Jan
26
2015

My Joe Franklin Memory

Joe Franklin

Steve Rendall met New York City TV legend Joe Franklin, who died this weekend at the age of 88, under very special circumstances.

Jan
23
2015

‘Poor,’ ‘Middle Class’–What’s the Difference to the 1 Percent?

Paul Ryan with colleagues

A New York Times piece seems to treat the poor and middle class as almost interchangeable. Thus Mitt Romney vowing to “end the scourge of poverty” is equated with Mitch McConnell calling for a focus on “the stagnant middle class.”

Jan
23
2015

Muslim-Bashing Not a No-Go Zone for Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal (cc photo: Derek Bridges)

As Arsalan Iftikhar suggested, Bobby Jindal does devote considerable effort to criticizing minority groups who have done less to fit the the American majority image. This strategy was on full display in Jindal’s softball interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.

Jan
22
2015

Obama as Robin Hood? Sherwood Be Nice

Obama as Robin Hood (Indianapolis Star)

So what’s wrong with comparing Barack Obama to Robin Hood? Well, aside from implying that taxation is a form of “stealing”–and aside from the fact that it’s a popular theme in racist caricatures of Obama–it gives the president too much credit.

Jan
21
2015

Progressive Policies Are Popular–So Why Should Democrats Be Afraid of Them?

Wolf Blitzer & Jake Tapper

in his State of the Union analysis, Wolf Blitzer suggests advocating progressive economic policies could “hurt Democrats”–even though polls show widespread support for such measures, including, in many cases, from Republican voters.

Jan
21
2015

Obama’s SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

Christopher Lee Cornell

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank complains that Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t have enough terrorism in it. Why, it only mentioned “terrorism,” “terror” or “terrorists” nine times!

Jan
20
2015

What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don’t learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.

Jan
19
2015

Maureen Dowd Sets Martin Luther King Straight on How Freedom Is Won

Maureen Dowd (cc photo: DoubleSpeak Media); Martin Luther King

“On matters of race,” writes Maureen Dowd, “there is an even higher responsibility to be accurate.” Yes–especially for white columnists lecturing African-American directors about black history.

Jan
16
2015

And Now, a Word From Our Climate Denier…

New York Times 2014 temperature graphic

If the purpose of climate coverage is to convey how open-minded the New York Times is, then this piece is a success, managing to give one-third of its quotes to a proponent of a fringe theory without giving any indication that his eccentric views are virtually absent from peer-reviewed science.

Jan
16
2015

Sad Columnist Forced to Cover Sweaters and Torture

Rick Santorum (cc photo: Gate Skidmore)

Poor Dana Milbank. Here it is just the beginning of 2015, and the Washington Post columnist is already tired of covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jan
15
2015

The Only ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Found in Fox News’ Fantasyland

Roubaix, France (cc photo: Kathryn Burrington)

Steve Emerson was far from alone on Fox News in advancing a xenophobic fantasy of European urban areas lost to Western civilization.

Jan
14
2015

Conservative and ‘Liberal’ Islamophobia Find Common Ground

Bob Beckel on Fox News

There’s not a lot of daylight between USA Today’s conservative and so-called liberal on the issue of a war on Islam.

Jan
12
2015

For Fox News’ Steve Emerson, Factchecking Seems to Be a No-Go Zone

Centenary Square, Birmingham (cc photo: Pete Ashton)

Fox News “expert” Steve Emerson retracted his claim that non-Muslims can’t enter Britain’s second-largest city. But he has a long history of making equally inaccurate claims.