Media Bias

It’s Official: MSNBC Is a Joke Network

Featured image MSNBC has once again apologized abjectly and, this time, fired an employee for a bigoted tweet that the network’s president described as “offensive and wrong.” I wrote about the episode last night. MSNBC’s string of debacles has taken a toll. Public Policy Polling finds that MSNBC is now America’s least trusted news source, tied with its parent NBC and–wait for it!–Comedy Central. PPP asked respondents which network they trust the »

Michelle Malkin Takes a 2×4 to MSNBC [Updated With MSNBC Apology]

Featured image A few minutes ago one of my daughters texted me, “Michelle Malkin is single handedly exploding Twitter.” She explained: MSNBC tweeted a Cheerios commercial that will play during the Super Bowl and the tweet said something like “right wingers won’t like it, but the rest of us will say awww” the commercial apparently features a biracial family. So Michelle started the hashtag #myrightwingbiracialfamily. CHEERIOGATE! Sure enough, here is the original »

The NY Times Editorial Board: Bitter Opponents of Free Speech

Featured image Yesterday’s New York Times editorial titled “The Koch Party” raises once again the question whether the paper’s editorial board has been hijacked by Democratic Underground: Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform. Remember the good old days when people called the Times the “Gray Lady”? Now it’s »

Koch Heads at the Times

Featured image No sooner do I note the predictable banality New York Times editorial “writers,” if such human beings actually exist (as opposed to a subjunctive cliché-generating computer), than the Times offers up more evidence of the proposition. Yesterday the Times gave in to its KDS (Koch Derangement Syndrome), complaining about TV ads that Americans for Prosperity are running.  This paragraph is especially hilarious: In one typical example, the group’s ad against »

Bridgegate obsession clinically explained

Featured image The Sunday gabfests devoted an absurd amount of time to Governor Chistie’s bridgegate scandal yesterday. At NRO, Patrick Brennan documents the obsession, calculating “how long each program took before they deigned to discuss something other than the [bridgegate] scandal.” It’s almost unbelievable and it’s almost funny, but the media clowns are suffocating and we’re still years away from 2016. John Podhoretz’s Sunday New York Post column was written before yesterday’s »

The lane-closure scandal, some perspective please

Featured image Piers Morgan thinks that the bridge scandal perpetrated by Chris Christie’s aides ranks “pretty well up there” with Watergate. As Andrew Johnson notes, even the lefty members of his panel realized that the comparison is ridiculous. But then, Morgan is the same clown who pronounced last spring that Arsenal should fire its great manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners promptly went on a phenomenal run to close out the season. This »

New York Times disconnects the Benghazi dots

Featured image David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times is trying to salvage some credibility in the aftermath of the refutation, including by the Washington Post, of his revisionist account of the attack in Benghazi. As Tom Joscelyn shows, Kirkpatrick does not succeed. In his initial piece, Kirkpatrick ruled out any meaningful involvement in the attack by ex-Guantanamo detainee Sufian Ben Qumu, who has longstanding ties to al Qaeda and is currently »

Christie Bridge Scandal Puts Reporters Back In Business

Featured image I have no idea how badly the bridge scandal will damage Chris Christie, but we can say this for sure: it will do all the harm that the news media can gin up. The most striking fact about the story so far is the obvious contrast between reporters’ attitudes toward the many Obama administration scandals–ho hum–and the repellent glee with which they are pursuing the Christie story. (For just one »

Rachel Maddow Is Crazy, Too

Featured image MSNBC has had a hard time lately. The network fired Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin for craziness, on-air and off-air respectively. Melissa Harris-Perry was forced to apologize, first on Twitter and then, tearfully, on the air, for making political hay out of Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson. The network put Ed Schulz out to pasture, and most people wrote Chris Matthews off as a hysteric long ago, so that pretty much »

The New York Times Misleads On Economics, Too [Updated]

Featured image Paul and others have devastated David Kirkpatrick’s dishonest reporting on Benghazi in the New York Times. Kirkpatrick is obviously trying to minimize the Benghazi scandal in order to lend a hand to the Democratic Party in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular. Simultaneously, another controversy has been brewing over dishonest reporting by the Times, this time in the field of economics. I wrote about it here: Times reporter David Kocieniewski »

David Kirkpatrick doubles down on bogus

Featured image David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times continues to claim that, notwithstanding the reporting of his own newspaper, claims of an al Qaeda connection to the Benghazi attack are “bogus” or, alternatively, “tenuous” (which is it, David?). How does Kirkpatrick square his claim with the Times’ reporting? By mischaracterizing that reporting. He told Anderson Cooper: I think that the reporting in our paper [of involvement by Muhammad Jamal's terrorist group »

The NY Times Looks In the Wrong Place for Corrupt Academics

Featured image Academic research of all kinds receives funding from a variety of sources. Does the money taint the research? That is a complicated question that sometimes deserves to be asked. But this hit piece by David Kocieniewski in the New York Times, titled “Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward,” is a disgrace. Kocieniewski attacked two economists, Craig Pirrong and Scott Irwin, who have argued that “speculators” do not drive up »

The New York Times — off the rails for an ulterior motive

Featured image One shouldn’t question the good faith of a news report merely because one disagrees with the report’s conclusions. But David Kirkpatrick’s revisionist Benghazi account in the New York Times invites doubt about his commitment to unbiased reporting about that tragic affair. My doubts stem both from the reporting itself and from what a person whom Kirkpatrick interviewed told me. Let’s begin with the reporting. Kirkpatrick centers his account on one »

How the New York Times tried to airbrush al Qaeda out of Benghazi

Featured image Yesterday, in discussing the New York Times’ claim that, as far as it can tell, neither al Qaeda nor any other international terrorist group had a role in the Benghazi attack, I wrote: The Times chooses to focus on a militia leader named Ahmed Abu Khattala, whom it characterizes as “an erratic extremist” and very much his own man. But I believe that other leaders connected to the attack have »

Department of “the more things change. . .”

Featured image We hear plenty of talk these days about the rise of excessive partisanship and the decline of civil political discourse. Supposedly, things were so much more genial in the good old days. That may actually be true at some level if we’re talking about politicians. If we’re talking about liberal pundits, probably not so much. In researching my baseball article about the December 5, 1963 trade that sent Jim Bunning »

Adventures in administrative law

Featured image Observers commenting on the administration’s latest improvisations in Obamacare have generally relied on the cheat sheet issued by the Department of Health and Human Services this past Thursday. The cheat sheet summarizes regulations promulgated by the Department. In his Forbes column “Government takeover,” Avik Roy posts a link to the regulations (interim final rule) here. The regulations are an unusual exercise in rule by decree. Cloaked in an air of »

Dear China: Please Don’t Embarrass Me

Featured image Beating up on the inanities of Tom Friedman is about as hard as falling out a first floor window, and there’s an entire catalogue of Power Line entries to prove it.  (Here’s his Green Weenie, for example.)  But like taking out the recycling, somebody’s got to do it. Today Friedman departs slightly from his favorite “China-Is-Awesome” theme to write critically of China for a change.  And what, pray tell, has »