California has released its annual “hate crime” report, and the media is eagerly pouncing on an opportunity to blame a statistically measured increase of race-based crime on Donald Trump. The Los Angeles Times and Newsweek took advantage to blame President Donald Trump’s "violent rhetoric" for "helping fuel the surge." Yet the uptick started in 2015.
Chris Matthews has said some insane things before, but on June 25, 2013, he fretted about global warming told viewers that Maimi is “only five feet in the air.... It’s not a joke.” According to Newsweek in 1996, Republicans have been “truly despicable on race” and supported a “relapse into segregation.” Hmm, hard to imagine why Newsweek has disintegrated into a dinosaur publication that hardly anyone reads or notices anymore.
The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals (team captain Alex Ovechkin accepts trophy in photo) are still savoring their National Hockey League title, but Newsweek writer Dan Cancian is creating doubt about whether or not the team will visit the White House. Cancian's story cited one player on the Washington team who said he will not visit the president.
Earlier this week, Reuters/Ipsos reported that its generic "How Will You Vote?" poll ahead of November's mid-term elections had swung into Republicans' favor for the first time this year, erasing a double-digit lead Democrats had just four weeks ago. This kind of movement would certainly be news at the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Big Three networks, and other so-called mainstream media outlets if a strong GOP lead were to disappear so quickly.
While reviewing the start for Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale on the Hulu cable television channel, Newsweek Culture Writer Anna Menta claimed that the central topic of the series is “acutely relevant” because “American abortion clinics” are “disappearing faster than you can say ‘Blessed be the fruit.’” As if that assertion wasn’t liberal enough, Menta also stated that “direct connections between right-to-life conservatives and Gilead extremists are hard to ignore.”
Celebrity promotion of liberal views are predictable as death and taxes. But these days the media also take these opinions seriously, trying to turn absurdities into news. The latest example was the media frenzy over a Tweet from Sen. Bernie Sanders promoting 25 year old rapper Cardi B’s economic opinions. The rapper was already a fan of Sanders, having encouraged people to “Vote for Daddy Bernie” during the last Democratic primary.
Saturday was, as Katie Yoder at NewsBusters noted Tuesday afternoon, a "sad day." That's when the Women's March sprang to the defense of Backpage.com, tweeting that its Friday seizure by the Justice Department "is an absolute crisis for sex workers." In that same tweet, the group declared that "Sex workers rights are women’s rights." Backpage and seven associated individuals were indicted Monday on charges relating to facilitating prostitution — including child prostitution conducted by human sex traffickers. Thus far, the establishment press has been almost unanimously running cover for the Women's March by ignoring its disgraceful position.
On March 21, The National Sheriffs Association released a letter signed by 380 of its members demanding that Congress pass legislation "tightening border security" and "support(ing) the replacement and upgrades to current barriers and fencing and construction of barriers along the U.S. and Mexico international boundary." The press has virtually ignored this effort.
Sometimes reporters just come out and say it. And on March 7, 1994, Time journalist Margaret Carlson admitted that favorable coverage for Hillary Clinton is simply “rooting for your team.” Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Newsweek lamenting the “victims of capitalism,” Brian Williams insisting his work has been “cleansed” of opinion.
Nina Burleigh really blew it this time. Wednesday morning, Newsweek retracted their reporter's Monday story on "How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken." Newsweek's move leads to a bigger question: When will the Associated Press correct or retract reports claiming Florida high school massacre perpetrator Nikolas Cruz was connected with white nationalism?
Monday at what remains of Newsweek, Nina Burleigh hysterically claimed that "An Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken." Her erroneous timeline didn't match actual history, rendering her headlined contention false.
When President Trump announced them in early January, many in the liberal media thought that the Fake News Awards were a bluff and he wouldn’t go through with them. But after having previously been postponed, Trump unveiled the “winners” Wednesday night. Out of the top 10 instances of fake news, CNN was sloppy enough to win four awards with the top spot going to The New York Times. The awards twice noted a Media Research Center study that showed 90 percent of the media’s coverage of him was negative.