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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September 21, 2016, 6:52 AM EDT

Investigative reporters at the Associated Press have occasionally come up with meaningful nuggets putting Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's conduct and record in a bad light. Examples include several scoops in the email/private-server scandal and its research finding that "More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money" (or had money given by their corporate entities) to the Clinton Foundation.

The same cannot be said about its beat reporters covering the presidential race, who, with most of the rest of the establishment press, completely deserve the sharp criticism contained in a Monday Investors Business Daily editorial. IBD observed that "the ferocity of the media campaign against (Donald Trump)" while giving Mrs. Clinton serial passes "should give everyone pause." In a Sunday afternoon story, the AP's Laurie Kellman offered up a perfect example.

September 20, 2016, 1:19 PM EDT

In early August, a CNN reporter tweeted an email he purportedly received from a donor to Republican Party nominee Donald Trump's presidential campaign alleging that there was no way that a donor could cancel a recurring contribution. That got the attention of several establishment press outlets and the left-biased "fact checkers" who thought they smelled smoke, but ultimately found no fire.

Several days ago, the New York Observer followed up on a documented complaint by a Minnesota woman first reported at a local TV station in early June. Claiming communications with "multiple sources," reporter Liz Corkin asserted that the Clinton campaign is "purposefully and repeatedly overcharging" small-dollar contributors "after they make what’s supposed to be a one-time small donation through her official campaign website." Establishment press interest this time? None — except to have one of the so-called "fact checkers" dismiss Corkin's contentions as "unproven."

September 19, 2016, 9:34 PM EDT

As has so often been the case in the wake of terrorist attacks, the press is de-prioritizing what actually occurred during the St. Cloud, Minnesota mall stabbing spree in favor of a "watch out for the backlash" narrative. This is what occurred at the Associated Press late Monday afternoon, where the headline at the dispatch by Kyle Potter and Amy Forliti reads: "SOMALI COMMUNITY BRACES FOR MINNESOTA MALL ATTACK BACKLASH." It's as if the awful "backlash" will definitely happen, even though in so many other analogous instances it hasn't.

September 19, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT

It's been ten days since Hillary Clinton made her "basket of deplorables" remark, claiming that "half" of Donald Trump's supporters, i.e., essentially one-fourth of all Americans, is one or more of the following: "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic," and a catch-all in case she missed anything, "You name it."

Since then, the most revealing aspect of the fallout from those remarks, other than the fact the Mrs. Clinton couldn't bring herself to simply say, "I was wrong, and I am sorry," instead issuing an all too typical non-apology apology — is how many leftist commentators have come out and insisted that she was right in the first place, and that she therefore need not and should not apologize. Some pundits believe that she should have hit all Trump supporters with the "deplorables" tag. One of the more visible members of the "it really is half" club is columnist and Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

September 19, 2016, 7:27 AM EDT

During the Obama years, the press has been perpetually on the prowl looking to expose anyone on the center-right perceived as insulting President Obama. One example: A non-elected Orange County, California Republican official committed the thought crime of forwarding — not creating, forwarding — an internal e-mail she received from a friend depicting Obama in very unflattering terms. This was a national story at CNN, the Associated Press, and other national outlets. The woman involved apologized, as she should have. Now let's see if the press demonstrates any interest in elected Virginia Democrat Mark Levine's outrageous description of Donald Trump supporters as "mentally deficient" in a Fox News Saturday afternoon discussion.

September 18, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT

Utah-based Hispanic activist Tony Yapias has drawn a fairly high level of national attention during the past six years.

Most recently, Yapias's name came up in coverage of a clash between "protesters" and supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Salt Lake City in March. A search on his full name at the New York Times returns eight in-house items between 2010 and 2014. He has been variously described as "director of an immigration advocacy group," "a longtime Latino leader in Utah," and as "an activist with political interests." A week ago, Mr. Yapias picked up another tag: accused rapist. I haven't been able to locate any nationally distributed establishment media coverage of Yapias's arrest.

September 18, 2016, 2:06 PM EDT

In an extended Friday writeup which appeared on Page A9 in its print edition, Matt Flegenheimer at the New York Times appeared to be preparing the paper's left-wing audience for what was supposedly unthinkable just a month ago: The possibility that Hillary Clinton might lose the presidential election.

