Media

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 »

Analyze this

Featured image Faceless bureaucrats in the intelligence and law enforcement community seek to take down the Trump administration on some pretext relating to Russia. That is my takeaway from the New York Times story “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo. The Times story appears to be an extension of the covert campaign waged to cashier Michael Flynn noted by Eli Lake »

Notes on Flynn’s ouster

Featured image I have a few thoughts about the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn. First, I’m calling it an “ouster” because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him. Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a “political assassination.” Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows: “”First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will »

Bill Cooper passes and inspires

Featured image As chairman and chief executive officer of TCF Financial Corporation (as it became), Bill Cooper rescued the Minnesota-based bank holding company essentially from insolvency and built it into to a regional powerhouse. I had the great good fortune to work for Bill and TCF general counsel Greg Pulles in the TCF legal department for 12 years. Bill died yesterday at the age of 73. I want to add a personal »

Keith Ellison’s back pages

Featured image I’ve been writing about Keith Ellison since he was endorsed by the DFL Fifth District convention to succeed Rep. Martin Sabo in the spring of 2006. I wrote some 20 Power Line posts under the heading “Who is Keith Ellison?” I summarized my findings in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and in the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies.” When Ellison published his 2014, memoir »

What’s next?

Featured image You have to wonder what comes next after the hysteria manifested by the Democrat/Media Axis in the first 10 days of the Trump administration. They have turned up the “resistance” to 11, Spinal Tap style. Democrats vow to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, whoever he is. The vow should detract from whatever Democrats have to say on the merits of the nomination, but they aren’t exactly held to the same »

Turning it up to 11

Featured image Paul notes the Washington Post’s solicitation of readers for what he calls “immigration sob stories.” If you can explain how Donald Trump ruined your life and can tie it to the “extreme vetting” executive order, the Post wants to hear from you. But it’s not just the Post. The New York Times is also on the case. If you have been affected (or will soon be affected!) by the executive »

An under-reported fact about the Trump presidency

Featured image The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency received wall-to-wall coverage from the mainstream media. His every word was fact-checked, after a fashion. Nor was the sole concern what Trump said. It also mattered what wall he was standing near when he said it. By “wall-to-wall,” I mean wall-to-wall — from CIA headquarters to the border with Mexico. But on the whole, the mainstream media seems to be missing or under-playing »

Pardon her ignorance

Featured image John likes to say that mainstream media reporters know less than most of us do. Maggie Haberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN, provided evidence for this contention today. Haberman tweeted: Other than San Bernardino shootings, has there been a terrorist attack involving a non-US-born attacker since 9/11? Any reasonably well-informed person could have answered that one in the affirmative. Guy Benson »

Press alert

Featured image Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) is bemused by indignation of the prestige press over alleged presidential prevarication since some time around noon on January 20, 2017. Where were you when we needed you? If I recall correctly — and I think Ramirez agrees with me here — they were working overtime for the man. »

Propaganda. It Comes At a Cost!

Featured image When I studied epistemology decades ago, I had no idea that it would someday be front and center in our political life. Truth is now all the rage: the liberal media try to tell us that they are the reliable sources of truth, as opposed to…what? I am not certain. Virtually all newspapers, magazines and networks are liberal. But there evidently is a heck of a lot of wrongthink out »

Valerie Jarrett’s daughter will cover Justice Department for CNN

Featured image Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller reports that CNN has hired Valerie Jarrett’s daughter Laura Jarrett to cover the Trump Justice Department. Valerie Jarrett was a senior adviser to Barack Obama during both of the ex-president’s terms. What qualifies Laura Jarrett for this gig? According to her CNN bio, she graduated from Harvard Law School in 2010. At Harvard she was an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and »