Media Mashup: May 29, 2015

Baltimore police investigate a double homicide.
Baltimore police investigate a double homicide.
ANGER IN BALTIMORE

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake couldn’t take the heat about questions on the city’s crime rate, but a friendly press guardian criticized a fellow journalist for pushing her too hard.

Rush played the following:

Rush:  We have the audio here of [Fox reporter] Leland Vittert trying to get answers out of the mayor of Baltimore. This is yesterday during a press conference, the mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Vittert’s opening question, “Is crime rising in Baltimore because the police are doing less?”

Rawlings-Blake: There are a lot of reasons why.

Vittert:  Is that one of them?

Rawlings-Blake: There’s — we’re examining all the —

Vittert:  Arrests are down 50 percent.

Other reporter:  Could you please let her finish?

Rawlings-Blake: I’m not a hundred percent sure what you’re doing. This is a very orderly press conference that I’ve normally held.  We don’t — I don’t — your — your tactics are —

Vittert: I’m just asking a question.

Rawlings-Blake: You’re not. You’re being rude, just as you were before. So if you’d like to ask a question and give me an opportunity to answer it, we can do this.  Otherwise, I’ll end the conference.

For more details, see http://cbsloc.al/1QdCnLK

FOX MAKES US DUMB?

A former aide for two GOP presidents has been carrying water for the liberal media. The headline from CNN’s interview of Bruce Bartlett, a former Department of Treasury official, is that Fox News makes people dumb and brainwashes conservatives.

His analysis comes in the former of a journal article, which liberals seized upon. We work in academia. The “research” wouldn’t pass muster at a third-tier trade school. Mr. Bartlett relies on others’ research—not his own. The charge against Fox relies on a survey of New Jersey residents who watch the network. We don’t want to demean New Jersey, but does anyone really believe that the Garden State represents the entire nation?

Even not-so-conservative Columbia Journalism Review and The Washington Post think he’s wrong about Fox. A laurel for CJR! For more details, see http://bit.ly/1FHtkQv

BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT!

Well, the Columbia Journalism Review can’t get it right all the time. In an analysis of how the media made fun of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement for president, the magazine allows an apparent supporter to right those wrongs. The review fails to provide sufficient information about the author, a freelancer named Steve Hendricks whose bio reads like the same socialist mantra Mr. Sanders believes. A dart for CJR! See the bio: http://www.stevehendricks.org/#!bio/c1ktj

Send suggestions and tips for charper@temple.edu

Have a good weekend! We will be back on Monday morning.

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