Media Bias

A Duranty Prize Contender?

By on 7.2.13 | 2:55PM

Everyone knows -- or should know -- that the Pulitzer Prizes and the New York Times are irretrievably disgraced by the 1932 Pulitzer awarded to Walter Duranty. For 15 years as the Times' Moscow bureau chief, Duranty provided some of the most shamefully blood-soaked lies ever to be called "journalism." Duranty reliably parroted Soviet propaganda and disparaged those who told the truth about the murderous regime of Bolshevik dictator Josef Stalin. (See Arnold Beichman's 2003 article "Pulitzer-Winning Lies.") The Times has not repudiated, nor has the Pulitzer committee revoked, the prize awarded to Duranty for his "reporting" that amounted to a deliberate cover-up of the genocidal terror-famine by which Stalin starved to death millions of Ukrainian peasants.

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Forbes Goes Left: Tax Attack on Mickelson Proves O’Sullivan’s First Law

By on 1.23.13 | 7:15AM

Over the weekend, professional golfer Phil Mickelson complained about tax increases (including state income taxes in California) that he said had pushed his marginal rate to 63 percent: “I’ve got to make some decisions on what to do.” That incited a scolding from Syracuse University professor Len Burman, who said Mickelson should “stop whining” because he was so “lucky” to be one of the world’s highest-earning athletes.

Well, just another cranky liberal academic, eh? We are not surprised to learn that Burman served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, nor are we surprised that Burman founded the Tax Policy Center at the Brookings Institution, a liberal think-tank. What is perhaps surprising is that Burman published his attack on Mickelson’s  “whining” at Forbes.

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Media Vicitimizes Innocent Tea Party Activist in Colorado Mass Murder

By on 7.21.12 | 11:05AM

During her Friday night speech at the Smart Girl Summit, Dana Loesch raged against the way the mainstream media reported the massacre at a Colorado movie theater. "They're creating new victims," Loesch told women gathered for the conference at the Westin Hotel here.

Editor of's Big Journalism site, Loesce singled out Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, who mistakenly named a memeber of the Tea Party movement as a suspect in the shootings in Aurora that killed 12 people at a showing of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. After police named James Holmes as the accused gunman, Ross appeared with Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America:

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Washington Post Quotes the Dead to Defame Romney

By on 5.11.12 | 11:52AM

A key element of the Washington Post’s 5,000-word account of Mitt Romney’s alleged high-school bullying is based on a second-hand account of a conversation with a dead man. Ben Shapiro of Big Journalism highlighted this crucial passage in Washington Post reporter Jason Horowitz’s article:

Sometime in the mid-1990s, David Seed noticed a familiar face at the end of a bar at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
“Hey, you’re John Lauber,” Seed recalled saying at the start of a brief conversation. Seed, also among those who witnessed the Romney-led incident, had gone on to a career as a teacher and principal. Now he had something to get off his chest.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t do more to help in the situation,” he said.
Lauber paused, then responded, “It was horrible.” He went on to explain how frightened he was during the incident, and acknowledged to Seed, “It’s something I have thought about a lot since then.”
Lauber died in 2004, according to his three sisters.

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NBC News and the Death of Truth

By on 4.26.12 | 5:04PM

One of the horrifying sideshows of the Trayvon Martin carnival is how NBC News edited audio of George Zimmerman's 911 call to create the false impression that Zimmerman had said, "This guy looks like he’s up to no good ... he looks black."

As Dan Riehl at's Big Journalism reported last month, NBC edited out a key part of that call. Zimmerman said that Martin appeared to be "on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about." The 911 dispatcher then asked, "Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?" Zimmerman was merely answering the dispatcher's question.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Politico?

By on 11.4.11 | 10:49AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "What the [bleep] is Politico doing?" said the man on the phone. "And how the [bleep] are they getting away with this [bleep]?"

Reporters rival sailors for their proficiency in profanity, and one of the most experienced political journalists in Washington was cussing a blue streak Thursday evening as he railed against the shoddiness of Politico's reporting on the Herman Cain "scandal."

Scare-quotes around the word "scandal" are necessary in that, as of Thursday night, Americans still had only vague suggestions of what it is Cain is accused of having done to women who worked at the National Restaurant Association during his tenure as president of that organization in the late 1990s.

"Five days!" yelled the veteran reporter on the phone. "Five days and what have we got? Nothing! What the [bleep] were they thinking about, running with a piece of [bleep] story like that?"

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Elite Science’s Selective Outrage

By on 6.29.11 | 8:53PM

Today the board of directors of American Association for the Advancement of Science announced they'd had enough of scrutiny of the pioneers of global warming propagandism, particularly when it comes to the work of Climategater Michael Mann and the hockey stick chart he made up (flatlining the Medieval Warming Period) when he was at the University of Virginia, and also the outside wealthmaking of NASA stargazer Dr. James Hansen.

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Feeling Sorry for Big Green

By on 3.31.11 | 5:15PM

Politico reported yesterday that "it's not easy being green anymore" and whined, "It's no secret environmentalists are outgunned when it comes to cash," as though they are hopelessly losing every political battle. I partially (I say "partially" because there is so much more that can and has been written) debunk that myth over at the National Legal & Policy Center blog today.

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Except Where Climate Change is Concerned

By on 2.2.11 | 10:02AM

The New York Times, in its report this morning about the massive snowstorm covering much of the U.S., begins with:

A paralyzing 2,000-mile swath of winter at its snowy, icy, messy worst pushed eastward across the United States on Tuesday, disrupting the rhythms of everyday life and punctuating this season's recurring lesson that humankind has no dominion over nature.

I'm sure that last phrase was purely accidental.

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