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While it certainly wasn’t a “best of times” report from CNN, it was a “worst of times” on “NBC Nightly News” November 27. Anchor Brian Williams introduced a dismal segment on the 4.5 percent decline in the national average home price. While it certainly wasn’t a “best of times” report from CNN, it was a “worst of times” on “NBC Nightly News” November 27. Anchor Brian Williams introduced a dismal segment on the 4.5 percent decline in the national average home price. “This is now big, this is nationwide,” complained Williams, before making the situation sound even worse, “This is... continue reading
When recession is whatever you feel, it can happen any time. But apparently the Federal Reserve doesn’t feel it’s coming in 2008. A New York Times headline November 21 – on the front page – read: “Fed Expecting ’08 Slowdown, Not Recession.” ABC’s Deborah Roberts covered the Fed’s report the same day on “Good Morning America,” but didn’t mention the Fed had stayed away from the “r-word.” “In other news, discouraging news about the economy,” Roberts said. “The Federal Reserve predicts that economic growth will take a sharp downturn next year, thanks to the housing market and credit crisis.” Though... continue reading
Immigration-beat regular Nina Bernstein, who almost always sides with illegal immigrants in her reporting , did her best to heighten the ominous tone of a federal raid on gangs that also caught some illegal immigrants in " Immigrant Workers Caught in a Net Cast for Gangs ." " It was still dark the morning of Sept. 27 when armed federal immigration agents, guided by local police officers, swept into this village on the East End of Long Island. Within hours, as the team rousted sleeping families, 11 men were added to a running government tally of arrests made in Operation... continue reading
Reporter Patrick Healy traveled to Des Moines with the Clinton campaign and delivered a pillowy feature on Hillary's attempt to appeal to elderly women voters in Iowa for Tuesday's edition, " In Elderly Women, Clinton Sees an Electoral Edge ." "They usually sit in the front row - to hear her better, to see her better and to make sure they have a chance to shake her hand. Some lean on canes. Some have traveled a great distance. Some have never been to a political event before. "The first one who shared her story with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was... continue reading
Amidst continuous news reports of recession and credit crisis, “Good Morning America” focused instead on an “unusual source” of relief for Wall Street and the U.S. economy. What prompted this economic relief? “You can thank high oil prices” said Chris Cuomo on the November 28 broadcast. Amidst continuous news reports of recession and credit crisis, “Good Morning America” focused instead on an “unusual source” of relief for Wall Street and the U.S. economy. What prompted this economic relief? “You can thank high oil prices” said Chris Cuomo on the November 28 broadcast. ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryga then explained: “This... continue reading
The Smithsonian is falling apart and the only way it can be saved is with more money. What else is new – another government bureau is pleading for more money, right? Aside from the fact that according to the November 25 “NBC Nightly News,” the Smithsonian is asking for only $2.5 billion. And that’s despite a congressional inquiry in March about a Washington Post report detailing questionable use of funds. The hearing examined $2 million in housing and office expenditures by former Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small, as well as $90,000 in unauthorized expenses. Small resigned shortly after those reports... continue reading
If you felt the earth move about 8:16 a.m. on November 28 it might have been because a morning news show aired a reasonably balanced story about abstinence, including an in-studio interview with three young adults who have practiced abstinence since they were teens. The story by NBC's Today show stands out because the mainstream media have treated abstinence and abstinence education shabbily this year. (See CMI's report Sex, Lies and Bias for more on that.) The coverage started with reporter Janet Shamlian's taped package talking about an abstinence education program in East Texas that is using a “virginity van,”... continue reading
Newsweek's Devin Gordon is certainly not objective when it comes to Philip Pullman, the atheist children's author behind the new movie The Golden Compass. He really appreciates it when the atheist denounces conservative Catholic leader William Donohue as a "nitwit." In person, Pullman is tall and inviting, with ruddy features and thatchy gray hair, and when he gets going about the attacks on the film, it's a reminder of how enjoyable it is to observe a polite English gentleman properly outraged. Pullman does, in fact, describe himself as an atheist, but his vocation is storytelling, and his only agenda, he... continue reading
Déjà vu: As yet another round of peace talks get under way this week among Arabs nations and Israel in Annapolis, Md., the Times reverts to its old slanted take on Middle East matters, blaming Israel for recalcitrance over settlers and the right of return for Palestinians, while glossing over atrocities committed by Palestinians. Tuesday's Times leads with a "news analysis" by reporter Steven Lee Myers, " Seeking Mideast Path ," in which Myers blamed Bush for not negotiating with the late Palestinian (terrorist) leader Yasir Arafat. "Mr. Bush's aides often point out that in 2002 he was the first... continue reading
Columnist Paul Krugman, economist or partisan hack? The answer is pretty clear from " Krugman vs. Krugman ," a pre-Thanksgiving feast of Krugman hypocrisy from the Washington Post's liberal columnist Ruth Marcus, who is wise to how Krugman is excoriating Bush, the GOP and even Barack Obama for daring to suggest that Social Security may need some fixing up. Marcus showed how Krugman was uttering cautious notes on Social Security's financial stability during the Clinton years: "Somebody should introduce Paul Krugman to...Paul Krugman. "[A] decade from now the population served by those programs [Social Security and Medicare ] will explode....Because... continue reading