Disgraced former CBS anchor Dan Rather is suing the network and its corporate parent for $70 million. Media reporter Jacques Steinberg has the story in Thursday's paper, and has endeared himself to Times Watch with his use of the word "unsubstantiated" to describe the anti-Bush allegations in Rather's September 2004 report on "60 Minutes" questioning President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service -a report instantly discredited on the Internetfor being based on forged documents. Readers may remember "unsubstantiated" as one of the Times' favorite words when describing allegations by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth . The paper employed it over... continue reading
All three network news broadcasts carried the O.J. story on September 19, when the too-familiar sight of former football star O.J. Simpson in a courtroom proved too tantalizing to pass up. Since his arrest over the weekend, rough estimates put the O.J. coverage at close to 15 hours, according to a September 20th article in The Washington Times . The Times article “New Arrest Juices Press” is a fascinating look at just how much coverage this story has received, complete with parallels to the media frenzy surrounding O.J.'s previous trial in 1994. Reporter Jennifer Harper wrote, “Since Simpson was arrested... continue reading
Was the Federal Reserve’s rate cut good or bad for the economy? Even the networks don’t agree. The 50 basis point interest rate cut caused CBS to warn about added threats to the economy and had ABC telling viewers the move was “more than welcome.” CBS gave a downbeat assessment and focused its report not on the Fed’s rate cut, but its own poll expressing public sentiment about economy. “I'm hoping this move by the Fed will be a psychological lift,” said Debbie Scully, a realtor, on the September 19 “Evening News.” CBS correspondent Anthony Mason was quick to respond... continue reading
The lead story in the media should be how much Hillary Clinton is not telling us about her $110-billion-a-year health care plan. The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate isn’t answering any questions she doesn’t want to answer – like how to enforce a nationwide mandate for health insurance. And in coverage of her newly-announced health care plan, the media let Clinton’s vagueness go unchallenged. “The Hillary Clinton health plan: too hot? Too cold? Or just right? We’ll check in with all sides in our ‘Reality Check.’” That Goldilocks introduction came from CNN’s Heidi Collins on the September 18... continue reading
There’s a reason they call the fake news “fake.” At no other time was it clearer why shows like “The Daily Show” are fake news than when host Jon Stewart interviewed former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on September 18. Greenspan was on the “The Daily Show” to discuss his new book, “The Age of Turbulence.” However, Stewart was more interested in discussing economic fundamentals and the action of the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates by 50 basis points on September 18. However, Stewart not only showed his liberal bias, but he also showed his ignorance of the role of... continue reading
On Sunday Jeffrey Rosen reviewed " Until Proven Innocent - Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case ," by Stuart Taylor & KC Johnson, a book that, among bringing other injustices surrounding the case to light, also excoriates the mainstream press's shoddy coverage, much of which presumed the guilt of the three white lacrosse players. The case was later proven to be utterly false. Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University, called the book "riveting." Yet he devoted just two sentences to the frequent passages that rip apart the Times' shoddy coverage of the... continue reading
Show a profit after years of turmoil by trying to run a more efficient operation – and get criticized for customer service. “And new airline industry numbers out today show that while millions of passengers suffer through record delays, cancellations and lost baggage – airline profits have been soaring,” ABC “World News” anchor Charles Gibson said September 17. “Airlines enjoyed their best quarter in seven years between April and June, with profit margins of almost 9 percent. Can it be that what is bad for passengers is good for the airlines?” But Gibson left out a few details of what... continue reading
Political-media reporter Katharine Seelye reviewed the third in a series of "betrayal" themed ads from the radical leftists at, the group recently notorious for its infantile " General Petraeus or General Betray Us? " ad in the Times that embarrassed even many Democrats. Seelye found the latest ad just boffo, writing in Tuesday's " Giuliani's Exit from The Iraq Study Group in 2006 Draws Criticism " that "The spot is a direct hit on Mr. Giuliani and could severely undermine his argument that he is the best person to lead the nation in a time of war. It... continue reading
It’s become a favorite topic of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Since July 4, ABC’s morning show has mentioned global warming 31 times in stories ranging in everything from the 2008 presidential election cycle to an increase in poison ivy. The September 18 “GMA” wasn’t much different. “And now, an Arctic update,” said “GMA” weatherman Sam Champion. “We've shown you pictures where this is all that's left of the ice around the North Pole after the summer melt. Later today, the National Snow and Ice Data Center will announce exactly how much Arctic ice has shrunk. But we do know that... continue reading
In Monday's A1 story by education reporter Sam Dillon, " Alabama Plan Brings Out Cry of Resegregation ," the Times threw around the loaded term "segregation" without quotation marks to descibe a raceless rezoning plan underway in Tuscaloosa schools,and raised the corpse of Old South discrimination to create a guilt-by-association feel. "After white parents in this racially mixed city complained about school overcrowding, school authorities set out to draw up a sweeping rezoning plan. The results: all but a handful of the hundreds of students required to move this fall were black - and many were sent to virtually all-black,... continue reading