Two destructive impulses distort media coverage of far too many major – and minor – events. And both of these instincts were on powerful display in the recent distortions involving a non-violent, Lincoln Memorial exchange between pro-life, Catholic high school boys from Covington, Kentucky and activists representing “Indigenous Peoples” and “Black Israelites.”
First, reporters tend to blame conservatives for anything that goes wrong, even when there’s scant evidence to back them up. Second, the media almost always exaggerate anything that does goes wrong.
Any problem—from the environment, to the economy, to the political system to schools and even foreign relations—automatically becomes a catastrophe. The idea is that the public will pay more attention if you can make them worried or scared: the news business becomes the bad news business, promoting an unduly pessimistic view of our country and the world.Read More »
Perhaps you’ve heard about the Green New Deal? It’s freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s revolutionary scheme to reinvent the entire American economy. She calls it “the Great Society, the moonshot, the civil rights movement of our generation.”
But look a little deeper and you’ll see different colors: the blue of progressivism and mostly the red of government spending and debt. The proposal calls for a breathtaking $90 billion in green initiatives.
Even mainstream Democrats are hesitant about this sweeping effort to reinvent the economy and eliminate income inequality. But media darling Ocasio-Cortez will make it front and center.
The first New Deal turns out not to have solved the Great Depression as we once thought. We hardly need a new one. Is it green? Yes. Is it utopian? Yes.
But mostly it’s the same old liberal blue of government spending and the red of more debt.Read More »
Townhall Review – January 26, 2019
Dennis Prager and John Zmirak, senior editor of The Stream, comment on the details of the media’s knee-jerk coverage of the Covington Catholic High School story. Mike Gallagher examines the dangers of irresponsible posts on social media and the damage done. Dennis Prager looks at the media’s negative reaction to Karen Pence’s decision to teach, part-time, at the Christian school where she worked before. Hugh Hewitt and David Drucker, senior political correspondent for the Washington Post, discuss the runup to the 2020 elections. Sebastian Gorka talks with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer about his take on the current issues facing the White House. Hugh Hewitt talks with Jean Case about her book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthrough and Purpose. Hugh Hewitt asks Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, for his opinion about the media’s current tendency to report before getting the facts.Read More »
To paraphrase Dr. King: “Judge others by the content of their character, not by the color of their …. MAGA caps.” Unfortunately, a group of pro-life Kentucky schoolboys drew savage media criticism based on their pro-Trump headgear, not their personal conduct.
The video record shows that in the face of taunts and insults, the teenagers showed admirable restraint and dignity. Internet and journalistic commentators should have learned a crucial lesson: if someone holds opinions that differ from yours, that alone doesn’t make him or her a bad person.
The kids from Covington Catholic, the “Native Elder” and Indian activists who beat drums and chanted at them, even the “Black Israelites” who hurled insults instead of rocks or bombs, all showed that vigorous expressions of First Amendment rights need not produce a meaningless melee.
Not a bad day for our badly divided country!Read More »
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Hugh Hewitt and Jean Case, Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.