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August 23, 2010
Your August 22nd editorial lamenting the significant percentage numbers of Americans who believe Barak Obama is Muslim as nothing but conspiracy theory due to Internet-fueled rumor ("Our secret Muslim president") ignores the basis of why many may hold such beliefs. While I don't believe or disbelieve any particular religious affiliation of Barack Obama, your professed belief that he is a Christian is clearly premised upon Mr. Obama claiming to be so. Yet the only Christian church he has ever been a member of is Trinity United Church of Christ with the race baiting, American hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. as his beloved pastor.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
I joined Christine Brennan, of "USA Today," and Howard Kurtz on "Media Buzz" today to talk about TMZ and the performance of mainstream media in covering -- or not covering -- the Ray Rice story. I was at first surpised to hear Brennan, who knows this turf as well as anyone, say an argument could be made that it is "the biggest controversy to ever hit a U.S. sports league. " But having thought about it since, I think she could be right. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Liz Atwood | November 16, 2011
Whether or not you agree with the Occupy protesters recently rousted from Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, still camping out at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and making their presence known in other cities across America, the movement has made one thing clear: The mainstream media still matter. The demonstrators have used Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to publicize their activities. Anyone interested has been able to get up-to-the-minute news on the movement and watch live streaming of protest sites.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
I'm bothered and bewildered by columnist Jules Witcover's recent commentary ( "Beating the dead horse called Benghazi," May 12). He spouts the administration talking points that it is time to move on to more immediate problems, then goes on a rant about Republicans beating a dead political horse. After that he refers to Joe McCarthy and to Republicans wailing over who lost China and Vietnam. Am I in an alternate universe? What does any of this have to do with Benghazi? The reason it is still embroiled in controversy is that the administration has delayed, obfuscated and downright lied from immediately after the tragedy until the present.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
Your list of the names of U.S. soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since last Memorial Day on Monday's editorial page was nice, but it conveniently left out the body count ("U.S. fallen in Afghanistan," May 28). Since 2009, when Barack Obama became president, 1,355 U.S. soldiers have died in the Afghan war. Yet the mainstream media, including The Sun, is not counting. Of course, whenGeorge W. Bushwas president, we got the body count every day. Where is the fairness in The Sun's approach?
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Recently I called a local radio talk show, not to blast President Barack Obama or ridicule Mitt Romney but to chide the conservative host and his conservative guest for their tiresome narrative about liberal bias in the "mainstream media.'" They directed me to unspecified recent studies by the Pew Research Center, a widely respected non-partisan social science and polling group that they said supported their perception of liberal media bias. The most recent Pew study does suggest that, by a large margin, the public perceives that there is bias in the media.
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By MICHAEL KINSLEY | October 27, 2005
Here in media world, we're all quite cross at The New York Times and its former star reporter, Judith Miller. She is widely believed to have sought her martyrdom as a career move. And then she gave up after a mere couple of months in jail. What a wuss! And the Times: this great institution let a mere reporter lead it around by its nose, with predictable results. What a superwuss! But this latest blow to the reputation of the mainstream media cannot be pinned on Ms. Miller or the Times.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Everyone who has ever tuned into a cable channel has heard the names Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson. Show hosts like Nancy Grace have used their TV pulpits to chronicle the disappearance of such white, female victims night after night. But what about black victims like Yasmin Acree or missing sisters Diamond and Tiondra Bradley? That's one of the questions raised by a new docu-series, "Find Our Missing," hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and produced by TV One, the African-American-themed cable channel based in Silver Spring.
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By KATHLEEN PARKER | October 17, 2008
NEW YORK - Whatever their other contributions to politics and the nation, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Barack Obama have been crack for the news business. Across the spectrum, viewership, Internet traffic and readership are way up during this interminable election season. But what happens when it's over? Will there be enough news to sustain the bounce? And that persistent obstacle: How can the mainstream media improve their image? These were some of the questions addressed by panelists at a Time Warner media summit here this week.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
After spending Saturday night listening to and writing about a Baltimore blogger who webcast and tweeted throughout a five-hour standoff with a police S.W.A.T. unit, I promised myself at least 24 hours to try and coherently think through the meaning of the event. Beyond the things I said Saturday night about the webcast and Twitter conversation being two more great examples of the way the Internet and social media continue to change so many aspects of American life, there are a couple of other media takeaways that stay with me and are worth thinking about.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 2, 2014
Chew on these for a minute: "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are. " - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a directive for New York's GOP candidates last month. "It's not surprising then they get bitter. They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.
