NewsBusters Columns

This week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus, the source of the new pandemic that has led to a global economic shutdown as well as lockdowns of citizens in every major Western country. That media have somehow found time to hone in on the one issue that matters least -- the labeling of a Chinese virus as such -- in the middle of an unprecedented planetwide freeze demonstrates the utter unseriousness of those objecting. That the term should be controversial at all is nearly beyond belief.



Senator Bernie Sanders' call for socialism has resonated among many Americans, particularly young Americans. They've fallen prey to the idea of a paradise here on Earth where things are free and there's little want. But socialists never reveal what turns out to be their true agenda. Let's look at the kind of statements they used to gain power. You'll note that all of their slogans before gaining power bore little relation to the facts after they had power.



The New York Times spent $2 million on an advertisement during the Oscars broadcast in February promoting their "1619 Project." But on March 11, the Times felt pressed to publish an “update,” a “clarification” on this grand, brand-building project. It was based on the idea that slavery was “one primary reason the colonists fought the American Revolution.” It seems their point was not true. To imply that all of the American colonists were passionate advocates of slavery would be a jarring smear.



A friend tweeted from Ireland (in time for St. Patrick's Day), blaming President Trump for the major decline in the value of stocks. This same friend credited Barack Obama's economic policies when the Dow Jones Industrial Averages approached 30,000. This -- and more -- is part of our political, economic and medical divide with mixed messages coming from supposed professionals, amateurs and people who don't know what they are talking about.



The Chinese government says calling the coronavirus the “Wuhan Virus” is racist. Specifically, The Global Times, which Wikipedia describes as “a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper, commenting on international issues from a nationalistic perspective” headlines this: “Labeling China as a ‘disease incubator’ is unscientific and racist: experts.” 



Feminists have spent the last week mourning Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s failed presidential bid. The Massachusetts Senator had a plan for everything, they cried. Only sexism could explain her shocking fall from front runner to also ran status. She wasn’t “likable” enough, sexist reporters alleged. What else could explain her failure?



A big part of all of this pressure to knock candidates out of the race comes from the press. If the pack of pundits guesses you have no chance to get the nomination, they proclaim you a “zombie.” In the current design, the media elites still have more power than the voters to decide who wins. For people who claim to defend “democracy” from dying, journalists have no reservations about rushing past the voters to anoint a winner quickly. The game is declared over before halftime.



Most conservatives who lived through the Clinton years would not want to stomach all 253 minutes of the new Hillary documentary streaming on Hulu, now owned and controlled by Disney. Newt Gingrich was asked if he would do an interview for it, and the filmmakers said they were told he would “rather stick needles in [his] eye than do this interview." I sat through all of it. It’s like a 28-year-old microwaved Hot Pocket. No one needs to consume that.



All of Hollywood’s major movie studios are preparing for a major dip in box office profits due to the coronavirus outbreak, which started in communist China. MGM's new James Bond film No Time to Die has been delayed until November due to the Chinese market. 



Well isn’t this interesting?There has in fact been a lot of coverage in the media over SenateMinority Leader Chuck Schumer’s threat to Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Schumer, recall, said this while standing outside the Court and addressing a rally of the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights.