Media

Out of order

Featured image Something tells me that if California state senator Janet Nguyen were a liberal espousing the sacramental view of abortion or the fictitious evils of Jeff Sessions she would be an overnight sensation. As it is, Senator Nguyen’s removal from the state senate chamber when she sought to take issue with her colleagues’ recent tribute to the late Tom Hayden remains something of a secret. Senator Nguyen is not inclined to »

Fake news: A case study

Featured image You may have read about the former Obama White House staffer who resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days. Rumana Ahmed thought she should “try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration” she wrote at the Atlantic last week, “in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.” But then, according to »

Donald Trump, George Bush, and the press

Featured image George W. Bush is a good man. The mainstream media hammered him mercilessly and mostly unfairly for eight years. One media mainstay tried to take Bush down late in the 2004 campaign with fake news. Yet, Bush spoke up for the embattled mainstream media today. He called it “indispensable to democracy.” Politico portrays this as “a break from the position of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, who has called »

Another Reason Not to Watch the Oscars

Featured image Like Steve, I haven’t watched the Oscars in a long time, certainly not in this century. Actually, the last Best Picture nominee I am aware of seeing is Beauty and the Beast, so my connection with Hollywood is tenuous. I wouldn’t dream of watching what promises to be an anti-Trump smugfest, but here is one more reason to stay away: the New York Times is going to advertise its commitment »

Trump’s Best Decision Yet

Featured image Trump sent out this tweet earlier today: The media will react badly to this—watch for this to be a major topic of conversation on the panel portions of the weekly TV news shows tomorrow morning—but with the media already in a stark raving mad rage about Trump, where can they go from here? It’s about time a president declined to adorn this massive exercise in media self-absorption and self-congratulation. Fake »

Michael Moore is with you

Featured image We have carefully charted the support of fools and miscreants who have joined Power Line readers mischievously pulling for Keith Ellison to win his bid for election to the DNC chairmanship. Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is Ellison’s chief competition. I think Perez has to be rated the favorite to prevail among the members of the DNC who meet today in Atlanta to elect their new leader. »

“Hacking” then and now

Featured image In 2004, Emmy Award-winning CBS News producer Mary Mapes set out to report a story that would hobble George W. Bush’s campaign for reelection and lend a helping hand to Democratic nominee John F. Kerry. She had been working on the story on and off for years, longer than Ahab had been in search of Moby Dick. When a mentally deranged “source” finally produced a set of fabricated documents that »

With Seth Leibsohn

Featured image I enjoyed being on Seth Leibsohn’s radio program (the Seth and Chris show) yesterday. We discussed the subject of federal legislation to promote free speech on college campuses, a vital subject for anyone who believes in the First Amendment. You can listen to us by going here. »

Media alert

Featured image I will be on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix, Arizona. We will discuss free speech on college campuses and legislation to promote it. I’ll be on at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Seth is a great host and I look forward to talking with him. »

But is it bigger than Rathergate?

Featured image Disgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather should never be able to live down Rathergate, the greatest media fraud of our time. It was, as John and I have argued, “Rather shameful.” If Rather isn’t able to live it down, it won’t be for lack of trying on his part. On the surface of the Flynn affair is what Rather calls “[t]his Russia scandal.” Rather opines. “On a 10 scale of Armageddon »

What was the Flynn affair?

Featured image You would have to be a dolt to think that the big story in the affair of General Michael Flynn’s defenestration from the Trump administration is the one that blares from the headlines or screams on the Sunday gabfests. It reminds me of the Plame affair during the Bush administration. Borrowing from a Watergate-era film, I wrote about that one at some length for the Weekly Standard in “Three years »

Carl Bernstein’s silly anti-Trump rant

Featured image Four and half decades after Watergate, Carl Bernstein is still living off of his reporting on that scandal. Bernstein may have been a capable reporter in the 1970s, but his latest rant against President Trump suggests that he is well past his sell-by date. According to Bernstein, “Trump’s attacks on the American press as ‘enemies of the American people’ are more treacherous than Richard Nixon’s attacks on the press.” The »

Ilhan Omar declines comment

Featured image Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar is becoming a political celebrity. She’s a Somali refugee. She’s young. She’s attractive. She’s a Democrat. Did I forget to say she’s a Muslim? She’s a Muslim. She toes the Democratic Party line on every issue great and small, purporting to speak up for womyn and homosexuals and all the rest. A star is born. The Star Tribune profiles Omar in her new role in »

Tom Brokaw, liberal Democrat

Featured image In the introduction to Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?, the anthology of conservative thought he edited for publication in 1970, William F. Buckley memorably declared: “Blindfold me, spin me about like a top, and I will walk up to the single liberal in the room without zig or zag and find him even if he is hiding behind a flower pot.” Which reminds me. As a young lawyer »

Xenocrypt is not with you

Featured image We have been following the various left-wing movers and shakers who have who have joined Power Line readers mischievously pulling for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid to chair the Democratic National Committee, most recently yesterday in “Dems in 5 states are with you.” Ellison hasn’t won a competitive election since the multicandidate Democratic primary which he won with 41 percent of the vote »

Dems in 5 states are with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. And that’s not »

Dem comeback on hold in Minnesota

Featured image Donald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in the contest at the top of the ticket in Minnesota this year, but in other respects Republicans had an astoundingly good year. They amplified their majority in the Minnesota House to an unprecedented number in a presidential election cycle, when the turnout advantage usually accrues to Democrats, and took the majority in the Minnesota Senate. Republicans haven’t held a majority in the »