Is the AP using the least biased phrasing in abortion reporting?
I ask the question in the title of this post seriously. It’s not one of those “No they aren’t, and here’s why” write-ups. I’ve long been a fan of the AP Stylebook, which is the basic style of news writing in the industry. When I went to college, and a few years afterward, I worked in journalism and loved the work. The writing style still | Read More »
@JakeTapper spins Trump-McCain spat to hurt GOP
The big news over the weekend, or at least the most volatile and inflammable news, was the spat between Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 56% and presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Trump bearded McCain (and I don’t mean this is a homosexual sense) in his own state over McCain’s atrocious immigration stand. McCain called Trump’s supporters “crazies” and by extension, I suppose, implied | Read More »
LIBRE and media bias.
Just a reminder about what media bias looks like.
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Stop Playing Useful Idiot for the Press-Democrat
The 2016 campaign season has regretfully started in earnest, and thus the Press-Democrat has begun their regularly-scheduled ritual of trolling the Republican candidates with questions that are irrelevant to how well they would perform as President: do you believe in evolution? Do you think Barack Obama (who isn’t running again) is a Christian? Do you think he loves America? The point of these questions is | Read More »
Media suddenly interested in vetting candidates’ college years
Scott Walker has come from out of nowhere (if you weren’t paying attention), survived three elections in four years as a Republican in a blue state, and is making waves with statements and policies that drive the Left insane. However, there is one thing that makes Walker different from other potential presidential candidates – he never finished college. And, the college life of a presidential | Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker (R, Wisconsin) and the Washington Post’s institutional bias.
You’ve no doubt already heard that Scott Walker is, yea, indeed, running for President – with a hundred ‘Throne of Skulls’ jokes already blossoming on Twitter* – but I don’t want to hit that. I want to hit a problem that I have with the Washington Post’s reporting on the subject. This passage, in particular: [Scott Walker's] decision to take on public employee unions in | Read More »
The Media’s Main Bias is Anti-American
Kudos to the Islamic terrorists yesterday who shot up the Charlie Hebdo offices yesterday for doing so in such a way that the media could not pretend that they were not Muslim or that their belief in radical Islam was not the primary motivating factor for their actions. Having been robbed of their normal playbook of refusing to use Islamic names or to report that terrorists | Read More »
Person of the Year 2014: The Invisible Kwanzaa Celebrant
Person of the Year awards are all the rage these days. It’s a great opportunity for creativity, since the rules have long since been stretched like taffy, so you don’t have to pick an actual individual person any more. Man, that was hard work! Especially if your expressed standard was to choose the most important or influential person of the year, rather than the nicest or most | Read More »
Elizabeth Lauten Did Not Deserve What Happened to Her
Elizabeth Lauten was a communications staffer for Congressman Fincher of Tennessee. She did something I disagree with. On Facebook, Ms. Lauten critiqued the behavior and outfits of President Obama’s daughters. I don’t think any child asks for their dad to be President or run for office. They don’t deserve the spotlight. But that did not keep the media from making a spectacle of the Bush | Read More »
Gruber and Iraq WMD: a tale of two deceptions
Okay, I admit it. My headline is a bit of a troll but now that you’re reading stick with me for a few minutes. The Gruber story continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. While Dr. Gruber has been prolific in puffing up his role, the administration has pulled out all the stops to deny Gruber was anything other than one of the | Read More »
Vox’s Definition Problem (And Others)
Vox.com has a problem. They’re not very good at their job, for one, but that’s not the focus of this particular post. Instead, let’s look at Vox’s mission and see if they’ve come anywhere close. “Vox is a general interest news site for the 21st century. Our mission is simple: Explain the news.” This mission is noble enough, I suppose, if you did not look | Read More »
Media Responsibility Out The Window
A freelance journalist by the name of Ryan Schuessler said in a recent blog post that he was leaving Ferguson, Mo., and not returning. The reason? A feeling of shame at the behavior of the growing population of journalists there. Schuessler was sent there to do some work for Al Jazeera America (Don’t boo him for it. Freelance journalists go where the money is and | Read More »
Sketchy media coverage on Rick Perry exposes bias
If there were a law against biased “journalism”, there’s enough evidence to convict the mainstream media of it just by looking at their coverage of Rick Perry. I thought they had it in for Scott Walker, but that was mostly the communists over at MSNBC, and nobody watches MSNBC anyway. The MSM has carpet-bombed coverage of Perry’s indictment for ‘abuse of power’, devoting 25 minutes of airtime in two days, all of it breathless speculation that this could “end any chance of a White House run in 2016” or some derivation thereof.
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Dear World: The President is inconvenienced.
All eyes are currently on Ferguson, MO., as the Democratic governor finally decides to do something, setting up state law enforcement to take control of the situation and keeping local enforcement only on standby. Prior to this, a heavily militarized Ferguson police force was really doing no one in the law enforcement community a favor when they suited up in heavier-than-normal protection (they looked like | Read More »
You know what would work well for Democrats in 2014? Comparing impeachment talk to Trayvon Martin.
Political division is certainly palpable, and it’s understandable that people would get a little hyperbolic in their rhetoric. Some of those people see the line between “Acceptable hyperbole” and “@#$% it” and decide the latter is clearly the best choice. In this instance, that person is someone, oddly enough, in the field of editorial journalism. Here is a piece detailing the fantasticly awful editorial cartoon | Read More »