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New York Times’ Egan Shows Vast Ignorance of Religion, the Founders and the Constitution

July 23, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Atheism, Christianity, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Islam, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, Progressives, Regulation, Religion, States Rights, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the pages of The New York Times columnist Timothy Egan unleashed an attack on religion that was at once wholly uninformed about both religion and American history yet entirely typical of how uninformed liberals typically are about both religion and history. Egan’s anti-religious rant was also quite hysterical by saying that there is little difference between business owners who don’t want to pay for abortion drugs and radical Islamic terrorists, another opinion increasingly gaining cachet on the left.

Egan began his screed seemingly assigning acts of evil–or at least acts of bias–to God himself. Then he somehow made the World Cup into a religious battle between Popes, found room to slam Texas Governor Rick Perry, and concluded that “God is on a rampage” in 2014.

Now, let us first understand that God is in no way associated with the evil man does in his name. Egan’s claim that God is at fault is a childish exercise that is akin to blaming J. D. Salinger for the murder of John Lennon because shooter Mark David Chapman was a reader.
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Obama is Asked About His ‘Lie of the Year’… Ignores the Question

December 24, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entitlements, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Insurance, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

President Obama was the lucky, lucky recipient of Politifact’s “lie of the year” award for his much repeated claim–and outright lie–that you can “keep your healthcare plan if you like it” and in his year-end press conference he was asked about that fact. Naturally he avoided the question.

Obama was asked to respond to his lie of the year award by no less than a reporter from The New York Times, a paper that was mocked mercilessly for claiming that Obama had merely “misspoken” when he lied three dozen times telling us we could keep our healthcare plans and doctors when he knew full well we most Americans would end up losing them.

NYT reporter Jacki Calmes wound up a long-winded question on Obama’s lie of the year close to the end of the press conference. When he responded, of course, he ignored the question and went rambling on about things unconnected to Politifact’s finding.
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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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Statistician Nate Silver to Leave New York Times for ESPN

July 21, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Sports, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For the last six years Nate Silver made himself a household name among political wonks for correctly predicting the 2008 and 2012 election cycles in The New York Times, but now Silver is reportedly preparing to leave the Times for ESPN to pursue more sports-related work.

A July 19 report in the paper reveals that insider information indicates that Silver will be announcing a switch to the sports cable TV network maybe as soon as next week.

The Times speculates that Silver will be a recurring commentator on the new sports show that Keith Olbermann will host on Disney-owned ESPN2. Silver is also expected to have an on-air role during upcoming election cycles on ABC News, also owned by Disney.

Neither ESPN nor Mr. Silver have commented on the possible move but insiders requesting anonymity told the Times that Silver’s new arrangement could be announced as early as July 22.

The move would not be surprising. After the 2012 election cycle, Silver was blessed with a multitude job offers and his three-year contract with the paper expires in August.
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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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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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Paul Krugman: ‘We Are Kind of an Authoritarian Surveillance State’

June 11, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, CIA, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, FBI, Government, Homeland Security, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NSA, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, The New York Times, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Liberal economist and leading modern Keynesian, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, has been one of Barack Obama’s biggest cheerleaders, but suddenly he is a bit down on the Obama administration saying that he is afraid that the country is becoming an “authoritarian surveillance state.”

With a mounting list of scandals from government-sponsored intimidation of the President’s political enemies, to surveillance of reporters, to a growing list of communications companies allowing government intelligence agencies access to all of our personal phone calls, Internet searches, and text messages, this must be a confusing time for the President’s most ardent supporters. Krugman’s reaction here is an example of that turning of the head.

For Krugman, with latest news about the massive collection of data on everyday Americans he sees the United States of America drifting toward authoritarianism.

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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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NYTimes Weeps for the Obamacare Lobbyists

May 29, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Health, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Obamacare, President, Progressives, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York Times is exasperated with the lack of progress in Congress of “fixes” to the massive and far reaching Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This exasperation has evinced itself in an odd way as the Times seems to be expressing sympathy for lobbyists and businesses trying to make changes to the law.

In a May 26 piece by Jonathan Weisman, the Times complains of gridlock, scolds Republicans for wanting to repeal the massively intrusive law, and highlights the hard work ahead of the lobbyists campaigning for changes.

Interestingly, the paper admits that Obamacare is both deeply flawed and was passed in 2010 without due diligence by Democrats.

