Category Archives: Journalism

July 9, 2017

Camille Paglia: Democrats Destroyed Journalism… Will Take Decades to Recover (Audio)

From Sean Hannity’s radio show, June 20, 2017.

July 5, 2017

Paxman: Licence Fee Should Be Taken Away from ‘Metropolitan Elite’ BBC (Video)

Jeremy Paxman, who presented the BBC’s flagship Newsnight programme for over two decades, has accused the organisation of being “partial” and “parastatal”, and called for the “antediluvian” licence fee to be scrapped.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Times in which he also described British politicians as “incredibly low grade”, the 67-year-old broadcaster said the BBC’s main problem was its “partiality”.

“There is a way of looking at the world if you are part of the BBC and a different way if you work for a commercial organisation,” he explained.

“Why is the story always about the disabled refugee from Syria, rather than the demands that the disabled refugee from Syria might make upon our taxpayers? That’s all too common. It’s a metropolitan elite problem, isn’t it?”

Local councils have indeed warned that they may have to increase residents’ council tax bills to pay for the costs of accommodating “child refugees” from Calais, which they estimated at around £50,000 per head.

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June 29, 2017

Sarah Palin Sues New York Times for Defamation

On Tuesday evening, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hired Hulk Hogan’s lawyers and sued the New York Times for defamation for falsely accusing her in a June 14 editorial of inciting Jared Lee Loughner to shoot Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). The Times’ editorial was published on the day that James Hodgkinson shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) while he was practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game with his GOP teammates.

“Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a ‘sickeningly familiar pattern’ of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, a tragedy where the gunman seriously wounded numerous people and killed 6, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl,” Palin’s lawyers—Ken Turkel, Shane Vogt, and S. Preston Ricardo—said in a statement.

The complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court in the Southern District of New York, states that “at the time of publication, The Times knew and had published pieces acknowledging that there was no connection between Mrs. Palin and Loughner’s 2011 shooting.”

“In doing so, The Times violated the law and its own policies,” it reads.

Messrs. Turkel, Vogt, and Ricardo said Palin “seeks to hold The Times to its November 13, 2016, pledge [‘to rededicate itself to reporting facts honestly and holding power to account’], and to face both journalistic and financial accountability for the false statements that it published about Mrs. Palin.”

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June 28, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson: Media Giving the Public ‘An Artificial Reality’ (Video)

“We are getting an artificial reality created by people who are putting out narratives,” Attkisson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson discussed the state of the American media, in the wake of contested stories about President Trump.

Attkisson said she worked for three years at CNN, one of the organizations considered critical of the White House.

She said the over the past few years, there has been “a huge sea change” in the media’s position as an unbiased arbiter toward one that pushes narratives.

Attkisson said the mainstream media, like lobbyists, see Trump as a “threat” to their “establishment” culture and even their jobs.

In turn, she said the media has largely shifted to be critical of the White House at every turn.

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June 25, 2017

Losing: The Failing New York Times Set to Lay Off More Staff, Including Reporters

Peddling fake news does not, in fact, equate to a long-term successful business strategy, reporters for The New York Times are learning the hard way.

The Gray Lady, which many in the media class consider the pinnacle of the information business, is struggling so much financially that reporters are expected to be laid off from the publication, along with many editors, the New York Post reports.

“Reporters at the New York Times could soon be ‘vulnerable’ to the ax,” the Post’s Keith Kelly wrote. “If the ongoing round of voluntary buyouts being offered to editing staff does not get enough takers, the Gray Lady could begin another round, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet recently warned his top department editors.”

Kelly reported that as part of an ongoing restructuring at the Times—which has been happening since early 2017—a whopping 109 copy editors have already been terminated while only 50 new jobs are likely to be created as the paper shifts its focus to digital. Kelly wrote:

When the downsizing was first revealed in late May, a memo from Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn portrayed the cuts as a “streamlining” of the editing process and indicated that some of the savings would be used to hire up to 100 more journalists. But in a mid-June meeting with department heads, Baquet admitted that journalists could be targeted in a new round of layoffs once the editing ranks are culled.

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June 14, 2017

Donald Trump: Fake News ‘at an All Time High’

President Donald Trump continued to condemn “fake news” on Twitter, accusing the media of getting the story wrong.

