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  • Means of praise, Michael Jordan’s brother, selling your daughter’s pony, &c.

    12/04/2004 2:49:47 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 676+ views
    NRO ^ | December 02, 2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    Couple of days ago, David Brooks published a column on John Stott, a British evangelical leader. There has been some discussion of this column — but I would like to make a queer point. In 1989 — also in 1988, the presidential-election year — there was quite a lot of good press for Barbara Bush. But the praise always came with a companion point: "unlike that b**ch Nancy Reagan." (No, I don't mean "butch.") You couldn't say something nice about Barbara Bush, the new Republican First Lady, without saying something mean about Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Bush couldn't be admirable for...
  • "CULTURE WARS"

    12/02/2004 2:38:22 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 589+ views
    NROTC ^ | 12/1/04 | Stanley Kurtz
    Do you remember when the culture wars were supposed to be over, and the liberal media was said to be a myth? I do. By denying our divisions, liberals implicitly declare themselves the winners of our culture battles. And deep sixing conservatism is a nice way to pretend that the media isn't biased. How can the media be liberally biased if the country as a whole has accepted liberal wisdom, and conservatives are just a fading relic of history? The election put paid to all that. Surprise! Conservatives exist. As a marker of just how far we’ve come in this...
  • Two, Three, Many Fallujas

    11/26/2004 2:48:11 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 27 replies · 1,096+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    THE TAKEDOWN of terrorists in Falluja seems to have gone well. The terrorists, as expected, fought hard and mostly to the death, but U.S. and Iraqi casualties remain lower than the history of urban warfare would have led us to expect. Success in Falluja can be attributed to two factors: a well-conceived plan and the outstanding execution of that plan by Marines and soldiers on the ground. But the second-guessing has already begun. Critics are asking what the operation in Falluja really accomplished. They note that the insurgents' leaders appear to have escaped and that violence has erupted elsewhere in...
  • How Media Bias Really Works

    11/26/2004 2:13:19 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 5 replies · 860+ views
    TAS ^ | 11/26/2004 | Lawrence Henry
    Back in the 1970s, I took a temporary job helping to prepare the daily news digest for Armand Hammer. That's right, your reliable right-wing columnist once worked for the old com-symp himself. I reported to a room in the Occidental Petroleum building on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, and there, with a very pleasant young lady supervising, I clipped stories from wire services that I thought would interest the Great Man and pasted them into a daily news report. When I say "clip," I mean it literally. We had half a dozen wire service machines, rumbling and rattling out a continuous...
  • Post-Election SGO

    11/08/2004 2:41:45 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 135+ views
    TAS ^ | 11/8/2004 | Jed Babbin
    There's no rest for the politically weary. We'll have to keep a weather eye on '06 and '08, but there's a lot to do long before they arrive. There will be no respite while Nurse Ratched builds her campaign for the White House, and there's enough SGO this week to keep us busy. The RINOs are rampaging, the legacy news media are wounded but not dead, Yassir Arafat is dying, and the next most important election -- the January election in Iraq -- is fast approaching. We never should have left it to 007 to deal with SPECTRE. Despite his...
  • Amazing Loss

    11/04/2004 3:07:58 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 23 replies · 1,445+ views
    NRO ^ | November 04, 2004 | Tim Graham
    If we projected the winner of a presidential race based on the assumption that voters reflexively followed every didactic anchorman lecture, every trumped-up anti-Bush investigative hit piece, and every gooey Kerry valentine, we would have expected George W. Bush to lose in a resounding defeat. The media's coverage — in terms of its intended political effect — was a landslide for John Kerry: a landslide that began in the summer of 2003 and continued for more than a year. Consider the second half of 2003, as the Democratic field circled around the artificial Howard Dean bubble. The morning shows on...
  • BOMBGATE CONTINUED

