February 15, 2021
Former New York Times Editor Jill Abramson Weighs In

In an op-ed posted over the weekend at the New York Post, Jill Abramson, the former top editor at The New York Times, weighed in at the woke mess her former place of employ has become. After recounting some of her history at the storied newspaper, Abramson addresses Donald McNeil Jr.'s recent firing, and last year's […]

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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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June 9, 2020
Woke journalists and the New York Times—On the Radio

I'm scheduled to make an appearance on Dave Congalton's Hometown Radio show this evening to talk about this op-ed by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and the fallout that resulted in Editorial Page Editor James Bennet's ouster at the hands of mostly younger, woke journalists. I'll update this post with the audio today or tomorrow when […]

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February 13, 2020
Media Bias, Political Speech, and Fake News

Another week, another entry in the annals of media bias, political speech and fake news. At last week's State of the Union Address to Congress, President Donald Trump channelled his inner reality show persona and crafted a number of applause lines by recognizing several invited guests whom you really can't help but tip your hat […]

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February 19, 2019
Democrats and Voting Rights

I received the email pictured above on Sunday from the DNC. I'm on their mailing list so I can see what they're all riled up about on any particular day. Sunday was Rep. John Lewis and voting rights. Can you identify the problem? Yep, he thinks "every person in this country has the right to […]

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September 24, 2018
The Sliming Of Kavanaugh Continues

Another day, another baseless charge against Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the sliming continues. Some on the political right encouraged the Senate last week to ignore the non-credible and unsupported charges of Christine Blasey Ford and go ahead and confirm Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. They argued that Ford's repeated requests for delays […]

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January 3, 2018
Donald Trump's Media Awards

President Trump has announced that he will be awarding "THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR" [capitalization in the original] this Monday at 5 p.m. *Yawn* A few obvious points: Substantive media criticism is not Trump's forté. Trump would like to these awards to shame the members of the media who receive them; […]

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August 24, 2017
Pleading incompetence to avoid libel damages

Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for libel after it accused her in an editorial earlier this year of inspiring madman Jared Loughner to attack Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, especially after she used what little Tea Party-related credibility she had when she […]

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March 21, 2017
Newspaper ethics

This past weekend, in the wake of a $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews.com, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a piece from its editor, Sandra Duerr, touting the paper's code of ethics. As newspaper ethics statements go, it's a pretty good one. However, Ms. Duerr appears to have a training problem on her staff. ▪  If […]

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“Assault weapon” and “hate speech” are similar in that both don’t mean anything specific and the term exists mainly to try to limit rights.

“I don’t want to ban guns, just ill-defined assault weapons.”

“I don’t want to ban speech, just ill-defined hate speech.”

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