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Jewish World Review
Feb. 15, 2006
/ 17 Shevat, 5766
American clown journalism 101
Journalists around the world are being targeted by suicide bombers, threatened with "hate crimes" prosecutions, and thrown in jail for
defending a free press from crazed Islamists.
You wouldn't know it from the circus-show antics of the American media.
Vice President Dick Cheney, as you all are aware from the Beltway press corps' incessant flapping and yapping, was involved in an accidental
shooting during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas. The victim is recovering.
It's the me-me-media hyperventilators who need intensive care.
Peacock Network News correspondent David Gregory, whose self-absorption rivals the leading brand of paper towels, threw a snit fit over the
18-hour delay in public disclosure of the incident. His exchange on Monday with White House press secretary Scott McClellan was a walking
advertisement for beta blockers.
McClellan: "David, hold on, the cameras aren't on right now. You can do this later."
Gregory: "Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras. Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question."
McClellan: "You don't have to yell."
Gregory: "I will yell! If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice,
because that's wrong!"
McClellan: "Calm down, Dave, calm down."
Gregory: "I'll calm down when I feel like calming down!"
Funny thing is, I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay — presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal
records — in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband. Can you?
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News anchors who couldn't find the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights if you put it under klieg lights pontificated about 28-gauge
shotguns and hunting etiquette. CNN personality Kyra Phillips, in a rare moment of cable news humility, giggled self-consciously as she asked
a correspondent to explain the difference between birdshot and bullets. "I think I might sound stupid," I heard her say.
Yes, but at least she didn't look stupid.
On that front, Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank outdid them all. Appearing on MSNBC to provide his fair and balanced analysis of the
political fallout from Cheney's accident, Milbank donned a blaze orange stocking hat and matching reflective vest. Emulating a hunter in danger
of being shot by Cheney, Milbank looked more like a Hooters parking attendant. Or a color-blind "Where's Waldo?" wannabe. Or a fugitive
from a prison crew assigned to pick up roadside trash on Interstate 495.
"Lighten up," you say. Okay. I suggest the Washington Post run a large color photo of the costumed Dana Milbank with his bylined pieces
from now on. That way, all readers may enjoy the hilarity every time Milbank's work as "Washington Post National Political Reporter" is
published as objective news.
The bad joke of American journalism is made all the more odious by the plight of endangered defenders of press freedom abroad. Last week,
Abdel Halim Akram Sabra, editor of the independent weekly Al-Hurriya, journalist Yahya Al Aabed and editor of the Yemen Observer
Mohammed Al Asaadi, were arrested for publishing the Mohammed Cartoons — something most of our right-to-know poseurs in the U.S. media
still refuse to do.
The arrested journalists' newspapers, along with another publication, Al Rai Al Aam, have all been shut down for printing the cartoons, which
were first published by the Jyllands-Posten in Denmark five months ago to underscore the chilling effect of Islamism on European artists. In
Johannesburg, South Africa, the high court allowed a Muslim group to preemptively block the publication of the cartoons by the nation's
leading weekly, the Sunday Times.
In Calgary, Canada, the publishers of the Jewish Free Press and Western Standard magazine face civil lawsuits by local Muslims for publishing
the cartoons. In Jordan and Algeria, a total of four other journalists face trial for publishing the cartoons. The original cartoonists have been
targeted by Islamic terrorist groups and are in hiding.
Yet, here we are, as embassies blaze and editors cower in fear and radical imams ululate against the West, watching our esteemed media go
Looney Tunes over an isolated hunting accident.
Who do you think will have the last laugh?
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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