January 21, 2021
Newsweek's embarrassing fact check

Newsweek magazine has received some criticism recently here at Hoystory for this dishonest piece on comments made by Justice Amy Coney Barrett when she was a Notre Dame law professor talking about the death and legacy of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia. Well, here we go again, I'm not sure what's worse, the blatantly dishonest […]

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January 20, 2021
Orange man gone

By the time I hit the "Publish" button on this post, orange man bad will have miraculously turned into orange man gone. I've made no secret of my view over the past four years the Donald Trump was a man uniquely unsuited to the presidency. Orange Man bad before election day An egotistical narcissist, Trump […]

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January 18, 2021
Hoystory redesign complete

I apologize for the relative radio silence here the past few very tumultuous weeks. What you see now is the result of that silence. This is the first redesign of Hoystory.com in the past four or five years. The web design system I had been using to customize the design and layout ceased to be […]

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October 22, 2020
The Reporting Divide

The past few days have been very interesting to me as someone who has worked in the media and cares about journalism. We have come to a point in American journalism where there is a reporting divide as big as the Grand Canyon, with liberals on one side and conservatives on the other. Closing the […]

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October 19, 2020
Do newspaper endorsements carry any weight?

For many people nowadays their local newspaper's endorsements are irrelevant. Younger people seldom get their news via the printed page and older people continue to do what older people do—die—thus slowly, but inevitably, leading to decreased subscription revenue. It's past time for newspapers, especially local ones, to do away with endorsements. While small, local newspapers […]

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October 15, 2020
We're listening to Dan Rather Again?

More than a decade after he was ignominiously sacked by CBS News for running a story using supposedly 1960s-era documents that were created in Microsoft Word and run through a photocopy machine a couple of times in an attempt to torpedo George W. Bush's re-election bid, Dan Rather is back. Rather's rehabilitation has been mostly […]

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October 15, 2020
Too many Americans have lost their freaking minds

If the current political season is any indication (and it probably is) then there is plenty of evidence that too many people have lost their freaking minds. Two months ago, one of my friends on Facebook linked to this Gallup survey headlined: "25% in U.S. Say Neither Candidate Would Be a Good President." My succinct […]

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September 30, 2020
Media malpractice

Our betters in the mainstream media often tout their layers and layers of fact-checkers, their professionalism and training. Unfortunately, far too often we see reporting that can be described as media malpractice. Media malpractice at Newsweek: Does the story support the headline? Last week, before President Donald Trump nominated circuit court Judge Amy Coney Barrett […]

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August 24, 2020
Politics on Facebook

For the record, I try to keep politics off my personal Facebook page. I'm a segregationist; Politics is on Twitter, what's going on in my life is on Facebook. (Watch someone take that out of context.) However, if other people are putting all their political garbage on Twitter, I will occasionally comment. Which brings us […]

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August 24, 2020
Reuters fact checks a meme, poorly

On Friday, Reuters news service's fact-checking unit took on a meme going around on social media that lists five "facts" [scare quotes via Reuters] about Sen. Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. I won't go into all of the claims of this particular meme. Instead, I want to focus on one contentious fact about Harris' […]

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@mj_lee Your article contains a factual error. You note "16.5 million vaccine doses had been administered as of January 20" but that is simply impossible without a vaccine distribution plan.

Your headline, article, and tweet explicitly claim such a distribution plan does not exist.

Seems like a lot of people don't understand how the whole federalism thing works. It's not the White House's job (nor within its enumerated powers) to dictate the state governments how to execute vaccine distribution.

Why you need copy edtiors. The lede: "Three Texas bounty hunters were arrested last weekend for allegedly breaking into a home believed to be a man who skipped court."

The home was a man?!

https://dailycaller.com/2021/01/21/texas-bounty-hunters-charged-for-allegedly-raiding-wrong-home-shootings/ via @dailycaller

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