The August Jobs Report showed 169,000 jobs were added, less than many had predicted and revisions from previous months even included a drop of 74,000 jobs. So the jobs total for the month was really just 95,000.
The stock market continued to rally, but CNBC’s Rick Santelli, who covers the Chicago Board of Trade, said that such a contrast was upsetting. “What are we, a banana republic?” Santelli asked. “I just think it’s absolutely horrible that we’re in a marketplace where we get a lousy report. 35 years since we’ve seen these participation rates, and listen: you can’t hide the spread of four to four-and-a-half percent between the advertised unemployment rate and what it would be if you would go back a few years on that participation rate,” he explained.
A Soros-funded journalism organization also has copies of secret intelligence files from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Reuters revealed this during an Aug. 30 article that called ProPublica an “independent investigative journalism group,” and made no mention of its political left-wing leanings. ProPublica is a liberal investigative journalism outfit that has received $300,000 from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations since 2000 and millions of dollars from the liberal Sandler Foundation.
According to the Reuters story, the British Government is asking The New York Times to destroy its copies of British intelligence documents, but “[t]o date, no-one has contacted ProPuiblica.” The British news outlet The Guardian also had Snowden documents, which it said have since been destroyed. Both the Guardian and The New York Times are listed as partners on ProPublica’s website.
According to a new analysis by CoreBrand, Capital One is one of the top ten least respected companies in America. CoreBrand’s findings were published by Wall Street 24/7 and the well-known bank Capital One ranked number eight on the list.
According to CoreBrand, Capital One Financial Corp. was the first company to run afoul of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a distinction it earned when it was discovered to be misleading customers into paying for unnecessary services. CoreBrand CEO Jim Gregory admitted the credit card company has “very entertaining” advertising. Many of those commercials feature liberal loudmouth Alec Baldwin.
Columbia University helps define the news business. Its School of Journalism is perhaps the foremost institution of its kind in the United States, and its alumni fill the ranks of news organizations. It is also home to the Pulitzer Prize – the top award in the industry. Each May, it graduates a new class and sends a fresh crop of young editors, writers and producers into the field.
Unfortunately, Columbia’s journalism program is not committed to honest journalism. Instead it delivers a one-sided education that celebrates left-wing policies and is overwhelmingly run by liberal journalists, most of whom work for liberal news outlets in addition to their jobs at the school. Sixty-eight percent of the full-time faculty at Columbia University School of Journalism write for explicitly left-wing news outlets. Many of the adjunct faculty and guest lecturers also work for these operations.
This Labor Day weekend one of the most prominent labor unions is partnering with Interfaith Worker Justice to sponsor events focused on faith and labor. A blog post on the AFL-CIO website announced that roughly 100 “Labor in the Pulpits” services were planned for Chicago, Ill., and about 50 in Baltimore, Md.
According to that post, “Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice and fair treatment in the workplace.”
With more than $9.7 million in funding from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and a full-time faculty 68 percent comprised of the staff of liberal groups, Columbia University is training the next generation of liberal journalists.
To mark the release of a new Special Report by the Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute, MRC VP for Business and Culture Dan Gainor appeared on “Varney & Co.” on Fox Business Network on Aug. 28. The topic of the report was the liberal slant of Columbia University School of Journalism – and the nearly $10 million it received from liberal billionaire George Soros.
Are solar panels are the way to a bright future of clean energy – or the way to an empty bank account?
On Aug. 14, USA Today profiled a man who built solar panels in his backyard to demonstrate the inefficiency and high costs of solar energy as well as the taxpayer-funded government subsidies he got in the process.
According to the article, Rochester, N.Y. resident Jeffrey Punton installed the solar panels in the backyard of his home for a combined personal and government subsidized price of $42,480. This price doesn’t include maintenance. Punton received $29,500 in government subsidies to install them, which he calls as a “foolish investment.”
Leo Johnson had the chance to kill Floyd Lee Corkins that August Wednesday in 2012. He chose not to.
