Journalism

The Coming Decline of Fox News

By |2019-03-17T14:45:32-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Journalism, Republicans|

Rupert Murdoch In August of last year, I published my observations under the header “FoxNews Moving Leftward” about what we can now call the “maturing” of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.[1] Even earlier, on January 27, 2017, I observed that “the octogenarian Rupert Murdoch and sons, Lachlan and James, have achieved a balance of [...]

The Saudi Crown Prince Starring in the Role of Henry II

By |2018-10-25T10:26:36-05:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Joseph Mussomeli, Journalism, Middle East, Monarchy, Politics, Tyranny|

We have all seen the scene at least once, although some of us have savored it perhaps dozens of times. The handsome, dynamic, misunderstood, modernizing young king, with his slender physique, slender beard, and even more slender morals, strutting about the banquet hall knocking the plates and goblets off the table in a drunken frenzy. [...]

Bob Woodward: Journalist or Gossip Columnist?

By |2018-10-09T09:43:15-05:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Government, Journalism, Politics|

So the Bob Woodward has done it again. He has concocted yet another tell-all account of the mostly forgettable doings of yet another set of temporarily memorable Washington figures. And once again he has done so on the basis of unnamed sources. It’s all so tiresome and predictable. What was neither tiresome nor predictable was the work of [...]

Photographing the Lost World of Rural America

By |2019-02-12T17:57:35-05:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: American West, Civilization, Culture, Economics, Journalism|

Today America is on its third economic upswing, even as the places I visit have continued to fade away… For 23 years I have been driving country roads, photographing the ruins of rural America for a documentary I call “Lost Americana.” As population decline claims town after town, I have been talking to those [...]

From Fake News to Rude Awakening

By |2017-05-03T14:50:36-05:00March 13th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, John Horvat, Journalism, Truth|

When politicians succumb to the temptation of turning policy into spectacle—even if it is good policy—it makes the show more important than the policy… It has become trendy to call everything fake. This is helped by the fact that so many things are fake. The world is awash in “fake news.” So much of [...]

So Many Opinions, So Little News

By |2017-04-20T10:52:30-05:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Journalism, Politics|

Where today can we turn not for opinion, but for actual facts and events, names, and dates—unburdened by emotion and vitriol…? Over the past year, I—like, I’m sure, most Americans—have found the official news outlets to be more than untrustworthy. When I was in high school, I became a news junky. Being involved in [...]

Fake News

By |2017-01-11T13:38:48-05:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Journalism, Quotation|

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.” Books by and about H.L. Mencken can be [...]

Does the Mainstream Media Still Shape Public Opinion?

By |2016-10-14T20:34:15-05:00September 18th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Democracy, Donald Trump, Featured, History, Journalism, Politics, Presidency|

Never has anyone ruled on this earth by basing his rule on any other thing than public opinion. In these words, Jose Ortega y Gassett, most famous for a book entitled Revolt of the Masses, affirmed the eternal truth and problem of rule by consent. Ortega y Gassett, a classical liberal theorist from Spain, [...]

Why Is the Media So Liberal?

By |2016-09-16T17:39:21-05:00August 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Journalism, Politics|

I recall seeing a political cartoon that contrasted the way the media treated Tim Tebow versus how it treated Jason Collins, the first openly-homosexual NBA player. It depicted Tebow saying: “I’m a Christian,” and the reporter turns his back to him and walks away muttering: “Keep it to yourself.” Next to that picture, Collins [...]

Lapham’s Quarterly: A Magazine for an Anxious Age

By |2014-12-27T03:20:56-05:00December 27th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Journalism|

Lewis H. Lapham of Hearst Magazine fame is a man on a mission. Recently at an event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Hirshhorn Museum, called “Days of Endless Time,” Mr. Lapham plumbed the depths of time in lighthearted, humorous banter with two writers. The conversation gave a peek into the rich literary world of Mr. Lapham’s New York-based [...]