Benghazi Emails: Media Silence and “Theology is Stupid”

A few days ago I wrote of Benghazi story:Please tell me that when our drones saw our consulate under sustained attack for seven hours, when we watched while our people were being murdered, that their rescue wasn’t inhibited because some Scheisskopf was too distracted by a contest to make a gutsy call. Please tell me that when Stevens and his team were looking for help, they were not being pushed aside by some Scheisskopf saying, “I can’t pay attention right now; don’t you know there is a pa … [Read more...]

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Dem Pollster Pat Caddell: MSM is Threatening Future of Country UPDATED

The decades-long incestuous relationship between the Democrat party and the mainstream media is birthing something monstrous. This brave Democrat dares to discuss it.Pat Caddell speaks truth."First of all, we've had 9 days of lies...If a president of either party...had had a terrorist incident and gotten on an airplane [after remarks] and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified...it should have been, should have been, the equivalent, for Barack Obama, … [Read more...]

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MSM Holds Its Freedom Cheap; Ours, Too

(Neveshkin Nikolay / Shutterstock.com)My column at First Things this week chronicles the almost surreal behavior of the mainstream media as they do whatever they can to propel Obama and their preferred narrative forward.When the State Department threatened to go into a bureaucratic swoon of Judy-Garlandesque proportions if forced to answer questions about the attack, the press offered a thoughtful cold compress to soothe its frazzled brow, and then closed the door softly, as it made its … [Read more...]

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Media Disorientation is Complete

There is a Southern Baptist gentleman, who has corresponded with me for almost as long as this blog has been running. Early on, he would read a news report about the Pope, or the Vatican and he'd shoot me an email that amounted to an outraged "what is [the pope] or [the curia] doing! This is outrageous!"And I would write back and tell him, "wait four days or so, and when the story is fading, you'll see a correction or a clarification, that tells you the truth. But it won't be on page one, … [Read more...]

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“Get Religion” Comes to Patheos!

It becomes increasingly evident that, as William Schneider is quoted as saying, "the press . . . just doesn't 'get' religion" -- so much so that Deacon Greg, in addition to all of the other news-mining he engages in every day for our edification, has lately taken to chronicling the media balldrops on the subject.Even better than a Deacon/Journalist keeping track of media mishaps on religion is a whole site dedicated to the daily monitoring and analysis of press coverage on religious stories, … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

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Aurora Slaughter and the Enthralled Tribes of America

ViaHow overly-enthralled we are becoming to our ideological tribes? Enough, perhaps, to wonder if our too-passionate engagement with ideas is poisoning our communal well, and robbing us of our humanity. At a moment when we should be united as a people responding to evil in our midst -- and a mass murder is not a "tragedy", it is evil on legs -- it's disheartening to realize that while the dead were not yet cold, the injured were still dying or being treated, the people who are charged with … [Read more...]

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“It’s a Tax!”; “It’s a Penalty!”; “It’s a Ta -!”

Apparently Mrs. Pelosi tripped over some clunky, in the way talking points.I know I'm dating myself, but all I can think of is: It's a floor wax, and a dessert topping!Ed Morrissey has more thoughts on the Obamacare ta--, pena---, floorwax … [Read more...]

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Award-winning CBS News writer goes off on NBC – UPDATED

You know Deacon Greg, right? Affable fellow, likes to write homilies and participate in Adoration? Doesn't like yelling or gratuitous snark? Formerly an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer for CBS News? For almost 30 years? Blogs like a news miner, offering up choice nuggets without comment?During the course of our long friendship he has been the guy psssting to me, "don't you think you're being too hard on the press? Must you piss on the press all the time? They don't mean anything … [Read more...]

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“No one hates men! But…damn these men!” – UPDATED

On Facebook, Diane of Te-Deum blog embedded this interview between Christiane Amanpour and Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, whom Amanpour calls "a practicing nun."Because she's a class-A journalist, is the haughty Christiane. She's like the Anna Wintour of elite broadcasters, but even less interesting.Full disclosure: as a Benedictine Oblate, I've read and gleaned much wisdom from Sister Joan's books on Monasticism; she has a lot of good and instructive things to say about the psalms and … [Read more...]

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