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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NYT Reporter: Obama Admin "Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom" in a Generation

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2014, 11:40 AM

Brendan Bordelon writes at the Daily Caller:

New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation" on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those who refuse to play along "will be punished."

[Poynter.org] reports that Risen made the remarks while speaking at Sources and Secrets conference -- a meeting of journalism, communication and government professionals held in New York City. The foreign policy reporter, who is currently fighting a fierce court battle with the federal government over his protection of a confidential source, warned that press freedom is under serious attack in today’s America.

"In a speech kicking off the conference," the Daily Caller reports, "Risen claimed that the Obama administration wants to 'narrow the field of national security reporting' and 'create a path for accepted reporting.' Those who stray from that path, he cautioned, 'will be punished'."

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reporter: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions From Reporters Before Press Briefing

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2014, 11:47 AM

Daniel Halper writes at the Weekly Standard:

A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing.

In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.

Said CBS reporter Catherine Anaya from Arizona: "That was very interesting."

Here is a YouTube video of Anaya's report.

From Twitchy, this: "Professional wrestling only wishes it were this staged."

Jay Carney has denied Anaya's claim. And Jake Tapper of CNN says, "This rings false."


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FCC Targets Minority Owner of TV Stations

By Rick Pearcey • March 11, 2014, 08:12 AM

Phillip Swarts reports at the WTimes:

For years, the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] has allowed TV stations to execute joint operating agreements allowing themselves to outsource tasks such as advertising sales to group owners with more resources.

But when conservative columnist and entrepreneur Armstrong Williams recently purchased two stations, making him one of America’s few black owners of local TV affiliates, the commission unexpectedly decided to use his acquisition as a test case to review the practice.

"The actions -- coupled with other recent FCC decisions such as a plan to survey newsrooms that alarmed news media before it was withdrawn -- have injected questions about whether a commission set up by Congress to be nonpartisan is now acting with a political litmus test under the Obama administration," Swarts reports.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Kill the News

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2014, 10:09 AM

In a story titled "New Obama Initiative Tramples First Amendment Protections," Byron York writes at the Washington Examiner:

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law
. . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press
. . ."

But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs."

Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment. . . .

Advocates promote the project with Obamaesque rhetoric. "This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens," said FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2012.

Clyburn, daughter of powerful House Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, was appointed to the FCC by President Obama and served as acting chair for part of last year.

The FCC, Clyburn said, "must emphatically insist that we leave no American behind when it comes to meeting the needs of those in varied and vibrant communities of our nation -- be they native born, immigrant, disabled, non-English speaking, low-income, or other." (The FCC decided to test the program with a trial run in Ms. Clyburn's home state, South Carolina.)

Nice try, Ms. Clyburn. But what you "emphatically insist" on is emphatically rejected by the rules of freedom, as set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

It is an extremism set against the mainstream of the ethos of freedom.

It is a path that leaves every American behind, except perhaps those like Ms. Clyburn, who are in the one percent of the one percent who would impose power over all the rest.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects human freedom by telling the federal government to keep its big intrusive, taxpayer-funded nose out of the news business.

A "core value" of freedom is that the federal government stays out of our business. The federal government is a creation of the states, not the Lord of the States. Just who do these people think they are? We literally pay their salaries. They answer to us.

A free people needs a free press to guard against government oppression, which after all, characterizes about 150% of world history.

And then there is the Declaration of Independence, which counsels the total rejection of what Clyburn insists upon.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," the Declaration states.

And what, according to the Declaration, is the point of government? "To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

What are a people of freedom and dignity, living in community with their Creator, to do when that freedom and dignity is insistently attacked by a federal government?

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," the Declaration states.

The human spirit rightfully rises up against those who organize against human freedom. Love of neighbor entails the rejection of tyranny over the neighborhood.

The people of South Carolina, and liberty-minded people across the United States, would do well to take whatever legal and moral means necessary to remind federal operatives that the state was created for man, and not man for the state. 

With people like Clyburn running loose in Washington, and federal operatives running roughshod across the land, America needs a free, strong, and vibrant press more than ever.

Information is power. News gathering is power. It is too important to be placed in the hands of Washington politicians. This is doubly so when those politicians insist on imposing extreme ideological agendas that war with the rules of freedom and the dignity of the human being. 

Let's repeat what is at the core of mainstream America: "Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

It's time to rise and shine, America. Rise and shine.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Uproar Over Texas Student Newspaper's Use of Term "Pro-Abortion"

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2014, 12:14 PM

Jill Stanek writes:

A student reporter for The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas, got it right when calling abortion supporters what they are -- "pro-abortion" -- five times in an article about a counter-demonstration held during the annual pro-life Texas Rally for Life on January 24.

The term even made the article’s headline.

But she infuriated those who support abortion but who strangely aren’t proud of it. . . .

"The headline and terminology were quickly removed from the online story and replaced with 'abortion rights,'" Stanek continues. "The only evidence remaining is the hard copy of the newspaper," snapshots of which Stanek provides in her column.

Here's how The Daily Texan explains the abrupt changes to both the top front-page headline and to the body of the news report:

Editor's note: Because of an editing error, a previous version of this article used the term "pro-abortion." It has been corrected to reflect proper AP style. This was an editorial oversight, so please direct comments to the managing editor at managingeditor@dailytexanonline.com.

Let it be noted that no newspaper need follow, slavishly or otherwise, the "proper" style guide of the Associated Press. Note also that even when publications adopt, as an accident of history, the AP style, many of these publications will contravene this style guide with their own in-house style guide.

In any case, all reporting should be fact-based, and these facts should not be "corrected" or sacrificed on the altar of style, politics, or ideology. 

There is a difference between journalism and propaganda. If not, perhaps The Daily Texan wouldn't mind changing its name to The Daily Texan Propaganda.   

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Friday, January 31, 2014

"Internews": When Government and Media Are One

By Rick Pearcey • January 31, 2014, 11:38 AM

Joseph Farah writes:

Thomas Jefferson -- ["Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it"] -- never could have imagined what would become of the free press in America.

But don’t blame Jefferson. As I have chronicled before, Jefferson and his colleagues didn’t have much experience with the free press. That’s because he and the other American Founding Fathers all but invented it.

That’s right. You don’t hear or read much about this history any more. But it’s true. The free press is an original America idea like baseball and jazz.

And like baseball and jazz, there have been a few changes in the rules and craft along the way.

Like what?

I was stunned to learn recently about an American "news agency" that has been subsidized by the U.S. government [that is, U.S. taxpayers] to the tune of $364 million over the last 10 years.

Have you heard about this? It’s one of the biggest outrages I’ve ever encountered. Hat tip to the Media Research Center.

Internews was founded by a self-described Marxist, has been supported by George Soros and is avowedly committed to what it calls "progressive," meaning left-wing, reporting.

"To put its $364,325,778 in federal funding in perspective," Farah writes, "Internews has gotten an average of $83,122.46 from taxpayers per day during the past 12 years. That’s $83,000 every single day for 12 years. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, said that so much money going to influence journalism is a real problem.

"'People need unbiased information so that they can form their own opinions and make educated decisions. It is only through fair reporting that the American people, and people worldwide, can benefit,' Rep. Smith told the Business and Media Institute," according to Farah.

"Smith, who heads the Media Fairness Caucus on the Hill, said: 'One of the greatest challenges a democratic America faces today is a biased media. It is inexcusable and irresponsible for the federal government to give American taxpayers’ dollars to a one-sided media organization'," Farah writes.


Monday, January 6, 2014

After Harris-Perry Apologizes for Racist Romney Comment, MSNBC Renews Claim Tea Party Is Racist

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2014, 08:13 AM

Warner Todd Huston writes at Breitbart.com:

On the same show that host Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize for her attack on Mitt Romney's adopted African-American grandson, MSNBC kept up its drumbeat of dealing the race card against its enemies by declaring that the core of tea party is racist.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Nancy Pearcey on LA Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2013, 03:30 PM

Our editor at large will appear on the Frank Sontag show today (KKLA) at 5 p.m. Pacific time (8 p.m. eastern, 7 central, 6 mountain), to discuss, among other items, issues raised by her WPost column "Should Secularism Be Taught in Public Schools?" 

You can listen online here. To call the show, dial 888-995-KKLA.

ESPN Backs Down, Airs "Jesus" Ad for Christmas

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2013, 10:35 AM

CBNNews reports:

New signs of the war on Christmas are popping up across the country.

The Hollywood Reporter said ESPN reversed a decision to drop a Christmas ad that mentioned Jesus, following a barrage of criticism from its viewers.

The ad, released by Glennon Children's Medical Center in Missouri, states in part, "We celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving, bringing hope to the many children, parents and families that we serve."

"ESPN originally said the ad didn't meet its standards," CBN states. "The sports network only agreed to air it after facing a backlash."

Click here to view the 30-second ad.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sarah Palin Reacts to Bashir Resignation

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2013, 11:27 AM

On Fox & Friends this morning, Sarah Palin said:

My hope is that unprovoked attacks like that don't result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway, to get out there and serve the public or start a business or really commit themselves to changing what's in their family, their community, their world, despite the fact that in this world you are going to be hurt and attacks will come your way. I don't, I just hope an attack like that doesn't make people hesitate.

Palin had much more to say. Watch video of the interview here.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • December 4, 2013, 07:09 PM

Ben Shapiro writes at Breitbart.com:

On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir formally tendered his resignation from his daily show.
Bashir had been absent from his show since November 22, prompting rumors from inside the network that he had been suspended; MSNBC had maintained that he was merely on vacation.

Bashir has been the subject of severe criticism after he viciously attacked Sarah Palin, using language and imagery not fit for newsprint, much less public broadcast.

The former MSNBC personality "issued an on-air apology, but criticism of MSNBC never waned," Shaprio continues, "especially given the fact that his monologue suggesting such misogyny was backed by the network itself. MSNBC is expected to release its own comment shortly.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Alec Baldwin, Fired by MSNBC, Asks Why Not Martin Bashir?

By Rick Pearcey • November 27, 2013, 10:38 AM

Greg Richter reports at Newsmax:

Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show "Up Late" has been taken off the air for good, but the outspoken star notes that MSNBC host Martin Bashir remains on the cable news channel.

Baldwin came under fire for allegedly using a gay slur against a photographer on the street, while Bashir called for Republican tea party favorite Sarah Palin to be administered unprintable punishments from the days of slavery. Bashir's remarks were scripted and made it onto his program.

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made," Baldwin told the Gothamist.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

National Journal: Obama's Image Machine

By Rick Pearcey • November 22, 2013, 08:38 AM

In an article titled "Obama's Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You," Ron Fournier writes at National Journal:

"As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government," reads a letter delivered today to Carney by the WHCA and several member news organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times.

The letter includes examples of important news events that were not covered by media photographers, and yet pictures were taken by the White House image team and widely distributed via social media. This happens almost daily.

Unlike media photographers, official White House photographers are paid by taxpayers and report to the president. Their job is to make Obama look good. They are propagandists -- in the purest sense of the word.

"Journalists understand that the president's family and national security events must be off-limits at times," Fournier writes. "Journalists also don't object to the White House using social media; those are platforms as legitimate as televisions and print. The problem is that the Obama White House is simultaneously restricting access of independent media while flooding the public with state-run media."

The point, again: "This is propaganda -- utterly lacking a skeptical eye."

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Albert Camus on Politicians and the Purpose of Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • November 18, 2013, 11:25 AM

From Camus biographer Olivier Todd (Albert Camus: A Life): Camus viewed "politicians as a class of professional liars, feeling that a journalist's job was to expose lies."


Monday, November 4, 2013

Newspapers Directed to Cover Up Black Violence

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2013, 07:07 AM

Colin Flaherty writes at WND:

When a mom and daughter were kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from an ATM, raped, then shot last week, the Indianapolis Star played it by the book: Do not mention the suspects are black.

Don’t.

The SPJ story was just repeating what dozens of chapters around the country tell its members in regular seminars: Unless someone is considerate enough to wave around a sign saying, "Kill Honky," or issue a press release or utter racial expletives in front of lots of witnesses, the fact that the suspects just happen to be black has no bearing on the story.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"TruthRevolt" Launches: Targets Sharpton Advertisers

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2013, 06:47 AM

At Frontpagemag.com:

At last! A multi-media campaign that will take the battle to the demagogues who spin the nation’s news. This is TruthRevolt, a brainchild of Ben Shapiro, that is designed to expose the hypocrisies and mendacities of the leftwing media, and confront them with a counter-attack they won’t be able to handle.

Exhibit Number One -- Al Sharpton.

But why Al Sharpton? Because "Sharpton is one of the most pernicious racial demagogues of the last half-century," Frontpagemag states.

For example, Frontpagemag continues:

He is a liar who falsely accused a district attorney and five other innocent whites of raping 15-year-old Tawana Brawley in 1987 and then hounded the men, although Brawley made up the story herself.

Sharpton is the man who raged against the "white interloper" who owned a store in Harlem, after which one of his followers torched the store, causing a fire that killed eight people, all of them Hispanic and black.

Sharpton is the lynch mob leader who challenged Jews in Crown Heights to "pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house"; soon after, riots broke out in Crown Heights, and an Orthodox Jew was stabbed to death by a jeering mob.

Sharpton is the demagogue who helped gin up racial hatred against three innocent Duke lacrosse players, and who helped turn Trayvon Martin into a martyr and George Zimmerman into the target of race-baiting vigilantes.

"In other words," Frontpagemag argues, "Sharpton is a racial extortionist who has instigated racial animosities, violence, and division in America for the last forty years. In better times, Sharpton would be stigmatized and condemned for the damage he has done. But today he is a primetime host on MSNBC -- the charter cable news network for NBC News, and a favored outlet for the Obama administration’s spin doctors."

For more about TruthRevolt, visit its website here.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Memo to CNN Anchorette: What Would Founders Think of Defunding Obamacare?

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2013, 11:08 AM

Bruce Thornton writes at Frontpagemag.com:

A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare, commented, "Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up."

It’s certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be "modernized" to meet the challenges of a new world. . . .

Ms. Baldwin vs. Knowledge vs. U.S. Constitution: "If we probe Baldwin’s appeal to constitutional authority to buttress her attack on the House bill, then, we can see that she knows little or nothing about why the Founders 'drew this thing up' the way they did," Thornton writes.

"The key issue is Article 1.7.1.: 'All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.' We need to understand the reasons why the Framers gave the House this responsibility."

Founders' Distrust of Brooke Baldwin: "We should remember that the Founders’ distrust of human nature extended also to elites that monopolized power, as well as to the masses." Thornton explains. "Hence 'elites' in the government had to be 'checked and balanced' as much as the masses.

Thornton points out that "against those continuing to argue for giving the Senate the power of the purse, George Mason countered, 'An aristocratic body, like the screw in mechanics, working its way by slow degrees, and holding fast whatever it gains, should ever be suspected of an encroaching tendency. ––The purse strings should never be put into its hands.' As a compromise to placate the smaller states, the Senate was given the power to add amendments to the money bills originating in the House."

And That's a Wrap: "Contrary to Baldwin, then, the House bill to defund Obamacare is consistent with the intent of the Founders," Thornton concludes. "The law is unpopular, with 52% of the people opposing it. Its exceptions and exemptions doled out to political favorites are unjust, its constitutional violations blatant, and its incompetent construction, confused rollout, and unforeseen future costs dangerous for the public fisc and our exploding debt. If ever there was a 'grievance' needing 'redress,' Obamacare is it."

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hannity to GOP: If You Don’t Defund Obamacare, "You’ve Lost Me"

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2013, 01:25 PM

Susan Jones reports at CNSNews.com:

If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they'll lose Sean Hannity's support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Republicans Vote to Boycott CNN, NBC Debates If Clinton Specials Air

By Rick Pearcey • August 16, 2013, 01:07 PM

Fox News reports:

The Republican National Committee [RNC] has voted to boycott any presidential primary debates planned by CNN and NBC if they proceed with lengthy television features on Hillary Clinton, widely expected to be a 2016 Democratic candidate.

With no audible dissent, GOP officials approved a resolution backing the position at their annual summer meeting in Boston on Friday.

The RNC claims that a Clinton-themed documentary and a separate miniseries -- in the works from CNN and NBC, respectively -- will put a "thumb on the scales" in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

"Before the vote, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus decried what he called the 'obvious bias' of a network that would spotlight Clinton in this fashion," Fox reports.

"We're done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other outlets. We'll still reach voters, maybe more voters. But CNN and NBC anchors will just have to watch on their competitors' networks," Priebus is quoted as saying. "The media overplayed their hand this time."

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

CNN Doubles Down on Hillary Clinton Propaganda Flick

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2013, 12:30 PM

Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag:

After the RNC threatened to boycott NBC and CNN over their Hillary propaganda projects, CNN replied in the most predictable way possible.

CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year. It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN. This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State.

. . . who happens to be running for president.

It’s also CNN’s first film about a political candidate.

CNN then goes on to ask critics to "reserve judgment until they know more."

"Reserve judgement about what?" Greenfield counters. "CNN is making a movie about a 2016 presidential candidate. It doesn’t appear to be doing that favor for any of the other candidates."

Moreover, the "project is being produced by a Hillary backer from a family close to the Clintons." "How much judgement is left to reserve?" Greenfield concludes. "Unless this thing turns out to be an animated cartoon about field mice, we’re done here."

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Friday, July 19, 2013

"Utter Disgrace" -- Rolling Stone’s Jihad Rock Star

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2013, 08:51 AM

Arnold Ahlert writes at Frontpage.com:

In a shameless display of the Left’s romance with the murderous enemies of America, Rolling Stone magazine has put a picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August issue, being released to newsstands today.

An outcry of national proportions has ensued, best expressed by bombing survivor James "Bim" Costello, 30, of Malden, MA, who needed several pigskin grafts, and has three friends who lost legs in the atrocity. "I think whoever wrote the article should have their legs blown off by someone, struggle through treatment and then see who they would choose to put on the cover," he said. . . .

For decades, getting one’s picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone was considered the ultimate affirmation of rock stardom. So much so, the phenomenon was immortalized in a song "Cover of the Rolling Stone," written by Shel Silverstein and performed by Dr. Hook.

It is virtually inconceivable that Rolling Stone publisher Jan Wenner would be oblivious to the obvious connection most people would make with regard to giving a jihadist bomber the "star treatment."

"Conspicuously missing from the article? Any details about the victims of the bombings," Ahlert writes. "The victims are the real face of this atrocity. That Rolling Stone chooses to ignore such an obvious reality in favor of giving an Islamic jihadist the so-called 'rock star treatment' is a utter disgrace."

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Majority of Americans Don't Trust Newspapers and Television News

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2013, 09:58 AM

Allie Bidwell reports at USNews & World Report

Continuing a decades-long downward trend, fewer than one-fourth of Americans have confidence in newspapers, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The percentage of Americans saying they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers dropped to 23 percent this year from 25 percent last year, according to a report on the poll, which was released Monday. . . .

Confidence in television news has also been slipping -- it's tied with newspapers this year at 23 percent, which is slightly up from last year's all-time low of 21 percent.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

NYTimes, AP Stiffing "Scandal-Generating" Eric Holder

By Rick Pearcey • May 30, 2013, 10:56 AM

Neil Munro writes at The Daily Caller:

Scandal-generating Attorney General Eric Holder is getting rejection notices from some established media companies who don’t want to attend a meeting apparently aimed at assuaging Holder’s "creeping sense of remorse" over his approval of police spying on reporters.

Both the Associated Press and the New York Times have announced they will not attend the event if it is off the record.

CNN announced May 30 it would boycott the meeting, if it is off-the-record.

The unprecedented meeting was scheduled by President Barack Obama in order to address the media’s anger over the discovery that Holder and his deputies had approved unprecedented surveillance of reporters working for AP and Fox News.

"Opposition from establishment media outlets is a strategic danger to Obama, who is trying to regain Democratic control of the House in November 2014 and pass a far-reaching immigration rewrite this year," Munro writes. "The tacit cooperation of the established media has until now been an essential asset for a president trying to push through an unpopular agenda amid massive federal deficit spending, a lousy economy and very high unemployment."

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CNN's Malveaux: White House Has Lost "Support" From Press Corps

By Rick Pearcey • May 15, 2013, 06:15 PM

Matt Hadro writes at Newsbusters:

On Wednesday's Around the World, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux admitted that the Obama administration has lost some media "support," noting "tension" between the White House and the press corps.

It is a step forward if indeed the Obama White House "has lost some media 'support'."

Having said that, we must also point out that journalism per se is not about supporting -- or not supporting -- a particular White House or administration. Rather, it is about facts and about holding people and power accountable in a free society.

This applies to the Obamas of the world, the Bushes of the world, and the Reagans of the world.

It is therefore a sign of the principial, structural corruption of the press's self-understanding that one can even talk about the possibility of a White House losing support among reporters. 

Support or non-support should be a non-issue, for every properly self-respecting journalist should understand that his professional commitment limits his personal associations among politicians and others he might cover in reporting the news.

You don't become a journalist to become friends, allies, or cobelligerents with those whom you are supposed to be covering.

Rather, you become a journalist because you are passionately committed to truth based on factual evidence.

Your job as a reporter is to report the facts, and follow the facts, wherever they might lead.

This is true across the board, whether one is reporting on political leaders, captains of industry, entertainment personalities, academic elites, agents of social change, or Christian celebrities. 

Excellence in the pursuit of fact-based reporting is the principial mainstream of journalism.

To act outside of this mainstream is to court extremism under the flag of journalism. It is a false flag. Hence the term the "formerly mainstream media."

A free society welcomes excellence in journalism. Antagonists of freedom do not.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Obama DOJ "Secretly Obtained" Press Phone Records for Two Months

By Rick Pearcey • May 13, 2013, 08:34 PM

AP reports:

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

According to AP, the federal "government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters."

AP reports that it has sent a letter of protest saying, "There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters."

The AP also report that the "government would not say why it sought the records."

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

CBS Anchor: "We Are Getting Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again"

By Rick Pearcey • May 11, 2013, 02:30 PM

Daniel Halper reports at the Weekly Standard on a speech by CBSNews Anchor Scott Pelley:

"Our house is on fire," said Pelley. The video of Pelley's speech is courtesy of nowthisnews.com.

"These have been a bad few months for journalism," he added. "We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."

In his remarks, given at Quinnipiac University, the CBS anchor also said, "Never before in human history has more information been available to more people. But at the same time never before in human history has more bad information been available to more people."

Here is video of the entire event at Quinnipiac University. Pelly takes the stage at the 10-minute mark and speaks for approximately 15 minutes.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

White House Meets Press on Benghazi . . . in Private

By Rick Pearcey • May 10, 2013, 03:22 PM

Ben Shapiro writes at Breitbart.com:

In the White House’s latest efforts at transparency, the administration announced to reporters that it would brief reporters on the latest shocking developments about the Benghazi situation . . . behind closed doors.

Politico reports that the meeting started at approximately 12:45 PM ET, and that it moved the normal press briefing to 1:45 PM ET. Jay Carney, White House press secretary, did not comment on whether the meeting took place.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Clarence Thomas: Obama "Approved by the Elites" Because He Says What They "Expect From a Black Person"

By Rick Pearcey • May 3, 2013, 01:12 PM

Justice Thomas' remarks occurred during a C-SPAN program at Duquense Law School that aired April 9, 2013. He was asked, "Did you ever expect to see an African-American president during your lifetime?"

Thomas replied:

Yes, I’ve always thought there would be black coaches, black heads of universities -- maybe again as I said I’m naïve, but the thing that I always knew is that it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media because anybody that they didn’t agree with, they would take apart.

And that will happen with virtually -- you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart. You can pick anybody, don’t pick me, pick anyone who has decided not to go along with it; there’s a price to pay. So, I always assumed it would be somebody the media had to agree with.

H/T: Fox Nation

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Rep. Smith Asks Media: "Why the Censorship" of Abortionist's "Jeffrey Dahmer-Like Murder Trial"?

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2013, 09:49 AM

Patrick Burke reports at CNSNews.com:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called out the national news media for their nearly non-existent coverage of the ongoing and gruesome trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, who is accused of cutting the spinal cords of babies who survived abortions, the death of a mother, and a variety of related charges.

"Why the censorship?" Smith asked in a speech delivered on the House floor on Thursday.

"Now, another national media cover up!" said Smith. "In this case, even when a Jeffrey Dahmer-like murder trial of an abortionist named Kermit Gosnell, who ran the benign-sounding Women’s Medical [Society,] unfolds in a Philadelphia courtroom replete with shocking testimony of beheadings, unfathomable abuse, death, and body parts in jars."

"On Thursday, Fox News’ 'Special Report with Bret Baier' ran a segment in which Baier reported that NBC, MSNBC, ABC, and CBS have done zero stories on the Gosnell trial. The exception was CNN, which did one story," CNSNews.com reports.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Kirsten Powers on Gosnell Horror: "Suddenly MSM Not Interested in Racism"

By Rick Pearcey • April 12, 2013, 04:14 PM

Powers Tweets: "Gosnell . . . did not oversee the admin of anesthesia -- except when the patient was white." (grandjury) [emphasis added]

As darkness is to light, and night is to day, so are today's formerly mainstream media to fair and honest reporting. To think otherwise is an abortion of intellect.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kirsten Powers: Media's "Deafening Silence" on Philadelphia Abortion Horror a "Disgrace"

By Rick Pearcey • April 11, 2013, 09:33 AM

Kirsten Powers writes:

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven't heard about these sickening accusations?

It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart. . . .

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state. . . .

"You don't have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being 'pro-choice' or 'pro-life.' It's about basic human rights," Powers writes.

Conclusion: "The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace."

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Report: MSNBC Host Touré Founded "Militant Anti-White Student Newspaper"

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2013, 12:40 PM

Erica Ritz reports at The Blaze:

MSNBC host Touré, a writer and "cultural critic," has recently been in the news for attacking Dr. Benjamin Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Having insulted black Rush Limbaugh fans in the past, Touré said Dr. Carson’s "un-serious" ideas are tolerated on the right only because he can be held up as a token black friend.

Now, a recent report by the Daily Caller suggests the television host has long seen the world through a racial lens.

"MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992," The Daily Caller claims. "Touré’s flagship publication, The Fire This Time, lavished praise on famous anti-Semites, black supremacists, and conspiracy theorists whom Touré helped bring to campus. Before he became an intense-but-sardonic TV personality, Touré also decried 'the suffocating white community' and defended a nationally famous fake hate crime."

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Merry March! More Than 300,000 Pageviews at The Pearcey Report

By Rick Pearcey • April 3, 2013, 12:18 PM

The Pearcey Report enjoyed 306,634 page views in last month. Nancy and I greatly appreciate your readership! Thanks to all!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nancy Pearcey on Denver Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 28, 2013, 12:10 PM

Nancy will appear on KRKS 97.4 FM radio today at 4:00 pm mountain time (5 pm, central; 6 pm eastern).

You can call the show, "Crosswalk with Gino Geraci," at 1-800-277-8946.

To listen online, go here.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ted Turner's Son: CNN So Far Left I Mostly Watch Fox

By Rick Pearcey • March 21, 2013, 09:38 AM

Noel Sheppard writes at Newsbusters:

Republican Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner, made news last month when he blamed his father's liberalism on actress Jane Fonda.

He made more news Wednesday on NewsMax TV's Steve Malzberg Show saying that CNN is "pretty much to the left" and that he has such a "hard time watching them" he mostly watches Fox.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Re: Bad News, Good News at Human Events

By Nancy Pearcey • March 6, 2013, 12:34 PM

The bad news is: Human Events, the Capitol Hill newspaper where my husband Rick used to be managing editor, is going out of print.

The good  news is: It will remain online, and you can still read several of my articles in HE here. Unfortunately, the online version does not go back far enough to include Rick's articles in HE, some of which can be read here.

In October 2005, Human Events noted the launching of The Pearcey Report:

Last week marked the launch of the Pearcey Report, a website of news, commentary, information and worldview. It can be viewed online at www.PearceyReport.com.

Created by former HUMAN EVENTS Managing Editor J. Richard Pearcey, who serves as its editor and publisher, the website offers breaking stories from around the world -- in politics, international affairs, the arts, science, health, books, film, people, the odd tidbit and more.

Pearcey has worked as a journalist, writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area since the late 1980s. His wife, best-selling author Nancy Pearcey, is editor-at-large. Her most recent book is Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Team Obama's Vile Names for Reporters

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2013, 09:18 AM

In an article titled, "B---h-, C--t: Reporters Open Up About Abuse and Obscenities From Obama Spokespeople," Mytheos Holt writes at The Blaze:

Bob Woodward’s alleged “threat” from the White House has touched off a storm of conservative support for the Washington Post editor, and has forced the Obama administration onto the defense. It also may have opened up a floodgate of information -- information that suggests that, even if Woodward himself was not threatened or abused, other less venerable reporters have faced such treatment.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Fab Feb at The Pearcey Report

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2013, 12:25 PM

Awstats reports that The Pearcey Report enjoyed more than 239,000 page views in February. We thank you for your readership and feedback!


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Human Events Kills Newspaper, Dumps Staff

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2013, 09:21 AM

Paul Bedard writes in his Washington Secrets column:

Human Events, for decades the lone national conservative newspaper before the Fox era, on Wednesday announced that the grim reaper killing off print publications around the nation has reached its door on Capitol Hill. The Feb. 18 issue currently on the stands will be its last.

But Human Events, Ronald Reagan's fave, like the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and Newsweek before it, will live on via the Internet, where it receives 1 million visitors a month.

Among those reportedly getting the axe, my friend and great reporter and next-door office buddy John Gizzi

When I was managing editor of Human Events, Ann Coulter came onboard. Tom Winter was editor in chief, and Terry Jeffrey was brought in as editor (now editor in chief at CNSNews.com). Former co-owner Allan Ryskind was also a terrific reporter (his dad, Morrie, wrote for the Marx brothers).

Reporters included John Gizzi, Tim Carney, Mike Catanzaro, Joe D'Agostino, and Michael Chapman (now managing editor at CNSNews.com). And there was, of course, the irrepressible Miss Linda.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Media Matters Targets Dr. Ben Carson

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2013, 12:40 PM

Garth Kant reports at WND:

Media Matters has posted a "research article" claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just "the latest in a long line of black conservatives -- from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain -- relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media."

The article, "Ben Carson’s Moment," contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos.

Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, with President Obama seated a few feet away.

"Though he already was the youngest head of a major division at Johns Hopkins, the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it was the prayer breakfast speech [video] that catapulted him into headlines," reports WND.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Mark Steyn: Obama Is Crushing the Media Just Like the Soviet Union Did

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2013, 08:53 AM

Jeff Poor writes at the Daily Caller:

On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Thursday, National Review columnist Mark Steyn argued that the media -- despite recently taking umbrage at President Barack Obama’s lack of transparency on the golf course -- are lapdogs not unlike the journalists coerced by the Soviet Union.

"Obama has achieved the same relationship with the press and the media and public information that the Soviet Communist Party had to jam radio transmissions and smash printing presses to achieve," Steyn said. "Essentially these guys are volunteering to do for him what they had to be coerced into doing in most self-respecting countries."

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

With Obama's Axelrod at NBC, Political Operators Become the President's Press

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2013, 09:30 AM

An editorial at Investor's Business Daily states:

As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end?
. . .

Axelrod, remember, isn't just any White House official, but the ultimate political insider, the fixer whose wizardry created Obama. He cooked up the defining "Hope" and "Change" slogans, and the Obama "narrative," enabling a man with far-left ideas to reach the White House. With no Axelrod, there'd be no President Obama. . . .

"Team Obama has declared it has no intention of dismantling its campaign apparatus post re-election," IBD continues. "Put Axelrod in the catbird seat at a news outlet and the 'narrative' continues. Combine that with Team Obama's masterful manipulation of journalists, its command of social media, and an ugly picture emerges of a press indistinguishable from the political establishment."

IBD concludes: "This has happened in banana republics, but never in a Western democracy. . . . The one thing that will stop it is a press that won't cooperate. So where is that press?"

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Columnist Resigns After KY Paper Refuses to Run Op-Ed on Publication’s Liberal Bias

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2013, 05:24 PM

Alex Pappas reports at the Daily Caller:

The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias.

Columnist John David Dyche told the Daily Caller Monday that he’s written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.

Dyche says he quit after Pam Platt, the paper’s editorial page editor, left him a voicemail on Feb. 11 making it clear they wouldn’t run his piece about the paper’s politics.

