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  • Leftists Trying To SHUT OUT Conservative Media From Covering Presidential Elections

    10/02/2016 3:13:19 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 34 replies
    Examiner via via The Federalist Pages Project ^ | October 2,2016 | Examiner via via Robert Gehl
    In a ruling clearly aimed at Fox News and other conservative media, the Federal Elections Commission is trying to ban media outlets with any foreign ownership from covering presidential races or even giving endorsements. A top Democrat on the evenly-split split board proposed that the group begin the process of prohibiting companies with foreign ownership as small as 5 percent from “funding expenditures, independent expenditures, or electioneering communications.” If approved, the plan would cover Fox News, The Wall Street Journal – and as collateral damage, the New York Times, from participating in the elections process by covering or endorsing candidates,...
  • Al Jazeera says it has been banned from Iraq over its reporting

    04/30/2016 6:04:39 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 4 replies ^ | 4/28/16
    Iraqi officials have reportedly revoked the broadcaster's license, marking the third time Al Jazeera has been banned in Iraq. The news organization says it was told it had violated codes of conduct and other rules. The Qatar-based news organization on Wednesday said its bureau in Baghdad had been shut down after the government accused it of violating laws. According to the pan-Arab broadcaster, Iraq's Communications and Media Commission (CMC) accused the company of "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations." Those rules and regulations were issued in 2014 to regulate media coverage of the "war...
  • Donald Trump Suffers Two Primary Losses Over the Weekend After Increasingly Chaotic Rallies

    03/13/2016 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 79 replies
    People Magazine (via Yahoo) ^ | 13 March 2016 | Maria Mercedes Lara
    After canceling a Friday rally in Chicago due to potential violence, Donald Trump lost out on two major primary contests on Saturday, giving a much-needed boost to his competitors Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. On Saturday, Rubio – who is currently in third place in the GOP race – was declared the winner of the Washington D.C. caucus, nabbing the district's 10 delegates all for himself. Meanwhile, Cruz won nine on Wyoming's 11 delegates, with Trump and Rubio each earning one delegate each. The state's 14 other delegates will be elected at the April 16 state convention. While Trump is...
  • An open letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley

    08/29/2015 2:44:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-28-15 | M. D. Kittle
    By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog Dear Patrick: You know what I hate – in addition to Hitler, I mean? I hate working until 1:30 in the morning to publish a great story only to find my counterpart at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (this’d be you) ripping me off – and then missing the story. My story, “Explosive email exposes GAB attorney’s partisan motives in John Doe probe,” cited an email that I had exclusively. I actually worked for that email. You found it the way all of my readers did. Wisconsin Watchdog linked to that document. You linked to...
  • Big 3 broadcast nets deep-six Obama's suburb-busting plan

    07/14/2015 9:55:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-14-15 | Thomas Lifson
    The Democrat-Media Complex have just told us what they fear the most as an issue in the 2016 election: President Obama’s plan to “fundamentally transform” suburbia (as explained today by Jeannie DeAngelis). This is an issue that literally hits voters where they live, by using the denial of federal funding to override local control and force communities to provide low-income housing distributed to approved minority groups. Investor’s Business Daily reports that all three broadcast networks ignored the story that affects their viewers more directly than almost any other issue. The Big Three news networks all punted on covering one of...
  • Obama call to change ‘how the media reports’ raises concerns

    05/13/2015 3:10:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13, 2015
    President Obama is taking heat for calling for changes in "how the media reports," during an anti-poverty event where he also took a swipe at Fox News. At the Georgetown University discussion on Tuesday, Obama lamented how, sometimes, the poor are cast as "sponges" who don't want to work. "I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu -- they will find folks who make me mad," Obama said. "I don't know where they find them. They're like, I don't want to work, I just want a free Obama phone...
  • Fox' Oliver Opens Up About Demotion, Believes Age Might Have Be [sic] A Factor

    09/07/2014 5:04:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | September 5, 2014
    Fox' Pam Oliver in the October issue of ESSENCE magazine writes a first-person account of being replaced as the net's top NFL sideline reporter by Erin Andrews and noted she "knew they hadn’t brought [Andrews] on just to be a benchwarmer" when the net hired her two years ago. Oliver: "Without official confirmation about a change in my position, I decided I was going to do my work like I always had. Still, I was humiliated."
  • The Associated Press is ruining its brand

