Archive for Tom Blumer

Andrea Mitchell: Get McCabe a Brief Federal Job to Save His Pension

<p>Establishment press reporters continue to insist that they play it straight in their reporting. MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell is so objective that she has suggested an underhanded way the FBI's just-fired Andrew McCabe might save his pension.</p>

On Fox, Former Obama Admin Flack Marie Harf Denies That the Left Is Hostile to Christianity

<p>On Friday's <em>Outnumbered</em>, former Obama State Department spokesman Marie Harfwas "sort of ... offended" when asked why there is "such an open animosity to Christianity from those on the left." Harf rejected the idea "that there is something inherent among the left that means we don’t like Christianity." Gosh, what would make anyone believe that?</p>

‘Not Forthcoming’: AP, NBC Won’t Admit That Fired McCabe Was Found to Have Lied

<p>In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Friday firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, two Associated Press dispatches and an NBC news story wouldn't directly admit that his dismissal was largely based on a finding that he lied to internal investigators. Meanwhile, a pre-firing <em>Wall Street Journal</em> editorial had no problem using the word.</p>

Juan Williams Plays ‘But Trump!’ Three Times in Excusing CBC Dems’ Embrace of Farrakhan

<p>On the March 10 midnight edition of <em>Fox News @Night</em>, Juan Williams disingenuously made three attempts to create a false equivalence between Congressional Black Caucus leaders' political and physical embraces of National of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Donald Trump's non-existent relationship with the KKK. Host Shannon Bream and the Daily Caller's Vince Coglianese weren't having any of it, but Williams wouldn't let go.</p>

Murder of Four in South Carolina Virtually Ignored; Is It Because Killer Didn’t Use a Gun?

<p>On March 10, "authorities say," a 22 year-old man in South Carolina killed "his grandparents, an aunt and a cousin." It appears that only the Associated Press has given attention to this story. By contrast, recent "mass killings" involving fewer victims received widespread national coverage. Why is that? The answer appears to be that the South Carolina attacker didn't use a gun.</p>

On Trump Tariffs, AP Reporter Tries to Frighten, Misquotes Prominent Economist

<p>The Associated Press's Paul Wiseman has apparently tired of good economic news. Saturday, the AP reporter painted a frightening picture of what a trade war based on President Donald Trump's planned tariffs on a tiny sliver of U.S. imports might do to the world's economy, mischaracterizing a prominent economist's position to build his case.</p>

LA Times Columnist Falsely Claims North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hasn’t Offered to Denuclearize

<p>Of all the absurd takes on the U.S.–North Korean situation in the wake of President Trump's tentative, conditional agreement to meet with Kim Jong Un, Barbara Demick's Friday "analysis" piece at the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> has to be near the top of any "worst" list. The headline: <strong>"Whatever comes next, North Korea's Kim Jong Un can claim a win against Trump."</strong> Oh really?</p>

Video of Alleged Human Smuggler Taken by ICE in Front of Daughters Becomes Press Obsession

<p>Leftists finally think (erroneously) they have a game-changing incident involving a Border Patrol apprehension of an illegal immigrant. A week ago, Perla Morales-Luna was arrested in front of her crying daughters in National City, California. Someone videotaped the incident. The video has gone viral. What most early press reports failed to note, or buried deep in their stories, is that the woman refused to be taken peacefully and in private. One unusual exception was a Friday evening Associated Press story.</p>

NY Times Story on Farrakhan and Dems Omits Ellison, Carson, Four Others

<p>Until Friday, the <em>New York Times</em> had not mentioned Louis Farrakhan in a serious story since October. The Old Gray Lady tried mightily to avoid covering Democrats' and leftist leaders' past and recent embraces of the controversial Nation of Islam leader before finally — but very incompletely — giving in. Jonah Engel Bromwich's story failed to mention Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, and ignored a days-earlier call by a Republican Jewish group for the resignations of seven "Farrakhan-connected" congresspersons.</p>

National Press Continues to Ignore Philly Soda Tax Fallout, Other Massive Proposed Tax Hikes

<p>In November, I noted that the national press, after extensively covering Philadelphia's deceptively named 1.5 cents per ounce "soda tax" when it passed in mid-2016, has ignored its negative fallout, including layoffs at distributors and grocers along with a significant collections shortfall. The non-coverage continues, even though it's clear that the jobs lost aren't coming back, additional jobs have been lost, and collections will never reach original projections.</p>

Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

<p>Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers.</p>

Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

<p>Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers.</p>

AP Calls Trump’s Texas Supporters ‘Diehards,’ Uses Cooked Poll to Lowball His Popularity

<p>On Monday, the day before primary elections in Texas, Paul J. Weber at the Associated Press characterized Donald Trump's Texas supporters as "diehards," and cited a cooked Trump approval poll published by Quinnipiac to understate the President's popularity.</p>

Merkel Acknowledges German No-Go Zones; Longtime U.S. Media Deniers Hardest Hit

<p>Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recognized that Germany has "no-go areas" — places where police and public safety personnel cannot visit without risking serious physical harm. A short Associated Press item on her statement described "German officials" as "speechless." It appears that the wire service's Berlin reporter shared that assessment, and may even have believed that Merkel had fabricated her claim.</p>

Press Not Interested in Russian Meddling — Against U.S. Fossel Fuel Industry

<p>The establishment press has thus far virtually ignored a Thursday report issued by Republican-majority staff members at the House Science Committee on Russian meddling. Per the report, this meddling involved "Russian agents (who) were exploiting American social media platforms in an effort to disrupt domestic energy markets, suppress research and development of fossil-fuels, and stymie efforts to expand the use of natural gas." Most of the press apparently doesn't want the American people to learn about <em>that</em> kind of Russian meddling.</p>

Southern Poverty Law Center Smears Women Under Category for ‘Male Supremacy’

<p>Several press outlets have noted that in its latest annual "Hate Tracker," the Thought Police at the Southern Poverty Law Center have added "Male Supremacy" as a "hate group" category. What they aren't reporting is that the SPLC has also begun laying the foundation for marginalizing anyone providing intellectual support for mainstream men's rights activists.</p>

Establishment Press Ignoring Schumer’s Race-Based Objection to Trump Judicial Nominee

<p>Wednesday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opposed the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. as a South Carolina federal district judge. The nominee was confirmed by a 69-28 vote. Schumer's objection, cloaked as complaining about "the overall lack of diversity in President Trump's (judicial) selections": Quattlebaum is white. Any senator opposing a non-white nominee based on skin color would have received saturation media coverage within minutes, but the establishment press is virtually ignoring Schumer's remarks.</p>

Devin Nunes on Press Reaction to Dems’ Memo: ‘The Media Is Dead’

<p>On Sunday's<em>Fox & Friends</em>, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes assessed that committee's Democratic minority memo issued Saturday in response to the Republican memo published in early February as "scary." He also had harsh words for the establishment press, which has dishonestly pretended that the Dems' memo refutes the GOP's effort: "The media in this country is dead."</p>

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Lies About Supremes’ 2008 Heller 2nd Amendment Ruling

<p>On Monday, MSNBC's <em>The Beat </em>host Ari Melber lied about the Second Amendment and related Supreme Court decisions, particularly the <em>Heller</em> ruling. Melber claimed that "2A" has never protected AR-15s or so-called assault weapons, and that politicians deferring to it are cowards for pretending it does. Anyone genuinely understanding <em>Heller</em> knows otherwise.</p>

Not News: Wheaton College Wins Permanent Injunction Against ObamaCare Contraception Mandate

<p>During the past several days, the press mentioned Wheaton College in Illinois when a former student was arrested for multiple burglaries, and when there were new developments relating to a football team hazing incident. On the positive side, the college's partnership with a school for children with disabilities got coverage, as of course did Wheaton's most famous graduate, the just-passed Rev. Billy Graham. But there hasn't been a word in the national establishment press about the Christian college's victory over the Obamacare contraception mandate — a victory which should ripple though all remaining related cases.</p>

Lib Pundits: Broward Cowards Disprove ‘Good Guy With a Gun’ Argument

<p>In an epic self-awareness fail, several liberal commentators claim that Broward County police officers who remained outside as Nikolas Cruz massacred students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were "good guys with a gun." This, they believe, shows that a good guy with a gun doesn't always stop a bad guy with a gun. It apparently hasn't occurred to them that these officers who swore an oath to protect and serve weren't being "good guys."</p>

NBC ‘Think’ Author: Colonizing Mars an ‘Example of Male Entitlement’

<p>At's "Think" section Wednesday, Marcie Bianco checked almost all of the left's outrage boxes, characterizing private-sector efforts to reach Mars as, among other things, "patriarchal," and evidence of male "midlife crisis ... laced with an imperialist ethos."</p>

