Huntley: Better off than four years ago? Absolutely – not

This article is talking about what Obama has failed to have done in the White House and as his role as the leader of America. Right off the bat you can tell that Huntley is a very opinionated writer.

He goes on about the economy mainly and he describes the deficit and how Obama has doubled it. However, according to USA Today “

The Congressional Budget Office projected the 2012 fiscal year deficit, which just ended, at $1.09 trillion. In reality, the federal deficit has fallen slightly on Obama’s watch, but he fell far short of cutting it in half. The deficit fell 16% during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Treasury Department said Oct. 16. The department said tax receipts rose as the economy grew, and spending to counter the effects of the recession and its aftermath declined” 

However he did have other facts that were true and his statistics were correct.


Basu: Obama faced a huge task and has us moving forward

As the presidential race comes to a close, Basu endorses Obama again.  She explains her reasonings.  She reminds people the things that Obama has done, she asks what Mitt Romney will we meet in office, and finally, she talks about the job creation plan in the Romney-Ryan campaign.

Let’s review the opening of Basu’s column.  This quote pretty much sums up her whole opening:

For this president, those promises could be boiled down to this essential framework: Having the backs of the majority of the people.” – Rekha Basu

We know that Basu is now in favor of the President.

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Basu: A noted Republican makes the anti-King case

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the recent lack of posting.  Both Dana and I just had finals week at school.  It was fantastic.  But now, we’re back and ready for action!

Today we look at a column written by Rekha Basu from the Des Moines Register.  This time, not focusing on the presidential election but rather on Iowa Rep. Steve King and his opponent, Christie Vilsack.  Basu takes the side of Christie Vilsack, really only giving us one reason:  even King’s own party is speaking out against him.

You don’t need to take it from me. Take it from someone in his own party, in his own district, who is supporting his opponent.” – Rekha Basu

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Basu: Clinton gives economics lesson for why Obama trump Romney

In Basu’s article, “Clinton gives economics lessons for why Obama trumps Romney,” written on September 7th, 2012, she explains how Bill Clinton endorsed the president.

First off let me begin by saying that I have always had issues with opinion articles, however, this one may have changed my mind.  Many opinion articles lack sources, however, props to Ms. Basu for letting us know that she used

Now, on to the facts.  Basu writes that “Clinton did what Obama has faulted himself for not doing — offered a narrative.”  According to Continue reading

Basu: Half the truth often is a full lie for Paul Ryan

Basu’s article on August 30, 2012 was about Paul Ryan, accusing him of being a liar.

Even if it is an opinion article, I’m afraid that using the word “liar” might be a little strong.  Basu describes Ryan as “[…] youthful, self-assured, inspired — and prone to lying.”  This is an automatic clue that it’s possible some of the facts may be a bit skewed.

The Republican party has been accused of lying, specifically this year, but does that mean Ryan lies?

The video attached to the online column, in my opinion, may have been skewed a bit.  When looking up a transcript of the speech, from Continue reading

Excuse Us!

Hello, dedicated readers!  Both Dana and I must apologize for the disappearance!  After I came home from my preforming arts camp, Dana and I had to get into the swing of the school year.  The fall show began right away and both Dana and I have just began to find time.  Please look out for our column reviews.

-Josh and Dana


Hello, everyone!

Welcome to Sleepy Hedgehog Publications!  This blog will follow myself (Josh) and partner’s (Dana) travel to being “News Media Watchdogs.”  Dana and I are high school students working with the News Know-How Program and the News Literacy Project.

We were assigned to follow two opinion columnists from a local newspaper.  Living in Iowa, we chose to follow the Des Moines Register, however, being the challenge loving students that we are,  decided to take on even more responsibility by finding a national paper, The Chicago Tribune, and then putting it on a blog. Continue reading