9:29 PM, Nov 2, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A big part of liberal media bias is the insatiable need to create drama about any intra-party Republican disagreements, while downplaying or ignoring Democratic divisions. Even the most liberal media outlets agreed that last week's CNBC debate was a flaming dirigible, but when the Republican party cancelled the next NBC debate and the candidates started talking about taking more control of the debate process themselves, the media suddenly realized this looked bad for their profession as a whole. They started dishing out some astonishingly defensive responses. These ranged from laughably unnecessary outrage to suggesting that this means Republicans are disdaining Hispanics.
But but the silliest example of bedwetting is the idea that this means that wanting better debates run by more professional journalists means that Republicans are against free speech. It's not entirely an errant thought. Either that, or journos are all hanging out on the same list-serv again:
Again, last week's debate began with a question asking whether one of the candidates was running a "comic book version" of a campaign. Not wanting to deal with the network behind this clownshow again is a pretty understandable response. In the era of the internet, rejecting the self-appointed gatekeeper status of a major network news operation hardly means that you don't have respect for the First Amendment.
But what's just mind-boggling about this response is that there are real live First Amendment threats that the media should care about. However, when they are the result of Democrats, the media can't be bothered. Let's review:
—The Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, is running on a platform of overturning and/or correcting the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. That decision, which liberalized campaign finance laws, hinged on whether showing a film criticizing, yes, Hillary Clinton would constitute a campaign finance violation. During the arguments before the court, Obama's deputy solicitor general argued that the government should have the power to ban books if deemed necessary to enforce campaign finance laws. Yet, Hillary Clinton's own role in the Citizens United case is almost never mentioned and whenever campaign finance comes up liberal voters and journalists -- but I repeat myself -- still scream "money isn't speech!" at every turn.
By which he means the New York Times.7:25 AM, Oct 21, 2015 • By ALEXANDER EL-FAKIR
Rarely is the New York Times accused of supporting Republicans—much less being a cog in the vast right-wing conspiracy. That, however, is exactly what David Brock, one-time conservative journalist-turned-Clinton supporter and founder of Media Matters for America, claimed on Monday when he fielded questions from Politico’s Hadas Gold at a Georgetown University.
8:52 AM, Sep 3, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
On Wednesday, according to a report by WJLA in Washington, "Barvetta Singletary, a White House staffer, resigned today following assault charges." This dramatic news, however, received scant coverage in the major media.
12:22 PM, Aug 27, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
If you want a good idea of how much water the media is willing to carry for Planned Parenthood, go ahead and check out this Politico story. It seems Planned Parenthood commissioned a "forensic report" to analyze the undercover videos that have got the organization in trouble for harvesting and selling fetal organs, and leaked it to Politico.
Gleanings and observations.9:12 AM, Aug 26, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
We can always count on the New York Times to remind us how complete has been conservatives’ loss in the culture wars. Elisabetta Povoledo reports from Venice that Mayor Luigi Brugnaro had to retreat from his proposed ban on books headed for the magical city’s preschool library about (1) a male dog that aspired to be a ballerina; (2) a little boy who wanted to be a princess; (3) a penguin egg hatched and adopted by two male penguins.
May 4, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 32 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Now that the presidential race is heating up, we’re getting our quadrennial lesson in the hopeless and perennial nature of media bias. Hillary Clinton is proving to be the most obviously corrupt major presidential candidate since her husband, and before that, you’d probably have to go back to Nixon to find someone worse. And yet, every damning new revelation about her conduct—from possibly illicit financial dealings to private spy networks to document destruction—is not so much reported as it is contextualized (a word we usually hate) by a sympathetic media.
Gleanings and observations.3:28 PM, Apr 8, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
For your further enlightenment, two news stories on page one of last Sunday’s New York Times. One begins a long report on California’s water problems, attributed to a drought rather than bureaucratic mismanagement.
12:25 PM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Rep. Tom Cotton, the Republican nominee in the Arkansas Senate race, is running an ad highlighting his leadership in trying to fix Washington's broken farm bill legislation. The ad isn't particularly controversial ormaking false claims, in any discernible way and yet "fact checkers" at the Washington Post and PolitiFact have pretty savagely attacked it. Once again, the fact checkers are wrong on the merits. But more than that, there's something very fishy about their Cotton critique.
You can watch the whole ad, but here's the supposedly objectionable claim Cotton makes:
“When President Obama hijacked the farm bill, turned it into a food stamp bill, with billions more in spending, I voted no. Career politicians love attaching bad ideas to good ones. Then the bad ideas become law, and you pay for it.”
As far as legislative sausage-making goes, there are few spectacles more off-putting than Capitol Hill's periodic farm bill extravaganza. The farm subsidies are bad enough on their own, but for decades the bill has also included funding for the unrelated Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps. The result is the worst kind of bipartisanship—rural Republicans compromise on bloating the cost of food stamp funding in exchange for Democratic votes to get their farm subsidies.
10:16 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy is nearly upon us, so one would expect America's public intellectuals to be gearing up to present a series of sober and illuminating reflections about the tragedy's cultural and political legacy.
Of course, that's not going to happen. Any misty-eyed resonance that can be wrung out of JFK's death is already being exploited by our elite media gatekeepers to advance a political agenda.
1:03 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A new USA Today/Pew poll on Obamacare is out today. According to the fine print on the poll, "Three years after President Obama signed his signature health care overhaul, Americans are as negative toward it as they have ever been, and disapproval of the president on the issue has reached a new high."
What inferences can we draw from this poll result? Well, here's the first paragraph of USA Today's write-up on the poll:
9:23 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican National Committee says it's putting its money where its mouth is by running paid ads against CNN and NBC over the networks' plans to run a documentary (CNN) and mini-series (NBC) on Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a spokesman for the RNC says.
It’s only a matter of time before the media are back in the tank. Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By PETER WEHNER
Some conservatives think that the elite media are finally turning on Barack Obama and his administration.
Will the press ever give Obama tough coverage?Jan 14, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 17 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama never disappoints. When the monthly unemployment rate fails to drop, forget it. What’s important is the number of jobs created. But when the rate actually does drop, forget the growth (or lack of it) in jobs. It’s the rate that matters. And don’t blame Obama for the persistence of slow economic growth and high joblessness. That’s the “new normal.” As for the millions of dropouts from the job market, that’s no big deal, hardly worth more than a passing mention.
The left’s long twilight struggle against imaginary bigotry Oct 22, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 06 • By NOEMIE EMERY
Slowly but surely, the toxin of bias is being leached out of American culture, if incrementally and by degrees. A Catholic was elected president in 1960, and since then Catholic nominees and candidates have become commonplace. A Jew was nominated in 2000 for vice president, and was a help to his ticket. In 2004 and 2008 respectively, Joe Lieberman and Rudy Giuliani ran for president, and their names and religions did not become issues.
The media pull out all the stops to reelect the president.
Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
The Time cover story last week was headlined “The Mormon Identity.” The cover, featuring Mitt Romney in a stained-glass window, said in smaller type, “What Mitt Romney’s faith tells us about his vision and values.” Newsweek had President Obama on the cover, identifying him as “The Democrats’ Reagan” and heralding the story inside as “What Obama Will Achieve in His Second Term.”