“Fake News is at an all time high. Where is their apology to me for all of the incorrect stories???” he wrote on Tuesday morning.

The president highlighted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to get involved in Hillary Clinton’s FBI investigation and condemned the 9th Circuit Court for ruling against his travel ban.

But the majority of his criticism was for the media, recently reporting that Trump was thinking of firing special counsel Robert Mueller. More reporters mocked Trump’s on-camera cabinet meeting Monday in which they thanked the president for the opportunity to serve in the administration and gave an update on their progress.

“The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty,” he wrote. “Purposely incorrect stories and phony sources to meet their agenda of hate. Sad!”

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June 13, 2017

Mark Levin: CNN Is Destroying the First Amendment — Jake Tapper Is ‘Evil’ (Video)

“I think you get more truthful reporting on Russia TV, which I have never watched in my life, than you get on CNN.”

Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin, author of the forthcoming book “Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism,” read from a Federalist piece by Ben Domenech laying out how Domenech viewed CNN’s “war” on President Donald Trump.

Domenech argued CNN was sacrificing “balance and centrism” in its quest against Trump.

Levin agreed with Domenech’s findings but took it a step further by declaring that CNN was “destroying the First Amendment” and that Trump was right to say the media are evil in some circumstances and singled out CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“You can see how CNN has changed its coverage,” Levin said. “CNN is at war with Trump. CNN is violating – CNN is destroying the First Amendment and freedom of the press. And when Jake Tapper says, ‘How dare President [Trump] call us evil?’ Jake, you’re evil. You’re unconscionable. All of you – because you know exactly what you’re doing. You don’t care.”

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June 5, 2017

Prof. Jordan Peterson responds to CBC cultural appropriation fallout

What are the implications for journalists? “The first lesson is they’re going to be hung out to dry by their superiors … And the second is that the radical mob learned that with a relatively moderate level of effort, they can humiliate and take down even journalists that have impeccable reputations and large followings.”

Journalists are already self-censoring in the toxic fallout from the CBC’s cultural appropriation controversy, University of Toronto Prof. Dr. Jordan Peterson says.

Peterson, whose fight against mandatory use of genderless pronouns drew international attention, said the impact of political correctness on free speech and broader society is profound.

“This is why I’ve been warning about the emergence of such ideas at the university,” Peterson told The Toronto Sun.

“Anybody who thinks these ideas are going to stay in the university, believe me, they’re engaging in wishful thinking.”

A number of prominent journalists have been criticized for their recent participation in a debate about cultural appropriation, whether writers using the creations of other cultures are exploring or exploiting them.

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June 2, 2017

Cross-fertilisation or theft? – Canada’s war over “cultural appropriation”

Writers on the wrong side of a debate lose their jobs.

Anyone, anywhere “should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities”, wrote Hal Niedzviecki in the spring issue of Write, an obscure Canadian literary magazine. For that apparently innocuous observation, he lost his job as the publication’s editor. Mr Niedzviecki was defending “cultural appropriation”, the use by artists and writers of motifs and ideas from other cultures. He suggested an “appropriation prize” for creators who carry out such cross-cultural raids. In a special issue of the magazine dedicated to indigenous writers, that was offensive, his critics said.

Mr Niedzviecki’s supporters were also made to suffer. A journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was demoted after he offered on Twitter to help finance the prize. The editor of Walrus, a better-known magazine, decried “political correctness, tokenism and hypersensitivity” in cultural and academic bodies. After a social-media backlash he, too, resigned. In April a gallery shut an exhibit of the work of Amanda PL, a painter inspired by the style of Norval Morriseau, an indigenous artist.

Mr Niedzviecki has reopened an old debate. Cross-fertilisation is fundamental to the creative process. This article, for example, is written in Roman letters and uses Arabic numerals. However, many indigenous Canadian intellectuals demand extra sensitivity. Some particularly object to white people borrowing (or “stealing”) elements of their culture.

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May 31, 2017

FAKE NEWS – Stefan Molyneux (Video)

Do fake news “journalists” even understand how biased, manipulative, propagandistic, dishonest and patronizing they are? Stefan Molyneux discusses a comment by a fake news commentator that further illustrates the failure of the mainstream media.