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Media Giddy Over Chelsea Clinton Extending Dynasty With Baby Announcement

April 21, 2014 | Filed Under ABC, Bill Clinton, CBS, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Fox News, Government, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, Newspapers, Politico, President, Progressives, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Thursday, April 17, Chelsea Clinton said that she and husband of four years, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, have a blessed event to announce as the couple is now expecting their first child. But the Old Media may be more excited than Chelsea that the Clinton dynasty is growing.

One of the earliest to bubble over with excitement seemed to be a screaming, all caps Tweet pushed out by CNN’s Candy Crowley.

Oddly, Crowley coupled Chelsea’s announcement with Obama’s wonderful Obamacare news, saying, “AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME-TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS: POTUS SAYS 8 MILLION ENROLLED IN ACA, AND CHELSEA CLINTON SAYS SHE’S PREGNANT.”

Even some of Crowley’s fans wondered why she was yelling at them with the all caps post that breaks netiquette standards.
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Clinton Papers: Bill and Hillary Feared the Internet

April 19, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Bill Clinton, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Free Speech, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Media Matters For America, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Republicans, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Clinton Library has released over 7,000 pages of documents from Bill’s presidency, likely hoping that what ever is in them will be “old news” by the time Hillary announces her bid for president. But one of the documents is very interesting and shows that Bill and Hillary really feared and hated the free flow of information on the Internet.

A report, titled “Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” was meant to “prove” Hillary’s claim that a “vast right wing conspiracy” was trying to destroy her and Bill. It also made to explain “the Internet influence.”

In 1998, Hillary appeared on NBC’s Today Show and said that a “vast right wing conspiracy” had been trying to destroy her husband “since the day he announced for president.”

Of course, her absurd claim became the joke of the decade and for years afterward conservatives were proud to belong to that “vast right win conspiracy.” The phrase became such a joke, though, that Clinton’s White House decided it had to “prove” the claim with a report linking that “conspiracy” all together.
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Pistol Turned to ‘Submachine Gun’ By Clueless Media

April 15, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Associated Press, Chicago, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Illinois, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Reuters, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we get proof of how mindless and clueless the media is, how they don’t fact check, but just mindlessly pass on each other’s bad work ad infinitum. This time it happened with a story about a criminal who used a .22 caliber pistol in a crime but one clueless reporter turned it into a “submachine gun” and hundreds of his mindless colleagues followed suit passing the lie on and on and on.

Clueless reporter Darryl Holliday of DNAinfo Chicago, a website that caters to local news, reported on an incident that was perpetrated by a man from West Garfield Park who began wielding a .22 caliber pistol in a grocery store because he didn’t want to pay the 22 cents tax on a bottle of pop he was trying to buy.

Holliday “reported” that the crook “pulled an Intratec submachine gun out of a Gucci satchel,” and in the next paragraph again claimed the piece was a “submachine gun” saying, “Officers arrived on the scene shortly after to find Shelton’s Gucci bag open on the counter as well as 15 bullets in the blue steel .22-caliber submachine gun–eight live rounds in one magazine, five in another and one in the chamber, according to court documents.”

Of course, it is clear that reporter Holliday doesn’t have any idea what he’s rambling on about. The .22 caliber Intratec pistol is not a “submachine gun. It is a semi-automatic pistol like every other semi-auto pistol.
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‘NY Daily News’ Article Calls Gun Owner ‘Gun Nut,’ Misidentifies Guns

March 25, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

To show the utter, abject bias against the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights in the “news,” one need only turn to the New York Daily News to see a prime example. In a recent “news” story on a gun give-away, the paper called the winner a “gun nut,” and misidentified the rifle given away as an “assault weapon.”

A church in upstate New York made news by hosting a give-away program for an AR-15-styled rifle made by Smith & Wesson. The entrants for the raffle had to sit through the pastor’s sermon. The winner also had to pass a background check at a local gun store and wait the requisite period to take possession of the rifle.

