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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 »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (7)

Featured image I have sought in this series to provide a background of relevant facts within which to understand the welter of stories featuring race and law enforcement over the past nine months. This past week the Star Tribune’s Eric Roper delivered another such story, this one with a local angle, in “Push is on for more policing reforms in Minneapolis.” For relevant background to Roper’s story, please see John Hinderaker’s post »

Marcus Luttrell? Whodat???

Featured image John Updike’s numerous stories about his fictional alter ego Henry Bech are my favorites among Updike’s body of work. When Bech wins the Nobel Prize for Literature in the story “Bech and the Bounty of Sweden,” Updike posits the headline reporting the news in the New York Daily News: “BECH? WHODAT???” (The thought was at the same time self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. Updike was one of the most prominent among those »

Harf v. the Times

Featured image AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee took the lead quizzing State Department spokesman Marie Harf about her issues with the New York Times story on Iran’s growing LEU stockpile (video below, about 16 minutes, also posted here). The exchange took place at today’s press briefing. As we have come to anticipate, the Saturday Night Live element predominates, this time with the benefit of costume jewelry. Below the video I have pasted »

The Best Law Journal in America?

Featured image The Harvard Law Review? The Yale Law Review? The Journal of Law and Economics perhaps? No: let me suggest it is The Green Bag, which I wouldn’t exactly call a law review, but somehow law journal doesn’t seem to quite fit it either. There’s nothing else like it. Call it, for lack of a better term, a compendium of legal things of interest, not always serious or even timely. You »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 8

Featured image You just knew the New York Times editorial page would get around to sharing its deep wisdom about the problem of science fraud in the news right now, and sure enough, their utterly predictable editorial is predictably stupid in ways that are statistically certain to the 95 percent confidence level. How’s this for penetrating analysis: How could this happen? Often a young researcher, driven by the academic imperative to “publish »

Media alert

Featured image Tonight at 10:00 p.m., I’ll be back on Tomi Lahren’s show, “On Point.” We’ll be discussing the indictment of FIFA officials and the scandals that led to the indictment. It should be fun. “On Point” is a program of One America News Network, a national network that airs on Verizon Fios, channel 116, AT&T U-verse, channel 208, and CenturyLink Prism, channel 209. It also streams on Roku and Amazon Fire. »