Archive for the ‘News Media’ Category

June 17th, 2023 - 1:23 am § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

Three of a kind

Demagogues have more in common with each other than us. America’s Trump, Britain’s Boris Johnson, and Italy’s Berlusconi aren’t carbon copies of each other, but they do bear a strong resemblance. For one thing, they lie a lot; and they’ll subvert the rule of law “[...]

June 16th, 2023 - 7:10 pm § in Hypocrisy, News Media, Republicans

Fox talking head’s stunning flag hypocrisy

This is Pride Week, and the Biden White House is flying a Pride flag. When I read this, I knew Republicans would be triggered. Boy, ever! A Fox banshee shrieked (here), “It is a flagrant violation of U.S. Flag code 7 E, to have the US flag not at a higher point and centered”! Harry […][...]

June 14th, 2023 - 2:12 pm § in News Media

Fox News has a rogue employee

It seems this screenshot was unauthorized. “Fox News on Wednesday acknowledged that an onscreen banner calling President Joe Biden a ‘wannabe dictator’ was inappropriate and said it had taken steps to address the situation internally,” CNN said on June 14, 2023 (read story he[...]

June 8th, 2023 - 1:19 am § in Christianity, News Media, Politics, Republicans

Fox hosts haven’t stopped lying

Harris Faulkner (bio here), one of the Fox personalities filling in for Tucker Carlson after he was fired, claimed on the air that Christians are under attack. It’s classic rightwing victimhood. To bolster her storyline, she asserted she was kicked out of a restaurant for saying grace. She tol[...]

June 2nd, 2023 - 6:43 pm § in Donald Trump, News Media

How CNN lost its way

For decades, CNN was a preeminent news source, notable for 24-hour, round-the-clock coverage — the network that never went to bed. Launched in 1980 by Ted Turner, the cable network’s nonstop news show was especially prominent during the 1990 Gulf War, when CNN was still independent. Its [...]

May 22nd, 2023 - 5:32 pm § in Misc., News Media

Pentagon explosion photo is AI fake

The photo below, which quickly went viral, isn’t real. It’s artificial intelligence fakery. But the stock market dipped on the “news;” somebody pocketed money from this hoax. Read story here. The internet has always been a cesspool of lies and misinformation, and it’s about to get[...]

May 20th, 2023 - 12:11 am § in News Media, Schools & Colleges

Does this story have only one side?

J’den McAdory of Severn, Maryland, doesn’t like a new gun control law recently signed by Gov. Wes Moore, so he protested by parading with an AR-15 at an elementary school bus drop-off site. A news reporter tweeted: And he’s catching flak. Former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki sai[...]

May 19th, 2023 - 6:42 pm § in News Media, Politics

Tale of migrants displacing homeless veterans is a hoax

A viral tale was born when the New York Post published an article (here) on May 12, 2023, claiming that “nearly two dozen struggling homeless veterans have been booted from upstate hotels to make room for migrants.” The Post’s source was Sharon Toney-Finch, CEO of the Yerik Israel [...]

May 14th, 2023 - 8:20 pm § in Law and Courts, News Media, Politics, Racism, Republicans

Texas Gov. Abbott blames Dominion for Carlson’s firing

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) is blaming Dominion Voting Systems for Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News (read story here). He’s knee-jerk reacting to an Axios report that Carlson was fired as part of Fox’s settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. Other reporting has portrayed Carlson as an out-o[...]

May 14th, 2023 - 12:39 pm § in News Media

Fox host blames subway attacks on “gender-confused” people

Rachel Campos-Duffy (bio here) was a reality-TV actor before she became an entertainer on a Fox talk show. I point this out because it’s important to keep in mind she’s not, and never has been, a journalist. Her job is to entertain Fox audiences to keep ratings up, as the Dominion lawsui[...]