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For the second straight night in a row, the CBS “Evening News” evaluated what falling home prices mean and it wasn’t good. “The prices of homes are falling and there is more evidence tonight that those counting on their houses as their nest eggs may be in trouble,” said Russ Mitchell on the August 26 “Evening News.” The next night, “Evening News” examined the consequences of a housing decline on workforce. “The impact of the housing slump goes well beyond buyers and sellers,” said CBS anchor Katie Couric, referring to the mortgage employees laid off. However, there was a time... continue reading
On Monday the Seattle branch of the FBI released photos takenon a Puget Soundferry of two men who passengers and crew saw acting suspiciously. The FBI asked for help in identifying the men, to local resistance from Muslim interest groups, a liberal local newspaper, and the Times. William Yardley took a predictable P.C. angle in his Sunday story from Seattle, passing along concerns from Muslim activists over "alleged racial profiling." "Earlier this summer a concerned crew member of a Washington State ferry boat snapped pictures of two men who had raised suspicions on several ferry rides by asking questions about... continue reading
Tuesday's front-page piece by intelligence reporters Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane was labeled a "news analysis" (though not advertised as such on the front page), aformat that allows reporters to display their insider knowledge of their beat - as well as to say what they really think without even the dubious fig leaf of "objectivity." Lichtblau and Shane used the surprise resignation of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to unload some unflattering adjectives on Bush administration policies. "Days after President Bush's secret eavesdropping program was publicly revealed in December 2005, a battle-weary Alberto R. Gonzales stood before a room of... continue reading
Again proving that no section of the Times is safer from liberal politicking, Bill O'Reilly-loathing movie critic Jeanette Catsoulis pondered the plethora of summer movie sequels in the Sunday Arts & Leisure and came up with this interesting explanation: "Fans who tolerate the repetitiveness and ideological bankruptcy of the 'Rush Hour' franchise, for example, may be testaments to the power of hope and a need for familiarity at a time when the Iraq war continues unabated, pensions and polar ice disappear, and Al Qaeda videos enjoy wider distribution than Sundance winners." continue reading
With bridges falling down, it makes sense to spend federal funds on infrastructure projects, but what doesn’t make sense is suggesting the government spend highway money on the obesity “epidemic.” With bridges falling down, it makes sense to spend federal funds on infrastructure projects, but what doesn’t make sense is suggesting the government spend highway money on the obesity “epidemic.” But that’s what ABC “World News with Charles Gibson” did on August 27 by promoting a report from "health advocates" at Trust for America ’s Health. “The report calls for a national strategy to reverse this epidemic” including the use... continue reading
Lisa Miller, Newsweek's religion reporter, doesn't agree with the politics of evangelical Christians. No surprise, right? In her review of God's Harvard , Hanna Rosin's study of the tiny evangelical school, Patrick Henry College , Miller admits that writing and reviewing such a book is a challenge. Why? She says that reporters tend “to see people of strong faith as freaks or oddities.” This particular prejudice doesn't apply exclusively to evangelical Christians, but of course that's the group the book is about. Miller states that Rosin, a Jewish, “educated East Coast elite” and former reporter for The Washington Post ,... continue reading
Meet the media’s newest coal industry expert Jeff Goodell. Goodell is consistently cited as a coal expert by the media, although he has no formal expertise or academic credentials in the coal business. Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic and Air America . But most importantly, he has written a book, “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future,” therefore he must be an expert on the coal industry. But a Washington Post op-ed on the front page of the August 26 “Outlook” section showed... continue reading
CNN’s “Your $$$$$” is the hip, fast-moving replacement for “In the Money.” But don’t bother to Google “Your $$$$$.” It’s not easily searchable. You get millions of results, but none obviously about the program. That’s a basic starting point for any business with an online presence. It’s an early indicator there are other basics in Business 101 that CNN are missing. On the August 25 show, for example, viewers saw CNN’s bias on the recent market correction in sub-prime mortgages. “Lenders lost their minds,” marveled guest Mark Zandi, of Moody’s Economy.com. Hosts Ali Velshi and Christine Romans were nearly standing... continue reading
Baghdad-based James Glanz buried some good news out of Iraq on Monday in favor of lecturing Iraq's prime minister Maliki for criticizing Democratic senators Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. The headline encapsulated the thrust of Glanz's piece: " Iraqi Prime Minister Says 2 U.S. Senators Need to 'Start Making Sense Again .'" "Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Sunday extended his tongue-lashing of foreign politicians who have questioned his government, saying that Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carl Levin needed to 'start making sense again' after the senators, both Democrats, called for his ouster. "Mr. Maliki, who previously reacted with... continue reading
Leave it to MSNBC to help unions bash business and bosses. Anchor David Shuster actually outdid the union’s “My Bad Boss” contest with a comment about one pregnant employee putting “placenta” on pizza because her boss wouldn’t let her go to the hospital. Shuster welcomed Working America, an arm of the AFL-CIO that actively promotes union ideals in non-union workplaces, which hosted the contest as part of its campaign against “vicious employers,” according to Shuster. Robert Fox, deputy director of Working America, described the contest on the August 26 “MSNBC News Live” to select “the worst boss in the country.”... continue reading