The Lie That Would Not Die
Ah, the good ol’ days of BDS. Remember that Thanksgiving when Pres. Bush made a surprise visit to the troops in Iraq? The one immortalized forever by the picture of him seeming to offer a turkey platter to some soldiers standing in the chow line?It was also the one where Bush was accused of cynically using a fake turk
 
Return of the Magic Negro
Perhaps you will recall the high dudgeon that the left/MSM worked itself into over one of the 41 songs that Chip Saltsman included on a gift CD to RNC members. It was titled "Barack the Magic Negro" and was not well-received by the oh-so-tolerant left.No matter that the song was based on an Op-Ed piece by lefty Hollywood critic David Ehrenstein.And no matter that the song
 
Is the media "beclowning" itself over Obama?
Even the foreign media appears to have that problem: Is it me, or are we — the Canadian media, that is — behaving like a bunch of trained seals, barking and clapping our hands for a morsel of fish?Don’t get me wrong. I like Barack Obama. I think he’ll be way better as president than the other guy would have been. Obama is
 
"This is our enemy, and this is how they fight"
You’ve probably heard by now that the IDF has opened its own YouTube channel so it can avoid media filtering and get its story out directly to the world. And yes, for those who want to claim it is propaganda, it is - but look up the word, will you?
 
Irony Alert
Frank Rich points to a 513 page report about Iraqi reconstruction and claims the report points to it as "a sinkhole of corruption, cronyism, incompetence and outright theft that epitomized Bush management at home and abroad." The cost? $117 billion.
 
Propaganda
There’s really no other word for what is passing as "news" out of Gaza recently. On my way into work this morning, for example, I was treated to "reporting" of Ayman Mohyeldin, an Al Jazeera correspondent, who happens to be one of the few journalists in the besieged territory. The interview was conducted on NPR’s Morning Edition program and purported to bring us a look at what’s
 
Skewered
Jennifer Rubin at Commentary, finds the same Maureen Dowd who spent so many words denigrating Sarah Palin and worrying about her supposed lack of qualifications having a much different reaction to the properly connected, politically acceptable but woefully unqualified Carolyn "you know" Kennedy’s desire for the vacated Hillary Clinton Senate seat. Sensing that
 
Interesting Reads
Some interesting reads:’The Golden Age of Political Aristocracy" - David Sirota, Open Left. Sirota uses the surprising selection by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s of Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate as a springboard for discussing "aristocracy" vs. "meritocracy". Interesting observation from someone on the left concerning the seeming reality of "hope and cha
 
Lobbyist files Defamation Suit against NYT
If she wins, she may end up being the new owner (and I’m not sure that’s necessarily a good thing):Washington lobbyist Vicki L. Iseman has filed a $27 million defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for a February article about Iseman and her relationship with Sen. John McCain.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in R
 
Prejudiced much?
James Wolcott’s piece in Vanity Fair starts out with this hilarious witticism:In angry retaliation for the house arrest of Bernie Madoff, Israel has launched a hellacious air assault against Hamas in Gaza...Get it? Because Bernie Madoff is a Jew! And the Israelis are Jews, too! They stick together! See? That’s why it’s so funny!<
 
Journalism - a job or a calling?
Deborah Howell’s term as the Washington Post’s ombudsman has come to an end. I can’t remember that much about it that distinguishes it to me, except her post-election admission that the media had been in the tank for Obama from the beginning. I’m not sure how she figured that admission was news, but there you go.In her last column as ombudsman,  
Funny stuff ...
I’ve always heard a good lawyer knows the answer to every question he’s going to ask before he asks it. That’s some advice certain MSNBC interviewers may wish to heed before embarking on a program of questions which end up making them look a little foolish.Mark Finkelstein at NewsBusters brings us the story of an interview with the Reverend Joseph Lowery  
"So What?"
Is there any question as to which ideology this minority most likely claims?Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say that Cheney is the country’s worst vice president, when compared with his predecessors.Of course the headline is "Poll: 23 percent say Cheney worst vice president ever" instead of
 
Rime of the ancient narrator
Is there any doubt that any decent summation of the subprime mess and its ensuing financial crisis would have to mention the roles played by Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Franklin Raines? Surely there will be many players discussed in the history books, but these three individuals will necessarily play starring roles. Thematically underpinning their roles will be the Community Reinvestment Act, including its invigorating amendments made law in the mid-90’s. B
 
Auto Industry Campaign Donations
When Corporation A gives umpteen million dollars to Party X, the typical conclusion is that Party X is in the pocket of Corporation A. That is, so long as X = Republican.Last week, the L.A. Times pondered in amazement that political campaign contributions from the Big 3 go predominantly to Republicans, and yet it is Republican
 
Media Bias? What Planet Are You From?
Everyone knows the media isn’t biased. And if it was, it would be biased toward the right, right?President-elect Barack Obama received 68% positive evaluations on the network evening news shows during the general election. His treatment was twice as favorable as John McCain’s 33% positive and Sarah Palin’s 34% positive evaluations.Whoa, whoa, what does that pro
 
Stupid Column of the Day
It comes to us from Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley who calls on Nancy Pelosi to start impeachment proceedings against George Bush to save the economy - or something like that:If Congress moves quickly and forces the president to focus on impeachment, then he won’t have so much time to push through last-minute regulatory changes that will continue to hurt
 
Mort Kondrake - Fire Rush Limbaugh
I got a kick out of this:How can the Republican Party rebound? The first step would be to quit letting Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham set its agenda.A second step would be for congressional Republicans to actually try to help President-elect Barack Obama succeed in addressing the country’s dire problems – offering better id
 
Book Review: "A Better Country"
“A Better Country: Why America Was Right To Confront Iraq”. Arthur Borden, 88 pages, Hamilton Books, 2008.Arthur Borden is a Democrat, World War II veteran and attorney, who, in 2002, became appalled at the opposition his party was mounting to the looming war in Iraq. He started the book, “A Better Country” back then and over the years closely monitored and documented the evidence a
 
Murdoch to Media - Monopoly has ended, get used to it
Rupert Murdoch, addressing the demise of newspapers, takes the media as a whole on and tells them that the old version of the game is over and they’d better figure out how to work within the new parameters if they hope to survive.Nothing particularly new about that argument, but it is interesting to see Murdoch say out-loud to the media what some would only hint at oblique
 
Some things never change
A New York Times headline today:"Mormons Tipped Scale in Ban on Gay Marriage"Total Mormon population in California:750,000 (1.9%)Total Black population  
Ayers - Now the media is interested
For those that care, apparently Good Morning America plans to extend Bill Ayers 15 minutes of fame by giving him some air time tomorrow to tell us all what a wonderful sweet guy he really is.I’ll bet he’ll come off more as Camille Paglia described him when giving her impression of Aye
 
Is the Grey Lady on Life Support? (update)
Scholars and Rogues has a very interesting and in-depth look at the shape the NYT company is in. It’s not particularly good. In fact, it is fairly critical. It must deliver $400 million to lenders in May of 2009. Unfortunately it is in no real shape to do that: What NYTCo. has: • $46 mil
 
Where were these guys a week ago?
As Rob B. of "Pundit Review Radio" says, a week after the election we’re being treated to "born again" journalism as the media suddenly finds it in itself to begin questioning some of the Obama premises after it’s too late to do anything about them.An example:At some point, higher taxes are
 
The uncritical media
Nina Easton of Fortune carelessly perpetuates the myth Obama put forward in his book "Dreams of My Father" in order to claim "CEO" bonafides for Obama (article is entitled "CEO in Chief"): Barack Obama’s first job out of college, in 1983, was at the corporate consulting firm Business International Corp. in Manhattan. He started as a researcher but
 
A little Hubris, a dash of rationalization
All make for a fairly poor attempt at excusing the media’s bias in the past election. From Will Bunch:It was living proof of my personal belief that the greatest role for journalists is not to make sure that every story has 50 percent of one side and 50 percent of the other side – but that the vital function for reporters is to p
 
Joe Klein joins the Matthews contingent of "journalists"
Speaking of the Obama presser yesterday, Joe Klein gushes:—No gaffes. Unlike Bill Clinton, who opened the door to the "gays in the military" question in his first press conference, Obama said nothing controversial, so far as I can tell. "Uh, Mrs. Reagan, uh about that, uh seance crack ..."
 
True Colors
If Chris Matthews could be any more of a mealy-mouthed hypocrite, please tell me how:CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that — JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked abou
 
Obama and the Stock Market
No this isn’t what you think. It’s just a rather interesting example of how the press, even within one agency, and writing about the same story, will spin it in different directions to the point that you might not realize they’re talking about the same thing.For instance, AP writers Sara Lepro and Tim Paradis author an article on the market entitled "Stocks p
 
Some Middle Eastern Reaction to the Obama Win
While I understand that Kenya has declared tomorrow a national holiday, some in the Middle East are less than impressed.Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’:"Whoever thinks that the Democrats are less hostile to [the Arabs] than the Republicans should know that the number of Iraqis killed during the siege [of Iraq] by the
 
MSM: "Ideological Support System?"
Mark Steyn points to this Ed Driscoll quote:When the MSM moans about the gallons of red ink it’s spilled since 2001, it needs to ask itself if it’s prepared to actually report the news, in a fashion that interests readers, or if it exists as a non-profit ideologica
 
In the tank so deep they have grown gills
I don’t think there’s any question about this, even to partisan observers, but Juan Williams says it anyway:If you were going to events during the primaries, what you saw was that the executive editors and the top people at the networks were all rushing to Obama events, bringing their children, ce
 
Honor? What’s that?
Science-Fiction writer—and Democrat—Orson Scott Card has apparently had enough of the media’s coverage of the credit crisis and the election campaign.If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its di
 
You know its obvious when even Dan Rather sees it
 
"Hewing" to the "Obama on the march" theme (update)
Mickey Kaus notes that despite contradictions in some polls, the "preexisting story line" (Obama gains/McCain slips) seems to dominate most "news analysis":On Meet the Press, Chuck Todd unveiled NBC’s latest polling results in three states—relatively, maybe even shockingly, good news for McCain, it seemed to me. McCain&rsquo
 
This pretty much says it all
And the MSM doesn’t even understand the irony:One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest house outside Toledo, Ohio, and thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works. But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit to his block last weekend to complain about taxes, h
 
The new meme
The Republicans are crazy (or angry or nuts or ....). Joe Klein carries the water:Better to Be..."a guy of the street" than a guy of the gutter.But seriously, folks, I’m beginning to worry about the level of craziness on the Republican side, the over-the-top, stampede-the-crowd statements by everyone from McCain on down, the vehemence of the crowds that McCain and Palin are drawing
 
First Rate Hagiography
I definitely aspire to the maxim that if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it to the best of your ability. Politico’s Ben Smith provides an object lesson of that maxim and shows us how to properly frame and "report" propaganda:In an interview with the sympathetic conservative talk radio host this afternoon, Obama offered th
 
Making the fallacy of false dilemma pay
David Brooks gives us an example today. He entitles his piece "Revolt of the Nihilists" and thus presents us with a false dilemma. You are either with us (for the bailout) or against us. And if you’re against "us", it is because you’re a nihilist.<
 
How’s the water in there?
How far "in the tank" the press has been for Obama has been remarked on by many. As I like to say, they’re so far in the tank they’ve grown gills (and no that’s not original).But, as we all know, sometimes a picture is worth a 1,000 words:The result of the love-fest will be seen in November. And I’m sure you can guess how I think it w
 
A Prediction comes true
Jonah Goldberg, writing on September 10th, asserted:And let’s not forget Biden, whose gaffes are the unavoidable byproduct of his limitless gasbaggery. Biden could shout on Meet the Press, “Get these squirrels off of me!” and the collective response would be, “There goes Joe again.” But if Palin flubs the name of the deputy agriculture minister of Kyrgyzstan, the media will blow their whistles saying she’s unprepared for th
 
Denouncing the obvious
Stuart Taylor of the National Journal has a column out today in which he takes both presidential candidates to task for engaging in what he characterizes as "a race to the bottom".But it isn’t the candidates or campaigns which are the real target of his disdain. It is the media:At the same time, many in the media have been one-sided, sometimes addi
 
Absurd, but not unexpected
Watch this ad:Now this particular p
 
Where’s the Media?
Where’s the 3,000 word expose about this:
 
Perfidy of the Media, Part MCXV
First, go listen to this report from NPR regarding potential legal challenges to voter registrations in the upcoming elections. Take particular note of how the challenges are framed, who the players mentioned are, and the suggested motivations of the parties involved. Pay specific attention to the use of terms like "target," and what follows.Next, go read  
The Old Grey Lady Sells her Soul
The New York Times does the predictable hit piece on Palin.Jennifer Rubin of Contentions guts it like field dressing a dead moose so I don’t have to and ably demonstrates "there’s no ’there’ there" in the Times piece.Adds Mark Hemin
 
Sheltered and removed
From our dear friends at AP:Sarah Palin is hitting the road to campaign on her own. The Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee said farewell—for—now to friendly crowds in her home state Saturday before beginning to campaign without running mate John McCain. She told a cheering crowd of more than 2,000 people that she will
 
Who can you trust? None of the above ...
This stuff just can’t be made up.Former NY mayor Ed Koch was on CNN with Carol Costello when he resorted to fear-mongering while denouncing Sarah Palin.Costello asked for an example of what scared him. This from a description in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Koch cited what he said was a New York Times report that Palin “went
 
Arrogance and Condescension seem to be genetic traits on the left
How else to you explain this flood of vile trash that passes for opinion or analysis among the netroots and "journalists" when it comes to Sarah Palin. It has become a sort of hobby to me to find the rantings of the deranged among the left and bring them to you simply because they show it is more than an isolated occurrence where one or two nutballs give vent to their inner viciousness. I have no idea who they think they persuade with their nastiness, b
 
The "Bush Doctrine" Explained
This was how the Bush Doctrine was defined on September 21, 2002, a few days after Pres. Bush released the National Security Strategy:The president in his speech last night, very forceful. Four out of five Americans watched it. Everybody gathered around the television set last night. The president issued a series of demands to the Taliban, already rejected. We’ll get to that in a moment. He also outlined what is being called the Bush Doctrine, a promise that all terrori
 
Charlie Gibson got it wrong
Josh Marshall and much of the  
Opting for the Inflammatory but less likely interpretation
Anne Kornblut’s article in the WaPo attempts to claim, in the headline to the article, that "Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska".Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the ene
 
Palin’s war?
Ben Smith of Politico is wondering if that was the headline the McCain campaign wanted to see after the first parts of the Palin/Gibson interview were released by ABC. That was the tease ABC was running on their site prior to the airing ("EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY."). Smith penned his post prior to the inter
 
Mr. Objective
Anyone who has ever labored under the misapprehension that Joe Klein at TIME as an objective journalist either hasn’t been paying attention or shares the "so deep in the tank for Obama he has gills" attribute with Klein.Today Mr. Objective is issuing new rules:A new rule here: Rather than do the McCain campaign’s bidding by wasting space on Senator Honor’s daily lies and bilge—his constant attempts to divert attention f
 
The "American Idol" candidate
Who is " target="new">Roger Ebert describing here?"American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They’re good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they’re darned near the real thing.Did you think, "wow, that’s the freshman Senator from
 
A Faux Feminist’s primal scream
They just cannot help themselves (part - oh the heck with it, I’ve lost count). Measured and rational dissent?Phaaa. Not among the nutty left.  
The interview from hell
I don’t think this was what Pacifica had in mind when they invited Democrat Mike Gravel on for an interview.
 