In “reporting” the story, though, the paper filled its piece with misleading terminology and name calling to prove its disdain for the Church’s give-away as well as its contempt for the Constitution and the Second Amendment not to mention the winner of the rifle.
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Free At Last: Federal Court Hands Bloggers Legal First Amendment Protections

January 18, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Blogging, California, Censorship, Computers, Constitution, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Inernet, Journalism, Judges, Law, Liberty, Media, Newspapers, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

At long last we get a proper ruling on the First Amendment status of bloggers, one affording them the same legal status as “real” journalists; this from the Ninth Circuit Court in California, no less.

The Ninth Circuit is often derided as the “Ninth Circus” because its rulings are almost invariably left-wing and anti-American. But this time the court made a sensible ruling, for sure.

Lawyer Eugene Volokh reports that the ruling in Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) holds that, “all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment.”

The relevant section in the ruling is as follows:
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‘Denver Post’ Brands ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson a ‘Hate-Speech Spewer’

January 1, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Bible, Cable, Christianity, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Denver, Entertainment, Ethics, Free Speech, Journalism, Liberals, Liberty, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, PCism, Progressives, Religion, Society/Culture, TV, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a December 28 Facebook posting advertising its article on the A&E network’s decision to reinstate Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, the Denver Post called Robertson a “hate-speech spewer.” So much for an unbiased reporting of the news.

To flack its December 28 article titled, “‘Duck Dynasty’ debacle winners and losers,” by television critic, Joanne Ostrow, the Post threw up a blurb on Facebook saying that A&E “welcomed patriarch and hate-speech spewer Phil Robertson” back to the show.

“The feathers are no longer flying,” the Facebook blurb reads. “For now, the “Duck Dynasty” debacle is settled. The network, A&E, has welcomed patriarch and hate-speech spewer Phil Robertson back into the fold. So who were the winners and losers in this sad episode?”

Many of the comments on the Facebook page take the Post to task for its extreme bias.
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Media Ignoring That Colorado School Shooter Was Stopped by Armed Security Guard

December 18, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Children, Colorado, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Denver, Education, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Did you know that the latest left-winger who decided to shoot up a local school was stopped in 80 seconds by an armed security guard? Few do because the media refuses to focus on this fact.

Arapaho High School shooter Karl Pierson was loaded up for a long shooting spree when he entered his high school at about 12:30 on December 13. But it was all over in seconds resulting in this admitted communist shooting himself when he was confronted by an armed Arapahoe County Sheriff’s officer. The sheriff was employed by the school as its Student Resource Officer.

The media isn’t focusing much on the true facts in this story because it doesn’t fit its narrative.

But the fact is the shooter was a left-wing criminal and was stopped by a man with a gun! These are facts that the left-wing, anti-Constitution media establishment are loath to report.


Victim Claire Davis, now in critical condition.

In fact, when it first published a story about the shooting, The Denver Post buried the fact that the boy was a self-identified socialist in the 13th paragraph of its story. But then, early the next morning, the paper erased the word “socialist” altogether and never told readers it had done so.

Why was the Post trying to shield this would be mass murderer from his own acclaimed, left-wing views?

Your guess is as good as mine. OK, who am I kidding, the left-wing paper didn’t want to identify a killer as a socialist for fear that it would make socialists look bad. But think of this: would the paper have been as reluctant to identify this creep’s political ideas if he called himself a tea partier?

Nope.They’d have been all over it.


Would be killer Karl Pierson.

The other key aspect of this story that most news outlets are trying to downplay is the fact that this kid was stopped in seconds by an armed security guard.

One of the few outlets to report on this fact was CNN, which wrote:

The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”

But even at that, these facts were buried deep down in the story instead of serving as a central point of the news as it should.

Left-wingers don’t want America to know that this kid is a socialist nor do they want us all to know that an armed man in a school stopped a mass murder. This does not fit the story they want to tell the country.
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Biased Reporter Uses His Media Job to Force City To Take Down Nativity Scene

December 15, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Atheism, Bible, Christianity, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Florida, Free Speech, Freedom, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, PCism, Progressives, Religion, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston


The Chipley, Florida nativity scene.

A reporter for a small Florida newspaper decided that he wanted to see if he could get the city of Chipley to remove its nativity scene from public property because he claims it is somehow against the US Constitution. There is that unbiased media we are so in love with, eh?

“Reporter” Randal Seyler of the Washington County News decided to try and use his position in the media to destroy a community nativity scene when he noticed that the decoration was put up at city hall.

