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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

How the anti-Israel left uses 'Zionist media conspiracy' theories

Feb 27, 2013 11:37 AM PT

Philip Weiss, an anti-Israel blogger so wretchedly devoted to his obsession that Palestinian terrorists were re-tweeting him during Operation Pillar of Defense last year, has revealed his version of the story of how an anti-Israel op-ed made its way into the New York Times last year. 

The op-ed, by Sarah Schulman, accused Israel of "pinkwashing"--using its admirable record on gay rights to cover up its alleged abuses of the Palestinians.

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HuffPo: BuzzFeed 'Forced' To Correct False Claim of Multiple Sources in Moore Story

Feb 27, 2013 5:02 AM PT

Because the he said/she said is so much fun between the left-wing BuzzFeed and the left-wing Michael Moore, an important fact has been overlooked: Initially, BuzzFeed apparently invented anonymous sources in its rush to protect Obama's government from the filmmaker.

In her original story, BuzzFeed reporter Tessa Stuart based her reporting on "sources" at LAX. She did this twice, once in the introduction highlighted at the very  top of the piece and in the actual article's first sentence.

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Purim, Blackface [not really] and liberal hypocrisy

Feb 26, 2013 10:56 PM PT

When liberal hypocrisy and liberal stupidity collide the result is tragic yet funny to watch. 

The NY Times reported "Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to a Party

The assemblyman, Dov Hikind, a Democrat and a longtime power broker in the Orthodox Jewish community, wore an Afro wig, brown makeup, an orange jersey and sunglasses as part of a costume that he said represented a “black basketball player.”

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True to Form, Moore Seems to Have Exaggerated for Effect

Feb 26, 2013 3:22 PM PT

In response to Huffpo: Ben Smith, BuzzFeed 'Government-Subservient' Stenographers:

BuzzFeed definitely made some mistakes but Glenn Greenwald's outrage seems a bit over the top (as usual). Even Huff Post is backing off the outrage a bit:

UPDATE: BuzzFeed wrote a second story on Tuesday, this time quoting five LAX officials and saying that the logs from the airport showed that Burnat was detained for 23 minutes. The story still differs widely from Moore and Burnat's account of the detention. [Emphasis mine]

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Huffpo: Ben Smith, BuzzFeed 'Government-Subservient' Stenographers

Feb 26, 2013 2:26 PM PT

The Huffington Post and the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald got together to absolutely blister Ben Smith (watch the video here) and BuzzFeed for doing what Smith has done ever since Obama became president: become the government's Chief Palace Guard.

The only real news here is that we learned that BuzzFeed apparently chose to protect the government at the expense of one of its own: left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore:

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ABC Gives Michelle Obama a Helpful Edit

Feb 26, 2013 10:05 AM PT

Charlie Spiering at the Examiner finds ABC has edited an interview with Michelle Obama to remove a portion where she misspoke about a recent shooting in Chicago. Here's what Mrs. Obama said on Good Morning America according to a story published on ABC's website:

She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids…grew up, where our house is. She had just taken a chemistry test. And she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” she said. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.

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The romance of dictatorship

Feb 22, 2013 6:47 AM PT

In response to Christiane Amanapour Tweets "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"... to Robert Mugabe :

It's starkly amazing to watch Amanpour dash off mash notes to Mugabe, but I don't know how well-hidden the general leftist fascination with dictatorship ever was.  From the cults of the Soviet Union, Che and Castro, to the Strange New Respect some liberals were willing to show Bush enemy Saddam Hussein, their growing tendency to express admiration for communist China, and even the budding romance between liberals and Islamists, this stuff has always been there.  And it always gets personal, particularly when the dictator has an outsized personality.  How many nauseating media encomiums to the wisdom and towering intellect of Fidel Castro have we been forced to endure?

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