Words matter … Yesterday the communist government of Cuba selected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the only candidate to replace outgoing president Raul Castro. But that’s not how all media organizations reported the news. For instance, here’s a tweet from the Associated Press this morning: “BREAKING: Miguel Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba.” Note that word “elected.” Diaz-Canel was not elected; he was in fact selected by Communist Party members. Words have meaning.
BREAKING: Miguel Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 19, 2018
The AP characterization was so egregious that even the social media team at Dictionary.com called the news organization out in a tweet:
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) April 19, 2018
A first time for everything … This week James Comey has been on a media love fest book tour. He’s faced many friendly questions from reporters eager to hear Comey dish on President Donald Trump. While most of the questions have been friendly, it’s good to know that there is at least one harder-hitting journalist left in the world.
In an interview for Washington D.C.’s WTOP morning drive program, Joan Jones asked Comey, “Why wouldn’t the smashing of cell phones and destruction of thousands of emails during an investigation clearly be obstruction of justice?”
Comey, stunned, said it was the “first time I’ve been asked” about obstruction of justice regarding Clinton associates. You can read more about this at NewsBusters. What is more surprising — that most in media did not ask this question, or that someone actually did?
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Good on Matthews … There’s a lot to criticize Chris Matthews about, like when he referred to President Donald Trump’s two sons as Uday and Qusay – a reference to Saddam Hussein’s murderous thug sons. But on Wednesday, Matthews broke the mold. When former GOP Rep. David Jolly started to criticize Sean Hannity for the fact that Hannity doesn’t have a college degree, Matthews jumped in to defend his prime-time cable rival. You can watch the exchange here. Good on Matthews for putting the elitist Swamp creature Jolly in his place.
More on disclosure hypocrisy … I don’t want to beat a dead horse but this horse isn’t quite dead yet. Over the past few days I’ve been writing a lot about media disclosure in light of what The Federalist’s Joseph A. Wulfsohn calls the “Sean Hannity standard” for disclosure. In an excellent piece, Wulfsohn highlights further how the media has conflicts it never discloses.
I’ve seen some conservatives rush to criticize Starbucks for the decision to close its stores in May to deliver employee training on how not to treat minorities. Look, Starbucks has been a very SJW-friendly company for a while. But in this case, in my mind, the company is right. The fact remains that a manager at a local Starbucks in Philadelphia called the police on two black men who were waiting for a third friend to arrive. Would he have done the same if the two were white men? It’s an issue that a company that large should deal with. It’s not social justice; it’s basic human decency.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.