Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Witnessing the Final Demise of “Mainstream” Media

Featured image If this year’s presidential election has a silver lining, it is the final demise of “mainstream media.” Which is not to say that liberal media are going away; they aren’t, of course. But liberal media’s claim to being mainstream–reliable, objective, fair, unlike fringe or partisan news sources–is gone forever. That is a good thing. No one could follow this year’s campaign without understanding that the media formerly known as mainstream »

Elect This Kid Class President King

Featured image Most of our colleges and universities seem determined to make fools of themselves, thereby eroding their support from taxpayers, in the case of public schools, and alumni and parents, in the case of private ones. One common cause of unintended hilarity is the insistence on allowing each student to choose his or her pronoun. No, wait–I shouldn’t say “his” or “her.” In today’s world, that is assuming way too much. »

Jerusalem? Where’s That?

Featured image Earlier today, the White House released a transcript of President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for Shimon Peres, which took place at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Later, the White House sent out a “corrected” transcript that struck out the word “Israel” after “Jerusalem.” Here it is, courtesy of McClatchey: McClatchey regards the “correction” as proper: The White House forgot its own policy on Jerusalem Friday — at »

Trump’s Off-Message Detour Continues

Featured image The Democrats are doing their best to distract voters from the serious issues in this year’s campaign. Donald Trump, sadly, continues to enable them. The Associated Press reports that Trump is now obsessing on Bill Clinton’s infidelities: “An impeachment for lying,” Trump said Thursday at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, referring to the effort to remove Bill Clinton from office for lying about his affair with White House intern »

Barack Obama, Keeping Us Safe!

Featured image Keeping Americans safe is the president’s foremost responsibility. How has Barack Obama done in that regard? You could say that he has failed, but it would be more accurate to say he hasn’t tried. Michael Ramirez sums it up nicely. Click to enlarge: As I wrote here, the issues that matter most to voters seem to have disappeared from the presidential campaign, at least temporarily. It would be nice if »

The Issues Disappear from the Presidential Campaign

Featured image A funny thing has happened as we approach Election Day: the issues have more or less disappeared; or, at least, the press has stopped talking about them. Donald Trump raced to the front of the GOP pack by focusing on illegal immigration. For months, liberals inside and outside of the press denounced Trump’s immigration views, accusing him of being a bigot, etc. But immigration has now disappeared from the news. »

We May Be Running Dogs, But We’ve Got Toilet Paper

Featured image We have chronicled the agonizing decline of Venezuela into socialist decay over the last couple of years. As poverty has deepened, Western news agencies have taken notice of Venezuela’s symptoms, if not, usually, the cause of that country’s disease. CNN Money reports on middle-class Venezuelans who come to the United States to stock up on basics they can’t buy at home: Carmen Mendoza came to New York to visit her »

Democrats, Press Take Post-Debate Victory Lap [Updated]

Featured image Democrats are euphoric about Hillary Clinton’s performance last night, and probably even more so over Donald Trump’s performance. For the reasons I have said in other posts, their celebrations might be premature. But the point of this post is to note how the press is doing its best to drive the Democrats’ narrative forward. The Associated Press used to be regarded as an objective, straight-up news source. Now it is »

Obama Loves Us Despite Our Faults

Featured image Barack Obama has always regretted, I think, that he doesn’t have a country that is worthy of him. From his earliest days in office, he has eagerly chronicled our faults, real and fabricated, while in the halls of our enemies. This has not endeared him to me, or to many other Americans. In his final speech to the United Nations, Obama said that he believes America has been a force »

Trump Wins Most Immediate Polls

Featured image The consensus here at Power Line was that Donald Trump performed miserably last night. My verdict was a little less harsh, in part because I think he always performs miserably in debates, but it doesn’t seem to matter. For those who are feeling despondent this morning, the Daily Mail offers a little good news. The newspaper collected screen shots of 19 “snap” polls conducted immediately after the debate, and in »

Observations on Tonight’s Debate

Featured image For those who didn’t watch my live commentary on tonight’s debate–that would be most of you!–here are my thoughts. 1) The first half hour was great theater. The moderator left Trump and Clinton alone, like a referee who lets boxers fight it out. The candidates went back and forth, for a while seeming to validate Trump’s suggestion that they might not need a moderator. Trump did very well in this »

Follow Tonight’s Debate Live With John Hinderaker from the Pourhouse (YouTube Live!)

Featured image This live stream is from the Pourhouse in Minneapolis. Commentary will begin a few minutes before the debate starts. »

Join Us For Tonight’s Debate

Featured image Tonight’s debate shapes up as an epic confrontation. It should be the most-watched debate in presidential history, with 100 million or more tuning in, and it could have a decisive impact on this year’s election. One fun way to follow the proceedings in the company of hundreds (maybe thousands) of your fellow conservatives will be to log into Power Line Live. You can comment on the action as you see »

Violent Crime Jumped in 2015

Featured image The FBI released its definitive report on crime in 2015, so it’s now official: violent crime spiked upward in 2015. * In 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate. *** * There were an estimated 372.6 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, a rate that rose 3.1 percent when compared with the 2014 estimated violent crime rate. After decades »

The Democrats Are Worried

Featured image In recent days, it has begun to dawn on a lot of people that Donald Trump really may win the election. (I, of course, have been predicting it all along…) This is causing near-hysteria in some quarters, and louder demands by Democrats for journalists in general, and the debate moderators in particular, to put their thumbs on the scale. As if they weren’t already doing so! Last night the Democrats »

Join Us For Tomorrow Night’s Debate

Featured image Tomorrow night is, of course, the long-awaited first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Some are saying it will be the most-watched debate in presidential history, with 100 million or more tuning in, and it could have a decisive impact on this year’s election. One fun way to follow the proceedings in the company of hundreds (maybe thousands) of your fellow conservatives will be to log into Power Line »

For the House, Brian Mast

Featured image Brian Mast, one of our six Picks for the 2016 cycle, is running for Congress in Florida’s 18th District. The seat is open, as incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy is leaving the House to run against Marco Rubio for the Senate. Mast beat five other Republicans in a primary to win the nomination, and is now facing Randy Perkins, an undistinguished wealthy liberal. Mast is a 12-year veteran of the Army, »