Last week, the national media leapt on a Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. The freelancer who wrote the story was appalled at the university’s lack of transparency. Now Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi is wondering about the journalist’s lack of transparency. She’s declining to answer questions and warning about getting “sidetracked” by focusing on her professionalism.
Jon Stewart is on a roll this week. After publicly ridiculing and comparing George W. Bush's retirement to that of another former president, Jimmy Carter, and mocking coal miners for losing their jobs (and that they should go an work for the NFL), he has also had a war of words with Sean Hannity....and Hannity shot right back.
Knowing the way our political press works, it’s easy to predict that Barack Obama’s presidency is just about over. Journalists will soon treat him as the lamest of lame ducks, and suggest nothing consequential will happen in the last two years of his presidency. Instead, they’ll obsess over who will come next.
So the timing is perfect for Rolling Stone magazine to reassert itself as Obama’s most shameless house organ. They’ve published a 4,000-word tribute by liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insisting that “Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”
Self-impressed liberal New York Times columnist Paul "I have been right about everything" Krugman was featured in the October 23 issue of Rolling Stone, devoting over 4,000 words "In Defense of Obama." Yes, despite all current dangers foreign, domestic, and coming in from overseas, Obama's presidency is soaring and things would be even better if not for "scorched-earth" Republican obstructionism.
CNN's Twitter account on Thursday boosted a Rolling Stone article that hyped the far-left Occupy Wall Street movement's latest efforts. The social media post touted, "Think #OccupyWallStreet is dead? Think again. This short-lived occupation is still fighting for five key issues," and linked to Rebecca Nathanson's Wednesday piece on the "five campaigns that OWS-inspired groups have continued to fight for since the movement's presumed conclusion."
Reid Cherlin, an Assistant Press Secretary during the first two years plus of the Obama administration, managed to deliver two laugh-worthy howlers in a piece for Rolling Stone posted this past Monday:
> “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.”
> “I...believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President.”
Rolling Stone just proved that you don’t need to know anything about firearms in order to blog an attack on them.
On July 14, Rolling Stone magazine released a “specific look at the weapons criminals prefer,” which they called the “5 Most Dangerous Guns in America.” Of course, they proved that they know next to nothing about the gun industry by lumping together almost every type of firearm into a quick list.
Does anyone remember the Reagan-Bush internment camps after the discovery of the AIDS virus? No?
Rolling Stone reported that former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe declared at a taping of a show for Viacom’s Logo channel that he was afraid to get an HIV test in the 1980s for fear of the right-wing oppression that would result. He waited five years out of progressive paranoia.
Here’s a new oxymoron, even for the liberal media: abortion comedy.
Opening this Friday, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s “Obvious Child” tells the story of an aspiring young comedian, Donna Stern, who has an abortion after a one-night stand. The film, which focuses on “self-discovery and empowerment” and the “realities of independent womanhood,” garnered endorsements not only from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, but also the media as an “abortion romantic comedy.” The film starring Jenny Slate (“SNL,” “Parks and Recreation”) caught the attention of distributor A24 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Rolling Stone's latest issue is designed to start a buzz again. It's Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (at age 53) in the nude, with an image of the Constitution on her back to promote her HBO series "Veep." We know it's unlikely most Veeps would jump at the chance to pose naked for Rolling Stone. Maybe Joe Biden.
Anyway, the nudity hasn't been as scandalous as the cheeky decision to have John Hancock's historic large signature at the bottom of the Constitution image -- when John Hancock's signature appeared on the Declaration of Independence. How many Rolling Stone readers might notice through the bong haze?
The New York Times defined it as newsworthy that Rolling Stone's hard-left fancifier-fulminator Matt Taibbi is taking a new job with Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media. The headline was bland: "Start-Up Site Hires Critic of Wall St." The Times had no ideological label except "fierce critic of Wall Street." That's probably about the label Karl Marx would get if he wrote today.
The account was short enough to somehow exclude Taibbi's infamous 2005 article on "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope." The Times account waited until the end to quote typically rabid or possibly drug-fueled Taibbi passages, puffing it as "vivid writing and colorful language" in a "now-famous metaphor" (which a quick Nexis search demonstrates The New York Times has now quoted 24 times):