Feb 3 2016

As Much as Media Would Like Them to, Trump’s Supporters Are Unlikely to Evaporate

Donald Trump rally (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

The people who are most enthusiastically behind Trump have real problems with real consequences; they’re not likely to forget about them because Ted Cruz had a better get-out-the-vote operation in Iowa.

Jan 31 2016

Where Did the Years Go? NYT Dismisses Experience of ‘Fringe’ Candidates

New York Times: Bernie Sanders volunteer in Iowa

The dichotomy the New York Times draws between the “experienced” and “proven” candidates and presumably inexperienced, unproven outsiders doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

Jan 29 2016

In Coverage of Planned Parenthood Smear, Partisan Conflict Crowds Out Reproductive Rights

NYT: "Undercover Planned Parenthood Video"

From the New York Times, you get that the indictment of videomakers who made a deceptive video attacking Planned Parenthood might hurt Ted Cruz, What you don’t get is a sense that a woman’s control over her own child-bearing is at stake.

Jan 6 2016

There’s No Evidence North Korea Has an H-Bomb–but NYT Knows Fear Sells Papers

Officials examining a map of North Korean seismic event (photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The New York Times’ front-page story doesn’t point out how unlikely it is that North Korea has, in fact, detonated a hydrogen bomb.

Dec 10 2015

NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist

Antonin Scalia (cc photo: Steven Masker/Wikimedia)

The fact that a Supreme Court justice justifies eliminating affirmative action on the basis of openly racist views ought to be big news. By sugarcoating what Scalia actually said, the New York Times disguises that news.

Dec 9 2015

Friedman Goes After Trump: Hey, Massive Bombing Was MY Idea!

US bombing of Iraq (cc photo: Andy Dunaway/US Army)

Where could Donald Trump have gotten the idea that his “infantile threats of massive bombing” would be taken seriously as foreign policy proposals? Maybe he reads Thomas Friedman’s column.

Nov 30 2015

In New York Times, Blue Eyes ‘Wince and Cloud’ at the Terror of a ‘Gentle Loner’

Robert Dear

Many were taken aback to read the New York Times‘ summary of what its team of reporters gleaned from interviewing neighbors of the man arrested for murdering three people at a Colorado Springs women’s health clinic: Acquaintances described Robert L. Dear Jr., who was arrested in a fatal rampage at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado, as a gentle loner who occasionally unleashed violent acts toward neighbors and women he knew. It’s hard to say what was more incongruous: the description of someone who had reportedly admitted carrying out a deadly act of terror as a “gentle loner” or the […]

Nov 20 2015

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke

Bosphorus cruise (photo: Thibault Montamat)

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks seriously regaling readers with talk of his “spectacularly expensive hopscotch” on a “self-contained luxury caravan”?