Posts tagged ‘main stream media’

May 3, 2010

Thirty years?

by thoughtfulconservative

Seemed longer than that…

30 years after the Kent State shootings, the impact in Madison is remembered.

Hearing of the shootings hundreds of miles away, UW-Madison students responded with rallies calling for an end to the Vietnam War. For days in early May 1970, they torched buildings, broke windows and threw rocks at police. Police used tear gas liberally and the governor called for the National Guard to occupy campus.

You knew it, too, right.

No doubt this will be changed soon.

[UPDATE: Yep, they did! Heh. Here’s the tweet that referred to the original headline.]

January 11, 2010

Is left vs. right becoming archaic in political thought?

by thoughtfulconservative

Arianna Huffington says so in this welcome letter to the newly launched The Daily Caller.

Anyone looking at today’s political landscape with clear eyes can see that on issue after issue — the war in Afghanistan, the bailout, health care, the war on drugs, etc., etc. — the binary division of the debate into right vs. left obscures more than it reveals.

John McCain and Maria Cantwell are joining forces to bring back Glass-Steagall-type banking regulations. Ron Paul and Alan Grayson are pushing through legislation to audit the Fed. George Will agrees with Russ Feingold that we should not escalate in Afghanistan. Howard Dean and Michael Bloomberg are both down on the health care bill. And on and on it goes.

The outrageous news last week that the New York Fed under Tim Geithner told AIG to withhold from the public key details about payments that put billions of dollars into the coffers of major Wall Street players, including Goldman Sachs, offers a perfect example of just how archaic the right vs. left framing is.

Hmmm. There are areas where some on the right and some on the left agree, but for different reasons. For example, the right trumpeted Dean’s call to start over on health care because we don’t like the present bill. But we would like Dean’s version even less, I suspect.

I would suspect that Will’s and Feingold’s reasons against escalation in Afghanistan would be different though the result is the same.

Maybe. Maybe not. Time will tell. There’s more. Read the whole thing and see what you think.

December 23, 2008

It does a heart good

by thoughtfulconservative

The top ten media blunders of 2008

The media took its share of lumps this year, with persistent claims of bias and complaints about often wrong-headed speculation from a seemingly endless parade of talking heads.

The best part? Noting who made these blunders.

  1. Pundits
  2. NY Times
  3. MSNBC, Olbermann, Matthews
  4. FOX News (OK, one)
  5. MSNBC again! Schuster
  6. ABC, Gibson, Stephanopoulos
  7. Main stream media
  8. New Yorker
  9. Pundits
  10. CNN

Yes, it was a good year.

December 22, 2008

The New York Times “error”

by thoughtfulconservative

Ya gotta love it. You’ve about this, right? The NY Times prints a letter from the mayor of Paris. Only it’s not the mayor; the Gray Lady was punk*d.

Ann Althouse connects it with another famous punking,

Hey, remember that time Sarah Palin thought she was talking on the phone with Nicolas Sarkozy? The NYT presented that mistake as “one of the last straws” that convinced McCain advisors that Palin didn’t have what it takes.

I can now say that the NY Times doesn’t have what it takes.

November 10, 2008

Journal Sentinel announces new community columnists

by thoughtfulconservative

I mention this because one of them may be familiar to some of us. Congratulations, Mr. Gravelle.

I always think of a guy I know who tells me that none of the other community columnists matched the first group. Would I be bragging too much if I agreed?

October 26, 2008

Media’s Presidential Bias

by thoughtfulconservative

Elliot already linked and gave us a clip of this post by ABC’s Michael Malone, but here’s another which I think sums it up nicely,

If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography.

That isn’t Sen. Obama’s fault: His job is to put his best face forward. No, it is the traditional media’s fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so.

In a similar vein comes this list of questions from Victor David Hanson (h/t Instapundit),

Why didn’t the media or McCain just ask Obama a few of the following questions: Why did you keep emailing and phoning Bill Ayers for three years after 9/11, when the country was gripped by fear of terror, and Ayers, like bin Laden, said that he had not done enough bombing, and had no regrets about the terrorism he had committed?

Why did Obama say in 2004 to the Chicago Sun-Times that he went to Trinity Church every Sunday at 11AM, and then later claim he had not been there that regularly once Rev. Wright’s venom was disseminated to the general public? Is Obama for, or not for, a simple yes or no, missile defense, nuclear power, off-shore drilling, and coal-powered electrical generation? There might be legitimate answers, but surely the public could profit by them, rather than worry over the Palin pregnancies, wardrobe, or Tasergate.

He has other questions, too, but they’re not germane here.

The right (and others) may one day question the media’s flub here in much the same way the left (and others) bemoan it’s “dereliction” of duty before Iraq.