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Showing posts with label news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Memo to NBC News

Your new website sucks. I can't even load it in my browser (Firefox). And no, I'm not switching browsers. I took a look at it in I.E (first time I've opened that browser in a few years) and I think I like the unloadable version more. Yes, it's that bad.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What's up with MSNBC?

OK, I know they are a lefty propaganda network. But lately it's like they are completely SOS (stuck on stupid). Granted, FOX has some serious bias but you can actually get real news with at least a passing effort at getting both sides of a story. Not so MSNBC. And now they are just going out of their way to show how generally mean and nasty liberals can be.

See here for the latest.

Monday, January 13, 2014

This explains a lot

On Sunday, the hard-line semi-official [Iranian] Fars News dropped one of its biggest bombshells yet: The United States government has been secretly run by a "shadow government" of space aliens since 1945. Yes, space aliens. The alien government is based out of Nevada and had previously run Nazi Germany. It adds, for timeliness, that the controversial NSA programs are actually a tool for the aliens to hide their presence on Earth and their secret agenda for global domination. This is all asserted as incontrovertible fact with no caveats.
Read the rest here.

Looks like the Birthers were right. Obama really is an illegal alien.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Excuse me... what year is this?

I ask because I just read an op-ed piece that is so breathtaking in its anti-Catholic bigotry that I am wondering if I might not have been caught in some sort of time warp. The article in question would have been par for the course, in say 1928 when Al Smith was running for president and the Klan was sounding the alarm about the dual allegiance of those liquor loving papists. But that something like this could be written in our day and age, by a journalist for a respected weekly news magazine, AND get by the editor is shocking.

Honestly, some heads (plural) need to roll over this.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Looking back

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most fateful years in the history of the world. There are going to be a lot of events and commemorations as the months pass. For those interested in what was going on back then, one way to get a glimpse of that long vanished world is to read the newspapers of the time.

Starting today, Britain's Daily Telegraph will be posting online each day's paper from exactly 100 years ago. (Note: In those days British newspapers put the advertisements on the front page. The adverts can be amusing by themselves.) For those wanting an American view, we have the full run of the New York Tribune from 1866-1924, courtesy of the Library of Congress website. They seem to have done a pretty good job with the digitizing as most of the pages are perfectly readable when enlarged.

I have to say that on balance the papers of 100 years ago put most of the current ones to shame in the depth of their news coverage. Of course papers today are being killed by the TV news networks. Still, it's fascinating to see not just what was happening, but also get an idea of what was deemed important to people back then. And there is a great deal of very open bias in some of the political coverage that will be familiar to viewers of MSNBC and FOX News. The Tribune was a Republican newspaper. So for instance, if you glance at some of the issues from the 90's you will see their coverage promoting the GOP issues of that era such as the Tariff and Free Silver (bi-metalism). For the record, the GOP was wrong on both of those issues.

Try looking to see what was happening on your birthday 100 or even 110 or 120 years ago.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Wife of Secretary of State Kerry Seriously Ill

Multiple sources are reporting that Teresa Heinz (Kerry), wife of U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, has been hospitalized in critical condition. No details as to the nature of the illness were immediately reported.

Friday, June 07, 2013



It's almost impossible to imagine what it was like on the home front June 6, 1944. But you can get an idea by listening to some of the wall to wall news coverage that was broadcast periodically interrupted by patriotic music and prayer from famous clergy and FDR. It must have been gut wrenching for families with loved ones in the service. Radio coverage...
 HT: Shorpy

Friday, April 19, 2013

O Lord Save Thy People


Obviously things are moving at a very fast pace. Bombs, poison letters, people have been shot. There is a manhunt going on. And also let's not forget that a small town in Texas has been nearly leveled in an aggro-industrial explosion. A large percentage of their fire department, all volunteers, have been killed along with many other people.

This is a time for prayer.

No blogging for a while.

Friday, May 04, 2012

AP apologizes to fired World War II reporter

NEW YORK -- In World War II's final moments in Europe, Associated Press correspondent Edward Kennedy gave his news agency perhaps the biggest scoop in its history. He reported -- a full day ahead of the competition -- that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally at a former schoolhouse in Reims, France.

For this, he was publicly rebuked by the AP, and then quietly fired.

The problem: Kennedy had defied military censors to get the story out. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman had agreed to suppress news of the capitulation for a day, in order to allow Stalin to stage a second surrender ceremony in Berlin. Kennedy was also accused of breaking a pledge that he and 16 other journalists had made to keep the surrender a secret for a time, as a condition of being allowed to witness it firsthand.

Sixty-seven years later, the AP's top executive is apologizing for the way the company treated Kennedy.

"It was a terrible day for the AP. It was handled in the worst possible way," said president and CEO Tom Curley.

