Ryan Glasspiegel at Romenesko drew out more details from writer Charles Davis about his article for Vice.com on the trend of unpaid internships and left-wing media outlets that profess to abhor exploitative employers. It was called "The Exploited Labor of the Liberal Media." (Our summary is here.)
When Davis peeked at the comments his article drew, "Only a few people took the bosses’ sides." A few tried to suggest that a boss at Mother Jones or Pacifica Radio making upwards of $150,000 isn't "rich," and Davis said tell that to an unpaid intern:
No one has appreciated, encouraged, perhaps even plotted Miley Cyrus making a clown out of herself more than MTV. So they posted this little Thank You card on their Buzzworthy blog when it was reported that she was beat at the last minute in Time’s “Person of the Year” polling by two Middle Eastern politicians. (This poll has zero integrity.)
MTV's Rachel Brodsky oozed that the former Disney Channel child star's third-place finish was “something to be VERY, very proud of, but... but... SHE DESERVED IT SO MUCH....Needless to say, we were really, really pulling for Miley. But such is life! She'll always be OUR Person Of The Year!” So they made a list of all the reasons she deserved it, mostly for acting out:
With anti-tax Republicans in control of the House, it’s a little odd that The Washington Post would devote a story on Thursday to liberal Democrat Earl Blumenauer’s proposal to raise the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon.
It was stranger that reporter Ashley Halsey III seemed ordered to produce a Blumenauer press release, quoting absolutely no opposition to such a tax hike, instead quoting tax-hike backers like AAA and unions. No one seemed to ask whether the nation's infrastructure was supposed to get a boost from Obama's "stimulus."
The New York Times could only devote 53 words in the Business section on Thursday to Martin Bashir resigning from MSNBC, but swooned over Barack Obama’s latest list of book purchases in a story headlined “In Obama’s Book List, Glimpses of His Journey.”
Reporter Peter Baker explained “A reading list offers a rare window into the presidential mind, a peek at what a commander in chief may be thinking about beyond the prosaic and repetitive briefings that dominate his days.” But Obama stands out for his literary taste and his spending part of his childhood abroad:
The Washington Post made no space in Thursday's newspaper for Martin Bashir's resignation from MSNBC. Instead, splashed in the story's natural spot at the top of the Style section came a story on a fake newsman -- Will Ferrell appearing at the Newseum in DC to plug "Anchorman 2." So much for the liberal notion that "news is what people don't want you to know."
All they offered on the front page was glittery publicity. The largest story on the Style front was a huge spread on "The White House opens its doors to military families to usher in the holiday season." The large headline is "Baubles, Boughs, Sunny & Bo." Between many column inches of colorful photographs, readers are told of hyper White House dogs, and amazing gingerbread-house facts.
The History Channel has been mocked when it's tried to score better ratings by avoiding history altogether, as with its reality shows like "Ice Road Truckers." PBS mocked it with an ad campaign touting fake shows like "Knitting Wars." But now the channel is really inventing history.
Nellie Andreeva at Deadline Hollywood reports the channel has turned to three horror-movie veterans -- including Eli Roth of the "Hostel" series -- to produce a "more controversial look" at the early years of Jesus called "The Lost Years." As in years historians and the Bible haven't fleshed out.
MSNBC host Ed Schultz sometimes makes it clear that he shoots his mouth off before he reads what he’s talking about. Take his Monday rant on “The Ed Show” about a Politico article by Mackenzie Weinger about “5 ways to rescue liberal talk radio.”
The funniest part of this little “Ask Ed” segment is that Schultz claims the Politico article was loaded with "right-wing consultants," when none of the consultants quoted have anything conservative to say on their Twitter feeds. He claimed he wasn't interviewed "because I've probably been too successful for them." But the article is LOADED with quotes from other liberal talkers. People Ed Schultz knows...
This week's list of New York Times best-selling books proves as usual that the Times doesn't review conservative best-sellers. The nonfiction list was topped by "Things That Matter," a collection of columns by Charles Krauthammer and then by "Killing Jesus" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The children's middle-grade list is led by Rush Limbaugh's "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims." There has been no Times review of these books.
All were mentioned by Gregory Cowles in his "Inside the List" briefs. O'Reilly drew this barb in the October 13 newspaper: "Bill O'Reilly's killing machine shows no signs of letting up -- ''Killing Jesus,'' his latest collaboration with Martin Dugard (after ''Killing Lincoln'' and ''Killing Kennedy''), jumps right to No. 1 in its first week on the hardcover nonfiction list." Fox host Brian Kilmeade was at number eight with "George Washington's Secret Six" and Sarah Palin was at number nine -- no reviews. But Cowles slammed Palin in this Sunday's paper:
AP knows how to change the subject from the Obamacare fiasco. AP reporter Darlene Superville has decided now is the ideal time to focus on “5 New Things About President Obama.” They’re five personal stories about his activities.
Superville began: “The man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is more than just another celebrity, or the famous face behind the government's troubled health care website. Here are five new things about President Barack Obama:”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo must surely know there is no easier way to avoid a conflict of interest than letting one of his "New Day" co-anchors interview his brother, New York Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Andrew Cuomo. But acting like a CNN bigfoot after just months at the network, Cuomo insists on interviewing Cuomo (repeatedly). On Monday, he had an e-mail fit with Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast after he interviewed Gov. Cuomo about the train derailment in New York. That's six days after he interviewed his brother for being named "Sexiest Fifty-something" by People magazine.
“Obviously I did the intv because it was non political, and frankly, I invite the criticism—because it exposes the hollowness of a lot of what is out there,” he began.
Charles Davis at Vice.com has written an eye-opening expose of “Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media” – unpaid or poorly paid interns at liberal magazines, websites, and radio networks that claim to speak out for the poorly paid working stiffs.
Davis notes Harper’s magazine wants interns to “work on a full-time, unpaid basis for three to five months” and The Washington Monthly is offering internships that are “unpaid and can be either part-time or full-time.” But Salon.com’s hypocrisy is the most perfect:
Environmentalists prefer plants and animals to humans. The latest proof? Through a panicky global-warming tweet from Think Progress blaring "Floods and heat cause mass Christmas Tree deaths," I came across a new cartoon drawn by veteran New York Times environmental reporter-turned-"Dot Earth" blogger Andrew Revkin.
Revkin had several pine trees driving a car with a balding white guy tied to the car top. "What would the next few weeks be like if the trees had a holiday for a change?"
On Sunday, The Washington Post reported on its front page “Democratic Party feeling heat from a revived left.” They rarely acknowledge the Democrats have an ideological base, and almost never use the word “liberal” to describe it.
Reporter Zachary Goldfarb did use the word “liberal” routinely, but when you want to push something really leftist, you aren’t getting extreme, you are growing more “populist.” The more leftist you get, the more you appeal to the people? There were no extreme labels for the left, but Obama’s allegedly been embracing “conservative thinking.” The Post easily finds a “far right” in the Republican Party, as in these recent examples from the news staff:
Poor Matt Lauer and Al Roker: they spent November growing out beards on NBC for “Movember,” to promote men's health, but the British magazine New Statesman has announced “Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues.”
RedState’s Erick Erickson tweeted “You cannot parody the left. You just can't. You may think it is parody, but damned if they don't one up you.” Apparently moustaches are for minorities:
The headline on Yahoo was “'Preferred' pronouns gain traction at US colleges.” A group called Mouthing Off! at Mills College, a women’s institution in Oakland, was the linguistic laboratory for the new ideology making way for more “generous” notions of gender. AP found no space at all for interviews with common-sense critics:
Romenesko reports on a radical-versus-radical squabble over a cartoon image of Obama. Leftist cartoonist Ted Rall was lectured by a Daily Kos administrator that “your depiction of Barack Obama as ape-like is intolerable” and insisted “blacks have been subject to racist depictions of themselves as monkeys and apes. No excuse is acceptable for replicating that history, no matter what your intent."' The cartoon was censored.
The caricature doesn't really look like Obama, certainly not the ape-like nose. Rall, who hasn’t been paid for his Daily Kos submissions, was furious at being accused of a racist cartoon:
Saturday’s Washington Post served up the Kool-Aid with this Obamacare headline on the front page: “Health Web site to meet deadline: Officials set to announce fixes.” The entire story by Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein is unanimously just Obama and his tech-helpers. There are no launch critics anywhere to be found.
“As of Friday night, federal officials and contractors had achieved two goals, according to government officials who spoke on the conditition of anonymity in order to discuss ongoing operations,” the reporters said. But by noon Saturday, they were updating to back away from the giddy optimism:
The Washington Post's "On Faith" section is a forum for trashing conservatives again. After seeing their reaction to the latest critique of "trickle-down" capitalism by Pope Francis, leftist Muslim author Reza Aslan argued Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh would probably call Jesus a Marxist.
In a piece also published inside the Saturday Washington Post, the man who mangled the "historical Jesus" (not to mention his own resume) is arguing someone else doesn't know the real Jesus. Palin merely expressed how the pope sounded liberal in his apostolic exhortation. Limbaugh went further:
The Huffington Post liked how “right-wingers across America” disapproved of NBC putting part of the Broadway show “Kinky Boots” in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Matt Lauer described it as a “fun show that tells the story of a struggling shoe factory owner who pairs up with an outrageous cabaret performer and together, not only do they save the business, but they learn to celebrate the differences in each other.”
The stars addressed a song to “Ladies, gentlemen, and those yet to make up their minds.” They sang let “pride be your guide” and “you change the world when you change your mind.”
