Allegations of liberal media bias are almost constant in the conservative press, but their intensity has increased since President Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared together on 60 Minutes, where interviewer Steve Kroft posed "softball" questions that were almost comically obsequious. "Mr. Kroft, as embarrassing as his interview was, is merely symptomatic of a larger phenomenon: the unprecedented swooning and cheerleading by the press for Barack Obama," Peter Wehner wrote in Commentary, echoing an argument voiced by many on the right. He posits that the rise of conservative media outlets like Fox News may have triggered a liberal backlash.
His party is so afraid of being called ´racist´ that they bend over backwards to say anything complimentary...Fox has nothing to do with it because they talk about every subject and do not show sides....
The media has no choice. If the press actually did their jobs Obama would look like the blattering idiot that he is. Its not just Obama, its all progressives. They are too stupid to do real interviews or talk without a TP.
Fox was a tiny, non-entity network when the Leftwing Media of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYT, LAT, WaPo, NPR all backed and covered for Bill Clinton during his bimbo eruptions, during his illegal campaign fund solicitations in Chinese Budhist temples, on Travelgate, Rose law ffirm, Whitewater, cattle futures, etc.
A.They refuse to do their job. B. They turn to their twitter feed for direction and focus. C. They refuse to do their job.
Why they refuse to do their job is really the only thing that´s debatable. My current take is our press is as low -info as Democrat voters AND they´re conceited. Big heads filled with fluffernutter. To steal a line from previous thread ´´not bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic ´´.
And you can´t have a discussion about the media without at least acknowledging they have real contempt for points of view not simpatico with aforementioned twitter feed. It was never George Bush they hated
Also, there is no criticism generally of journalists from their own ranks. Plagiarism and all manner of dishonesty (Dan Rather) tolerated just fine. Funny how ONLY liberals receive the Pullitzer. Plus, #6 is right. The media, even FNC, controlled more and more by DC.
Why? Plain and simple, he is an affirmative action president who is held to a different standard than any other president. According to the dems and libs, he must not be allowed to fail or it will reflect badly on them and affirmative action.
Thank you, Conor Friedersdorf, for my recommended daily allowance of protracted drivel.
“…the rise of conservative media outlets like Fox News…” Oh, yeah? If that were so, why is FNC chockablock with liberals? “Fair & Balanced” is not just some empty slogan. It’s substantiated by its vast cadre of outspoken Democrats, many of whom get plenty of screen and mic exposure several times per week. Contrast that with CNN and MSNBC. The comparisons are incomparable.
There is runaway political correctness underway in the national TV industry, and the TV media knows that they must give Obama a pass, or even risk their individual jobs.
The reason for that is Obama is a black man, and you can safely bet that there is no white man alive in America today, who when serving as President, would be lobbed the number of slow balls that the media has tossed at Obama.
That´s true for just about all the presentations shown on TV today to the general public. If you were to stay locked at home for any time period and continuously watched TV it would not be long from what you see on TV, that you would mistakenly think that black people make up a big majority of the population of this country, when in actuality they are only about 11% to 13%, and that black culture is the dominant social culture throughout the USA. That´s all because of political correctness.
This can be called a "What 800 pond gorilla in the corner" type of writing. He studiously ignores the dominant cause that eclipses everything else. Left liberalism is intellectually, morally exhausted and an ideological dead end. A life boat to keep this abomination alive must be totally unscrupulous, utterly deceitful, a demagogic, committed socialist and must be capable of appealing to the basest instincts of the lower half. Bring anyone to mind??
Because they are fools, not journalists or reporters, and they no longer care about informing the public. One can understand that it was a memorable occasion for a minority member to become President, but at some point, his policies have to be more important than his color. The media have never caught up. and seemingly never will. Very distressing that highly paid media people do NOT do what they are paid to do, and that is QUESTION the Government´s policies. They can start with killing by drone.
Simple, his agenda is their agenda. Destroy this country and rebuild it into a Socialist society. They will do everything in their power to protect their Dear Leader, lie for him, cover up for him and destroy good people and good things for him. They will do everything and anything to help him achieve this. God help us all.
As they taught us in journalism school in 1960, one important role of journalists was to be the watchdog of governemnt. Somehow the liberals got it backward and they have become the lapdogs of government.
Please see the testimony of Chris Rock. Why does Rock support Obama? Because he is Rock´s daddy, that´s why. We have a vast "culture" in this country which desires a Glorious Leader. One like Stalin or Mao. One like Hitler or Mussolini. They have found their GL in Zippy. So they bow down and worship him. Chris Matthews told us this four years ago. Zero reminds me of the potentates who had no need to walk on the ground; instead the peasants were required to lie on the ground so the ruler could step on their bodies. That is now called leadership. Gross. Disgusting. Regrettable. But factual.
The State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert because of the threat of terrorist attacks from al-Qaida and affiliated organizations, it said Friday. The State Department cited the potential for terrorist attacks in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. "Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period
We just heard from President Obama that the middle class is struggling. We also heard that he is taking another those vacations that will cost a fortune: "The Massachusetts island of Martha´s Vineyard, the exclusive playground for presidents and their families, is about to get its annual summer infusion of cash and attention as President Obama and his family prepare to arrive August 10 for an eight-day vacation. Local reports indicate that the first family will likely be staying at a
On November 25, 1970, writer Yukio Mishima and four of his friends paid a visit to the commandant of the Tokyo camp of Japan´s eastern army. After the commandant poured tea, things turned weird. The visitors tied the officer to his chair, took him hostage and demanded that entire camp gather beneath his balcony. When the soldiers were assembled, Mishima extolled them to hold a coup to restore the authority of the emperor. The audience laughed. Realising that he was getting nowhere, Mishima knelt down on the floor and committed ritual suicide
Nice Fallback Position You’ve Got There: Both pro- and anti-legalization forces in the immigration fight will be trying to make their cases to House members–especially Republican members–during the August recess. But here’s the fundamental asymmetry in this debate–the pro-legalization forces don’t really need to show up. The anti-legalizers do. Pro-side Democrats can be distracted (by the need to defend Obamacare, for example) or they can just be lazy and unmotivated. As long as the antis are also unmotivated, legalization will win. Tie goes to the border-jumper.
Starting in 2014, members of Congress and their staffs will have to get their health insurance through Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces. But according to a regulation that the Obama administration’s Office of Personnel Management plans to announce on Friday and release next week, the federal government can continue to contribute toward the cost of their health plans. The regulation comes after months of worry on Capitol Hill. The Affordable Care Act includes a provision, first proposed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), forcing members of Congress and their staffs
These "phony" scandals keep rudely refusing to go away. New findings from the House Judiciary Committee appear to stop short of accusing the Attorney General of bona fide perjury, but make clear that they view his testimony as grossly misleading. Via National Review: The House Judiciary Committee has just released a report declaring that Attorney General Eric Holder misled House members during sworn testimony about the Justice Department’s investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen. “The Committee finds that Mr. Holder’s sworn testimony in the Rosen matter was deceptive and misleading,” the report reads.
These days there are sophisticated and scientific solutions to the dismal problem of unwanted childlessness — there are IVF, Viagra and well-established egg and sperm donor services. We think of these as recent advantages and give thanks for the modern age. But what only very few people are aware of is that long before sperm donation was practically or ethically possible, in the early 20th century, a secret sperm donation service existed for those women most in need. Helena Wright was a renowned doctor, bestselling author, campaigner and educator who overcame the establishment
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Eliot Spitzer refused today to deny that he has a girlfriend. The candidate for city comptroller was asked three times at a campaign stop this morning in Brooklyn about persistent rumors he is having an "extra-marital affair." "I am so tired of the personal attacks and I´ve answered all those questions," Spitzer said outside the Borough Hall subway station, where he was shaking hands with voters and received an overwhelmingly positive response. "The public cares about what I did in government. That´s what I´m going to be talking about and that´s what the public is going to be voting on --
During his first presidential race, Barack Obama pledged to "expand and fund AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots today to 250,000" volunteers, putting service-minded millennials to work on the nation´s toughest problems. After just three months in office, he signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act authorizing the expansion of the Clinton-era program to the goal of 250,000. He had kept his promise, Obama boasted, and he declared 2009 the dawn of a "new era of service." But the dawn never broke. Congress never funded the quarter-million hires, not even when Democrats controlled both chambers in 2009-10.
“We have learned that the sequestration already has cut 1.6 million jobs. So we need job creation. We need to help the middle class by creating jobs.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), floor speech, July 31, 2013 Reid’s comment jumped out at us — 1.6 million jobs have already been lost because of the sequester? That seemed rather large. The sequester, of course, are the automatic across-the-board spending cuts that were imposed March 1 when Republicans and Democrats could not reach agreement on a budget plan.
The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold. On few issues has public opinion moved as quickly or decisively. Many who are against the formal recognition of homosexual unions are now resigned to the reality they will eventually become commonplace. The main drivers of this transformation are obvious. Most Americans now know that people they care about are gay men or lesbians, and empathy can do wonderful things. Partly because of this, younger Americans overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage. They will dominate the electorates of the future.
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
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American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
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