Category Archives: Media

Obama: Don’t Blame Me — Blame Those Phony Scandals

The most disturbing aspect of President Obama’s “phony scandals” broadside is that it wasn’t a slip of the tongue.  If it was, we might cut Mr. Obama some slack.  Who among us hasn’t said something on the fly and instantly wished we could catch our words in midair and snatch them back? But President Obama…

Zimmerman is Not Guilty — What About the Media?

There are certain things polite people are not supposed to say out loud, and certainly not in public.  I thought of this while listening to what passes for television analysis after the George Zimmerman verdict came in. First, let’s acknowledge that Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy.  I’ll go so far as to say it…

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…