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MediaJeff Soyer on 07 Jan 2015 06:00 am

From Techdirt:

All Frederick County (MD) Councilman Kirby Delauter knows is that he doesn’t like unfavorable press. Literally, that appears to be all he knows — at least as far as press relations go. He apparently believes that he holds the power to decide whether his name appears in print, rather than the other way around. Delauter blew off a phone call from Frederick News-Post writer Bethany Rodgers seeking comment on a story and then turned around and called her out on Facebook for using his name without permission.

Much more, some of it pathetic on Delauter’s part, at the link.

Related: Eugene Volokh adds:

Uh, Council Member: In our country, newspapers are actually allowed to write about elected officials (and others) without their permission. It’s an avantgarde experiment, to be sure, but we’ve had some success with it.

Politics and MediaJeff Soyer on 11 Aug 2014 02:34 am

Are the dogs growing weary of Obama’s lap? The Daily Caller has a partial transcript from Sunday’s Meet the Press where — at least foreign-policy-wise — Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell turn on their chosen one:

As American bombs again fall on that country, President Obama responded to criticism that we should have left troops inside Iraq after 2011 by claiming the Iraqi government pushed the U.S. out.

“But, this president ideologically did not want to use more influence to –” host David Gregory began.

“Look, this was not an administration that was eager to tell [Iraqi Prime Minister] Maliki, ‘Oh, you don’t want a status-of-forces agreement?’” Todd agreed, explaining how the White House failed to pursue any agreement that would have left a stabilizing force.

“I’ve been trying to figure out this man’s doctrine now for six years,” Todd continued. “He doesn’t have one . . . He pushes and pulls between the idea of democracy first and stability first . . . Now he’s trying for stability first, and I think in this case he’s struggling.”

Mitchell slammed President Obama for his other excuse — that the sudden collapse of American allies, the Kurds, against Islamic State fighters was an unforeseen surprise.

“And to say that he didn’t have intelligence — this is not a hard target, this is [Kurdish capital] Erbil,” she laughed. “We have people there.”

“The fact is, there was intelligence,” she declared. “And to say that they were shocked by the [Kurdish] Peshmerga [fighters], on Saturday night, being routed is a farce!”


MediaJeff Soyer on 09 Jul 2014 05:14 am

In a break from the relentless, daily cry for more gun control coming from the pages of the NY Daily News, some common sense accidentally slips out:

The problem with gun violence isn’t the woman with a concealed carry license at her suburban Target or Chipotle, or the prepper in rural Kansas with a handgun collection. And it isn’t the legal gun owner in Westchester County, N.Y., whose name and address was published by the Journal News after the Sandy Hook shooting.

And yet this is where gun control groups are directing their resources. This and, of course, toward the NRA. Moms and Everytown’s latest initiative is to score politicians on their commitments to gun control, the way the NRA scores on commitment to gun rights.

How does any of this even begin to solve gun crime in cities like Chicago? It doesn’t.

If the gun control groups were less interested in scoring meaningless political points and disarming lawful citizens, and were more interested in reducing gun crime, they’d be on the streets of Englewood, starting community programs to occupy inner-city children and teenagers and pull young men out of gangs and into jobs.

Read the whole thing.

MediaJeff Soyer on 02 Jul 2014 09:11 pm

Massachusetts State Representative Paul Heroux (a Democrat!) has an article in today’s Huffington Post about ways to reduce school shootings. It’s a pretty good read considering it’s in HuffPo, though he concludes that the real problem with gun crimes is — as I’ve always said here — gang shootings.

MediaJeff Soyer on 23 Apr 2014 09:01 pm

I have to assume that this is just the first chapter of a long book.

He’s THE reason I don’t watch Meet The Press anymore.

MediaJeff Soyer on 19 Jan 2014 05:12 am

S.E. Cupp is co-host of the latest version of ‘Crossfire’ and writes in an opinion piece:

If we’re to assume Weinstein is motivated by a deep concern about gun violence (and not sheer arrogance), then it’s also worth pointing out that he’s got the wrong target. The NRA represents law-abiding gun owners, not criminals. A gangbanger in Chicago doesn’t care about the NRA, isn’t motivated or supported by the NRA, and may not even know what the NRA is. In vowing to take down this powerful organization supported by millions of law-abiding citizens, Weinstein will simply end up empowering and emboldening it.

And lastly, the effort most certainly won’t rid the country of guns (a goal he’s admitted to having, unless there’s another Holocaust in which case he very much wants a gun, or something.)

Liberals never think they need a gun — until they need one. Then, it’s okay for them to have one, but not for us. Or, they hire armed body guards.

MediaJeff Soyer on 02 Oct 2013 06:53 am

I like the way Fox News (at least on their website) has been referring to the current mess in D.C. as a “government slimdown” since that’s really what it is. A diet the government has needed for a long time.

MediaJeff Soyer on 01 Oct 2013 03:05 pm

One can only hope for change at the uber-liberal MSNBC network. From FTV Live:

Sources tell FTVLive that CNN Boss Jeff Zucker is “actively looking for a replacement for Piers Morgan.”

