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I find a lot of coverage biased. Beyond consuming things with different biases, is there any way to get clear news about Ukraine? Where do you get yours? Preview Open
As a researcher and writer, I care deeply for factual transparency and honesty in reportage. I read across a wide spectrum of viewpoints. Paid subscriptions from the following are sent to my inbox, all of which I scan (and often read in-depth) daily: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, […]
I remember as a little kid, Walter Cronkite signing off his news with that sentiment, “And that’s the way it is.” My folks got their news from the evening editions on television, the morning newspaper, and radio. I was more interested in my friends, outdoor games, catching fireflies, and cookouts. Walter probably reported on maybe the Vietnam war, economic news, crime, and so forth. Life went on, we gathered together for dinner, and when the street lights came on, I knew I better get home to eat.
So we watched the “evening news” yet again tonight and it’s the same every single night. Let’s explore the latest:
The Delta Variant, a spin-off of Covid, is the headline, with special emphasis on the states that seem to be “lagging behind” on vaccines. They cite Florida as an example. I check the COVID cases daily, as I have from last late spring, and they are at zero with no new deaths. The total deaths for our county is 89. There seems to be a spike in new cases about every seven days. We are a tourist area, so this is not surprising, especially around a holiday. What I don’t understand is, the states that showed the most cases initially, are still showing the greatest rise in this new variant – New York, California, etc. The push to vaccinate was heavy in the larger cities, so how did this happen? The rise in Delta cases is also heavy in Israel – so several states and countries are having to impose indoor masks and travel restrictions once again. What’s going on?
Tonight: Frontline: Trump’s American Carnage “From his first days as president to his last, how Trump stoked division, violence, and insurrection. Trump’s siege on his enemies, the media, and even the leaders of his own party, who for years ignored the warning signs of what was to come.” Preview Open
On the recent Flagship Broadcast, Peter Robinson expressed dismay at the blackout of information related to the swing states’ voter fraud. Every time I look at the headlines, all I see is a hostile editorial opinion. Fox has always been a little wobbly and seems to be becoming more so. I am even concerned that […]
Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three crazy martinis! First, Jim explains why it’s so weird for Joe Biden to have no public events today and to continue the basement campaign just two months before the election. They also explain why Biden’s recent insistence that he will not ban fracking runs contrary to his repeated promises during the primary season to stop fracking and even shut down fossil fuels entirely. And they welcome a new cable news channel that claims to be focused on facts and not opinion but they also explain the challenges of keeping that promise.
For the past year, we have reluctantly continued to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, even as we’ve watched its news section become increasingly progressive in its views. But we’ve always liked the Opinion page and appreciate the excellent journalism of Bill McGurn, Holman Jenkins, Dan Henninger, and especially Kimberley Strassel. I just learned, however, that 280 of the WSJ news staffers criticized the Opinion editors for not reflecting a “woke” mentality, and their letter was also “leaked.” The leaked letter is in the form of a tweet in this article, and difficult to read in this form, but you are welcome to try. Here is part of the editors’ response:
It was probably inevitable that the wave of progressive cancel culture would arrive at the Journal, as it has at nearly every other cultural, business, academic and journalistic institution. But we are not the New York Times. Most Journal reporters attempt to cover the news fairly and down the middle, and our opinion pages offer an alternative to the uniform progressive views that dominate nearly all of today’s media. [italics mine]
I haven’t actually analyzed the news sections of the WSJ to determine if most of their journalists try to cover the news fairly, because the exceptions are so glaring. But I was especially impressed with other things the Opinion editors said:
America could use a news network, especially in times like these. Most basic cable packages offer CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, but these aren’t news channels. Not really. They are politics channels. Politics has always been part of the coverage, of course, but it was treated as just one part of a much broader whole.
Flip back the calendar a few decades. The nightly news would feature a flood in Bangladesh, the latest on a budget deal from DC, a grisly crime in the Heartland, cross-border conflict in Israel, and a heartwarming closer on a centenarian skydiver. Switch to the only cable news channel and CNN would add an interview with a world leader, NBA playoff predictions, the marriage/divorce of a Hollywood power couple, and an exposé of a corrupt congressman.
Turn on CNN today: Trump screwed up the Coronavirus response, then a Coronavirus death toll, 14 talking heads yelling about Republicans, why Trump’s use of “Chinese virus” is racist, and a heartwarming closer on a centenarian who hates Trump.
Recording of Tuesday’s Three Martini Lunch concluded before the news of Kamala Harris abandoning her presidential campaign. Rest assured we will have plenty to say about that on Wednesday. In the meantime, grab a stool and join Jim and Greg as serve up Tuesday’s martinis. First, they’re grateful to see President Trump siding with the Iranian protesters despite earlier indications to the contrary. They also facepalm as Trump allies attack Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for not following Trump’s advice on a U.S. Senate appointment and Kemp proceeds to pick someone who makes the pro-life community very nervous. And they notice that Michael Bloomberg’s spending barrage already has him in fifth place among voters in the first four primary and caucus states.
Good morning! This is your friendly periodic reminder that we all need a balanced media diet including at least some liberal and conservative media. We all need to hear from those we don’t already agree with, both for the health of our souls (we all need the repeated reminder that reasonable minds can differ, that […]
Desensitization is a concept familiar to most in regard to entertainment. Frequent depictions of violence — so the story goes — desensitize consumers of movies and video games to real violence, weakening natural empathy. Pornography is said to have similar effects on sexual relations. Any doubts or professional insights are welcome. The general concept strikes […]
The weekly news cycles in recent months have been full of silliness and garbage. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of it. It seems that every news broadcast or internet news site has flooded our lives with stories that are nothing more than gossip or people just seeking a bunch of attention […]
From the BBC: The US government requires all agencies, individuals and organisations controlled or funded by international governments and undertake political activity, to be registered with the justice department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (Fara). Preview Open
Ever feel there are some days it just doesn’t pay to check out the news? Days everything’s so controversial, negative, tragic, or downright seedy eventually you just wanna take a shower and search for some joy and goodness in the world? The message I get is that this world, my country, is in real trouble. […]
My mind is spinning. Which isn’t unusual lately and it’s not because I’m blonde. It’s because of my social media and news intake. I’m at the point where I can’t decide if it’s worth being well-informed any longer due to possibly being over- or mis- informed. I’ve always liked reading the news, mostly because I […]
Next on Thinking It Through: I get the opportunity to converse with the Editor-in-Chief of Ricochet.com, Mr. Jon Gabriel. He gives me his thoughts on Harvard hiring (and later rescinding the invitation) Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow, ESPN Host Jemele Hill’s recent comments on Trump, Trump working with Democrats, and how important is building the […]
Please check out Episode 45 of Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner. I interviewed Max Ledoux, Director of Technical Operations at Ricochet, about his going from voting for Hillary Clinton in a primary to becoming a Conservative, New York taxes, the G20 Summit, and the Republicans NOT repealing and replacing Obamacare. We had a wonderful […]
Hello to the Ricochet Family! It has been a long time since I made a quick post on here that wasn’t just my podcast stuff. Preview Open