Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC's Business and Media Institute.
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC Business where she analyzes and exposes media bias on a range of economic and business issues. She has written Special Reports including Global Warming Censored, UnCritical Condition, Networks Hide the Decline in Credibility of Climate Change Science and Obama the Tax Cutter.
Seymour has also appeared on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the Christian Broadcasting Network and has been an in-studio guest on the G. Gordon Liddy Show. She has also done hundreds of radio interviews on a wide-range of topics with stations in more than 35 states as well as many nationally syndicated programs. Her work has appeared or been mentioned by radio host Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, The Drudge Report, WorldNetDaily, USA Today, CNBC.com, Motley Fool and “Ted, White and Blue” by Ted Nugent. Prior to joining BMI in 2006, she was a staff writer for Accuracy in Academia where she wrote about bias in lower and higher education and contributed to the book “The Real MLA Stylebook.” She holds a B.S. in Mass Communications: Print Journalism from Liberty University.
Latest from Julia A. Seymour
The U.S. economy “sputtered” again in the second quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal. However, that “disappointing” economic news, coming on the heels of the Democratic National Convention, wasn’t reported by the broadcast evening news shows. The Commerce Department announced July 29, that the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent annual in the second quarter. But ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs said nothing about it that night or July 30 or 31. At least two of those three evening news shows found time to report on the brand new Harry Potter book released over the weekend.
With all eyes on the Democratic National Convention, the liberal media’s affection for Hillary Clinton has been laughably obvious. That extended to media websites.
CBSNews.com ‘Moneywatch’ published, “What a Hillary clinton economy might look like” article on July 26. It was written by economist Mark Thoma who said what he thinks she “gets right” and “wrong” on economic policy. Of course, it was predictably liberal, calling for massive increases in government spending.
They call it a comeback.
It is true, the U.S. economy is no longer in the depths of what has been called “The Great Recession.” But, in many ways the economy remains “weak.” Overall economic growth remains “subpar” and labor force participation rates remain shocking, not far from 38-year lows.
Then of course there’s poverty, food stamp use, weak wage growth and household income struggles. The average household is still making thousands of dollars less than they were before the recession. Those indicators tell another side to the story, one the broadcast networks haven’t said much about.
Reacting to the shocking news of Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union, UK-born Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney responded to “fearmongering” and offered an explanation of the voters’ discontent.
“The British have become increasingly frustrated by being ruled, essentially, in many aspects of their lives by an alien, foreign bureaucracy. Notably the bureaucrats in Brussels, Belgium,” Varney said in a simulcast with “Fox Business Network” and “Fox News Channel” on June 24.
President Obama threatened to bankrupt the coal industry before he was elected. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton recently told coal miners she would put a lot of them “out of business.” Both statements were clear as crystal. The left wants to eliminate the coal industry. But the network news media have done their best to conceal the issue by ignoring the Obama administration’s role in harming the coal industry and killing jobs.
The global warming alarmists in the liberal media always latch on to events and blame them on climate change. It’s their regular M.O. But recent reports claiming climate change was responsible for drowning five Pacific Islands misrepresented the science.
This irritated Dr. Simon Albert, a researcher at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, one of the scientists whose paper was “misrepresented by alarmists,” according to Breitbart London.
ABCNews.com claimed on May 9, “Five Solomon Islands Disappear Into the Pacific Ocean as a Result of Climate Change.”
Is the catastrophic global warming the media, the United Nations, alarmists scientists and celebrities have been warning about for years all a big “hustle”?
Decide for yourself after watching CFACT’s new documentary film, Climate Hustle, but you’d better act fast. The movie, which is coming to theaters for one night only May 2, 2016, challenges the so-called climate “consensus” and supplies many academic voices underrepresented in the liberal media’s coverage of climate change.
Galileo, the famous Italian astronomer and scientist, once said, “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Tell that to the UN IPCC and the news media. Presumably, Galileo would find the use of the so-called “scientific consensus” on global warming as the basis to call for prosecution of dissenters unsettling. Everyone should find it downright chilling.
The MRC has spent many years documenting the liberal media’s bias towards climate alarmism, from warnings of an “inevitable” ice age, to misreporting 2014 as the “hottest year” on record.
As an expert on the media’s record of promoting fear of climate change, MRC President and Founder L. Brent Bozell moderated an invitation-only panel discussion on the subject featuring former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, climatologist Dr. David Legates and Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, host of a new documentary from CFACT: Climate Hustle.