The theme, as would be expected, was how Mrs. Clinton could "actually blow this." Since liberals never lose because their ideas and positions are unpopular (that's sarcasm, folks), Flegenheimer absurdly pointed at the campaign's mishandling of Mrs. Clinton's pneumonia last week as the primary cause of the potential failure. To do this, he only made a glancing reference to Mrs. Clinton's email/private-server scandal (without using the "S-word," of course), and completely ignored her "deplorables" insult directed at "half" of rival Donald Trump's supporters and the myriad controversies associated with the Clinton Foundation.

September 17, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT

Friday night, yours truly detailed the latest evidence demonstrating that the Hillary Clinton campaign and a close confidant of Mrs. Clinton herself were involved in early 2008 in spreading the “birther” rumors, i.e., that then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. Despite this news and other longstanding items, the Associated Press and others still insist that there is "no evidence" that Mrs. Clinton was connected with the rumors' initiation.

Concerning the Clinton confidant, former McClatchy Washington Bureau chief James Asher tweeted early Friday morning that Sidney Blumenthal “spread the Obama birther rumor to me in 2008, asking us to investigate.” What he didn’t say is that Blumenthal’s urgings actually caused McClatchy to investigate the matter, even sending reporter(s) to Kenya, where Blumenthal had “told me (Asher) in person Obama (was) born."

September 16, 2016, 10:36 PM EDT

The press continues to ignore reality by insisting that it's a settled matter that Hillary Clinton and conpany were never involved in fomenting and promoting the Barack Obama "birther" rumors. Even today, with damning new evidence that a campaign apparatchik started such an effort, and that a confidant whose relationship with the Clintons goes back to Bill Clinton's presidency pitched the story to a former journalist at the McClatchy news service, reporters Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire at the Associated Press insisted, as if it's an undisputed fact, that "there is no evidence" that "the 'birther movement' was started by Hillary Clinton."

September 15, 2016, 12:54 PM EDT

One of the great mysteries surrounding the controversy over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit (or kneel) through the National Anthem at the beginning of his team's games (while wearing socks during practices depicting police as pigs) has been the National Football League's nonchalant response.

Perhaps the league thought that the matter would blow over in a week or two if it indulged Kaepernick, which it certainly did with its "it's his right" response, accompanied by no visible reminder that his actions and the actions of other players have the potential to damage the league's standing, reputation and popularity. The league also must have thought that Kaepernick's protest wouldn't be imitated by other players. This was a major miscalculation, and it's showing signs of hurting the league where it really counts — in the pocketbook.

September 14, 2016, 7:57 AM EDT

Neal Gabler, who for decades has claimed that the press is consistently biased — against the left! — typed up a 1,000-word screed which appeared at Reuters Tuesday afternoon decrying what he described as "sub-news," and how it has been irresponsibly "driving the (Hillary) Clinton health rumors."

Gabler describes "sub-news" as "a pipeline of effluvium that flows beneath the mainstream news and occasionally leeches into it, causing 'information pollution.'" A particularly pernicious addition to that pipeline and the related pollution was indeed published on Monday, perhaps after Gabler submitted his column to Reuters. This conspiracy theory claims that "Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned" — by Vladimir Putin and/or Donald Trump. That's about as "out there" as you can you get. Oh, wait a minute. That conspiracy theory appeared courtesy of the tinfoil hat crew at the Washington Post, in an item by sportsblogger and sportstweeter Cindy Boren.

September 13, 2016, 8:11 PM EDT

That the press has become quite unnerved over the tight presidential race is apparent in the Associated Press's coverage of Republican nominee Donald Trump's Monday campaign rally in Asheville, North Carolina.

John Hinderaker at Powerline alertly noted that reporters for both Breitbart and AP prepared dispatches on the event, enabling a quite telling comparison of the two efforts. The headline at his post says it all about how they compare: "Reality Versus the Associated Press."

