April 4, 2024
Journalists Behaving Badly

Tuesday Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino published a column that made an interesting claim. According to Cerabino, an effort to determine how much illegal immigration was costing Florida taxpayers in uncompensated care at hospitals in the state cost more to collect than it did to provide the care itself! “Governor DeSantis continues to put Floridians first […]

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February 26, 2024
Games PolitiFact Plays

I could put up a post a day on fact-checker PolitiFact fact-checking poorly. Bryan White over at Politifactbias.com put up a post on their failure to properly fact-check an analogy just last week, and then compounded it by surprise consulting a bunch of partisan experts to validate their predictably lame ruling. But it's this fact-check last […]

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September 18, 2023
Journalism's Descent into Fluff and Folly

One of the news media types I follow on Twitter/X published a link to a Gannett job posting for a job posting for a "Beyoncé Knowles-Carter Reporter." Talk about a headfirst dive into fluff and folly. I understand entertainment news and reporting is a thing, even if it isn't my thing, but a having a […]

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December 6, 2022
How the news media lies to you

Earlier today, Reveal News' Andy Donahue tweeted out some screenshots promoting his organization's "The Weekly" newsletter. The case being argued at SCOTUS tomorrow is just as big a threat to our democracy — if not bigger — than election-denying candidates. Here’s the rundown from The Weekly @reveal newsletter: pic.twitter.com/yj3KUr2Kfc — Andy Donohue (@add) December 6, […]

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November 7, 2022
News media predictably soft-peddles California's Abortion Proposition 1

There are two major subjects of political contention in America that the news media continuously gets wrong because of its ideological bubble: guns and abortion. In response to the Dobbs decision, California liberals have proposed an amendment to the state constitution that proponents argue is simultaneously necessary to preserve the "right" to an abortion and really […]

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September 2, 2021
Our Horrible Media: (News)papering over the controversy

On Tuesday, James O'Keefe's Project Veritas unveiled a 12-minute long video featuring Inderkum High School AP Government Teacher Gabriel Gipe talking about how he runs his public school classroom. Highlights from the Project Veritas site include: Gipe: “I have 180 days to turn them [students] into revolutionaries…Scare the f*ck out of them.” Gipe: “I’m probably […]

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June 3, 2021
Our Horrible Media: Corrections and Celebrity Outrage Clickbait

Corrections policies, especially at newspapers, used to be pretty straightforward. In most cases, they'd run in the same, dedicated spot in the section of the newspaper in which the story they were correcting first appeared. So, corrections on AP wire stories often ran on A2. If it was a correction to a feature piece in […]

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May 31, 2021
Our Horrible Media: Lab Leak Edition

For more than a year, suggesting that the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a crazy, right-wing conspiracy theory that was the equivalent of believing the moon landings were faked. Let's start with this: You shouldn't trust anything the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) says. […]

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May 3, 2021
Conservative media has issues too

There were a couple of items that came across the transom yesterday while I was locked out from my main computer (my wife was doing grades for the final progress report of the year) and so I responded on Twitter, rather than here. The first example, an article by Ian Miles Cheong at The Post-Millennial, is […]

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April 29, 2021
Our Horrible Media: USA Today edition

USA Today, the newspaper that decades ago pioneered the practice of short front page stories that weren't continued inside has recently pioneered a new type of opinion piece: The ever-evolving commentary. Our Horrible Media: Stealth Editing In a first of its kind, USA Today had former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams rewrite her piece on Georgia's […]

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