This biased, troublemaker ran to city hall and warned them he was going to start causing problems for the city if they didn’t remove the nativity scene.

Chipley Mayor Linda Cain was not interested in Seyler’s anti-Christmas crusade, though, so he ran to a militant atheist group that loves to file frivolous lawsuits against cities all across America.
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Is It Outrageous That Denver Newspaper Now has a Pot Reviewer? Bill O’Reilly Thinks it is

December 11, 2013 | Filed Under Colorado, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Denver, Ethics, Fox News, Government Corruption, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Marijuana, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Regulation, States Rights, War On Drugs, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is now legal in Colorado to sell and buy marijuana. As a result of this law, The Denver Post newspaper has hired a “pot editor.” Bill O’Reilly thinks this is an outrage.

The venerable, left-wing Denver paper hired toker Ricardo Baca to review pot sellers and write about the issues around the current legal status as the Centennial State moves forward with counties and communities figuring out how to write laws and ordinances to accommodate the new pot laws.

Well, maybe “toker” isn’t the right word to use for Baca. In an appearance on the Stephen Colbert show he noted that he doesn’t smoke weed. But he does eat it.

Lovely.
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Reporter: ‘Obama a Disaster as President,’ NYTimes D.C. Bureau is ‘Wimpy’

October 21, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, President, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a new recorded interview, Gay Talese, a longtime Washington reporter, was refreshingly forthcoming about the failures of the media to properly report on the Obama administration and had some very unkind things to say about both the “disaster” that President Obama has become and the “wimpy” New York Times D.C. bureau that is reporting on him.

Talese, a reporter since the 1960s for such outlets as The New York Times and Esquire, did mention in the podcast interview at Longform.org that the Old Gray Lady is a “better paper” than when he worked for it. But it goes downhill from there.

The Times, Talese says, “doesn’t have the antigovernment tone that I want.”

He had much more to say after that.
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‘New York Times': Nixon Tapes Prove That Conservatives Should Give Up Principles

August 28, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Richard Nixon, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you want a perfect example of how the left works, not to mention another example of how the Old Media establishment is thoroughly sold out to the far left, we have but to look to an August 23 piece in The New York Times by Francis X. Clines where we are told that the Nixon tapes show that Republicans should give up their principles and accept the left’s concepts and political policies.

Clines spends most of her piece talking about the release of the last batch of tape recordings made by Richard Nixon in the White House. Nixon’s tapes are, of course, a never ending source of fascination for liberals and from time to time also reveal an interesting window into the man’s soul, so the release of this last batch nearly 40 years after the President ignominiously resigned from office–the first (and only) president to do so—is of interest.

But buried at the end of her piece, Clines also unwittingly give us a window not into Nixon’s soul but into both hers and the leftist media’s souls.
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Hartford City Council Passes Resolution Condemning Rumored Koch Brothers Takeover of Tribune

August 20, 2013 | Filed Under Chicago Tribune, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The city council of Hartford, Connecticut has passed a resolution opposing something that doesn’t appear to even be happening with its recent denunciation of the possible purchase of the Tribune newspaper chain by the libertarian-leaning Koch brothers.

It’s a good thing that the Hartford City Council has solved all the city’s other problems that they can play silly games like this, isn’t it?

For months there has been nothing to confirm the rumor that the Koch Brothers, David and Charles, are really interested in buying the near bankrupt Tribune corporation but that hasn’t stopped lefties across the country from panicking.

At least since April the left and the progressive media has been losing its collective mind over the rumor that the pair were looking at buying the financially troubled newspaper company.
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Newspaper Editor Fired After Publishing Gun-Owner Map

August 13, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Liberty, Media, Media Bias, New York, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The newspaper editor that caused such controversy in 2012 after publishing the names and home addresses of thousands of gun owners in New York has been laid off, according to the Rockland County Times.

Caryn McBride, editor of the Rockland Journal News was laid off by Journal News Publisher and CEO Janet Hasson. Along with McBride, 17 writers and 26 staffers were also let go.