September 13, 2016, 1:46 PM EDT

It's clear that GQ.com isn't at all interested in consistency, and that it doesn't care if it gets caught employing a blatant double standard. Catching them at it was just too easy. In the wake of the latest reported incident involving President Barack Obama's 18 year-old daughter Malia — she has been photographed while playing the drinking game Pong in Maryland, a state where, as in the rest of the country, the legal drinking age is 21 — GQ writer Jay Willis has demanded that the press "Stop Snitching on Malia Obama, Y'All" (an ironic headline given the primary object of his wrath is the UK Daily Mail, where "y'all" is not exactly a commonly heard contraction). In 2005, GQ.com, in what appears to have been a house editorial, was still going after George W. Bush's daughters, while referring back to their 2001 citations for underage drinking.

September 13, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

Though the focus has often been elsewhere during much of the 2016 presidential campaign, the state of the U.S. economy, which has limped along at an annual growth rate of 1.2 percent during the past four quarters, remains an important election issue. Since Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton represents the party currently in power, it is incumbent on the left-leaning press to make the current underachieving and bitterly disappointing economy look as good as it possibly can for the next two months. Accordingly, the headline Monday morning in a story at the Associated Press about a group of economists which has just lowered its consensus growth forecast only tells readers: "Growth expected for at least 2 more years."

September 12, 2016, 10:52 AM EDT

The Huffington Post faced a quandary yesterday.

Because of the "medical episode" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton suffered yesterday, HuffPo Senior Politics Editor Sam Stein knew that far-left website, after months of avoidance, would have to break down and start treating her health and stamina as genuine news topics. But he also decided that he needed to tweet the equivalent of a trigger warning to the website's large cadre of easily offended, reality-avoiding readers.

September 11, 2016, 7:25 PM EDT

Stephanie Cutter believes that Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton really made a mistake in her Friday evening "basket of deplorables" statement about Republican nominee Donald Trump's supporters at a fundraiser in New York City when she limited the "basket" to "half" of them. On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, Cutter, the former 2012 Obama presidential campaign manager and short-lived cohost of CNN's failed attempt to revive Crossfire a couple of years ago, made it clear that she believes that far more than half, and perhaps all, of Trump's supporters belong in that "deplorables" basket containing people Mrs. Clinton described as "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it."

September 11, 2016, 5:30 PM EDT

Apparently just arriving after over a year spent in a virtually news-free, hermetically sealed cave, New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer pretended that former President Bill Clinton has, until he recently began complaining about the treatment of the Clinton Foundation, had "more than a year of uncharacteristic restraint." In the real world the rest of us inhabit, Clinton has benefited from over a year of the establishment press downplaying or ignoring his angry responses to challenges and his elitist statements, including his two most recent gaffes: a sneering reference to "coal people" and a claim that the Donald Trump campaign's "Make America Great Again" slogan is racist. The national press's consistent disinterest in reporting his remarks explains how the Times reporter can write what he did with a straight face.

September 10, 2016, 3:07 PM EDT

At a Friday night fundraiser serendipitously open to the press, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton characterized half of Donald Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables," and further described an undetermined number of these "deplorables" as "irredeemable."

As has so often been the case, the headline and opening paragraph of the initial report at the Associated Press about her remarks, seen in a running "The Latest" series, wasn't really about her. It was about Donald Trump's reaction. A later headline, desperately trying to cover up Mrs. Clinton's critical mistake for people who won't click through to read Catherine Lucey's report, said that she only called "many" Trump supporters "deplorables," not "half."

September 10, 2016, 1:23 PM EDT

Leftist reporters and commentators have been tagging the "Make America Great Again" slogan of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as bigoted and hateful virtually since his candidacy began. Somehow, even though many of them surely recall it without having to do any research, they've managed to fail to note that Bill Clinton used those very words in 2008 to promote his wife Hillary's presidential candidacy against then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Clinton himself characterized Trump's slogan as racist earlier this week, even though he also used that exact phrase on at least four occasions to promote his own presidential candidacy in 1992.

Leave it to Fox News's Juan Williams, who has now admitted that he's among those who recalls Bill Clinton's past use of the phrase, to try to pathetically excuse all of this hypocrisy based on "context."

September 9, 2016, 8:38 PM EDT

On September 2 (appearing in the Sept. 3 print edition), New York Times op-ed columnist and correspondent Timothy Egan moved the smear meter to 11 reacting to Donald Trump's August 31 speech in Arizona on immigration. Thanks to the intervening holiday weekend, it took Bill O'Reilly at Fox News a bit of time to hit back at Egan — but when he did Thursday evening, he made it count.