Bemoaning the decline in advertising for newspapers, two leading media figures, in a report from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, the bastion of establishment liberal journalism, call for taxpayer spending on the news media , advocating that public radio and television be "substantially reoriented" to "provide significant local news reporting" and for the creation of a "a national Fund for Local News" paid by "fees the Federal Communications Commission collects from or could impose on telecom users, broadcast licensees or Internet service providers." In a Monday op-ed, " Finding a new model for news reporting ," former Washington Post... continue reading
In what could be described as the biggest non-surprise of the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election, the Washington Post on Sunday endorsed Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate that its news section has been touting for months. Beginning in late August, the Post ran numerous hit pieces, 12 in the first 11 days , against Republican Bob McDonnell for a 20 year-old college thesis. The massive, 1391 word editorial slashed Republican Bob McDonnell's "intolerant" social positions. Readers could be forgiven for asking if this endorsement was really necessary. On August 30 , the Post first inserted itself into the Virginia election by... continue reading
Monday's CBS Early Show took time to highlight the selling power of the Obama family as correspondent Dean Reynolds reported: "Bill Grimshaw thinks he has the perfect sales pitch for the house he's trying to sell on Chicago's south side.... he lives right next door to the Obamas....because of this...special location, the sky could well be the limit." Reynolds gushed over how the Grimshaw family was "So close they let Obama use their living room as a backdrop to record a holiday message days before last year's Iowa caucuses." He then spoke with real estate agent Matt Garrison, who argued:... continue reading
Saturday's "Weekend Edition" of the Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed from Rush Limbaugh , that went online Friday night, in which Limbaugh, echoing his on-air observations , outlined how "this spectacle is bigger" than left-wingers trying to keep him out of the NFL. After noting the leading roles of race-hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in smearing him as a racist, Limbaugh proposed in his penultimate paragraph: There is a contempt in the news business, including the sportswriter community, for conservatives that reflects the blind hatred espoused by Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson. "Racism" is too often their sledgehammer. And... continue reading
Back on October 7, when the Congressional Budget Office reported that the federal deficit had ballooned to a massive $1.4 trillion during President Obama's first year on the job, Katie Couric's CBS Evening News did not tell viewers . But Couric finally caught up to the bad news after the Obama White House put out its final numbers on Friday afternoon. Couric disclosed the news in a brief item on the October 16 Evening News that never mentioned Obama by name: "It's the biggest IOU Uncle Sam has ever written. Government figures out today show for the last fiscal year,... continue reading
During the 3:00PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC Friday, co-host David Shuster admitted that racially charged quotes he and other hosts attributed to Rush Limbaugh had not been verified: "MSNBC attributed that quote to a football player who was opposed to Limbaugh's NFL bid. However, we have been unable to verify that quote independently. So, just to clarify." Shuster did not formally retract the quote or apologize. On Monday , Shuster revealed the supposed source of the false quote: "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior says Limbaugh should be denied the privilege of owning an NFL franchise for comments... continue reading
Last night ABC News, as the MRC's Brent Baker noted , showcased the "Why People Hate You Obama?" kid and on Friday's "Today" show it was NBC's turn to be charmed by the Obama-adoring child. NBC's Savannah Guthrie, reporting from College Station, Texas about Obama's latest health care pitch and his upcoming joint appearance with George H.W. Bush to promote volunteerism, squeezed in a clip of Tyren Scott asking Obama why people hated him, when they're supposed to love him? After which Natalie Morales cooed: "Alright cute kid there." The following is the full report as it was aired on... continue reading
Heck of a job, kid. ABC's Charles Gibson on Thursday night showcased what he described as "an interesting" question President Barack Obama got from "a fourth grader" during a friendly town hall session in New Orleans: "Why people hate you, and why? They're supposed to love you." Viewers were treated to a lengthy soundbite of Obama's appreciative response: That's what I'm talking about! Well, now, first of all, I did get elected President, so not everybody hates me. You know what is true is, if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's just getting mad all the time... continue reading
Early Thursday afternoon, the Weekly Standard's John McCormack reported that the Huffington Post had asked author Jack Huberman to document quotes allegedly from Rush Limbaugh declaring that slavery "had its merits" and that the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. deserved the Medal of Honor. The quotes were widely cited as real by several sports writers and on CNN and MSNBC in the past week as proof that Limbaugh was a racist who did not deserve to own part of the St. Louis Rams football team. But the Huffington Post has now removed them, saying the author has not been... continue reading
In an intro dripping with sarcasm, Chris Matthews, on Thursday's Hardball, opened his show by declaring Rush Limbaugh's "racially inflammatory words," have "knocked him out as a potential NFL owner." Matthews went on to mock the radio talk show host as the "master of righteous indignation," and rhymed "that it takes large forces indeed, to bring down so grand a man as he." The following is Matthews' complete introduction to the August 15 edition of Hardball: CHRIS MATTHEWS: Blocking the Rush. Let's play Hardball! Good evening I'm Chris Matthews in Washington. Leading off tonight, sacked. Rush Limbaugh, a man who... continue reading