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:
Fox’s Bill O’Reilly brought on two liberal pundits on Tuesday’s Factor. He set the table against Obamacare: “According to an op-ed today in The Wall Street Journal, spending on health care will reach almost $3 trillion this year alone. That's more than 25 percent above what was spent in 2007. In fact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid estimate health care spending will rise to $5 trillion a year in this country in 2022.”
He pestered liberal radio host Leslie Marshall with how her surgeon husband is probably not an Obamacare fan. He’s not:
NB reader Gary Hall reports "It's not unusual to see a fake wrap front page at the LAT's - that's a full page ad that you peel off an throw away. Sometimes it's a half page that's wrapped around." (Washington Post readers often have a sticker advertisement pasted on the front page.)
But Wednesday's Los Angeles Times is dominated by an ad for the Disney cartoon movie "Frozen." This is the first time Gary remembers seeing this kind of promotion. (Visual here.)
The top left of Wednesday's front page of The New York Times is a picture of "A Tel Aviv woman, 28, who found a lump in her breast. Cancer-causing gene mutations are common among many Jews in Israel." The World Health Organization reports Israel has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world.
But the headless picture of this unnamed woman shows the top of her left nipple, which cannot be defined as suitable front-page viewing. "Nip slip" was the quip on Twitter:
The Washington Post offered a balance of experts in their story on the new apostolic exhortation published by Pope Francis -- including Ed Morrissey of Hot Air -- even as they were impressed at how Francis used “trickle-down” like a liberal Democrat. The “direct reference to 'trickle-down' economics in the English translation of his statement is striking,” confessed reporters Zachary Goldfarb and Michelle Boorstein.
But demonstrating the liberal media’s dual tendency to praise Francis and slam his predecessor Pope Benedict, Goldfarb and Boorstein uncorked a sentence that is factually false:
Can you imagine The Washington Post publishing a guide to how to survive your relatives’ negative questions about the war in Iraq? On Monday, Sarah Kliff of the Post’s Wonkblog posted “A guide to surviving Obamacare debates at Thanksgiving.” That’s assuming you’re getting armed to defend Obamacare just like a good Postie.
“This Thanksgiving, it's a pretty safe bet that debates over Obamacare will be just about as central as turkey,” Kliff wrote. “As Wonkblog readers hit the road and head home, we didn't want to leave you totally unprepared.” Don't let the Ted Cruz-heads ruin your meal:
Former Reuters editor and American TV pundit Chrystia Freeland has been elected to the Canadian Parliament -- Liberal Party, of course. Freeland's last Reuters blog was in mid-July, and Time reported her surprise campaign at the end of that month. She grew up in Alberta, and carpet-bagged to Toronto for a special election. Her latest book came out in September and was gushed over by Bill Moyers. It was titled "Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else."
"The results tonight in Toronto Centre and across the country show that the Liberal party is the alternative to the Conservative party," she said following her victory speech late Monday.
The New York Times gave another warm, huggy article to gay author Colm Toibin’s vicious anti-Christian “Testament of Mary” in the Sunday Book Review. They’ve praised it as a book, they’ve praised it as a play. On Sunday, they praised it as an audio book, with the bizarre claim of a Christ-denying Mary voiced by ...Meryl Streep.
Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood gave the rave for Streep, "practically a religious icon herself — or an aesthetic one, anyway. She’s virtually been sanctified as the Greatest Film Actress of her generation...Doesn’t it seem inevitable that Meryl Streep would one day play the mother of Christ?" Except Toibin's Mary denies that Jesus is the Christ. That's the part the anti-Christian newspapers really enjoy.
It's weird enough that ABC's "American Music Awards" Sunday night included an "Icon" award for Rihanna, who's...25. It was weirder that the celebrity offering this "Icon" tribute was...Bill Maher? He puffed her as the voice of our time, like she was the Prime Minister of Pop: “Now here’s my opinion: She has become the voice of our time, providing the soundtrack to our 21st century years and that is why tonight, we are very happy to present a very special award to Rihanna.”
The entertainment blog Zap2it.com blogged about this mystery: "No, we're not sure why, either. Hearing Maher gush over RiRi and her music felt beyond odd. Was there really no one with even a faint connection to the singer available for the gig?"
Richard Stengel left the managing-editor job at Time magazine to work full-time at the State Department for his hero Barack Obama. But not long before he left, he was telling staff to accept a severance package or be laid off.
Jim McElhatton of The Washington Times reports that these budget cuts “didn't extend to the more than quarter-million-dollar bonus that Time had doled in 2012 out to Mr. Stengel on top of his $700,000 base salary, records obtained by The Washington Times show.” Don't liberal journalists usually think of this as Republican behavior? Is this an Oliver Stone movie come to life?
