What a correction … On Sunday the New York Times published a profile of Facebook’s Campbell Brown, who heads the company’s news partnerships. In that profile, the Times proffered as an example of “far-right conspiracy theories” stories about the Palestinian government paying the families of terrorists monetary compensation. That’s right: To the writers, fact-checkers, and editors who allowed the story to be published at the Times, the fact that these payments take place is a “far-right conspiracy theory.”
Yesterday, the Times issued this correction at the bottom of the article.
Correction: April 23, 2018
An earlier version of this article erroneously included a reference to Palestinian actions as an example of the sort of far-right conspiracy stories that have plagued Facebook. In fact, Palestinian officials have acknowledged providing payments to the families of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks on Israelis or convicted of terrorist acts and imprisoned in Israel; that is not a conspiracy theory.
Of course it isn’t. It is a well-known and well-established fact. Some on Twitter have blamed the falsehood on a “basic fact-checking error.” That isn’t what this was at all. This is a case of textbook bias. To the left-wing reporters and editors at the New York Times, it is so out of their worldview that the “oppressed” Palestinian government would ever do something like pay terrorist families that they assumed it was made up by conservatives, whom they call “far-right.” That’s bias, that’s not even checking, much less challenging, your own beliefs, and it’s lazy.
Hannity-palooza at CNN … The unending leftist assault on conservative media figures continues. This time it’s Sean Hannity and his private business dealings that are the subject of an assault led in part by CNN’s media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter. Media Equalizer has the details of how the Guardian quoted the George Soros-funded Media Matters in an article that tried to make Hannity’s perfectly legal business dealings seem shady.
After publication, Stelter who has an obsession with Fox hosts, piled on. There is one goal of Media Matters and its allies like Brian Stelter. That is the destruction of conservative voices so that only the “truth” fed to you by places like CNN is what’s left.
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Every time you turn on CNN, do you get the feeling that either Trump will be impeached shortly or that he’ll fire special counsel Robert Mueller? You aren’t alone. On Monday, White House legislative affairs director Mark Short appeared on CNN’s “New Day.” Here’s how NewsBusters described Short’s exchange with Chris Cuomo:
During the 7:00 a.m. ET hour of New Day, anchor Chris Cuomo began an interview with Short by demanding: “You cannot guarantee to the American people that the Mueller probe will be seen to its conclusion, is that true?” Short immediately pointed out press bias on the topic: “Chris, how about we phrase the question a different way? How about we look at it as every day there’s a different vigil, a prayer vigil it seems, on CNN, ‘Is today the day that Mueller’s going to get fired?’”
CNN’s coverage for the past year and a half has been singularly focused on Trump and Russia. It has hurt the network’s ability to cover other news.
They’ll have Hogg for dinner … Parkland student turned anti-natural rights activist David Hogg is a media darling. He has been almost a constant figure on CNN. Now he’s got an invite to the annual White House Correspondents Association annual dinner. Hogg will be the guest of The Daily Beast at the function on Saturday. Thanks to Hogg’s de facto press agent Brian Stelter for letting us know.
Here’s why I’m thankful not to live in the U.K. – reason number 5,234,208. Yesterday the North Yorkshire Police Department spiked the rugby ball on Twitter after securing an eight-month sentence against a local man. What was the sentence for? The man was sentenced for “perverting the course of justice” for using a laser jammer to stop a speed camera from recording his speed and giving him a ticket. The man also gave the camera the finger over and over again. The man tried to throw the laser jammer away when the cops came knocking, but the sentence and glee seem to be over the man’s heroic actions in standing up to the constabulary.
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