Media Bias

Report finds Blair didn’t lie about WMD; MSM ignores the finding

Featured image If you relied on accounts by the mainstream media of the Chilcot Report regarding Britain’s decision to participate in the toppling of Saddam Hussein, you might easily conclude that it supports the “Bush-Blair lied, people died” narrative so cherished by the left. You wouldn’t know that the Report actually rejects this claim. This account by Steven Erlanger and David Sanger of the New York Times doesn’t say so. Neither does »

Where Are the Fact Checkers When We Need Them?

Featured image By now you probably have heard about Donald Trump’s latest venture into fantasy, his claim yesterday that Saddam Hussein was somehow anti-terror: [Saddam] killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read ’em the rights. They didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over! If you substitute “opponent of his regime” for “terrorist,” you have a true statement. Otherwise, as Jay Nordlinger reminds us, Trump’s claim is absurd. »

Finally, a WaPo op-ed that backs Trump

Featured image Charles Kesler, writing in the Washington Post, takes on the Never Trump movement. Without wanting to shortchange Kesler’s worthwhile piece, the most remarkable thing about it may be its appearance in the Post. To my knowledge, not a single conservative or right of center columnist in the Post’s stable has expressed anything other than contempt for Donald Trump. From Charles Krauthammer to Jennifer Rubin, they all seem to despise the »

New York Times still peddles narrative Ben Rhodes told the paper is false

Featured image Now that Ben Rhodes has confessed that the Obama administration’s narrative about an Iran in which “moderates” wield significant influence was “largely manufactured” for the purpose of selling the nuclear, you might think that the mainstream media media would stop peddling this narrative. You might think that at least the New York Times, which broke the story of Rhodes confession, would stop doing so. You would be wrong. Cliff Smith »

Trump Rips Clinton, Associated Press Rips Trump

Featured image Today Donald Trump delivered a major speech attacking Hillary Clinton. We may have more to say about the speech later, but for now I want to highlight one of the more remarkable instances of media bias in a long time. The Associated Press has historically been regarded as a straight, relatively non-partisan news source. That has changed in recent years, because of stories like this one on Trump’s speech, by »

On crime, Trump’s right and Politifact is wrong [UPDATED]

Featured image Politifact, a biased liberal operation that purports to fact-check political claims, recently examined Donald Trump’s statement that “crime is rising.” It found the claim to be false, rating it “pants on fire,” the worst rating these liberals dole out. But Trump, in this instance, is correct. Crime is rising. How did Politifact err on such a basic question? It erred by looking at no data past 2014. Sean Kennedy at »

A laughable Washington Post attack on Bernie Sanders

Featured image It’s no secret that the Washington Post wants Bernie Sanders to give up his presidential run so that life will become easier for the Post’s candidate, Hillary Clinton. But this article by John Wagner attacking Sanders for inflicting on taxpayers the cost of his Secret Service detail carries the joke too far. Wagner reports: Although Hillary Clinton has clinched the party’s nomination, Sanders retains one of the trappings of a »

For the Washington Post leftism is the measure of all things

Featured image George Voinovich died this week. Voinovich, a Republican, was a highly successful mayor of Cleveland, an extremely popular governor of Ohio (reelected with 74 percent of the vote in a quintessential swing state), and an influential two-term U.S. Senator (reelected with 64 percent of the vote). How did the Washington Post choose to remember this political giant? With the following obituary headline (paper edition): George Voinovich, 79, Republican politician from »

Trump revokes Washington Post’s press credentials

Featured image Donald Trump said today that he is pulling the Washington Post’s credentials to cover his campaign events. Trump explained: “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” Trump’s decision was prompted by a headline on the Post’s website that declared: “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting.” »

WaPo Columnist: Let’s Gang Up On Trump!

Featured image The Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, who is also a former Public Editor of the New York Times, has an idea that she claims is novel, but may sound familiar to Republicans: news outlets should coordinate their efforts to defeat Donald Trump! It really is an extraordinary column: Media outlets have given the likely Republican presidential nominee something like $2 billion worth of free exposure and, in many cases, »

What Trump’s attack on Judge Curiel tells us

Featured image What to make of Donald Trump’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump U case? Is it a counterintuitive litigation strategy? Is it, as Steve suggests, an attack, witting or not, on the premise of diversity? Is it, as the Washington Post and many others say, new evidence of his unfitness for the presidency? In my view, it isn’t really any of the above. Rather, Trump »

The Mexican Flag: An All-American Symbol?

Featured image Violent mobs who have attacked Donald Trump supporters at one rally after another wave Mexican flags while burning American flags. The vast majority of Americans will disapprove, to say the least, so the Associated Press felt called upon to assure us that Mexican flags are really OK: “Mexican flag, seen at Trump protests, has long history in US.” The flag of Mexico has a long history in the United States, »

No Wonder Sandernistas Want Free Stuff

Featured image Turns out a lot of Sanders supporters really need a lot of free stuff. Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for producing this chart, which shows that over a quarter of Sanders donors are not working: Meanwhile, MSNBC is running the following ad starting tomorrow on conservative websites: Sorry, but that lineup is one-for-six on having “conservatives” that most conservatives care  about, if in fact they don’t deserve exile (that »

Reporters Tell Trump: It’s a Mistake to Attack Us!

Featured image Following Donald Trump’s criticisms of the political press yesterday, various reporters have hurried to tell us that he is making a mistake. See, for example, what happened on CNN: On Tuesday’s Legal View, CNN’s Mark Preston asserted that Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media was “an absolute mistake because he doesn’t want to necessarily do that.” Preston soon added that “Trump deciding to take on the media at this »

Washington Post unhappy that Trump criticized the press

Featured image The headline in the paper edition of today’s Washington Post reads: “Charity scrutiny riles up Trump” (the story is here) This is not the most biased headline ever to appear in the Post, but it clearly is designed to cast Trump in a bad light. As such, it corroborates Trump’s claim that the media is out to “make me look very bad.” The Post follows up with a lead editorial »

New York Times reporter airs baseless “Trump is a fascist” claim

Featured image I like much of Peter Baker’s reporting. I liked his book about the George W. Bush administration. I don’t like this article by Baker called “Rise of Donald Trump Tracks Growing Debate Over Global Fascism.” It’s a slippery piece. Baker doesn’t argue that Trump is a fascist — it’s more along the lines of “some people say Trump is a fascist.” But by choosing to repeat the charge, and writing »

WaPo reporter blasts Rubio as flip-flopper. . .for keeping his promise

Featured image Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post is unhappy that Marco Rubio is ready to support Donald Trump’s presidential bid. He calls Rubio a “shape-shifter” and implies that Rubio’s support of Trump stems from the tycoon’s improving poll numbers. Rubio has explained that wants to be “helpful,” not “harmful,” to Trump “because I don’t want Hillary Clinton to be president.” He added, “if you can live with a Clinton presidency for »