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Our Moronic News Media, Part 12,176

Featured image Yesterday provided a case study of why public regard for the news media has plummeted. The frenzy over whether Secretary of State Tillerson called President Trump a moron became a centerpiece of the day’s news cycle because it enabled what my late mentor M. Stanton Evans called “ventriloquist journalism”—reporters finding a way to use a quotation or action of a public figure to back up their favored narrative, and calling »

Chuck Todd is a Chucklehead Toad

Featured image I confess to having a soft spot for Chuck Todd, NBC’s chief political reporter. Despite his liberal Democratic bona fides, he’s got a lot of insight into the day-to-day dynamics of politics that he relates fairly for the most part, and I found him to be very cordial and forthcoming the one and only time I ever met him in person at one of those infamous, uber-elitist Georgetown cocktail parties. »

Captain Obvious at the NY Times

Featured image I gather that the New York Times has abolished or “reformed” its copy editing desk, or is using some other fancy euphemism to explain away the ongoing “reduction in force” moves it has been taking as it lives up to Trump’s description of it as a “failing newspaper.” But sometimes there appears a sentence that ought to make some adult in the room realize they’ve taken these reductions too far. »

Memo to CNN: They Don’t Call It The “Boob Tube” for Nothing

Featured image So here is the CNN video highlight of the year. Today CNN had on someone named Clay Travis, who apparently is a popular sports radio host (I don’t listen to sports talk radio), talking about the ESPN controversy over Jamele Hill saying something mean about Trump (I don’t watch ESPN either), and Travis repeated several times that the only two things he believes in are the First Amendment and. . »

Fake news about H.R. McMaster?

Featured image Yesterday, PJ Media published a disturbing report about H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser. It said that at a meeting during the week of August 27 at the White House, McMaster brought with him Mustafa Javed Ali, NSC Senior Director on Counter-Terrorism. According to PJ Media’s report, Ali has been described by a senior administration source as being “opposed to Hezbollah’s designation as a terrorist organization.” The Israelis reportedly »

All the Speculation That’s Fit to Print

Featured image Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story on Republicans who supposedly are angling for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination: “Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow.” The story was, of course, part of the paper’s daily war on President Trump. Its purpose was to cause “doubts” about President Trump’s being the GOP nominee in 2020 to “grow.” The Times article contains no actual »

Associated Press Smears Stephen Miller [Updated]

Featured image Yesterday’s dustup between presidential aide Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta, which Scott wrote about here, has turned into one of the silliest kerfuffles in memory. (Video is at the link, a transcript of yesterday’s press briefing is here.) The idea that a poem somehow stands in the way of reforming our immigration system (the salient features of which, by the way, date only to 1965) is absurd. Yet the »

Fake news from the Washington Post

Featured image In the Washington Post’s lead story today, another screed about how Trump allegedly is selling out to the Russians, Philip Rucker writes: After Putin denied in his meeting with Trump any such election interference, the U.S. president tried to turn the page altogether on the issue of Russian hacking. As special counsel Robert S. Mueller III investigates Russian interference and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials, Trump has repeatedly labeled »

A Blush of Embarrassment at the NY Times

Featured image Charles Murray likes to describe the wedding announcements section of the New York Times as the “Mergers and Acquisitions” page, since it almost uniformly features a Stanford MBA junior investment banker on Wall Street marrying a Harvard law grad working as an associate at Big Firm on Madison Ave, while rehabbing three Brooklyn brownstones for themselves in between teaching refugees to read while riding a unicycle. The wedding was staged »

CNN Has Been Faking the News For a While

Featured image We have software that tracks traffic to our site in real time, so we can see how much traffic is going to each post and where it is coming from. Some of us–if you guessed Scott and me, you could be right–follow the data obsessively throughout the day. I was surprised, earlier today, to see that people were visiting a post I did in 2009 titled Rush Is Out. A »

Is CNN > Trump?

Featured image CNN—the Comintern News Network?—is the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to Scott’s discussions below of CNN’s thuggery, there is a poll out right now that is being touted as showing CNN is “more trusted” than Trump, so there. Poll: CNN is more trusted than President Trump President Trump has amped up his battle with CNN, but it appears the news network is holding its own. A recent poll »

CNN Stages Anti-ISIS Protest In London

Featured image Mark Antro observed CNN staging a protest by Muslims against ISIS and terrorism, and filmed it. As you watch the video, you can see that this is not a bona fide demonstration that CNN observed and reported on. Rather, the entire event–one could say, the pitifully small event–is being stage-directed by CNN for its cameras, to advance CNN’s narrative. In this case, the story CNN wants to promote is that »

MSNBC attacks Kellyanne Conway; the Washington Post snipes at her husband

Featured image Last November, Hillary Clinton failed to become America’s first female president. Instead, Kellyanne Conway became the first female to manage a successful presidential campaign. Many will never forgive her. Attacks on Conway have centered on the notion that, in the words of Mika Brzezinski, she “shill[ed] for Trump in extensive fashion.” But that’s the job of anyone who represents a political candidate. The real beef is with Donald Trump, whom »

Fake News on the 2018 Election From the Associated Press

Featured image The Associated Press headlines: “In swing districts, voters vent over health care, fear Trump.” A more accurate headline would be, “A handful of rabid Democrats hate President Trump.” But that wouldn’t be news. The AP begins: Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. “Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017,” her poster read. In a nod »

The New York Times Corrects Fake News, Three Weeks Late

Featured image I wrote here about an extraordinarily inept New York Times article that had already been corrected once. The author, Jennifer Steinhauer, didn’t understand the constitutional role of the Vice President in the Senate; that was the first correction. I pointed out that the Times article contained a second error, equally egregious but so far unacknowledged: The Times also grossly mischaracterizes the Congressional Review Act, the statute under which yesterday’s vote »

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Truth

Featured image In today’s news: Rolling Stone Settles Suit Over Retracted ‘Rape on Campus’ Article Rolling Stone magazine has settled a libel lawsuit over its discredited 2014 story about an alleged fraternity party gang rape at the University of Virginia. The confidential agreement disclosed Tuesday brings to a close the defamation complaint in federal court of a university administrator who was in charge of handling student complaints of sexual misconduct at the »

Another Media Beclowning

Featured image Trump and his folks took a lot of predictable heat for remarking several weeks back that the media is the enemy of the American people. Heavens! You’d have thought he’d said “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” The media may not be self-consciously the enemy of the American people, but it is hard to deny the asymmetry of their sympathies. As many of you know, I’m »