Media

Chai, and media, alert

Featured image Last night, I reported that, from what I’m hearing, Senate leadership is pushing to confirm Chai Feldblum as EEOC Commissioner this week. Feldblum, as we have discussed, is a left-wing radical who, among other things, formulated President Obama’s LBGT agenda. She thinks it’s fine if that agenda tramples religious freedom, as it often does. Sen. Mike Lee placed a hold on Feldblum’s nomination. However, the plan is to get Lee’s »

Fear and self-loathing on the campaign trail

Featured image During the 2016 presidential race, we often heard about “dysfunction” within the Trump campaign. Indeed, this was a theme of mainstream media coverage. The Clinton campaign, by contrast, was portrayed as a smooth, if uninspiring, operation. Only after the election did we begin to learn about discord and dysfunction in Hillaryland. Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes provided details. Along, now, comes Chasing Hillary: »

The never-ending evasion

Featured image I am sorry to repeat myself on the subject of Keith Ellison, but Ellison keeps repeating his lies. As vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he is a consequential national figure. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune sits in Ellison’s congressional district. It continues to avert its eyes from Ellison’s repeated lies. Who will call him on them? Ellison repeated his lies again most recently in the March 18 column »

A sidebar on Barbara Bush

Featured image The death of Barbara Bush at the age of 92 gives us the occasion to look back on a meaningful life well lived. She died in Houston yesterday surrounded by her family. The wife of the 41st president, the mother of the 43rd, she was a great and gallant lady in her own right. She was widely admired and respected. The full Houston Chronicle obituary is posted here. I want »

Comey speaks…again

Featured image Last night ABC broadcast its special edition of 20/20 carrying the interview of former FBI Director James Comey by former Clinton flack George Stephanopoulos. ABC has posted the transcript of the interview online together with video excerpts. It’s a friendly interview of a difficult subject. Stephanopoulos is helping Comey sell books; tomorrow is the official publication date of Comey’s memoir. Comey continues his bid for addition to Mount Rushmore or »

Laura Ingraham thrives

Featured image Mediaite reports that Laura Ingraham maintained her ratings in her first week back from vacation following the ad boycott launched against her show prompted by that kid and the anti-gun movement. Ingraham had more viewers than Mad Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s host in the same time slot, and twice as many viewers as CNN’s entry, “CNN Tonight.” As for sponsors, one has returned so far. Ace Hardware will resume its sponsorship. »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Maggie Habermaan, Matt Apuzzo, and Michael Schmidt are three of the best reporters at the New York Times. This afternoon they report a story peddled by “three people who have been briefed on the contents of a federal search warrant.” I therefore take it that the story is derived from no one with first-hand knowledge. Indeed, it sounds like it comes from three people trying to discredit the Mueller project »

AP swings & misses @FNC

Featured image Earlier today the Star Tribune was featuring an AP story on its homepage about a graphic that was displayed on Howard Kurtz’s FOX News show Media Buzz. Howard posted this self-explanatory note on Facebook about the AP story under the heading A JOURNALISTIC DISTORTION: The Associated Press should be embarrassed by a story that utterly distorts what happened yesterday on my program “Media Buzz.” And its dishonest piece was made »

Lessons from the Kevin Williamson affair

Featured image Scott has written about the firing of Kevin Williamson by Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic’s editor fired Williamson for having expressed the opinion that women (though not all of them) who get abortions should be hanged. In my view, this position, if not beyond the pale, is near the pale’s boundary. However, as Scott pointed out, Williamson had taken it before Atlantic hired him, and Goldberg knew this. Moreover, virtually all »

The Goldberg variations on Kevin Williamson

Featured image Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg hired the brilliant conservative writer Kevin Williamson away from National Review two weeks ago. At work this week Williamson published his first Atlantic column, “The passing of the libertarian moment.” It also proved to be his last Atlantic column. Was it something he said? Well, sort of, but not in the column. He was fired for previously expressed views advocating the propriety of treating abortion as »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow, the last of my three-day stint this week. 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 show will feature some good guests, as always, and commentary on the issues of the day. You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. »

Trump faces down caravan

Featured image John considered the metaphysical question taken up by the media deep thinkers this week in “Caravan? What caravan?” The “caravan,” of course, is the all too real trainload of would-be illegal immigrants seeking to invade the United States through its southern border. The New York Times continues to pursue the metaphysical question in its own peculiar way. Today’s good news is that President Trump has faced down the caravan. AFP »

Speaking of fake news

Featured image Dan Rather has soldiered on since Rathergate. He has persisted in the face of professional disgrace. Indeed, he has retracted apologies previously offered for the fakery that ended his storied career with CBS News. He rendered the apologies with his fingers crossed behind his back. He didn’t mean them. In his 2012 memoir Rather Outspoken, Rather stands by the underlying Rathergate story and the fabricated documents on which it was »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow, 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 show will feature stellar guests, including Howie Carr and Dennis Prager. Howie’s appearance will be a fun turnabout, as I was a guest on his show this afternoon. Topics will include the Honduran caravan, President Trump’s press »

A Painter passing through

Featured image When University of Minnesota Law School Professor Richard Painter announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a possible Senate candidacy last month, I urged him to follow his heart and go for it. He is interested in the seat held by the appointed Democratic incumbent, Tina Smith. According to the Star Tribune, however, Painter is “unsure whether he would run as a Republican, Democrat or independent.” Painter found it »

From DC Follies to Puppet Regime

Featured image Back in the Reagan years one of my favorite amusements on television was Sid and Marty Krofft’s show “DC Follies.” Anyone remember the bar scene of puppets presided over by Fred Willard? Here’s a short reminder: I’ve always hoped for a comeback of some kind, and of all unlikely people, Ian Bremmer has started a new puppet-commentary show called Puppet Regime. There are several of varying length on YouTube. Here’s »

The left fails to take down Laura Ingraham

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the kerfuffle involving Laura Ingraham and David Hogg, teenage anti-gun advocate and survivor of the Parkland school shooting. As most of our readers are probably aware, Ingraham came under fire for poking fun at Hogg after he talked about his rejection by certain colleges he applied to. Hogg disclosed that he had been rejected by UCLA and a few other institutions. Ingraham then »