Certainly you’ve heard of the housing crisis. Network news keeps repeating the phrases “housing crisis,” “foreclosure crisis” and “subprime crisis” – for months on end. Just this week, the media have been promoting the Bush administration’s bailout plan, downplaying criticism of bailouts and often not making it clear that ordinary Americans – taxpayers and future borrowers – will end up footing the bill. “The Bush administration and major banks and lenders are nearing a rescue deal that could freeze interest rates for many subprime borrowers,” said CBS business correspondent Anthony Mason on “The Early Show” December 1. Following Mason’s report,... continue reading
Nothing inspires taking on the “planetary emergency” of global warming like the first snow of the winter in Washington, D.C. As two inches of snow accumulated outside the U.S. Capitol, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee debated “historic” global warming legislation sponsored by Sens. John Warner (R.-Va.) and Joe Lieberman (I.-Conn.). “We look around right now and see the snow on the trees – standing out here and say ‘Where is global warming when you need it?’” Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Okla.) said to the Business & Media Institute. The pending vote is seen as historic because “ the... continue reading
He's good enough, he's smart enough, and the Times kind of likes him: That's the thrust of Wednesday's front-page story by Monica Davey on Saturday Night Live comedian turned left-wing activist Al Franken, " Comedian Says Minnesota Run Is a Serious One ." Although Davey glided by "Franken's deeply partisan stump speech" and let the chairman of the state GOP criticize Franken's past "vile and offensive" comments, the Times never drilled down for details like this: Back on October 21, 2005, Franken went on David Letterman's show and joked about executing Karl Rove, Lewis Libby and President Bush for treason... continue reading
In an unbylined story on page 25 of Wednesday's edition, one comes across the snooze-worthy headline " U.S. Indictment for Fund-Raiser ." As in top Hillary Clinton fundraiser Norman Hsu. Yet the Times didn't mention Clinton until the fourth paragraphof the five-paragraph brief. The Washington Post also buried Hsu deep in its news pages Wednesday in a brief bylined story " N.Y. Goes After Hsu ," but Post reporter Matthew Mosk at least emphasized the Hillary Clinton connection in his lead. "The U.S. attorney in Manhattan indicted former Hillary Rodham Clinton fundraiser Norman Hsu yesterday, laying out what prosecutors described... continue reading
MRC President Brent Bozell's media tour, for his new book, 'Whitewash: What the Media Won't Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will,' has been extended with an appearance Thursday (December 6) on Bill O'Reilly's radio show, The Radio Factor. Bozell will be on during the second hour - the 1pm EST half hour - of the 12 to 2pm EST national show which, however, airs on a delayed basis in many markets. The show is carried live in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC: In New York City, O'Reilly's show runs on WOR (710 AM) and it's... continue reading
Times Executive Editor Bill Keller delivered the Hugo Young Memorial Lecture in London last week, sponsored by the liberal Guardian newspaper,and said somethings to his journalistic friends he might not havefelt comfortable telling a more general audience. In remarks reminiscent of those made a year and a half agoin a college commencement speech by his boss, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Keller unleashed his liberalism before a friendly audience. "Whatever you think of its policies, the current administration has been more secretive, more mistrustful of an inquisitive press, than any since the Nixon administration. It has treated freedom of information... continue reading
It must be wonderful to be a Democrat and know that your indiscretions are very unlikely to get much attention by media minions only willing to cover the crimes and shortcomings of folks on the opposite side of the aisle. Take for example James Michael McHaney, an aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) who NewsBusters reported [0] had been arrested last Friday for trying to lure a thirteen-year-old boy into a sexual encounter. Not only did this get buried on Friday so as likely not to take focus away from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) looking regal and presidential [0] during... continue reading
Nothing says “peace on earth and goodwill to men” like proclaiming the “problem with Christmas” is that “no one much likes it anymore.” Bill McKibben, a left-wing climate-change extremist and author of “Fight Global Warming Now,” thinks that society would be better served if people didn’t spend any money on Christmas this year and gave gifts like “a coupon for a back rub, or a trip to the museum, or a dinner prepared someday in the future.” In a December 4 post on, McKibben made it clear that he views the holiday shopping season as undermining the true meaning... continue reading
Tailgating The New York Times, “NBC Nightly News” worried on December 3 that America is traveling down the road to recession, because R.V. sales are projected to decline by about 5 percent in 2008. Tailgating The New York Times, “NBC Nightly News” worried on December 3 that America is traveling down the road to recession, because R.V. sales are projected to decline by about 5 percent in 2008. “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams sounded the alarm: “when R.V. sales go down, the U.S. economy often follows.” Correspondent Lee Cowan explained “that Wall Street has been tailgating [the R.V. industry] for... continue reading
The infamous case of Army private Scott Thomas Beauchamp came to a disgraceful end this weekend: The New Republic said it could no longer stand behind the tale told by Beauchamp, its discredited "Baghdad Diarist," who in a July issue of the magazine told a wild tale of how the Iraq war had dehumanized him, of how he and his pals had made fun of a disfigured woman in a mess hall in Iraq, how a fellow soldier loved to run over dogs with his Bradley vehicle, and how another fashioned a helmet out of a child's skull evacuated from... continue reading