media

The Sky Isn’t Falling — We Just Think It Is

William Murchison, The American Spectator

No constitutional provision requires that free speech be conducted rationally — which, in the days before flag-burnings and knee-takings, was pretty much OK. In our era of endless, angry speech, fueled by more media sources than anyone can count, or would want to, spirits and expectations droop, and the world seems an awful place because… well, because so many communicators say it is. I exercise my own right of free speech to say it’s not. Not yet at least.

Media meltdown and the damage it does to democracy

Editors, Washington Examiner

These biases and the inability of reporters to suppress them long enough to do a good job, prompts proper public doubt about everything the national news media say. This is bad. It's very bad. The press is in the First Amendment because it — we — are needed to hold the powerful to account. We can’t do that if the people don’t trust us. After this weekend, asking the people to trust the press is a lot harder.

The Abrupt Shaming of Charlie Rose

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Rose's ego was immense, while his humble, facilitating TV persona seemed the polar opposite of an aggressive questioner like his late "60 Minutes" colleague Mike Wallace. Every powerful man who is getting caught up in this wave isn't living by the Ten Commandments but by the "Access Hollywood" code: When you're a star, the women will let you do it. You can do anything.

Rolling Stone -- Sacred Text of the Left?

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

If Rolling Stone represents the "sacred text" of the 60s-mythologizing left, then that's a sad indictment. But it's obvious that the magazine was part of transforming the "counterculture" into the "culture." Its revered status as a cultural "agent of change" seems to be a major reason why the media elites grant the magazine a pass on smearing entire universities.

The Advantages of Liberal Insurance

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The more fervently progressives seek to redistribute income, or use diversity quotas to ensure proportional representation in hiring and admissions, or suspend constitutional free speech and due process to suppress individualism and heterodoxy, the more likely that progressivism’s affluent adherents will risk being exposed or convicted on some counts as illiberal. Thus they will seek exemptions from the consequences of their own liberal causes — and if trapped without an exit, they will turn to liberal penance or use cash to seek an indulgence.

Let's Help Our Media Friends

Walter E. Williams, CNS News

By no means do I recommend that liberals go cold turkey on the mainstream media. They should start out by listening to conservative media for only about five minutes per day to avoid shock. I am normally against any kind of insurance for a pre-existing medical condition, but I'd make an exception for Trump derangement syndrome.

Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Movie stars have no problem mudslinging against the NRA and blaming it for mass shootings. But they have demonstrated a complete lack of moral introspection about their own glamorization of over-the-top violence with guns ... and everything else. Until they get serious about their own responsibility, they have no right to judge anyone else.

Liberal Billionaires Are Never Villains

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Liberal gozillionaires are hailed as Time's "Persons of the Year" (Bill and Melinda Gates) or get a Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Obama (Buffett). It doesn't hurt that liberal journalists can often thank these billionaires for jobs — or be grateful that their colleagues are employed by them. Buffett, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg and Bezos are all in the left-wing media business now.

Status Quo Blues

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Slowly and by hit and miss, Americans are learning that they do not need to go to a theater to see another Harvey Weinstein movie; or watch network news or read traditional journalism; or, on NFL Sunday, see more zillionaires in their luxury boxes above grow giddy as their employees below score, only to see a showboating player kneel on all fours to mimic a urinating dog, which is apparently less offensive than standing for the national anthem.

Menendez and Murphy: A Tale of Two Transgressors

John Fund, National Review

Anyone who has observed both major parties over the decades knows that each party has its share of fools, knaves, and outright crooks. But we should acknowledge that the foibles of Democrats take a lot longer to go to the center of the media’s radar screen.

Another Tradition Never Trump Conservatives Won’t Conserve

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Take the guns away — that’s as fitting a rallying cry as any for the Never Trump conservatives, whose pompous mutterings about the “conservative movement” concealed a statist elitism that only pretends to oppose the left’s Leviathans but in the end always serves them. Does anyone still wonder why they preferred Hillary to Trump?

With Trump, Tillerson coverage, the media takes us all for 'morons'

Bill O'Reilly, The Hill

It is certainly true that Rex Tillerson or anyone else working for an unpredictable boss could have become frustrated. That's human nature. But a blind allegation is not a fact. The press used to have an obligation to provide facts and fairness. In America, that is no longer the case. The media is taking all of us for morons.

The Inevitable Bias Avalanche in Las Vegas

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Everyone in America mourns these mass shootings. Everyone. But liberals think only they have the compassion and "common sense" to end it. Liberals are furious about this because it demonstrates all their liberal media bias and all their liberal celebrity "consciousness raising" accomplishes nothing.

How Donald Trump Has Disrupted the Media

Peter J. Boyer, The Weekly Standard

The starkly negative tone of the news media’s Trump coverage is perhaps inevitable. If the news media operates on the assumption that Trump is an existential threat to the Republic (and there is much to suggest that it does), a focus on the person, rather than the policy, of the President is going to reinforce that assumption.

Blowback Begins Against NFL #TakeTheKnee

A Denver car dealership founded by military hero Phil Long has pulled ads featuring Broncos player Von Miller who, along with many other members of the team, took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Whose Side Are You On, President Trump’s Or The NFL’s?

Rooting for one NFL team to beat another is like rooting for MSNBC to beat CNN – it’s not about sports – it is merely two giant corporations, mired in political correctness, battling to win the ratings game on TV. What do you think? Tell us by clicking this link to take our NFL vs Trump poll.

Virtual Virtue

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

The more prominent persons voice virtual virtue at no cost, the quieter ones know better and make the necessary adjustments that fit what they see and hear and conclude. The result of our two worlds is that the virtual virtue signalers grow ever louder only to reach deaf ears; while the quieter become even more cynical and detached in having to live what increasingly seems a charade.

Truth Suffers in Defense of Antifa

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Journalist apologists for left-wingers look especially odd because the liberal media have protested so harshly against President Trump denouncing journalists for fake news. Antifa thugs have repeatedly beaten or threatened journalists and regular citizens on the street who dare to capture them on tape. Why, then, must they not be "vilified"?

Reminder: The press really wanted Hillary Clinton to be president

Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

If Clinton lost the 2016 election because of negative press coverage, then how did Donald Trump win? He had 15 solid months of bad press. No one – left, center or right – can argue the press went easy on the Queens businessman. If elections were determined by which candidate had the rosier press coverage, then we'd be saying "Madam President" today.