Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Attkisson angle

Featured image Around the time late last week that I complained of the lack of media interest in Sharyl Attkisson’s lawsuit against Eric Holder et al. for the intrusions into her computers, the Daily Beast posted a good account by Lloyd Grove in “Ex-CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s battle royale with the feds.” Grove asserts that the Justice Department and the Postal Service “pushed back hard against Attkisson’s allegations.” Grove quotes the Justice »

Caldwell’s reflections

Featured image There are many excellent books on the European crisis reflected by the events in Paris this past week. Among them I would cite Bat Ye’or’s Eurabia, Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept, Melanie Phillips’s Londonistan, and Claire Berlinski’s Menace in Europe. If I had to pick one to recommend, I’m not sure which I would pick. I find myself returning frequently to one book that falls into this category: Christopher Caldwell’s »

Obama calls extremely stupid confab

Featured image President Obama performed the obligatory characterization of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week as “cowardly” and “evil.” “Evil” it certainly was. “Cowardly” would probably be an adjective more appropriate to the Obama administration’s characterization of Islamist terrorism as “violent extremism,” though “stupid” certainly shouldn’t be overlooked either. President Obama and his administration refuse to identify the ideology that inspires our enemy. They continue to yammer incessantly »

A period of consequences

Featured image Watching the horrifying events in Paris this week, I have found Churchill’s great speech of November 12, 1936, coming to mind. It is one of Churchill’s prophetic speeches — I believe in the Prophet Churchill — decrying the complacency of the government in the face of the gathering storm in Germany. “So they go on in strange paradox,” Churchill asserted in Parliament of those responsible for the defense of the »

Prophet-driven

Featured image At NRO, Ian Tuttle observes that it has become conventional to refer to “the Prophet Mohammed.” Tuttle asks why. I myself am careful not to refer to Muhammad (spelled however) as “the Prophet.” Fine if he’s yours, and no offense intended, but he’s not mine. Tuttle observes with considerable understatement: “There seems to be an implicit, unique measure of respect accorded to the religious leader of Islam that is passé »

Steadfast (non-denial) denials [updated]

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson filed her lawsuit against the Department of Justice et al. on Monday. She spoke briefly with us about it in the interview with her that we posted here on Monday afternoon. The lawsuit alleges the violation of Attkisson’s civil rights as a result of the illegal electronic monitoring and surveillance of her home and business computers and phones from 2011 to 2013. Attkisson tells the story behind the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns this week THINKING ABOUT PLINKING. She writes: It is 7:00 on a Wednesday morning and just turning from dark to light. It is a beautiful 55 degrees. And I am loading magazines preparatory to going plinking. I got an Israeli-made autoloader for my birthday. Last year I got a gun-cleaning workbench. I’m easy to buy for. Indoor ranges are fine, but for the most fun you can »

Back to the future

Featured image In September 2012, the Obama administration peddled the line that a hateful anti-Islamic video resulted in the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the death of our ambassador and three of his colleagues. The administration sent Susan Rice forth to the Sunday gabfests following the September 11 attack to toe the line that the attack represented a protest that had spun out of control. Obama himself was still peddling »

Trying to get to you

Featured image Elvis fans are celebrating the eightieth anniversary of his birth today. As usual, even in the absence of round number anniversaries, it’s Elvis all over the world. The celebrations take in the expected spots such as Elvis’s birthplace in Tupelo (where the North Mississippi Symphony Concert is holding an Elvis-themed show) and Elvis’s Graceland home in Memphis. Commemorative events will also take place in Hollywood, at the Elvis Fest in »

Kerry’s statement on Paris attack

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris today. In particular, Kerry condemned the “extremism” behind the attack. The video below is taken from the Department of State website; the Department of State has also posted the text of the statement here. Kerry makes a pretense of bravery in the face of the Islamist assault on our freedom. All things considered, it’s probably the »

Obama’s statement on Paris attack

Featured image President Obama has issued this statement on the military style terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning: I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 3

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Sharyl Attkisson’s important new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Attkisson about the book early Monday afternoon; the interview is posted here. • Attkisson bookends her accounts of the Obama administration scandals she has covered with the story of »

Psaki ‘psplains

Featured image At yesterday’s press briefing, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki was asked repeatedly about the 53 political dissidents Cuba seemed to have promised to release as part of the deal to normalize relations with the United States. Who are they? Where are they? Have any of them been released? Do you know? Why can’t you psay? The matter appears to be a highly classified state secret. Pressed by AP State Department »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 2

Featured image Reading Sharyl Attkisson’s Stonewalled from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the (insufficient) attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Sharyl Attkisson, recorded yesterday, is posted here. • Attkisson organizes the book around the Obama administration scandals she covered at CBS News, and she covered »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 1

Featured image Over the weekend I read Sharyl Attkisson’s book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington from cover to cover. I read it in preparation for a brief interview we are scheduled to record with Attkisson for the next Power Line podcast. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first. »

In which Michelle Ye Hee Lee responds

Featured image Washington Post Fact Check reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee has responded via Twitter (@myhlee) to “In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee is awarded one Rather.” She followed up with another tweet stating that she has consistently applied the Pinocchio ratings to claims she checks (I didn’t raise any issue of consistency). She also invited me to follow up with any questions by email. I thought readers might be »

In which Glenn Kessler responds

Featured image Michelle Ye Hee Lee works as a reporter for the Washington Post’s Fact Check column under the editorial supervision of Glenn Kessler. I tweeted Kessler a link to my post “In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee one Rather” with the question beloved by former students of Latin poetry and satire if not cliché: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? For those unfamiliar with Juvenal’s Satires or classic clichés, in English »