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John W. Delicath

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Guns, Lies, and Videotape

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 2:34 PM

Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, appeared on cable news twice last week to discuss President Obama's plans to "take away everybody's guns." Given the tone of the tough questioning from CNN's Rick Sanchez and MSNBC's David Shuster, Gottlieb may very well have been invited on...

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Irresponsible Vitriol in the Media

(40) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 12:29 PM

The most striking feature of the 2008 election may have been the nature and harshness of the attacks directed at now-President Barack Obama. Though they came from many sources, arrived through a variety of media, and covered a wide range of subjects, these attacks followed three broad themes: Obama...

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Fox Nation: New Website Delivers Just What You'd Expect

(18) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 1:32 PM

Today marks the launch of FOX Nation, an opinion and news site that was immediately heralded at, where Grover Norquist wrote: "I believe that Fox Nation has the potential to do to the Internet what FOX News did to cable television. That is, be a disruptive, transformative-but...

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Beyond Stem Cells and Global Warming: Media Ignore Bush Administration's Widespread Interference with Science

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 11:35 AM

The fact that the Bush administration routinely and repeatedly allowed politics to trump science in the policy-making process is well-known and extensively documented. Yet, the media continue to act otherwise.

During coverage of President Barack Obama's executive order on stem cell research and his presidential...

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NYT's Tierney Concerned About Use of Science -- In the Obama Administration

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 5:47 PM

Monday, President Obama issued a memorandum ordering the Office of Science and Technology Policy to, in Obama's words, "develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making." While many will no doubt see the memorandum as proof of Obama's commitment to value science, others, such as...

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Media Meltdown: How the Press Failed the Public in Covering the Stimulus Debate

(13) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 4:19 PM

There's a reason President Barack Obama left Washington, D.C. to speak directly with the American people about his economic recovery package, and it probably has something to do with the media's reporting on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In a public statement about media coverage of the bill,...

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Media Snow Job: Weather Events Used to Cast Doubt on Reality of Climate Change

(218) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 3:00 PM

To hear certain cable news figures tell it, the existence of winter weather raises doubts about the reality of global climate change. Can the Earth's climate really be getting warmer if it's still snowing, they ask. Such a simplistic non sequitur might be funny were it not for the melting...

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