Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image If it’s Friday, it just occurred to me, it’s time for Ammo Grrrll. She calls this edition of her thoughts STUCK ON STUPID. Grrrll, take it away: At the risk of appearing to pander, I am going to assert that, based on the quality of comments, Power Line regulars are smarter than the average bears. However, I have read that in surveys, almost everyone rates himself or herself as “above »

Did the press uncover Watergate?

Featured image I wrote about Edward Jay Epstein to introduce the video interview with him regarding Edward Snowden here yesterday. I have been one of Ed’s fans for a long time. I vividly remember reading his classic Commentary essay “Did the press uncover Watergate?” when it was published in 1974. Commentary has posted it online here, Ed on his own site here. We didn’t know for certain in 1974, when Ed published »

The Hannity tapes

Featured image Sean Hannity has been on fire during the Gaza war, especially on his syndicated radio show. He understands what is happening and wants to make sure that his audience understands. This week he has taken his radio and FOX News cable shows to Israel. Yesterday he concluded his visit to Israel on a high note, with an interview of Benjamin Netanyahu. Video segments from Israel are posted here, including the »

Edward Jay Epstein: Who is Edward Snowden?

Featured image As I have frequently observed here, Edward Jay Epstein is incapable of writing a dull book. He is the author, most recently, of a new edition of Deception: The Once and Future Cold War as well as The JFK Assassination Diary: My Search for Answers to the Mystery of the Century, published in paperback (available here) and as an ebook (available on Amazon here), reflecting his longstanding interest in the »

The factory in the basement

Featured image With a little help from our friends we cut the video below of Rick Leventhal’s report broadcast on FOX News earlier this week. I think the video is a Power Line exclusive and wanted to take the liberty of drawing your attention to it while repeating the inferences I drew in case you missed what I wrote it in “Tweeting Rick Leventhal.” (I didn’t have the video when I originally »

Our man at the bridge

Featured image My daughter Eliana has written a terrific profile of our man at the bridge, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. It appears in the August 11 issue of National Review under the title “Amnesty’s worst enemy” and has now been posted online. I learned a lot from it and wanted to bring it to your attention in case you missed it. It discusses the forces behind the execrable “comprehensive immigration reform” »

Netanyahu: Look back in anger

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu held a press conference in Jerusalem this evening. The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren reports on Netanyahu’s presentation here. Netanyahu spoke in English for a portion of the press conference (video below). He obviously wanted to get a message out to the widest possible audience. At about 12:30 he takes a question from a journalist with a British accent and the predictable slant. As always, it is »

Theory of the coup

Featured image Ross Douthat’s New York Times column this past Sunday eloquently warned against Obama’s threatened coup with respect to immigration law. Douthat characterized the action threatened by anonymous White House leakers as “executive fiat.” Douthat rightly condemned the threatened action as “lawless, reckless, a leap into the antidemocratic dark.” University of Chicago Law School Professor Eric Posner comes to Obama’s defense and responds to Douthat in the New Republic column “Obama »

NDTV reports: Watch Hamas in action

Featured image The journalists covering the war on Israel from Gaza haven’t captured much of Hamas’s activities and Palestinians of all stripes have promoted the theme of Israeli perfidy promoted by Hamas. The theme has even become the native tongue of the Obama administration. This morning, in any event, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority filed formal charges in Geneva accusing Israel of war crimes for targeting civilian areas in Gaza. »

Marinomania!

Featured image I can’t get enough of Rep. Tom Marino and his close encounter of the harridan kind with Nancy Pelosi on the floor of the House this past Friday night. It’s the kind of bedtime story I need in the Age of Obama. Rep. Marino found his way onto FNC last night with Shannon Bream sitting in for Megyn Kelly on the Kelly File (video below). Rep. Marino, a nation turns »

The friends of Osama Hamdan

Featured image Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Blitzer grilled Hamdan about his recent recycling of the Christian blood libel against the Jews (video below). Hamdan filibusters, Obama style. Hey, he was just repeating what he’s heard. Some of his best friends. Benjamin Netanyahu. Concentration camps for Palestinans. Etc., etc., etc. While Blitzer has been congratulated for challenging Hamdan, I wonder. Hamas and its friends »

Tweeting Rick Leventhal [updated with video]

Featured image The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is in its early hours, but I’m still firing my critique of media coverage of the war. Yesterday FOX News broadcast a report by Rick Leventhal from Gaza City regarding an IDF missile strike on a building/residence. I’m inserting the video below. Please check it out. In his report Leventhal interviewed the aggrieved occupant of the late building/residence. He had received a call on »

From the Hamas combat manual

Featured image The IDF has obtained and posted an illuminating Hamas combat manual that it summarizes in relevant part as follows: IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm »

At the Rafah UNRWA school

Featured image Carl in Jerusalem writes this morning to draw attention to his Israel Matzav post on the possible return of Pallywood yesterday at the UNRWA Rafah school. Elder of Ziyon also took at look at the scene, linking to Thomas Wictor. Israel’s (alleged) attack on the UNRWA school in Rafah scored the condemnation of Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power and the Obama administration yesterday. I don’t know what happened at the school; »

One question for Chuck Lane

Featured image Washington Post opinion writer Chuck Lane apparently concurs with David Bernstein’s 40 questions for the international media in Gaza, posted on the Volokh Conspiracy site hosted by the Post itself. The Post seems to concur that these are important questions, but advises us not to expect any answers. One question for Chuck Lane: Why? This —-> Forty questions for the international media in Gaza http://t.co/IhofcQf1lE via @washingtonpost — Charles Lane »

Marino’s moment

Featured image Tucker Carlson caught up with Rep. Tom Marino this morning on FOX & Friends to ask about Marino’s close encounter of the harridan kind with Nancy Pelosi this past Friday night. The video is below. Rep. Marino is one cool cucumber. We who are about to sigh salute you! »

Eyeless in Gaza: 40 questions for the media

Featured image Professor David Bernstein posts the “40 questions for the international media in Gaza” posed by Saul O. at Harry’s Place. Professor Bernstein writes for the Volokh Conspiracy, now hosted by the Washington Post. The questions posted by Bernstein are properly addressed to the Washington Post itself, as well as to the Wall Street Journal, FOX News and CNN and the rest of the American media. In the case of the »