News May 21, 2018: Justify wins the 143rd Preakness keeping Triple Crown hopes alive

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Justify wins the 143rd Preakness keeping Triple Crown hopes alive

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

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Amidst the fog, Kentucky Derby winner Justify fended off seven competitors to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown. On Saturday, May 19, 2018,Justify with jockey Mike Smith won the 143rd Preakness stakes by a half a length on a sloppy rain-soaked track at Plimico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Justify won the shortest Triple Crown race at 1 3/16-mile and $1.5 million purse. Coming in second was Bravazo followed by longshot Tenfold and derby runner-up Good Magic who battled most of the race nose to nose with Justify until the last turn. Justify finished in 1:55.93 seconds, his fifth win in five starts, Smith had his second Preakness win 25 years later and trainer Bob Baffert ties for most Preakness winners, with all his five derby winners winning both legs of the Triple Crown.

Justify broke out of gate seven and kept to the lead, with the champion 2-year-old Good Magic. For three quarter of a mile and seven eighths, the top two horses from the derby duked it out nose to nose in the deep fog and limited visibility. After the last turn, Justify went ahead with Smith using the whip on him, pushing Good Magic in the rail and behind as they headed towards the finish line.

Justify keeps on breaking history. Baffert ties Robert Wyndham Walden, who won seven Preaknesses between 1875 and 1888. Baffert also ties fellow trainer for D. Wayne Lucas for most Triple Crown race wins at 14. Lucas was also trying for his seventh Preakness win with Bravazo and Sporting Chance. While by winning the Derby, Justify became the only horse since 1882 to win the Derby without running as a two-year-old beating Apollo’s Curse.

Baffert told NBC after winning the race, that Justify, “He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.” Baffert also remakes, “I’m so happy that we got it done. I’ve never had one run that fast here.’’ Baffert also commented on the duel between Justify and Good Magic saying, It was a nail-bite. They put it to us. It was like they had their own private match race (but I’m) so happy we got it done. Such a great horse to handle all that pressure and get it done.” Meanwhile, jockey, Smith commented on Justify’s performance, “He got a little tired. This is his hardest race that he’s had.’’

On Wednesday after the posts were drawn and announced and Justify became the 2–1 odds favorite, Baffert boasted to the press. The Hall-of-Fame trainer expressed, “I like being the favorite. I don’t want to be 50–1. I like knowing that I have a chance to win. When you come in, and you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t know, we’re going to need the Stanford marching band to interfere a little bit,’ then you don’t feel that well. I just feel that when you know that there’s a chance you can pull this off, and when you can win on the big arena, that’s what it’s all about.”

Baffert has a good record; he won the Derby and Preakness with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015, which ended up being the 12th Triple Crown winner after a 37-year drought. Now justify moves on to the last and most difficult leg of the Triple Crown known as the “Test of the Champion” with the Belmont Stakes in New York in three weeks on June 9, hoping to become only the 13th horse to win all three jewels.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University), is a journalist, librarian, historian & editor. She is a former Features Editor at the History News Network & reporter at Examiner.com where she covered politics, universities, religion, and news. She has a dozen years experience in education & political journalism.

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News May 5, 2018: Justify makes history beats Apollo’s 136-year-old curse to win the 144th Kentucky Derby

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Justify makes history beats Apollo’s 136-year-old curse to win the 144th Kentucky Derby

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

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It was a history-making day at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. On May 5, 2018, the odds-on favorite Justify won the 144th Kentucky Derby. Still, Justify beat the odds stacked against him, winning on the rainiest day in derby history on a muddy track after three inches of rain, while becoming only the second horse in history to win the derby after not running during his two-year-old season. The 2017 champion two-year-old and Eclipse award winner Good Magic came in a surprise second, with Audible coming in third. This is the first year the Kentucky Derby’s purse was doubled to 2 million. While trainer Bob Baffert picked up his fifth derby win, the second most in history.

The undefeated Justify won all three races he ran in 2018, including the Santa Anita Derby, a major Kentucky Derby prep race. Hall of fame jockey Mike Smith, 52 rode Justify to his second derby victory. Breaking from the seventh gate, the 3-1 odds-on favorite, rode in his comfort spot of second place in the backstretch behind Promises Fulfilled. Then Justify went to first at the 3/4-mile marker and never looked back. Early on rival Bolt d’Oro tried to catch up, then fell back. Towards the last turn, Good Magic had a good try, but in the end, barely beat Audible for second place. Even in the steady heavy rain, Justify did not have any mud on his face as he crossed the finished line by two and a half lengths, finishing the 1 ¼ mile race in 2:04.20. He earned $1,432,000, the largest purse for a Kentucky Derby winner.