Media outlets are eager to dig Team Obama out and help the Democrat initiative to turn this nightmare around. The Christian Science Monitor online had a story headlined "Is Obamacare on the rebound? Media turn to positive stories. Linda Feldmann uncorked this lede:
“Bit by bit, the media narrative around the travails of Obamacare and its main enrollment vehicle, HealthCare.gov, is starting to look up. Or to put it more precisely, it is no longer so crushingly negative.” Cheer up, Obamabots, “a competing story line is starting to emerge.”
Attention everyone who loves a story about eating toast and popcorn at Thanksgiving: ABC's rerun of the 40-year-old classic cartoon "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" drew 5.3 million viewers last night, and 1.6 million in the crucial 18-49 demographic last night in the 8 pm hour.
The next hour, ABC put on "Lady Gaga and the Muppets" and drew only 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment Weekly noted Lady Gaga’s previous ABC holiday effort, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, aired in this same slot two years ago, but had a 78 percent higher rating (5.4 million total viewers, 1.6 rating). They found "zero chemistry" between Gaga and Kermit the Frog:
Michael Chapman at our sister site CNSNews.com was featured on the Drudge Report for noticing how the national media weren’t all over the story of Crystal Mangum, the false accuser in the Duke lacrosse case, was convicted of second-degree murder.
Chapman found her original charges – anonymously made – were much more attractive to liberal reporters looking for a white-racism narrative than the criminal aftermath:
Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times wrote a fascinating anniversary piece on how ten years ago, many reporters and activists were obsessed by “Turkeygate.” Anti-Bush reporters wondered “Was that a fake turkey President George W. Bush was photographed with during his first surprise visit with troops in Iraq?”
They wanted to blunt any good publicity Bush might get from this visit. The turkey was a real, roasted bird, meant for decoration on the chow line. But the phony scandal began with then-Washington Post reporter Mike Allen and then-CNN anchor Aaron Brown:
On their “It’s All Politics” blog on Wednesday, Frank James of NPR.org found there was numerical proof that conservatives were being targeted by the Obama Treasury Department in their new proposed rules cracking down on the political spending of “social welfare groups.”
Other liberal journalists – like Matea Gold in Friday’s Washington Post – aren’t noticing how transparently partisan this “reform” looks:
Real Clear Politics spotted a sentence in President Obama’s remarks at the DreamWorks animation studios in California on Tuesday that would have been a surefire gaffe if it came from a white Republican president -- even someone like George W. Bush, who supported amnesty proposals for illegal aliens.
“As I was getting a tour of DreamWorks, I didn't ask, but just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here, but because they want to be here and they bring extraordinary talents to the United States,” Obama said as he pledged to fight for an amnesty.
Even though the failure of Obamacare's launch is now legendary, media outlets are still eager to find the silver lining outside the dark cloud. On the front of Sunday's Washington Post, reporter Stephanie McCrummen traveled to a poor county in eastern Kentucky to find people saying "Woo-hoo! I can go to the doctor now!?"
In Breathitt County, McCrummen (the scourge of the Rick Perry for President campaign) sat and watched poor people get signed up for Medicaid and become pleased with the Democrats.
Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker sympathetically noted that a "battered" President Obama "grew introspective" on his West Coast fundraising tour for Democrats. At NBA legend Magic Johnson's house, Obama said he talked with David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, who's traveling with the president. Obama said Remnick, who was a sports reporter earlier in his career, asked him, “So, what about Magic? What does this mean to you?”
Obama seemed to completely dismiss Michael Jordan and his "hometown" Chicago Bulls by saying there's "nobody" who is a "bigger icon" than Magic:
Last Thursday, Time's Mark Halperin told guest host Laura Ingraham on "The O'Reilly Factor" that "There is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president's re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand." Romney's vulnerability on Romneycare meant it wasn't much of an issue.
"It's part of the flaws of the way the media works," Halperin added. "If the candidates aren't talking about it, it gets less coverage. But there's no doubt a disservice was done to the country and even to liberals who want this program to succeed, because it didn't get scrutiny on passage, and then again when the President was running for re-election." But James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal did the mean thing to Halperin. Oh, look, here's one Mark Halperin on March 22, 2010, boasting about the forthcoming press failure on Obamacare, right after it passed:
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid showed up for a phone interview on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss shredding the filibuster for presidential appointees. A very polite Rehm asked if this might make partisanship worse.
“I'm sorry to smile, as you can't see on radio, but more dysfunction? I mean, gee whiz,” Reid replied. But underneath the Nevada-nice routine came an attack out of nowhere on black libertarian judge Janice Rogers Brown as one of the “extreme right wing people” the Senate confirmed in the Bush years.
Here’s one fairly obvious sign The Wall Street Journal isn’t run as a partisan Obama-bashing rag after being acquired by Rupert Murdoch. On the front of Wednesday’s paper is an article headlined “The Fall of King Coal Hits Hardest in the Mines of Kentucky.” Reporters Kris Maher and Tom McGinty used federal data to note the number of mining jobs has collapsed in eastern Kentucky.
But there’s no mention of who the miners blame for their plight until paragraph 29. That’s a “war on coal” waged by Barack Obama: