Category Archives: Media

Don’t Shout Fire in a Crowded Theater Book Burning

Don't shout fire, book burning

Until recently restrictions on free speech seemed pretty straight forward – don’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater. But times have changed. Now you must not offend anyone in the theater either.

Dr. Marty Markay of Johns Hopkins wrote an op-ed in the WSJ explaining why we might reach herd immunity in April. Facebook apparently knows better and flagged the article as “misleading.”

Last summer the NYT booted its opinion page editor for publishing an op-ed by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. Cotton wanted troops to put down rioting brought on by George Floyd’s death in police custody last summer. Since then armed troops and razor wire have become the preferred approach around our nation’s capitol.

Then there’s the Times treatment of Don McNeil, Amazon’s censorship of Ryan T. Anderson’s When Harry Became Sally, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, Pepe Le Pew and you know the rest.

There’s not much that’s written or drawn that someone won’t find offensive, so we’re burning it all. But don’t shout “fire.”

Royal Pains in Queen Oprah’s Court

Royal Pains

Royal pains Harry and Meghan showed up at Queen Oprah’s court on CBS Sunday. The free agents, formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, dissed management at their former gig with the Windsor franchise.

Their efforts to market the Sussex Royal brand apparently didn’t sit well with previous owner Queen Elizabeth II. However, they’ve come to the right place. Cashing in is always welcome with American royalty.

According to the WSJ Queen Oprah raked in $7 to $9 million for rights to the interview.

Big Voice on the Right, Rush Limbaugh 1951 – 2021, RIP

Big voice on the right, rush limbaugh, Obituary

Rush Limbaugh was “The Big Voice on the Right.” He earned his self-proclaimed title when Ronald Reagan dismantled the Fairness Doctrine in 1987. That allowed radio stations to broadcast Limbaugh’s raucous conservative opinions without giving equal time to offended liberals. It was a winning formula, and in the process he saved AM radio.

And he continued to dominate conservative talk until he died yesterday of lung cancer.

Big Voice on the Right

He was an entertainer who knew and respected his audience. But he also had an uncanny knack for stringing together news items and ideas to make a witty point. Almost always mocking the left. The left is lucky he didn’t draw.

Rush claimed to know liberals like “every square inch of his glorious naked body.” And, thanks to “talent on loan from God,” he claimed he could beat them with “half his brain tied behind his back.”

So that’s why I figured I had an original cartoon idea – yesterday. Rest in peace, Rush…

More great minds….

Gary Varvel, Jewish World Review
Michael Ramirez, Jewish World Review

I, for one, say thank you to Rush for airing those views all these many years with his “talent on loan from G-d,” with the hope that it remains “on loan” for many more years to come.

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, Jewish World Review

Oy.

N-Word Costs Veteran Reporter his Job at NYT

n-word, New York Times

Respected New York Times science reporter Donald McNeil used the n-word. Not in a hateful way but in an instructive way. He used it in a discussion about racism with students on a Times sponsored trip to Peru. Apparently, the instruction didn’t take.

And it cost him his job.

Power of the N-Word

An editorial in Quillette has an interesting take on how a word used without intent can have any power. It must have power in its own right, like a magical incantation.

And here’s Joe Concha, media columnist for The Hill, on the power of the Times’ woke mob:

The “woke” mob has really racked up some victories lately at the nation’s famed newspaper of record, getting award-winning editors and reporters ousted for some of the most questionable reasons. The first win came last June, when Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote an op-ed for the Times advocating the deployment of national guardsmen to American cities to help control last summer’s violent protests — a pretty prophetic suggestion, considering what we witnessed during the horrific riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Yet, Cotton’s opinion piece provoked a severe public backlash from other writers at the Times, with Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion editor James Bennetbeing forced to resign as a result. 

Trump Voters Deprogramming Project

Trump voters, Deprogramming, stable genius

Katie Couric wants to deprogram 75 million Trump voters. Obviously, she hasn’t heard that their leader is a very stable genius. Still, there may be an executive order app for that.