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Joseph Rago, R.I.P.

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Unlike Yuval Levin,  I did  not know  Joe Rago personally,  only through his exceptional writing, which often clarified arguments for me.    Even though a great deal of his output  was in  unsigned editorials and such,  I came to recognize his crisply elegant style,  and appreciated it all the more when it came to matters as complicated as ObamaCare.

The Wall Street Journal is already  the poorer  for his loss,  but you can read one of his last pieces  here.

 

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July 27, 2017 at 11:46 am

Can NY Times be embarrassed?

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I don’t believe it is any  longer possible  for the Gray Lady to be embarrassed,  no matter how biased its view,  how badly it fails to get basic facts right,  how profoundly it fails to meet basic journalistic standards,  or how badly its authors write.

About the only thing the paper did correctly was to spell Gov. Scott Walker’s name.   I followed this case,  because I have a legal background and  “lawfare”  is of great interest to me,  particularly when the law is used in an unlawful way to achieve ends which parties have failed to reach through other means.

 

 

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September 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Youngest crime reporter…

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She’s only nine years old,  but Hilde Kate Lysiak is already  a better reporter than most of her adult competitors.   For one thing,  she truly understands what her job means,  no doubt thanks to her father,  who is a reporter with years of experience.   With any luck he won’t let her attend one of the J-schools which will ruin her very fine instincts.

 

 

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April 6, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Everybody’s racist…

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If you still cling to the illusion that media is not biased,  that journalists are honest and straightforward,  read this  and be disillusioned.   Apparently schools of journalism no longer teach ethics or even basic common sense.

Remember Mark Twain’s warning: “There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies,  and statistics.”   Governments and politicians engage heavily in all three.

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February 29, 2016 at 11:46 pm

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Media fail…

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This week South Carolina state representative Mike Pitts floated the idea of requiring journalists to register with the state to ensure a responsible approach to the First Amendment.   Most of the media promptly tightened up their blinders and locked down their brains,  thereby insuring that they missed the  entire point   of Pitts tongue-in-cheek proposal,  which was to point out how stupid,  anti-gun biased,  and unconstitutional media coverage of Second Amendment issues is.

Journalists could have discovered the truth behind Pitts’ proposal with very little effort  —  say,  by talking  to Pitts  himself..  That they mostly didn’t even try should tell you something about the quality of their work product.

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

January 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

Lying media…

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Alicia Colon  lets loose  on our lying,  stinking media and what passes for journalism today.   As she demonstrates with a brief recap of some of its most epic fails,  the media has earned much more than our mere disapproval.

The Constitution gave us a free press for our information and protection.   It is shameful that a huge percentage of it not only fails,  but refuses to do the job for which it was granted such power.   It now falls to private groups to do that job.

Coincidentally,  the Washington Post also has a column by Paul Farhi  on why journalists  should practice  what they preach.

There is a third  piece,  by Victor Davis Hanson,  on what he  terms junk journalism.  He finds it is often just activism, careerism, and narcissism to advance the Democrat agenda,  and I can not disagree.

Written by timeforthorns

June 3, 2015 at 11:49 pm

FOX is the real target…

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Yes,  Bill O’Reilly is cantankerous and a bit arrogant,  but he’s not stupid.   Everyone who works at FOX knows that MSM and the usual progressive gnomes are  ever vigilant  for any of them to make the slightest mistake,  and that when few are found,  things are simply made up.   It can’t be pleasant for FOX to continually beat your brains out on viewership, ratings,  and profitability.

O’Reilly is just the most convenient target because he evokes such a powerful response.

 

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February 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

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