Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications  primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, 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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February 28, 2016, 10:06 AM EST

532,000 people voted in the South Carolina Democratic Party presidential primary in 2008. In this year's primary, completed yesterday, only 370,000 did. In the meantime, the state's pool of eligible voters increased by about 8 percent.

Thus, turnout in this year's Democratic primary in the Palmetto State, down by just over 30 percent in absolute terms, was down by about 35 percent on a population-adjusted basis. Beyond grudging, routine and non-specific recognitions of the decline, that's barely news. Moreover, the fact that this result occurred in a state no Democratic Party candidate has won in 40 years and in a region Republicans have mostly swept during that time certainly can't be allowed to distract from Hillary Clinton's "sweeping victory."

February 27, 2016, 11:29 PM EST

In August 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged, as paraphrased in a New York Times story, "not to use signing statements to undermine legislation passed by Congress," and "called Mr. Bush’s frequent use of such statements an abuse of his power."

On Wednesday, Obama issued another signing statement — there have now been over 30 during his presidential tenure — to put a thumb in Israel's eye, and to give aid and comfort to the misguided international anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement. The establishment press is minimizing its exposure of Obama's move, and, as usual, utterly failing to note Obama's about-face on signing statements since he took office.

February 27, 2016, 10:41 AM EST

Conservative and center-right columnists often have to do far more digging than their liberal counterparts, simply because overwhelmingly left-leaning beat journalists, aka "Democrats with bylines," provide such unbalanced reporting on current events on a daily basis.

Fortunately, the Washington Post's Marc Thiessen did the necessary work by rummaging through available information about federal court nominations in 1988 and 1992. Any beat reporter could have done the same thing, but either didn't, or decided not to report what was found. What Thiessen unearthed makes an argument-ending mockery of Vice President Joe Biden's claim, made in a Monday tweet, that when he was then Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he "urged the Senate and White House to work together":

February 26, 2016, 11:51 PM EST

Hillary Clinton, the current frontrunner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, seems to have forgotten something that was almost definitely taught in schools around the country 50 years ago — even though it appears that it has all too often been abandoned in our current Common Core-infected system.

In a softball interview with Steve Harvey on Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton, who is on record saying that Australia's gun confiscation regime "is worth looking at," discussed what she sees as the basis for additional gun laws in this country's founding documents. If a Republican or conservative made a fourth-grade mistake such as the one readers are about to see, the Big Three networks would have headlined it on their nationwide news broadcasts for the next several days.

February 25, 2016, 11:38 AM EST

The political career of California State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat who had been running for Secretary of State, came to an abrupt end in March 2014 when the strident gun-control advocate was arrested and charged with "six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license."

Last week, Yee, who pled guilty last year to "one count of conspiracy to engage in racketeering," begged for a relatively lenient sentence of five years and three months. Yesterday, he got sentenced to five years. Separate Associated Press stories in these two instances each failed to identify Yee as a Democrat.

February 24, 2016, 9:55 PM EST

In the context of his pathetic writeup on the government's disappointing report on January new-home sales, Josh Boak at the Associated Press had the nerve to claim that "demand for housing has recovered over the course of the 6 ½-year recovery from the recession."

Wow. Who knew that the industry has made it all the way back to an acceptable level at long last? The obvious answer to that question is "nobody." Even the incomplete picture Boak drew in his dispatch contradicted his ridiculous claim.

February 24, 2016, 6:37 PM EST

Hillary Clinton is still sticking to her "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" strategy as the reason she won't release transcripts of her paid speeches to big banks and Wall Street firms.

She can do this because outfits like the Associated Press are covering for her. The only recognition of Mrs. Clinton's problem, beyond a strategically segregated story (more on that later), is buried deep in unbylined timeline coverage of the presidential campaign. In an entry which goes way back to 9:10 p.m. last night buried deep in the timeline, the AP tells us that "Clinton is also reiterating her pledge to release transcripts of paid speeches to Wall Street banks only if every other presidential candidate does the same." What no one seems to have noticed is that in responding to her "challenge," declared socialist Bernie Sanders, her lone Democratic Party opponent, explained why it is so phony — not just for him, but for the other remaining serious candidates of both parties.

February 24, 2016, 10:33 AM EST

Yesterday morning, before the Republican Party's Nevada caucuses began, Nate Silver at the inexplicably hallowed FiveThirtyEight blog made a really naive and tone-deaf assumption. He reckoned that the caucuses would be a low turnout event, noting that in 2012, "only 1.9 percent of the voting-eligible population — about 33,000 people — participated in the Republican caucuses in Nevada," and spent hundreds of words speculating how that would affect each candidate's prospects.

Oops. This year's turnout in the Silver State more than doubled 2012:

February 23, 2016, 11:53 PM EST

The Associated Press clearly hopes that most Americans still pay little to no attention to New Media.

That's the only credible argument one can employ as to why the wire service's Alan Fram, in his Tuesday evening dispatch, characterized the unanimous decision of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee not to hold hearings on a potential Supreme Court nominee this year as "extraordinary." No Alan. What's "extraordinary" is how much historical and political precedent you chose to ignore in your report; how hyprocritical the President, Vice-President, and a host of other Democrats are in asserting their current positions; and how close you came to outright promotion of Democrats' promise to unleash "unremitting pressure on Republicans to back down."

February 23, 2016, 5:43 PM EST

Two important economic reports came out today at 10 a.m. One had relatively good news, while the other was a definite downer.

At 2:43 p.m., the good-news item was still listed second at the Associated Press's list of Top 10 business stories, while the bad-news item was gone. That's all in a day's work of news manipulation at what should be called the Administration's Press. (UPDATE: At 9:12 p.m., apparently lacking for any other genuinely positive stories and despite no story updates, the AP moved its dispatch on existing-home sales UP to first on the list.)

