If you thought Big Government was the main threat to your free speech and gun rights, think again. Big Tech has come for both in recent weeks. As The Washington Post reported in a May 30 article, Salesforce has rolled out a new company policy that “bars customers that sell a range of firearms — including automatic and semiautomatic — from using its e-commerce technology.” Salesforce, a $120-billion Fortune 500 company based in San Francisco, creates software which many companies depend on to sell their wares online.
In one of the most bigoted editorials imaginable, the Baltimore Sun blasted Tiger Woods for visiting the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump. And fittingly, Rush Limbaugh took note. The Medal of Freedom has a long and proud history. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, replacing an earlier Medal of Freedom initiated by President Harry Truman that specifically was awarded for civilian service in World War II. JFK’s executive order authorizing the medal specified that it be awarded as follows:
The blog contains a list of organizations and news outlets who have repeated the now-defunct line about "deceptive edits" in light of the recent ruling against Planned Parenthood by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court. It's anybody's guess as to how many of them will issue udates or corrections.
On Thursday afternoon, the country was jolted by the despicable, horrifying, and unimaginable shooting at the Annapolis, Maryland daily newspaper The Capital Gazette with reports of fatalities and injuries. Any reasonable person would condemn the situation and CNNers Juliette Kayyem and Brian Stelter promised not to speculate on the cause of the incident less than an hour of the initial reports, but they did just that.
While observing World Press Freedom Day on May 3, MSNBC aired an advertisement encouraging viewers to watch not just that liberal channel, but also follow more than 25 other left-leaning sources and newspapers while not mentioning Fox, the most-watched news network on cable TV. The spot, which was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), begins by stating: “Don’t just watch MSNBC” and concludes with the motto: “Read more. Watch more. Understand more.”
Baltimore is now ground zero for the “Kaepernicks” – aka his defenders in the Left-stream media who are desperately advocating for some NFL team, any team, to sign him to a contract. They’re pressuring the Ravens to sign the Social Justice Warrior, not so much for his potential to throw touchdown passes and help the team win games, but more because Baltimore and America can “use his voice.”
In a report which comes off as something it felt obligated to address but with as little meaningful information as possible, a story at CNN.com tells readers that "Murder Is Out of Control" in Baltimore — to the point where the city is begging the FBI for additional help. The story is so utterly devoid of background that those who haven't followed the city's woes closely could read it and believe that the problem just came along this year.
Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik warned that the "town hall" debate on Sunday night will be nothing of the sort. "Expect more artifice than authenticity," warned the Sun headline. The imperatives of commercial television have molded and manipulated an illusion of democracy, Zurawik warned. He used a very recent example of Clinton calculation:
When the Washington Post's notoriously inconsistent fact checker Glenn Kessler feels he has to defend Donald Trump against a false claim, you know it must be a whopper. That was the case with the meme which arose last week that Trump, in words found at the New York Daily News, "booted a fussy baby from a rally Tuesday because the tot was wailing over the businessman’s speech."
However, instead of giving several media outlets and the Hillary Clinton campaign the formal Four-Pinocchio "whopper" evaluation, Kessler merely gave Trump a "Geppetto checkmark" for telling the truth, and gave those who reported it and Team Hillary an unwarranted pass: "We can see why some reporters ran with this tale, based only on the videotape."
Earlier today, Tim Graham at NewsBusters covered a poll done by an Associated Press-led partnership which found that, in AP's words, "Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions."
The poll noted that "Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it's extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct." How ironic it therefore is that the Pulitzer prize announcements this afternoon contained two glaring failures to "get facts correct."
Just before the filing deadline, BLM activist Deray Mckesson joined the mayoral race in Baltimore on Wednesday evening and the national media took note. Maybe that’s because Mckesson was already the media’s appointed spokesman for the Black Lives Matter movement, being featured everywhere from MSNBC to CNN to C-Span. What should’ve been a local news story was highlighted by all the major national media outlets, from the Washington Post, to the New York Times, even NBCNews.com, proving that his run has more to do with the media’s fascination with Black Lives Matter than an interest in local politics.
Those in the press who have insisted that the "Ferguson effect" is an urban legend will have a hard time explaining why the two cities with the most potential to be affected by this supposedly mythical phenomenon now have murder rates among the top 20 in the entire world.
St. Louis, Missouri, next door to Ferguson, where a leftist-"inspired" campaign of "protests," civil disorder and rioting began in August 2014, came in at Number 15, with a rate of 59 murders per 100,000 residents. The city's 188 murders in 2015 were up from 159 in 2014 and 120 in 2013. Baltimore, Maryland, where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake infamously admitted in April 2015, as public safety was deteriorating in her city, that "we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that," was Number 19, with 344 murders (a rate of 55 per 100,000).