For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Why people like Sarah Palin.
College football schedule below the fold. What are the must-see games, and name the upset(s) of the week!
Detroit and Minnesota still fighting to get into the MLB playoffs. Who will be playing baseball next week, and who's going to win the NL West: Colorado or LA?
NHL started this week. Any predictions?
Another NASCAR event Sunday.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Let's have a rousing welcome for our new contributor and longtime NewsBusters member Candance Moore.
In her first piece for us, Candance skillfully examines the Boston Globe's peculiar double standard concerning what's happening in Afghanistan.
Not surprisingly, its position changed after Inauguration Day.
Despite presidential lobbying, Chicago loses the Summer Games 2016 bid. In the first round. Cue the Price is Right losing horns:
BMI's Julia A. Seymour appeared on today's Fox Business Live with Stuart Varney to discuss the discrepancy in media coverage of unemployment under Presidents Reagan and Obama.
Author of BMI's latest study, "Networks Flip-Flop on Jobs," Seymour explained her findings:
We looked specifically at seven months of coverage in 1982 and again in 2009 that had very similar periods of unemployment where it was going up between 8 - between 8 and the high 9 percent range. And what we found was that the network reporting on ABC, NBC and CBS was overwhelmingly negative to Reagan but positive toward Obama. They were actually 13 times more negative to President Reagan than they were to Obama.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Palin's new book shaping up to be a bestseller.
Forty-eight days before the release and she’s already topped Dan Brown’s latest conspiracy-theory casserole at both [Barnes and Noble and Amazon]. To put that in perspective, note that the book doesn’t even have a cover yet.
Will the MSM ignore, as they did with Levin, Beck, and Malkin?
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell appeared on this morning's edition of "Fox & Friends" to discuss how the mainstream media is downplaying or ignoring ACORN's history of legal trouble over voter fraud, all while casting the liberal community organizer as the victim of conservatives and Republicans.
Fox News anchor Steve Doocy had Mr. Bozell explain the inaccuracies in a September 23 USA Today article.
You can watch the video by clicking the play button in the embed at the right. A transcript appears below the page break:
Appearing on the September 28 "Fox & Friends," Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher mocked the New York Times's admission that it was "slow off the mark" in reporting on the recent ACORN prostitution sting video scandal (audio available here):
It's just like [ABC's] Charlie Gibson days after the fact saying in an interview that he has no idea what ACORN is all about, that he was out yachting. These people just don't get it. When we say that they live in their little world somewhere between the corridors of Washington, D.C., and New York City, it's true.... When they see the real world, they see it through the lens of those right-wing zealots up to no good on Fox television.
"Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Bozell how the Times, which most certainly monitors cable news networks for breaking news, "how could they not be aware of those undercover videos?" Bozell answered:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: even WaPo thinks nuclear disarmament is a pipe dream.
President Obama's dream of a world without nuclear weapons seems more like a nightmare to Russia and other nations that possess doomsday arms. Obama is pushing on a door that is closed, barred from inside and locked with a key that has been thrown away as far as the Kremlin is concerned.
Full schedule below the fold.
Obviously, I'm looking at Niners vs. Vikes. A Niner win, or at least a good showing here, could mean my boys are back after many years of stagnation. Fingers crossed.
What are the games you're looking at?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: you tell us.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: ObamaCare will fine you if you don't buy health insurance!
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama, Brown, and Sarkozy to accuse Iran of concealing a nuclear enrichment facility from inspectors.
Today's announcement is being made to press their case, along with a demand that Iran allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to see the facility, as first reported by the New York Times.
"The liberal media claim to champion free speech, but if they continue to turn a blind eye to this offense, we can only assume they approve of government censorship," Media Research Center President Brent Bozell argued in a statement released today.
Mr. Bozell was reacting to news of the federal Department of Health and Human Services placing a gag order on private health insurance companies communicating to their Medicare Advantage customers their concerns about Democratic health care reform proposals. The gag order is backed by a threat of federal prosecution.
Even so, this flagrant abuse of power by the Obama administration has been underreported in the mainstream media. The Washington Post has not printed one word about the violation, and while ABC News aired a segment on its September 22 broadcast, their rivals at the CBS "Evening News" and NBC "Nightly News" have ignored the transgression.
Mr. Bozell's full statement appears below the page break:
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell appeared this morning on the only major network President Obama neglected in Sunday's morning show press blitz, the Fox News Channel. During his appearance, Bozell argued that President Obama is "lying with disturbing regularity," that the media are not calling him on it, and that Obama's press strategy is not working in building support for his policies, despite a media biased in his favor.
Asked by "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy if the president's Sunday morning show blitz was fruitful, Bozell answered in the negative, arguing that Obama is turning off the audience he's trying to win over:
What's settling in is Obama fatigue. The man is giving the same speech over and over and over and over again, and now he has to go on five networks to find an audience, cumulative audience, because the audience just isn't there. And the audience that is listening is being turned off.
As to why Obama refused to go on Fox, Bozell argued that it was because unlike the other networks with those networks' generally softball questions, "he's going to get a serious question or two" on Fox.
Bozell also noted a major contrast with "The Great Communicator," President Ronald Reagan: