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Saturday's front-pageheadline, " Glare of Fires Pull Migrants From Shadows " over Randal Archibold and Will Carless' story about the California wildfires, marked at least the third time since June 8 the Times has characterized illegals as cowering in " the shadows ." "Immigrants from south of the border, many illegal, provide the backbone of menial labor in San Diego, picking fruit, cleaning hotel rooms, sweeping walks and mowing lawns. "The wildfires, one of the biggest disasters to strike the county, exposed their often-invisible existence in ways that were sometimes deadly." The reporters let illegal immigrant advocates bash the government... continue reading
Some interesting backfill took place in Saturday's story on the swift and effective government response to the wildfires in California - and the marked contrast that made to the flawed reaction on all levels of government after Hurricane Katrina. White House reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg monitored Bush's supportive trip to California for " A Firestorm, a Deluge And a Sharp Political Dig ." Although Stolberg's story certainly wasn't overly sympathetic to Bush, it was nonetheless more fair and worked in more GOP points about Katrina than the grand total of the paper's coverage from 2005. It managed to briefly dispel... continue reading
CNN’s “Your $$$$$” is ready for a spike in gas prices. It just hasn’t happened despite predictions. On October 20, the show’s guest Peter Beutel, president of energy risk management firm Cameron Hanover, predicted a 20-cent increase in the price of a gallon a gas. How soon? In the next week. It didn’t happen. In a segment entitled “Addicted to Oil,” co-host Ali Velshi reported that rising crude oil prices could be trouble for the economy. “Oil topping $90 per barrel,” which, Velshi helpfully added, “is 10 bucks from a hundred.” He implied the possibility of breaking the Benjamin-barrier was... continue reading
You won't see this fun movie fact in any mainstream media outlets, but the little pro-life movie Bella, which just opened, beat the socks off of several anti-war/anti-American movies in opening weekend per-theater revenues. This despite the fact that Bella was panned by critics in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Variety and other mainstream outlets. (For an interesting article on how movie critics inject their politics into reviews, click here.) Here's the breakdown. Bella opened with a limited release, meaning it was only shown in 165 theaters, according to the Web site Boxofficemojo.com. It grossed $1,324,000 or roughly... continue reading
Reporter Mark Leibovich has now given us three faces of Hillary, and they're all flattering. The latest, Friday's " A No-Nonsense Style Honed As Advocate and First Lady ," showed Hillary Clinton, Efficient Manager. Already this year Leibovich has graced us with Hillary the Burgeoning Idealist and Hillary the Angst-Ridden Brooder (the MRC's Brent Bozell noted Leibovich's awe of the letters collegiate Hillary wrote to a high school friend). Leibovich's latest Vaseline-on-the-lens profile implied that whatever mistakes Hillary Clinton ever made are safely in the past and she's learned from them. "Her background as a boss, powerful spouse and advocate... continue reading
CNN is taking a page straight out of its “attack the insurance company” playbook from Hurricane Katrina, except this time they’re starting early. “American Morning” criticized insurance companies on its October 26 broadcast for adjusting coverage requirements after wildfires have plagued Southern California in recent weeks. CNN is taking a page straight out of its “attack the insurance company” playbook from Hurricane Katrina, except this time they’re starting early. “American Morning” criticized insurance companies on its October 26 broadcast for adjusting coverage requirements after wildfires have plagued Southern California in recent weeks. Insurance companies stand to lose $1.6 billion from... continue reading
On CNN’s “American Morning” October 26, Ali Velshi gave a measured report on long-term prices of gas and oil, but anchor John Roberts wasn’t having it. “Are you buying any of this?” Roberts said to Velshi. Even when Velshi suggested that the higher cost of oil would be an incentive for a move toward alternative fuels – thus keeping oil averaging $60 per barrel over the longer term – Roberts jumped to attack business again, saying, “And then they find reasons for those alternatives to be more expensive. If they can make a buck, they’ll make a buck. Bottom line.”... continue reading
Though Lou Dobbs temporarily lost his ability to speak due to a tonsillectomy through part of August and into October, he did not lose his nightly voice on CNN. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” continued to confuse news and opinion while attacking America’s free trade agreements in Latin America, flooding the airwaves with the show’s age-old “so-called free trade” phrase in Dobbs’ absence. The August 15 broadcast demonstrated the extent to which Dobbs’ history of bias had already infiltrated the program, as understudy Kitty Pilgrim asserted that “millions of Americans have lost their jobs because of outsourcing and so-called free trade agreements.”... continue reading
When is “tax reform” really an enormous tax increase that could cause the middle and lower income to lose jobs? Liberal Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has called his new tax plan the most comprehensive tax reform since 1986, even comparing it to the Tax Reform Act President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986. But some consider that disingenuous. “The New Yorker is wily enough to realize he has to wrap this homely child in the ribbon of ‘tax reform,’ and yesterday he even invoked the memory of Ronald Reagan's 1986 reform success,” said an October 26 Wall Street... continue reading
A story from Mexico-based reporter Elisabeth Malkin on Friday's front page trawls for sympathy for poor Mexicans who come to the United States illegally to find work. Malkin went to the town of El Rodeo to find that " Mexicans Miss Money From Workers Up North ." That would seem to be a problem for Mexico. After all, who are we to interfere in another country's internal affairs, the Times editorial pagemight argue, as it has on myriad issues in the past. "For years, millions of Mexican migrants working in the United States have sent money back home to villages... continue reading