    11/01/2004 12:35:20 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 238+ views
    NROTC ^ | Cliff May
    Bill Safire’s column today advances the case that UN official Mohamed ElBaradei has attempted to influence an American election by circulating false or misleading information. (Whether he succeeds or not remains to be determined.) Money quote: ElBaradei “has long known about the presence of ‘nuclear trigger’ explosives (evidence of Saddam's nuclear ambitions?) in one of Iraq's thousands of ammo dumps. But, The Wall Street Journal reports that with exquisite political timing, on Oct. 1 ElBaradei sent a ‘reminder’ to a Baathist science minister renewing the U.N. interest in these particular explosives. That produced a dutiful letter from the Iraqi bureaucrat...
  • Osama vs. Bush

    11/01/2004 12:32:37 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 150+ views
    NRO ^ | October 31, 2004 | Yigal Carmon
    The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on al-Jazeera on Friday, October 29 included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state") to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral-college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush,...
  • Deep Smear Fishing

    11/01/2004 12:26:28 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 117+ views
    TAS ^ | 11/1/2004 | The Prowler
    WEEKEND UPDATE After 60 Minutes punted on releasing with the New York Times the missing explosives story -- which has now at the very least been largely discredited -- the TV show attempted to coordinate with Democratic sources on at least one last ditch story to air on Halloween night, according to a Democratic Senate staffer. One of the stories involved the politics of the $87 billion vote Kerry failed to support to provide troops in Iraq with equipment. The other possible story: the Halliburton investigation. According to the Democratic leadership staffer in the Senate, the 60 Minutes producers were...
  • THE 2004 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OFFICIAL OVER

    11/01/2004 12:15:57 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 26 replies · 242+ views
    NRO ^ | October 30, 2004 | Michael Graham
    Whatever hope John Kerry had of closing the gap ended when Osama bin Laden became part of the national conversation about this election. As I've said a hundred times Kerry wins 10 states, plus Hawaii (maybe). So is it too early to consider the winners and losers in this election? And the big loser is NOT John Kerry. He was already a los.... No, seriously. He'll be back in the US Senate and in his 15th Century English farmhouse in Idaho (it's a long story) enjoying a quiet Christmas with his wife, his family and their contingent of servant. BR>...
  • BUT SINCLAIR IS BAD?

    10/20/2004 3:19:12 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 5 replies · 446+ views
    NROTC ^ | 10/20/04 | Michael Graham
    Michael Moore wants to make illegal, undeclared contributions to the Kerry campaign by making copies of his Fahrenheit 9/11 video available for free. "We believe as many Americans as possible should see this film before the election, before they make up their minds," Moore said. But for some reason, Moore & Co. don’t feel the same way about the “Stolen Honor” documentary. But threats from Democrats prevented its showing at a MOVIE THEATER last night in Pennsylvania. Thus far, the media are allowing this blatant double standard (Kerry speech good, Bush speech bad) to continue unchallenged. If they do, it...
  • If the Democrats Lose

    10/19/2004 3:27:15 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 14 replies · 935+ views
    TAS ^ | 10/19/2004 | Patrick O’Hannigan
    Conventional wisdom says that if the Kerry/Edwards ticket triumphs over the Bush/Cheney ticket on November 2nd, it will be because Americans want "fresh credibility" and a new start rather than more of the same. Pundits riding that horse tend to have an underdeveloped sense of irony, however: look for them to switch mounts if the Democrats lose. To preserve the integrity of their worldview, they have to believe that Republican defeats trace back to message, but Democratic defeats trace back to messenger. If the Kedwards ticket goes down, you won't find candor in the first blush of loss, when campaign...
  • KERRY'S PROBLEM

    10/18/2004 3:39:55 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 18 replies · 1,186+ views
    NROTC ^ | 10/18/04 | Stanley Kurtz
    Most of the polls seem to indicate that the president’s lead is growing. Why? Adam Nagourney, in The New York Times, argues that the Mary Cheney mistake has canceled out Kerry’s supposed victory in the debates. That’s way too simple. No doubt Kerry’s been hurt by the Mary Cheney dustup. But there’s a lot more going on than that. For one thing, the president did far better in the debates than Nagourney lets on. In particular, the president’s been stressing Kerry’s liberalism. Kerry’s flip-flops aren’t just a matter of bending with the political wind. They’re an attempt to disguise his...
  • STOP THE PRESSES

    10/18/2004 3:35:22 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 793+ views
    NRO ^ | OCT. 17, 2004 | David Frum
    Over the past half-dozen years, the Washington Post has emerged as a decisively better paper than the New York Times. Its coverage of politics especially is noticeably less biased: The Post’s reporters and editors may be almost as liberal as the Times’s, but they are not nearly so Democratically partisan. Maybe even more important, because so many of the Post’s readers do politics for a living, the Post is less vulnerable to dumb, pseudo-stories like those so often found on the Times’s front page. Most of the time. This Sunday morning, the Post splayed across the front page above the...
  • What, Me Biased?

    10/15/2004 3:06:48 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 603+ views
    NRO ^ | October 14, 2004 | Byron York
    Have you ever heard of Dave Lindorff? Probably not. But Lindorff, a writer who occasionally covers politics, recently pulled a good one on the Washington Post, New York Times, and a number of other news outlets. In an article, "Bush's Mystery Bulge," published in the left-wing online journal Salon, Lindorff speculated that President Bush might have been "literally channeling Karl Rove" in the first presidential debate — that is, wearing an invisible earpiece attached to a radio receiver through which Rove could feed him answers to vexing questions. Lindorff's evidence was a freeze-frame from the debate which he said showed...
  • The most unpublished writer

    10/11/2004 2:46:24 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 20 replies · 705+ views
    FPM ^ | 10/8/04 | David Horowitz
    I've taken to reading Ann Coulter's new book How To Talk To A Liberal (If You Must) whenever I need respite from the cacophonies of the current campaign. After Tuesday's Vice Presidential debate it was salutary to read her chapter on "Kerry's Puppy" about his pick of ambulance chaser (and not to be corrected fibber) John Edwards for the second spot. I have to say I am getting physically ill watchng a rabidly partisan press blow up a war policy that has kept 300 million Americans safe for over three years. Take a look at the highlights of the Duelfer...
  • DAN DOES IT AGAIN

    09/30/2004 2:57:45 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 12 replies · 827+ views
    NY POST ^ | September 30, 2004 | N/A
    Dan Rather (and CBS News) got snookered by political malcontents with an ax to grind. Again. Consider: Both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry say they adamantly oppose reinstitution of the military draft, which was ended in 1973. The Pentagon also says it is vehemently opposed to giving up the all-volunteer army.
  • The Ted and the Fury (Shawn Macomber ping)

    09/30/2004 2:54:40 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 220+ views
    TAS ^ | 9/30/2004 | Shawn Macomber
    If a Republican had given the same sort of speech about a Democrat that Ted Kennedy gave on Monday at George Washington University thrashing George W. Bush, John Edwards would likely have labeled it "un-American" and Howard Dean would have come out of his undisclosed location to begin shouting again about the flag not belonging to Jerry Falwell. As luck would have it, Kennedy is a Democrat, and as such the "lion of liberalism" is not held to the same standards as the rest of us. Gone was the terrorism-is-not-a-Republican-or-Democratic-issue rhetoric so popular with liberals anytime someone suggests President Bush...
  • RE: BABS

    09/30/2004 2:48:12 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 222+ views
    NROTC ^ | 9/29/04 | Tim Graham
    Jonah, there is no more conventional wisdom on the left right now than the notion that the media were a patsy for the neocon warmongers before the war. In fact, the media often channeled the usual liberal media bias during what they called "the rush to war." (See more about ABC's role as the leader in arrogant bias here.) But Babs demonstrates the broad difference between conservative media criticism and liberal media criticism. Both assume the media are liberal. Conservatives want more deference to the method of objectivity. Liberals want more aggressive liberal media muscle-flexing. Conservatives wanted a fair debate...
  • The Other Media Scandal of 2004

