Media

Cage Match: New York Times vs. Fox News

Featured image The Associated Press reports on an epic conflict from the world of journalism: “No apology from Fox in its battle with The New York Times.” The AP sees the conflict from the Times’s point of view: Fox News Channel on Monday clarified, but didn’t apologize for, a weekend segment that The New York Times said falsely accused the newspaper of revealing intelligence information that enabled Islamic State leader Abu Bakr »

A Pompeo postscript

Featured image In a June 2 story by Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman, the New York Times blew the identity of the new CIA chief of operations against Iran. The Times’s decision to do so was deliberate, willful and deeply dishonorable. It may have been illegal as well. The special counsel investigation of the Bush administration was predicated on possible criminal violations in the unauthorized disclosure of Valerie Plame. Possible criminal violations »

Pompeo on the leaks

Featured image Since the inauguration of President Trump we have been inundated by leaks of classified information attributed to current and former government officials. These current and former government officials have leaked classified information to their friends at the New York Times, the Washington Post and other mainstream media organs. The leaks have become a flood of crisis proportions. Two months ago, for example, New York Times reporters Matthew Rosenberg and Adam »

Clown show follies with the Times

Featured image When three Somali Minnesotans went to trial in Minneapolis last year on terrorism charges, the New York Times skipped the proceedings. Times reporter Jack Healy arrived in town just in time for the verdicts. Healy’s article reporting the verdicts, written with freelancer Matt Furber, turned for comment to Burhan Mohumed, a “community organizer” and friend of the defendants who condemned the verdicts as “purely political.” Judge Michael Davis presided at »

Don’t blame the media for the WNBA’s woes

Featured image Ted Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. The hockey team has done quite well under his leadership, though a deep playoff run has eluded it. The basketball team has often been mediocre or worse, though it now is among the better NBA squads. Leonsis also owns the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. The team, like the league, has struggled. Leonsis blames the WNBA’s woes on the media. »

Enter Mayor Hodges, exit Chief Harteau

Featured image In “The loud noise heard round the world,” I wrote that the “loud noise” that the shooting of the unamred and pajama clad healer Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor opens a window onto the sick culture that reigns in Minneapolis. What a crew. Idiot mayor Betsy Hodges perfectly represents it. Running for reelection this year, Hodges made her presence felt today. Hodges addressed the shooting crisis by »

Sean Spicer resigns

Featured image Sean Spicer resigned from his job as White House press secretary this morning. The resignation occurred promptly after President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci to be White House communications director. Spicer reportedly told Trump he believes the appointment is a major mistake. It had been rumored for quite some time that Spicer would go. He seemed to lose Trump’s confidence and certainly had lost the trust of the White House press »

Pompeo slams the Times

Featured image CIA Director Mike Pompeo took the occasion of an interview by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens at the Aspen Security Forum yesterday to call out the Times for disclosing the identity of the CIA new officer in charge of Iran operations. The Times’s wantonly destructive article blowing the identity of the CIA officer required a little help from its friends — the usual cadre of “current and former intelligence »

Minnesota cage match, 2017 edition (3)

Featured image I wrote about the ongoing cage match between Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota’s majority-Republican House and Senate here and here. It’s an interesting story that deserves national attention as a sign of the political times. At the end of this year’s slightly extended legislative session Dayton signed all tax and budget bills. He could have vetoed any of them. Even though he professed extreme unhappiness with certain items, »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow and Friday. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. We will have a good lineup of guests tomorrow, but there will also be time to talk about some recent Power Line posts. It will be a fun show, and I hope you can tune in! You can go »

Too much of nothing

Featured image In her response to my comments on her recent Trump/Russia column, Mona Charen writes: “The Wall Street Journal story about a Republican operative seeking Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails through Russia and claiming that he was working with Mike Flynn is possibly significant.” Anything is possible, but it is highly unlikely. Mona links to Shane Harris’s June 29 Wall Street Journal story on which I commented here. Andrew McCarthy blew off »

Periods in search of an argument

Featured image Today’s column by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post is called “The. Meeting. Was. Not. Okay.” Can you find the part of the column where she offers reasons in support of this proposition? I can’t. Marcus and her editors must believe that if you put enough periods in the title, no argument in favor of the proposition is necessary. Marcus also asserts that Trump denies Russia interfered in the election. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show four times next week: tomorrow, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. Tomorrow’s guests will include Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee; Rep. Mo Brooks; and Scott Greer, author of No Campus for White Men. It will be a fun show, and »

Assess this

Featured image Did Putin prefer Trump in the presidential election of 2016? According to the intelligence report dated January 6, 2017, Putin not only preferred Trump to Clinton. He mounted a so-called influence campaign to put him over. The report is posted online here. Issued under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the report is based on the intelligence and assessments of the CIA, the FBI and »

CNN: When It Rains, It Pours

Featured image CNN is having a hard time these days. So it doesn’t help when anchor Poppy Harlow doesn’t recognize the National Anthem: Trivial mistake? Perhaps so. But if President Trump made it, the Democrats would be indicting him for treason. Via Daily Caller. »

Comey’s breach of trust

Featured image Yesterday we learned that at least four of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of conversations with President Trump contain information that has been classified at some level. The Hill’s John Solomon had the story here. I wrote about Solomon’s story here. Andrew McCarthy carefully explicates how the story should be read in his NRO column here. Jonathan Turley comments further in a column posted by The Hill. Although he »

The new meaning of collusion

Featured image Today the New York Times credits four reporters with the story advancing the latest installment of the “collusion” story involving the Trump campaign and a mysterious Russian lawyer. We are colluding in comedy. In today’s episode the Times reports that before Donald Trump, Jr. arranged a meeting with “a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email »