There used to be a delay between tragedy and people trying to capitalize on it. Used to be. But as terrifying and horrible as the I-35W bridge collapse is, it’s quickly become political leverage as tax-and-spend liberals line up to do just that. And the media might even be worse. In the aftermath of our latest national tragedy, the mainstream press has already called for the Big, Bountiful Solution – the Big BS for short – more taxes. Before families even get a chance to mourn, we are told to open our wallets, not our hearts. When the House of... continue reading
The scene is reminiscent of “Casey at the Bat.” It’s the ninth inning, two out and two strikes against the batter. Still, somehow, Rupert Murdoch smacks the ball out of the park with one crack of the bat. Murdoch’s months-long pursuit of Dow Jones, parent of The Wall Street Journal, comes down to one hotly contested vote. And he is victorious. The real game in New York this year isn’t the Yankees, so far back they are about as close to the lowly Orioles as they are to the division-leading Red Sox. Murdoch’s quest for the Journal is the only... continue reading
You can never be too thin or too rich. That’s always been the case – until the mainstream media started counting. They like us all Hollywood-thin, but like our wallets that way as well. Journalists set almost mystical limits on how much wealth is too much. And if you have money, you need to devote it to the right, or I should say “left,” causes. If you don’t do the right thing, the media brand you as “super rich,” part of the new awful elite who not only dare to earn, but dare to spend and enjoy life. It’s all... continue reading
The well is about to run dry. That’s what the International Energy Agency said in early July. According to the Financial Times, “oil looks extremely tight in five years time.” Why wait five years? Oil looks pretty tight right now. As of this writing, oil is floating around $74-$75 and gas is more than $3 a gallon yet again. We aren’t running out by any means, but it’s not exactly pleasant for consumers. And journalists are sure to jump on the industry once again. You can almost format the media coverage in advance: 1. Describe the company CEO (fill in... continue reading
Say the word “Fark” and you either get knowing smirks or people think you are cursing. Geeks like myself might even make the connection with the expletive “frack” or “frak” from the two “Battlestar Galactica” TV shows. In reality, Fark is wildly popular Web site devoted to weird, unusual and often hilarious news and events. To true farkers, it isn’t just a Web site, it’s a way of looking at the news. In his own warped and wonderful way, Fark founder Drew Curtis is one heck of a media critic – one with a lot to say. (For a Q&A... continue reading
Drew Curtis, founder of, was kind enough to answer some questions from the Business & Media Institute (BMI), pegged to his new book: “It’s Not News, It’s FARK.” BMI: What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen the news media do (aside from asking this question)? Drew Curtis: The most consistent stupid thing I’ve seen them do is hurricane coverage. Send an army of reporters right into an impending disaster area so you can take video of them standing in water when it’s windy out, all the while telling people to evacuate because it’s dangerous. BMI: The book didn’t... continue reading
Michael Moore’s new movie “Sicko” is a shock-umentary approach to exaggerating the ills of American health care. Still, it guarantees some debate over universal health care will take place this summer. On the campaign trail, Democrats like former Sen. John Edwards are falling over one another trying to embrace universal care. Most of those plans attack America 's pharmaceutical industry as well. According to a recent study, a barrage of anti-industry media reporting may play a significant role in the evolution of the industry's tarnished image. Industry critics call it "Big Pharma" to associate it with "Big Tobacco." Best-selling books... continue reading
Go green young man. A twist on Horace Greeley’s famous advice is growing from a suggestion into a media mandate. Everywhere, they tell us, America and the world are “going green.” It’s more than just a buzzword term for the eco-elite. The mainstream media are saying people are going green as a reminder that we, too, must join them or risk being behind the times. Or worse, conservative. Just this year, the three broadcast TV networks have cited the term more than 90 times. It defines everything from organic wine to former steel towns. Even the Vatican is “going green.”... continue reading
It used to be that you could buy a newspaper on the corner for a penny, a nickel or even a dime. Or the paperboy delivered it to your door, came around another time and collected a whole month’s worth for just a few dollars. In 2007, journalists aren’t happy when you offer to pay $5 billion for a paper. Journalists don’t want to sell to News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch because they don’t like his politics and his brand of journalism. It’s easy to find reporters and editors opposed to Murdoch. They’re all over the news – NPR, the Columbia... continue reading
Americans are obsessed with rights. We always have been. But the concept of rights our forefathers laid out in the Declaration of Independence has changed dramatically. Those rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – were acknowledged to come from the Almighty, given equally to all people. Today’s rights come from Almighty Government. Health care is the newest “right.” From presidential candidates’ universal plans to the return of HillaryCare to Michael Moore’s movie “Sicko,” it’s all over the media. Calling it a “right” is an emotional argument advanced by those who want others to pay for their health... continue reading