The Huffington Post keeps chipping away at its less than favorable credibility. Just a few days ago, they claimed to have been in contact with a source that said he was the “best friend” of an 18 year old black man who was shot by police in a St. Louis suburb – drawing some to compare the recent police shooting to that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It turns out their "friend" turned out to be a fraud, who duped the website through Twitter messages.
By Tom Blumer | December 27, 2014 | 8:40 PM EST
What follows is an object lesson in why year-end best, worst and other lists shouldn't be published until the year actually ends.
A Kwanzaa "parade" was held in Los Angeles yesterday. In reporting on the event, CBS Los Angeles published a work of fiction which absolutely belongs on any 2014 list of most embarrassing moments in journalism (HT Twitchy; bolds are mine):
By Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 5:02 PM EST
Oprah Winfrey's documentary on gay NFL tryout (and washout) Michael Sam airs on Saturday night. Secular leftist journalists and gay activists desperately wanted a happier story line than the one that unfolded. What was pitched a Major Historical Moment vanished into put-on-waivers obscurity.
Bryan Curtis at ESPN's Grantland site compared the Sam kiss, carefully choreographed for the ESPN cameras by ESPN activists (what other seventh-rounder has a camera crew?), to Victory Over Japan in 1945:
By Randy Hall | December 27, 2014 | 3:55 PM EST
In yet another report on the continuing ratings disaster that is the Cable News Network, Nielsen data indicates that “CNN's overall prime-time audience for the year is trending at an all-time low.” However, there was one bright spot for the channel: The median age of an average CNN viewer during prime time fell from 60 to 58 years old.
At the same time, states Reuters reporter Rick Kissel, the Fox News Channel held steady at a median age of 68 while MSNBC skewed slightly older this year (61 versus 60 last year).
Lefty Pundit: ‘Prospect of Another Liberal President’ Will Have Christian Right In a ‘Frenzy of Fear’By Tom Johnson | December 27, 2014 | 3:36 PM EST
In a Talking Points Memo piece, Ed Kilgore opines, “Even if the supply side of theocratic impulses in America is abating a bit, the demand side will boom” because of “a large and noisy Republican presidential nominating fight in which Christian Right resources will be a fiercely contested prize.”
By Jeffrey Lord | December 27, 2014 | 12:53 PM EST
Happy New Year, Comcast. Now do yourself and your company a favor and fire the man identified by Mediaite as ..really…””the most powerful man in America.” Who would that be, exactly? “Outside of the president, Al Sharpton might possibly be the most powerful man in America right now.”
By Rich Noyes | December 27, 2014 | 11:50 AM EST
For the last several days, NewsBusters has been showcasing the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2014” as a way to review the worst media bias of 2014. Today’s categories: the Pantsuit Patrol Award for Boosting Hillary Clinton, and the America’s Royal Baby Award.
By Tom Blumer | December 27, 2014 | 10:18 AM EST
As I noted almost two weeks ago, hundreds of protesters in Manhattan repeatedly shouted "What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!" during that city's version of the so-called "Justice For All" marches which took place in several locations around the nation on December 13.
The New York Times failed to report the protesters' rants in its original coverage of the marches. The fact that it finally did so in the 23rd paragraph of a separate story found on Page A18 of its print edition the following day hardly makes up for the paper's original omission. The establishment press in general has largely failed to recognize the existence of the "dead cops" chants — which likely explains why Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel was completely ignorant of them when CNN's Ashleigh Banfield interviewed him on Monday.
By Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 8:20 AM EST
The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is recognized as the most effective sniper in U.S. military history. Max Blumenthal, the son of liberal journalist and adoring Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, only has a reputation for being a jerk who trolls conservative conventions and writes books with titles like “Republican Gomorrah.”
Twitchy reported on Friday that Blumenthal on Twitter compared Kyle to Lee Boyd Malvo, the “brainwashed” teenage half of the Beltway sniper team. Both were “mass murdering snipers.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 7:47 AM EST
Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood’s power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the “Rock the Vote” gang couldn’t help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn’t exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California.
Who are the other cultural winners and losers of the past year?
By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 8:42 PM EST
Former Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald tried going for the sunniest kind of optimism in a Politico Magazine article headlined "Everything Is Awesome! Well, not everything. But America’s looking much better than you think." Grunwald declared that people who voted in the Republicans over economic fears were simply wrong.
By Randy Hall | December 26, 2014 | 4:33 PM EST
In an article posted on the website for the Times of Israel newspaper, high school senior Hayley Nagelberg described a testy exchange between herself and Richard Davis in which the executive vice president of news standards and practices for the Cable News Network asked her if she’s “brain dead.”
The clash was a result of CNN's coverage of an attack on a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, on November 18 by two Palestinians who wielded meat cleavers, axes and a gun to kill American Israeli rabbis Moshe Twersky, Calman Levine and Aryeh Kopinsky; British Israeli rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg; and first responder Zidan Saif.
New Republic: Since Michael Brown’s Death, Only the Right Guilty of ‘Reckless Rhetoric’ About Race and CopsBy Tom Johnson | December 26, 2014 | 2:52 PM EST
Brian Beutler defends President Obama and Mayor de Blasio against attacks from the likes of Rudy Giuliani and contends that while “liberal political leaders in America don’t lionize fringe figures,” their conservative counterparts certainly do.
By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 2:42 PM EST
Liberals were overjoyed that President Obama only called on females in his year-ending news conference on December 19. Vanity Fair headlined its story “Obama’s All-Women Press Conference Deals Glancing Blow to Patriarchy.”
Simon Maloy at Salon turned into another opportunity for Fox-bashing and male-loathing:
By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 1:01 PM EST
NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.”
Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included no one uttering the name “Jesus.” No one defined Christmas as about Christ, NBC?