Special Reports

Click here for the executive summary of this report. When liberals and their media allies have an agenda to push, they’ll use any tool at hand. The left often rails against the presence of religion in civic life, mocking conservative Christians as “Taliban” agitating for theocracy. But other times, they find faith to be a handy weapon to bludgeon conservatives. And they’ll go so far as to reinterpret and rewrite the Bible to justify any liberal cause, no matter how outrageous. In 2010, MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry summed up this strategy in her call for “re-imagining the Bible as a... continue reading
Ho, Ho, No – The left is fighting to remove nativities and even Christmas trees (which are now “religious symbols”) from the public square. Year Round – Christmas is increasingly just one front in the war on Christianity, as atheists and secularists push freedom from religion. Christmas: a season of generosity, good cheer, preparation for Christ’s birth – and a swarm of lawyers seeking to purge any mention of Christianity from the public square. Every Christmas, the so-called secular community starts shrieking whenever any mention of religion is brought into the public eye. Lawyers successfully targeted a school’s performance of... continue reading
According to exit polling of the 2012 election, just 5 percent of voters who turned out were gay. Yet voters said their states should legalize same-sex marriage by 49 percent to 46 percent. Indeed, social issues like gay marriage and the media-concocted “war on women” probably gave President Obama his margin of victory. Consider another figure: According to a May 2011 Gallup poll, most U.S. adults “estimate that 25 percent of Americans are” gay or lesbian. In reality, the number of people who identify themselves that way is just 3.4 percent, according to a Gallup survey released in October 2012... continue reading
Executive Summary It has become clear from exit polling that President Obama in large part owed his re-election to social issues. Aided by the media, Democrats were able successfully to caricature conservatives as puritanical. Where the GOP wanted to talk about economics and Obama’s record, liberals invented a conservative “war on women,” in which Republicans wanted to take away the previously unknown “right” to free contraception, overturn Roe vs. Wade and pay women less for the same work. And it wasn’t just women’s issues. When New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane admitted the paper’s liberal bias in his final... continue reading
Presidential elections have been won or lost due to the economy. Herbert Hoover lost to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Jimmy Carter lost to Ronald Reagan. This election season is no different as polls, including a recent one from NBC News/Wall Street Journal, continue to show the economy is the top concern of voters. But the network news media often skew economic coverage in favor of liberal candidates and against conservatives. In September 2012, President Barack Obama continued to face a barrage of poor economic news including a GDP downgrade to 1.3 percent, an unemployment rate still above 8 percent and “record”... continue reading
On October 27, 2011, former Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter wrote a column for Bloomberg News headlined “Obama Miracle is White House Free of Scandal.” Alter began: “President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 [race] with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.” Alter even bragged: “According to a metric created by political scientist Brendan Nyhan, Obama set a record earlier this month for most days without a scandal of any president since 1977.” Nyhan’s methodology insisted that a president doesn’t have a scandal until The Washington... continue reading
Scare tactics are one of the many tools of the left, and the environmental left particularly loves to spread fear of chemicals and “toxins” among consumers. But that phobia also taints media coverage, and has resulted in attacks on food-packaging chemicals like BPA. The media, along with the help of left-wing green groups and one infamous liberal PR company, have attacked that chemical, commonly found in plastics, liners of cans and many other ordinary products, for more more than a decade. Activist groups and scientists have repeatedly claimed it is “a threat to human health,” despite government agencies that have... continue reading
Read the Executive Summary Say the name George Soros and liberals see dollar signs – literally. The world’s 22 nd richest man, according to Forbes, is now worth $20 billion. But Soros isn’t just noteworthy for the money he has – he’s notable for the money he has given away. Since launching his Open Society Foundations in 1984, Soros has donated more than $8 billion to charities around the world. But instead of gaining a mighty reputation for his philanthropy, or his investment prowess, Soros is reviled abroad and criticized here in his adopted country. Most everywhere Soros, his foundations... continue reading
Executive Summary The media often talk about left-wing billionaire George Soros – especially his investments and his charity work. But those same news stories seldom give a complete picture of the man behind many of the liberal or “progressive” organizations in the United States and around the world. Soros has amassed monumental wealth ($20 billion according to Forbes), but he has used much of that money to underwrite political operations, liberal higher education and an international organization that makes him one of the most powerful and influential men in the world. It has also made him among the most hated,... continue reading
In 1993, then- Washington Post reporter Michael Weisskopf dismissed followers of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” A correction came the next day: “There is no factual basis for that statement.” Post ombudsman Joann Byrd later confessed that “several able editors” passed right over that inaccurate dollop of snobbery without recognizing its bias. Almost 20 years later, that same contempt for religion continues. In fact, in some quarters of the media, religious bigotry has become acceptable. In the words of Time writer Amy Sullivan, Democrats and their media friends are either “spooked or... continue reading