In a voicemail to the columnist, Platt reportedly says, "Hi, John David, it’s Pam Platt at the Courier-Journal and I’m just calling to let you know that I’m not going to run your column tomorrow," according to a transcript of the voicemail the Daily Caller says it was provided.

"To me it goes sort of off of what your column is supposed to be
. . . . My understanding is a conservative take on issues of the day and that’s not what this is. So, anyway, thanks a lot and I’ll talk to you soon," the transcript reportedly says.

The Daily Caller is also reporting that it has "obtained a copy of the rejected column. In it, Dyche calls on the editorial page to be more balanced."

"Journalistic jihads against Kentucky’s Republican U. S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and crusades for gun control and higher taxes, are in full force and frequently fill almost the entire editorial and op-ed pages,” Dyche reportedly writes. "Such one-sidedness neither works in the marketplace nor serves the public interest."

The Daily Caller also reports that the Dyche column "called on the paper’s reporters to disclose their political affiliations in the spirit of transparency."

In this regard, the Dyche column reportedly states:

Like the rest of the press, the Courier-Journal claims to play an exalted role in public affairs. . . . But while righteously demanding absolute openness and full disclosure from every other entity and person involved in government, the press does not apply the same standard to itself.

"Change that by disclosing the party registration and voting choices of all editors and reporters," Dyche wrote, according to the Daily Caller.

Memo to the Louisville Courier-Journal: Media malpractice as evidenced by the formerly mainstream media is a huge story, not just in terms of the "issues of the day" but also in terms of the strategic decline away from fact-based, fair-minded reportage and opinion, as may be the case, for example, at the Louisville Courier-Journal

If the Louisville Courier-Journal is a real journalistic enterprise and not an exercise in organized political passions and hatreds, and if there has been a liberal bias in evidence in the paper's reporting, then this should be addressed and repaired in short order. 

Meanwhile, I would encourage a free people to demand, demand, demand a free press, rooted in fact and fair in coverage. If your local paper isn't up to the job, then show it the door and find one that is. And if you can't find one that is, think about creating a media outlet yourself. This is America, people. Grab hold of God (see the Declaration, for example) and take life by the horns. Plow the field of journalism.    

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Censorship-Fighting Conservatives Launch Facebook Alternative

By Rick Pearcey • February 1, 2013, 09:14 AM

Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:

A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook.

The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday -- but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Video: Obama to "60 Minutes" -- Sit, Lie Down, Roll Over, Fetch . . . Good Boy!

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2013, 05:45 PM

Or as ace interviewer Steve Kroft puts it: "I Think He Knows That We're Not Going To Play Gotcha With Him."

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Accosted! Journalist Blocked, Followed by Mayor Bloomberg Security After Gun Control Question . . . Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2013, 03:03 PM

Wynton Hall reports at Breitbart.com:

In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.

Here is video of the exchange.


Monday, January 21, 2013

CBS's Dickerson to Obama: "Pulverize" . . . "Declare War" . . . "Go for the Throat" of GOP

By Rick Pearcey • January 21, 2013, 12:20 PM

"A column published on Slate.com over the weekend urged President Obama to 'pulverize' and destroy his Republican opponents -- even 'go for the throat' -- in order to cement his legacy'," reports Fox News.

"The words of advice, though, didn't come from a Democratic strategist or a former member of the president's inner circle," Fox notes. "The nearly 2,000-word playbook came from CBS News' political director John Dickerson."

"To hear Dickerson tell it, Republicans have proved so intransigent that Obama's only option is to obliterate them," Fox continues.

"The subhead on the article said, 'Obama must declare war on the Republican Party' if he wants to transform American politics."

Comment: We see again why the formerly mainstream media is formerly mainstream: In advising Obama, CBS's Dickerson has taken sides in a political battle. He could do this as a columnist but not as a political news director at CBS News.

A news director position requires a person who embraces fact-based reporting and whose commitment to objective, fact-based reporting supercedes any commitments to a political party, for or against the politics of Obama or anybody else.

Journalism is not propaganda; it is fact-based reporting of newsworthy events that occur in this world. 

This is what journalism is, and it is not what Dickerson has given us an example of. In this respect, therefore, he does not stand in the defining mainstream of journalism.

But also, in advising Barack Obama, Dickerson is advising someone who, as the record indicates, rejects the rules of freedom as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

This is the second way in which Dickerson is a member of the formerly mainsteam media: He operates outside of a) the rules for reporting and b) the rules for freedom.

Moreover, the further Dickerson operates outside of those principles, to that degree he practices an anti-reporting extremism in media and an anti-freedom extremism in politics.

If CBS News would like to live up to its name as a news organization, it would do well to insist that everyone hired to produce and report on news evinces a commitment to real reporting.

It is possible, after all, to be passionately committed to the discovery of truth.

Meanwhile, Americans would do well to practice an appropriate and humane skepticism toward all media.

To question authority is part of our birthright as human beings endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable abilities, among them the ability to reason, to check facts, and to demand accountability of those who hold positions of power in media and politics and elsewhere. Test everything.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

2 Million Plus! Thanks for a Great 2012 at The Pearcey Report

By Rick Pearcey • January 4, 2013, 01:08 PM

We enjoyed -- and appreciate -- 2,768,908 views from our readers.


Monday, December 24, 2012

NBC Host Gregory Mocks LaPierre Proposal for Armed Guards . . . But Sends Kids to High-Security School

By Rick Pearcey • December 24, 2012, 07:31 AM

Daniel Harper writes at Weekly Standard:

David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.

"The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends," Harper writes.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

America's 1st Big Internet Defeat a Shocking Blow to Freedom

By Nancy Pearcey • December 18, 2012, 04:05 PM

The internet has empowered freedom movements across the globe. But now, heavy-handed governments have persuaded the UN to give them power to control the internet.

This regressive change did not go unnoticed by L. Gordon Crovitz at the Wall Street Journal. He writes:

The open Internet, available to people around the world without the permission of any government, was a great liberation. It was also too good to last. Authoritarian governments this month won the first battle to close off parts of the Internet.

At the just-concluded conference of the International Telecommunications Union in Dubai, the U.S. and its allies got outmaneuvered. . . . A majority of the 193 United Nations member countries approved a treaty giving governments new powers to close off access to the Internet in their countries.

'"Authoritarian governments are highly motivated to close the Internet off. But just as in the Cold War, these regimes are doomed to lose if free countries resolve to fight," Crovitz concludes.

"Whatever governments want, people prefer freedom and eventually will get it, including on the Internet."

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

World's Shortest Column

By Rick Pearcey • November 28, 2012, 04:22 PM

Dear MSNBC: Black good, liberalism bad.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Video: TV Anchors Resign on Air

By Rick Pearcey • November 21, 2012, 08:53 PM

From Yahoo! News "The Lookout," Dylan Stableford reports:

Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, anchors for ABC's WVII affiliate in Bangor, Maine, announced their joint resignations, citing a dispute with management over journalistic practices.

The Bangor Daily News reports the resignations like this: "Citing a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations, news co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast."

“I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that,” Consiglio is quoted as saying.

“It’s a culmination of ongoing occurrences that took place the last several years and basically involved upper management practices that we both strongly disagreed with,” Michaels reportedly said. “It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.

We look forward to learning in more detail why these two news anchors resigned. Perhaps their experience will shed additional light on the crisis that characterizes what is now the formerly mainstream media.

Everyone one of us is responsible for what we know. And part of being salt and light in this dark world is to learn from experience, take a stand when such a stand is ethically required, and then to help light the way for others. This, too, is part of "love thy neighbor."

Here is video of the surprising on-air resignations by news anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

MSNBC: No Negative Obama Stories -- and No Positive Romney Stories -- Last Week of Campaign

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2012, 08:26 PM

Noel Sheppard blasts MSNBC at Newsbusters:

A new study just released by the Pew Research Center found that in the final week of the just-ended presidential campaign, the "Lean Forward" network did absolutely no negative stories about President Obama or positive ones about Mitt Romney.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Father of Slain SEAL Blasts Obama White House: They Murdered My Son

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2012, 06:11 PM

Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com:

We know now that former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty disobeyed orders and left a CIA safe house to try and save those at the consulate.

And once there they fought a desperate fight, evacuating the consulate employees and “for over two hours they were able to fight back against approximately 200 al-Qaeda terrorists.” Numerous calls were issued for help and went unanswered. . . .

This is Medal of Honor stuff, but under Obama it’s become the stuff of a cover-up. Instead of their bravery holding the line and inspiring a rescue effort, they were left to die. . . . 

In this interview, Charles Woods, father of slain SEAL Tyrone Woods, and also a lawyer, deeply questions the Obama White House.

"The number of mentions of Charles Woods in any media outlet that isn’t FOX News is 1. A blog post on US News and World Report," Greenfield concludes. "The number of stories on 'Binders of Women'? 15,542."

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "Bully," "Delusional," "Unmitigated Liar"

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2012, 04:55 PM

But enough about resume enhancements for members of the formerly mainstream media.

For more on the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell and his appearance last night with Sean Hannity on Fox, go here.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clint Eastwood's New Ad: "Future of Our Country Is at Stake"

By Rick Pearcey • October 24, 2012, 08:48 AM

The Hollywood megastar and former mayor of Carmel, Calif., says in a new ad produced by American Crossroads:

In the last few years, America's been knocked down.

Twenty-three million people can't find full-time work, and we borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China.

When someone doesn't get the job done, you've got to hold them accountable.

Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first, and our country just couldn't survive that.

We need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney.

There's not much time left, and the future of our country is at stake.

Hat tip: Charlie Spierling, Beltway Confidential

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Barack Obama's Top 10 Apologies

By Rick Pearcey • October 24, 2012, 08:06 AM

Nile Gardiner and Morgan Lorraine Roach write at Heritage.org:

A common theme that runs through President Obama's statements is the idea the United States must atone for its past policies, whether it is America's application of the war against Islamist terrorism or its overall foreign policy.

At the core of this message is the concept that the U.S. is a flawed nation that must seek redemption by apologizing for its past "sins."

On several occasions, President Obama has sought to apologize for the actions of his own country when addressing a foreign audience -- including seven of the 10 apologies listed below.

The President has already apologized for his country to nearly 3 billion people across Europe, the Muslim world, and the Americas.

Members of the formerly mainstream media argue that the president has not been involved in anything like an "apology tour." For more on this, and the difficulties of holding such a position, see "Apology Tour Didn't Happen, Media Say." 

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Monday, October 22, 2012

CNN's Carol Costello: I'm Fascist and I'm Proud?

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2012, 08:30 PM

Or as she said on air: "I'm a proud member of the 'Gay Gestapo.'" This was her witty retort to a profamily, pro-marriage spokesman who had taken issue with Costello for sharply cutting him off in a previous program, as he was beginning to cite evidence of the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Print Edition of Newsweek Dies

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2012, 11:59 AM

Newsweek, an erstwhile proud member of the formerly mainstream media "is dead," headlines The Daily Caller: "Love Live the News."

Our Ambassador Is Dead, But Obama's Political Guru Is Very Well Protected While Shopping

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2012, 10:27 AM

From Fred J. Eckert at American Thinker:

Our U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans who served us there are dead because of insufficient security while the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs, a woman named Valerie Jarrett, has been given an entourage of well-armed, highly trained protectors as she goes to and from work in Washington, goes shopping or out to dinner, and travels to political events and vacations on Martha's Vineyard.

What's going on?


Friday, October 19, 2012

Bizarro: Lawrence O'Donnell Challenges Mitt Romney Son to Fist Fight on MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2012, 08:18 PM

"Anytime, Anywhere," says this member of the formerly mainstream media.

Here is video at YouTube.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Revolt: The Candy Crowley Tipping Point

By Rick Pearcey • October 18, 2012, 09:03 AM

Jeffrey Lord writes at American Spectator:

She got it wrong.

She interfered.

She took a side.

Candy Crowley may finally have done something else as well: so visibly tipping the scales of media bias that the end result makes Mitt Romney the next president.

Taken all together, CNN's Candy Crowley, in her zeal to intrude on the presidential debate and save President Obama from himself, may just have provided the televised moment that finally sparks a revolt against the four years of fawning coverage of President Obama.

The formerly mainstream media have already lost their grip on authentic journalism, and the establishment press no longer embraces the rules of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

These rules understand that human liberty and civil society are rooted in unalienable rights from the Creator, not from the state or from any aspect of temporal reality (nature, gender, class, diversity, polls, Supreme Court decisions, or tweets for Hollywood actresses).

If Jeffrey Lord is correct, a Candy Crowley tipping point may be the beginning of when the formerly mainstream media finally loses its grip on most of Americans most of the time.

If so, this would be good for America, for freedom -- and for journalism.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Breaking: "Peanut Butter Is Racist"

By Rick Pearcey • October 11, 2012, 11:21 AM

Mugged author Ann Coulter gets inside the mind of the formerly mainstream media.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nancy Pearcey on Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • October 10, 2012, 09:52 AM

Nancy will discuss politics and worldview on "Connecting Faith." Listen online here. 12 noon, central time.


Monday, October 8, 2012

"New Yorker" Cover Illustrates Pearcey Early Take on Romney vs. Empty Chair

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2012, 10:35 AM

Thank you, New Yorker, for your cover art that illustrates my Facebook post entered at 11:39 pm October 3. Here's the post: 

Romney 1, Empty Chair 0 (and that's a great big 1)

Building on that theme, at 11:41 pm on Twitter, I posted:

Romney: 1, Empty Chair: Yea But, I Killed Bin Laden

Two days later, with the headline "O No: Clint Was Right," the Drudge Report linked to the terrific New Yorker cover art. It was late Friday evening (11:57 pm), October 5.

This is all good fun. Or as Muhammad Ali often said: "No brag, just fact." :)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Obama's Promotion of Racial Hatred Exposed

By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2012, 11:45 AM

Arnold Ahlert writes at Frontpage.com:

Last night, on the eve of the first and perhaps most important debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, the Daily Caller released the first “October surprise” of the 2012 election in the form of an unedited 2007 video of Obama speaking at Hampton University.

Dubbed by the Drudge Report and the Daily Caller as "Obama's Other Race Speech," the video promised to show the President describing America, in the Daily Caller’s words, “as a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America.”

Indeed, the raw footage of Obama exposes odious racial hatred and demagoguery more befitting Rev. Jeremiah Wrigth than a mainstream political candidate.

Moreover, far from conforming to the persona the President has marketed to the public over the last several years, the ideology put forth in the video more closely parallels what we know of Obama’s radical pre-presidential life.

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By Rick Pearcey • October 3, 2012, 10:50 AM

Jeffrey Lord writes at American Spectator:

The presidential race exploded last night on Sean Hannity's television show.

The explosion came with the revelation by Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller of a stunning 2007, exclusively obtained unedited video tape of then-Senator Barack Obama making blatantly racial appeals to an audience of black ministers. And doing it in a southern accent that by now all of America knows the man who was famously raised in Hawaii and Indonesia and migrated to California, Massachusetts, and Chicago -- simply doesn't have.

The audience at Virginia's historically black Hampton University included Obama's own pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Whom Obama glowingly praised during the talk -- and later famously disowned. In the recent bestseller The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House by formerNew York Times journalist Edward Klein, the Reverend Wright, in a lengthy taped interview, said Obama considered Wright's "problem" to be one of having "to tell the truth." Essentially accusing his famous ex-parishioner of being a habitual liar.

"Particularly interesting, as Carlson pointed out last night," Lord writes, "was that the speech was mostly ignored by reporters present for the then-candidate's speech. While a transcript was in fact provided, what was not noted were Obama's off-script riffs. No complete video of the speech was widely released until the Daily Callerobtained this one -- with Hannity airing the controversial remarks last night."

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Washington Press Chorus Already Knows Who Won Tomorrow's Debate

By Rick Pearcey • October 2, 2012, 07:45 AM

Jeffrey Lord writes at American Spectator:

Tomorrow night's presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney has already been settled.

Obama wins. Romney loses. Case closed.

How do we know this? Because the "mainstream media" have already determined it so, as Lord explains in his recounting of film clips, awards, and other goings-on at the Media Research Center's 25th Anniversary Gala.

By the way, I've noticed that critics of journalistic malpractice have begun to challenge the unjustified notion that the DC press corps is "mainstream." 

As has been noted previously many times in these pages, modern liberalism is not in the mainstream of freedom or of the American ideal. And neither are the practices of the Washington press corps in the mainstream of what truly is journalism.

So alienated from real journalism has this group become that one really can now describe them as the Washington Press Chorus. With the likes of Obama setting the tone, tempo, and content.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

MSNBC Busted: Doctored Clip From Romney-Ryan Rally Exposed

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2012, 08:48 AM

Greg Hengler writes at Townhall:

A clip from a recent Romney/Ryan rally has recently been played over and over at MSNBC highlighting what appears to be an embarrassing moment on the campaign trail for Governor Romney.

Originally aired on Wednesday's "Morning Joe," the clip shows Paul Ryan introducing Romney as the MSNBC-added text appears on the screen proclaiming that the crowd is shouting "Ryan!" Romney gets the mic and asks the crowd to say "Romney/Ryan!"

In some cases, however, a video is worth a thousand lies. Hengler writes: 

Then the Blaze received a call from one of the rally attendees:

During Thursday‘s edition of TheBlaze TV’s "Pat & Stu," one caller gives her account of the campaign rally.

“The crowd was yelling,” caller Sherry recounts, “the crowd was screaming ‘Romney! Romney!’ and Romney, being the gentleman [he is], we can‘t get in his head because he’s so stinking nice, he stopped us to add ‘Romney-Ryan.’”

Watch this video, which includes undoctored footage from C-SPAN that contradicts the MSNBC "report."

This evidence of an MSNBC-doctored tape that hurts the Romney-Ryan campaign suggests, yet again, why the establishment media is the formerly mainstream media.

Not only does the formerly mainstream media operate in alienation against the defining mainstream of journalism (which is to truthfully report the facts), but it also operates in alienation against the enduring rules of freedom (see, for example, the Declaration and U.S. Constitution). 

You can't sustain freedom if media are poisoning the well and slanting voter perception with bad information. 

This kind of poor media performance suggests the conclusion that the establishment press has become a menace not just to journalism but also to freedom.

It might even be the vanguard of politicians who reject the Declaration and shred the Constitution. These would be people who by their own choices place themselves outside of, and even against, the enduring American mainstream vision-for-freedom. 

In this way, an establishment can embrace extremism even while calling itself "mainstream."

Where does this leave us?

The establishment media should be regarded with healthy doses of critical distance, as one might resist a shady used-car salesman, a sullied preacher, or a manipulating politician who walks on water.

And an authentic, mainstream journalism committed to facts and freedom should continue to takes it place.

Hat tip: Ann Coulter

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Al Mohler Blasts Joel Osteen

By Rick Pearcey • September 28, 2012, 08:38 AM

Susanna Rose reports at LifeSiteNews.com

Texas Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen squirmed under a barrage of question about his beliefs on homosexuality during a discussion on CNN’s “Talking points with Soledad O’Brien” last Thursday. 

“I always wonder when you say homosexuality is a sin and there’s a bunch of people who clearly are gay who are in your church,” said O'Brien. “You’re calling them sinners. I mean, that is the opposite of uplifting, I would think.”

“Well, Soledad," said Osteen, "I don’t necessarily focus on that. I only talk about that in the interviews.” 

The Biblical and intellectual weakness of Osteen's response, demonstrated throughout Rose's report, elicited a sharp response from Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisvile, KY.

“Viewers of CNN saw a display of confusion, evasion, and equivocation coming from one presented as a Christian pastor,” Mohler said, as quoted by Rose.

“What they were really seeing," Mohler noted, "is the total theological bankruptcy of the word of faith movement and the gospel of positive thinking."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chick-Fil-A: "No Such Concessions" to Homosex Extremism

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2012, 10:18 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

After a Chicago alderman claimed last week that Chick-fil-A had agreed not to fund pro-family organizations, the fast food chain’s president Dan Cathy has set the record straight.

“Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been,” he said in a statement posted on Mike Huckabee’s website on Friday.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

White House Correspondent Doesn't Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

By Rick Pearcey • September 17, 2012, 08:30 AM

Warner Todd Huston writes at Big Journalism:

NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro doesn't stand for our national anthem and won't recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because he places his position as a "journalist" above love of county. But, one wonders, does Shapiro understand that without this country he wouldn't be free to be a journalist?

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Obama's Middle East Policy "Collapsing Right in Front of Us"

By Rick Pearcey • September 15, 2012, 02:41 PM

The Daily Caller reports:

Add conservative commentator Pat Buchanan to the growing list of critics of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, as anti-American unrest continues throughout Egypt, Libya and now Yemen.

Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Buchanan, author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?," pointed to Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo as the beginning of the administration’s “utterly naïve” foreign policy.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

"Satan Is Real": Polish Priests Launch World's 1st Exorcism Monthly Mag

By Rick Pearcey • September 13, 2012, 02:02 PM

Billy Hallowell reports at The Blaze:

In a tough economy, it’s encouraging to see any business or enterprise describe itself as “booming,” but, in Poland, one of the primary sectors that is experiencing exponential growth may raise some eyebrows -- Catholic exorcisms.

In an effort to capitalize on ever-growing acts to dispel demons, Polish priests are teaming up with publishers to create the world’s first, monthly expulsion-themed magazine.

Called Egzorcysta, the publication officially launched this past Monday. Its first issue, which includes 62 pages of content, has articles entitled, “New Age -- the Spiritual Vacuum Cleaner” and “Satan Is Real,” among others. The magazine, which will cost the equivalent of $3.10 per copy, has a print run of 15,000 to start.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Former Prez of Turner Broadcasting Helps Create Alternative Network for Families

By Rick Pearcey • September 4, 2012, 09:08 AM

Drew Zahn reports at WND:

As former president of the Turner Broadcasting empire, Bradley Siegel presided over the TBS Superstation and Cartoon Network and helped to make TNT the No. 1 basic-cable network in America four years running.

But Siegel told WND he and his business partner, Charles Humbard, recognized the need for a positive, entertaining alternative to broadcast television. While the top on-air and cable channels were pumping out programs he calls “denigrating,” Siegel and Humbard determined to create a new network that affirmed values, faith and family, but without sacrificing production quality. . . .  

“Television programming was increasingly becoming very negative,” Siegel told WND in an exclusive interview. “It was relying on personal train wrecks, on salaciousness, on profanity, on things I thought were causing considerable harm to human values and the fabric of families, no matter what your faith."

Siegel says he and Humbard concluded "that there needed to be a place on television where audiences can get the same kind of entertainment values that they tune into the broadcast networks for, but without relying on the kind of denigrating, negative, exploitative themes that attract so many."

Siegel explains, "We worked very hard to create a network where families that want positive, uplifting, faith-affirming, family-friendly entertainment can still feel like they are watching an entertainment network, just like TNT or ABC or Discovery -- only without having to jump for the remote because something’s on they find offensive or they don’t want their child to see.”

"The result," according to WND, "has been an unprecedented boom in popularity for GMC TV, now the fastest-growing network in all of ad-supported cable television."

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Monday, September 3, 2012

The Media's "Fact Check" Smokescreen

By Rick Pearcey • September 3, 2012, 08:11 AM

Investors Business Daily asks:

If media "fact checkers" are just impartial guardians of the truth, how come they got their own facts wrong about Paul Ryan's speech, and did so in a way that helped President Obama's re-election effort?


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Media Silent as Liberals on Twitter Call for Ann Romney's Death

By Rick Pearcey • September 1, 2012, 07:27 PM

Joe Newby at Examiner.com writes:

On Wednesday, liberals on Twitter called for the death of Ann Romney, the wife of GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Twitchy reported. As of this writing [August 29], the so-called "mainstream media" has refused to report on the hateful threats issued on the social media site.

It is correct to designate liberal press outlets as "so-called 'mainstream media,'" for they no longer represent either the mainstream of journalism (a commitment to fact-based reporting and comment) nor the mainstream of freedom (a commitment to the framework and rules of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

The quicker a majority of Americans recognize, reject, and replace the formerly mainstream media with a press corps that embraces facts and freedom, the better off all of us will be.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yahoo's Chalian on ABC Webcast: Romneys "Happy to Have a Party When Black People Drown"

By Rick Pearcey • August 30, 2012, 06:10 AM

John Nolte writes at Breitbart.com

ABC News reached out to Breitbart News to name the man heard mocking the Romneys during this ABC News livecast: David Chalian . . . of Yahoo! News.

Chalian is a former political director with ABC News, but according to ABC News has no association with the network now.

In this audio, the now-fired Chalian says the Romneys "are happy to have a party when Black people drown."

Says Nolte: This is "a look at the black, bitter, bitter, ugly and biased souls of our corrupt media."

Not to mention, the formerly mainstream media's "desperate politcal agenda."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Atlantic Defends "Evil Hook-Up" Culture

By Rick Pearcey • August 28, 2012, 02:07 PM

In an explicit article titled "Boys on the Side," Hanna Rosen writes in The Atlantic:

America has unseated the Scandinavian countries for the title of Easiest Lay. We are, in the world’s estimation, a nation of prostitutes. And not even prostitutes with hearts of gold.

Is that so bad?

In Rosen's view, not only is this not "so bad," it's progress -- female progress. 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Shock! WPost Says Bible Game Show "Dull"

By Rick Pearcey • August 24, 2012, 01:10 PM

For what it's worth, Hank Stuever writes:

GSN’s new game show, “The American Bible Challenge,” is just as dull as it sounds, like mandatory fun time at Sunday school, with three teams competing to answer arcane questions about details buried in the verses of the Old and New Testaments. . . . 

But why does this sort of thing have to be dull? For as long as there has been television, there have been pastors, priests, ministers and flocks who have deeply desired to translate the energy and excitement of their beliefs to the secular airwaves. . . . 

And yet, for some reason, church services make for the least exciting programming in all of creation, even when jazzed up with everything from puppets to Christian rock to tears that streak the mascara. The same is true in the music and movie industries -- entertainment is just stubbornly secular.

Rubbish, Mr. Stuever, that is, for example, if you would agree that human sexuality contains significant moments of entertainment. You see, a strong case can be made that sex is God's idea. Sounds kinda "spiritual."

In any case, now that the secularists over at WPost have had their comforting stereotypes dutifully reinforced, it's time for their journalists and other activists to get back to making the world safe for a non-America America (that would be an America alienated from its mainstream definition as given in the Declaration of Independence). 

I will admit that I don't see many gamehows these days. Nevertheless, I do hope "The American Bible Challenge" has a category for "What Obama doesn't know about the Bible." Or, contra Mr. Stuever, a category on how "Biblical Thoughtforms Influenced the Declaration and Constitution."

That concept might have interested King George. I know it's gotten the attention of the secular faithful.

They may tell you that it's an unentertaining, boring concept. Which is why they're always talking about it.

Nancy Pearcey on St. Louis Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • August 24, 2012, 10:36 AM

Nancy will appear live today on KFUO radio at 2:30-3:30 pm, Central Time.

She will be discussing her book Saving Leonardo and the new MA program in apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she is a professor and scholar in residence.

To listen live, go here.

15 Groups to O'Reilly: Drop Radical "Gay" Activist as Commentator on Program

By Rick Pearcey • August 24, 2012, 07:39 AM

WND reports:

Individuals representing a wide range of pro-family organizations have signed a request to Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly to stop using homosexual activist Wayne Besen as a commentator on his program.

“When Fox News provides a forum to a radical homosexual activist known for employing inflammatory and hateful language in the service of promoting lies, the network becomes complicit in the damage done to the victims of Wayne Besen’s and the SPLC’s smear campaigns,” said the statement signed . . . by Mathew D. Staver of Liberty Counsel, Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania and others.

Remove and Replace: “We ask the News Corporation, Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly to find more ethical spokespersons for the liberal view of sexuality. In their infamous Washington Post ad accusing FRC of hateful values, Besen and the SPLC claim that ‘words have consequences.’ Yes, they do. And Besen’s may lead to violence,” WND quotes the statement as saying.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Liberal Radio: FRC Shooting the Fault of "Gutter Christians" Who "Went Too Far"

By Rick Pearcey • August 21, 2012, 10:17 AM

Ben Johnson reports at LifeSiteNews.com

The “ filthy, degenerate, gutter Christians” at the Family Research Council inspired last week’s shooting by “going too far” with their pro-family activism, according to a nationally syndicated liberal talk show host.

“You filthy, filthy right-wing b——-ds, you’re going too far!” Mike Malloy told his audience last week. “One of these days somebody’s going to go berserk and walk into one of your filthy holes of religious insanity with a gun.”

Switching to a mocking tone, Malloy said, “Oh. I think that happened today.”

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Formerly Mainstream Media vs. Shooting at Family Research Council

By Rick Pearcey • August 16, 2012, 02:30 PM

In its lack of full reporting on the shooting at the pro-family, pro-marriage Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., yesterday, the Formerly Mainstream Media (FMM), excepting ABCNews, continue to earn its well-deserved reputation of allowing left-wing ideology to triumph over inconvenient facts.

As Tim Graham writes at Newsbusters:

ABC was the only broadcast network that offered a full story on the FRC office shooting on Wednesday night. They led with the story and gave it two and a half minutes. None of the network newscasts reported the breaking detail that shooter Floyd Corkins volunteered for six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, adding depth to his political motivation.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CNN Star Caught Reading Liberal Blog on Air

By Rick Pearcey • August 14, 2012, 06:02 PM

Jeff Kovacs reports at WND:

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien is making headlines today after being snagged on the air reading from a leftist blog during an interview.

Behold, the formerly mainstream media in all its glory.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Poll: Americans Disgusted With Political Media

By Rick Pearcey • August 10, 2012, 02:24 PM

Andrew Malcolm at Investors Business Daily writes regarding the latest Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation Poll:

Republican, Democrat, independent, men, women, whites, Indians, conservatives, rich people, poor people, PhD's, high school dropouts, young and old, overwhelming majorities of each group think the political media stinks.

Consider, for example:

Men and Women: Only "10% of men and women . . . cling to a favorable view of the political media."

Political Affinities: "Fully 91% of Republicans think unkindly of political media, while 78% of independents feel that way and even two-thirds of Democrats (65%) and Liberals (66%) agree, although they are the official party of the political media."

Union/Non-Union: 78% of union household and 77% of non-union households "pretty much agree the political media is insufferable."

These following groups also think the political media are insufferable: "Tea Party members (90%) and American Indians (81%), whites (82%) and conservatives (87%)."

As for "moderates," Malcolm says, "Moderates are, well, more moderate (74%), as are African-Americans (64%) and Asians (64% unfavorable)."

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Drudge Report Compared to White Supremacist Site "Stormfront"

By Rick Pearcey • August 9, 2012, 12:46 PM

Kelly McGarey writes at Newsbusters:

Good liberals like Salon.com writer Joan Walsh don't believe in racial profiling. But political profiling, well, that's a different story.

In her August 8 article, "Spotting white supremacists," Walsh used the recent horrendous Sikh temple shooting as an occasion to dust off a widely-maligned 2009 Department of Homeland Security report that suggested that domestic terrorist incidents were likely to hail from extremists on the political right.

She also used the occasion to slander conservative Matt Drudge by comparing his website to that of a white supremacist group called Stormfront.

If you can't beat them, smear them.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

WND Picks Up "What I Saw at Chick-Fil-A Today"

By Rick Pearcey • August 2, 2012, 03:25 PM

At the top of the WND opinion page here (subject to change) and here.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Imperialism and Genocide": 4th of July According to MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • July 5, 2012, 09:32 AM

Mytheos Holt writes at The Blaze:

When readers have finished with this story, we would be very surprised if they didn’t end up with a highly pessimistic query: Is there anything MSNBC can cover without spoiling it?


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Propaganda Watch: MSNBC Edits Romney to Make Him Seem "Out of Touch"

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2012, 10:47 AM

Erica Ritz writes at The Blaze:

After NBC was caught selectively editing the George Zimmerman police tapes to make it seem like he was volunteering racial information, MSNBC has been caught editing a clip of Mitt Romney to make him seem wildly “out of touch,” when he was really just explaining the difference between the private and public sectors.

In the MSNBC clip, Romney is shown discussing Wawa’s convenience stores like he has never been to one before (presumably because he is “too good” for such an establishment).

Introduced by Andrea Mitchell saying: “I get the feeling -- take a look at this -- that Mitt Romney has not been to too many Wawa’s along the roadside in Pennsylvania,” Romney says: “I was at Wawa’s, I wanted to order a sandwich. You press the little touch tone keypad, alright, you just touch that, and you know, the sandwich comes at you, touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier, there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing.”

Too bad the clip was taken wildley out of context.

Compare that clip with this fuller video here.


