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  • The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism

    06/11/2013 7:15:24 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 8, 2013 | Ed Bott
    Summary: A bombshell story published in the Washington Post this week alleged that the NSA had enlisted nine tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, in a massive program of online spying. Now the story is unraveling, and the Post has quietly changed key details. What went wrong?
  • Networks Ignore Missouri Voters' Rejection of ObamaCare, Instead Celebrate Obama's Birthday

    08/05/2010 4:41:42 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 5, 2010 | Brent Baker
    In the first voter referendum on ObamaCare, Missourians on Tuesday overwhelmingly (by 71 to 29 percent) backed Proposition C which called upon the state to enact a statute to “deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance,” an outcome the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described as “rebuking President Barack Obama's administration.” On Wednesday night, however, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts skipped the bad news for President Obama – yet all found time to celebrate his 49th birthday. (The Missouri repudiation of a central tenet of ObamaCare came a day after another setback...
  • The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy (Time to fight back and make it personal)

    07/22/2010 3:34:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies · 1+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 7/22/2010 | FRED BARNES
    When I'm talking to people from outside Washington, one question inevitably comes up: Why is the media so liberal? The question often reflects a suspicion that members of the press get together and decide on a story line that favors liberals and Democrats and denigrates conservatives and Republicans. My response has usually been to say, yes, there's liberal bias in the media, but there's no conspiracy. The liberal tilt is an accident of nature. The media disproportionately attracts people from a liberal arts background who tend, quite innocently, to be politically liberal. If they came from West Point or engineering...
  • When McCain picked Palin, liberal journalists coordinated the best line of attack

    07/22/2010 3:28:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/22/2010 | Jonathan Strong
    In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick. Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected a journalist’s instinct to figure out the meaning of a story. But in many other exchanges, the Journolisters clearly had another, more partisan goal in mind: to formulate the most effective talking points in order to defeat Palin and McCain and help elect Barack Obama president. The tone...
  • "Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, Who Cares? Call Them Racists"

    07/20/2010 1:57:14 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 20th, 2010 | Rand Simberg
    For a long time, while the bias in the media has always been obvious, I’ve always assumed that it was something in the water around the media coolers — that these people all lived in a self-reinforcing cocoon, marinating in confirmation bias, in which the correct attitudes were subtly rewarded and the incorrect ones not-so-subtly punished. If someone had told me that they actively conspired to drive the message, trumpet and even make up stories that served their narrative, and suppress those that didn’t, or undermined it, I would have said that it was both unnecessary and that even they...