    09/29/2004 3:34:22 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 438+ views
    TAS ^ | 9/28/2004 | Sean Higgins
    WASHINGTON -- Imagine if wide-scale fraud was found in a major American industry. Imagine if observers commonly agreed that there was more fraud going on beyond what was already known, it just hasn't been uncovered yet. Imagine if the companies had gotten away with this for years because the industry was essentially self-regulated. And finally, imagine if no efforts were being made to change that. You'd expect it would be the business scandal of the year, right? That newspapers would splash the latest scoops across their front pages, correct? That there would be a clamor on the op-ed pages for...
  • TV NEWS LOVES KERRY

    09/29/2004 3:30:44 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 380+ views
    NROTC ^ | September 27, 2004 | Tim Graham
    It's buried in the middle of Howard Kurtz's Washington Post article today, but it's true. In a study by the nonpartisan Center for Media and Public Affairs, "the group says [John Kerry] has gotten the best network news coverage of any presidential nominee since it began tracking in 1988." That's right, CMPA says Kerry has received a more favorable press than Bill Clinton in 1992, which was a very syrupy year. And the study includes the Swift Vet month of August! Kurtz's main thesis today is the new liberal media chin-puller: what sad state of affairs is it when everyone...
  • Lining Up in Dan Rather’s Valley of Forgery

    09/23/2004 3:37:21 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 13 replies · 637+ views
    MRC ^ | Thursday, September 23, 2004 | Tim Graham
    Despite some sharp investigative reporting on Rathergate and some journalists who have seen bias (even “obsession”) in the forgery-stained 60 Minutes story of September 8, a number of prominent journalists are joining Dan Rather inside his circled wagons. ■ Diane Sawyer. On Wednesday’s Larry King Live, she cooed about Rather: “He is a towering journalist. We all know this. We live and die by headlines, all of us here. But let us never forget he's the guy who gets up out of the anchor chair and goes to Afghanistan. He's the guy who could have the cushy assignment, but he...
  • The RNC

    09/07/2004 2:24:58 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 217+ views
    NROTC ^ | September 04, 2004 | Michael Ledeen
    Before moving on from blogging about the convention, let's all say hooray for the NYPD. Aren't they great? And are the various wusses now prepared to say that maybe the American people really loved Zell Miller? There is still room in American political life for honest passion, and I was frankly very discouraged to see so many of our people openly wondering whether it was a mistake to permit the unwashed to see a man who was angry about seeing his party go down the rathole. This in turn made me reflect on "television," and I wonder if this convention...
  • Here Comes the Umbrage

    09/02/2004 2:39:51 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 363+ views
    NRO ^ | 9/2/04 | Tim Graham
    Dick Cheney's speech last night underscored the peculiar nature of his nomination in 2000. He is not a stirring stump speaker. He is not, to quote Laura Ingraham's name for John Edwards, a camera-melting "Silky Pony" of good looks. He is sober, serious, and casting-agency perfect in the role of Respected Washington Insider, something Governor Bush needed for the voters last time around. But his speech wasn't going to upstage the presidential address tonight. It did have some nice lines, like "Senator Kerry's liveliest disagreement is with himself." The pre-speech talk was about building a case for Cheney's unpopularity. Before...
  • Vice, Meet Virtue (Macomber)

    08/31/2004 2:57:43 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 198+ views
    TAS ^ | 8/31/2004 | Shawn Macomber
    NEW YORK -- Pardon the rant here but my colleagues in the media have lost it. After attempting to ignore and then reluctantly being forced to cover the charges of the Swift boat vets about John Kerry's lies about Vietnam, charges which have absolutely hammered him in the polls, reporters have seized on the disconnect between the conservative Republican platform and the RINO bent of many primetime speakers like a bunch of crazed wolverines. Huge protests full of lewd sentiments, teeming with barely controlled rage? Yes, but what about Republican hypocrisy? Former New York Democratic Mayor Ed Koch endorses Bush...
  • TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES

    08/31/2004 2:51:49 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 245+ views
    FPM ^ | August 29, 2004 | Paul Mirengoff
    As we have noted, the Swiftvet controversy has allowed the Democrats and the MSM to whine once more about past instances of highly effective pro-Republican ads -- not just the 1988 Horton ad, but also the classic Jesse Helms ad in which a white worker is shown receiving a rejection letter due to preferential race-based affirmative action. Although these ads were truthful -- Dukakis did maintain a policy of letting first degree felons including Horton out of jail for weekends and Helms' opponent did favor granting racial preferences -- these ads are said to have been improper because of their...
  • A SMEAR TO END ALL SMEARS

    08/31/2004 2:45:38 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 8 replies · 1,010+ views
    FPM ^ | August 29, 2004 | David Horowitz
    I'm glad that at least some in the media have listened to John Kerry's call to end the smear campaign and concentrate on real issues. Hence the story in the "Oregonian" about one of the Swift Boat Vets and his past: "Clackamas County prosecutor Alfred French, who called Sen. John Kerry a liar in a political commercial, acknowledged Thursday that he lied to his boss when confronted about an extramarital affair with a colleague. "Hours later, the Clackamas County district attorney's office said French had been placed on a 30-day paid leave while it conducts an investigation into his conduct....
  • A Conspiracy Too Vast (Must Read)

    08/30/2004 2:54:43 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 1,311+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/06/2004 | Noemie Emery
    THE MINUTE the ads of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had begun to draw blood, the Democrats attacked them as a giant, malevolent plot. The same plot, drawn up by a diabolical genius of unsurpassed malice and cunning, that has been causing Democrats trouble for so many years now, always unwarranted, always malicious, and always unfair. In today's Democratic imagination, there are no political accidents, no spontaneous movements, no genuine issues, and never a genuine weakness in a candidate. There are only diversions, cooked up and cleverly sold to a gullible public, "dirty tricks" supervised by conniving Republican masterminds, and...
  • The Not-So-Swift Mainstream Media

    08/30/2004 2:52:50 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 7 replies · 750+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/06/2004 | Jonathan V. Last
    DURING THE AUGUST 19 edition of PBS's NewsHour, Tom Oliphant unspooled. "The standard of clear and convincing evidence--and it's easy when you leave out the exculpatory stuff--is what keeps this story in the tabloids," the Boston Globe columnist sputtered, "because it does not meet basic standards." "This story" (shades of "that woman") is the story of the Swift boat veterans who have raised a number of troubling allegations against John Kerry. Sitting across from John O'Neill, coauthor of Unfit for Command and John Kerry's successor as commander of PCF-94 in Vietnam, Oliphant did a fair imitation of Al Gore--sighing, harumphing,...
  • PACIFISTS FOR WAR HEROES

    08/30/2004 2:50:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 5 replies · 278+ views
    NROTC ^ | 8/30/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    I understand that expecting consistency from a crowd so animated by irrational hatred is foolish. And I also know this point has been made many times. But walking around NYC, I’ve seen several protestors with signs or buttons etc. mocking Bush as a “deserter” etc and cheering Kerry as a “war hero.” One sign said “Bush: Coke-head draft-dodger. Kerry: Decorated War Hero. You decide.” Now, I understand why conservative Democrats, independents et al. might value Kerry’s record and all that. But the disingenuousness of this crowd prizing service in Vietnam is astounding. Never mind the fact that they – i.e....
  • Damned If You Do

    08/30/2004 2:45:18 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 405+ views
    NRO ^ | August 30, 2004 | Tim Graham
    For Republicans, this is going to be a tough and nasty week to put up with TV news coverage. Just for starters, Tom Brokaw signed off the NBC Nightly News on Sunday by comparing the convention's slate of moderate speakers to a "con game." I'm sure we'll see a massive rise in Fox viewership this week as conservatives look to steer around all the media's double standards, while the lapdogs in Boston are transformed into attack dogs in New York. It won't take too long to remember that the networks have a history of egregious bias at convention time. (For...
  • My least favorite genre. A political-science chairman. A trip to the bookstore — and more.

