as to why the paper has become worse than it ever was.  The editors and writers are on the political left; and they are pompous enough to think that since everyone they know thinks the same way, what they are writing is objective.  This is not to say that its bias is a relatively new thing.  It's just that in the paper's heyday, you could find relatively straightforward top-notch reporting.  But even then, on certain issues, there was very little difference between the editorial side and that of the reporters.

Mainstream Media's Paradise Lost.  The new graduates of journalism schools are faced with few or no prospects of the future they envisioned.  In the minds of many members of the mainstream media, the fault for this drastic turn of events lies with the conservatives and those ignorant masses in fly-over country, not with themselves.  Therefore they lash out more than ever against conservatives and Republicans.

If Republicans Acted Exactly Like Democrats.  One of the best ways to illustrate the utter corruption of an ideology is one of the oldest:  imagine if political party "x," did what political party "y" is doing, and see if it passes the stink test.  For this purpose, I offer Exhibits A, B and C:  Wisconsin, Indiana and the Oval Office, three places where what is occurring stinks to high heaven.

The Government of the Big Lie.  Faced with nationwide economic misery caused by politicians' runaway deficit spending, some people choose resignation, others, disengagement.  Far too many Americans still robotically swallow the left-flavored pabulum which is spoon-fed to audiences by alphabet TV networks, newspapers, and the entertainment industry. ... Busybody politicians have fashioned decades of debacles.  And yet many voters continue to cave in to manipulation by government-worshiping "journalists" and the busybody politicians.

The Bias They Can't See:  NPR's reporters, regardless of how much they might annoy us, are clever, intelligent people.  As professional communicators, hired for their abilities and not how good their hair appears on camera, they know how to make words sing and dance.  They understand how to advocate without advocating.  Advocacy begins with the choice of stories to cover.  When you cover the "controversial" Arizona immigration law with great attention and give very little attention to stories that reflect badly on immigrants, you exhibit bias even though no clear advocacy has been shown.  Of course, the media will argue that they cover the "newsworthy" stories.  This is convenient cover when you get to decide yourself what is and isn't newsworthy.

The Media's Deadly Sin.  As a nurse, I've learned that people's behavior tells us a lot about their underlying condition.  My diagnosis of the media:  The average liberal "journalist" today is a rigid ideologue who is unbelievably lazy.

AP Stylebook inconsistency is fruit of political correctness.  Today, class, we will discuss matters like The Associated Press Stylebook (APSB) and such. ... Transgendered people, according to APSB editors, are called exactly what they want to be called.  Think those editors grant the same courtesy to those who consider themselves pro-life?  Guess again.  Here's what you'll read under the APSB heading for "abortion":  "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice."  The APSB editors couldn't have been more flagrant in their double standards if they had written, "Pro-abortion and pro-choice people have pure, noble motives and seek to protect those rights cherished by all Americans, so much so that we're going to refer to them as champions of 'abortion rights.'  Pro-lifers, on the other hand, are simply whacked out, anti-abortion nut jobs."

America's Marxist Media.  How did the mainstream media get to be the way they are?  To find the answer, let's turn to an old source.  Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-born novelist whose writing career spanned nearly four and a half decades.  Most of her 21 novels dealt with the struggle against totalitarianism.  During World War II, she wrote stirring novels of the fight against Nazi Germany.  After the conclusion of that war, while other writers were busily plotting stories of the threat of a reincarnated Nazism, she was among the first to understand that communism, with its subversive hooks already well set in the upper levels of many governments, including ours, represented a far greater threat to human freedom.

Democrats rope-a-doping Republicans on spending.  [President] Obama passively professes his desire "to work with Republicans on responsible spending cuts."  That prompts GOPers to produce multiple compromise proposals in the hope of finding one Obama will support, even as they wear themselves out promising not to shut down the government as they did in 1995.  Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leaders are attacking GOP spending cuts as "mean-spirited, reckless and irresponsible," confident that most journalists will simply repeat their charges without lifting a finger to test their validity.

The Media and the Republicans.  [Scroll down]  This evolution of the mainstream media culminated in the election of Barack Obama, who on the surface fulfilled all the requirements of an ideal presidential candidate for the chattering class.  He was one of them.  Ivy League educated, well spoken, attractive, and said all the right things designed to appeal to the myopic worldview of the New York-Washington-Los Angeles media axis.  But above all he was African-American, an opportunity to wash away the collective guilt so imbedded in the psyche of the press.  Barack Obama also knew that he had those tangible and intangible factors that would allow him to manipulate the media, and he did so.  The mainstream media became, in the phrase often attributed to Lenin, useful idiots.

The Manic-Depressive MSM.  In the fall of 2008 and early 2009, the left dared to dream big.  Back then, we saw the Daily News' hagiographic endorsement of Obama (their publisher and erstwhile Obama speechwriter has since seen the light).  This was quickly followed by Rahm Emanuel's ham-handed "Never let a serious crisis go to waste" quote.  In early January of 2009, even before Obama took office, John Judis of the New Republic wrote, "A decade ago, I might have been embarrassed to admit that I was raised on Marx and Marxism, but I am convinced that the left is coming back."  James Carville promised their reign would last for 40 years. ... Two years later, and all is lost.

Major Networks, the Lamestream Media Again Shows Hypocrite Colors.  By now just about every American, save for most of the Obama supporters, knows how "in the bag" the big networks of ABC, CBS and NBC are for the socialist loving, liberal Democrats from the Obama Administration on down to the bottom of the line.  They keep proving it on a daily and nightly basis.

CNN's conservative 'Hail Mary' pass.  CNN is struggling.  The news and opinion channel, launched in 1980, has seen its all-important primetime ratings steadily erode since the creation of its primary competitor, the Fox News Channel, in 1996.  Long gone are the days when CNN was the only game in town and had a monopoly when it came to 24-hour coverage of the news and issues that affect Americans.  The decline in viewership of CNN has been arguably due to its left-leaning take on news and its leftist political commentary.

Rewriting Ronald Reagan.  Everything [Reagan] changed he managed to do against a daily wave of news media hostility to his agenda.  Think of everything Reagan did, and then add:  He did it all before Fox News.  He did it all before the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon.  He did it all before the instant battle cry of his defenders could hit the Internet.  He did it all before C-SPAN caught on and people could enjoy the game of watching entire speeches and debates and then observing how the network tricksters discombobulated them into liberal hatchet jobs.

Spilled Milk.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has expanded its definition of "discrimination" to include things that no one thought was discrimination when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.  The Federal Communications Commission is trying to expand its jurisdiction to cover things that were never included in its jurisdiction, and that have no relationship to the reason why the FCC was created in the first place.  Yet the ever-expanding bureaucratic state has its defenders in the mainstream media.

The worst of Times.  The New York Times today [1/30/2011] offers what it calls the backstory on its publication of the stolen WikiLeaks documents.  It includes the intriguing fact that the White House didn't try very hard to deter publication, but the report by executive editor Bill Keller mostly reads like house propaganda and a Pulitzer application.  There is a laugh-out-loud moment.  It comes when Keller writes that "it is our aim to be impartial in our presentation of the news."  It's hard to imagine he believes that.  Certainly nobody else does.

With Olbermann Gone the News Media Is Now Even More Dishonest.  Like most conservatives I am of course thrilled to see my political nemesis Keith Olbermann gone from his perch at MSNBC.  His Angry Ted Baxter routine in which he hurled insults and dishonesty like a monkey hurls his own poop, was never a pretty sight.  But that doesn't mean I couldn't at least somewhat respect Olbermann for flying his partisan flag.  With Olbermann gone, the news media is somehow even more dishonest today than it was yesterday.

I Wish I Were a Democrat.  Oh, to be totally unaccountable for one's failures and blunders, pleading good intentions as a one-size-fits-all justification.  Small wonder Democrats always talk of their plans for the future, not the results of their past activities.  They never look back for good reason:  how would they explain the endless vista of messes?  But for the media, good intentions are good enough.  And so the Democrats are portrayed as forward-looking, while the Republicans as stuck in the past.

Democrat Diversion Strategy Succeeds Again.  The Democrats and the left have once again succeeded in their most well-worn, time-tested, and effective tactic:  diversion.  For the past six days, the country has been watching the spectacle of the Republicans and those on the right defending themselves from absurd and trumped up accusations.  This strategy has been so successful over the years that the left and their allies in the media are now greatly emboldened.

The Media Has Declared... WAR!  Journalism, like any business, enjoys great highs and suffers noticeable lows.  Scandals of false stories have rocked no less than CBS and the New York Times in recent years.  But this?  This was different.  This was a near-industry-wide failure.  I will argue that this was the worst moment of journalism I have ever witnessed.  This was not just an embarrassment, but it was a lie filled with such wishful hate as to damage the industry beyond repair to a huge portion of an audience already doubting or dismissing its credentials.  What's worse is that no one complicit in this horrific failure to the core of credibility of the profession much cares.

Separation of Journalism and Politics.  A question that I have been asking for quite some time was brought to the fore once again with the pervasive and obnoxious liberal bias in the so-called news reporting of the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Why does anyone continue to purchase and read the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other mainstream publications which have replaced accurate reporting with faux news accounts rising to the level of outright lies?  And why does anyone waste time watching "news" programs anchored and/or reported by the likes of Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Christiane Amanpour, and others on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC, and the like?

Playing the Violence Card.  The very word "demonstration" is a euphemism for "show of force."  Labor unions have always used the threat of violence.  "Community organizing" is what left-wing activists do when they are trying to gin up a rent-a-mob for the benefit of the TV news cameras.  Just to be helpful, the MSM used to warn every year of "a long hot summer" if summer jobs programs for urban youth weren't passed.  Whenever there is actual violence by lefties, as recently by "students" in Britain or by government workers in Greece, our lefty friends play both sides of the street.  If there is property damage, they blame the police for not controlling the crowd.  If rioters get injured, they blame the police for "overreacting."  Did you know that almost all MSM reporters are labor-union members?

Progressives and the 'Bad Stuff' in the Constitution.  It is hard to actually believe that something as prototypically American as a public reading of the U.S. Constitution by people recently sworn to uphold it could be at all controversial.  For that matter, it is even harder to believe that such an exercise should become the subject for ridicule by the very people — the press — whose free speech the founders went out of their way to protect.

How Did All That Happen?  How did villains become heroes, global warming become "climate change," and the most liberal senator become a "bipartisan" president? ... Lurking somewhere behind all these improbables is a rather small Western elite that is enormously influential in the media, government, the arts, universities, and Hollywood.

Autism Fraud Just the Tip of the Iceberg.  Last year the World Health Organization, having exaggerated the world AIDS problem by 12-fold, then hyped SARS and then spent four years terrifying us over avian flu (remember avian flu?), converted the mildest flu strain in decades (swine flu H1N1) into the first flu pandemic in 41 years simply by rewriting the flu pandemic definition.  Aiding it was a study in Science magazine that completely misrepresented the citations it used as authority.

2010 a Banner Year for MSM's Ministries of Mistruth.  In George Orwell's 1984, set in a pre-computer era, Winston Smith, working in the misnamed Ministry of Truth, alters documents that contradict or conflict with his totalitarian government's take on history, wiping out inconvenient truths or revising them to fit the current template.  In 2010, the establishment press ramped up its propaganda role, acting as a collective of preemptive Winston Smiths.  They ignored or massaged important news stories in ways that prevented the vast, relatively disengaged majority of the population (probably 85%, but perhaps as low as 80% thanks to the Tea Party movement) from getting their arms around the truth without doing a great deal of independent research.

The 10 Biggest 'Non-Story' Stories of 2010.  [#10] The Resurgence of State's Rights — Somewhat supported by the Tea Party movement, and certainly related to ObamaCare and Arizona's immigration battles, the broad issue of state rights in the context of constitutional government is garnering interest among Americans perhaps like never before.  The 10th Amendment is being championed on an increasing number of fronts and even the concept of "nullification" has returned to our modern dialog.  Big Media really isn't into the whole Constitution thing.  It would never occur to them that Washington is less than omnipotent.

Illegal aliens are illegal and alien.  Are "illegal aliens" simply misunderstood "undocumented immigrants?"  The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Diversity Committee believes so, and it's engaged in a campaign to "inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting" on the issue.  That may sound nice, but there is nothing insensitive about calling a crime a crime.

Conservatives More Charitable than Liberal Scrooges.  While liberals often want to take other people's money and spend it the way they think is proper, liberals are, on the whole, hypocritically far less generous with their money than conservatives that they demonize are.  Countless studies point this out, yet the false notion and stereotype that conservatives are harsh and do not care about others stubbornly persists, most likely because such false memes are propagated and perpetuated by the liberal members of the mainstream media.

In 2010, Media Scolded Americans as Anti-Islamic, Anti-Immigrant Bigots.  Condemning everyday Americans as racist, anti-immigrant Islamophobes was a favorite media theme in 2010, as documented by the Media Research Center's year-end Best Notable Quotables of 2010.  Polls showed most Americans supported Arizona's effort to curb illegal immigration and opposed building an Islamic center near the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers — but on both scores the media elite stacked their coverage against the public.

No great surprise here:
New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat.  According to voter registration records, New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat.  Keller has been registered as a Democrat since 1998 with his Manhattan apartment listed on forms as his address.  The New York Times has long been criticized by conservatives as politically biased in favor of Democrats.  In 2007 a Rasmussen poll found that 40% of Americans believe the paper has a liberal bias.

The Editor says...
That's only because 50% of Americans don't recognize bias when they see it.