    07/29/2014 2:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet. The series of terrible tweets from the AP began on July 22 when the organization rushed to promote a breaking story regarding the American intelligence community’s formal assessment of the parties involved in the July 17 attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. BREAKING: US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.— The Associated Press (@AP)...
  • The Jenke Experiment

    03/17/2014 11:51:05 AM PDT · by managusta · 4 replies
    Die Welt ^ | 17. Mrz. 2014 | Antje Hildebrandt.
    This is abridged from the original stories in Die Welt. The Jenke Experiment is a television program currently on Radio Television Luxemburg (RTL).A reality programme it stars a reporter called Jenke von Wilmsdorff and follows him as he tackles life's major issues using himself as a guinea pig. In a recent program termed The Alcohol Experiment: follows the dedicated RTL reporter in his impressive experiment on alcohol addiction that brings the reporter mentally and physically to his limits, even the attending physician ordered him to abort the experiment. He drank alcohol for four weeks,daily, in order to test how the...
  • 10 Forms of 2013 Media Malpractice -- Out of several dozen.

    01/01/2014 4:18:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-31-13 | Tom Blumer
    As the year ends, I see that others have already conscientiously compiled lists of the most underreported and misreported stories of the year, with some even breaking matters down between foreign and domestic. With that task addressed, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile a far from comprehensive list of ten of the more noteworthy techniques which those who pretend to be loyal to the tenets of journalism employed during 2013 to deceive, misinform, misdirect and smear. 1. Pretend that “no one” is saying something, when they really are. Carol Costello of CNN claimed in January that “no one...
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to create a "Google Earth" of every ..

    07/17/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 16, 2013 | Craig Bannister
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to create a "Google Earth" of every financial transaction of every American, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) warned today in a Senate speech opposing confirmation of Richard Cordray as CFPB director. "This bill (creating the CFPB) was supposed to be about regulating Wall Street. Instead, it's creating a Google Earth on every financial transaction.
  • New York state offers $500 reward for reporting gun owners

    03/20/2013 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/20/13 | Robby Soave
    For more than a year, New York state has maintained a tip line allowing people to report illegal gun owners and collect a $500 reward. CBS-6 news reported the existence of the tip line on Wednesday. It was previously a “well-kept secret” that received little promotion from state officials or fanfare in the media, according to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. A February 2012 press release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office first publicly announced the tip line, saying it was designed to “encourage citizens to report illegal firearm possession.”
  • Politico Trashes Breitbart Reporting, Publishes Same Story Days Later

    01/04/2013 9:38:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/13 | Larry O'Connor
    After accusing Breitbart News of "terrible reporting" on the intrigue surrounding John Boehner's re-election as Speaker of the House, Politico ran a detailed article repeating most of the same facts found in our reporting. When editors proofed Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan's article titled "Conservatives rebel against Boehner" there must have been a sense of déjà vu, as point after point reported at Breitbart was re-confirmed, this time with the stamp of approval from the Beltway Journo-list's favorite rag. Indeed, Sherman himself must have been a bit chagrined after engaging in a public back-and-forth on Twitter with his Politico colleague...
  • The Age of Trolling - How a small band of conservatives generated half of the DNC's headlines

    09/09/2012 8:27:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Slate ^ | September 7, 2012 | David Weigel
    ....Whatever lessons the Democrats take from Charlotte, whatever it did for the president or for the ambitious senators and governors who stalked delegate breakfasts and whispered “2016,” this is a fact: The convention was successfully trolled. I don’t use troll in the pejorative sense. Actually, I may be trying to craft a neutral meaning of troll where none previously existed. The term, in its modern Internet usage, refers to people who want to start fights online to bring the universe into an argument on their terms. It comes not from Grimm literature, but from a fishing technique in which multiple...
  • New reporter? Call him Al, for algorithm