The paper, though, dismisses those flaws as important and points out that most laws of this size go through bouts of revisions and “technical corrections” after passage. In short order the paper goes on to express its heartfelt sympathy with lobbyists seeking those changes.

“But as they prowl Capitol Hill,” Weisman writes, “business lobbyists like Mr. DeFife, health care providers and others seeking changes are finding, to their dismay, that in a polarized Congress, accomplishing them has become all but impossible.”
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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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Conan O’Brien Slams Republicans, Democrats, the Press at WHCD

April 28, 2013 | Filed Under ABC, Al-Jazeera, Associated Press, Barack Obama, Buzzfeed, CBS, CNN, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Fox News, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, News, NPR, Politico, President, Progressives, Reuters, The Atlantic, The New York Times, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Typical of when a Democrat is president, during a keynote monologue at the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the President is spared from too many mean spirited barbs. In keeping with that tradition, TBS’ Conan O’Brien poked a lot of fun at Republicans and conservatives with a bit sharper stick than he used to poke Democrats.

This year’s WHCD started with a slew of media outlets discussing the now annual slam on the event as delivered by long-time Washington reporter Tom Brokaw. The semi-retired NBC anchor has lamented for some time that the whole party atmosphere, replete with musicians and Hollywood celebrities–fittingly, this year the Duck Dynasty folks attended–makes a mockery of the seriousness of the media’s work.

After the President delivered his spiel on Saturday night, late night comedian Conan O’Brien took the stage to deliver the keynote address.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans showed up early as the comedian’s targets and naturally, even though he hasn’t been in office for over four years, now, an obligatory slam of George W. Bush as “stupid” had to be delivered.

Near the top of his address Conan mentioned the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library joking that the library had “Millions of books, articles and documents and if you go you can be the first to read them.”
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Race Card: New York Times Distorts NYPD Commander’s Words

March 27, 2013 | Filed Under Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Race, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a front page story, The New York Times intimated that race was a deciding factor in how the New York Police Department determines who to stop in it’s proactive stop and frisk policy that has helped drive crime down to its lowest rate in many decades. The Times reports the words of a police commander secretly recorded during an evaluation with a patrolman but “the paper of record” distorts his words and leaves key parts of the recording out of its analysis making the commander seem to be basing his criteria solely on race.

In the March 21 piece, the Times sonorously informs readers that, “a recording suggests that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped,” and goes on to selectively report what is on that recording leading readers to think the policy is all about race.

This recording was played during a class action lawsuit questioning the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, a tactic that NYC officials in both the police department and city government credit for the huge drop in crime across the Big Apple. The suit also alleges that there are racial quotas in the policy that “encourage officers to stop people unlawfully.”

The Gray Lady, reports that the police commander, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, urged the officer, Patrolman Pedro Serrano, to stop and frisk “the right people at the right time, the right location.”

The criteria for this policy, the Times leads readers to believe, is race-based.
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The Next Attack on Pope Francis

March 20, 2013 | Filed Under Catholicism, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Religion, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Old Media has been looking for ways to attack the new Pope, Francis I, since he was introduced to the world. Initially, the media attempted the needle the new Pontiff into “reforming” the Church or face failure, but this week it seems that there is a new line of attack: he is an advocate for dictators.

Of course, by “reform,” the Old Media means that they want the new Pope to change Church doctrine on such things as ordination of women, support of gay marriage, and other liberal shibboleths. But discussion of what the Old Media thinks is “reform” is yesterday’s snipe.

This week the Pope is being portrayed as a supporter of the so-called “Dirty War” waged between political factions in Argentina and The New York Times is the chief proponent of the idea that Pope Francis faces “entanglements” in that War.

In a piece headlined, “Starting a Papacy, Amid Echoes of a ‘Dirty War’,” the Times associates Pope Francis with several priests who unfortunately supported government officials guilty of oppression and violations of civil liberties in the Dirty War and notes he has “never apologized” for the fact that the Argentine Church never came out vociferously against the military Junta between 1976 and 1983.
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NYT Hails Obama’s ‘Signal’ That Era of ‘Single-Minded Deficit-Cutting Should End’

February 15, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The paltry spending cuts coming out of Congress are no where near enough to balance Washington’s budget, but in his analysis of the President’s State of the Union speech, New York Times writer Mark Landler happily went to pains to note that Obama signaled the end of “the era of single-minded deficit-cutting.”

