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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

Medio Bistro: CNN Axes Soledad O'Brien Because Her Audience Was "Too Ethnic?"

Jan 30, 2013 12:12 PM PT
This is CNN:

"Many staffers were stunned when Feder constantly complained that the viewership of “Early Start” and “Starting Point” was “too ethnic,” based on the high concentration of minority viewers. This common complaint worked itself up through the company, to CNN’s Diversity Committee, and to other staffers, who were mortified that a CNN executive was squabbling over attracting minority viewers."

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RE: Media Bias

Jan 30, 2013 11:10 AM PT

In response to Editing history:

John Hayward asks:

 How many of these phony lefty legends become "conventional wisdom" through force of repetition, long after we right-wing killjoys debunk them?  How many low-information voters still think Mitt Romney cheated on his taxes, or Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house?  

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The asymmetrical mythology battlefield

Jan 30, 2013 9:41 AM PT

In response to Re: Editing History:

One of the big disadvantages conservatives face is that we still don't get to conduct that kind of "prosecution," even when we've got the facts on our side.  We've made huge strides in the realm of influencing media narrative, since the Rathergate days... but sometimes I think the mainstream media has been working to inoculate itself against further Rathergates, with some success.  The Left can push a phony story faster and further than the Right can push a true one.

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Ruling-class arrogance still has its limits

Jan 30, 2013 9:29 AM PT

In response to Politico's Glenn Thrush Confirms Bloomberg is Elitist Douche:

Watching the encounter between Jason Mattera and Michael Bloomberg, it struck me that after all this time, gun controllers with armed security still don't have a good answer to "Why won't you disarm your bodyguards?"  As you noted, this is a question that inquisitive reporters should ask constantly.  Was there a single gun-control advocate at Dianne Feinstein's gun show, or will there be one at today's Senate hearings, who doesn't have an armed security detail?  Are their guards limited to single-action weapons with tiny magazines?

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Re: Editing History

Jan 30, 2013 9:24 AM PT

There's an old bit of cynical wisdom that any prosecutor can convict a guilty man; only an outstanding prosecutor can convict an innocent one.

Regarding the egregious Lawrence O'Donnell, who went on TV with a promoted spot to claim that you shouldn't believe your lying eyes:  What's a bit sobering is the fact that O'Donnell will be rewarded for his behavior.

When it comes to hateful hyperpartisans-- look, anyone can tell you the truth.  The truth is easy.  An honest man spends no time figuring out which lies he's told which people.

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Editing history

Jan 30, 2013 9:02 AM PT

In response to A Tale of Two Stories:

It's also interesting to note how many on the Left are still pretending the MSNBC hoax video is accurate, as though they can bend reality to comply with the deceptive edit through sheer force of will.  And they might be right.  How many of these phony lefty legends become "conventional wisdom" through force of repetition, long after we right-wing killjoys debunk them?  How many low-information voters still think Mitt Romney cheated on his taxes, or Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house?  

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Politico's Glenn Thrush Confirms Bloomberg is Elitist Douche

Jan 30, 2013 8:20 AM PT

Of course, Politico's Glenn Thrush didn't mean to corroborate Jason Mattera's story about Mayor Michael Bloomberg hiding behind a throng of security bent on intimidating a journalist armed only with a Big Gulp and a tough question or two.

His snarky tweet was meant to slam Mattera as an "asshat":  

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The hermeneutic circle of Media Matters

Jan 24, 2013 4:06 PM PT

It's an honor to be at the top of the list of Media Matters targets. And it's an occasion to reflect on how the left's media commissars operate. 

Media Matters has been going on for months about a so-called "right-wing bubble"--but in doing so intends to reinforce a real left-wing bubble that ensures liberals never hear criticisms of their worldview. (We conservatives do have our bubbles, but cannot completely evade exposure to left-wing views, which are ubiquitous in our media and popular culture. Even football is no longer safe.)

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