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:
For candidates who so love shouting about freedom, they're weirdly uncomfortable with the freedom of the press to ask them questions.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board yesterday to answer questions. After, Des Moines Register reporter Jennifer Jacobs managed to ask Clinton a few questions while she was already in the building.
I live out in Real Virginia, which is to say the part of Virginia that is technically a D.C. exurb, but is populated almost entirely by normal people. My neighbors are teachers and plumbers and soldiers and engineers. Plenty of the folks out here work for the federal government, but none of them work in politics.
The New York Times may still be known as the “paper of record,” but the paper’s unresponsiveness in correcting the record is not something that is going to burnish its reputation. On July 20, the Times published a story about the first of a recent spate of undercover videos showing affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood unethically and possibly illegally negotiating the sale of fetal parts to medical researchers. The videos are produced by a pro-life activist group, the Center for Medical Progress.
Last week, there was yet another news frenzy over something that happened on social media. A Muslim Northwestern University chaplain, Tahera Ahmad, wrote on her Facebook page that she was in "tears of humiliation from discrimination" because a flight attendant refused to give her an unopened can of soda. Ahmad claimed that she was told that this was so she couldn't use the can of soda as a weapon, and that another passenger told her, "You Moslem, you need to shut the f— up.”
Even as diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia remain decidedly chilly over the Ukrainian conflict, the State Department is reaching out to "up-and-coming" Russian journalists. A recent $150,000 grant offering from the U.S.
The U.S. State Department is looking to design and facilitate a media ethics course for journalists in India, and has even proposed appropriating the name of Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" as a title for the course. The U.S.
Today, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau became the first cartoonist to ever receieve a George Polk Award. During the festivities*, he remarked that the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo -- the satirical Parisian magazine that was recently the site of a terror attack -- "wandered into the realm of hate speech.” He also added that “free speech... becomes its own kind of fanaticism.”
If anyone was unsure of the veracity of Rolling Stone's account of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, the final nail is now in the story's coffin. Sunday night, the Columbia School of Journalism released its much anticipated blistering report on the magazine's November feature.
I don't think very much of Vox.com and its journalistic standards. I've made the case against them before in detail, but the evidence of their general lack of professionalism is still piling up. Vox has a daily email newsletter written by Matthew Yglesias, and today's missive contains the following gem:
Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell piece that rocked the academic world. In the story, author Sabrina Erdely detailed a horrific crime — a gang rape at one of the fraternities at the University of Virginia that allegedly took place two years ago.