Author: Sherman Frederick

Whoa! We Spent $22m on What?

Do you believe in UFOs – unidentified flying objects? How about UFPs – unidentified funded programs? Mark me as curious about UFOs, but dead set against UFPs, especially when the UFP is about UFOs. That’s the gift the American people received this Christmas week courtesy of some good reporting by the New York Times. We’ve come to find out that our federal government began a program in 2007 that funneled about $22 million dollars into a super secret military program to study UFOs. It was the brain child of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Times found out...

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CNN starts odd trend in journalism

Are you watching the snit-fight between the president of the United States and the cable news powerhouse CNN? It’s a beaut. Donald Trump called CNN the proprietor of fake news and CNN said the president is a big, fat liar. It has reached a point in which CNN now adds the words “without proof” to about everything the president asserts. Case in point: Trump tweets the bombshell that he believes that President Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign. CNN said he tweeted it “without proof”. Of course, CNN can’t know the voracity of the president’s tweet and it has not bothered to do the journalism required to prove it … or shoot it down. Yet, CNN bosses feel comfortable in casting doubt on the assertion. The point is CNN enters dark territory in creating this odd new standard of reporting in which a parenthetical comment “without proof” substitutes for journalism (which is a bad thing, if you will excuse the parenthetical comment.) Look, all politicians – yes, even beloved presidents — deceive the public from time to time. Call it what you like – spin, lie, whatever – good reporters know this and they fight through the fog daily. Simply calling “BS” without doing the work is a dangerous shortcut. If the president lies, then by all means dig deeper and report the truth. Think Woodward and Bernstein....

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National Media Sucked Wind in 2016 Election

As the presidential election fades into the rearview mirror, one fact should haunt fair minded Americans everywhere – our national media horribly misreported the race and betrayed readers by secretly working hand-in-glove with the Clinton campaign against both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Good unblinking journalism took a vacation in 2016. Shame on the New York Times and the Washington Post, to name the two most prominent offenders. Consider these emails released by Wikileaks: • Maggie Haberman formerly of Politico and now with the New York Times. Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman wrote: “We have had her tee up stories...

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Here’s the Rule: If You Break it You Own it

When the stock market goes up or down, credit and blame accrues to the president. Mostly unfair in a global economy, of course, but that’s how Americans judge it. Call it the “Pottery Barn Rule — If You Break It, You Own It”. No clearer example of this than the post-Trump election stock market rally. Before the election, Democrats said the robust stock market levels proved President Obama made headway in pulling the economy out of the Great Recession. Republicans said “phooey”, saying the economy is still in a hole with stagnant worker wages and GDP. Conventional wisdom claimed...

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Let’s face it: ObamaCare isn’t very good

‘So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.’ – Bill Clinton I am no expert on healthcare. Hardly any of us are. But because we all participate in the healthcare system in one way or another we know one thing — ObamaCare stinks. Look, I’m just an old newspaperman trying to sustain good community journalism...

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