    08/30/2004 2:42:09 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 284+ views
    NRO ^ | August 30, 2004, | Jay Nordlinger
    May I tell you what my now-most-hated journalistic genre is? The piece by the New Yorker who says, "Boy, these dolts from Flyover Land don't have a clue. Here's how you gotta behave in New York, buddy — or else!" There have been roughly 8.5 million of these pieces published in the last couple of weeks; each one of them has been nauseating. It's enough to make me want to order a pastrami sandwich on white bread, with mayo. I vowed, when I moved here years ago, that I would never become that kind of New Yorker, even if I...
  • John Kerry’s Soldier-Smearing

    08/25/2004 3:43:03 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 10 replies · 684+ views
    MRC ^ | August 24, 2004 | L. Brent Bozell III
    It’s late August and someone in America decided it’s time to scrutinize John Kerry’s life story on television. For a week in Boston, John F. Kerry wrapped himself around a war effort he had spent decades denouncing, and Dan, Peter, and Tom sat around and nodded. No one even considered the possibility that Kerry could be – should be – challenged on any point of his self-serving history. Then the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth came along and shattered that mythology. Without their TV ads, the pro-Kerry media would have spent the entire election year with their collective fingers in...
  • COMPARE AND CONTRAST

    08/24/2004 3:17:53 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 577+ views
    NROTC ^ | 8/24/04 | Peter Robinson
    This is obvious, I suppose, but it says a lot about the mainstream media even so: Although Fahrenheit 9/11 is vicious and entirely based on cheap innuendo, the mainstream press hailed it, with the New York Times calling the effort a “blistering documentary attack.” Unfit for Command is by contrast sober and factual—and any errors it has been shown to contain are minor. The mainstream press has nevertheless responded with frenzied denuciations, with the New York Times devoting a front-page, above-the-fold story to what was in effect a hatchet job on the authors. Posted at 04:58 PM
  • DIONNE ON SWIFTIES

    08/24/2004 3:13:57 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 4 replies · 625+ views
    NROTC ^ | August 24, 2004 | Rich Lowry
    E.J. Dionne has a piece attacking the Swift Boat guys. A few points: 1) He says unity in the war on terror is essential and “cheap-shot politics” doesn't further that unity, therefore Bush has to denounce the ads. So, the Swift Boats guys are now underminding the war on terror! Hah! If Scott McClellan made an argument like this Dionne would accuse him of playing politics with the war on terror. Never mind that Dionne has not been especially vigilant in policing cheap-shots on the Left lately (it is also very debatable whether the Swift Boat ads are cheap shots...
  • LOG CABIN LIBERALS

    08/19/2004 2:50:47 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 16 replies · 436+ views
    NROTC ^ | 8/19/04 | Tim Graham
    Your liberal media elite may have found absolutely nothing interesting in the Democratic platform construction process, and may have found nothing interesting in boiling intra-party fights beneath the surface (other than Stephanopoulos hinting at it on the radio afterwards), but national reporters are now preparing their quadrennial promotions of the Republicans for Choice and the Log Cabin Republicans as they make their routinely pointless run on the GOP platform. In the Los Angeles Times, they're breaking out the I word (intolerance) to describe what Republicans are trying to avoid in embracing the "religious right." The Los Angeles Times hasn't yet...
  • Missing Nixon

    08/12/2004 2:33:27 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 11 replies · 551+ views
    TAS ^ | 8/12/2004 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- A brilliant article by Jonathan Aitken in London's Sunday Times, of August 1 prepared me for the torrent that was surely going to hit America a week later with the 30th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation, August 9. Aitken, a distinguished writer and biographer of the 37th president, reminded readers of the incomparable drama fevering the last days of the Watergate president. "End career as a fighter." Nixon had scrawled on one of his yellow legal pads hours before he planned to bow out on August 1, 1974. His valiant daughter, Julie, however intervened with a scrawled note...
  • THIS JUST IN

    08/09/2004 3:07:35 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 300+ views
    NROTC ^ | 8/9/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    THIS JUST IN [Jonah Goldberg] I meant to post this last week but travel etc got in the way. Did anyone see the lengthy piece in the NY Times last Thursday revealing that -- gasp -- when it comes to terrorism coverage, "The further a publication is situated from the New York and Washington areas, where the risk was said to be greatest, the less coverage the threats often received." It goes on and on, quoting for example, Fred Zipp the Managing Editor of the Austin-American Statesman: "If the warning had been that Al Qaeda is going to attack the...
  • The media, Abu Ghraib and the forgotten massacres

