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In " Abandon Stereotypes, Muslims in America Say ," his Tuesday story from a Muslim convention in Rosemont, Ill., Times reporter Neil MacFarquhar, who covers Muslims in America for the Times, once again wrote more like a pro-Muslim advocate than an objective reporter. "It is time for the United States to stop treating every American Muslim as somehow suspect, leaders of the faith said at their largest annual convention, which ended here on Monday....The image problems were among the topics most discussed by many of the 30,000 attendees. A fresh example cited was an open letter from two Republican House... continue reading
Sunday's off-lead story by Eric Lipton, " Safety Agency Faces Scrutiny Amid Changes - Smaller Staff Handles a Flood of Imports ," was basically a plea for more funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It came with an old-fashioned liberal-media bogeyman: Budget and staff cuts during the Reagan administration,"severe cutbacks"that continued during the Bush years. Yet the Clinton administration somehow escaped blame for continuing the trend. A bias toward the federalbureaucracy was evident from the start of Lipton's story. "Under the Bush administration, which promised to ease what it viewed as costly rules that placed unnecessary burdens on businesses,... continue reading
Editor’s Note: On May 10, 2007 Business & Media Institute wrote that “World News with Charles Gibson” hypocritically reported on two individuals’ carbon footprints, by presumably flying its crew to San Francisco for the segment. Recently, BMI spoke with Mr. Oppenheim and heard his complaints about the ABC report. Daniel Oppenheim is a San Francisco businessman who runs The Urban Safari, a unique tour of the city using vintage Land Rovers, but viewers wouldn’t have gotten that impression from ABC. That’s just one piece of a story that made Oppenheim says made him look bad simply for running a business... continue reading
Thanks to the media's politically correct groupthink, “It was difficult to report on [the Duke lacrosse rape case] fairly,” Chris Cuomo said on Good Morning America September 4. The early days of reporting on the alleged rape of an African American woman by members of the Duke University lacrosse team “gave me such pause,” said Cuomo. “…[T]here was so much pressure about pushing the angle that something had to happen.” Cuomo's criticism of the media rush to judgment of three Duke athletes was prompted by the publication of a new book, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices... continue reading
Despite President Bush’s major proposal to aid homeowners who took out risky subprime mortgages, some in the media already don’t think that’s enough. “[I] don’t know how big of a helping hand it was when you’re talking about two million homeowners who are facing adjustable rate mortgages resetting over the next couple of years,” said real estate reporter Diana Olick on the August 31 CNBC’s “The Call.” “Now the only thing he actually said in his speech that would have a real effect today is that FHA [Federal Housing Administration] change in the program. And remember, FHA can only back... continue reading
On the front page of Friday's Times, correspondent Kevin Sack reported that "In a stark departure from past practice, the American Cancer Society plans to devote its entire $15 million advertising budget this year not to smoking cessation or colorectal screening but to the consequences of inadequate health coverage." Another, more colorful way of reporting that would be to suggest that the Cancer Society folks have decided to start fighting cancer by lobbying for socialized medicine. They're politicizing cancer. If fighting for cancer and socialized medicine is the same fight, then anyone who opposes socialized medicine is suddenly in danger... continue reading
With a half hour every evening, the competitive evening newscasts – ABC “World News with Charles Gibson,” “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” – have to make the most of their broadcasts to give viewers the most news possible. Apparently that does not include the positive news about 4 percent economic growth. On August 30, “World News” featured a segment about the lie detector of the future. “Nightly News” waxed nostalgic about Princess Diana. “Evening News” took a critical look at soon-to-announce presidential candidate Fred Thompson. All that was considered more important than taking time to mention that U.S... continue reading
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has proposed a solution to the subprime problem and its affect on the stock market – more regulation. “The implosion of the subprime lending industry is more than a temporary blip in our economic progress. It is a cancer that, given today’s integrated financial markets, threatens to spread with devastating impact to housing and to our economy as a whole, unless we act to contain it,” wrote Obama on the Financial Times Web site August 29. What exactly does he want to contain? Obama wants to regulate and fine what he called “the unlicensed, unregulated,... continue reading
As Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was figuratively dragged out of the restroom and into the spotlight this week, the media have been ignoring another compelling story about sex in public toilets. Fort Lauderdale 's Democratic mayor, Jim Naugle, has incurred the wrath of homosexual activists for publicly addressing the problem of men irresponsibly having sex with strangers in public places – in a county with a shocking rate of new AIDS cases. It all came to a head, so to speak, in July, when the mayor backed an idea that would frustrate the thrill seekers: switching to automated stalls. Automated... continue reading
After reading this piece you may be tempted to think that Bozell finally has lost his marbles, simply because what is presented just cannot be true. If you will trust me that everything I'm going to present you is very real, you may instead conclude it is La-La Land that has gone completely Ga-Ga. Channel-surfing with your remote, you've doubtlessly come across the E! cable network – and clicked right past, for good reason. E! is owned jointly by Disney, Comcast and Liberty Media, making you wonder where all the adult supervision went. With the exception of the original “Talk... continue reading