Irene, Goodnight

August 29, 2011

Here we are, in the aftermath of yet another hyped up “stormageddon”. Once again, the media grabbed the spotlight and inserted themselves into the narrative of a weather condition that happens so regularly that there’s an actual season named after it. Sadly, many reporters consider this a valid excuse to stand in bad light, driving rain, and gusty winds and pretend to look brave or macho or something. (Yes, Geraldo, I’m talking to you.)

Hurricanes are nothing to make light of, as most of us know. But to make one the centerpiece of the news cycle for five days running is not just overhype, it borders on insanity.

Lives were lost. Property was damaged or destroyed. Those things were reported over and over with almost unholy glee.

Like many other things, weather happens. Please, mainstream media, please: report on the weather, the expected conditions, path, and duration. Then just leave it alone.

I’ll be writing more later, but right now, I have to get a tree off my roof.


Jake Tapper Commits Journalism!

August 4, 2011

ABC News’ Jake Tapper does a gorgeous job of getting Press Secretary Jay Carney to admit that the President, despite his renewed protestations of “laser-like focus” on jobs, really isn’t doing all that much. As usual.

Wouldn’t it have been nice to see this level of interest by reporters way back in 2007 and 2008?


Bias in the Media? What Next!

May 5, 2010


Our favorite writer, Bill Whittle, takes on media bias. What’s not to love?

“Now, most people think that this left-leaning press bias is a relatively recent phenomenon, but it’s not. And the consequences are not just skewed elections, as if that’s not serious enough, that’s just political ruin. But the consequence of this left-leaning press bias has cost a lot of people their lives–a lot of people…”


Reporters Not Doing So Well with That “Press=Flaming Sword” Thing

April 21, 2010


“The power and the freedom of the press is a flaming sword. That it may be a faithful servant to all the people, use it justly… hold it high… guard it well.”

Lafayette Park, located directly across from the Whte House, was closed yesterday, so that half a dozen servicemen could handcuff themselves to the White House fence in peace and privace privacy, unmolested by our valiant servants of the press. The protesters were objecting to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Michael Walsh at Big Government says his blood is boiling.

It’s not just the cop’s rudeness and bullying, although that’s bad enough… There had better be a pretty darn good reason from barring citizens, and their representatives in the media, from a public park, and this sure doesn’t seem like it.

What’s even more disheartening, though, is the way the reporters passively accept getting shoved around, and meekly shuffle backwards while complaining into their cell phones.  And they weren’t sounding off like they had a pair, either.

Lafayette Park is closed. Docile reporters meekly move back. And back. And they keep moving back.

We don’t know why the park was closed (well, of course we do), but nobody reported on that.

We don’t know who authorized the park’s closing, because nobody reported on that.

We don’t know how long the park had been closed, because nobody reported on that.

We don’t know when the park would re-open, because nobody reported on that.

Lafayette Park reportedly has the densest squirrel population known to science. It seems that our “reporters” are nothing more than a few more squirrels, hoping for crumbs from the tourists.



Via HotAir

That’s Got To Hurt!

January 25, 2010


From Joe Fitzgerald in today’s Boston Herald:

Do we look at Janet Napolitano and feel safe? No.

Do we look at Tim Geithner and feel prosperous? No.

Do we look at Eric Holder and feel united? No.

When we look at our borders, our economy, our troops in harm’s way, do we then look at this president and the people who surround him and feel we’re in good hands? No.

It’s finally dawning on him that we can no longer be appeased by the turning of a clever phrase.

He [Obama] came here a week ago yesterday expecting to sweep us off our feet in behalf of Martha Coakley, only to find that for the third time in recent months – four if you count his failed Olympic plea – his endorsement meant nothing.

Truth be told, when it comes to political coattails, this president’s now wearing a tank top. [emphasis mine]

Well, even if the MSM isn’t up to actual reporting, it’s good to see a writer get in a bit of snark every once in a while.