McBride became infamous for OKaying the publication of an interactive map on the paper’s Internet site made up of the names and home addresses of thousands of legal gun owners in New York’s Rockland County. Her paper got the information from the county clerk’s office.
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LA Times: Global Warming Will Cause Violence to Rise

August 5, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Climate Change, Democrats/Leftists, Environment, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Los Angeles, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Los Angeles Times has seen the future and it is filled with a rising tide of violence all due to climate change.

In a piece on the results of a study by several UC Berkeley researchers, the Times warns that if we don’t “get our act together” and address climate change, then we will see an “alarming” rise in war and “interpersonal violence” due to climbing global temperatures.

For the newspaper, science writer Monte Morin kicked off his report quoting crime novel author Raymond Chandler who helpfully noted in a 1938 crime novel that summer heat brings out the worst in people.

From that bit of pop culture, Morin claimed that “social commentators” have “long suggested” that high temperatures cause men’s temper to flare and then moved on to the Berkeley researchers who found “strong causal evidence” to suggest that global warming will have us all at each other’s throats by the year 2050.
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TN Newspaper Editor Fired for ‘Take Your Jobs Plan and Shove it, Mr. President’ Headline

August 2, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Tennessee, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Newspaper editor Drew Johnson was fired by the Times Free Press of Chattanooga, Tennessee for posting a headline that told President Obama to take his jobs plan and “shove it.”

On a July 30th editorial board piece (one without a writer’s byline) about the President’s visit to a Chatanooga Amazon.com shipping center, editor Johnson titled the piece “Take Your Jobs Plan and Shove it, Mr. President.” Apparently his bosses weren’t amused.

The editorial is now titled “President Obama’s Policies Have Harmed Chatanooga Enough,” but before the title change the editorial weighed in as the paper’s most visited pages on its website. But success wasn’t enough for the paper’s publishers. [Note, the original headline can still be seen contained in the web address of the page. Look to your web browser address field to see it.]

Drew Johnson was fired, the paper said, for not following the newspaper’s guidelines.

Of Johnson’s firing, the paper said in a statement:
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New York Times Attacking Messenger Over Anti-Obamacare Ads

July 17, 2013 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Health, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Obamacare, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

All the mud-slinging that’s fit to print is apparently The New York Times’ revised motto if a recent editorial attacking a pair of video ads that raise questions about Obamacare is any indication as the Times decides to spend half its editorial attacking the character of some donors to the group that put out the ads instead of sticking to the issues.

The ads were put out by Americans for Prosperity, a group that counts as donors a pair of famous conservative brothers that serve as the left’s biggest boogiemen: the Koch brothers.

The Times spends its first four paragraphs attacking the Kochs on a personal level. Calling them liars, employing class warfare against them, and saying–get out your tinfoil hat, here–they hide their real agenda because it is just soooo evil.

In fact, I almost feel compelled to spell Koch Brothers with a capital “B” in brothers as the phrase has become a noun to the left in their effort to demonize the pair. And, interestingly, as the Times spends so much energy on excoriating the conservative philanthropists it must be noted that the pair are not in control of the ads or their content. The ads were put out by Americans for Prosperity, a group to which the Kochs are but donors–major donors, sure, but not wholly controlling donors.

Oh, the paper does finally get to refuting some of the points in the two AFP ads, but even there they unleash liberal trope instead of cogent analysis.

But as the “paper of record” falls all over itself to take Obamacare’s promises at face value without spending much effort to really looking at the facts, even President Obama’s own administration has lost confidence in the federal takeover of our healthcare system.
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WaPost Enlisting ‘Hispanic Media’ To Attack GOP

July 14, 2013 | Filed Under Civil Rights Act, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Hispanics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Newspapers, President, Race, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post is very concerned that if the Republicans don’t rush through an amnesty bill, it might cause the “Hispanic media” to get mad at least he says so in his latest entry at The Plum Line blog. There, Sargent warns that the “GOP will get a beatdown by the Hispanic media” by slowing immigration reform.

Sargent sourly notes that Republicans in the House are putting the brakes on any forward momentum in favor of amnesty and “see no urgency whatsoever about acting this summer on immigration reform.”

