Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Today’s Ebola news

Featured image We have the new case of the Dallas nurse, supposedly as a result of “breach of protocol.” We have the apology for imputing a breach of protocol to the nurse. Why? Because we don’t know how she contracted the virus. We have another possible new case or two. We have a continuing stream of “total garbage” from public health officials. Although the public health officials speak with great authority, I »

New dimensions in racial tensions

Featured image A cafeteria food fight turned into a riot at South High School in Minneapolis in February last year. The school’s security officers were insufficient to the task. Police officers dispatched to the scene sprayed mace and placed the school on lockdown to get a handle on the situation. Three or four students and a staff member ended up in the hospital. What was all the excitement about? The Star Tribune »

Gabriel Schoenfeld: A Risen in the sun

Featured image Gabriel Schoenfeld has graciously responded to my invitation to comment on last night’s 60 Minutes segment publicizing the case of New York Times reporter James Risen. Mr. Schoenfeld is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the former senior editor of Commentary. He is also the author of The Return of Anti-Semitism and, most recently, A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign. In Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, »

Is James Risen a law unto himself?

Featured image Writing in an adjacent post about New York Times reporter James Risen and last night’s 60 Minutes segment on him, I link to a January 2006 column that I wrote for the Weekly Standard on Risen’s first big story blowing a critical national security program during the Bush administration. The Standard headlined the column “Exposure and it is still accessible online, but errors crept into the formatting when the Standard »

A conversation with Dick Cheney

Featured image The Foundation for Constitutional Government has just released Bill Kristol’s “Conversation” with former Vice President Dick Cheney. The “Conversation” is one in a series of long-form interviews conducted by Bill with key intellectuals and players. Vice President Cheney has not shied away from commenting on the ongoing catastrophe of the Obama administration. It is always a pleasure to hear from him, but this interview goes well beyond events of current »

The Risen Heist

Featured image Last night CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast a segment presenting New York Times reporter James Risen as a martyr and a hero. Lesley Stahl’s report on Risen is posted here.. The video is below. Should journalists be free to choose which laws they are required to observe and which ones they can break at will? That, essentially, is what Risen is demanding as the trial of alleged CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling »

Susan Rice: All is well

Featured image ISIS has advanced to the outskirts of Baghdad and into Kobani. They preside over territory that continues to grow in extent and sustain their financial needs. According to National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Meet the Press this morning (NBC account and video here), however, now is no time to reevaluate President Obama’s “strategy” opposing ISIS. All is well. “No, Chuck, this is very early days of the strategy,” Rice »

Breach of protocol, or something

Featured image The NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this morning (video below). The occasion of his appearance was the new case of Ebola that has been contracted by a Dallas “health worker” who treating the patient from Liberia who died last week. How could the health worker have gotten infected with Ebola? “What obviously happened, unfortunately, is that there was an inadvertent breach of protocol,” »

Indecent proposal, nuclear edition

Featured image Keeping up with the news and commentary that followed the interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program late last year, I found the Iranian authorities to be a better source of information than Obama administration spokesmen. The Iranian authorities justifiably elaborated with victors’ pride the concessions they had extracted from the United States and the other parties; the Obama administration preferred to play down the concessions. Since then the »

Mark Twain’s question

Featured image I haven’t reread Justin Kaplan’s Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain since I first read it when it came out in paperback in 1968. Rereading it now, I am struck by how quotable Twain is even in his letters and stray comments. He never writes in shopworn phrases. As quoted by Kaplan, who quotes him a lot, Twain always finds a striking way to make his point. I want to fasten »

It’s only a (not very good) play

Featured image On our recent weekend in New York, we saw two Broadway shows. The first was a revival of the classic musical On the Town, which I thought was spectacular. I wrote about it briefly here. The show is still in previews; it opens officially next week. The second show we saw was a revival of the Terence McNally backstage comedy It’s Only a Play. The show was one on a »

Leonnig: Sex, lies and the White House

Featured image The Washington Post has meticulously reported on the continuing cover-up of volunteer staffer Jonathan Dach in the Cartagena hooker scandal. The Washington Post story by Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura is posted here. They have the White House nailed dead to rights. Paul Mirengoff performed his own anatomy of the story here. The underlying scandal is relatively innocuous, but the White House obviously has its reasons for lying about it. »

Mark Steyn: Preview and retrospective

Featured image Mark Steyn takes note of his appearance yesterday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for an audience convened by our friends at the Center of the American Experiment. Mark warmed up for his speech with an interview conducted by Dave Thompson on location in Orchestra Hall, broadcast on News Talk 1130 AM and 103.5 FM (video below). The interview went down before Mark’s speech and gave a good preview of it. »

Minneapolis goes Bosaso

Featured image Jumping on the lefties’ pro-Communist 1980′s wave with perfect timing, Minneapolis named Novosibirsk its sister city in 1988. The Soviet Union promptly disintegrated. Well, forget Novosibirsk. Yesterday the Minneapolis City Council designated the Somali port of Bosaso as its sister city. The Star Tribune reports this awesome development here and the excitement is palpable. Somalia has undergone much adversity over the past 20 years. It is in already in an »

“America’s biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the video

Featured image The conservative advocacy group American Commitment has entered a national video contest organized by the left-wing outfits MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. What’s going on here? Bear with me. In an email announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” In its call for submissions, MoveOn declared: “The scale of the problem is clear. The corporate »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrl returns with a column with bullet points itemizing WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE. She writes: Occasionally, a wonderful speech or book will go viral, such as The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch or Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. A dying person will teach us all a lesson in courage and dignity, distilling important life lessons into memorable, inspiring, heart-rending prose. To the best of my knowledge, I am »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook: The video

Featured image The long Washington Post story on the White House cover-up of its involvement in the Cartagena prostitution scandal is accompanied by the useful video below narrated by reporter Carol Leonnig. Three minutes long, it provides a useful short course in the scandal leading up to today’s revelations. Today’s story by Leonnig and David Nakamura exposes the White House cover-up of staff involvement in the use of prostitutes in Cartagena despite »