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For various reasons, people in the journalism business aren't generally willing to admit what everyone on the outside can see: Personal bias is endemic to journalism and is something that should always be something to be filtered out as much as possible, especially in the political realm.
Thankfully one journalism pundit who is honest enough to admit to the truth of the foregoing statement is one Butch Ward, a distinguished fellow at the Poynter Institute. In a blog entry entitled "How Safe Is Your Newsroom?," Ward writes:
Several years ago during a leadership seminar at Poynter, one of the participants approached me during a break.
"Can I tell you something about myself?" she asked.
"Sure," I said.
"I'm a conservative," she said as we walked past the library and the rows of books about journalism –- good, bad and ugly.
"And I'm the only one in my newsroom."
It's Friday which means another episode of our political comedy show "NewsBusted" has arrived! Topics in this episode: Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, and the Oxygen Network.
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The bad news keeps on coming for the New York Times. When will company chairman Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger announce he's a failure and his ideas should be reversed? Oh wait, I forgot, only Republican presidents are supposed to do that.
Sulzberger sure hasn't been doing well, though. Here's the latest:
Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest shareholder in New York Times Co., sold its entire 7.3 percent stake today, according to a person briefed on the transaction, sending the stock to its lowest in more than 10 years.
The person declined to be identified because Morgan Stanley hasn't made the sale public yet. Traders with knowledge of the transaction said Merrill Lynch & Co. brokered a $183 million block trade of 10 million New York Times shares this morning.
Living in DC has its interesting moments. Coming into town from Atlanta Sunday night, I happened to bump into former White House adviser Karl Rove. In the process I learned two things: Karl Rove flies coach class now that he's left the White House and that he also is a fan of NewsBusters.
My girlfriend and I had gone down to Atlanta to visit some friends for the weekend. On our way back Sunday night, we flew into Reagan National in coach class. After the plane landed, I realized that we'd been sitting not too far away from Rove. I only realized this, however, after some guy (a short, reporterish-looking fellow) started accosting Rove on the plane badgering him with questions about his post-White House career.
It's Tuesday which means another episode of "NewsBusted!" Watch the show over at the top of the sidebar of this page. We're continuing to change the pace this week as we feature Frazer Smith as the comedian.
Like business news on television but don't like CNBC's association with the left-dominated NBC News? Then the newly launched Fox Business Network is probably for you:
Rupert Murdoch has entered a dark horse in high-stakes races before, and won. On Monday, the News Corp. media titan trots out the Fox Business Network.
Two years in the making, the channel will challenge General Electric Co.'s highly profitable CNBC network as it seeks to redefine business news for average Americans faced with increasingly complex decisions about their financial futures.
Murdoch already has knocked CNN off the cable news throne with Fox News Channel. Can he do the same to NBC Universal's profit machine, whose audience of affluent professionals is one of the most sought-after advertising targets? [...]
The big news of the day (besides NB's Noel Sheppard appearing on the Dennis Miller radio show) so far has been the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to top warm-monger Al Gore for his work trying to
profit from warn us all about the dangers of man-made global warming.
My colleague over at CNS, Randy Hall, talked to some more qualified people, however, who think Gore is more of a propagandist than a peacemaker:
Timothy Ball, a retired climatologist who leads the National Resources Stewardship Project, told Cybercast News Service he agrees that "An Inconvenient Truth" is a "wonderful piece of propaganda, but that's all it is."
Calling the film's scientific errors "huge," Ball said that the movie "would fail as a grade 10 science project," because it depends on "visual imagery and gimmickry" to make its point.
It's Friday which means another episode of our new comedy show "NewsBusted" is ready!This week, we take you on a trip into the twilight zone: a parody left-wing version of the show filled with bumpersticker slogans and Bush-bashing. I can't wait to see how many YouTube liberals wander in and rate it 5 stars not knowing what they're seeing!Note: If you like the show, be sure and help us by leaving positive ratings and comments on the "NewsBusted" YouTube pages since left-wingers love to vote down anything that's not PC.
The GOP presidential candidates will be debating this afternoon at 4:00pm Eastern. This will be the first debate in which Fred Thompson will be participating.Discuss the debate on this thread or (if you are a registered NB user), join the live chat here.
It's Tuesday which means another episode of "NewsBusted!" Watch the show over at the top of the sidebar of this page. We're mixing it up this week, mainly by featuring Jodi Miller as the comedian. Click here to see the show archive, you can also subscribe to "NewsBusted" to be automatically notified via email whenever we post new vlogs.I'm pleased to report that thanks to the link Matt Drudge gave us a few days ago, episode 108 has been viewed over 136,000 times which put it as the #1 comedy video on YouTube and the #12 video overall for Friday, both out of tens of thousands of videos! We're excited at the audience "NewsBusted" is beginning to build.
It's Friday which means another episode of "NewsBusted!" Watch the show over at the top of the sidebar of this page.
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In the information age, misinformation is too often traded as a counterfeit currency in our marketplace of ideas.
The recent Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh non-scandelettes have proven this in spades. But disingenuous attacks on individual public figures are hardly the only kind of falsehood you'll find in the partisan press. Today's merchants of disinformation also trade frequently in false stereotypes of large groups of Americans, especially those who even slightly oppose abortion.
Those of you who are pro-life may not know this but despite whatever you may think, all of you are actually overweight, hyper-religious, uneducated, spouse-beating, rural, white males. Or at least that's what you are in the minds of the fanatically pro-choice left.
Ever since the Sept. 10 testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, we've heard less and less from the mainstream media about the war in Iraq. The old adage "no news is good news" has never been truer.That the media are no longer much interested in Iraq is a sure sign things are going well there. Instead, they're talking about the presidential campaign, or Burma, or global warming, or . . . whatever.Why? Simply put, the news from Iraq has been quite positive, as Petraeus related in his report to Congress. Consider:
Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton publicly boasted about creating Media Matters and that this information has been common knowledge inside the beltway, the far-left group has repeatedly issued false denials of these connections. But in true Clintonian fashion, these denials are hardly that at all. Here is the phrase that the group keeps falling back on:"Media Matters for America is a 'progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.' The Center for American Progress identifies itself on its website as 'a progressive think-tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.'"
It's Tuesday which means another episode of our political comedy show "NewsBusted" has arrived! Topics: OJ's arrest, rumors about Hillary Clinton, Kiefer Sutherland, and more. Click play on the video at the right to watch.
Remember that BBC-produced children's guide to 9/11 that blamed it on America's foreign policy?It's now facing some real public pressure in the form of Pauline Neville Jones, a former British spy and now powerful member of that country's Conservative party. She's also a former governor (aka board member) of the BBC. And she wants some changes to the program:
Britain’s former spy chief accused the BBC of “parroting” Al Qaeda propaganda to children as young as six.
Could the real reason they didn't come was that the debate moderator, liberal PBS host Tavis Smiley, has a long history of making offensive remarks about Republicans?
Attending the debate in person, I decided to ask that question to Smiley, specifically about his remark that he considered then-Texas-governor George W. Bush to be a "serial killer" for his enforcement of that state's capital punishment laws. His answer was both misleading and evasive.
Yes, the "Big Three" are skipping tonight's debate. That shouldn't stop you from heading over to the NB live chat and discussing the questioning or your favorite lesser-known candidates though. For a more permanent discussion, feel free to post on this thread.2225|Shepherd: End of debate. Back to your regularly scheduled boring PBS programming. 2222|Shepherd: Williams to Brownback: "is the supreme court right to say school integration is no longer key to equal justice for all" Williams is spewing the false, biased meme the media used months ago.