Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The New York Times: Worse Than You Thought

Featured image The Nieman Journalism Lab scores an interview with Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times. If you think the Times has gotten even worse in the last year or two, Baquet is the man to blame. Nieman records, enthusiastically, that the Times has veered even more sharply to the left during the present election season: Consider that the Times employed 18 of its journalists as realtime fact-checkers during »

Racism at the Yale Bowl? Hardly

Featured image Dartmouth and Yale have been playing football against one another for a long time. Last Saturday, when they played at the Yale Bowl, was the 100th meeting of the teams. (Yale broke a four-game losing streak with a 21-13 victory.) Given that long history, someone at Yale thought it would be fun to produce a program that featured a collection of vintage programs from past years. This is what it »

On Catholics, Wikileaks Hits Paydirt

Featured image In general, I think most of the alleged Wikileaks scandals of recent days have been overblown. But the way in which Hillary Clinton’s top staffers talk about Catholics is a relatively serious matter. The email thread involves Hillary’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, her director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, and John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, which was also Podesta’s and Palmieri’s home as of the date of the »

Did the Clinton Campaign Coordinate With DOJ on Hillary’s Emails?

Featured image That claim is being made in some quarters today, based on the latest batch of Wikileaks emails from the account of John Podesta. The Hill, for example, headlines “Clinton camp appeared to have contacts with DOJ on email case.” Drudge headlines “CAMPAIGN DISCUSSIONS WITH DOJ!” The New York Post cites the Trump campaign’s characterization of the leaked emails: “Emails show Clinton ‘colluded’ with DOJ: Trump campaign.” NBC’s Tom Winter may »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be a guest tomorrow on the Michael Medved radio show at 4:20 Eastern time. Why? Because Bill Bennett is guest hosting. We will talk about the most recent debate, the desertion of Trump by many Republicans, and the state of the race, or maybe something completely different if Bill changes his mind. Don’t miss Bill Bennett, making a triumphant return to radio, or me, at 4:20 Eastern. You »

The P-Word Through History

Featured image Okay, that’s a good example of a post title that over-promises. But Paul wrote earlier about Bill Clinton’s use of the now-notorious P-word, and I want to add one bit of evidence as to how leaders–some of them, anyway–talk in private. Lyndon Johnson was notoriously vulgar. Among other things, he took great, and vocal, pride in the size of the presidential unit. But sticking with the subject at hand, history »

Sucking the Life Out of Childhood

Featured image When I was a kid, I spent my summers swimming in a lake, building rafts, manning a rowboat and zipping around in a speed boat, blowing stuff up with Zebras and cherry bombs, playing with animals of various sorts, and engaging (with zero skill) in sports and games, unsupervised by adults. Youngsters nowadays are not so fortunate. Most of them are subjected to the soul-crushing conformity of nanny-state political correctness. »

Obama Voter Fraud In Colorado

Featured image I have been working my way through the John Podesta emails that were released by Wikileaks. They provide an interesting look behind the scenes of the Hillary Clinton campaign, but generally don’t seem to contain a lot of blockbusters. This one was spotted by Breitbart. Podesta reports on a meeting with two friends of the Clintons from Colorado, at least one of whom is a lawyer. In his email, Podesta »

Trump Wins

Featured image Some of the rats might want to consider returning to the ship. Donald Trump came through pretty well tonight, mainly because the focus was on the issues. As long as issues are being discussed, Trump wins. The moderators came out of the box with questions about Trump’s 2005 video, which many people expected to be the centerpiece of tonight’s debate. The effort flopped, I thought. Bill and Hillary Clinton took »

The Associated Press Spins For Hillary

Featured image The Associated Press reports on Donald Trump’s talking about Hillary Clinton’s role in her husband’s rape and sexual harassment scandals. Perhaps recognizing that some people might consider being an accessory to rape and sexual assault more serious failings than talking crudely about women, the AP doesn’t take any chances. You almost have to read between the lines to extract the story from the spin: Hours before a make-or-break presidential debate, »

Follow Tonight’s Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image Tonight’s presidential debate will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern. It will be televised by just about everybody except NBC, which will carry Sunday Night Football. The debate will be at Washington University, will be in a town hall format, and will be moderated by Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper. One way or another, news will be made tonight. It could be one of the strangest evenings in recent history. Will »

Time to Jump Ship?

Featured image Republicans are deserting Donald Trump in droves. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Carly Fiorina are among the most prominent. Here in Minnesota, I think just about the entire Republican Party has disavowed him. Many people whose judgment I admire–Andy McCarthy, John Thune and Hugh Hewitt, to name just three–have called on Trump to step down. Are they right? I think the question needs to be examined from several angles. First, »

We’ve Had About All the Genius We Can Stand

Featured image Through the primary season and the early stages of the general election, Donald Trump made any number of apparently boneheaded moves. His supporters, though, were always quick to tell us that Trump couldn’t be judged by ordinary standards. What seemed to be blunders were really acts of unique Trumpian genius! We heard this over and over. Well, we are now a month out from the election, and newspapers are headlining »

Hillary Speech Excerpts Leaked: She Wants “Open Borders”

Featured image Wikileaks has finally released some of the anti-Hillary Clinton material it has been promising, in the form of emails from the account of campaign chairman John Podesta. I haven’t had time to read many of them, but Drudge highlighted an email from campaign research director Tony Carrk that quoted potentially damaging excerpts from Hillary’s speeches to Goldman Sachs and the like. To me, the most striking thing about the speech »

Hurricane Hysteria [Updated]

Featured image The much-hyped Hurricane Matthew still hasn’t made landfall. It has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it makes its way up the Southeastern coast. It may yet do great damage here, as it already has in Haiti, but the disappointment in some quarters is palpable. Matthew had been hyped as the poster child for global warming, striking just in time to give Hillary Clinton a boost in Sunday’s »

Hillary Is Pulling Away

Featured image It has taken a while for post-debate polls to accumulate, but the verdict is now in, and it is grim for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has opened up a meaningful lead in almost every national poll, as undecided voters appear to be breaking her way. This is how the polls look today at Real Clear Politics; click to enlarge: Trump’s standing reflects not just his debate performance, but also his »

Guests Who Never Leave

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that some West Africans in Minnesota are facing the prospect of returning home. The subject is the federal Temporary Protected Status program. The news has roiled the Twin Cities’ West African community: A program that allowed natives of the countries hardest hit by the 2014 Ebola epidemic to stay and work here is ending next spring. The idea was that a limited number of West »