    07/11/2012 5:27:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/11/2012 | Rob Lever, or a computer-generated facsimile thereof
    The new reporter on the US media scene takes no coffee breaks, churns out articles at lightning speed, and has no pension plan. That's because the reporter is not a person, but a computer algorithm, honed to translate raw data such as corporate earnings reports and previews or sports statistics into readable prose. Algorithms are producing a growing number of articles for newspapers and websites, such as this one produced by Narrative Science: "Wall Street is high on Wells Fargo, expecting it to report earnings that are up 15.7 percent from a year ago when it reports its second quarter...
  • China tells US to stop reporting Beijing's bad air

    06/05/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies | AP ^ | 6/5/12 | Alexa Olesen
    BEIJING (AP) — China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing. Only the Chinese government is authorized to monitor and publish air quality information and data from other sources may not be standardized or rigorous, Wu Xiaoqing, a vice environmental minister, told reporters. China has long taken issue with the U.S. Embassy's postings of hourly readings of Beijing's air quality on a Twitter feed with more than 19,000 followers since 2008. But its past objections...
  • Who, What, Where, When and Why – The 5W's of Journalism

    05/17/2012 4:18:41 PM PDT · by Norm Lenhart · 23 replies
    Special to Free Republic | 5/17/12 | Norm Lenhart
    Who, What, Where, When and Why – The 5W's of Journalism By Norm Lenhart Special to Free Republic If there is one thing that I as a former reporter/editor can say to the reader side of the media street, it's this. NEVER trust an article that does not contain the 5Ws of Journalism. For those not in the know, they are right up there in the headline: Who, What, When, Where and Why. If I could say another, it is to barrage the publisher of any article with email/letters and public scorn until their reportage conforms to all five of...
  • Idaho Frozen Food company pays EPA penalty for chemical reporting violations

    05/07/2012 9:29:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies
    yosemite.epa ^ | Release Date: 05/07/2012 | un-named
    Rhodes International, Inc. will pay over $84,000 to settle hazardous chemical reporting violations... The Rhodes facility produces frozen cinnamon rolls. According to EPA, the facility stored large amounts of anhydrous ammonia without properly (file inventory forms) reporting it to the Caldwell Fire Department.
  • Foreign company now fully owns U.S. elections reporting software

    01/18/2012 12:08:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Liberty News ^ | 1/18/12 | Eric Odom
    This might not be a big deal in the end, but it sure has an odd vibe that a foreign company now owns the software used to report precinct level election results in the United States. reports: In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company. When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private...
  • WH attacks media reporting Hollywood party

    01/09/2012 2:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Examinier ^ | 1/9/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Under fire for allegedly hosting a secret Halloween theme party featuring movie star Johnny Depp at the White House in 2009, President Obama's spokesman punched back, calling reports about the party "irresponsible" and denying that the White House tried to hide the event from the public. "There are outlets that have reported this as a secret party, which is just silly -- it's irresponsible reporting to suggest that you would have a pool report and the press at an event that's secret" White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today during the press briefing, adding that photos of Johnny Depp...
  • Bernanke to Hill: reporting on Fed loans flawed

    12/06/2011 1:26:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/6/11 | Mark Felsenthal - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday pushed back against reports that the Fed had lent banks $7.77 trillion or more during the financial crisis, saying they contained "egregious errors and mistakes." Bloomberg Markets Magazine last month published an article called "Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion Undisclosed to Congress." The article was widely referenced by other news organizations, including the New York Times. The Bloomberg article said the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing the financial system when all guarantees and lending limits were added up. While Bernanke did not...
  • No, licensing journalists isn’t the answer (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/08/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by abb · 25 replies · 1+ views
    GigaOm ^ | September 7, 2011 | Mathew Ingram
    Is the media industry in turmoil? Clearly it is, with publishers fighting declines in circulation and advertising revenue, combined with competition from digital-native entities such as blog networks and the “democracy of distribution” that comes from social-media tools like Twitter and Facebook. Journalism itself is even said to be in jeopardy, or at least the journalism we are used to. So what’s to be done? Some are recommending journalists be licensed by some kind of official body, so we can get “real” journalism from professionals — but these kinds of solutions would create even worse problems than the ones they...
  • Repealing the 1099 Reporting Requirement: A Big Win for Small Business

