Tag: Journalism

In First WH Briefing, Spicer Upsets Media Pecking Order

 

The major media have warned that Donald Trump would wage a war on the First Amendment. His quick draw to call out bad reporting, boot disruptive journalists, and mock fake news were obvious signs that the freedom of the press would hang by a squib during the Trump administration.

And, lo, it came to pass Monday that all their fears were realized. Did the new President sent red-hatted mobs to smash printing presses and hijack the cable news to run non-stop ads for Trump Steaks? Even worse. In his first official White House press briefing, Sean Spicer called on reporters from the wrong side of the tracks.

Faker Dan Rather Teaches Fake News

 

Disgraced former CBS news anchor Dan Rather is teaching an online course on how to spot fake news. For those of you who have been looking for a definition of “irony,” you’re welcome.

Calling Rather “disgraced” is accurate, and kind, really. In 2004, Rather, and his producer, Mary Mapes, pushed a story about then President George W. Bush. They claimed that Bush got preferential treatment while in the Texas Air National Guard. In addition, Rather and Mapes suggested that, “…he did his all to evade duty in Vietnam.”

The memos, supposedly from Bush’s late squadron leader, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, claimed that there was pressure on him from higher ups to “sugarcoat” Bush’s Guard service.

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This is a cyclical thing. Every even year is a campaign year. Then, during the odd years, Leftist journalists try to re-establish some credibility by actually reporting on the faults of Democrats and by admitting their failures to evenly deliver the news. So, now is the time for admissions of guilt to begin. Preview Open

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Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard and Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist discuss the 2016 November elections. This week they discuss NBC’s Commander in Chief Forum, and the polls showing Clinton and Trump trading places.

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I am continually amazed at how people will take one verse from the Bible (whether they are a devout Christian or an avid atheist) and try to build asinine arguments from that one verse for or against some social issue. It is so important to do good exegesis when it comes to understanding Scripture. Moreover, it […]

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I don’t watch television (sorry, @roblong) but I still enjoy catching the news. There are some terrible news people out there, and then there are some great journalists, like Sharyl Attkisson. Recently, the fantastic reporter Catherine Herridge has been doing great work and breaking great news. She is Fox News’ Chief Intelligence correspondent and has […]

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Why the Media Is So Liberal

 

media_biasI recall seeing a political cartoon that contrasted the way the media treated Tim Tebow versus how it treated Jason Collins, the first openly-homosexual NBA player. It depicted Tebow saying: “I’m a Christian,” and the reporter turns his back to him and walks away muttering: “Keep it to yourself.” Next to that picture, Collins is depicted saying: “I’m gay,” and the reporter lifts his microphone towards him and exclaims: “Tell me more, you big hero!!!”

Have you noticed a difference in the way the media covers liberals versus conservatives? When it comes to left-wing economic and social policies, do you find that the media functions more as advocates than reporters? In fact, the media bias is so rampant in this election cycle that Michael Goodwin of the New York Post was forced to write: “American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.”

Why are journalists so liberal? Or perhaps to put it more precisely: How can an institution that claims to be impartial and objective in its reporting turn out to be so blatantly biased?

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My view of NeverTrump is that it was the right policy during the primaries but it is the wrong strategy now. It does not make sense for any conservative for the general campaign. I opposed Trump ever since he announced, and I was surprised that other Republicans all seemed not to take him seriously until […]

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The Gun Control Song Remains the Same

 

NRA's SICK JIHADJournalists talking about guns is like listening to drunk people sing karaoke. Most reporters believe that when they talk guns, they’re being entertaining, passionate, and presenting a moving performance that will bring their audience to tears. The people in their group at the bar are just as drunk as they are, so they’re laughing and clapping along as they sing. But everyone else in the place just hears a loud, rambling, incoherent, cringe-worthy performance that doesn’t make any sense at all.

Three examples:

1. Gresh Kuntzman (my computer auto-corrected his first name to “Greasy,” which I find amusing) of the New York Daily News claimed that firing an AR-15 gave him “temporary PTSD.”

Time for Federal Licensing of Journalists

 

shutterstock_276576074It’s overdue. Most important jobs that involve the public have standards — not any old schlemiel can be a brain surgeon or a cosmetologist, you know. A federal credential would not only ensure reporters are vetted so they’re fair and accurate, it would make it easier to deal with those who practice journalism in unorthodox ways.

For example: At many public events, there’s a space for the journalists, so you know who’s reporting on the event; they have tags around their neck, indicating they are legitimate.

But some people think they can just flout the rules and write about something without the necessary tags, and so you get stories like this:

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Sometimes, social media like Facebook and Twitter are the best sources of news available. Not even local networks of professional news provide the breadth, depth, or particularity of neighbors spontaneously joining together online to ask and answer questions. My hometown, just north of Houston, is currently flooded to an extent not experienced since I was […]

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Sooo… The news media screams that it’s just terrible that people are able to “evade” taxes by stashing money offshore, and why the heck isn’t the government doing something about it? Oh, but no, we’re not gonna give law enforcement any of the actual information they need to do something about it, because journalism? Media didn’t have any problems revealing […]

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What’s the difference between today’s front page of The Boston Globe and yesterday’s? Today they admitted they made it up. Tomorrow they’ll resume printing lies that they won’t take credit for. The Globe published a satirical look three months into a Donald Trump presidency. While it’s obviously fake it raises ethical questions. Should any organization […]

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‘Tis the Oppo Research Season

 

oppoHere on Ricochet we often discuss the strange phenomenon of the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect, a term that comes from Michael Crichton’s 2005 talk, “Why Speculate?

Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I call it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)

Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward-reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

Video: Mizzou Protest Shuts Down First Amendment

 

A young photojournalist tried to do his job today and take pictures of a protest movement roiling the University of Missouri. The protest, named #ConcernedStudent1950, complains of institutionalized racism at the Mizzou campus and society at large. Their disruption has gotten so bad, the university president decided to resign earlier today. Since this is obviously news, sympathetic reporters are there to spread the protesters’ progressive message. Unfortunately for the journalists, Mizzou doesn’t seem to teach its students about the First Amendment.