Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press made his liberal slant clear in a Wednesday article detailing how a pro-traditional marriage bill failed to pass in the Texas state legislature. Weber played up the supposedly "divisive efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized." He clearly labeled the proponents of the bill as conservatives, but failed to identify the socially liberal agenda of opponents.
Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted (Part 2 of 2): Press Retraction Efforts Largely UnacceptableBy Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 5:16 PM EDT
As noted in my previous related post, one of the authors of a late-2014 study which made the nonsensical claim that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage,” causing "a cascade of opinion change," issued a retraction last week, because the data supporting it was faked. Since it was published in Science Magazine — and because it conveniently fit a leftism-advancing agenda — numerous press outlets ran stories on the study's results.
Now they're all having to run retractions and corrections. Besides the obvious problem that the lies have gotten a long head start, let's look at how the seven original publishers identified by Retraction Watch, as well as the Associated Press, have handled the matter. All too often the answer has been: "Not very well."
By Randy Hall | May 28, 2015 | 4:58 PM EDT
While a guest on The Dana Show on National Public Radio, Wisconsin governor -- and likely 2016 presidential candidate -- Scott Walker defended a state law requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound because if “more people saw” their “unborn child, they would choose to protect and keep the life of that unborn child.”
That comment drew fire from Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood pro-abortion organization, who abandoned the usual liberal claim to be for “science” and encouraged people to tell Walker that “Forced Transvaginal Ultrasounds Are Cruel, Not Cool,” even though the GOP official never made that comment.
By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 4:32 PM EDT
The latest network blackout concerning one of the Clinton scandals came to an end on NBC Thursday as a segment on Today by correspondent Andrea Mitchell mentioned an Associated Press story from two days before exposing what appears to be a shell company run by former President Bill Clinton. While NBC broke its silence on the shell corporation story, ABC and CBS continued their streaks of ignoring it with all three having yet to utter a word about an International Business Times article explaining how Clinton Foundation donors received weapons deals with the State Department while Hillary Clinton was overseeing the agency.
By Kyle Drennen | May 28, 2015 | 4:26 PM EDT
While even MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell worried on Thursday about the “headwinds facing Hillary Clinton” amid the ongoing e-mail and Clinton Foundation scandals, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page reassured her liberal journalist colleague: “You know, it's certainly true she has had a load of trouble in the national press, but you look at her appearance yesterday in South Carolina and she seemed pretty relaxed.”
By Matthew Balan | May 28, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT
The Big Three's morning newscasts on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the breach of an online IRS system by hackers that compromised the personal information of 100,000 taxpayers. However, none of the programs mentioned President Obama by name during their reporting, nor did they revisit any of the other problems or scandals involving the agency in recent years. CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News have yet to cover the IRS hacking, as of Wednesday evening.
By Katie Yoder | May 28, 2015 | 3:26 PM EDT
It’s hard to critique personal stories – but not when the media use them to teach teens that they need Planned Parenthood.
In a recent piece for Teen Vogue, actress Mae Whitman detailed “What Happened During My Very First Pregnancy Scare.” Whitman (Arrested Development, Parenthood) described Planned Parenthood to teens as feeling “two arms pulling me into a hug” which led her to experience a conversation that left her “eternally grateful.”
By Connor Williams | May 28, 2015 | 3:25 PM EDT
In a surprising segment, ABC’s 20/20 highlighted several cases of freeloading by people looking to fraudulently claim disability. While the program did not get to the heart of the matter – just how easy it is to claim disability and the skyrocketing cost of the program – noting a major flaw in an expensive government program is rare for a liberal network like ABC.
By P.J. Gladnick | May 28, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
The appropriately named Vulture section of New York magazine has circled over what all proof indicates is a rape hoax and swooped down to gorge itself on speculation about the museum art future of the mattress carried around by the infamous Columbia University "Mattress Girl," Emma Sulkowicz. Amid all the really bizarre fascination by writer Andy Battaglia in the mattress as an art piece, not a bit of thought is even given as to the legitimacy of the rape charges by Sulkowicz despite very strong documentary evidence that it was a hoax.
Battaglia's determination to avoid the facts of the case and indulge in his fanboy fascination with the mattress as art begins with the title, "Will Emma Sulkowicz’s Protest Mattress Wind Up in a Museum?" and goes straight downhill from there:
By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 2:37 PM EDT
"Science" has a problem — or more accurately stated, those who produce and publish "scienitific" studies — have a problem. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, one of the leading weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals, caused quite a stir last week when he said that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue." That may be an underestimate.
One of the more recent such examples involves a paper published late last year in Science Magazine, which calls itself “The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary."
By Joseph Rossell | May 28, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT
The truth about recycling according to a waste disposal company may come as a shock. It is “unprofitable,” according to Waste Management (WM) CEO David Steiner.
On May 28, Steiner told CNBC’s Squawk Box that recycling had proved to be “unprofitable” and his company has stopped investing in recycling operations. WM revenues were down 10 percent just because of losses from recycling, according to Stein, even though this only represented a small fraction of the company’s overall business.
By Katie Yoder | May 28, 2015 | 2:15 PM EDT
Half a cheer for HBO! It turns out the network’s graphic Game of Thrones TV series doesn’t feature nearly as much sexual violence as it could. Far from the usual Hollywood pattern of sexing up a story when bringing it to the screen, a fan has discovered the series actually shows many fewer rapes than George R.R. Martin’s books contain.
But the reason we know this is the violent rape scene featured in an episode earlier this month captured attention – and not the good kind. Many viewers were outraged and sparked a debate about whether the series had gone too far.
By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT
Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women.
Joseph made the point that if “Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines -- even 40 years ago -- the media wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks.” The proof of that assumption is the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" hullaballoo of 2012.
By Connor Williams | May 28, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT
In the wake of the sexual abuse controversy surrounding the Duggar family, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon brought on CNN political commentators Mark Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson to discuss the family’s previously close relationship with the Republican Party. While Hill and Ferguson agreed that the GOP must distance themselves from the Duggars, things got heated when Ferguson said that the family should be held to a higher standard.