Media Bias

Our Deranged White House Press Corps

Featured image Today Sarah Sanders conducted a press briefing. What transpired illustrates Michael Ramirez’s point that there is no difference between the crazed comic Michelle Wolf and the crazed reporters who cover the White House for their various liberal outlets. Ms. Sanders opened, as usual, by talking about some of the things going on in the White House and around the country: Today in the Rose Garden, President Trump continued the tradition »

A Final Word on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Featured image The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, now receding in the rear-view mirror, was a disaster for the Democrats. “Comedian” Michelle Wolf was a disgrace–although, to be fair, several featured speakers in recent years have rivaled her. President Trump had the good sense to stay away, so Sarah Sanders took the brunt of the “comedian’s” misogynistic excess. Virtually all viewers must have been repelled. In the aftermath of the fiasco, the »

Is Facebook Institutionalizing Leftism? [Updated]

Featured image Buzzfeed reports that Facebook is implementing a system to promote or demote news sources based on “trustworthiness”: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric. We all know what that means. Zuckerberg said the company has gathered data on how consumers perceive news brands by »

News flash: John Kelly has enemies at the White House

Featured image What should we make of the report from NBC News that John Kelly has referred to President Trump as “an idiot” and believes he is saving America by curbing the president? Kelly calls the report “BS.” President Trump, though not addressing the report directly, presumably had it in mind yesterday when he blasted, via Twitter, “The Fake News [for] making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don’t »

The New York Times Corrects

Featured image On Saturday, the New York Times published an article by technology reporter Nellie Bowles on Campbell Brown, a former TV newswoman who now works for Facebook. The article betrays the author’s hostility to conservatism at several points, but what drew attention was this howler: Once those shows get started, Ms. Brown wants to use Facebook’s existing Watch product – a service introduced in 2017 as a premium product with more »

President Trump: guilty until proven innocent

Featured image Byron York describes the new standard for evaluating wild allegations against President Trump: Have they been disproved?: When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators, and public officials. Are the charges true? Can the accusers prove it? That’s the way it normally works. But now, in the case of the Trump dossier – the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the »

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: »

Twitter Censors Mainstream Conservatism

Featured image I tweet pretty regularly, almost always my own Power Line posts, but I never actually go on Twitter, in part because Twitter is a cesspool. Profane language is common, I often read about calls by liberals for conservatives to be murdered, and outrageous hate speech like the tweets I wrote about here is common. If you are on the Left, anything goes. So you have to wonder why Twitter prevented »

Minnesota Public Radio: Anatomy of a Smear

Featured image Katherine Kersten is a Senior Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. In the Fall 2017 issue of our magazine, Thinking Minnesota, she wrote a long, thoroughly documented expose of leftist political indoctrination and bullying of nonconforming students, teachers and staff in the Edina, Minnesota public school system. She did a follow-up story in the Winter 2018 issue of the magazine. Because of their »

Michael Anton speaks

Featured image Michael Anton is the author of the famous “The Flight 93 Election” article, a powerful statement of the case for supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy. Until recently, he served as deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications on the National Security Council. When Gen. McMaster was replaced as NSC head, Anton left the White House to return to teaching and commentating. “The Flight 93 Election” piece appeared in “American Greatness.” »

Washington Lies In a Parallel Universe

Featured image In the real world, the Trump administration is humming along. Its domestic policies are sensible and have been remarkably successful in a short time. Abroad, the administration has pursued American interests, again with considerable success. It has also made progress, at least, at cleaning up the appalling messes left behind by Barack Obama in Iran, Syria, Russia and North Korea. By any objective standard, the Trump administration is, so far, »

Can Internet Oligarchs Tilt the Playing Field to the Left?

Featured image In January 2005, I participated in a conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School on new media. A number of seminal internet figures were there–the founder of Wikipedia, a guy who was regarded as the original blogger, and others, along with some academics. The only “old media” person I recall being there was Jill Abramson of the New York Times, who seemed depressed. At one point, another participant who was also a »

The horror! Trump congratulates Egyptian leader. . .just as Obama did

Featured image Fresh from attacking President Trump for congratulating Vladimir Putin over his re-election, the mainstream media now tut-tuts Trump for congratulating Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. For example, the Washington Post’s story notes, pointedly, that “Barack Obama declined to invite Sissi to the White House because of concerns about his human rights record.” However one views Trump’s call to Putin ( this was my take), Sissi stands in a very different position. »

Resistance man Jim Acosta yelled questions at Trump during Easter Egg Roll

Featured image Jim Acosta is the grandstanding clown who covers the White House for CNN. As Brandon Morse at RedState puts it, Acosta “tends to inject his opinion into his reporting, and squabbles with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over what he thinks are hard questions but are really just partisan talking points.” Acosta is probably best known to Power Line readers for being trounced by Stephen Miller when he invoked the words »

Why We Hate the Media, Chapter 12,784

Featured image From today’s Washington Post “Daily 202” dispatch: Today is also CNBC talking head Larry Kudlow’s first day on the job as the president’s chief economic adviser, and longtime Fox contributor John Bolton will start next week as national security adviser. Let’s see: that would be the same Larry Kudlow who was once chief economist at Bear Stearns, served in the Treasury Department and OMB under President Reagan? And that would be »

Trump Is Now More Popular Than Obama

Featured image Media hostility to President Trump has been unremitting since he secured the Republican nomination. It didn’t stop, or even slow down, with his inauguration. The many achievements of his young administration haven’t given the press pause, either: his coverage continues to be just about 100% negative. What, then, to make of the fact that Rasmussen Reports, which conducts the only daily presidential approval poll of likely voters, finds Trump at »

Second Amendment rally in St. Paul

Featured image We have had family in town this past week. Yesterday I gave my South American nephew the tour of the Twin Cities that I sketched out in “Welcome to the Twin Cities!” My current version of the tour begins at the beautifully restored state capitol building in St. Paul and ends in Little Mogadishu on the other side of the river in Minneapolis. As we started out yesterday, my relative »