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  • Here’s What CBS Said in Response to Sharyl Attkisson’s Claims About Its Reporting Bias

    04/21/2014 7:11:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Blaze ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Original Title:Here’s What CBS Had to Say in Response to Sharyl Attkisson’s Claims About Network’s Reporting Bias CBS News on Monday responded to its former employee Sharyl Attkisson’s claims that the network indirectly discouraged her from doing investigative reporting critical of the Obama administration. Attkisson reported extensively on Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. The ex-CBS reporter later revealed that she didn’t run into the same roadblocks while reporting on issues that hurt former President George W. Bush. She blamed a lot of the bias problems on special and corporate interests. n response to Attkisson’s public comments, CBS...
  • Expert Believes Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight Being Held For Ransom (Theory Du Jour)

    03/19/2014 10:57:51 AM PDT · by McGruff · 83 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | March 19, 2014
    Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is no closer to being found as the disappearance of the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people nears its two-week mark. Pilot suicide, terrorism and hijacking are some possibilities that are being theorized to the plane as the search area expanded to 7 million square miles. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week that “there are a number of possible scenarios that are being investigated as to what happened to the flight.” Rick Mathews, of the National Center for Security & Preparedness at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy of SUNY Albany, tells...
  • American's fight to expose corruption in Russia

    02/17/2014 8:27:41 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 16, 2014 | Scott Pelley
    Russia has been showing the world glistening scenes of the Winter Olympics. It's a rare opportunity to brighten a national image that often skates on the thin ice of corruption. One authority estimates that 20 percent of the Russian economy is skimmed by graft and a lot of that by government officials. It may be that no one knows more about this than American-born businessman Bill Browder. Browder tells a story of thievery, vengeance and death worthy of a Russian novel. He's a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin and he has torn a rift between Moscow and Washington....
  • Dan Rather on Memogate: ‘No Question The Story Was True’

    12/09/2013 10:33:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 95 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12-10-2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Former CBS Evening News Anchor Dan Rather, despite being fired as a result of the bogus story, continues to maintain that he got it right in September 2004 when he aired forged documents concerning George W. Bush’s record with the Air National Guard. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Monday, Rather said, “No question the story was true” (video follows with transcript and commentary): [video] PIERS MORGAN, HOST: Let's turn quickly to what’s been going on at CBS, your old network. Your former colleague, Lara Logan, on leave of absence over this report from Benghazi. Many people believe there’s a slight...
  • David Axelrod claims Obama line on keeping your coverage was 'substantially' true

    11/05/2013 6:55:41 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/05/2013 | Charlie Spiering
    "The fact of the matter is, the president went out and said, I think he said what he believed to be the fact and what was substantially was the fact, because 90, whatever, 95, 96, 97 percent of Americans are in the position where they can keep the insurance they have and they're going to see no changes," Axelrod explained to MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday night. Axelrod dismissed people currently losing their health plans as a "small group" of people who bought "substandard policies" in the individual market.
  • The 25 Most Powerful Websites [FR cheated of Rathergate credit]

    09/24/2013 1:14:08 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 63 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | Adrian Chen
    -snip- 24. Power Line From practically the day they sprang into existence, blogs have been denigrated as trivial, inaccurate, and derivative. Untrained writers could never match the accuracy and depth of newspapers and network news. Power Line, a scrappy right-wing blog, turned that perception on its ear when it took down one of old media’s most venerable figures: Dan Rather. In September 2004, Rather and CBS News aired an explosive story about George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. The report used military documents to show that Bush had received preferential treatment and performed poorly while failing...
  • Dan 'Fake but Accurate' Rather Weighs in on Obama Scandal Tsunami

    05/16/2013 11:02:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | May 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Dan Rather, discredited CBS journalist, has weighed in on the recent scandals facing the Obama administration. He stated that the "controversies" are not in the same "cosmos" of Watergate. “Those who compare it to Watergate, the Republicans, are always eager to jump on almost anything and say, ‘Well, it’s like Watergate,’” Rather said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We’re not anywhere in the same cosmos as that. Keep in mind, with Watergate, while using the Internal Revenue Service to punish one’s opponents came directly from the president himself. That’s a fact. Now, in this case, we don’t even know whether the...
  • A Reporter Explains Why Gun Coverage Is So Biased

