PBS: Ted Cruz and Father are ‘Satanic’

Yes, they actually said “Satanic.” A PBS panel of so-called journalists on the “PBS News Hour” show called Sen. Ted Cruz “Satanic,” then doubled down by likewise labeling Cruz’s father, Rafael, who is an evangelical pastor. New York Times columnist David Brooks was asked a simple question by host Judy Woodruff, whether any of the […]

Obama-Supporting Journalists Don’t Get Why We Should Stay Out of Syria

There was a time I called myself a journalist. I don’t any more. I’m a commentator sharing my opinion, not a simple journalist reporting the news. But even if circumstances were different and I had to be a reporter again, I’d be embarrassed to call myself a journalist these days. Frankly, the ignorance of most […]

Here’s How to Boost Journalism’s Credibility

During May Day celebrations a couple of days ago, a freelance videographer asked a CBS reporter if she planned to include the people carrying hammer and sickle flags in her report. First, she denied having seen any, even though there were a few visible just yards behind her. Then, she asked the videographer what those […]

Where Have All the Watchdogs Gone?

There was a day, I think back when the dinosaurs were still alive, when journalism schools taught their students about asking hard questions and the importance of being the public’s watchdog against all-too-often-corrupt government. Woodward and Bernstein were held up as examples, but also people like Edward R. Murrow, Edna Buchanan, Jack Reed and William […]

Why the Looming Obama-Donor Scandal Will Not Matter

At this writing, there is still breaking a story about alleged campaign-donor fraud on the part of the Obama re-election campaign. From what I’ve read, the essence of the scandal is that an independently run website called simply Obama.com is soliciting donations from foreign sources, which donations the owner of the website then passes along […]

My Experience with Red-Meat Journalism

I’ve had first-hand experience with the media. Most of it has not been good Some years ago I was interviewed by Tad Friend for New York Magazine. The title of the article was, “Does America Hate New York. . . Or Has it Just Stopped Caring?” The cover of the magazine carried a more provocative, […]

A Judge Enforces the Medieval Guild System in Journalism

Big Journalism reported last week about Judge Marco A. Hernandez’s verdict in Oregon against the independent blogger Crystal Cox. Cox was sued by the Obsidian Finance Group for the several blogs she started where she made the financial company her target. The judge used one of the blog posts where Cox published lots of factual […]