Author Archives: Scott Johnson

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 »

A dog by any other name

Featured image I learn in the adjacent post by John that the Palin family has a service dog for Trig by the name of Jill Hadassah. Sarah Palin demonstrates her wit in response to the unhinged attacks elicited by the photo of Trig standing on Jill Hadassah. Palin announced the addition of Jill Hadassah to the family by Facebook this past summer. The Hill’s Judy Kurtz took note, observing: “No word on »

In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee one Rather

Featured image Washington Post Fact Check reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee found Rudy Giuliani guilty of telling a whopper when he stated recently: “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” On Face the Nation this past Sunday, Major Garrett asked Giuliani if he wanted to retract his statement in light of the Washington’s Post’s verdict. Giuliani rejected the verdict (video below). In response »

Cuomo’s moment

Featured image Three-term former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82. The New York Times recalls him in the obituary by Adam Nagourney and the New York City sidebar by Sam Roberts. Cuomo was an eloquent preacher of the liberal gospel at a time when the gospel had been eclipsed by Ronald Reagan’s political and policy successes. At the Democratic Convention in July 1984, giving the keynote »

A random thought from Thomas Sowell

Featured image In his most recent column of random thoughts — all of them worthy of your consideration — Thomas Sowell offers this one: Hillary Clinton’s idea that we have to see the world from our adversaries’ point of view — and even “empathize” with it — is not new. Back in 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said, “I have realized vividly how Herr Hitler feels.” Ronald Reagan, however, made sure »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Last week Ammo Grrrll took up the question of microaggressions in A LIFE FULL OF MICROAGGRESSIONS. The question of microaggressions has taken shape on campus, where sensitive souls face mortal peril every day. It only makes sense that Ammo Grrrll returns this week with MICROAGGRESSIONS GO TO COLLEGE. She writes: In the Autumn issue of City Journal, the brilliant and brave writer Heather Mac Donald, lifted the lid on the »

Great thinkers revisited

Featured image With the focus on last year and the new year, we might take advantage of the holiday or the long holiday weekend to refresh our acquaintance with the great thinkers. The Great Thinkers site is produced by the Center for Constitutional Government; it builds on the Conversations with Bill Kristol to introduce viewers to “the great thinkers of Western [political] thought.” The site seeks to aid students and other interested »

Quote of the year

Featured image Among the year-end lists compiled this year I have yet to see one that captures the quote of the year. Confining consideration to active politicians, I think that President Obama walks away with the honors this year. Against all the odds in the run-up to the midterm elections in November, Obama said something useful and, even more improbably, something true (video below). In his speech at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School »

Clarke clobber caper

Featured image I was surprised, to put it mildly, to hear Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke disparaging Mayor de Blasio and President Obama and Obma pal Al Sharpton last week when I happened to catch Clarke’s post-Christmas appearance live on cable news. It’s not that Sheriff Clarke hasn’t distinguished himself as a voice of truth and reason on matters of race and law enforcement. It’s that he was saying these things on »

Trending in the PA: How to stab a Jew

Featured image The Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza lack the requisites on which a decent state might be formed. Among other things, they lack the infrastructure of a civil society. What they do have in abundance is the infrastructure of terrorism. They also have the bloodlust on which to sustain it. To take just one recent example, the Jewish Press draws attention to the video below demonstrating the proper use »

Mystery of the missing illegals

Featured image The wave of Central American illegals welcomed by the Obama administration this year is one of the major stories of 2014. Yet the media have mostly gone silent on it. The Obama administration’s preferred method of dealing with the illegals was release pending administrative hearings. How are the hearings going? At NRO, Mark Krikorian notes that the investigative unit at Houston’s KPRC decided to find out (video below). The Daily »

There’s something about Louie: Billy Graham and after

Featured image Gary Schneeberger of Grace Hill Media (a marketing firm established to reach “religious America”) has sent us the message and accompanying video below. Although it is a form message, it follows up where I left off in “There’s something about Louie.” Here is the message: By now you may have heard that UNBROKEN, the inspirational true-life story of war hero Louis Zamperini, blew away all industry estimates at the box »