Morgan signed a one year extension to his contract and as time winds down, Zucker is looking for someone to takeover his time slot.

Word is that Zucker really wants Katie Couric in that slot. Couric should be available soon as many expect this is the last year her talk show “Katie” will be on the air.

So, therefore, to summarize, in conclusion, you won’t notice any difference at the lefty-wacko network concerning respect for the Bill of Rights.

MediaJeff Soyer on 19 Sep 2013 04:36 am

No, really. He did that on his radio show. Here’s a partial transcript:

I guess I’m going to give some audio that might be a little bit tough for liberals. But as a gun owner myself, I pose the question to our audience — why should there be restriction on people who are law-abiding citizens that don’t have mental health issues? That are law-abiding citizens? That pay their taxes? That do everything they’re supposed to do? But then every time there’s a mass shooting we’re going to have a conversation about what I can own in this country. This is freedom, isn’t it?

I’m going to infuriate some of you, I don’t mean to, I’m pushing the conversation that, it’s almost as if we don’t dive into the conversation the way we should. And what is at the crux of all of this is freedom! You can go out and purchase a firearm! And there are groups out there that want to limit that and the types that you own because some crazy guy went in and shot up a workplace!

Now, from a gun owner’s perspective, do you think that’s fair? Gun owners are going to say no. And they’re going to have their advocates who are going to take it beyond common sense and come up with statements that the only thing that can protect a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun, against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. No, I don’t adhere to that. If I did, I’d own firearms that would be concealed. If I really believed that in my heart, I would have, I’d be packing. And I’d have a permit that lets me pack. But I don’t!

What I do have is a deer rifle and a bunch of shotguns and I use ‘em every fall and that’s the only time of year I use them! And there’s a bunch of people out there across America like me that think that, well, you know, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco, you don’t run the whole country, OK! You don’t run the whole country. This is a country that’s run by all of us!

He’s still a ranting, liberal a-hole, but even a stopped clock is right once every dozen hours . . . but only for a second.

MediaJeff Soyer on 15 Sep 2013 03:36 am

Like the tag line in an old TV commercial, “Try it, you’ll like it.” From the Orlando Sentinel:

Hitting that target was a symbol of everything I thought I could not do. And with that one shot, I was free of my lifelong fear of guns. A year later, I own a semi-automatic pistol and shoot regularly for sport.

Would that more in her industry followed her example.

MediaJeff Soyer on 30 Apr 2013 02:32 pm

MediaJeff Soyer on 27 Feb 2013 06:20 am

A local newspaper in North Carolina makes a formal request for the records of all CCW permit holders. The Sheriff denies their request. After an outcry from others, the newspaper withdraws its request and apologizes:


The Cherokee Scout made a tremendous error in judgment this week, and thanks to our readers we learned a tough lesson.

As publisher of your local newspaper, I want to apologize to everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request for a list of those who have or have applied for a concealed carry permit. We had no idea the reaction it would cause.

Sheriff Keith Lovin had the best interests of the people of Cherokee County at heart when he denied our request. The Scout would like to offer an apology to him as well.

More at the link including the newspaper telling its readers that the editor and publisher are home-grown locals who will work to regain the trust of their readers.

MediaJeff Soyer on 04 Feb 2013 03:17 am

From a fine editorial in the McClatchy News Service we get word from a recent government study that it’s unlikely that you will be the victim of violent crime committed by a stranger:

That study shows strangers committed about 38 percent of non-fatal, violent crimes including rape, robbery and assault in 2010, the most recent data available. Of that amount, only an average of 10 percent used a firearm while committing the crime. In other words, fewer than four out of every 100 non-fatal, violent crimes were committed by a stranger.

Additionally, only about one-fourth of homicides are committed by strangers. The overwhelming percentage of homicides – and of all violent crimes, for that matter – is committed by a friend, relative or other acquaintance.

I remember something my cousin told me when I first moved to Vermont about 18-years-ago: “If someone sticks a gun in your face, you already know the reason why.”

Gun Control Crowd and MediaJeff Soyer on 23 Jan 2013 06:24 am

It should be noted that the op-ed in the NY Daily News is NOT by the editors there but by a Republican state legislator. But it makes a lot of sense:

. . . And so, predictably, in his haste to win political headlines, the governor has delivered a mess to New Yorkers.

The law contains such basic flaws that it technically makes it illegal for police officers to carry their weapons into public schools. Cuomo might wave this off as something easily fixed, but the error is of a piece with a law riddled with bad ideas and faulty logic.

Read the whole thing. The author, Rep. Kieran Lalor, isn’t (I suspect) a 2-A absolutist by any definition but does make the case that rushed, knee-jerk legislation is bad legislation and winds up hurting citizens the most.

And (with reference to my previous post this morning) isn’t that why Obamacare turned out to be such a disaster? Thousands of pages and all Nancy Pelosi could argue is that “We have to pass it to know what’s in it?”

That is what will happen with federal gun control laws if Obama and the Dems in Washington D.C. get their way, again.

MediaJeff Soyer on 18 Dec 2012 04:22 am

The Discovery Channel’s American Guns will not be coming back next season. And, no repeats of it, either. The Discovery Channel claims the decision was made awhile ago but (*wink*) only made the news public yesterday (one business day) after the Sandy Hook shootings. I’m sure the angry-anti-gun messages on their site had nothing to do with it, either.

MediaJeff Soyer on 06 Dec 2012 04:11 am

NBA star and sports commentator Charles Barkley has it right:

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley, saying he feels safer carrying a gun, says the issue in the wake of the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shootings is domestic violence, not gun control.

“There’s never a reason to hit a woman, touch a woman, or obviously kill a woman,” Barkley tells USA TODAY Sports.

[ . . . ]

“I don’t get into the gun stuff. Some guys have guns who go hunting. Where do we stop (the gun control) at? I’m not a hunter, but we can’t say people can’t have guns. … Let’s not make this thing about guns. Let’s make this about mistreating women. That’s unacceptable.”

Precisely. Belcher was a murderer who then took the coward’s way out by killing himself as well.

Related: Steelers LB James Harrison agrees. He’s also (this is a compliment) a gun nut like most of us here.

gun rights and MediaJeff Soyer on 22 Nov 2012 06:32 am

The Daily Beast is a liberal web site (part of Newsweek) that will rarely feature anything positive about gun ownership or negative about gun control. Therefore it’s nice to see a post there (by Megan McArdle) titled, Just Say No to Dumb Gun Laws.

MediaJeff Soyer on 27 Sep 2012 04:29 am

Don’t believe everything you read on Patch.com, a “news” site. Their story about “Rocky Mountain State College at Durango” was fictional. From the Farmington Daily Times:

Four Corners residents may like their guns, but perhaps not as much as a curious online news story suggests. An article published Tuesday by the online news group Patch.com focuses on “Rocky Mountain State University at Durango,” where 9 out of 10 students carry guns in case they need to face down bears and every student “gets a dozen free boxes of ammo when they move into their dorm.” There is no such institution in Durango, which is home to Fort Lewis College and Southwest Colorado Community College. The Patch article discusses how Rocky Mountain State University has become a draw for gun-toting students throughout the U.S., and everyone on campus feels safe. . . .

More at the link. This bogus news story from Patch was “satire” and no doubt meant as criticism of the movement for genuine schools to allow law-abiding students and faculty to CCW for the protection of all.

Government Corruption and MediaJeff Soyer on 21 Sep 2012 06:20 pm

Obama is a liar. We all know that but — to be honest — Obama does what politicians do. He just does more of it than any of them, previous. Anyway, while most of the ABC news reporters are in the tank for Obama, once again (I’ve said so here before) the one honest — as in tries to report the news without reflecting his personal bias — journalist they have, Jake Tapper, calls the Liar-In-Chief on the carpet:

Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.

[ . . . ]

In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.

Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to “walk” across the border so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular “field-initiated program.”

You know, I’ve read plenty of commentary about how hard-hitting the Univision interview questions were. The reporters there didn’t throw soft-balls. Maybe we should all stop watching/listening to/reading the Obama-cock-sucking “news reporters” from NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR, the NY Times, WaPo, the LA Times, et cetera. Want real journalism? It seems that the honest newshounds are working at Univision.

Related (from Gallup): U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High:

Americans’ distrust in the media hit a new high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. Distrust is up from the past few years, when Americans were already more negative about the media than they had been in years prior to 2004.

I’ll have to find a link to someone streaming Univision on the web . . .

MediaJeff Soyer on 21 Aug 2012 03:52 am

ABC news claims that sources told them that Director Tony Scott had brain cancer. Scott’s wife has vehemently denied that charge.

How can anyone trust their reporting anymore? From Deadline:

The ABC claim was widely picked up by media outlets globally (but not Deadline) as the reason why Scott committed suicide Sunday by jumping off a Los Angeles County bridge at 12:35 PM. Within half an hour ABC was backing off its story (see below). This is the third time in a month that ABC News has erroneously reported on a sensitive news story. During the Aurora movie theater shooting tragedy, ABC News first claimed the gunman was a Tea Party member which was not true. And then the shooter’s mother accused ABC News of mischaracterizing a quote from her. The issues all seem the same: ABC News is not properly vetting its reporting.

You know who I feel badly for? Jake Tapper. He’s about the only one left in the ABC newsroom who is trying to do his job properly, by reporting the facts he can verify and by not injecting his personal bias into the stories.

Update: It must be kismet that this afternoon, Drudge would link to this story about Tapper:

“I have said before… [that I] thought the media helped tip the scales. I didn’t think the coverage in 2008 was especially fair to either Hilary Clinton or John McCain,” Tapper said.

On the 2008 coverage, he noted, “Sometimes I saw with story selection, magazine covers, photos picked, [the] campaign narrative, that it wasn’t always the fairest coverage.”

Audio at the link.

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