McCain may lose status as media darling

Editorial Arizona Sen. John McCain owes much of his caché as a media darling, as well as his reputation as a “maverick,” to being a non-Republican Republican who bucks party orthodoxy on a host of issues. One of the only issues on which he doesn’t part company with President Bush and most Republican colleagues in […]

Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]

Prepackaged ‘news’ no business of FCC

Tibor Machan Syndicated columnist It looks like some media outlets are making use of prepackaged “news” produced by the state department and various corporations. The Center for Media and Democracy, a left-wing media watch group, did a study in which it found that “at least 77 television stations were making use of these faux news […]

Jolie at KFC: Finger-licking good news

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In the first place: If I never see another stupid, cutesy shorthand (i.e., Billary, TomKat and Bennifers I and II) applied to another celebrity couple, I will light candles of thanksgiving. In the second place: Namibia? As you know unless you, well, have a life, that South African nation is […]

‘Truth’ not necessarily based in fact

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest. Some of you will recall that I wrote last week how Sheehan, the anti-war activist, showed up to President Bush’s State of the Union address wearing a T-shirt that referenced the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Capitol […]

1/8 Birth, Artist of the month, Reunion

Ogilvie Ted and DeAnn Ogilvie of Corinth, Texas, are the parents of Grant Lee, a 7- pound, 3-ounce boy, born Dec. 20 at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, Texas. He has one sister, Arden.       Grandparents are James and Sherry Curtis of Farwell and Charlotte Ogilvie of Clovis. Great-grandmother is LaNell Stancell of Muleshoe. Reunion roundup The U.S.S. […]

12/18 Letters to the editor

Clovis golf course offers little challenge In 1929, the nine-hole Clovis Municipal Golf Course was established for the public to enjoy. Almost 80 years later, the course is still here — with no water hazards, sand traps, uphill, downhill or side hill lies to challenge us. In addition, the flat, small greens make a round […]

Officials remain mum on slaying

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler, left, talks Thurday to media, local authorities and family members about the death of the 30-year-old Laura McNaughton. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found […]

Ebony helped create a different world

By Leonard Pitts: CNJ columnist “Why is there an Ebony? If some white guy started a magazine called Ivory, you blacks would riot in protest.” Give me a dollar for every white guy who ever asked me that and I’d be too rich to write columns for a living. The point of the question, of […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]

Democratic protests mask intolerance

By Thomas Sowell The enraged speeches and street disorders across the country that accompanied the inauguration of President Bush may tell us more than we want to know about what is happening to this country. The media dignify these outbursts by calling them “protests” but what are they protesting? That they lost the election? Doesn’t […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

Letters to the editor: Morality doesn’t stop at the party line

I am one of those heathen Democrats that a couple of your readers have spoken of recently. You know who we are … we “solicit support from homosexuals, and advocate same-sex marriages.” We are “anti-war demonstrators” and “Hollywood and news-media liberals.” PUUUUHHHLEASE! When did Republicans corner the market on morality and decency? Why do Republicans […]

Police and media must be partners, not opponents

By CNJ staff Clovis experienced another homicide last week, but much of the city did not learn of this killing until 36 hours after it happened. That’s because Police Chief Bill Carey waited until most of Clovis was asleep before releasing any information. Our police chief and his department need to do better than that. […]

Media preying on emotions of public

By Thomas Sowell A joke has President Bush and the Pope sailing down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. The wind blows the Pontiff’s cap off and it falls into the water. President Bush orders the yacht stopped, gets off and walks across the water to retrieve the Pope’s cap. The next day’s headline in […]

Stuudent’s airing of Berg video offensive

I’ve chosen not to see the video of Nicholas Berg’s beheading. I made the same decision two years ago when a clip of Islamic terrorists decapitating a reporter named Daniel Pearl surfaced online. My reasoning is the same now as it was then. There’s something obscene about watching from a desk chair as a man’s […]

Korea endorsing Kerry certainly provides insight

Freedom Newspapers Political endorsements, like nostalgia, just aren’t what they used to be. A lot of good Al Gore’s endorsement did Howard Dean, for instance, or the endorsement of the major labor unions did Rep. Dick Gephardt in Iowa. Neither show of support could prevent these candidates from plummeting politically. Arguably, they might even have […]

No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film. This film is not truly […]

Honesty in journalism does not require posturing

By Thomas Sowell The British Broadcasting Corporation has made itself look ridiculous by issuing orders that its reporters are not to refer to Saddam Hussein as an ex-dictator. Apparently using the word “dictator” would compromise the BBC’s neutrality and call its objectivity into question. Unfortunately, the BBC is not alone. In much of the American […]

Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]