It feels like Groundhog Day, the movie. Every time Congress takes up abstinence-only education programs, you can count on the media to trot out a story claiming abstinence-only education doesn't work. They did it in April of this year with the flawed Mathematica study and they're doing it again with a “new” study put out by the pleasantly-named National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The Associated Press story, “Report: Abstinence programs don't work” is a classic example of liberal-agenda promotion. From the slanted opening paragraph to the failure to cite or quote even a single advocate of abstinence-only... continue reading
If a city's populace is fat it must be the restaurants' fault, right? That's the premise of a proposed South Los Angeles city ordinance that got the spotlight treatment on CBS Evening News on November 7. These poor people in South LA can't help themselves, it seems, so the city is considering a moratorium on building fast food restaurants. The report, by Bill Whitaker, featured an area of South LA where there is “fast food on almost every corner.” A local doctor said her patients are getting bigger, and opined: “Fast food is abundant in this community. And a high... continue reading
News story after news story has warned of the dangers to the housing market. The Democratic response is more regulation. CNBC’s Jim Cramer blasted that strategy in his “Stop Trading” November 7 “Street Signs” segment. He labeled New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo a “communist” who “wants to shut down the mortgage market.” “[W]itness the fact that right now, the most important man in America for the stock market – the most important man and I mean it negatively is this guy Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Attorney General,” Cramer said. “I’m getting tired of the New York State... continue reading
This just in: energy drinks could pose dangers to “people out there who have preexisting heart problems,” but they’re still trying to figure that out. “Well, we have another warning about those popular energy drinks – the affects that it could have on your heart,” said CNN “American Morning” anchor Kiran Chetry. On November 7 “American Morning” reported on a small study conducted by the American Heart Association with only 15 participants. They concluded energy drinks “may pose risks” for people with high blood pressure and heart disease. But the study wasn’t conclusive enough to say energy drinks are a... continue reading
Christmas is still nearly seven weeks away, and already the media are offering a “Bah, Humbug” for retail sales and the U.S. economy. CNN shoveled coal at the positive economic news on November 2 and immediately moved into full Grinch mode. “You know, just earlier this week the broadest measure of the economy, Kyra, the GDP, came in at 3.9 percent, stronger than expected. What’s working against it, though, the financials, concerns that we’re going to have a lot more carnage coming from that very important sector, consumer spending …” said “Newsroom” correspondent Susan Lisovicz. Gloomy reporting about holiday sales... continue reading
It was waterboard Wednesday in the Times, as Philip Shenon and Scott Shane filed separate articles on the issue of waterboarding and "torture" in general. Shenon's article on the new positive outlook for Michael Mukasey's attorney general nomination tsk-tsked: "Even some of Mr. Mukasey's supporters said at the hearing to vote on the nomination that they were troubled by the way Mr. Mukasey handled questions about waterboarding, which the United States has fiercely condemned when carried out by other nations and had prosecuted as a war crime after World War II." Shenon doesn't give any further context, but the most... continue reading
Buried in the cruelly misnamed "Health" section Tuesday was a profile by science reporter Cornelia Dean of abortionist Susan Wicklund, author of "This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor." The tucked-away story was nonetheless very popular with liberal Times readers, who as of Thursday afternoon made it the #8 most emailed article. "Dr. Susan Wicklund took her first step toward the front line of the abortion wars when she was in her early 20s, a high school graduate with a few community college credits, working dead-end jobs. "She became pregnant. She had an abortion. It was legal, but... continue reading
The national economy continues its strong performance, but “Your $$$$$” co-hosts Ali Velshi and Christine Romans were looking hard for bad news. In October, 166,000 jobs were added, twice the expected growth rate. General growth as measured by the gross domestic product was estimated at a robust 3.9 percent for the most recent quarter. That meant CNN didn’t find a national recession and had to look for trouble on the state level. “There are some states … where people are feeling all the elements of a recession already,” Velshi said. Earlier in October, Velshi told viewers “the bottom line is... continue reading
The Independent Television Service was established by Congress in 1988 with legislation directing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish ITVS with "a national coalition of independent producer groups." Currently, CPB awards $15 million a year to ITVS, a one-sided, left-wing "independent" filmmakers' organizing center. ITVS saw its purpose to be "a catalyst for change, a way for independent producers to participate in and define the cultural dialogue of public television." Today, that "cultural dialogue" is being defined from Nancy Pelosi's congressional district, at 651 Brannan Street in the city of San Francisco . When it comes to sexual... continue reading
Even though the media have been saying flight delays were so bad this year, it turns out they are better than last year. CNN’s November 6 “American Morning” anchor Kiran Chetry introduced a report on improved flight delays by giving it to the airlines one more time saying, “airlines might not be doing as badly as it feels they’re doing.” The report revealed that the nation’s 31 largest airports are actually down 8 percent over last year. “Steer clear of New York where flight delays are up 23 percent,” reporter Alina Cho said. “Even Chicago ’s O’Hare and Atlanta ’s... continue reading