Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications  primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog,, since 2005, and has been with NewsBusters since December 2005. Along the way, he's had a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development.

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November 15, 2016, 10:55 AM EST

On Sunday, Matthew Harrigan, the President and CEO of PacketSled, Inc., posted specific threats to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter and Facebook. The company's board placed Harrigan on administrative leave on Monday and announced his "resignation" very early Tuesday morning.

That a company CEO could do what Harrigan did has to be national news, right? Well, not yet. Searches on the company's name at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Associated Press's main national site, its Big Story site, and at the New York Times returned no results, even though the tweets involved occurred about 1-1/2 days ago. And where are the lamentations about the "climate of hate" which might have brought such a person to do something so completely unhinged?

November 15, 2016, 6:46 AM EST

On CNN Newsroom Monday, host Brianna Keilar claimed that she covered an incident or incidents involving Tea Party "people" (plural) who spit on members of Congress and hurled racial slang terms at African-American members of Congress.

In the Tea Party's seven-plus years of national presence, there is only one known event involving two separate incidents when what Keilar referred to could conceivably have occurred. Despite what Keilar claims took place, and despite the presence of hundreds of fellow protesters and dozens of phone and other cameras at the incidents, no one has ever proven that anyone deliberately spat on a member of Congress, nor has anyone proven that racial epithets or slang terms were hurled. The available evidence indicates that these things never happened.

November 14, 2016, 10:52 PM EST

William Finnegan's lengthy report from Venezuela in the November 14 edition of the New Yorker begs two obvious questions: Where have you guys been? And why did you wait until the wee hours on November 7, the day before Election Day in the U.S., when almost everyone's attention was on the presidential and other contests, to post it online?

The report's headline asks a question: "How did this happen?" Finnegan fails to satisfactorily answer it. Instead, he wants readers to believe that the country began an inexorable downhill slide many years before Hugo Chavez took over Venezuela's government and embarked on his Bolivarian socialist "revolution." It wasn't inevitable, but his telling of the story contains implicit warnings applicable to the U.S. which the magazine appears to have decided that its left-leaning readers didn't need to see before they voted.

November 14, 2016, 11:12 AM EST

Former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston has found a calling, and it's to take down Donald Trump by any means necessary, including assigning the R-word — racist — to the President-elect's desired policies. In his most recent attack during an MSNBC interview, Johnston effectively smeared every American who wants to see Obamacare repealed as either a racist or someone providing aid and comfort to racists and white supremacists.

November 13, 2016, 11:23 PM EST

Considering that it's coming from the New York Times, reporter Sabrina Tavernise's account of what happened in Ohio to swing it from a close Obama win in 2012 to a near-blowout for Donald Trump in 2016 was reasonably well-done, but still had glaring flaws. Her story's human interest elements were strong, but the accompanying statistics provided were sparse, and really needed to be there to tell the full tale. Tavernise's biggest failures were first, not describing how historically large Trump's Buckeye State victory margin was, and second, neglecting to attribute a large portion of that margin to sharply lower overall turnout among Democrats. Those two elements enabled her to avoid entertaining the possibility that Ohio — but to be clear, not necessarily the rest of the nation, or even the Midwest — may have just experienced a potentially seismic electoral realignment.

November 12, 2016, 11:16 AM EST

The Associated Press and reporter Josh Lederman are feeling sorry for outgoing President Barack Obama. Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, in advance of Obama's last foreign tour, the AP's headline at Lederman's dispatch read: "On last foreign tour, Obama must find a way to explain Trump."

Lederman wrote that our poor, put-upon president "must pivot and reassure the U.S. and other countries that somehow, it will all be OK." It's almost as if he needs to provide "safe spaces" on Air Force One for grieving foreign snowflakes who are apparently having as hard a time accepting reality as many U.S. college students.

November 11, 2016, 10:49 AM EST

Imagine if a business establishment told those who voted for Hillary Clinton that "you have no place here" and demanded their resignations. There would be wall-to-wall press coverage, calls for a boycott, street protests at company headquarters, and years of payback in the form of "diversity" and "sensitivity" training. There will almost certainly be none of that at Chicago-based Grubhub, whose CEO and Co-Founder Matt Maloney, in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election victory, told employees in an email, after a four-paragraph lament on how awful it was, that "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation."

November 10, 2016, 11:41 PM EST

Wednesday morning at 12:42 a.m., as it was becoming clear that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was on the verge of officially defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency, Paul Krugman at the New York Times noted at the paper's election night live blog that the "markets are plunging." He then wrote: "If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never."

