May 6, 2005
RE CAROL TOWARNICKY'S column ("The press takes a pass," May 2) on the "Jeff Gannon" story: I think all the media bias was exposed in this last election when major outlets, both print and television, issued memos to their employees not to broadcast the negatives about John Kerry. I guess you could ask Dan Rather if his personal feelings influenced his reporting, if he were still in the news business. How about the boss at ABC telling his workers not to focus on any Kerry shortcomings?
November 19, 1992 |
"Read our lips!' It did not surprise me to see such an unprofessional, biased headline the day after the election. It capped off a crusade by all areas of the media to have their candidate, Bill Clinton, elected president. Congratulations, I'm sure everyone on the editorial staff was ecstatic. However, I would like to console you on the fact that not all of the candidates you endorsed, all Democrats coincidentally, won. From the Daily News to MTV, I have never seen such biased, unfair coverage of such an important election.
April 5, 2001 |
The arrest in France of James C. Kopp on charges of the 1998 murder of Buffalo, N.Y., abortionist Barnett Slepian has given media champions of the procedure an opportunity to again slander pro-lifers. The New York Times covered Kopp's arrest at the top of its front page, an indication of the importance editors attached to the story. Inside was a "defending abortion rights" editorial, and should there be any doubt where the Times stands on this issue (how could there be?), the paper published an op-ed piece by Warren M. Hern, the director of the Boulder (Colo.
October 14, 2004 |
CHARGES of bias are no longer heard only from folks on the right. This time, it's the left that has a beef with the media in the case of Sinclair Broadcasting's decision to air an anti-Kerry documentary called "Stolen Honor" on 62 stations in prime time. What to make of it? I say: No harm, no foul. And I won't even try to convince you that the film is accurate - I haven't seen it. But I'll accept that Sinclair is biased in favor of Bush as evidenced by the owners' private support of the campaign, and that the video is probably a hit piece against Kerry.
August 20, 1996 |
Talk radio is the domain of politically powerful kooks who like to stir up trouble and call people horrible names, right? Newspaper and magazine readers might think so. A new study by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications says the print media portray talk radio as "scary and pernicious," said communications professor Joseph Turow. "The whole attitude toward talk radio is extremely negative in the media. " It comes as no surprise which talk-show host takes the most media heat: Rush Limbaugh.
September 18, 1992
EVEN THE BRADY BUNCH? When it comes to media bias and the elitist assault on Republican (i.e., family) values, "Murphy Brown" is obviously only the tip of the iceberg. The "Brady Bunch" lived on Clinton Avenue, right near Clinton Elementary School and Clinton High. - Regina Rareth of the UCLA Daily Bruin VU-JA DAY ALL OVER AGAIN You heard about President Bush's repackaged economic plan? It's called deja voodoo economics. - Paul Willistein, Morning Call, Allentown. THE BUCK SLIPS HERE Bill Clinton points to Woodrow Wilson - 28th president of the United States who rallied Americans to arms in World War I - to prove that prior military service is not required to be an inspirational commander-in-chief.
May 15, 2013 |
Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking for the first time since abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder, said Tuesday the verdicts in the case "will surprise very few. " Although the church opposes capital punishment, Chaput in a statement said nothing about the possibility that Gosnell could be sentenced to death for his three first-degree murder convictions. The head of the archdiocese of Philadelphia instead focused mainly on the church's opposition to abortion.
March 1, 2012 |
Andrew Breitbart has died, according to the conservative blogger's website. He was 43. Few details were available. "With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart," says a note on www.bigjournalism.com . "Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles. " Several Breitbart-affiliated websites made the announcement this morning that he died of natural causes in Los Angeles in the early morning hours.
October 15, 2003
IWAS SHOCKED to read about the troubles Paul Hagen and Bill Conlin have had with the Phils spam terrorist. But Mr. Hagen and Mr. Conlin are far from "bad guys. " Receiving the thousands of e-mails that they did from this guy should have had them ignoring everything that they received. Yet there they were, answering nearly every correspondence that I ever sent, no matter how corny my writing may have been. The baseball fan in this market who enjoys getting the story and personality of the game the old-fashioned way, via the skilled prose of Paul Hagen and Bill Conlin, are fortunate to have two of the best in America covering the bases.
November 23, 2001 |
CONSERVATIVE press critics are in another tizzy about objectivity and balance in American journalism. Only this time their complaint isn't the lack of these fine qualities. Their complaint is that there's way too much of the darned stuff. When complaining about it, they don't call it objectivity or balance: They call it neutrality. But it amounts to the same thing. It means an effort to report the facts without developing - or at least revealing - an opinion about them. On most subjects, the critics believe that this task is easy to do, highly desirable and deplorably bungled by the mainstream press.