Media

In re O’Reilly, Part Two

Featured image Fox News has fired Bill O’Reilly. It stated: ““After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” The unnamed “allegations” are of improper sexual comments and/or behavior and retaliation against at least one woman who says she rejected a sexual advance. It seems very likely that O’Reilly made inappropriate remarks over »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern. We have a good lineup of guests, and there is plenty of news to talk about. It should be a fun show. You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also »

How low can the Times go? Michael Oren explains

Featured image Our friend Hugh Hewitt invited Michael Oren to appear his radio show this morning to discuss the New York Times op-column by Marwan Barghouti that I noted yesterday in “How low can the Times go?” Oren is the Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States, and current member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party as well as the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s »

In re Bill O’Reilly

Featured image Bill O’Reilly reportedly is fighting for his television life because a woman, Wendy Walsh, claims the talk show host asked her to come to his hotel room and, when she declined, he retaliated by dropping her as a regular guest on his show and reneging on an alleged promise to help her land her own show on Fox News. Walsh has not raised this claim in a court of law, »

How low can the Times go?

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times published an op-ed column by Marwan Barghouti. The column explains why he’s on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. The Times identified Barghouti as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” The Times has now thoughtfully appended this editor’s note: “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern. We have an excellent lineup of guests, on everything from global warming to foreign policy. I am most looking forward to talking with Congressman Jason Lewis–my congressman and long-time friend–about going from being a radio talk show host to Washington. It should be a fun show. You can go here to find a radio station »

About Trump’s tax returns

Featured image At PJ Media, Debra Heine draws attention to Chicago Young Republican spokesman Jeff Halm’s masterly response to CBS News Chicago Saturday night. Asked for his reaction to the Trump tax marches that were held in dozens of cities nationwide (at the possible expense of a mysterious benefactor), Halm “decided to borrow a famous quote from Hillary Clinton for his answer,” as Heine puts it. CBS anchor Sandra Torres read Halm’s »

Thick as a wrist

Featured image John and Paul have examined the Washington Post story disclosing the existence of the FISA warrant authorizing the surveillance of Carter Page. I want only to add a brief footnote. Referring to the FISA warrant process, FBI Director James Comey has explained for the benefit of outsiders: “Those applications are often as thick as my wrist or thicker. It is a huge pain in the neck to get permission to »

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 »

More Meltdowns at the NYRB

Featured image I’ve mentioned before that the New York Review of Books has been suffering a complete freakout meltdown since Trump’s election, and I gleefully look forward to every issue to microwave another bag of popcorn. The latest issue offers a long review entitled “Lessons from Hitler’s Rise,” by Christopher Browning. Although it is a review of a translation of a book about Hitler by a German scholar published before Trump’s election, »

Blues for Brooke Baldwin

Featured image CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin badly wanted Syrian guest Kassem Eid to trash President Trump. Eid is a 2013 gas attack survivor who now lives in Germany. Baldwin tried to recover after Eid did the unthinkable and actually expressed gratitude to Trump for the American reprisal targeting the Syrian air base from which this week’s sarin gas attacks had been launched by Assad. Baldwin was prepared with video cued up and »

The O’Donnell hypothesis

Featured image Michael Doran (@Doranimated) is the sagacious senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, author of Ike’s Gambit and former (G.W.) Bush administration National Security Council senior director. Among his invaluable essays on the Age of Obama are “Obama’s secret Iran strategy” and “Our man in Moscow” (that would be Obama’s buddy Vlad the Impaler). Doran generously declares this the moment when the left totally lost its mind (screenshot below). There is »

It’s 2004 All Over Again

Featured image Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about truth. It started with hysteria over “fake news” during the last election season. The “truth” narrative went into overdrive with President Trump’s unexpected (by most) victory. Here are a few of the many instances that could be cited. First, the Time magazine cover of a week or two ago: Next, Robert Redford’s op-ed in the Washington Post, recalling Watergate and “All the President’s »

The Incompetent New York Times Can’t Get Anything Right

Featured image On Thursday, the New York Times published an article on a vote in the Senate that was headlined: “Senate Lets States Defund Clinics That Perform Abortions.” The article, by Jennifer Steinhauer, bitterly described how a measure under the Congressional Review Act passed the Senate, with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. A reader pointed out that a correction in yesterday’s Times admitted that the reporter (and any editor »

Hugh Hewitt strikes PolitiFact

Featured image PolitiFact executive director Aaron Sharockman appeared for the first hour of Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated Salem Radio show this morning. Hugh invited Sharockman on to explore PolitiFact’s drive-by on Hugh himself, noted by us yesterday here and here. Hugh has now posted the audio along with the transcript of his interview. PolitiFact found Hugh falsely to have asserted that Obamacare is in a death spiral. I think this is a matter »

Is Time Dead?

Featured image I don’t mean “is time dead?” in the Einstein/quantum mechanics sense of special relativity, but rather, “Is Time magazine dead?” Time has shown up this week with an homage of sorts to one of its most famous covers from 1967, “Is God Dead?” While the cover designs are identical, it is worth mentioning a third in Time‘s “Is [something] dead?” series: in 1989, Time ran a cover wondering, “Is Government »