In " Wall St. Sees Silver Lining ," new Times economics reporter Peter Goodman (formerly of the Washington Post), made Saturday's front page with a "news analysis" that managed to put last week's stock market rally in the context of an "ailing economy" "imperiled by the crumbling housing market." (Just last Sunday , Goodman wrote the lead story in the Week in Review, which featured the ominous graphic of a red sinking RECE$$ION sinking below the horizon, Titanic-style. That despite the fact that at absolute minimum the U.S. istwo quarters away from a recession, the definition of a recession being... continue reading
World AIDS Day was celebrated this past weekend, so in the next few days we can expect the usual media blitz of stories designed to promote more spending on failed approaches to HIV/AIDS, and more bashing of the Bush Administration despite increases in spending by the billions each year. Here are some of the questions that the media probably won't ask the professional HIV/AIDS lobby, which grows ever fatter while the human tragedy rises: • What have American taxpayers gotten for the $20 billion per year (and rising) government spending on HIV/AIDS? • What has happened to the more than... continue reading
You might get the impression from some ads for about-to-be-released movies that Hollywood producers are doing their part to defeat “the war against Christmas.” You might also get the impression that money matters most so they don't want us confused about which “holiday” they mean. After all, it would be a bleak bottom line if movie fans in flyover country showed up at the box office on Ground Hog Day instead of December 21. Take Sweeney Todd for example. The ads proclaim twice the producers' glad tidings that the film will be released “in time for Christmas.” Who doesn't want... continue reading
As leftwing lemmings go, Mark Morford is well ahead of the pack. He's the guy, if you recall, who wrote in his San Francisco Chronicle column on Oct. 24 about “mindless, fundamentalist evangelical Christian lemmings.” Now he's back with a less nuanced approach. Unlike the atheist-inspired The Golden Compass , which Morford extols as a wonderfully sneaky way to get kids to hate Christianity and God, Morford is right up front with his outright hatred and contempt for all things traditional. His Nov. 30 column on SF Gate, the Chronicle's Web page, struts his stuff in a tone so vicious,... continue reading
Saving the world is a tough job, even for those who have an outlet like Time magazine to further their cause. Time’s Bryan Walsh, who has previously warned that inaction on global warming “will be enormous for all of us,” urged world leaders to buy into the alarmism in the article “Can We Save the World by 2015?” “If international leaders were as united as the scientific community on climate change, warming might be a thing of the past,” Walsh wrote in a story posted December 1 on Time’s Web site. “This year the UN’s Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on... continue reading
From George W. Bush's win over Al Gore to last year's election in Mexico, the Times just can't accept the fact that a conservative can win a close election. " Film on Mexico's Disputed '06 Election Stirs Emotions " by James McKinley Jr. in Mexico City documented the controversy behind the new movie "Fraud, Mexico 2006," by Mexican director Luis Mandoki, who had previously done a favorable film about the left-wing Obrador. McKinley claimed: "A documentary about last year's disputed presidential election has drawn big crowds and generated controversy here, after its director, Luis Mandoki, waged a long battle to... continue reading
As of December 3, oil is trading under $88 a barrel, but it wasn’t that long ago the media were jumping on the $100-barrel bandwagon, warning Americans the worst was ahead. “Crude briefly cracked $90 a barrel for the first time and analysts say that will soon trickle down to the pump,” Alexis Christoforous said on the October 20 “CBS Evening News.” “Some predict gas will jump $0.20 or more in the coming weeks. And if crude tops $100 a barrel, they say we could be looking at $5 a gallon.” It has been six weeks since that warning. Oil... continue reading
When it comes to diet, the Times isn't exactly pro-choice. Food writer Kim Severson found on Sunday that the " Effort to Limit Junk Food In Schools Faces Hurdles ." What sort of hurdles? Freedom of commerce? The freedom of people to eat what they like? Concerns over downplaying personal responsibility? No - the only hurdle Severson sees is the internecine squabbling between liberal activists who support the legislation and those who favor even stricter prohibitions on food freedom. "Several lawmakers and advocates for changes in school food believe that an amendment to the $286 billion farm bill is the... continue reading
As Americans plunk down their money at this Friday's premiere of the $150 million “family adventure” The Golden Compass, they may be unwittingly clearing the way for a massive frontal assault on faith and God. Director Chris Weitz spilled the beans in a little-publicized interview when he acknowledged watering down the atheistic message at the heart of The Golden Compass so the movie can succeed at the box office. The Golden Compass is based on the first book of the trilogy His Dark Materials by outspoken atheist Philip Pullman. If the movie is successful, then the second and third books... continue reading
Is the emerging generation of evangelicals rejecting political involvement, or is that just what NBC would like to believe? Tom Brokaw, former anchor of NBC's Nightly News, suggested during the Nov. 30 broadcast that the longtime leaders of the evangelical movement are out of touch with today's younger generation. Brokaw juxtaposed clips of a twenty-something pastor, high-tech microphone dangling from his ear, delivering a sermon in jeans and sneakers, with a graying Southern Baptist theologian in suit and tie, poring over an open Bible with an old-fashioned fountain pen. The driving force behind this report was a recent Pew poll... continue reading