    04/07/2013 9:42:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 6, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    Well, not intentionally. But Jim Ragsdale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune attended a conference in Chicago on covering gun issues, which he describes this way: “Covering Guns” brought reporters with front-line experience covering mass shootings in Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn., and Red Lake, Minn., to meet with gun experts and advocates and gun trainers. Sponsored by the Poynter journalism center and funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, we gathered in a city that witnessed 506 homicides last year. The idea, I take it, was to educate reporters so they could do a better job of covering news...
  • RNC Report Calls for Fewer Presidential Debates, Mostly Ignores Moderator Unfairness

    03/18/2013 2:30:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 18, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    In a new report released today, the Republican National Committee owned up to a number of mistakes made during the 2012 election cycle. While the central party admitted there were too many presidential debates, it only barely touched on the role that unfair media moderators played in both the nominating process and in the general election. Despite its reluctance to criticize media impartiality, the RNC report did open the door to the creation of a new organization that would be assigned to create and host the debates apart from the media. “We are intrigued with the suggestion some have made...
  • Bret Baier: What President Obama really said in that '60 Minutes' interview about Benghazi

    11/05/2012 5:27:00 AM PST · by maggief · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Bret Baier
    ANALYSIS: Two days before the election, CBS posted additional portions of a Sept. 12 "60 Minutes" interview where President Obama seems to contradict himself on the Benghazi attack. As the Benghazi investigation gets more attention and focus, CBS is once again adding to the Benghazi timeline. In the interview, according to the latest portions, Obama would not say whether he thought the attack was terrorism. Yet he would later emphasize at a presidential debate that in the Rose Garden the same day, he had declared the attack an act of terror. That moment was one of the most intense exchanges...
  • Dan Rather Touts Kook Conspiracy Theory: GOP May Steal Election

    10/22/2012 6:01:06 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather delved into conspiracy theories on Monday, speculating that the Ohio Republican Party could steal the election for Mitt Romney. In a Facebook posting for Dan Rather Reports, the journalist hyped, "The whole upper tier of Ohio state government is in the hands of the GOP now; in very close voting they have the power to influence what votes are counted and how." Linking back to other conspiracy theories, Rather reminded, "Remember Ohio, Bush v. Kerry in 2004 and Florida, Bush v. Gore in 2000)." The former CBS Evening News host seemed to be echoing the...
  • The Candy Crowley Tipping Point

    10/18/2012 10:03:50 AM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 42 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/18/12 | Jeffrey Lord
    She got it wrong. She interfered. She took a side. Candy Crowley may finally have done something else as well: so visibly tipping the scales of media bias that the end result makes Mitt Romney the next president. Taken all together, CNN's Candy Crowley, in her zeal to intrude on the presidential debate and save President Obama from himself, may just have provided the televised moment that finally sparks a revolt against the four years of fawning coverage of President Obama. Becoming to the liberal media what the Tet Offensive was to Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War. For four...
  • Saturday Night Live too PC to be funny with a Democrat White House

    10/13/2012 8:49:17 PM PDT · by winner3000 · 18 replies
    Self ^ | 10/13/2012 | Winner3000
    I went to Hulu and watched the SNL skit of the Obama/Romney debate. They made Romney into the unlikable person, made him say the most outrageously false statements such as he killed Osama bin Laden (Romney lied-straight out of the DNC talking points), and even had Obama being excused for his performance because he was thinking about what gift to get to his wife on their anniversary (such a romantic fellow!) and SNL even made a centerpiece of Al Gore's buffoonish excuse that Obama was affected by the altitude. I just turned off SNL after I watched their skit on...
  • Dan Rather: Paul Ryan Is "Toxic" For The Ticket (video)

    08/13/2012 7:41:15 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 13, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    "I've been covering politics since way before Tim Tebow was born," Dan Rather, the disgraced former anchor for CBS' "Evening News" said on the Monday night broadcast of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow" program. "But these things unfold as time goes on. And while right now Ryan looks like he is toxic for the ticket, it could be as we get deeper in the campaign, that this intelligent man, he is intelligent and serious man, will show something that people do not now see." "In the early going, in the early going, Ryan damages the ticket because rightly or wrongly, he's perceived...
  • CBS Still Claiming Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Was About Infrastructure

    08/12/2012 6:59:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Incredible. CBS News has an anti-Romney "fact check" article up this morning supposedly debunking statements made by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan during yesterday's introduction of the veep pick. At the end, CBS actually snuck in the hyper-partisan, DNC-talking-point assertion that it was "clear" that when President Obama utttered his infamous "you didn't build that," he was talking about "teachers and infrastructure." CBS claims that in criticizing "you didn't build that," Republicans "seized on only part of Obama's quote." In fact, it is CBS itself that edited out another, most telling, part of Obama's comments. The network omitted the following...
  • Dan Rather: Newt dangerous as a wounded Wolverine

    11/14/2011 11:44:28 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 14, 2011 | Charlie Spiering
    Don't underestimate Newt Gingrich, warns Dan Rather during an MSNBC roundtable discussion today. "Anyone who has covered Newt Gingrich over the years knows better than to underestimate him," said Rather, referencing his political comeback. "Newt Gingrich on the move politically is as dangerous as a wounded wolverine." Rather added that Jon Huntsman was the best candidate for the GOP in the 2012 general election, but would have a hard time winning the Republican primary.
  • CBS takes heat for fake fireworks shots

    07/08/2011 5:43:04 PM PDT · by perfect stranger · 17 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | July 8, 2011 | Joe Pompeo
    You might think the British press holds a monopoly on media controversy this month, with the shuttering of a 168-year-old tabloid over a phone-hacking scandal. Still, at least one Yank media concern has won recent unwelcome notoriety--fittingly enough, for airing misleading video footage on the national holiday commemorating American independence from the British crown. CBS has been caught doctoring Fourth of July footage after Bostonians realized Thursday that the network's images of fireworks over various city landmarks were not only breathtaking, but also fake. An area research scientist appears to have been among the first to point out the discrepancy...
  • Does great reporting matter if nobody sees it? (Dan Rather - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/08/2011 3:56:10 AM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | March | Jim Rendon
    That’s what Jim Rendon asks in his piece about Dan Rather and his work on HDNet. Owner Mark Cuban has made little effort to extend Rather’s reach, he writes. New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter hasn’t written about Rather’s show since it first launched because HDNet has never “flagged one of his big stories for me effectively.” See here the article in Mother Jones magazine. http://motherjones.com/media/2011/02/dan-rather-reports-mark-cuban-hd-net?page=1 Dan Rather: Inside Mark Cuban's Gilded Cage At 79, the former CBS anchorman is still kicking ass and winning Emmys. But with his exposés sandwiched between pro wrestling and Girls Gone Wild, is...
  • Conservative hidden camera sting targets NPR (yellow journalism)

    03/08/2011 12:57:00 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 38 replies
    CBS News? ^ | March 8, 2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose deceptively edited hidden camera videos have made him a star on the right, is out with a new video targeting National Public Radio executive Ron Schiller - and by extension NPR itself. The video purports to show Schiller speaking to a pair of men posing as representatives of a phony Muslim group called seeking to give $5 million to NPR. The men tell Schiller they are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist political movement. It shows Schiller stating that the Republican Party and the Tea Party is "fanatically involved in people's personal lives and...
  • Like Dogs to Vomit, Media Matters Cleans Up Liberal Media Messes

    12/15/2010 4:07:54 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 16 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Dec. 15, 2010 | Andrea Shea King & Kristinn Taylor
    Like Dogs to Vomit, Media Matters Cleans Up Liberal Media Messes Just like dogs that merrily slurp vomit to the last chunk, bloggers at the Democratic party front group Media Matters for America follow behind liberal media outlets, lapping up their latest noxious dousing of conservatives. Then with a satisfied smirk, Media Matters gloats "what vomit?" when conservatives complain about being puked on by the press. The latest example of Media Matters' vomit fetish is their defense of the attempted smear of Sarah Palin during her humanitarian trip to Haiti last weekend by the Associated Press and others as a hair-obsessed...
  • Damaged LGBT Books in Lamont Not Result of Hate Crime, Dean Says (barf alert)

