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It pays to be on the media's approved victims list. After Don Imus made his “ho” comment about the Rutgers women's basketball team on April 4, the media went into a feeding frenzy. In the first week after the story broke, the three major networks aired a total of 19 segments. On cable, CNN had 60, with Fox News at 21 and MSNBC at 13. The New York Times ran 12 articles, USA Today and The Washington Post each ran nine, and Newark , New Jersey 's Star-Ledger ran 11. But after the Sept. 7 Navy-Rutgers football game, at which... continue reading
Nearly everyone with a television can make jokes about TV awards shows, especially the speech-making. How many times have people made the hoariest jokes about thanking the “little people,” or mimicking Sally Field's Oscar speech: “You like me! You really like me!” But Kathy Griffin, the comedienne with the self-satirizing My Life on the D-List show on that D-list network Bravo, took the ritual to a new low when she won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. She mocked Jesus Christ. “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award,” she declared. “I want you to... continue reading
Sixteen months ago, ABC “World News” warned of the dangers of obesity and the potential implications it could have for life expectancy. “We’re going to take a closer look at a landmark agreement to fight a health crisis – the growing number of overweight children in America,” Elizabeth Vargas said on the May 3, 2006, “World News Tonight.” “Nearly one in five – 12.5 million – are overweight. And some researchers now warn the life expectancy of kids today will be shorter than that of their parents, the first such decline in modern times.” Fast forward to Sept. 12, 2007:... continue reading
Looking for a way to absolve yourself of environmental guilt and turn over a new leaf? Want to reduce your carbon footprint significantly? Well, Time magazine has found a place for you. Imagine a place where all the houses feature “passive solar design, with densely insulated walls and multipaned Fiberglas windows that save energy.” Your light bulbs would be squiggly compact fluorescents ones. You and 160 of your neighbors would eat several meals a week together, prepared by volunteer cooks. You would share laundry facilities, televisions, automobiles and a variety of other things. And if you’re lucky, your house would... continue reading
TheTimes evidently didn't do much vetting onthe adolescent, infamous, and deeply discounted anti-war ad from MoveOn.org that appeared in the front section of Monday's paper. The ad, headlined "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" cited the Times' own reportingin defense of its argument that Petraeus is a liar. "Every independent report on the ground situation in Iraq shows that the surge strategy has failed. Yet the General claims a reduction in violence. That's because, according to the New York Times, the Pentagon has adopted a bizarre formula for keeping tabs on violence. For example, death by car bombs don't count... continue reading
Wednesday's off-lead by Philip Shenon and David Johnston tackled signs that Bush is close to naming former Solicitor General Ted Olson to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. But the Times was less concerned with Olson's undeniable legal qualifications, than it was with how his nomination might offend Senate Democrats. "The White House is closing in on a nominee to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, with former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson considered one of the leading candidates, administration and Congressional officials said Tuesday. "Reports of Mr. Olson's candidacy suggested that President Bush, in choosing the third attorney general of... continue reading
The media chalked it up as a victory for the global-warming alarmists. The Wall Street Journal claimed a federal court decision giving states the authority to regulate automobile emissions would have “nationwide ripples.” However, it appears to just be another example of a judge legislating from the bench. “Environmentalists are calling the ruling momentous,” said NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson on the September 12 “Nightly News.” “A federal judge in Vermont says that states can regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicles in order to reduce global warming.” But before this ruling is established as precedent and set in stone,... continue reading
Hillary-beat reporter Patrick Healy follows the Hsu-prints (sorry) of the twisted campaign money trail left by Norman Hsu, a top Clinton fundraiser and convicted criminal, in Wednesday's " Clinton Sees Fear Realized In Trouble With Donor ." But evenas Healy attacked the competence of Hillary's fundraising operation, it also assisted Clinton by casting her as a passive and blameless figure let down by her aides, avoiding any hint her campaign's corrupted fundraising reflected on her personally. "Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was... continue reading
What does Keith Olbermann have against raising money for children of fallen American soldiers? On September 11, Olbermann, of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, named Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) the “Worst Person in the World” for speaking at the September 11 Freedom Concert organized by conservative talk show host Sean Hannity. The Freedom Concerts benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which sends children of fallen soldiers to college. For the record, Lieberman did not attend the concert. Lieberman opted instead to remain in Washington D.C. for the Petraeus hearings on Capitol Hill. Earlier this summer, Olbermann awarded Sean Hannity, co-host... continue reading
If you can’t afford to live in the place you are living in, the logical thing to do would be to take a downgrade and find something more affordable, right? That’s not an option reporters Noelle Knox and Barbara Hansen explored in the September 12 USA Today article about “paying for a roof over your head.” “Though every state has a housing finance agency, usually to aid first-time buyers, and many cities and some large businesses have housing assistance programs, today's census data show how enormous the need is,” Knox and Hansen wrote. All the solutions put forth by the... continue reading