Category Archives: journalists behaving badly

NYT asks readers to send nice comments about Trump for a new feature

The tw**t below came from Steve Silberman, a well known science writer who currently works for Wired. At first I couldn’t believe that the New York Times would solicit nice comments about Trump to put in its weekly review, but, sure enough, I found Silberman’s NYT quotation at the bottom of a Sunday Review column by Michael […]

Trump advisor Monica Crowley accused of extensive plagiarism

It’s a slow news day, and that might be good since it’s been at least one day without somebody shooting up a bunch of people or running them over with a truck. (Whoops—I spoke too soon. I just learned that a Palestinian apparently drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem this morning, […]

Does science imply God? Harvard astronomer raises fine-tuning argument in Washington Post, suggesting a theistic explanation for human intelligence

Howard Smith is a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Astronomy as well as an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s also a religious Jew who spends his time reconciling science with the mystical tenets of the Kaballah. The website for Smith’s 2006 book, Let There Be Light: Modern Cosmology and Kaballah: A New Conversation […]

Monday: HuffPo stupidity

I can’t refrain from looking at PuffHo. I no longer derive anything useful from that dreadful aggregator site, but I look anyway:  the same way rubberneckers look at a traffic accident as they drive by. I’m fascinated by their obsession with hijabis, and by theircomplete abandonment of objective political reporting. And so this week I’ll […]

Correction: information about Emory students being offended by “Trump” graffiti

Two days ago I posted a story about students at Atlanta’s Emory University being offended to the point of rage and “unsafeness” at seeing pro-Trump slogans chalked on campus. This was based on reports from The New York Post, the Washington Post, and Emory’s own student newspaper, The Wheel. According to Snopes.com, some of the elements […]

Media hypocrisy: they can’t bear to show Muhammad mocked, but mocking God is fine

When the Charlie Hebdo massacre took place a year ago yesterday, it was of course widely reported. But one bit of reportorial information was missing: the cartoons that brought on that attack. It was hard to find images of any earlier cartoons of Muhammad or even of the touching first cover that appeared after the slaughter—this one: […]

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic celebrates the Virgin Mary

Many of you probably know that in September Rupert Murdoch recent acquired the long-esteemed magazine National Geographic. And when he did so, he fired dozens of its employees, stirring up worries about what would happen to the magazine. As Reverb Press noted: The National Geographic Society has long stood for science, research, and investigation. Murdoch’s companies […]

Misleading, duplicitous, and cowardly reporting by the Guardian of ISIS’s statement on the Paris attacks

In a comment on my post about the Parisian terrorist murders, Reader Arslan noted a discrepancy between ISIS’s statement claiming responsibility for those murders, and what the Guardian said about ISIS’s statements. Now perhaps this is just an error by the Guardian: maybe they left out a sentence by mistake. But given the sentence that was […]

Palestinians kill and terrorize Israelis, world studiously ignores it

My travels have prevented me from following the situation in the Middle East very closely, but what I have seen lately has amazed me.  People are, for instance, bemoaning the death of Palestinian youths (and adults) killed by Israelis. What they fail to note is that these killings occurred after the Palestinians (often teenaged boys) were […]

NYT on ISIS: a disgrace to “true fundamentalism”

Every time I read a new column in the New York Times’s “Opinionator” section, I marvel at how obtuse and dumb it is, and always think that it can’t possibly get worse. But it always does. This week’s piece, by Slavoj Zizek, described as “a Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst and social theorist at the Birkbeck School of […]