It’s Easier to be Brave from Behind the Biggest Bully on the Block

Here’s National Review’s David French on Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters in the face of a temper tantrum from the gout-ridden junior despot of North Korea: …the irony is that we’re talking about an industry that routinely applauds itself for “speaking truth to power” or for it’s own “courage” when it makes films that their fellow progressives love but might More …

If Facebook Wants to Control Me They’ll Have to Take a Number

I haven’t read everything about the Facebook mind control hoo-ha, so I may not know all the details. But based on what I do know, the level of freak-out over this seems completely out of whack. If Facebook was manipulating its users’ emotions, then just put them right alongside every commercial, movie, and TV show ever made, and a whole lot of More …

Billy Corgan to Christian Artists: "Suck Less"

That’s not exactly what he said, but it’s the gist of his point in an interview with CNN. R.J. Moeller comments: In response to the question, “What advice do you have for Christian rockers?” Corgan replied, “Make better music.”  And there it is. Make better music. It seems so simple and obvious to most, but given the lackluster quality of More …

If You Really Want Good PR, Buy a Newspaper

Matthew Continetti on Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post: When the sale of the Post was announced, writers, editors, and producers sought to determine Bezos’ politics for a simple reason. How the media judges one’s billions determines whether one will be celebrated or scrutinized. Which sort of rich person is Bezos: a Bloomberg (good) or a Koch (bad)?  Bezos More …

‘Gate-O-Rama: A Quick Scandal Roundup

You may not have been keeping up with the recent spate of Obama administration scandals, perhaps because you have an interesting, fulfilling life; or your internet soup business isn’t panning out like you thought so you couldn’t pay your cable bill; or you’re a conservative and you’ve just given up on following the news, because to be a well-informed conservative More …

Analysis of the Analysis of the Boston Bombers

Instead of reading the mainstream media’s overwrought analysis of why, oh, why those two Tsarnaev brothers could’ve done such a dastardly thing, just read this from Powerline. Money quote: When asserting the obvious is not a respectable option, asserting gibberish becomes the option of choice for people of ordinary intellect who wish to opine. And these days, the market for More …

The Gosnell Blackout

Mark Steyn: But some of us have argued a consistent position on this case for over two years now: Relatively few people wish to commit mass murder on the scale of Gosnell – that’s the good news. The bad news is that the vast ranks of newspaper publishers, TV executives, editors, news producers, radio assignment editors, and reporters somehow reached More …

Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell is the kind of guy who gives abortionists a bad name, so you’re going to have a hard time finding coverage of his murder trial in the mainstream media. But if you are trying to find out more about it–and mind you, if you look very long, you’re going to see something that makes you sick–here are a few More …

Why the Mainstream Media gets so Wound Up over the Pope

As highlighted by James Taranto in the WSJ, a lot of journalists have been expressing their dismay that the new pope is, in fact, Catholic. Apparently, newsrooms around the country are rife with shock and astonishment the the man who has dedicated his life to Christ and ascended to the highest post in the Catholic church doesn’t share the attitudes More …

Have Christians Stopped Beating Their Wife Yet?

Bearing in mind that he’s probably discouraged from using a lot of profanity in his column, Rod Dreher is juuuust about the right amount of angry about the story in the Washington Post that asks, “What role does Christianity play in the murder of the openly gay mayoral candidate in Mississippi?” Notice that the Post didn’t even ask if Christianity did More …

The Bible is Big; Cultural Elites Still Don’t Get It

And when I say the Bible is big, what I mean is, The Bible, the History Channel mini-series, is one of the most popular cable productions of the year. Once again, we see that entertainment that treats traditional religious beliefs respectfully is appealing to a broad swath of the American public (also known as the commercial-watching, product-buying, making-money-for-the-producers market). And More …

This Just In: Journalists Don’t Know or Like Christian Conservatives

In example number eleventy gajilion of this ongoing story, a journalism insider pulls back the curtain and reveals yet again that journalists have nothing but contempt for people who hold traditional Christian values. This time it’s the Washington Post, where the ombudsman publishes an email exchange between a reporter and a reader who complained about the sland of coverage. And… More …

The Pointless Media Hand-Wringing Over Manti Te’o

Tim Layden makes his contribution to the orgy of media navel-gazing in the wake of the tragic death of Manti Te’o’s pretend girlfriend: Prominent amid the animus directed at media in the wake of the Te’o story is that sportswriters are too willing accept the details provided to them in their pursuit of what mid-20th century New York City sports More …

Stan Musial’s Faith

Once again, GetReligion covers the part of the story that other media outlets don’t want to touch: Of course, Musial was not just an amazing baseball player, admired by everyone. He wasn’t just a gentleman with major personal accomplishments, including a marriage that lasted more than 71 years. He was also a devout Catholic. I was curious how the media More …

Less Cynical About Christian

Is actor Christian Bale secretly a nice guy? Signs point to “yes”: He went to Aurora (as a private individual, not a representative of the Warner Brothers studio) to offer his condolences to the victims of the massacre, and his gratitude to the hospital staff at the Swedish Medical Center and The Medical Center of Aurora.  “He just said he More …

The Template for Tragedy

If anything has come from the recent rash of mass shootings in America, we’ve learned the pattern that these events usually follow: 1) Mass shooting happens. 2) Reporters kick aside whatever back-bench politician or minor Kardashian they’re talking to at the time and descend on the site of the shooting like a Biblical plague. Immediately they begin disseminating speculation and More …

They Are the Brute Squad

The hosts of ESPN’s NFL Kickoff cram their show full of Princess Bride quotes. For what reason I do not know, but I think every time they say one, what they’re really saying is, “I love you.” (Courtesy of Joe Carter)

From the Department of the Obviously Obvious

Pat Caddell points out that the American press–that watchdog of the powerful, champion of the downtrodden–has become the enemy of a free society: My response, “Well, yeah.” (Via Ace)

Chick-Fil-A Don’t Swing That Way

Counting on the mainstream media to produce accurate reporting about Chick-Fil-A is like… counting on the mainstream media to produce accurate reporting about anything else, really. Last week, there was a widely-reported story that Chick-Fil-A had caved to pressure and agreed to stop supporting pro-traditional marriage organizations. Turns out that story, like many widely-reported stories, was just flat-out untrue. Contrary More …

Where are the Defenders of Free Speech?

GetReligion on the media watchdog that keeps on not barking: Now the guy in question has been taken in by federal authorities for questioning. Obviously this Nakoula Nakoula (these names!) sounds like a most unsavory character. Supposedly he’s being questioned about his probation status. But the only reason people in any way care about him is because of the riots More …