Television's Latchkey Journalism.  TV news' phony objectivity, once personified by avuncular Walter Cronkite, has mutated into the "bratcast."  When CBS' Cronkite for decades told millions of viewers each day "that's the way it was," Americans were expected to take it as gospel truth from the lips of a grandfatherly wise man.  In the Internet age, with its endless flavors of news reporting, a Cronkite is as obsolete as an 8-track tape player.

The Washington Democrat-Media Complex.  When someone says "journalist" do you have a picture of a fedora-sporting, cigar chomping, agitator of jaded mien and independent mind, a man stubbornly outside the political establishment looking in and eyeing it all with suspicion?  Do you get a flash of a writer that stands in opposition to entrenched powers, one looking out for the Little Guy?  If so you've been watching too many black-and-white moves from the 1940s.  Today, "journalist" simply means an extension of the Democrat Party.

66% of Voters Are Angry At The Media.  Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media, but that includes just nine percent (9%) who say they are not at all angry.

It's Maureen in America Again.  Especially after bad days, liberals like to go to columnists like Maureen Dowd at the New York Times for some reassurance that everything's fine with liberalism and it's just the rest of us who are a bad mix of weird, greedy, ethnocentric, dumb and scary.

The Censorious Sound on the Left.  Let's give the media a break and conclude that when it comes to Rush Limbaugh, they just have no common sense.  Fine.  That's where fact-checking comes in.  A couple of minutes on the computer would have proven that these quotes were pure fantasy, put forward by radical leftists, with no substantiation whatsoever, purely to assassinate this man's character, as is their wont.  But the Left — including many in the "news" media — is so blinded by its hatred of Rush Limbaugh that it will accept any accusation as authentic, and the more salacious, the better.

Has Big Media Global Warming Bias Begun to Endanger the Public?  Why did the AP and the [Boston] Globe de-emphasize Maine officials' snowpack warning, especially when doing so endangered the property and safety of the public they are supposed to serve?  The Globe is owned by the New York Times Company.  Both the Times and the Associated Press are heavily invested in the myth of Global Warming...

When Bias Has Its Own Media.  Bias always exists, but journalistic bias has a tipping point at which instead of a free press, we have a propaganda press.  When does that tipping point occur?  Henry David Thoreau wrote that there is a certain amount of injustice in government, just as there is a certain amount of friction in operating a machine.  But when "friction has its own machine", then the injustice is no longer an unfortunate byproduct, it is now the purpose of the machine.

The Issues vs. The Mainstream Media.  The mainstream media has become thoroughly useless to the American voter, offering information that focuses on personal quirks and foibles, rather than the candidates' positions and, if applicable, voting records on issues important to the American electorate.  Perhaps this is why so many Americans are turning away from traditional media outlets for their information, political or otherwise.  Since even before the 2000 election — and poll after poll, both scientific and not, bears this out — the American public has become intensely disenchanted with not only the status quo of our political class but with the grotesquely transparent engagement in political activism by our "free press."

Liberal media bias is real, revealing.  Polling of MSM journalists showed they voted 9-1 in favor of Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush in 1992 and voted in the same margin for John Kerry versus George W. Bush in 2004.  No surprise, then, that the Center for Media and Public Affairs found Kerry received 77 percent favorable coverage in 2004 while Bush received 34 percent favorable coverage — quite a chasm, in my view.  Hypothetical question:  If Bush had instead received nine out of 10 votes of the MSM in 2004, does anyone really believe Kerry would have garnered that 77 percent favorable coverage compared to Bush's 34 percent?

Distrust in media hits record high.  Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not trust the news media to accurately and fairly report the news, a new high according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday [9/29/2010].  The percentage of Americans who distrust the media has been steadily climbing since the mid 1990s, when distrusts in the news media rated hovered around 45 percent.

The Election's Done; What Now?  The statist ideology of Progressivism first shaped federal law in 1890 and has moved forward for 120 years, reshaping the states and cities along the way.  Progressive education reshaped the public schools in the 1930s, proceeding since uninterrupted; it has produced generations of journalists who have evolved from professionals into political pimps for Progressivism.

Dupes — and Traitors.  One of the last mysteries of the Cold War is why so many seemingly intelligent Americans believed to the bitter end that the Soviet Union — history's most vicious dictatorship and an economic basket case — was paradise on Earth.  Well, now we know.  In his new book Dupes, Paul Kengor provides a stunning, detailed exposé of how the Kremlin set out to manipulate those among us whom Lenin famously described as "useful idiots" — Americans who could be made to fall hook, line, and sinker for Soviet propaganda and who then used their influence to swing public opinion behind the Soviet Union's policies.

Journalistic Misfeasance.  The Gallup Organization has just released the results of a poll that, for the fourth straight year, reveals that the "majority of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly.  The 57% who now say this is a record high by one percentage point."  Those that do express trust in the media (43%) tie a record low.

Why Are Voters Only 'Angry' When They're Tossing Dems Out?  Interesting, isn't it, that if you listen to liberal journalists, the voters are always angry and stupid when they're tossing Democrats out.  But they're high-minded and caring when they're giving Republicans the heave-ho.  You may recall that in 2006 and 2008, when Democrats took over both Houses of Congress, it was those high-minded, caring "soccer moms," looking out for the welfare of their families, who went to the polls to vote for Democrats.  They were never described as "angry" or "irrational" or "throwing a temper tantrum" — even though they were cleaning house just as the voters did Tuesday [11/3/2010].

Fire the Media.  The Giant has awakened.  The American voter just threw the bums out of Congress — not enough of them, but a very good start.  The crucial question today is:  Will the Giant just turn over and go back to sleep? ... The Giant must fire the media.  It's the easiest thing in the world, as Rush Limbaugh has pointed out for twenty years and more.  It's called the "on off switch" on your TV, or your browser, or your iPhone.

As the Election Approaches, Do Not Trust the MSM.  I am ashamed to admit that there is one thing the contemporary mainstream media does well.  Having spent years studying politics, history, and language, I find it amazing that media is able to convince people to believe conflicting narratives.  The creation and perpetuation of these contradictory beliefs cannot be possible without a media structure, as well as an educational structure, that discourages, and too often scorns, analytical thinking.

With Tagline, MSNBC Embraces a Political Identity.  MSNBC, once the also-ran but now the No. 2 cable news channel, has a new tagline that embraces its progressive political identity.  The tagline, "Lean Forward," will be publicly announced Tuesday [10/5/2010], opening a planned two-year advertising campaign intended to raise awareness of the channel among viewers, advertisers and distributors.

Obama, Democrats got 88% of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters.  Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Media Bias:  The Chasm Widens.  Thanks to the Washington Examiner, which analyzed data from the Center for Responsive Politics, we learn that "senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC" were overwhelmingly in the Obama camp.  Overall, 1,160 employees of the big three networks gave Democratic candidates and campaign committees $1.02 million, while 193 contributed $142,863 to Republican candidates and campaign committees.  That's a 7-to-1 ratio.

Interview with Sally Pipes on ObamaCare at Six Months.  [Scroll down]  "I would say the mainstream media, of course, always likes to increase the role of government in our lives, and Obama, Pelosi, and Reid believe that government can make decisions for the American people better than we can make for ourselves.  It's an ideological vision that they have, and that is not the American way.

Bozell Launches 'Tell the Truth' Campaign.  Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell III is calling on members of the liberal media to "Tell the Truth" about the administration's efforts to push the U.S. toward socialism.

The Nexus between Liberals and Racists.  Conservatives are disparaged, insulted, belittled, and denied the public pulpit, just as blacks once were.  The common denominator in each travesty is the mainstream media.

Seven Deceptive Mainstream Media Techniques.  Just a few decades ago journalism in this country was actually about reporting the facts.  Yes, journalists may have leaned to the Left, but at least reporters made an effort to be fair.  Today, journalists are more interested in "making a difference" than in any antiquated standards and they play by PRAVDA rules.  Every news story is filtered through an ideological prism and instead of asking who, what, when, how, and why, the stories are framed around a simple rule:  How can we hurt the Right and help the Left?

Are conservatives suspicions regarding the media justified?  Yes.  Howard Kurtz whines that "[Conservative] candidates seem to regard it as an affront when reporters challenge them on their past statements and inconsistencies, which is a basic function of journalism.  They are avoiding or limiting interviews with all but the friendliest faces as a way of circumventing the press.  And some of them delight in skewering the mainstream media, a tactic that plays well with their base."  It's interesting that Kurtz doesn't mention the Obama administration's attempt to boycott Fox News, and its ongoing complaints about that network.

Seven Reasons Government Has Become Completely Dysfunctional in America.  [Scroll down]  For a long time, the mainstream media in this country could fairly be classified as center-left.  However, over time it has drifted from center-left to far-left and it has affected the way our politicians behave.  Politicians on the Right know they can't get a fair shake from the media; so they tend to be overly cautious, even though the populace leans to the Right.  On the other hand, politicians on the Left have been emboldened by the unwavering support of the media.

Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood.  In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what's most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most.  Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for continued coverage.

Opposing viewpoint:
Newsweek Offers Offensive Explanation For Why Media Ignored Nashville Flood.  [Scroll down]  Or how about this for a narrative:  Tennessee was one of the few states Obama didn't win in November 2008.  As part of the media narrative concerning Bush and Katrina was that he was racist — or, at the very least, that race played a factor in the slow response — couldn't the press have played up the "Obama Lost Tennessee" angle concerning why the White House didn't declare a state of emergency there until May 4[,] days after the floods began?  Readers are advised that this "narrative" suggestion is by no means an accusation on my part that McCain's victory in Tennessee had anything to do with Obama's slow response to the Nashville floods.  Instead, as media rarely need plausibility for their conspiracy theories, this would have been just as feasible a narrative as Bush's response to Katrina involving race.

War of Words.  As we know, the world of political journalism has radically changed in the post-WWII decades.  The methods, the tone and the very role of media have morphed over time, although they have always been prone to liberal leanings.  They began as mere reporters, whose sole function was to chronicle events in Washington. ... Then, as the influence of radical socialists who had begun to infiltrate journalism schools in the 1930s began to take effect, they came to view their profession as a way to "change the world for the better."

The Left and Its Talking Points.  The Journolist story demonstrates active, covert collaboration among leftists to plant political themes in the media.  Long-time listeners of conservative talk radio are aware of audio montages where old-line media talking heads repeat verbatim a set of words that can't be anything other than shared talking points.  A perfect example was the 2000-era Dick Cheney "gravitas" showcased by Rush Limbaugh.  It's one thing to ask how proper reporting of Obama might have changed the outcome of the election.  I'll ask a bigger question:  Did old-line media journalists share talking points to prop up the global warming issue?

More about the JournoList scandal.

Too Many Voters Unaware Of How The Mainstream Media Corrupts The News.  My sister is an intelligent senior citizen but she doesn't watch Fox News very much though does watch CNN and upon further discussion told me she'd never heard of Anthony ("Van") Jones, the green-jobs czar ousted from the White House after Mr. Beck exposed his communist background.  Her television news sources are CBS, NBC, and ABC, and, as a Democrat, she had no problem voting for the relatively unknown Illinois Senator Barack Obama.  She also refuses to get involved with the World Wide Web.  I've done a similar personal survey of persons I know to be Obama supporters and, similarly, their news sources are the same.

The Difference between 'World Opinion' and Left-Wing Opinion.  Here's a challenge:  Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as "world opinion" and left-wing opinion?  Take all the time you need.  No matter how much time you take, you probably won't come up with any examples. ... The world's media and virtually all international organizations are leftist in their politics, and they define "world opinion" and in turn shape it.  Of course, there are other powerful institutions in the world that shape public opinion.  But virtually none of them contravenes the left-wing views of the world media and world organizations on world issues.

The revolution is not being televised.  [Scroll down]  Paradoxically, over the last two generations, the aging leftists have been quite successful in establishing their agenda without violence, by infiltrating and dominating the education, legal, and media establishments in our country.  Teaming with the trade unions whose movement has been a tool of the International Communists for over a century, this coalition has succeeded in radically altering the American economic, political and moral landscapes.  Their foothold has been so firmly established, especially in the media, that those promoting traditional American values can scarcely get their voices heard through what now amounts to the Pravda media.

Good Riddance to Newsweek.  It is extremely doubtful that The Washington Post will find a buyer for Newsweek magazine and it would not surprise me if Time magazine disappears as well.  Both are an offense to anything that passes for journalistic ethics or practices and have been for far too long.

ABC's Davis to SEIU.  Another jump from the media to politics:  ABC News's deputy political director, Teddy Davis, emails that he's leaving the network to join SEIU's already-muscular communications and politics operation.

The Naked Left.  The establishment media, which has been obviously tilted to the left for fifty years, petulantly denies any leftist bias.  This utter denial continues more than forty years after Agnew's speech against the television elites in 1969 and in spite of polling data, such as a Gallup poll which shows a huge plurality considering the media more liberal than conservative and a Zogby Poll which shows 64% of Americans seeing a liberal bias in the media.

Brent Bozell Reacts to Americans' Heightened Anger with the Media.  A new Rasmussen poll found an astonishing two thirds of American voters are at least somewhat angry at the media, including an entire one third who said they are 'very angry.'  That's disturbing but unfortunately, not surprising.  The liberal media lost touch with the public and fair reporting long ago, and Americans are sick of their lavish praise for a President that is leading our country and economy into a disastrous state.  The American people are abandoning the old media by the millions because they are simply fed up."

The Origins of the Lapdog Media.  Noam Chomsky, a self-declared socialist, once said, "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the US [mainstream] media."  Never would he have imagined that his critique would apply more than ever to the present-day relationship between the mainstream media and President Obama.  This march to the media's present role of being in league with the Obama administration is the culmination of the good-versus-evil narrative of modern journalism.

Media no longer report just the truth.  We've become so acclimated to politicians in both parties lying that we can hardly distinguish between fact and fiction or, worse, actually believe the drivel spewed by either.  But at some level this is understandable as you would hardly expect objectivism from either party.  The calamity in this cauldron of mendacity, however, is the media from whom one would expect a fair and balanced news offering.

Media's fiscal credibility deficit.  There's a good reason to remain pessimistic about deficits as far as the eye can see.  It's called the "news" media.  Legislators who want to get re-elected will clearly want to avoid any spending decision that will create bad national publicity.  And our news media, the manufacturers of bad national publicity, will send crying victims down the assembly line at the slightest thought of a social spending cut or freeze.

Integrity in the Rear View Mirror.  Looking for your integrity in the rear view mirror is becoming an occupational hazard in the newsroom. ... In the run-up to Obamacare; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and prescription drug relief were all celebrated as social landmarks.  Yet somehow these programs are never judged to be failures once they become corrupt and/or insolvent.

CNN's decline follows rise of grass-roots America.  In a year when America's tea party activists have been surging, cable news networks that slam the grassroots movement have been dying in the ratings.  Is it merely coincidence?  As widely reported, 2010's first quarter ratings for cable news networks were released earlier this month.  Compared to the numbers in 2009, Fox News Channel, frequently reported as a favorite of the tea partiers, actually gained 3 percent over last year's numbers, but MSNBC, whose left-leaning commentary has been far more critical of the movement, has dropped 15 percent of its audience.

Bill Maher's 'Black' President.  [Scroll down]  It is the liberal media machine which ignores intellectual blacks like Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams and elevates racial hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to the level of "community spokesmen."  It is our leftist-dominated entertainment complex which continues to glorify black low-lifes and gang-bangers in music and on film.  It is the liberal academics who continue to insist that America is a fundamentally racist nation, and that "reparation" must be made to peole who never experienced slavery by people who never engaged in it.

CNN to Advertisers:  We're the Only 'Non-Partisan' Cable Network.  Stuart Elliott of the New York Times's Media Decoder blog reported on Tuesday [4/13/2010] that CNN, a network known for its consistent liberal bias, is now incredibly touting itself as "the only credible, nonpartisan voice left" on cable television.  Elliott noted that this spin was being pitched by the network at a Tuesday morning [4/13/2010] event for advertisers at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

Considering The Source Of Today's News Is Crucial.  [Scroll down]  Circulation figures for many liberal news publications have plummeted and yet this hasn't stopped the continual demonizing of the conservative majority in this country.  It's as if their editorial boards live in a womb nourished by a placenta of left-wing dogma and are totally oblivious of reality.  They still haven't a clue of what the Tea Party movement means and continue to portray it in a negative light.  Reports that come from the Associated Press, Newsday, Newsweek, Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post need to be read with a jaundiced eye.

O'Reilly Notes Blatant Media Hypocrisy on Protestor Anger.  Last night [3/30/2010], Bill O'Reilly used recent instances of inflamed, occasionally violent liberal protests to give his viewers a lesson in Media Bias 101.  Lefties dominate the mainstream press, and are reluctant to cover events that don't suit their agendas, he stated.  "The Mainstream media largely ignores crazy stuff generated by the far left because many media types sympathize with liberal politics."  It's hard to put it more succinctly than that.

More about media bias related to "tea parties".

Deadly Triumvirate Destroying America.  [Scroll down]  This boils down to the biased, dishonest, and fraudulent mainstream media posing a mortal threat to the survival of our democracy.  If America is to survive as the greatest country on earth, it requires an informed citizenry getting the information needed to make sound judgments.  That's not happening now, and until it does happen we'll be under the shadow of an existential threat.  So, the public better start going out of its way to get both sides of the issue.  That means they have to stop relying on the mainstream media as the exclusive source of news and commentary.

Wonder where the next 'crisis' will be manufactured.  Now the MSM plays a vital role covering up initial results that fall well short of "expectations" and the financial justification erodes before our eyes.  Never once does the MSM compare real versus actual results, or re-examine the business case, or question the ability to achieve the desired outcomes.  The stimulus inability to create jobs and the inconsequential climate improvement promised by the "cap and trade" bill are conveniently ignored by the MSM.  The Mainstream Media is an active co-conspirator to government greed and manipulation, hiding in plain sight, and has forfeited any credibility as a fair and balanced check and balance of power.

More examples of media bias in President Obama's favor.

Believing the worst:  There is an unspoken but real impulse in today's media to see themselves as "independent" of America, even above America, not so much because they are superior to America but because America is so egregiously flawed.  It is their role to shed light on America's failings.  They're not keen at being seen as Americans.  They choke at the idea of wearing flag pins.

Self-indulgence:  The enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country.  Elections are supposed to be an alternative to other ways of settling political differences, including riots, military coups and dictatorships.  But riots have been re-christened "demonstrations" by the mealy-mouth media.

The Legacy Media's War on Conservatives:  I've been writing a lot lately about the disconnect between the American legal profession and the American mainstream.  The legacy media is no different from the bar on this score.  Because of that, it is shriveling into extinction.  It can't survive on a competitive playing field by enraging its consumer base — the only potential savior on the horizon is the possibility of a bail-out by our current Leftist government.

Declare War on the Establishment Media.  [Scroll down]  I say that the establishment media is, as a collective entity, intellectually and ethically corrupt.  Not just liberal, but intellectually dishonest, often knowingly, to a stupendous degree.  So many examples could be given, but here's one that is apt right now:  There is no standard too duplicitous on which these media folks will act on behalf of their liberal ideology.

Journalists' Tweets Show Their Liberal Bias.  Survey after survey shows the ideological bent of most mainstream press reporters favors the Democratic Party.  And that's before one reads their stories, watches their news broadcasts and considers their collective mea culpa after giving Sen. Barack Obama the hands off treatment during the 2008 election cycle.  Still, press members continue to cling to their impartiality pose.  But watching how some reporters work in our Twitter-fied culture makes it even more obvious such a stance can't be believed.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Finally Comes Clean on Channel's Liberal Slant.  It took a while, but MSNBC President Phil Griffin has finally admitted and embraced his cable network's hard-left slant.  He told the Chicago Tribune that he will try to carve out a niche on the left, hoping some day to rival the Fox News Channel's record-setting ratings.

MSNBC's Matthews:  Washington Post 'Used to Be Liberal', Now 'Hard to Read Ideologically'.  Chris Matthews could have a future in comedy if only his funniest moments weren't unintentional.  Here's today's knee-slapper:  The Washington Post is not ideologically liberal in its editorials.

Mass media and private liberty.  The spectacle of a White House warring against the single television news network which does not fawn over the president, and attacking his most prominent talk radio show critic, brings home just how bureaucratized information, opinion, and thought have become in America.  In television news a handful of institutions determine what is newsworthy and what is not for those tens of millions who only get news from the video screen.  That decision — what is "news" — decides everything.

More about Obama vs Fox News Channel.

When Liberal 'Journalists' Attack, Real Americans Suffer.  Andrew Breitbart's recent smackdown of Max Blumenthal at CPAC (for his vicious smears against James O'Keefe) serves as a reminder to us all that when Liberal "journalists" attack, they have one goal — and it isn't reporting the truth.  It is to win at any cost no matter what the damage is to the victim.  It is called the politics of personal destruction and it reflects the utter nihilism of Liberalism.

Tea Party Movement vs. Elites:  The danger of the "birther" question is irrelevant because the elitist [New York] Times will always find something that they can use to try and discredit anyone who isn't liberal.  And if there is a crowd of a thousand tea party protesters the media will canvas all of them until they find one willing to say something objectionable.

A Biased Media at Work.  [Scroll down]  This kind of frontal attack on conservatives is glaringly obvious, relatively straightforward and easy to counteract.  Napolitano was forced to issue an apology to veterans [for the Homeland Security Report, "Right-wing Extremism"].  However, less obvious are the unrelenting, insidious tactics of mainstream media which disproportionately report events that favor liberals and liberal agendas over those of conservatives.  The media has even gone so far as to censure (sic) coverage of stories that favor conservatives or conservative views.  Such biased coverage or, entire lack of coverage, marginalizes issues important to the conservative agenda, damages the ability of conservatives to have their ideas accurately and fully presented and, ultimately, inflicts damage on the conservative position.

James O'Keefe and the Fourth Estate's Double Standards:  Reporters for top media outlets have masqueraded over the years as workmen, students, and even bartenders in their effort to expose corrupt officials and misdeeds — and, of course, to get a good story (and maybe some coveted journalism awards).  Well, who could imagine such journalistic shenanigans in light of the way the mainstream media is portraying James O'Keefe III, 25, the videographer who became famous for exposing ACORN, the liberal community organizing group?

Confessions of an anchorman.  There is a case to be made that the steady drumbeat of hyped-up threats — SUV's that roll over, kitchen-counter bacteria, road rage, swine flu, amber alerts and the stations' willingness to enlist governments and institutions to solve those "perceived" problems, actually drives a lot of bad and unnecessary public policy.  But it's a formula that has worked as a cash cow for your local TV station.

Losing the Pro-Abortion Media Bias:  Former New York Times reporter Alex S. Jones ... sees the bias in the mainstream media as not political but "cultural."  He defines this as "a set of beliefs" that can "skew" reporting.  Taking the word "political" out of the equation doesn't make any sense.

"Partial truth" abortion:  Many in the media resent any suggestion that they are either politically biased or that journalists' personal views stop them from doing a good professional job of accurately reporting the news.  The way the issue of partial birth abortion has been reported — or not reported — gives the lie to such protests.

Use and Abuse of Euphemism:  Whatever you think of the practice of partial-birth abortion, surely no one can truly be pleased with the media convention of describing it as "a certain abortion procedure" or "a controversial abortion method." [...] Even the practice of referring to it on the second, third, or fourth mention as "what opponents call 'partial birth' abortion" is questionable.  What do supporters call it?

Bias, Witting and Unwitting, Among the Gods of Journalism

The hidden agenda of unionized media:  [Scroll down]  You should also know that your "objective" network correspondent, roaming the halls of Congress right now trying to ferret out the "truth," probably pays hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in union dues to AFTRA every year.  He or she, in all likelihood, depends on AFTRA for one of those "Cadillac" health insurance plans that is the subject of so much debate. ... Now, do you really think your friendly network correspondent is gonna criticize the Senate Democrats' bill?

How To Kill Political Correctness Before It Kills Us.  I've been doing consumer reports for over 34 years and, from my perspective, the No. 1 consumer issue is the sad state of the mainstream media.  It has become something other than a segment of the media, and now can be correctly described as a propaganda organ of a Democratic Party controlled executive branch of the U.S. Government.  What's worse, it is totally biased, dishonest, and fraudulent and can no longer be trusted to deliver the information needed by the American people.

5 Ways Liberals Misjudge the American People:  [Scroll down slowly]  Because the Left controls the mainstream media, they can often get away with lies no conservative ever could.  Put another way, conservatives tend to be more honest because they have to be while liberals are used to having the mainstream media cover up, ignore, and explain away their lies.  The problem with that is that over time, the MSM has become less powerful and the new media has filled the gap.

New Rasmussen Survey:  Voters See Media As Liberal, Biased & Too Powerful.  A new survey from Scott Rasmussen finds that more than half of all voters (51%) believe "the average reporter is more liberal than they are," and two-thirds (67%) think the media have "too much power and influence over government decisions."  Rasmussen's poll was released Thursday [1/14/2010].

Are You Ready to Subsidize Reporters?  [There is] some recent poll data collected by the Pew Research Center.  Only 29 percent of 1,506 adults surveyed said news organizations generally get the facts straight.  The facts!  Sixty percent said the press is biased, up from 45 percent in 1985.  Just 26 percent said that news organizations are careful their reporting is not politically biased.

Obama's War on Fox Is Liberalism's War on Dissent.  Liberal politicians have been spoiled with mainstream media favoritism for so long that they believe anything other than sycophancy is mistreatment.  Their selective outrage is as hollow as it is risible.  In fact, Fox News seems much more conservative than it is because no other television network over the past half-century has been anything but decidedly liberal.

A Leninist View of the American Media:  Conservative exasperation with media bias is a tired refrain, a waste of energy. ... The premise that now guides the mainstream media is something we haven't seen before in this country — thus the never-ending consternation of conservatives at the blatant bias of the media and the nonchalance of its practitioners when caught in the act.  We have seen press behavior like this before, though — not here, but in China and the Soviet Union during their classical Leninist eras. ... Where conservatives see dishonesty, double standards, and deception, media practitioners see themselves as fulfilling their role in consolidating Party power in pursuit of a socialist utopia.

Welcome To The Ministry of Propaganda.  Freedom of the press was included in the Bill of Rights for a reason.  The founders of this nation expected the "fourth estate" to keep government honest by informing the public of the truth.  When the press becomes a creature of government, and freely declines to report fully, completely and honestly to the public then it is no longer free.  It has enslaved itself...

Conservatives and the death of newspapers.  Not long ago journalists were champions of free speech.  Now they routinely manipulate, ignore or suppress information.  They've become the gatekeepers of multiculturalism and political correctness.

The Total Disappearance of the Mainstream Media.  Now it's time to look at the mainstream network news stations, if we must.  How in the world could they lose out to cable stations to begin with, and why do they keep slipping?  They slip because they do not deliver the news.  They in fact deliver the news with innuendo and thinly veiled bias.  When that is impossible, they simply skip the story.  It is time to face facts; politics rules when it comes to news.

The Slave Press.  Freedom of the Press, like almost all our constitutional protections, has been murdered by the courts and the Left.  Those who view slave masters like Castro as "liberators" have no notion of what freedom really means.  The Left does not want the responsibility of freedom, especially in the arena of facts, ideas, and opinions.  What we have today in America are willing serfs of The Slave Press.  It exists solely to expand the power of the Left, and the Left exists only to grasp power and to choke liberty.

Media Malfeasance.  The majority of Americans realize the liberal bent of the old media.  Most can identify opinion pieces that are increasingly presented as news, but they have to resort to the net or talk radio in order to be made aware of all the good news which is deliberately relegated to the back burner in the (remaining) newspapers and nightly news broadcasts.

Our Dangerous Media.  For decades, the old media, consisting of the big three networks and the newspapers of most major cities have had a stranglehold on what information gets disseminated to the public at large.  The media elite have decided which issues qualify as news.  Not surprisingly, the majority of the information that makes it to the airwaves or in print is overwhelmingly one-sided, reflecting a world-view steeped in progressive values and blatantly hostile to traditional values.

What is Bias?  Here are the "Seven Violations of Media Objectivity":
    1. Misleading definitions and terminology.
    2. Imbalanced reporting.
    3. Opinions disguised as news.
    4. Lack of context.
    5. Selective omission.
    6. Using true facts to draw false conclusions.
    7. Distortion of facts.

The Media Has Lost the Public's Trust.  A recent report indicates that the general public's trust in newspapers and television news are at all-time lows.  In addition, another report shows that newspaper subscriptions are facing an accelerated decline.  These reports, combined with the major networks news programs and CNN's continued slide in ratings, means the public is fed up with news coverage that is not fair and balanced.

The Slobbering Sycophants of the MSM.  There was a time, after all, when Americans actually had a rather high opinion of those who brought us the news in a fair and reasonably objective manner, and when editors and publishers didn't allow their opinions to bleed all over the rest of the newspaper.  But those days are long gone.  Today, nobody trusts print or TV journalists.  Liberals may have been delighted to find the MSM working overtime to get their guy elected last year, but in the final analysis nobody respects a whore.

In the Tank: A Statistical Analysis of Media Bias.  During the 2008 presidential election, even center-left observers have noted the unmistakable bias of the prestige news media toward Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party in general.  As we shall reveal, the bias of the media is pervasive, ideologically motivated, and quantifiable: that is, it has been admitted, measured, and analyzed in statistical terms.  Those results reveal a media doggedly out-of-touch with the political center and tilted decidedly leftward.

Liberals whine about conservative media:  Neil Gabler, professor at the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC pretended to be unable to detect liberal bias in the media, including leftwing papers like the one he was writing in.  Perhaps that's because he also failed to notice that the Annenberg School is run by a former Clinton Administration official and — like journalism schools across the country — its faculty is 100% leftwing.

On frivolity, dubiety and the truth in medialand:  It is not news that the Establishment press hangs way out there over the leftward edge, and long has.  In 1972 more than 90 percent of top people in the national print and electronic media voted for George McGovern.  In April, 1980, only about 2 percent of the editors attending the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington indicated in a survey they wanted Ronald Reagan to be the next president.

Most deny conservative media bias:  A new poll indicates most Americans disagree with top Democrats that there is a conservative bias in the media that shouts down and drowns out liberal voices.

A Double Standard at CNN:  The double standard at CNN is: when those on the right do something it is fishy and needs an expose.  When the same thing is done on the left, it is just "the given."

We must hold the media accountableConservatives have made a target of the liberal biases of the "mainstream" media.  It has become a tired attack, wrung out of its freshness and meaning by constant repetition.  So why not leave it alone?  The reason is simple:  It's too important to leave alone.  The liberal media's ideological prejudices are growing ever more blatant, outrageous, and dangerous.

Liberal Media on Life Support.  [Scroll down slowly]  Ten years ago, this might never have surfaced, as the media giants, in their lockdown control of the presses and airwaves, seemed to have things their own way.  Then the Internet emerged as a free and alternative center of power, a 'press' that looked at the press with the critical eye that the press turned on others, and an age of exposure began.  Skeptics took aim at the press and its doings.  Blogs rose that put the Times under their microscope.  Powerline and Hugh Hewitt took on local papers, which are now in some trouble.  Instapundit pointed out double standards when and where they occurred.

The Ten Worst Media Distortions of Campaign 2004.  [For example] Dan Rather's forgery fiasco; ignoring, then attacking, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth; spinning a good economy into bad news; and swooning over John Edwards' image [while] ignoring his liberalism.

Mika:  With One Exception, Every CBS Reporter, Director, Anchor A Liberal.  Give Mika Brzezinski credit for candor.  She has stated that during her 10 years at CBS, every reporter, producer and anchor she knew, with one exception, was a liberal. ... Will Mika's revelation trigger a frantic internal investigation at CBS to root out the Republican interloper?

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2017 by Andrew K. Dart

Ex-Washington Post Ombudsman, Who Recognized Liberal Bias, Killed in New Zealand.  Howell agreed with readers who saw "a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama" in the paper's campaign coverage, as she had earlier determined "Democrat Barack Obama has had about a 3 to 1 advantage over Republican John McCain in Post Page 1 stories since Obama became his party's presumptive nominee."

Your Turn:  Judge and Decide the Worst Media Bias of 2009.  For each of the 16 categories, pick one quote — the one you think is the most outrageous in the category.  Then move on through all of the categories.

Online Picks for Worst Media Bias of 2009 Unveiled.  Nearly 8,000 of you participated in the public online voting for the Best Notable Quotables of 2009 (7,903 to be exact), weighing the idiocy and outrageousness of dozens of quotes from liberal reporters and celebrities.

GE shareholders erupt in anger over MSNBC's leftwing bias.  Anger erupted at GE's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday [4/22/2009].  "The crowd was angry with MSNBC because of its leftward tilt," one person observed.  "Some former employees said they were embarrassed by it."  The complaints came hot and heavy.  During the question-and-answer period, shareholders repeatedly asked executives about political views expressed on MSNBC and CNBC.

HuffPo Decries General Electric's Control of NBC, MSNBC ...But Only On Some Topics.  The Huffington Post is concerned all of a sudden that General Electric is engaging in top-down control of the news because they tried to stop Keith Olbermann's attacks on Bill O'Reilly.  The Post is right to be concerned about GE's control, but they haven't shown much interest in GE's network push for green investments and carbon trading that will line their own pockets.

NBC: National Broadcasters Against Conservatives.  On December 7, 2007, as the country solemnly remembered Pearl Harbor and the timeless sacrifices of soldiers long dead, one of our major television networks decided that running ads praising today's modern armed forces constituted a bridge too far.

Some of the roots of media bias:
Tracking Your Digital Trail.  [Scroll down]  Most people never realized that after World War II, the higher-ups among these various radical entities ventured forth to head educational institutions and media outlets.  For example, Edward Barrett, who served as head of our government's overt psychological warfare program from 1950-52, became dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. ... William Paley, an alumnus of the U.S. Army's Psychological Warfare Division went on to head CBS, and C.D. Jackson led Time/Life.

Is GE Using CNBC, MSNBC to Promote Cap-and-Trade for Financial Gain?  It has been something that there have been rumblings about, but no one has really put the x's and o's together entirely — that General Electric is using its media arm, NBC Universal to promote President Barack Obama's so-called progressive agenda for its own financial gain.

The Editor says...
GE and Obama are both pushing for a "smart" electric power grid.  Coincidence?

Is GE dancing to the White House piper?  General Electric, more intimately tied in with government than nearly any other company, rolled out a new intiative this week, called "healthymagination."  That odd name draws a parallel to GE's 2005 initiative "ecomagination."  Like ecomagination, healthymagination held its launch event not at corporate headquarters in Greenwich, Conn., but here in D.C.

GE a corporate sponsor.  For all of the carping liberals did for eight years about corporate cronyism in George W. Bush's White House, they seem to turn a blind eye to the same behavior in President Obama's.  With plans in place for a major overhaul in the health-care industry, General Electric is positioning itself to become a major beneficiary of these health care reforms.

Obama Staffers Attend Secret Dinners With Lefty Media.  The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has let the cat out of the bag in the Post's April 27 issue about a regularly scheduled secret media dinner attended by some of the top left-wing journalists in the country. ... The secret dinners for Obama staffers and his boosters in the Old Media have been going on for "more than a year" and are sponsored by David Bradley, the owner of the Atlantic.  In attendance have been some of the most well known lefty journalists in Washington.

Jake Tapper Isn't Letting Go.  Jake Tapper isn't the easiest guy to interview.  After all, when your interview subject is a competent journalist, he or she already knows all the tricks of the trade — the subtle flatteries, the ever-so-slightly leading questions — so Tapper isn't about to say any more than he has to about his personal politics or what goes on behind the scenes of his job as ABC News White House correspondent.  Or it's possible Tapper doesn't want to talk about these things because he's one of the last remaining journalists in America who take the responsibilities of their jobs seriously, and thus place a premium on their credibility.

2008 liberal media awards:  It's time for the 21st annual Media Research Center's awards for the most biased, manipulative or downright goofy quotes from liberals in the "mainstream" media.  I'm honored to serve, once again, on MRC's distinguished panel of conservatively-biased judges.

From Being Watchdogs to Needing Watchdogs.  The mainstream media, who forgot Felix Frankfurter's admonition that "freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society," long ago abdicated their role as government watchdog and now require a watchdog themselves.  Never has that been clearer than in the 2008 presidential election, during which they are covering up rather than covering Barack Obama's shady past and alliances, his knee-deep involvement in corrupt practices threatening the very core of our democratic system, and his many policy misrepresentations.

Why Reporters — and Judges and Professors — Are Biased.  That the news media were biased in the 2008 presidential election is now acknowledged by fair-minded people, left or right. ... Given how obvious this bias is, the question is not whether liberals in the media tend to offer biased reporting.  The question is why?  Why can't liberal news people report the news without any slant? ... For most liberal news reporters ... the purpose of news reporting is not to report news as objectively as possible.  The purpose of the media in general and of reporting specifically is to promote social justice and the social transformation of society.

Mainstream Media Needs Rehab For Liberal Overdose.  This bias from the small town markets to the industry's big guns creates an interesting dichotomy — because the majority of news organizations have swung so far to the left, other news outlets who don't follow suit appear "right."  Or worse, the rosy glasses of the majority make leftist extremes appear normal.  Yet, despite the mainstream media's best efforts, the majority of Americans remain conservative.

Satire:
Coming soon to a lefty rag near you.  In the months to come, we can expect all kinds of horror stories from the left about alleged Bush-Cheney atrocities.  These will deflect attention from present-day problems and provide liberal thinkers with the intense indignation they so desperately need.  In addition, the bevy of Bush-Cheney sins will supply the media and individual opportunists with "product."  So, in order to get ahead of this inevitable situation, I will now predict some future headlines...

Democrats Most Reliable Constituents: The Press.  Surveys of journalists conducted over the past three decades show the media elite are extremely consistent in choosing Democratic candidates on Election Day.  If only journalists were permitted to vote, we would never have had a President Reagan or a President Bush, but would have instead faced Presidents McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry.  It wouldn't have been close.

Media Credibility:  As an "independent conservative," I'm expected to see liberal media bias lurking everywhere, but it's not just me — and it's not just conservatives.  I know liberals, including newspaper editors, who think the "news" pendulum had swung dangerously far to the left.  Beyond recent studies by the Pew Research Center and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, other research shows that the media has tilted to the left; indeed journalists themselves have openly admitted as much.

Helen Thomas:  Symbol of Media Decline.  The gold standard for reportorial behavior is supposed to be "objectivity" and the appearance of impartiality.  That does not apply to opinion journalists who are often ideologically oriented and whose very livelihood depends on a readership/listenership/viewership that is attracted to them precisely because of their punditry.  We are talking about straight reporters who supposedly arrive at the table with no intent to weave an agenda into the story.  It can be argued, as this writer has, that anyone who covers the bitterest gut-wrenching political battles of our time and claims to have no opinions is likely to be judged either a liar or a moron.  The point is — Does he/she try to play it down the middle in a way that is credible to a public that simply wants unvarnished facts?

Zogby Poll:  Voters Believe Media Bias is Very Real.  Nearly two-thirds of those online respondents who detected bias in the media (64%) said the media leans left, while slightly more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they see a conservative bias on their TV sets and in their column inches.

Exactly How Biased is the American Media?  The average American voter is starting to come to grips with the fact that those who control the flow of their information, "the media," are neither independent nor unbiased.  In a September 2007 Gallup survey of American voters, 45% said the media is too liberal, compared to only 18% who said the media is too conservative and 35% who said the media is about right. The results of that survey demonstrate how far left 18% of Americans are today, and how uninformed another 35% are.

America's Second Wake-Up Call!  In the last 40 years, there have been nine major surveys of editors and reporters who work for national media.  The most they ever voted Republican in a national election was 14%; the more common range has been 4% to 7%.  This is one reason why no matter who wins a political debate, the media almost en masse repeatedly tell you their man won.  And most voters who don't pay close attention will believe them.  It's called coordinated propaganda.