    12/14/2010 12:41:10 PM PST · by Wile E Coyote Genius · 32 replies
    After conducting an investigation in response to a recent police report that 36 books treating LGBT topics had been damaged with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library last month, the University determined Monday morning that the incident was an accident and will no longer be treated as a hate crime, according to a statement sent from College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds to the Harvard community on Monday. On November 24, library staff at Lamont discovered the damaged books—on subjects including lesbian and gay issues and same-sex marriage—along with a bottle assumed to have contained what investigators believed to...
  • LGBT Books Vandalized With Urine in Lamont Library

    Approximately 40 books dealing with LGBT issues were vandalized with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library on November 24, according to a report filed Friday by the library security staff to the Harvard University Police Department. HUPD spokesman Steven G. Catalano wrote in an e-mail that the vandalized books' subject matters included lesbian and gay issues and same-sex marriage. Due to the nature of books, HUPD is currently investigating the incident as a bias crime.
  • Gallup: Distrust in the Media Reaches Record High

    09/30/2010 12:45:59 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 14 replies · 1+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Sept. 30, 2010 | Alex Werpin
    A new poll released by Gallup shows that American distrust in the mass media has reached a record high. This is the fourth straight year that a majority of respondents have said that they have little or no trust in the media, but the 57% who say that this year is a new record for the poll. According to the poll, 48% of respondents say the media is too liberal, 15% say it is too conservative and 33% say it is “just right.” You can see how the responses have changed over the years here: (snip to picture of chart)...
  • WaPo Distorts Its Own Poll On Perceptions of Tea Party Racism

    05/05/2010 7:08:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 259+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Washington Post, among other mainstream media outlets, relentlessly stokes claims that Tea Partiers are racist. Eugene Robinson accuses almost everyone who opposes the Obama agenda — but particularly those active in the Tea Party movement — of being motivated by racism and prone to violence. Jonathan Capehart, another WaPo columnist, does the same. So low and behold, the WaPo news writers, citing a WaPo poll, announce that Tea party groups battling perceptions of racism (emphasis mine): As several states with active “tea party” groups prepare to hold important primary elections this month, the movement is struggling to overcome accusations...
  • Can you elect a guy who paid no taxes? ('RAT ALERT)

    04/29/2010 10:27:14 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 19 replies · 612+ views
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | April 29, 2010 | PHIL 'THE CAD' KADNER
    Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois, paid no federal income tax in 2009. In recent weeks, I've written a couple of columns about reports that nearly half the people in the United States will not pay federal income tax for 2009. In part, that's the result of new tax credits aimed at stimulating the economy. Still, as someone who paid the tax, it bothers me that some people don't. Especially people wealthier than I am. When that wealthier person happens to be a political candidate complaining about high taxes, well, it seems sort of wrong. Brady reported...
  • In Never-Before-Aired Tapes, McVeigh Tells Families: 'Get Over It'

    04/20/2010 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 122 replies · 3,174+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | April 20, 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 for the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing that killed 168 people, coldly declined to express remorse for his actions in a set of interview tapes aired for the first time Monday night on MSNBC.
  • Dan Rather Apologizes for 'Watermelons' Comment (He really meant to say 'Fried Chicken')

    03/10/2010 11:29:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 46 replies · 1,205+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 10, 2010 | Goeffrey Dickens
    HDNet's Dan Rather, in a piece for the Huffington Post, apologized for his use of the word "watermelons" during a segment about Barack Obama's ability to pass health care, that was aired on the March 8 Chris Matthews Show. In his explanation Rather offers his Texas background as an excuse saying, "I used the analogy of selling watermelons by the side of the road. It's an expression that stretches to my boyhood roots in Southeast Texas" but then goes on to plead "I'm sorry people took offense." The following is the most relevant portion of the statement, from the...
  • (Rush) Limbaugh Vows to Leave US Over Health Care

    03/09/2010 2:13:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies · 851+ views
    AOL News ^ | March 9, 2010 | David Knowles
    Limbaugh Vows to Leave US Over Health Care (March 9) -- Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has thrown down the gauntlet. If the U.S. Congress passes health care reform, Limbaugh will leave the country to receive his medical treatment. Specifically, Limbaugh told a caller that he envisions traveling to Costa Rica should the government, through a federal program costing upwards of $1 trillion, expand health care coverage to approximately 30 million Americans who are currently uninsured. Costa Rica, as it happens, offers universal heath care to all of its residents. Limbaugh's guarantee is but the latest variation of what...
  • Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons'

    03/08/2010 11:47:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 174 replies · 1,167+ views
    Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons' By Geoffrey Dickens Created 03/08/2010 - 14:41 HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show on March 8th, uttered the following take on the President's ability to get health care passed and how the GOP and independents would view it. DAN RATHER: Part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama's leadership. And the Republicans will make a case and a...
  • NY's top court rejects Rather's appeal against CBS

    01/12/2010 12:57:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 973+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/12/10 | MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press Writer
    New York's top court Tuesday rejected Dan Rather's bid to reinstate his $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS Corp. Rather's motion was denied without comment Tuesday by the Court of Appeals. CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs said the network was pleased with the outcome. Rather, who now produces an hourlong news program for cable channel HDNet, issued a statement calling the ruling "a grave miscarriage of justice."
  • Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

    11/17/2009 12:18:02 PM PST · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,488+ views
    CBS News / AP (Obama) ^ | Nov. 16, 2009
    Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a troubling new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable. "This is another drop in a sea of evidence that the uninsured fare much worse in their health in the United States," said senior author Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon and medical journalist. The study, appearing in the November issue of Archives of Surgery,...
  • MSNBC Admits: ‘Unable to Verify’ False Limbaugh Quote; No Retraction or Apology

    During the 3:00PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC Friday, co-host David Shuster admitted that racially charged quotes he and other hosts attributed to Rush Limbaugh had not been verified: “MSNBC attributed that quote to a football player who was opposed to Limbaugh’s NFL bid. However, we have been unable to verify that quote independently. So, just to clarify.” Shuster did not formally retract the quote or apologize.
  • MSNBC Contributor: Rush Limbaugh Would ‘Love to Say He Owns a Plantation Full of Black Men’

    10/14/2009 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies · 1,423+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 10-14-09 | Scott Whitlock
    MSNBC contributor Touré on Wednesday continued the network's vitriolic, slanderous attacks on Rush Limbaugh. Discussing the radio host’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, the cable commentator smeared, "Several NFL players have already said they would not play for Rush because they know he would love to say he owns a plantation full of black men." [Audio available here.] When Morning Meeting host Dylan Ratigan mock protested, "No, they don't know that," the one-named Touré reiterated, "They feel it." Ratigan gave in and played along, "Okay, they feel that." Despite calls from the Media Research Center, MSNBC has repeatedly...
  • NFL's Greatest Nightmare: Rush Limbaugh

    10/07/2009 12:12:02 PM PDT · by rface · 87 replies · 4,053+ views
    WashPost ^ | 10.07.09 | Mike Freeman
    Limbaugh is going to change the name of the team from the Rams to the Nappy-Headed Hos..Rush Limbaugh might one day own the St. Louis Rams. Hell, sometimes these column thingies write themselves. The only thing that could make this news even more fantastic is if in his first two acts as owner Limbaugh traded for Donovan McNabb and made Jesse Jackson the head coach. Followed by Ann Coulter's hiring as general manager. My head exploded after hearing this Limbaugh news. How exactly will Limbaugh address the team after he purchases them? "I just want to introduce myself and say...
  • Bush's Guard Service

    08/28/2009 5:23:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 3,129+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 28, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Media Bias: Veteran reporter, author and commentator Bernard Goldberg reports that when CBS News did its fake National Guard story on George W. Bush avoiding service in Vietnam, it knew it was a lie.It's a liberal urban legend that Bush used the influence of his father and his father's friends to land a cushy position in the Texas National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam. The Democrats would run John Kerry as a hero in the war, and CBS News was all too eager to help with Mary Mapes producing a "60 Minutes II" segment in September 2004 charging exactly...
  • A “Lost” Fact in the “Rathergate” Mess — Part 1 (Bush volunteered to go to Vietnam)

    08/25/2009 5:33:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 75 replies · 3,978+ views
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | August 25th, 2009 | Bernard Goldberg
    In 2007, Rather filed his $70 million lawsuit against his old company saying he wasn’t allowed to defend his story because the top management of CBS’ parent company, Viacom, wanted to appease the Bush Administration and protect its business interests. Until now, the controversy over the Rather/Mapes story has centered almost entirely on one issue: the legitimacy of the documents – a very important issue, indeed. But it turns out that there was another very important issue, one that goes to the very heart of what the story was about – and one that has gone virtually unnoticed. This is...
  • Freep a Poll! (who do you view as today's best anchorman?)

