February 9, 2021
Madness at The New York Times Part 2

Another day, some more madness regarding The New York Times' recent firing of their star COVID-19 reporter Donald McNeil Jr. If you haven't read the previous post regarding this issue, then please do so now before continuing. Today's Washington Post has an article on the controversy by media critic Eric Wemple. The article helpfully contains some […]

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February 8, 2021
Madness at the New York Times

If you've heard nothing of the latest madness at what has long been the gold standard of journalism in this country, The New York Times, then I apologize for what follows. In a sane world, this wouldn't have happened in the first place. This is not that sane world. Donald McNeil Jr.'s poor judgment call On […]

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January 26, 2021
Media outlets conspire to slime Sen. Tom Cotton

Last weekend, Salon, an online magazine whose best days were probably 15-plus years ago and now appears to be little more than a low-rent, clickbait version of Mother Jones, published a hit piece on Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) accusing the man who served one tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan—and was awarded a Bronze Star—of stolen valor. […]

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January 25, 2021
The media landscape during the Biden administration

I'm scheduled to go on the Dave Congalton Hometown Radio show on 920 KVEC shortly to talk about the media in a Biden administration (some of which I discussed in the post below) and what conservative news sources I reference. First, the conservative news sources I reference on a regular basis. The Wall Street Journal editorial […]

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January 25, 2021
The Media and Joe Biden

President Joe Biden has held the office for less than a week, and it's becoming quickly apparent that we may be seeing a return to the fawning media coverage of the Obama administration, when both print and digital media saw their jobs to help the nation's first black president succeed. Now it is a duty […]

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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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