H/T: Commenter Josie

Doing The Job The MSM Won’t Do

January 25, 2010


Bloggers: doing the job the mainstream media won’t do.

Today’s Inside the Beltway column at the Washington Examiner reports that in 2009, mainstream media outlets proved to be far more interested in protecting President Obama from criticism than actually reporting on his policies and decisions.

“Instead of acting as government watchdogs holding the people in power accountable, the nation’s broadcast news networks deliberately suppressed and de facto censored embarrassing scoops — at least until President Obama or Congress took action and made them impossible to ignore,” says Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, which publishes a lengthy study of the trend Monday.

“This resistance to real news extended even to newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times, which are supposed to be more substantive and thorough than highly paid TV news talking heads or unpaid bloggers,” Mr. Graham says. “The news was not only slow in arriving, it was fast in disappearing.”

And so it fell to the bloggers to report on news like communist Van Jones, the weird science of ClimateGate, ACORN’s assistance to pimps and prostitutes, and the cult of Mao admiration in the White House.

And now in 2010, bloggers continue to push stories that the mainstream media won’t touch, beginning with the Ellie Light Astroturf story which broke last week, and has been covered in depth so far only by blogs, whose astute readers and commenters have added reams of information to what was originally simply an odd story published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

An army of Davids have been busily looking for Ellie Light, and while they haven’t found her in person, they have found her identical pro-Obama letters to the editor in newspapers in 31 states; in each case Ms. Light claimed to be a resident of the circulation area of the newspaper to which she wrote.

And while they were looking for Ellie Light, they also found Mark Spivey, Lars Deerman, Jen Park, and Jan Chen, among others, all of whom have had identical letters published in various newspapers around the country.

Does this remind anyone of the almost miraculous instance of over 200 newspapers publishing articles with nearly-identical headlines within a 24-hour period that occurred last April? Yep, more astroturfing not covered by our stalwort mainstream “journalists”.

One can only wonder what other stories are being ignored by our third-rate fourth estate. What do you say we try to find out?


C-Span To Obama: Put Up Or Shut Up

January 6, 2010

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb sent letters to leaders in the House and Senate on Dec. 30 in which he urged them to allow C-Span to cover “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings.”  

Lamb offered to “commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE and in their entirety.”

In short, he called upon the President to “walk the walk” and back up a promise he’s claimed for 2 years to do just that. In January of 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama was mired in a campaign to grab the Democratic Nomination away from Hillary Clinton, he told America that his administration make sure health care negotiations would be available to the nation on C-Span:

“That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.” (Emphasis mine)

It was Obama himself who, during his first month in office, announced that transparency would be a touchstone of the Obama administration:

Apparently, he forgot to notify Congress of the need for transparency. Or maybe he thought they undestood that when Nancy Pelosi told the American public when she became Speaker of the House in 2006:

“The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.”

So much for restoring integrity: To this date, none of the important discussions on this legislation have been covered on C-Span.  This, of course, has resulted in mysteries like “The New Louisiana Purchase”  where  Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu was given a $300 million “deal sweetener” (which, of course, comes out of taxpayer’s pockets) in return for her support in providing the one more vote needed to have the necessary 60 votes to end cloture and move the legislation to the next level.

Without TV coverage to worry about, others strapped on their feedbags and jumped on board the “Cloture Opportunity Express” including, Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas who played her part, followed by Ben Nelson who also sold his soul vote for an exclusion of  Medicaid costs (costs which would be then passed on to be covered by other states, resulting in double taxation for the same service).

The behavior of the Democratic Congress throughout the process BEGS for the oversight of transparency, and who better to provide that oversight than the American people? Who knows? Maybe even the Mainstream Media (MSM) might even pull their heads out of their collective backsides to actually provide coverage.  I know, I know… and some day pigs may fly. 

But least someone besides Fox is now calling out the President to walk-the-walk. 

And that’s a first.  

Stay tuned. Literally.

Also, Michelle Malkin has her usual excellent coverage on this.

Gerry Ashley