Category Archives: Media Bias

Peaceful Virginia Gun Rally Prompts GQ Magazine Writer To Label Protesters as ‘Nazis’

An estimated 22,000 Second Amendment advocates rallied on the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and the steps of the state capitol Monday in a powerful demonstration against recently enacted (and potentially forthcoming) gun-control legislation. In the days leading up to the rally, no shortage of hay had been made as Virginia’s newly elected Democratic legislature and…

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CNN Silent on Contributor’s False Viral Tweet

CNN has remained silent about a contributor’s viral tweet that misleadingly claimed to relay a conversation between Republican senators.

Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart received more than 9,000 retweets and 36,000 likes for a tweet claiming to report an overheard conversation between two Fox News-watching GOP senators. “Is this stuff real? I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server,” the senators supposedly said. “If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up shit’s creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence.”

Replies to the tweet indicate that many people took Lockhart’s scoop seriously. When reached for comment about the episode, a CNN spokesman redirected the Washington Free Beacon to a network communications director for the network who ignored multiple requests for comment.

In follow-up tweets, Lockhart acknowledged that he “made up” the overheard conversation and called it satire. Lockhart did not delete the misleading tweet even as it went viral, and the clarifying tweets did not achieve the same reach as the original.

After he continued to receive criticism from conservative and liberal journalists alike, Lockhart characterized his detractors as “purveyors of Pizzagate and the Seth Rich conspiracy.”

CNN reporters on the media and “disinformation” beats have repeatedly said that satire is no excuse for spreading “fake news,” particularly if some internet users mistake it for genuine news. Some have accused comedy websites of hiding behind satire to mislead voters while dodging punishment from social media companies.

Brian Stelter, the network’s media critic and host of Reliable Sources, was also silent on the matter, although he did tweet about President Donald Trump’s “false claims.”

Lockhart, who has made frequent appearances during the network’s impeachment coverage, also sparked controversy on Tuesday when he said that Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) should face prison time for tweeting while he was on the Senate floor. The former public relations executive was seemingly unaware that most politicians have dedicated press staffers who handle their social media accounts, and that senators cannot be imprisoned for breaking Senate floor rules.

Cruz mocked the tweet with a graphic of a cell phone reading, “Come and Take It”—a mock-up of a popular flag commemorating the famous victory at the Battle of Gonzales that sparked the Texas Revolution.

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CNN ‘Fact-Checks’ Day One of Impeachment but Neglects To Check Any Democrat Claims

I don’t tune in to CNN for balance or read its website for objectivity. Nobody, save a few unfortunate people in airport terminals who haven’t watched CNN in ages and still associate it with the days of Bernard Shaw and Larry King, is that much of a naïf. Even then, I think the people stuck…

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CNN Analyst Ignites Furor with Completely Fabricated Impeachment ‘Scoop’ on Twitter

This isn’t just “fake news,” it’s outright fraud. CNN political analyst and former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart confirmed the worst suspicions of conservatives about the honesty of mainstream media figures on Wednesday by using his Twitter account to post a completely fabricated conversation he originally claimed to have overheard between Republican senators…

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Tulsi Gabbard Announces Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Over ‘Maliciously Made False Statements’

Democratic presidential primary candidate Tulsi Gabbard upped the ante this week, filing a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Coming in light of a major media standoff between the two late last year, the suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges Clinton did tangible damage…

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After Whining About ‘Liberal Hack’ Comment, CNN Hires Reporter Who Said GOP Was ‘Broken’

Last week, I learned from the Manu Raju-Martha McSally spat that you have to treat every reporter from CNN as if they’re an upstanding, objective patriot, no matter what you might think of them. This week, I learned that CNN’s has absolutely no problem hiring a White House correspondent who called the GOP “fundamentally broken.”…

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Clinton Offers Evidence-Free Warning to Dems: GOP Will ‘Steal Votes’ in 2020

I’m not a Hulu subscriber, which means I won’t be catching the new Clinton hagiography “Hillary” when it premieres in March. More’s the pity. I can absorb the coverage during the media roll-out however, which is obviously enough. Her batting-practice interview with The Hollywood Reporter, published Tuesday, is about the level of coverage you should…

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Acosta Intercepts Ivanka, Watch Him Get Blown Off and Left in the Dust

Well-known CNN personality Jim Acosta tried to intercept Ivanka Trump this week, but was expertly boxed out as her security detail left the reporter in the dust. The network’s chief White House correspondent confronted the first daughter Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland. Ivanka Trump and her father, President Donald Trump, were in the European nation for…

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Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes

Denver Post columnist says he was fired after disputing the idea that there are more than two sexes.

Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post, chalking it up to “a difference in style” that his editors found “too insensitive.”

“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” he said in a Facebook post. “What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.”

Caldara criticized an Associated Press directive saying that sex and gender are not binary. “There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science. It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism,” he wrote on Jan. 3. In a column two weeks later, Caldara also railed against a 2019 Colorado law that required elementary school children to be instructed in transgender ideology.

