A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Ignore the emails and you fail to serve the American public and play into the hands of the manipulative, destructive narrative that the media is on Hillary’s side.”
Kelly McBride, a media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, on whether journalists should write about the WikiLeaks revelations of hacked emails
“You are fascinated with sex, and you don’t care about public policy.”
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, accusing Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly of bias for focusing on groping allegations against Donald Trump
“I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office, and I think the American voters would like to know.”
Kelly’s response to Gingrich
According to its just-released study (the Center for Public Integrity), more than 96 percent of donations from media figures to either of the two major-party presidential candidates went to Hillary Clinton.
None of this means liberals — or conservatives — can’t be good reporters, but the idea that media bias is nonexistent is ludicrous.
Former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who swore liberal media bias was a “myth,” said that “anybody who knows me knows that I am not politically motivated, not politically active for Democrats or Republicans, and that I’m independent.” That was the same Dan Rather who destroyed his career on a partisan, fraudulent witch hunt to take down George W. Bush.
I understand bans on reporters giving to campaigns, but we should understand what those bans are: a means of hiding the political leanings of reporters from readers and viewers. This lack of transparency benefits news organizations, but it really doesn’t fool anybody — except maybe the reporters themselves.
Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés
“To what specific period of American greatness are you wanting us to return? When black folk suffered segregation after slavery? When women had no right to vote or control their own bodies? When gay brothers and lesbian sisters felt ceaseless hate?
“When we stole land from the Native Americans? When we sent Japanese families to internment camps? When America lynched Mexicans? I just need Trump to give me some clarity on the time period he wishes to travel back to.”
In a recent op-ed for TIME magazine, Public Broadcasting Service late-night host Tavis Smiley expressed concern that blacks in America might one day return to slavery if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election on November 8
“Ms. Clinton told the FBI 40 times that should could not recall the matters about which she was asked. This would not be a big deal if the questions were about yoga or her daughter’s wedding, but they were about significant questions regarding her decision making and duties as Secretary of State.“
Bruce Bialosky, Founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California
“In the past three to five years, my health care quality has declined, costs have skyrocketed and, in my work/personal life, I’ve spent most of my time filling out paperwork instead of innovating and creating. As with many Americans, I end each day feeling overwhelmed and underperforming. This choking and meaningless busy work and declining quality of care is the direct result of liberal policies such as ‘Dodd-Frank’ and ‘Obamacare.’
“I am not saying Trump will solve these problems. My point is that this is a ‘choice election.’ He represents the future of this country. If he’s elected, the people will have effectively taken our country back from career politicians, corrupt bureaucrats and ‘big-money’ special interests. If he loses, then we have little hope of changing our trajectory of decline, because the people have lost the resolve and the cognition to recognize the challenges that we face.”
Bryan Crabtree is the live afternoon host on Atlanta’s Biz1190
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The media downplays the devastating impact of the Obamacare premium increases.
Will be lessened by subsidies.
Not as bad (WI) as the national average.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Hillary has it made.
And why the hell are Milwaukee media over-doing their coverage on Cubs in the World Series? Would Chicago TV do the same if the Brewers were in the Fall Classic?
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK