Category Archives: Media

CNN is Desperate …

This just in: CNN is a disgrace. It’s worse than even I thought. On a recent Saturday afternoon, on the broadcast, “CNN Newsroom” the anchors were talking about the demonstrations that followed the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York. After showing video of demonstrations in New…

What is the Responsibility of a Journalist?

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Last week, I was perusing Twitter when I stumbled across a brief but interesting conversation between two nationally-known news figures. Ron Fournier, National Journal columnist and frequent member of Fox News’ Special Report panel, wrote that he was taping a quote from Marty Kaiser, a newsman from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, to his…

Ferguson … and the Time Machine to the Glory Days

For all those young, liberal journalists who weren’t around to cover one of the most important stories of our time – the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s – the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer gave them the opportunity to jump into the time machine and do their…

The Admirable Loyalty of Robert Downey Jr.

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The other day, I was listening to the radio when I heard an announcer bring up the topic of a new “Iron Man” movie. Being that Iron Man was my absolute favorite superhero when I was a kid (I had at least 50 Iron Man comic books in my collection), along with the fact that…

Ratings at MSNBC Hit Record Lows — Is This Bad News for Democrats?

We live in a country where the more liberal candidate for president has won the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 elections. (Obama twice, Clinton twice and Gore beat Bush once in the popular vote.) And since people who are interested in politics usually seek out a place on the media dial where…

Politically Correct Journalism

The subject on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” was Ebola, or more precisely how the media have been covering the story. The show’s host, Brian Stelter, formerly of the New York Times, was talking about the best coverage on television and the worst. And no surprise, since Stelter often sees things through a liberal lens, he found…

Terrorists Get to Air Grievances — at an Icon of American Culture

On October 7, 1985 four terrorists from the Palestinian Liberation Front hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt. They held the passengers and crew hostage and demanded the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. They also wanted the Syrian government to let them dock at the port of Tartus….

Careful About What You Say: The Speech Police Are Listening

You may have heard about the radio play-by-play man for the San Francisco 49ers who got into trouble for saying things you’re apparently not allowed to say. The broadcaster, Ted Robinson, was a guest on a radio show and uttered these words about football player Ray Rice’s then fiancée (and now wife), who by now…