Oh man, it’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg are holding nothing back. Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and what they saw as the best stories of 2020.
We’re ending the week with all crazy martinis! First, we dissect the partisan fury of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who says President Trump is no longer welcome in the state because he didn’t wear a mask before cameras while visiting a Ford plant on Thursday. They also hammer Joe Biden for telling a prominent black talk show host, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” And they react to President Trump unloading on Fox News for not doing more to help him and other Republicans win.
Hey, we actually have a good martini today! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the apparent news that the Biden campaign is not seriously thinking about Stacey Abrams the running mate to a very wobbly nominee. They’re shocked – although in some ways pleasantly shocked – to see former longtime New York Times figure Martin Tolchin publicly admit he doesn’t want justice or an investigation of Joe Biden in the Tara Reade matter, he just wants a coronation of Biden from the media. And they cringe at the imagery of a SWAT team forcing a Texas bar to stay closed after the bar owner brought in second amendment activists to protect the reopening.
Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the recovery of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his heartfelt thanks to those who saved his life. They also slam Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for implementing insane restrictions like not being able to visit someone else’s home and not being able to buy plants, flowers, seeds, or even child car seats. And they unload on the New York Times for dismissing a woman’s sexual assault claim against Joe Biden by saying it could not find any other pattern of abuse except for the women who already accused him of hugs, kisses, and touching that made them uncomfortable.
Good luck finding a cable news outlet, newspaper, or online news site that doesn’t have a fairly obvious bias on issues ranging from impeachment to the strike that killed Gen. Soleimani to the state of our economy.
Bias has been an issue for decades but now objectivity seems to be an endangered species. How did we get this way?
In this interview with Greg Corombos, Accuracy in Media Pres. Adam Guillette describes the drastic change in media over the past several years and how media fragmentation plays a major role in that.
Guillette also discusses what media accuracy ought to look like and whether it is fair for President Trump to call some journalists purveyors of “fake news.” Finally, Guillette discusses how to fight back against false stories and which journalists he thinks get it right most of the time.
History textbooks for high school and college students increasingly show a bias that is impacting how teenagers and young adults view America and it’s role in the world, according to the Education and Research Institute.
ERI is sponsoring “The American History Book Project,” to point out and correct major factual errors and ideological bias in some of the most commonly used textbooks. The first one in the cross hairs is “The American Pageant” by David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey.
ERI Chairman Daniel Oliver says “The American Pageant” is the first target because of how widely it is used, especially in high school advanced placement classes.
“So the best students are getting a very warped view of American history,” said Oliver.
And even when the details of history fade from memory, Oliver fears the bias in the textbooks lingers in the minds of students and informs their worldviews.
“They have a sense after reading textbooks like this that business is bad and government is good. Government will protect you against greedy businessmen,” said Oliver.
Listen to the full podcast to hear what Oliver sees as the most egregious bias in “The American Pageant” and what he hopes to achieve by calling attention to the indoctrination he believes is going on in our schools.