Jeffrey Lord is a contributing writer for NewsBusters
Jeffrey Lord is a Contributing Writer for NewsBusters.
Lord is a former White House political director in the Reagan White House and aide to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania he went on to work for the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, then going on to serve on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and Executive Assistant to US Senator John Heinz (R-Pa.). He was the chief of staff for Reagan-Bush ’84 co-chair Drew Lewis as well as to Mr. Lewis in his role as chairman of Warner-Amex Cable (now Time Warner) in New York City.
Now a writer and commentator, he is a Contributing Editor of The American Spectator, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel and Newsmax TV. His work has been discussed on The Rush Limbaugh Show, and he has also appeared on the Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham talk radio shows in addition to talk radio programs across the country. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Harrisburg Patriot-News and other publications. He is the author of The Borking Rebellion:The Untold True Story of How a Bipartisan Group of Pennsylvania Women Attorneys Took on the Entire US Senate Judicial Confirmation Process - and Won. Lord, a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, now lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
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Seth Rogen needs to start writing a new script telling this story for the screen, the story of the Sony cave-in to North Korea and its hackers -- starring himself with James Franco and George Clooney as a co-stars. Not to mention every other Hollywood star who has genuine guts, not the make-believe version, to stand up and be counted.
Lena Dunham tries to shame conservative bloggers with their "meat hands" for their callous writing on sexual assault. But Dunham's collapsing story about her own campus rape isn't the only outrage. There's also her hypocrisy over the accused rapist who became president.
Jim Geraghty at National Review nailed the problem for the media: "What If the Media's 'Narrative Journalism' Harms Their Own Causes?" Especially when their journalism turns out to be reckless and false.
The media calls climate change skeptics “anti-science.” Then along comes the seemingly un-related death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. And wonder of wonders…suddenly for liberals in the media science is just one big no big deal. The point is made sadly if exquisitely in the liberal media treatment of the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.
Jon Stewart says Sean Hannity is a “loathsome dude.” The host of The Daily Show makes a point of saying of Hannity that he is “probably the most loathsome dude over there” -- there being, of course, Fox News.
Which raise an obvious question, a question impossible to miss.
Controversial MIT professor Jonathan Gruber - in the headlines for repeated videotaped admissions of lying to the “stupid” American people in writing the ACA law has been tied to the hotly controversial issue of amnesty for illegal immigrants. An amnesty that would get around the prohibitions of the ACA that deny Obamacare to illegal immigrants by simply and directly removing the status of “undocumented” from “undocumented immigrants” - thereby making them eligible for Obamacare.
Why in the world did Greta Van Susteren and all these others have to do the job that the United States government should have been doing with a U.S. Marine detained in Mexico? Certainly we’re not going to be getting an explanation from the Obama White House. Which in itself says something. Once upon a time America had a president with a very different view of his role in this kind of situation.
Why do conservatives mistrust the liberal media? Much-celebrated Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee knew why. They decided scandals about their political enemies were national news, even the greatest scandals of our lives. But they felt scandals about their political friends should be buried forever. Those were personal lives that shouldn't be exposed.
The Taranto Principle strikes again.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Center for Disease Control, has just slammed headlong into the Taranto Principle. No wonder this smart, talented doctor is wandering around staggered at repeated calls to resign, calls coming from everyone from Fox’s Bill O’Reilly to members of Congress and a growing crowd beyond.
Brian Stelter used to work for the New York Times. Apparently he doesn’t read it.
This curious fact came to light recently when Stelter, now the host of CNN’s obviously erroneously named Reliable Sources, invited PBS “science” correspondent Miles O’Brien on his show. The two zeroed in on this statement from Fox’s Andrea Tantaros: “I've said it before, I'll say it again -- in these countries, they do not believe in traditional medical care. So, someone could get off a flight and seek treatment from a witch doctor." This was more than enough to have Stelter and O’Brien foaming.
There’s no tale here of some 18-year-old Russian kid hacking into an American chain store or a super secret Mossad/CIA plot to insert the Stuxnet cyber worm into the computers running the Iranian nuclear program.
This time these stories of cyber warfare or cyber fraud are all homegrown. The fingers on the keyboard belong to American leftists and two of the three targets are exactly those you would expect leftist digital warriors of social media to target -- Rush Limbaugh and Fox News
The movie star and the millionaire aristocrats have been questioned and found wanting. Uh-oh.
After almost six years of unrelenting class warfare enthusiastically promoted by President Obama, with all the precision of historic inevitability the rhetoric and policies of the Occupy Wall Street enthusiasts have now rounded on two of the more famous members of the One Percent.
You can’t make it up.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken a Rush Limbaugh discussion on sexual assault, deliberately lied about it, then turned it into a fundraising pitch with a blast e-mail. And oh yes: the DCCC, in yet another liberal assault on free speech, wants to pressure advertisers to drop Rush and take him off the air based on the lie, so a petition has been launched.
Feminist senators and a CBS sportscaster mount a high horse against domestic violence by dismissed NFL running back Ray Rice. But did they ever care when a woman came forward to say she was raped by Bill Clinton?
Somehow, liberal politicians and media companies will excuse a white liberal politician when he is accused of a violent sexual assault. Who cares to get to the bottom of it?
In a bizarre twist of reality, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has demanded The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros and Fox apologize for “Islamophobia.”
Why is Ms. Tantaros in the dock? (She actually made her remarks on another Fox show, Outnumbered.) And Fox too?
Call it the Ebola of Journalism. And its spreading -- to Time and CNN.
The cover of the September 1, 2014 issue of Time could not be more explicit. Showing a dramatic image of a black man on his knees, hands raised with the cover bearing the title "The Tragedy of Ferguson," it was written by David Von Drehle and Alex Altman in the tones of the standard liberal “I-told-you-so” thinking on race . It included the line: “We’ve been here before—and failed to learn the lessons.”
The headline couldn’t be missed.
The Huffington Post could not be any plainer if Arianna Huffington herself were walking down the main street of Ferguson at the head of a screaming mob swinging a noose. The liberal online web site wanted Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson arrested - pronto - and damn any investigation into the facts of the case - aka the truth - surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown.
Within the space of a week, the Public Editor of The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, and Sarah Durand, a senior editor of publisher Simon & Schuster subsidiary Atria Books, have vividly illustrated how the game of liberal media bias works.
Let’s start with the Times.
Moral clarity. Or moral relativity.
The Prime Minister of Israel, sitting across from a visiting Sean Hannity, looked Hannity and his Fox News audience in the eye, using the phrase “moral clarity” with reference to Israel’s on-going battle with Hamas and the larger conflict with radical Islamists. Hannity himself has used the phrase. Yet the phrase Benjamin Netanyahu used can just as easily apply to Hannity himself, Hannity’s trip to Israel bringing desperately needed moral clarity to the larger media coverage of the current events in the Middle East.