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Ken Shepherd | June 15, 2007 | 10:37

The Washington Post today ran yet another story that puffed the politics of pro-illegal immigrant activists. [see Tim Graham's excellent post from April about biased coverage of a pro-amnesty rally]

In "The DJ Who Decided It's Drive Time," staff writer David Montgomery detailed the activism of Eddie "El Piolin" Soleto, a Los Angeles Spanish-language morning show host. It's not until deep in the article that we learn Sotelo is an illegal immigrant, having sneaked across the border from Mexico in 1986.

There's no effort to bring in an opposing point of view, and plenty of quotes are taken with the typical "jobs Americans won't do" tack.

Dave Pierre | June 15, 2007 | 08:25

Check out the very first line from this June 7, 2007, article in the Los Angeles Times (emphasis mine):

A judge Wednesday ordered Cardinal Roger M. Mahony to testify in a lawsuit alleging that he failed to protect parishioners from a pedophile teacher, but then granted the Los Angeles cleric's request for a trial delay.

Now check out this whopper of a correction from the Times on June 13, 2007 (emphasis mine again):

For the Record
Clergy abuse: An article in Thursday's California section about Cardinal Roger M. Mahony being ordered to testify in a lawsuit said the suit alleged that he failed to protect parishioners from Paul Kreutzer, a pedophile teacher. In fact, the suit accuses the Archdiocese of Los Angeles of failing to protect parishioners from abuse by Kreutzer between 1974 and 1976. Mahony did not become archbishop until September 1985 and is not named in the suit.

Warner Todd Huston | June 15, 2007 | 06:25

If this isn't junk science, then nothing meets the requirement to be called such! A new, money wasting university "study" was written about by New Scientist Magazine (on their website newscientist.com) this month that was presented as a "surprising discovery" somehow "proving" that people secretly love to pay taxes. And people wonder why "science" can be so easily scoffed at these days... or why it's so hard to believe what you read.

On top of the bad reporting, this story is more proof of the constant waste of money that is perpetrated by our National Universities. Instead of teaching useful information and conducting meaningful studies, this University is trying to "prove" that people really secretly LOVE paying taxes.

Gee, why do they want that little absurd concept floating out there, do you think? And why is this news outlet propagating this foolishness?

Tim Graham | June 15, 2007 | 06:18

The funny thing about "news" magazine blogs is that there's not much difference in editorializing quotient between the magazine and the blog posts. "Anonymous" Joe Klein is a Time columnist, officially, but he has all the partisan tics that the other MSM political gurus have. In looking at the latest Hillary polls showing her solid support among downscale women, Klein argued on Time's Swampland blog:

I suspect that Hillary's showing among women has the most significance. Something has happened here. You see it on the campaign trail. A lot of previously skeptical women have decided that Clinton's Methodist rectitude is needed to clean up the mess the frat boy made in Washington.

It's always entertaining to hear Klein -- who lied his face off for many best-selling weeks about authoring his millionaire-minting Clinton roman a clef Primary Colors, even to his Newsweek bosses -- pronounce on rectitude.

Brent Baker | June 15, 2007 | 02:39
Of the three broadcast network evening newscasts on Thursday, only the NBC Nightly News mentioned that it was Flag Day. But not until the very last seconds after the final story. Then Brian Williams observed as he closed his program:
“That's our broadcast for this Thursday night, which also happens to be Flag Day. Thank you for being with us. I'm Brian Williams. We'll look for you right back here tomorrow evening. As we leave you tonight, a look at this Flag Day 2007 across our country. Good night.”
As Williams spoke, and continuing for a few more seconds beyond that, for 25 seconds in all viewers saw video of the flag over the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, Virginia followed by the flags around the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
Brent Baker | June 14, 2007 | 21:49
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Thursday's newscast that NBC has focused on the interests of those in favor of the immigration bill as he acknowledged “a lot of people” have a different perspective. A week after the immigration bill collapsed in the Senate, NBC got around to the other side -- but that's still sooner than ABC or CBS. With "Immigration Backlash" on screen, Williams explained how “as we have covered the immigration debate here, we have heard from numerous Americans who are trying to run businesses, make money and in some cases bring in ripe crops. They've been begging lawmakers for a workable immigration solution. A lot of people think this country is letting too many people in. Tonight we hear their take on immigration.”

In the subsequent report, David Gregory narrated video from North Carolina as he relayed how “a retired schoolteacher complains the reform plan ignores the steady flow of illegal immigrants” Gregory realized that “the anger in North Carolina is being felt around the country and it has created a nearly-unprecedented grassroots movement dedicated to defeating the immigration measure.” He characterized the view as part of “an anti-immigration assault” fueled by “opponents of the immigration bill who claim it's nothing more than amnesty for law breakers." But he then cited opposition to all immigration: "The issue cuts across party lines. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 50 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents, and 40 percent of Democrats think immigration hurts more than it helps.”

