Author Archives: Scott Johnson

“Truth,” according to the Times (3)

Featured image I have taken another pass at commenting on this past Thursday’s New York Times love-in with Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes talking about the forthcoming Rathergate film Truth. I take a whack at the Times in the City Journal column “Truth and the New York Times.” Power Line readers don’t need my brief refresher course on the facts of the scandal, but I think you will »

“Truth,” according to the Times (2)

Featured image Late last week the New York Times celebrated the forthcoming release of the Rathergate film Truth, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. The Times event featured all four of them. “The full catastrophe,” as I would like to think of it. The Times convened the panel to discuss the film and the underlying story before an enthusiastic New York audience. Moderated by Times Magazine »

It ain’t me, babe

Featured image Last night 60 Minutes aired an interview with President Obama conducted by Steve Kroft. The interview ran over two segments. Videos and transcript are posted here. In the first half of the interview Kroft asked about foreign policy. The questions were critical and the atmosphere was tense. Obama was not pleased. Obama yammered in his accustomed style. Kroft interrupted to note that he felt like he was being filibustered. Again, »

“Truth,” according to the Times [updated]

Featured image This past Thursday the New York Times hosted a TimesTalks conversation moderated by New York Times Magazine staff writer Susan Dominus and featuring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes. “The full catastrophe,” as Zorba puts it. They discuss the film Truth, which opens commercially in New York this coming Friday, before a large and enthusiastic audience. I have posted the video below (about 90 minutes long); the »

A word from their Supreme Leader

Featured image We have yet to see the fatuous fatwa allegedly promulgated by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameni denouncing the development of nuclear weapons. Yet it has repeatedly been cited by President Obama and others in support of the deadly arrangement into which we have entered with Iran regarding its nuclear program. See, e.g., MEMRI’s reports here and here. The foreboding John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival song could be put to good use: »

New dimensions in cynicism

Featured image When I was a college senior I raised the money to bring Garry Wills to campus to give a lecture on the 1972 presidential election. Wills had recently published the book Nixon Agonistes, which mightily impressed me, and I wanted to hear what he had to say. He agreed to speak not only on the election, but also to throw in another lecture on Macbeth for free as part of »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll casts questions ASSUMPTIONS, including her own. She writes I remember an outstanding episode of The Odd Couple in which Felix ended up in court over some minor incident. Naturally, he acted as his own attorney. When a hostile witness used the word “assume,” he pounced. “Aha! When you ‘assume,’ you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me,’” he said triumphantly. And nowhere can one go further wrong, or »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Hillary 5.0

Featured image Madam Hillary returned to Council Bluffs, Iowa, yesterday, and Nebraska attorney Dave Begley gave it up for us to deliver this on the scene report. Dave writes: Hillary threw down a number of markers yesterday. Her presentation was much improved from the two previous times I have seen her. She drew laughs from the crowd and was much warmer and more personal than in her previous appearances. She spoke for »

Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured image Senator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Cyberattacks & a Clinton hack

Featured image Three Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. »

Joy of cooking

Featured image The video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

“Covering up some shady s–t”

Featured image In the adjacent post, Paul considers the news that Madam Hillary reduced her email storage maintained by Platte River in late 2014 and early 2015, after she had turned over printed out paper copies of the emails to The State Department. Her team twice instructed Platte River to reduce the amount of email data stored during each server backup by decreasing the backup time period for email retention. The change »

Inspector Clouseau could not be reached for comment

Featured image Reading the page-one story (accessible here via Google) by Adam Entous in today’s Wall Street Journal, I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. The Obama administration appears to be shocked, shocked that Vladimir Putin has not been entirely straightforward with them about Russian intentions in Syria. Entous reports: Russia has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading »

The meaning of “Australia” [Updated With Chart: How Successful Was Australia?]

Featured image In his rush to capitalize on the mass shooting deaths in Roseburg, Oregon, last week, President Obama made a statement including this observation: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it. What does this »

The Klobuchar kludge, cont’d

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

A die-in to kill for

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon went off without a hitch yesterday. The perfect weather didn’t hurt a bit. The Star Tribune reports that Kenyans placed first, second, and third among the men competing in the race. An Ethiopian joined two Kenyans in the top three among the women. A good time was had by all. Black Lives Matter could not be reached for comment. As you may recall, the local Black »

Harry MacDougald: “Truth” and other lies (2)

Featured image The film “Truth” will be released commercially later this month to retell the Rathergate scandal from the perspective of Mary Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’s almost laughable 2005 Rathergate memoir. The left routinely seeks to rewrite even yesterday’s news; events eleven years ago, when Mapes committed her misconduct, have now attained the status of ancient history. John and I therefore sought to reiterate the basic facts of the »