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.
Calling the Supreme Court’s June 26th buffer zone ruling a “victory for women,” Students For Life President Kristin Hawkins and other pro-life leaders celebrated the chance to give women a better choice.
Pro-lifers (by far the majority of the crowd) stood in front of the Supreme Court, awaiting the Supreme Courts decisions of the day. Young women representing Students For Life chanted prayers while holding signs that declared, “We Are The Pro-Life Generation.”
Those of us frustrated by the bias and bad reporting of broadcast media should remember just how big a role print (or cyberprint) outlets play in keeping falsehoods alive. Case in point: a tendentious piece today by Brian Beutler in The New Republic online, making a vain attempt to show that conservative suspicions about lost IRS emails is merely a "conspiracy theory."
Amidst the usual complement of misdirectional arguments, Beutler proffered this oft-repeated falsehood: "We know that the IRS identified and scrutinized political groups seeking non-profit status on a somewhat arbitrary, probably inappropriate basis, but that the criteria they used ensnared both liberal and conservative groups." And, later: "We know the IRS wasn't singling out conservative non-profits."
Yet another mainstream media outlet is crediting – or blaming, depending on one’s viewpoint – abortion supporters for the fundraising woes Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has experienced in the aftermath of its realliance with Planned Parenthood, while ignoring any ire pro-life proponents may be demonstrating with their closed wallets.
From TribLive.com, June 23, which also perpetuates another falsehood in Pittsburgh:
Hillary Clinton is touring to promote her State Department memoir “Hard Choices,” but most of the news she’s made along the way relates to her personal finances, not her tenure in Foggy Bottom. On Tuesday, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait examined Hillary’s “dead broke” comment and other recent remarks and revelations about the Clintons’ money with an eye toward whether or not they’ll hamper her presumed presidential campaign.
Chait opined that while some of the Clintons’ “buckraking” constitutes “both a problem of perception and a problem of substance,”Hillary nonetheless has two big economic things going for her heading into 2016: voters’ memories of the strong economy during Bill’s presidency, and the near-certainty that if she becomes the nominee, her opponent will represent “a Republican Party still wedded to the upward redistribution of income as its central policy goal.”
Although the liberal media rarely acknowledge it, there is a perspective on climate change that isn’t their “the sky is falling” view.
Scientists, researchers and climate experts whose views are often ignored by the media will gather to share their views at the ninth International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 7-9. The conference is being put on by The Heartland Institute, an co-sponsored by a number of groups including the Media Research Center as a co-sponsor.
ABC News announced on Wednesday that veteran liberal journalist Diane Sawyer will leave her anchor position at World News in September and be replaced by David Muir. According to TV Newser, Sawyer will continue to report for "primetime specials, big interviews" and in other capacities.
It's interesting that former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos will not be replacing Sawyer at World News, as was anticipated by many. According to TV Newser, Stephanopoulos now "takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with GMA and This Week.” He'll be the chief anchor, but not the host of World News?
Tired of the media misrepresenting conservative Christians? Supporters of traditional marriage? We are too.
The Media Research Center covered the recent March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. and asked attendees to explain – in their own words – why they define marriage as between one man and one woman. Continues after video.
As you probably know, the 1980s were boom years for conservatives. Among the most prominent right-wingers back then: Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, Casey Kasem…
OK, Kasem, who died on June 15, actually was a staunch liberal, a supporter in that decade of Jesse Jackson and later of Dennis Kucinich. But during the ‘80s, wrote Scott Timberg in a Sunday piece for Salon, “we had a political and economic revolution, spearheaded by a one-time actor who was often massively popular, that did the same thing as” Kasem’s radio show, “American Top 40.”
The musical wreckage that is Jennifer Lopez’s latest album is one thing; the cultural wreckage that “A.K.A” reflects is another altogether.
J-Lo has risen from the American Idol judges’ table, but her attempt to regain her ‘Jenny From The Block’ glory days has taken a face plant on the pavement. According to ShowBizz 411, the album has only sold 30-35,000 copies during its debut week.
