Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

Mostly immoderate moderators named

Featured image Politico reports that NBC’s Lester Holt (September 26), ABC’s Martha Raddatz (October 9), CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’s Chris Wallace (October 19) and will moderate the three presidential debates this fall, according to the announcement of the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning; CBS’s Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate (October 4). The first debate (September 26) lies entirely in the hands of Lester Holt. Holt is a »

Lies of “Truth” revisited

Featured image This past October 16 the Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country. John and I warned viewers not to take the film at face value in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful.” On the film’s opening weekend the Star Tribune also carried my column reminding readers of the film’s factual background. The column was published as “Lies upon lies: The sad state of the »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern time. I think Laura may be off prepping Donald Trump for the debates, but I am not sure about that. We will have some excellent guests, including Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone, Kelli Ward and Niger Innis. And I am still hoping to book one of radio’s premier guests, Steve Hayward. You can go here to »

The Omar campaign shuts up (2)

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican brings the Ilhan Omar story up to date in his Morning Hot Dish newsletter. He summarizes the status of the story as of this moment (emphasis supplied by Coolican): Michael Howard, who is the House DFL caucus press guy, has taken over press for Ilhan Omar. That’s the fourth person dealing with media in a week, by my count. He declined another interview request on »

The Omar campaign shuts up

Featured image In his Hot Dish morning newsletter yesterday Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican declared that he had achieved “Some clarity on Ilhan Omar.” I declare that the story is about as clear as mud. KARE 11’s John Croman reported a short segment on the story last night (video below). I believe he obtained a statement from an informal volunteer on behalf of the Omar campaign, but nothing from the campaign directly. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern time. We will have a terrific guest lineup, including Grover Norquist, Marco Rubio, Eliana Johnson, Sean Davis and Peter Hasson. You can go here to find a radio station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also airs later in the day on »

CRB: “The Americans” — A fan’s notes

Featured image I first became aware of the FX Cold War spy drama The Americans from Dorothy Rabinowitz’s preview of season 1 in the Wall Street Journal. Rabinowitz’s preview remains online under the heading “The spies next door.” Ms. Rabinowitz returned to the series for season 4 in “Suburbia’s Soviet agents.” I have Ms. Rabinowitz to thank for hooking us on the series. If you are hooked on it, as we are, »

A message from the Star Tribune [updated]

Featured image I wrote Star Tribune reporter Maya Rao to ask if there was any chance she would be looking into the story involving the apparent marriage license issued to Ilhan Omar and a man identified as her brother. I couldn’t get an answer from the Omar campaign about it. Instead, I got an offensive nonresponse by way of Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. In my email message I tried to »

A message to the Star Tribune

Featured image A reader has copied us on his message to reporter Maya Rao et al. at the Star Tribune regarding Ilhan Omar, the winner of the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. My inquiries to the Omar campaign last week may be mistaken; that was the point of my inquiries. They deserve a more substantive response than the one I received from Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean »

Will the Star Tribune ask the question?

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune carries yet another story celebrating this past Tuesday’s primary victory of Somali American Ilhan Omar over 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. How did she do it? “Ilhan Omar dominated among students, rival’s analysis show.” In “Ilhan Omar: Her back pages” we raised the question whether Omar married her brother in 2009 for dishonest purposes. If so, »

High on Foggy Bottom

Featured image State Department press director Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau returned to take questions at the State Department press conference yesterday. Based on the latest Clinton email revelations, she had prepared. She arrived with a script geared to questions on the Clinton Foundation nexus with senior State Department officers attached to Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State. There was only one problem with the script; it didn’t answer the obvsous »

Ms. Clinton regrets (again)

Featured image This past Sunday FOX News played Chris Wallace’s interview with Hillary Clinton. In the video I posted here, Clinton claimed at 16:35 she had admitted her mistake in connection with the email scandal; her “mistake” was “not using two different email addresses.” That’s what she said. Really. Taking questions at a gathering of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists yesterday, Clinton purported to acknowledge »

The persistence of Hillary

Featured image Hillary Clinton appeared with Tim Kaine for an interview by Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes yesterday. CBS News has posted the video and transcript here. Let us say that Pelley comported himself with Madam Hillary in an extremely deferential manner. This isn’t exactly surprising. CBS News presents an aggravated case of media bias. It is run by the brother of Obama’s national security liar and Pelley himself is a rabid »

Fox News, But Hedgehog Principles

Featured image The most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a large audience for a news source that offered an alternative to the lockstep liberal TV network news bureaus. And that audience turned »

Media Alert

Featured image I will soon be on Australian television, talking about the Republican national convention, on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report. I am not sure exactly when the show will air in Australia, but we are filming at around 7:15 tonight, central time. Watch for it Down Under, and in the meantime, please check out Andrew’s blog at the Herald Sun. »

The Obama factor: Last round

Featured image I didn’t mean to make this review of recent Obama statements a series. Events have been in the saddle and they have ridden me. I will of course continue to chronicle Obama’s “deep” thoughts. We will be living with their consequences for a long, long time to come, if we’re lucky, but I’m retiring this series with with this final note. Although Barack Obama is not a stupid man, he »