“Some parents weren’t thrilled a couple of years back when during school their little ones in Boulder Valley School District were treated to videos staring [sic] a transgender teddy bear teaching the kids how to misuse pronouns or when Colorado’s ‘Trans Community Choir’ sang to kids about a transgender raven,” Caldara wrote. “What are the protections for a parent who feels transgender singing groups and teddy bears with gender dysphoria might be ‘stigmatizing’ for their kid?”

Caldara said that he was fired by the paper’s editorial page editor, Megan Schrader, according to an interview with Westword published Monday.

“Megan told me I was the page’s most-read columnist. But there’s now a permanently and perpetually offended class, and in order to speak, you need to use their terminology. There’s a whole lot of you-can’t-say-that-ism going on right now.”

In an email to the Washington Free Beacon, Schrader confirmed that she fired Caldara but declined to discuss the reason.

“I am writing a job description as we speak to fill his position,” she said. “I hope that conservative Colorado writers will apply knowing that we value conservative voices on our pages and don’t have a litmus test for their opinions.”

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Poll: Huge Majority Blames News Media for Political Division

The news media is to blame for dividing America, according to a new poll. A Hill-HarrisX poll released Friday found that 75 percent of those polled believe how the media report the news further divides America politically, according to The Hill. HarrisX polled 1,001 registered voters across the country and reported a margin of error…

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New York Times Smears Trump Supporter as ‘White Nativist’

The New York Times smeared a Trump supporter from Queens, New York, as a “white nativist” in the course of its endorsement of Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary on Sunday evening.

One Year Later, CNN Still Hasn’t Taken Down or Corrected Its Jussie Smollett Report

One year ago, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett apparently decided what his career really needed was a fake hate crime committed against him. We’ve never been quite clear on the “why” behind this,  nor am I entirely certain it’s important, but that’s what he decided needed to be done. So, he allegedly hired a duo…

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The Hill Changes Article on Transgender Bill After The Western Journal Points Out Anti-GOP Narrative

If you were reading the original version of The Hill’s recent piece on South Dakota’s proposed bill on treatments for transgender youth, the first paragraph probably sounded exceptionally dire. “A new bill in South Dakota would make it illegal to provide health care to transgender minors,” began the piece by Alexandra Kelley — published last…

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Journalist Humiliates Target Worker Over 1¢ Display, Furious Public Raises $17K

A journalist was widely criticized Friday for publicly shaming a Massachusetts Target manager who he claimed refused to honor the list price on an electric toothbrush. Now, thanks to more than 1,000 donors, the manager will be able to enjoy a free vacation. David Leavitt said the manager, Tori, would not let him buy an…

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GOP Senator Doubles Down After CNN Anchor Demands Apology for Calling Reporter a ‘Liberal Hack’

A Republican senator who understands what real combat is all about derided the ruffled feathers over at CNN caused by a pair of words for which she refuses to apologize. The Beltway brouhaha began when CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju lobbed a question at fast-walking Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona, who as an Air…

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Judge Smacks Down Transgender Pronouns, Says They’re a Courtesy, Not a Right for People Before the Court

You can get yourself into an awful lot of trouble these days for the mere act of living in reality. Such is the case of Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Duncan is a Trump appointee, one who was savaged by the left during his…

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Joe Biden’s Brother Frank Now Accused of Using His Name for Business Gain

When it comes to the family of President Donald Trump, the media microscope has been trained on every nook and cranny of their lives. But the media has been derelict in its duty to do the same to the family of former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. After Trump…

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The Root Attacks ‘White’ National Review Writer… Who’s Actually Black

A left-wing website attacked a “white” National Review Online writer for his perspective on black history, failing to realize the writer in question is black.

Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, argued in a piece published Thursday that the New York Times‘s 1619 Project has an “obsession” with slavery at the expense of the rest of American history. Michael Harriot, a senior reporter for the liberal African-American publication The Root, responded in a piece titled, “Black History, According to White People.” Harriot referred to Kirsanow as white throughout the post.

“As white people are wont to do, Kirsanow framed his argument in the context of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Harriot wrote. “White people love to quote King because he is a mythical figure who has been whitewashed by the very version of America that Kirsanow wants to perpetuate … ‘The 1619 Project’s obsession with race, standing alone, is bad enough,’ Kirsanow writes, whitely.”

Kirsanow was surprised to discover that he is caucasian.

“Well, I guess if Elizabeth Warren can be Cherokee, I can be white,” Kirsanow told the Washington Free Beacon. “Wait till my wife finds out.”

Harriot did not respond to a request for comment.

National Review Online editor Charles Cooke mocked the error on Twitter Friday, tweeting, “Today I learned that Peter Kirsanow is white.”

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Media Celebrate as GAO Says Trump Broke Law, Fail To Mention 7 Times It Nailed Obama Admin

A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday concluded that President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget broke the law when it withheld money from Ukraine. Predictably, the media and others on the left went wild. Tweets from Hollywood stars, supposedly unbiased journalists and even politicians celebrated the news. Mockery of Trump supporters and Republican senators…

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NYT Reporter Thinks It’s Crazy That Nobody Believes White Woman Who Claimed To Be Native American

The general assumption regarding Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim that Sen. Bernie Sanders told her a woman couldn’t win the presidency in 2020 is that it was a coordinated leak by her campaign. If that’s the case, I’m kind of at a loss as to why anyone thought now was a good time to play another…

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