CNN exploited a national tragedy on October 23 by finding a way to blame global warming for wildfires. During the October 23 “Anderson Cooper 360: In the Line of Fire,” Cooper reported from Southern California saying, “People are wondering if these fires are a result of global warming in some way.” Although Cooper admitted that, “no one really knows for sure,” the broadcast still took the time to predict the future with CNN’s Tom Foreman who warned of a possible “century of fires, just like what we're seeing now” as a result of global warming. "Climatologists say, while we can't... continue reading
Liberal Democrat Rep. Pete Stark hit a new low last week, sliming U.S. troops as murderers and Bush as a monster, but the Times soft-pedaled Stark's offensive comments. Stark said on the House floor during the debate over the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP): "You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." Stark apologized yesterday on the House floor, but... continue reading
The Times, in denial over good news out of Iraq. Even the anti-war newswire Reuters has seen some light of late: "Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday." Only the Times remains oblivious. Here's the lede to Tuesday's lead editorial, " Even Closer to the Brink ," keyed to reports that Kurd guerillas are killing Turkish soldiers, with Turkey threatening to send troops into Iraq to counterattack. "The news out of Iraq just... continue reading
“We are, as far as urban public education is concerned, essentially at rock bottom. We are now at a point where we are essentially churning out ignorant teens who are becoming ignorant adults and society as a whole will pay dearly, very soon, and if you think the hordes of easily terrified, mindless fundamentalist evangelical Christian lemmings have been bad for the soul of this country, just wait.” These are the musings of San Francisco columnist Mark Morford, writing for, the Web site of the San Francisco Chronicle . Usually CMI doesn't throw columnists and op-ed writers under the... continue reading
Just when you thought it was safe to immerse kids in books about witchcraft, J.K. Rowling has to succumb to political correctness and “out” Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. This is well after the fact, of course. Her seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies and made her a billionaire. So why make Dumbledore, a beloved authority figure to millions of kids, out to be homosexual? No one can plumb Rowling's motives except God Almighty. Some suggest that her announcement last Friday at Carnegie Hall is merely a promotional ploy. The news may well lead to another... continue reading
The Washington Post and USA Today continued the media trend of blaming the mortgage industry and letting borrowers off the hook and presented support for more government regulation. Democratic congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) “unveiled legislation aimed at curbing abusive lending practices,” according to the October 23 Post. Both the Post and USA Today seemed to favor the legislation. “A public outcry against the mortgage industry is growing louder,” Noelle Knox and Sue Kirchhoff wrote in USA Today. “Lawmakers, regulators and consumer advocates say they are increasingly worried about the fallout from a record number of homes going into foreclosure. They're... continue reading
Jeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” said recent media interviews with Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater USA, “would make the barons of the Soviet media empire blush with embarrassment for how this was handled,” on PBS’s “Bill Moyers Journal.” Scahill appeared on Moyers’ October 19 show to discuss Blackwater USA – an entity with which he clearly has an ax to grind. “Prince’s P.R. advisers then launched a round of press interviews where Prince, armed with this video of his men rescuing a Polish diplomat in Baghdad, could make his case on... continue reading
Valerie Plame (wife of serial anti-war misleader Joe Wilson) has just published "Fair Game," the biography of her life before and after columnist Robert Novak "outed" her as a "CIA operative" in a column in 2003, starting a domino effect that made her and her husband heroes of the antiwar movement and the media, including the Times. Janet Maslin's Monday review neither questioned Plame's story nor raised a single inconvenient truth. "Needless to say, the story of how her career was derailed and her C.I.A. cover blown also has its combative side. But the real proof of Ms. Wilson's fighting... continue reading
Chief book critic Michiko Kakutani has a well-established liberal slant , but every now and then she'll surprise you, as in her slam of Bill Clinton's biography as a self-indulgent tome. The Times quickly made amends to its liberal readership, stepping on the review from its own critic by posting a highly favorable review of Clinton the libertine by novelist Larry McMurtry - an unprecedented 11 days before the review appeared in print. That counter-intuitive Kakutani struck again Monday in a refreshing slam of the self-absorbed paranoid feminism shown in Susan Faludi's new book, " The Terror Dream - Fear... continue reading
The “ Key to Success” segment on ABC's October 22 World News with Charles Gibson focused on a county in Oregon that has achieved a 15 percent drop in divorce rates in the last five years. Spearheaded by Tom and Liz Dressel of Clackamas County , Oregon , the “community marriage” initiative is a grassroots effort to save marriages through a combination of personal responsibility and community engagement. The initiative involves 170 churches that provide premarital counseling and postmarital mentoring, and emphasize that marriage is not merely a contract, but a covenant with God. According to reporter Dan Harris, the... continue reading