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By Sandy Greenquist | December 16, 2013
Over the past 20 years, conflicting information regarding the use of hormone therapy - and in particular bioidentical hormone therapy, which chemically matches hormones the body already produces - has confused women experiencing perimenopause and menopause. This has prevented many women from getting the treatment they desperately need to alleviate the at times debilitating symptoms that often occur at this phase of life. As a nurse-midwife specializing in menopause over the past two decades, I have been nothing short of shocked at the inaccuracies reported on the topic of hormone therapy.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
What many blacks and liberals will never publicly acknowledge is that Trayvon Martin's death was a consequence of his own criminal conduct ("'Life has got to be of some value,'" July 21). For a multitude of reasons, people make other people angry every day. Yet no one has the right to physically assault someone simply because that someone has said or done something to make him angry. The prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial referred to Mr. Martin as a "child," as if he were seven instead of 17 years old. The national media repeatedly referred to him as an "unarmed teenager," as if a well-built 17-year-old could not possibly harm someone with his fists or by pounding his head onto a concrete sidewalk.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 18, 2013
If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. "The bigger the baby, the more he charged," a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder -- one patient, seven babies. Despite what amounted to a blackout at many media outlets until last week, you've probably now heard at least some of the details. According to the grand jury report, Dr. Gosnell's Philadelphia "clinic" was a filthy abattoir.
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By Richard E. Vatz | March 18, 2013
For about 20 years, I have been teaching a course at Towson University called "Media Criticism," which deals largely with alleged ideological media bias. The claims of liberal bias in the mainstream media go back at least as far as Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination in 1964. Perceiving repeated negative interpretations contained in "news reports" on his candidacy, he pleaded with major newspapers to put at least one reporter on his campaign who would just report what he said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
After spending Saturday night listening to and writing about a Baltimore blogger who webcast and tweeted throughout a five-hour standoff with a police S.W.A.T. unit, I promised myself at least 24 hours to try and coherently think through the meaning of the event. Beyond the things I said Saturday night about the webcast and Twitter conversation being two more great examples of the way the Internet and social media continue to change so many aspects of American life, there are a couple of other media takeaways that stay with me and are worth thinking about.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | April 18, 2013
If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. "The bigger the baby, the more he charged," a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder -- one patient, seven babies. Despite what amounted to a blackout at many media outlets until last week, you've probably now heard at least some of the details. According to the grand jury report, Dr. Gosnell's Philadelphia "clinic" was a filthy abattoir.
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By Michael Saunders and Michael Saunders,BOSTON GLOBE | October 27, 1996
There's not much time left in in the quadrennial gust of wind called an election season, and there's little of anything presidential to pique the interest. All the sex scandals have dissolved into mutual muted allegations. The brouhaha over funny foreign money, trumpeted as shaking the very foundations of democracy, has degenerated into the kind of sandbox squabble that toddlers quickly learn to avoid because everyone's eyes get hurt.Since the horse race is starting to look like Cigar vs. a cigar box, coverage in the mainstream media has started to resemble a collective, infectious yawn.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Recently I called a local radio talk show, not to blast President Barack Obama or ridicule Mitt Romney but to chide the conservative host and his conservative guest for their tiresome narrative about liberal bias in the "mainstream media.'" They directed me to unspecified recent studies by the Pew Research Center, a widely respected non-partisan social science and polling group that they said supported their perception of liberal media bias. The most recent Pew study does suggest that, by a large margin, the public perceives that there is bias in the media.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | September 5, 2012
"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," says Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster. A half-dozen fact-checking organizations and websites have refuted Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's claims that President Obama removed the work requirement from the welfare law and will cut Medicare benefits by $716 billion. The New York Times even reported that Mr. Romney has been "falsely charging" President Obama with removing the work requirement. USA Today calls the Romney campaign's claim that Mr. Obama has "funneled" money out of Medicare to pay for the federal health care law a "false line of attack" that's directly contradicted by Medicare's chief actuary.
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