Old Media News In The Tank.  The old broadcast and print media outlets have abandoned any pretense of objectivity and impartiality in this year's general election, further eroding their credibility.  It makes one wonder.  Is the future of news already here, or are we transitioning toward something still over the horizon?

Even Harvard Finds The Media Biased.  The debate is over.  A consensus has been reached.  On global warming?  No, on how Democrats are favored on television, radio and in the newspapers.  Just like so many reports before it, a joint survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy — hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy — found that in covering the current presidential race, the media are sympathetic to Democrats and hostile to Republicans.

Keeping the press honest:  "If you look at the surveys, we've accomplished our primary mission, which is to educate the American people about the bias that exists," he [Brent Bozell III] says.  "One survey in 1987 showed ... that only 25 percent of the people believed there was such a thing as media bias.  Today, according to a recent survey, that figure is 79 percent."

Reader responses overflow after story.  When Politico editors John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei tackled the subject of media bias Tuesday [10/28/2008], they knew they were venturing into controversial territory.  Still, they hadn't predicted the most intense reader response Politico has ever received, with hundreds of e-mails pouring into their inboxes within hours of the story hitting the web.

"Swiftboating," Media Myths and the 2004 Campaign.  The media's ability to shape opinion derives from its power to slant the news — the pervasive activism known as "media bias" — and also from its power to choose what is and is not reported.  But 2004 marked a watershed in American political history.  That was the year the old media lost control of our national conversation.

Tim Russert Took Media Bias Seriously.  In 2001, my first book, "Bias," came out.  It was an insider's look at bias in the media.  Not one network news correspondent would have anything to do with me.  I couldn't get on any of their morning news shows to talk about the book (which was a national best seller), or their evening shows or their weekend shows or even their middle-of-the-night news shows.  No one in network television wanted to discuss the issue, no matter how many Middle Americans thought it was important.  Russert was the lone exception.

The War Inside NBC:  It was a black day for journalism in NBC:  [Tim] Russert's death released one of the last brakes slowing NBC's descent into political activism and journalistic irrelevance.  NBC was once the proud home of real journalists.  People such as Chet Huntley and David Brinkley brought its standards to — and above — the level prevalent in most news organizations.  But now, it's an asylum for people such as Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.

Enough Already!  I have just about had it with the conservative punditry and their plaintive wailings about the unfairness of the self-proclaimed "mainstream media" (I think the designation "Big Media" would be more appropriate as applied to the information service of the leftist elites, which is anything but mainstream).  "Where is the outrage?"  "Why does the mainstream media concentrate exclusively on the failings of the right while completely ignoring the failings of the left?"

Inside the Disinformation Machine:  If you think the media has a liberal bias today, wait until you see what the left has in store for America's future.  Extremist billionaires, "netroots" activists, and nonprofit pressure groups are creating a new media network.  Through blog journalism, they aim to discredit the media outposts of the right while remaking the Internet in their own image.

Evangelicals are in the news, but not in newsrooms.  It's unclear exactly how many evangelicals work in newsrooms, and federal laws against religious discrimination prevent news managers from asking about a job candidate's beliefs.  But the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reported in 2007 that 8 percent of journalists surveyed at national media outlets said they attended church or synagogue weekly.  The survey also found 29 percent never attend such services, with 39 percent reporting they go a few times a year.

A Shameful Week for the Press.  I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated.  There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don't want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them.  But this week has changed my view.  I have never seen, and I admit that I could never have imagined, such shameful, out-of-control, frenzied, angry, condescending, and pathetic journalistic malpractice.

Academedia Bias:  Too often we treat academic and media bias separately when their relationship is much more symbiotic.  After all, not only are media elites trained in academia but they frequently return to school to teach and "give something back" to the educational system that spawned them.

Poll:  Democrats Trust Media More than Republicans Do.  Harris released one of their latest polls on the 6th [3/6/2008] and it showed that less than half the general American public trusts the press.  With the state of the media today, this should come as no surprise to anyone.  But, the numbers are pretty amazing when it is realized that 54% of those responding said they did not trust the press while 46% admitted that they don't trust television news either.

'Whitewash' Indictment of Liberal Media Convinces, Says Zelnick.  No one does a better job than L. Brent Bozell III and his Media Research Center in documenting the liberal bias of much of the mainstream news media.  Some of their citations of my former colleagues' wisdom make me laugh out loud. Others make me furious.

The Fall of the American Press?  Many of the reasons given for the challenges facing the newspaper and the media in general are well known, but perhaps worth recounting. … [For example] journalists are no longer seen as disinterested parties pursuing the truth, but as elites who themselves profit from pushing certain agendas.  The revolving door between the halls of power and the news studios underscores this concern.

Third CNN Staffer Joins Obama's Team, As Does ABC Vet; Revolving Door Up to Ten.  Following the path of CNN Middle East correspondent Aneesh Raman and producer Kate Albright-Hanna, who both jumped aboard the Obama campaign last year, senior political producer Sasha Johnson this week announced she's leaving the network's Washington bureau to take the Press Secretary slot at the Department of Transportation.

Media Lies:  Plenty know by now that in 2004 the progressive Pew Foundation published an extensive poll exposing the five-to-one ratio of liberals to conservatives in the news-reporting media.  Strangely, media outlets must believe that we have forgotten this because they continue marching forward just like the vain and gullible monarch penned by Hans Christian Andersen.
Media bias impacts the news you hear and don't hear.
Time for "Propagandist Buttons" to identify biased "journalists" on air.  Canada Free Press (CFP) editors Judi McLeod and Arthur Weinreb advocate that [Gwen] Ifill and others of her ilk should be identified for what they are:  propagandists not journalists; that "journalists" advocating for the election of Obama should be forced by the networks who hire them to wear buttons proclaiming them as "Propagandists".  In short, in fairness to television viewers everywhere, the Katie Courics, Rachel Maddows et al should be forced to wear on-air the "Propagandist Button", a sort of Fairness Doctrine that really works.

BBC to probe its 'bias to the Left'.  The move comes just five months after another internal BBC report claimed that the organisation was Left-leaning, out of touch with large swathes of the public and guilty of "unconscious self-censorship" on issues it found unpalatable.

The Pulitzer Racket:  Conservatives often ponder why more young conservatives don't go into journalism.  Here's one easy reason:  The path to prizes and prestige doesn't come from fierce investigative probing into liberal sacred cows or sharp-eyed conservative commentary.  It comes from pleasing liberals with stories that advance their agenda.

Hillary On The Hotseat:  One need look no further than yesterday's Wall Street Journal to figure out why the Left has been so adamantly opposed to its sale to Rupert Murdoch.  The Wall Street Journal has had the audacity, the effrontery, to challenge, actually challenge, one of the Left's most cherished shibboleths:  Queen Hillary.  Doing what 'mainstream' journalists have failed to do for, oh, the last ten years or so (except when a Republican is president), the WSJ put the 'investigate' back in 'investigative journalism.'

Scandalous "Scandals".  Now that ABC News has the list of phone numbers given to them by the "Washington madam," the question is:  Whose names will they publicize if they find out that there are public figures whose phone numbers are among those they have?  Let us suppose, just for the sake of argument, that these names include Karl Rove and Ted Kennedy.  Are both names equally likely to be revealed?

All the news that fits.  Only a dyed-in-the-wool leftist would think to label CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the three major networks, as the mainstream media.  Only liberals who are so delusional as to regard their politics as middle of the road could be that mistaken.  Normal people are aware of the fact that these news outlets are not only not mainstream, but are clear out of the water and perched on the far left bank.  However, those of the liberal persuasion have repeated that lie so often and for so long, I'm afraid they've actually come to take it as gospel.

The blind leading the bias.  What a splendid joke.  If I'd wanted to prove the unconscious bias of the media, I would have picked exactly such a panel, and watched to see if anyone actually noticed the screaming absence of a single conservative voice.

Al-Jazeera now biased, says leaving reporter.  The most high-profile US journalist on al-Jazeera's English language service has left the channel, attacking its narrowing world view and increasingly anti-American editorial slant.  Dave Marash, a former ABC correspondent, said that editorial input from Washington had "gotten smaller and smaller" and that the Qatar-based management were exerting control on the channel's overseas bureaux.

Al Jazeera Hosts Party for a Terrorist.  An Israeli official has accused the Arabic satellite television channel Al Jazeera of "unprofessional" behavior in hosting a party at its Beirut office for newly freed arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar. … Kuntar was accused of killing four Israelis, including a four-year-old girl whose head he smashed with a rifle.

CNN and Hillary Destabilize Pakistan.  We can now understand why Musharraf's November 3 state-of-emergency decree took foreign news outlets like CNN off the air.  Musharraf, who is one of the main targets of the al-Qaeda international terrorist organization, recognizes that the so-called "CNN effect" in global affairs can destabilize foreign governments, including his own.  It's no wonder that he recently complained about being betrayed by the Western media.

America is in Deep Trouble.  Though most Americans are far more conservative than anyone living or working in Washington DC today, the conservative movement finds itself playing defense to a long list of socialist anti-American aggressors. No, not the Soviet block or Red China, but your friendly DNC Headquarters, their minions in the press, and your next door neighbors, many of whom are unaware of their socialist standing.

Excerpts from How to Identify, Expose and Correct Liberal Media Bias:  Tips for identifying and documenting bias in news stories.

What can we do about media bias?  The Associated Press is the 500-pound gorilla of media bias.  They are the gatekeepers of our news and they're extremely powerful.  The liberally biased AP is a monopoly when it comes to distributing news to our nation's newspapers.  It's useless to complain to them though, because they don't care.

Give 'em that liberal media bias.  The Media Research Center has released its 19th Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting in its ever-vigilant attempt to point out some of the greatest examples of left-tilting bias in the mainstream media.  Next to Christmas, it is one of my favorite things about the month of December.  I offer a small sampling of my favorites.

Liberal bias in media is no secret, but now it's proven.  Our American media machine is broken.  Journalists can no longer be trusted.  Many conservatives have seen years of evidence that the mainstream media is shifting further and further to the left.  But this week a new study from the Center for Media and Public Affairs shows an unprecedented bias in the network news coverage.

Four Times More Journalists Identify as Liberal Than Conservative.  A survey conducted late last year and released Monday, by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, confirmed the obvious — that compared to the views of the public, conservatives are under-represented in national journalism while liberals are over-represented.  Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times discovered the nugget buried deep in the annual "State of the Media" report from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism and FNC's Brit Hume on Tuesday night highlighted the findings from the survey of 222 journalists and news executives at national outlets:  Only six percent said they considered themselves conservatives and only two percent said they were very conservative.

Hispanic news a GOP liability.  Although Spanish-language press is not monolithic, news coverage, and particularly political coverage, tends to focus on advocacy for its community, analysts said.  It's new territory that Democrats have been quick to grasp, deploying Spanish-speaking lawmakers to make the party's case on education, national defense and, most recently, immigration.

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That's just a roundabout way of saying that the Hispanic press leans to the political left even more than the English-speaking press.

Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly).  MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission.  Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes.  Only 17 gave to Republicans.  Two gave to both parties.

Poll Finds Journos At Bottom Of 'Prestige' Jobs.  Hang down your head, journalist — your fellow Americans don't think your career is much to be proud of.  The annual Harris Poll measuring public perceptions of 23 professions and occupations came out Wednesday — and you can find journalists in the Bottom Ten.

Hitting a New Low in Bias:  The truth is, to be pro-life is to be anti-violence.  No one who is truly pro-life could ever advocate or engage in violence, whether shooting an abortionist outside an abortion clinic or tearing an unborn child apart inside that clinic.  But for the media, that truth doesn't fit their fiction of what "pro-life" means.  So they ignore it.

A Reporter-Turned-Congressman Waves Yellow Flag On Media Bias.  At their best, the news media help promote our democracy.  Like many Americans, though, I am increasingly concerned about a bias in the mainstream news media.  To me, there is a significant liberal slant in news reporting that prevents the American people from getting facts about critical issues facing our country.  Without facts, Americans cannot make informed decisions about issues, and our democracy is threatened.

No Extreme Democrats for MSM?  So, we have a "moderate" in Hoyer facing an extremist in Murtha in this fight for Party Majority leader.  But, one would be hard pressed to see any MSM outlet presenting the facts in such a light.  In fact, the MSM seems to want to present the story as a corruption issue instead of a war issue, even as they want to assume that the recent election is a vote by the electorate to get out of Iraq.

MSNBC, Leaning Left And Getting Flak From Both Sides.  MSNBC, which bills itself as "the place for politics," is being pummeled by political practitioners.  "It's an organ of the Democratic National Committee," says Steve Schmidt, a senior strategist for John McCain's campaign.  "It's a partisan advocacy organization that exists for the purpose of attacking John McCain."

Americans See Liberal Media Bias on TV News.  By a 39% to 20% margin, American adults believe that the three major broadcast networks deliver news with a bias in favor of liberals.  A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 25% believe that ABC, CBS, and NBC deliver the news without any bias.

New Evidence of Liberal Media Bias.  This study found evidence that conservatives were more likely to perceive media bias than liberals, but that both conservatives and liberals detected bias in media outlets that leaned against their political perspectives.  In the end, however, because conservatives were more critical of the media both in general and in response to specific outlets, the results seem most consistent with the claim that a liberal political bias exists in the mainstream news media.

How to Detect Bias in the News:  At one time or other we all complain about "bias in the news."  The fact is, despite the journalistic ideal of "objectivity," every news story is influenced by the attitudes and background of its interviewers, writers, photographers and editors.  Not all bias is deliberate.  But you can become a more aware news reader or viewer by watching for [these] journalistic techniques that allow bias to "creep in" to the news.

