WashPost Editor's Arrogant Harvard Speech: We Embody 'Facts and Truth'

Harvard went looking for a liberal corporate Bigfoot to give their 2020 virtual commencement address, and they landed Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post. The man whose paper oozes arrogance at the top of every newspaper with the motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” Baron came to amend the slogan.Now, in the age of coronavirus, people die in darkness, not just their political system. President Trump doesn't just endanger democracy. He threatens to kill you: [embedded content] MARTY BARON: I would like to discuss with you the need for a commitment to facts and to truth. Only a Read More

Column: Showboating with 100,000 Dead

On May 27, the American death toll from coronavirus sunk into the six figures: 100,000 lives lost. That’s a very sad number, made sadder when we ponder that the virus prevents loved ones from saying goodbye in person, and makes any funeral an extremely small event.The nation’s largest national newspapers have all made dramatic front pages out of the number. The New York Times came first on Sunday, filling their entire front page and three more pages with names of the victims. USA Today followed on Wednesday with an entire front page in black, with photos of the dead. Read More

CNN's John King on Memorial Day: Trump 'Full of Hate,'

CNN anchor John King demonstrated his network's dramatic double standard toward the current president and his Democratic opponent within a half hour on Memorial Day. President Trump has a Twitter feed "full of hate and spite," and Joe Biden properly wore a mask and has a "strong tie to military families."At 12:16 PM Eastern time, King couldn't maintain a somber, objective tone for more than a few sentences before launching into editorializing about the president's Twitter feed, which often calls CNN "Fake News." JOHN KING: The President of the United States Read More

Politico Compares Trump Memorial Day Tweets to Patriotic Newspapers

One favorite pastime of the national media is mocking President Trump's tweets as gauche or inappropriate (and some of them are, like trolling Joe Scarborough about an aide's death many years ago). The people who make the Politico Playbook newsletter played this game on Memorial Day with the president, suggesting all of his Monday tweets should have been respectful tributes to our war dead. Politico contrasted Trump retweeting his messages about Obamagate and "Make America Great Again" from the night before with our apparently more patriotic newspapers. Let's call this bias by headline selection. Let'Read More

Stelter Insists Media Acts in 'Good Faith,' As He Proves

CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter said something fascinating on his show Sunday. He complained to New York Times media columnist Ben Smith that "I don't know how to show folk that journalists are mostly acting in good faith."Here's how a show allegedly focused on journalism fails to show good faith. Stelter had on a writer from The Atlantic to discuss the coronavirus and never whispered a word about The Atlantic projecting that Gov. Brian Kemp's reopening of Georgia would be an "experiment in human sacrifice." Instead, he merely asked Ed Yong &Read More

Yahoo! Spreads Notion Virus 'Spiking' in Counties That Voted for

An article on Yahoo! News uses a liberal think tank's number-crunching to report "Coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in 2016." Katherine Krawczyk at The Week magazine reported:  The 2016 election may help map the next coronavirus hotspots. While COVID-19 is finally beginning to wane in some of the U.S. cities it hit hardest and earliest, coronavirus spread is still far from its peak in most small cities and rural areas across the country. And over the past four weeks, it's been more likely that counties will show a high prevalence of coronavirus Read More

Why Doesn't CNN Care When Anonymous Sources Give Them Fake

Far too much Washington journalism is reliant on anonymous sources, and the public has no earthly idea of the agendas and ideologies of the "senior government officials" or just "sources" who can be used to ruin a presidency or a congressional career. Larry O'Connor at Townhall threw a strong headline at Team Zucker: "CNN Was Used to Spread Lies And They're Just Fine with That." He began:  When an anonymous source gives bad information to a journalist, that source should no longer be protected by the cloak of anonymity. And the angriest Read More