Category Archives: journalism

Charlie Hebdo starts a German edition

Today the much-maligned, sometimes tasteless, but always brave (and Leftist) magazine Charlie Hebdo started publishing an edition auf Deutsch. As the Guardian reports, The initial 16-page edition – with a print run of 200,000 – features a sober four-page graphic travel reportage by cartoonist and publisher Laurent Sourisseau, better known by his artist’s name Riss, which […]

Did “Anonymous” troll the Guardian with a fake op-ed?

Yesterday I posted about a very bizarre column in the Guardian in which a supposed Regressive Leftist, who didn’t give his name, groveled and apologized after he was nearly sucked into the malestrom of “racism”—i.e., criticism of Islam—by reading “alt-right” people like Sam Harris. It was an over-the-top piece, and you can read it by […]

HuffPo continues its dubious journalism

Don’t get me wrong; I’m as depressed as anyone else about the outcome of the election, and Trump’s selections for his transition team, including the editor of Breitbart, are infinitely depressing. Tomorrow I’m returning to a country that I don’t know any more, and one I don’t understand. And seriously, Trump is still tweeting?  The man […]

The death of journalism: Slate becomes HuffPo

A friend referred me to a video on Slate about Trump, ISIS, and Islamophobia (you can watch it right below the “white undershirt” post on Slate’s front page reproduced below), but when I went to that page —for the first time in a long time—I was shocked.  Half of the page is in the screenshot below. It […]

The Godless Spellchecker finds false memes about Israel and Sam Harris

Stephen Knight, aka “The Godless Spellchecker”, is punctilious in checking his and other people’s sources, which has resulted in his calling out prominent figures for misquotation, or, in the case of C. J. W*rl*m*n, putting the kibosh on his career because of rampant plagiarism. In a new article on his site, “A lesson in ‘journalism’ with Ansar and […]

College orientation as described by the New York Times: good, questionable, and bad

Increasingly I see, in the New York Times as well as other major media, articles taking a Regressive Left point of view, or at least reporting uncritically on that ideology without criticizing it elsewhere to provide some journalistic “balance”. An example of a problematic article was one by Stephanie Saul in the Times two days […]

NPR broadcasts listener pushback on their pieces about Tom Wolfe’s book and Mother Teresa

Tomorrow Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, and therefore receives that Hotline to God that allows believers faster access to the deity if they go through her (just think of her as the Clinton Foundation, and Hillary as God). And all over the media there’s a big Mother Teresa LoveFest going on, with almost no journalists pointing out the darker […]

Winners: Mock the HuffPo headline contest

Not long ago I announced a contest (twice: here and here), asking readers to make up “two mock headlines satirizing those that might appear in the PuffHo.” I added that the winner would receive either an autographed copy or an audiobook of Faith Versus Fact, with a cat drawn in the former. I reserved the right […]

The death of journalism

I’m on the road today (or rather, on the rail), so enjoy this video of John Oliver on the latest issue of “Last Week Tonight.”  Oliver, the true heir of Jon Stewart, demonstrates with his characteristic excitability why real journalism is dying. And we know that’s true—at least in the United States, for many journalistic […]

Elon University students call for disinviting ideologically impure Pulitzer Prize winner

Elon University is a high-quality private college in Elon, North Carolina. It was founded as a Christian school but now is pretty much secular—one of those small and excellent liberal arts colleges that dot North Carolina—and whose state legislature is doing its best to destroy. Kathleen Parker is a widely syndicated and conservative-leaning (but not batshit crazy conservative-leaning […]