    08/19/2009 11:48:35 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 50 replies · 1,559+ views
    790knst.com ^ | 8-19-09 | 790KNST
    With legendary newsmen like Walter Cronkite, Robert Novak, & Peter Jennings, who do you view as today's best anchorman? Katie Couric Charlie Gibson Rush Limbaugh Shepard Smith Brian Williams Stephen Colbert
  • That Stench? The Rotting Corpse Of American Journalism

    08/13/2009 10:36:08 AM PDT · by sdkruiser · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 08/13/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Here's a story I talked about while recording a guest host spot on Raisin' Hale (for my good friend Tabitha Hale) on RFCRadio.com last night. Michelle Malkin explores it today with some bonus material. The free press in the United States once stood for something. The Constitution ensured its freedom so it could act as a vigilant watchdog for the citizens of this country. The classic modern example is Watergate, of course. An unhinged, dishonest president thoroughly abused his position and would have gotten away with it had it not been for the efforts of two newspaper reporters. That's the...
  • Murder for ratings? Brazil cops suspect TV host

    08/11/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Google/AP ^ | August 11, 2009 | Alan Clendenning and Stan Lehman
    SAO PAULO, Brazil — In one murder after another, the "Canal Livre" crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim. Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking. "The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get...
  • The News Americans Need (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/10/2009 5:24:50 AM PDT · by abb · 40 replies · 1,045+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2009 | Dan Rather
    You don't have to care about media companies or reporters to care about the state of the news, because if it's in trouble -- and it surely is -- this country is in trouble. That's why, while speaking recently at the Aspen Institute, I called upon President Obama to form a commission to address the perilous state of America's news media. Some might scoff at the notion that a president and a country occupied by two wars and a recession should add the woes of the news media to an already crowded plate. But the way the news is delivered,...
  • News Journal Corp. hires bankruptcy lawyer (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/16/2009 10:59:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 463+ views
    A lawyer representing The News-Journal Corp. says the newspaper company might consider bankruptcy to keep the publication in operation. The company has hired a lawyer to look into reorganizing its debt as a way to break away from minority partner Cox Enterprises. Bruce A. Hanna, who represents the newspaper, told a federal judge Thursday that the strategy could "potentially allow The News-Journal to continue operating, thereby saving several hundred jobs."
  • Welcome to the CBS Cares Colonoscopy Sweepstakes!

    03/24/2009 10:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 652+ views
    CBS Cares ^ | March 2009
    This is an actual sweepstakes and, if you are the grand prize winner, we will fly you and a companion to New York where you will receive a free colonoscopy. You will also be given three nights' accommodation in a suite at the luxurious Loews Regency Hotel, which will include the night before you are "awarded" the colonoscopy. What should you expect if you are the lucky winner? The hardest part is the preparation the night before when you drink a laxative. This laxative is well known for declaring itself at the very moment you have called a relative or...
  • The Prophecy of Orson Welles: Which City Will Be the First Zero-Daily Metropolis?

    03/13/2009 4:38:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Nashville Scene ^ | March 12 2009 | Jack Silverman
    Yesterday's New York Times featured this story contemplating the very real possibility that there could soon be a major American city with no daily print newspaper. Richard Pérez-Peña discusses the imminent demise of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's print edition (scheduled to cease next week). The Hearst Corporation, which owns the Post-Intelligencer, has also threatened to close The San Francisco Chronicle, which lost more than $1 million a week last year. The Hearst Corporation...founded by William Randolph Hearst...upon whom the title character of Citizen Kane is not so loosely based. Hmmm. (Cue Twilight Zone music, play video above.) OK, so instead of...
  • Couric Wins Cronkite Award for Palin Interview (for “defining moment in the '08 campaign.”)

