Tag: media bias

Richard Epstein weighs the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency against those that would attend a Hillary Clinton Administration.

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In the most recent Gallup survey, only 30% of independents, and 14% of Republicans, reported fair or higher trust in mass media.  That survey was completed in early September, before the egregious “Access Hollywood” ambush.  On Facebook, a medium I am trying to leave behind, I expressed exasperation at the ambush, and posed this thought experiment to […]

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Here are two videos on Donna Brazile, the media’s collusion with her and Dems, and their failure to cover this story. To be accurate, Cenk Uygur seems to believe that the media hires mostly insiders from both parties, as if they collude with Repubs as well as Dems, which seems hardly realistic. At any rate, […]

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Several days ago, the “Daily Shot” had a link “to read more about the case” in reference to the claim by Kathy Shelton (the child rape victim) about Hillary’s behavior in that trial.  I was somewhat surprised to see that the link was to Snopes – a so called “Fact Checker”.  In this particular instance, […]

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Watching the debate tonight, (I only saw part of it) I noticed how smug Hillary came off, and my impression was that the moderators were harder on Trump than Hillary. Combine that with all the media outlets loudly proclaiming their anti-Trump bias, in an era of popular distrust of media, and I can’t help but […]

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This 9/11 bill story is the most effective example of White House / media synergy I’ve seen to date. First, the actual facts: This Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) was a strongly bipartisan bill.  It had over 25 co-sponsors in the Senate alone.  It was so popular, in fact, that it was overwhelmingly […]

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An “Old Liberal” Looks at Pravda-on-the-Hudson

 

I have a friend who emigrated from the US decades ago and took up citizenship in Israel. He is a political scientist and has written extensively over the years about American politics. From time to time, he dispatches a letter to his children, who are now all grown up. And, once in a while, he sends a copy to me. My friend is a liberal, but he comes from a different age when liberals regularly had at their own — as conservatives still do today — when they thought their fellow partisans incompetent, obtuse, or wrong-headed. He remembers, as do I, a time when it would have been unjust to call New York’s old gray lady Pravda-on-the-Hudson; a time when that venerable paper would hammer Democrats, as well as Republicans, for their failings. Here is what he wrote his children in late August about the conduct of that newspaper today. I reprint it here with his permission.

Increasingly, American scholars and social critics are discussing mental “silos,” where people chose a discourse and live within it, hearing only from media sources that agree with them, and talking only to friends and neighbors in the same silo. From one silo to another, there is little communication, as if no one aims to combine facts, views, and theories to create a composite of data approaching the truth. Instead, they all pursue only contentions, hypotheses, and partisan revelations that make them happy (or angry) together.[1]

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One of the core principles of the cultural left is dissatisfaction.  Perhaps “destructiveness” would be a more apt term. It would be easy to characterize this dissatisfaction/destructiveness as merely objecting to the principles that made the United States a great nation.  And, of course, there is much of that in left-leaning ideology.  As I discussed […]

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The New York Times Misrepresents Charter School Research

 

Yesterday, the New York Times ran a front-page story purporting to show that “betting big” on charters has produced “chaos” and a “glut of schools competing for some of the nation’s poorest students.” (One wonders how many of those low-income families are upset that they have “too many” options.). However, the article’s central claim about charter school performance rests on a distorted reading of the data.

The piece claims that “half the charters perform only as well, or worse than, Detroit’s traditional public schools.” This is a distortion of the research from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). Although the article actually cites this research – noting that it is “considered the gold standard of measurement by charter school supporters across the country” – it only does so to show that one particular charter chain in Detroit is low performing. (For the record, the “gold standard” is actually a random-assignment study. CREDO used a matching approach, which is more like a silver standard. But I digress.) The NYT article fails to mention that the same study found that “on average, charter students in Michigan gain an additional two months of learning in reading and math over their [traditional public school] counterparts. The charter students in Detroit gain over three months per year more than their counterparts at traditional public schools.”

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.”

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Mona Charen noticed.  So did Mollie Z. Hemingway.  They are close readers of our mass media journalism.  They called them out this week for bias.  The Leftist mass media reported on an important and long-awaited Supreme Court ruling.  They were clearly disappointed in the ruling, but they gave the facts.  What Mona and Mollie noticed […]

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Facebook and the Rise of Conservative Grievance Politics

 
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.

When conservatives criticized Facebook for spiking right-leaning content, CEO Mark Zuckerberg did something odd for a liberal tech titan: he listened. The kajillionaire invited several leading conservative voices to fly out to the left coast and share their concerns in person. Despite Zuckerberg’s sickening oversight of not inviting yours truly, I was impressed that he was savvy enough to call a summit.

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Gizmodo is reporting that Facebook workers regularly suppressed conservative-related news stories from their site’s trending news section. While the trending news stories in theory reflect the most-shared stories by the site’s users, it turns out that there are actually paid “news curators” behind the scenes filtering and altering what moves to the top of the […]

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Por Qué Es Latino Identidad no Noticias Ted Cruz?

 

Ted.Cruz_.Jorge_.Ramos_.03.Jan_.2016I’m disappointed, albeit not surprised, at the media silence on the historical significance of America’s prospect of having its first Latino president, Ted Cruz. Not because I give a rat’s hind parts about identity politics. I don’t. I would just for once like a level playing field on race, where the media has made Republicans run uphill for the past 50 years.

When Barack Obama was a presidential candidate in 2008, there were endless references to how historic it would be to have our first black president. Some celebrities (and I surmise others) wanted it so badly they voted for Obama simply because he was black, and bragged about it.

I conceded Obama’s blackness on skin color and features. If I didn’t know of him and he walked into a room I’d see a black man, despite his Irish lineage. However, I never bought the “African American” label. That’s a sociological term of art for descendants of Africans who unfortunately can’t trace themselves to a country or tribe due to the ravages of slavery. Obama isn’t the descendant of African slaves. He is the descendant of slave owners, no different than other white presidents before him.

Behind Closed Doors, Media and Government Buzzing about Hillary’s Emails

 

Morning-JoeConservatives often complain about media bias. While it’s true that the press often skews the news of the day to promote their own ideology, a far more damaging practice is when they decide not to report the news in the first place. On Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the panel finally pulled back the curtain on what is being discussed in newsrooms across the country.

While analyzing the Democratic primary, panelist Mike Barnicle said, “There’s an undefined element in the campaign that will impact the campaign sooner or later and that’s what’s going to happen in the Justice Department. I mean, you can just sense among Democrats … they’re right on the edge of their seats trying to figure out what will happen and what determining factor that’s going to play in the nomination process.”

The Justice Department? Whatever could he be referring to?

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The Leftist Huffington Post is mandating a warning label for all articles about Donald Trump. “Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims 1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering the U.S.” Preview Open

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