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There have been a number of stories in the press in recent months about Geographically-Challenged America. None tops the report about Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder confessing he hadn't known that people spoke English in London . “I couldn't find London on a map if they didn't have the names of the countries,” he explained. “I swear to God. I don't know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot.” I suppose we'd all have another chuckle if Mr. Crowder were asked to find Estonia on a map, but in truth how many can? And for those of... continue reading
NBC is taking a “green” gamble to boost sagging ratings as sweeps month begins, by weaving environmental plotlines throughout its programming lineup including many primetime shows throughout “Green Week.” NBC is taking a “green” gamble to boost sagging ratings as sweeps month begins, by weaving environmental plotlines throughout its programming lineup including many primetime shows throughout “Green Week.” Eco-programming will kickoff, literally, as “Football Night in America ” goes dark for the final minute on November 4. Yes, because turning off those studio lights for one minute will somehow remedy the stadium lights that will burn brightly over the Dallas... continue reading
The stock markets might be a little skittish, but you can’t blame employment for that. A Labor Department release November 2 showed a gain of 166,000 jobs in October and an unemployment rate that held steady at 4.7 percent for the second month in a row. According to the Associated Press, “it’s a figure that is considered low by historical standards.” But prior to that announcement, in the wake of a 362-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average on November 1, two of the network newscasts – “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” focused on “grim economic stats,”... continue reading
Friday's Metro section story by Kareem Fahimwas headlined" As Election Day Nears, Playing the Terror Card ." If that wasn't slanted enough, note the tell-tale word "smear"at the end ofthe URL address to the story (valid as of Friday afternoon), revealing exactly what a Times staffer thinks about accusations from some GOP candidates in New Jersey that their Democratic opponents are soft on terrorism. "In the waning days of New Jersey 's election season, some candidates for local and state office are reaching beyond the usual campaign accusations of corruption and overspending. They are charging their opponents with being soft... continue reading
New figures from the U.S. military and Iraq's interior ministry found a sharp decrease in casualties for both Iraqi civilians and American troops during the month of October. USA Today put the news on Page 5 of the front section Wednesday, while the L.A. Times led with it yesterday , albeit in a story packed with caveats. The Washington Post gave it big play on Friday's front page: "In Iraq, a Lull or Hopeful Trend? Signs of Declining Violence Leave Residents, U.S. Commanders Cautious." By comparison, the New York Times came both late to the story and underplayed it by... continue reading
Paul W. Tibbets Jr., who commanded the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima to hasten the end of World War II, died Thursday at the age of 92. In the long obituary, Richard Goldstein couldn't resist injecting anti-war historical revisionism, including criticism from a Communist newspaper in India . "The crews who flew the atomic strikes were seen by Americans as saviors who had averted the huge casualties that were expected to result from an invasion of Japan. But questions were eventually raised concerning the morality of atomic warfare and the need for the Truman... continue reading
Don't look for any peace that passes all understanding from the god Sarah Silverman portrays in her Comedy Central show, The Sarah Silverman Program. This god smokes pot, pounds shots, clumsily kills a man with a remote control and calls people crude names. Silverman's God is a one-night stand (from an episode last season) that she happens to run into again. After she learns that a former classmate is now married to a D-list celebrity, she decides to bring God as her date to her high school reunion. Silverman exploits God's power like a circus act. During the reunion, Silverman... continue reading
Have you ever noticed that news stories about abortion always describe pro-lifers as “antiabortion activists,” and pro-abortion people as “abortion rights activists?” In a story about the Commonwealth of Virginia's attempt to enact a partial birth abortion law, the November 2 Washington Post describes a hearing in which two Clinton-appointed judges “stopped short” Virginia's Solicitor General William E. Thro, who was defending Virginia's law. The story is fair insofar as both sides of the abortion issue are represented in the story, and reporter Robert Barnes identifies the two Clinton-appointed judges and the dissenting Bush-appointed judge on the panel. But throughout... continue reading
On October 22, Larry Cirignano could breathe easy again for the first time in 10 months. The pro-family Catholic activist was acquitted of assault and battery charges leveled by a Massachusetts ACLU official and backed by a local reporter. The alleged “assault,” stemming from an incident at a Worcester pro-marriage rally last December, never happened. A jury dismissed all counts. However, the Worcester Telegram-Gazette has refused to apologize for or retract its stories “reporting” that Cirignano angrily threw a counter-protestor to the pavement. And Cirignano has had to live with the accusation for nearly a year, his freedom and his... continue reading
CBS’s “Evening News” October 31 and CNN’s “American Morning” November 1 decided to enjoy some of the Halloween spirit by scaring viewers with a “landmark” study finding consumption of processed meat could increase the risk of colon cancer. CBS’s “Evening News” October 31 and CNN’s “American Morning” November 1 decided to enjoy some of the Halloween spirit by scaring viewers with a “landmark” study finding consumption of processed meat could increase the risk of colon cancer. CBS anchor Katie Couric made up her mind after the “frightening” news saying, “No more bacon for me,” and CNN’s Kiran Chetry found the... continue reading