Nearing the end of 2007 can only mean one thing: it's time for lists. The Most Inspirational, The Sexiest, and The Most Fascinating. Lists of Fill-In-The-Blank People of the Year are starting to hit airwaves and newsstands. Glamour magazine is out of the gate with its “Women of the Year” profiles featured in the December issue. It's not a surprise that not one strong conservative woman is featured. Thankfully however, neither are Senator Hillary Clinton or Rosie O'Donnell. And though both were left off the list the liberal tilt is clearly evident. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John... continue reading
For decades now, the national media have insisted in each presidential election cycle that voters should ignore the liberal wizards hiding behind the curtain of the Democratic Party. Each plausible Democratic presidential contender is a “moderate” or “centrist,” be he Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis or John Kerry. But now to describe Hillary Clinton as a “moral conservative” is so upside down and backwards it sounds like.... “This is your brain on drugs.” That's what Time reporter Amy Sullivan announced on Tucker Carlson's show on MSNBC. She suggested Hillary might be “fairly liberal” on economic issues, “but she's a moral... continue reading
If you can buy sperm or eggs, why are kidneys so radical to ABC? ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” called a doctor’s market-like approach to organ donation, in which individuals could buy and sell kidneys, “radical” November 19. “Now an outspoken doctor is proposing a radical solution, allow donors to sell one of their kidneys,” anchor Gibson began. University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Arthur Matas supports a regulated market only for kidneys (not for other organs) and has said that ruling out kidney sales completely is like sentencing some patients to death. Reporter John McKenzie warned that buying... continue reading
This one will really tug at your heartstrings – grandmothers might have to cut corners to be able to afford the family feast this year for Thanksgiving. “[G]randmother Judy Inman is feeling the pinch as she plans Thanksgiving dinner for eight,” “Good Morning America” Consumer Correspondent Elizabeth Leamy said on the November 20 show. “[O]ne of the last parts of our travel survival guide, our Thanksgiving survival guide, of course, is the rising cost of the Thanksgiving dinner,” said host Diane Sawyer. “As we said, the average price of a Thanksgiving dinner is up 11 percent from last year. So... continue reading
Jeffrey Gettleman tried to swing attention from the suffering in Darfur to a more familiar African hell-hole in Tuesday's front-page story, " As Somali Crisis Swells, Experts See A Void In Aid ." "Somalia's ills have always come in waves, starting in 1991 when clan-based militias overthrew the central government and the country plunged into anarchy. That fighting, like the fighting today, disrupted markets, kept out aid shipments and led to rapid inflation of food prices. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people starved. "The United States tried to come to the rescue in 1992, sending thousands of soldiers... continue reading
The Times' liberal readership surely got indigestion over Tuesday's lead story from Baghdad by Damien Cave and Alissa Rubin, " Baghdad Starts to Exhale as Security Improves ." It's even accompanied by three photos of normal life in the Iraqi capital. And yes, this is the same paper that declared less than a month ago , in the lead sentence to a lead editorial: "The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse." But on Tuesday the Times made a public bow to reality, admitting: "The security improvements in most neighborhoods are real. Days now pass without a car bomb,... continue reading
When Tom Brokaw, an old-time mainstream media figure in his own right, says he thinks print newspapers won’t be around in 10 years, that’s probably not a good sign for the industry. (Click for audio.) The former NBC “Nightly News” anchor appeared at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington , D.C. on November 19 to promote his new book, “Boom!” Brokaw said he envisioned a major newspaper going completely digital in 10 years. “I was at The Washington Post earlier today,” Brokaw said. “And in the lobby they’ve got a wonderful graphic describing how the printing press works and... continue reading
The Washington Post this week stepped delicately around the thuggish tactics employed by Philadelphia City Solicitor Romulo Diaz, who has engineered a coup against the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In the November 19 article, “Philadelphia Gives Boy Scouts Ultimatum,” Post staff writer Dafna Linzer noted that Diaz had given the Boy Scouts until December 3 to agree to pay $200,000 or lose the headquarters the Scouts have had in a city park for nearly 100 years. The local Scouts, who serve 64,000 mostly minority boys in Philadelphia and in two adjoining counties, had an... continue reading
Family Guy is part of the foul Sunday line-up on Fox. The show is known for its over-the-top crudeness and pretzel-like story lines that provide “commentary” on a variety of political and social issues each week. The November 18 episode, “Padre de Familia,” was no exception. The plot line twisted from patriotism to immigration and sprinkled the entire concoction with rude sexual humor and jabs at religion. After attending a Veterans' Day parade (in which an American soldier was shown throwing a beer bottle at a child) Peter Griffin, became patriotic to the point of encouraging a crackdown of illegal... continue reading
Just as the holiday season is cranking up, CBS is clamping down. Even strong numbers at Wal-Mart don’t satisfy the negative network. The November 18 “CBS Evening News” kept up its predictable pessimism about the holiday shopping season – even turning to one happy shopper who turned out to be a debt collector. “It happens to be pretty good,” said Brandon Bradshaw about this shopping season. “So, we’re one of the lucky ones.” That sounds too good to be true – a consumer that’s not downbeat. Well, that’s indeed the case. “Brandon Bradshaw’s business? Debt collection,” concluded correspondent Randall Pinkston... continue reading