The Hypocrisy of the New York Times on the Queen vs. Gorbachev

September 10th, 2022 4:24 PM

Hey, no bias there! This week the world learned of the passing of England’s 96 year old Queen Elizabeth II. A couple weeks ago Russia’s 91 year old Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Communist Soviet Union, passed away. And the difference in coverage in the media was, shall we say, interesting.

NYT Goes Goopy Over Gorbachev, ‘Visionary…Who Lifted the Iron Curtain'

September 1st, 2022 6:02 AM

The New York Times continued to overpraise the Soviet Union’s last ruler, Mikhail Gorbachev, upon his death in Moscow at 91, with an 8,000-word front-page tribute from obituary writer Marilyn Berger. The print edition front-page banner headline read “Visionary Soviet Leader Who Lifted the Iron Curtain” over a photo of Russia’s last dictator. As NewsBusters’ Rich Noyes wrote: “It’…

NewsBusters Podcast: Reagan Gets No Credit for USSR's End, Only Gorby

August 31st, 2022 10:01 PM

When they announced the death of the last dictator of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, the liberal media elite broke out the valentines, giving Gorbachev all the credit for tearing down the Iron Curtain of communism. Ronald Reagan dared Gorbachev to tear down the wall, and Gorbachev is painted as a “towering international hero” for just letting it happen. Media liberals can't give Reagan…

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Former CNN Moscow Chief Feels 'Intense Sadness' at Gorbachev's Demise

August 31st, 2022 2:12 PM

In the immediate wake of the world learning that former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev was finally acting like a good communist, CNN’s immediate reaction was to air glowing eulogies for a man who led one of the most evil empires in human history. In back-to-back hours on Tuesday, CNN showed “intense sadness” and took part in revisionist history claiming Gorbachev was the one responsible for…

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Nets Dismiss Reagan to Build Up Gorbachev as Hero Who Ended Cold War

August 31st, 2022 12:10 PM

In order to build up the “acclaimed” Mikhail Gorbachev’s “monumental” role in ending the Cold War, the networks on Wednesday dismissed Ronald Reagan. On CBS Mornings, foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer huffed, “In the end, the East Germans tore down the wall for themselves, but Gorbachev didn't stop them.” 

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Nets Mourn for Gorbachev, Falsely Claim He 'Took Down Iron Curtain'

August 30th, 2022 9:48 PM

With the breaking news that former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev was finally being a good communist on Tuesday, the broadcast networks collectively mourned for the man who violently cracked down on peaceful demonstrations in Lithuania and Latvia. Both CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News took part in dangerous revisionist history as they “credited” Gorbachev with “…

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The Liberal Media’s Gorbasms Over the Last Soviet Dictator

August 30th, 2022 5:25 PM

The late talk radio star Rush Limbaugh coined the phrase “Gorbasm” for the ecstasy that many reporters felt when covering Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, who died at age 91 on Tuesday. It’s true that Gorbachev was obviously less brutal than previous communist rulers. But his Soviet Union was hardly an enlightened, peace-loving democracy. While Gorbachev relaxed the repression of…

JFK, Reagan and Biden

March 31st, 2022 11:35 AM

President Biden’s speech from Warsaw Saturday night, reminded me of two previous presidents who delivered speeches confronting the autocracy that was then the Soviet Union and is now Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, a man Biden has rightly called a war criminal. On June 26, 1963, Kennedy spoke before the Berlin Wall which the Soviets had erected to stem the flow of Berliners…

30 Years Ago, the USSR Collapsed and the Press Praised Gorbachev

December 25th, 2021 1:00 PM

Freedom lovers all over got an amazing Christmas present 30 years ago today. On December 25, 1991, the Soviet Union was collapsed. Three of the regime’s republics had declared independence and others were preparing to leave. Christmas night 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev accepted reality and announced the dissolution of the Soviet Union. 

Reagan, Trump, the Clueless Media, and Reykjavik

March 2nd, 2019 4:00 PM
Ahhhh memories. Here at CPAC this week, the stories abound about President Donald Trump walking away from the Hanoi Summit. Here are a few of the headlines. From the Los Angeles Times: “Art of the retreat: Summit failure further scuffs Trump's dealmaker claims.” From USA Today: “Donald Trump's big fail on North Korea: He didn't prepare and he got played.”…
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Stone in '12: Gorbachev, Not Reagan, ‘True Visionary,’ ‘Real Democrat’

June 12th, 2017 7:14 PM
Tonight (Monday), CBS-affiliated Showtime begins The Putin Interviews, a four-night series of interview excerpts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, conducted by far-left film maker Oliver Stone who, judging by a previous series on Showtime, has an affinity for KGB-connected strongmen.
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Media Bias on Communism, 25 Years After USSR’s Demise

December 25th, 2016 9:52 AM
Looking back at the media’s track record on communism, one sees a press that was too willing to act as a mouthpiece for the world’s worst dictatorships, and too accepting of the perverse claim that communism meant safety and security for its people.

Blogger On Gun Control: ‘No Rational Conservatives In This Country’

December 18th, 2015 11:02 AM
Starting with the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, several mass shootings have brought about considerable debate regarding restrictions on access to firearms for the mentally ill. D.R. Tucker argued last Sunday that denying guns to “deranged individuals” should have been a special cause for conservatives long before -- specifically, since March 1981, when John Hinckley tried to…
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25 Years After the Berlin Wall, How the Media Covered Communism

November 8th, 2014 2:11 PM
Twenty-five years ago, the largely peaceful revolutions of 1989 — epitomized by the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 of that year — ended the grip of communism in Eastern Europe. Looking back at journalism’s track record on communism, one finds a press that was too willing to act as a mouthpiece for the world’s worst dictatorships, and too accepting of the perverse…