    04/17/2011 3:46:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The White House Blog ^ | 4/17/11 | Administrator Karen Mills
    Ed. note: This was originally posted on the Small Business Administration blog. Today, President Obama signed a law that removes the expanded “1099” reporting requirement from the Affordable Care Act. This is a big win for small businesses. The SBA and President Obama supported repealing this provision, which would have required businesses to send 1099 forms for all purchases of goods and services over $600 annually. With this bipartisan effort, we have removed a requirement that would have been an undue barrier to small business growth. The many benefits of the health reform law for small businesses remain in place....
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    04/02/2011 11:02:54 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 2nd, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Good News On March 22 during a speech at the National Military Academy President Hamid Karzai announced that seven areas of Afghanistan will soon be under full Afghan Security control According to translation reported by the American Forces Press Service he said “We know that the people of Afghanistan do not want the defense of their country to be on others, and also those who have helped us during the last 10 years cannot afford any more sacrifices for our security and defense.”He believes that Afghanistan should be run by Afghans.For the first time in 40 years Afghans felt...
  • Leftist Rhetoric, Political Assassinations, and Race Riots

    01/17/2011 8:00:58 AM PST · by topcat54 · 7 replies
    American Vision ^ | January 17, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    NPR’s Scott Simon claims that events like the Tucson shootings “Didn’t happen when 63 million people watched Walter Cronkite (1916–2009) every night.” “Uncle Walter,” as he was affectionately called, reported during a time when there were only three major TV news sources—ABC, CBS, and NBC. There were no comparable conservative competitors. ... Now to the claim that during Cronkite’s anchorman era events like the Tucson shootings didn’t happen. How quickly we forget. There were the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy (1963), his brother Robert Kennedy (1968), and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968). King was assassinated on...
  • Body Scanner Controversy Making Bang Within the Corporate Media

    11/17/2010 8:10:25 AM PST · by FS11 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Intel Hub ^ | 11-17-10 | Ambellas
    Napolitano asks fliers for ‘patience’ on body scanners The nation’s Homeland Security chief asked for air travelers’ “cooperation” and “patience” with full-body scanning and pat downs this holiday season amid a growing public backlash that the airport tactics are intrusive. “Each and every one of the security measures we implement serves an important goal,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano writes in a column for today’s USA TODAY, which asks the public to be a partner in defending against terrorism. Will the Dept. of Homeland Security drop the hammer on the unhappy U.S. population and go against the people’s wishes? Will...
  • The Rise of 'Multi Stream' Media

    10/25/2010 8:39:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/25/2010 | Tom Gantert
    In 1997, Henry Payne, the political cartoonist for the Detroit News and editor of, said he was in Washington D.C. for a press conference on the international agreement on climate change called the Kyoto Protocol. Payne recalled the first question of the press conference was asked by the New York Times environmental reporter. "How do we get Americans to stop driving SUVs?" Payne said the reporter asked. Kyoto sets binding agreements for 37 countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations. Payne said the rest of the press conference was "simple cheerleading" by reporters. He used...
  • Most Transparent Administration Ever Makes Effective Reporting from Gulf a Felony

    07/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1+ views
    newsbusters ^ | 7/12/10 | Lachlan Markay
    Effectively reporting on the Gulf oil spill is now a Class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $40,000. That's right, the most transparent administration in history has made it a felony, effective July 1, to get within 65 feet of what the Coast Guard determines are essential recovery efforts. According to Anderson Cooper, officials tried to up that number to 300 feet. Cooper, who claimed federal officials prevented CNN on two occasions from taking photographs in the gulf, seemed frustrated when he reported on the new laws the day they went into effect.
  • Al-Reuters: Sorry! We always crop our photos at the edges.