February 23, 2016, 11:13 AM EST

As noted yesterday at NewsBusters, an enterprising individual poster at C-SPAN posted a 1992 video of then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden indicating that then-President George H.W. Bush should "not name a (Supreme Court) nominee until after the November election" — and that if he did, his committee would "seriously consider NOT scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination ... until after the political campaign season is over."

Monday evening, Joel Gehrke at the Washington Examiner reported that Biden is furiously attempting to back away from his 1992 remarks with the excuse that he was only referring to a "hypothetical" vacancy. The truth is that contemporaneous coverage at the New York Times of Biden's demands indicates that they were even more stringent than those seen in the C-SPAN video.

February 22, 2016, 6:47 PM EST

Concerning the idea of entertaining a potential Supreme Court nominee before the November presidential election is decided, Allahpundit at Hot Air has summarized the left's current utterly hypocritical situation in a succinct way we'll never see in the establishment press: "The current president, current vice president, current Senate minority leader, and incoming Senate minority leader have all gone on record in the past in favor of obstructing a Supreme Court nominee."

The fact that we know where current Vice President Joe Biden stood on the matter in 1992 is due to digging by an enterprising individual poster at C-SPAN. It's reasonable to contend that this person was able to learn something many establishment press veterans already knew, but refused to tell us — and hoped we'd never learn.

February 22, 2016, 4:44 PM EST

This must be "Donald Trump is the end of the world" week at the Washington Post.

Earlier today, Tim Graham at NewsBusters described a morning "Acts of Faith" item at the Post by Joseph Loconte. Loconte compared Trump to the Pope-appointed emperor Charlemagne, who "ordered thousands executed" twelve centuries ago. Although Trump is famous for saying, "You're fired," he has not followed up those statements with summary executions. On Sunday, Danielle Allen, "a political theorist at Harvard University and a contributing columnist for The Post," wrote that with Trump's progress towards achieving the U.S. presidency thus far has led her to understand "exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany." Yeah, she went there.

February 22, 2016, 11:59 AM EST

Early Saturday morning, while covering the upcoming Nevada Democratic Party caucuses, co-host Mika Brzezinski claimed on MSNBC's Morning Joe show that a "print reporter" has "actual transcripts" of certain of Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to financial firms.

This naturally leads to the question of whether we'll ever actually see the words Mrs. Clinton spoke which typically "earned" her roughly $250,000 for a 40-minute talk — an amount which even a New York Times reporter has acknowledged seems "almost obscene."

February 21, 2016, 11:57 PM EST

If form holds, the Democratic Party's presidential candidates in the U.S. will continue to spout various forms of socialism and class warfare as the answers to this nation's woes in hopes of buying enough "free stuff" votes to hang on to the White House.

Venezuela's apparent imminent economic collapse poses a problem for this strategy. The country's problems are the direct result of 15 years of socialism gone wild at the hands of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. So how is the left-favoring press going to handle the meltdown? If coverage of that nation's recent gas-price hike at the Los Angeles Times is any indication, they'll avoid describing the country as "socialist," and they'll try to downplay the unfolding disaster as much as possible.

February 21, 2016, 8:49 PM EST

On CNN's State of the Union show Sunday morning, Jake Tapper appeared to try to carve out an exception for his network in how it has covered Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. After Sanders went into his "(we) started off as a fringe campaign" schtick, Tapper reassured the Vermont socialist: "For the record, sir, as you know, we never considered you a fringe candidate."

Well, that depends on who "we" is, Jake. (UPDATE: In response to this post, Tapper tweeted that "I meant the teams at The Lead and State of the Union ... Thanks for the comprehensive post." The original unrevised post follows the jump.)

February 21, 2016, 10:39 AM EST

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein is reporting that "Turnout in Nevada's Democratic caucuses dropped by about one third on Saturday as compared to 2008, raising questions about a lack of enthusiasm among the party's voters." There have been precious few other acknowledgments of this in the establishment press.

Based on the Democratic Party's less than transparent presentation of the caucuses' results, there's apparently no way to directly confirm what Klein reported. Klein relied on "an estimate provided to the Washington Examiner by the Nevada Democratic Party." How Klein had to get his information provides a window into the strange Nevada caucus process the press is failing to communicate. Instead they seem obsessed with spinning Hillary Clinton's alleged five- or six-point "victory" (and yes, the word belongs in quotes) as something far more significant than it really is.

February 20, 2016, 9:41 PM EST

Liberal Alan Colmes, apparently miffed at people who have criticized President Barack Obama for not attending the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, asserted earlier today that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz would not be there.

Colmes got it wrong. Cruz was there, and it was known for quite some time that he would be there. Colmes, since the words "I'm sorry" are apparently not in his vocabulary, pretended that he hadn't been caught making something up.

February 20, 2016, 10:12 AM EST

West Virginia became the nation's 26th state with a "right-to-work" law a bit over a week ago. At the same time, it also repealed "prevailing wage" requirements for public construction projects.

The idea that the formerly Democrat-dominated Mountain State would pass either item was unthinkable as little as a decade ago. That was before the Obama administration began its war on coal-powereed electricity generation. Now the state has a Republican legislature which is trying to save what's left of the state's economy and prevent a further jobs exodus. Despite the Mountain State's history of violent union-management confrontations almost a century ago, all of this has received relatively little national press coverage. As would be expected, the story at the largely union-represented Associated Press on the day the two measures became law was ignorant and misleading.

February 19, 2016, 5:38 PM EST

The Associated Press has posted four stories during the past week on the machete-wielding Islamist who attacked patrons at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus, Ohio on February 11, seriously wounding several.

The wire service's coverage has been a textbook example of deliberate reality avoidance.