    03/11/2009 1:28:55 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 62 replies · 1,519+ views
    wowOwow.com ^ | 03/10/2009 5:45 pm | By The Staff
    Remember when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin accused journalist Katie Couric of "exploiting" their disastrous exchange — the one in which Palin couldn’t name some of running mate John McCain’s policies? Couric’s work obviously paid off, because the 52-year-old today received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for the exchange. The Baltimore Sun elaborates: "Couric, who weathered one of network TV’s most criticized anchor-desk launches when she took over from interim anchor Bob Schieffer, was named winner of the University of Southern California’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in TV Political Journalism for her focused and illuminating interviews with Republican vice-presidential candidate...
  • Gitmo Fate Mired In Fuzzy Math (Right/Military are lying about Guantanamo recidivism)

    01/28/2009 8:18:17 AM PST · by presidio9 · 40 replies · 687+ views
    CBS.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Andrew Cohen
    If the White House and Pentagon are going to make wise decisions about what to do with the Guantanamo Bay detainees they are going to need accurate information upon which to base their new policies. Yet the single most cited “fact” last week about the terror suspects - that 61 of the men released from Gitmo have returned to fight against us - is simply not true. The number is far lower than that. And the longer “61” is used as a “talking point” by critics of the administration of President No. 44 the longer it will be before a...
  • New York Times to publish book on Obamas life

    12/25/2008 1:17:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1,660+ views
    Andhra News ^ | December 25, 2008
    The New York Times is currently putting together a book, named "Obama: The Historic Journey," which features photos and essays depicting US President-elect Barack Obama's life. The book will be published by Riverhead in February 2009. The much-awaited book will talk about Obama's journey, starting from his childhood to his historical win as the 44th President of America, reports Politico.com. The "heavily illustrated book cover[s] Barack Obama's life, from his childhood through his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, with a final chapter that includes the inaugural address and a 32-page photo essay by 12 New York...
  • Increased shoplifting is another sign of bad times

    12/23/2008 10:35:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,557+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 19, 2008 | Joyce Smith
    On a recent day, Jim Cahill strolled through the electronics department and perused the CDs at Nebraska Furniture Mart in Kansas City, Kan. Instead of buying the Slim Shady CD, he was out to steal it. Within seconds he had the disc in his pants pocket. He continued strolling through the store, but within minutes he was surrounded by guards. After a brief struggle, he was in handcuffs. But Cahill wasn’t about to head off to jail. He is the loss prevention general manager for the Omaha-based retailer and was leading a training program. Such programs are important to profitability...
  • Rather’s Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry

    11/17/2008 11:43:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,561+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | Jacques Steinberg
    When Dan Rather filed suit against CBS 14 months ago — claiming, among other things, that his former employer had commissioned a politically biased investigation into his work on a “60 Minutes” segment about President Bush’s National Guard service — the network predicted the quick and favorable dismissal of the case, which it derided as “old news.” So far, Mr. Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money. Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter — including...
  • An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage (Washington Post admits bias towards Obama)

    11/08/2008 10:55:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 354+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2008 | Deborah Howell, Post Ombudsman
    The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts. My assistant, Jean Hwang, and I have been examining Post coverage since Nov. 11 last year on issues, voters, fundraising, the candidates' backgrounds and horse-race stories on tactics, strategy and consultants. We also have looked at photos and Page 1 stories since Obama captured the nomination June 4. Numbers don't tell you...
  • Networks May Call Race Before Voting is Complete (See-BS Says Yes to GOP Vote Supression?)

    11/04/2008 10:52:14 AM PST · by lewisglad · 18 replies · 1,684+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/4/8 | Jacques Steniberg
    At least one broadcast network and one Web site said Monday that they could foresee signaling to viewers early Tuesday evening which candidate appeared to have won the presidency, despite the unreliability of some early exit polls in the last presidential election. A senior vice president of CBS News, Paul Friedman, said the prospects for Barack Obama or John McCain meeting the minimum threshold of electoral votes could be clear as soon as 8 p.m. — before polls in even New York and Rhode Island close, let alone those in Texas and California. At such a moment, determined from a...