Facebook Ad Exec Points to Russia’s 2016 Election Irrelevance, Then Apologizes

<p>A week ago, Facebook's VP of Ads responded to Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians by posting a series of tweets at his personal account contending "very definitively that swaying the (2016) election was *NOT* the main goal." Instead, Rob Goldman wrote, the Russians' goal is to "divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us." A short time later, outside and inside pressure forced Goldman to apologize for his "uncleared thoughts."</p>

L.A. Times Editor Has ‘Some Sympathy’ for Resource Officer Who Didn’t Try to Stop Nikolas Cruz

<p>Many people failed the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida before Nikolas Cruz's massacre last week. Someone also failed them during the attack: armed Resource Officer Scot Peterson, who, according to Broward County's sheriff, "never went in" to try to stop Cruz, instead remaining outside "upwards of four minutes." In a Thursday afternoon tweet, a <em>Los Angeles Times</em> editor expressed "some sympathy" — for Peterson. She later doubled down, dragging in the NRA while excusing cowardice.</p>

Louisville Paper And USA Today: Vandalized ‘Kill the NRA’ Billboard Is Only a ‘Callout’

<p>Tuesday at the <em>Louisville Courier Journal</em>, part of Gannett's USA Today network, two reporters claimed that whoever vandalized a prominent billboard in that city to read "Kill the NRA" had "called out" the gun-rights group. David Harten and Darcy Costello never described the billboard as what it was while it was briefly visible: a violent threat.</p>

CNN’s Richard Quest Won’t Believe Mass Shootings, Murders Exceed U.S. in Most European Countries

<p>On Thursday, CNN's Richard Quest had a heated discussion with Gun Owners of America head Eric Pratt. Pratt punctured the establishment press-held myth that gun-controlling countries in Europe are meccas of safety. Quest didn't handle it well.</p>

Minneapolis TV Station’s Reporters Puzzled by More Guns, Less Crime in the Gopher State

<p>On Thursday, Minneapolis station WCCO reported on guns and crime in Minnesota. Anchor Frank Vascarello's introduction: "More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains low." Imagine that.</p>

Sloppy Media Outlets Imagine Racism in Jeff Sessions ‘Anglo-American Heritage’ Remark

<p>The legion of the perpetually aggrieved "white supremacy"-obsessed jumped on a Monday remark by Trump administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions to concoct a bogus "racial dogwhistle" when he used the term "Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement" in a speech to the National Sheriffs' Association. Five days in, many of them still haven't acknowledged that former President Barack Obama and others in his administration have used the term without generating controversy.</p>

AP Reports, Buries, and Walks Back False Claim of Nikolas Cruz’s White Nationalist Ties

<p>Early Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press abandoned skepticism when the leader of a white nationalist group contacted it, claiming, in AP's words, that "Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee." Subsequent AP reports have downplayed or ignored law enforcement's assertions that there are "no known ties" between Cruz and the Republic of Florida, as well as ROF leader Jordan Jereb's bizarre reported walkback. By Friday afternoon, reporters at several medai outlets, including Shawn Musgrave at Politico declared that Jereb and others had "fooled the media." thanks to a "coordinated efforts by internet trolls."</p>

WashPost Global Opinions Editor Oozes: ‘Christopher Steele Is a Hero’

<p>On Wednesday, a Global Opinions Editor at the <em>Washington Post</em> praised the work of Christopher Steele as "extraordinarily prescient," created by a man who "had stumbled onto a breathtaking threat to U.S. national security." Accordingly, Steele, per the headline at Christian Caryl's opinion piece, "is a hero – and Americans owe him their thanks" — a Four-Pinocchio claim by the <em>Post's</em> own standards.</p>

Barely News: Barack Obama Portrait Artist’s Severed-Head ‘Art,’ Outsourcing Work to China

<p>MRCTV's Brittany M. Hughes reported Monday that Kehinde Wiley, Barack Obama's official portrait artist, previously created two paintings of black women holding white women's severed heads, making him the art world's equivalent of Donald Trump severed-head comedienne Kathy Griffin. Additionally, Wiley, described in <em>New York Magazine</em> as "possibly the wealthiest painter of his generation," outsources much of "his" painting to China to "cut costs." Establishment press coverage has virtually ignored these components of Wiley's background, but their descriptions of Obama's involvement in selecting him reveal his almost certain awareness of the artist's full portfolio.</p>