“God spoke to me and told me not to take his life,” recalled Johnson, the building manager for the Family Research Council. “That’s not the act of someone who’s a hater, or involved with a hate group. I could have easily done to him what he tried to do to me and all of my colleagues.”
Corkins had walked into the FRC’s Washington D.C. offices with a handgun and a bag of Chick-fil-A, determined to kill everyone inside the socially conservative non-profit before smearing chicken sandwiches in their faces. As it happened, he never got past the lobby, and Leo Johnson, who took a bullet in the arm, was his only victim. Johnson, though unarmed and wounded, wrestled Corkins to the ground and disarmed him. The building manager’s heroics averted a possible massacre.
Liberal billionaire George Soros celebrates his 83rd birthday on Aug. 12. The left-wing philanthropist continues to have a deep-vested interest in American politics, including a recent endorsement of Democrat Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City.
Soros has a long history of funding liberals and attacking conservatives, and spent more than $25.5 million to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004.
Soros also aids hundreds of left-wing groups in America each year under the auspices of his Open Society Foundations. In just 10 years, he gave more than $550 million to liberal organizations in the United States. This has included money going to fund liberal agenda topics like Earth Day, gun control, government funding of student loans and even the IRS targeting of conservatives.
In the saddest news for the polar bear world since the death of Knut, a polar bear in Norway has starved to death, according to NBC News and The Huffington Post. One starved polar bear wouldn’t normally make the news, but climate change doomsday prophets were quick to blame the lone animal’s death on global warming.
This comes as the polar bear population has actually been increasing in some places in recent years. Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management, told Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail that a study shows that “the bear population is not in crisis as people believed” and “There is no doom and gloom.”
Not only are these climate change scientists making a big deal about one polar bear, both NBC and Huffington Post admit it is unclear that the bear’s death was due to climate change. Instead, the Huffington Post argues that “if the polar bear did, in fact, die due to reduced sea ice, the carcass may be one of the most literal illustrations of climate change.”
"They leave out the context of what's really going on, and the context here is 'Obamacare, Obamacare and Obamacare.'"
Dan Gainor appeared on Fox Business's Varney & Co. on August 6 to address the latest dismal jobs report numbers.
"We've got major employers -- Subway and Hardees and Regal Entertainment -- that have announced that Obamacare is impacting how they hire," Gainor said. "We've got these huge, part-time statistics, two thirds of the jobs were just added Friday, to this 162,000 jobs number that was already disappointing, are part time. So you'd think the networks would make the connection, but we've looked at six months of network coverage, and they don't make the connection at all. You can find it in the Wall Street Journal, you can find it in the New York Times, you can find it in the Washington Post -- just not on ABC, CBS or NBC."
This past July’s dismal jobs report was no outlier. Job gains during the Obama recovery have been slow at best.
If monthly job gains going back to 1946 are ranked in order of best to worst, the difference between job growth during the first four years of economic recovery under President Ronald Reagan and Obama is astounding. Total job growth during the first four years of the Obama recovery has been 4,657,000 or just 97,020 jobs per month. That's not even enough to hit the breakeven level of 150,000 jobs per month when population growth is taken into account. (video after break)
After this, maybe the Pony Express will be the next thing to come back as part of a green initiative. Environmentalists and Bloomberg Businessweek are advocating that the shipping industry backtrack 100 years and reintroduce the clipper ship. Clipper ships dominated the shipping industry in the mid-1800s, until they were edged out by steam powered ships.
Businessweek ironically labeled their graphic for this July 18 article “Shipping’s High-tech Future.” While these clipper ships at least come with a few 21st Century bells and whistles, like mechanically rotating masts and supplemental biomethane fuel, this push for change doesn’t come from innovation or efficiency. Instead, it answers a new wave of regulations by the International Maritime Organization mandating how much sulfur fuel can be used by ships. Businessweek also claimed that going back to this system that shared a time period with the stage coach would prevent “about 84,000 deaths a year worldwide from marine emissions.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry was a joke, at least according to the same media that had ignored his impressive economic record.
The Associated Press called Perry “a political punchline on par with Dan Quayle,” while MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry warned Perry that he looked “a lot like the villain who twirls his moustache and laughs while a speeding train is headed toward the woman you've tied to the tracks.” Meanwhile, Perry has effectively marketed Texas as being business-friendly, drawing many to the Lone Star State.
Bloomberg Businessweek ran an article in its July 11 issue, praising Perry’s handling of the Texas economy. In the article, entitled “Rick Perry, Texas's Star Business Recruiter, Will Be Missed,” Businessweek admitted that Perry excelled at “selling Texas as the best place in the nation to do business.” But many in the media will only miss the laughter they had at Perry’s expense.
Dan Gainor appeared on "Varney & Co." With Stuart Varney, on July 16, to discuss the "privacy issue with Obamacare." "Is the Media making the link between the personal information we've got to give to the IRS, and the intrusions of Obamacare?" Varney asked Gainor. "Not even slightly." Gainor replied.
"It's been three years now since Obama released this data grab for Obamacare," Gainor said. "It's supposed to save us $81 billion a year, and now studies say it may end up costing us money, not saving us a dime. And, you know, we're in the midst of this huge data scandal involving the NSA Data is everywhere. The media have not connected the dots about that, they have not warned us the dangers of electronic medical records, and all in the context of Obamacare. Not once."
“I know who they think should pay for it -- that’s you and me and everybody watching this program right now,” Media Research Center VP for Business and Culture Dan Gainor said on The Blaze TV’s “Wilkow!” on June 27. Gainor was discussing the left’s push for the government to step in and help with student loan debt.
“What’s funny is that the left has set this up so they caused the problem, and then they try to solve the problem. Either way we’re the ones who get stuck,” Gainor said of those pushing this agenda. “They want infinite government involvement in every aspect of our lives, so somehow they’re never the ones to pay for it all.”
Accuracy must not matter anymore, at least at The New York Times. The paper scoffed at accusations that one of its articles was misleading and contained blatant errors. The June 11 opinion blog by Mark Bittman promoted the work of “journalist (and mother)” Dominique Browning, implying that she was a grassroots activist and failing to note that she was employed by an environmental organization that raked in more than $16 million in 2011 alone.
The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) wrote a letter to the Times pointing this out, as well as challenging Bittman’s data on the dangers of eating tuna. The Times responded by arguing that neither factual point was important.
Bill Moyers may be a respected media veteran, but lately he has also become a veteran of using his taxpayer-supported show to bash groups he doesn’t like. And he does that while blatantly supporting groups he does like, particularly ones on his payroll.
On June 21, show, “Moyers & Company” published a 56-minute follow-up documentary in a series of attacks against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a nonprofit forum where state legislators and private sector leaders can share ideas.
Dan Gainor appeared on the O'Reilly Factor on June 21, to discuss veteran journalist Tom Brokaw's analysis of modern journalism on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
"I couldn't decide whether it was ironic or moronic," Gainor said, talking with host Laura Ingraham about Brokaw speaking out against the viciousness of the media on "The Daily Show." (video after break)
Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and a group of other CEOs and former world leaders have formed a group whose goal is to end capitalism as we know it. The nonprofit, known as “The B Team,” was created to help promote a “better version of capitalism, one that prioritizes people and planet over profit.” This ignores the fact that capitalism is, by definition, motivated by profit.
The team, led by Branson and German businessman Jochen Zeitz, calls for drastic changes in how the economy works. These include “new rules and models for the future of business – not incremental ‘change as usual.’”
NewsBusters contributing editor Dan Gainor appeared on Fox Business's Varney & Co. on June 7, to discuss the New York Times speaking out against Obama. Gainor argued that, although The New York Times had criticized Obama, they were not siding against him just yet.
