Blogger Blasts Bernie’s ‘Right-Wing’ Position on Philly Soda Tax

April 28th, 2016 10:22 PM
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait admires Bernie Sanders’s willingness (eagerness?) to raise taxes so as to “finance the kind of social benefits American liberals would prefer.” That’s why Chait is disappointed that Sanders opposes Philadelphia’s proposed three-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, revenue from which would fund citywide pre-…

Barely News: During Strike, an 'Odd' Increase in Vandalism At Verizon

April 23rd, 2016 11:56 PM
In an utterly amazing and totally unexpected coincidence, Verizon is reporting that there has been a spike in vandalism and sabotage against its facilities since workers went on strike on April 13. (That's sarcasm, folks.) Paul J. Gough at the Pittsburgh Business Times has reported the company's claim that "there have been more than two dozen cases of what it called sabotage to…

Name That Party: Daily Beast Omits Kathleen Kane's Dem Affiliation

August 6th, 2015 3:24 PM

The top law-enforcement officer in the Keystone State, Democrat Kathleen Kane, is in trouble for allegedly abusing the powers of her office. Yet in briefly noting the story in their Cheat Sheet digest on Thursday, the Daily Beast omitted any reference to her party affiliation.

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ABC Ignores Dem Rep’s Criminal Indictment; NBC Mentions Ties to Wife

July 29th, 2015 8:53 PM
ABC failed to cover on Wednesday’s World News Tonight the criminal indictment of Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah (Penn.) on charges related to alleged racketeering and conspiracy that resulted in the misuse of campaign funds and federal grant money for his personal gain. Surprisingly, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News covered the story and labeled Fattah as a Democrat in…

PennLive Whines As It Reverses Pro-Traditional Marriage Comments Ban

June 28th, 2015 3:37 PM
On Friday, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters reported that "the Harrisburg, PA newspaper The Patriot News announced that both they and their online site PennLive.com 'will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.'" As of three years ago, the newspaper claimed weekly circulation of 476,000. Its current hype to advertisers boasts of…
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PA Paper Will ‘Strictly Limit’ Posts, Letters for Traditional Marriage

June 26th, 2015 4:02 PM
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to make gay marriage legal nationwide, the Harrisburg, PA newspaper The Patriot News announced that both they and their online site PennLive.com “will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.”
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Crazed Penn State Prof Busted for Flying While Liberal

March 17th, 2015 10:47 PM
Many of you probably saw the network news reports about the United Airlines flight yesterday that returned to Dulles International airport when a crazed passenger yelling something about Jihad was restrained by other passengers. What you might have seen only on local but not on national broadcasts was a crazed Pennsylvania State University professor who began ranting loony left slogans…

New York Times Tackles Catholic Wrestling Policies In Pennsylvania

October 2nd, 2014 2:05 PM
The New York Times has a story today about the Diocese of Harrisburg's decision to ban high school boys from competing against girls in school wrestling. This is the second day in a row that the Times has covered this story, and there is nothing new of any substance in today's piece.   Today's news story on the Pennsylvania Catholic high school wrestling policy merited 978…

Barely News: Teachers Union Head's Promise to 'Punch' Common Core Oppo

August 14th, 2014 2:58 PM
Give the New York Daily News credit for surfacing a video which originally appeared at Ed Notes Online, a publication whose "about" page says it opposes "the education corporate-based reforms ... undermining the public school system" and exposes "the motives behind the education deformers." The video shows Michael Mulgrew, the president of New York City's…

Another Obamacare Horror Story Which Won't Get Further Than Local News

January 31st, 2014 8:32 PM
I suspect that more than a few readers have noticed, with likely little surprise, that there hasn't been a lot of national establishment press attention paid to how Obamacare has been working out in the real world since it officially went into effect on January 1. Non-existent HealthCare.gov security? Who cares? Patients turned away from emergency rooms voluntarily (because they don't…

WashPost Plays Up Gettysburg Address Anniversary, But Completely Skips

November 19th, 2013 8:57 AM
On the front of Tuesday's Style section of The Washington Post is an article titled "Hallowed ground, restored to its roots." The Post assigned gardening writer Adrian Higgins, who wrote of an "elaborate celebration of the 150th anniversary of the president's original remarks" at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863. But nowhere in the 25-paragraph story about clearing…

Harrisburg Newspaper Apologizes For 1863 Gettysburg Address Editorial

November 15th, 2013 6:59 PM
The Harrisburg Patriot-News is apologizing for the wrong editorial. That’s not to say that its antique editorial slamming Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and wishing for the inevitable “veil of oblivion” to fall on it was wise. But it’s mere showmanship to apologize now for something so obvious. No, the Patriot-News should be apologizing for its silly 2012…

Philly Reporter Who Became Pro-life Tells Church Audience That Gosnell

November 3rd, 2013 1:56 PM
In May, reporter J.D. Mullane of the Bucks County Courier-Times described how covering the murder-manslaughter trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell changed his mind on abortion.  He told Fox News, “You can’t sit there day after day and week after week and listen to that testimony and not be changed, and not have a change of heart, or at least reconsider your position.”…

'War On Voting?' Rachel Maddow Lies Again

September 5th, 2013 9:12 PM
I don't watch Rachel Maddow much, but when I do, I am always amazed at how few minutes it takes before I hear her make a baldfaced lie. Today I heard her say this on her August 16, 2013 broadcast (text from MSNBC transcript, with spelling corrected):