Straw-Man Argument at Houston Chron: Frackers Want 'No Regulations'

June 7th, 2015 10:12 PM
After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report on Thursday declaring that, in his own words, "The government has no public safety justification to ban" hyrdraulic fracturing, or fracking, Houston Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson falsely claimed that the industry believes it "needs no regulation." Tomlinson formerly toiled at the Associated Press, and it shows. One…

Headline Roundup: Obama to 'Shield' Aliens With 'Deportation Relief'

November 20th, 2014 1:52 PM
Some of the nation's most influential newspapers sympathetically broke out the euphemisms for Obama as he prepares for unilateral executive action to "shield" some illegal immigrants from the rule of law, which they call "deportation relief." He's "cheered by reform advocates."

Houston Mayor Subpoenas Local Church Sermons; Will Networks Report?

October 15th, 2014 4:00 PM
The Houston Chronicle reports that the city's liberal Democratic mayor, Annise Parker, has spearheaded efforts by the city to subpoena sermons from local churches whose ministers have been critical of the city's new "equal rights" ordinance. That law requires private businesses to permit transgendered persons to use the bathroom of the gender of their self-identity as opposed to their biological…

Not a Story: Red States Dominate Government's 2013 GDP Growth Report

June 13th, 2014 12:46 AM
On Tuesday, the Associated Press carried a regional story about the status of North Dakota's planting season. Readers will be pleased to know that 93 percent, 78 percent, and 92 percent of the state's wheat, potato and corn crops have been planted. Of course, farm news is important in the Roughrider State. But so is the latest information on its stratospheric economic growth, as well as…

Major Newspaper Editorials Ignore or Praise EPA Controls 90 Percent of

June 3rd, 2014 4:19 PM
When the government pushes to destroy America’s biggest source of energy, you can certainly trust the media to jump on board. On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled drastic new limits on carbon emissions, mandating steep emission cuts within 16 years. It’s a move that may cost  hundreds of thousands of jobs each year, but only 13 of the 20 major United States newspapers…

Media That Clamored Against Komen Skips Planned Parenthood Paying

August 2nd, 2013 9:29 PM
In the first week of February 2012, the Big Three networks lunged to the defense of Planned Parenthood when the Susan G. Komen Foundation (very temporarily) withdrew its donation to abortion giant (about $680,000 the previous year). Network reporters whacked Komen, promoting “outrage and disappointment engulfing the Internet.” But Mollie Hemingway of Get Religion pointed out that Planned…

Imagine If He Were Tea Party: FBI Says Leader of 2006 Immigrant March

June 24th, 2013 9:07 PM
A longtime but recently inactive Hispanic leader in Dallas has been arrested and, according to the FBI, is the "Mesh Mask Bandit" responsible for robbing 19 banks since New Year’s Eve." Imagine if a recent Tea Party leader of the stature of Luis de la Garza (as named at his Wikipedia page; the linked story at CBS 11 in Dallas uses "delagarza" as his last name) were arrested in similar…

In Rolling Stone, Taibbi Trashes Perry as 'Whore,' 'Hitler' and 'Seria

October 27th, 2011 3:15 PM
In the last election cycle, Rolling Stone was one of the magazines to feature Obama covers repeatedly (one with a God-like aura). This might be the only reason why anyone would suggest to the magazine that Matt Taibbi's unhinged rants (badly disguised as political journalism) that they re-read Obama's speech in Tucson on civility. The Houston Chronicle offers a handy summary of all of Taibbi'…

Texas Email Subject Line: 'Global Warming Lecture Postponed Due to Coo

December 5th, 2009 10:50 AM
Houston, we have a problem.And the problem is unusually cold weather in Houston to the extent that city had its earliest recorded snowfall on Friday. Plus much of the rest of Texas also had quite cold weather which caused the cancellation of a global warming lecture at the University of Texas in Austin.  Here is the e-mail received by the Houston Chronicle SciGuy blogger Eric Berger:Global…

Media's Coverage of 'Birthers' Greatly Outweighs Van Jones Coverage

September 5th, 2009 12:12 PM
The contrast between the virtual silence of major news outlets on Green Jobs Czar Van Jones’s belief in the Bush Administration’s complicity in the 9/11 attacks and the hubbub made about those who believe the President is not an American citizen casts light on the politicized attitudes of the mainstream media. NewsBusters has noted how the story has been ignored by the television media. Byron…

Patterico Busts TX Grad Student/Obama Delegate Posing As Doctor; Chron

August 13th, 2009 1:14 PM
Topside Update, 2:15 p.m.: Imagine that -- Roxana Mayer was also an Organizing For America "host" during the Texas primary last year. Anyone visiting here even semi-regularly knows that the establishment media consistently fails to determine the legitimacy of people who "say the right things." Further, when someone else, often a blogger, digs and finds the truth, the reporters and publications…

Journalist Joins Dem Candidate/Bob Schieffer Brother's Campaign for TX

April 2nd, 2009 1:01 PM
Jumping ship from jobs-shedding print and broadcast outlets to Democratic campaigns or administrations seems to be the favored bailout package of liberal journalists these days. The latest example comes today in a news release from the exploratory committee of Texas Democrat Tom Schieffer, younger brother to CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob "Boners" Schieffer. In an April 2 press release, the…

Hillary Says Pro-Life Is Anti-Democratic, and the Papers Only Say She

March 29th, 2009 8:00 AM

Anatomy of a Biased Headline: Part III

October 1st, 2008 11:05 AM
Today’s version of our exercise, in which we dissect the media’s attempts at interjecting bias into a simple headline, may stun some of you. The shocking aspect? The Washington Post didn’t partake in the liberal doctoring of the headline. Let’s take a look… The Pentagon just released a report entitled ‘Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq,’ which highlights a decline in violence in the…