NBC recently refused to air ads for “Obvious Child” because the new film addresses abortion, New York Post’s Page Six reported. In response, Planned Parenthood began a petition to gather 15,000 signatures to pressure NBC to “Stop Silencing Ads Mentioning Abortion.”
Christian Toto at Big Hollywood reported that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson spoke at a “Rock the South” festival in Cullman, Alabama that also featured Lynyrd Skynrd and The Charlie Daniels Band.
Robertson’s company recently sold its one-millionth duck call, and Robertson and his son Alan told the crowd they were thankful. Robertson founded the company out of his love for duck hunting, and he now operates a multi-million dollar business. “You don’t think the Almighty ain’t there?,” he said.
Media blogger Erik Wemple at The Washington Post relayed that Bill Clinton punished Jay Leno for cracking a good pile of Monica Lewinsky jokes, despite sending the former president an expensive bicycle as a make-amends gift.
That’s a revelation that comes from a New York Post roundup of a new book by Leno staffer Dave Berg (Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show).
ABCNews.com and the Hollywood trade paper Variety reported conservative Los Angeles radio host Larry Elder was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Elder was surprised.
“Maybe they got me mixed up with Samuel L. Jackson,” Elder joked to NewsBusters of the reports. Elder is listed among honorees like Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, and Jennifer Garner, and will have a ceremony next spring.
While it may have come as a surprise to many when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademark registrations owned by the Washington Redskins pro football team, Rush Limbaugh saw it coming months ago.
Limbaugh told his radio listeners Wednesday that he mentioned on his show January 9 that the Obama administration would target the Redskins specifically through the Patent and Trademark Office. And make no mistake about it, Limbaugh emphasized, the office, as part of the executive branch, acted on Obama's orders. (Audio after the jump)
In Friday’s Washington Post, “In The Loop” columnist Al Kamen touted the financial “downpour” for Mitch McConnell’s liberal opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes. But the Kentucky Democrat is raising a lot of scratch from Hollywood. His headline was "In bluegrass country, a lot of Hollywood's long green."
As the second quarter wraps up, “Grimes will be rubbing elbows with Manhattan elites at The Waverly Inn, a see and be seen elite restaurant in the West Village, known for its celebrity sightings. Makes sense since the cocktail party in her honor is hosted by a Hollywood hotshot duo, producer Harvey Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.”
After playing a soundbite of Harry Reid on the Senate floor exclaiming his disgust for the Washington Redskins team name, MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough wondered if the Majority Leader had ever been to a game.
If Reid had attended a game, Scarborough asked if the Nevada Democrat "set himself on fire and ran across the 50-yard line and said, 'This is wrong!'"
The liberal St. Louis Post-Dispatch has bowed to the "Fire George Will" folks and discontinued his syndicated column after he wrote about liberal universities now being pressed to stem an alleged tide of campus sexual assault. They're switching to big-government conservative Michael Gerson, the former chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush.
"The change has been under consideration for several months," they claimed in a note from editorial page editor Tony Messenger, "but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it."
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes faced a barrage of questions last Friday about CNN's liberal tilt. The National Center for Public Policy Research's Justin Danhof confronted Bewkes at a shareholder meeting. After reading a litany of examples of CNN's bias, The general counsel for the National Center pressed, "...Do you recognize that there is a liberal bias atthe network and that may be hurting the ratings?"
Bewkes blandly spun, "We [at CNN] are trying to beindependent and objective inthese reports...We are trying to be an objective news journalism organization." The CEO called accusations of bias a "question of perception." After making clear that he wasn't "admitting what you ask," Bewkes allowed, "I do, however, take your question and your dissatisfaction as a very constructive thing. I think that is the way we should approach looking at how we are doing every day."
Remember that scene in "Spinal Tap" when lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel showed documentary filmmaker Rob Reiner how he could turn up the volume on his amplifier all the way to 11, for that "extra push over the cliff" which he couldn't get with ordinary amps that would only go to 10?
Left wing radio host Thom Hartmann just cranked Iraq war revisionism all the way to 11. (Audio after the jump)