Media Bias

In which Michelle Ye Hee Lee responds

Featured image Washington Post Fact Check reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee has responded via Twitter (@myhlee) to “In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee is awarded one Rather.” She followed up with another tweet stating that she has consistently applied the Pinocchio ratings to claims she checks (I didn’t raise any issue of consistency). She also invited me to follow up with any questions by email. I thought readers might be »

In which Glenn Kessler responds

Featured image Michelle Ye Hee Lee works as a reporter for the Washington Post’s Fact Check column under the editorial supervision of Glenn Kessler. I tweeted Kessler a link to my post “In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee one Rather” with the question beloved by former students of Latin poetry and satire if not cliché: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? For those unfamiliar with Juvenal’s Satires or classic clichés, in English »

Bill Moyers’ greatest misses

Featured image Bill Moyers has retired from television (for the third time). His last show aired yesterday, though it will be repeated. Frankly, I didn’t know Moyers was still on television. As the Washington Post reports, “Moyers’ visibility has fallen in recent years, in part because Moyers & Company airs at different times on public station, sometimes in the wee hours, which complicates national promotion.” There aren’t hours “wee” enough to which »

In which we award Michelle Ye Hee Lee one Rather

Featured image Washington Post Fact Check reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee found Rudy Giuliani guilty of telling a whopper when he stated recently: “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police.” On Face the Nation this past Sunday, Major Garrett asked Giuliani if he wanted to retract his statement in light of the Washington’s Post’s verdict. Giuliani rejected the verdict (video below). In response »

A Footnote to the Scalise Story and Liberal Double Standards

Featured image As John notes below, the Steve Scalise “scandal” is collapsing faster than a Rolling Stone campus rape feature or the Chicago Cubs in a September pennant race, noting also the lack of symmetrical outrage over people like Obama sitting through Rev. Wright’s sermons, etc. The all-time low for unaccountable Democrats has to be the parade of Democratic politicians who made nice with People’s Temple suicide cultist Jim Jones (though maybe »

Kneepad Alert: Foodie Obama Is Hippest President Ever!

Featured image By any reasonable standard, the Obama administration has been a train wreck. But that doesn’t prevent our state media from fawning over him as though he were the reincarnation of George Washington. Here, it is CBS, telling us that Obama is a “foodie” who eats at the trendiest restaurants, is “far hipper” than other presidents; in particular, “so much cooler than President Bush.” Actually, if you watch to the end »

A Christmas Meditation from David Brooks: “A Holy Friend”

Featured image David Brooks comes in for a lot of heavy weather from conservatives for supposedly going native at the New York Times, and especially his early fondness for Obama, but let’s not go too far overboard here: he just said he liked the crease in Obama’s pants, and didn’t go all leg-tingly like Chris Matthews.   And if you follow him closely, you’ll have noted that he stopped saying much about Obama »

Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

Featured image One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael »

97 Percent of All Liberal Claims Are Wrong

Featured image And I’m not so sure about the other 3 percent, either. It is amazing to behold how liberals will grab hold of the flimsiest statistic so long as it bolsters The Narrative, no matter how easily and convincingly the figure is debunked. These days, the favorite liberal numbers are 1 in 5, 97 percent, and 77 percent. If you keep up, you’ll recognize them immediately, of course: 1 in 5 »

John Brennan’s knowable “unknowables”

Featured image John Brennan spoke to the press yesterday about Dianne Feinstein’s travesty of a report on past CIA interrogation practices. It’s highly unusual for the CIA director to hold take questions from the media, but Brennan did. Unusual though Brennan’s appearance was, the Washington Post, which has devoted its front page to story after story on Feinstein’s hit-job, relegates Brennan to page 14. The Post, it appears, is only marginally more »

James Risen would prefer not to; Eric Holder must decide what he prefers

Featured image James Risen is the New York Times reporter who, on several occasions, has materially harmed the United States with his reporting on top secret affairs. As Scott Johnson has written, “If you are a disgruntled intelligence officer or official and want to preserve your anonymity while undermining a top secret program or aiding the enemies of the United States, Risen is your go-to guy.” Scott went on to document this »

Rolling Stone Rape Story In Tatters

Featured image As investigation into Rolling Stone’s sensational story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia continues, the story unravels further. The Washington Post has interviewed the three friends who saw the alleged victim, Jackie, after the alleged assault. They say that their interactions with her were completely different from the utterly implausible callousness described by Sabrina Erdely, Rolling Stone’s reporter. Most damning is the fact that what Jackie »

New York Times Corrections, State Capital Edition

Featured image Today the New York Times published a correction to an op-ed that appeared in the paper on November 27. The op-ed, by Ned Blackhawk, was about the Sand Creek massacre, an evergreen memory for liberals who see only the bad in American history: An Op-Ed article last Friday attributed an erroneous distinction to the Union general Patrick Edward Connor and the Colorado governor John Evans, who were involved in massacres »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

The Spirit of Salem Lives On

Featured image I was in graduate school in southern California 30 years ago when the McMartin preschool sex abuse scandal erupted in the news media, featuring incredible tales of Satanic rituals, underground tunnels, group sex with animals and children, and various alleged acrobatic acts that would challenge Cirque du Soliel, all believed credulously by the media and California prosecutors. A six-year criminal trial ultimately concluded that the charges were all bogus—every single »

The Washington Post’s bogus Benghazi end-zone dance

Featured image The Washington Post, in an editorial called “Benghazi debunked,” claims that the House Intelligence Committee has “dump[ed] cold water on the GOP’s conspiracy theories” regarding Benghazi. The Post cites three alleged “GOP conspiracy theories:” (1) that the White House tried to obscure the fact that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the attacks, (2) that stand-down orders were issued to those who were in a position to aid the compound, and »

Why did the New York Times say where Darren Wilson lives?

Featured image On Monday, the day when the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson and rioting ensued, the New York Times published a story that provided the name of the town and the street where Wilson lives. The Times gave out this information in the context of reporting that Wilson married a fellow police officer Barbara Spradling in a “quiet wedding” last month, and that the two own a home together. »