Category Archives: Media

Trumped Up Claim

151123-trumped-up-claimDonald Trump says that on 9/11/2001 he saw on television “thousands and thousands” in Jersey City cheering the attack on the World Trade Center. Only problem is, no one can find the video. It’s a trumped up claim.

More Trumped up Claims

That reminded me of claims by Congressional Black Caucus members that frenzied tea partiers shouted the “n-word” at them as they crossed the street to vote for Obamacare in 2010. There was plenty of video of the event but no “n-word” was ever found. That didn’t stop the story from spreading.

Same goes for the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that sparked the riots in Ferguson and lives on to this day. It never happened.


ISIS Nuisance

151118-ISIS-NuisanceJohn Kerry thinks terrorists might have had cause for murdering cartoonists but the attack on Paris is beyond the pale. He backpedalled his statement but here it is. At least he didn’t croon “You’ve got a friend”.

He based his presidential campaign in 2004 on the idea that Islamic jihad is just a nuisance. President Obama feels the same. He wants to close Gitmo and prosecute Islamic jihadists though the US court system.

President Holland feels differently. Freedom fries anyone?


This analysis by John Lloyd of Reuters says it’s not only an act of war, ISIS is an “existential threat”.

Mizzou Football Econ 101

151110-mizzouNutty professors calling for muscle weren’t the biggest story during the University of Missouri protests. The football team was.

Thirty-six hours after black players said they would strike, the president and chancellor resigned. Mizzou would have had to pay Brigham Young University a million dollars if it cancelled Saturday’s game.

Now that football players have had their consciousness raised about their economic clout, will they use it to their own benefit?

Republican National Committee Debates

151103-republican-national-committeeThe Republican National Committee drafted a letter putting future debate moderators on notice. From now on the candidates will be asking all the questions.

Or something.

Only problem is Bush, Trump, Christie, Florina, and Kasich, refuse to sign the letter.

This amuses Megan Kelly. She recommends foot massages.

CNBC Cage Match

151029-cage-matchThe candidates bit back at the moderators during the CNBC debate. For good reason.

John Harwood got things started by asking Donald Trump if he’s a comic book presidential candidate. Chris Christie didn’t like being asked about fantasy football while ISIS is chopping off heads in the real world.

Cage Match

Ted Cruz told the moderators the debate was not a “cage match“.

Think Progress called the debate “a total train wreck”.

LLoyd Grove writing for the Daily Beast, said it was pretty clear who the loser was – the mainstream media:

The mainstream media—as represented by the business cable network’s principal moderators, Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and especially John Harwood—took it on the chin as candidate after candidate, to hearty applause from the partisan audience at the University of Colorado, pointed out that their questions were inaccurate, unfair, or otherwise plain silly.