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Media Alert [Updated: Chris Christie?]

Featured image Guest hosting today’s Laura Ingraham show was great fun, with excellent guests and lots of callers. Tomorrow’s show promises to be a blockbuster: guests will be Victor Davis Hanson, our own Steve Hayward, and Ann Coulter, talking about her dynamite book Adios, America!. If at all possible, you should tune in. The show is 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you »

To Honor Cecil the Lion, a $36,000 Smart Phone

Featured image The most overblown news story of modern times shows no sign of going away. If you are still brokenhearted over the cruel fate of Cecil the lion, how can you assuage your pain? With a $36,000 smart phone dedicated to his memory: The Telegraph reports: [G]old plating company Goldgenie has provided a unique way of remembering the mighty lion – by committing Cecil’s image to a gold HTC One M9 »

We Live In a World Gone Mad

Featured image These are perilous times: Iran is on its way to getting the bomb, Russia is on the march, China’s economy is teetering, the U.S. has a historic election in prospect. So what is the number one news story in the world? Cecil the lion. The Drudge Report: The Daily Mail. I like the supermodel angle: The Telegraph: Then there is television: Jimmy Kimmel–whom I have never watched, but isn’t he »

Washington Post agrees with Power Line: Cruz crushed Code Pink

Featured image Last week, John wrote that Ted Cruz “crushed Code Pink” in an impromptu debate with its leader Medea Benjamin regarding Iran. He provided video of the confrontation so that readers could judge for themselves. Code Pink had tried to shout Cruz down during a campaign event. Cruz engaged them and decisively out-debated Benjamin. A few days later, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post decided to judge the debate. He scored »

Obama in full, and full of it

Featured image President Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the day before yesterday. Video of the extended full episode (I think) is posted below. Obama is playing before a friendly audience and Stewart does everything but give him a French kiss. He wants to, but modesty somehow intrudes. Stewart’s approach to Obama reminds me of Howard Stern interviewing Rudy Giuliani in the course of one of Giuliani’s reelection campaigns: »

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign

Featured image The Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel. He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper. In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement. However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general. When Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Weigel quipped, “I hope he fails,” a reference »

Hillary Clinton’s lies

Featured image Theoretically, it should be possible to keep up with Hillary Clinton’s lies. She has given so few press conferences and interviews, we don’t have a lot of material to work over. Yet Clinton achieves something like perfect falsity when she speaks; she fails to utter a true word. She is a phenomenon. A capable Republican candidate should be able to reckon with the phenomenon, but a phenomenon she is. “Hillary »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 7:05 Eastern, talking about my post Donald Trump Was Right. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on your radio, you can listen online. The good news is, I am in England where the time will be 12:05, so for once I won’t have to set the alarm and put on a pot of coffee to do »

Hillary’s Hellman factor

Featured image In her sit-down with a friendly CNN interviewer Brianna Keilar yesterday (transcript here, story here), Madam Hillary challenged the late Lillian Hellman’s ability to convey falsity in every word spoken. As Mary McCarthy said of Hellman, “every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.'” You can’t beat perfect falsity, but you can go for the tie. That’s what Clinton does here: KEILAR: One of the issues that »

Rumors of Gruber

Featured image The late Arnaud de Borchgrave and the still kicking Robert Moss published The Spike in 1980 to expose the power of the media to suppress politically unpalatable stories in the service of covert political interests. The University of Chicago’s Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Charles Lipson draws on the metaphor of “the spike” to describe what has happened to the revelations of Monday’s Wall Street Journal story reporting »

Media Alert

Featured image For early risers, I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning to talk about yesterday’s post on trade promotion authority. The catch is that you need to be up at 6:30 Eastern (that’s 5:30 for us here in the Midwest) to hear it. Trust me, it will be well worth the loss of sleep! If you don’t know where to find Bill’s show on your local radio dial, »

The Gruber variations

Featured image On Morning Joe yesterday, the crew assessed the veracity of the Obama administration against the page-two Wall Street Journal story that I quoted and commented on in “From the mixed-up files of Jonathan Gruber.” On MSNBC a good time was had by all. Kudos to Joe Scarborough for picking up the story and to his sidekick Mika for playing it relatively straight. As for the rest, this is an unimpressive »

Brian Williams optioned to minor leagues

Featured image NBC News has decided to retain Brian Williams, but to ship him down to MSNBC. There, he will handle “breaking news and live reports.” Paul Fahri of the Washington Post calls Williams’ transfer to a “little-watched” cable news network “the equivalent of a major leaguer being sent down to the minors.” To extend the analogy, being assigned to MSNBC can be equated to being farmed out to “low A” ball. »

What to do about the opening GOP presidential debate

Featured image In August, Fox News will hold the first debate among candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. To be more accurate, Fox News will hold a debate among ten of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination. At least five candidates will be excluded. Among them might be the highly popular governor of Ohio, who once held a leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives; the runner-up for the GOP nomination »

Stephen Hunter: The case of Tamir Rice

Featured image We first got to know Stephen Hunter when he was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post movie critic. He is best known as a successful novelist, and he happens to know a great deal about guns. I, Ripper is his new novel. Published last month, it is in bookstores now. Here he offers his reflections on the case of Tamir Rice on the occasion of a Cleveland judge sounding off on »

A Facebook Comment Makes the News

Featured image Yesterday NPR’s Diane Rehm interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders. During the interview, Rehm told Sanders that he is a citizen of Israel: At the 24-minute mark, Rehm says to Sanders, “Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel,” to which Sanders replies, “Well… No, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I am an American. I do not know where that question came from. “I am an American citizen, and I »

Narrative Voice in “Baa Baa Black Sheep” [Updated]

Featured image We have commented several times, over the years, on the New York Times’ corrections policy: if an error is trivial, it is corrected with alacrity. If it is important–a smear of a Republican politician, a howler by Paul Krugman–don’t hold your breath. Maybe my sense of humor is perverse, but I got a chuckle out of this gem from yesterday’s paper: The crossword puzzle on Tuesday provided an erroneous clue »