Commentary http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/40/all en TO CAVIL AND TO BRAY: http://mrc.org/commentary/cavil-and-bray <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (The Press Corps in Modern America) </div> </div> </div> <p>As the title suggests, this is not a paean to the press. &nbsp;But neither is the intent to urinate on the grave of Edward R. Murrow. &nbsp; Rather, the purpose is to discuss how Murrow’s progeny have gone astray, fallen into sin, hubris, and folly, richly deserving to have their asses kicked off Mount Olympus where they presume to dwell. &nbsp;With that charge (purpose) in mind, we will first get a few preliminaries out of the way, and then discuss the damning specifications of the charge against them. &nbsp;After that we will lay out a primer on what is to be done about the rascals.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/cavil-and-bray" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary media Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:39:50 +0000 scooter.schaefer 42811 at http://mrc.org The Uncertainty Problem and the Great Recession http://mrc.org/commentary/uncertainty-problem-and-great-recession <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Government intervention has businesses on hold and keeps job growth sluggish. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/gary-wolfram-william-simon-professor-economics">Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Voters headed to the polls Nov. 6, and for many their greatest concern was the U.S. economic situation. Although The Great Recession ended more than three years ago, growth has remained slow and job growth sluggish.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/uncertainty-problem-and-great-recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Business Economy Government businesses Economics fiscal cliff gary wolfram GDP government intervention great recession Recovery robert higgs slow growth uncertainty unemployment Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:27:25 +0000 julia.seymour 41741 at http://mrc.org Teachers, Teachers’ Unions and Truth http://mrc.org/commentary/teachers-teachers-unions-and-truth <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facts are missing from the education discussion. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In light of the Chicago school teacher strike, I would like to quote a few paragraphs from a Wall Street Journal article from February of 2007. Five years ago.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/teachers-teachers-unions-and-truth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Education Government Labor Chicago Teachers Strike education Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:16:19 +0000 matt.philbin 41316 at http://mrc.org Chick-fil-A, Media Magic and 68 Days That Didn’t Shake the World http://mrc.org/commentary/chick-fil-media-magic-and-68-days-didnt-shake-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The left tried to pull a fast on on marriage. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-philbin">Matt Philbin</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">It would have been a neat trick if they managed it. </span></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/chick-fil-media-magic-and-68-days-didnt-shake-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Culture and Media Institute Faith Family Politics Chick-fil-A CNN GLAAD Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:37:58 +0000 matt.philbin 40977 at http://mrc.org Chick-fil-A, Media Magic and 68 Days That Didn’t Shake the World http://mrc.org/commentary/chick-fil-media-magic-and-68-days-didnt-shake-world-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The left tried to pull a fast one on marriage. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/matt-philbin">Matt Philbin</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> </span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">It would have been a neat trick if they managed it. </span></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/chick-fil-media-magic-and-68-days-didnt-shake-world-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Culture and Media Institute Faith Family Politics Chick-fil-A CNN GLAAD Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:38:24 +0000 matt.philbin 40978 at http://mrc.org Obama's Game is Afoot, Hidden From View http://mrc.org/commentary/obamas-game-afoot-hidden-view <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The free market is dying the death of a thousand regulatory power-grabs. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Obama’s executive branch is by-passing Congress <i>again</i>.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/obamas-game-afoot-hidden-view" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Business Economy Environment Government environmentalregulation EPA Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:40:18 +0000 matt.philbin 40794 at http://mrc.org Obama’s Tall Tales, Whoppers and Fish Stories http://mrc.org/commentary/obamas-tall-tales-whoppers-and-fish-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, he’s done plenty of story-telling. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a CBS interview this past week, the president remarkably asserted that, in his first term, he has gotten all the policy right. His only mistake was not telling a good enough story to the American people.</p><p>He may not have told them well, but Obama really can’t be faulted for not telling audacious ones. His nose should be long enough to hang laundry on by now.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/obamas-tall-tales-whoppers-and-fish-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Economy Government Health Taxes obama obamacare Story-telling taxes Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:51:17 +0000 matt.philbin 40684 at http://mrc.org VP Time: Media Has Prepared Americans for Big Man Like Chris Christie http://mrc.org/commentary/vp-time-media-has-prepared-americans-big-man-chris-christie <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Liberal fat jokes are sticks and stones to the ample gov. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, gay marriage and Barack Obama have in common? The media spent years laying the groundwork for their popularity. As Mitt Romney studies hard for a vice presidential pick, smart analysts are probably assessing the impact of Christie as BMOC (Big Man Out Campaigning), especially since he wants to distract from media feeding frenzy about Bain.