Special Reports

Executive Summary Like the fabled town of Hamelin that hired the Pied Piper to conquer its rat problem, America needed a hero to overcome a faltering economy. According to the news media, that hero was Sen. Barack Obama who made extravagant promises about tax cuts for 95 percent of “working families” and getting the economy back on track. Promises, promises. Obama also signed a $65-billion tax hike into law. Up to $4.2 trillion more in tax increases will hit taxpayers starting January 1. Yet, when the networks talked about tax cuts, ABC, CBS and NBC have portrayed Obama as a... continue reading
It’s been a rough five months for the credibility of many of the “leading” climate scientists. First, the ClimateGate e-mails appeared to show unethical or illegal behavior of high profile scientists and a potential conspiracy to distort science for political gain. These weren’t just a few renegade scientists; in the following months, damning information came to light about the world’s leading climate alarmists and their work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Stern Report, the U.S. National Climate Data Center and even NASA. Even with the 40 th anniversary of Earth Day coming up on April 22,... continue reading
Executive Summary For years the global warming alarmists’ mantra has been “the science is settled.” But a recent series of shocking disclosures about climate science has shaken the credibility of that claim. The first scandal – ClimateGate – came Nov. 20, 2009, after someone leaked thousands of e-mails from a major climate science group: University of East Anglia ’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The e-mails were full of startling admissions like this one: “We can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment.” Since then there has been an avalanche of admissions and disclosures spreading online through Web sites... continue reading
It's every parent's nightmare. A child hops on the computer for homework or to innocently play a game. But even a short time online can expose that child to an amazing array of obscenity, provocative material and links to porn on one of the world's most popular Internet sites - YouTube. YouTube claims it is 'not for pornography or sexually explicit content.' But that's impossible to tell from its Web site. There's sexual material - including pornography - almost everywhere. Even before clicking on a video, obscene language and suggestive photos entice viewers to watch. There are pictures of porn... continue reading
After criticism from pro-family groups, the popular video site YouTube announced plans in December 2008 to become more 'family friendly.' Six months later, that site remains a haven for soft-core pornography, obscenity and links to outside porn sites. Despite claims by parent company Google that it would improve, a child surfing the site today could find a universe of objectionable content with little difficulty. The Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute studied YouTube to determine the prevalence of pornography, obscenity and other content inappropriate for children. CMI looked at the most popular search results for the word 'porn' -... continue reading
It's a maxim of journalism that newspapers are supposed to ' comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable . ' Yet there are few industries more afflicted by problems than the news business, and some journalists and their supporters on the left are flexing political muscle to find more than a little comfort. And they certainly do need comfort. Nearly everywhere they turn, the news is bad. USA Today, one of the top circulation newspapers in the nation, is expected to show a loss of nearly 400,000 copies a day from this time last year. Confirmation of that 17-percent collapse... continue reading
Executive Summary The pattern repeats itself - an industry in chaos, companies going bankrupt, thousands of workers losing jobs. It's time for government intervention. That's been the Obama administration's model for Wall Street, insurance giant AIG and the auto industry. Now it could be the same for the American media. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the FCC are all looking at ways to 'help' journalism. On Sept. 20, President Obama threw his support to the concept by saying: 'I'll be happy to look at' bills aiding the industry. That fits the Obama mindset, who said in a Sept. 22... continue reading
See Executive Summary These are tough times. More than 3 million people have lost their jobs just since February 2009 and consumer confidence fell unexpectedly in September. The unemployment rate has spiked from 8.1 percent to 9.7 percent in the first seven months of Barack Obama's presidency and is expected to climb even higher. Despite that grim news, the major news networks have spun their unemployment reports into "good news" and presented Obama positively. Journalists tried hard to present rising job losses in the best possible light. ABC's Charles Gibson called the loss of 539,000 jobs in April a "marked... continue reading
See Full Report Unemployment under President Barack Obama is at a 26-year-high. The last time the economy had 9.7 percent or higher unemployment was under President Ronald Reagan. But despite similar periods of rising unemployment, Obama and Reagan received almost exactly opposite treatment from the network news media. Under Obama reporters have gone to great lengths to spin rising unemployment by finding 'positive trends' in the job losses, even focusing on as few as 25 jobs being 'saved' by the economic stimulus package. But when Reagan was president journalists showed unemployed families living out of their cars under a bridge... continue reading
The media love to fret over global warming, but now that a trillion-dollar scheme to address global warming could be just around the corner the networks have been curiously quiet. On May 21, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to cap carbon emissions and create an artificial trading market. The network news media didn’t mention it, but critics say the legislation would be a “huge threat to American prosperity and freedom.” The Heritage Foundation estimates that this bill, known as Waxman-Markey , would cost $9.6 trillion in GDP loss and over a million jobs by 2035, but... continue reading