One has to wonder what “single-minded deficit-cutting” the Times writer and the President are seeing?

Employing a lot of emotionally tinged rhetoric to favor Obama’s speech, Landler included several subtle tricks to push Obama’s ideas as “tangible” and “helping.” Landler also repeatedly poked Republicans as “still smarting” from the past election and claimed that picking Sen. Marco Rubio for the GOP reply was “implicitly acknowledging” that they had been “damaged.”
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Donald Trump Looking to Buy The New York Times?

January 25, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Donald Trump, Jobs, Journalism, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

There are reports that Donald Trump is looking at a new way of influencing the media, this time by trying to buy The New York Times. If he pulls it off it’ll be huuuuge.

Trump has spent years getting media attention for one thing or another. From multiple marriages, to hit TV shows, to rumors of running for President, “The Donald” has been an expert at insinuating himself into the news cycle. But now it seems he wants to write the news instead of just being written about.

Rumors abound that Trump’s making an effort to buy the paper. But he isn’t the only high profile millionaire around whom such rumors swill. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also rumored to be looking into buying the paper.

Trump’s office has refused comment on the rumors of his interest buying in the “paper of record” and so is The New York Times. But one can’t imagine that the Sulzberger family, owners of the Times, would find it a cozy fit with Donald Trump!
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Herman Cain: The New York Times is Racist

December 23, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Herman Cain, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Race, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Herman Cain has had about enough of The New York Times and its racist columnists. The latest is the hate that The Times and guest columnist Adolph Reed, Jr. offered for South Carolina’s newest Senator, Tim Scott.

In an editorial Cain posted to CainTV.com, the one-time GOP candidate for President was incensed that Reed and The Times were so presumptuous as to imagine that no black conservative is smart enough to understand conservatism or even believe in what they claim to believe.

Reed, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, called all blacks in the GOP “tokens” and dismissed the “milestone” status that is Tim Scott’s advancement to the U.S. Senate saying it is no advancement for African Americans.

This is, of course, the ultimate insult. Reed is indulging the ages old epithet of saying that any black that doesn’t toe his extremist, liberal line of thinking is an Uncle Tom. It is the sort of dismissive attitude that assumes that black conservatives just aren’t smart enough to understand what conservatism really is. It is a way to dismiss the very intelligence of black conservatives not to mention their humanity.

As Cain noted, “Professor Reed makes it clear that he considers black Republicans to be little more than Stepin Fetchits, soulless black people who are willing to serve the white master at the expense of their true brethren”
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The Many Sandy Hook Mistakes of The New York Times

December 19, 2012 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As we mentioned early on December 15, the Old Media have done a poor job relating the facts about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut. Finally, some four days after the crime occurred, The New York Times is issuing corrections on a multitude of garbled reports.

Some of the corrections are updating the sort of “facts” that most of Old Media establishment got wrong; such as who the shooter actually was and whether or not the killer’s mother worked at the school. But many of the “facts” that The Times had to correct don’t even stand the test of logic.

For instance, The Times originally reported that the guns being used were .10 and a .9 millimeter guns. This would be about the size of a pencil lead! Of course what the paper of record really meant to say is that 10 and 9 millimeter sized bullets were used, not a .10 and .9.

In another case The Times misquoted New York Governor Michael Bloomberg. And so, the correction reads,
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Silver: Pundits Are ‘Fundamentally Useless’

December 16, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, The New York Times | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Nate Silver, who shot to political media stardom for successfully parsing the election polls, has been on a bit of a tour of various media outlets since his successful prediction of November’s election results. One of his recurring themes is that “journalism” is important but “punditry is fundamentally useless.”

Silver’s latest appearance was at the Wednesday, December 12 D.C. Talks event sponsored by Google where he discussed media and media bias.

Silver told the crowd that he felt that the term “momentum” in reporting electoral politics was necessarily a biased term because it was essentially meaningless. When reporters use the word, Silver said, they aren’t really describing anything real. “They’re talking about some tangible concept to assert that more is happening than really is happening,” he said.
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500 Victims: Shocking BBC Sex Abuse Scandal Ensnares New York Times Chief

December 14, 2012 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Progressives, Sex Offenders/Rape, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a shocking tally, up to 500 people have come forward claiming to be victims of former British Broadcasting Corp. TV and radio star Jimmy Savile, British police have reported. The scandal has reached from the 1960s to today but has also reached across the ocean to the newly hired CEO of The New York Times, himself a former BBC executive.