    06/13/2010 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,077+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 6/13/10 | Joel S. Gehrke Jr.
    Reuters didn’t mean to crop Israeli soldiers’ blood and the knives of their attackers out of its photographs from the Gaza flotilla incident. It’s just that Reuters have a policy of “cropping at the edges which conveniently removed these things. Israeli officials, facing criticism for boarding an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza strip, stress that their troops used deadly force in self-defense. News that Reuters had cropped two images of armed “peace” activists, including one with bleeding Israeli soldiers surrounded by armed flotilla crews supports the Israeli position and threatens Reuters with scandal.
  • Inaccurate, biased reporting on Obama-Abbas meeting

    06/10/2010 6:03:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 343+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/10/10 | Leo Rennert
    In its June 10 edition, the Washington Post runs an article by Michael Shear about President Obama's meeting with Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the White House. The article is both inaccurate about Obama's pledge of more aid to the Palestinians and also biased with its total silence about a strong disagreement between the two leaders about continued anti-Israel incitement by the Palestinian Authority ("Obama seeks new approach on Gaza -- He calls for Israeli blockade to consider aid as well as security" page A9). Shear writes that the White House announced "that it was increasing aid to Gaza by...
  • Examine

    01/22/2010 5:48:04 AM PST · by MarianoApologeticus · 3 replies · 265+ views ^ | 1/22/2010 | Mariano Apologeticus
    FYI for all interested in writing / reporting / journalism: I have discovered that is a great place to publish articles and they are currently recruiting writers. Think of it as a blog, except that the articles are to be structured more akin to a newspaper. They pay their writers based on amount of traffic, # of subscriptions (basically, people signing in for email alerts), etc. To get a taste; here is my site. You can register with them here. As you register, you will see a section that asks if an Examiner referred you and that is where...
  • Will recession bring the end of free TV?

    12/30/2009 3:37:51 AM PST · by mmanager · 53 replies · 1,571+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2009 | Andrew Vanacore
    NEW YORK | For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer. The business model is unraveling at ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the local stations that carry the networks' programming. Cable TV and the Web have fractured the audience for free TV and siphoned its ad dollars. The recession has squeezed advertising further, forcing broadcasters to accelerate their push for new revenue to pay for programming. That shift will play out in living rooms across the country. The changes...
  • Does reporting on Baltimore shooting show ignorance, laziness or intent? (MD)

    12/08/2009 3:42:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 634+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2009 | David Codrea
    Regular readers are familiar with the concept of "Authorized Journalists"—professionals who work for "mainstream media" and are considered (sometimes by government and generally by themselves) to be the exclusive authoritative and credible purveyors of information. Think "Only Ones" with a press pass. These readers are also familiar with the many failings we've demonstrated where establishment reporters bring personal bias, along with "sins of omission and commission" into supposedly straight news stories. And then there are glaring errors where the only explanations seem the writers do not know (or fact-check) their subject matter, or they know damn well but have an...
  • Wishful Thinking, Biased Reporting Endanger Rifqa Bary

    12/05/2009 8:56:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 732+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/5/09 | Pamela Geller
    A new government case plan directs Rifqa Bary, the girl who fled from her family in fear for her life after converting to Christianity from Islam, to talk about religion with her Muslim parents. The case plan also works toward getting Rifqa to return home. According to reporter Meredith Heagney of the Columbus Dispatch, who wore a hijab when she visited a Columbus mosque and has consistently filed slanted, anti-Rifqa stories on this case, the goal of this case plan is reunification of the Bary family. Ohio authorities would like to have Rifqa living back with her parents. They think...
  • Helen Thomas Remembers - Free Press

    07/28/2009 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 10 replies · 712+ views
    Helen Thomas Remembers By Norma Zager "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823 On occasion a particular revelation or thought may cause one to laugh out loud. An hour after watching the White House briefing recently where seasoned reporter Helen Thomas took Robert Gibbs to task for White House efforts to control the media, I laughed aloud. It occurred to me, at...
  • A Nobel Peace Prize for Twitter?

