Tom Brokaw’s Squeals on Wheels;
Peter’s Prison Population Puzzle
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
so-called mainstream media never admit their liberal tilt, so the
news analysts at the Media Research Center tirelessly document the
media's bias and expose their left-wing agenda. The "awards" for
last week's lowlights:
|» Tom Brokaw's Squeals on
Wheels. On Thursday night, the Commerce Department reported strong first-quarter economic growth of 4.4 percent, and the strongest 12-month period of growth since 1984. But the
NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw didn't utter a syllable about the good news. NBC made time for a full story on radiologists in Israel who use the Internet to read MRI scans from a Philadelphia-area hospital — but not for historic economic growth. NBC skipped the big picture.
Brokaw prefers bad news instead of good news.
Yet on Monday night, NBC found time for a microcosm of bad news: one woman worried that "seniors will go hungry." Anne Thompson found a food scare in the "ripple effect" of rising gas prices: "Meals on Wheels is a lifeline to seniors in Spokane, Washington. Its lifeline: Volunteer drivers. But soaring gas prices are forcing some, like Bob and Doris Swehla, to cut back on miles and others to drop out altogether."
For more, see the May
» Peter's Prison Population Puzzle.
Some journalists have a hard time relating cause and effect. Prison population up, crime down? It didn't make any sense to Peter Jennings, who reported on the May 27
World News Tonight: "The government said that America's prison population grew 2.9 percent last year to nearly 2.1 million. That's a record number of people in jail and prison. One out of every 75 American men was incarcerated. The number went up even though the crime rate continued to fall." In a statement ignored by ABC, Attorney General John Ashcroft explained: "Violent and recidivist criminals are getting tough sentences while law-abiding Americans are enjoying unprecedented safety."
For more, see the
May 28 CyberAlert.
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