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

    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 »

    CNN: The Question of Whether Hamas is Using Human Shields is “Complicated.”

    CNN: The Question of Whether Hamas is Using Human Shields is "Complicated."

    Via CNN.com today comes this truly astounding article that purports to leave the question of whether Hamas is using human shields in Gaza up in the air. The opening four paragraphs here set the stage for the accusation that Israel is using the “human shield” argument as a PR ploy of questionable factual validity: Tuesday’s discovery of rockets hidden in a vacant U.N. facility is | Read More »

    WaPo bias: Children of gay couples are “happier, healthier”

    The gay family with kids as Leave It To Beaver is a constant drumbeat throbbing, kept alive through media bias and editorial cherry-picking.

    Today’s WaPo headline reads “Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows” and the lede is:

    Children of same-sex couples fare better when it comes to physical health and social well-being than children in the general population, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

    Except that the study isn’t about healthier or happier children at all.

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    WaPo bias: Children of gay couples are “happier, healthier”

    The gay family with kids as Leave It To Beaver is a constant drumbeat throbbing, kept alive through media bias and editorial cherry-picking.

    Today’s WaPo headline reads “Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows” and the lede is:

    Children of same-sex couples fare better when it comes to physical health and social well-being than children in the general population, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

    Except that the study isn’t about healthier or happier children at all.

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    8 Headlines That Lie About Gov. Scott Walker and Secret Probe

    Late Thursday morning, an attorney for special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, who is leading a once-secret probe into conservative groups in Wisconsin, released a bombshell statement on behalf of his boss. When documents related to the probe became public last week, state and national media outlets tripped over themselves to explain how they implicated Gov. Scott Walker and showed him to be at the center of | Read More »

    8 Ways the New York Times Misled You about Gov. Scott Walker

    Last week, the New York Times published both an editorial board piece and a news report detailing allegations that Gov. Scott Walker and his allies violated campaign finance laws during the Wisconsin recall elections. While the paper prides itself on its national audience and standing as a newspaper of record, it miserably failed to present the facts in a clear, lucid fashion. By burying key | Read More »

    Reporters Show Egregious Bias in Scott Walker Coverage

    Media Bias was on full display last week in reaction to news coming out of Wisconsin. Reporters’ assumptions that conservative politicians are cheating the system led them to report significant factual errors regarding Gov. Scott Walker and a “criminal scheme.” In reality, failed legal arguments were being publicly exposed for the first time as a federal judge forced prosecutors to attempt to damage Walker in | Read More »

    Reporters Show Egregious Bias in Scott Walker Coverage

    Media Bias was on full display last week in reaction to news coming out of Wisconsin. Reporters’ assumptions that conservative politicians are cheating the system led them to report significant factual errors regarding Gov. Scott Walker and a “criminal scheme.” In reality, failed legal arguments were being publicly exposed for the first time as a federal judge forced prosecutors to attempt to damage Walker in | Read More »

    David Brock and Journalism

    David Brock is the guy who founded Media Matters for America. Not content to just take on (and declare victory against) Fox News, he has decided to launch a “journalism institute” to expose “the nexus of conservative power in Washington.” More via Dylan Byers at POLITICO: The American Independent Institute, a relaunch of the former state-based digital news-gathering network of the same name, will provide grants | Read More »

    David Brock and Journalism

    David Brock is the guy who founded Media Matters for America. Not content to just take on (and declare victory against) Fox News, he has decided to launch a “journalism institute” to expose “the nexus of conservative power in Washington.” More via Dylan Byers at POLITICO: The American Independent Institute, a relaunch of the former state-based digital news-gathering network of the same name, will provide grants | Read More »

    The Daily Beast Doesn’t Like @DaveRamsey’s Faith

    The Daily Beast has a piece out this morning calling into question the business leadership practices of Dave Ramsey, a personal finance guru with an eight million listener radio show, the highest-ranked non-political talk show out there. The story alleges that Ramsey has been on a witch hunt against former employees who are critics of his company, the Lampo Group. Dave Ramsey makes millions telling | Read More »