    07/06/2009 4:00:16 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 8 replies · 415+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 6, 2009 | Mark Pfeifle
    Twitter has been criticized as a time-waster -- a way for people to inform their friends about the minutiae of their lives, 140 characters at a time. But in the past month, 140 characters were enough to shine a light on Iranian oppression and elevate Twitter to the level of change agent. Even the government of Iran has been forced to utilize the very tool they attempted to squelch to try to hold on to power.
  • How to put Democratic leaders on the defensive just like Chris Matthews 'got' Cong. Pence yesterday

    05/06/2009 3:36:34 PM PDT · by BlueStateBlues · 166 replies · 2,916+ views
    self | May 6, 2009 | self
    Chris Matthews used a gotcha question about evolution to ambush a GOPer off his game yesterday, and gloated about it today. Now here's a way conservative reporters can get prominent Dem. leaders and other liberals to cross a line, hem and haw, or look stupid: "Sir or Madam, are you an ape? Are you a great ape? Answer this question directly, yes or no."
  • Newsweek May Stop Weekly Circulation

    01/18/2009 11:02:26 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 72 replies · 2,020+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/17/09
    Battered by a one-two punch of declining readership and ad pages, Newsweek magazine is getting an extreme makeover this year that will include a large circulation reduction, deep cuts in operating costs, and a new effort to attract advertisers by concentrating on an elite audience. According to The New York Times, executives at Newsweek say the retooled magazine will focus on being a "thought leader" that focuses on telling readers how to think about news, rather than telling people what happened in the last week. The plan, similar to the editorial outlook espoused by The Economist magazine, is aimed at...
  • 2008 Science Retrospective: Science Journalists Need Some New Clichés In 2009

    01/01/2009 11:19:51 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Scientific Blogging ^ | December 31st 2008 | Hank Campbell
    There was a big development in science this year, yet most people missed it. It wasn't induced pluripotent stem cells or global warming or Barack Obama securing 99% of the scientist vote despite his belief that vaccines cause autism, which caused even heterosexual scientists to disregard Jenny McCarthy. No, it was an alarming decrease in available clichés to describe what scientists think about new discoveries.
  • Health reporters should have 'higher standards,' commentary says

    01/01/2009 11:04:09 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 3 replies · 270+ views
    SciAm ^ | Dec 31, 2008 | Jordan Lite
    Health journalists are getting scolded by one of their own. Susan Dentzer, a correspondent for PBS' The NewsHour, argues in a commentary in today's New England Journal of Medicine that medical reporters too often get the facts wrong, fail to provide context about new research, and hype treatments that don’t deserve the coverage.
  • Poll: McCain has slight lead in Ohio over Obama (48-42 "slight"!)

    09/21/2008 9:17:41 AM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 26 replies · 120+ views
    AP ^ | today | AP
    Poll: McCain has slight lead in Ohio over Obama By The Associated Press – 1 hour ago THE POLL: The Ohio Newspaper Poll, presidential race, likely Ohio voters (20 electoral votes). THE NUMBERS: John McCain 48 percent, Barack Obama 42 percent. OF INTEREST: Almost half of Ohio voters, or 47 percent, say they are worse off than four years ago. About one-third, 34 percent, said they were the same, while 19 percent said they were better off. The candidates have lined up support within their own party, with 85 percent of Republicans saying they would vote for McCain and 81...
  • First person: Embedded with Iraqi army, where saluting is optional

    08/08/2008 9:23:30 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 7 replies · 262+ views
    Vanity ^ | 8 August 2008 | DJ Elliott
    First person: Embedded with Iraqi army, where saluting is optional
  • The Associated Press Economy . . . and the Real One

    05/05/2008 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 11 replies · 62+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | May 5, 2008 | Dan Calabrese
    I hate to pick on a fellow journalist, but if I were Jeannine Aversa of the Associated Press, I would be embarrassed. Ms. Aversa covers economic issues for the AP, and I guess it’s hard to come up with actual economic facts every day, so she likes to publish predictions. This tends to precipitate the following chain of events: Ms. Aversa reports that economists expect the economy to tank, jobs to disappear, etc. The economy does not tank, and jobs do not disappear (at least not as much as “economists expected”); Ms. Aversa reports economists’ surprise. Ms. Aversa reports that...
  • Mainstream Media Changeing Economic Definition a Reflection of MSM Woes

