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UCLA Professor Determines That Sun Rises Every Day

Filed under: Media Bias — Angry Clam @ 6:54 am

[Posted by The Angry Clam]

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist.

Only surprise is that the Wall Street Journal’s news reporting is considered the most left.

What’s the other top ones?

2) CBS Evening News.
3) New York Times.
4) Los Angeles Times.

I’m stunned I tell you, stunned.

– The Angry Clam

Who’s Being “Cavalier”?

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Dog Trainer,War — Patterico @ 6:28 am

Yesterday, the L.A. Times editorialized:

PRESIDENT BUSH WAS CAVALIER on Friday night when he told Jim Lehrer on PBS that a report about the National Security Agency eavesdropping on U.S. citizens was “not the main story of the day.” He is entitled to his own news judgment, but it reveals a lot about his willingness to disregard constitutional safeguards and civil liberties while pursuing the war on terrorism.

I think the editors are cavalier in not mentioning in their editorial what President Bush believed the story of the day actually was: the Iraqi elections.

L.A. Times editors are entitled to their own news judgment as well. But in my own personal opinion, the elections — which had stunning Sunni participation and mark a true turning point in the war — are indeed a bigger story than the eavesdropping, the supposed illegality of which remains unclear.

UPDATE: Orin Kerr promises a post on the legality of the surveillance later today. I think that, like the Katrina response, this is one of those stories on which it will pay to be careful and avoid snap judgments. I look forward to Kerr’s post, whatever it says.

UPDATE x2: Kerr’s super-tentative conclusion and supporting analysis are here. Kerr says the surveillance program was probably constitutional, but probably violated FISA. But don’t hold him to it.

If Kerr is right, Bush has violated the statute — but the editors’ pontifications about Bush disregarding “constitutional safeguards” was premature.

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