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

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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...]

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

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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...]

LA Times Raises an Eyebrow at Ann Romney’s Horse?

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It is, of course, the usual mainstream media free-assist that should probably be considered a kind of campaign contribution: the LA Times, read by Hollywood folk who air-condition their garages while telling the little people to make sure they hang their laundry out to dry, today tries to help the Obama campaign's class warfare efforts by talking about Ann Romney's equestrian hobby, which both the headline and the very first paragraph of the Times' story points out, is "pricey."This is an … [Read more...]

Obama’s 8.1% Funhouse Mirror!

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Do you know anyone who has been seeking work in the last several months, and has suddenly found openings?Since hardly any jobs were added to the economy in April, your answer is probably "no." I know mine is.And yet, the headlines are blaring that unemployment is down to 8.1%!So, no jobs to speak of are being added, in fact -- as Ed Morrissey notes here, our total employment level actually fell by 169K -- and yet the unemployment numbers sound encouraging!Welcome to the … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Giant Egg – UPDATED

UPDATE: Also, I don't know where I got this, but it's kind of stunning to listen to almost 20 years later.The press' obsession with abortion -- and the possibility that this mean old church might somehow take it away from them -- has been breathtakingly consistent, over-dramatic, and pathetic."It could deprive them of a freedom of choice the communists never tried to take away from them."And obviously a legion of female news reports learned their voice-over technique from Bert … [Read more...]

Trayvon and the MSM: “Who will guard the guardians?” UPDATED

It's an ironic question, given George Zimmerman's own ideas about guardianship, but it's one that needs to be asked of the mainstream press.A long time ago, in the midst of of a month-long discussion on media, I noted a piece by a journalist who bristled at the existence of alternative media. To his way of thinking, the internets lacked the scruples, ethics, and sensibilities of "the mediating intelligences" within traditional, mainstream media. I had suggested, back then, that the whole … [Read more...]

Springsteen, Sex Strikes and Shut Up, Stupids!

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I have doctors appointments all afternoon, so let's just do a quick lookaround:Springsteen's Phoniness finally clear: I've never bought his "working man" schtick, and his mot recent "big" songs have been lazy three-note drone-fests (Philadelphia, Secret Garden). Now the botoxed, hair-weaved, fake "everyman" who summers in the Hamptons (where his children showcase their equestrianism) is writing some pretty irresponsible lyrics that appear to advocate violence against the fatcats and bankers … [Read more...]

Dear Press: The Seniors Don’t Believe You Anymore

Yesterday we talked a little about the dialogue between David Gregory and Newt Gingrich, and I wrote:Our “free press” is no longer free. It’s becoming more like Pravda — the house organ for the party to which it is enthralled — every day. If you look at the Gingrich/Gregory exchange from that perspective, then that was a pretty remarkable segment. Sometimes, what someone in the press does not say, or where they do not interrupt is as telling as what they bellow.I don't know if the press … [Read more...]

No, David Gregory is not a Hack

I'm seeing a lot of remarks on Twitter about this exchange between Newt Gingrich and David Gregory this morning.I'm seeing people saying Newt "schooled" David Gregory; that he "took it to" Gregory and so forth, but Gregory lets Gingrich speak for nearly two full minutes, uninterrupted, and in doing so he allows Gingrich to point out all of the issues that are going undiscussed, everyday, while the Democrats and the media promote the absolutely false narrative that anyone is trying to ban … [Read more...]

Chris Matthews and his Trained Baboons

I couldn't believe the headline so I had to see it for myself and yeah, Chris Matthews actually said this:“There are a number of people who have chosen to convert to the Catholic faith because they don”t like the liberal positions taken by their sectarian groups,” said Matthews, “that’s a fact, you can write that down. . . .I’m saying that some people who are bigoted against gay people have changed religions, yes."This is a guy who profoundly misunderstands his own faith and its teaching … [Read more...]


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