Of course, many of these Republicans, the Post writer says, “won’t feel any pressure to act on reform” because they are in safe, conservative districts.
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Rep. Bachmann: Finish Border Fence Before Immigration Reform

July 12, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Crime, DREAM Act, Economy/Finances, GOP, House of Representatives, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

USA Today recently put a negative spin on Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s position about the so-called “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform bill, characterizing her point as a mere attempt to “kill the immigration overhaul,” yet her points were more nuanced than that.

The paper claims that Bachmann “contends immigrants who came to the United States illegally shouldn’t be rewarded with legal status” and went on to note that she opposes any of the current ideas being floated for immigration reform.

But Bachmann has not said that she doesn’t ever want to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S., but that she simply wants to secure the border before any further discussion on what to do with those immigrants is had.
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WashPost’s Sargent: IRS Scandal is ‘Fever Swamp’ Stuff

June 26, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post has decided that any worries over the IRS intimidation tactics that have gotten the county so riled up is nothing but “fever swamp” nonsense.

In his June 21 post at The Plum Line, Sargent has declared the IRS scandal over. In fact, it is nothing but Republican foolishness.

Despite the very fact that the IRS has admitted that it had, indeed, targeted Obama’s critics unfairly in a purely political action, despite disclaimers of coordination even though the heads of the IRS have visited the White House hundreds of times, and despite the reports from whistleblowers that the intimidation tactics and polices came from Washington, Sargent has declared it all a myth. Move along. Nothing to see here.
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Angelina Jolie’s Stunt Double Sues News Corp for Phone Hacking

June 21, 2013 | Filed Under Britain, Crime, Entertainment, Hollywood, Journalism, Media, Movies, Newspapers, Rupert Murdoch, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the first lawsuit filed in the U.S. over the British phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire, a stuntwoman for actress Angelina Jolie has filed suit alleging that the media company hacked her telephone.

The suit was filed on June 13 by professional stunt double Eunice Huthart who claims that News Corp’s tabloids The Sun and News of the World spied on her phone while she worked on location as Jolie’s stunt double.

The stuntwoman says the hacking occurred over the years 2004 and 2005 as she worked on the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

The suit (Western Division, L.A. case No. 13-04253) alleges that Huthart began to miss messages on her phone, messages that later ended up in stories about the budding relationship between Jolie and actor Brad Pitt, co-stars on the action movie on which the stuntwoman was working.
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Public Trust in Newspapers Falls to New Lows

June 19, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Associated Press, Business, Cable, Capitalism, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox Business Network, Fox News, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, Newspapers, NPR, PBS, Progressives, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll on newspapers and television news shows that Americans’ confidence in the news industry continues to erode in this era of mass communications, reaching a low not seen since 2007.

The Gallup polling firm finds that trust in newspapers has fallen to 23 percent. This is down from 25 percent in 2012 and 28 percent in 2011.

The previous low was recorded in 2007 when trust in newspapers reached 22 percent.

Trust in newspapers has undergone steady erosion since its 1979 high of 51 percent, Gallup reports.

Television news fares no better in the estimation of those polled by Gallup. Trust in TV news tied that of newspapers with 23 percent saying they trust TV news sources. This is down from a 1993 high of 46 percent–when Gallup first began asking about it.
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Activism, Not Journalism? Radical Filmmaker Laura Poitras Shares Washington Post Byline on NSA Story

June 14, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, FBI, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, NSA, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Washington Post recently made waves with a story on the National Security Agency’s domestic data mining project “Prism,” but interestingly one of the co-authors of the article is a radical, left-wing filmmaker who has been a loud critic of U.S. counterterrorism policies.

The article, “U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program,” authored by former Post writer Barton Gellman and filmmaker Laura Poitras, is a bold expose of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

While Gellman is certainly to be considered a “journalist,” Poitras is more of an activist who has quite a history of criticizing the United States since the attacks on September 11, 2001. She has, for instance, called the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba an “illegal” prison and has called treatment of suspects “legalized torture.”

It is clear that she is an activist, not a journalist. Yet nonetheless here we see the Post giving her a byline on a straight news story.
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LA Times Pushes ‘Gun’ Angle Instead of Mental Illness on Santa Monica Shooter Story

June 12, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 24-year-old Santa Monica shooter had a history of mental illness but leads a June 9 story with the claim of an “unnamed source” who said that the killer had a “fascination with guns.”

