Commentary

If there were a Saffir-Simpson scale for newscasts, CNNs Lou Dobbs Tonight would have been downgraded long ago from news to rant. A September 20 report on the Labor Departments suspension of policies, like affirmative action paperwork, to aid the Gulf Coast clean-up effort was an anti-business rant replete with racial clichs and economic misstatements. Dobbs has not stopped injecting his opinion on the suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act, a racist wage policy implemented to discourage the hiring of cheap minority labor from the South. He led into Christine Romanss report, Some in the Bush administration appear to believe that... continue reading
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. On the network news, it equals about 75 cents a gallon. That's how much the three broadcast networks have been inflating the price of gas by showing pictures that reflect the worst gas prices. In the two weeks around Hurricane Katrina, the network evening news shows talked about rising gas prices 30 times. Those stories showed pictures of the price at the pump 46 times and those pictures were, on average, 75 cents per gallon higher than the national average price. In some cases, the prices were up to $3.25 higher... continue reading
Finally, the discussion about Hurricane Katrinas aftermath has turned to the Mississippi coast. Since the advent of the storm, devastated Mississippi communities have received sparse coverage compared to the spectacle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the media have chosen to tout Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs, and their efforts to strong-arm the insurance industry with lawsuits. Consumers should be bothered by both the publicity and likely consequences. To draw the medias obsession away from New Orleans, it took a cynical lawsuit filed by the attorney generals office against insurance companies, accusing them of an unfair or deceptive... continue reading
According to police, a letter bomb was recently sent to the CEO of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. It was only a matter of time. Left wing protesters - from the union loonies at SEIU to the equally loony, but more radical Occupy Wall Street crowd - have been targeting bank executives for some time. It was bound to happen that someone would take all the venom aimed by the media and the left at so-called "banksters" and turn it into a Unabomber homage. The term "bankster" sounds cute. Though the way the left uses it, "bankster" would be hate... continue reading
When Americans triumphed in the Revolutionary War, it was said that the world had turned upside down. It has happened all over again 228 years later, except this time it's not the government that's changed, it's the culture. The 1960s ushered in counterculture in a big way. Long hair, psychedelic music, drugs and free love dominated the landscape for young people as many rebelled against traditional values. But all that is as passé as Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners." In the eyes of the media, the counterculture won. As a society, we no longer celebrate the good things in America... continue reading
When Americans triumphed in the Revolutionary War, it was said that the world had turned upside down. It has happened all over again 228 years later, except this time it's not the government that's changed, it's the culture. The 1960s ushered in counterculture in a big way. Long hair, psychedelic music, drugs and free love dominated the landscape for young people as many rebelled against traditional values. But all that is as passé as Jackie Gleason in "The Honeymooners." In the eyes of the media, the counterculture won. As a society, we no longer celebrate the good things in America... continue reading
On "Meet The Press," Grover Norquist, keeper of the pledge some legislators and presidential candidates have signed not to raise taxes, succinctly stated the Democrat position. The only problem in Washington, D.C., Norquist explained, is that the peasants aren't sending in enough money for the royals to spend. I'll paraphrase his hopeful description of the Republican position: We acknowledge that the federal government is a bloated, wasteful, poorly behaving beast desperately needing to be tamed and we will work on that, not on taking more food from you to feed it. I characterize that as a hopeful description because I'm... continue reading
Thanksgiving means we should give thanks. Seldom since 9/11 has it been this obvious that we owe so much thanks to the men and women in blue. Occupiers abuse, harass and threaten them and the media blame … the police. So from the NYPD to Oakland PD and every police department in between, our nation should give an extra special "thank you" to all of those who are on the frontlines dealing with the fiasco that is Occupy Wall Street. Lord knows, the Occupiers sure won't say it. When they aren't calling them "pigs" or chanting "f*** the police," they... continue reading
Does the name Gennifer Flowers ring a bell? When Flowers came forward to describe her long-running sexual relationship with Bill Clinton, the mainstream media was quick to doubt her, ridicule her and attack her. Gloria Always-Ready-for-a-Camera did not rush to her side. Nor to the side of Kathleen Willey, who accused Bubba of outright sexual harassment. She, too, was brushed off as a hysterical fictionalizer or a political operative. It so happens I personally talked with Flowers, in connection with marketing of her book. I found her credible. The media didn't. The fact that she had tape recordings and that... continue reading
You can tell people are filling up their cars with gasoline by the scowls on their faces. Nearly three years into Obama-Nation and the term "gas pain" is something that Tums just can't erase. It's the culmination of the most anti-oil, anti-energy administration this country has seen since the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter. But the American media are doing their best to hide that fact. When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, gas was $1.84 a gallon. It topped $2 a gallon on March 26 and has never looked back. The lowest gas has been in the past... continue reading