The debt ceiling debate

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As I’ve watched the debt ceiling debate and coverage over the past week a few thoughts have come to mind. First, too many in the GOP’s tea party wing fail to understand simple wisdom such as not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good and you can’t get everything you want when you […]

Not telling the whole story

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One of the points made repeatedly in Tim Groseclose’s “Left Turn” is not that the media lies, but that it conveys a distorted impression based upon facts that it chooses to include and facts that it chooses to leave out. Today’s case in point is from The Washington Post. 400 billion Dollars said to be […]

About that light at the end of the tunnel

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August 2 is supposedly the drop-dead date for hiking the debt ceiling or, the consensus is, all sorts of “bad” things will happen. Commonly, this has been described as the date the U.S. would default on its debts. Hogwash. The U.S. Treasury is slated to take in more than $200 billion in August. Problem: It’s […]

Quantifying media bias

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Earlier this week I plowed through Tim Groseclose’s new book “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.” Conservatives have known for at least a couple decades that the media is far more liberal than the public at large. And any conservative who’s actually worked in a newsroom knows that the bias is […]

Credentialed, not competent

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Two bits of stupidity from the mainstream media today. First MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer: Two things. First, many of you are familiar with the rule commonly stated by lawyers that Brewer violated here: Never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to. But there’s another rule that I’ve told every aspiring journalist I’ve […]

Psychoanalyzing the press

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"Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind" comes out tomorrow. I’ve pre-ordered a copy of the book via Kindle after reading some of the excerpts being posted over at Powerline. Although my mainstream media career has been over for just over two years, I still care about journalism and really do wish […]

Identifying the problem

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Via Commentary magazine’s “Contentions” blog comes this poll on Palestinians’ attitudes towards the ultimate end of the so-called “peace process.” Only 34 percent of Palestinians support a two-state solution with an Israeli state that is predominately Jewish next to a Palestinian state. 92 percent of Palestinians said Jerusalem should be their capital alone. 1 percent […]

Kinsleyan Gaffe?

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Is this an admission or just another example of the gaffe-prone nature of the president of our 57 states? “So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the […]

Obama’s economy

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On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 18,000 jobs had been created in June and the unemployment rate had inched back up to 9.2 percent. A deeper look at the numbers includes some even scarier facts. The jobs survey was exceptionally bleak even in its details. Job growth in April and May was […]