Friday, June 8, 2012

CBS Chief Admits Journalism Now Partisan

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2012, 01:57 PM

"Ultimately, journalism has changed," says CBS CEO Les Moonves. "Partisanship is very much a part of journalism now."


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Liberal Talk Show Host: National Anthem an "Abomination"

By Rick Pearcey • June 6, 2012, 12:05 PM

"I'm embarrassed every time I hear it, " says Bill Press. Here is audio.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rush: CNN Set Up Trump on Birther Issue

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2012, 10:44 AM

As Rush puts it:

Here’s Donald Trump being set up by Blitzer and CNN, for the express purpose of what? Using that interview last night to do nothing but besmirch Romney with Trump and this birther business. That becomes the media narrative all day, so you can talk about Romney and his associations.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Al Qaeda Loves Keith Olbermann, Hates Fox

By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2012, 10:11 AM

"The one channel Al Qaeda couldn’t stand, predictably, is Fox News."


Thursday, May 3, 2012

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan More Than Doubled Under Obama

By Rick Pearcey • May 3, 2012, 08:29 AM

M. Catharine Evans writes at American Thinker:

In yet another sin of omission, the national press corps has failed to report that more than twice as many U.S. military service people were killed in Afghanistan since Obama took office than in six and a half years of the Bush administration.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CNN's Don Lemon to Obama: "No One Likes a Broken Record"

By Rick Pearcey • April 25, 2012, 07:26 AM

And then Lemon gets "Twitter-trashed for criticizing Obama."


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Media Dishonesty and Race Hustlers

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2012, 06:33 AM

Columnist Walter E. Williams writes:

On March 14 in Tulsa, Okla., a white couple suffered a home invasion by Tyrone Woodfork, a 20-year-old black man. Ninety-year-old Bob Strait suffered a broken jaw and broken ribs in the attack. His 85-year-old wife, Nancy, was sexually assaulted and battered to death, ending their 65-year marriage.

On March 4, two black Kansas City, Mo., youths doused a 13-year-old boy in gasoline and set him on fire, telling him, “You get what you deserve, white boy.” Last summer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered an emergency shutdown of the beaches in Chicago because mobs of blacks were terrorizing white families.

Several years ago, in Knoxville, Tenn., a young white couple was kidnapped by four blacks.

The girl was forced to witness her boyfriend’s rape, torture and subsequent murder before she was raped, tortured and murdered. Before disposing of her body, the three men and one woman poured bleach or some other cleaning agent down her throat in an effort to destroy DNA evidence. A jury found the four guilty, and they were sentenced, but because of the judge’s drug use, a retrial is being considered.

Williams concludes: "None of those black-on-white atrocities made anywhere near the news that the Trayvon Martin case made, and it’s deliberate." 


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NBC Apologizes for "Error" in Editing of Trayvon Martin Story

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2012, 07:49 AM

Mytheos Holt at The Blaze writes on two recent embarrassments broadcast on NBC News, that erstwhile esteemed but now proud member-in-good-standing of the formerly mainstream media.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

NYTimes Repeats NBC Smear With Selective Edit of Zimmerman 911 Call

By Rick Pearcey • April 3, 2012, 08:03 AM

Hat tip to Big Journalism:

In a "front-page article in the New York Times on the Trayvon Martin case," this paragon of the formerly mainstream media "repeated NBC's attempt to cast George Zimmerman as a racist by selectively editing his 911 call."


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NYTimes Surrenders to Savagery

By Rick Pearcey • March 21, 2012, 08:13 AM

Pamela Geller writes:

Last week the New York Times ran a full-page ad headed, “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church.”

I decided to try an experiment, and submitted an ad soon afterward headed, “It’s Time to Quit Islam.”

We used the same language as the anti-Catholic ad.

The only difference was that ours was true and what we described about the mistreatment of women and non-Muslims under Islamic law was true.

The anti-Catholic ad, by contrast, was written by fallacious feminazis.

Nonetheless, in a craven capitulation to Shariah blasphemy laws, the Times rejected my ad.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Left-Wing Foundations Lavish Millions on Media Matters

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2012, 08:40 AM

David Martosko writes at The Daily Caller:

Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S. foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation. That sum represents 54 percent of every dollar the organization has raised in its history, making Media Matters a principally foundation-driven -- not citizen-supported -- activist group.

The list of Media Matters’ foundation funders, 120 in all, reads like a Who’s Who of the American progressive movement, including the far-left Tides Foundation ($4,384,702), George Soros’ Open Society Institutes ($1,075,000), the Ford Foundation ($966,466), the Sandler Foundation ($400,000) -- endowed by subprime mortgage lenders Herb and Marion Sandler, who once bankrolled the embattled ACORN organization -- and the Schumann Fund for Media and Democracy ($600,000), managed by longtime PBS host Bill Moyers and his son.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Pearceys' Work Linked to Media Targeted on "Enemies List"

By Rick Pearcey • February 13, 2012, 05:23 PM

While The Pearcey Report itself is not, apparently, on the Media Matters enemies list (we'll keep trying!), we are proud to report that both Nancy and I have been published or linked to at WND, which has made the enemies list.

We would note also that proud member of the resistance Nancy has discussed her latest book on "Fox and Friends" and Fox News with Lauren Green, both of which are part of the also-targeted Fox News Channel.

For some reason, the Fox people seem especially worrisome to many trying to impose a post-Constitutional, post-Declarational agenda upon the American people.

We thank all of you who have helped make this possible!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Bozell Warns Formerly Mainstream "News Media"

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2012, 07:38 AM

Pete Winn reports at CNSNews.com:

Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell III laid down the gauntlet to the news media on Thursday over their coverage of the 2012 presidential race: Tell the truth about the candidates, or be exposed.

“It’s 2012, and already we’ve documented endless examples of the so-called ‘news media’ covering up the failures of the Obama presidency and attacking every conservative presidential candidate one by one by one,” Bozell said.

“These attacks, just as we predicted, aren’t based on policy debates, they’re personal," he said, "an onslaught of character assassination against anyone who dares to challenge Obama.”

Bozell announced the start of the "Tell the Truth 2012 Campaign" -- a $5 million campaign to document and expose liberal media bias and its role in the 2012 presidential election.

Bozell charges that Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich have all been subjected to intense media bias. 

The challenge, Bozell says, is for the "news media to be fair and even-handed: If reporters are going to ask tough questions, then they should ask them of both sides in the election."

For example, “Who was Michelle Obama sleeping with before Barack Obama? If you think that's an outrageous question -- and I'd agree -- then why did you ask it about Mrs. Santorum?" Bozell asks.

According to CNS, "Bozell said hundreds of thousands of 'I Don't Believe the Liberal Media!' bumper stickers, buttons and signs will be distributed, and the [Media Research Center's] 1 million Facebook fans and 65,000 Twitter followers will also be activated."


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Matthews: People Who "Believe in" Creator Are "Troglodytes"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2012, 06:44 PM

To see the formerly mainstream media at work, here's a video and transcript of MSNBC's Chris Matthews at Real Clear Politics.

By the way, if Matthews were correct, the Declaration of Independence would be a "troglodyte" document -- for it bases the American experiment upon that exceptional being known as the Creator.

Note also that a country that respects and builds upon endowments from the Creator would necessarily be a "troglodyte" country, in the lexicon of Matthews.

You can see how an off-putting, permanent, alienated sneer of hubris might attach itself to the visage of some in the "elite" media.

However, the vision offered by the likes of Matthews is intellectually, morally, politically, and existentially bankrupt. And it's against views such as this that freedom must take her stand.

Drudge Distort: Going "All in" for Romney?

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2012, 05:39 PM

The following column is by Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action

You’re being manipulated. A well respected, highly influential news source has cast aside all journalistic integrity to shill for the liberal, GOP establishment candidate in this presidential race.

The New York Times, you say? MSNBC? The Washington Post? No. We all gave up on those “progressive” rags a long time ago.

Regrettably, the latest media outlet to assume a decidedly yellow hue during this heated primary cycle is the Drudge Report. It pains me to even write this. Drudge has always been both my first and last internet news stops of the day.

It’s often said, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.” Well, Drudge deals in pixels instead of ink, but the same principle applies.

Still, this is a fight worth having.

In past years, Matt Drudge has done a fair job of playing it down the middle during presidential primaries. Not this time. In the game of “Washington insider hold ‘em,” the Drudge Report is “all in” for Willard Mitt Romney. It’s not even subtle.

As the Politico reports: “Newt Gingrich better hope voters who lapped up his delicious hits on the ‘elite media’ and liberals don’t read the Drudge Report this morning . . . . If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud.”

This, of course, is utter pablum. Gingrich is the last Reagan conservative standing in this race; or, as the venerable Nancy Reagan said of “the distinguished speaker, Newt Gingrich” in 1995: “The dramatic [conservative] movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century.Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt andthe Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.”

To this day, Newt Gingrich is keeping that conservative dream alive and that Reagan torch aflame. America is beginning to get this, and it has the “Republican in Name Only” (RINO) establishment tied in knots.

Politico summarizes Drudge’s hit job on Gingrich: “The overnight Drudge Report banner: ‘Insider: Gingrich repeatedly Insulted Reagan.’ The headline linked to a devastating takedown by Elliott Abrams in the National Review, who wrote, among other things, that Gingrich had a long record of criticizing and undermining Reagan’s most transformative policies.”

Baloney. Sorry, Matt Drudge, but Mrs. Reagan’s vote of confidence carries considerably more weight than your shameless smear on behalf of the Massachusetts moderate.

Cherry picked quotes, biased headlines and hyperlinks to Newt-hating op-eds in order to patch together an ugly and distorted mosaic of the former House speaker is not journalism. It’s mercenary-style political prostitution.

At the top of Thursday’s Drudge was linked an opinion piece by another Romney surrogate, Ann Coulter, headlined “Re-elect Obama: Vote Newt!” In it, she skewers Mr. Gingrich and claims, “Romney is the most electable candidate.”

Odd when you consider that, less than one year ago, Coulter told a packed house at CPAC the exact opposite: “If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we’ll lose,” she said. “By the way, I warned you about McCain.” (I don’t know, maybe Ann’s now angling for a gig as Romney’s Secretary of Snark. Look for her next book: “Moderate: An Autobiography.”)

But Coulter’s exactly right about that whole McCain thing. He recently endorsed Romney too. So did Bob Dole. Interesting. And they’re both vehemently opposed to a Gingrich nomination as well.

See where this is going? What do Bob Dole and John McCain have in common? Is this really who we think is going to unseat Barack Obama? Mitt Romney: the ideo-political love child – figuratively speaking -- of Bob Dole and John McCain?

The RINO is a slow, lumbering beast. It is foolishly and predictably drawn, over and again, toward that “moderate” watering hole. There, it hopes to attract that equally perplexing animal, the “independent.” From this liaison, it is believed a bevy of voting offspring will be produced.

Never happens. In fact, the mushy middle is exactly where that fierce predator -- The Democrat -- wants its Republican prey corralled. Ever seen Wild Kingdom? Not pretty.

RINO Republicans and liberal Democrats have something in common: they both mistakenly assert that conservative candidates are unelectable. Ronald Reagan proved them wrong and so will Newt Gingrich.

No, I’ve got news for Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and the rest of the establishment GOP: As 2010 proved and as I believe 2012 will show again, conservatives don’t shine to being told who our nominee is going to be.

We’ll pick him ourselves, thank you very much.

Rush: Obama Speech "Chock Full of Lies"

By Rick Pearcey • January 26, 2012, 09:36 AM

Newsmax reports on Limbaugh's comments from his Wednesday broadcast:

"In fact, there are a lot of facts that were omitted in the State of the Union speech,” [Limbaugh] said.

“He didn’t talk about the 13.1 million unemployed Americans -- didn’t talk about the national debt. You realize one-third of our entire national debt . . . is his, his alone. Of course he didn’t bring it up. He didn’t talk about the Keystone pipeline.”

Limbaugh also scoffed at Obama’s references to teamwork, saying the Founding Fathers’ intention was a nation based on the freedoms of the individual.

“Teamwork?” he said. “Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, how wrong that is?

"The whole point of this government, the whole point of this country, the whole point of this [nation’s] founding was to champion the power, and the rights, and the civil rights, and the freedoms, and the liberty of the individual over the government."


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Will Gingrich Survive Ex's TV Interview?

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2012, 01:29 PM

Or perhaps the better question for the country is: Can a nation of free people survive another four years of Obama?

The big news since last night is that the "Gingrich campaign is bracing for a TV interview with his ex."

Here's something to consider: We are still waiting for the formerly mainstream media to vet Barack Obama.

Why is this important? Because until then, candidates running for office are not operating on a fair and level playing field.

And until then, by the omission of information unfavorable to Barack Obama, "facts" begin to function as propaganda. 

Thus, the formerly mainstream media: A lust for political outcomes, but not a passion for truth.

Thus a rigged election.

The basic question is not: Will Newt survive?

The real question is: Will America survive a post-constitutional, post-Declarational regime supported by enablers who reject the rules for freedom and embrace the rules for unfreedom? 

A personally flawed candidate who affirms the rules for freedom is vastly superior to a protected candidate who rejects those rules.

One has a past that is unfortunate; the other a future that is Hell.

This is not an endorsement of Gingrich. It is an endorsement of America.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Megyn Kelly: "Dumb" Newsweek's Sullivan Not an "Actual Journalist"

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2012, 12:01 PM

Apparently, feathers have been ruffled. The Blaze has the story. Meanwhile, note that Newsweek is a proud member of the formerly mainstream media. Homosexualist blogger Andrew Sullivan seems a perfect fit for the rag's current agenda.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unseat These Atrocious Debate Moderators

By Rick Pearcey • January 11, 2012, 07:38 AM

From a Brent Bozell column:

Why must the Republicans keep handing over their debate stage in the primary season to the people who desperately want them all to bumble, stumble and fall on their faces on national TV?


Monday, January 2, 2012

NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Iowa: "Too White, Too Evangelical, Too Rural"

By Rick Pearcey • January 2, 2012, 12:27 PM

The "Rap" on Iowa? Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters holds Andrea Mitchell of NBC's "Nightly News" accountable.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Fireworks Video: Donald Trump Slams MSNBC's Chuck Todd -- "Tell the Truth!"

By Rick Pearcey • December 5, 2011, 04:51 PM

At Real Clear Politics Video:

Donald Trump attacks NBC's Chuck Todd on his MSNBC show after the host talks poll numbers that say people will not take the Trump debate seriously. At one point, Trump even suggested Chuck Todd could get "better ratings" if he would tell the truth.

"I wish you would just sort of say it like it is. I think you’d really do better. Honestly. I think you’d get better ratings if you did that. I’m doing MSNBC a favor by coming onto your show," Trump said.

The on-air fight began after Chuck Todd implied that it was Trump who wanted to come on the show to respond. Trump says it was MSNBC who begged him to come on.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Update: Bachmann Demands NBC Apologize for "Lyin' A-- B--ch"

By Rick Pearcey • November 23, 2011, 04:17 PM

From The Blaze:

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Wednesday demanded NBC apologize for the walk-on music used for her appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” when the house band played an instrumental version of the song “Lyin’ A-- B--ch.”

In her first public comments about the Monday incident, Bachmann said during an appearance on Fox News she has accepted Fallon’s apology, but now NBC needs to address the issue. The Minnesota congresswoman said it was sexist and showed bias against conservative women.

Related: Rush Limbaugh Praises Michele Bachmann Debate Performance


Monday, November 21, 2011

How Media Persecute Their Enemies

By Rick Pearcey • November 21, 2011, 08:31 AM

An amazingly consistent hypocrisy on campaign gaffes, for example.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ABC's Sawyer Says Sarah Palin "Targeted" Gabby Giffords -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2011, 02:46 PM

At RealClearPolitics:

In an hour-long special on Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Arizona) and her miraculous recovery, ABC's Diane Sawyer ruined it in a segment about the Congresswoman's political future.

Don't miss the video capturing Sawyer's "reporting."


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pelosi Camp Accuses "60 Minutes" of "Right-Wing Smear"

By Rick Pearcey • November 15, 2011, 01:50 PM

Simply hilarious. "60 Minutes" might be undergoing culture shock. 


Friday, November 11, 2011

Radio: Listen to Nancy Pearcey Occupy Los Angeles

By Rick Pearcey • November 11, 2011, 08:53 AM

In what turns out to be a terrific interview, Nancy Pearcey appeared on the Frank Pastore radio show last Tuesday. Pastore's show originates from the KKLA-FM studios in metro Los Angeles.

In this first hour, Nancy appears about 28 minutes into the program. The second hour is entirely devoted to the interview with Nancy.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veteran Anchor: Cain and Bialek Roles May "Have Been Reversed"

By Rick Pearcey • November 9, 2011, 08:41 AM

Tiffany Gabbay writes at The Blaze:

On his radio program Tuesday, Mark Levin aired a clip of veteran journalist and CBS anchor Bill Kurtis on WLS saying that Herman Cain’s accuser, Sharon Bialek, is a former CBS employee with a “track record.”

Given her checkered past, a chuckling Kurtis posited that Bialek‘s and Cain’s roles in the alleged car-incident could even have been reversed.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rivendell's Nancy Pearcey on Metro LA Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • November 8, 2011, 11:35 AM

Rivdendell Sanctuary faculty member and Pearcey Report editor at large Nancy Pearcey is scheduled to appear on the the Frank Pastore radio show during the 7 o'clock hour eastern time, PM (6:00 PM central, 4:00 PM pacific coast time).

You can access the KKLA website here.

To listen live online, go here.

To call the show toll free, dial 1888-995-5552.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Kathleen Willey Infuriated by Media Firestorm Over Cain's Alleged Sexual Harassment

By Rick Pearcey • November 7, 2011, 06:56 AM

 Noel Sheppard writes at Newsbusters:  

A former White House aide that accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her back in 1993 says she's infuriated by the media firestorm caused by anonymous harassment allegations leveled at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Speaking with radio's Steve Malzberg Friday, Kathleen Willey said, "Why are we even entertaining, you know, any of this from a person with no name and no face and a spokesperson who isn’t really clear on anything either?"


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Destroy That Uppity Black

By Rick Pearcey • November 1, 2011, 08:36 AM

In a column at CNSNews.com:

In the eyes of the liberal media, Herman Cain is just another uppity black American who has had the audacity to leave the liberal plantation. So they must destroy him, just as they tried destroying Clarence Thomas.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Biden Tells Reporter: "Don't Screw Around With Me" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2011, 11:03 PM

Human Events editor Jason Mattera writes: 

Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn’t make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don’t sign on to Barack Obama’s latest “jobs” proposal.

“I didn’t use, no no no . . . Let’s get it straight, guy. Don’t screw around with me,” Biden lashed out at HUMAN EVENTS. Then Biden confirmed that he indeed did talk about rape in terms of the President’s spending measure. “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed, he added.

Here is video of the encounter.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

O'Reilly to Dawkins: "I Think Intelligent Design Made Everything Happen"

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 09:25 PM

Bill O'Reilly aired an interview with arch-atheist Richard Dawkins last hour on "The Factor." 

During the interview Dawkins said atheism has absolutely nothing to do with the evil of Pol Pot, Mao, or Joseph Stalin, but that there is a logical connection between belief in God and evil in the world.

O'Reilly countered that religion provides a restraining influence on people like Mao and Stalin -- for example, "Thou shalt not kill."

O'Reilly also said he thinks you cannot explain existence simply on the basis of something like a "meteor crashed into the earth" and everything resulted from that.

"I think Intelligent Design made everything happen," O'Reilly concluded.

As a follow-up to this discussion, Dawkins (if he is open-minded) and O'Reilly might find Does God Exist?, a DVD discussion by Dr. Stephen Meyer, of interest.

Meyer is co-founder of the Discovery Institute, that notorious outfit that talks a lot about . . . Intelligent Design.

Nancy and I would argue that affirming the existence of God is about following the evidence wherever it might lead and that the Judeo-Christian worldview alone has demonstrated an ability to answer adequately the basic philosophic questions that every serious worldview must deal with and that every seeking person honestly asks.

Trust ("faith"), then, is a matter of the whole person making a commitment on the basis of good and sufficient evidence (as Francis Schaeffer so often put it).

It's not "blind faith" or that dumbed-down substitute called "religion" that some secularists are happy to shackle genuine critical thinkers with. 

The point? The affirmation of Intelligent Design emerges out of the evidence, not against it.

So, who knows, maybe we'll see the likes of a Stephen Meyer on "O'Reilly" in the not-too-distant future.

A "Factor" discussion about Intelligent Design and scientific evidence for the Creator would seem to make sense: It would, after all, fit rather nicely with the Founders' insistence that the Creator is so real, and that information from Him is so valid, that it is actionable politically up to the high level of being the basis for American freedom.

What did they write and spill their blood for? "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

If there is no Creator, Mr. Dawkins, all of this exceptionalism falls to the ground. And the sun, the moon, and all the rocks and particles of your impersonal, mindless, meaningless, explanationless cosmos couldn't care less.

But if there is a Creator and unalienable human rights are among the "blessings of liberty" -- as the empirical data, historical data, and reason itself leads us to conclude -- everything changes culturally and politically, for the good.

You could ask King George. Or Stephen Meyer. Or Richard Dawkins, if he's willing to think outside that very tiny materialistic box.

1st Question Sean Hannity Should Ask Every GOP Presidential Hopeful

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 04:00 PM

Do you affirm the Constitution (as written), the Declaration (as written), and will you restore constitutional norms to federal governance, including refusing to sign any legislation that cannot be directly supported chapter and verse by the plain and literal meaning of the Constitution, and by disestablishing and defunding every form and agency and program of unconstitutional federal governance, so that the American republic and her citizens can once again live in freedom and dignity based upon unalienable rights from the Creator and not from the state?

And now, the follow-up question: If you cannot affirm the above, how can you in any sense, with any integrity, swear an oath, without mental reservation, to support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?

Soros Helping Islam Look Less Radical

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2011, 07:49 AM

Chad Groening reports at OneNewsNow:

A conservative media watchdog organization says left-wing billionaire George Soros is funding a course that teaches journalists how to downplay the negative aspects of Islam.

The three-hour online course called "Covering Islam in America" is a project of The Poynter Institute, which claims the program is designed to "give a broad explanation of the religious, social, political, and geographical facts about Islam today." That organization has partnered with the Social Science Research Council and Washington State University to strengthen "accurate" reporting and to enhance "the ability of the media to fairly report on a range of pressing issues."


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Palin Goes After Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2011, 10:50 AM

Steve Flesher asks at American Thinker:

Is Sarah Palin preparing to declare her candidacy for president? In what is sure to cause a lot of speculation, she has taken the opportunity in her last two interviews on Fox News to go after some of that network's tactics and contributors.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Study: Facebook, Google, Social Media "Actively" Censor Christian Content

By Rick Pearcey • September 22, 2011, 10:20 AM

Jeremy Kryn reports at LifeSiteNews.com:

A new study has found that Google and other major social media sites such as Facebook have “actively” censored Christian and conservative viewpoints.

The report, conducted by National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and the American Center for Law and Justice, examined the policies and practices of several major Internet-interactive “new media” communications platforms and service providers, including Apple and its iTunes App Store, Facebook, Google, and others.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Nancy Pearcey With Phyllis Schlafly on Radio Saturday

By Rick Pearcey • September 16, 2011, 05:30 PM

Nancy will be interviewed by Phyllis Schlafly on "Eagle Forum Live" tomorrow morning.

Time: 11-12 am (central standard time)

To find a local station, please go here.

To listen live online, please go here.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nancy Pearcey on Radio Saturday Morning

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2011, 12:44 AM

Nancy will join talk show host David Wheaton of The Christian Worldview Radio Program to discuss topics related to "Christian Dominionism After 9/11."

Time: 8-9 am, central; phone: 1-888-646-2233 (toll free).

To listen on the internet, go here. To find a local station, go here.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Radio: Nancy Pearcey Discusses Michele Bachmann, New Yorker on "Point of View"

By Rick Pearcey • August 19, 2011, 02:10 PM

Listen here live at 2:30 central time today. Here's the main page for "Point of View" radio.

For background information, you may want to read "Dangerous Influences: The New Yorker, Michele Bachmann, and Me."


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hey Bachmann, Pearcey: Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Dominionist?

By Rick Pearcey • August 13, 2011, 10:27 PM

Touchstone magazine helps frame the real intent of that anti-Bachmann hit piece in the New Yorker

And note: Somehow or other, despite being castigated as dangerously influenced by a "dominionist" such as Nancy Pearcey (and Francis Schaeffer), Bachmann won the Ames, Iowa, straw poll today.

Some will, no doubt, conclude that Washington was right all along: There's no trusting the American people. They're dangerous. Keep an eye on those Iowa folk.

If you haven't seen it yet, here is Nancy's reply to the New Yorker.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Geller Strikes Back at NYT for Linking Her to Oslo Shooter

By Rick Pearcey • July 26, 2011, 08:32 AM

Matthew Boyle reports at The Daily Caller:

Conservative blogger and anti-jihadist Pamela Geller told The Daily Caller it’s “outrageous” that she’s been “assign[ed] blame” for Oslo shooter Anders Behring Breivik’s actions.

“It’s like equating Charles Manson, who heard in the lyrics of Helter Skelter a calling for the Manson murders,” Geller said in an exclusive phone interview. “It’s like blaming the Beatles. It’s patently ridiculous.”


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pearcey Report "Best in U.S. Political and Cultural Blogs"

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2011, 08:40 AM

An astute observation from a Pearcey Report reader in the Northwest.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Double Bogey: NBC Edits Out "Under God" From Pledge

By Rick Pearcey • June 20, 2011, 05:51 AM

NBC vs. Facts, Truth, & God: By twice censoring the words "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during coverage of the 2011 U.S. Open, the closed-down, extremist agenda of the formerly mainstream media demonstrates yet again its radical post-American, and yes, anti-American agenda.

You can watch the cult in action at YouTube.

Fortunately, as WND reports, "The omission did not go unnoticed," and later during the broadcast, NBC "apologized."

Yes, a free people notices, and, under God, revolts. That's the American Way (for more information, please consult the Declaration of Independence).

Question is: Are there any free people still working at NBC?

Hat tip: American Thinker


Friday, June 17, 2011

Van Impe Ministry Abandons TBN Over Islam, Rick Warren

By Rick Pearcey • June 17, 2011, 07:58 AM

File Under "Test Everything"

A Christian ministry's decision to expose as "false teachers" several celebrity ministers it believes are corrupting biblical teachings has prompted a rift, with Jack Van Impe Ministries dropping plans to work in the future with Trinity Broadcasting Network, where it has broadcast for more than two decades. . . .

The dispute arose over the issue of advocating for "Chrislam" and other efforts that are designed to find "common ground" between Christians and Muslims. TBN declined to air one of Van Impe's programs that contained sharp criticisms of leaders such as Rick Warren of The Purpose Driven Life fame and Robert Schuller.

See the full report by Bob Unruh at WND.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Objective" Journalism and the Formerly Mainstream Media

By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2011, 10:51 AM

The establishment American press today is no longer mainstream, either in its commitment to journalism or to freedom -- which is why I describe it as the formerly mainstream media.

What we have therefore at ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and their disciples, etc., etc., are varieties of cult-like extremism against fair and balanced data-based reporting and varieties of cult-like extremism against the Constitution, the Declaration, and the reality-oriented ontology upon which these documents and their founding facts, content, and political and ethical principles stand.

The extremism of postmodern-day "reporting" is especially evident in its political coverage, and commentator Jedediah Bila calls for a dose of realism as we approach the election of 2012.

"It’s well past time to be realistic about 'objective' journalism and the games of some in the [formerly] mainstream media. However, it’s also time to be realistic about the enormous power of the people -- of grassroots America -- to deliver the truth that so many in the media elite would love for voters to never see." (my emphasis in brackets)

She concludes: "Let [formerly] mainstream media shenanigans make you that much more committed to setting the record straight, to utilizing the blogosphere and social media outlets to call it like you see it, and to letting the media elite know that the days of them controlling outcomes by perpetuating falsehoods are over." (my emphasis in brackets)

Objectivity in reporting is possible. One must, however, be willing to question the cult.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Poll: Most Trusted Political Reporter Is?

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2011, 12:49 PM

"None," according to a poll conducted by Suffolk University

In response to the question "What political news source do you trust the most?" Fox News came out on top with 28%, and CNN came in at a distant second with 18%.

CBS and ABC each scored 6%, MSNBC 7%, and NBC 10%. 


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nancy Pearcey Interviewed Now by Phyllis Schlafly

By Rick Pearcey • May 14, 2011, 12:22 PM

On Eagle Forum Live; listen here on the Bott Radio network.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Media Manipulation? Outlets Fail to Report "Allahu Akbar!" of Passenger Storming Cockpit

By Rick Pearcey • May 10, 2011, 07:46 AM

At The Blaze: A YouTube compilation of news broadcasts from across America. 


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MSNBC's Mika B. Calls Congressman Paul Ryan a "Nice Boy" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • April 6, 2011, 07:24 AM

A member of the formerly mainstream media speaks -- watch on YouTube.

Hat tip: The Blaze


Monday, March 28, 2011

Time for "War on Fox"

By Rick Pearcey • March 28, 2011, 08:29 AM

"Media Matters to Launch Campaign of 'Guerrilla Warfare and Sabotage' Against Fox News," says a headline at The Blaze.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Hannity Flings Open Doors to Birth Certificate Questions

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2011, 11:21 AM

"Questions about Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, and specifically about his birth certificate, largely have been off-limits to many in the major U.S. media outlets over the last two years that it's been an issue, with show hosts only occasionally noting the question exists," reports WorldNetDaily.

"That suddenly and dramatically may be changing, after Sean Hannity used his Fox News show to plunge in with both feet, demanding, 'Can't they just produce it and we move on?'"


Friday, March 18, 2011

The Media and the Republicans

By Rick Pearcey • March 18, 2011, 06:30 AM

"The American mainstream media, once the most dominant news gathering entity in the world, has lost its credibility and is in the process of losing its influence. Yet the Republicans and some conservative intelligentsia in Washington D.C. still foolishly curry the media's favor [and] cower in fear of their by-gone power," writes Steve McCann at American Thinker.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cal Thomas: National Pathetic Radio

By Rick Pearcey • March 15, 2011, 09:17 AM

"If the resignations at National Public Radio continue at last week's pace, there may be no need for Congress to defund the aging dinosaur, because there will be no one left there to turn the lights on," writes Cal Thomas.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

10 Questions With Tea Party Review Editor

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2011, 09:43 AM

Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller asks Tea Party Review editor Steven Allen 10 questions.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Magazine: Tea Party Review

By Rick Pearcey • February 8, 2011, 09:18 AM

The Tea Party Review debuts this week. Here's the website of the "first national magazine for, by and about the Tea Party Movement."

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Beck Nukes Matthews Over "Balloon Head" Attack on Bachmann -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2011, 01:41 PM

In an age of civility, Sir Glenn Beck rises to defend Lady Michele Bachmann against the stone-throwing caterwauling of errant Black Knight Chris Matthews of the formerly mainstream media.

I would encourage men and women of honor who see Matthews in the course of this day, and of days to come, to suggest to him, in a friendly aspect, the wisdom of adapting a more noble manner of engagement.

Here is video at TheRightScoop.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Breitbart.com Notes Rivendell/Pearcey Press Release

By Rick Pearcey • January 15, 2011, 09:57 AM

Happy to see Breitbart.com publish a link to the Rivendell/Pearcey press release announcing our coming onboard as faculty at Rivendell Sanctuary.

Breitbart.com ranks 579 in website traffic in the U.S. today, according to Alexa.

I've copied and pasted below the notice from Breitbart.com, just in case the link changes: 

NETWORKS & NEWS SITES

All ABC NewsThe First PostFox NewsGreat ReporterLuciannePower LineWorld Tribune

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chris Matthews: Release Obama's Birth Certificate

By Rick Pearcey • December 28, 2010, 08:44 AM

"Chris Matthews, the anchor of MSNBC's 'Hardball' program, is now calling for Barack Obama to release his original, long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate to put to rest any doubts about the president's eligibility to hold office," reports WorldNetDaily.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Canada Boots Christian Show Off TV

By Rick Pearcey • December 16, 2010, 10:54 AM

"Word TV, a Christian TV show run by prominent evangelical pastor Charles McVety, has been shut down temporarily after an industry watchdog ruled that it had discriminated against homosexuals," reports LifeSiteNews. "Outraged conservatives have called the ruling an act of censorship, while McVety himself has condemned the ruling, calling it 'a gross breach of democracy' and 'reminiscent of totalitarian regimes of the past'."