    08/09/2004 2:48:15 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 177+ views
    brookesnews ^ | Monday 24 May 2004 | Gerard Jackson
    Abu Ghraib has given our leftist journalists a club with which to beat President Bush and the war to overthrow Saddam. The same rotten crew who never seriously protested Saddam's vile tortures and mass murders are now using the reprehensible behaviour of a handful of rogue troops to discredit the liberation of Iraq To top it off, the same faux journalists insist on painting the liberations as a failure, despite the destruction of Saddam's vicious regime. So addicted are these lying scribes to their America-hating mindset that murderous terrorists are now routinely described as "resistance fighters" or the "Iraqi resistance"....
  • Malkin's Media Diversity Test

    08/06/2004 2:32:17 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 11 replies · 571+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 04, 2004 | Michelle Malkin
    Every five years, a herd of perpetually disgruntled minority journalists gathers together to decry the lack of "diversity" in the media. This week, thousands of them will huff and puff in unison at the "UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc." convention in Washington, D.C. Both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are scheduled to give their "I Love Diversity More Than The Other Guy" speeches at UNITY on Thursday and Friday. The Asian-American Journalists Association will complain about the lack of Asian-American male television news anchors. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will attack the radio industry for not hiring enough...
  • Where’s the Yeast?

    07/14/2004 2:47:05 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 7 replies · 583+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/14/04 | Eliana Johnson
    During an overheated speech before an adoring MoveOn crowd, Al Gore told a story perfectly calculated to laud the troops while lambasting the president. While "there was a high level of competence on the part of our soldiers," it was lamentable that "their families have to hold bake sales to buy discarded Kevlar vests to stuff into the floorboards of the Humvees! Bake sales for body armor." In the same vein, John Kerry assured Americans that "as president, I will see to it that we don't have to have bake sales...to supply the troops of the United States of America."...
  • READING THE BANS

    07/14/2004 2:44:42 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 265+ views
    NROTC ^ | 7/12/04 | John Derbyshire
    READING THE BANS [John Derbyshire] "Commentator J.C. Watts explains why he sides with efforts by Senate Republican leaders to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage."---NPR "Aspen should take a formal stand against a constitutional amendment that would 'advance discrimination' by banning same-sex marriages, according to City Councilwoman Rachel Richards."---The Aspen Times "Three gay couples in Tampa and Orlando sued to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriages Monday."---The Ledger (Lakeland, FL) "Amendment backers say the constitutional amendment is needed to make it more difficult for a court to potentially toss out the state's existing law banning gay marriage."---News-Leader (Springfield,...
  • "ANTI-CHOICE"

    07/13/2004 3:52:37 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 7 replies · 538+ views
    NROTC ^ | 7/12/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    "ANTI-CHOICE" [Jonah Goldberg] From a long piece at MSNBC which tries too hard to be very clever about actors who get type-cast or "Zieringed" (after Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills 90210): "And maybe everybody loves Raymond, but after the show goes off the air, we have to wonder who's going to love Patricia Heaton. Heaton plays Raymond's shrewish wife Debra with exactly one note, and spends her time off authoring obnoxious books about motherhood, supporting anti-choice organizations, and stomping out of awards shows hosted by the Osbournes." I know this is a small example of media bias, but can imagine...
  • A CORRECTION AND A CONFESSION/JOSEPH WILSON, LIAR

    07/13/2004 3:43:10 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 14 replies · 980+ views
    FPM ^ | 7/12/04 | War Blog
    When President Bush made his surprise visit to the troops in Baghdad last Thanksgiving, he stood in the serving line and helped serve the soldiers their meals before joining them for Thanksgiving dinner. The trip boosted the President's popularitiy because of its daring and the fact that it highlighted Bush's concern for the troops, and their affection for him. This photo of President Bush in the Baghdad dining hall with a Thanksgiving turkey was widely circulated: Anxious to undercut the Baghdad trip's impact with the public, liberal journalists began circulating the false story that the bird Bush had been photographed...
  • Mag Editor: Media “Want Kerry to Win,” Cover: “Sunshine Boys”

