My weekend column and other thoughts

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My weekend column for the local media outlet, the San Luis Obispo Tribune is available and it focuses on the contempt too many politicians—both left and right—have for our constitution. I think we’d have a much less divided and contentious nation if there was less government meddling in places where it has no constitutional sanction. The […]

Media Bias, Part Eleventy-Billion

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On Twitter yesterday, Sarah Quinlan posted a couple of pictures to some tweets from the supposedly non-partisan Associated Press. Instead we are provided with yet another example of subtle media bias. Unfortunately, like just about every other mainstream media publication, the Associated Press is staffed by journalists who are overwhelmingly liberal, hence this tweet: BREAKING: […]

Fact-Checkers

Debate moderators should facilitate, not fact-check

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The inclusion of “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace as one of the moderators for this fall’s presidential debates sparked a firestorm when he told colleague and media reporter Howard Kurtz that it wasn’t his job as a moderator to fact-check the candidates during the actual debate. I do not believe that it is my […]

What the Tribune won’t publish

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For those of you reading my column in this morning’s paper, it might seem oddly short. I didn’t get lazy and simply choose to not use my allotted number of words; the Tribune editors refused to publish the majority of my column. While my liberal counterpart Tom Fulks can, with almost disturbing regularity, lash out at […]

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 anthropogenic 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]