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Media, Bias

Why Won't the AP Describe the Taliban as Terrorists?

By Warner Todd Huston

Saturday, September 29, 2007

This AP report is a perfect example of how the western media hasn't the temerity to call things as they are, a perfect example of how it soft-sells the truth for fear of violating those vaunted codes of politically correct conduct -- and why we could lose this war with a radical Islam that isn't afraid of how they are perceived by their enemies.

CBS Can and Should Beat Dan Rather

By Roger Aronoff

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Former CBS News anchor and reporter Dan Rather sent shockwaves through CBS and the mainstream media with his dramatic lawsuit against his former employer. On CNN's Larry King Live this week, Rather seemed shaken and very emotional, fighting back tears on several occasions. His legal claims are even shakier.

Is It News or Chinese Propaganda?

By Warner Todd Huston

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

There has been study after study proving the leftward tilt of the American media establishment, so the constant denials by that same media sounds increasingly absurd and hard to believe. But, it is one thing to have people who truly believe their own ideology is the best guide for the future and base their honest actions on that belief and quite another to act unethically in pursuit of their professions.

Profane College Newspaper Hides Behind Free Speech

By Warner Todd Huston

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Here we go again with a so-called freedom of speech claim of a bunch of low-class, petulant children playing at being real "journalists" in one of our state-funded universities. This time it's the little fellas at The Rocky Mountain Collegian, the school paper of Colorado State University, who are hiding behind a real right and using it as cover to realize their 15 minutes of fame.

Murder-suicide: it's the military's fault

By Arthur Weinreb

Monday, September 10, 2007

Early last Tuesday five people were found dead in the upscale area of Oak Bay B.C., just outside of Victoria. They were later identified as Peter Kyun Joon Lee, 38, his wife, Yong Sun Park, 32, their 6-year-old son Cristian and Ms. Park's mother and father.

The Sorry State of Science Reporting

By Alan Caruba

Monday, September 10, 2007

New technology drives out old technology. As often as not, its impact is not known until many years after its introduction. Meanwhile, we live our lives day to day.

The Front Lines of Pseudo-Journalism

By Nathan Tabor

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Traditional journalism has been so battered that it can hardly afford to receive another black eye.  Remember the CBS Evening Snooze and the Dan Rather debacle regarding President George W. Bush's National Guard service?   "Just the facts, ma'am" has been replaced by the mantra, "All sensation, all the time."  And there's nothing some members of the mainstream media like better than a salacious story about the troops in Iraq.

CNN's "God's Warriors": Hard on Jews, Soft on Islam

A major documentary series by Christiane Amanpour aired on CNN from August 22-24. "God's Warriors" , which began by focusing on the Jewish religion, followed by Islam and Christianity, has provoked a great deal of criticism.

Fact-Checking Blues at The New Republic

By Roger Arnoff

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The New Republic magazine (TNR) is suffering something of a meltdown, and is reacting in a rather desperate fashion. Following a month of battering by the blogosphere and several publications over its latest scandal, this publication, with a storied history, is striking back at one of its leading critics, The Weekly Standard, and is in full damage-control mode. 

Wall Street Journal Lies About Sea Treaty

By Cliff Kincaid

Accuracy in Media

Thursday, August 23, 2007

If and when Rupert Murdoch starts cleaning house at the Wall Street Journal, he ought to take a hard look at Neil King Jr., who has an article in the August 22 issue that completely misleads readers of the paper about the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), coming before the Senate next month. The thrust of the article is that the treaty is one of the most wonderful things in the world and that everybody is backing it except for a few conservatives.  

Latest Canadian Fatalities - Journalistic Integrity and Democracy

By Myles Higgins

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The mainstream media is nothing more than a lap dog to the political machine.

I wouldn't wonder so many people now turn to alternative media and independent internet sites for their daily dose of political and other happenings. At least there you have some hope of knowing what you're getting.

NBC Promotes Bogus Russian Claim to North Pole

By Cliff Kincaid

Accuracy in Media

Friday, August 17, 2007

On the NBC Nightly News on Monday night, Brian Williams introduced a story about Russian claims to the North Pole that featured an image of what viewers were led to believe was a small Russian submarine under the polar ice. The image originally appeared on the Russian television channel Rossiya. But the image was not of a Russian sub under the Pole. It shows a min-sub at the scene of the wreckage of the Titanic. Similar images appeared in James Cameron's 1997 movie Titanic.

YouTube vs. Viacom: into the ring come Colbert and Stewart

By Joshua S. Hill

Thursday, August 16, 2007

It was only a matter of time before a big entertainment conglomerate attempted to bring their full weight down on the head of internet video giant YouTube, and it was Viacom -- the company behind MTV, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central -- that has made the first move. With a twist though, as they have sided with The Football Association Premier League Ltd and indie music label Bourne Co.

Hack Reporter Hacked in Return

By Joshua S. Hill

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Taking place over the past weekend, several thousand hackers gathered together in Las Vegas to attend the world's largest hacker's convention, DEFCON. And though each year would be a highlight for any attendee, this year they were treated to a scene that played out like a moment from The Simpsons episode ‘The Trouble with Trillions'.

Lou Dobbs Rips Bush Over War Strategy

By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

Friday, August 10, 2007

If a picture speaks a thousand words, then the pictures and film footage of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki holding hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak volumes. "The two leaders walked in to an ornate meeting room holding hands," noted one of several reports. This picture, only the latest evidence of an extremely close relationship between the U.S.-supported Iraqi government and the Iranian regime, appeared on the U.S. evening news broadcasts on Wednesday night.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury on ABC Radio

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Just few minutes back, New York studio of ABC Radio in their program 808 interviewed me for 10 minutes with Rabbi Potasnick Dickens McCormick as the host. It was a live show.