    07/12/2004 3:26:10 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 14 replies · 727+ views
    MRC ^ | July 12, 2004 | Brent Baker
    Recognition of the obvious. The media “wants Kerry to win” and so “they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic” and “there’s going to be this glow about” them, Evan Thomas, the Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, admitted on Inside Washington over the weekend. He should know. His magazine this week sports a smiling Kerry and Edwards on its cover with the yearning headline, “The Sunshine Boys?” Inside, an article carrying Thomas’ byline contrasted how “Dick Cheney projects the bleakness of a Wyoming winter, while John Edwards always appears to be strolling in the...
  • BBC reports 'littered with errors'

    07/06/2004 4:06:03 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 7/4/04 | Chris Hastings
    A significant number of BBC news reports are untrustworthy and littered with errors because the corporation's journalists fail to check their facts, according to e-mails sent by one of the BBC's most senior news managers. His messages reveal that the credibility of the news service is "on the line" because of a climate of sloppiness. The internal memos, which have been obtained by The Telegraph, highlight concerns about the standard of journalism on local BBC television and radio, as well as on the BBC's flagship News Online service. They suggest that the corporation is struggling to keep its promise to...
  • Where Are the Heroes?

    07/02/2004 3:10:07 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 18 replies · 352+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/1/04 | Rich Lowry
    You have never heard of Brian Chontosh. That's a shame. Not for Brian Chontosh, who I suspect couldn't care less. But for you. In March of last year, Chontosh was a 29-year-old Marine lieutenant. He was leading his platoon on Highway 1, just outside Baghdad, when his troops came under heavy fire. He ordered his vehicle to head directly for the enemy trench, jumped out and began firing with his rifle and pistol, before running out of ammunition. The citation for Chontosh's Navy Cross picks up the narrative: "With complete disregard for his safety, he twice picked up discarded enemy...
  • Who's the Objective News Source?

    07/02/2004 3:08:30 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 270+ views
    Dust In The Light ^ | 7/1/04 | Justin Katz
    Objective News Source? « The Redwood Review Nonfiction of the Week | Main | Literature... with Pictures; Better than the Best » Printer friendly version July 01, 2004 Who's the Objective News Source? Check out this interactive stunner from the Providence Journal: The sad thing is that, when I checked the results a little while ago, the combined responses for "Bush" and "Both" were exactly equal to "Hussein." (Although this seems to have improved somewhat already.) The encouraging thing is that many of the written responses fault the paper for even asking the question. Perhaps better questions would be: Do...
  • HOW MEDIA GET IRAQ WRONG

    07/02/2004 3:06:06 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 149+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7/2/04 | ERIC M. JOHNSON
    July 2, 2004 -- IRAQ veterans often say they're confused by U.S. news cover age, because their experience differs so greatly from what journalists report. Soldiers and Marines point to the slow, steady progress in almost all areas of Iraqi life and wonder why they don't get much notice — or in many cases, any notice at all. Part of the explanation is Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post. Chandrasekaran's crew generates a relentlessly negative stream of articles from Iraq. Last week, he had a Pulitzer-bait series called "Promises Unkept: The U.S. Occupation of Iraq." The...
  • Democratic lunacy, Republican slowness, a little language, &c.

    06/30/2004 3:39:00 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 208+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/29/04 | Jay Nordlinger
    A sign of the times: A reader writes, "Jay, I was sitting in a Starbucks in Dupont Circle. [This is Washington, D.C.] At the table next to me were three people who had just seen Fahrenheit 9/11. They spent a half-hour ranting about all the bad things George W. Bush has done: 'Iraq,' 'Patriot Act,' 'lowered taxes on the rich,' and . . . 'ignored the Rwandan genocide'! I leaned in and pointed out that the Rwandan genocide took place in 1994. One called me a 'right-wing crazy.' I happen to have worked for years in Democratic politics, but figured...