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In an uncommon bout of journalistic self-control, the New York Times had thus far ignored the phony controversy over Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment on his radio show last Wednesday, remarks wrenched out of context by the far-left Media Matters. But on Wednesday, congressional reporter Carl Hulse usedan action by some liberals in Congressyesterday tolift it into the Times news pages in his "Congressional Memo," " Limbaugh Latest Target In War of Condemnation ." "Having abandoned for now their effort to force President Bush to withdraw troops from Iraq, Democrats are not giving ground against a lesser nemesis: Rush Limbaugh... continue reading
Wednesday's lead editorial, " The Verizon Warning " lambasted the telecommunication company for its initial refusal to host a source for pro-choice text messages, claimed it "censorsed political speech on one of its mobile services." (The Times ran a front -page story on the matter September 27, which no doubt helped mobilize liberals against Verizon.) Wednesday's editorial called it "textbook censorship." Aren't these the same editorial writers who pushed so hard for campaign finance "reform" and the placement of severe limits on political advertising before elections? "We have long been concerned about the potential threat to free speech and a... continue reading
A new documentary displaying the graphic nature of abortion leads liberal movie critic Manohla Dargis to show some delicate sensibilities not previously on display, in her Wednesday Arts review of "Lake of Fire," a documentary on abortion from British filmmaker Tony Kaye. "I suggest the faint of heart skip the rest of this paragraph," she warned, before proceeding to relay the graphic details of an abortion aftermath from the film. "Not everyone will agree about the abortion visuals, including, perhaps, those who worry that such explicit imagery can speak louder than any pro-abortion-rights argument. It's an understandable concern. Because they... continue reading
It’s the perfect combination of sin taxes, nanny-statism and taxpayer-funded welfare – all in the name of the children. And according to media reports, it’s President George W. Bush vs. Everyone Who Likes Children. The story now is Bush’s October 3 veto of a massive expansion of the government-run State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The media couldn’t resist scripting the veto as a vote against children. What’s at stake, though, included a proposed $35-billion expansion of taxpayer-funded insurance made possible by a tax increase. The Christian Science Monitor called a vote against it “a vote against health care for... continue reading
Slanting media coverage toward promoting the “fight global warming” cause wasn’t enough for Newsweek editor Sharon Begley. Now she has brazenly dismissed global warming skeptics as unreasonable lunatics. Begley, a senior editor for the magazine, recently defended its August 13 issue that focused on the climate change “denial machine.” On the new The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media Web site, Begley compared global-warming skepticism to moon-landing denial. When asked if journalists should be more interpretive or analytical in their climate change reporting Begley said, “It depends …When you cover the history of the space program, you don't... continue reading
A new documentary displaying the graphic nature of abortion leads liberal movie critic Manohla Dargis to show some delicate sensibilities not previously on display, in her Wednesday Arts review of "Lake of Fire," a documentary on abortion from British filmmaker Tony Kaye. "I suggest the faint of heart skip the rest of this paragraph," she warned, before proceeding to relay the graphic details of an abortion aftermath from the film. "Not everyone will agree about the abortion visuals, including, perhaps, those who worry that such explicit imagery can speak louder than any pro-abortion-rights argument. It's an understandable concern. Because they... continue reading
What is going on with women's talk shows? On Tuesday, October 2, Whoopi Goldberg told The View's audience that she would like to “do” the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, along with her husband, Paul Pelosi. On Tuesday, September 25, Oprah Winfrey featured a couple who have an open marriage, along with experts that encourage women to have “friends with benefits” and use pornography. Whoopi's comments stemmed from an exchange earlier in the show in which she needled Barbara Walters about interviewing “her man,” Paul Newman. The good-natured ribbing quickly descended into dialogue more befitting a... continue reading
When the mainstream media praise free market values, it deserves attention. But that’s exactly what ABC “World News with Charles Gibson” did on October 1 in a segment about fighting methamphetamine addiction. The show highlighted the work of a part-time Montana rancher and businessman who applied good business sense to the problem in his state. When the mainstream media praise free market values, it deserves attention. But that’s exactly what ABC “World News with Charles Gibson” did on October 1 in a segment about fighting methamphetamine addiction. The show highlighted the work of a part-time Montana rancher and businessman who... continue reading
Africa correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman interviewed Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki, accused by the U.S. and the U.N. of supplying arms to Islamists in Somalia. In February 2007, Gettleman mentioned the " positive qualities " of Idi Amin.His Tuesday story, " A Calm Voice From Embattled Eritrea ," flattereda livedictator, making him sound plucky and defiant. "For a man who many people say has been backed into a corner, Isaias Afewerki, the president of Eritrea, actually looks pretty relaxed. "The Bush administration has threatened to designate his nation a terrorist state. Eritrea is nearing war again with its neighbor, Ethiopia, which is... continue reading
It’s better to give than receive, unless you’re a Republican presidential candidate and then by default you’re doing it for some ulterior motive – at least according to CBS. Despite opening an October 1 report about campaign contributions with disgraced Hillary Clinton donor Norman Hsu, “CBS Evening News” paid little attention to Democratic presidential campaign contributors in Armen Keteyian's segment. “Money is the lifeblood of every campaign,” Keteyian said. “But, with federal law limiting donations to just $2,300 per person, raising the staggering amounts needed is an all-consuming quest. So, candidates count on elite fundraisers – about 2,000 in all... continue reading