Lynn Davidson | June 14, 2007 | 19:01
 

It seems that Rosie did more on “The View” than lame Donald Trump imitations, belittle Elisabeth Hasselbeck (as well as Republicans in general) and advance ridiculous conspiracy theories that defy logic, not to mention physics. Rosie also controlled the issues discussed on the “The View,” and while she was on the show, certain issues were off limits...like heterosexual sex.

According to the TV Guide, during a June 13 appearance on the popular LA-based radio show “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest,” Barbara Walters revealed the control that Rosie wielded over the show's daily discussions. From the TV Guide (bold mine throughout):

Noel Sheppard | June 14, 2007 | 18:55

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the executive director of the NAACP’s Hollywood bureau is displeased with “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington being fired for making anti-gay slurs.

Yet, the NAACP was strongly in favor of Don Imus being terminated by CBS and MSNBC in April for his statements concerning the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

Double standard? You be the judge.

This is what the AP reported today concerning Washington (h/t NB reader Shawn Pecze, emphasis added):

Noel Sheppard | June 14, 2007 | 17:20

The Associated Press on Thursday published an article that very much went counter to all the climate change alarmism so prevalent in the media since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

Conceivably more shocking was the headline the Washington Post chose for the version published at its website: “Could Some Win With Global Warming?

According to LexisNexis, AP’s headline on all its versions was “Global warming winners? Canada, Russia, U.S. Rust Belt might see benefit.”

Yet, the biggest surprises were in the body of the article, including a jab at the Global Warmingist-in-Chief himself, former Vice President Al Gore (emphasis added throughout):

Julia A. Seymour | June 14, 2007 | 17:11

You know the scorpion that killed the frog in that old fable? According to Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), that’s Rupert Murdoch.

CJR, a magazine for “professional journalists” published by Columbia Graduate School of Journalism fired the latest shot in the mainstream media’s fight to stop the sale of The Wall Street Journal to the News Corporation CEO.

“[Bancroft] family members sensibly fear that he [Murdoch] would misuse the paper’s journalistic power,” said an editorial in the July/August 2007 issue of CJR. “Murdoch’s answer is that to damage the credibility of the Journal would be to destroy it. Why would he do such a thing?”

CJR said that Murdoch would play the scorpion to the Wall Street Journal and destroy its journalistic credibility because “it’s his nature.”

Journalists in large part have come out against the Murdoch acquisition of Dow Jones & Company because of The Wall Street Journal. CJR’s editorial makes it clear journalists’ opinions on the matter are far from fair and balanced.

Scott Whitlock | June 14, 2007 | 16:39

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s appearance on Wednesday’s edition of "Nightline" wrapped up a two day, two show tour of various ABC programs. Between "Nightline and "Good Morning America," the network gave the outspoken leftist almost  21 and a half minutes of air time to promote his new health care documentary, "Sicko."

In addition to looking at the softer side of Moore and asking about his faith, co-anchor Terry Moran offered a generally friendly interview. For the most part, the ABC host only challenged the filmmaker when he made truly outrageous comments, such as asserting that Cuba is a country of "artistic freedom":  

Michael Moore: "They have an excellent health care system, probably the best in the Third World. There is not religious persecution. There's artistic freedom. I went–"

Terry Moran: "There's artistic freedom in Cuba?"

Moore: "Oh, yeah. I hung out with artists who are critical of Castro and, and, and very freely speak their minds."

Justin McCarthy | June 14, 2007 | 15:05

If conservatives win a primary, they can not go on to win a general election according to the Washington Post’s Tim Craig. In his post primary analysis, Craig cited two primary victories for conservative Republicans, and spun it as "troubling signs for the [Republican] party."

The two defeated incumbent moderates include Martin E. Williams of Newport News and J. Brandon Bell II of Roanoke. In fairness, it is defensible to suggest a moderate Republican would fare better in Newport News (John Kerry narrowly carried the city in 2004). However, George W. Bush carried Roanoke by 30 points that same year, and it would be ridiculous to suggest a conservative can not prevail there.

Julia A. Seymour | June 14, 2007 | 14:17

That’s right, a food police group has turned cereal killer. What's worse, the media don't see any foul play.

Fruit Loops cereal’s brightly colored mascot Toucan Sam, along with Sugar Smack’s Dig ‘Em and Rice Krispies’ Snap, Crackle and Pop are likely to be axed due to an agreement between Kellogg Company and the food police group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

“Early Show’s” Hannah Storm was happy about the announcement. She called getting rid of the popular cartoon figures a “great idea” on June 14.

