Political media beat reporter Katharine Seelye covered the Saturday Night Live effect in Wednesday's " News Coverage Changes, and So Does Tone of the Campaign ." Seelye pretty much admitted that attention from the comedy show, givenwide playby the Hillary Clinton campaign, actually made a difference among the media - "may have helped flip the coverage as it questioned Mr. Obama more aggressively." Indeed, Hillary Clinton laid her claim to a comeback by easily winning in Ohio and also taking Texas in Tuesday's voting. It's very hard to imagine a Republican's complaints of unfair press coverage getting such quick results... continue reading
Do journalists have axes to grind with business and capitalism? ABC ‘20/20’ co-anchor John Stossel says so. Stossel spoke before an audience at the Heartland Institute’s 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on March 4 in New York . He called the media “socialist” and warned things weren’t likely to change. “The socialist media – maybe they will just never get it,” Stossel said. “Their world view is anti-capitalist. [Ludwig] von Mises wrote about it in 1972 and it’s just very hard to change. I would also argue the scientific community is as well.” The ABC “20/20” host based that... continue reading
The Times held a"Times Talks" event Tuesday night at The Times Center (all one word), part of the new New York Times Building now dominating 40th and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan like a behemoth power station. "Inside the News: The Issues & The Elections: Where Do the Candidates Stand?" was advertised as a sell-out, but there were at least 70 empty seats in the 373-seat auditorium. From a low stage, Times journalists Richard Berke, Elisabeth Bumiller, Michael Gordon, David Leonhardt and Robin Toner took turns outlining the placement on the ideological spectrum of Clinton and Obama's various policies and... continue reading
Science is a very powerful thing and it’s important to get it right. That’s the message Lord Christopher Monckton, a policy advisor for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s, told an audience at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on March 3 in New York. According to Monckton, the movement behind global warming alarmism can be traced to some ugly things, and being wrong about it could have a grave impact on humanity. “I think the question you’re asking is who’s behind the scare,” Monckton said. “There’s been a long history of scares recently and scientific... continue reading
The 2008 campaign season features sharp disagreements among the leading presidential aspirants from both parties. Climate change, however, seems to be the exception that proves the rule, as all three frontrunners have embraced broadly similar policy prescriptions that would supposedly combat global warming. Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have declared their support for mandatory emissions reductions and heavy investment in renewable fuel technology. All three are also co-sponsors of the 2007 Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (S. 280), a bill that would establish a cap-and-trade system to restrict carbon dioxide emissions over the next... continue reading
We've seen the media promote an R.V. indicator, a sweater indicator, a McDonald’s indicator and even a Starbucks indicator – all illustrations purporting to show an economy in peril. But CNN topped them all March 4 with the sad puppy indicator. “In Dayton , Ohio , it has come to this. Times are so tough for some people that even the family pet is a luxury they can no longer afford,” reporter Susan Roesgen said on CNN “Newsroom.” “A busy animal shelter is just the latest sign of an economy in trouble.” Rising unemployment in Ohio is leading to increased... continue reading
Seven out of ten Americans believe prescription drugs developed over the past 20 years have made life better for their fellow Americans – in spite of journalists’ incessant attacks on pharmaceutical companies – a new survey by USA TODAY, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health shows. A majority of Americans (59 percent) believe prescription drugs, costly as they may be, help reduce the need for more expensive medical procedures. A majority (55 percent) also believe drugs are tested and monitored vigorously enough to ensure safety. An overwhelming majority of Americans trust drug companies to develop... continue reading
The Weather Channel has lost its way, according to John Coleman, who founded the channel in 1982. Coleman told an audience at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change on March 3 in New York that he is highly critical of global warming alarmism. “The Weather Channel had great promise, and that’s all gone now because they’ve made every mistake in the book on what they’ve done and how they’ve done it and it’s very sad,” Coleman said. “It’s now for sale and there’s a new owner of The Weather Channel will be announced – several billion dollars having changed... continue reading
The opening of Tuesday's lead editorial on border control, " Border Insecurity ." From San Diego on the Pacific to Brownsville on the Rio Grande, a steel curtain is descending across the continent. Behind it lies a nation so confused and conflicted by its immigration problems that it has decided to wall itself off and wait for things to fix themselves. This country once was a confident global magnet for an invigorating flow of immigrant workers and citizens-to-be. Now it is just hunkering. continue reading
A landmark marriage case opened Tuesday in the California Supreme Court that could have profound legal and social consequences for the entire nation. Yet the major news networks completely ignored the story on their evening newscasts and even on the Wednesday morning shows. At issue is California 's marriage law, approved by voters in 2000 by a wide margin, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Because of California 's history of liberal legal activism, court watchers are taking bets over whether the high bench will sucker punch the electorate and impose “gay marriage” on... continue reading