Justify was one of two horses running in this year’s derby, who did not have their maiden race as a two-year-old, the other was Magnum Moon. There has not been a horse since the gelding Apollo, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1882, to win without starting as a two-year-old. The draught has become known as the Curse of Apollo. In the intervening 136 years, 61 horses have made the attempt and failed. Eight came close, two finished second, while five finished third. ESPN noted, “The best of that lot were arguably Hall of Famers Coaltown (lost to 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation), Forego (lost to Triple Crown winner Secretariat in 1973) and Curlin (lost to Street Sense in 2007).” Justify did not race because he needed to grow into his massive size. Like Apollo, Justify is a chestnut, but with a white blaze.

The curse had practical reasons up until the turn of this century, where horses ran races in the double digits before reaching the derby. Now key races allow horses to accumulate points, and they are given more time in-between races. The last Kentucky Derby winner to have more than 10 starts was California Chrome in 2014, who was a two-time Eclipse award-winning horse of the year. Justify’s three wins are in line with another famed derby winner Big Brown in 2008.

Baffert tried to compare Justify to his other recent great horses, 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Breeder’s, Pegasus and Dubai World Cup winner Arrogate. Baffert told the press, “Him and American Pharoah and Arrogate, these horses are cut from a different… They are just so great.” Baffert also complimented his champion horse, saying, “I was just in awe of the performance. That’s the best Kentucky Derby-winning performance that I brought up here.” Jockey Smith, who has won 5,000 races including the 2005 derby on Giacomo, also did not mince words of praise. Smith expressed, “I can’t describe how special this horse is, I don’t have the words for it.”

This is the sixth year in a row the favorite has won, the longest stretch in history. If Justify is anything like Baffert’s last derby winner American Pharoah, he might just end up winning the Triple Crown. The next jewel is the Preakness Stakes on May 19, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and then the Belmont Stakes on June 9 in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University), is a journalist, librarian, historian & editor. She is a former Features Editor at the History News Network & reporter at Examiner.com where she covered politics, universities, religion, and news. She has a dozen years experience in education & political journalism.

Politics April 16, 2017: Not fake, but the news media is sacrificing accuracy for political bias

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Not fake, but the news media is sacrificing accuracy for political bias

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

President Donald Trump and his administration have been waging a war with the mainstream media, calling their coverage fake news, while not necessary fake, their coverage is becoming extremely partisan, and the American public agrees. A recent Gallup poll published on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, found that 62 percent of Americans view political bias mostly favoring the Democrats. The numbers represented a stark contrast to 20 years ago when less than 50 percent saw bias in the in the news reporting. Unfortunately, with the proliferation of fake news, the mainstream media is facing similar criticism as fringe news sources because of their partisan and biased viewpoint. The media’s partisanship is also making them sacrifice accuracy for political favoritism and is being scolded not only by President Donald Trump but also by the American public.

According to Gallup’s latest poll, 62 percent of Americans find “the news media generally favors one political party over the other.” While only 27 percent still believe the news media is still non-partisan. The numbers grew in that last 20 years. According to Gallup in 1995, only 47 percent believed the media was politically biased, with 48 percent saying they are politically neutral. By 2001, the numbers were already changing, with 51 percent saying there is a political bias versus 41 percent saying there is none. In 2003, the numbers reversed to 48 percent saying there was bias versus 46 percent saying there was none. The numbers correspond with the growth of the partisan divide in the country between Democrats and Republicans in presidential approval ratings.

Fast forward to 2017, and Americans believe political bias has taken over the news media. Republicans, however, are feeling the bias more than Democrats are. Now, 77 percent of Republicans believe the news media is politically biased, while in 2003, only 59 percent of Republicans felt that way. Somehow, Democrats do not seem to believe the news media is any more biased than it was in 2003, then and now only 44 percent of Democrats believe the media biased.