New Times executive Mark Thompson was the most recent top man at the BBC of any long standing having served for eight years ending his tenure only this past September. Thompson resigned from the Beeb to come to America to take the helm of The New York Times just as the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal was developing.

In his pre-employment interviews, Thompson swore he had no knowledge at all about the decades of sexual abuse cases perpetrated by BBC TV star Jimmy Savile, many of which the BBC aided in covering up and hiding from both the police and the license-paying public.

But the latest news from the investigation into the Savile scandal raises questions about what Thompson knew and when he knew it and that timeline brings suspicion that he knew about the mounting scandal long before he told The New York Times that he did.
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Celebration: The NYTimes Finally Admitted Reaganomics Worked

December 10, 2012 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, President, Ronald Reagan, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Will wonders never cease? American Enterprise Institute columnist James Pethokoukis saw something he never thought he’d see. After 30 years, The New York Times admitted that Reaganomics worked!

Pethokoukis was astounded by a Times article chronicling the steadily falling tax burden Americans have experienced since the 1980s.

The AEI money writer notes that the heart of The Times’ article is that in 2010 Americans “paid far less in total taxes — federal, state and local — than they would have paid 30 years ago.”

Pethokoukis points out that some tax hike advocates think this means that America’s tax burden is too low and time has come for a hike. But Pethokoukis disagrees.
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Twitter Suggests White House is Just Like Left-Wing Commentators Sullivan, Krugman, Cuomo

December 7, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, NBC, President, Progressives, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Daniel Halper recently discovered that Twitter wanted to help him out. After he chose to follow the Twitter feed of the White House, Twitter sent him a list of other accounts he might enjoy, accounts that the social media giant felt were “similar” to Barak Obama’s White House. Amusingly that list was filled with left-wing media types.

When Mr. Halper decided to follow the Twitter feed of the White House, Twitter quickly sent him an automatically generated email with some loverly suggestions. Now that he was following the White House, Twitter thought he might be interested in the following “similar” Twitter feeds:

  • Left-wing newspaper The Washington Post
  • Leftist Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan
  • Far left “economist” Paul Krugman
  • NBC News “First Read” blog
  • ABC News Chief Legal Correspondent Chris Cuomo

Quipped Halper, “Looks like Twitter’s algorithm, which appears to have automatically generated this email, is working perfectly.”

Just so.
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NY Times Cutting Staff Again

December 7, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, The New York Times, Unemployment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Workers at The New York Times are facing more lost jobs as the paper of record initiates a new round of staff cuts in a cost savings move.

In a pair of leaked memos written by The Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson, management informs employees of the goal of eliminating thirty more newsroom staffers.

“The economic environment has grown more difficult in the second half of the year and I must reduce costs in the newsroom,” Abramson told employees.
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Did NY Times New CEO Thompson Lie About When He Knew of BBC Sex Scandal?

December 4, 2012 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, Sex Offenders/Rape, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new timeline focused on the developing Jimmy Savile child molestation scandal that hit the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) this year raises further questions about what the new CEO of The New York Times knew about the crimes when he ran the network.

Mark Thompson stepped down as director-general of the BBC in September to cross the pond and take his place as the new CEO of America’s most famous newspaper, but before he did so he swore to The Times in pre-employment interviews that he never knew anything about what has become another black eye for the troubled British TV and radio network, one that was developing right under his nose when he was the BBC’s chief.

The tale began with Jimmy Savile, who died last year at 84. Savile was one of the Beeb’s most famous and flamboyant TV stars, a staple entertainer since the 1960s. But upon his death several hundred allegations have been made that he sexually abused teen girls, sometimes doing so in facilities owned by the BBC. Allegations have also been made that for decades the BBC knew all about its star’s behavior and entered into a massive coverup of the crimes to avoid public embarrassment.
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Why Does Western Media Ignore Terrorists Using Journalists as Human Shields?

December 2, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Journalism, Judaism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week a handful of jihadi terrorists that worked with Hamas were killed in Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). These terrorists were hiding among western journalists and pretending to be one of them. Sadly a few actual journalists were also killed in these pinpoint strikes, but the bigger outrage is that western journalists don’t seem to mind at all that these terrorists are using them for human shields. One has to wonder why that is?

