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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

Mao had the right idea: Send the intellectuals out to the farms to pick cotton. At keast, then they would be contributing something to the society. This article is an all-too-common example of tendentious commentary masquerading as news.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.4

Is this good journalism? if by that you mean "commentary", then, yes. If you mean "news", then no. Unfortunately, most newspapers and news magazines have shifted from news to commentary (as if we don't get enough from TV and internet), and from commentary to feature stories and straightforward entertainment. A Nobel Prize winner does not automatically convert partisan pleading into news.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

this is simply trash, not news. anyone who accuses political opponents of mental instability needs to look in the mirror. if in power, people with these attitudes usually foreshadow reeducation camps and, often, much worse.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
4.7

what a contrast to TV commentators and mainstream news. Yon does not do his reporting from the hotel bar like most journalists

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.2

this is a defense? hardly! he simply indicates that Dems and GOP are equally at fault. like a lot of his stuff: clever but shallow

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

as if the anti-israel forces do not have sufficient allies. consider (1) most members of the EU, (2) almost the entire UN, (3) the muslim alliance, (4) the arab league, (5) almost all former US diplomats to mid-east countries (other than israel), (6) at least half the academics in university mid east area studies, (7) most politically inclined academics in the humanities and arts, and (8) all saudi funded organizations, mosques, madrasas in US and elsewhere. maybe M&W can take a whack at the anti-israel lobbies...but probably not...they're making a good living and being widely feted.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.1

To compare civil rights as it exists in US with "gestapo" tactics is absolutely shameful. A more apt analogy is to compare the views in this article with the works of Joseph Goebbels.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

this is neither news nor journalism. it is simply propaganda. the inclination of most media organizations is, at best, a "point-counterpoint" display intended to entertain. it will not be possible, perhaps for years, to obtain a clear and reasonably honest assessment of al gore.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.4

clearly tendentious. unfortunately, it's difficult to get a clear idea of what is real from the large set of pronouncements that seek only to "make a case".

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

mr o'connor is almost a polar opposite from o'reilly, but even more intemperate. there is an almost total inability of journalists to distinguish themselves from propagandists.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

this is tendentious propaganda, not journalism...and not even good propaganda at that. i can devise a computer program to reproduce the ravings of the netroots.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
2.4

Contrary to the one-sided quotations in this story, the author completely missed a major point: The decision to reject Erwin Chemerinsky for the Dean of UC Irvine's new law school was based on his qualifications. Chemerinsky has lived much of his professional life on the op-ed pages, which is hardly a qualification for the administrative and managerial requirements of a law school dean. Note that this has nothing to do with his liberalism but with his qualifications for the job. In our current and very divisive political environment, I think it takes extraordinary courage to do the right thing. So, I'd pin a medal on Chancellor Drake for his professionalism and willingness to suffer knee-jerk political reactions.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.6

another tendentious story. "news" should, ideally, be reportage on current events. but most of what is posted here on NewsTrust is commentary. and the latter is already exhaustively available in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. pro and anti commentary may be "balanced" but it is not news. journalists may be surprised to learn that readers can form their own opinions about events and do not need help from the commentariat.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
3.6

a look at journalism without straining a shoulder while patting themselves on the back. why is it that journalists and entertainers are constantly giving themselves awards? is it because they are not quite sure of their worth on this earth?

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.1

there is nothing scientific or american about atheism. if one has no belief in a "higher power" and is zealous enough to publicize that lack of belief, how is that any less arbitary than those they criticize?

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.8

GAO report was operating under guidelines that prejudiced the results, as it usuallydoes. another non-story lifted to the level of news by the ever-biased MSM. the problem is not that they are liberal, but that they lack wisdom. perhaps the problem lies with the editors who do not edit for clarity but instead act as commissars.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

juan cole is less an expert than a propagandist...a lot of that going around.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

seemingly unpartisan, which is unusual these days

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.0

E&P has become a mouthpiece for all too familiar leftwing causes. Just look at their book reviews on Amazon. It's really too bad that most media purveyors are little more than propaganda outlets. And the worst part is the pretense of objectivity.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
4.7

This is a great antidote to the enormously biased journalism about the Iraq war. Perry put his finger on the core of the problem--that those who willingly put themselves in harms way are seen as either victims or victimizers. I think it is an affliction of the boomer's intellectual cadre, who find it difficult to believe that anyone could possibly sacrifice themselves for the good of this country.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.1

if you disagree with the POV of the author, you are (automatically) a racist.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.4

There is a lot that's wrong with the practice of medicine in the U.S., and one of the things is Moore.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.9

a good article, obviously biased.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.6

it is bad journalism and worse logic...unless, of course, they intend to print op-eds by the likes of josef mengele.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
4.5

the MSM has turned journalism into commentary. so, (some) blogs are the only source of news

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
2.0

it may be good journalism but it is lousy reporting, which seems to be the only kind we've been getting from the current generation of newspaper people. if newspapers fade even more as sources of information, the public will have lost little. in the case of the NYT, the obvious and consistent bias is especially irritating given their pretentiousness. they keep moving closer to politics than news reporting.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
2.8

indirectly, carson has been responsible for saving the lives of many birds and other species that absorb and concentrate DDT. she has also been indirectly responsible for many. many lives in africa and other tropical areas which used DDT to ward off malaria. interestingly, the environmental movement continues to cost lives even though DDT can be sprayed on walls to protect against malaria without affecting wildlife.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.7

the trouble with polls as news stories is that they are almost always badly biased...sometimes unintentionally. basically, polls ask questions without offering up alternatives. for example, "would you favor a guest worker program if there was a tax increase of 25% to support unanticipated costs?" 10%? no increase? but polls don't do this, and that's even apart from the usual editorial bias.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
3.9

as another reviewer noted, sowell cuts to the heaert of the matter...which the proponenets would prefer to slide over lightly, if at all. watching the Senate at work on this issue, i have never been so ashamed of our Congress.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.5

this is hopelessly one sided...doesn't even pretend otherwise. hezbollah attacked israel and killed/ kidnapped israeli soldiers. all the rest is whether and how much israel should have acted in reaction. this is akin to israel departing from gaza, hamas sending missiles into israeli territory and then complaining when israel retaliates.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
2.3

reporting seems to be a dead art...even biased reporting. all we have now is commentary, whether located on news pages or op-ed pages.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
1.2

another anti-blogger piece from one of the diminishing gatekeepers. this is not a blanket approval of blog reviews but there are no shortage of bad examples in the MSM. in either case, you have to pick your spots carefully.

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
4.0

since the MSM refuses to fairly print two sides of certain stories (e.g., abortion, immigration, terrorism), this frum piece is refreshing even if somewhat one-sided from the populist perspective. one of the few immigration stories that do not label opponents as racists or "no nothings."

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Joe reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Joe's Rating
2.3

on any subject, i can almost always the Rich slant. i don't think we extract understanding from two polar positions shouting at each other.

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