Democrats might not be feeling the bias because it is usually in their favor. According to the Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans think the news media favors the Democrats, while only 22 percent believe it favors the Republicans. Republicans are overwhelmingly accusing the news media of the bias, with 88 percent feeling that way. The Democrats seem far more oblivious to the partisan bias in their favor, with 43 percent believing there is a bias towards their party, but 40 percent believe there is bias in the media towards Republicans.

Americans have long felt that the media had a liberal/Democratic bias, in 1995, 53 percent felt there was a bias towards Democrats with 36 percent believing the bias was towards Republicans. In 2001, 57 thought it was towards Democrats, 30 percent towards Republicans, in 2003, the numbers were almost even 48 percent for Democrats and 42 percent for Republicans.

The 2016 presidential election, brought to the forefront fake news and inaccurate reporting, problems that have been lingering for a while. The Gallup poll examined the phenomenon among the mainstream media’s reporting practices. According to their findings, 55 percent of Americans find the mainstream news’ reporting “often inaccurate,” while only 36 percent find their report accurate.

The American public’s trust of the media has a complicated history, and the distrust is hardly new. The distrust has been above 50 percent five other times in the past 30 years. Media distrust was high in 1986, during the Iran-Contra Scandal with 55 percent and again in 1990 with 54 percent. At the end of the decade, distrust also hit a high note in 1999, during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment resulting from the Monica Lewinsky scandal with 50 percent of Americans claiming inaccurate reporting.

Again, in 2000, during the controversial presidential election between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush decided by the Supreme Court with 65 percent where there was the highest rate of distrust until now. Then again, in 2003, during the Iraq War, 58 percent of Americans found the news media inaccurate. The divisive and highly partisan election in 2016 between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton again led to feelings of inaccurate reporting. This election saw the most partisan reporting by the mainstream media and inaccurate polls all tipping the election in Clinton’s favor. Newsweek even prematurely released a special election edition of their magazine with the headline Madame President a nod to a history-making Clinton presidency, which they had to withdraw from sale after Trump’s surprise win.

Trump spent the campaign angry at the news media for the biased reporting in Clinton’s favor. Even after they were proved wrong, the media continued attacking Trump and his victory’s legitimacy. Then, barely a month into his presidency, Trump had enough and waged an all-out war with the news media calling the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC News “fake news.” The sources Trump called out used to be the most reliable in the business. They included the biggest name in print the New York Times, the first 24-hour cable news channel, CNN and the original big three networks ABC, CBS, and NBC that American considered the gospel before the explosion of the 24-hour news cycle.

Trump went after the mainstream news media on Twitter calling them the “enemy of the American People!” His fight continued in his speeches, particularly at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and shutting them out of a press gaggle with press secretary Sean Spicer. The war culminated in President Trump and the White House boycotting the White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner.

If not entirely fake news, the news media have become hyper-partisan as the Gallup poll proved, that it is clouding their dissemination of the facts before the public, clear of political bias or influence, where they have been demonizing the president and every word, he says. Professional journalism condemned the president’s criticism, but he is right. The media bias is not professional or maintaining standards all Americans no matter their political affiliation expects. If they intend to be partisan, they have honestly given a disclaimer saying the reporting is not objective but biased.

Trump is not alone; Americans are expressing their disdain for the current state of the news media. In another Gallup poll released in September looked at the “amount of trust in the media.” The poll found as ABC News recounts, “that only 32 percent of Americans say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media — a new low, that includes 51 percent of Democrats, 30 percent of independents and only 14 percent of Republicans.” The numbers were considered a new low, looking at the partisan breakdown the liberal bias in the media caters to Democrats leaving Republicans profoundly alienated. The numbers are the reason why during the election, conservatives overwhelmingly turned to Fox News to escape the liberal bias, catapulting the network to the top of the rating pack.

Today’s news media are harkening back to the early days of the Republic, where partisan presses that were party sponsored flourished, they remained the norm and majority through the 19th century, only at the dawn of the 20th century did independent non-Party aligned presses proliferated. Although Trump might be the most critical president of the news since Richard Nixon, the comparison is hardly accurate. Nixon’s attacks were while he attempted to stave off and cover up Watergate. Trump is a new president speaking out, during a time when partisanship is polarizing the nation as never before.

As aforementioned, the news media overwhelmingly supported Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign to the point of blindly reporting she was ahead in the campaign polls and was going to win the election. Of the newspapers and magazine editorial boards throughout the country 38 endorsed Clinton, while only two endorsed Trump. The news media ignored the mood among the public where three traditionally Democratic blue states turned red, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin handing Trump the election and the presidency. Since Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won the all-important Electoral College vote, liberals have never been able to forgive him, and are vehemently protesting his every word. For the news media, Trump’s campaign was golden, and attacking has proven beneficial to a business level, at the sacrifice of honest reporting.

Political journalism today, eschews facts, relying more on opinion and editorials while claiming it is factual reporting. The problem might be forgivable when it involves bloggers or aggregate news sites that thrive on the sensational, but it becomes problematic when the new sources Americans rely on interjecting the political feeling into their reporting when striving for objectivity is the objective. In the constant competitive 24-hour cycle, digital be clicked to survive the world, journalism is falling into the trap and sacrificing their principles. These days journalists are being too carried away with the old adage if bleeds it leads and taking it to new levels of bleeding a stone just to lead.

Bonnie K. Goodman BA, MLIS (McGill University), is a journalist, librarian, historian & editor. She is a former Features Editor at the History News Network & reporter at Examiner.com where she covered politics, universities, religion and news. She has a dozen years experience in education & political journalism.

News July 13, 2016: Tenors politicize Canadian anthem during MLB all-star game add all lives matter

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Tenors politicize Canadian anthem during MLB all-star game add all lives matter

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Social media quickly took notice when The Tenors changed the lyrics of the national anthem at the MLB all-star game while a member of the group held up an 'All Lives Matter' sign.

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Music group The Tenors politicized the Canadian anthem, O Canada during the 87th Major League Baseball All-Star game on Tuesday evening, July 12, 2016, at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The group hailing from British Columbia interjected the words “all lives matter” in the anthem. The anthem was not televised on American television only Canadian, but still managed to cause an uproar on social media.

The Tenors changed the lyrics from “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free” to “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great.” While member Remigio Pereira held a sign reading, “all lives matter,” while the back of the sign said “United We Stand.”  The audio was not very clear but still caused an outrage. Fox that carried the All-Star Game was on commercial break when the Tenors sang the Canadian anthem.

The Juno award winning Tenors are composed of four members, Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef. The group is popular in Canada with their albums going multi-platinum. Despite their former esteem, Canadians were upset by the group’s decision to politicize the Canadian anthem during a sporting event.

The statement “All Lives Matter” is politically charged and is often mistakenly used as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, much to the chagrin of Black Lives Matter supporters. The phrase has gained traction recently but has a resurgence after police shot and killed African Americans Alton Sterling and Philando last week and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests.

The group denounces the statement believing it undercuts the Black Lives Matter movement which emphasizes that black lives are in peril from police, and more likely to be cut short in the United States as a result of inherent and rampant racism. Using the phrase “All Lives Matter” in response shows a misunderstanding of racism. Race Theory scholar David Theo Goldberg says, “All Lives Matter is a “racial dismissal, ignoring, and denial.”

Despite not being televised in the U.S., there was an outrage all over social media for the change in lyrics. Canadians taking to Twitter called the rendition “very disrespectful,” “wrong,” “dishonoring the anthem.” The group also received numerous “angry messages” and posts on their Facebook page. Both on Twitter and Facebook fans were calling for a Canadian boycott of the group. Major League Baseball was equally blindsided by the politically motivated lyric change, with Spokesman Matt Bourne commenting they “had no idea.”

Hoping to quell the anger, the Tenors issued an apology statement on social media. The group pinned the whole fiasco on member Pereira calling him a “lone wolf” who decided to change the lyrics and hold up the sign without the knowledge or approval from the rest of the group.

The Tenors called Pereira’s actions “disrespectful, and misguided lack of judgment” and “the other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed” by Pereira’s “actions “to serve his own political views.” The tenors also suspended Pereira from the group “until further notice.”

The complete statement reads as follows:

The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf’ today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.

The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views.

Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everybody who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected.

The actions of one member of this group were extremely selfish and he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice.

Afterward, Pereira attempted to explain his motivations in a series of tweets on Twitter but stopped short of apologizing for his actions. Pereira said, “I’ve been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life and I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together. ONE LOVE.”

Continuing in a different direction with his message, Pereira wrote, “from the bottom and all corners of my heart, be good to one another, love one another. Let us all live in peace, it is everyone’s birthright.” Pereira’s explanation shows he did not have a grasp on the negative connotations from the “all lives matter” statement.

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