ABC's Jonathan Karl on Friday attacked wasteful government spending of stimulus money, even going to the John Murtha Airport in Western Pennsylvania, which he derided as a "ghost town." Providing some refreshing journalistic skepticism about the Obama legislation, Karl described the airport as a " monument to powerful Democratic Congressman John Murtha." The House member's portrait could be seen in the background as Karl reported for Good Morning America on the $17 million that the tiny airport has received. ( Politico puts the total number at $150 million.) The reporter conducted a tour of the empty, quiet building: "When we... continue reading
Trying to boost the rationale for ObamaCare, Thursday's CBS Evening News ran two stories from far-left sources, but the network disguised the agenda behind both. Katie Couric announced that "while the debate goes on over the cost of insuring everyone, a new study reveals the cost of not doing it. The Harvard study says nearly 45,000 American deaths every year are linked to a lack of insurance." Neither she, nor reporter Jim Axelrod, noted that the report was really produced by Physicians for a National Health Program , "the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to... continue reading
On Wednesday night, ex-president Jimmy Carter made the lead story on the NBC Nightly New s with his racism charge against conservative opponents of Obama's agenda. "An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man," Carter said in an interview with anchor Brian Williams in Atlanta. On Thursday morning, Carter's racism charge made the front page of the New York Times in a "Political Memo" from Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg examining the White House's fervent wish to avoid the issue, " White House Is Sitting... continue reading
An evening after trumpeting President Jimmy Carter's racism charge ("An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man"), NBC led Wednesday night with the "fallout" as Andrea Mitchell proposed that though "many thought" the "racial divisions" were "healed by the election of the first African-American President," Carter's "blunt comments" have "prompted us to re-examine our assumptions about race" - as if everyone is like those at NBC who adjust their views based on what Carter says. Mitchell proceeded to smear the tea party activists, corroborated by... continue reading
A new Investor's Business Daily poll of more than 1,300 physicians finds that nearly two-thirds (65%) don't back ObamaCare, more than 70% say the government cannot provide insurance coverage for 47 million additional people and save money without harming quality, and 45% of doctors say they "would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if the liberal health care plan passes. Earlier this week, as the front-page story in today's Investor's Business Daily noted, the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page story touting the American Medical Association (AMA)'s backing of President Obama's health care plans, while a National... continue reading
BiasAlert under-covers media bias in the Butte, Montana media market, so when Best of the Web's James Taranto caught some in the Montana Standard, I decided to jump on it. On Tuesday, the newspaper, part of the Lee chain , announced it would carry Byron York's column each Tuesday and introduced York by explaining how he isn't the typical conservative ogre: York, a staunch conservative, presents his arguments in a thoughtful, measured fashion, rather than resorting to cheap personal attacks on President Obama and others in the Democratic Party that seem to be the hallmark of the GOP these days... continue reading
The Politico's Mike Allen appeared on Wednesday's Morning Joe to both defend the mainstream media's decision to ignore the ACORN controversy and agree that a double standard is at work. Commenting on a piece he wrote about the subject, the former New York Times reporter spun, "And what we heard was news executives saying that there's so much out there. Two wars, health care, a President who's struggling, that they didn't have time to focus on this." Asserting that, somehow, Americans should appreciate the media's efforts to spike coverage of ACORN, He cheered, " I think we should be grateful... continue reading
In the first story on CBS since the scandal broke last week, on Tuesday's Evening News, anchor Katie Couric reported: "The grassroots community organization called ACORN helps low-income Americans find affordable housing and gets tens of millions of dollars in government funding. But as Cynthia Bowers reports, that may be coming to an end after a scandal caught on tape." After showing undercover video of ACORN workers across the country advising filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who posed as a pimp and prostitute, on how to run an underage prostitution ring, Bowers explained: "ACORN says the workers caught on... continue reading
ABC and NBC on Tuesday night joined the effort to undermine the anti-Obama tea party participants by smearing them as racists as ABC framed a story around the proposition "some prominent Obama supporters are now saying" the opposition to Obama is "driven, in part, by a refusal to accept a black President," while NBC anchor Brian Williams touted how "former President Carter spoke up and spoke out about" the supposed racism. Williams alleged "a certain number of signs and images at last weekend's big tea party march in Washington and at other recent events have featured racial and other violent... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, insinuated racism may have been behind Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst against President Obama, at last week's health care speech, as he repeatedly asked his guests if they thought Wilson's exclamation was "A race thing," that represented "the old black/white attitude of the South." In the very first segment of the show Matthews pressed Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards, "Do you think this is a race thing...I mean was it a racial thing on the part of Wilson? Was he expressing contempt for Barack Obama because of his heritage?" For her part Edwards insisted, "I don't think... continue reading