In the Times report the story about killer John Zawahri leads with two paragraphs detailing the claims of this unnamed source, but the spends many more paragraphs discussing his mental health problems and run-ins with the law.

It is interesting that the paper leads with this claim when there is far more evidence of Zawahri’s run-ins with the police in the past, his reputation as a young man with an explosive temper, and his undefined mental problems.

Yet the paper quotes an unnamed person said to be familiar with the murderer and his family who feels he had “a fascination with guns.” This unnamed person also claims that many people were worried about Zawahri’s gun fixation and also wondered where he got the money for the firearms.

But the Times finds that Zawahri had a history of emotional problems. He was upset over his parents divorce and police had been called to his family home in 2006 over an incident of domestic violence.
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Susan Rice Gets Pass While Media Discounted Condi Rice

June 10, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Condi Rice, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, George W. Bush, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Republicans, State Department, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Noah Rothman recently did an excellent job detailing what the progressive media said about Condoleeza Rice when George W. Bush appointed her as his Secretary of State in 2005. Rothman noted how the media dismissed Condi Rice as merely a “friend” of Bush and otherwise made it seem as if her appointment was just a payoff for loyalty instead of the appointment of a qualified person. In contrast, Obama’s appointment of Susan Rice as his national security advisor is not being so quickly dismissed by that same media establishment.

Rothman quoted a series of members of the media from 2005 dismissing Condi rather spectacularly as having received her nomination simply because of the “loyalty” factor.

Inter Press Service Washington Bureau Chief Jim Lobe, for instance, said that Condi was appointed “as much for her fierce personal loyalty to Bush as for her own foreign-policy views.”

Christian Science Monitor diplomacy correspondent Howard LaFranchi complained that Condi’s appointment meant that “no fresh new voices will be challenging White House thinking or offering debating points in policy discussions.”

The New York Times ravaged the appointment as an example of “friends of George” being foisted on Washington.
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NYT Changes Editorial to Soften Its Own Criticism of Obama

June 8, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On the afternoon of June 6, Breitbart correspondent Ben Shapiro marveled at how harshly President Obama was treated in an editorial by The New York Times, but as the day wore on, the paper went back and altered its editorial to soften its own criticism of the President.

As Shapiro noted,

“Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it,” writes the Times editorial board. “There is every reason to believe the federal government has been collecting every bit of information about every American’s phone calls except the words actually exchanged in those calls …. Essentially, the administration is saying that without any individual suspicion of wrongdoing, the government is allowed to know who Americans are calling every time they make a phone call, for how long they talk and from where.”

The Times editorial board noted, “The administration has now lost all credibility.”

But later, after publication, the Times quietly changed that criticism.
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Progressive ‘Village Voice’ Newspaper Circling the Drain

May 30, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Troubles are growing for New York City’s venerable “alternative” weekly newspaper, The Village Voice. With multiple layoffs, ad revenue at an all time low, and resignations by key staffers over the paper’s management, the 58-year-old publication is coming to what one commenter is calling “the end times.”

In a show of protest the paper’s top two editors resigned rather than be part of initiating a new wave of layoffs. On May 23 editor Will Bourne and deputy editorJessica Lustig both quit the paper. Bourne had only been at his post for about 7 months.

The pair said they resigned over plans by the publishers to further reduce the paper’s staff. According to The New York Times, Bourne was told to layoff five of the remaining 20 Village Voice staffers.

“We are both leaving because I was summoned to a meeting and asked to get rid of five people, and we are on a short string already. When I was brought in here, I was explicitly told that the bloodletting had come to an end. I have enormous respect for the staff here and the work they have been doing, and I am not going to preside over further layoffs.”

The owner of the paper, Voice Media Group, disputed Bourne’s characterization of the changes in staff. The publishers said they were reorganizing, but would do so with “minimal staff reductions.”
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Washington Bridge Collapse Being Used to Push Big Government

May 26, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, CBS, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Policy, President, Progressives, Sequester, Stimulus, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

By all accounts the Interstate 5 bridge collapse in Washington State was a result of an over sized truck load as opposed to “failing infrastructure.” But a plea for greater federal spending figured prominently in many reports on the accident nonetheless.

Naturally, many on the left stampeded immediately to decrying “austerity,” or accused the Republicans of “endangering lives” by opposing big government, while still others blamed the sequester as news of the collapse spread.

In the progressive media, infrastructure also featured prominently in coverage.

CNN, for instance, injected Obama’s call for higher spending in its piece. USA Today also claimed that the bridge collapse would “raise questions about the nation’s infrastructure.” Reuters focused on a call for “public officials to invest in infrastructure and upgrade bridges.” The Associated Press joined Reuters in that focus. And, not to be outdone, Bloomberg said, “The bridge’s collapse put a new focus on the nation’s failing infrastructure, an issue that President Barack Obama has highlighted in his second-term agenda.”

Sadly, the Voice of America also used the collapse as a means to talk about Obama’s spending wants.
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New York Times: IRS Scandal Ignored Because of Rush Limbaugh

May 25, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, Policy, President, Progressives, Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

There has been much speculation in the media on why Obama’s current scandal of the IRS targeting conservative groups for attack didn’t come out last year when the initial flurry of reportage on the incident was seen. Well, The New York Times thinks it has the answer: it was Rush Limbaugh’s fault.

When the IRS finally admitted these last few weeks that it had, indeed, unfairly targeted conservative groups–most especially during the 2012 election cycle–many pointed out that this targeting was being complained about for some time. But why did the scandal just break big now, in May of 2013, when stories about it go back several years?

The paper of record pondered this very question in a May 21 piece by Michael D. Shear that places the blame on Limbaugh. It’s all because of “slutgate,” Shear claims.

The Times points out that in March of 2012, Representative Charles Boustany, Jr. (R, LA) held a hearing on the IRS targeting but the story got little traction. Shear quotes several parties to the effect that it was a “dog-bites-man story” in that the media wasn’t interested in talking about Tea Party groups complaining about the IRS.

So, what stories did hold the media’s attention during Boustany’s 2012 hearing? Rush Limbaugh’s media manufactured “slutgate.”

It was during the first week of March that Rush Limbaugh ridiculed abortion mill supporter Sandra Fluke for being a “slut” because she wanted the U.S. government to pay for her contraception.

The media, of course, went into a feeding frenzy on “slutgate” to the point that Rush eventually apologized for his over-the-top characterization of the abortionist. It was all the media could talk about at the time.
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WaPo/ABC Poll: Obama Lying About Benghazi, IRS Targeting ‘Inappropriate,’ Media Still Distrusted

May 23, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, ABC, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, GOP, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll conducted jointly by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed some interesting trends. Among other findings, more Americans feel that Obama and his administration are lying about Benghazi, a majority feel that the IRS acted inappropriately by targeting conservative groups, and the media is still distrusted with a majority feeling that the Justice Department’s seizure of the AP’s phone records was justified. Despite all this disapproval, Obama’s approval rating is still just over 50 percent positive.

An important metric in the ABC/WashPost poll was the question of whether or not government is doing more to protect or threaten our rights. 54% felt that the government had become a threat to our rights while only 34% said that the government was acting properly to protect our rights. The American people’s faith in government is at low ebb.

This distrust is echoed when the poll turned to the specific cases of Benghazi and the IRS.

55% said that they feel that Obama is trying to cover up what happened during the terror attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. Only 33% felt he was honestly disclosing what he knew.
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Newspaper Union Declares Koch Brothers Unfit to Own Newspapers

May 3, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Los Angeles, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

On the heels of reports that “half” the staffers at the L.A. Times would resign if the paper was sold to conservative billionaires the Koch brothers, the Newspaper Guild–Communications Workers of America, a journalist labor union, have issued a statement declaring the pair unfit to own a newspaper.

At the end of April, reports on an in-house awards ceremony held at the Los Angeles Times revealed that half the staffers in attendance claimed that they’d instantly resign if their paper was sold to Charles and David Koch, the brothers who have funded many conservative and libertarian causes.

It wasn’t long until the newspaper guild released a statement urging the paper’s owners to refuse to sell the the Kochs and claiming that the brothers “breed distrust” because of their “harsh right-wing positions.”

Naturally, none of these “harsh opinions” were detailed but were just taken for granted–an interesting position to take for a group claiming to have “integrity” in reporting.
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