NY Times Parts Ways With Tech Opinion Writer Hours After Hiring Her

<p>The <em>New York Times</em>, the self-described paragon of journalism, embarrassed itself thoroughly Tuesday when it hired, and hours later fired, a "lead opinion writer" brought on to focus "on the power, culture and consequences of technology" — because the paper inadequately investigated her Twitter history.</p>

St. Louis TV Station Describes Stolen Guns Used in Area Crimes as ‘Legal’

<p>As bad as the establishment press's coverage of national stories is, the situation with bias, ignorance, and sloppiness seen at local and regional news outlets may be worse. Here's an example from Monday: A story at St. Louis TV station KSDK about "crimes involving stolen guns" was headlined "More legal guns used in St. Louis area crimes."</p>

WashPost ‘Fact Checker’ Defends Obama’s Poor Record on Wages

<p>The propagandists disguised as "fact-checkers" at the <em>Washington Post</em> unleashed pent-up frustration Wednesday when they evaluated President Donald Trump's February 5 claim that wages are, "for the first time in many years, rising." They gave Trump's claim its worst possible evaluation of "Four Pinocchios," i.e., a "whopper." Too bad for the <em>Post</em> that detailed work published by Reuters two days earlier had already debunked its evaluation.</p>

New York Times Bemoans Sensible Limits on Federal Regulators’ Actions

<p>At the <em>New York Times</em> on Saturday (Sunday's print edition), reporter Robert Pear seemed unhappy that the Trump administration is reining in an extra-legal tool used by the government's regulatory leviathan. Reading his article's headline — "Administration Imposes Sweeping Limits on Federal Actions Against Companies" — one would think that companies can now run rampant without fear of federal legal repercussions. That's nonsense.</p>

Self-Described Smarty Jimmy Kimmel Presents Stupid, Bigoted Anti-Christian Skit

<p>Saturday afternoon, Christian Toto at NewsBusters <a href="">chronicled</a> how Jimmy Kimmel has gone from being an "aw, shucks" comedian to "a hard-left comic" who believes (Kimmel's words) that "every talk show is a liberal ... because it requires a level of intelligence." That sad, ignorant transformation was on display Friday night, as Kimmel attempted and failed to make a genuine point in a restaurant skit which attempted to ridicule a Bakersfield, California bakery which refuses to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples.</p>

CNN’s Conflicted Evan Perez: Nunes Memo ‘Was a Dud,’ But Dangerous

<p>On Friday, CNN's Evan Perez insulted Congress as people who "don’t have any idea how the law works" relating to surveillance, claiming that "grave harm ... was done by the release of the Republican (Nunes) memo even though it was a dud." How interesting, given that Perez knows, because he reported it in 2013, that Obama administration committed abuses serious enough to warrant an October 2011 FISA Court rebuke. Additionally, the now-FBI-defending Perez should know that in October 2016, the Obama administration admitted that it never changed its ways.</p>

Press Is More Reluctant Than Ever To Tag Collapsing Venezuela ‘Socialist’

<p>As Venezuela plunges deeper into humanitarian crisis, the broadcast and cable networks barely recognize its existence, while the print press, which during relatively tolerable times routinely celebrated the country's socialist government, is more reluctant than ever to use the S-word. Of six articles I found Friday afternoon about the horrid, deteriorating situation in that country, only one used the word — and that was only because it was about snap elections de facto dictator Nicolas Maduro has called for April.</p>

Sportswriter: NBC Should Censor Tony Dungy for Citing QB’s Christian Faith As Success Factor

<p>There is a little doubt that a segment of the sports press and the public would prefer that athletes with conservative and Christian beliefs keep their views to themselves (but secular and leftist views are fine). This became evident after the Super Bowl, when one sportswriter and the Twitter mob strongly criticized NBC's Tony Dungy, a Super Bowl-winning coach himself, for citing Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Nick Foles' self-professed Christian faith as contributing to his success.</p>

After Belittling Tax Cut-Driven $1,000 Bonuses, MSNBC’s Katy Tur Tries Changing the Subject

<p>On Monday, shortly after President Trump asked two employees at a suburban Cincinnati manufacturer to describe their plans for the $1,000 bonuses they had received, MSNBC's Katy Tur ridiculed them on Twitter. Tur considered $1,000 a pittance, and contended that the bonus money wouldn't genuinely help the employees involved achieve their stated goals. On Wednesday, Tur responded poorly to the outrage over her condescension by trying to change the subject.</p>
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