Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Are Democrats Creating Sympathy for Donald Trump?

Featured image I’ve been wondering whether a backlash would develop against the Democrats’ crazed, ceaseless attacks on President Trump. No one has ever seen anything like it: the ridiculous smears, the nightly barrage of television “comedy,” over-the-top attacks by former government officials like John Brennan and James Comey, endless investigations into nothing in particular, calls for impeachment (grounds? who needs grounds?), absurd accusations of “treason,” and so on. It is unprecedented in »

James Comey Confesses

Featured image It is a sign of the times that former FBI Director James Comey is on a book tour, the apparent purposes of which are to 1) smear the President, and 2) make Comey wealthy. Comey, having refused to speak to Congress, is now giving interviews to hack journalists. Comey no doubt intended his book to be self-justifying, but this passage is getting a lot of attention: It is entirely possible »

Millenials Haven’t Heard of the Holocaust: True Or False?

Featured image Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany commissioned a polling firm to conduct a “comprehensive national study of Holocaust knowledge and awareness in the United States.” The results are getting quite a bit of media attention. The survey finds a relatively widespread lack of knowledge about the Holocaust, especially among young people. 22% of millennials say they have never heard of the Holocaust, »

Washington Lies In a Parallel Universe

Featured image In the real world, the Trump administration is humming along. Its domestic policies are sensible and have been remarkably successful in a short time. Abroad, the administration has pursued American interests, again with considerable success. It has also made progress, at least, at cleaning up the appalling messes left behind by Barack Obama in Iran, Syria, Russia and North Korea. By any objective standard, the Trump administration is, so far, »

In Twitter Diplomacy, China Is Up, Russia Is Down

Featured image Yesterday the financial markets soared in response to a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi’s speech was conciliatory, and suggested that, far from igniting a trade war, President Trump’s proposed punitive tariffs have brought about important and positive changes in our economic relationship with China, including, among other things, lower tariffs on American automobiles and better protection for American intellectual property. Time will tell how this plays out, but »

Zuckerberg Speaks

Featured image Today Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees. Hanging over his appearance was the question whether Congress will enact new regulations on companies like Facebook. Zuckerberg was entirely open to the concept; if you are a monopolist, submitting to regulation simply cements your position. What is striking to me is the childlike faith that so many have in “regulation.” What regulation seems almost »

The FBI Escalates Its War on the Trump Administration

Featured image Scott wrote earlier about the FBI’s raid on the home and office of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen. I want to add my own thoughts in a separate post. News reports indicate that the FBI raid resulted, at least in part, from a referral by Robert Mueller. The subject of the raid included “payments to the former porn actress known as Stormy Daniels.” Good going, Bob–you were assigned to »

Can Internet Oligarchs Tilt the Playing Field to the Left?

Featured image In January 2005, I participated in a conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School on new media. A number of seminal internet figures were there–the founder of Wikipedia, a guy who was regarded as the original blogger, and others, along with some academics. The only “old media” person I recall being there was Jill Abramson of the New York Times, who seemed depressed. At one point, another participant who was also a »

Will the Midterms Be a Disaster For Republicans?

Featured image November may bring a Blue Wave. That’s what Scott Walker warns will happen, if Republicans and conservative-leaning independents don’t get back in the game. The Democrats agree, for the most part. Democratic Party activist Brent Budowsky, writing at The Hill, offers an enthusiastic version of the Dems’ high expectations: “Mueller will drop midterm Russia bombshells on GOP Congress.” Budowsky thinks Mueller’s investigation is carefully calibrated to do the Democrats the »

Should Trump Agree to an Interview With Mueller?

Featured image Yesterday on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Paul and I talked about how President Trump should respond to Bob Mueller’s request for an interview. Trump has said that he would like to meet with Mueller, no doubt because he knows he is innocent of the Democrats’ collusion claims and has nothing to hide. But Paul was very much of the view that Trump should decline, which does appear to be »

“I’m the Majority”

Featured image On one hand we have foul-mouthed little twerps like David Hogg. On the other hand, we have Americans like Mark Robinson, who showed up at a Greensboro, N.C. city council meeting to protest against efforts by liberals to take away his constitutional rights. Robinson is remarkably eloquent. He sums up some of the essentials of the gun control debate passionately and well: Via Twitchy. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow, the last of my three-day stint this week. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. Tomorrow’s show will feature some good guests, as always, and commentary on the issues of the day. You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. »

Is the Fear of Mass Shootings Irrational?

Featured image At Reason, Jacob Sullum writes: “Irrational Fear of Mass Shootings Can’t Justify Unconstitutional Gun Control.” I’m not sure it’s irrational to fear mass shootings, but it certainly is irrational to base public policy decisions on grotesque exaggerations of the magnitude of threats. Which is what happens when liberals talk about increased gun control. (Profuse links are omitted, see original for references): “Americans are now more likely to be shot to »

President Grybauskaite Gets Trump

Featured image Yesterday President Trump conducted a brief press availability with the Baltic heads of state, following his meeting with them. Understandably, the main news that came out of the event was Trump’s comments on the border and the caravan. But I was struck by the statement by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, which I don’t think has been reported anywhere. The context was NATO, but her observations on how Trump operates are »

Caravan? What Caravan?

Featured image As everyone knows, a “caravan” of more than 1,000 Hondurans is making its way North through Mexico toward the United States. This caravan had sought, and drawn, a great deal of publicity before President Trump began talking about it. He tweeted: Honduras, Mexico and many other countries that the U.S. is very generous to, sends many of their people to our country through our WEAK IMMIGRATION POLICIES. Caravans are heading »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. Tomorrow’s show will feature stellar guests, including Howie Carr and Dennis Prager. Howie’s appearance will be a fun turnabout, as I was a guest on his show this afternoon. Topics will include the Honduran caravan, President Trump’s press »

Is Our Culture Dead?

Featured image There was a time when people in certain occupations were assumed to be educated, and educated people could be presumed to know certain things. There was, in other words, a common culture. That era wasn’t so long ago; I actually lived through it. But I am afraid it may be gone. Exhibit A: A reporter for National Public Radio–a prestige media outlet, ostensibly–had no concept of basic Christian theology: An »