News is a business. The customer is the final arbiter

By Claudia RosettThe Philadelphia Inquirer

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Free men and free markets have just combined to produce a buyout by Rupert Murdoch of the Wall Street Journal. We're now seeing a lot of hand-wringing over what might happen to a newspaper that has been for decades an American icon. Will it change?

The Wisdom of Crowds Strikes Back

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ever since the introduction of the internet's greatest source of information (in my humble opinion) there has been a lot of debate over just how reliant we should be on Wikipedia. And it is without a doubt that we should be careful when citing the online ‘encyclopedia of the people' as a source, but there is no denying just how helpful it is.

The Changing Face of Television's Influence

By Joshua S. Hill

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

New York City, September Eleven; it was the day that changed the world as we all knew it, and shaped what it would become. There have been other attacks on interests of America, the United Kingdom, Australian and many other countries. But the sheer magnitude of what happened to the "Twin Towers" that day has literally overshadowed everything that preceded and followed.

Seven Minutes of Limbaugh

By Paul A. Ibbetson

Friday, July 20, 2007

As a growing debate builds over a Democrat inspired push to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine and artificially decrease the market demand for conservative radio, there may be no better time to pay homage to one of the stalwart radio personalities that personifies the conservative dominance of the airwaves. That individual is Rush Limbaugh. I have been a Rush Limbaugh listener for many years.

Helen Thomas: Words of Wisdom About the Iraq War

Satire By John W. Lillpop

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Helen Thomas of the Washington Press Corps has a face and voice that only a mother could truly love.

The Fairness Doctrine is Not Dead

By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A blogger called the 309-115 vote against federal funding of the Fairness Doctrine a "historic vote for freedom of speech." A columnist called it "A big victory for radio broadcast freedom." But it was nothing of the sort. Even if the amendment from Rep. Mike Pence were to pass the Senate, it would do absolutely nothing to stop a Democratic president and Congress from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. It was a political maneuver that has confused many people.

The Pence amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations bill, as AIM points out in a new special report, accomplished nothing-except to allow several dozen liberals to claim they are not interested in re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine. 

How Do You Say "Equal Time" In Spanish?

By John W. Lillpop

Monday, July 2, 2007

Liberal politicians keen on reinstating a "Fairness Doctrine" clearly have their sights set on Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and other right-wing luminaries.

Want Fairness? Give Michael Savage Equal Time on PBS!

By John W. Lillpop

Saturday, June 30, 2007

At first glance, the Fairness Doctrine being floated by leftist fascists like Diane Feinstein, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, and other enemies of free speech sounds prohibitive and scary.

But a real Fairness Doctrine might actually help conservatives if it included all media, television, newspapers, and radio, and if:

Dems Exploit Coulter in Fairness Doctrine Push

By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

Friday, June 29, 2007

The disarray in the Republican Party can be seen in the belated response to Democratic proposals to reinstate the federal Fairness Doctrine. Last January AIM reported exclusively and in detail on a "progressive" campaign to silence conservative media through the use of the Fairness Doctrine and other tactics. We covered a Memphis conference, sponsored by a liberal George Soros-funded group called Free Press, where Democratic politicians and Democratic members of the Federal Communications Commission endorsed more regulation of the media.

MSNBC Confirms Liberal Media Bias

By Roger Arnoff Accuracy in Media

Thursday, June 28, 2007

An unusual source-MSNBC-has provided the latest documentation of the liberal bias in the mainstream media. It came in the form of a Bill Dedman article on its website looking at journalists who have given money in recent years to federal candidates, political parties, or political action committees (PAC). 

Talk Radio Fails to Stop Amnesty Bill

By Andy Selepak

Accuracy in Media

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Despite a valiant effort, the power of conservative talk radio was no match for the White House, the Republican and Democratic Parties, and the major media.

Killing free speech in the name of fairness

By Klaus Rohrich

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Democrats in the U.S. Congress want to counter the powers of talk radio by relaunching the so-called "Fairness Doctrine". In a nutshell, the Fairness Doctrine would force radio and television outlets that broadcast "controversial" programming to devote equal time to opposing viewpoints. The idea behind relaunching the Fairness Doctrine is a thinly veiled effort on the part of the nation's leftists to shut down talk radio, whose luminaries have over the past two decades managed to change the face of American politics.

Newsweek Weighs in on Fred Thompson

By Andy Selepak

Accuracy in Media

Monday, June 25, 2007

Although Fred Thompson has yet to formally announce that he is running for President, the media are already looking for ways to take down his campaign and make Thompson less appealing to Republican primary voters. Thompson, referred to as "a Southern-fried Reagan" by the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land, was the subject of an article in the June 25 issue of Newsweek magazine that ran with the subtitle: "The right has a crush on Fred Thompson, but his own papers suggest he is less conservative then they think."

Tim Russert Off His Game

By Roger Arnoff Accuracy in Media

Thursday, June 21, 2007

This has been a rough year for Tim Russert, though you wouldn't know it the way he is treated by the media. Russert hosts the premier Sunday morning interview show, "Meet the Press," and is considered one of the top political analysts in the business. His image took a beating during the Scooter Libby trial as I pointed out at the time, both in terms of his memory and his credibility, though it was largely ignored by the media. Before the trial, he talked about it on the air, in a form of pre-trial publicity, even though he was likely to be a witness, and after the trial it became known that he had a relationship with one of the jurors, who had been a reporter for the Washington Post.

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