Maintaining the narrative

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I usually read tech/science site Ars Technica a couple of times a day. They generally do good reporting  except when it comes to climate science—they’re all-in on catastrophic anthrapogenic global warming and it’s not even funny. However, on the rare occasions when tech reporting crosses paths with politics, they’re all about maintaining the narrative. Case […]

Media Bias, Illustrated

Media Bias, Illustrated

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I’ve been less interested in media bias this election cycle mostly because #NeverTrump. I don’t want readers to be mistaken that my criticism as to how his orangeness is treated by the media is a defense of the cheeto jesus. But this is getting ridiculous. The most interesting, and substantive, bit of news out of the […]

Veto Gunmageddon

Veto Gunmageddon

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My column in this week’s San Luis Obispo Tribune highlights the effort by California gun owners to exercise a citizens veto over the dumb-as-a-bag-of-hammers “common sense” gun control laws passed this summer by our betters in Sacramento. Proponents have titled the effort: Veto Gunmageddon. I’ve already signed the petitions, but for those who are interested in […]

Politifact California is Stupid…

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…and dishonest. And not transparent. And thin-skinned. (Hat-tip to Politifactbias.com for the original observation that Politifact California is stupid. They can remove the question mark now.) A couple weeks back, I took Politifraud’s California incarnation to task for their failure to correct Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s dishonest mischaracterization of one of their fact checks. I […]

Is that a look of fear in her eyes?

Does Putin fear Hillary?

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Yesterday, Carnegie Endowment Vice President for Studies Andrew S. Weiss made the following comment on Twitter regarding the Green Party’s affinity for Russia and it’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. Wherein @DrJillStein‘s running mate @ajamubaraka claims Russia was blamed unfairly for 2014 MH17 shootdown #Ukraine https://t.co/C4iw8deRdZ — Andrew S. Weiss (@andrewsweiss) August 6, 2016 I think that, […]

Abetting Gavin Newsom's Lies

Abetting Gavin Newsom’s Big Lie

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Last week, Politifact’s California arm issued a rating for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safety for All” group. Politifact runs the numbers and it turns out that by cobbling together a bunch of Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) categories you can get a number that is more than 2x the number of McDonalds franchisees in the state. […]

Donald Trump, Republican

Donald Trump, Republican

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The Republican Party this week handed its presidential nomination to Donald Trump. Let me put this as succinctly as I can: If Trump represents the Republican Party, then that’s not a party I can be part of. You can read more about my reasons and what I think of the GOP in my San Luis […]

War on Cops

The War on Cops

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Two years ago, two NYPD officers were killed as they sat in their marked car by a black man angry about the death of Eric Garner and strong-arm robber Michael Brown. Ten days ago, a madman opened fire on cops at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas. Five officers were killed and nine […]

A terrorist attack on Bastille Day in Nice, France has left at least 80 dead and more than 100 injured.

Anti-gun nuts

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Tonight’s horrible terrorist attack in Nice, France, and last week’s murder of 5 Dallas cops by a black racist ties together some common themes that we’ve heard in the media in recent weeks from anti-gun nuts. First, no one who supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms sees it as a panacea. Having an armed citizenry […]

Journalism vs. Stenography

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An article published yesterday by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is a textbook case of the differences between journalism vs. stenography. I discovered the article because one of the people I follow on Twitter is Andrew Donohue who used to run an alternative media website in San Diego called “Voice of San Diego.”  Donohue is […]