On November 18, The New York Times went apoplectic over those “attacks on journalists” when the IDF struck several buildings that housed the studios and offices of several western and mid eastern media outlets, offices that also housed the terrorist’s operations.

The Times article gave room for terror group Hamas to claim that the Israelis were “targeting journalists” and scolded the IDF for its actions. But what The Times didn’t bother to note is that the IDF wasn’t attacking “journalists,” it was targeting and eliminating known Hamas commanders who had been hiding their base of operations among the journalists.
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New York Times Chief Testifies Over BBC Sex Scandal

November 28, 2012 | Filed Under BBC, Britain, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, Sex Offenders/Rape, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The turmoil over the sexual abuse scandal revealed after the passing of one of Britain’s most famous TV presenters continues to roil the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The latest turn forced Mark Thompson, the newly installed CEO of The New York Times and himself a BBC director-general until September, to wing his way back to England to testify about what he knew and when he knew of the developing scandal.

Thompson assumed that he’d only have to spend a few hours before the BBC inquiry headed by Nick Pollard, but due to the in-depth investigation the Pollard committee is conducting, Thompson may have to appear again. At this time there is no telling how long the inquiry will detain Thompson for questioning.

Thompson will be questioned by inquiry counsel Alan Maclean QC over the mishandling of the cancellation of a Newsnight TV segment that would have been aired last year featuring an in-depth investigation into the developing abuse accusations lodged against one of the BBC’s most famous TV stars, Jimmy Savile.
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NYTimes Pretending Terrorists are Journalists

November 27, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Israel Defense Force, Jews, Journalism, Judaism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, New York City, Newspapers, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Terrorism, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again The New York Times has attempted to paint Israel as murders of journalists, this time by falsely labeling as “journalists” two terror commanders that the Israeli Defense Force recently eliminated.

Over the weekend The Times reported on two terrorists, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, that were killed last week in Gaza by an IDF missile aimed at their car, a vehicle that The Times complains “was clearly marked with the letters TV.”

The paper claimed that the two were merely “cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV” and were but “covering events in central Gaza” when they were killed.

It would be outrageous if the IDF were targeting journalists, we all agree. But just who were these two that were killed, anyway? Were they just run-of-the-mill journalists? It turns out they were not journalists at all.
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NYTimes Attacks The Washington Post

November 21, 2012 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C., Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Amid turmoil within its own ranks over its new CEO, The New York Times found itself looking from without and scolding the leadership of another major newspaper characterizing that paper’s chief as incompetent and claiming that she had “faltered anew.”

On November 18, NYT media critic David Carr went after Katharine Weymouth, The Washington Post’s publisher, for a meeting announcing a change in her Paper’s executive editor in what was, perhaps, a bit of an ungracious manner.

Weymouth’s meeting was called to announce that Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli was leaving and being replaced by Marty Barton, recently the editor of The Boston Globe.

There has been some intrigue between Brauchli and Weymouth, granted, and Weymouth has been at the center of some aborted attempts to grow her paper. But for the media critic of one paper to attack the leadership of another paper is reminiscent of the old days of newspaper wars, something not seen in modern times.

Mr. Carr thought the change in editors signaled “an inopportune time for The Post to stumble.”
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NYTimes Rips Israel for Bombing Gaza Media Offices, Ignores 4 Terror Leaders Inside

November 21, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Hamas, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Journalism, Judaism, Koran, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, New York City, Newspapers, Palestinians, President, Progressives, Security/Safety, Sharia, Terrorism, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York Times is full of outrage at the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) for its surgical bomb strikes launched against a few buildings in Gaza that held offices and studios of several international media outlets. But in its report the “paper of record” forgot to add one little fact: four highly placed terrorist leaders that were killed that day were also based in those same buildings.

The Grey Lady reported the bombings mostly from the Palestinian point of view, of course, giving Hamas leaders all the space they wanted to excoriate Israel for replying to a constant wave of rockets indiscriminately launched into its territory with surgical strikes aimed at specific terror assets.

In its November 18 article, The Times reported that Salama Marouf of the Hamas media office called the rocket hits “an immoral massacre against the media.”

The production studios hit were used by such international media outlets as Sky News, Fox News, CBS, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya Channel, and Germany’s ARD TV as well as the Hamas propaganda machine.
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