Video (0:57): Real (1.55 MB) or Windows (1.82 MB), plus MP3 audio (275 kB).

“[B]ecause you can’t even take your child to the grocery store because they’re clamoring for the products with characters on them. When are we going to see them disappear?” Storm asked correspondent Nancy Cordes.

Noel Sheppard | June 14, 2007 | 14:15

On several occasions I have pointed out how much better foreign media are at presenting reports either skeptical of anthropogenic global warming or addressing the failings in government sanctioned solutions.

Last week, the BBC did a report on the European Union’s carbon trading scheme failing so miserably that CO2 emissions in the region have actually increased since the strategy was implemented.

Think any American television news division would touch this story save maybe Fox News?

Regardless of the answer, BBC.com presented some of the findings on June 5 (h/t Willis Eschenbach):

Ken Shepherd | June 14, 2007 | 14:03

Updates below. (Close look at whiteboard in video calls Ann Coulter a "whore," etc.)

By now you may have heard about "Obama Girl," an attractive young woman dancing and singing a tune about having a "crush" on the Democratic presidential hopeful. It's all the rage on the cable news nets this afternoon. Doing some digging around the Internet, however, I was unable to find who exactly is behind the viral video phenomenon, but I did find it was registered through GoDaddy.com, the Web site registrar made a household name for its racy TV ads.

At any rate, "Obama Girl" Leah Kauffman (see update) doesn't appear to be a random young woman with a camcorder and Internet savvy. Her video "I Got a Crush on Obama" serves as the inaugural media stunt for BarelyPolitical.com, a Web site created on May 30 that has a skimpy "about us" section:

Matthew Sheffield | June 14, 2007 | 13:41

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is often touted and consulted by the media when the subject of Islam is broached. Superficially this makes sense--the comprehensive and high-minded name of the organization suggest a seriousness and universality of purpose and membership.

In fact, however, CAIR is no more representative of America's Muslims than the National Organization for Women is of America's female population. Rush Limbaugh brought to my attention an article that makes this point very clear by showing how many actual dues-paying members CAIR has: less than 1700:

Membership in the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to tax documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Noel Sheppard | June 14, 2007 | 13:30

As the Civil War in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah rages on (please see fabulous coverage on this by our friend at Gateway Pundit), Glenn Reynolds marvelously commented Thursday: “[S]ince it's Hamas killing people, nobody will really care -- unless, ironically, they can find a way to blame the Israelis.”

Well, as he pointed out in an update, the Boston Globe unbelievably published an editorial Thursday not only doing exactly that, but also longing for the peaceful days of Yasser Arafat’s rule in the region (emphasis added throughout):

Tim Graham | June 14, 2007 | 13:06

The Long Memory Brigade here at MRC remembered Flag Day with a few reminders we've published in our Notable Quotables newsletter. The Left can easily display their contempt for the American flag. For example, there's this dropping of unpatriotic nastiness from the days right after 9/11 in The Nation:

"My daughter, who goes to Stuyvesant High School only blocks from the World Trade Center, thinks we should fly an American flag out our window. Definitely not, I say: The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war. She tells me I’m wrong – the flag means standing together and honoring the dead and saying no to terrorism. In a way we’re both right....[The flag] has to bear a wide range of meanings, from simple, dignified sorrow to the violent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry that has already resulted in murder, vandalism and arson around the country and harassment on New York City streets and campuses." -- The Nation’s Katha Pollitt in a column in the October 8, 2001 edition.

Matthew Balan | June 14, 2007 | 12:00

The Washington Post publishes a weekday free commuter tabloid called Express, which is distributed throughout the Washington, D.C., area, particularly at Metrorail stations and bus shelters. Towards the back of each issue, there is a section called "Look Out," which has, among other things, horoscopes, comics, and a section called "Today in History."

The "Today in History" section in the June 14 edition of Express mentioned that in 1777, "The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national flag," which is the reason why June 14 is known as Flag Day. Accompanying the feature is a picture of a young man holding the American flag.

With the assistance of Google, I found that the picture was taken at a "immigration rally" that took place in Washington, DC on June 2nd. The photographer is Brendan Smialowski of Getty Images. The original caption for the photo said, "Activists chant during an immigration rally outside the US Capitol June 2, 2007 in Washington, DC. Organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, immigration activists rallied before the Senate returned from their recess."

The rally was more than just an "immigration rally." It was organized by the National Capital Immigrant Coalition, and it advocated amnesty for illegal immigrants.

NB Staff | June 14, 2007 | 11:10
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