Racial disparities confound Washington Post

Featured image In separate articles, today’s Washington Post takes up two racial disparities revealed by recent studies. The first pertains to “degree selection.” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports: African-American and Hispanic students disproportionately earn more bachelor’s degrees in low-paying majors, putting them at higher risk for financial instability after graduation, according to a new study from Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. . . . The highest paying majors through mid-career were primarily in science, »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will be on the Howie Carr radio show at 4:35 Eastern this afternoon, talking about BS From Bernie. You can find a list of stations where the Howie Carr show is broadcast at the link. It should be fun. Was America founded as a racist nation? Is the Golden Rule really the distillation of all religious teaching? If you can, I urge you to tune in. UPDATE: You can »

Some call it “Truth” (2)

Featured image The film Truth premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this last night. Based on Mary Mapes’s memoir Truth and Duty, the film retells the Rathergate scandal from the perspective of Rather and Mapes. Rather and Mapes were perpetrators of a fraudulent story, but I take it that the film portrays them as heroes and victims. It is, after all, based on Mapes’s ludicrous book and it stars Robert Robert »

Some call it “Truth”

Featured image The movie Truth premieres tonight at the Toronto Film Festival. The BBC includes it on its list of ones to watch. Based on former CBS producer Mary Mapes’s memoir Truth and Duty, the film retells the Rathergate story from the perspective of Rather and Mapes. It stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as Mapes. Luck might be a better name for the movie; some people have all of »

Noonan’s Jeb jab [With comment by Paul]

Featured image From the get-go, we have thought that Jeb Bush is a weak candidate for the Republican nomination. We don’t know any conservatives or Republicans who support his candidacy. Not one. In a strong field he struggles to make an impression. Even with my limited expectations, I question his adroitness. He made his inclination to sell out the Republican base clear even before he’d won a vote. Conventional wisdom has it »

She’s sorry you’re confused

Featured image As Steve notes in the adjacent post, Madam Hillary sat down for an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell (video below). Mitchell was well chosen by the Clinton team; she appears to be member of the team who is utterly uninformed about the relevant issues bearing on Madam Hillary’s use of a private email/server setup. NBC’s coverage of the interview is posted here. According to Madam Hillary, her email setup was »

Full of Ifill

Featured image PBS NewsHour anchor/editor Gwen Ifill tweeted her comment on Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she would cast the thirty-fourth vote to sustain Obama’s anticipated veto of probable congressional disapproval of the Iran deal yesterday (below). Take that, Bibi. — gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015 Ms. Ifill isn’t owning up; she denies that the tweet expresses her point of view. She explained to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler and others that »

How much smokier can a gun get?

Featured image Investor’s Business Daily has a media watchers’ angle that leads in to the heart of its editorial on the Clinton email scandal today: When a scandal involves a Democrat, the mainstream media always insist on a smoking gun before they take it seriously. Well, how about two of them — so far? Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said this week that “there is no evidence to suggest »

Washington Post offers glimpses of Hillary’s legal jeopardy

Featured image The Washington Post reported today about the latest batch of classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server. The story appears at page 5 of the print edition. The piece by Carol Leonig and Rosalind Helderman is reasonably informative and not particularly biased. (The headline in the print edition is “Clinton wrote, sent classified emails on private server;” the online edition offers a more pro-Clinton spin: “Clinton, using private server, »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be discussing Hillary Clinton’s emails and their criminal law implications on the Todd Herman show on KTTH 770 AM in Seattle. I’ll be on around 4:30 Pacific Time for two segments. »

Can all these talking heads be right?

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has worked up a video (below) documenting the collective wisdom of the punditocracy regarding Madam Hillary’s email problem. “Analysis: It’s not going away.” Can all these talking heads be right? Let’s put it this way. They aren’t going out on a limb with their prediction. »

Washington Post reporter among the “pilgrims” paying homage to Jimmy Carter

Featured image Yesterday, Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school in Plains, Georgia. It was Carter’s second lesson since he announced that he has brain cancer. The Washington Post sent Dave Weigel to cover the event. He reports that (in the words of the Post’s sub-headline, print edition) “pilgrims pour[ed] into Plains Ga.” for the event with “an outpouring of good wishes.” When it rains, it pours. It’s to Carter’s credit that he teaches »

Vox: The Web Site For Dummies

Featured image This is hilarious:, the web site into which NBC is about to pour $200 million, tweeted this earlier today. It’s a screen shot because Vox deleted the tweet in response to intense ridicule: I guess this is what happens when you get your news from uneducated 20-somethings with little or no experience, employment or otherwise. Hey, NBC: if you want to reconsider, you can buy our whole site for »

Thinking about Donald Trump with Seth Leibsohn

Featured image On Monday, I had the pleasure of appearing with Seth Leibsohn on his radio show broadcast from Phoenix. We talked mostly about Donald Trump and his “empire populism.” With Seth, though, the discussion is always free-wheeling, so J.R. Ewing, Ross Perot, and “national greatness conservatism” also came up. Here is the interview: »

Washington Post distorts Trump-Ramos encounter

Featured image If Donald Trump believes that Fox News is treating him unfairly (and he does), I wonder how he feels about the Washington Post. The print edition headline of a story on Trump’s Iowa new conference reads: “Trump kicks Latino reporter out of news conference.” (The online editors apparently thought better of it. They wrote: “Trump tangles with Latino newsman, launches fresh attacks on GOP rivals”). The print edition sub-headline reads: »

Good for Trump for booting Jorge Ramos

Featured image As Scott notes below, Donald Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision ejected from his press conference today. Good for Trump. Jorge Ramos is a blight upon journalism. He also embodies the threat that mass immigration by Hispanics poses to conservatism. The more voters who get their news from the likes of Jorge Ramos, the less chance American conservatism as we know it has to survive. But these aren’t the reasons »

Trump still hung-up on Megyn Kelly

Featured image Nearly three weeks after the Fox News debate, Donald Trump still can’t get over the fact that he didn’t like Megyn Kelly’s questioning. Yesterday, he tweeted: “I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!” Trump also re-tweeted this charming statement: “The bimbo back in town. I hope not for long.” Fox News isn’t amused. Its staffers — including Bret Baier »