Eric Deggans of National Public Radio sat in the guest-host chair on CNN's "Reliable Sources" show on Sunday, and pressed Amy Holmes of TheBlaze TV several times on how she should be more forgiving of Martin Bashir's outrageous remarks about Sarah Palin. First, he suggested, "Martin Bashir apologized for his comments. He reached out to the Palin family.Is there really a problem here? Or are competitors and partisan people try to make an issue being made out of something that has already passed?"
One doesn't have to be a partisan to suggest an on-air apology might seem like a weak punishment. Holmes cited that MSNBC removed David Shuster from the air (never to return) for suggesting Hillary Clinton "pimped out" her daughter Chelsea on the campaign trail. So Deggans turned the issue to Glenn Beck, who Holmes works for: [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
As usual, The Washington Post made a list of The Best Books of 2013 and found a way to locate current and former Post writers and laud their books (and possibly spike their sales). The Top Ten of 2013 has five nonfiction selections and five for fiction. Two of the five nonfiction picks are from Posties, both on military matters: “The Guns at Last Light” by Rick Atkinson (Post reporter 1983-99), and “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel, currently on the National news staff.
There are no "perfect choices," said Post book critic Ron Charles in explaining the selections, but the same self-dealing trend happened in the Best 50 Nonfiction Books.
Many years ago in "Doonesbury," leftist Garry Trudeau satirized George Will by having an intern named T. Hamilton Tripler serve as Will's "quote boy." In Sunday's column, Will brings his tendency for quotations to deliver a blow against Obama's ego.
How did Obamacare unravel so badly? How could Obama be so uncurious about its progress? Will suggested his advisers, like his longtime Chicago friend Valerie Jarrett, might be mostly qualified in telling him how terrific he is:
The TV career of Katie Couric has been a long decline since she left NBC for an unsuccessful stint in Dan Rather's anchor chair at the CBS Evening News. The Hollywood Reporter suggests Couric is negotiating an exit with ABC News as she's wooed by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to become a "global news anchor" for Yahoo! News, whatever that means. That's the kind of title you give a big fish in a small pond.
"Couric's daytime talk show is in its second and almost certainly final season on ABC," and the dealmaking only deepens that reality. Sources at Disney and ABC insist for now that that decision will come after they look at the November sweeps numbers.
The Catholic Church in the United States has taken extraordinary steps in the last decade to stamp out any sexual abuse by clergy or other responsible adults at Catholic churches. The problem is becoming a rarity. But vicious homosexual activists take any Catholic opposition to their agenda and accuse every church official of either sexual abuse or complete tolerance of sexual abuse.
On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, America’s leading basher of religion welcomed leftist sex columnist Dan Savage, who claims to be against bullying but often sounds like a bully. He unleashed a tirade against “Catholic f—ing bishops, priests, cardinals” that oppose gay marriage:
Carl Cannon, a former White House reporter for The Baltimore Sun and National Journal, is now the Washington Bureau Chief of the Real Clear Politics website. He raised eyebrows with his latest article: "Time To Pull the Plug on MSNBC?"
"Last Friday, MSNBC anchorman Martin Bashir suggested that anyone who uses the word "slavery" too lightly should be forced to eat human feces," Cannon began. "Although Bashir had Sarah Palin in mind for this torture, his own standard might have necessitated its infliction closer to home -- as Bashir has used the same metaphor himself." Cannon wants Bashir's type yanked by NBC.
The Washington Times and one of its former reporters, Audrey Hudson, sued the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.
In a motion filed in federal court, the plaintiffs asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August.
Daily Kos diarist "Risen Tree" took a moment to discuss capitalism and freedom, in a very Kosmonaut way. The article was titled "What Teabaggers Really Want."
"One of the Teabaggers' favorite buzzwords is 'freedom,' which they seem to generally define as having to follow as few regulations as possible. For all the noise they make about it, they seem to have grave difficulty defining its scope," the article began. "[L]et me explain to them what the logical conclusions of such insane ideas include."
Despite former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw’s account of right-wingers who were delighted John F. Kennedy was killed, he also suggested on MSNBC Friday that “Dallas didn’t have anything to do with the assassination,” and assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was “a far-left guy, not a far right guy.”
It came up on “Now with Alex Wagner,” and she was pushing a New York Times article by Sam Tanenhaus, where JFK was somehow a god, and “With this horrific, irrational deed, a curse was laid upon the land, and the people fell from grace.” (Video, transcript below)
Over at our sister site CNSNews.com, reporter Barbara Boland has discovered that Barack Obama welcomed a pornographer into his Senate office in 2007 for a photo shoot for the hip-hop magazine Vibe.
