Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

The Liberal Media: Biased, Yes, But Also Incompetent

Tomorrow’s Star Tribune includes an Associated Press story on “fake news.” There is much that can be said on that topic. Over the last year or two, some fraudulent news sites have appeared. They mimic, say, ABC News, but actually have nothing to do with ABC or any other legitimate outlet. That is illegal, and I would encourage news sites that are so impersonated to file suit.

On the other hand, the mainstream media have also published a great many false news stories. This is a much more damaging form of fake news, since far more people are likely to fall for it. I personally became somewhat well known after participating in the exposure of a fake news story about then-president George W. Bush that was promoted by 60 Minutes and CBS News.

But I want to focus on a much smaller point. Check out this screen shot of the Star Tribune’s version of the AP story:

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-5-10-24-pm

The spelling error probably jumped out at you as it did at me. “Pedaling” is what you do on a bicycle. If you peddle stories that aren’t true, that is “peddling.” To be fair to the Star Tribune, the error didn’t start with them. They duplicated the AP’s literacy fail. This is a screen shot from the Associated Press’s web site. Click to enlarge:

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-5-20-45-pm

So “pedaling” originated with the AP. Here’s the point: there was a time when newspaper reporters and editors were good at spelling and grammar. That was considered part of the job. But those days are gone. When it comes to basic competence as writers and editors, today’s liberal media are poor. This, in addition to rampant bias, explains why knowledgeable consumers of the news don’t have much respect for them.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • YLC Curling Event

    Location: Chaska Curling Center 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318

    Grab your broom and stone and join the Young Leadership Council for an evening of Curling at the Chaska Curling Center! $40 registration includes: Instruction Ice time and equipment Appetizers (Curling Center Bar will be available to purchase drinks) The event will begin with 15-20 minutes of classroom instruction on curling rules and basics followed by 20-30 minutes on the ice for practice and drills. Instructors will be on hand the whole evening to guide your games. Dress Code: Bring a pair of clean-on-the-bottom shoes to change into. No leather soles or metal lace hooks Loose fitting or strechy clothes…

    Register Now
  • The Diversity Delusion

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, April 24th at the Hilton Hotel for a lunch forum with Heather Mac Donald as she discusses her new book, The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.  Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race…

    Register Now
  • 2019 Annual Dinner Featuring Nigel Farage

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now