Affirmative Action for Conservatives:  Thomas Edsall, who served for many years as the top political journalist for the Washington Post, has told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the national press corps by a margin of anywhere from 15 or 25 to 1.  That is important personal testimony and evidence from someone who toiled in the mainstream media.

We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News.  It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years:  the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism.

Fair and Balanced?  You Bet.  I worked in newsrooms for most of 30 years, with a couple of breaks for grad school and political campaign work.  I can say with confidence that I can count on one hand the conservatives I worked with during those years in mainstream news.  They fall into two categories:  those with whom I worked in the early 1970s who were relics of the days when you might actually find a conservative in a newsroom, and a couple in the 1990s who, like me, had made a gradual transition from left to right.

Sacrificing truth on the altar of diversity.  Houghton Mifflin's ploy was recently described by reporter Daniel Golden in a Wall Street Journal story on the lengths to which publishers go to get images of minorities and the disabled into grade-school textbooks.  A Houghton Mifflin spokesman claimed that able-bodied models are presented as handicapped only as a last resort.  But according to one of the company's regular photographers, the deception is the norm.  At least three-fourths of the children portrayed as disabled in Houghton Mifflin textbooks actually aren't, she told Golden.

Michael Moore and Bill Clinton:  Birds of a Feather.  The public has a right to know why Clinton didn't catch bin Laden and when "facts" in Moore's documentary aren't true.  Moore and Clinton's reactions prod the public to view skepticism and balance as biased attack.  Clinton even called it "a conservative hit job" and that the public questions about his role in not stopping bin Laden were there due to "a serious disinformation campaign to create that impression."  Plenty of conservatives have been the benefactors of "liberal hit jobs" on NBC, ABC, and CBS but it happens so often, usually no one notices.

Media Anarchy Has Its Downside.  One can't exaggerate how large Fox looms in the liberal imagination.  They see it as huge and mighty and credit it with almost mythical powers.  It is a propaganda channel whose mission it is to destroy the Democratic Party.  That's part of why Clintons' performance had such salience.  Finally he was standing up to an evil empire.

Attacking the Messenger:  The Left Unhinged by The Fox News Channel.  Since the dawn of the information age, groups have tried to manipulate news organizations by going after their advertisers. [...] Even in the recent attacks on the Fox News Channel, groups have used Rupert Murdoch's relationship with cigarette maker Philip Morris and how that led to Murdoch's vast media empire ignoring stories about the negative effects of smoking.  It isn't enough, however, to try to control the behavior of the American people by controlling the legal products they have access to in the marketplace.  The left wants to control what you think and read by controlling your information sources.

Prepping the '08 Media Battlefield:  The left hates Fox because it reports things that ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post would otherwise conceal from the public.  The war on Fox will continue, because the libs know it's essential to prepare the battlefield for the 2008 election.  If they can marginalize Fox — and even revive the old "fairness doctrine" to kill conservative talk radio — they could restore the left's monopoly on national news.  So what are Republicans doing in response?  Nothing.

Crazy like a Fox (News).  As Fox News celebrates its 10-year anniversary, media watchers should appreciate how Fox, which tilts right, has provided balance to major new operations such as CNN and the New York Times, which tilt left.  Go to most newsrooms and you'll find a staff that overwhelmingly voted for John Kerry in 2004, while the rest keep their politics to themselves lest they be considered biased.  A survey of the Washington press corps found that 89 percent voted for Bill Clinton in 1992.

Liberal Media Allergic to American Values.  Elite news editors shrug at their reporters' highly politicized activities — from AIDS fund-raisers to pro-abortion rallies, environmental propaganda and unhinged Bush-bashing (new case in point:  New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse's recent moonbatty screed at Harvard University assailing everything from Gitmo to the Mexican-U.S. border fence).  But wear a flag pin?  Heresy!

Big Government Solutions Don't Work.  Politics as usual is aided by the complicity of the media.  Economic ignorance, bleeding heart emotionalism, and populist passion pervade our major networks and cable channels. ... In countries where everyone knows the media produces government propaganda, people remain wary of what they hear.  In the United States the media are considered free and independent, thus the propaganda is accepted with less questioning.

Meet the Real Katie Couric.  On September 5, Katie Couric took the helm of the CBS Evening News, a program tainted by decades of Dan Rather's liberal bias.  But a review of Couric's 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today finds that she brings her own liberal baggage, and she seems unlikely to challenge the biased approach that has eroded the credibility of CBS News and the rest of the media elite.

New Network, Same Old Biased Katie.  After more than two decades in which Dan Rather used his anchor desk to push a liberal agenda — culminating in the forged document scandal in 2004 — the CBS Evening News needed its new anchor to be the epitome of fair and balanced journalism.  Instead, the CBS brass hired Katie Couric, who put her liberal fingerprints all over Today during her 15 years at NBC.

Reporting, opinions and 'just plain rude'.  Reporters have an obligation to maintain an objective approach to the stories they cover.  That's not to say they don't have opinions, but if they are going to have credibility as reporters, they need to keep those opinions out of their stories.  Instead, we've grown used to reporters becoming talking heads on television, where they speculate incessantly about the meaning of stories or the outcome of stories or the virtue of the people they write about.

The database double standard.  Here is the most insincere question a liberal TV news star can ask:  How can President Bush turn around his poll numbers? [...] The media's crocodile tears are not even laughable, just nauseating.  Pushing down the president's approval rating seems to be their daily task.

Media bias on full display.  The reason to point out that this military tribunal case was actually a 5-4 decision is because other 5-4 decisions get reported in a very different way.  For example, when the court upheld the University of Michigan law school's use of race in admissions in a 5-4 decision, [one of the nation's most important and influential newspapers] called the ruling "deeply divided."

You Can't Spell Pap Without the AP.  Like many of its contributing entities, it is a mere shell of its formerly unbiased self.

The Collapse of Network News:  For the last decade or two, the Big Three network news ratings have declined and their once-iron grip on public opinion has loosened, prompting this debate:  is this decline merely a sign of increasing 24-7 media availability (cable news, Internet sites) or is the liberal tilt of the networks driving conservative viewers away from these networks in favor of alternative outlets?

The Media Adore Warren Buffett.  Buffett targets people in general, not just a particular group.  In a press release, [Rev. Thomas J.] Euteneuer took aim at almost every aspect of Buffett's agenda, saying that "Warren Buffett's philanthropy aims at killing pre-born children not curing childhood disease, eliminating the poor not poverty, and destroying the developing world not aiding development."  That may seem harsh.  But while [Bill] Gates is dedicated to "global health" issues, he, too, underwrites the pro-abortion agenda.

DisHonors Awards 2006:  The most outrageously biased liberal reporters of 2005.

The political Pulitzers.  The recent unveiling of the Pulitzer Prizes had more of the same politicized whiff that the Oscars oozed earlier this year.  Merit is taking a back seat now to "edginess" in both the news and entertainment media.

Vote against an unethical media.  To my fellow conservatives, Republicans, and even independents, who are so frustrated with some in the GOP for abandoning the principles of our party, that you plan to sit out this election, I implore you to change your mind.  While I share your anger and disappointment, I am still eagerly going to vote on November 7th for one simple reason.  To stop those in the mainstream media trying to hijack this election.

The Desperate Mainstream Media Go Racist.  Imagine that when far-left California Rep. Maxine Waters was running for office, a number of Republicans didn't like her platform and so they called her "Aunt Jemima" or depicted her as a slave girl who took her marching orders from her "massa," Terry McAuliffe.  This is exactly what happened — in articles and political cartoons — during the confirmation hearings of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.  And how did the Mainstream Media cover this rank racism?  Not by calling it by its name and not by condemning Sen. Robert Byrd, the former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan, who led the Democratic pack in delaying Rice's ascendance to this august position.  Instead, they were uniformly mute about the racist assaults and slavishly echoed Rice's critics.

Rumsfeld gets pranked.  Young students in journalism school ought to be taught that "by their stories, you shall know them."  The media reveal their opinions about the world not only in their endless pontificating verbiage, but in the topics they choose.  The "news" becomes whatever floats their boat, whatever they urgently want the people to know.

There is much more about this incident in News media issues related to the war.

Reporter behind Rumsfeld grilling.  An embedded reporter from the Chattanooga Times Free Press is claiming credit for the blunt questioning yesterday [10/8/2004] of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld by American soldiers in Kuwait.

 Editor's Note:   There is a difference between a journalist and an activist.  A journalist tells the reader what's happening.  An activist makes things happen (and then reports it).  The reporter who supplied this question is evidently an anti-war activist and a troublemaker who was only there to make a name for himself.

Bush-hatred is a threat to national security.  Would newspapers in the midst of World War II have printed the fact that the United States had broken German and Japanese codes, enabling the enemy to secure its communications?  Or revealed how and where Nazi spies were being interrogated?  Nowadays, newspapers win Pulitzer Prizes for such disclosures.

Give Back the Tainted Pulitzers.  It's a shame and a tragedy when the nation's two major papers win Pulitzer Prizes for running stories harming national security that were clearly based on questionable sources with a partisan political agenda.

The BBC's commitment to bias is no laughing matter.  It's high time the debate moved on from narrow notions of political bias.  Far harder for the BBC to gainsay is that it has a liberal cultural bias, one that envelops pretty much all programmes, not just news and current affairs.  If you want to find the most solid evidence of partiality, look at the BBC's entertainment output — its dramas, comedies and arts programmes.

The Clintonite who owns National Enquirer.  What the tabloid's readers, in politics and out, may not know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton's key backers, Roger Altman.  Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary.

All the news...  It's always fascinating to return from travel overseas and step back into the alternative universe of America's media elites. [...] Coming back to Washington is a reminder of just how anti-American the American media elites really have become.

AWOL in the War of Ideas.  It's one thing to give the devil his due.  It's another to do the devil's public relations.  How else to explain a dispatch from the Associated Press referring to Osama bin Laden as "an exiled Saudi dissident"?  Such spin may not be inaccurate but it's like calling Jeffery Dahmer an "eccentric gourmet."  It rather misses the point, don't you think?

The Decline of Mainstream Media:  What common sense has comprehended for decades now finds support by yet another scholarly study:  The media has a leftist bias. [...] As if to confirm that bias, over the past few months, the media have given this research scant coverage. [...] The researchers expected to find a left-leaning bias, but were astonished at just how behemoth this left-wing bias is.

The Late Jeane Kirkpatrick Warned of Media's 'Unaccountable Power'.  Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who passed away Friday morning, adapted a 1983 speech on the influence of the news media, into the forward for the Media Research Center's 1990 book, And That's the Way It Isn't:  A Reference Guide to Media Bias.  She proposed:  "Some people believe, and I am among them, that the power of the media today constitutes the most significant exercise of unaccountable power in our society."

Simply Put, the US Mainstream Media Provides an Inferior Product.  The prevailing opinion among the overwhelming majority of the American public is that there are some very big problems with the mainstream media.  The most common problems noted are the unarguable existence of a political agenda and the elitist pose displayed toward the American public and those who govern.  While I generally agree with both of these observations, I also believe, when all is said and done, that we are simply being offered an inferior product.

American journalism's founding fathers:  People on the left and right fault contemporary journalism for (a) giving the Bush administration a free ride, or (b) extreme bias against all things Bush and Republican.  Charges of media bias and the controversy over good vs. bad journalism are older than the nation, literally.

Dow Jones Chairman on Media Power:  We're Goliath, Not David.  One of the most persistent tics of the passive-aggressive press is its denials of its power, that it doesn't run the country, or at least try to run the country.  All that journalism-school boilerplate about how the media is merely a watchdog, or like it's the BASF of democracy, you know, it doesn't make everything, it just makes the secret ingredient that makes everything better? Baloney.  Some of us signed up for the media-criticism business because the media want to pretend they're not major players in the political process….

The Fourth Estate and Public Opinion:  Several studies to assess the political views of national reporters in the major press pools of Washington and New York find that those reporters overwhelmingly self-identify as "liberal" or "Democrat."  A recent survey, in fact, determined that only eight percent of those reporters would vote for a Republican — no surprise to objective media analysts.

Media Madness:  Those who wonder why fewer and fewer Americans are buying newspapers or tuning into network "news" need only look at this week's coverage to see why.  "Hard" news stories are harder to come by every day, and those events and issues that do get coverage carry more than just a "tinge" of bias, ignorance or both.

New York Times:  Less Communism = Bad News for Chinese People.  Apparently, not even the communists are socialistic enough for the New York Times.

Media Maelstrom Over Michael Brown.  "Where do I go to get my reputation back?" Ray Donovan, President Reagan's Labor secretary, poignantly asked that question when, after the media had adjudged him guilty, he was acquitted in court of corruption charges.  Former FEMA Director Michael Brown might ask the same question.

The news media.  Surveys galore have shown that somewhere around 90 percent of the writers, editors and other personnel in the news media are Democrats and only about 10 percent are Republicans.  We depend on the news media for information about government and politics, foreign affairs and war, public policy and demographic trends — for a picture of the world around us.  But the news comes from people 90 percent of whom are on one side of the political divide.  Doesn't sound like an ideal situation.

The pendulum is swinging away from patriotism.  When I was growing up, Veteran's Day, then called Armistice Day, was a great national holiday, with parades and expressions of gratitude to the military troops who kept this country free.  Now it is hardly recognized.  December 7, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which started World War II, is barely mentioned in the news, but there is extensive coverage in the media on the anniversary of the first atomic attack on Hiroshima, and later, Nagasaki.

New evidence of left-wing media bias.  A new study from UCLA confirms that the media veers sharply to the left.  Of 20 major news outlets studied, 18 tilt to the left.

The Plot to Kill the President:  Forty-two years to the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, an American Muslim was convicted of joining the terrorist organization Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush.  A lot of media attention was devoted to the former but not the latter.  Could that be because the media loved Kennedy but hate Bush?

BBC edits out the word "terrorist".  The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday.  Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers".

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist.  While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times.  The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left.  Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media.  Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.

The Best Notable Quotables of 2005.  The 18th annual awards for the year's worst reporting.

Christmas Is Getting Less Merry Every Year.  Just when you think you have it figured out, life kicks you in the back of the knee.  Over my 30-year career in journalism, I have tried to resist generalizing about the media.  You know, that it is rife with left-wing loons bent on imposing a secular society on the country.  In the past, I would have never said that.  But that was then, this is now.  I have come to believe that the American press is so secular Karl Marx would be appalled.

L.A. Times admits false claim about Falwell.  A column by a rabbi published in the Los Angeles Times falsely asserted Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed lesbian actress Ellen DeGeneres played a role in the 9-11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina because she was the host of the Emmy Awards before both events.  The Times ran a correction explaining the Baptist minister "made no such claim."

The Leftward Course Of Human Events.  [The managing editor of Human Events was forced to resign upon the insistence of the Southern Poverty Law Center.]  How do you explain to your wife that you lost your job — not for some work-related grievance — but for exercising your first-amendment rights and, as a freelancer, expressing a point of view?

Substitute Any Other Group and the Liberals Would Be Howling.  The world's largest news service, the Associated Press, sent out a story today with an alarming headline that the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court would "tip" the Supreme Court to Catholics.  The story went on to identify the religion of each member of the court and indicated Alito's appointment as another indication that "Catholics have become part of the nation's political mainstream."

Wahington Post Goes After the Roberts' Children.  If you can't come up with something disgusting about the actual nominee or his wife then rough-up the kids some and see what happens.

Sen. Hutchison:  Roberts line crossed.  Citing "simple decency," Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison demanded Friday [8/5/2005] that journalists quit poking around for details on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' adopted children.

The People, the Press, and the Pulpit:  The increasingly important role of religion in public life presents a challenge for the press.  The media have particularly low credibility in this area — even journalists themselves have doubts about their ability to cover religious issues.  Public and press concerns reflect a huge but familiar gap:  on the one hand, the American public is one of the most religious in the West.  At the same time, there are more than a few non-believers in the nation's newsrooms.

Outlawing Thanksgiving Here and Abroad.  Everybody had a good laugh on November 17 [2004] when President Bush pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys named Biscuits and Gravy.  The Washington Post noted that the event was covered by "dozens of international reporters, photographers and television cameramen."  But the stories we saw in the Post, on CNN and elsewhere neglected to mention that the President went on to speak eloquently about the religious significance of Thanksgiving.  The media are clearly uncomfortable with the topic.

A petty, partisan press.  It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the media are less concerned about the big picture today, or how all this will look in history, than with how the Bush administration's victory in Iraq will affect the 2004 elections.  After all, studies have shown that nine out of ten journalists vote for the Democrats.

Liberal whining about the media:  In its search for What Went Wrong, liberalism has decided to admit that it has a problem.  Surprisingly, the problem is us — the news media.  We went wrong, or rather, right.  We went and became conservative.

Journalistic bias? Part II:  The question posed in my previous column — "Does a (still) largely liberal news media (still) exhibit a largely liberal bias?" — can be answered both as a matter of logic and as a matter of fact, and in both cases, the answer is:  Sure.

NBC News Blames Bush for Iranian Threat.  Andrea Mitchell seemed extremely concerned that the new Iranian president may turn out to be one of those [1979] hostage-takers, and that his election may play into the hands of the Bush Administration.  In other words, don't blame the Iranian government for the fact that it is run by terrorists who hate America.  Blame Bush.

Raising the bar:  It seems the world of media — somewhat self-righteous at its worst — is in a bit of a philosophical pickle on this one.  For starters, many of the supporters of the notion to protect anonymous sources are the same publishers, editors and broadcasters who helped make this the year of "open government" and "open records."

How the Media Created Rovegate:  It's clear, based on the notes of his discussion with Matt Cooper of Time, that Rove wasn't aware of the facts and didn't have access to classified information about Valerie Plame's service or status in the CIA.  He said she "apparently" worked at the agency.  In any case, it turns out she isn't covered under a law designed to protect the identities of secret CIA agents.

What If Karl Rove Were A Democrat?  The Center for Individual Freedom has provided an excellent list of cases involving Democratic officials possibly violating national security or using classified information that have been ignored or glossed over by the major media.  It's hard not to conclude that the media are targeting Rove because he is a conservative Republican.

The Dems' obsession:  The Democrats and the Old Media are getting as much mileage as they can out of President Bush's reportedly low approval ratings.  But the smart money says they ought to be more concerned about their own problems.

Extreme Conservatives vs. Unlabeled Liberals.  Study shows there have been six times More "Conservative" than "Liberal" labels on network news since election day.

A seminar in old media liberal bias:  For an object lesson on Old Media liberal bias, read the transcript of the May 17 press briefing by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.

America's One-Sided Campus Media:  For the past sixteen months I have been a weekly opinion columnist for UCLA's newspaper, the Daily Bruin, and have seen exactly how media bias works. [...] From the high and mighty editor to the yeoman reporter, the newsroom is the liberals' private party.  The conservatives in the newsroom are not welcome — and it's made certain they understand that.

The Joseph Goebbels award.  Events of this past year have shown the need for a special award in journalism for those who think that the purpose of reporting news is to cause the public to adopt the political views of those who do the reporting.

A Tsunami of Media Bias Hits America.  The anti-Bush media bias that preceded the President's re-election was back in a big way at the end of the year when officials of the United Nations and some influential journalists started a campaign blaming the U.S. for being "stingy" and "slow" to respond to the Asian tsunami disaster.  The purpose of the campaign was two-fold — to rehabilitate the U.N., making the organization look relevant in world affairs, and to damage Bush politically as he attempts badly needed legislative reforms of the Social Security, legal, and income tax systems.

This Just In:  Liberal Media Bias Comes to a Halt.  Gone are the days when the Big Three networks, plus the New York Times and the Washington Post, decided what was newsworthy, usually with a liberal spin.

Confirming John Roberts:  Journalists walk around with the knee-jerk assumption that they are the most essential forces of democracy, there to enrich the nation and its citizens.  They truly see themselves as the conscience of the country, the First Amendment ideal in the flesh.

Ari's bias briefing:  Fleischer was impressive in the nearly impossible job of keeping the anti-Bush hounds of the press at bay.  They were harsh in the first days, when they were bitter about not getting to suck up to President Gore.  They were hostile in the last days, as John Kerry's chances slipped away.

U.N. Covers Up Payments to Journalists.  Ian Williams of The Nation magazine, has been on the United Nations payroll, writing articles for the world body and even coaching U.N. officials on how to deal with the press. [...] Accuracy in Media has learned that the U.N. has been paying journalists here and abroad to spread the U.N. message to an American and international audience.

Fourth estate or fifth column.  There are still people in the mainstream media who profess bewilderment that they are accused of being biased.  But you need to look no further than reporting on the war in Iraq to see the bias staring you in the face, day after day, on the front page of the New York Times and in much of the rest of the media.

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."

Rather Is Gone; Whining About Leftist Media Is Not.  Mark it well — the media does lean left.  News that comes our way is, for the most part, devoid of a perspective that reflects anything close to a Judeo-Christian, culturally- and economically-conservative position.

Liberal and Conservative as Defined by the Media.  Obviously American notions of "liberal" and "conservative" don't translate well to the complicated muddle that is politics in the former Soviet Union.  Yet that doesn't stop the American media from pretending as though they do.  Why?  Because to the establishment press, "liberal" and "conservative" aren't so much ideological descriptions as moral ones.  "Liberal" is the literary equivalent of a white hat for the good guys, while "conservative" is a black hat for the bad.

The news, askew.  Ideally, news should "slant" to the truth.  Practically, the presentation of news usually skews towards sensationalism.  As news consumers, we accept this, though too rarely compensate for it.

Ted Turner Compares Fox's Popularity to Hitler.  Ted Turner called Fox a propaganda tool of the Bush administration and indirectly compared Fox News Channel's popularity to Adolf Hitler's popular election to run Germany before World War II.  Turner made those fiery comments in his first address at the National Association for Television Programming Executives' conference since he was ousted from Time Warner Inc. five years ago.

Big-Media Dinosaurs Face Extinction.  As the big-media Dinosaurs die off one by one — the catastrophic meteor to blame for their impending extinction is their own damning construct — their transparent liberal bias.  That bias is now, and will continue to be the fossil fuel driving tomorrow's new media — a new media whose long awaited arrival, and much needed influence has already begun.

Egregious leftism in the media:  Most of the guilty insist they are mere mainstreamers, centrists – yet surely they know better.  They betray themselves when they open their mouths.

How Newt Gingrich Caused 9/11:  George W. Bush's record of accomplishment doesn't sit well with the History Channel, which recently linked the ascendancy of Newt Gingrich to 9/11.  The President's words shot in the face of the liberal establishment, and the History Channel's words seem to have been written by the liberal establishment.

Washington Post Buys Slate.com Where Nearly All Voted for Kerry.  In acquiring Microsoft's Slate.com, the Washington Post bought a Web magazine at which nearly every editor and reporter voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.  Slate.com headlined an October 26 article about a survey of their own staff:  "At this magazine, it's Kerry by a landslide!"  In 2000, 12 of the 13 in the top editorial positions voted for Gore, with the 13th going not for Bush but the libertarian.

Newsweek's Senators to watch:  After perusing the year-end issue of Newsweek, I defy any editor there to deny this magazine is a mouthpiece for the political Left.  Their cover boy was Senator-Elect Barack Obama of Illinois, the "rising star," as the Democrats and so many admirers in the press have dubbed him. [...] Barack Obama is just another ultraliberal legislator from a blue state, another Teddy, another Hillary — another politician only the liberal media wants to usher into power.  And "News"-week is leading the charge.

The party of government.  A Pew Research Center survey of journalists and media executives conducted earlier this year found journalists identify themselves as liberals as opposed to conservatives by a five-to-one margin.  In a 1997 poll for the Center for Media & Public Affairs, 66 percent of respondents agreed that news media "favor a liberal point of view."  A Freedom Forum survey found that 89 percent of the Washington press corps voted for Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot in 1992, while Clinton garnered only 43 percent of the popular vote.

Media:  Ashcroft Was Worse Than Arafat.  It might seem odd to compare and contrast two recent news stories — the resignation announcement of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Paris death of Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat.  But an examination of the two demonstrates the degree to which the "news" media's compass of objectivity is so terribly misaligned.  To read the coverage, you'd think Ashcroft was the tyrant and Arafat the liberator.

The fourth estate rumbles for more privilege.  Maybe you haven't noticed, but the mainstream media are suffering from the perception that they're just the teeniest bit arrogant.  Oh, who am I kidding?  They behave like they're nobles or a priestly class.  Dan Rather, Brian Williams and Peter Jennings might as well wear flowing ermine robes.  From their palaces in midtown Manhattan they determine what the peasants see and read.

Black Clergy Denounces "Racial Motivated Attacks" on Condoleezza Rice.  A coalition of black clergy Friday [11/19/2004] denounced recent "racial motivated attacks" by three editorial cartoonists, the Washington Post and the New York Times upon National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was recently nominated by President Bush to serve as the next secretary of state.

Obama fever:  Here are a few mainstream media rules of thumb:  Minority Democrats in public office are inspirational role models.  Minority Republicans in public office are embarrassing sellouts.  Minority Democrat politicians are principled.  Minority Republican politicians are misguided.  Minority Democrat politicians represent the hopes and dreams of all Americans.  Minority Republican politicians are traitors to their "communities."  These rules are unwritten, of course, but the minority politician double standard is glaringly obvious in the national media fawning over newly elected U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat.

Van Gordon Sauter, president of CBS News 25 years ago, on CBS News today:
"For one thing, it has no credibility.  And no audience, no morale, no long-term emblematic anchorman, and no cohesive management structure.  Outside those annoyances, it shouldn't be that hard to fix. [...] I stopped watching it some time ago.  The unremitting liberal orientation finally became too much for me."

What they didn't teach in Journalism school:  In [the] Wall Street Journal, Fred Barnes writes about a GOP official asking a group of twenty or so journalists how many knew personally an evangelical Christian.  Only a couple of hands went up.  Then the offical asked how many knew a homosexual and every hand went up.  Although conservative Christians make up 40% of the population and homosexuals make up under 5%, elite journalists don't know any Christians.  That shows up whenever they try to report on Christians or Christianity.

The Media Elite:  Where do they stand?  Robert and Linda Richter, of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, surveyed 104 of the "most influential television writers, producers, and executives" to find out where they stood on the issues.  Their results are as follows:
 • 93% seldom or never attend religious services.
 • 75% describe themselves as left of center politically,
      compared to only 14% who place themselves to the right of center.
 • 97% believe that "a woman has the right to decide for herself" whether to have an abortion.
 • 80% do not regard homosexual relations as wrong.
 • 86% support the right of homosexuals to teach in public schools.
 • 51% do not regard adultery as wrong.
 • Only 17% strongly agree that extramarital affairs are wrong.