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nancy Pearcey on Janet Mefferd Radio Show Today

By Rick Pearcey • December 14, 2010, 10:37 AM

Nancy will appear on the Janet Mefferd radio show today at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. 

To call the show, dial 1-800-343-9282. To listen live online, click here


Monday, December 13, 2010

Nancy Pearcey on "Wretched Radio" Today

By Rick Pearcey • December 13, 2010, 01:55 PM

You can hear Nancy today at 4:00 p.m. eastern time on "Wretched Radio with Todd Friel." 

David Wheaton of The Christian Worldview Radio Show will be guest hosting.

Listen live online here.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Nancy Pearcey on Jim Bohannon Radio Show Tonight

By Rick Pearcey • November 19, 2010, 04:10 PM

Nancy will join nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jim Bohannon on air tonight at 10 p.m. eastern.

Here is a station finder for local listening in your area. To listen live online, go here.

Nancy's new book is titled Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meaning.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hannitizing the House

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2010, 08:00 AM

The actions of no one person are sufficient to account for the historic 2010 midterm walloping that the Democrats -- and the anti-freedom "liberalism" for which they have come to stand -- so richly deserved.

Having said that, radio talk show host Sean Hannity is clearly one of the leaders of the new surge for freedom in America, and in "The House That Hannity Built," Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator writes about the radioman's role in Hannitizing the U.S. House of Representatives.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NPR President: Our Listeners Are Smarter

By Rick Pearcey • November 9, 2010, 09:46 AM

"National Public Radio President Vivian Schiller, who made headlines for firing news analyst Juan Williams, a Fox News contributor, told an audience Sunday that NPR's viewers are a league apart from those of other media organizations," reports Fox News.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Big Upset After MSNBC Suspends Olbermann

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2010, 02:24 PM

"MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely and without pay for violating the network's ethics code on political contributions," reports WorldNetDaily.

A couple of people appear to be upset. Newsbusters notes a) that Rachel Madow is defending Olbermann by "Attacking Fox News" and b) that "America's Only Openly Socialist Member of Congress" has also risen to defend Olbermann.  

And then there's a report from the Huffington Post saying 175,000 MSNBC viewers have signed a petition to get Olbermann "back on the air."

No doubt, many at Fox News Channel are hoping MSNBC viewers get their wish.

So here's the biq question for Fox and fans and friends of KO: What's next for Olbermann's career in politics? 

Video: S.E. Cupp Challenges "Incredibly Disrespectful" Chris Matthews on MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • November 6, 2010, 11:33 AM

In this midterm election night clip from MSNBC, author and columnist S.E. Cupp responds to a clip of Chris Matthews' interview of victorious House candidate Michele Bachmann of MN:

If no one's going to say it, I'm going to say it. I thought it was incredibly disrespectful -- to treat a guest -- I don't care who she is. I heard them laughing in the background when they had Eric Cantor on as well.

Fox is thrashing the other cable networks such as MSNBC because a) Fox provides better reporting, b) it allows a balance of Democrat/Republican and Liberal/Conservative voices to be heard, and c) it operates within a philosophy of journalism that still respects facts and allows facts to triumph over political passions.

On the particular night in question, November 2, when Chris Matthews again exposed his irresponsible and disrespectful style of formerly mainstream journalism, Fox News dominated "Cable News Election Night Coverage," according to this report from TV By the Numbers.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Michele Bachmann Entrances Chris Matthews

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2010, 10:02 AM

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who stands in the center of the defining and enduring American mainstream (she embraces the liberating text of both the Declaration and Constitution), handed MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who stands outside of the defining and enduring American and journalistic mainstream, his lunch during an interview on the evening of her midterm victory in Minnesota.

For more on this, see Ann Kane's analysis at American Thinker, as well as this YouTube video of the entrancing Bachmann's smackdown of wannabe bully boy Matthews.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Palin Pounds Politico

By Rick Pearcey • November 2, 2010, 08:44 AM

"On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked her media detractors -- Politico, specifically -- as 'puppy-kicking, chain-smoking porn producers' for their heavy use of anonymous sources in a quote as memorable as Spiro Agnew’s 'nattering nabobs of negativism,'" reports the Daily Caller.

"Palin’s latest broadside against the press," says the Caller, "comes in response to a Politico story that quoted several anonymous Republican operatives worrying aloud that a Palin presidential candidacy could end in disaster."


Monday, November 1, 2010

Audio: CBS Caught on Tape Scheming Against Joe Miller

By Rick Pearcey • November 1, 2010, 09:34 AM

KTVA, a CBS affiliate in Alaska, "on Thursday was caught up in yet another campaign season phone message scandal," writes Connie Hair at Human Events.

Here is audio of the phone message.

Some people call these last days of electoral campaigning "the silly season." And, yes, there's a lot to laugh about -- if you think utter corruption is funny.

But you can bet that members of the formerly mainstream media are not laughing today. Objectivity in media is possible, but not to those whose passion is the cult of politics rather than the pursuit of truth.

Americans need to free themselves from two sets of chains: The chains of corrupt unconstitutional government by which Washington elites seek to limit our freedom and impose their will, and the chains of corrupt, propagandistic "reporting" by which "journalistic" elites seek to limit our freedom and impose their will.

The midterm elections tomorrow are an opportunity to revolt: To say no to both sets of chains and to both sets of corruption. Tomorrow is a new day of American resistance, and many more shall come. 


Monday, October 25, 2010

NPR's Schiller Should Talk to Psychiatrist

By Rick Pearcey • October 25, 2010, 07:26 AM

So says Ethel C. Fenig at American Thinker, commenting on Ms. Vivian Schiller's "disgraceful role in firing Juan Williams."

Fenig also notes: "As of now, President Barack Obama (D), Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson senior have not been heard from demanding an explanation from Schiller and NPR of why a black man should be fired for stating his opinions while white women -- and men -- do the same and are promoted."


Friday, October 22, 2010

Speech Terror: Juan Williams Ousted by Hamas Front Group

By Rick Pearcey • October 22, 2010, 07:19 AM

"The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a press release Wednesday afternoon demanding action against Juan Williams for daring to exercise his 1st Amendment rights to free speech that resulted in Williams' ouster from National Public Radio (NPR)," writes Connie Hair at Human Events.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Juan Williams Fired

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2010, 07:26 AM

Mugged by NPR: "Juan Williams, a well-known political pundit and author, was fired by National Public Radio late Wednesday after he said on Fox News that he was often nervous when boarding a plane with people who are dressed in 'Muslim garb,' according to The New York Times," reports Newsmax.


Friday, October 15, 2010

CNSNews TV Interviews Nancy Pearcey on Saving Leonardo

By Rick Pearcey • October 15, 2010, 04:03 PM

CNSNews Editor in Chief Terry Jeffrey interviews Saving Leonardo author Nancy Pearcey on "art, politics, and culture." Here's the interview.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paladino Spoke Truth About Homosexual Lie

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2010, 07:09 AM

Terry Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com:

The establishment media have launched a brutal attack on Carl Paladino, New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, for this reason: Paladino spoke the truth about homosexual behavior.

For modern American liberals, there is no greater sin than to publicly express the view that there may be something wrong with homosexual activity and that children should not be taught to consider homosexual behavior morally equal to chastity and marriage.

No prominent politician who questions the wholesomeness of same-sex sex can escape a vicious beating by the liberal elite -- because these beatings serve a strategic purpose.

They are designed to intimidate good people out of seeking political office and sticking up for the truth. They are designed to uproot the laws and norms of our society from the immutable natural law that is the true foundation of our freedom. They are designed to destroy truth and promote a lie.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Fox News Celebrates Anniversary

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2010, 08:53 AM

The Fox News Channel was launched 14 years ago and now dominates cable news. "No doubt they are not celebrating at the White House," James Capua writes at American Thinker.

Or at CNN and the rest of the formerly mainstream media, we might add.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Name-Calling Watch: Dumb, Dangerous "Fundamentalist" Constitutionalists

By Rick Pearcey • September 30, 2010, 06:21 AM

CNN's Bill Schneider, of the formerly mainstream media, "echoes the new line of attack on Tea Partiers at Politico, Tea Party: Political Fundamentalists," writes Mark Fitzgibbons at American Thinker.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tyrant Watch: Presidente Obama Goes After Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • September 29, 2010, 08:39 AM

In response to the Strongman Wannabe's attack on Fox News as "destructive" to America, Jay D. Homnick writes at American Spectator:

To use the Presidential bully pulpit as a blunt instrument against a news organization, to label its approach destructive, to label its content destructive, that is -- to coin a phrase -- destructive.

Think back to our first clue that Hugo Chavez was an autocrat, bent on subverting those national institutions which did not refract his glory. It was when he came out against various newspapers and television stations, saying much the same things as our own El Presidente.

"This President has again set a bad precedent," Homnick concludes. "When I meet him next, in the polling booth in 2012, I hope it will not be too late to tell him what I think: 'Hugo!'" 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nancy Pearcey on "Hot Air" TV, Plus 3 Radio Interviews Tomorrow

By Rick Pearcey • September 15, 2010, 04:53 PM

To catch Nancy on-air tomorrow to discuss her new book Saving Leonardo, please see the broadcast details for Thursday, September 16, below:

Coastal Daybreak with Ben Ball
Time: 8:45 am eastern
Date: Thurs., September 16
Station: WTKF-FM/WJNC-AM
Call the Show: 1-800-818-2255
To Listen Online, click here

Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio
Time: 9:00 am eastern
Date: Thurs., September 16
Call the Show: 1-800-642-1234
To Listen Online, click here and then click on any link under the "WPR's Ideas Network" that best fits your bandwidth and preferences

Update: If the above online link to listen does not work, this is.

ABQ Connect
Time: 3:00 pm eastern
Date: Thurs., September 16
Station: KNKT 107.1FM
To Listen Online, click here

"Hot Air" TV -- Ed Morrissey
Time: 3:30 pm eastern
Date: Thurs., September 16
To Listen and View Online, click here.
Note: "Hot Air" was launched in April 2009 by founder and CEO Michelle Malkin.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nancy on Point of View Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • September 2, 2010, 01:49 PM

Nancy will discuss her new book Saving Leonardo today on Point of View radio, from 2-4 p.m. eastern time. Click here to listen online.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Things Just Got Worse for Obama, Thank You, Jerry Springer

By Rick Pearcey • August 26, 2010, 09:47 PM

How so? On Sean Hannity's TV show tonight, "TV personality" Jerry Springer said Barack Obama has been an "excellent president."

With support like this, Obama must be asking, who needs the lastest horrible poll results?

I don't know about you, but despite this amazing endorsement of Obama, I'm not expecting to see Springer on the campaign trail in support of all those little Democrat Obamas trying to hide who they are from the American people.

The country would be a whole lot better off if Springer and Obama just got together for vacations, beer, and basketball until the morning of November 3. Heck, take the next two years off. We could get used to that.

Here is video of "Hannity vs. Springer on Obama's Job Performance" (added at 11:54 pm).


Friday, August 6, 2010

Reporters vs. Black Conservatives at Press Conference: Video

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2010, 02:06 PM

I Know It's a Longshot, But: If you've heard that there are no black human beings in the Tea Party movement, or that the Tea Party movement is a front for the KKK, Nazi Party, or Aryan Nashun, this news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., may provide a helpful corrective.

I note the August 4 press gathering on the possibility that video of this newsworthy event may not see much air time on the formerly mainstream media. Call it a hunch.

And here's a slide show of the Tea Party Express News conference, featured on the website of the National Press Club.  

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

There Is No Media Double Standard

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2010, 10:09 PM

The formerly mainstream media is consistently anti-Declaration (as written), anti-Constitution (as written), anti-Creator, anti-Christian, anti-life, anti-family, anti-individual, anti-success, anti-excellence, and anti-freedom.

To the formely mainstream media, whatever denigrates these things is "good," and whatever places them in their deserved positive light is "bad."

By way of contrast, a real press true to its journalistic calling questions authority, searches out the evidence, examines the facts, and then follows the evidence wherever it might lead.

Instead of giving in to political passions and ideological hatreds, a real journalism asks, seeks, and finds. It demands answers and comes back for more. No matter who is in power.

Real journalism it is not yet dead in America. But it may well die if we do not return as a nation to Constitutional content and Declarational norms. And it will die if it seeks life in liberalism.

As cancer is to the body, so is liberalism to reporting. The body functions for a while. But then cometh the night.

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Networks Ignore Missouri Voters' 71% Repudiation of Obamacare

By Rick Pearcey • August 5, 2010, 09:37 AM

"ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts skipped the bad news for President Obama -- yet all found time to celebrate his 49th birthday," writes Brent Baker at Newsbusters.  

Have you noticed? When it comes parties and political party lines, the good times for Team Obama and its friendlies in the formerly mainstream media never seem to end.

OK. Let them eat their birthday cake. The bread of American revolution is in the oven.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Make War, Not Love: Shirley Sherrod Plans to Sue Andrew Breitbart

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2010, 02:42 PM

The Associated Press reports that "ousted" Shirley Sherrod, formerly of the U.S. Agriculture Dept., says "she doesn’t want an apology from [Andrew] Breitbart for posting the video that took her comments out of context, but told a crowd at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention that she would 'definitely sue'."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

JournoList or JournoLost?

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2010, 11:04 AM

Which of the two words -- JournoList or JournoLost -- better describes the goings-on at the now infamous list-serv?

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WPost's "Spirited Atheist" Sends Bristol Palin to Hell

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2010, 09:39 AM

"The 'Spirited Atheist' of [the formerly mainstream] Washington Post, Susan Jacoby, predictably trashed Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston as not only 'poster children for the dumbing down of America' and as 'most middle-class American parents' worst nightmare,' but proof of what happens when religious people show off their contempt for book learning," writes Tim Graham at Newsbusters.

It's one thing to be an atheist filled with honest questions. It's another thing to be a smirk filled with hate. What we have in this tired and insulting trashfest from Ms. Atheist is additional evidence that the further the formerly mainstream media depart from fact, reason, objectivity, and fairness, the more inhumane they become.

Thus "journalism" becomes politics by other means which is war by other means. With truth as the first casuality. And regular people next in line for the bullet. Intelligent folks with good sense and a bit of God-given self-respect begin going elsewhere to gain information, news, and analysis related to the real world.

All of which creates an opening for a journalism of resistance based on truth and humanity, rooted ultimately in that enduring and defining American mainstream founded upon a verifiable Creator who alone is the basis for human freedom and dignity. This verifiability speaks of anything but the "religious" scab the likes of Ms. Atheist use to mar, or try to mar, the flesh of normal, self-determinative people able to make up their own minds about things big and things small.

Admittedly, this reality orientation may suggest facts and experiences beyond the parochial precincts of the front porch of the Washington Post, or beyond the varieties of atheistic enthusiasm. But there is hope for genuine free-thinkers. Because, for one thing, you can read about it. In books, for example.

But you may not be able to read about it some newspapers. Just between you and me, some of those scribes seem to really need their Marx and Engels, like a crutch. It's bad for their journalism, but they cling to their secularism anyway. 


Friday, July 23, 2010

Journalistas Rip "Misogynistic," "Predictable," "Pompous" Olbermann

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2010, 07:53 AM

"If you were one of the 400 members of the listserv Journolist, perhaps one of the most vicious insults you could hurl at a colleague is: You’re just like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity," Jonathan Strong writes at The Daily Caller.

"The feelings against MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, then, must run deep."

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Exposed: When McCain Picked Palin, Liberal Journalists . . .

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2010, 11:34 AM

. . . "Coordindated the Best Line of Attack," according to the headline of a report in today's Daily Caller.

"In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick," writes Jonathan Strong. "Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected a journalist’s instinct to figure out the meaning of a story."

So far, so good. "But in many other exchanges," Strong continues, "the Journolisters clearly had another, more partisan goal in mind: to formulate the most effective talking points in order to defeat Palin and McCain and help elect Barack Obama president. The tone was more campaign headquarters than newsroom." (emphasis added)

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In Defense of Andrew Breitbart

By Rick Pearcey • July 22, 2010, 10:22 AM

"The media and progressive-left Democrats now appear in a rush to convict Andrew Breitbart of shoddy journalism, while exonerating Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP from charges of abiding racism within their ranks," writes Dan Riehl at Human Events.

"Both Sherrod and the NAACP have charged the Tea Party movement and the Republican Party with racism, while offering less proof than Breitbart did of the racism he correctly alleged," Riehl continues.

"In many cases, the Left has outright manufactured evidence of racism regarding Tea Party events, yet no one has raised a voice about that slander at all. If one didn't know better, this wouldn't be today's news, but an Orwellian script circa 1984."

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

JournoList Equals Liberal Fascism

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2010, 07:08 AM

John R. Guardiano writes at American Spectator:

We always knew that most liberal journalists were biased. Now we know that many of them are dishonest -- and that, like their leftist forbearers in the Soviet Union, they reserve unto themselves the right to lie and to cheat to further their political ends.

We know this because of the Daily Caller's astonishing report yesterday that a cabal of liberal journalists, activists, and academics acted in concert, and with malice aforethought, to kill and bury stories that were unfavorable to their political masters: Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Documents Show Media Plotting to Protect Obama During Campaign for President

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2010, 09:16 AM

Jonathan Strong writes at The Daily Caller:

According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate.

Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with [Rev. Jeremiah] Wright by changing the subject.

Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, "Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares -- and call them racists."

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Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism


Monday, July 19, 2010

Pearcey on Tea Party and New Resistance in Whistleblower Magazine

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2010, 10:24 AM

In the mail recently came the July issue of Whistleblower magazine, and it contains a terrific lineup of articles centered around the theme of "America the Exceptional."

Here are a few of them:

* Dennis Prager on "Who Believes in American Exceptionalism?"
* Walter Williams on "Why America Is Exceptional"
* Thomas Sowell on "Mining History for Only Certain Sins"

In addition are articles by Joseph Farah, David Kupelian, James Lewis, Pat Buchanan, Barry Farber, and Chelsea Schilling. And pages 42-45 give us "Ronald Reagan's Final Warning," by Ronald Reagan.

In this mix is "How the New Resistance Can Win the Culture War" (pp. 36-39), which is based on a talk I was honored to give at Awakening 2010 earlier this year near Charleston, S.C. This material has been published online here and hereWhistleblower is a hardcopy magazine published monthly by WorldNetDaily.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Princeton Prof Skewers "Vicious," "Flailing" Frank Schaeffer

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2010, 09:52 AM

Robert George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton, in "'Natural Law' and 'Far Right Reconstructionist Extremism!'" says Frank Schaeffer "claims to have met me several times. Perhaps that is true, but I remember meeting him only once. Admittedly, it was a memorable experience."

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Friday, July 16, 2010

More Than 2.5 Million Muslims Theaten to Leave Facebook

By Rick Pearcey • July 16, 2010, 10:11 AM

The UK Daily Mail reports:

More than 2.5million users will leave Facebook unless certain Islamic pages are reinstated, it has been claimed.

A template letter that has been pasted into numerous Facebook pages accuses founder Mark Zuckerberg and other senior members of Facebook of "ignoring the feelings of more than 2.5million Muslims."

The Muslim community is angry that four extremely popular Islamic pages were removed from the site and the letter warns that unless its demands are met Facebook's Muslim users will move to an Islamic alternative.

The letter demands not only that the pages are reinstated but that new rules are introduced which make it a violation of Facebook’s terms to post anti-Islamic comments.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Will Olbermann Sue The Daily Caller?

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2010, 12:56 PM

As noted earlier today, The Daily Caller has acquired KeithOlbermann.com -- and now Newsbusters asks whether this scruptifoodle might end up in court.

Answer: Not if this Copyright law is followed (then again, this law may be one of those "living" laws). 

Daily Caller Owns KeithOlbermann.com

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2010, 12:34 PM

From The Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller, one of the fastest-growing online media properties, announced today its acquisition of KeithOlbermann.com, expanding the company’s global reach into a new segment of the online political market. For more than six months The Daily Caller has been a recognized market leader in commentary about Keith Olbermann.  Ruth Graham’s weekly Olbermann wrap-up, "We watch, because we’re paid to," appears on The Daily Caller’s website each Friday.

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The Pearcey Report at Newsy

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2010, 11:07 AM

We would like to thank Newsy for including The Pearcey Report among its lineup of featured links.

You will find us between the PBS News Hour and Politico on this page.

If you like The Pearcey Report, please considering linking to us on your blog or website. Thanks!


Friday, July 9, 2010

AP "Blames" Palin for RINO's Loss in S.C.

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2010, 12:07 PM

Doug Brady writes at Conservatives4Palin:

On June 22nd, incumbent Congressman Bob Inglis (RINO-SC) lost his primary runoff election to Trey Gowdy by more than 40 points.

The AP, evidently, was traumatized by Inglis' loss and has consequently decided to blame it on their favorite nemesis, Governor Palin (since when has the AP ever cared about the misfortune of a Republican, even a RINO?).

Apparently Inglis took issue with Governor Palin's metaphoric use of the term death panels as an inevitable result of the rationing contained in Obamacare.

Despite the fact that the accuracy of Governor Palin's contention has since been confirmed by liberals such as Paul Krugman and Peter Orszag, the AP is still trying to make the claim that her analogy was a sinister plot to unfairly turn public opinion against Obamacare.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Why Does Obama Avoid Reporters?

By Rick Pearcey • July 8, 2010, 10:07 AM

"Let's face it," Ed Lasky writes at American Thinker. "The more Barack Obama exposes of himself the more America has no confidence in, or respect for, him. His serial lies have become obvious, as has his lack of knowledge. America was sold a story -- and this story has a very bad ending."

Lasky asks another question: "Why have reporters not publicly criticized [Obama] for being unavailable?"

Could it possibly be they don't want their man, their ideological soulmate, exposed?

And could it be that the formerly mainstream media realize they need this extremely out-of-the-American-mainstream White House denizen to protect them (read: taxpayer-funded bailouts) from the continuing collapse of their propaganda empire as regular people reject their prefabricated "journalism"?

Freedom means being able to question authority in a sustained manner -- be that of presidents, preachers, corporations, and so on. This is one of the "blessings of liberty" endowed upon humanity by a reasonable Creator who himself equips people with a "critical distance" to arm themselves against scallywags, snake-oil salesmen, and counterfeit saviors of humanity. 


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Former Fox News Producer Commits Suicide, Say Investigators

By Rick Pearcey • July 7, 2010, 10:40 AM

"Former Fox News producer Julianne Rolle died over the weekend," TVNewser reports. "Her body found at the bottom of a cliff near her father's Southern California home. . . . Investigators believe the 39-year-old committed suicide but her father isn't so sure."


Monday, July 5, 2010

TSA to Block Websites With "Controversial Opinions"

By Rick Pearcey • July 5, 2010, 08:28 AM

"The Transportation Security Administration will block all websites that contain 'controversial opinion' from its federal computers in the latest example of how Internet censorship is expanding in both the private and public sector as the federal government prepares to push through a power grab that will empower President Obama to shut down the world wide web with an emergency decree," Paul Joseph Watson write at Prisonplanet.com.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pro-Life Activists Disrupt Jimmy Kimmel Show Taping

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2010, 09:43 AM

Activists with Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust "decided to disperse themselves throughout the audience, wait 20 minutes after taping had commenced, and then begin raising a ruckus." writes Jill Stanek at Newsbusters. More at YouTube.

"Democratic Underground" Driving Obama Criticism Underground

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2010, 08:47 AM

60 new rules are now in place at the liberal website Democratic Underground to protect "Barry" from criticism by folks who are "reliably liberal but are not fans of President Barack Obama," writes Casey Cheney at Beltway Confidential.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rush Limbaugh: America Has Become "Obamaville"

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2010, 05:44 AM

"The only difference," says Limbaugh, "is Obama is doing this on purpose. Hoover wasn't."


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TV News Decline: Fake It and Audiences Will Flee

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2010, 04:14 PM

"Broadcast Evening Newscasts Lose More than 1 Million Viewers in Past Year," reports a headline at TVNewser.

Mark Tapscott takes up the theme at Beltway Confidential:

Employee layoffs and publication closings among daily newspapers gets most of the coverage as the legacy media continues its decline, but the same trend is evident in the numbers for the three broadcast network evening news programs.

TVNewser reports that more than a million former viewers stopped watching NBC News Brian Williams, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, and CBS News Katie Couric during the second quarter of 2010, compared to the same quarter last year. The total losses by network were 440,000 for NBC, 260,000 for ABC, and 340,000 for CBS.

The big networks are failing their viewers in at least two ways.

First, increasingly they are no longer reporting news. The networks have rejected the mainstream of journalism in which reporters are expected, in a fair, blalanced, and accurate way, to marshall facts in support of stories about crucial events and happenings around town and around the world. Instead of news and a passion for facts, we have propaganda and passion for ideology.  

Second, increasingly they are no longer supporting freedom. The major broadcast networks have rejected the mainstream principles of freedom as set forth so well in the Declaration of Independence and then safe-guarded governmentally in the U.S. Constitution.

Therefore, the unspoken and hidden premise of so much "coverage" is that of the superiority of the secularized and centralized state over against the individual and, ultimately, over against any rival entity that challenges the power, authority, and supremacy of the new savior masked as government. 

Unfortunately for the networks (but good for us), human beings are created for objectivity, truth, and dignity. The same Creator who has created all people equally (of the same high ontological worth and significance) has also endowed us with a drive for truth and for holistic decision-making and personal commitment based on truth. 

Therefore, a people hungry for real information (from toothpaste to technology to theology) resists pretend journalism, fake reporting, and distortion directed toward "change" instead of a fair treatment of the facts at hand.

And, therefore, yes, the door is open for a Fox News -- and for any journalistic outlet that knows something about the difference between fact and opinion and which respects the God-given intelligence and dignity of thinking minds keeping an eye on what ABC, CBS, and NBC are up to.

Instead of a "field of dreams," the networks have created a broadcast "field of schemes." And as audiences observe what the formerly mainstream media have built, they are turning away. They are deciding one by one that the real game in town is at another ballpark, one where real professionals play by the rules.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Paris Hosts Cyber-Shelter for Battered Bloggers

By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2010, 03:10 PM

If you're a journalist or blogger needing protection from "repressive authorities" in countries such as China, Vietnam, or Iran, this "virtual anti-censorship shelter" may have you saying, "Oui!"

HuffPo's Frank Schaeffer Also Wants to Eradicate . . .

By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2010, 10:11 AM

. . . Limbaugh, Beck, and O'Reilly. More at Newsbusters.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alaska Newspaper and Writer of Palin Editorial Part Company

By Rick Pearcey • June 22, 2010, 11:17 PM

"The managing editor of the newspaper in Sarah Palin's hometown has left his job, just weeks after he wrote an editorial noting Alaska's protective 'deadly force' law in reference to the former governor's new neighbor, an author who is writing a book about her," reports AP.

Apparently there was something of an uproar after the column. To the effect that the editorial was "threatening and advocated violence," etc. Also apparently, the column had absolutely 100% totally nothing to do with the departure of the managing editor. "Just a strong coincidence."

It seems to me that the new, intrusive Palin neighbor, author Joe McGinniss, might have appreciated a little heads-up on the local legal situation. That he would move right next door seems self-evidently creepy, such that one does not know what plans prying eyes might have for the Palins.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Good News: 66% of Americans "Angry" at Media

By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2010, 02:10 PM

"That 66 percent includes 33 percent who are 'very angry' at the media, according to pollster Rasmussen," writes Mark Hemingway at Beltway Confidential.

"It’s important to note, however, that the question did not in any way define media or differentiate between media outlets such as CNN and Fox News," according to Rasmussen Reports.

This anger appears to be a healthy anger, insofar as it represents a rejection of a media that are now formerly mainstream -- that is, they no longer operate philosophically or pragmatically along lines consistent with either the founding and defining mainstream of the American experiment (see the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, etc.) or the enduring mainstream of objective journalism (where objective facts and rational analysis trump political or group passions).

A people engergized by the enduring and God-given "blessings of liberty" will, and should, demand a journalism that "tests everything" (including things scientific, political, ethical, theological, and philosophical) not on the basis of political attitudes but on the basis of objective fact and reasoned analysis. 

What to look for is this: Extremist, out-of-the-mainstream forces of liberalism will try to "save" the old and dying formerly mainstream journalism by subjecting it to Washington-centric financing (our tax dollars) and control (at the expense of our freedom). Collaborationists will accept this; true journalists will not.

But also look for a return to a humane journalism of "testing everything," of embracing a healthy skepticism that respects facts instead of propagandizing them. Human beings created in the image of God need and desire accurate information about God, man, the cosmos, and how to live in a dangerous and broken world.

Americans are witnessing daily the on-going collapse of the empire of the formerly mainstream media. Let it die. Indeed, let the "dead bury the dead" (to borrow from information given in Matthew 8:22). 

But also let the door open ever-wider for a mainstream journalism of resistance rooted in truth. Anyone can participate. But you have to accept the facts of life.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

What's More Important: Freedom of the Press or Saving Newspapers?

By Rick Pearcey • June 10, 2010, 04:56 PM

85% of Americans say: Freedom of the Press. More on this from Mark Tapscott.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hezbollah Salutes Helen Thomas

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2010, 08:45 PM

As Allahpundit quipped: "It's like the terrorist equivalent of a gold watch." More as Newsbusters.

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When "Creepy Joe" Journalism Moves Next Door

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2010, 09:22 AM

As formerly mainstream journalism drifts further and further away from the Founding American mainstream and from the indispensible commitment to objective truth over against political hatreds, we see not just the rise and fall of an anti-Semite in the White House press corps but also out-and-out creepiness in publishing -- for example, Sarah Palin's spying, disrepectful, and now whining "creep next door."

Disgraced Helen Thomas "Treated as If Departing Royalty"

By Rick Pearcey • June 9, 2010, 08:10 AM

The formerly mainstream press lost one of its stars, Lady "Helen the Hack" of the front-row seat, notes court observer "Thirsty McWormwood" over at American Spectator.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In "Anguish" Over Helen Thomas Retirement

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2010, 03:16 PM

In addition, "contradictions ran rampant" at MSNBC.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Reuters Crops Knife From Photo of "Humanitarian" Flotilla

By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2010, 08:06 PM

"The blogosphere was in an uproar Monday regarding allegations that the Reuters news service had intentionally cropped-out incriminating details from photos released a day earlier by a Turkish newspaper showing bloodied IDF naval commandos aboard one of last week’s Gaza-bound protest ships," reports The Daily Caller.

Video: Human Events Goin' Bat Crazy

By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2010, 07:47 PM

Video: New editor on the block "Swingin' Joe Mattera" is up to bat with what's next in the Human Events lineup.

Hearst Heiress Pleased Helen Thomas Retires, Urges Co. Apology to Jewish Community

By Rick Pearcey • June 7, 2010, 06:22 PM

"Upon news that Helen Thomas is retiring in the wake of her comments on Israel, Victoria Hearst is urging Hearst Corporation CEO Frank Bennackto 'make a public apology to the Worldwide Jewish Community, assuring the Jewish people that the Hearst Corporation is not anti-Israel'," according to a press statement.

Here is video of Thomas recommending that the Jews "get the h--- out of Palestine" and "go home" -- to Poland and Germany and America and "everywhere else." 

This video points out that 6 million Jews were killed "at home" in Germany and Poland.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Palin Slams Formerly Mainstream NBC for Not Airing Her Side

By Rick Pearcey • June 2, 2010, 07:31 AM

Newsmax reports:

Sarah Palin slammed NBC Tuesday over a "Today" show interview segment with Joe McGinniss, the author of a forthcoming biography on Palin, because the network didn’t include a statement from her it promised to air.

McGinniss has stirred up much attention for moving in the house next door to Palin’s home. She’s responded by putting a huge fence to block his view and likening his tactics to those of a stalker.

Palin wrote on Facebook that the NBC segment offered the "most recent illustration of the untrustworthiness of America's mainstream media,” according to Yahoo! News.

This is well and good, but let us who care about a free and responsible journalism advance the ball strategically.

What Sarah Palin and Co. may want to incorporate into their critique is the realization that "America's 'mainstream' media" are better described as "America's formerly mainstream media," for the true center of the American mainstream is set not by current passions but by the Declaration and U.S. Constitution, grounded in historical fact and rooted in a real Creator, all of which the closed-down secularism of liberal media elites reject.

For this reason journalism suffers (as "lamestream"), individuals such as members of the Palin family suffer (loss of privacy), and America suffers (loss of identity).