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/vp-time-media-has-prepared-americans-big-man-chris-christie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Health Politics Chris Christie Mitt Romney VPOTUS Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:31:01 +0000 matt.philbin 40680 at http://mrc.org Gambler-in-Chief http://mrc.org/commentary/gambler-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama rolls the dice. We lose. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The president’s <st1:state>Ohio</st1:state> bus tour slogan was “Betting on <st1:country-region><st1:place>America</st1:place></st1:country-region>.”</p><p>Imagine if the Romney campaign had shown the poor judgment to snare this slogan. The media would have had a field day with Wall Street’s wagering, turning the economy into a giant casino; with Bain Capital as a cabal of cold-hearted gamblers placing bets they win on either way, while victimized workers lose their jobs to downsizing and outsourcing. </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/gambler-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Business Economy Government Taxes Betting on America green jobs Health Care Stimulus Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:12:52 +0000 matt.philbin 40642 at http://mrc.org Now Left Blames GOP ‘Treason’ for Bad Economy http://mrc.org/commentary/now-left-blames-gop-treason-bad-economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making Opposition to Obama out-of-bounds. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are always at least two views to any economy. If you think the <st1:country-region><st1:place>U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region> economy is recovering but might need more stimulus, you probably vote liberal. If you think the economy stinks and government needs to be reined in, then you might be committing treason.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/now-left-blames-gop-treason-bad-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Economy Government Patriotism Politics economy GOP Treason Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:15:02 +0000 matt.philbin 40568 at http://mrc.org New Lows for Media, President http://mrc.org/commentary/new-lows-media-president <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Constitution burns while ABC fiddles. </div> </div> </div> <p>June has been a month of new lows for the media and the president they worship. </p><p>Exhibit a) ABC, which should stand for Ashamed Broadcasting Company, gave Rielle Hunter not one but three prime promotional opportunities. </p><p>Hunter, of course, is the woman who gained fame as disgraced presidential candidate John Edwards’ mistress. He was secreting, sleeping with and impregnating Hunter while married to his wife dying of cancer. Hunter’s become tell-all-book author and ABC and others gifted her multiple publicity and promotional platform by ABC and other media outlets.&nbsp; </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/new-lows-media-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Government Media Politics abc Barack Obama Reille Hunter Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:49:22 +0000 matt.philbin 40502 at http://mrc.org Media Coverage of ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal Rare and Spurious http://mrc.org/commentary/media-coverage-fast-and-furious-scandal-rare-and-spurious <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to The Washington Post, 40 years after Watergate “the future of investigative reporting is at risk.” Former <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forty-years-after-watergate-investigative-journalism-is-at-risk/2012/06/07/gJQArTzlLV_story.html">Post Managing Editor Leonard Downie Jr.,</a> now a VP with the company, claimed we all need a “widespread recognition of the importance of accountability journalism in our democracy.” But he got so lost patting himself and the paper on the back that he missed one of the big reasons why many stories never get done by the traditional</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/media-coverage-fast-and-furious-scandal-rare-and-spurious" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Culture and Media Institute Government Politics Fast and Furious networks Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:11:11 +0000 matt.philbin 40399 at http://mrc.org MSNBC’s Moment of Honesty http://mrc.org/commentary/msnbcs-moment-honesty <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might want to sit down for this.&nbsp;</p><p>At 11:14 a.m. EST, Friday, May 25, something remarkable happened on the very left leaning MSNBC. If you missed it, you missed a rare and momentous moment in MSNBC television. MSNBC host Thomas Roberts raised a question about the fairness of Obama’s attacks on Romney as job-creator vs. job-destroyer while he was a private equity investor at Bain Capital – based on Obama’s poor record playing venture capitalist with our money.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/msnbcs-moment-honesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Business Economy Government Bain Capital GM MSNBC obama Solyndra Thu, 31 May 2012 15:11:08 +0000 matt.philbin 40254 at http://mrc.org Bill, Barry and Fear-Driven Advertising http://mrc.org/commentary/bill-barry-and-fear-driven-advertising <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An ad hit the airwaves this week featuring Bill Clinton talking about Obama’s moment of courage, in ordering the “get Bin Laden” operation. What does it signify?</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/bill-barry-and-fear-driven-advertising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Politics Barack Obama Bill Clinton Osama bin Laden Fri, 04 May 2012 16:18:15 +0000 matt.philbin 39992 at http://mrc.org A Simple Question about Voter IDs http://mrc.org/commentary/simple-question-about-voter-ids <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/dan-kennedy">Dan Kennedy</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>I have a simple question for the media:</b></p><p>The hand-wringing and protestations about states forcing or attempting to force people to show photo ID before voting continues. It is loudest and most persistent from Al Sharpton on MSNBC, but it is widespread. And the president’s Justice Department is threatening, bullying and, in some cases, litigating against states over this matter. </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/commentary/simple-question-about-voter-ids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Politics Obama Administration voter ID Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:25:13 +0000 matt.philbin 39891 at http://mrc.org