News briefs are my collection of interesting news stories that may not warrant a full post…
Brief 1: It seems like the citizens of Japan want the U.S. out of their country. The UK Daily Mail reported that thousands of protesters called for the removal of all of the estimated 47,000 U.S. troops. Apparantly our troops are noisy and pollute as they protect the pacific rim. I say bring em home. Why spend our tax dollars to boost the Japanese economy. There are a lot of communities in the United States that would welcome them and the money they spend. We also need to take all of our equipment and defense technology too. While we are at it, we can take them out of Germany too.
“The New York Times. There is no news organization that is more influential with the so-called mainstream media. If The New York Times went on strike tomorrow morning, the CBS Evening News wouldn’t know what to put on the air tomorrow night. Everybody takes their cues from The New York Times. And under the leadership of its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and its executive editor, Bill Keller, this once great newspaper, liberal, great newspaper has just descended pretty far down the list… But the problem that I have with The New York Times is that they’ve adopted a view of conservatives that is prevalent on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and that is that conservatives aren’t simply wrong, conservatives are morally inferior. So that if they disagree with you on, let’s say immigration, Bill, you become a racist.”
Hopefully by now you have read my review of Bernie Goldberg’s book, Bias. The mainstream (drive by) media cannot seem to differentiate between news and commentary. Maybe I can help. News is what happens and you are supposed to write about. To quote a famous TV show from my youth “The facts ma’am, just the facts.” (the show was Dragnet)
In a Commentary, however, is where you give your opinion. The media can be so cute when they confuse the two. By cute, I mean irritating. The latest example was an article from Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press about the Republican National Committee electing Michael Steele as their national chairman. Mr. Steele happens to be black and is the first black RNC chairman in history.
“When it comes to arrogance, power, and lack of accountability, journalists are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good.”
I am not sure that I agree. Lawyers would be pretty tough to beat, but journalists have a pretty big soapbox.
Bernie Goldberg spent nearly thirty years working for CBS news. Bias is an insider’s view of the liberal bias in the traditional media. This book is not about talk shows, political pundits, or opinion journalists. Mr. Goldberg provides an inside look at what is supposed to be NEWS and his expose came at a high cost to his career.