Kennedy, he said, "did everything just right."
Read the rest here.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Current TV Slams Keith Olbermann In Court Filings

Al Gore's Current TV is blasting back at fired host Keith Olbermann.

In a court filing Friday, the network attacked the liberal opinion-maker as "arrogant" and "immature" and said that he had failed to show up for nearly half of his recent workdays. The papers were a response to Olbermann's $70-million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Thursday against Current, which hired him as its star last year but dismissed him in late March after months of turmoil.

Current said it doesn't have to "pay a dime" to Olbermann, "who, having already been paid handsomely for showing up sporadically and utterly failing to keep his end of the bargain, now seeks to be paid tens of millions more for not working at all." The papers also point out that Olbermann told David Letterman, "I screwed up" at Current during a TV appearance this week.

The network, founded by the former vice president with legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, accuses Olbermann of leaking his $10-million salary to the media to help justify his decision to join Current, which has roughly 68 million subscribers but very low ratings. In "utter disregard" of his contract, the host rejected every idea to promote his program, the papers say, and even banned his staff at "Countdown" from speaking with the executive vice president of communications.

"[H]e arrogantly and falsely calls 'cheap' the company that has paid him the highest compensation he had ever received in his career, provided him the largest staff of any program he had ever anchored, given him the largest studio and custom-designed set on which he had ever worked, and paid over $50,000 in an eight-month period to eight different limousine companies because none of the previous seven were able to meet his patrician standards for how to drive him around New York City," the papers say.
Read the rest here.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Keith Olbermann Is Sacked Again

(Reuters) - Television commentator Keith Olbermann has been fired by Current TV, the network's founders said on Friday, after just a year with the network.

The founders of the public affairs TV channel, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, announced Olbermann's departure in an open letter.

"Current was ... founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it," they said.

Current TV said Olbermann's one-hour primetime slot would be taken by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, beginning on Friday.
Read the rest here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Correction

In the course of a follow up to an earlier post Father Andrew has discovered that the report about a wealthy banker leaving a 1% tip and an insulting message for his lunch waiter was a hoax.  It appears that the image of the receipt was doctored and the whole thing was fabricated by person or persons unknown.  Given the whole 1% vs the 99% class warfare theme however, it does not seem unreasonable to suspect this was a politically motivated lie.  Point in fact I strongly suspect it was a clever piece of  left wing propaganda.  I had considered taking the original post down, but have decided against for three reasons.  First, I intensely dislike removing posts from the blog and in fact have only done so once in the near six years of its existence.  Secondly, no one specifically was defamed and finally because as it stands now it is cautionary warning about the tactics employed by the far left.

I have often been a sharp critic of right wing extremism on this blog.  But it is well worth remembering that some in the radical left are not above making things up or just plain lying to advance their agenda.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Polarized news market has altered the political process in South Carolina primary

LAURENS, S.C. — Once upon a time — oh, about two presidential elections ago — Dianne Belsom would get up in the morning and read the paper, taking in news stories about candidates and campaigns. Some stuff she agreed with, some she didn’t.

This morning, Belsom wakes in her splendidly restored pink Victorian on Main Street in this rural South Carolina town, makes coffee and settles in at her desktop to fire up Facebook. There on her news feed are more than 100 stories that some of her 460 friends have posted since Belsom went to bed eight hours ago.

Over the next three hours, Belsom bops around the Web checking out the latest campaign news. Her sources are big and small, from nearby Greenville to faraway California, but they have one thing in common: With rare exceptions, the news and commentary sites Belsom visits share her world view, which she describes as “conservative, tea party, Christian.”
Read the rest here.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

An Editorial Endorsement

I fully agree with this statement and will not entertain any discussion of the Casey Anthony murder trial on this blog.

Monday, March 07, 2011

The Fading Power of Beck’s Alarms

Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.

While it’s true that Charlie Sheen sucked up a lot of airtime last week, I’d been watching Glenn Beck, the Fox News host who invoked Hezbollah, socialists, the price of gas, Shariah law, George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and, yes, Charlie Sheen, as he predicted a coming apocalypse.

Mr. Beck, a conservative Jeremiah and talk-radio phenomenon, burst into television prominence in 2009 by taking the forsaken 5 p.m. slot on Fox News and turning it into a juggernaut. A conjurer of conspiracies who spotted sedition everywhere he looked, Mr. Beck struck a big chord and ended up on the cover of Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine, and held rallies all over the country that were mobbed with acolytes. He achieved unheard-of ratings, swamped the competition and at times seemed to threaten the dominion of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity at Fox.

But a funny thing happened on the way from the revolution. Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.
Read the rest here.

Glenn Beck is a demagogue. Just another and more caustic version of Limbaugh.