The cover featured Obama looking at his watch with the headline “It’s Obama Time.” Vibe editor Danyel Smith lamely claimed to NPR back then “it is not an endorsement, even though I've had people tell me it's an implied endorsement. It's not an endorsement, and I say so in my editor's note.” Boland reported:
The Washington Post created an entire special section to the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, but on page AA-6, they embraced mythology instead of history. The Post excerpted leftist professor Bill Minutaglio’s book arguing the right-wingers killed JFK. The excerpt had no admission that Lee Harvey Oswald, the real killer, was a communist. The author claimed to NPR in October that Oswald was malleable, "he had to be shaped by this almost civic hysteria in Dallas."
On her radio show, Laura Ingraham ably summarized the two phases of media treatment of Obama. There was the long "Dream" phase, when we was a racial pioneer in the White House.
Now the Reality has set in, "and a lot of Democrats" are "beginning to bail on the idea of Obamacare" because Obama simply didn't pay enough attention to make sure it launched effectively. First, the Dream quote:
The New York Times went into Democratic Rehab mode on Tuesday on the front page of the Business Day section: “John Edwards Revisits His Past, Hanging Out Law Shingle Again.”
Peter Lattman and Kim Severson waited until paragraph 27 to wonder if someone with Edwards’ talent for lying about adultery to a dying wife might impede his appeal to clients. First, we must hear of “poor Edwards” having to deal with cynics and naysayers:
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that President Obama “sought to redirect some of the political blame for the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange to Republicans, characterizing GOP lawmakers as rooting for the law’s failure.” But Post reporters Philip Rucker and Sandhya Somashekhar never found a Republican to rebut. Everyone quoted in the story was a member of Team Obama.
“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. Obama echoed Rush Limbaugh, who said during the Iraq War in the Bush years that Sen. Harry Reid and other Democrats were “invested in defeat.” Obama could blame a “toxic” political atmosphere, and somehow that didn’t include anything he said or any of his lies about Obamacare:
Chris Plante at WMAL Radio in Washington reported on his show Tuesday that President Obama joined a cast of 61 "noted lawmakers, politicians, news anchors and celebrities, including every living President, in reciting the Gettysburg Address" for PBS star Ken Burns, who made "The Civil War" documentary series.
Everyone else delivered the address as Lincoln had written it, including the phrase, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom." But in his version of the address, President Obama omitted the words "under God." (Video below, at about 1:35.) Will the networks notice this gaffe?
On the front of Tuesday's Style section of The Washington Post is an article titled "Hallowed ground, restored to its roots." The Post assigned gardening writer Adrian Higgins, who wrote of an "elaborate celebration of the 150th anniversary of the president's original remarks" at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863. But nowhere in the 25-paragraph story about clearing the landscape is there any notion that Barack Obama, who has routinely compared himself to Lincoln, refused to attend.
George Condon of National Journal was the latest to report on the snub: "Instead of going to Gettysburg, he will go to the Four Seasons Hotel to address The Wall Street Journal CEO Council's annual meeting and talk about the economy. In his place, he has dispatched little-known Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to the ceremonies." Spokesman Jay Carney offered nothing to reporters:
In a recent interview, the gay newspaper The Washington Blade told bisexual comedienne and “Drop Dead Diva” star Margaret Cho that “It’s quite shocking sometimes how much you manage to get away with,” compared with someone like Don Imus getting canned from MSNBC. They asked Cho “do you ever fear you’ll go too far and really piss off the world or have people turn on you?”
Cho said she had a “get out of jail” card, “a little immunity” from the political correctness cops because she’s a “civil rights person” and a minority in several different ways:
On Friday’s CBS This Morning, the co-hosts interviewed Mitt and Ann Romney at 8:17 in the show's second hour. Strangely, CBS Evening News couldn’t find a single soundbite of any length from that interview that was worth re-airing on Friday night, nor did CBS re-use any of it over the weekend.
It’s obviously a favorable environment for Romney after the Obamacare failures, and CBS’s Charlie Rose wanted to see how negative Romney would get: “But do you think the President lied to the American people on purpose for personal gain?” Romney suggested the media already documented that answer: (Video and transcript below)
Parade Magazine, the Sunday newspaper supplement, has an ongoing relationship with Joe Scarborough, so on Sunday they published an excerpt of Scarborough’s latest book on fixing the Grand Old Party: “the conservative cohost of MSNBC’s Morning Joe calls on his party to reject extremism.”
In case anyone doesn’t catch this every morning, Joe argued against those Tea Party freaks who just arrived in Washington: “[W]e have to stop electing amateurs who serve as little more than ideological indulgences, who exploit resentments that play well enough among the base, but whose positions make them nonviable in general elections.” And then Scarborough turned to Colin Powell for advice:
“While I acknowledge he has made a number of mistakes in recent years, I stand firm in my conviction that Barack Obama is one of the greatest presidents America has ever seen. I believe history will prove this, and with time, he will be remembered in the annals of history as a revered revolutionary," Lynch oozed. Even Obamacare is one of the 12 reasons Obama’s the best ever: