March 03, 2005

LA Times Puff Piece on North Korea

Just as one comes to the conclusion that the LA Times can't sink any lower, they put out an apologia for North Korea.  Many people are not amused and Hugh Hewitt appropriately comes down on their editorial staff.

Imagine a 1938 Los Angeles Times piece, "Germany, Without the Rancor": "There is love among the Nazis.  There is hate.  There is fighting. There is charity....People marry. They divorce. They make blond children..."

"The Jews?  Why always the Jews? Is there any country where there is a 100% guarantee of human rights? Certainly not the United States."

For a quick summary on conditions in North Korea, read even a few pages of this blue-ribbon report.  Evidently no one at the Times has, not even their bureau chief in South Korea.

Powerline also has some similar thoughts.

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January 30, 2005

The NY Times increases its patheticness

Last night over dinner, a good friend observed that she was often the only person reading the NY Times on the subway in the morning.  Well, readership has declined and it is observations like this by Ann Althouse that increasingly turn open-minded readers away, leaving the gray lady with a readership that mostly looks like the upper West side of NY - white, upper class, pampered, liberal, and out of touch.

Earlier today, I commented on the somewhat positive NYT headlines here, including one that said "Amid Attacks, a Party Atmosphere on Baghdad's Closed Streets." That article was picked up by Memorandum, which collects blog commentary on it: a lot of prominent bloggers have observed that even the NYT is acknowledging the great success. Then, I clicked on the link for the articule and the headline is now:  Insurgent Attacks in Baghdad and Elsewhere Kill at Least 24.

Actually, the new title now reads: Attacks in Baghdad and Elsewhere Reportedly Kill Several Dozen.

Actually, a reader at Instapundit notices that it continues to change.

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January 23, 2005

Washington Post Exposes the Horrible Truth in Iraq

Tim Blair looks at a Washington Post article which attempts to provide a reason for Iraqi hatred of Americans. It is titled: In One Night, Iraqi Turns From Friend to Foe - Man Who Supported U.S. Occupation Calls Americans 'the Devil' After Alleged Raid on His House. The horrors that are perpetrated by American troops! If that is the best the Washington Post can come up with...

Of course, the real issue (other than the mother slapping) is hilighted at the bottom of Blair's post. - a British muslim group against advertising of scantily clad women is vandalizing billboards. Concepts of Democracy have a long way to go in the muslim world.

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November 05, 2004

The Networks and the Democratic Party

Meghan Clyne points us to an article in the NY Times

So the Times has documented that ABC, CBS, and CNN are the willing instruments of the Democrats, happy to manipulate their own coverage at the party’s behest. Nothing we didn’t know already; but damning evidence, from a source that can hardly be dismissed as a VRWC organ.

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October 25, 2004

NY Times Ineptitude Continues?

It seems as though the material at Al-Qaqaa (gotta love the name) may have already been gone when US forces went into Iraq. I am not going to mark this mistake to media bias, although it does seem rather suspicious that such a huge claim would come out about 1 week prior to the election and that it would be so quickly refuted. The article already was smelly in the way it attempted to paint a picture through inuendo. The number of media mistakes over the last 3 months, all of which initially seemed damning to Bush, indicate to me, at least, a pattern of abuse.

The Kerry Spot states that "If Jill Abramson, managing editor of the New York Times, had a shred of concern over her paper's reputation for getting the facts right never mind objectivity or fairness, she would be running the correction - or at least this blatantly contradictory information - in the giant headline font and above-the-fold location that today's story got. But I guess the interest in echoing the sentiments of Maureen Dowd is more important than getting it right at the Old Gray Lady."

Keep dreaming.

However, this entire incident is extremely telling of Kerry. He attacked Bush heavily on this today. The criticism almost sounded as though Kerry was asking "What was Bush doing in Crawford when he should have been in Iraq guarding the weapons." Why didn’t he know what was going on specifically at Al-Qaqaa and because he can't admit this was a mistake we need regime change.

Of course, Kerry conveniently misses the REAL story that goes beyond the inherent fog of war problems that help explain a situation like this - namely that UN weapons inspectors were next to useless. They just leave 350 TONS OF FRIGGIN weapons wrapped up and ready to use by Saddam whenever he wanted? Somehow, the concept that they had been "tagged" by the UN and were thus safe are absolutely ridiculous. If Jim Miklaszewski is correct, then it would appear that all the UN work was worthless when push came to shove as the weapons were easily moved. No surprise there. Does anyone out there want to go on a rant about how we were all so safe because sanctions were working? Plllluuuuueeezzzzzeeeeeee!

Getting back to the whole MSM media bias issue, Drudge has a rough count of the number of times different news outlets mentioned the whole missing munitions today:

**ABCNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 4 Times
**CBSNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 7 Times
**MSNBC Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 37 Times
**CNN Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 50 Times

Let's see how quick they are to jump on the NBC story.

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October 23, 2004

The New York Cocoon

John Leo has his take on the NY Cocoon - one of the finest papers in the land.

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September 30, 2004

CBS Just Keeps Sinking in the Muck

Can it get any worse for these guys? After their most recent piece of partisan attack journalism, it seems CBS may have altered transcripts in order to insult themselves from criticism. Don't they realize people have VCR's and other recording devices? I guess they think nobody would watch them and tape what they show in the first place.

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September 20, 2004

What Liberal Media?

Of course, nobody would think CBS news crews would carry around propaganda against Bush or make up shit in order to rig an election. Talk about inappropriate. CBS can do whatever it wants, but maybe people should stop complaining about FOX and realize all news stations these days wear their partisanship on their sleeves.

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September 15, 2004

More Phony Paper Circulation Numbers

One of the most underreported issues by the mainstream press are the phony circulation numbers that have been floated by the newspapers. Seems Newsday is the latest to come clean on what its real circulation actually is. "The latest admission of phony circulation at Newsday has sent the Long Island paper back to the future - to the early 1970s."

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September 14, 2004

WSJ Take on Partisan Media Divide

Alan Murray discusses his views on the partisan media divide. I do not necessarily believe that a partisan media is the worst thing for this country. Some of the most vibrant times for newspapers were when they were intensely partisan and fought each other tooth and nail. Of course, some editors may have succeeded in leading the country into a war or two... Murray points out that what is happening now is not a new phenomenon, but simply a reincarnation of old media battles that have integrated new technology into the fabric of the discussion.

We've been here before. Author Ron Chernow's fascinating biography of Alexander Hamilton details how Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson carried out their vicious feuds in proxy newspapers, under assumed names such as Publius and Civis. New research by economic historian Claudia Goldin shows that a partisan media was in full flower when the Credit Mobilier scandal burst open in early 1870s. At the time, Ms. Goldin says, only 11% of major newspapers even claimed to be independent.

On the other hand, it is one thing to be partisan, and it is entirely another to be dishonest and make things up to further a political end.

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