What Liberalism Hides Behind Bylines?  The Dan Rather/CBS fiasco, together with its arrogant, delayed, pathetic and mostly unbelievable attempts at justification, introduces a more subtle, and perhaps more inimical, subject.  What militant liberalism lies hidden beneath the bylines of so many reporters who write news, or alleged news, for the print media?

Liberal media bias:  here's the proof.  Folks know what Liberal Media Bias is.  Even those who deny it have to know what the rest of us are talking about.  Anybody can read it between the lines, see it on CBS (also ABC and NBC), hear it on NPR, and almost feel it, it's so thick at times.  Like an oil slick over the news, LMB permeates American journalism's elite.  But defining Liberal Media Bias isn't easy.

Excuse me, sir, your bias is showing.  An article in the most recent issue of American Journalism Review reveals another layer of bias in broadcast journalism.  According to the article, network journalists routinely lobby politicians they cover for favorable votes on broadcast regulation.  The article tells how politicians whose votes benefit broadcasters receive awards from the industry.  Legislators who do not vote the way the networks want get threatened with negative coverage on the evening news.  According to AJR, "We need to see the media business for what it truly has turned into:  a huge economic special interest."

Media Critic Has Sharp Words for Media's "Radical" Style of News Reporting.  One of the nation's leading media watchdogs says there is a powerful element of the media today that has gone beyond mere "liberalism" and has moved into "sheer radicalism."

What media bias?  Larry Elder cites several examples of blatant political bias in network television news coverage.

The Liberal Media:  Every poll shows journalists are more liberal than the American public — and the public knows it.  Leading journalists may deny their bias, but every survey over the past 25 years shows journalists do not think or vote like the American public.  Reporters overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, their views on issues such as abortion and gay rights are well to the left of most Americans, and large majorities want big government even more involved in the economy.

"Partial truth" abortion:  Many in the media resent any suggestion that they are either politically biased or that journalists' personal views stop them from doing a good professional job of accurately reporting the news.  The way the issue of partial birth abortion has been reported — or not reported — gives the lie to such protests.

Nixon, Bush and the Media:  The press treatment of George W. Bush is motivated by hate, spite and a vicious disregard for the truth and the national interest.  What the media is doing to Bush is unprecedented — worse than what was done to Nixon because it lacks journalistic virtuosity.  What the media is doing to Bush is inexcusable because, unlike in the case of Watergate, there is no smoking gun, precisely because there was no crime.

Newsroom conservatives are a rare breed.  If you'd like to check out an endangered species, don't bother with a trip to the zoo.  Just drop by the newsroom of your favorite newspaper or TV station and ask to see the conservatives.

Liberal media?  I'm shocked!  A new survey by the Pew Research Center says journalists have political and ideological leanings more liberal than those of the general public.  Or, as a sensible headline might have put it:  "Researchers ferret out the obvious yet again."

More Stuff the Left Has Gotten Away With Lately:  The partisan mainstream media hates it when the Right points out their bias.  But sometimes we just can't help it.  Here are three recent comments by well known liberal senators that received little comment in the Big Media.  Thankfully, conservative sources will not let things like these slide.

Media Bias in Australia.  The taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) occupies a position in Australia similar to that enjoyed by the BBC in the United Kingdom. ... No Australian commercial network approaches the ABC in terms of reach and, arguably, influence.  It is well-funded, amply staffed and under more or less constant criticism for projecting a left-wing take on just about every aspect of Australian life that it touches.

Rupert and Hillary:  News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's fundraising for Hillary Clinton was treated as a man-bites-dog shocking news story.  Keith Olbermann's little-watched MSNBC program went crazy with the news.  It has been assumed that Murdoch, whose $60 billion media empire includes the Fox News Channel (FNC), the Weekly Standard magazine and the New York Post, is a conservative who wouldn't be caught dead supporting a left-wing Democrat like Hillary.  In truth, Murdoch is an opportunist who plays both sides of the partisan street.

Stephanopoulos Urged Foreign Assassination.  Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson prompted a firestorm of media outrage after he suggested that the Bush administration should assassinate a foreign leader who posed a threat to the U.S.  But when senior Clinton advisor George Stephanopoulos publicly argued for the same kind of assassination policy in 1997, the press voiced no objection at all.

Kennedy and McCain:  This Is Media Balance?  Conservatives and media watchdog groups are aghast at a longstanding radio debate program that has Sen. John McCain "pitted against" Sen. Ted Kennedy — "a discussion between the Democrats' favorite Democrat and the Democrats' favorite Republican."

Comedy Central's "That's My Bush" Targets First Lady

They Couldn't Get Dubya, So Now They're After Jenna

Liberal media show their stripes every day.  Media bias determines which stories make it to the front page and which ones don't.

For truth in journalism:  Do the people have a right to know the biases of the people from whom they get almost all their information about politics, politicians, candidates and causes?  Seems to me that an honest journalist has to answer yes.

Tom Brokaw vs. conservative "jihad":  In an interview with Jane Hall in the most recent Columbia Journalism Review, Brokaw suggests there is no such thing as liberal media bias … and then asserts that liberal bias is an "obligation" of journalism.

A Lesson in Dallas:  Hitting the street and answering that leftist rant is one way even a small group of conservatives can force their message to stand next to the radicals in the so-called mainstream press.  Just don't expect much coverage from the press.

Hate speech from the left:  In December 1994 I wrote the first of what would become a yearly series of columns on the subject of liberal hate speech.  I had noticed that when a prominent Republican or conservative said something offensive about liberals, it typically set off a storm of media condemnation, while an anti-conservative smear voiced by a liberal or a Democrat rarely drew any protest.

The Communist Party And The American Media Elite:  Is America's left-wing media elite about to suffer the fate of the Communist Party of the old Soviet Union?  I ask this question because my weekend reading raised some interesting parallels between the Soviet leadership and the current structure of the US news media.

Liberal media bias, part I:  Bernard Goldberg, author of the bestselling "Bias" says, "If the media elites don't take the wake-up call, ...I think they're going to become the journalistic equivalent of the leisure suit — harmless enough, but hopelessly out of date."

Liberal media bias, part II:  Journalists somehow think that they are the only species on the planet who can keep their biases in check because they're professionals.  Well, I don't think that's true.

Liberal Media Bias, part III:  The problem there and the problem far more responsible for the public's losing trust is when the New York Times rams ideology down your throat in every part of the newspaper, not simply the editorial page.

Give Public Broadcasting its Freedom — Now.  Philanthropist Joan Kroc's recent gift of $200 million to National Public Radio adds to the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations from corporate underwriters and private citizens that pour into public broadcasting coffers each year.  In light of the Kroc gift, and with growing evidence that public broadcasting has been almost totally commercialized, isn't it time to wean public radio and television from the millions of dollars it receives from national, state and local governments?

Does the media give soft-glove treatment to Democratic gaffes?  Critics of President George W. Bush derive great pleasure from his inability to pronounce the word "nuclear."  As a candidate, they ridiculed Bush for not knowing the heads of Pakistan, Chechnya and India.  But what of the gaffes made by various liberal politicians?

Journalists' liberal bias:  Why it matters, how it hurts.  Liberal bias matters.  This bias affects consumers of "news" in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

We Distort, You Figure It Out.  This, of course, is no longer journalism.  It may be entertainment.  But it is not responsible information upon which we can any longer rely.

Silly liberal denials of bias:  The suggestion …that the news media do not tilt to the left, is just not serious thinking.  Or, if it's coming from those who would consider themselves serious thinkers, it's just not intellectually honest.

Liberals in denial:  What is it about many liberals that blinds them to their true nature?  What makes them think that they are unbiased, objective, open-minded, tolerant and free of "hate"?  Why are they so often in denial — even about their own liberalism?

Media suffer from acute denial syndrome.  The derision the big media holds for all things conservative, especially when that conservatism has a religious component, is beyond debate.

No media bias?  Denials of media bias seem to have become more frequent or more vehement lately.  Some in the media try to dismiss the accusation as old stuff.  But the only real question is whether it is true, because the truth doesn't wear out with the passage of time.

In denial about radio and TV.  Liberals are especially uncomfortable with people who worship God and not the state.  Most broadcast programming and reporting in big newspapers reflect these biases.

Media Bias Matches UNESCO Intolerance:  Popularizing the anti-Christian principles of the UN Declaration on Tolerance.

Media Bias on Media Bias:  One of the incredible feats of media journalists is denying that there is media bias by equating it with conspiracy theories.  When people share the same bias, they don't need a conspiracy.  The harm comes from the fact that most of the public gets to see only that part of reality which has been filtered through the same preconceptions shared by 90 percent of those in the media.

Will a new left-wing TV network rescue the despondent Dems?  Only the looniest leftist could nourish the notion that today's broadcast or cable-TV networks shortchange or suppress liberal views.

Media Bias Basics:  This study shows the political composition of the media — voting patterns, political affiliations and beliefs — as expressed to researchers by the reporters themselves.  This is followed by a review of public opinion on liberal media bias, and what members of the media have said about liberal media bias, and a guide to how to identify liberal media bias.

Quoting from "Media Bias Basics":
Seventy million Americans rely on broadcast television for their news.  They form opinions based on what they hear and see and to a lesser extent, read.  Since citizens cannot cast informed votes or make knowledgeable decisions on matters of public policy if the information on which they depend is distorted, it is vital to American democracy that television news and other media be fair and unbiased.

Media bias:  can they still deny it?  Why does it matter, the way the media frames issues and uses certain terms or expressions?  Ronald Reagan, for example, called his anti-ballistic-missile defense shield the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI.  But many in the media use the term "Star Wars," an expression that Reagan loathed.

Media Donations to People for the American Way:  Perhaps it's past time that we stopped calling these entities "news" organizations and called them what they really are:  liberal propaganda machines.

Profiles In Bias:  from the Media Research Center. Clever Is the Word for a Biased Media:  The professional news readers are very smooth, very clever — so clever, in fact, that they can slant stories to their liberal bias often without a ripple of suspicion.

Ethics and Morality Training for the Media?  Although we don't yet know what the facts are, the mainstream media has seized this story and is using it, to the great glee of the far left in this country, to indict the entire U.S. war effort in Iraq.  While our combat troops undergo this ethics training (which is already a standard part of their training), it might be a good idea if the mainstream media put its journalists and executives through "ethics training" to highlight the importance of adhering to legal, moral and ethical standards in their reporting, writing and broadcasting.

Small-Time Crooks:  The pattern is clear.  The current scandal frenzy is not a campaign against fraud — it's a campaign against business and capitalism.  The people leading the hysteria about "corporate crime" are eager to expose and condemn fraud by a private businessman — but they ignore or excuse it when the lies are told by federal employees.

Media Fraud:  Media bias is no longer news.  Poll after poll has shown that the vast majority of journalists vote for Democrats, even though the country as a whole is pretty evenly split between the two major parties.  By itself, there is nothing wrong with this.  It becomes a problem when media bias becomes media fraud.  Media bias in editorials and columns is one thing.  Media fraud in reporting "facts" in news stories is something else.

Out-FOXing the Media:  Fox News is on the side of the United States; it is the network for the Red states.

 Editor's Note:   When columnists refer to the Red states and the Blue states, they are making reference to this map which shows the county-by-county results of the 2000 presidential election.

All the News That Fits:  How the media color their coverage.

Serving Al Gore "We now have incontrovertible front-page evidence.  The New York Times is eager to run stories that are harmful to conservatives and they sit on stories that are harmful to Democrats."

New York Times on the DefensivePublisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. comments on the newspaper's pro-homosexual bias.

The "myth" of media bias:  "Journalists have to admit that their bias leads to slanted reporting. ... It is also time for people to stop demanding the mythical unbiased reporting that has never existed.  An objective reporter is not one that takes no stand in covering a story, but one who in search of the truth reports what the truth really is."

Editorial:  Slouching Toward Censorship

Media Reality Check:  A weekly report on major news stories distorted or ignored by the mainstream media.

Newsweek:  Bush Is 'Dim and Perverse' in a remarkable departure from any pretense to objectivity.

GOP's Big Battle:  Media BiasBill Clinton "fulfills a campaign promise," but when President Bush does likewise, the mainstream media give a stunningly different spin.

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Dallas Morning News Watch:  Here is the place to get an objective media bias analysis of the news coverage in the Dallas Morning News, and other media as well.  Comment is encouraged from Dallas Morning News journalists and editors, as well as readers regarding our critique of news bias.

Web Critics Take Aim at Old-Style Publishers:  A small but growing contingent of amateur and semi-professional media critics are taking aim at newspapers and periodicals, picking up where those papers' ombudsmen (if they have them) leave off.  One of the first to appear was SmarterTimes.com, a site that painstakingly points out flaws in The New York Times.  Since then, similar sights have cropped up that skewer the Los Angeles Times (LAExaminer.com) and the San Francisco Chronicle (Chronwatch.com).

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Links to other internet resources

Media Bias Videos See for yourself!

Suppressed News dot com

National Anxiety Center: Information to refute the "crisis" news you often see in the national news media.

The Parents Television Council: "A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of prime time television, restoring positive values, and making TV a socially responsible medium."

Truth In Broadcasting:  provides visitors with direct links to RealAudio Internet broadcasts that discuss modern-day political, economic, and religious issues.  Each web-cast is archived and reports all the news that the controlled media never does.

TV–B–Gone:  A one-button remote control that sends the power-off code for every known make and model of television.

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