Fox & Friends Blasts NY Times Opinion Page’s Advocacy Journalism In Least Self Aware Moment Ever

In what will likely be heretofore known as the “least self-aware cable news segment ever,”Fox & Friends railed on The New York Times Opinion section for “advocacy journalism” — seemingly forgetting that like their own self-described “opinion program,” the “opinion page” is the place for the NY Times to advocate opinions. This dust-up came about yesterday when – in light of a looming congressional vote on a sweeping tax reform legislation that the NY Times opinion editors oppose – they encouraged readers to call various Senators on the fence, including phone numbers for their respective congressional offices. Co-host Steve Doocy cited recent social media guidelines that the NY Times put forth for their newsroom, saying “It looks like a violation of their own social media rules because it says other journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views which clearly they are doing.” Doocy then pointed out that these Continue reading "Fox & Friends Blasts NY Times Opinion Page’s Advocacy Journalism In Least Self Aware Moment Ever"

MRC’s Brent Bozell: Bill O’Reilly Starting To Sound Like OJ Searching For Real Killers

Brent Bozell, President of conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, says Bill O’Reilly’s constant insistence of innocence in the wake of multiple harassment claims is starting to sound disingenuous, to say the least. Joining me on my radio program on WMAL in Washington DC, Bozell discussed the ouster of NBC’s Matt Lauer and the irony of his merciless grilling of O’Reilly just two months ago. I reminded Bozell that the former Fox News host continued to deny the allegation that he was a serial harasser:
“I hate to say it but Bill O’Reilly’s statement the other day.. that he’s ‘getting to the bottom of it, he’s getting to the bottom of it, he’s getting to the bottom of it’… to me is sounding more and more like OJ looking for the killers, the killers of his wife. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it, just say what you’ve got. Continue reading "MRC’s Brent Bozell: Bill O’Reilly Starting To Sound Like OJ Searching For Real Killers"

Remember When Matt Lauer Grilled Bill O’Reilly: ‘You Don’t Let Your #1 Guy Go Unless…’

NBC News fired Matt Lauer from The Today Show this morning for inappropriate sexual behavior, according to a statement by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack. Just two months ago Lauer scored a big interview with Bill O’Reilly who had been let go from Fox News earlier this year. Unlike Lauer, O’Reilly’s ouster was not accompanied by a statement from the network accusing him of sexual impropriety, although many stories of settlements and pay-offs accompanied the news. Lauer grilled O’Reilly with a sharp line of questioning over the issue. Take a look at the interview and keep in mind that while he is pressing O’Reilly over his alleged behavior, Lauer knew very well the behavior he had been involved with at NBC News. Lauer asked O’Reilly if he had done some “soul searching” since he’d been fired months before the interview. “My conscience is clear,” O’Reilly replied.”What I have done Continue reading "Remember When Matt Lauer Grilled Bill O’Reilly: ‘You Don’t Let Your #1 Guy Go Unless…’"

FLASHBACK: Al Franken Said Anthony Weiner’s Resignation Was ‘Right Thing To Do’

In 2011 Sen. Al Franken said Anthony Weiner‘s resignation was ‘the right thing to do.” Franken made the remark in an interview with Think Progress when he was asked about an apparent double-standard in how Weiner had been forced to step down from his House seat while Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana was not, despite his involvement in the “DC Madam” scandal. Franken acknowledged the “hypocrisy” in how the two elected officials were treated, but declared that Weiner was right to have stepped down:
He (Vitter) was reelected by the people of Louisiana so I think he should still be in the Senate. I do think there was a bit of sort of weird hypocrisy with such loud calling for Weiner’s resignation in light of the circumstances which there was all this visual evidence which was unpleasant to see… and obviously what he did I thought was.. um.. Continue reading "FLASHBACK: Al Franken Said Anthony Weiner’s Resignation Was ‘Right Thing To Do’"

FLASHBACK: Al Franken Said Anthony Weiner’s Resignation Was ‘Right Thing To Do’

In 2011 Sen. Al Franken said Anthony Weiner‘s resignation was ‘the right thing to do.” Franken made the remark in an interview with Think Progress when he was asked about an apparent double-standard in how Weiner had been forced to step down from his House seat while Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana was not, despite his involvement in the “DC Madam” scandal. Franken acknowledged the “hypocrisy” in how the two elected officials were treated, but declared that Weiner was right to have stepped down:
He (Vitter) was reelected by the people of Louisiana so I think he should still be in the Senate. I do think there was a bit of sort of weird hypocrisy with such loud calling for Weiner’s resignation in light of the circumstances which there was all this visual evidence which was unpleasant to see… and obviously what he did I thought was.. um.. Continue reading "FLASHBACK: Al Franken Said Anthony Weiner’s Resignation Was ‘Right Thing To Do’"

Reporters Are Letting Al Franken Duck A Very Important Question

Al Franken is everywhere these days. An interview with the Minnesota Star-Tribune.. An interview with WCCO in Minnesota. A press conference outside his Senate office building. He’s going on what some are calling an “apology tour” and there are two things that are striking about all of these appearances. The first is he is sticking to the exact same script, saying the exact same things and repeating them over and over again no matter what question is asked by the various reporters he selects to have the opportunity to question him. The Star-Tribune has a pretty good example of Franken’s memorized script:
“There are some women — and one is too many — who feel that I’ve done something disrespectful, and I’ve hurt them,” he said. “And for that I am tremendously sorry. And I know that I am going to have to be much more conscious in these circumstances, Continue reading "Reporters Are Letting Al Franken Duck A Very Important Question"

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"