The solution? A journalism of conviction rooted in truth about the real world. That's what fired the Declaration and U.S. Constitution in the first place. May it do so again, if the U.S. is to emerge from the 21st century strong and free.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Joe the Journalist: Should States License Reporters?

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2010, 02:50 PM

First came "Joe the Plumber." Now comes "Joe the Journalist."

That is, if Republican state senator Bruce Patterson of Michigan has his way. You see, "Bruce the State Senator" seems to think state-licensed journalists is a grand idea. 

"He is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers," reports FoxNews.com.

"Real journalists have always resisted being licensed," writes Jack Lessenberry.

On the other hand, projecting into the future, a kind of "Ministry of Truth" at local, state, and national levels may pay very well to help save the world from whatever distracts or threatens state power.

On the other other hand, as a counter offer, Glenn Reynolds wonders: "How about requiring that all sitting legislators pass a test on the constitution? And maybe an IQ test, too."

"Now that's a bill I could get behind," concludes Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.

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Obama "Determined to Federalize the News Industry"

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2010, 12:30 PM

Mark Tapscott writes at the Washington Examiner:

Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism" makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: Barack Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care.

Tapscott is editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner.

Hat tip: Red State

5 Al-Jazeera Anchorwomen Quit

By Rick Pearcey • May 31, 2010, 06:13 AM

"Five female news presenters at the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television channel have resigned over conflicts with management over dress code and other issues, a journalist there said on Sunday," reports AFP.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What Is Barack Obama's Media Philosophy?

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2010, 11:41 AM

Don't Ask, Won't Tell


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pink Hitler Posters Provoke Fury

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2010, 09:18 PM

"The 18ft high posters of the Nazi leader advertise a line of clothing for young people and adorn street corners and bus stops in Palermo, Sicily's biggest city," reports the UK Telegraph.

"The Hitler poster was a tongue-in-cheek way of encouraging young people not to follow the crowd in their fashion choices," according to the Telegraph.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Britain's 1st-Ever TV Ad for Abortion

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2010, 10:45 PM

"Britain's first ever television advert for abortion is to be aired next week despite a ban on the commercials and campaigners threatening a legal challenge," reports the UK Telegraph.

React: Hey, Elliot Spitzer, Going to CNN?

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2010, 10:25 PM

"There was a bit of buzz today about the possibility of [former NY Gov. Elliot] Spitzer stepping in as a sub for CNN's Campbell Brown," writes Celeste Katz at the Daily News. "But the former gov has said it's not happening."

OK. But something else could be happening.

For there also is buzz about Spitzer's joining the panel of a "'head-butting debate' show," which would not be the same as "subbing" for short-termer Brown.

CNN's Campbell Brown Out, But This Guy In?

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2010, 09:58 PM

CNN is "considering bringing in disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer" as part of a "'head-butting debate' show," reports the Washington Examiner.

CNN Anchor: I'm Quitting This Ratings Dumpster

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2010, 09:27 PM

Did you know that Campbell Brown has been CNN's news anchor at 8:00 p.m. eastern?

That's why she's quitting. 


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Formerly Mainstream Media Ignore Violence From the Left

By Rick Pearcey • May 15, 2010, 08:20 AM

From Tom Tancredo, in a column at WorldNetDaily:

Examples abound of how the mainstream media intentionally ignore and downplay the dangers from America's real enemies, the Islamic jihadists and Reconquista radicals, while painting conservatives as extremists.

Fortunately, most Americans are not duped by this biased news coverage and continue to demand secure borders and strong measures against Islamic terrorists.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Group Seeks to Get "Hate Speech" Olbermann Dropped From MLB.com

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2010, 10:36 AM

Lachlan Markay writes at Newsbusters:  

An online conservative radio group has started a petition site called Respect the Great Game to get Major League Baseball to drop Keith Olbermann as a contributor to its website.

The administrators of the Respect the Great Game site ask: "Why does Major League Baseball allow an individual who relishes hate speech to be associated with it?" They include a video compilation of some of  Olbermann's more colorful rants to illustrate their point.

Olbermann, a former sports broadcaster for ESPN, Fox, and NBC, is "a gifted speaker with a respectable grasp of the great game," according to the site, "but his nightly tirades on MSNBC are often aimed at the very people that fill the stands of baseball parks across our great land."


Friday, April 23, 2010

Battleground: Free Speech About Leaving Islam

By Rick Pearcey • April 23, 2010, 08:26 PM

"Advertising on taxpayer-funded transit has become the latest free speech battleground -- and the the cause of freedom just won a significant victory," writes Pamela Geller at American Thinker. "The Council on American-Islamic Relations tried to defeat free speech in Miami, with the lapdog media on its side, and was just handed a major defeat."

It is encouraging to see two extremist elements inside America -- the formerly mainstream media and the hardly mainstream Council on American-Islamic Relations -- go down in defeat on this.

The one exhibits an extremism of secular authoritarianiam that places media power in the service of a fundamentally unquestioned and unlimited federal state. The other exhibits an extremism of religious authoritarianism that places political power in the hands of unquestioned and unquestionable spiritual elites upon pain of punishment or death.

In sharp contrast, the authentic and enduring American mainstream is defined by the DNA of freedom as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which affirm and protect a culture and a way of politics rooted in a rational and verifiable Creator who is the source of unalienable rights and the giver of the "blessings of liberty."

In the American mainstream, this Creator is not, as it were, a "person of faith" in the weak and non-Biblical sense of the word articulated in some ciricles today.

Instead, this Creator embraces and respects human freedom, open discussion, reason, empirical evidence, and freedom of speech. What a contrast to the closed-mindedness of secularists and pie-in-the-sky socialists and religionists who have found such comforting and exclusive sanctuaries in Hollywood, the media, the campus, the White House, and Capitol Hill today.

A healthy body politic will of course work to remove extremist cancers against human freedom and human dignity, including any GOP or Democrat politician who swears an oath to defend the Constitution but who in his worldview and political activity works tirelessly to undermine and replace it and, thereby, freedom.

That's what voting and political engagement in 2010 and thereafter is all about: A peaceful advance against the regressive forces of reaction that fear freedom from tyranny (of course, they market their slavery as "equality," "diversity," "tolerance," and other forms of bait on the hook). 

Out-of-the-American-mainstream extremists such as Obama, the Democrats, and their fellow travelers must decrease if freedom for humanity liberated by the Creator of the Declaration is to increase.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How Formerly Mainstream Media Have "Reported" on the Tea Party Movement

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2010, 08:32 AM

Rich Noyes at Newsbusters examines how the formerly mainstream media have "reported" on the Tea Party movement. Noyes writes:

While the broadcast networks seldom devolved into the juvenile name-calling and open hostility evident at the liberal cable news networks, their coverage of the Tea Party’s first year reflected a similar mindset of elitist condescension and dismissiveness.

Given how the networks have provided fawning coverage and helpful publicity to far-less consequential liberal protest movements, their negative treatment of the Tea Party is a glaring example of a media double standard.

Rather than objectively document the rise and impact of this important grassroots movement, the "news" networks instead chose to first ignore, and then deplore, the citizen army mobilizing against the unpopular policies of a liberal President and Congress.

You can examine the entire report titled "TV's Tea Party Travesty" at the Media Research Center.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

MSNBC Declines Among Adults 25-54

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2010, 01:49 PM

Bill Gorman at By the Numbers writes:

Reading the recent media on cable news ratings (like here, here, and here), you’d think that CNN was the only news network down on a year to year basis, but MSNBC is doing its share of declining as well.

From the first quarter of 2009 (12/29/08-03/29/09) to the first quarter of 2010 (12/28/09 – 3/28/10) i, they’ve seen notable drops across the board in the adults 25-54 demographic targeted by news advertisers.

For example,

* "The Rachel Maddow Show" is down 38%,
* "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" is down 43%," and
* "Hardball with Chris Matthews" is down 46%.

What does this mean? It means the formerly mainstream press is increasing formerly mainstream in two respects, both of which demonstrate a rejection by an increasingly aware American public.

In the first respect, the formerly mainstream media no longer accepts the worldview of the enduring and defining mainstream of America -- that is, that we are a constitutional republic founded upon a worldview where the Creator (and not the state -- or the media) is the center of gravity for human freedom.

In this regard, to the degree that the formerly mainstream press rejects the definitional center of who we are as Americans, to that degree MSNBC and the other networks are extremist in nature, more concerned with political passions promoting private agendas than with accurate, fair, and balanced reporting.

In the second respect of "mainstream" -- that is, the "mainstream" of the moment, or the sociological mainstream -- CNN, MSNBC, and Co. are losing tremendous chunks of audience share and hence are increasingly extremist vis-a-vis our present moment in history.

That so many are responding in a healthy negative fashion to the extremism of the formerly mainsteam media is excellent to see.

For it suggests that more and more Americans are recognizing these collaborationist organs of propaganda for what they are, and as result, Americans are turning elsewhere for legitimate sources of information that can be trusted, verified, and corrected when necessary -- and all without being called racists, evil-doers, and various unfortunate aspersions more suitable to homosexual bathhouses than to a people of intelligence, creativity, and human dignity.

Not only must Obama and the Democrats be repealed and replaced by constitutional government according to Declarational norms, but the same goes for Obamacare and the Obama-impassioned media. A healthy body and cultural politic will replace these usurpers, not just politically but also philosophically, so that our nation might once again move forward on the basis of the rules for freedom and not suffer continual oppression under the hammer of those regressive rules for reactionary radicals.

With Declaration freedom under God on the move -- despite the mighty efforts of the formerly mainstream media -- there's no telling who aged 25-54 might show up at the next Tea Party. One thing seems sure: People watching MSNBC will be the last to know.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Limbaugh Fires Back at Obama Criticism

By Rick Pearcey • April 5, 2010, 06:52 AM

Dan Weil writes at Newsmax:

Rush Limbaugh is striking back at President Barack Obama.

On Friday, the nation's top-rated radio host hit back at Obama, saying the president isn’t telling the truth and doesn't have the support of the American people.

The controversy started Thursday, when Obama used an interview with CBS' Harry Smith to level a broadside at Limbaugh and Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Smith asked Obama if he is “aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation" about him, including being called a Nazi and socialist.

Obama shot back, "Well, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out."


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Editor in at Human Events

By Rick Pearcey • March 31, 2010, 12:30 PM

From Human Events:

Eagle Publishing today announced the appointment of Jason Mattera as the new Editor of HUMAN EVENTS.  Mattera, 26, is a leader in the emerging field of interactive journalism.  He is believed to be the youngest editor of any major national publication. 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Militias, Rush, Levin, and Palin

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2010, 07:49 PM

Speaking of militas, is it not rather suspicious that both Rush and Mark were away from their microphones during the timeframe of the raid on that militia group with suspected members in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio? MSNBC might want to know.

And why the media blackout on the possible connections between Levin and Limbaugh and these militia groups? Very suspicious. All the writers at Huffington Post might like to know.

There is, of course, an eerie lack of evidence regarding any such connections (or regarding incendiary spitting on tyrannical Congressmen, for that matter, but that's a different line of linguistic smear), so clearly Congress must investigate. Comrade Waxman and Marxine Waters stand ready to speak truth to powerlessness.

Meanwhile, Christian Sarah Palin has some explaining to do. All too soon after her incendiary post on her Facebook page, and then her Tea Party talk in Nevada about freedom -- right in Harry Reid's backyard (talk about a provocation! He's a senator!) -- news emerges that a mere 2,000 or so miles away, the FBI stopped wild-eyed militia hillbillies "preparing for battle with the anti-Christ" just in the nick of time.

With drama like this, we may not miss "24." And clearly, more importantly, with all this dot-connecting, we know exactly who the bad guys are.

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Babbin Out at Human Events

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2010, 02:37 PM

"Details on his departure weren't immediately available," writes Ben Smith at Politico.

According to this pageBabbin was hired as editor in January 2007, and his most recent article at Human Events, "Obama Risking Our AAA Rating," was published March 19, 2010.

Bull's-Eye: Palin Rhetoric "Targets"(!!!) Detractors

By Rick Pearcey • March 30, 2010, 11:03 AM

"Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin had some harsh words for her detractors in the health care debate with a thinly veiled, March Madness-themed Facebook post in which she declared, 'never retreat, instead RELOAD!'" reports Newsmax.

And, of course, the usual suspects are in a tizzy. And right on schedule. Day in and day out.  

Here's what's really happening: Democrats and mediacrats are doing their best to shut up, demonize, and destroy this strong American woman. And, by implication, to shut up the millions upon millions of freedom-loving Americans that her refusal to bow before the enfeebling Washington-centric status quo represents. And also, by implication, to destroy ("transform") that "vision-for-freedom" that her great refusal to submit to this gang of bullies also represents.

She's effective, she's not backing down, and she affirms the fundamentals of American freedom as enshrined in the Declaration and Constitution. And we can't have that!

These Palin-haters despise real freedom -- rooted in a Creator who gives the "blessings of liberty" -- but they cannot, at this time, actually come out and say so. Not because they don't believe the collectivist gospel and and have drunk deeply from the socialist Kool-Aid, but because the American public alerted to the real designs of these tyrants would rise up to throw the horse and rider into the sea.

But yes, this expressed concern about hate, about "ugly politics," and about "incendiary rhetoric" is utter hypocrisy.

But it's worse than that: The "masters" of media and Washington couldn't care less about a matter so trifling as "hypocrisy" or "double standards." That's the old, defeatist way of thinking. These radicals have evolved!

What we're really seeing in attacks on Palin, the Tea Party, and so on, is a consistent strategy of oppression, of which charges of "ugliness," "hate," and "incendiary rhetoric" are but tools to impose a "transformed," radicalized dark will-to-power upon the people of the United States. 

These tools are wielded as weapons in an attempt to get you and me and our families to play by the rules of radicals who prefer a cakewalk to imposing control over our lives rather than face public exposure and opposition for their anti-American and inhumane march through our country.

And speaking of hate, I would reiterate what I've said on Facebook and Twitter: "Notice that so much of what Obama says and does is an expression of hatred for the Declaration and Constitution."

And speaking of ugly, he mars and scars the Constitution. And speaking of incendiary, he sets the Declaration to flames.

And oh how he sneers and scolds when the people resist the destruction of liberty. My, how silly we are, clinging to our Constitution and Declaration, clinging to our freedom and to "nature and nature's God."

But it's not just Obama, it's also his co-abusers and his co-enforcers in injustice in Hollywood, media, the academy, and so-called "social justice" religionists. For these too, so much of what they say and do is an expression of hatred for the Declaration and Constitution.

This you tyrants should know: Sarah Palin's crossover dribble is the least of your worries. Team America is taking the floor.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Ugly Turn" in Healthcare Debate?

By Rick Pearcey • March 23, 2010, 03:10 PM

Fox News reported this afternoon on the "Ugly Turn" in the healthcare debate -- things like "You Lie!" in the House.

But what's really ugly? "You lie!," which is true, or Obama and the Democrats' destroying the Constitution, destroying the Declaration? The bribes, the kick-backs, the sleaze, the lies, smiles and the affronts against "nature and nature's God" -- are they not ugly?

The current regime -- in root and branch, in policy and philosophy -- is "ugly." The current regime, in coats and ties, shredding liberty, is "ugly." The current regime, spitting on freedom and despoiling the Capitol grounds as it parades in pride and tyranny, is "ugly."

In contrast, patriots who resist, in truth and love, are beautiful. Those who call a snake by its name before the snake devours the children are beautiful. Those who expose the wolves in sheeps' clothing, and who expose politicians pretending to serve the public but who force snake oil down throats, are beautiful.

Beauty serves truth and liberty, in community with God and man. Beauty will send the current ugly regime packing, starting now, then in November, and thereafter until the job is done. Beauty will restore Declaration liberty under God.

And when our kids ask what we did during the revolution, we can reply: "We fought for truth and beauty over against lies and ugliness. We fought and we prevailed. We overcame evil with good. And now the fight, the freedom, and the restored republic are yours. Preserve her with your sacred honor. Cast the ugliness into the bottomless sea."

Tea cups may rattle, some may break. Better to fix those, than not kill the snake.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Declare War on Establishment Media

By Rick Pearcey • March 15, 2010, 08:11 AM

Quin Hillyer writes at American Spectator:

Andy McCarthy is right. He writes . . . to complain about a hit job in the L.A. Times against Ginni Thomas, long a conservative activist in her own right, who just happens to be the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Ginni Thomas is just launching a new organization dedicated to propounding First Principles, educating younger people about our nation's founding and its founding values, and mobilizing on behalf of those values in the public sphere. More power to her. But the L.A. Times treats it as a major conflict for . . . her husband. Read Andy's whole blog post to see his superb explanation for why the L.A. Times piece is outrageous.

Meanwhile, I'll go farther. I say that the establishment media is, as a collective entity, intellectually and ethically corrupt. Not just liberal, but intellectually dishonest, often knowingly, to a stupendous degree.

"Back to Ginni Thomas," Hillyer concludes. "Here's hoping that her new venture succeeds beyond even her own wildest imaginings. And here's hoping that when it does, one of the results is that it bedevils the establishment media at every turn."


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Media Tizzyfied: Limbaugh Moving to Costa Rica If . . .

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2010, 10:17 AM

"The nation’s leading radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that he would leave the United States for medical care if President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan is passed and implemented -- a comment that was erroneously reported as meaning he’d permanently move to the Central American nation of Costa Rica," reports Newsmax.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jail for Rather Because "Watermelons" Obama Also "Articulate"?

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2010, 01:45 PM

As Geoffrey Dickens notes at Newsbusters, Dan Rather on the Chris Matthews Show last weekend "stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President."

Are former news anchor Rather's comments as serious as a journalist describing Venezuela strongman Hugo Chavez as a dictator? Should Rather go to jail, as recommended by Hollywood star Sean Penn?

"Birthers" at ABC, CBS, NBC, FactCheck, NYTimes, and More

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2010, 09:33 AM

"Many of the same news organizations and research groups today dismissing concerns about Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility were far more eager to cover the issue when Republican presidential candidate John McCain was the subject," writes Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily.

"An archive search shows the question of McCain's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president was actively pursued by Democratic Party activists and the mainstream media in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election," Corsi continues, "despite the ridicule now heaped upon those questioning Obama's qualifications under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution."


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Breitbart vs. Blumenthal and His Vicious Alinsky Tactics

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2010, 08:59 AM

Lee Doren writes at Big Journalism: "While some people debate the merits of the current healthcare legislation in Congress, or attempt to expose corruption in our government, Max Blumenthal instead engages in character assassination using the most questionable sources."

Here is video that "summarizes Blumenthal’s Alinsky tactics and highlights clips from the most recent CPAC where he continues his viciousness," Doren writes. "As Andrew Breitbart wondered, what does Blumenthal really stand for, if it isn’t for destroying people’s lives?"


Friday, February 12, 2010

Global Warming Snow Job: Warm Air Holds More Moisture?

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2010, 10:01 AM

Mark Finkelstein writes at Newsbusters:

So more snow fell from Philly to D.C. because the temperatures were warmer than normal during the blizzards? 

That got me wondering: Just what were the temperatures in D.C. on the snow days, and how do they compare to the norm? 

And guess what?


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Guess Who Chris Matthews Attacks for 12 Minutes

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2010, 08:00 AM

"Chris Matthews Monday went on a twelve minute attack on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin that should make his fellow MSNBCers and the liberal blogosphere quite happy," writes Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.

Tea Party Success Forces Media to Show Some Respect

By Rick Pearcey • February 9, 2010, 07:29 AM

"The mainstream media (MSM) spent the last year treating the Tea Party movement as if it were a cancer on the body politic, not an organic outcry from a citizenry that had enough," writes Christian Toto at Human Events. "That was before the movement helped elect three GOP candidates -- particularly Scott Brown's stunning takeover of the so-called Ted Kennedy seat in Massachusetts."

But "now, the MSM knows better than to tar and feather tea partiers -- or use a derogatory sexual term to describe them," Toto continues. "Instead, the press treated this weekend's premiere National Tea Party Convention in Nashville as it would anything else outside its liberal bubble -- with grudging respect mixed with mudslinging."


Friday, February 5, 2010

Where Can We Watch National Tea Party Convention?

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2010, 02:36 PM

C-SPAN 1 has scheduled live coverage today of Joseph Farah and Angela McGlowen at 9 p.m. eastern.

Also, PJTV is providing "live wall-to-wall coverage, Friday and Saturday" (registration is required, but it's free). 


Friday, January 29, 2010

Breitbart: How David Shuster Lied to Get Me on MSNBC

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2010, 11:43 AM

Invited to Appear on MSNBC: While David Shuster promised journalistic fairness and objectivity, "a simple Google search of David Shuster and [ACORN-buster] James O’Keefe immediately finds that Shuster went into a Twitter frenzy to tar and feather James O’Keefe and propagated what are now provably false lies about the Landrieu case," writes Andrew Breitbart at Big Journalism.

Noticing the Liberal View on Race

By Rick Pearcey • January 29, 2010, 08:47 AM

Chris Matthews "has outdone himself," writes Tony Gallardo at American Thinker. "After the State of the Union Speech, he said, 'You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.'

"Hold on there, fellow," says Gallardo, "you're going to fast for me. My head is spinning. You are telling us he is black, but you didn't notice he is black. Exactly how does that work?"

Gallardo concludes, "By repeatedly insisting that they are post racial," liberals are "telling us they are obsessed with race."

And what a sad, unnecessary obsession. By way of contrast, not as chest-pounding but as a simple, liberating fact of life, I'll reaffirm what I wrote yesterday (on Twitter and Facebook): "Sorry, but when I watch Obama speak, I see a man, not a skin color."


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poll: Fox Most Trusted Name in News

By Rick Pearcey • January 27, 2010, 09:10 AM

"Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday," writes Andy Barr at Politico.

"A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network."


Friday, January 22, 2010

Obama Appointee: Freedom Is Exaggerated

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2010, 07:27 AM

"Yesterday's huge Supreme Court victory for free-speech rights in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission serves as a warning to the Obama administration on other speech-related issues," states an editorial in the Washington Times.

"Several Obama appointees have denigrated the importance of the First Amendment, and one presidential appointee, Mark Lloyd, holds views fundamentally at odds with the Supreme Court and America's whole tradition of protecting free speech."

Here's a quote from Mr. Lloyd: "It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. . . . This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies."

The editorial concludes, "Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling stands as a rebuke to Mr. Lloyd's dangerous creed. There's nothing exaggerated about the importance of the First Amendment."


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Olbermann vs. America

By Rick Pearcey • January 20, 2010, 01:01 PM

In many ways what you are seeing in Keith Olbermann's performance (Olbermann Renews "Teabagging" Attack on Scott Brown) is what American government and society would look like if secularist "liberalism" -- a worldview that rejects the Founding concept of a Creator who is the source of unalienable rights (and human reason and empirical data, by the way) -- wins the day.

That kind of secularism, if logically extended and lived upon, results in the abolition of unalienable rights, rational discourse, and the appeal to evidence. You will hear talk of "living Constitutions" and "values," but really all that's left is the inhumane application of raw power -- in the womb, the workplace, and the White House.

It is a recipe for America as wasteland.

For a Pretend Creator (i.e., a federal state) is not strong enough to carry the weight of rights, reason, and evidence. That kind of "god" will be crushed, and all that depends upon that kind of pretension will be crushed with it, including those who try to build a free society upon it.

Yesterday's vote in Massachusetts is a vote against estrangement from our national and creaturely identities. Yesterday stems the tide against freedom, and for that we give thanks.

But strategic victory and a strategic initiative await a critical mass of Americans who insist on returning homeward (and thus forward) to the Founding Vision -- the Declaration, the Constitution, etc. -- where a real Creator and not the pretend god of the secular state is recognized as the center of gravity of human freedom.

I have said and written many good things about the views of Sarah Palin, but it should be pointed out that her heartfelt affirmation of a "commonsense, independent agenda" may not be enough to meet the strategic challenge of our moment in history. For "commonsense" could have made you a slave in Athens, eaten by lions in Rome, headless in France 1793-94, "verboten" in Deutschland, and frozen in the workers' paradise. 

And perhaps rather surprisingly (ask King George), you could say that what the Founders gave us was actually uncommonsense, given the history of humanity in this hard world.

Yes: Extremely uncommon is the vision of the Declaration and content of the Constitution. Sadly, these brilliant documents do not keep us from making mistakes; happily, they do give us a basis for correcting them.

In contrast to secularists past and present, the Founding Vision gives a fixed point that liberates -- with a real Creator as the basis for real unalienable rights. Having a secure foundation is a good thing, because without a fixed point, talk of progress has no meaning.

I hope no one concludes from this a calling to hate an anchor on MSNBC, however heated or misguided the debate might be. The point is not hate, but love. Love of freedom and all the Blessings of Liberty from the One who gives the blessings, for everyone. This too is uncommonsense.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

White House Keeps Up War on Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • January 19, 2010, 10:17 AM

"The White House communications director is lobbing new firebombs at Fox News, saying it is not 'a traditional news organization' and won't be treated as equal to other news networks," reports David a Patten at NewsMax.

"The remarks by Dan Pfeiffer, who recently replaced Anita Dunn as the White House communications director, indicate that the administration has no plans to back off its strident anti-Fox News rhetoric."


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brit Hume: Media Backlash Over Tiger and Christianity Remarks Reflects Double Standard

By Rick Pearcey • January 7, 2010, 06:33 AM

Karen Shuberg reports at CNSNews.com:

Brit Hume said he was “not surprised” by the media backlash over his Christian remarks to Tiger Woods on “Fox News Sunday” this week and that there is a “double-standard” when it comes to speaking publicly about Christianity versus other religions.

Hume, a Fox News analyst, told CNSNews.com: “There is a double standard. If I had said, for example, that what Tiger Woods needed to do was become more deeply engaged in his Buddhist faith or to adopt the ideas of Hinduism, which I think would be of great spiritual value to him, I doubt anybody would have said anything.”


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck Apparently Not Dead

By Rick Pearcey • January 6, 2010, 07:12 AM

And that's even though Wikipedia pronounced Rush had died, and a "major news organization" made inquiries about the "fatal plane crash of Glenn Beck," reports Jim Meyers at Newsmax.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Al Gore's End Run Around Press in Copenhagen

By Rick Pearcey • December 16, 2009, 07:13 AM

In this clip from Copenhagen, see Academy Award winner "We're not doing interviews right now" Al Gore score a touchdown for ignorance, hubris, and blind faith.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

By What Authority Does Waxman Eye Federal Bailout of Newspapers?

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2009, 06:32 PM

"The newspaper industry is suffering 'market failure' and the government will need to help preserve serious journalism essential to democracy, an influential U.S. congressman said Wednesday," reports AFP.

"The newspapers my generation has taken for granted are facing a structural threat to the business model that has sustained them," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D.-Calif). 

"While this has implications for the media, it also has implications for democracy," he said. "A vigorous free press and vigorous democracy have been inextricably linked."

Two Basic Questions for Mr. Waxman: Where does the U.S Constitution give him or any member of the federal establishment authority to legislate the funding of newspapers?

And what is more dangerous, liberal media outlets that fold because they are unable to compete in a free market, or a "we're here to help" rogue federal state that creates crises to steamroll the Constitution and American people whenever it sees fit?

Good-Bye GE: NBC's New Owner Is Comcast

By Rick Pearcey • December 3, 2009, 06:06 PM

"Comcast's acquisition today of controlling interest in NBC undoubtedly will impact the network and its employees, but officials are remaining mum for now on what that means," reports WorldNetDaily


Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Washington Plan to Silence Dissent

By Rick Pearcey • November 30, 2009, 06:59 AM

Coming in the New Year: "More than 150 bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission" have their eyes on the internet, notes Mark Hyman at American Spectator.

Too bad they don't have their eyes on First Amendment (then again, maybe they do).


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Children in Richard Dawkins' Atheist Ads From Devout Christian Family

By Rick Pearcey • November 24, 2009, 07:13 PM

"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them" (Isaiah 11:6) -- "The two children chosen to front Richard Dawkins’s latest assault on God could not look more free of the misery he associates with religious baggage," reports the UK Times.

"With the slogan 'Please don’t label me. Let me grow up and choose for myself', the youngsters with broad grins seem to be the perfect advertisement for the new atheism being promoted by Professor Dawkins and the British Humanist Association."

But then: "Except that they are about as far from atheism as it is possible to be. The Times can reveal that Charlotte, 8, and Ollie, 7, are from one of the country’s most devout Christian families."

Says the father of the children Brad Mason: “It is quite funny, because obviously they were searching for images of children that looked happy and free. They happened to choose children who are Christian. It is ironic. The humanists obviously did not know the background of these children."


Monday, November 23, 2009

Hannity and McConnell Discuss Healthcare "Crisis" -- No Mention of Constitution

By Rick Pearcey • November 23, 2009, 05:51 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was on the Hannity radio show earlier today, discussing the un-constitutional power grab otherwise known as Obamacare, Pelosicare, and Harrycare.

Guess what? Neither Hannity or McConnell mentioned the U.S. Constitution. Not one time. 

Sean Hannity asked no questions about the constitutionality of the attempted federal takeover of healthcare. And the senator offered no constitutional arguments against this attempted usurpation of authority.

Perhaps this was an oversight. Or you may think I'm being too lenient.

No, I'm not trying to beat these guys over the head. But I am trying to alert those of us who care about freedom to what is at the heart of the issue, and what must be attended to, if constitutional government is to survive in what we now know as the United States.

Meanwhile, thank you CNSNews, which unlike the collaborationist press, has been doing a terrific service by raising these kinds of questions to legislators on Capitol Hill.

And thank you Richard Viguerie, who in the Washington Times today warned, "Republican leaders are approaching the 2010 and 2012 elections believing they can win by being slightly less abusive and contemptuous of the Constitution than the Obama-Pelosi Democrats."

A "less abusive and contemptuous" approach is what helped bring us to the present critical moment in our nation's history. And a good case can be made that continuing that approach will only take America over the edge and into the abyss of tryanny.

As a mainstream American, I see no reason to accept a strategy that loses our freedom on Friday instead of on Wednesday. Better to fight for it and win it today, now, and keep it all week long -- and then for months, years, decades, and centuries to come.

We had to struggle to win constitutional liberty in the first place. We probably shouldn't be too surprised if we have to fight to keep it.

So let's keep our eye on the ball. Whether we're on the radio or off. Or whether we're talking to a senator or to the folks who make America work. 

Freedom is at stake and the day is late. Make every opportunity count.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Top 10 Reasons Black America Fears Rush Limbaugh

By Rick Pearcey • November 17, 2009, 06:09 AM

Lloyd Marcus is a self-identified black man who has "listened to Rush Limbaugh since 1993." Writing at American Thinker, Marcus cautions Black America to be "very afraid of this powerful white man."

Why? "Regular listening to him could be devastating to the psyche of the 96% of black Americans who voted for Obama." Here are his top 10 reasons why.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Hating Miss Sarah: Does This Mean Newsweek Stands in for the Nazis?

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2009, 08:21 AM

For Erick Erickson of Red State, declaring war on Sarah Palin suggests intriguing bed fellows over at Newsweek.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Join Mark Levin on Capitol Steps Thursday

By Rick Pearcey • November 4, 2009, 03:01 PM

12 p.m. EST: Also joining the festivities are actor Jon Voight and Rep. Michele Bachmann.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today's Elections No Rebuke of Obama?

By Rick Pearcey • November 3, 2009, 07:22 AM

NY23, NJ, VA: That's what the collaborationist state-owned media would have you believe, says Erick Erickson at Red State. But "the facts speak for themselves."


Monday, November 2, 2009

Rush on Fox

By Rick Pearcey • November 2, 2009, 09:09 AM

Video and Transcript: Chris Wallace interviews Rush Limbaugh on "Fox News Sunday."


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fox and White House Declare Truce?

By Rick Pearcey • October 29, 2009, 08:24 AM

Fair and Balanced Peacepipe? "Numerous sources are reporting a meeting occurred Wednesday between high-ranking officials at the White House and the Fox News Channel to try and reach an end to hostilities between the Administration and the nation's leading cable news network," writes Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.

"With Fox's ratings soaring as a result of the incursion, and the White House looking more and more foolish, one has to wonder what the Adminstration could have offered to make this deal possible."


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Limbaugh-CNN Quote of the Day

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2009, 01:09 PM

From Rush Limbaugh:

CNN's so low when they look up they see the gutter.

Occasion of quote: "CNN Drops to Last Place Among Cable News Networks," headlines the New York Times.

Time: Just before the 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

Place: The Rush Limbaugh Radio Show

Obama's War on Fox Is Liberalism's War on Dissent

By Rick Pearcey • October 27, 2009, 10:51 AM

"Obama's war against the network is about much more than Fox News," writes David Limbaugh. "It is about his and his fellow liberals' intolerance for political dissent and their war on political criticism from any corner." Read this commentary.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Palin Billboard to California Highway?

By Rick Pearcey • October 26, 2009, 09:51 AM

"The face of Sarah Palin -- goddess edition -- could soon loom over Highway 101 near San Carlos, Calif., showcased on a 14-by-48-foot billboard that touts her political prowess," writes Jennifer Harper at the Washington Times.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Test

By Rick Pearcey • October 24, 2009, 06:18 PM

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Slave Press Watch: Media Want Government Handout

By Rick Pearcey • October 23, 2009, 07:55 AM

"Increasingly rejected in the marketplace as irrelevant, media elitist want a government bailout to keep them in business," writes Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily.

"That's the long and the short," Farah says, "of a manifesto on the subject by Leonard Downie, the former executive editor of the Washington Post, and Michael Shudson, a sociologist, in the Columbia Journalism Review this week."

One can understand why those wielding power in D.C. might prefer a compliant "Teacher's Pet" press, but do journalists realize that they're getting into? Farah writes:

Not only do good news people not need bailouts from taxpayers, it would be counterproductive. It would spell the end of the free press in America, its birthplace.

Journalism needs to be independent. The Founding Fathers understood this principle and carved out special constitutional protections for the press. The First Amendment is the only government help American journalism needs.

Go on the take from government and you become dependent on government. Go on the take from government and you become its slave. Go on the take from government and you cease to be a watchdog. Go on the take from government and you become its lapdog. Go on the take from government and you become a public relations servant of government.

Here is the "manifesto" by Downie and Shudson, titled "The Reconstruction of American Journalism."

Read the entire column by Joseph Farah here.

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Fox and Foes

By Rick Pearcey • October 23, 2009, 06:38 AM

Over at Frontpage, Jacob Laksin writes on the "Obama adminstration's daft and dangerous campaign to discredit Fox news." The point? To silence Fox News as a "legitimate" news organization.

The White House move is indeed ominous. Think of it this way: Silencing victims is among the first order of business for criminals. The last thing a guy in the wrong bedroom wants is a woman who yells, "Rape!"

As one who appreciates the Declaration, free speech, and freedom of thought, let me state flatly: It saddens me to see Team Obama stoop so low, but I hope the White House attack on journalism fails.

The Obama administration is in places it does not belong. 

Go here to read "Fox and Foes," by Jacob Laksin.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Krauthammer Rips "Repulsive Audacity" of White House for Fox News Attacks

By Rick Pearcey • October 21, 2009, 10:09 AM

From Jeff Poor at Newsbusters:

By now, the cat is out of the bag -- President Barack Obama and his administration are no fans of the Fox News Channel and have been all too eager to wear that sentiment as a badge of honor.

However, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer identified the vigor with which the Obama administration has attacked Fox. He explained on the Fox News Oct. 20 broadcast of "Special Report with Bret Baier" that it's different than just fighting back; this is an effort to destroy the cable news channel.

"Look, it's one thing for the government, the administration to attack opponents, institutions, media," Krauthammer said. "It is another to go out to try and delegitimize them and destroy them."

More . . .

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Glenn Beck Compares Criticism of Fox News to Jews During Holocaust

By Rick Pearcey • October 20, 2009, 10:35 AM

"These news organizations don't have any idea what they're in bed with now," says Glenn Beck.

Listen to audio from YouTube.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Diana West: First They Came for Rush

By Rick Pearcey • October 19, 2009, 10:00 AM

"Before I get to the chilling implications for free conservative speech underscored by the vicious campaign to blackball Rush Limbaugh as a potential owner of an NFL team," writes Diana West, "I want to provide a little context about the pre-existing NFL comfort zone of expression.

"I will start with two words: Keith Olbermann."

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Friday, October 16, 2009

David Limbaugh: This Isn't About Rush

By Rick Pearcey • October 16, 2009, 08:11 AM

Columnist and author David Limbaugh writes:

There will be no voluntary mea culpas from Rush's race slanderers despite the irrefutable fact that they spread poisonous and damaging lies with actual malice. To the left, Rush is the most prominent face of conservatism and the most influential opponent of President Barack Obama's destructive agenda and so must be stopped -- irrespective of the despicable means employed.

But it is a mistake to think only Rush is in view. David Limbaugh continues:

If any of you are sufficiently naive to believe this NFL incident is merely about Rush, you have a rude awakening in store.

The left is on the march -- the march to isolate, stigmatize, demonize, discredit and ultimately silence those who stand in their way.

If you haven't read up on the plans of Obama's Federal Communications Commission czar to shut down talk radio or if you aren't following the tyrannical workings of the administration in trying to cram down unpopular legislation without a shred of transparency, then you'll eventually witness the lengths to which these people will go -- as illustrated here.

At the risk of sounding trite, we are at a crossroads in this country, and the left is proving each day how ruthlessly unprincipled it will be in advancing its goal of fundamentally changing this nation.

And that change -- away from the living and liberating Founding Vision -- that is, away from the Constitution (as written), the Declaration (as written), and the Bill of Rights (as written) -- will not be for the better. If present trends continue, the devastation of our rights and freedoms we witness already are but the first fruits of alienation and inhumanity that await every single American man, woman, and children -- red and yellow, black and white -- as we drift, or are pushed, further out to sea.

Or you can put it like this: Our Founders knew what they were fighting for, and what they were fighting for was pretty important.

And for those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear," for those creatures of dignity and creativity created in the image of God and endowed by our Creator with "certain unalienable rights," it still is.

Read the rest of "This Isn't About Rush," by David Limbaugh. Also, full disclosure: I edited David's book Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

If Rush Is a Racist, Are His 20 Million Listeners Also?

By Rick Pearcey • October 14, 2009, 09:44 AM

Lloyd Marcus speaks for millions of fair-minded, free-thinking, fact-oriented Americans in defending Rush Limbaugh against charges that he is a racist. Here is Marcus at American Thinker:

I have been a faithful Rush Limbaugh radio show listener for almost 20 years. I have never heard Rush make one racist comment. As a matter of fact, I am a black man who has been inspired and encouraged by Rush on numerous occasions. . . .

The media's charges of racism against Rush are totally based on supposed "racist quotes" which cannot be documented and comments knowingly taken out of context from his radio show.

As a member of Rush's weekly 20 million listening audience, I take the assault on him personally. If Rush is a racist, then isn't it logical to assume that we, his listeners, are equally guilty for tolerating his racism?

Obviously, Rush's accusers have never listened to his radio show or else have an agenda.

It is truly disheartening and infuriating to witness the media's frenzied character assassination of Rush built on falsehoods and hearsay without one shred of evidence.

Knowing the truth about Rush, how can I possibly trust any reporting by the mainstream media?

More . . .

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hey Rove and O'Reilly: Wise Up on Constitution, Healthcare

By Rick Pearcey • October 13, 2009, 09:50 PM

Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly discussed tonight on the "Factor" the non-read healthcare bill that passed a Senate committee today.

Do you know how many times the word "Constitution" passed their lips?

Zero times. Not once.

Is it not incumbent upon Congress and the White House to demonstrate chapter and verse where the U.S. Constitution authorizes the federal government to overhaul the U.S. healthcare industry?

And apart from such authorization is not such an imposition a form of tyranny?

I am willing to stand corrected, but is this not the crucial issue? Freedom. Constitutionality. Form and freedom under God.

Performances such as Rove's tonight suggest that he may be insufficiently aware of this principial imperative. Hence, by implication, the potential irrelevancy and end of the Republican Party as we know it. A death by a thousand pragmatic cuts -- unless it reemerges as a champion of Constitutional government rooted in Declarational norms. 

Likewise, Bill O'Reilly -- whose journalism I appreciate -- does not seem to understand the ongoing Constitutional crisis that is represented by unending federal intrusions into the lives and upon the freedoms of the people, the states, and our individual liberties under God.

The crucial issue is freedom, not finances. Every tinhorn tyrant has a PR department willing to sell the positive and fair finances of the compassionate regime's latest agenda action point, be it healthcare, autobahns, or national respect among the nations of the world assembled at the UN. 

But the Constitution is not optional, my friends. Not for the Founders. And not for those who would return America to freedom and dignity.

Here's a clue: If the Constitution, as written, is not at the heart of a political program, something is wrong, no matter what proponents might say about the finances or other putative benefits. Have you heard of bait?

"Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death!"

Yes -- that's how ridiculous and alien to the American spirit and to the human spirit is this politically magnified crisis designed to separate American citizens from freedom, from self-government, from their wallets, and in the end, quality healthcare too. In return, the federal government gets to play God.  

Millions of Americans, including the Tea Party people, increasingly understand this. And reject it. The Republicans, and some in the media, might want to wise up.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Tyranny Watch: White House vs. Fox News -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • October 12, 2009, 06:08 PM

America is waking up. America is beginning to see. But see what?

To see that the Obama Administration is on the wrong side of the Declaration, the Constitution, on the wrong side of the American people as a body politic formed in resistance to tyranny. And finally, on the wrong side of the Creator himself, who endows each of us with "certain unalienable rights" by virtue of having been created in His image.

Even though we human beings are fully capable of shooting ourselves in the foot (what theologians call "sin"), we the people nevertheless are beings of great nobility, of great worth, of great significance, and great creativity.

And even though cracked and broken, we are not junk. The Creator did not waste his time and blood initiating a resistance movement and sending a Son to fight and to set things right. You don't do that for pieces of cosmic junk or meaningless particles of matter in an absurd universe. You do that for magnificient works of art, for irreplaceable, unrepeatable creations of eternal value. 

We are shaped in the image of an infinite-personal God, and on that basis we resist any idol of governmental tryanny (or any other kind, including religious) that elevates itself to levels of Diety, such that now that hubris known as "Washington" sees itself as the creator of human rights.

This is idolatry plain and simple, ending in tryanny plain and simple. And by similar measure of plainness and simplicity, a humanity empowered by God our true Creator will resist. This is who we are. We are empowered, not condemned, to be free.  

Thus the captives are set free: from slavery, from amoral capitalism, from class warfarism, from Washington-centrism, from rogue principalities and powers, and from "every form of tryanny over the mind of man," as a former President once put it.

Now comes a cry-baby administration unable to face up to a U.S. news group, in a world where dictators and terrorists can do more -- and have done more -- than hit back with a few tough questions or a few inconvenient facts. Now the Obama regime is targeting Fox News. And here is a video report.

Fox News isn't the problem. Fox News is a messenger. And there are more messengers on the way. Millions of them.

Hat tip: Randy's Right

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Newsy.com Now at Pearcey Report

By Rick Pearcey • October 8, 2009, 10:42 AM

We have added the news video site Newsy to our line-up of International Media sources. Newsy is a "multiperspective online video news site that monitors, synthesizes and presents the world's news coverage." 

Here are samples of recent coverage:

* Obama to Choose Afghan Path

* New Czar on Target

* Late Show's Special Episode

More from Newsy:

Newsy.com takes a step back to show how the world's news organizations reporting a story -- providing an unprecedented global and macro point of view. You'll find CNN  right next to Al Jazeera, the BBC right next to ABC. Newsy also covers major newspapers, news magazines as well as top blogs from around the world. 

Newsy also had added The Pearcey Report to its page of links. We are located between the PBS NewsHour and POLITICO.  

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Pearcey Report/Pro-Existence in Top 50 Political Blogs at Facebook

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2009, 11:34 AM

The Pearcey Report/Pro-Existence is currently ranked 37, just ahead of Instapundit. Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish arrives at 31, and Red State at 24. The rankings are based on "followers."

Real Clear Politics holds the No. 1 spot. Michelle Malkin comes in at No. 8.

Our "tags": news, politics, Christian worldview.

Here's the page for Facebook's "Top 50 Blogs in: Politics."

CBS Scrubs Letterman Sex Confession From YouTube

By Rick Pearcey • October 5, 2009, 10:06 AM

"Despite David Letterman's on air admission of sexual encounters with staffers being all the rage last week, CBS apparently has done everything in its power to eliminate the record of his Thursday evening mea culpa from the popular video website YouTube," writes Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.

"It appears the host of CBS's Late Show might have been at the heart of the decision."

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Palin Co-Author Probed, Obama's Ignored

By Rick Pearcey • October 2, 2009, 07:12 AM

From WorldNetDaily:

Politico's Ben Smith found it newsworthy that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin chose a "partisan evangelical" Christian to co-author her upcoming best-seller, but somehow he and the mainstream media have decided that serious evidence suggesting an unrepentant Marxist terrorist had a primary role in President Obama's highly acclaimed literary memoir is of no interest.

Not a single mainstream reviewer or political editor has so much as mentioned the controversy over authorship of Dreams from My Father that was resurrected last week when a major new book reported Obama sought the literary assistance of William Ayers, founder of the radical Weather Underground group, points out WND columnist Jack Cashill.

Read the entire story from WND.

Obama Czar Seeks "Chilling Effect" on Internet

By Rick Pearcey • October 2, 2009, 06:11 AM

Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein's new book, titled Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, and What Can Be Done, "delivers a warning to those who would spread false rumors about Barack Obama," writes Lee Cary at American Thinker.

Cary quotes the czar, page 88:

Some kind of chilling effect on damaging rumors is exceedingly important -- not only to protect people against negligence, cruelty, and unjustified damage to their reputations, but also to ensure the proper functioning of democracy itself.

"Of course," Cary observes and as all czars and protectors of democracy have always known, "creating a 'chilling effect' isn't censorship."

Nor, one suspects we are to believe, is such a "chilling effect" a denial of the Constitution, the 1st Amendment, or an unalienable right endowed upon all people by our true Creator (which is not the federal state).

In fact, to suggest censorship, to imply such a thing, or to charge such a thing -- against a patriotic protector of Democracy, no less -- why, that may well be an evil rumor spread on the internet. About which something ought to be done.

In the world of czars, Sunsteins, and Obamas, a visit from the Ministry of Love and Community Organized for the Protection of Democracy and Decency might be in order.

It's 3 a.m. What's that knock on the door?

Oh. They're just here to collect the fine and ensure the retractions are all in order. For a minute there, I was worried.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Send Media a Pink Slip

By Rick Pearcey • October 1, 2009, 07:06 AM

WorldNetDaily is reporting that in a mere 6 days, 1.5 millions "pink slips" have been sent to Congress:

Seven days ago, it was just an idea to get the attention of Congress.

Now, the "Send Congress a Pink Slip" campaign is being called an "unprecedented success" and a historic grass-roots lobbying effort.

So far, after just six days, 1.5 million "pink slips" -- individually addressed notices to each member of the House and Senate, complete with sender's name and return address -- are on their way to the Capitol by Fed Ex courier letting every member of Congress know there's discontent back on the home front.

The "pink slips" specifically warn that senders will oppose in the next election any member of Congress who votes for more spending, intrusive legislation that restricts personal freedom and more big government programs.

Let us add: Not only should "pink slip senders" oppose those who vote for more spending, etc., I recommend that these activists seek and support replacement candidates who, as a matter of unshakeable philosophic conviction, political principle, and sacred honor will legislate on the basis of the norms and content -- as written -- of the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

"The 'pink slips" campaign is a real phenomenon," writes WND editor Joseph Farah at Twitter. He wonders "how long it will take the rest of the media to notice." 

My question is this: How about a similar campaign for "the rest of the media" -- that is, for the "collaborationist media," often called the "state-run media" by the likes of Rush Limbaugh?

A slavish press given over to ideological passions needs to see the pink slip. It is guilty of betraying its calling as journalists to report honestly, fairly, and factually. And the American people in record numbers are turning away from propaganda mills formerly knows as news networks.

But the answer is not to replace it with a press given over to any political party. What is needed is a liberated press -- a press emancipated by a commitment to follow the facts and evidence wherever they might lead. If you are a journalist who cannot resist peer pressure or political passions -- or who cannot see or does not respect the difference between reporting and activism -- you are in the wrong business, my friend.

What's curious is that a journalistic commitment to objectivity is consistent with a commitment to the ideals of the Founders -- to a civilizational high point conceived in liberty under a knowable and verifiable God (this is the biblical mentality, by the way), where all human beings are created equal and every human being is endowed by the Creator with "certain unalienable rights."

The worldview that gives a reality-oriented basis for human freedom is also the worldview that gives a basis for fact and objectivity in human reporting (and modern science, by the way). This is no accident. It's part of the informational and incarnational key given by the Creator to help unpack the nobility and wonder of the human being in a salvific resistance against sin, death, decay, and every form of tryanny.

Read the story from WorldNetDaily.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rush: Media Fear Sarah Palin

By Rick Pearcey • September 30, 2009, 07:23 AM

"Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is praising former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the conservative candidate liberals fear the most," reports Newsmax, "and says he hopes her upcoming book sells 5 million copies."

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Poll: Big Majorities Say Objective Journalism Dead, Media Back Obama

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2009, 10:09 AM

"Two-thirds (67.9 percent) of Americans surveyed think that 'objective and fair journalism is dead,' while an overwhelming 89.3 percent believe the news media played a role in the election of President Barack Obama," reports CNSNews.com.
 
"That is what a poll conducted earlier this month by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute showed," says CNS. "The survey, 'Trust and Satisfaction with the National News Media,' polled 800 people nationwide and revealed that only 24.3 percent of Americans believe all or most reporting."

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Anti-Palin Media, Hong Kong, and the Decline of Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • September 25, 2009, 09:46 AM

John Ziegler writes at Big Hollywood:

You would think at this point it would be impossible for anyone (especially me) to be stunned or outraged by anything the news media tries to pull when it comes to Sarah Palin.

After all, once you have been exposed to a year-long brutal beating, one tends to become numb to a simple low blow.

However, the news coverage of her Hong Kong speech still managed to spark the senses on several levels. . . . 

Let me suggest two strategic points to keep in mind regarding "mainstream journalism" today:

1) It is "far outside" and "even against" the American mainstream (see "Mainstream" Press & the Treason of the Journalists)

2) It is out of touch with the journalist's calling to "test everything" (see Question the Collaborationist Media)

The point is not simply to gravitate to a "conservative" media that loses objectivity and begins singing the praises of Palin -- as if she were the president, and reporters were kids in school.

Rather, the point is to refuse the decline of media, to demand news coverage that is rooted in a passionate search for truth that can be considered and discussed on the basis of facts and evidence available to any person, regardless of one's political passions. 

Here from Palin's page on Facebook is an extended excerpt of the Hong Kong speech.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

NY Magazine Links Rush, Savage, Bachmann, WND to Murder

By Rick Pearcey • September 24, 2009, 08:53 PM

"New York Magazine today implicated WND in the murder of a Census worker in Kentucky," reports WorldNetDaily. "The article also linked Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Rep. Michele Bachmann with the crime. The four are suspected of creating an anti-government climate that led directly to the attack."

This being so, all you pro-freedom, pro-Declaration, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, and pro-Creator-who-endows-every-human-being-with-"certain unalienable rights" people may want to contact a law firm. After all, you too may well be implicated in fostering an "anti-government" climate.

And those of you who wear glasses, know how to read, and can think freely for yourselves may want to watch your back, as well.

I recommend the firm of Washington, Jefferson, Patton, Lee, and Madison. Their 82nd Airborne research department is tops. They've done really good work in the past and could well be just the thing for current challenges. 

Here's the story from WorldNetDaily.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Liberals Warn: Beware Glenn Beck

By Rick Pearcey • September 23, 2009, 08:22 AM

Despite alarm bells from the usual reliable sources, Robert Stacy McCain over at American Spectator seems alarmingly unalarmed that this fellow Glenn Beck at Fox remains out and about. Unsupervised, apparently.

McCain writes:

Grassroots conservative enthusiasm notwithstanding, the talk-radio host and Fox News personality is under attack this week, with the liberal establishment's favorite weapon, a Time magazine cover: "Mad Man: Glenn Beck and the angry style of American politics." This continues a long tradition of weekly newsmagazine covers demonizing conservative figures like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich.

Read here to get to the bottom of this apparent lack of concern vis-a-vis Mr. Beck.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

State-Run: All the News That's Fit to Bury

By Rick Pearcey • September 22, 2009, 08:03 AM

In a 9/12 world, the New York Times finds itself on the wrong side of facts, history, and, what else? . . . Oh, journalism.

Or as Ralph R. Reiland at AmSpec puts it, quoting Investor's Business Daily: "When Americans have to turn to the foreign press for truthful reports of the size of popular protests in Washington, it's time to wonder: Are we dominated by 'state-run media'?"

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Doug Giles: Not My Idea for Hannah Giles to Dress Like Hooker, Infiltrate ACORN

By Rick Pearcey • September 21, 2009, 07:47 AM

But the columnist, pastor, and radio guy is a proud father, anyway.

And now Rush can know for sure which Doug Giles is the Doug Giles of Hannah. 

Read here to let Doug tell you himself.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Obama Campaign Scrubbed Website to Hide ACORN Lies

By Rick Pearcey • September 18, 2009, 10:42 AM

Apparently, having an internet eraser at Obama Central is helpful when called upon to, ahem, "Fight the Smears."

Hat tip: Biggovernment


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's Ratings Soar

By Rick Pearcey • September 16, 2009, 10:11 AM

Pete Winn reports from CNSNews.com:

Rush Limbaugh, who calls himself the man the mainstream media "love to hate," would have created a stir last week -- if the media had actually taken notice.

Arbitron's "Portable People Meter" (PPM) ratings for August show that Limbaugh experienced record ratings in a number of major American radio markets. 

According to broadcasting industry analyst Brian Maloney, Limbaugh had "blockbuster success" in some key cities, including Los Angeles -- home to the number one radio station in the country.

But why the huge uptick? Winn quotes Maloney:

There’s no question that the raging debate over Obamacare has many more listeners turning to Rush for answers and support -- and everything they’ve turned to Rush for, for so many years, but in far greater numbers than ever before.

Here's the entire report from CNSNews.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

"Mainstream" Press & the Treason of the Journalists: The Shameful Non-Coverage of 9/12

By Rick Pearcey • September 14, 2009, 09:10 AM

It becomes increasingly clear with each passing day that the establishment press has lost its way.

The 9/12 press "coverage" is another case in point, as Joseph Farah notes at WorldNetDaily:

Why are the major news media, which are supposed to serve as a watchdog on government waste, fraud, abuse and corruption complicit in those things and betraying their mission to maintain a free and open society based on the principle of self-governance?

 As an American, I'm proud of the hundreds of thousands of my fellow citizens for getting off their duffs and protesting their government's shameful power grabs. As a journalist, I am grieving at my industry's pro-government, anti-liberty bias.

If, as we should, one defines "mainstream" and "exremism" by Constitutional and Declarational standards, it seems clear that the so-called mainstream press of today is far outside -- and even against -- the liberating and humane framework of thought, government, and political life set forth by our Founding Vision.

This alienation suggests a betrayal of their role as journalists and of their identity as human beings.

Out of touch with their calling and their Creator who alone gives "unalienable rights," it is no wonder they are out of touch with an America who remembers who she is and where we came from. 

Where are the reporters who have eyes to see? 9/12 is a day of revolt founded in remembrance.

Read the entire column by Joseph Farah.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

MSNBC Throws Full Support Behind Obama Speech

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2009, 10:42 AM

"MSNBC commentators voiced support for President Obama’s speech and his health care plan shortly after the speech ended," reports Newsmax.

A few quotes:

* Keith Olbermann: "A touch of greatness."

* Rachel Maddow: "He's bringing a lot of ideas from across the political spectrum."

* Howard Fineman: "Good job of making the case."

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Glenn Beck on Twitter

By Rick Pearcey • September 10, 2009, 09:56 AM

Has 122,359 followers, as of 9:56 am eastern time.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Montel Williams Urges Michele Bachmann to Kill Herself

By Rick Pearcey • September 4, 2009, 07:36 AM

From YouTube, Montel Williams offers advice:

Michele, slit your wrist. Go ahead. Why not? . . . Do us all a better thing. Move that knife up about two feet. Start right at the collar bone. . . .

Hat tip: Breitbart TV


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Healthcare Constitutional? 1 Big Lie, 3 Basic Questions

By Rick Pearcey • September 3, 2009, 07:39 AM

W. James Antle III writes at American Spectator:

There is plenty of nonsense in this Newsweek dissection of the "top 5 lies" in the health care debate, but this one takes the cake: "But when fear and loathing hijack the brain, anything becomes believable-even that health-care reform is unconstitutional. To disprove that, check the commerce clause: Article I, Section 8."

Umm, what in Article I, Section 8 gives the federal government anything like the powers contained in Obamacare?

On the crucial issue of the Constitutionality of government-controlled healthcare, here are three questions I raised recently at Sarah Palin's page on Facebook:

1) Where in the Constitution, as written, is healthcare enumerated as a legitimate exercise of the federal government?

2) Are the American people better off with healthcare under the control of the Washington establishment, or are they better off with the federal government under the Constitution (as written)?

3) Insofar as federal control of healthcare violates the U.S. Constitution, let us ask: Are the American people better off with -- or without -- the U.S. Constitution?

Read the rest of James Antle's post at American Spectator.


Monday, August 31, 2009

TV Network Rejects Anti-Obamacare Ad ... Watch the Ad

By Rick Pearcey • August 31, 2009, 09:16 AM

"ABC is refusing to run a paid television ad that warns a government-run healthcare plan will 'hurt' seniors and 'ration coverage and care'," reports OneNewsNow.

The ad is produced by the League of American Voters.

Watch the ad rejected by ABC.

CNN: Where Was Tea Party Movement Before Now?

By Rick Pearcey • August 31, 2009, 08:47 AM

"That was the incredulous, sniping demand of CNN 'news' anchor Tony Harris, who gives almost as much opinion as news," notes the editorial page of the Augusta Chronicle.

"Harris was interviewing an organizer of the Tea Party Express -- a caravan that will ride from Sacramento, Calif., to Washington, D.C., to dramatize growing concern among many Americans about the out-of-control federal government."

By the way, avant-garde readers of The Pearcey Report and Pro-Existence may note a certain turn of phrase in the following (emphasis added):

. . . many Americans are coming to see that [Obama's] unprecedented spending, his plan to bail out irresponsible mortgage holders, his ineffective and wildly irresponsible stimulus plan, and his government-centric philosophy are making things worse -- especially for our progeny.

Here's the entire editorial.

Resistance Watch: Libs Fret While Americans Up in Arms

By Rick Pearcey • August 31, 2009, 08:26 AM

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown write at Frontpage magazine:

Leftist elites are up in arms about Americans up in arms.

At two recent Obama town hall meetings, men exercising their Second Amendment rights were spotted carrying firearms.

While we do not condone threatening the president or anyone else for that matter, these citizens are well within their rights.

It is legal to carry a firearm while demonstrating to protect your liberties.

By the way, one of the perhaps "racist" men exercising his 2nd Amendment rights was a black guy. A "crucial detail" "glossed over" by the Collaborationist Press. Oops!

Read the entire column.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Columnist Robert Novak Dies

By Rick Pearcey • August 18, 2009, 12:31 PM

He was 78. Kenneth Tomlinson, formerly editor in chief of Reader's Digest, pays his respects at Human Events.

And here's "Remembering Bob Novak," from Tim Carney.

While managing editor at Human Events, I wore the additional hat of "associate editor" at the Evans-Novak Political Report, working with, among others, both Tim Carney and Novak himself.

The family will miss a loved one. Journalism will miss not just a well-informed reporter with institutional memory, but also someone who understood and worked diligently at his craft. RIP. 

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Monday, August 17, 2009

War Erupts Over Glenn Beck TV Show: Fans Fight Back

By Rick Pearcey • August 17, 2009, 08:37 AM

"Glenn Beck fans are fighting back against a campaign led by a black activist organization prompting major advertisers to withdraw from Beck's top-rated Fox News Channel program," reports WorldNetDaily.

"Last week, NewsBusters reported President Obama's "green jobs czar," Van Jones, is co-founder of ColorofChange.org, an activist organization that has led a furious campaign against Beck culminating in major companies such as Geico and Lawyers.com pulling their spots from the Fox News star's daily show."

To learn more about defending Glenn Beck, visit DefendGlenn.com.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Farah: Where's the Eligibility Evidence?

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2009, 08:10 AM

Where is the evidence that the "man sitting in the White House for the last six months is constitutionally eligible"? asks Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily.

Farah clarifies:

Once again, I am not making accusations about where Obama was born.

All I am saying is that he is without question hiding something by not producing a real birth certificate -- one that bears a signature of a physician and the name of a hospital where that birth took place.

He is hiding something. And I think I have proved that.

It's not my job to prove he was born elsewhere. It's Obama's job to prove he is a natural born citizen.

If he has any respect for the U.S. Constitution he swore to uphold, he would have done that by now -- if he can.

Every day he delays doing that, the suspicion will only grow.

No, this is not a "dead story," as the president of CNN pronounces. It is very much alive. It is getting bigger every day. And, yes, I am proud of the part I played in making that true.

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Alaska Blogger Who Pushed Palin "Divorce" Rumor Resigns From School

By Rick Pearcey • August 6, 2009, 07:02 AM

From Robert Stacy McCain at American Spectator:

It is not illegal to impersonate a journalist, but when ... anti-Palin blogger [Jesse Griffin] published a bogus "exclusive" Saturday, he signed up for a lesson in the law of unintended consequences.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Michelle Malkin Takes Control of "The View" -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2009, 10:12 AM

On "The View" to discuss her new book Culture of Corruption, Michelle Malkin more than holds her own. Would love to see her on again.

Watch the video.

Hat tip: Human Events


Monday, August 3, 2009

Certain Guests Charged for White House Meals

By Rick Pearcey • August 3, 2009, 10:52 AM

"The Prowler" over at American Spectator notes:

A) "Recently, high-profile visitors to the White House, including senior corporate executives, have found themselves paying for their own meals when sitting down with President Barack Obama, something unheard of in previous White Houses, according to former aides to President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton."

B) "However, when journalists were feted with other friends of the White House on the South Lawn last month, with dunk tanks, food and drink, they were not asked to pay for their entertainment."

One might wonder: If A, why not B?

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Critique of Walter Cronkite

By Rick Pearcey • August 1, 2009, 07:23 AM

Asking the question,"Can we separate the man from the myth?" Ellis Washington at WorldNetDaily says, "There is much to admire in the journalist career of Walter Cronkite," and yet . . .

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Joseph Farah Calls Out Bill O'Reilly

By Rick Pearcey • July 30, 2009, 09:51 AM

Farah writes in his column at WorldNetDaily:

I have a challenge to my old buddy Bill O'Reilly -- put up or shut up!

You told your viewers this week that challenges to Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility are "bogus."

You claimed you and your news organization examined Obama's birth certificate last year and found it to be in order.

Can I ask a question, Bill? Why don't you simply reveal to your viewers exactly what you saw and what you found?

Fox News Channel's slogan is, "We report, you decide." Why don't you try actually reporting the story, rather than deciding for us?

Read the entire column "A Challenge to Bill O'Reilly," by Joseph Farah.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farah vs. Coulter: The "Non-Issue" Everyone Is Talking About

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2009, 10:54 AM

That non-issue, writes Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily, is whether Barack Obama "has established his constitutional eligibility for office."

Among those who think the eligibility question is a non-issue is my former colleague at Human Events Ann Coulter, who recently compared "Obama birthers" to Klanners.

WorldNetDaily has been on top of this story for some months, so it's no surprise that Coulter's comments have elicted a response from CEO and editor Farah. He writes: 

I like Ann Coulter. I consider her a good friend. But when she starts hurling labels like "crank" toward me and my news agency -- the only one, by the way, that has thoughtfully, meticulously and thoroughly investigated this matter for 11 months -- I take offense.

I expect what I get from the others. When the facts finally come out -- and they will -- I doubt I will get an apology from any of them except Coulter.

But clearly, this is not a left-right issue. This is not a conservative-liberal issue. This is not a Democrat-Republican issue. This is not an ideological issue. This is a matter of what's true and what's not. It's a matter as simple as whether we take the Constitution seriously and do our best to see that it is honored and observed and defended.

When Ann Coulter suggests this matter was investigated by all the conservative publications, like Human Events, American Spectator and something called the Sweetness & Light Blog, I have to laugh. WND does more investigative reporting in one day than any of these ideologically driven punditry journals do in a year.

Three comments: 

1. Skepticism is a good thing. Test everything. Including government and smiling politicans (and journalists, scientists, theologians, etc). Would that journalists today were more skeptical and curious -- with a commitment to factualness, fairness, and balance across the board.

2. Let Obama produce the documentary proof. If he has proof of citizenship, let him produce it. Give it to that Crowley fellow when they meet at the White House to drink beer with Gates. Collect the $100,000 reward.

3. It's fine for Coulter and others to challenge WND and the "birthers" (Birthers? what a silly attempt at applying peer pressure). The challenges will work better if they are based on solid reporting instead of White House sneers or concerns about how Democrats might be using the issue.   

Here's the entire story from Farah at WND.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Coulter Compares "Obama Birthers" to Klanners: Video

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2009, 09:57 AM

But she also offers a point in "defence of the people who are raising this," as well. This YouTube video captures the discussion at Fox News.

Meanwhile, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily asks: Is the Eligibility Story Dead? 

And here's a WND poll titled, "When the Right Can Be Wrong." The poll question asks, "What do you think of Ann Coulter's dismissal of Obama's eligibility concerns?"

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Media Slime an Innocent in the Gates Affair

By Rick Pearcey • July 27, 2009, 08:58 AM

Lucia Whalen is the "good citizen who called 911 when she saw what she believed were strangers trying to break into [Harvard professor Henry] Gates' home," writes Rick Moran at American Thinker.

"Media reports hinted that the reason she called the police was that the men were black, implying that if they where white, she wouldn't have called it in."

But there may be a slight problem with this stereotypical narrative, says Moran: "The facts tell a different story."  


Friday, July 24, 2009

Rush: "The Press Has Met Their Waterloo ..."

By Rick Pearcey • July 24, 2009, 08:47 AM

". . . And it's Obama."

Brent Baker at Newsbusters also quotes Limbaugh as saying the press has "sacrificed whatever integrity, character, professionalism, ethics that they've had . . . their total reason -- most of them -- for existence . . .  [is] propping this guy up. . . . The mainstream media has cashed in its chips, they have become nothing more than stenographers for Rahm Emanuel.”

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Hat tip: Instapundit


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fox News Producer Gets 10 Years for Child Porn

By Rick Pearcey • July 23, 2009, 11:04 AM

"Aaron Bruns, 29, was arrested in February after authorities searched his Dupont Circle-area apartment and found his computer full of child porn," reports the Washington Examiner.

"In May, Bruns pleaded guilty to the charges and was facing up to eight years in prison, according to federal guidelines, documents said. But federal Judge James Robertson on Tuesday pushed his sentence to 10 years, citing a former conviction on similar charges while Bruns was in college."


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rush: "Obama Has Yet to Prove He's a Citizen"

By Rick Pearcey • July 21, 2009, 10:12 AM

"Top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh, upset that he's forced to report his every movement to tax authorities, blasted President Obama for failing to prove he is [a] natural-born citizen of the United States," reports WorldNetDaily.

"On his show today, Limbaugh told listeners, 'As you know, I'm in the midst of another harassing audit from New York State and New York City for the last three years. We're up to 16 different ways I have to prove to New York City and state tax authorities where I have been every day -- not just work week -- but every day, for the past three years.'"

Limbaugh reportedly also said, "Barack Obama has yet to have to prove that he's a citizen. All he has to do is show a birth certificate. He has yet to have to prove he's a citizen. I have to show them 14 different ways where the h--- I am every day of the year for three years."

Read the entire report from WorldNetDaily.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Anti-Terror TV Debut: Why I Joined "The Wanted"

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2009, 11:55 AM

Roger Carstens writes at Human Events:

Tonight at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time, NBC will debut its controversial show, “The Wanted.” 

The show can best be described as a “follow doc”: news cameras follow a former Navy SEAL, an investigative journalist, a former war crimes prosecutor, and a former Green Beret as they investigate and confront those accused of the most egregious crimes against humanity.

I am the Green Beret.

Read the entire column . . .

CNN's Carol Costello vs. "Free Gun With Purchase"

By Rick Pearcey • July 20, 2009, 08:10 AM

"CNN's Carol Costello is so much smarter than everybody else," writes Robert Stacy McCain at American Spectator.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Blow Up: Conservative Group Offers Support for $2 Million-Plus

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2009, 02:43 PM

In an exclusive Politico is reporting:

The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s support in a bitter legislative dispute, then the group’s president flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.

For the $2 million plus, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)”

The conservative group’s remarkable demand -- black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” -- was contained in a private letter to FedEx, which was provided to POLITICO.

Hat tip: Michael Goldfarb/Weekly Standard

Update: Anti-Tea Party Reporter Dumped by CNN

By Rick Pearcey • July 17, 2009, 07:14 AM

TV Newser is reporting that CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen will not have her contract renewed.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sadism Watch: Sarah Palin vs. the Marquis de Sade

By Rick Pearcey • July 15, 2009, 07:06 AM

A self-described "recovering liberal and psychotherapist in Berkeley" comments at American Thinker on the cruelty, abuse, and inhumanity that passes for politics in secular society today.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Palin Proves Problem With Journalism Is ...

By Rick Pearcey • July 13, 2009, 04:29 PM

. . . Maureen Dowd and what the New York Times political columnist has come to represent -- "The state of journalism post-liberal takeover," writes Tommy De Seno at Fox Forum.

"Reason is dead and yellow journalism soars. Dowd no longer even tries her hand at political analysis with intellect.  She has gone from Pulitzer Prize, to plagiarism to name-calling."

More from "Palin Proves Problem With Journalism Is Maureen Dowd" ...

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Obama Site Vanishes From the Web

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2009, 09:21 AM

"A website aimed at combating so-called internet 'smears' about President Obama has disappeared from the Internet -- including an alleged certification of live birth posted during his campaign -- and archives for the website have been thoroughly scrubbed," reports WorldNetDaily.

Scrubbed statements included information on the "birth certificate, Bill Ayers, ACORN," reports WND.

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Collaborationist Watch: The Slave Press

By Rick Pearcey • July 10, 2009, 08:38 AM

A self-respecting and free press would routinely question authority, ask those in high office tough questions, and cover nationwide popular uprisings. 

A target-rich environment for authentic journalism would seem to include the likes of Barack Hussein Obama and his anti-Constitutionalist agenda, not to mention a national Tea Party movement rising up in opposition.

Reporting should be driven by a passionate commitment to truth, not by an activist's hunger to "change the world" or "make a difference."

There is, of course, a place for activism. But not in journalism. Even the most political activism -- if it is to be distinguished form religious or secular cultism -- should be rooted in fact, an openness to evidence, and a willingness to adjust one's theories about life to objective realities that structure the external world.

But something is seriously awry, notes Bruce Walker at American Thinker: "Freedom of the press, like almost all our constitutional protections, has been murdered by the courts and the Left." 

More on "The Slave Press" . . .

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hating Palin

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2009, 08:22 AM

Ben Voth writes at American Thinker:

As a communication professional I have largely been at a loss to explain the judgments being drawn about Governor Palin by allegedly expert pundits. The general meme from pundits is that Palin is a quitter who cannot take the heat.

It seems rather like the "heat" has been more like hate -- maybe we are dealing with a simple spelling error? Journalism has gotten rather weak of late. 

More from "Hating Palin" . . .


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Time to Revolt: Duke "Gay" Rape Case Elicits Silence

By Rick Pearcey • July 1, 2009, 01:46 PM

"A professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington says the outrage over a homosexual statutory rape case at Duke University is a deafening sound of silence," reports OneNewsNow.

"Frank Lombard, associate director of Duke University's Center for Health Policy, has been accused of molesting his adopted five-year-old African-American son and offering him up for sex with strangers on the Internet," OneNewsNow continues. "Lombard's homosexual partner, who resides in the same house with Lombard, was allegedly unaware of the activities."

Regardless of the legal outcome of this Duke case, it seems crucial to understand that what you have in the homosexual rape and degradation of an adopted black "son" by a white "gay" "parent" is not an aberration, if one accepts and authentically applies the basic presuppositions intrinsic to the homosexualist worldview.  As an example of the moral confusion and capitulation that results from such a view, please see, "Faggot Easy to Defend -- Surprising Help From Secular America."

The attempted sodomization of American society by the forces of monosexist philosophy, with logical certainty, leads to harm for families, parents, and innocent children oppressed by the powers that be. As such, it is an ideological plague affecting society at large and is not limited to private choices among "consenting adults," a moral fiction created and admired for its temporary ability to cover a multitude of sins. 

The cries and screams of homosexually raped children might indicate to some -- willing to think freely outside the confines of secular orthodoxy -- that the "gay" lifestyle is a poor and unfortunate choice, a syndrome in need of healing, not a condition in need of codification. True rebels will hear and respond. The others can speak out courageously as Tinseltown reactionaries celebrated at the Academy Awards.

An insensitive, nonempathetic, and collaborative media may prefer to remain silent in the face of inconvenient facts and of perversity carefully wrapped in the language of "rights" and pretended absolutes created to advance the propaganda needs of the hour, week, year, decade, or generation. However, as the failed Soviet Union eventually learned, truth will win out, even if a "Vichy" press continues to die a slow, agonizing death in violation of its constitutional and humane calling to report the facts and let the chips fall where they may. Meanwhile, other voices will rise up.  

There is hope for a destiny not imagined by ideological tyrants who roam the land, not considered by the priests of culture and celebrities of now who preach a cruel tolerance of "love" without limits, an open door to slime and hate. The slaves and the oppressed can be set free of a behavior and philosophy beneath the dignity and wonder of the individual human being -- man, woman, and child; red and yellow, black and white -- created in the image of a loving and forgiving God in a moral universe. This is a Creator who endows the individual with inalienable rights and calls all of us to a higher, more humane way.

And because there is love, there also is accountability, judgment, and intervention. And a way to tell the truly liberating difference between God-given diversity and love-denying perversity. All of which is intolerable, of course, to those who prefer the oh-so-"free" "love without limits" company of kids.

The innocence of our children is crying out. Do we have ears to hear, a mind to think, a will to revolt? There is much to do. Much to say. Duke is as good a place as any to make a stand.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tyranny Watch: Krauthammer Raps Obama for Siding With Honduras Dictator-Chavez Wannabe -- Video

By Rick Pearcey • June 30, 2009, 02:53 PM

Charles Krauthammer offers a lesson in liberty to Obama:

The president has a knack for getting all of these big decisions wrong. . . . A rule of thumb here is whenever you find yourself on the side of Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro twins, you ought to reexamine your assumptions.

This YouTube video features Krauthammer, Bret Baier and gang on Fox News.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

NYT Poll Showing 72% for Obamacare Stacked With Obama Supporters

By Rick Pearcey • June 24, 2009, 11:26 AM

CNSNews.com reports: "A New York Times/CBS News poll released Saturday that showed broad bipartisan support for President Obama’s health care reform over-sampled Obama voters compared to McCain voters, critics say."

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Age of Twitter v. Tyranny

By Rick Pearcey • June 23, 2009, 10:33 AM

As an "army of Davids takes on an Ayatollah Goliath" in Iran, Arnaud de Borchgrave writes at the Washington Times:

Until recently, a twitter was simply a bird making high-pitched mating calls. Now Twitter is in the vanguard of an army of cybernauts whose speedy steeds are propelling both democratic and authoritarian governments through a period of social change more profound than anything we have experienced in 5,000 years of recorded history. . . .

A Boston Globe cartoon shows the turbaned, white bearded supreme leader on his balcony ordering an acolyte to expel all the foreign correspondents reporting on the popular uprising in the streets below. But, responds the acolyte throwing up his arms, "they're all correspondents."

In the street below, thousands of demonstrators turned instant journalists are firing their electronic weapons, twittering away the standards of foreign reporting, tweeting the future of journalism and tweaking history. Online screams from men and women falling under the rubber truncheons were heard around the world.

Read the rest of "Age of Twitter v. Tyranny" . . .


Friday, June 19, 2009

Companies Remove Ads From Homosexual Blog Site

By Rick Pearcey • June 19, 2009, 09:34 AM

"Two companies are expressing embarrassment for advertising their products on the blog of a militant homosexual activist who routinely bashes conservative Christians," reports OneNewsNow.

"Borden Dairy and Quiznos both say they were unaware they were helping finance a blog that, during the presidential campaign, accused Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of having her first son out of wedlock and falsely claimed she forced rape victims to pay for rape kits."

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Collaborationist Watch: Major Papers Expunge Obama Healthcare Comment

By Rick Pearcey • June 17, 2009, 09:45 AM

Here is a quote from Barack Obama that did not appear in news coverage from the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, as reported by Terry Jeffrey at CNSNews.com:

I'll be honest, there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.

One wonders why these famed newspapers failed to include the Obama quote.

Here's a shot in the dark: Perhaps if readers "informed" by those papers read the quote, they might consider the possibility that Obama might try to impose here in the U.S. a nationalized, socialist single-payer healthcare system, since, after all, in all honesty, as the Democratic president has stated, "There are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well."

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Ed Sullivan vs. David Letterman

By Rick Pearcey • June 15, 2009, 01:12 PM

"Our mission statement," says FireDavidLetterman.com, is "David Letterman must be held accountable for his disgraceful statements." As part of this effort, the website is announcing a rally planned for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tues.) at The Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway, New York City.

Speaking of Ed Sullivan, he always presented himself in a dignified manner. His variety show had class and treated its audience with respect.

The same cannot be said of Mr. Letterman and the CBS "Late Show," as is indicated by the man's crude sex jokes attacking Sarah Palin and her family. Instead, the CBS star appears to operate in a different, less-enlightened moral universe from that of Ed Sullivan.

That's bad for entertainment, the Letterman audience, and David Letterman himself (not to mention his family). He might want to look in the mirror and ask a few heartfelt questions.

That is not meant as a putdown. It's something every human being with a conscience has to do from time to time. Otherwise you drift. Otherwise 30 years later you see a face in the mirror you no longer recognize.

This phenomenon is inclusive: It happens to entertainers, pastors, politicians, scientists, activists, artists, authors, and hard-charging ministry leaders.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Comedy Has Consequences: Still Open Season on Sarah Palin

By Rick Pearcey • June 12, 2009, 07:48 AM

David Letterman's below-the-belt sex-joke shots at Palin and her family are cheap and demeaning and reflect rather poorly on him as an increasingly unfunny and uninteresting entertainer. 

But it also speaks volumes about the inherent inhumanity at the heart of materialistic secularist thought as it impacts popular culture. There is a way up from that, but it requires an embrace of that which secularists despise: The high view of the individual person reflected in the Declaration of Independence and based in the objective and factual reality of human beings as having been created in the image of a rational, personal, knowable, and verifable God.

Palin "wasted no time unloading both barrels at the hoary Letterman for his lurid jabs," writes J. Robert Smith at American Thinker. "The time has come for conservatives to start fighting back. Governor Palin is showing the way."

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dictatorship Watch: Holocaust Museum Shooter a Christian-Hating Socialist

By Rick Pearcey • June 11, 2009, 01:05 PM

Racists, socialists, Marxists, and fascists red and yellow, black and white may want to hold onto their seats and secure their pews.

Writing at Frontpage magazine, Ben Johnson makes the case that "longtime neo-Nazi" James Wenneker Von Brunn "was . . . not . . .     a . . . conservative."

Moreover, writes Johnson, the murder suspect "denounced the Christian faith as a dastardly Jewish conspiracy" and as a "'HOAX' invented by the Apostle Paul to 'DESTROY ROMAN CULTURE' from within by undermining its pagan virility." (Note: The CAPS above, as Johnson points out, "appear in the original.")

One does not mean to be redundant, but the stereotype-challenging information Johnson provides may also upset members of a) the Collaborationist Press and b) the Obama administration.

Why? Because, sadly and tyrannically, many of these folks are also "Christian-Haters." 

They constitute an elitist, secularist axis of those who despise -- in contradistinction to the genius of the Founding Fathers and the Founding Vision -- the humane, liberating, and dictatorship-challenging application of Creator-rooted information and thoughtforms to the public square.

Their way, including the Obama way, is the end of America the free.

The end of their way opens the door to humanity and dignity under God again. That's what the Declaration and Constitution are all about.

According to the evidence, Von Brunn hates this. As does the Washington-Centric establishment.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Pummels Obama on Birth Certificate

By Rick Pearcey • June 10, 2009, 04:15 PM

WorldNetDaily reports:

Nationwide attention about President Obama's lack of producing a long-form birth certificate proving his eligibility for office got a boost today when top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh joked about the subject in comparing Obama to God.

Asking rhetorically what God has in common with Obama, Limbaugh said, "Neither has a birth certificate."

"How do they differ?" Limbaugh continued. "God does not think he's Obama. And there's another difference. Liberals love Obama."

More from WND on "Rush Limbaugh Pummels Obama on Birth Certificate" . . . 

Related:
Birth Certificate No. 1 Issue at Fox News
Some $800,000, 3 Law Firms, 1 Birth Certificate . . . and Yet
This Obama's Birth Certificate?
Possible Worst-Case Scenario Over Obama Eligibility


Monday, June 8, 2009

Question the Collaborationist Media

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2009, 06:27 AM

CBS apparently thinks it's OK to question God but not to question Obama. Joseph Farah of WND wonders what the collaborationist media is up to. Actually, the human thing to do, as well as the Biblical and journalistic thing to do, is to "test everything."

But what are the "Collaborationist Media"? As I noted in this space June 3, Collaborationist Media are "organs of ideology and propaganda in the service of forces at odds with the DNA of the American Experiment in liberty."

The Collaborationist Press is philosophically challenged. It has:

Forgotten that freedom does not grow on trees or crawl out of the ocean. [It has rejected in principle] the Founders' hard-won understanding that human dignity and freedom are rooted in a real and knowable Creator. His structured creation -- which we recognize as the objective cosmos -- is what makes possible the rational investigation and empirical discovery of both science and legitimate news gathering in the first place. It also makes possible the separation of a religiously privatized "faith" (secular or otherwise) from the concrete and epistemologically assured information, truth content, and authenticity available in the Judeo-Christian worldview. 

The Collaborationist Press has rejected that worldview which gives an adequate basis for "fair and balanced" reporting. It is of little surprise, therefore, that so many journalists now find themselves goosestep-slobbering more and more deeply into political passions, relativistic subjectivities, group think that would make cult members blush, and obedience to correlations of raw power at particular moments in history. 

This is the true crisis in journalism today. What is needed to counter this is not a journalism passionately devoted to "conservatism" or some other "ism." What is needed is a journalism passionately committed to objective truth. "Vichy" journalism in Nazi-occupied France was a contradiction in terms in WWII Europe, and it is a contradiction in terms in America today. A journalism of resistance rooted in truth will win the hearts of Americans and help set us free again.

Related:
Journalists Who Don't Kiss Obama's Feet
New York Slimes: All the News That's Fit to Suppress
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
Press Watch: Hyping Hysteria vs. Knowing Truth
Corrupt, Slobbering Media Still in Love
Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance

Puke Alert: Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn on C-SPAN

By Rick Pearcey • June 8, 2009, 05:24 AM

Peter Barry Chowka in American Thinker reviews yesterday's 3-hour appearance of William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn on C-SPAN's "Book TV."

Chowka writes: "Ayers has gained some notoriety for comments he made that appear to defend his bomb making past (gaining for him in some circles the moniker 'unrepentant domestic terrorist') and for his murky but apparently influential association during the 1990s with the then new-on-the-scene, up-and-coming Chicago politician, Barack H. Obama."

Ayers "personifies the moral bankruptcy of the far left," and Dohrn "comes across as decidely rough around the edges and inarticulate."

More from Chowka on Ayers and Dohrn . . .


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Collaborationist Media Spike Muslim Convert's Murder of U.S. Soldier

By Rick Pearcey • June 3, 2009, 01:34 PM

From Brent Baker at Newsbusters:

The networks, which saw the apparently politically-motivated murder of a Kansas doctor who performed late term abortions as a major story, haven't been so interested in a Muslim convert who specifically targeted and shot two Army privates outside a Little Rock recruiting office, killing one, William Long. None mentioned it on Monday night and on Tuesday evening, as all aired follow-up pieces on Dr. George Tiller, only NBC gave it a few seconds.

Since the "mainstream" media have taken sides in the culture wars, and since the side they have taken rejects the principles upon which this nation is founded, perhaps it is time to identify them for what they truly are: The Collaborationist Press -- that is, organs of ideology and propaganda in the service of forces at odds with the DNA of the American Experiment in liberty.

As coverage of the ongoing abortion tragedy demonstrates (e.g., the killing of abortionist George Tiller), the "pro-choice" Collaborationist Press rejects the Founders' insistence on unalienable rights, including the unalienable right to life, including the right to life of preborn American citizens (and preborn journalists). Rejecting the only adequate basis for authentic human freedom, the Collaborationist Press devolves into mouthpieces for tyranny (however well motivated, or not-so-well motivated, individual reporters may be).  

Far less interesting to the Collaborationist Media, therefore, is the killing of U.S. Army private William Long in Little Rock, in the state of a president who famously "loathed" the military. No human institution is perfect, but the U.S. military has been a force for genuine goodness in the world, fighting unto victory the evils of fascism in Europe and Japan during WWII, and being the ready backbone of liberty in the Cold War, helping to ensure the downfall of the class-warfare slave state formerly known as the U.S.S.R.

Of course there have been mistakes. But when U.S. soliders break the law, we've had a system of justice and morality in the United States -- rooted ultimately the self-same Creator who endows every human being with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- upon which to bring those soliders to justice. Again, not perfection, but certainly a terrific and humane advance in the struggle of human liberty against the forces of ideological terror and government tyranny. 

All of this is rejected in principle by a secularized press that has forgotten that freedom does not grow on trees or crawl out of the ocean. Rejected in principle is the Founders' hard-won understanding that human dignity and freedom are rooted in a real and knowable Creator. His structured creation -- which we recognize as the objective cosmos -- is what makes possible the rational investigation and empirical discovery of both science and legitimate news gathering in the first place. It also makes possible the separation of a religiously privatized "faith" (secular or otherwise) from the concrete and epistemologically assured information, truth content, and authenticity available in the Judeo-Christian worldview.

However, in somewhat less than infinite wisdom, the Collaborationist Press has rejected that worldview which gives an adequate basis for "fair and balanced" reporting. It is of little surprise, therefore, that so many journalists now find themselves goosestep-slobbering more and more deeply into political passions, relativistic subjectivities, group think that would make cult members blush, and obedience to correlations of raw power at particular moments in history. 

This is the true crisis in journalism today. What is needed to counter this is not a journalism passionately devoted to "conservatism" or some other "ism." What is needed is a journalism passionately committed to objective truth. "Vichy" journalism in Nazi-occupied France was a contradiction in terms in WWII Europe, and it is a contradiction in terms in America today. A journalism of resistance rooted in truth will win the hearts of Americans and help set us free again. 

Related:
Journalists Who Don't Kiss Obama's Feet
New York Slimes: All the News That's Fit to Suppress
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
Press Watch: Hyping Hysteria vs. Knowing Truth
Corrupt, Slobbering Media Still in Love
Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance


Monday, June 1, 2009

Journalists Who Don't Kiss Obama's Feet

By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2009, 09:03 AM

"The White House press corps is now completely supine," writes James Lewis at American Thinker.

But Lewis has discovered signs of life across the Atlantic: "The journos of Britain show little repsect for American Presidents regardless or face, creed, or color. They laugh hysterically at all of them. Not that it takes much imagination."

More on "Journalists Who Don't Kiss Obama's Feet" . . .

Related:
New York Slimes: All the News That's Fit to Suppress
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
Press Watch: Hyping Hysteria vs. Knowing Truth
Corrupt, Slobbering Media Still in Love
Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance

Pravda: American Descent Into Marxism

By Rick Pearcey • June 1, 2009, 08:48 AM

"It is difficult not to be filled with a powerful sense of foreboding," writes Matthew Vadum at American Specator, "when Russia's Pravda Online editorializes about the tragic descent of America into radicalism under the Obama administration."

More From Vadum on Pravda: American Descent in Marxism . . .


Friday, May 29, 2009

Birth Certificate Issue No. 1 at Fox News

By Rick Pearcey • May 29, 2009, 03:42 PM

"Barack Obama's elusive long-form birth certificate that would establish his eligibility to serve as president as a 'natural born citizen' is the hottest discussion topic at the Fox News Channel's website, reports WorldNetDaily.

"Under the heading, 'Should Obama release his birth certificate? Or is this old news?,' nearly 1,000 comments have been posted -- all of them since White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was questioned about the document earlier this week by WND White House correspondent Les Kinsolving."

Also in the mix: "The visibility of the Obama birth certificate issue has also been raised by a new national billboard campaign, initiated by Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND," reports the news website. "Launched just over a week ago, the campaign has raised about $55,000 and begun erecting billboards that ask the question, 'Where's the birth certificate?'"  

More from WorldNetDaily . . .

Related:
Some $800,000, 3 Law Firms, 1 Birth Certificate . . . and Yet
This Obama's Birth Certificate?
Possible Worst-Case Scenario Over Obama Eligibility


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rush: Sotomayor the "Antithesis of a Judge . . . "

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2009, 02:53 PM

In response to Barack Obama's pick of Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, this from Rush Limbaugh on today's radio program:

Sonia Sotomayor needs to be opposed by the Republicans as far as they can take it, because the American people need to know who Barack Obama really is, and his choice of Sonia Sotomayor tells everybody, if we will tell the story of her, who he is.

He got up in his announcement and said everything about her that isn't true, that she's a great constitutionalist; that she doesn't use personal opinion; that she understands what her role is and the oath is of a Supreme Court justice.  She has done just the opposite of that.  She is a hack like he is a hack in the sense that the court is a place to be used to make policy, not to adjudicate cases, not to adjudicate constitutional law but to make policy. (emphasis added)

See also:
To Obama and Sotomayor: Keep Your Tyranny Off Our Constitution
Why Judges Make Law: The Roots and Remedy of Judicial Imperialism

Plagiarism Update: Can Maureen Dowd Produce Email of "Mysterious Friend"?

By Rick Pearcey • May 26, 2009, 07:30 AM

Eric Boehlert at Media Matters would like to know. He writes:

That's the only way to confirm her account and make sure that Dowd didn't simply plagiarize TPM. The media's Village is quite content that Dowd did nothing wrong. That it was just one innocent mistake. To date, the Times editors agree and are giving Dowd a complete pass.

See also:
Plagiarism: Pretend People, Fake Work
What Is a Plagiarist?
Oxford, Cambridge, Plagiarism, and Christian Worldview
Controversy Over "Michelangelo" Sculpture


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New York Slimes: All the News That's Fit to Suppress

By Rick Pearcey • May 20, 2009, 10:48 AM

Author of Liberty and Tyranny Mark Levin mocks the pretended objectivity and, ahem, reliable newsworthiness of the New York Times by famously calling it the "New York Slimes."

Michelle Malkin offers free-thinking people a new round of evidence for this well-earned moniker of money-monkey reportage.

Related
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism
Press Watch: Hyping Hysteria vs. Knowing Truth
Corrupt, Slobbering Media Still in Love
Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pearcey and Prejean at WorldNetDaily

By Rick Pearcey • May 19, 2009, 04:28 PM

In case you missed it, WND recently linked (scroll down) to "Beauty and the Beast: Now This Is Extremism," with the following kicker: "Rick Pearcey: Miss California Has Upheld Founders' 'Humane and Liberating Worldview.'"

Here's the article at Pro-Existence.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Schwacking Obama: Andrew Sullivan's "Daily" Has Ditched

By Rick Pearcey • May 14, 2009, 11:35 AM

From Peter Wehner at Commentary:

Andrew Sullivan has turned with indignant fury against Barack Obama. The triggering event for Andrew was President Obama’s decision to seek to block the release of photographs depicting the abuse of detainees held by U.S. authorities. And it is not simply that Obama has done a grave moral wrong.

“Slowly but surely,” Sullivan writes, “Obama is owning the cover-up of his predcessors’ [sic] war crimes. But covering up war crimes, refusing to proscute [sic] them, promoting those associated with them, and suppressing evidence of them are themselves violations of Geneva and the UN Convention. So Cheney begins to successfully coopt [sic] his successor.”

More from Wehner on Sullivan's "Daily" . . .

Coulter: Liberal Taliban Issue Fatwa Against Miss California

By Rick Pearcey • May 14, 2009, 09:19 AM

Ann Coulter writes:

Not even Dick Cheney can incite the blood-curdling rage of liberals at the sight of a sexy Evangelical Christian. Paula Jones, Katherine Harris, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin and, most recently, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, have all come under a frenzy of attacks from liberals.
   
Christians are supposed to be fat, balding sweaty little men with bad complexions. It's liberals who are supposed to be the sexy ones. (I know that from watching "The West Wing" and all movies starring Julia Roberts.)
   
But sadly for liberals, in real life, the fat, balding sweaty little guy with the bad complexion is Perez Hilton and the smoking-hot babe is Carrie Prejean.

More . . .

Related
Seriously Hot: The Carrie Prejean Story
Shuster Asks, "Can I Vomit?"
Miss California on Liberty Live Radio
Centrist Miss California Told to Shut Up "About Your Faith"
Resisting the Reactionary Extremism of Perez Hilton
BBC: On Murdering Miss California
Wildmon: Carrie Prejean vs. Rick Warren
Rosie's Coat


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hate America First: Kids Enviro Video Coming Soon to Your School

By Rick Pearcey • May 12, 2009, 08:38 AM

From Warner Todd Huston at RedState:

A new propaganda video created by an extreme environmental activist is making its way into America’s classrooms and The New York Times loves the whole idea. Enviro obsessive Annie Leonard, Greenpeace member and activist, has created a 20 minute video filled with anti-capitalist, anti-American propaganda to encourage kids to eschew “stuff,” calling the presentation “The Story of Stuff.”

More here.

Related:
Czech Prez: What Climate Activists Really Want



Friday, May 8, 2009

BET: Rush a Racist?

By Rick Pearcey • May 8, 2009, 10:10 AM

That's the conclusion invited by an entry at the BET website.

The truth is, however, "Limbaugh has no problem following black conservatives," a fact "you’d never know . . . were you to read the Black Entertainment Television website," counters Mike Sargent at Newsbusters.

There is, of course, no foul per se in criticizing public figures such as Limbaugh. Fair-minded criticism is a practice every free-thinking person endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights ought to embrace.

But if BET wants to be seen as something more than a political race cult with a broadcast license, it ought to supply evidence to back up charges against those in whom they find fault. We know they can do better and look forward to them doing so.



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Press Watch: Hyping Hysteria vs. Knowing Truth

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2009, 07:04 AM

"The alliance between politicians, their supporters with agendas, and the news media is an unholy union," writes Michael J. Economides at American Thinker.

"Hysteria and alarmism in the news is a business-driven matrimony and, in spite of proclamations of safeguarding the public's right to know, it has little to do with knowing the truth."

More on "Hyping Hysteria" . . .

Related:
Corrupt, Slobbering Media Still in Love
Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance
Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism



Monday, May 4, 2009

Pearcey Jolts Atlanta Journal-Constitution Writer/Editor on Miss California

By Rick Pearcey • May 4, 2009, 12:03 PM

It seems that accurately locating the affirmations of Miss California Carrie Prejean at the philosophic center of the American experiment in liberty was a bit much for Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Over the top," said Galloway.

Galloway describes himself as a "writer and editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 30 years," and he writes a blog called "Political Insider." He was responding to a column in RedState titled Beauty and the Beast: The Reactionary Extremism of Perez Hilton, also published at Pro-Existence, here

Note also this strange comment from a fellow who thinks I'm a "foreigner" who "would do well to draw from the actual well of Our Founders’ writing." He suggests I leave the country. 

Well, I think I've done well by the commenter and perhaps even Mr. Galloway. As a Christian, Miss Prejean affirms the existence of a Creator, as does the Declaration of Independence, which expresses the basic worldview and mission statement of the Founders of the United States. Both positions relate the Creator to questions of public life, including government and politics.

Miss California, therefore, is operating within the same philosophic universe as that shared by our Founders. She occupies the middle ground, the "center," as it were.

Those such as Perez Hilton who reject the application of verifiable information from the Creator to public life, including politics, operate in a totally different philosophic universe. In both outbursts and outlook, they are the extremists. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Miss California on Liberty Live Radio Today

By Rick Pearcey • April 29, 2009, 11:45 AM

Miss California Carrie Prejean, who recently stood up for the moral fact of the superiority of the Creator's objective norms for human marriage over against the subjective inventions and impositions of the secular homosexual establishment, will appear on nationally syndicated radio today at 4-5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Prejean will join hosts Mat Staver and Matt Barber on Liberty Live, a video broadcast that can be accessed online at American Family Radio and OneNewsNow.

Listeners who want to ask Miss California questions on air may call 866-963-2037.

It is worth noting that Prejean's comments in defense of marriage at the Miss USA pageant place her at the vital center of the American experiment in liberty under our true and knowable Creator. This affirmation of male and female in lifelong and liberating community under God has earned Miss Prejean the scorn of intolerant extremists such as Perez Hilton, whose pro-homosexualist, anti-Judeo-Christian worldview could never have yielded the "the blessings of liberty" that alarm tryants past, present, and future. 

Related:
Centrist Miss California Told to Shut Up "About Your Faith"
BBC: On Murdering Miss California
Resisting the Reactionary Extremism of Perez Hilton
Wildmon: Carrie Prejean vs. Rick Warren
Limbaugh vs. Obama



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Corrupt, Slobbering Media: 100 Days and Still in Love

By Rick Pearcey • April 28, 2009, 07:25 AM

100 days and 852 broadcast stories into the regime of liberal socialist Barack Obama and the liberal socialist Obama is virtually nowhere to be found on "ABC's World News, the CBS Evening News, and the NBC Nightly News." Imagine that

"In fact, rather than challenging the President's radical policies, network news reporters have often celebrated Obama's radical agenda." Well, imagine that again.



Thursday, April 23, 2009

Open Lesbian, CNN Anchor, Defends Miss USA Judge

By Rick Pearcey • April 23, 2009, 09:51 AM

Open lesbian and CNN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell of Headline News "vehemently defended Perez Hilton’s crude remarks against Miss California USA Carrie Prejean," writes Matthew Balan at Newsbusters.  

Name of the CNN program? "No Bias, No Bull."

Related:
Beauty and the Beast: Resisting the Reactionary Extremism of Perez Hilton

Hat tip: WND



Monday, April 20, 2009

Last Straw: Statist Media Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance

By Rick Pearcey • April 20, 2009, 08:25 AM

Kyle-Anne Shiver reaches out to CNN, MSNBC, and "our too disgraceful for words MSM." 

A media in crisis clearly needs help, but it may not like what the doctor prescribes. 

"Never in the history of this grand Republic has a group so demanded massive intervention as this media does now," Shiver concludes.  "And I think they may be about to get it from the folks they hate the most -- genuine American patriots."



Saturday, April 18, 2009

Anderson Cooper and the Crisis of Journalism

By Rick Pearcey • April 18, 2009, 12:15 PM

"CNN's Anderson Cooper should have his dirty, little gutter mouth washed out with soap," writes Joseph Farah. "Then he should be fired." Farah is responding to Cooper's use of the word "Tea-bagging" to describe the nationwide Tea Party rallies of April 15. 

While lining up for or against the comments made by Cooper, let us note a strategic point: The liberal secularist mindset lacks an adequate basis for objective norms not just in regard to right and wrong, but also in regard to epistemology (theory of knowledge). This is a major contributor to the breakdown of journalism today. (Those who want to pursue this argument might take a look at The Dust of Death, by Os Guinness, and He Is There and He Is Not Silent, by Francis Schaeffer.)

These factors united in perhaps one of the most unfortunate episodes in erstwhile journalistic practice in recent memory when Cooper expressed on-air a profound hatred for the Tea Party movement by "jokingly" describing it in terms appropriate to that "progressive," dehumanizing squalor known as the homosexual movement. 

Homosexuals as broken creatures made in the image of God (as we all are, that is, broken but also noble) are better than the worldview embraced by their cadres of leadership. A truly humane and liberated civilization affirms their ontic dignity even while challenging their ethical pain and brokeness. This is an "up from barbarism" distinction that applies across the board to all of us -- and it is made possible on the basis of verifiable information from a knowable and rational Creator. That's the kind of Creator referenced in our Founding documents, with their roots in Judeo-Christian thoughtforms.

Not only is what Cooper said deserving of ethical condemnation, but it also reveals a principial breakdown between journalism and urinalism, where there no longer is a line of demarcation between facts and propaganda, between reporting and demonization, between knowledge and Goebbels. 

Using insider gutter language to demonize political opposition is part and parcel of the fascist, liberal, statist, and secularist playbook these days. It bespeaks a form of cultural pollution in play with special viciousness since the demonization of Judge Robert Bork when in 1987 he was nominated to the Supreme Court. 

On display here is not just the weakness and inherent destructiveness of the homosexual worldview -- not just personally but also in its impact on societal foundations -- but also the desperation of establishment media and other elites who rightly perceive a real threat to their secularist and statist agenda.

The need for progress rooted not in vain and hurtful philosophy but in that vision displayed so brilliantly and courageously by our Founding Fathers is more apparent than ever. That, at its core, is the profound hope energizing the Tea Party movement. Hence the bared fangs of those on the wrong side of unalienable rights, life, liberty, happiness, and the Creator from whom those rights derive.

Mr. Cooper has spoken, and his own words condemn him. This much seems clear: Either he is in the wrong line of work, or the line of work his is in is not journalism. 



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Video: CNN Reporter Berates Tea Party Interviewee

By Rick Pearcey • April 16, 2009, 08:30 AM

Here's the video, in which CNN reporter Susan Roesgen "sneered at, berated, mocked and debated a peaceful protestor who was trying to explain why he felt compelled to take to the streets," writes Big Fur Hat at American Thinker. 


"Wake Up and Start Fighting the Fascism"

By Rick Pearcey • April 16, 2009, 08:07 AM

"It seems America is catching on" to the "Bush and Obama administrations' incipient Fascist corporatism," concludes Matthew Vadum, referencing a Tea Party report by Cody Willard of Fox News.

See also:
How to Argue Like a Fascist
Fascism Is Back



Monday, April 13, 2009

Rick Warren's Holy Week Crisis

By Rick Pearcey • April 13, 2009, 10:21 AM

In his handbook for living as a human being in a broken world with manipulative politicians, preachers, scientists, and used-car salesmen, the Creator liberates his fellow rebels against evil by exhorting them to "test everything" (1 Thess. 5:21).

Thus, Sandy Rios questions "America's Pastor" Rick Warren vis-a-vis his Larry Kingish running for the hills on the question of standing up for the Biblical, Gospel, and life-enhancing circle of life called marriage -- as between a man and a woman in community under God.

One might add, however, this to the Rios column: Let's refrain from calling Mr. Warren "America's Pastor." You can be his friend, his seminary classmate, etc., etc. I have never met Warren personally, and he may be a swell guy. But, please, "America's Pastor"? That's ridiculous.



Friday, April 10, 2009

Tea, Anyone? Mass Media Neglecting Massive Party

By Rick Pearcey • April 10, 2009, 02:06 PM

With more than 2,000 "Tea Party" Rallies (see TEA and WND) scheduled across America April 15, some citizens are noticing a lack of media "support" in helping to announce this nationwide grassroots protest event to the public.

Here is a report from rally organizer Laurel West of Woodbridge, Va. Woodbridge is located in Prince William County, some 20 miles from Washington, D.C. She writes to Pro-Existence

I believe it should be noted that many of our United States Citizens have expressed a desire to invoke our constitutional rights. We are executing our right to public assembly. Unfortunately, we are not granted the support of “Mass Media.” According to Wikipedia, "Mass media" is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience. Accordingly, “Mass media” can be used for various purposes:

* Advocacy, both for business and social concerns. This can include advertising, marketing, propaganda, public relations, and political communication.
 

* Public service announcements.

West says she submitted a "Tea Party" announcement (below) to the following news and information outlets in the area: 

Newspapers
Potomac News & Messenger 
Old Bridge Observer
Belvoir Eagle 
The Examiner
Washington Post, Prince William Metro Section  
Washington Times 


TV stations 
WETA (PBS 26), Arlington, Va. 
WJLA (ABC-7), Arlington, Va.

AIM (Ch. 69), Arlington, Va.
FCAC (Ch. 10, 30, 37), Fairfax, Va.
FCCTV (ch. 12), Falls Church, Va. 

Radio
WGTS
Virginia’s Positive Hits radio stations

This adds up to 13 contacts with local print, radio, and TV media, some of which have national reach. "To date," West concludes, "we have seen no coverage or notification of this event."

Here is the announcement West submitted to the media outlets mentioned above: 

Dear Editor:

A group of citizens in Woodbridge are organizing a TEA Party rally on the grounds next to Prince William Parkway in front of the McCoart Administration Center at noon to 2:00 pm on April 15, 2009 the day tax returns are to be mailed.  The TEA Party is part of a national movement to protest the spending of trillions of dollars which will leave our great-grandchildren a debt they must pay. We would like your support in giving this event the widest circulation possible. For more detailed information about this cause please see http://www.teapartyday.com.

With gratitude, Laurel West



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Public TV Show Finds Osama bin Laden Not Guilty of 911

By Rick Pearcey • April 9, 2009, 01:54 PM

An anti-Geert Wilders defense attorney convinced a jury on the Dutch public TV show "Devil's Advocate" that Osama bin Laden's "connection to Sept. 11 was a product of 'western propaganda'," reports The Hollywood Reporter.



Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Osteens: Obama Doing Great Job, Loves the Lord

By Rick Pearcey • April 8, 2009, 03:08 PM

Joel and Victoria Osteen, interviewed by Larry King.



Monday, April 6, 2009

Fascism Watch: Village Voice and Pro-Existence

By Rick Pearcey • April 6, 2009, 08:06 AM

From "How RightBloggers Made Fascist the New Socialist," by Roy Edroso:

So some of the more scholarly rightbloggers conduct seminars to explain Obamafascism. "When the government controls the economy without actually taking ownership of the means of production, it is still very much socialism: it is fascist socialism," explained The Real Revo. "GM is Krupp is AIG is Messerschmidt." Also: "Liberals have long believed that authoritarian government is fine as long as 'representatives of the people' -- meaning 'liberals'--are in charge. We are witnessing nothing less than the the germination latest mutation of fascism adapted for a new age."

Pro-Existence referred to "Abortofascism" and explicated, "the liberal secular statist operates as a relativist who looks to the Federal Empire as the supreme (but pretended) absolute, an idol of raw 'choice' collectivizing a raw will to power set loose and affirmed by worshippers of this idol in media, on campus, in Hollywood, government, and activist groups." Oh, well, when you put it that way...

Edroso concludes:

"Fascist" is a good, strong scare-word. It has the advantage of novelty. And it's not as if it has to mean anything.

When that flames out, they can take "Nazi" out of the test lab and start using it as an alternate. That would be something of a nuclear option, but it only has to last them until the next election.

Is that all this is, fascism as a scare word? That would be dishonest and a waste of time. I'd much rather join my friend Camus on the soccer pitch.

Or might Barack Obama and his defenders prefer that free-thinking Americans forget the past (just as the statists of our era have forgotten the Declaration and Constitution), forget the "change" of 1930s and '40s Europe, lest the lessons of history apply all too readily and appropriately to present regimes and thoughtforms?

These lessons apply to Republicans as well: Your embrace of statism and profound lack of seriousness vis-a-via the Founding Vision and Mission Statement of the United States is a huge part of the problem.  

By the way, we really are pro-existence, which means we are for the individual, the family, reason, the arts, creativity, rebellion against evil and inauthenticity, and any form of tryanny, including "religious" tyranny, "over the mind of man," as Jefferson put it. 

This humane approach does not hang in mid-air, as does so much of Hollywood, academia, and politics today. Rather, it is a grounded and rooted liberty we enjoy as human beings endowed by a knowable and verifiable Creator with certain unalienable rights. And on that basis rooted in fact and information, we reserve the right to a critical distance against politics so-called left, right, or center. 

More here:
American Fascism: Obama and Mussolini

National Obama Socialism
Regarding "Change" -- Liberals Drink Deeply From Fascist Well
Fascism Is Back
The Evil Religious Presidents Do



Saturday, April 4, 2009

Act Now: Tax Day Party Count Nearing 2,000 U.S. Cities

By Rick Pearcey • April 4, 2009, 10:50 AM

"Mainstream media can run, but they can't hide from protest tidal wave," says WorldNetDaily. See this article for a list of scheduled locations.



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mark Levin on Rush Today

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2009, 12:55 PM

Rush Limbaugh has announced that Mark Levin will join him on air at the top of the 1 O'Clock hour (eastern) to talk about "The Great One's" No. 1 best-seller Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.



Friday, March 20, 2009

Radio "Worldview Correspondent" Rick Pearcey

By Rick Pearcey • March 20, 2009, 09:58 AM

Please stay tuned for program announcements as I am happy to join San Francisco KDIA 1640 AM radio talk how host Karen Hughes for occasional "Worldview Correspondent" (scroll down to "Special Correspondents") comment and analysis on news, trends, people, and events.

The name of the program is "Changing Worldviews." Here's a link to our interview on "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?"



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rush Limbaugh and Teleprompter Rights

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2009, 03:33 PM

A guy can't even get a cup of coffee anymore.

There I was, innocently frequenting the Bistro le Pearcey, Ahmadinejading a cup of cold kava java, and what does one hear but the heartless Rush Limbaugh on the radio and at it again.

"I hope Obama's teleprompter fails!," he intoned. 

That's right. He said it. "I hope Obama's teleprompter" . . . and then the "f word."

I kid you not.

It's actually worse than you think. This bald assertion is -- apparently  -- a reiteration of equally brazen insensitive and unfair remarks made just yesterday: On the air --  Public air waves -- In Obama's America -- During the Era of Change.

I'm not claiming that I personally heard these remarks of yesterday. If I had, I would have told you. In any case, I do not live in the past. Besides, my fellow Americans, Mr. Limbaugh himself admits to uttering them. 

Do you understand what is being said here? "I hope Obama's teleprompter fails!" (Sorry for the adult language. Hope no kids are reading.)

Does Mr. Limbaugh not realize that teleprompters are people too? Their job is hard enough and challenging enough as it is. Have you not seen their schedule?

Let us be clear: Teleprompters have rights, too. And let there be no doubt: They do not need these kinds of distractions.  

As the San Franciso branch of the Teleprompter Rights Action League has made clear: The fundamental rights of presidential teleprompters are self-evidently existant in the penumbra of the perception of human beings vis-a-vis the living Constitution of the United States of America. George Washington himself could not have stated it, or intended to state it, more plainly.

And if you think not Mr. Limbaugh -- or Sean or Mark or Laura or Glenn -- well, how dare you "otherise" perfectly respectable, loving, hardworking, and patriotic teleprompters who are just as valued and just as much a part of the family as any other vital component of our march into the future. Yes they can!

And shame on those who impose their values on the facts of others' heartfelt readings of the penumbras of perceptions of the living Constitution of the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

Now the coffee's cold again. Back to the bistro. Dare I turn on the radio? Sean might say something.


Haggard, Wife to Appear on Divorce Show

By Rick Pearcey • March 19, 2009, 06:52 AM

Roll the "Divorce Court" videotape. AP reports:

The Haggards say their marriage and Christian faith are stronger than ever, and they want people to know that divorce is not the answer.

"This is part of Ted's journey," Gayle Haggard said. "It's made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue."

AP also reports: "The couple will be paid an undisclosed amount for the interview, the latest in a series of public appearances that started in January when Ted Haggard began promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile. He also has appeared on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'Larry King Live.'"


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rick on Radio: "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?"

By Rick Pearcey • March 10, 2009, 03:30 PM

My radio interview with "Changing Worldviews" host Sharon Hughes of KDIA 1640 AM in San Francisco aired yesterday.

We are also adding the Center for Changing Worldviews to our list of resources under "Groups" on the main page of The Pearcey Report.

To listen to "Revenue, Rush, and Revolt?," click here.



Monday, March 9, 2009

Wikipedia Scrubs Obama Eligibility

By Rick Pearcey • March 9, 2009, 06:56 PM

Has WND uncovered patriotic vigilance?

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

A perusal through Obama's current Wikipedia entry finds a heavily guarded, mostly glowing biography about the U.S. president. Some of Obama's most controversial past affiliations, including with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers, are not once mentioned, even though those associations received much news media attention and served as dominant themes during the presidential elections last year.

Or a dysfunctional system well-defended?



Friday, March 6, 2009

Execute Rush for Treason?

By Rick Pearcey • March 6, 2009, 04:44 PM

Yep. CNN.



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rick on Detroit Radio

By Rick Pearcey • March 4, 2009, 02:52 PM

Live From Detroit -- Tomorrow WLQV am 1500 talk show host Paul Edwards and I are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

He tags his show "The Center for Study of God and Culture," and I look forward to joining Paul and his on-air academy again.

To call in, phone: 866-423-WLQV. Listen online here



Monday, March 2, 2009

CPAC, Limbaugh, and Tingling Feelings

By Rick Pearcey • March 2, 2009, 05:51 PM

One seems to recall, in the not distant past, that a cable news channel anchor remarked upon hearing a speech by Barack Obama that said anchor felt a tingling feeling run up his leg. 

Please, someone, an update, in the aftermath of Rush Limbaugh's Lincolnesque performance last Saturday at CPAC.

That is, in the name of the Fairness and Balance Doctrine, where are the reports of fresh tingles among our TV anchors? Has the Ministry of Information been alerted with regard to what may be a lack of yin in the media yang? 

A caveat: We did go sledding today, what with global warming breaking out. Perhaps the breaking news update escaped my notice. Maybe Bernard Goldberg heard something.



Saturday, February 28, 2009

Video: Coulter at CPAC

By Rick Pearcey • February 28, 2009, 02:10 PM

You can see video of Ann Coulter's brilliant, upbeat, and funny CPAC 2009 speech here. This will take you to the CPAC video streaming page.

Ignore the video box on the left for the moment. Find the archive menu on the top right and select "Saturday." Click on the "February 28, Session 8" box (right side of page).

After the video loads, you'll see Tom DeLay introduced by David Bossie. DeLay offers a good set of humorous remarks and then introduces Coulter. She is at the top of her game.

Among Coulter's lines (roughly quoted): "I love going on the 'View' because being around those gals makes me feel so young and pretty."

You may recall that in 2007 at CPAC, Coulter remarks on John Edwards created a "Faggot" firestorm, which I comment on here

I do not know how long CPAC will keep this page alive. The organization is selling DVDs of speakers' remarks.

By the way, DeLay once told me at an earlier CPAC that Nancy Pearcey was one of his heros because of her work (28+ chapters!) in How Now Shall We Live? (tri-authored with novelist Harold Fickett and Prison Fellowship Chairman Charles Colson). I was attending CPAC on behalf of Human Events.

Once again, Tom, thanks for the kind words.



Thursday, February 26, 2009

Live Coverage: Conservative Political Action Committee

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2009, 10:34 AM

From OneNewsNow:

"Students, activists, lawmakers, and celebrities in the conservative movement are gathering at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the next three days to chart what they believe should be the future course of a Republican Party that was battered by President Obama and Democrats in November."

A schedule of events and speakers is here.

Click to watch CPAC Live


Barney Frank Hits Repubs, Rush, Hannity

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2009, 08:05 AM

Federal Frank knows all, smells fear. From CNSNews:

“I don’t think we found any Republican minds today,” Frank told a reporter minutes after the president had finished his speech. “They shut their minds down. They are so afraid of being yelled at by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity they won’t even clap for him [Obama], even when they agree with him.”

In other words: Republican minds are closed, but Barney Frank can read them.

A little skepticism may be in order.

One also wonders: With hubris and demonization like Frank's on display, why would any self-respecting free-thinking person created in the image of God allow his life to be run out of Washington?

Two more questions:

1) 
Is America worse off or better off with Barney Frank in office?

2) Is America worse off or better off with Rush Limbaugh in radio?


Facebook or Farcebook? Site Took Ads for Get-Rich-Quick Scam

By Rick Pearcey • February 26, 2009, 12:10 AM

"Facebook repeatedly accepted ads for a get-rich-quick scam it apparently knew was defrauding users in a desperate attempt to earn revenue," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Update: As of 12:42 am, February 26, this reported ad scam is still running on Facebook. I just accessed via my Facebook page an ad link to the same man-with-Ferrari picture exposed in SMH (but the "rich Ferrari man" has a different name in the ad linked via FB).



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

San Fran Chronicle May Close

By Rick Pearcey • February 24, 2009, 06:56 PM

Curtains for Hearst if paper cannot "dramatically lower expenses."



Monday, February 23, 2009

Che of the Day

By Rick Pearcey • February 23, 2009, 12:05 PM

Viva Change!

Image: Matt Weurker/Politico.



Friday, February 20, 2009

Rebel Yell of the Day

By Rick Pearcey • February 20, 2009, 09:19 AM

From a Jeffersonian slideshow at Sticker Patch

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin



Thursday, February 19, 2009

Christopher Hitchens Beaten, Chased Through Beirut

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2009, 08:14 PM

After drinks, an eventful Saturday afternoon.


Geert Wilders Coming to America

By Rick Pearcey • February 19, 2009, 07:59 AM

"Snoozeweek" magazine throws a hissy Fitna, now that the "Flying Dutchman," recently banned from entering merry old England, is heading our way.

Robert Spencer could be blue, but he'd rather sing.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Christian Author Kicked Off Facebook?

By Rick Pearcey • February 18, 2009, 01:08 PM

What happened to the Facebook page of Christian author and apologist Dr. R.C. Metcalf?

His page no longer exists today, but it was in good working order earlier this week, according to one of his page's visitors.

"Facebook should be dubbed a Social 'Notworking' site since they kicked author and Christian Apologist R.C. Metcalf off the site!," quips Shawn White. White says he got the term "notworking" from Metcalf.

Moments ago, I clicked on a link for Metcalf's Facebook page and saw this message: "The page you requested was not found."

No page. No explanation. Person deleted.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Robertson "Throws Rush Under the Bus"

By Rick Pearcey • February 17, 2009, 01:35 PM

That's how Jim Foss sees it.

Robertson objects to Limbaugh's having said, "I hope Obama fails."

Here's Pat's analysis, at U.S. News & World Report:

That was a terrible thing to say. I mean, he's the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn't, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally.

But here is Rush, pulling "against our president" -- "I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don't want them to succeed."  

What's irrational about that?

Based on his rhetoric and action, President Obama is trying to impose a secular socialist regime upon this country, a Washington-centric vision of government that stands in total antithesis to the Founders and in total antithesis to that humanity and freedom rooted in the Creator so boldly acknowledged by our Declaration of Independence. 

On this analysis, to the degree that Obama succeeds, to that degree America courts failure. The rationality of success in liberty seems to require the lack of success in Obama.   


Monday, February 16, 2009

Facebook Reacts to Outcry Over "Horrible" Change

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2009, 06:59 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the clamor over the recent "horrible" change in its Terms of Service.

His reply seems to come down to this: Trust us -- "We wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want."

Is this sufficient?

Adam Ostrow over at Mashable is mixed. Yes, it's a "fiasco," and Zuckerberg doesn't apologize or get to "the heart of the issue." But it "isn’t going to change the way I use Facebook."

At a minimum, however, we will think twice about what we post on Facebook. And more than that may be required. The expansive rights they ask for seem rather exravagant, to say the least.

What are your thoughts? Has Zuckerberg saved face for Facebook?

Hat tip: Rachelle Gardner.

"Horrible" Change at Facebook

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2009, 04:08 PM

The Consumerist summarizes Facebook's new Terms of Service: "We can do anything we want with your content. Forever."

As one might expect, reactions to this move are not entirely positive.

Among them: "Ridiculous." "Disturbing." And: "Horrible," "for those of us using Facebook to help market a small creative business. . . . What’s even more awful is that Facebook would make this change without notifying its users." 

Any lawyers in the house on this? Doctors? Ambulances?

Beheadings Common in Western NY?

By Rick Pearcey • February 16, 2009, 02:06 PM

Mark Steyn wonders.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

"1st Woman to Swim Atlantic" Didn't

By Rick Pearcey • February 12, 2009, 09:07 AM

Days ago AP reported Jennifer Figge swam the ocean blue. "Not quite."

A "few seconds of thought and a pocket calculator" indicate the impossibility of this feat, notes an observer, even though there's a picture of her swimming right there in the ocean (one supposes it's her).

Now there's nothing wrong with marketing, with putting your best foot forward. But why not market truth, and why not market truth truthfully?

It seems we are in abundant supply of pretend authors, fudged data, phony stimuluses, cheating students, market-driven ministry, and activist-driven journalism. Plus assorted groupies and enablers and staff who know what's going on but courageously rock not the boat that pays their bills, establishes their identity, and affirms their vested interests.

Selling souls is big business and requires team players you can trust not to ask questions. As insiders well know, certain CEOs and trusted "spiritual giants" excel at spotting the right kind of person for this kind of sensitive job. My how the "giants" are enraged when regular people grab hold of God and rebel against the con.

Maybe this instead: Real work by real people. Let's tell the truth about that. It'll make the swim all that more enjoyable.

Your thoughts?


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gizzi in the 3rd Row

By Rick Pearcey • February 10, 2009, 09:34 AM

Political editor John Gizzi of Human Events sat in the third row at yesterday evening's White House press conference.

Gizzi understands fair and balanced journalism, is a true gentleman, and possesses an encyclopedic memory.

Americans are well-served when press events include the likes of Gizzi, who offered this report on President Obama's first White House news conference.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Culture11: The End?

By • February 9, 2009, 10:55 AM

Joshua Trevino offers lessons on how to make a site work online, in light of the uncertain future of Culture11.


Friday, February 6, 2009

Band of Bloggers 2009

By Rick Pearcey • February 6, 2009, 11:34 AM

Meeting in Chicago at the Gospel Coalition Conference.

Hat tip: Challies


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Generacion Y: The Cuban Blog of Yoani Sanchez

By Rick Pearcey • February 5, 2009, 07:56 AM

She speaks:

I try not to forget to smile, because giggles are hard stones in the teeth of the authoritarian. So I continue my life, without letting them turn me into a whiner, with only one regret. Ultimately, everything that I live today has also been the product of my silence, the direct result of my former passivity.

Don't miss this story about Sanchez in today's American Spectator. One need not affirm all that Sanchez writes to agree: One voice can help make a revolution, help undo a devolution.

Something to think about in an America where secularism and Washington-centrism gnaw at human dignity and freedom on a daily basis.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sacred Secularism

By Rick Pearcey • February 4, 2009, 07:26 AM

Lisa Fabrizio examines the new church in town:

Many folks have pointed out that Barack Obama has been treated by his supporters in and out of the media like a new messiah, the savior, the chosen one.

Many other folks, including me, thought that this was not only sacrilegious but a case of downright overblown rhetorical politics.

Now I'm not so sure . . . .


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

When Did Newspapers Seal Their Fate?

By Rick Pearcey • February 3, 2009, 05:11 AM

A pro makes the case for Watergate.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Fail, Obama, Fail

By Rick Pearcey • January 30, 2009, 01:20 AM

"I hope Obama fails," says Rush Limbaugh of President Barack Obama's goal of bringing more and more aspects of American life under the "hope," "change," and control of a centralized federal government.

In response, Democrats have launched a petition drive calling on Americans to "voice your outrage . . . to Limbaugh's outrageous Obama attack."

But this petition drive may have backfired, as "Rush fans pummel Democrat website."

Somehow or other, these Rush fans may be onto something.

They may realize that "success," like "change," needs to be evaluated before one jumps in with both feet. For one thing, one man's success may be another man's disaster -- or even a nation's disaster.

Meanwhile, in the midst of backfires and outrages, one wonders: Does President Obama hope Rush Limbaugh succeeds?


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pearcey Report in Yahoo! News

By Rick Pearcey • January 28, 2009, 05:44 PM

Somebody at Yahoo! seems to like our headlines.

The latest example of this is found at the bottom of a story titled, "Iran Calls for U.S. to End Support of Israel."

See the section "Most Blogged - World" and click on "blogs about this story (5)."

Here's the headline that caught Yahoo!'s attention: "Iran Leader Demands Change: Says U.S. Must Apologize for Crimes."

That Ahmadinejad can manipulate "change" his way demonstrates how meaningless a linguistic symbol it is without a fixed and definite content rooted in reality.

That kind of rootless "change" can turn hopes and votes into plain old despair. It's happened before in "historic" elections, and it can happen again.

For more on the challenge of "change," see philosopher Angus Menuge on "Regarding Change: Liberals Drink Deeply From Fascist Well."


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Christian Radio Network Revamps for "Talk" Lineup

By Rick Pearcey • January 22, 2009, 10:01 AM

Good move at American Family Radio.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Rick at CNSNews.com

By Rick Pearcey • September 19, 2008, 06:49 AM

This week (and next's), I've been helping out editorially over at CNSNews.com -- editing articles, posting stories and photos, and learning the ins-and-outs of their publishing system.

The CNSNews fun plus continued posting at The Pearcey Report and my page at Examiner.com make for a couple of rapid-fire weeks.

In a few minutes, I'm off to the "gym" (downstairs at the treadmill!) to make up for lost soccer time.

Consider yourself officially invited to check out CNSNews. Lots of great people there doing terrific -- and, I dare say, important -- reportorial work.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Free Thought on Darwin at Union-Tribune

By Rick Pearcey • March 5, 2008, 07:32 AM

There's an uncivilized outbreak of intellectual freedom re Darwin over at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A guy with two science degrees has a column explaining why "Darwinists confidently assert there is no controversy over evolution: They actively shut down such scientific debates from taking place."

Nice work, if you can get it funded.

Clearly, this fellow is a danger to the public peace, secular agenda, last Saturday's living Constitution, and the post-American way.

Union-Trib editors ought to be praised. But are they ready for the 3 a.m. materialist knock at the door?


Monday, March 3, 2008

Examiner -- Tribute to Empyreal Buckley

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2008, 06:23 AM

Examiner.com today has published my tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr.

WASHINGTON -- "In St. Louis in the late 1970s, my wife Nancy and I were students at Covenant Seminary. Nancy was still in her 'feminist' stage, and when a fellow student gave her a copy of William F. Buckley Jr.'s magazine National Review as a source for a paper she was writing, she was too embarrassed to be seen carrying such a 'reactionary' publication. She hid it among her school papers. . . ."

To see the entire commentary at the Examiner, go here.

Novelist and son Christopher Buckley: Father died "with his boots on."


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Plagiarism: Pretend People, Fake Work

By Rick Pearcey • March 1, 2008, 09:52 AM

White House aide Timothy Goeglein has resigned over admitted plagiarism.

The links below contain facts and may suggest a few whys and wherefores:

  • White House Aide Resigns Over Plagiarism
  • Blogger Spots "Copycat" Goeglein
  • Goeglein Column: "... Honesty of Reflective Thought"
  • Goeglein: "I Am Entirely at Fault"
  • WPost: 20 Out of 38 Columns Tainted
  • NYT: "Familiar Figure" to "Evangelical Christians"

Meanwhile, a passage from this February 28 tribute to William F. Buckley seems apropos. Regarding Buckley:

In several respects one is reminded of Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis -- deep, quick, sharp, but also humane in their brilliance, also caring for the human being next door, also real people doing real work. The contrast with the opportunistic 'mover and shaker' of Big Government, Big Celebrity, or, sadly, Big Christianity, encourages us to push forward to a higher calling,a nobler practice, a loving dream awalk in the world.

Here are two dreams -- doable, humane, inspired by God: 1) Real work by real people, 2) Market the truth truthfully.

Trot them out at the next big meeting of marketers, publishers, ghosters, blurbers, fundraisers, and other affiliates of Big Name, Inc.

Then duck.


Friday, February 22, 2008

Tony Snow to Radio Factor

By Rick Pearcey • February 22, 2008, 12:45 PM

Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow will be joining the Radio Factor as Bill O'Reilly's permanent fill-in host.

First Program: Today, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. There's more at the O'Reilly blog.

Blog Reax:

* LoRiseAntlers over at Huffington Post digs deep: "It's really too bad there's no such thing as Hell, because these two morons would definitely have a special place reserved for them."

* Limpidglass at DailyKos is thankful for little things: "Well, one day of the week without O'Reilly is a start."

* Bigdadgib is glad it's snowing again.

* A humane being showed up over at Chickenhawk Express: "Thrilled ... great to see him doing so well after his cancer treatment."


Thursday, February 21, 2008

McCain Helped by NYT Attack

By Rick Pearcey • February 21, 2008, 11:24 AM

Sen. John McCain may want to thank the New York Times for its attack story "For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk." The story hit the net last night and the papers today.

I have read the Times report and watched coverage of this story by Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, as well as the response of McCain lawyer Bob Bennett on Hannity & Colmes.

The explosive charge of a possible romantic relationship between McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman is not substantiated, in my view.

This does not mean it didn’t happen; it does mean the Times has taken an unfair swipe at McCain and thereby justly suffers another blow to its credibility.

Click here to continue reading "McCain Helped by NYT Attack."