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Global warming certainly generated a lot of heat – for CNN. Meteorologist Rob Marciano told the October 4 “American Morning” audience: “There are definitely some inaccuracies” in the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth.” After the previous report ended up “stirring a new storm” and generating “a lot of e-mails to our show,” Marciano followed up with even more things Gore got wrong the next day. “He does talk about tornados, implying that there’s an increase in tornados from global warming, that’s not necessarily true,” said Marciano. In the earlier report, Marciano had said, “There are definitely some inaccuracies” in... continue reading
How would you feel if your spouse cheated on you? Should you just get over it, on the grounds that cheating goes on all the time? Of course not. But that's what ABC's new offering, Big Shots, tells you to do. The concept of the show, according to its Web site, is to “explore…what it means to be a man in 2007.” It's just like Hollywood to take an intriguing idea and use it to attack traditional values. In addition to normalizing adultery, the show portrays marriage as a dismal, spirit-draining burden. Most scenes are weighed down by sophomoric, sex-obsessed... continue reading
ABC's World News keeps beating the “guns are bad” drum. On October 4, anchor Charles Gibson used a “brazen double murder” in Philadelphia as the pretext to push gun control, giving the Philadelphia police commissioner a platform to denounce the availability of guns. The whole pitch to upend the 2 nd Amendment took only 33 seconds of air time, but the message was clear. It's the guns that cause the problems, not the people who misuse them. Gibson: A brazen double murder today in Philadelphia is sparking extraordinary outrage from this city's police commissioner. Two armed guards, both retired police... continue reading
Meteorologist Rob Marciano clapped his hands on CNN’s “American Morning” and exclaimed, “Finally,” in response to a report that a British judge might ban the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” from UK schools because, according to the broadcast “it is politically biased and contains scientific inaccuracie Meteorologist Rob Marciano clapped his hands on CNN’s “American Morning” and exclaimed, “Finally,” in response to a report that a British judge might ban the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” from UK schools because, according to the broadcast “it is politically biased and contains scientific inaccuracies.” “There are definitely some inaccuracies,” Marciano added during the October... continue reading
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has soared of late, closing Wednesday at 13,968, just a hundred points off its all-time high of 14,087 reached on Monday. The unemployment rate was a low 4.6% in August. Yet if you believe Times reporters and headline writers, the economy is in crisis and turmoil. The front page of Dealbook, a special business section of the Times included in Wednesday's paper, trumpeted: " After the Party ." The text box read: " In a market gone sour , the messy business of buyouts puts reputations on the line." Andrew Ross Sorkin's actual article on... continue reading
Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse livened up the soporific Friday evening PBS program Washington Week in Review, the weekend before the Supreme Court began its term by taking sides (the same side as the paper's liberal editorial page) on an upcoming court case from Indiana involving requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places. Conservatives mostly support such laws, which are becoming more popular, saying it will decrease the likelihood of voter fraud; liberals say it discriminates against the poor who don't have picture ID or can't afford it. The exchange, based on the transcript posted at the program's... continue reading
Blackwater USA, now one of the media’s favorite targets, can’t seem to get any credit even when something goes right. The company, once described as “ an entirely new type of war profiteer” by CNBC contributor Jon Markman, saved Polish Ambassador Edward Pietrzyk just one day after taking heat from the media and congressional Democrats. The October 3 CBS “Evening News” used the rescue as an opportunity to assess all civilian defense contractors in Iraq. “Blackwater has a perfect record when it comes to protecting American diplomats,” CBS correspondent David Martin said. “But private security firms, not just Blackwater –... continue reading
Are Cold Case's screenwriters mad at God? One week after depicting Bible-believing teens as sex-happy hypocrites who will stone an enemy to death (see earlier story), CBS's forensics drama will air an episode investigating the murder of a teenaged Amish girl – five days after the first anniversary of the October 2, 2006 Nickel Mines slaughter, when a real-life gunman killed five Amish schoolgirls. Talk about venomous malice. Here's the Cold Case Web site description of the October 7 episode, “Running Around”: The 2006 murder of an Amish teen who left home to visit Philadelphia as part of rumspringa, an... continue reading
No one wants to see a mom forced to give up her kids – but that's what we're seeing, in all its ugliness, every day in the “news.” Britney Spears is paying the ultimate price for her reckless, irresponsible personal conduct, and the media, like a swarm of vultures, are gorging on every juicy detail. Should Britney be held responsible for the bad choices she has made? Absolutely. She is like the protagonist in a classical tragedy, done in by her own character flaws. A former Mouseketeer, Britney Spears has spent the last decade remaking herself into a sex-kitten singer/entertainer... continue reading
Private security firm Blackwater USA drew fire from the evening news on October 2, including remarks that the firm is made up of “out-of-control guns for hire.” Private security firm Blackwater USA drew fire from the evening news on October 2, including remarks that the firm is made up of “out-of-control guns for hire.” “Some call them heroes, some call them mercenaries. They are the private security contractors of Blackwater USA ,” declared ABC “World News” anchor Charles Gibson on October 2. Blackwater’s CEO, Erik Prince, faced questions from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform making the lead story... continue reading