Category Archives: Media

Do We Need Affirmative Action for Conservative Journalists?

There’s a new study out about diversity in America’s newsrooms.  And the bean counters aren’t happy. According to the American Society of News Editors there has been a steady decline in the number of minority journalists in the newsroom.  About 37 percent of the U.S. population is non-white but in the newsroom minorities represent only…

Should We Ever Punish Journalists for Publishing Secret Information?

Let’s say you break into somebody’s house and steal a TV set.  Then you call a friend and ask if he wants it – for free.  You make him aware of how you got the TV and he says, “Sure, I’ll take it.”  If the authorities find you, you and your friend are both guilty…

Did Eric Holder Lie to Congress?

On May 15, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee and said this about the Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks to journalists. “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material:  This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would…

When Is a Scandal Not A Scandal?

I don’t like reading the New York Times in the morning because I’m always afraid my head will explode and that would make it difficult to go through the rest of the day.  My aforementioned head almost did explode when I read this headline on page one: I.R.S. Focus on Conservatives Gives G.O.P. an Issue…

Jodi Arias, Cable TV, and a Nation Fascinated by Shiny Objects

There are times, not many thankfully, when I get depressed, brought down by the sorry evidence that we live in a country fixated on shiny objects.  This is one of those times. A jury in Phoenix has found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder.  That’s not what gets me down.  What I find so depressing…

The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Importance of Getting the Story Right

I don’t like second guessing journalists who are covering breaking news, especially on live television.  It’s not easy.  Early on the story is changing by the second and it’s hard to stay on top of each new development.  So mistakes are going to be made.  And in the Boston Marathon bombing story, journalists got an…

President Obama and Fox: Here We Go Again

What is it about liberals and Fox News?  And by “what is it” I mean why do even the smart ones get dopey when the subject turns to Fox? The other day, President Obama said in an interview with the New Republic, “One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes…

Al Gore Hates Oil But Loves Oil Money

Al Gore Current TV

I used to think Al Gore was full of it when he went on and on about global warming.  Then he co-founded Current TV and I changed my mind.  There’s enough hot air coming out of the mouths of their left wing commentators to raise the temperature of the entire earth by a few degrees…