November 8, 2016, 4:14 PM EST

Hello to all. I appreciate being given the awesome task of handling tonight's NewsBusters 2016 general election thread. We'll go live somewhere around 5:30-6 p.m. ET and hang in there as long as we need to (hopefully not as long as 2000, for those of you who remember staying up til 6 a.m. the next morning and STILL not knowing who won -- and we wouldn't know for another 5 weeks or so.)

November 8, 2016, 1:02 PM EST

Shortly after noon on Monday, in three publicly visible tweets to Missouri Democratic Party Senator Claire McCaskill, Mitchell referred to how "we're going to be fine in terms of taking back the Senate," whined about how FBI Director James Comey had "muddled this race," and wondered why "he sent that letter" — presumably referring to his letter to Congress in late October concerning the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

November 7, 2016, 1:37 PM EST

If you believe the Obama administration, the Hillary Clinton campaign and their apparatchiks in the press — and as we've learned during the past several weeks, all three work assiduously to sing from the same hymnal — the economy we've seen during the presidency of Barack Obama has been one of slow but still acceptable recovery and (yes, this word has been frequently used) "durable" expansion.

November 6, 2016, 5:21 PM EST

While interviewing Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken on Sunday, Jake Tapper used the classic "some other people say" tactic — in this case, referring to "some columnists" — to peddle the idea that there is a deliberate anti-Semitic undertone in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's final 2-minute campaign ad.

November 5, 2016, 10:11 PM EDT

On Thursday, the web site of The Atlantic magazine published a column one would have in saner times expected to see at a misandrist outfit like Jezebel. Chimamanda Adichie's rapturous praise of Hillary Clinton claimed that those who loathe Mrs. Clinton do so because she "offended the old patriarchal order," that her "congenital liar" label has stuck only because "she was a first lady who refused to be still and silent," and that "Because Hillary Clinton is a woman, she is judged too harshly for doing what most politicians do."

November 5, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT

On Friday, a Virginia jury determined that Rolling Stone magazine defamed former University of Virginia associate dean of students Nicole Eramo when it published, and then refused to fully retract, its 9,000-word November 2014 "A Rape on Campus" story — and that the magazine did so with malice.

November 4, 2016, 10:00 PM EDT

A Wednesday column at Vanity Fair by former National Public Radio CEO Ken Stern started on a promising track, but ended up in the same place as the rest of the establishment press: Donald Trump must lose, even if the press has to abandon all semblance of fairness and objectivity to accomplish that task. Stern observed the obviously unbalanced presidential race coverage at the Washington Post with its "incredible array of (Donald) Trump-phobia" and "virtually no mention of Clinton or any other candidate." But then, as will be seen after the jump, he basically justified it all.

November 3, 2016, 3:41 PM EDT

A decade ago, the press burned through tons of newsprint, hours and hours of broadcast time, and huge amounts of Internet bandwidth obsessing over the possibility that Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's closest adviser, would be indicted in connection with the alleged revelation of the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

November 1, 2016, 6:58 PM EDT

At the New York Times Monday evening, Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers reported that "none of the (FBI) investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government."

October 31, 2016, 11:36 PM EDT

When the outrageous remarks about women Donald Trump made in 2005 became known just before the second presidential debate, the press compiled exhaustive lists of Republicans far and wide who would no longer support the Republican presidential nominee.

Will the press compile similar lists of those who won't support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in light of new developments during the past several days relating to her use of a private server and private email accounts for government business? Will they even ask anyone the question? It can now be reported that the won't-vote-for-Hillary list — and it certainly has more than one person, even if not yet admitted — has a member whose relationship with the Clintons goes back over two decades: Democrat pollster Doug Schoen.

October 31, 2016, 10:26 AM EDT

Monday morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, a mortified Mika Brzezinski went after Democrats who are now treating FBI Director James Comey as the devil personified, and came perilously close to delivering a mea culpa for her harsh criticisms of Republicans who support Republican nominee Donald Trump.

October 29, 2016, 8:00 PM EDT

The press, as would be expected, is swallowing Michelle Obama's pose as being intensely offended by the alleged offenses of Donald and as a passionate defender of Hillary Clinton, showering praise on her as "Hillary's secret weapon" at seemingly every turn.

What a crock. Mrs. Obama has directly criticized the Clintons' conduct as First Family and its matriarch; instead of taking it back, she and her husband Barack have claimed that we couldn't understand the words she plainly spoke. Her willingness — arguably eagerness — to indulge "musicians" who are among rap's most notoriously misogynists makes a mockery of her claim that the allegations against Donald Trump have "shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted." Naturally, the press is completely uninterested in exposing her hypocrisy.