Stupid Journalist Tricks
For your next regularly scheduled Palin smear ("RSPS"), Michael Kinsley takes on the Governor’s home state of Alaska in order to show that she is an elitist [HT: HAHL]. As with other RSPS, this one also falls flat on its face. The biggest difference is the unofficial world record time that Kinsley took to prove what a fool he is:S
 
Trying too hard ...
From the Washington Post this morning:Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business. The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to
 
You can’t demand respect unless you give it
That’s a big problem for Democrats, especially right now.Journalists from the UK are not normally found on the side of American Republicans and hardly ever on George Bush’s side.But even they have noticed the ’goin’s on’ here in the colonies concerning the reaction to Sarah Palin’s nomination. 
Palin a Ratings Hit
Nielson has released day 3 ratings and compared them to the day 3 ratings of the Dem convention. Says Neilson:The TV audience for day three of the 2008 GOP convention was significantly larger (+99%) than the audience for the same nig
 
To the media - please keep it up (Part II) (update)
Yes, friends Sarah Palin "cut funds" for pregnant Alaskan teenagers according to the Washington Post’s Paul Kane. He even has pictures:Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding
 
Andrew Sullivan - They "are just doing their job".
Blaming what’s been written and said about Sarah Palin and her children on, well, Palin and her children via "the McCain campaign", Sullivan uses the Nuremberg defense to excuse the press:The human costs of all this must be pinned to the people responsible. Not the press, who are just doing their job.Journalism a
 
Andrew Sullivan - Idiot
Check out this Sullivan post entitled "The Press is asking questions":In other words: doing their job. And the McCain camp is appalled:A senior McCain campaign official said the McCain camp was appalled that these rumors had not only been spread around liberal blog sites and partisan Democrats, but also were the subject of heightened in
 
Obama, Ayers and the Media
The Barack Obama campaign’s strategy to minimize the damage being caused by the candidate’s association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers is truly a study in political floundering. Instead of ignoring the story (no doubt thanks to echo’s of swift boats in their ears), the campaign has tackled it head on with Stalinist zeal. They even have the propaganda down pat, replete with tough talk and a compliant media. And although it it gratifying to see the term "swift-boating"
 
Beauchamp is back and he’s the victim
Spencer Ackerman takes on the Beauchamp story and says, you know, Scott’s a stand up guy and it was Franklin Foer and the bloggers who are the bad guys.My favorite line in the story, quoting Elspeth Reeve (Beauchamp’s wife):"I found the soldier, in jail in Germany, who was at the [chow hall] scene.
 
Welcome back Pravda
Ace tips me to some hack named Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey writing for Pravda. Apparently Pravda is pining for the good old days:In the equation which makes up the odious, criminal and murderous Bush regime and its murderous, criminal and odious foreign policy, the constant factor is constituted by a teacher, promoted to positions way abo
 
Just a reminder ...
I know this is one of the things Billy Hollis feels rather strongly about, and I know this came out a couple of months ago, but it is always a good idea to remind everyone - when reading the "news" about the campaigns - where the "journalistic" money trail leads.An analysis
 
Have you seen this animation?
Just remember as you watch it, Emily is not real.
 
"Put me down for don’t"
Jon and I see this whole race issue in rather similar terms.
 
This is Hope
And this is what it promises to bring you in November:<
 
The NY Times Lectures the McCain campaign about taking the "low-road"
At least they didn’t include a discounted MoveOn ad on the same page as the editorial.But it is a rather interesting editorial because it left me with the impression that there was a little fear bubbling up within the NYT editorial board.And naturally, the problem is all the fault of the guy the left loves to hate:
 
One Bit
No Bits and Pieces tonight. However, for those of you who love New York Times bashing, I am in rant mode at Risk and Return. What a bunch of balderdash
 
Posing As Journalists
No I’m not referring to the professional media (although if the shoe fits ...), but instead to at least two of the daring Colombian hostage rescuers who fooled FARC rebels with their disguise (HT: Lance). Only, they didn’t pose as just any journalists, but instead as
 
Kudos For Katie Shortlived
I’m sure to get skewered for this, but it not only appears that Keith Olbermann was basically right (yes, it hurts to say that), but also that Katie Couric’s editing team took some liberties with the McCain interview that were  
Newspapers: Figuring out a new and changing market
All is not well in the newspaper business:In the past two months almost 4,000 jobs have vanished at US newspapers.The lay offs - including many editorial positions - have ranged from the Honolulu Advertiser to the Hollywood Reporter to the Baltimore Sun. Even the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have not escaped. It’s been dubb
 
Rasmussen reports Americans believe media aiding Obama (update)
Interesting but not particularly surprising. Indications of the phenomenon were pointed out by those who noted that the "big 3" of network news were trailing Obama and breathlessly reporting on his trip to Europe and the Middle East while essentially ignoring McCain’s similar trip.It appears  
More fun with covers
David Horsey of the Seattle Post Intelligencer helps the liberals who were outraged by the New Yorker cover by essentially providing them with a method of saying "how do you like it" to the right.
 
How to try to spin the news (updated)
Photo:Caption:US soldiers secure the area at a newly installed check-point at the Babadag training facility in Tulcea, Iraq. At least 28 people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of recruits on an Iraqi army base in an area known to be a stronghold of Al-Qaeda fighters.(AFP/Daniel Mihailescu) 
Attack of the Strawmen
In one very succinct illustration, the New Yorker sets the liberal blogosphere on fire. The Obama campaign is condemning as “tasteless and offensive” a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.An American flag burns in their fireplace.
 
Limbaugh signs 9 figure contract?
This will drive the left crazy:Said to be Limbaugh’s most lucrative deal ever by far, the new agreement runs through 2016 and includes a previously unheard-of nine figure signing bonus. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means more than $100 million, upfront.This could be the target of a "windfall" profits tax in the trues
 
Me, on Mansker
Tomorrow morning at 7:25am Pacific time, I’ll be a guest on the "Scott & BR" show here in San Diego. If you live in the local area—or, really, if you have an internet connection, and you’re willing to join "Team 1090" at their web site—you can listen live on 1190am.We’ll no doubt be referring to  
More on the AP flap
Shaun Mullen offers some temperate words in an attempt to calm the seas concerning the brewing conflict between AP and bloggers. Earth To Pundits: There is no such thing as a free lunch in the blogosphere which makes calls for a boycott against The Associated Press because of its warning that using wire service content in the form of excerpts and li
 
AP says a 5-25 word excerpt is worth $12.50
And I say, screw AP. That’s not even close to fair use as I understand it. In fact, it’s not even an attempt to address it.As I’ve found in the past two days, there are plenty of other sources, so AP will get its wish - I won’t be quot
 
The AP, "fair use" and bloggers
New media vs. old media. And, frankly, I’ve wondered when this would happen.Last week the AP filed a number of "take down" notices against the Drudge Retort, a leftist parody site of the well-known Drudge Report. The reaction of the blogosophere was swift and
 
AP gets to annoy its readers
Dina Cappiello, writing for AP, has an article out entitled "Companies Get OK to Annoy Polar Bears."Anyone, what "companies" do you supposed Cappiello is writing about?Good guess - yes, oil companies. The lede:Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giv
 
Gore Vidal - despicable human being
The man is shameless, rude, ignorant and just plain old nasty.When asked about the death of William F. Buckley Vidal said:"I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred."Sweet. Nothing like playing "last tag" w
 
For the irony impaired
Pundit Ari Melber of "The Nation" laments the lack of diversity within the ranks of pundits:It’s still all about the white men. Hillary Clinton’s loss has renewed critiques that American political media is slanted, sexist and dominated by men. While Clinton and Obama broke barriers in the Democratic primary, swiftly dispatching white male Senators w
 
The "objective" media
According to Rasmussen, if public perceptions are any indication, an objective media doesn’t exist:Just 17% of voters nationwide believe that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found
 
I’m sure this question neatly fits Europe’s preconceptions...
Well here’s a wonderful way to frame the upcoming election, isn’t it?When Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic Convention on August 28, it will be the 45th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King told America that he ’had a dream’ of a more equal country.King, of course, paid
 
Narratives and the Press
The Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) has looked at press coverage of John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and found some interesting things.First, a nice little chart to give you an idea of what they found when they looked at how the press coverage of the three candidates as it relates to "positive narratives": 
Journalist attempts citizen’s arrest for war crimes
Whatever happened to the credo "journalists report the news, they don’t make it"?The Telegraph newspaper reported that Guardian columnist George Monbiot, a critic of the Iraq war, tried to arrest the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as he was exiting the stage at the Hay Literary Festival. The Telegraph earlier reported that Monbiot would try to arrest Bolton f
 
McClellan’s analysis isn’t very keen
No I haven’t read Scott McClellan’s book. As usual we’re left to hear about it second hand from the media who put their own spin on it. But I was struck by these few paragraphs in Michael Shear’s WaPo column:Bush is depicted as an out-of-touch leader, operating in a political bubble, who has stubbornly refused to admit
 
CBS News - how hard is it to get this right?
Watch this video. Note the medal that is on display over Katie Couric’s left shoulder. Note the title of the medal - The "Distinguished Service Medal". The DSM is awarded for meritorious service, not valor.  
Back story on Obama rally
You remember the breathless reporting of the Portland Obama rally when 75,000 people showed up, to see him?Well, it may not just have been him they came to see:Here’s how the lo
 
Free Speech VS Freedom of the Press
Remember when New York Times reporters and editors went to court, even jail, a few years ago to protect their right to say things politicians thought objectionable? Freedom of the Press is a very important thing, they argued. You people, however, can get bent, as far as the New York Times is concerned. Writing about 527’s, the NYT Editorial Board says....Since the Federal Election Commission has bee
 
A different type of speed reading
Have you ever been reading something and hit a line or a phrase that so stuns your sensibilities, that you aren’t sure you really read it right? And then, of course, you reread it. You find you were right the first time. But somehow your brain just couldn’t accept as credible what this author had said and so made you think you must have misread it.Here&rsq
 
The "history" black hole that is Fox News
Surely a network can’t be this ignorant of history:Yes that’s a screen shot of Fox touting the suggested "Lincoln/Douglas" style debate suggested by Hillary Clinton.Of course, the Douglas(s) in question wasn’t Frederick Douglass, but instead Stephen Douglas.As you can see Stephan Douglas has a much paler complexion than does
 
Someone tell the NYT Rove has nothing to do with this primary debacle
Talk about ignoring history (or being abjectly ignorant of it at a minimum)the New York Times today took Hillary Clinton to task for her style of winning in PA.They are "shocked, shocked I tell you" that a Clinton is acting like a Clinton. Of course most of that comes from a selective memory which apparently on
 
Clinton Campaign Praises Fox News. Again.
A few weeks back, Pennsylvania Governor (and Clinton campaign surrogate) Ed Rendell said Fox News "has done the fairest job, and remained the most objective of all the cable networks." The  
What? No "Blues Brothers?"
No "Pulp Fiction" either.John Hawkins lists his favorite 50 movies. See if yours are on the list. I found about 10 I’d put on a favorites list. Notably missing were the two above and "Alien". And I’m a bit more of an old movie buff so many of my other 40 would probably come from a bygone era anyway.
 
Judge dismisses 4 of 7 counts in Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS
Aw, gee ... I hate that.There’s some dispute as to what that really means.Says CBS:Jim Quinn, lead counsel for CBS tells TVNewser, "We’re thrilled with the results. The core of the allegations of fraud and fair dealing have been thrown out. What’s left is a garden variety contract dispute."Says R
 
Media Criticism: it’s the consumers, stupid
Megan McArdle is in a scuffle with Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald demonstrates his usual lack of reading comprehension and/or willingness to misrepresent the claims of his critics, factual errors, a heaping dose of ignorance/naievete about the subject on which he writes, and a level of sancti
 
Hey, MSM! Where were you when Spitzer was merely abusing his power?
It’s a natural libertarian impulse to take pleasure in seeing authority-abusing office-holders get brought down. The Spitzer case, though, goes well beyond that. He has been well and truly hoist on his own petard. As a consequence, he’s furnished some delicious schadenfreude for people across the entire political spectrum. He’s in his own class in that regard; so much so that John Derbyshire came up with the term " 
Bush more popular than the New York Times
Yes indeed, Bill Keller and Pinch Sulzberger have done an excellent job of maintaining the reputation of the Grey Lady:Just 24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the New York Times.Bush, by the NYT’s own poll is 6%
 
That John McCain story
The Left is positively gleeful at news that John McCain may have had a "close bond" with lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. Apparently, anonymous claims that people close to the campaign were "concerned" is all it takes to justify a major story in the New York Times. And exuberant blogging from the Leftosphere. Fortunately, one Lefty blogger -  
The Krugman backlash
I must say, I’m quite enjoying the spectacle of the Left waking up to the fact that Paul Krugman is a persistently deceptive pundit. Tim Wu seems to think this is a new development, but at least he’s finally noticed it...I use Paul Krugman’s international economics textbook, and I generally liked some of his criticisms of the Bush adminstration during the first term. But he’s gone, as far as I can tell, com
 
Obama and the press
Howard Kurtz does a pretty in-depth examination of Hillary Clinton’s press coverage during this election cycle, and, without saying it, seems to conclude that the chickens of how they’ve treated and attempted to intimidate the press in the past are coming home to roost. But perhaps the most interesting portion of his column are the la
 
The Left Discovers Media Bias
Taylor Marsh is hopping mad over the bias some news media people have against Hillary Clinton.Nice email, huh? A reader sent it to me. Really exposes the arrogance of Bloomberg News’s Margaret Carlson, doesn’t it? Op-ed columnists, how
 
Giddy and objective
Good grief:I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a
 
Opinions of convenience
A letter in today’s New York Times, responding to Paul Krugman’s Feb 1st column "The Edwards Effect", in which Paul Krugman wrote that John Kerry ran "a cautious campaign, without strong, distinctive policy ideas."Paul Krugman ridicules John Kerry’s 2004 campaign as “cautious” an
 
Romney, Bain and Clear Channel
This is absurd...Speaking at a news conference in Oklahoma, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee floated the idea that the reason the vast majority of America’s conservative talk radio hosts aren’t endorsing him or John McCain is because Mitt Romney’s investment firm owns a significant share of Clear Channel Communications, t
 
Style of the Union
[Via Bill Beutler] Tom Shales, Washington Post Style Columnist, should probably explain the opening sentence of his column today in a bit more detail...George W. Bush finished his seventh and possibly final State of the Union speech at 10:02 p.m. last night...
 
Outrage over word misplaced
Seems TIME is in the hot seat for using a fairly common term which, like niggardly, is similar to defamatory word but has an entirely different meaning.The term is "rejiggered". And some out the
 
Beauchamp - not a "reliable" soldier
Yes, that’s Scott Thomas Beauchamp I’m talking about. Apparently between writing for TNR and spinning wild tales, he’s managed to go AWOL twice as well.Bob Owens has begun receiving witness statements from the Beauchamp investigation through the FOIA filing he made. They’re quite interesting. If there was any support for his version of events within h
 
Upset by Reality
With appropriate disclosure that I work for Fred Thompson, let me point out that I find this pretty amusing... (via Instapundit)I just got back from Michigan and South Carolina, so I’m prepared to share my insights on how the Republican race is going. . . . Journalists are ticked off because the Re
 
The NYT attempts to resurrect the "crazy war vet" myth
You want comparisons to "Vietnam"? The NY Times recently ran a story which claimed that Iraqi and Afghan vets were, in essence, ticking time-bombs ready at any time to explode with murder and mayhem. They based that conclusion on 121 cases they found around the US which involved veterans of those two wars.Maybe you’re too y
 
Happy Lewinsky day!
Yes a mere 10 years ago, the Lewinsky story broke, the age of the New Media began and the same people who are again running for the White House were in the center of the story:BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT **World Exclusive** **Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**
 
Media Matters: More scalp hunting (UPDATE)
If you’ve ever watched Chris Matthews of "Hardball", you get the idea that at several points in each show the linkage between brain and mouth are disconnected. What comes out of his piehole is sometimes startling and, per Media Matters, displays deep-seated problems with women Per MM:Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a "she de
 
I know, I know ... it’s my fault
Damn bloggers:Not everyone is thrilled about how new technology has changed the way news is reported. Long-time White House Press Corp member and columnist for Hearst newspapers Helen Thomas is one of those unhappy. She blames bloggers for contributing to the “deterioration” of journalism that led to the Iraq war. “What I really worry about is that I think
 
Thompson Politico Story - I question the timing (updated)
And I mean that seriously. Anyone else tired of "Several Republican officials close to Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign" as sources?What campaign worth its salt would put out information, even anonymously, on the day of the caucuses?The answer? None.The campaign’s answer to the story via  
The culture of the celebrity media
You know I’ve been peripherally following the "Jamie Lynn Spears" kerfuffle over the last few weeks. Nickelodian has been rethinking her show. Experts have been saying that her situation provides a ’teachable moment’ for young
 
Foreclosures send homeless to tent city? (update)
Or maybe they don’t. Another classic of media dissembling.The lede:Between railroad tracks and beneath the roar of departing planes sits "tent city," a terminus for homeless people. It is not, as might be expected, in a blighted city center, but in the once-booming suburbia of Southern California.The noisy, dusty camp sprang up in July with 20 reside
 
Media on Holiday Retail Spending: Good news or a sign of depression?
This is a classic. Here are the first two paragraphs from a Washington Post article:The housing market is tanking, the credit markets are in crisis, and economists fear that a recession could be on the way — but in November at least, that wasn’t enough to slow down the American consumer.Personal spending rose 1.
 
Putin? TIME’s "Man of the Year"?
Some organizations are just fascinated by ex-commies, I guess:The magazine recognized Putin’s "extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability," said Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor.Really? And what was it that David Petraeus did this year?
 
I have to wonder who TIME’s person of the year will be
My money, for various reasons (mostly to do with ideology and cynicism) is on Al Gore.My vote is for Gen. David Petraeus.Who do you think TIME will name and why?
 
Yeesh...
Ellen Goodman proves that the term "an embarrassment of riches" is a completely relative term and depends entirely on your perspective:Aren’t you beginning to feel just a little sympathy for Republicans? It’s less than a month to the first vote. The Democrats are suffering from an embarrassment of riches. The Republicans are suffering an embarras
 
The face of irrelevant arrogance
Via Instapundit, I just saw an article that you’ll have to read to believe. An ex-NBC journalist, now a journalism professor, is ready to make sure all we proles only read the news they think we ought to read. I’ve never done what’s commonly called a "fisking" in the blogosphere. But this
 
The "slutolympics" - Quit whining for heaven sake
Katha Pollitt, writing in Elle, gets into the kind of complaining that just drives me up a wall:Type just about any misogynist insult into Google with “Hillary Clinton” and up come hundreds of thousands of links. Promiscuity might not be the first sin that pops to mind when you think of her, but last time I checked, “Hillary Clinton” plus “slut” brought up 208,000 results.Welcome to the big leagues. Type " 
How bad is it?
Apparently pretty bad. Byron York reports:Brian De Palma’s "Redacted," the Iraqi war movie that won the best director prize at the Venice Film Festival but has been dismissed as loathsome and awful in other circles, has been in theaters – okay, 15 theaters – nationwide for three weeks now. According to BoxOfficeMojo, during that time it h
 
TNR Pulls the Eject Handle
Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, provides a 14-page explanation of the Beauchamp Affair at the TNR web site.For 13 pages, the explanation goes on an on about how good TNR’s re-reporting was, especially considering the difficult reconditions associated with doing it, and what dicks conservative bloggers are.
 
CNN and the YouTube Debate - the deeper question
You know, in all the brouhaha about the CNN debacle that was the YouTube debate we seem to be missing something pretty basic. And I haven’t seen anyone making this point (which doesn’t mean the point hasn’t been made, I just haven’t seen it, so don’t bother playing "gotchya"). Reading the CNN statement issued after the debate got me to think
 
CNN Blows the YouTube Debate (update)
In case you’ve missed it, the big news out of the "debate" (and yes, I use the scare quotes for a reason) last night is a supposed operative of the Hillary Clinton campaign ask a question.I thought this was the YouTube debate and "regular Americans" - the great undecided - were supposed to get that chance. And, in fact, it appears BG Keith Kerr wasn’t the only "unregular", uncommitted and undecided American to find his or her way into the que
 
Analysis or news?
Here is one of the things which just hacks me off when I read a "news" story from the purportedly unbiased press. From a Reuter’s report on the Annapolis summit:Bush, unpopular because of the Iraq war and needing a legacy boost, arranged for a handshake between the two leaders next to the podium where he announced the agreement to s
 
CBS news writers vote to strike
The writers at CBS who put the words in Katie Couric’s mouth are set to go out on strike, and could stop work "at any time".I guess that’s one way to get out of writing "good news" stories about Iraq.
 
Is the Cone of Silence on Iraq beginning to lift?
Yesterday I posted about Michael Yon’s latest. I included the usual lament about lack of mainstream media coverage, as I have other times I’ve posted one of his dispatches. I’ve been referring to it as the “cone of silence” for a while, calling back to the old Get Smart television s
 
CBS effectively says Dan Rather is crazy
A few weeks back, Dan Rather filed a suit against CBS, claiming that he was made a "scapegoat" for the debacle that was named after him - Rathergate. McQ justifiably snickered about it at the time. My own comment in that thread was that Rather
 
America’s Most trusted News Source
Earlier this week, Chris and I were watching a CNN investigative report on the use of performance enhancing dugs in professional wrestling. I don’t know why Chris wanted to watch it, since neither of us are wrestling fans, but I generally let her have her way with the TV.The thrust of the hour-long show was that professional wrestlers use steroids and what-not (I’m shocked—shocked!—to learn of such a thing), then fly into odd fits
 
The "Racist Reagan" Kerfluffle
The various opinion columnists for the New York Times are now going at it over whether Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign kickoff in Mississippi was a case of Reagan’s blatant atttempt to capture the all-important racist vote in the South.This trope is a particular favorite of America’s Worst Columnist®, Bob Herbert. He trots it out every couple of years,  
Skepticism and the Fourth Estate
Andrew Sullivan:James Joyner sees the logic in MSNBC becoming the network of the anti-Bush left. But after Bush? I understand the need for opinion and attitude in cable news. What I don’t understand is why this has to be so partisan when it could simply be
 
Bob Herbert: Shameless Hack
Bob Herbert reaches such astoundingly high levels of hackery in his column today ["Recession? What Recession?"] that even Lefty bloggers are acknowledging his errors. In short, Bob Herbert makes the remarkably insipid how can you say there’s no recession when some people aren’t doing we
 
Eugene Robinson and BDS
Eugene Robinson starts his opinion piece today with:It’s official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. Bush apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to frustrated, sputtering rage than any president since opinion polling began, with the possible exception of Richard Nixon.He then treats
 
David Brooks on Reagan in Neshoba
A couple months ago, Bob Herbert wrote a thoroughly deceptive and inaccurate column about Reagan’s speech at the Neshoba County Fair outside Philadelphia, MS. I responded with a post pointing out the facts that Herbert had not seen fit to provide to his readers.Today,  
Journalism, Calderas and AGW
The story begins like this:Something is stirring deep below the legendary hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone, the first and most famous national park in America — and home to a huge volcanic cauldron.The central region of the park has been rising the last three years at a rate never before observed by scientists. They belie
 
Human drama in emergent systems
One problem with the media is that it tends to only report on the seen - the visible consequences, rather than the secondary effects and the foregone effects. For instance, the New York Times writes a story on critics claims that the rebuilding process is too slow, inflexible, valuing "perfect paperwork over speedy resolutions". While the Times gives space to Federal workers
 
What? Media Bias? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!
Let the age-old debate begin again: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
 
Patterico and the LA Times: stonewalling
Patterico is correct The LA Times response to his requests for correction is "breathtaking in the depth and breadth of the disingenuous arguments it advances." The bold lies of reader rep Jamie Gold are shockingly, transparently journalistic malpractice. But it’s even more dismaying to realize that this is just the tip of an iceberg we’re just le
 
Krugman on Iran and 9/11
I tend to agree with Paul Krugman’s argument that "Islamofascism" has "no chance of collapsing the United States, let alone taking over the world." However, this is a remarkable claim......Iran had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 — in fact, the Iranian regime was quite helpful to the United States when it went after Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghan
 
Not your Grandfather’s Hollywood
As a follow up to the post I did yesterday on recent Hollywood anti-war movies, I direct your attention to a post by Michael Wade of A Second Hand Conjecture and a list of movies he has complied which make an interesting comparison between now and then (WWII era) in Hollywood.
 
Fake news conference and fake news (update)
FEMA apparently staged a news conference and had FEMA staffers pose as reporters and ask "softball" questions:The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in southern California.I’m not sure what the big deal is sin
 
The Crew
"Nothing’s the same anymore."Captain James T. KirkCommander SpockLieutenant Commander (Dr.) Leonard "Bones" McCoyLieutenant Commander Montgomery ScottLieutenant Nyota
 
TNR Raises
Despite the Beauchamp-related documents leaked by someone in the Army to Drudge earlier this week, The New Republic has decided not to fold. They’re not even going to call. They’ve decided to raise.Since this controversy began, The New Republic’s sole objective has been to uncover the truth. As Scoblic said during
 
Box office receipts not kind to anti-war movies
Seems as if America isn’t interested in the anti-war tripe Hollywood is peddling if the box office receipts of recently released movies of that genre are any indication:It doesn’t matter how many Oscar winners are in front of or behind the camera — audiences are proving to be conscientious objectors when it comes to this fall&rsq
 
The wheels come of the TNR/Beauchamp affair (updates)
Apparently Drudge has managed to get ahold of a transcript of a conversation that Scott Beauchamp had with The New Republic editor Frank Foer & TNR executive editor Peter Scoblic on September 7th.It is an amazing conversation. In it Beauchamp adamantly refuses to
 
Glenn Beck’s tasteless commentary
Wow. Mark this down. One of the few times I agree with Media Matters. At best this is tasteless. Speaking of the California wildfires, Glenn Beck said:I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.This after a monologue in which he said:We come back
 
Delusions of Adequacy
I don’t know if you’ve been following this story about Air America talk show host Randi Rhodes but it is an interesting peek into the minds of a group of folks who seem to think a lot more of themselves than they probably should. That was never more evident than when substitute host Jon Elliott, covering for an absent Rhodes afte
 
Letter and Limbaugh raise 4.2 million for charity
You remember the Media Matter attempt to make something out o nothing with the Rush Limbauh "phony soldiers" claim. You remember Harry Reid getting all huffy on the floor of the Senate and getting a group of Senators (including 3 presidential candidates) to sign a letter of protest to the president of Clear Channel Broadcasting?Here’s the outcome:The conservat
 
Headline of the week
In case you missed it, from McClatchey: "As violence falls in Iraq, cemetery workers feel the pinch"31 paragraphs worth of story.
 
Oh for goodness sake -
Think Progress, a collective entity which appears to neither think or make much progress, blares the following headline:Fox News: Gore’s Never ‘Actually Done Something For Peace;’ Give Petraeus The PrizeFox News?It was done on Neil Cavuto’s show. It’s an opinion show, not a news show.That’s the
 
LTG Sanchez: The whole story
The New York Times reports that LTG Ricardo S. Sanchez, one of the former commander’s in Iraq, faults the Bush administration handling of the war as "incompetent" and "warned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no en
 
TNR still silent about Beauchamp (update)
***UPDATE: I should have been more clear when I originally posted this. The original TNR article referenced is an August 10th article. What I’ve included is more recent information concerning Beauchamp and a reminder of why TNR says it is stymied in it’s "investigation" (which is looking more and more like OJ’s search for Nicole’s killer). This is a reminder that TNR has yet to reply to the charges it claims it so badly wants to invest
 
One more quip for the day
To complement McQ’s earlier entry, I just had to post this laugh-out-loud remark. It’s from Jay Nordlinger, and he’s discussing Katie Couric’s recent remarks on Iraq at the National Pres
 
Krugman is back
I don’t have the time I’d like to respond to Paul Krugman like I did in the past. Fortunately, Tom Maguire is quite adept at handling stuff like this from Krugman’s new blog...Paul Krugman: There’s also the difference that Bush owns this war in
 
The Deceptive Side of Bob Herbert
McQ’s post about Bob Herbert didn’t cover all of the objectionable or deceptive content in his article. This item deserves attention:In one of the vilest moves in modern presidential politics, Ronald Reagan, the ultimate hero of this latter-day Republican Party, went out of his way to kick off his
 
The Ugly Side of Bob Herbert
It honestly takes everything I have to read Herbert. Not because he’s incisive or compelling in his rhetoric. Not because he speaks ’truth to power’. But because he is such an obvious spinmiester.Rarely do I get past 3 paragraphs of a Herbert piece before I throw my hands up in utter disgust and find something else to read.Sometimes, however, he manages to get below even his low standards for honesty.Today&rsquo
 
The MoveOn ad and the NYT, an afterword
Seems I got it right in the beginning. And no, I don’t offer this as "triumphalism" but as another little peek at the power of the internet and blogs. Again, this is a case of people who know the business (i.e. newspapers and their ads) or the culture finding the particulars of a story to be not quite right and beginning to question and poke at it. It was precisely that which led to Dan Rather’s National Guard story imploding and the reason
 
NY Times admits "mistake" with anti-Petraus ad
Well, well, well:The old gray lady has some explaining to do.Officials at the New York Times have admitted a liberal activist group was permitted to pay half the rate it should have for a provocative ad condemning U.S. Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.The MoveOn ad, which cast Petraeus as "General Betray
 
Rather: The complaint and the truth
And, after reading the complaint, I don’t see much of the truth in there. But it is a interesting document to read (you’ll find it here [pdf]).There are a number of allegations which seem specious at best.For instance, Rather is described as one of America’s "foremost reporters". Yet when you read about the Bush NG story, he is described as someo
 
Well at least Mary Mapes has convinced herself (update)
I guess constantly repeating something for 3 years, even if it is wrong, might have that effect. Mary Mapes, the producer of Dan Rather’s piece on CBS which included the fraudulent National Guard memos is sure that the reason it all happened as it did was because they were first to experience the wrath of something new and terrifying. Fact checking. Uh, ok
 
TNR: Uh, no, we haven’t forgotten
Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee reminds us that today is the two month anniversary of Franklin Foer’s promise that TNR would get to the bottom of the Scott Thomas Beauchamp thing.*crickets*
 
Brilliant Analysis, "Think Progress"
Think Progress is sure it has caught Fox being hypocritical:During the Fox network broadcast of the Emmy Awards this week, Actress Sally Field’s acceptance speech was censored because she used the word “goddamn.” “If mothers ruled the world,” Field said, “there would be no god-damned wars in the first place.” Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films catches Fox News
 
Rather: The snicker factor (I can’t help snickering about this)
You’d think Dan Rather might be smarter than this, but apparently denial and ego can push people to do what seems to be self-destructive. Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsub
 
Who "cooked the books"?
On of the charges about Petraeus ’cooking the books’ began with a WaPo story by Karen DeYoung entitled, “Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq,” on 9/6/07“Intelligence analysts computing aggregate levels of violence against civilians for the NIE puzzled over how the military designated attacks as combat, sectarian or criminal, accor
 
Times Select
Remember a couple of years ago, when I looked at the New York Times’ "Times Select" program for the web, and I asked the following question?I know the business models for print and web aren’t exactly the same, and the costs are certainly different, but the principles are the same. In the real world, you wouldn’t offer paper subscribers the NYT for 50 per
 
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann may have great delivery, but he’s also a very confused, ridiculous man. Or perhaps he’s just not very intelligent.Outrage is no substitute for critical thinking.
 
Such a deal
There’s a report that Rudy Giuliani is asking the NYT to run a full page ad in which he denounces the MoveOn.org ad and Giuliani is asking for the same discounted price that MoveOn.org paid.However, a James Taranto while checking into the MoveOn.org deal found this out ab
 
NYT discounted MoveOn Petraus ad
We’ve had the usual suspects beam in here and question my questioning of the NY Times decision to run the MoveOn.org ad which slandered Gen. Petraeus prior to his testimony. As I pointed out then, the NYT makes decisions daily about whether or not to run ads. If, hypothetically, a law existed which required them to run all political ads regardless of content, then I&rsqu
 
Bin Laden’s beard real, last video is not
Or so says Neal Krawetz, an expert on digital image forensics:Krawetz says the inner frame of bin Laden was resaved at least twice, and not at the same time. The images show fine horizontal stripes on bin Laden and a background indicating these came from interlaced video sources. In contrast, the text elements, such as the As-Sahab logo, appear to be from non-interlaced sources.
 
A little myth busting
Says MNFI-I in rebuttal of a Washington Post story this week that implied enthno-sectarian numbers were down in Iraq because MNF-I has changed the definition of what such a killing (i.e. claiming a shot in the back of the head meant it counted as e-s violence and a shot in the front of the head meant it was simply a crime).Multi-National F
 
Scott Thomas Beauchamp: The End
Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee conducts an interview with the officer assigned to investigate the Beauchamp affair in Iraq, MAJ John Cross. The most salient excerpt:Owens: On August 2, The New Republic’s editors claimed, “All of Beauchamp’s essays were fact-checked before publication. We checked the plausibility of details with experts, contacted a corroborating witness
 
MoveOn.org should be ashamed. And so should the NYT. (updated)
The left seethes and froths at the mouth if you characterize their dissent in such a way which they feel questions their patriotism. Question: How would you characterize this ad by MoveOn.org?There are few times in my life that I&r
 
Keith Olbermann’s Confusion
Remember the incessant claims from the Left that their patriotism was being attacked by Republicans? While they rarely offered any examples - not including their own - of prominent Republicans, or Bush Administration officials actually questioning their patriotism, they were outraged, nonetheless.They seem to be over it. In a
 
We are "media"
Or so says the FEC in a news release entitled, "FEC Resolved Two Matters Involving Internet Activity; Applies Media Exemption to Political Blogs".To the particulars: The Federal Election Commission announced today that it has unanimously resolved two complaints alleging that Internet blog activity is subject to Commission regulation, finding that the ac
 
First victim of 24/7 news cycle dies at 44
That’s how I saw Richard Jewell characterized on another site. And I don’t necessarily disagree. His case was a shameful example of poor law enforcement and poor journalism combining into a circus which all but convicted the wrong man of the Atlanta Olympic bombing in the court of public opinion.First lauded as a hero and then as the primary
 
Blaming the war for Police Ammo shortage
From Candice Rondeaux in the Washington Post today:The U.S. military’s soaring demand for small-arms ammunition, fueled by two wars abroad, has left domestic police agencies less able to quickly replenish their supplies, leading some to conserve rounds by cutting back on weapons training, police officials said.Got
 
I’ve never been more ashamed of our newspaper industry
In the past, I’ve tried to give some benefit of the doubt to the Washington Post. Compared to the New York Times, I consider the folks at the Post downright sane. Sane, however, clearly doesn’t mean brave. The Post and a large number of other newspapers self-censored this comic by Berke Breathed, the cartoonist famous for Bloom County
 
An instructional video for the mainstream media
You’ll recall that our friends at Agence France-Presse (better known by their acroynm AFP) had some trouble recently understanding just how bullets work. The Dissident Frogman has created a helpful video to assist his compatriots in avoiding such problems in the future.Make sure you get to th
 
What is the toxic obsession with Fox News?
Whatever it is, one certainly exists in certain circles:Condemning the Fox News Channel as a warmonger that’s agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced an "online viral video campaign" Wednesday calling on television news organizations "not to follow Fox down the road to war
 
Pathetic
Jonathan Chait, writing in The New Republic, attempts to shift the focus on the Scott Beauchamp problem at TNR to William Kristol. Any guess why? The first paragraph tells the story:It’s hard to believe that, not so long ago, neoconservative foreign policy thinking overflowed with ideas and idealism. The descent has been steep, and nowhere is it more a
 
Spinning us into a bad economic mood
David Cay Johnston tells us in the New York Times today:Americans earned a smaller average income in 2005 than in 2000, the fifth consecutive year that they had to make ends meet with less money than at the peak of the last economic expansion, new government data shows.While technically correct, it is a very misleading sta
 
The tale of the broken irony meter (update)
You have got to read this post by Josh Marshall. It is freakin’ hilarious. The long and short of it is an LA Times article by a journalism professor decries the blogophere as being "rife with disputation as it is thin on information, or more specifically, reporting, writing that demands "time, thorough fact-checking and verification and, most of all, perseverance.""
 
MSM’s Rogues gallery
A prescient quote by Marvin Kalb prefaces a listing by Randall Hoven at The American Thinker of MSM misbehavior over the years: "Matt Drudge’s role [in the Monica Lewinski scandal] strikes me as a new and graphic power of the Internet to influence mainstream journalism. And I suspect that over the next couple of years that impact will grow to the point where it will damage journalism’s ability to do its job professionally, to check
 
Wiki wars
Wikipedia may be a convenient place on-line to look up some certain topics and get a start on your research, it probably isn’t the best resource for facts pertaining to current politicians.Today, for example, we have some apparent proof that members of the New York Times staff have been editing the profile of George
 
Reporter does his job
I’m not sure what the fuss was about this...As the President and Karl Rove walked away from the lectern after their emotional announcement of Rove’s resignation, I yelled a question. “If he’s so smart, why did you lose Congress?”The President, as usual, didn’t answer. That’s OK – he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to. But judging by some of the reaction, you’d think I
 
Layers of Editors - an update
This weekend, I noted that the Cincinnati Post’s Managing Editor had written "Fred Thompson, though officially undeclared as a candidate, declared war on breast cancer" at a recent Republican debate. In fact, Fred Thompson has not participated in any of the debates so far....the Thompson at the debate was Tommy Thompson.There’s an interesting update.Today, the Cincinnati Post has "correct
 
The Army Speaks
From the Weekly Standard, an email from Col. Steve Boylan, PAO for Gen Petraeus, on the TNR claim that the Army is "stonewalling" and that Beauchamp is being held incommunicado:His command’s investigation is complete. At this time, there is no formal what we call Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) actions being taken. However, there are o
 
Layers of Editors
Mark Neikirk, the Managing Editor of the Cincinnati Post, writes: During a debate among GOP presidential candidates on Sunday, Fred Thompson, though officially undeclared as a candidate, declared war on breast cancer. Thompson, a cancer survivor himself, drew on his family’s experience to remind everyone of cancer’s reach and our nation’s nee
 
TNR Speaks ... again ... on a Friday afternoon
I question the timing [/sarcasm]After a long and boring "we stand by our man", duress, stonewalling, yatta yatta statement they get to the part with which I can actually agree:We once again invite the Army to make public Beauchamp’s statements and the details of its investigation—and we ask the Army to let us (or any other media outlet, for that mat
 
News Media not well thought of per Pew
Looking over this synopsis of the findings of a recently conducted Pew Research Center Poll (which, btw, found an across the board fall in the public’s opinion on the news media since 1985, when a similar survey was conducted) brought some questions to mind:More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, a
 
Pre-traumatic Stress Syndrome
Charles Krauthammer distills the essence of the Beauchamp kerfuffle in three paragraphs:We will soon learn if there actually was a dog killer or a bone wearer. But the New Republic seems not to have understood how the Kuwait "detail" undermines everything. After all, what made the purported story interesting enough to publish?
 
AP Finally discovers the TNR story
And, believe it or not, it’s a fairly balanced story:The final word from the Army:"During that investigation, all the soldiers from his unit refuted all claims that Pvt. Beauchamp made in his blog," Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons, a spokesman in Baghdad for the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan., said
 
More on TNR
Hmmm. This is interesting. The Scott Beauchamp "Diarist" articles appear to have now disappeared from The New Republic’s web site. Even a search doesn’t turn up any mention of them. I’ll just assume they’ve been added to the Steven Glass archive.UPDATE: Aha! The
 
TNR: "Our anonymous sources are better than your anonymous sources" (Update)
Who is at the helm of The New Republic, for heaven sake and don’t they understand the word "shipwreck" at all?A STATEMENT ON SCOTT THOMAS BEAUCHAMP:We’ve talked to military personnel directly involved in the events that Scott Thomas Beauchamp described, and they corroborated his account as detailed in our  
Shakesville and the forgotten post
Today, Melissa McEwan, over at Shakesville says she has nothing to recant about the Scott Beauchamp story.She links to her own words where she was "critical of TNR’s due dilligence", cynical of "Beauchamp’s self-defense" and "concerned" that the first revelation of Beauchamp’s dishonesty wasn’t insignificant. She even "detaile
 
NYT: Still trying to figure it out
The New York Times, per reports, is going to end its experiment of charging for on-line content in its "Times Select" subscription (as Dale predicted some time ago):The New York Times is poised to stop charging readers for online access to its Op-Ed
 
Beauchamp Denouement: the followup
So far the announcement that Beauchamp has recanted the stories published in The New Republic has been met with a bit of triumphalism on the right and, for the most part, stone silence on the left.John Cole’s  
Beauchamp Denouement
Michael Goldfarb reportsTHE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp—author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic’s July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns—signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he
 
Beauchamp: allegations "found to be false".
Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee publishes an email answer to questions sent to COL Steven Boylan, Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Army Commanding General in Iraq David Petraeus:To your question: Were there any truth to what was being said by Thomas?Answer: An investigation of the allegations were conducted by the command and found to be false. In fact, membe
 
You Can Always Count on The Nation
Sometimes, I wonder if the editors of The Nation aren’t just wrong, but if they’re even living on the same planet as the rest of us. Take a look at their take on the Scott Beauchamp deal.The war began on July 13, when The New Republic published a "Baghdad Diary" by "Scott Thomas," an Army private writing under a pseudonym about U.S. atrocit
 
Beauchamp investigation: "refuted by members of his platoon and proven to be false" (updated)
Matt Sanchez reports the following from the Army investigation at FOB Falcon:After a thorough investigation that lasted nearly a week the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division has concluded that the allegation made by Private Thomas Scott Beauchamp, the "Baghdad Diarist", have been "refuted by members of his platoon and proven to be f
 
TNR and Scott Thomas
I have a bit of a different take than Bruce does on The New Republic’s statement about Scott Beauchamp. Because I find the statement fascinating, as much for what it doesn’t say, as for what it does.Let’s look at the original accounts, and TNR’s respon
 
TNR issues a statement about Scott Thomas Beauchamp
The New Republic has released a statement about their "investigation" into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp stories.All of Beauchamp’s essays were fact-checked before publication. We checked the plausibility of details with experts, contacted a corroborating witness, and pressed the author for further details. But publishing a first-person essay from a war zone re
 
Whoa ... now here’s "real news"
You know I probably wouldn’t have even bothered to write an article about this if I’d been the Editor and Publisher staff, much less make it the headline of an article:At least 170 subscribers to the Wall Street Journal have canceled their orders since word emerged that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will s
 
Whack jobs and conspiracy theories don’t only live on the left
I can honestly tell you I’ve never listened to Michael Savage, and after listening to this clip, I know I’m much better for it. We smacked Wonkette around for a thoughtless comment about Chief Justice Roberts seizure. Just as stupid and thoughtless is this by Savage. This is moonbattery:"Am I
 
BDS timewarp
The Guardian reports:Ministers insisted that British secret agents would only be allowed to pass intelligence to the CIA to help it capture Osama bin Laden if the agency promised he would not be tortured, it has emerged.MI6 believed it was close to finding the al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan in 1998, and again the next year. The plan was for MI6 to hand t
 
Horribly disappointed in DC
That would be Daniel Froomkin concerning new British PM Gordon Brown and his refusal to "distance himself" from President Bush: Anyone who expected the new British prime minister to distance himself from President Bush today — at least in public — would have been sorely disappointed."The United Kingdom and the United States
 
Sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool ...
Than to engage your keyboard and remove all doubt. This time it is Paul McLeary of the Columbia Journalism Review who demonstrates the truth of the old saying. He is in an uproar over the treatment of Scott Thomas Beauchamp (fast becoming "the victimTM") by the "conservative blogosphere and it’s kissin’ cousin, the milblog community" and fee
 
A matter of when, not if ...
Did you ever - watching the swarm news helicopters make on certain stories (like tracking the car taking Paris Hilton to jail) - wonder when this would happen?PHOENIX - Two news helicopters covering a police chase on live television collided and crashed to the ground Friday, killing all four people on board in a plunge that viewers saw as a jumble of spinning, b
 
Yes, bad things happen in the military
And the military then does what it needs to do when they happen:A Georgia soldier was following a directive from another soldier when he allegedly shot and killed an Iraqi detainee, according to details of charges the Army released Friday.The charges offer more information into allegations that Spec. Christopher P. Shore of Winder committed premedit
 
"Scott Thomas" reveals his identity
From TNR’s "The Plank":My Diarist, "Shock Troops," and the two other pieces I wrote for the New Republic have stirred more controversy than I could ever have anticipated. They were written under a pseudonym, because I wanted to write honestly about my experiences, without fear of reprisal. Unfortunately, my pseudonym has caused confusion. And there seems to be one major way in w
 
Who Is TNR’s "Scott Thomas"?
Fascinating writeup from a completely different angle concenring the author of "Shock Troops". Entirely plausible. Trust me, you haven’t seen an examination quite like this before. The author comes to a conclusion which is pretty similar to mine, but for entirely different reasons.
 
Another follow up on TNR’s "Shock Troops"
More information continues to come out of Iraq concerning the three stories The New Republic published entitled "Shock Truths". Michael Goldfarb has done yoeman’s work keeping up with all of this. Even  
Rasmussen on perceptions of media bias
Polls that measure perceptions are interesting if you believe in the maxim "perception is reality". In terms of biases, though, perception usually is reality:In the final poll of a series measuring perceptions of media bias, the Associated Press, local television stations, MSNBC, and CNBC are all perceived as tilt
 
War Stories: FOB Falcon Responds (update)
Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard continues to follow up on The New Republic story "Shock Troops" where certain claims were made which many in the military community (characterized as ’conservative blogger’) found dubious at best.The Public Affairs Officer at FOB Falcon has responded. You can read the whole thing here. One of the more
 
It’s the little things ...
Like this graphic from TIME about "How To Leave Iraq":Ah yes, imagery to conjurer up recollections of our final withdrawal from Vietnam. The problem? Well although we did use helicopters, they were US helicopters, not Soviet-era Mi-24 "Hind" gunships.
 
Follow up to the Jihadi website post
Warren Meyer, who runs the libertarian and routinely excellent "Coyote Blog" takes a bit of exception to what he interprets as my intent with the "let’s get these jihadi websites down" post. So let me respond to this objections with an eye of clarifying my position.First:
 
Jihadi websites - hosted in the USA (updates)
Here’s a little factoid that MEMRI has provided:...all Islamist/Jihadi websites are hosted by Western - primarily American - Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Interested in seeing what’s in Al-Qaeda’s online military magazine Mu’askar Al-Battar (The Al-Battar Training Camp)?<
 
Fake but Accurate - The BBC sets a new low
What’s up at the Beeb?First we had this. Then this. Now this:The BBC suspended all phone-in competitions today after admitting that it had put fake winners on air during its f
 
Heh ...
I love irony. From Glenn Greenwald:The Politico today is prominently touting on its front page another vapid, petty, and inane "news story" — the type of story which has, in just a few short months, become its hallmark:Pot. Kettle.
 
Rasumssen polls the Fairness Doctrine: Apply it to internet too?
Disturbing results:Americans are evenly divided as to whether or not the government should “require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary.” The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 41% favor that proposal and 41% are opposed.
 
BBC continues to burnish its Rep
Minor but indicative. Seems the BBC is responsible for some fabricated "news". This is how it was reported in the Times, based on the BBC’s footage: The Queen offered a rare, public display of displeasure when she sat for Leibovitz, who is famed for her Vanity Fair photographs of stars such as a pregnant Demi Moore in the nude. A camera crew was invited to film the encounter for a fly-on-the-wall BBC One
 
Maybe Starbucks needs to buy the New York Times (with update)
Another month, another note on financial struggles at the New York Times. This time, it’s their bond rating being cut, which effectively raises the interest rate they must pay to borrow money. The dispassionate tone of the S&P analysis is brutal:...operating
 
SICKO to Iran
The Iranian Student News Agency (what a lovely title) apprises us of the fact that Michael Moore, in all his glory, will be visiting the mullocracy in October:Writer, producer and director, Michael Moore is to come to Iran for the screening of his new production SICKO in the first international documentary film festival held here.This festival will be held
 
Wow
From Instapundit, an email from a well-known journalist about the lack of media coverage concerning the massacre at the village Michael Yon covered: Yon’s story doesn’t get attention because it is humiliating. It is humiliating because it is obvious that we media –
 
Interesting difference
Yesterday I noted the media’s reporting on a fictional even which claimed 20 men had been beheaded near Salman Pak. It turned out to be false.Yet Michael Yon has documented an atrocity where an entire small village was murdered by al Qaeda, and nothing (to be fair, Yon notes that Fox & National Review linked to it on their websites). But other than bloggers, zip, nada, not a w
 
Falling for propaganda
I’ve been watching this little media story brew for a couple of days. Time for a round-up.The original AP story of June 28th:Twenty beheaded bodies were discovered Thursday on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad, two Iraqi police officers said.The dead - all men aged 20 to 40 years old - had their hands and legs bound, and some of the heads were fou
 
No Republicans Allowed at Democratic Debate
I don’t get the Media Matters campaign against Frank Luntz’ participation in the recent Democratic Presidential debate... (note: disclosure)Smiley confirms that Luntz — and only Luntz — will provide analysis of PBS’ Democratic presidential forum Apparently, Frank Luntz has been critici
 
Pence Amendment Passes the House
Well, I must say this is unexpected. The house has voted to approve a measure that will hamper the ability of the FCC to re-impose the fairness doctrine.The amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations bill prohibits funds from being used by the Federal Communications Commission to impose the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters. The amendment passed 309-115.Please, don’t bore me with argum
 
Liberal Media Group argues liberal media isn’t really liberal
Media Matters is pushing back against the MSNBC story about the donation patterns of journalists by arguing that MSNBC only cited a small sample of all journalists. MEDIA MATTERS: Kurtz claimed "a lot of journalists" are giving to Dems — but number giving at all is tiny percentage of whole 
Why I don’t buy the liberal argument about Talk Radio
Rich Lowery talks about talk radio and the liberal push to have government regulate it. We’ve touched on it a number of times, but recently, a liberal group has published a study which claims that 90% of all talk radio is conservative and it is a structural problem, not a market driven problem.Lowery looks at the study  
Let the whining begin: Talk radio and the Fairness Doctrine
Well the study has been published and the unsurprising findings are in about the state of talk radio in the US: – In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive. – Each weekday, 2,570 h
 
How do you think Hugo would react to this?
It would certainly be interesting:The head of an opposition-aligned Venezuelan television station that was forced off the air by that nation’s government said he has received offers to co-produce and transmit programming from Mexico.Marcel Granier, whose Radio Caracas Television went off the air May 27 after Venezuelan President Hugo Ch
 
The Politico VS the Left
This is just fascinating. (via Instapundit) The Politico claims that Harry Reid called Gen. Pace "incompetent". Three liberal bloggers
 
FYI: Hilton goes back to jail (update)
Apparently the judge was not amused. According to Fox she’s been sent back to the clink for the full 45 day sentence. Also the judge made it clear he was not consulted about her release and obviously didn’t agree.UPDATE: Get your "Free Paris" apparel here. Guaranteed to be delivered before she’s sprung again.
 
Che chic and reality
Not that the clueless who continue to fawn over and wear his image will notice or care:- Twice, Che plotted terrorist attacks against New York City. In November 1962, the FBI cracked a terrorist plot by Cuban agents who targeted Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Grand Central Terminal. They planned to blow up those landmarks with 12 incendiary device
 
Parody or insanity?
You tell me. Read the article. The commenters seem to be taking it quite seriously.I’m in the parody camp although parody has become increasingly hard to spot anymore with all the insanity out there. Why do I believe it to be a parody? These two paragraphs in particular:On the surface, Islamic health doesn’t look good: the 2001 census showed that 24 per cent
 
Helping you save your hard-earned money.
A one-line review of Michael Moore’s soon to be released movie"Sicko" from Ben Smith at Politico:It’s basically a commercial for Western Europe, with an over-the-top ode to Cuba tacked onto the end.Is that considered a spoiler?
 
Joe Klein almost figures out the leftosphere (update)
Of course he caveats his discovery with a blanket condemnation of "right-wing talk shows" which should come as no surprise.I’ve found it amusing, over the last few months to watch Klein and other writers who’ve started blogs with comments discover a) the blogsophere is the bare knuckle league and b) what it is like to actually be criticized. As you might
 
Scarborough has never heard of YouTube
I mean that’s all I can figure with this lame defense of his "You think she thinks she works the pole?" comment where he was speaking of Fred Thompson’s wife.You see, per Scarborough, it was blogs who "wrenched" his words out of context and "twisted" them and then other blogs who copied the lies. Seriously:
 
So much for "reality"
Remember the Dutch ’reality’ show which was going to have a terminal patient pick one of three kidney patients to receive her kidneys?Hoax. A Dutch reality television show in which a supposedly dying woman had to pick one of three contestants to whom she would donate a kidne
 
Can reality shows get any worse?
Hopefully this signals the death knell for these sorts of odious shows:A Dutch TV station says it will go ahead with a programme in which a terminally ill woman selects one of three patients to receive her kidneys.[...]The 37-year-old donor, identified only as Lisa, will make her choice based on the contestants’ history, profile and conversation w
 
Sounds like a job for the "Fairness Doctrine"
Yes, I’m being snarky, but here you go:By a wide margin, the news media concentrated on Democratic presidential contenders more than Republicans during the first three months of 2007, according to a study issued on Thursday.Campaign stories in newspapers, on television, online and on the radio focused on Democrats 61 percent of the time and on Republicans 24 perc
 
Al Gore and I agree ....
Yeah, it’s my shock headline for the day. Not to worry, it has nothing to do with global warming. In fact it is a very small portion of a large interview he did on the Larry King Show the other night. The agreement? Here:KING: What about our politicians in all of this? Are they better than your father’s day or worse?GORE: I think that
 
Outsourcing counter-intelligence
Why - if you’re a poor nation with little money to spend on spies and whatnot to penetrate US intelligence and report back on covert US plans - not outsource it to ABC News (or the NY Times, or ...):The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert "black" operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former
 
Perfectly Innocent
Advertising is a funny—and difficult—business. You have to catch the customer’s eye and get them interested. You have to have a compelling design. And, as these ads below show, it helps to ensure your potential customers feel familiar with the imagery.Mmmmm. Oranges. I like to squeeze them, too.Grab that..</td>
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Someone You Should Know - SSG Zedwick
The "Someone You Should Know" segement from last night is up at PunditReview.com. It’s the story of SSG Matthew Zedwick who was profiled by Project Hero here.Again a tip of the hat to Kevin, Gregg and Rob at Pundit Review radio and Matt Burd
 
Gloom and Doom pervade poll
Given how news is delivered this should come as no particular surprise:It’s gloomy out there. Men and women, whites and minorities — all are feeling a war-weary pessimism about the country seldom shared by so many people.Only 25 percent of those surveyed say things in the U.S. are going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll this mont
 
John Bolton and the BBC’s John Humphries
An entertaining interview.
 
O&A, Again
What Jim treacher said.And, yes, I did cancel my XM subscription today.
 
XM: Cut and Censored
So much for "extreme talk" on XM. Yesterday, Opie and Anthony criticized the radio industry, including XM, for being too willing to cave into criticism from special interest groups.In return, XM announced today that the pair have been suspended for 30 days on XM:"Comments made by Opie and
 
Still not getting it at CBS News
What other conclusion could you draw from this Q&A between Brian Montopoli and CBS News Senior Vice President, Standards and Special Projects Linda Mason.Brian Montopoli: You told me, a little while back, that you were "the first woman at every job I had at CBS News." And that includes in 1971, when you were the first female f
 
Opie and Anthony Make the News
Neal Boortz is incensed over yesterday’s Opie and Anthony show on XM radio. And, Wired’s "Epicenter" blog thinks the show may imperil the XM/Sirius merger. Say’s Boortz:Now before I give you a link...I want to warn you what you’re about to hear is vile, repulsive and disgusting. These two jerks ha
 
That was interesting, sort of ...
Got an email from the BBC World Radio Service asking me if I’d be interested in appearing on the show "World Have Your Say". They were interviewing journalist John Pilger who is a huge fan of Hugo Chavez and has a film coming out this friday about Latin America and democracy there.The person who contacted me asked me if I’d be interested in asking him some quest
 
Whistling Past the Graveyard
Walter Hussman is publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a newspaper that does not offer free news on it’s web site, instead requiring a monthly subscription to access the paper online. In the Wall Street Journal, another subscription-only online paper, Mr. Hussman announces that offering free news online is a bad business decision for newspapers.The Wa
 
Mickey goes to Palestine
Wonder what Disney Corp will have to say about this: He looks like Mickey Mouse and sounds like Mickey Mouse, but what he’s saying is hardly the fairytale stuff of Disney.[...]"We, tomorrow’s pioneers, will restore to this nation its glory, and we will liberate Al-Aqsa, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate Iraq, with Allah’s will, and we will liberate the Muslim countries, invaded by murderers,” Farfur says in one episode
 
Lileks Reassigned
I guess, like Hugh Hewitt and others, I’m supposed to get all upset about the news from James Lileks that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has reassigned him.As it happens, they’ve killed my column, and assigned me to write straight local news stories.
 
Why you shouldn’t pay attention to certain editorials boards
An example of what I’m talking about in the title is to be found in Editor & Publisher’s lead paragraph of a piece entitled, "Editorial Demands Grow for U.S. Pullout of Iraq":The editorial pages of many American newspapers have long been harshly critical of the conduct of the war in Iraq, but very few major papers have ever called for a U.S. withdrawal any time soon. The Washington Post has strongly opposed the idea, while The New York Times has started moving in
 
Paying the Piper
Olberman an "objective journalist"? No, but certainly good enough to host a debate for Republicans:In an angry commentary on April 25, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann accused Rudolph Giuliani of using the language of Osama bin Laden with "the same chilling nonchalance of the madman" to argue that Republicans would keep Americans safer than Democrats from terror.Eight days
 
Well, this should be fun: Imus plans lawsuit
Not that it is particularly unexpected:Don Imus, the tousled and acerbic radio host whose racial remarks engendered a media storm that triggered a swift upending of his career, is not going away quietly even if the imbroglio has all but disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.For Imus,
 
A blogger call with Tony Snow concerning the Iraq Supplemental Veto (update)
OK, now I can say I threw questions at the President’s spokesman and he answered them.What a country!Seriously, a very interesting and rewarding half hour or so. I was invited on a blogger conference call with Tony Snow and Brett McGurk (of the NSC) and along with quite a few others was able to ask questions of Mr. Snow and get some very good responses.
 
CBS’s dilemma and our lack of a sense of humor
Both will probably end up costing these two their jobs:Still recovering from the Don Imus scandal, CBS Radio suspended two local shock jocks after they twice broadcast a racially charged prank call to employees at a Chinese restaurant.The hosts of the daily morning show, WFNY-FM’s "The Dog House With JV and El
 
Time running out for Couric at CBS?
When I saw that CBS had picked Katie Couric as anchor, I was mystified. Coming out of the Rathergate debacle, Bob Schieffer was understood to be a placeholder, and Couric was to be the long term replacement. But why? As I said in comments here a while back, CBS needed sober and objective. Instead, they picked perky and liberal. Now it appears that the viewers are just as mystified, as CBS languishes in third place in the network news, and the rumblings in favor of dumping Couric are
 
How do you beat people who "live in caves, have no tongues and make guns with their bare hands"?
Got me. Watch this:
 
Copy-cat killers? (Updated)
On a related note (see below) Michael Ledeen asks, given the almost incessant playing of the Cho video on NBC:Surely they know it will spawn copy-cats. So are they showing it because they would rather enjoy copy-cats?Now most of us may be inclined to say, "bah, there won’t be copy-cats", but in fact there is a  
The Imus Fallout Continues
Well, that didn’t take long.Fallout from the "nappy-headed hoes" slur that cost Don Imus his CBS radio and MSNBC television careers last week has moved national black leaders to take action against racist and sexist language in all of America, including the hip hop industry, dominated by black men accused of spewing insulting lyrics about black women."We&rsquo
 
Imus gets the media "death" penalty
I think this is just a bit too much:CBS has canceled Don Imus’ radio show, effective immediately, after uproar over his racist and sexist comments about Rutgers women’s basketball team."From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Ru
 
"I’ve become unstuck in time"
A line from Slaughterhouse Five as I recall. Kurt Vonnegut has died. I enjoyed his writing (not half as much as my son did - he’s read every word Vonnegut ever wrote) and it challenged me. I’m not sure if there is a better epitaph for an author. The man made me think in his own way. He
 
Adult stem cells, diabetes and the media
Some good news on the medical front concerning adult stem cells and Type I diabetes:Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.In a breakthrough trial, 15 young patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes were given dr
 
Another black eye for CBS (pun intended)
CBS’s credibility problems continue:A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie Couric video essay on libraries was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal.Apparently, according to CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius, the piece produced was almost a verbatim lift from the WSJ article.Which
 
The Imus Thing
Don Imus, supposed king of the morning drive-time "talk shock" jocks, managed to say some stupid things and get himself suspended for a couple of weeks:Radio host Don Imus, suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers female basketball players “nappy-headed hos,” called the punishment appropriate Tuesday but stressed, “I am not a racist.”“What I did was make a stupid, idiotic
 
NYT: Ignoring DiFi while revealing "scandal" in MN
The NY Times devotes an editorial today on a possible scandal in MN that might be assosciated with the US Attorney kerfuffle (or not) while continuing to ignore a very probable scandal involving Senator Dianne Feinstein and her activities while
 
Dog bites man
Someone, anyone, why is this news?More than 200 demonstrators held a quiet rally Wednesday at Brigham Young University to protest Vice President Dick Cheney’s upcoming commencement speech, while his supporters staged a counter-protest.Name someplace public where Cheney (or Rove, or Bush) has appeared where there weren’t protests. Now
 
Media scares
John Stossel hits on a favorite subject of mine, media scare-mongering. How many times have we seen the media treat various subjects as much more important, dangerous or threatening than they really are? Stossel points to a number of different examples, such as shark attacks, "paper shredders, soccer goals, lawn chemicals, cell phones, garage-door opener
 
The Iraqi Poll from yesterday (update)
Yesterday, in an update to this post, I cited another poll which seemed to badly contradict the first poll I cited. Of course the first poll was fairly positive, finding more Iraqis than not thought life was better now than under Saddam. It’s figures were based on interviews with 5,000 Iraqis.Comes the
 
The public’s "right to know"
Have you been following this little bruhaha in Roanoke, VA?It didn’t take long for Sunshine Week to turn stormy.At 9:15 last Sunday morning, just a few hours after The Roanoke Times was dropped on doorsteps and shoved into paper boxes across the region, Scot Shippee fired the first shot in what would become the newspaper’s biggest Internet controversy.
 
When is a dictator not a dictator?
When Barbara Walters fawns all over him.And yes, this will be an interview I’ll skip.
 
More Media Bias news
In the wake of the Fox News/Nevada Democratic Debate kerfuffle, a Zogby poll which shows the vast majority of the population believes the media to be biased in its coverage:The vast majority of American voters believe media bias is alive and well – 83% of likely voters said the media is biased in one direction or another, while just 11% believe the media doesn’t take political sides
 
A new theory on media bias
It is certainly something to ponder. Bruce Bartlett makes the point that perhaps one of the reasons that some on the left think the media leans to the right is because it has been to the left for so long, that a move to the center is also a move to the right:Today, the situation has changed a great deal. While conservatives still believe that the
 
Ignorance is as ignorance does
If you’re going to call someone, or a group or a nation ignorant, it’s usually good advice to try to not come off as abysmally ignorant yourself. Unfortunately, as you’ll see, an Al-Jazeera TV host wasn’t quite able to pull that off.First Faysal Al-Qassem’s claim that Americans are woefully ignorant:"The American citizen, I am sad t
 
Good grief ...
You know, sometimes its better to just shut up:"’Faggot isn’t offensive to gays; it has nothing to do with gays," [Ann] Coulter said on "Hannity and Colmes" Monday night. "It’s a schoolyard taunt meaning ’wuss’ ...Oh.So your best stuff is now reduced to "schoolyard taunts?"Wow.Impressive.
 
Swift Boating the Swift Boaters (updated)
It has become an article of truth to many on the left that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were a pack of liars. They believe that this group of Vietnam Swift Boat vets were enticed by Republican operatives to sell themselves out to sink the presidential aspirations of John Kerry. And they further believe that the only reason it worked was because Kerry was slow to respond.I hate to buck the left’s conventional wisdom, but I don’t buy tha
 
Why Coulter and Moore are alike
There’s been a little bit of disagreement about my characterization of Ann Coulter as the "Michael Moore of the right". My characterization is based on the opinion that both are "bomb throwers" who stretch things, fudge things and twist things to fit their agenda. The fact that they throw their bombs differently, Coulter in books and speeches and Moore in "documentaries", doesn’t change that bas
 
How pathetic is this?
Seriously. And I have to wonder where it came from. The Baltimore Sun found it "newsworthy":Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears
 
Open ended committments?
Well for the New York Times some are OK:The international community and NATO — having invested so much in Kosovo — must continue to stay deeply involved. It would not be surprising if, after seven years, interest has flagged. But without more outside help, there is little hope for building a peaceful democracy in Kosovo."International community" my foot.Ironic isn’t it? However, somehow the NYT is completely blind
 
AP’s Political Trash
This is just a plain old political hit piece:While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate’s great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12.Who cares?!What have what his great-great and great-great-great grandfathers done
 
Generals might quit if we attack Iran?
Uh, so?I love stories like this from Michael Smith and Sarah Baxter. This is short on facts and long on assertion and anonymous sources and opinion and presented as "news":SOME of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intellig
 
A World without America
Interesting:Thoughts? Comments?
 
Fisking Greenwald (so I don’t have to)
Apparently Glenn Greenwald (aka the "Sock Puppet Master") is in his usual high dudgeon over remarks made by Britt Hume concerning Jack Murtha. Lance, at A Second Hand Conjecture does a masterful job of taking Greenwald’s objections and argument apart.Favorite line?He needs to get out his darning needles though, because this sock’s entire screed has holes in it.And Lance masterfully exposes them.
 
XM and Sirius Announce Merger
After a fairly long period of speculation, XM and Sirius have made it official:XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. have agreed to merge, the two companies said Monday.The deal would consolidate the only two companies in the emerging business of subscription-only satellite radio, and is sure to face tough scrutiny from federal regulato
 
The Hypocrites at the NY Times
This may come under a paraphrase of an old Chinese saying "be careful what you demand". The NY Times is aghast. It seems that American democracy has been dealt yet another blow and that liberty is again in danger because of the perfidy of the authoritarian Republicans:A disturbing recent phenomen
 
Lincoln quote a fake
There’s a quote that’s been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of days which, when I first saw it, just didn’t quite seem right to me. Apparently it isn’t. Attributed to Abe Lincoln, the quote is:"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."But according to  
WaPo Ombudsman critiques Arkin’s anti-military screed
In case you missed it, Deborah Howell, the Washington Posts ombudsman, takes a look at the William Arkin fiasco and, in a well named article, assesses "A Blog’s Blast Damage".Its an interesting critique and I’ll leave it to you to read it if you’re so inclined. But she made two points I thought were interesting:
 
VoteVets.org at it again
What’s the one thing you can count on when I say "you can’t support the troops without supporting the mission?"Outrage from opponents of the war. Of course you can support the troops without supporting the mission, they say? The fact that the perception of many troops is the same as mine (as the NBC clip demonstrated) is deemed irrelevant. And, of course, th
 
Anna Nicole Smith goes tango uniform
Oh man, I’ll probably catch hell for that (for more reasons than one). Link:Reality TV star and former model Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead Thursday after being taken to a Florida hospital after being found unconscious in her hotel room, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case told CNN.Smith, 39, collapsed at a south Fl
 
Blumenthal continually surprised by contingency planning
I have to wonder, given his propensity to think he’s divulging something of great importance when he talks about Pentagon planning, whether Sidney Blumenthal has any idea of how the military works:Deep within the bowels of the Pentagon, policy planners are conducting secret meetings to discuss what to do in the worst-case scenario in Iraq about a yea
 
Bill Arkin doesn’t do irony
He also doesn’t understand "The First Law of Holes". His latest whine:Instead, I’m trying to make sense of the worldview of those who have responded. For the critics, I have become the enemy and have been demonized. In that process, I have ceased being a person, an individual, or a human being, all essential to justify the campai
 
Wanna buy a failed Liberal radio network?
Air America has finally landed in the bankruptcy bargain bin.Why, despite big-name (or at least B-list) stars did AA fail?Discuss among yourselves.
 
Media mischaracterizes Senate Resolution vote
The NY Times:Republicans on Monday blocked Senate debate on a bipartisan resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, leaving in doubt whether the Senate would render a judgment on what lawmakers of both parties descri
 
The latest in outsourcing
Your news:In a windowless office in central Bangalore, dozens of employees are arriving to work on the night shift.They are journalists employed by the world’s biggest news agency, Reuters.Their job is to cover US financial news.And they are working overnight so that they can report company news live as it happens on the New York Stock Exch
 
Arkin responds (UPDATED)
Yes friends the mighty Arkin has shot back.Entitled "The Arrogant and Intolerant Speak Out" Arkin takes aim at his critics. To call it a "whine" is, well, an understatement:Well, one thing’s abundantly clear about who will actually defend our rights to say what we believe: It isn’t the hundreds who have written m
 
How dare they complain!? (UPDATED)
Amazing, simply amazing. How do you describe this guy but condescending, arrogant, and clueless? In describing his reaction to the NBC clip I featured below, William Arkin of the Washington Post says:These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, w
 
Viral attack ads - coming soon to a computer screen near you
As those of us who monitor such things have noticed, something can go viral on the internet fairly quickly. I think back to the Jesse MacBeth video. As soon as it was clear that there were some real questions out there about his bona fides, Iraqi Veterans Against the War, who’d featured his video making outrageous claims of being a ranger and killing on orders was pulled. But it survived in many other forms and is, in fact, available today (and i
 
Even more questions about Carter’s accuracy
Another article pointing out a plethora of problems with Jimmy Carter’s latest book written by Kenneth W. Stein. Stein worked with and has known Carter since 1982. His is a well sourced critique is found in Middle East Quarterly.Per Stein:He does what no non-fiction author should ever do: He allows ideology or opinion to get in the way of facts. While Carter says t
 
Questioning Carter’s Accuracy
A group called CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) takes a detailed look at Jimmy Carter’s latest book and finds it factually wanting. In a long post, called "A Comprehensive Collection of Jimmy Carter’s Errors", the group takes a well documented look at some of the errors Carter has in a book he said was "completely accurate."
 
Those 3 layers of editors do it again (UPDATED)
This time in an attack on Sen Barack Obama. If you’ve been following this, Insight Magazine published a piece in which it claimed Barak Obama had, as a boy in Indonesia, attended an extremist madrassa for two years. Howard Kurtz fills us in:Insight, a magazine owned by the Washington Times, cited unnamed sources in saying that y
 
A note in passing
Hillary Clinton made her first appearance since her announcement about entering the Presidential race for ’08. A New York Times story said Clinton appeared at a New York health center to outline her plan for "legislation that would significantly expand federal health insurance for Americans under age 18."What I found more interesting were th
 
Krugman’s Two Wars
You know I miss the fact that Jon isn’t here to take Paul Krugman to task, which was one blogging chore he really enjoyed. So in his stead, let me make a meager attempt.Let me start with an interesting Krugman quote from bygone years to sort of set the tone:... I do not think of myself as an all-purpose pundit. I remember once (during the air phase of the Gulf War) seeing John Kenneth Galbraith making pronouncements on TV about the mili
 
So? Iraq has no connection to 9/11 right?
So what’s with this AP headline?"U.S. Deaths in Iraq Exceed 9-11 Count"Seems to be a non-sequitur if you ask me.
 
You Can’t Do That On Television...
At least, not in the United States. In Germany, however, standards are apparently looser, judging from this commercial from the German Optometrists’ Association. It’s called "Brille Nötig?" (Need Glasses?), and it’s hilarious, but would pull literally millions of dollars in fines from the FCC every time it was shown in America.Also,  
By far the dumbest story covered by the MSM today
Seriously.And make sure you watch the video. The video is the exclamation point on dumb!I assume the editors were on lunch break.
 
Media Matters
Media Matters has an absurd little criticism today:Conservatives continued to belittle Iraq Study Group report You know who else is belittling the Iraq Study Group Report? Media Matters Senior Fellow Duncan  
LA Times to Pelosi: Don’t Snub Harman
The Los Angeles Times has come out in full force to endorse local girl (Venice) Jane Harman (D-CA) for the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Especially after her public loss in the campaign to install John Murtha (D-PA) in the Majority Leader’s spot.That embarrassing experience should induce Pelosi (D-San Fra
 
Dick Meyer’s "weird" confession
Dick Meyer of CBSNews.com apologizes for not telling voters earlier than the previous majority Republican leadership was "weird".Really, it’s just a simple thesis: The men who ran the Republican Party in the House of Representatives for the past 12 years were a group of weirdos. Together, they comprised one of the oddest legisla
 
Pelosi: Wicked Witch of the West
I’ve never been a fan of Mort Kondracke and I’m even less of one now:Fox News host Mort Kondracke, the “left-leaning” counterpart to Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes on Fox News’ The Beltway Boys, said last night that incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be nicknamed the “Wicked Witch of the West.”According to Kondracke, Pelosi has alread
 
The Media Factor
I was reading an article about the Battle of the Bulge in Military History Quarterly which started like this:"At a presidential news conference a dozen years after the December 1944 battle of the Bulge, President Dwight D. Eisenhower confessed, "I didn’t get frightened until three weeks after it had begun, when I began to read the American papers and found ... how near we were to being whipped."The more things change the more th
 
Dear CNN, thanks a lot ...
News or propaganda? That’s the question asked about the airing of terrorist provided film showing 10 Americans being shot by snipers.We can certainly figure out the thoughts of terrorists on the subject:“The idea of filming the operations is very important, because the scene that shows the falling soldier when he is hit has more impact on th
 
Discussing the developing role of the media during times of war
James Q. Wilson has a very interesting article today on "The Press at War". He begins:We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90%
 
Neo-cons rebut Vanity Fair
Apparently a Vanity Fair has issued a press release which excerpts an article it plans to run in January which claims that a number of well-known neo-cons have turned on the Iraq war. In a bit of a preemptive attack (irony anyone) those very neo-cons are saying the article misrepresented, distorted and mischaracterized what they said in interviews.Richard
 
I’m sure somewhere someone is surprised
Heh ... I noticed this when I went to the NY Times Opinion page in the index listing its editorials. There is one which was talking about their upcoming political endorsements. Talk about a laugh:On Tuesday, when this page runs the list of people it has endorsed for election, we will include no Republican Congressional candidates for the first time in our memory.
 
(UPDATED x 3) Where’s Editor and Publisher’s Editor?
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the "4 leading military papers" are editorially saying Rumsfeld must go.The papers in question are publications which cater to the military reader, certainly, but are hardly "military papers" (which I would define as those published by the military such as "Stars and Stripes"). They are owne
 
Movie Review
This evening, The Lovely Christine and I needed to get away from everything tonight, so we went out for dinner. After that, we went to the theater to catch a movie. The movie we chose was Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.There’s been a lot of hype about this movie, and that doesn’t necessarily mean the movie’s good. In this case, though, the movie pretty much lives up to the
 
Most "violent and murderous" army in our history
“In Vietnam, our soldiers came back and they were reviled as baby killers, in shame and humiliation,” he said. “It isn’t happening now, but I will tell you – there has never been an [American] army as violent and murderous as our army has been in Iraq.” This quote is from Seymour Hersh. His basis for it is supposedly a video to which he has access or at least claims to have seen. He describes it:
 
The market speaks
Some things just don’t sell:The provocative film Death of a President, which imagines the assassination of US President George W. Bush, bombed at the North American box office with a meagre $282,000 ($366,459) grossed from 143 theatres in its first weekend.The pseudo-documentary played at 91 US theatres and 52 Canadian cinemas during its first three days
 
More Newspaper talk
Reading Jeff Jarvis’s "Buzzmachine", I find that, for once, Howard Kurtz and I agree. Yesterday I talked about the decline in newspaper circulation and what they should do about it. Jarvis points out two suggestions Kurtz makes:Newspapers — good ones, at least — d
 
The State of the Dead Tree Media
Or "how many ways can you say "declining circulation"? From Editor & Publisher:The Los Angeles Times reported that daily circulation fell 8% to 775,766. Sunday dropped 6% to 1,172,005.The San Francisco Chronicle was down. Daily dropped 5.3% to 373,805 and Sunday fell 7.3% to 432,957.<
 
Camille Paglia: Refreshing and devastating
I have always, always enjoyed reading Camille Paglia. While I often disagree with her (she’s a self-identified Democrat) on particulars, she’s always struck me as someone who is remarkably consistent and confident in her thinking. Confident enough to be uninhibited in her opinions but in a way which puts Coulter to shame. She did an interview with Salon that’s a
 
The Baghdad Brigade
Interesting article by Michael Fumento about the difference between embedded reporters and what he calls the "Baghdad Brigade" of journalists (what we in the military would commonly refer too in Vietnam as REMFs - but to be fair, the Baghdad Brigade considers embeds to be "jock sniffers".).Would you trust a Hurricane Katrina report datelined “direct from Detroit”? Or coverage of the W
 
OK, this is weird
Mark Steyn has a new book out, "America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It".I happen on to SteynOnline and see this:COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 16thAMERICA ALONE LIVE!"America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It" is officially released on Monday, and I’ll be spending much of next week in studios and stations hither
 
Not that I’m surprised...
But Air America, everone’s favorite liberal talk radio network has filed for bankruptcy.Hmm. In light of that, perhaps it wasn’t everyone’s favorite network.In any event, they’ve filed for Chapter 11, which means that they’re planning to re-organize. Because, really, wasn’t organization th
 
Shocking: AP got the story wrong?
According to Paul Keil at TPMmuckraker, AP’s John Solomon’s story about Harry Reid making $1.1 million on land he hadn’t owned for 3 years is just wrong:Yet, as Solomon obliquely acknowledges, Reid, who had bought the land along with a friend in 1998, transferred his ownership in the land to a limited liability company in 2001. The company, which was comp
 
The campaign against criticism of Islam
Disclaimer: No I’m not talking about all of Islam. I’m talking about those who identify themselves with Islam and claim to say and do things in its name. The latest example involves a journalist named Robert Redeker who had the temerity to write an opinion piece about "Islamist intimidation". True to form, such intimidation is now in full swing against Re
 
Olbermann rants, calls Chris Wallace a "monkey"
Stunningly vicious and, as usual, dead wrong, Keith Olbermann speaks out, this time giving his opinion on the Clinton interview on Fox News Sunday.First he attacks Chris Wallace:It is not essential that a past president, bullied and sandbagged by a monkey posing as a newscaster, finally lashed back.Can he get anymore demeaning and juvenile than this? Can he
 
AP highlights VoteVets armor vest fraudulent attack ad
Slowly but surely the word in getting around. Bob Lewis, an AP political writer:The older vest, however, was not a Vietnam War hand-me-down. Vests such as the M69 flak vest, first available in 1969, did not come in the camouflage design of the old vest shown in the ad, according to VietnamGear.com.
 
This just pisses me off
OK, we have armor debunking post one.And we have FactCheck.org piling on.The producers of the ad have been made aware that their claims are false.Does this stop the detestable frauds at " 
Bush’s speeches not effective?
I have a long day on the road ahead, beginning within a few minutes, but before I go I’d like you to take a look at the NYT article which is headlined , "Poll finds most Americans displeased with Congress". In it, Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder make this statment (or analysis):T
 
Olberman: You are not "permitted" to disagree
Let me be clear up-front: I think Keith Olberman is a putz. And I think most of what he says is ill-informed hyperbole designed to appeal to a certain segment of the audience and boost his abysmal ratings.Last night was no exception:"Some will think that our actions at Abu Ghraib or in Guantanamo or in secret prisons in Eastern Europe are all too comparable to the actions of the extr
 
More fun with AP
Those AP editors just stay busy, busy, busy over there.And then there is Newsweek.
 
BBC wins "Helen Thomas" award
I’m becoming a David Warren fan. Warren, who writes for the Ottawa Citizen, has a no-holds-barred style that I like. His latest column addresses the awful job the BBC did (I covered the same thing yesterday) in covering the Pope’s speech, and in Warren’s opinion, aiding and abetting the co
 
ABC’s path to 9/11 - some history
I Tivoed it, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. But since it claims to be based on the 9/11 report, I thought a blast from the past might be appropriate. This is part of a post I did in March of 2004 on that report as it concerns, well, the path to 9/11. Excerpts are from the report itself. Read and compare it to what you saw last night.
 
David Broder gives certain writers some good advice
It is mostly good advice for everyone (although I know there are some who can’t resist), but at this particular moment certain members of the left are a little more inclined toward the subject of Broder’s advice than is the right (and no that wasn’t true during the Clinton era):And all of journalism needs to relearn the lesson:
 
Apparently "war photos" aren’t the only thing edited
Heh. I tell you, you can’t believe much of anything any organization, news or otherwise, puts out there any more. Nice waistline Katie. Yeah, I know it’s a vanity thing, but given the war photos to which we’ve been recently treated, it is apparently more rampant and accepted than the news media would lead us to believe. You can read more about this particular set of pictures at the link below. 
(UPDATED) AP takes the hatchet to Rumsfeld speech
****UPDATED: AP has apparently edited the original article. See update below.****Interesting little side by side here. Donald Rumsfeld gave a speech to the American Legion. You can read it here. Robert Burns from AP reported on the speech. You can read it  
Take a minute to remember
If ever a picture immortalized a moment and a cause, it was Joe Rosenthal’s picture of the 6 Marines raising the flag on Mt. Surabachi on Iwo Jima in WWII. Mr. Rosenthal defined the term "combat photographer".Joe Rosenthal died this weekend at the age of 94
 
Quote of the week
Speaking of the 24 arrested in the UK in the plot to blow up airliners, Chris Matthews says to Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News:"Here we have maybe 24 people who have lived in London and England and the free world for all these years that become citizens, subjects of the Crown, and, yet, after having gotten to know us, they want to kill themselves to hurt us. Isn’t that an ev
 
Cynicism, conspiracy and absurdity
You sometimes just have to shake your head when you read things like this. Keith Olbermann:"And could it just be coincidence that the President finds out about this plot, then his Vice President and the Republican chairman start slamming Democrats for being soft on terror, then the public is informed about the plot? Could it really be just coincidence?"Or could it be politics as usu
 
Don’t you dare talk about this
Apparently, Glen Greenwald is into preemptive attacks now. In a post at Salon he notes - as he is apparently writing the post - that "roughly 12 hours have elapsed" since the British announced foiling today’s terror plot and surely, he assures us, surely, the White House is going to try to exploit it:The White House is sure to follow suit an
 
Ahmadinejad: "an interesting man"
I can only imagine this is a result of surprise from unrealized low expectations or [gasp] bias. Said CBS’s Mike Wallace of Iranian President Ahmadinejad:"You’ll find him an interesting man," he said. "I expected more of a firebrand. I don’t think he has the slightest doubt about how he feels ... about the American administration and the Zionist state. He come
 
Headlines 101
The purpose of the newspaper headline is two-fold. It provides a brief précis of the story. But, more importantly, it should make you want to read the story. This headline accomplishes both:Pope to serve jail time for having sex with inmateC’mon. Admit it. You really want to know what this story is about, don
 
Propaganda: "The first story out wins"
Ilana Freedman makes a point that is incredibly important in the propaganda war now clearly being waged in the Middle East.The West - and in particular, the Western media - remains hopelessly naive about terrorist manipulation. My own way of putting it is: "The first story out wins." Hezbollah, Hamas,
 
The propaganda war: part II
This is an example of what I’m talking about below (and yes I’m still beating this drum ... because it is important):Hezbollah’s media empire - which includes the Al-Nur radio station and the Web site moqawama.net - has been an inseparable part of the psychological war. Sometimes, Hezbollah al
 
You remember Jesse MacBeth?
He was completely and thoroughly exposed as a fraud in late May of this year. The Internet was full of the "outing". At least in the blogosphere, it was a minor event. Google is replete with entry after entry documenting his fraud.Somehow  
Fisking Fisk about Qana
Robert Fisk, as usual, overreacts to the tragedy in Qana:You must have a heart of stone not to feel the outrage that those of us watching this experienced yesterday. This slaughter was an obscenity, an atrocity ­ yes, if the Israeli air force truly bombs with the " pinpoint accuracy’’ it claims, this was also a war crime. Israel claimed that missiles had bee
 
Oliver Stone’s "World Trade Center"
Regular commenter Keith Mitchell (Keith, Indy) gives us his take on the new Oliver Stone movie, "World Trade Center".Tonight I had the privilege of seeing a preview for the new Oliver Stone movie “World Trade Center.” I have to say, I was surprised, and grateful for the treatment of this subject from the often-controversial director. I didn’t know what to expect, but this is perhaps Oliver Stones
 
Politicians wary of loss of control to "new media?"
Very interesting article by Vaughn Ververs at CBS’s Public Eye:Some of the more optimistic media types around see the intersection of politics with blogs, social networking groups and YouTube-like communities as an advance in democracy, erasing old barriers of the past and opening the door to greater civic participation. I’m more pessimistic – I
 
News? Or propaganda?
Interesting opening paragraph in a Washington Times story by Betsy Pisik:Every morning, visiting journalists gather at a bombed-out roadside cafe in southern Beirut to be escorted by Hezbollah operatives through a bewildering wasteland that used to house 50,000 people.And the escorts are going to take them where? Show them
 
Right Wingnuttery
Well, here’s a fellow that needs to do a little research before ramping up his irate little screeds.He is incensed—incensed, I tell you!—that the liberal media and the Democrats are saying nothing at all about the horrific murders of three Sherrif’s deputies in San Diego. Who were beheaded! Did you hear? These brave San Diego policemen were beheaded!
 
Hate Speech
Media Matters is beginning a new campaign...Hate has no place on the airwaves[...]We, the undersigned, urge the media to stop allowing these hate merchants to spread their venom and abuse. America deserves to hear honest, reasoned debate, not rants from professional hatemongers.Sweet! I’d love to see more civil discourse. Although, I’m not entirely sure that Media Matt
 
Leftosphere Versus Rightosphere
Glenn Greenwald makes an interesting point about the allocation of media attention to the blogosphere....[T]he liberal blogosphere has received substantial — really, endless — media attention over the past few months, coverage which has included everything from the upsetting use of bad words to petty bickering to r
 
The culture of war reporting - still Vietnam?
Rowan Scarboro has an interesting article highlighting what is apparently becoming an annual event at Ft. Carson, Co, home of the 7th ID. Naturally, being about the military, it caught my eye.The 7th ID, btw, is one of the new divisions you’re going to see more of in the Army. It is one of the first active component/reserve component divisions with an active dut
 
Journalism and War
The Ugly American asks Glenn Greenwald if he would "stand there and watch a terrorist shoot at Americans and take a picture?" to which Greenwald responds that "if I were a photographer assigned to that region and to cover the insurgency, of course I would." The Ugly American is dismayed, but I think  
Are the rumors of the death of newspapers exaggerated?
Probably.But make no mistake, newspapers are weathering a sea-change. And Mark Morford, echoing Slate’s Jack Shafer, pretty well explains the why and the wherefore in two short paragraphs:I shall now refer you to Slate magazine’s Jack Shafer, who nails it in a recent piece explaining the Incredible Shrinkin
 
Media: Federal shield law for Journalists
Theodore Olson attempts to make the case for a shield law for journalists at a federal level in the Washington Post today. Citing the fact that 49 states and the District of Columbia all have laws protecting the confidentiality of reporter’s sources, he can’t imagine why the same isn’t true at the federal level.Journa
 
NYT: The editorial side speaks
Noting that there is a large wall between the news gathering and reporting side of the house and the opinion side of the house at the NY Times, and wrapping itself in "patriotism", the editorial side gives its opinion of the SWIFT controversy. Two paragraphs that caught my eye:Our news colleagues work under the assumption that they should let the pe
 
The Free Press and the State
Glenn Greenwald makes a generally compelling but incomplete — about which, more in a moment — case for a hands-off approach to media disclosure of classified information. His three primary points are...(1) There is not a single sentence in the Times banking report that could even arguably "help the terrorists." [...] "Terrorists already knew
 
Did the NY and LA Times abuse "freedom of the press"?
Michael Barone weighs in on the government’s monitoring of financial transactions routed through SWIFT.Last Friday, the Times did it again, printing a story revealing the existence of U.S. government monitoring of financial transactions routed through the Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, which r
 
Media: "the inconveniences attending too much liberty"
I have to admit to being very conflicted over the recent NYTimes/LATimes stories in which classified information was revealed on an anti-terrorism program. On the one hand, as Patterico points out, the "newspaper[s] made a deliberate choice to print classified details of an anti-terror operation that, by all accounts, was effective and legal." The prospect of media outlets publicizing information vital to national security with absolutely no legal consequences is troubling to say the least.
 
The Perpetual Dishonesty of Paul Krugman
Greg Mankiw finds a good example of Paul Krugman’s selective memory...George Bush at the 2004 Republican Convention:We must strengthen Social Security by allowing younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal account — a nest egg you can call your own, and governm
 
Katrina fraud: Don’t blame the "victims"!?
Sometimes you read an editorial and wonder what the writer was smoking at the time of putting the old -30- at the end.In an LA Times editorial entitled "A Hurricane of Fraud", is a subtitle which says "FEMA did mismanage Katrina relief, but it’s wrong to blame victims for spending irresponsibly."<
 
NYT Joins the Bush Camp. Sort Of.
The editors of the New York Times are praising—that’s right, praising—President Bush for an "exemplary" use of presidential power.Mr. Bush has made the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a national monument, putting them under some of the strictest environmental protections the law provides. It was an act of wilderness preserva
 
Coulter’s message v. Coulter’s method
I’ve been told any number of times by my wife that my problem isn’t necessarily what I have to say, but how I say it. And unfortunately the subject becomes how I said it and what I said gets lost in the noise.That is Ann Coulter’s problem. Coulter says that’s the way she’s always been, always written and always spoken out.OK. The question is, is she interested in starting a discussion or joining an a
 
Ann Coulter: living down to her reputation
Ann Coulter has been in the news again, with predictably depressing results. Many on the Right seem willing to give her a platform, to rationalize or even defend her, as if a clever way with words excuses vile rhetoric. Coulter is, alongside Michael Savage and Ted Rall, the very bottom of the barrel of political discourse. Case in point, in an  
Man, they’re like bloodhounds, I tell you!
The guys over at Truthout are still all over the pending indictment of Karl Rove. As Marc Ash writes, this whole line of bull about how Karl Rove has been cleared may just be some sort of tricky lawyer BS:The entire basis for the information that "Rove has been cleared" comes from a verbal statement by Karl Rove’s attorney. No one else confirms that. As Ka
 
Zarqawi: Like Night and Day
Noel Sheppard points out that Old Media’s treatment of Zarkawi has been...uh...interestingly nuanced. When he was still causing havoc, he was a dangerous individual indeed. Now that he’s dead, well, the general consensus is apparently that he really wasn’t all that important after all. A brief quote gives you the flavor:
 
No Rush To Judgment here, nope, no sir
Freakin’ amazing:The story is starting to come apart, reasonable explanations for what has happened are widely available, no trial and no conclusions are yet apparent and we see something like this.Pathetic.
 
Fringe Baiting
Following the death of Zarqawi, there’s been a lot of misguided attention paid to how Democrats have reponded. I realize it’s a thrill to some people to catch their opponents being insufficiently (happy/sad/outraged/etc) over some given event, but two recent articles illustrate how not to criticize one’s opponents. Most prominently, this Amy Fagan smear job in the  
Some "corrections" concerning the Haditha story
These are from TIME. Sweetness and Light has the details.Much more here.
 
RFK Jr’s "Stolen Election" rebutted
I’m sure if you’re a political junkie (what are you doing reading thsi blog if you’re not) you’re familiar with Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s recent article in Rolling Stone in which he claims that the 2004 presidential election was "stolen" by various means but most centered in an effort in Ohio.Of course when the article came out, I was sorely temp
 
On Paul Krugman
Greg Mankiw — whose blog has risen near the top of my must read list — points to this Finance and Development (an IMF magazine) look at Paul Krugman, the Academic and Pundit...Economics made P
 
Live by the Smear...
Atrios [Duncan Black], May 29th, 2006One of the things which constantly amazes me is the willingness of the mainstream media to give platform to people who hate them.Atrios, October 8th, 2003 and  
Aren’t magazine editors supposed to know about copyright law?
Apparently, someone else needs a lesson about not getting the Special Forces community PO’d at them. In this case it’s HFM, a multimedia conglomerate with 200 publications in 30 countries. They’ve started a new magazine, called Shock. Frankly, I’m shocked to see that they appear to have ...uh...appropriated Michael Yon’s famous  
Who is this woman and why is she apologizing to Iran?
Or we could subtitle this: "How To Be a Useful Idiot Without Much Effort." A nice lesson in the propaganda value of any Ms. Nobody who is willing to speak to a receptive audience about things of which she knows very little.It reminds me of the MacBeth story we’ve been following, except he knew nothing of what he was claimin
 
How to save the Newspaper industry: common sense 101
In my real job I work with the newspaper industry, but mostly on the production side. Regardless, I can tell you that newspaper people are worried. Circulation is dropping. Profit margins are erroding. Weaker papers are going under or being absorbed. All of them are wondering if they’re going to be around much longer. Obviously as bloggers and consumers of news, we’d all be the poorer if the worst case were to happen.As it happens, I&rsqu
 
"Rove Indictment" Update
Truthout.org, a part of the Faux News Network, has issued the following update and partial apology concerning their now week old Rove indictment story:On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, "Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators." The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted
 
Why I would never want to be famous
Not that there is much chance of that. My brother and I have had this conversation a number of times, and he always says "I’d hate to lose my anonymity". I agree. One of the reasons I’ve used "McQ" on the net for years is the anonymity it has given me. I finally decided to put my name on the blog because I feel I should "sign" my work with a name and not part of one. All of that to highlight  
Da Vinci Code: Get a grip!
I think Anthony Quinn, reviewing the film "The Da Vinci Code" gets it about right:For Christ’s sake! If this movie sends a single shockwave through true believers then one can only assume that their faith rests on pathetically frail foundations. Choosing to picket cinemas that screen The Da Vinci Code makes about as much sense as picketing a Monopol
 
Updating the Rove indictment story
Jeralyn Merritt at "Talk Left" has outlined a conversation in which "Truthout.org" author Jason Leopold defends his assertion that Karl Rove’s indictment is imminent. Interesting read. Merritt’s bottom line:Bottom line: I believe Jason’s sources told him what he reported. Were the sources accurate? Were they basically right but just mistaken on a
 
Tony Snow’s first day
While much is being said about what isn’t being said in the Porter Goss surprise resignation (like why), probably one of the most interesting side aspects of this is how new presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow handles the inevitable questions about the situation today.As Jay Rosen notes:Monday is also the day Tony Snow, the new Whi
 
Don’t like the media? It’s a free market!
I’d like to highlight a comment left recently by reader "PogueMahone". It’s a wonderful market-based response to much of the media criticism that emanates from the Left or the Right. (I’ve only cleaned up the formatting and punctuation a bit) I know of no other free market enterprise that receives the same amount of criticism from the Right — the so-cal
 
Short Attention Span Media: Drumheller, Naji Sabri and WMDs
Media Matters is critical of the media for "almost entirely ignor[ing]" the Tyler Drumheller claim that the "Bush administration dismissed clear-cut evidence undermining President Bush’s central case for war — that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction"...Drumheller disclosed that, more than six months before the Iraq invasion, Naji Sabri Ahma
 
MSM: Covering Iraq on the cheap
Interesting article in this week’s Editor & Publisher by Bruce Kesler. He asks, "Is the Media covering Iraq on the cheap?Journalists are reviled by many for alleged negativism and over-focus on bad news in Iraq. Or perhaps the problem is: Their employers are just trying to do it on the cheap. Ironically, the same media
 
Opie & Anthony on CBS Radio: It’s Official, Almost
Well, after a couple of months of speculation, it’s all but official. XM Satellite Radio’s Opie & Anthony show will return to CBS Radio—from which they were unceremoniously dumped after a broadcast scandal four years ago—in at least 7 markets. Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, who replaced Howard Stern on CBS, was notified today that his show w
 
E&P Editor: "Crisis almost without equal"
Would someone get Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher, a cold glass of something to drink? In an editorial ominously entitled "A Crisis Almost Without Equal" he says:Our president, in a time of war, terrorism and nuclear intrigue, will likely remain in office for another 33 months, with crushingly low approval r
 
All the "news" which is fit to manufacture
Michelle Malkin has been breaking a story for the last couple of days about NBC’s attempts to manufacture a little news concerning prejudice among Americans for both arabs and muslims. Target? A NASCAR event.Of course this wouldn’t be a first for NBC
 
Postrel on the Borders bruhaha
I think Virginia Postrel has it about right concerning Borders Books refusal to carry a magazine which included the Danish cartoons:I’m as outraged as anyone about Borders bookstores’ spineless decision not to stock the current issue of Free Inquiry, because it includes the controversial Danish cartoons. But I also spent long enough as the editor of a magaz
 
Journalism: Objectivity and impartiality
Michael Kinsley on "objectivity" in journalism:Objectivity—the faith professed by American journalism and by its critics—is less an ideal than a conceit. It’s not that all journalists are secretly biased, or even that perfect objectivity is an admirable but unachievable goal. In fact, most reporters work hard to be objective and the best come very close. The trouble is that objectivity is a
 
Media reports makes up New Foreign Policy
I’m confused about how, exactly, this could work:U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the U.S. will no longer give explicit support to governments that are not elected, suggesting that spreading democracy now takes priority over maintaining political stability.``The past 60 years of trying to buy stability at the expense of democracy is now gone,’’ Rice s
 
Quote of the day
Howie Kurtz on Jill Carroll’s release and subsequent statements on her treatment:Why make a terrorist group who put her family and friends through a terrible three-month ordeal sound like they were running a low-budget motel chain?
 
Ben Domenech, Post Blogger
I’ve not commented on the new Red America blog at the Washington Post, nor on the initial controversy surrounding the hiring of Ben Domenech to author it because, frankly, it just wasn’t that important. And the charges of racism
 
The Evolution of Journalism, the Assimilation of Blogging
Jennifer Loven’s "Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches" story for the Associated Press has garnered a lot of attention in recent days, both positive and negative. Editor and Publisher asks..Did a recent Associated Press story examini
 
Saddam’s Secret Strategy: the story we already knew
In the Sunday New York Times story, "Saddam’s Secret Strategy", reporters manage to tell the story of a heretofore classified "secret history" of the Iraq war, without actually disclosing news we didn’t already know. Look at these disclosures... <
 
Opie and Anthony Moving Back to Terrestrial Radio
According to David Hinkley in today’s New York Daily News, "shock jocks" Opie and Anthony (Greg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia) may be returning to terrestrial radio.The local radio biz is crackling with rumors that Opie and Anthony, former morning team on WNEW (102.7 FM) and currently on XM Satellite Radio, will sign a syndication deal with CBS
 
Videos for all
Dale does music, I do short vids. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. 3 of my current favs:Herding catsAsk the Fruitcake LadyThe ultimate automotive revi
 
Associated Press Correction: All last night sat on the levee story and moaned
McQ mentioned this in a previous post, but I don’t think he exploited its full mockery potential, so...Media Matters is excised about the fact that some major news organizations didn’t do follow-up stories on the Katrina tapes...On March 3, the second day after the Associated Press released video footage from August 28 a
 
Photoshopping the news
It may seem trivial to some, but this is just another example of how low the media has sunk in the estimation of many in theis country. It appears, per The Smoking Gun.com, that in Vanity Fair’s latest issue a reunion photo appears of correspondents who covered the Vietnam war. While Peter Arnett was there, he wasn’t in a group photo taken in front of an old ha
 
Media Bias
Peter Daou looks back on his challenge to the Right, in which he asked them to "back up your claims" of media bias. He’s a bit upset that so few responded, writing...I attempted to support my contention that media narratives favor the right with a long list of recent examples. [...] So while the crickets chirped, I waited for the inevitable tide of rightwing bl
 
MSM: Sowing controversy, crap and confusion
The ever colorful (and no longer running for office so he can be quite candid) Alan Simpson remarking on the press coverage of Fuddgate:SIMPSON: Dick Cheney has become the hate symbol from the beginning. He was the hate symbol when he was with Halliburton. He was the hate symbol when he came in and the votes with South Africa and this and that. And then he was the hate symbol of
 
The birth of a lie
Apparently, if this video of the press conference is any indication, this is not accurate:Former US president Bill Clinton on Friday condemned the publication of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) caricatures by European newspapers and urged countries concerned to convict the publishers.But that is what is  
Cheney: Comedic fodder for all
While the obsessed among us try to make a big deal out of a simple accident, the comedy of the situation hasn’t been ignored, as, of course we knew it wouldn’t. The LA Times gives us a sampling: The Herald in Scotland wrote, "Cheney Bags a Lawyer," while the Sydney Morning Herald headlined its online
 
CNN: Dumbest Disclaimer Ever
Take a look at this and you tell me what they’re saying concerning the cartoon controversy:CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.
 
An amazing admission
From the editorial board of the Washington Post:Of all the enormous budgetary problems facing the country, the most daunting is the impending explosion in the growth of Medicare, the health care program for the elderly. So President Bush deserves credit for at least proposing to take modest steps to restrain Medicare&rs
 
Dishonest Punditry
Think Progress just makes stuff up...Boehner: I’d Consider Stepping Aside As Majority Leader For Tom DeLay[...]In case there was any doubt about where Boehner’s loyalties lie, he cleared it up this morning on Meet the Press. Boehner said that if DeLay is cleared of the criminal charges against him, Boehner would consider stepping aside and letting Delay assume his old ro
 
"Prime Minister Cheney"
This really takes me aback...Counsel to the vice president is, in most administrations, worth less than the proverbial bucket of warm spit, but under Prime Minister Cheney, it became a vital power center, especially after 9/11. Look, I’m no great fan of Cheney — I’ve called for his resign
 
TimesSelect
I don’t get it. After months of trying to make a little cash off of "TimesSelect", the New York Times subscription picture for TS looks like this:The Times has been reluctant to provide the most recent data on TimesSelect subscribers, last revealing more than a month ago that some 270,000 people had signed up for TimesSelect. About half of those are believed to be print subscribers who receive complimentary Web access as part of their home delivery
 
Media Fact-checks White House (UPDATE: and doesn’t)
Yesterday, the White House responded to Al Gore’s speech by claiming that..."[Al Gore’s] hypocrisy knows no bounds. It was the Clinton administration that used warrantless physical searches. An example is what they did in the case of Aldrich Ames. And it was the Deputy Attorney General under the Clinton administration that testified before Congress and said, "First
 
Washington Post: Confirm Alito
Interesting editorial in The Washington Post today. Some good points:A Supreme Court nomination isn’t a forum to refight a presidential election. The president’s choice is due deference — the same deference that Democratic senators would expect a Republican Senate to accord the well-qualified nominee of a Democratic president.And Judge Alito is superbly qualified. His record on the bench is that of a thoughtful cons
 
Christiane Amanpour
I have no idea what to make of the story that Christiane Amanpour may have been the subject of Surveillance; a lot depends on details that are as-yet unavailable. Tom Maguire offers this argument...Let me help - even though Ms. Amanpour was not "targetted", as per the NSA denial, she may well have been caught up in the surveillance *IF* she received a call *from* a phone that was being moni
 
Christiane Amanpour and NSA
John Aravosis over at Americablog.com is all excited. He apparently feels that something Andrea Mitchell let slip in an interview with James Risen foretold of a great new story which will once-and-for-all nail Bush, or as he entitled his piece: "NBC confirms it’s investigating whether Bush spied on CNN’s Christiane Amanpour".
 
Thin Ice
I’m struck by the vacuousness of this statement by Atrios:The Left wants to the press to do a better job, the Right wants to undercut their credibility.Right, which explains why those on the left were so prevelant in asking CBS to do a "better job" in the "Memogate" affair. Two questions: if the left feels the press isn&r
 
Talking back Graphically
I saw this today in the Saturday Atlanta Journal Constitution and was going to blog about it, but Michelle Malkin already has and has included the graphics. The story? Mike Luckovich is the AJC’s editorial cartoonist. A little while back, he put out a cartoon with the word "WHY?" composed of the names of the military dead from Iraq.A teenager from Atlan
 
Banging on the blogosphere
A much discussed article in the blogsophere is that by Kathleen Parker on Townhall.com concerning her perceptions of the ‘sphere. It’s a pretty damning rant and my first reaction was a knee-jerk “she doesn’t know what she’s talking about”. But after reading some of the reactions by other bloggers, some angry, some reflective, some contemplative and some analyt
 
Hair of the Innuendo that bit him
Last week, Paul Krugman wrote a column, Tankers on the Take, about bought and paid-for pundits...Now, I never had any illusions about intellectual integrity in the world of right-wing think tanks. It has been clear for a long time that so-called analysts at many o
 
WaPo, Recruiting and the Ombusdman
The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell, has looked into a story by Ann Scott Tyson, described by Howell as a "respected military reporter just back from Iraq" who wrote about military recruiting on Nov. 4th. Tyson’s findings