Fox’s Peters, Dash Amateur, Unprofessional with Contrived Expletives; Both Should be Suspended

PicMonkey CollageThis really needs to stop. It happened two months ago with Fox News contributor Rich Lowry (declaring Carly Fiorina had cut off Donald Trump’s manhood–but used the exact term for those two vital manly parts–with the precision of a surgeon) and has happened twice since… in the same day on the same network, no less. “It” being alleged broadcast professionals –those who have been on the air and/or in front of cameras long enough to know where the line is on being provocative and being profoundly immature and unprofessional — using expletives on live television to show they really, really care about whatever point they’re making. In today’s case, FNC Contributors Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash were reviewing the president’s speech from the Oval Office last night about the San Bernardino terror attack and the war on ISIS in general. The speech has since been widely panned obviously in conservative Continue reading "Fox’s Peters, Dash Amateur, Unprofessional with Contrived Expletives; Both Should be Suspended"

Al Jazeera America Producer Slams ABC: ‘Disrespectful’ to Use Terrorist’s Photo Without Burka

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 12.37.34 PMAl Jazeera America has always had an uphill battle (uphill as in “Everest”) and very little margin for error since launching in 2013. Note: It’s hard enough to successfully launch any cable news network in such a fractured environment these days. Marketing and branding play a huge role. And in the case of Al Jazeera America (AJAM), its brand perception of being anti-American (or anti-West)–which is an unfair but tangible truth since going live–has been and always will be its Achilles heel. Note: AJAM does some very good journalism and stays neutral in a manner not unlike the BBC. Opinion programming is mostly a foreign concept as the mission appears to be straight reporting. That reporting–particularly the international stuff out of the Middle East–is solid and digs deeper into stories its competitors tend not to. But behind the scenes, the network is a mess. Many senior executives who
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Sober, Spellbinding Spotlight Shines Light on Why Investigative Journalism Needs a Rebirth

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 11.14.09 AMIf there was ever a weekend to escape the horrible reality our world and country has become in light of the mass killings in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs before it, this may be as good as any. And for me, that escape usual means a trip to the local movie theatre. Those trips used to happen much more often as a single guy living in Hoboken, NJ. Wife, two kids and a dog in the suburbs? Not so much. So when that trek to the cinema does happen, the movie better damn well be worth the time. Painfully selective is how the wife deems the process. She’s not much of a buff, and it’s the one area she has 100 percent confidence in my ability to choose a winner, particularly films of the underrated variety (The Debt, Blood Diamond, The Pursuit of Happyness, Friends Continue reading "Sober, Spellbinding Spotlight Shines Light on Why Investigative Journalism Needs a Rebirth"

MSNBC’s Live Tour of #SBShooting Killers’ Apartment is Most Awful Thing Ever

Just when you think cable news’ insatiable desire to fill every second of its 24 hours has hit bottom, they find a new low. On Friday afternoon, the landlord of the apartment that San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik lived in with their 6-month-old baby opened the dwelling up for the media, and notwithstanding the questionable legality or propriety of that move, MSNBC elected to broadcast the macabre tour live, in real time (CNN started with an audio-only report, and waited a restrained 20 minutes or so before showing video). The result was, of course, a shitshow that veered from useless to creepy and useless, and potentially harmful and useless. The whole thing was presided over by an obviously mortified Andrea Mitchell, who pulled the plug after ten minutes, which was ten minutes too long. Here are some “highlights.” Ironically, reporter Kerry Sanders starts off Continue reading "MSNBC’s Live Tour of #SBShooting Killers’ Apartment is Most Awful Thing Ever"

Daily Beast Columnist Goes Full Truther, Refuses to Believe San Bernardino Shooter Supported ISIS

Daily Beast columnist and alleged comedian Dean Obeidallah is not happy that evidence has emerged showing one of the San Bernardino shooters pledged their allegiance to ISIS, going on Twitter to openly question the media’s reporting on the subject. NBC, Fox News, CNN, and The New York Times have all independently confirmed the ISIS allegiance posting (CNN’s report even cited three separate officials). To answer Continue reading "Daily Beast Columnist Goes Full Truther, Refuses to Believe San Bernardino Shooter Supported ISIS"

President Obama Must Call Our Enemy By Its Name

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 3.05.33 PMOn Thursday morning, President Obama delivered a statement about Wednesday’s attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead, and another 21 wounded; a statement that was conspicuously incomplete. In particular, Obama said of the attack that was carried out by Muslim-American Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, that “we do not know why this terrible event occurred.” Really, Mr. President? Is it that we “don’t know,” or that you’re afraid to say it, for fear of offending people? This latest attack is just another in an endless slaughter of innocents that is being enabled by a president who’s more concerned about his image with these people than in protecting the American people. How can a leader, be it President Obama or Hillary Clinton or any of the candidates vying for the job, possibly defeat our enemies and stop the slaughter if he won’t even call Continue reading "President Obama Must Call Our Enemy By Its Name"

WaPo and NY Times Report Misleading Shooting Stats, Cite Reddit As Their Source

RedditIn the wake of the San Bernardino shooting Thursday, The Washington Post and The New York Times both reported on an extremely disturbing statistic about gun violence. Did you know that statistically, a mass shooting happens every day in the U.S.? That’s right, there are on average more than 365 mass shootings a year! On first glance, this would appear to be a massive indictment of their own newsrooms. If there’s on average a mass shooting every day, how did the Post and Times manage to miss so many? The shootings in California and Colorado received a great deal of press coverage over the past two weeks, but why did the national media ignore those dozen or so other mass shootings? The answer of course is that the definition of “mass shooting” used by their source, ShootingTracker.com, is much more expansive than what most people would consider a “mass shooting.” Gangland killings, murder-suicides, as Continue reading "WaPo and NY Times Report Misleading Shooting Stats, Cite Reddit As Their Source"