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“Fair and Balanced” and the Contrast Factor

By Cyberquill • 07/25/2011 • 6 Comments

Once upon a time, I worked at a restaurant that featured white cloth napkins, neatly folded, on glossy wooden tabletops. After some time, the owner—no idea what had possessed him—suddenly decided he wanted black napkins instead.

Fine. So henceforth, black napkins graced those wooden tabletops.

One day the laundry delivery was late, meaning our funereal napery wasn’t ready for the dinner shift, and the white napkins from before were pressed into service again.

When I came to work that night, a tidal wave of dazzling albescence almost knocked me back out the door. …

The Fox News Paradox

By Cyberquill • 07/14/2011 • 24 Comments

“This network thinks Sarah Palin is a genius, that it’s OK to slaughter any Muslim you see, and that Obama is a Nazi and deserves to be overthrown.” Hard to say whether the commentator who …

The Bigger Clown

By Cyberquill • 03/02/2011 • 21 Comments”>shootout

In my previous post, I discussed a segment on The O’Reilly Factor in which host Bill O’Reilly had stated several times that President Obama was not a Muslim, that he was not born abroad, and that everyone who thought otherwise was “insane.” …

Mullah Obama?

By Cyberquill • 02/15/2011 • 17 Comments

Surveys have shown that a non-trivial percentage of Americans (roughly one in five) believe President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. Chances are an even greater percentage of Americans hold the Fox News Channel in large measure responsible for perpetuating this perception, along with the notion that Mr. Obama was born not on Oahu, but in Kenya. …

Carnage on Your Corner

By Cyberquill • 01/12/2011 • 10 Comments

So some feeble-minded twerp with a semi-automatic Glock showed up at a political event in front of a Tucson Safeway—apparently not as safe as the name implies—and opened fire. Twenty people were hit, six of them fatally, yet the primary target miraculously survived in spite of a bullet having entered the back of her head, traversed her entire left cerebral hemisphere, and exited through her forehead. …


By Cyberquill • 05/05/2010 • 18 Comments

This issue seems oddly confusing to many people, so let me clear it up:

If a Muslim individual robs a bank because he wants to buy himself a bigger flatscreen TV, he or she is a bank robber, not an “Islamist” bank robber. …

Blaming the Victim

By Cyberquill • 02/24/2010 • 41 Comments

An attractive young woman suits up in a tight mini skirt and a skimpy peekaboo blouse, paints her face like Irma la Douce, dons a flashy diamond necklace, sticks a wad of 100-dollar bills into each of her exposed garters, puts on a pair of four-inch stilettos, gets plastered out of her mind, and proceeds to take a midnight stroll on the South Side of Chicago, all by herself. …

The First Year: A Glimpse at the Barobameter

By Cyberquill • 01/25/2010 • 12 Comments”

President Obama has been at the national tiller exactly one year plus change, no pun intended, and as yet there is no telling whether the slightly bungled oath was a premonition or a meaningless aberration as regards the overall success of his tenure. …

Thou Shalt Purchase Premium Broadway Tickets

By Cyberquill • 12/02/2009 • 4 Comments

I’m no economist, but I sometimes do wonder what kind of theory of economics a person subscribes to that impels them to use a certain terminology in their reportage. Last time I checked, the United States was a free market economy. Is such a system God’s gift to mankind? Probably not quite, as evidenced by the current casino-capitalism-induced fiscal Armageddon. …

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