Archive for the ‘MSM’ Category

New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait spent his government shutdown day mocking WWII veterans who were shut out by the National Park Service (NPS) when they came to visit the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday morning, Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) and several Republican members of Congress helped tear down the barricades shutting the elderly veterans out of the WWII memorial. After the barricades were removed, dozens of veterans flooded in to conduct their often emotional visits.

But, thinking he was being funny, Chait took to Twitter to poke fun at the veterans, joking that the NPS should barricade the memorial with old Nazi soldiers.

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The Egyptian Cabinet has “assigned competent authorities to assess the legal status of Al Jazeera,” accusing it of threatening stability and national security. At the same time, CNN veterans Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien “will lend star power and journalistic gravitas to U.S. offshoot of Qatar-based broadcaster.”

Was there ever a clearer indication of which side the mainstream media is on, or how richly it deserves the sobriquet “enemedia” that I have given it? But it’s true: the New York Daily News report that “CNN vets Joie Chen and Soledad O’Brien are lending their big names to the in-depth documentary show ‘America Tonight,’ and former NBC journalist John Seigenthaler will anchor prime-time’s ‘Nightly News.’”

Chen said: “I really saw it as a completely different kind of opportunity.” The Daily News added that Chen “signed up as anchor for what has been billed as the station’s flagship program after network brass pitched her a show in which storytelling and good journalism would trump sensationalism and fiery opinions.”

Pimps for jihad.

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This morning, I woke up with both kiddos in bed with me. Their daddy is out of town on business for a few days – giving me ample opportunity to avoid bedtime scheduling madness (guess who’s the disciplinarian here) and revel in those snuffly sighs and giggles that escape just before exhaustion overtakes them and they drift into dreamland.

We slept in. School starts here in 11 days. Gotta sleep in while we can.

Eventually, Andy and I rolled out of bed and went into the living room to start our day in the customary way. A pastry. Some cereal. Flipping back and forth between Morning Express (hi, Robin Meade!) and Good Morning America (hello, GMA crew!). We love Robin’s laughter and the lighthearted interaction among the GMA team, the care they seem to give each other when topics turn serious.

Ella heard the television and stirred. I watched from the living room as she sat up, wiped the sleepy from her big brown eyes, and yawned. The GMA segment went to commercial.

And then, wham.

Confusion.

Disbelief.

Did that just flash on my TV screen?

In front of 8-year-old Andy?!

No way.

A camera trick. A clever angle.

I told Andy – his blue eyes had gone wide – to get something from the refrigerator (out of sight of the TV).

Snatched up the remote.

Rewound.

There it was.

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The opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press has been fired over a headline of an editorial that was highly critical of President Barack Obama’s new “jobs plan.”

“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough,” the headline reads.

Drew Johnson, the now former opinion page editor at the Free Press, announced his firing on Twitter Thursday and later explained the situation in an exclusive interview with TheBlaze.

“I just became the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper’s most-read article,” Johnson wrote.

The Free Press claims it fired Johnson for “placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures.” They are claiming he changed the headline at the last second.

“The headline was inappropriate for this newspaper. It was not the original headline approved for publication, and Johnson violated the normal editing process when he changed the headline,” the paper said in a statement posted on its website. “The newspaper’s decision to terminate Johnson had nothing to do with the content of the editorial, which criticized the president’s job creation ideas and Chattanooga’s Smart Grid. The Free Press page has often printed editorials critical of the president and his policies.”

However, Johnson told TheBlaze in a Thursday phone interview that he has never been made aware of a headline approval “procedure” during his time as the opinion page editor.

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The Salt Lake Tribune published an editor column on Wednesday defending the recent publication of a reader-submitted, factually-challenged opinion piece insinuating Glenn Beck is a “Nazi sympathizer,” in the words of Beck’s radio co-host Pat Gray. In the column, the Tribune’s Tom Fitzpatrick reiterates the difference between news and commentary.

“[Alexandra Karl's] piece did have a couple of small factual errors that were corrected online and in a print correction…” the article admits. “But otherwise questions about the piece are in the realm of opinion, although admittedly a provocative one.”

Beck said on radio Thursday that he wouldn’t have cared about Karl’s op-ed regardless of how many facts it got wrong — and Beck’s fellow co-host Stu Burguiere pointed out on Twitter that it was a lot more than “a couple” — had it not made such horrific insinuations regarding his character.

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