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Bias and Corruption in the News Media (United States)

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Lindsey Graham pushed Fox News president to stifle criticism of the immigration reform bill

“I met with him at least three to four times in person and talked to him a lot,” Mr. Graham said. He said he and others aggressively courted Mr. Ailes in hopes of toning down what Mr. Graham described as vocal opposition on Fox in the past. “People who observed the debate noticed that the tone was different and not so one-sided. It wasn’t ‘amnesty’ every 15 minutes.”

Time magazine hides Putin’s success from US voters

Time magazine’s cover for its Sept. 16 issue features a picture of contented-looking Russian president Vladimir Putin, complete with a black background and a damning caption that declares "America’s weak and waffling, Russia’s rich and resurgent." But Time’s editors are shielding Americans from the demoralizing picture, putting a cheerful, sky-blue photo on the covers of magazines distributed in the United States.

New York Times Editors and Columnists Met With Obama During the Syria Push

On Aug. 29, the president sat down for an off-the-record discussion with Rosenthal and some members of the editorial board, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Times opinion columnists David Brooks, Gail Collins and Ross Douthat also attended, but editors for the paper's news pages did not.

At least 21 journalists have joined the Obama Administration since 2009

"These days, journalists don’t retire, they just join the Obama administration."

Ron Unz: Our American Pravda

"The realization that the world is often quite different from what is presented in our leading newspapers and magazines is not an easy conclusion for most educated Americans to accept, or at least that was true in my own case. For decades, I have closely read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and one or two other major newspapers every morning, supplemented by a wide variety of weekly or monthly opinion magazines. Their biases in certain areas had always been apparent to me. But I felt confident that by comparing and contrasting the claims of these different publications and applying some common sense, I could obtain a reasonably accurate version of reality. I was mistaken."

Mainstream Media Ignores Americans Killed by Illegal Immigrants

An illegal alien brutally murdered Laura Wilkerson's 18-year-old son in Texas, tied his body up, and then doused him with gasoline before burning him. Wilkerson recalled the harrowing details on Breitbart News Sunday, yet her story has gone unheard in the broader press.

LA Times article on the anniversary of the 50th anniversary of MLK speech claimed Democrats 'Led the Passage of Civil Rights Legislation'

"Civil rights legislation of the 1960s was favored more by Republicans than by Democrats, so how did Democrats “lead the passage”? With three reporters contributing to the story – Kathleen Hennessey, Richard Simon, and Alexei Koseff – none of them could locate the actual Sixties voting record as they labored to make the GOP look bad for the Democratic unanimity of the event."

Six Subtle Ways The News Media Disguises Opinion As Fact

The article from the humor site Cracked gives a great overview of the dishonest ways the news media can use to sway opinion.

Ed Driscoll: Two CNNs In One

A full fifteen months after CNN’s audiotape enhancement debunked Zimmerman’s use of the word “coon,” Nancy Grace, the star and face of CNN’s sister network Headline News, is still falsely telling viewers that Zimmerman described Trayvon as a “f**king coon.” Moreover, HLN didn’t even bleep out the phrase.

John Nolte: Timeline of Media Bias in Trayvon Martin Case

By hook and crook the mainstream media did everything in its still-potent power to not only push for the prosecution of Mr. Zimmerman (the police originally chose not to charge him) but also to gin up racial tensions where none needed to exist.

Add Boston Marathon Bombing to Pile of Failed Eliminationist Narratives

It started with Bill Sparkman, the part-time Census worker who went missing and then was found dead, setting off an avalanche of mainstream media and left-blogosphere accusations that he was the victim of anti-government “right-wing” hate. It turned out that Sparkman killed himself, but there were few if any apologies coming.

Jeff Cohen: MSNBC often seems closer to the "official network of the Obama White House" than anything resembling an independent channel

With Obama in power, a number of MSNBC talking heads have reacted to the Snowden disclosures like Fox News hosts did when they were in hysterical damage control mode for Bush - complete with ridiculously fact-free claims and national chauvinism that we've long come to expect from the "fair & balanced" channel.

Der Spiegel: American Media's Personal Attacks Make Snowden Revelations an Aftertought

The Guardian is becoming a competitive threat for American media outlets. The first Snowden video interview received almost seven million clicks on the newspaper's US website. "They set the US news agenda today," Associated Press star reporter Matt Apuzzo tweeted enviously. Why? Janine Gibson, the Guardian's American chief, told the Huffington Post that their competition has a "lack of skepticism on a whole" when it comes to national security. Critical scrutiny, she said, has been considered "unpatriotic" since 9/11.

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Government Produced News Can Now be Broadcast to Americans

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.

Mediaite: News Media and Politicians Now One Big Incestuous Circle

These days, there’s 24/7 cable news and a rocketing number of online newscasts. In the ’70s, there was one nightly newscast that lasted 30 minutes. Today, there are approximately 15 hours (MSNBC) to 17 hours (Fox News) of original programming to choose from on a given weekday. And with that many hours comes plenty of opportunity to host a show, join a panel or serve as a guest/contributor.

Bill Whittle: The Truth is Out There

Bill Whittle video on objective truth and the media.

News Media Overestimated Number of Hispanic Voters in 2012 Election by 19%

According to the Census Bureau, Latinos made up only 8.4% of voters; not the 10% hyped by the media. There was actually less turnout by Latino voters than in the 2004 and 2008 elections.

GlobalPost: Inside the United States (Parody)

In this parody article Peter Gelling satirizes the language journalists use to cover foreign counties.

Ed Driscoll: Studying the Washington Post Kremlinologist-Style

During the Cold War, back when Russian spies typically looked far more like Boris than Natasha, not to mention Anna Chapman, the phrase “Kremlinologist” came into vogue to describe those men who could study photos and snippets of information emerging from behind the Iron Curtain and attempt to determine the current health of the Soviet Union, and who was running the show. So let’s employ a little Kremlinology to try and ascertain the health of the Washington Post.

Bill Whittle on "The Narrative" and the Origins of Political Correctness

In this video Bill Whittle explains the politically correct narrative, the history of the Frankfurt School and the origins of political correctness.

Emails Show Justice Department Worked With Media Matters to Spin Stories

Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. TheDC obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Dan Roodt on the Mythological Nelson Mandela Promoted by the News Media

Mandela is that ultimate postmodern illusion: a fable, a South African simulation. Mandela sprung from a rural African village in the Eastern Cape, the most backward of South African provinces where the age-old African cattle culture is still being perpetuated and where subsistence farmers eke out a living on small patches of land controlled by their chief. From these primitive, rural surroundings Mandela was plucked to be put into global circulation, on gold coins and – more recently – even on our banknotes.

Pat Caddell: Media Have Become an "Enemy of the American people"

"I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy or not. You know, when I first started in politics – and for a long time before that – everyone on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, despised the press commonly, because they were SOBs to everybody. Which is exactly what they should be. They were unrelenting. Whatever the biases were, they were essentially equal-opportunity people."

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