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The Business & Media Institute incorrectly reported April 30 that NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer had yet to mention the immense carbon footprint created by his ‘round the globe “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” feature. Lauer did mention the environmental impact of his trip while answering a viewer question during the April 28 broadcast. He said the show is “calculating all of our air – not just my air travel, but every NBC employee who is flying as a part of this trip, we’re calculating that air travel and then we are purchasing carbon offsets.” We regret the error. continue reading
Video Courtesy of: MassResistance At Smith College , it was a few dozen student activists screaming, chanting and banging pots and pans. With the American Psychiatric Association, it was angry letters from adult activists and bitter stories in the homosexual press. The bottom line is the same: far-left homosexuals successfully intimidated a few cowardly officials and silenced voices they don't want the public to hear. Not a bad way for neo-Marxist ideologues to celebrate May Day, but you'd think America 's watchdogs of liberty, the free press, might raise an objection. Sadly, the liberal media haven't written a word about... continue reading
Who would refuse a tax break and lower gas prices? Maybe ABC News. The April 30 “World News with Charles Gibson” could not find a single reason to support a “holiday” on the federal gas tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day, even though it has support from the Republican and one of the Democratic candidates for president. “The idea is to cut taxes and gas prices during in the summer vacation months, when demand is highest,” ABC correspondent David Wright said. “Great politics, but apparently terrible economics.” Both Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) support the measure... continue reading
If you haven’t had your fill of global warming alarm, there could be even more coming to the Internet. Dr. Heidi Cullen, The Weather Channel’s “climate expert,” according to Weather.com, and host of “Forecast Earth,” was a panelist at the forum “Covering a Changing Climate: The Media Challenge” held at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., on April 30. She told the audience she was looking to use the Internet – primarily Weather.com and Google Earth – to add visual elements to her message. “[I] split my time between The Weather Channel and this think tank in Princeton and one of... continue reading
They may not have food to put on their tables, but at least Cuban citizens can text message about it now. CBS’s “Early Show” gave a fairly glowing report from the May Day celebration in Havana, Cuba, May 1, on changes Cuban President Raúl Castro has made in the country. Reporter Elizabeth Palmer called the leader's brother, Fidel Castro, a “revolutionary hero.” Fidel Castro handed provisional power to Raúl Castro, his younger brother, in July 2006. Raúl Castro officially took over the presidency in February 2008 after Fidel Castro fell ill. Anchor Russ Mitchell said the May Day celebrations in... continue reading
For Thursday's edition, the headline writer for Kevin Sack and Michael Cooper's article on John McCain's health care proposal found a peculiar way to spin the provocative plan, which would remove the preferential tax treatment of health insurance by employers (currently, money spent by employers on employee's health insurance is excluded from employee's taxable income). In return, McCain would provide $5,000 refundable tax credits to families to purchase health insurance. The headline? " McCain Health Plan Could Mean Higher Tax ." The Times portrayed its interpretation of McCain's health care plan as a broken promise on McCain's part. Though Senator... continue reading
Obama has finally broken it off with his radical Rev., and the Times took notice with a Thursday front-page story by Michael Powell and Jodi Kantor, " A Strained Wright-Obama Bond Finally Snaps ." Clearly sympathetic to the candidate, the paper took for granted that Obama had no clue how radical his old pastor was, and that Obama's slow (suspiciously slow, some say) anger that boiled over in his Tuesday speech denouncing Rev. Wright was in fact righteous and not just politically vital. Late Monday night, in the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C., Barack Obama's long, slow fuse burned... continue reading
When the federal government announced April 30 that the economy grew in the first quarter of 2008, members of the media scrambled to find bad news to report. The NBC “Nightly News” found the Craigslist Indicator. “Even though it grew slightly in the first three months of the year, up 0.6 percent,” CNBC’s Erin Burnett said of the gross domestic product, “many are still very cautious.” “While the economy may not actually be shrinking, it feels that way to many Americans. There’s the credit crunch that started it all, the housing prices that keep falling, and those soaring food prices,”... continue reading
Once again, the Times is expecting American taxpayers to care not only about the plight of illegal immigrants, but on the hardship imposed on their families back in Latin America, because of the fitful U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration. A front-page story on Thursday by Julia Preston blared " Fewer Latino Immigrants Send Money Home ." How did the paper find out? They read a poll - a poll from a Hillary Clinton strategist on Latino issues - a fact Preston doesn't find fit to mention. More than three million Latin American immigrants in the United States, responding to the... continue reading
Think traffic in southern California is bad now? We haven’t seen anything yet, according to National Public Radio President Kevin Klose. Klose was a panelist at the forum “Covering a Changing Climate: The Media Challenge” held at Harvard University in Boston, Mass., on April 30. He said the effects of climate change will include migration from the south and cause a U.S. population boom of 100 million people. Klose told the audience this would be the subject of a series on NPR. “We’re going to do a unique one-week series called ‘The Next Hundred Million,’ because in the next 30... continue reading