How Journalists Use ‘Science’ in Political Arguments To Advance Their Own Bias

  Yesterday I pointed out how Newsweek compared Charles Manson with Donald Trump. The Newsweek article seemed like a cheap attempt at clickbait that took advantage of a popular topic in the news Manson and linking it with the most clickable name of the year, Trump. The article was perfectly poised to accommodate those readers on social media who would love to read a well-written comparison between the two most evil people in American history. And, at the same time, it accommodated what we like to call “hate clicks” from Trump supporters who are so outraged by the comparison that they just have to click that link to see how outrageous it is. But there is something a little more insidious at play in this article and it illustrates how the media covers issues that generally have a liberal perspective or objective. The journalist who dreamed up the Manson=Trump article was  Continue reading "How Journalists Use ‘Science’ in Political Arguments To Advance Their Own Bias"

As Sexual Predators Are Exposed, We Should Also Take Aim At Institutions Who Covered For Them

It is only Tuesday and we’ve already seen bombshell reports about sexual misconduct from veteran journalist Charlie Rose, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and Disney/Pixar giant John Lasseter. The Creep Purge of 2017 has weeded out dozens of powerful men from numerous industries and there is no indication that it will slow down anytime soon. While it is important to continue to weed out these sexual predators, we shouldn’t let their employers who brushed their behaviors under the rug for so many years off the hook. Before this became a hot topic like it is today, it was over six months ago when Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News. Last April, a bombshell report from The New York Times revealed that the network paid out $13 million to several women with sexual harassment allegations against its star anchor over the years. And Continue reading "As Sexual Predators Are Exposed, We Should Also Take Aim At Institutions Who Covered For Them"

Hillary Clinton Pines For The Days When Her Lies Went Unchallenged

Speaking at a Clinton Foundation event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bill Clinton being elected president, Hillary Clinton lamented the existence of Fox News and other media outlets established after 1992. Peter Hasson from The Daily Caller watched the event (full video embedded below) and grabbed this little nugget during an interview with both Clintons conducted by James Carville:
“Unfortunately our body politic’s immune system has been impaired because there has been a concerted effort starting with the creation of the Fox network — it wasn’t there when Bill first ran, it was one of the reasons he probably survived, it was there when he ran the second time — it and all of its associated media outlets who are by no means delivering news. They Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Pines For The Days When Her Lies Went Unchallenged"

Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In a country so divided, so polarized, it’s difficult to have an honest discussion, a discussion that involves listening to those who you don’t agree with or admitting when your own side is at fault. Just look at the wave of sexual abuse scandals that have hit the country in recent weeks. They started in Hollywood, made their way into the media, and now they’ve hit politics. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Democratic Senator Al Franken have been the latest public servants to have allegations made against them. Obviously, both of their situations are very different, but abuses of power and disrespect for women are still a common thread. And while their controversies were making headlines, there’s been a renewed “reckoning” on the left of Bill Clinton, who for decades was dogged with accusations of assault and rape, and there has now been a reexamination of accusations Continue reading "Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations"

Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In a country so divided, so polarized, it’s difficult to have an honest discussion, a discussion that involves listening to those who you don’t agree with or admitting when your own side is at fault. Just look at the wave of sexual abuse scandals that have hit the country in recent weeks. They started in Hollywood, made their way into the media, and now they’ve hit politics. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Democratic Senator Al Franken have been the latest public servants to have allegations made against them. Obviously, both of their situations are very different, but abuses of power and disrespect for women are still a common thread. And while their controversies were making headlines, there’s been a renewed “reckoning” on the left of Bill Clinton, who for decades was dogged with accusations of assault and rape, and there has now been a reexamination of accusations Continue reading "Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations"

Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In a country so divided, so polarized, it’s difficult to have an honest discussion, a discussion that involves listening to those who you don’t agree with or admitting when your own side is at fault. Just look at the wave of sexual abuse scandals that have hit the country in recent weeks. They started in Hollywood, made their way into the media, and now they’ve hit politics. GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Democratic Senator Al Franken have been the latest public servants to have allegations made against them. Obviously, both of their situations are very different, but abuses of power and disrespect for women are still a common thread. And while their controversies were making headlines, there’s been a renewed “reckoning” on the left of Bill Clinton, who for decades was dogged with accusations of assault and rape, and there has now been a reexamination of accusations Continue reading "Trump Supporters Must Accept That The President Has His Own Sexual Misconduct Allegations"

In 2006 Al Franken Was An Influential Political Talk Radio Host, Not ‘Just A Comedian’

“He was a comedian then, not a Senator.” How many times have we heard that from the media over the past 24 hours in describing Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Al Franken forced himself on her and groped her in 2006? He was just a comedian, we hear. He wasn’t a Senator. Just a comedian. But he wasn’t. He was, in fact, an influential political talk radio host who used his program to build a national base upon which he launched his 2008 senatorial campaign. Franken hosted his three-hour talk show on Air America, the liberal talk radio syndication enterprise launched in 2004 with Franken’s The O’Franken Factor (Later The Al Franken Show)as its most prominent program running from 12-3PM ET, directly opposite Rush Limbaugh. The program ran right up until Franken launched his campaign for Senate and he interviewed politicians and pundits and thought-leaders from the left Continue reading "In 2006 Al Franken Was An Influential Political Talk Radio Host, Not ‘Just A Comedian’"