Trump’s graceless retreat from Birtherism only hurts him

  The mainstream media got played by Donald Trump this morning — not for the first time, but perhaps once too often and far too cynically. The Donald might come to regret it. Trump has long been the principal purveyor of the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is not qualified to be president. The claim was thoroughly debunked years ago, but Trump has never formally disowned it — until today. However, the manner in which he did so was begrudging, dishonest, graceless and not...

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News media sometimes are careless in providing so-called balanced views

  Fairness and balance are supposedly sacred watchwords in the practice of objective journalism. Good reporters and editors are expected to cover all sides of important stories. In practice, however, that principle can lead to malpractice. It’s not a good idea, for example, to make sure that a story about the space program includes the wacky theories of people who believe the moon landing was faked. Granted, that example is sort of far-fetched. But the problem of carrying the principle of balance to unfortunate lengths is very...

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Mainstream media failing badly in coverage of presidential campaign

  If an objective, fair-minded history of the 2016 presidential campaign is ever written — which may or may not happen — the failures of the mainstream media will figure prominently in the story. American media have never been very good at covering politics, but the situation is getting worse in this age of ubiquitous news outlets. Decades ago, we had only daily newspapers, weekly news magazines, once-or-twice-a-day television newscasts and radio. Today, we have round-the-clock news channels, the Internet and social media....

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This blog post is coming to you live from Paris

What would you say if I told you that the shadow on the left in the photo above is me on the streets of Paris? You’d be skeptical, right? Well, OK, I admit it. That isn’t me. It’s just a stock photo. I’m not really in Paris. I’m just trying to emulate the folks on the cable-TV news outlets who are going to ridiculous lengths these days to make sure viewers know they’re on the job in the City of Light in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 10 days ago. How ridiculous are these lengths? Glad you asked. Have...

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Hillary Clinton is a victim of malpractice by so-called liberal media

On several occasions recently, I’ve complained here about the poor job the media are doing in covering the race for the presidency of the United States. Perhaps the greatest example of this phenomenon is the overdone coverage of Donald Trump. But there’s another example, one that belies the notion that the mainstream media are guilty of a relentless liberal bias. I refer, of course, to the treatment Hillary Clinton is getting. Brent Budowsky has more on this matter HERE: In another example of media malpractice, CNN on Wednesday...

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