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The Washington Post continued to attack Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell on Thursday, highlighting the Republican's 1989 thesis three times and bringing the paper's grand total to nine articles in five days. The Post, which recycled George Allen's "macaca" moment 112 times in the 2006 campaign, featured this headline in the Metro section: "McDonnell's Thesis Is Relevant, Deeds Says : 1989 Paper Highlights Candidates' Differences, Senator Says ." [Emphasis added.] So, the Democratic candidate for governor wants to hype a 20-year-old master's thesis on the family structure and that automatically makes it news for the Post? Staff reporters Rosalind S... continue reading
There must have been a twitch in the universe on Wednesday evening as NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams - who has a history of highlighting concerns of interest to the environmentalist left - actually ran a story highlighting complaints by some Europeans that the "going green" movement is going too far as the European Union is banning the use of old-fashioned lightbulbs in favor of a more energy efficient model. Correspondent Dawna Friesen noted that the new bulbs not only are more expensive but that the quality of light produced is inferior to traditional lightbulbs, as she warned that... continue reading
On Thursday's Good Morning America, for the third time in two years , Sam Champion interviewed an extreme environmentalist who shunned toilet paper for a year as part of a project to be carbon neutral. Colin Beavan, also known as "No Impact Man," appeared on the show to promote a new documentary and book on his experience. This time, however, Champion downplayed the bizarre elements of Beavan's life. The host made no mention of the fact that, in addition to not using amenities such as elevators, cars and electricity, Beavan also stopped partaking in the practice of using toilet paper... continue reading
Move over Al Gore, NBC's Meredith Vieira and Natalie Morales have discovered the new face of global warming and it's a glacier. In the latest bit of goofy global warming nonsense Morales reported, on Thursday's Today, that a photographer in Norway caught a picture of "what appears to be a face crying a river of tears as a glacier melts into the sea." To which "Today" co-host Vieira exclaimed, "That's gonna be the new image of global warming, right there." The following exchange was aired on the September 3, Today show: NATALIE MORALES: And in Norway take a look at... continue reading
Late Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC's David Shuster and Chris Matthews made clear their agreement with the message of a new ad from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which ridicules former Vice President Dick Cheney's past judgments and thus proclaims him "WRONG" on the value of enhanced interrogation techniques, with Shuster declaring "he deserves" the "brutal ad" which makes, Matthews decided, an "obvious" and "undeniable" point. Giving free publicity to the TV ad supposedly scheduled to begin airing Thursday on cable channels, just before 5 PM EDT MSNBC played part of the ad and Hardball viewers were treated to the entire 30... continue reading
New York Times reporter Katharine Seelye insisted that many valid criticisms of Obama-care (that abortion would be covered, that illegal immigrants would get taxpayer-funded care, and that private insurance would be eliminated) are simply "myths" believed by Republicans. Obama-care beat reporter Seelye's Tuesday post on the nytimes.com "Prescriptions" blog was adapted into a brief story in Wednesday's print edition, " Who Believes in Health Care Myths ?" Seelye sneakily used an Indiana University study to debunk "myths" Republicans and independent believe about health care, many of which are in fact up for debate. Here are the statements that independents believed... continue reading
National Public Radio ombudsman Alicia Shepard isn't afraid to raise questions of liberal bias occasionally. Her latest column is titled "Too Much Kennedy." She reports NPR offered 53 stories on Ted Kennedy's death in the first five days (August 26-30), "But on that first day, in the 23 on-air stories, only one mentioned the name Mary Jo Kopechne and 5 mentioned Chappaquiddick." When they did, it was passed over gently as an obstacle to the White House: NPR's Brian Naylor did tell the Chappaquiddick story during a 9-minute obit for Morning Edition. But the focus was on how Chappaquiddick and... continue reading
Of the three morning shows, only ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday highlighted just how quickly and severely Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen. In a report on the subject, correspondent Jake Tapper bluntly explained, "Since taking office, President Obama's approval ratings have fallen more steeply than any other newly-elected president in modern history." In contrast, CBS's Early Show charted the middle ground in a segment on the network's new poll. Correspondent Bill Plante observed that Obama has lost some popularity over health care, but spun: "The latest CBS News poll shows that approval of the President's handling of health... continue reading
When Diane Sawyer, who ABC announced Wednesday morning will replace Charles Gibson in January as anchor of World News, filled in as anchor of that newscast on Monday, February 16, she excitedly announced how "the trillion dollar week has begun" and so "finally," as if it had been too long of a wait, "the stimulus starts to flow." She soon heralded how "we embark on a week like no other in American economic history" with "a presidential whirlwind of spending against a recession." Sawyer brought George Stephanopoulos aboard to admire what Sawyer described as a "scrapbook, if you will, of... continue reading
The Washington Post on Wednesday increased its frenzied attack on Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, featuring two stories in the paper's Metro section, an op-ed and a cartoon. Including opinion pieces, the Post has delivered six articles in four days on the Republican's 1989 master's thesis about families and government policy. In an article with the loaded title " McDonnell Tries to Salvage Women's Votes ," Rosalind S. Helderman and Sandhya Somashekhar described how the candidate is trying to "help rebuild his relationship with the key voting bloc, damaged in recent days by the publication of his 1989 master's thesis."... continue reading