    04/12/2008 9:20:30 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 5 replies · 86+ views
    DBKP ^ | April 12, 2008 | mondoreb
    “Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.” Perhaps the above Ronald Reagan quote is a good example of why the Mainstream Media is so gloomy about the economy. If you’re employed by the MSM, job cuts and downsizing is not only a fact of life, there’s no end in sight for the members of the Media Pampered Class. It’s easy to see why the MSM talking heads are so obsessed with bad economic news: if arrogance and conservative-bashing are no longer enough to ensure one’s continued employment in the MSM, then the economy...
  • The End Of 9/11 Political Reporting, Perhaps

    01/30/2008 7:59:23 AM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 110+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    The Politico's Ben Smith and David Paul Kuhn attempt the first major media post-mortem of the Rudy Giuliani campaign, and wind up revealing more about the media than the campaign. They claim the loss demonstrates the end of 9/11 politics, but that analysis misses a lot about what went right in the Giuliani campaign. It misses because the media never bothered to report anything beyond the superficial for more than a year: Rudy Giuliani's distant third-place finish in Florida may put an end to his bid for president, and it seems also to mark the beginning of the end of...
  • The Other Fallujah Reporter [Fabulous article!]

    12/17/2007 6:54:02 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 23 replies · 217+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/16/2007 | Michael J. Totten
    The Other Fallujah Reporter Posted By Michael J. Totten On December 16, 2007 @ 2:17 pm “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” — Thomas JeffersonI just returned home from a trip to Fallujah, where I was the only reporter embedded with the United States military. There was, however, an unembedded reporter in the city at the same time. Normally it would be useful to compare what I saw and heard while traveling and working with the Marines with what a colleague saw and heard while working solo....
  • Breaking News - Fox News overrun by Drama Queens

    11/04/2007 4:29:38 AM PST · by BigAlPro · 129 replies · 328+ views ^ | November 4, 2007 | Alan Helvig
    Is it just me or are we all getting pretty tired of FNC’s abuse of “Breaking News” and “News Alerts”? It amazes me that you can’t watch one day’s worth of programming on America’s “fair and balanced” network without being assaulted by these false overtures. The producers at the FNC must think we are the dumbest viewers in the history of television news. The recent fires in Southern California provided almost every anchor on Fox with the opportunity to over-dramatize the events of the day. I’ve never seen so many “Breaking News” reports on one story in my life. And...
  • All news must be good news, says Chinese government (crackdown on negative reporting)

    08/19/2007 3:35:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 271+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | August 18, 2007 | Jonathan Watts
    All news must be good news, says Chinese government Jonathan Watts Saturday August 18, 2007   China has ordered its media to report only positive news and has imprisoned a pro-democracy dissident amid a clampdown on dissent ahead of the most important meeting of the communist party in five years. Media controls have been tightened, Aids activists detained and NGOs shut down as president Hu Jintao prepares for the 17th party congress, when the next generation of national leaders will be unveiled in a politburo reshuffle. Chen Shuqing, who is a founder member of the banned China Democracy party,...
  • Katie Couric, Meet Becky Johnson

    03/31/2007 9:06:22 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,040+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 31 March 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Who are these people? Katie Couric used to be on the Today Show, then she fell off the map. You’ve never heard of Becky Johnson? Allow me to help. Becky Johnson is a Staff Reporter for the Smoky Mountain News. I know both Becky and her editor, Scott McLeod, and respect their work. If you’re not familiar with the SMN, it covers Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties in western North Carolina. Becky could teach Katie a thing or two about reporting. Case in point: Becky wrote a story in the February 21 issue of SMN, which is a near...
  • Deadly germs take grim toll in hospitals

    03/04/2007 6:18:03 AM PST · by Dysart · 58 replies · 1,466+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 3-4-07 | JAN JARVIS
    The week before Christmas was filled with excitement for 6-year-old Macenzie and her mother, Lacie Simmons.They decorated the tree, shopped and put an inflatable snow globe in the yard. The festive mood ended abruptly Dec. 20 when Simmons collapsed in the hallway of her parents' Grand Prairie home. When the EMTs arrived, Macenzie clung to her mother."I just need to take care of my mom," she repeated as she patted her mother's arm. It was the last time she saw her mother alive."Her blood pressure bottomed out, her heart failed and that was it," said Lacie's mother, Renee Simmons.Within 26...