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If The News Media Wants Better White House Access, It Needs To Grow The Hell Up

We kicked off the week with an article about reporter James Risen’s analysis that there’s a so-called “war on whistleblowers” being conducted by the Obama administration. Risen also discussed his theory that President Obama has been “The Greatest Enemy to Press Freedom in a Generation.” On both counts, Risen is greatly exaggerating if not entirely [...]

Reports that Vladimir Putin has spinal cord cancer have made the international press. Now, Putin is warning the Russian press to stay quite about it. Putin’s spokesman on Wednesday ridiculed US media reports that the Russian strongman may be suffering from cancer, saying he was fine and that journalists should “shut their trap”. Dmitry Peskov [...]

As I write this, it is shortly before 1 pm.  About 10 minutes ago, I caught the following Tweet.   The link takes you to a one-sentence report from AP. Shooting at North Carolina courthouse; lockdown for county employees, searching for suspects. So, I scanned the major news sources. Nothing. The top story today? BREAKING: [...]

Taegan Goddard reveals the secret place Republicans go to learn how to deal with the media. The school is a reaction to the high-profile crises the GOP has inflicted upon itself in recent years—from Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment to Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” ad—and party officials are determined not to repeat [...]

With the news that three teenage girls have been detained and returned home after apparently trying to run away and join ISIS, Americans have a whole new thing to freak out about: your damn kids signing up for global jihad. Three girls from Colorado, aged 15, 16, and 17, were apprehended at Frankfurt airport in Germany [...]

Ben Bradlee Dead At 93

Long-time Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee has passed away at age 93. From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive [...]

On Michael Savage’s radio show last week, he argued with a caller over whether California lawmakers should rename a San Francisco tunnel in honor of Robin Williams. Savage objected, and the caller, who suffers rom post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), defended the move.   Savage claimed it would promote suicide, then after arguing with the caller, he [...]

Our Anosognotic Media

It goes without saying that a Hollywood biopic is going to aggrandize its subject — Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, General Patton, whomever. No one wants to star in, direct, fund, or produce a motion picture whose tagline would be, “Joe Shmedlap: A Real Dick.” They’re like memoirs; no former President is going to write in [...]

NY 1 was interviewing black and Latino students who were being hustled out of the white neighborhoods where they were attending school. According to their sources, kicking minority students out after school was a common practice among the NYPD’s school safety officers, and several students confirmed that it had happened to them. However, whenever they [...]

Disgraced former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker got into it with fellow castaway Natalie Anderson. After Rocker pointlessly shoved another contestant during the challenge, Anderson began shouting that Rocker’s tribe needed to vote him out because he was a “bad sportsman.” She also referenced his now infamous 1999 Sports Illustrated interview, in which he made [...]

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