March Madness 2016 has begun filling up sports bars, lowering office productivity and bringing basketball and non-basketball fans together through friendly betting.
The liberal news media go crazy for “the big event,” devoting huge amounts of time to the annual college basketball tournament. Yet, the far more important matter of the national debt, which topped $19 trillion in 2016, is barely reported. Even though conservative and liberal experts have warned it is a serious threat.
The liberal news media are spinning President Barack Obama’s supreme court pick Merrick Garland as “moderate,” but Mother Jones indicated that the DC circuit court judge actually leans left on “green” issues.
Soros-funded left-wing magazine Mother Jones asked on March 16, “Will Merrick Garland Save Obama’s Climate Legacy?”
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently admitted her policies would put a certain group of people out of work, which could cost her support if the liberal media reported it.
At a CNN/TV One town hall event in Ohio on March 13, Clinton said, “[W]e’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. Right, Tim? And we’re gonna make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people.” She later added that the nation would need to move away from coal and “all” other fossil fuels.
When Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri was chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the networks relied on him to warn about the threat of climate change to planet earth.
Now that he is under fire for allegedly sexually assaulting a female colleague, the networks want nothing to do with the scandal. The Telegraph reported on March 1, that the 75-year-old Pachauri was formally charged with sexually assaulting a female employee at a think tank he ran in India. Allegations like that could undermine Pachauri’s credibility and hurt any issue he was connected to, including the media’s much-loved climate change agenda.
In six seasons, Downton Abbey — the English drama that takes place from 1912 to 1925 — has captured millions of American viewers and won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
It’s a show about the seismic shifts of society (war, economic changes, politics) that led to declining aristocratic lifestyles in Great Britain. If focuses on the story of one aristocratic family, the Crawleys, as well as the servants working in their estate at Downton Abbey. Money was a common focus of the show, since an enormous estate takes a lot of money to run and was in many ways a local economic engine.
For all that the liberal media and politicians rake CEOs over the coals for being paid too much, it turns out there is a group of people getting paid even more.
Turns out, the average college president is making $377,261 per year, more than twice the annual haul for the average CEO, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and CBSNews.com. Academia is known to be a bastion of liberal thought, and can be confirmed by Open Secrets information on political donations from the education industry. The industry wildly favors donating to democrats over republicans.
The tiny northern Pennsylvania town of Dimock has been the site of a battle over natural gas drilling for several years. Some residents claimed the drilling contaminated their water, and they sued Cabot Oil & Gas in a battle that gained national news attention.
Test after test failed to find fracking contaminants in the water, something the lawyer for those Dimock residents just admitted in court.
Liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is displeased with many of the “leading candidates” in the 2016 election, but made a nasty off-topic remark to bash conservative tax reform leader Grover Norquist in a recent column.
Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group. The organization’s mission is to “limit the size and cost of government” and to oppose tax increases, according to its website.
Warning of imminent danger from man-made climate change wasn’t enough for climate alarmists. Now, a new study has warned of 10,000 years of destruction or more if action isn’t taken against fossil fuels.
Left-wing site Common Dreams and The Guardian promoted the study published in Nature Climate Change saying that policy actions “in the next couple of years will have ‘profound impacts on global climate, ecosystems and human societies’ for the next 10,000 years and beyond ...”
The Supreme Court dealt a “major blow” to the Obama administration and the president’s climate agenda late on Feb. 9. NBC, the “Green is Universal” network ignored it entirely. CBS and ABC gave the ruling short shrift.
The Hill reported the high court blocked the “landmark climate rule for power plants” which would have assigned states drastic carbon dioxide reduction rules based on what energy sources they utilize. Liberal Slate called the ruling “an ominous sign.”
2016 was supposedly the “point of no return” for taking action on global warming, according to former Vice President Al Gore. His tipping point received widespread scorn on the right, resulting in an “Armageddon” clock posted on Rush Limbaugh’s site -- that turns zero Jan. 27.
But don’t expect the liberal news media to remind anyone of Gore’s hyperbolic claim 10 years later.
After all, the media spent those years embracing Gore’s climate agenda, promoting it and him repeatedly. At the same time, they ignored critics, errors, failed predictions and his hypocrisy. Just as they will likely ignore that Gore’s time is up.