John Lennon once wrote "all you need is love." If that's the case, then GOP unknown Jon Huntsman will be the next president of the United States. The quasi-Republican former ambassador to China is finding the media environment filled with love. Huntsman, who was also the governor of Utah, is trying to position himself as "electable" because liberals, gays and the media love him. (Yes, sometimes those three groups aren't identical.) They love him because he's the kind of Republican they could vote for if they held their noses and someone forced them to choose a GOP candidate. (Actually, they... continue reading
Last week Charlie Cook, the usually carefully spoken and reasonable political pundit frequently seen on MSNBC, may have revealed something dark about himself with this comment about Sarah Palin: "She's making more money than God ever intended her to make." Mr. Cook and those who quickly, happily agreed undoubtedly harbor a green-as-dollars envy and resentment over Governor Palin, that ditzy broad who disses them, unfairly out-earning them as a political media personality, public speaker and author. But worse than such embarrassing envy is the idea that anyone, least alone God, should impose arbitrary limit on what someone can earn in... continue reading
Journalism is the "the first rough draft of history," former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip Graham reportedly said. If that's true, the history won't be very kind to conservatives. It's not news that most of the old media - newspapers, TV and public outlets like NPR and PBS - are liberal. But old media outlets are in trouble and layoffs, closings and circulation declines run like red ink all over their balance sheets. Sensing the old models haven't been working, the left has been pouring money into new ones. Sure they have ProPublica with its two Pulitzer prizes or... continue reading
It's so ironic that in the very midst of the Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal, television's most shameless channel, MTV, is working overtime to make any notion of sexual restraint obsolete. This year's MTV Movie Awards aerobically established a new low. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are starring in the upcoming summer comedy "Friends with Benefits," yet another movie exploring the "dream life" of casual and very cold sex. As they introduced the award for Best Male Performance, Timberlake and Kunis grabbed each other's private parts on national TV. Reflect for just a moment on what Weiner did, and the medium... continue reading
Welcome to "recovery summer." Oops, that was last year when journalists told us that prosperity was just around the corner. We turned that corner and took a huge left, but the economy didn't. It went south. Now, the greatest nation on earth is filled with dread over the next step, with nearly half the country anticipating economic calamity in the next year. According to CNN , "48 percent say that another Great Depression is likely to occur in the next year - the highest that figure has ever reached." Two and a half years into the Obama presidency and we're... continue reading
Born blocks from the NBC soundstage in 1984 to parents in the entertainment industry, Ben Shapiro is a natural choice to write a book about Hollywood. For his new book "Primetime Propaganda," Shapiro has studied decades of television content and interviewed a bevy of powerful Hollywood producers to document the degree to which they have created a political and cultural revolution of permissive leftism. The project gets off to a harsh start. In his introduction, Shapiro attacks "traditional" TV critics on the cultural right for being "worse than useless," suggesting some unnamed conservatives are insisting TV should not be watched... continue reading
Last of Four Parts To hear the left tell it, Fox News has a " history of inciting Islamophobia and racial and ethic animosity " and tries to "race bait its viewers." One staffer is called a "hit man," while his network is accused of "attack politics." A highly questionable study is hyped by numerous outlets claiming that it "confirms that Fox News makes you stupid." Fox is called simply: " The Liars' Network ." Sure, liberals have it in for Fox News, but that deep-seated, anti-Fox agenda isn't just an organic response from the left. It's a George Soros-funded... continue reading
Third of Four Parts Books, newspapers, radio stations, TV stations, websites and cutting edge videos. The pieces of the George Soros media empire are as diverse as the nations of the world and just as widespread. From nakedly partisan left-wing media like Think Progress, the blog for the Center for American Progress, and a TV show on MSNBC, to the supposedly impartial National Public Radio, Soros has impact on the flow of information worldwide. It gives him incredible influence. Every month, reporters, writers and bloggers at the many outlets he funds easily reach more than 330 million people around the... continue reading
For the third time, a court has found it necessary to order President Obama to comply with the law. The first two times, he thumbed his nose. Twice before, courts ordered his administration to lift its moratorium on pending oil drilling permits and re-start the approval process. After the first court order, the administration rescinded it and instantly replaced it with the same moratorium, with a different file number. After the second court order, Obama did lift the new moratorium, but the administration has simply dragged its heels since then, approving hardly any. Now a federal court has given him... continue reading
Second of Four Parts It's a scene journalists dream about - a group of coworkers toasting a Pulitzer Prize . For the team at investigative start-up ProPublica, it was the second time their fellow professionals recognized their work for journalism's top honor. For George Soros and ProPublica's other liberal backers, it was again proof that a strategy of funding journalism was a powerful way to influence the American public. It's a strategy that Soros has been deploying extensively in media both in the United States and abroad. Since 2003, Soros has spent more than $48 million funding media properties, including... continue reading