On Friday, CNN profiled liberal billionaire George Soros for their “Fast Facts,” calling him “one of the most successful investment financiers in the world” and an “active philanthropist.” The segment failed fail to note his massive contributions to lefty politics, or his calls for an “open society” that sound Orwellian at best.
The CNN profile highlighted key moments from Soros’s life, including his birth, immigration to the U.S. from Hungary, and major financial milestones in his road to becoming one of the wealthiest men on the planet. The only political donation that CNN mentioned at all was $1 million that Soros gave to promote marijuana legalization in California and Arizona.
That didn’t even hint at his vast political influence – even just promoting marijuana legalization. As of 2011, Soros gave more than $31 million to the Drug Policy Alliance.
Manufacturing activity dropped to its lowest pace in four years, according to The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) manufacturing index for the month of May, released June 3. However, none of three broadcast networks’s evening shows made any mention of it that night.
According to the ISM, this is the first time that U.S. manufacturing has contracted since 2012, reaching 49.0, the lowest level since June 2009. The Washington Post attributed this drop in manufacturing to "slowing export growth and tight fiscal policy" causing "factories to slow production." The last time that the manufacturing index was under 50 was when the east coast was slammed by Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. Even then it only dropped to 49.9. Any number below 50 indicates “contraction” in the manufacturing sector.
The Tea Party grassroots protesters have made no secret of their support for limited government and lower taxes. But from the perspective of network reporters and anchors, the Tea Party’s message was more radical: “no government” and “no taxes.”
On May 10, the IRS admitted to flagging more than 100 Tea Party-related applications for higher scrutiny, including applications that included the words “Tea Party” and “patriot.” But even before that targeting began, the networks had portrayed the Tea Party as a extreme group opposed to taxation, instead of one supporting smaller government.
While the IRS targeting of conservative groups was still heating up in 2012, a Soros-funded journalism nonprofit was helping fan the flames. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning ProPublica released two stories targeting conservative nonprofits including Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity and the Republican Jewish Coalition.
ProPublica was founded by prominent Democratic contributor and has direct connections to some of the nation’s top news organizations from The New York Times to ABC News. ProPublica was also the organization that received leaked IRS tax forms of conservative groups. ProPublica admitted “they should not have been sent to us before they were approved.”
Blame the victim! Twenty-three liberal news operations have taken that strategy about the IRS attack on conservative nonprofits. Fifteen of the 63 members of the left-wing Media Consortium have thrown their support behind the IRS’s investigation. The 15 organizations either wrote or re-posted stories defending the IRS actions.
Another eight liberal outlets, including MSNBC, ran similar stories. Altogether, these outlets have received a combined total of more $14 million dollars from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations since 2000.
The IRS admitted to giving extra scrutiny to applications for nonprofit status from groups with words like “tea party” or “patriot” in their descriptions. After this revelation, at least 25 media outlets ran stories arguing that “The IRS was doing its job,” “the IRS was justified,” and that the only crime the IRS committed was “the sin of political correctness.”
"This is the New York Times's take on how to turn something that's Nixonian into something that's 'oh, it's just conservatives turning another issue, making it political.'" Gainor said of The New York Times specifically and the media in general. "They spun it out, trying to take it away from being the awful scandal that it is."
The morning and evening news shows of CBS and NBC blamed Congress for sequester-related airport delays nearly three times more than the president on April 23 and 24. Congress was blamed 18 times, compared to just seven for Obama. ABC took a different tact, not pointing fingers but warning that an “airplane apocalypse” of ever increasing delays could be right around the corner.
BMI counted each time someone on one of the morning or evening news shows blamed Obama or Congress for the unpaid furloughs of the 15,000 air traffic controllers due to sequester-related budget cuts. According to The Associated Press, “FAA officials have said they have no choice but to furlough all 47,000 agency employees, including nearly 15,000 controllers. Each employee will lose one day of work every other week.”