Media

The Brooks brutalism

Featured image New York Times columnist David Brooks may have hit a new low with his attempted hit job on Ted Cruz in “The brutalism of Ted Cruz.” James Taranto provides a devastating analysis of Brooks’s column in “Brooks borks Cruz” (accessible via Google here, I hope). For those who know the deep meaning of pants in Brooksworld, you might say that Taranto depantses Brooks. Kent Scheidegger also addresses Brooks’s column in »

Major Schadenfreude Alert: Current Isn’t

Featured image What a great week. First The New Republic deservedly implodes. Now comes the news that Al Jazeera America, formerly Al Gore’s Current TV, is folding up. Most of the time Power Line has more active readers than Al Jazeera America had viewers, and we’re just a website. Yeah, Al Gore cashed out nicely with some serious fossil fuel money, but it’s nice to reflect back, as Twitchy does, about Gore’s »

Jane Mayer: World’s Worst Hypocrite?

Featured image I wrote here about a new book by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, which continues her vendetta against Charles and David Koch. In her book, as reported and headlined by the New York Times, Mayer breathlessly claims that the brothers’ father, Fred Koch, through a company called Winkler-Koch, designed a portion of an oil refinery that was built in Hamburg, Germany, between 1933 and 1935. What’s the point? There is »

Breaking: The New Republic Implodes

Featured image Over the last couple of years we’ve noted here, here, here, and here about the travails of the once-worthy New Republic under its punk owner Chris Hughes, a Facebook mogul who thought his early riches equaled wisdom. Today the predictable announcement was made: Hughes is dumping the magazine: The New Republic, the century-old magazine that was rocked a year ago by the mass exodus of its staff following an effort by its »

Obama and Guns: Life Imitates Art

Featured image Okay, one last clip from the radio this week while we get our act together to start up the Power Line Show podcast again soon. I had a good deal of fun during the first segment Wednesday morning, all by myself, noting the patent insincerity of Obama’s claim to “respect” the Second Amendment, and along the way I note the similarity of Obama to the climactic (and comically absurd) press »

On guns, Obama preaches to the choir

Featured image President Obama takes to the pages of the New York Times to state that “the epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis” and to demand “a national response.” The New York Times: What a great forum for reaching those who disagree with Obama, or are undecided, about gun control. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to take on whatever substance might be found in Obama’s op-ed. I »

Radio Daze

Featured image Fun times on the radio yesterday and today on the Bill Bennett show, and as we haven’t been able to get our act together here to produce a new podcast (believe me—we’ve been trying), I thought I’d post a segment from today’s show in lieu of. Plus it gives me bragging rights over John, as I’ve figured out (I think) my sound editing software, which might actually be a problem »

Tomorrow on the Radio

Featured image I’m back behind the mic for the Bill Bennett “Morning in America” radio show again tomorrow morning from 6 – 9 am eastern. If there isn’t a local station in your area, you can listen online at BillBennett.com. The guest lineup includes, at 6:30 am, Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and co-author of Four Faces of the Republican Party; at 7:05 am, I’ll be joined by »

Seven things about Ted Cruz

Featured image Last night, our Iowa caucuses correspondent Dave Begley covered a Ted Cruz event in Missouri Valley. There, he ran into Washington Post correspondent Katie Zezima. Zezima, I surmised (half facetiously), must be fairly new to the Post because I don’t recall attacking her work. But there’s alternative explanation; she might be a fair reporter. That’s how she seemed to Begley and that’s how she comes across in a report called »

Another Media Alert!

Featured image For early risers everywhere, I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning, and again Thursday. Because why should John have all the fun? Anyway, my guest tomorrow include energy guru Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute, Rep. Tom McClintock of California to talk congressional politics, and, hopefully, Reihan Salam of National Review (we’re still working out telephone logistics). I’ll probably talk about D—– T—-, too. And »

Media alert

Featured image I will be a guest on “Tipping Point,” hosted by Liz Wheeler on One America News Network. We’ll be talking about Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing, the Obama administration’s noxious housing rule, and the threat it poses to liberty. The show begins at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. I’m told the segment with me will begin around 10:30. »

Lies of “Truth”

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 be on Bill Bennett’s radio program tomorrow morning at around 7:30 Eastern Time. I’ll be discussing issues pertaining to my post about the standoff in Eastern Oregon. It looks like I’ll be doing two segments, so we will go until almost 8:00, I think. Join us, if you like. It should be fun. »

The Times stumbles onto…

Featured image The New York Times made itself a fool for the Rathergate film Truth. The Times not only published Stephen Holden’s breathless review of the film, the Times celebrated the film in a TimesTalks event featuring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dan Rather, and Mary Mapes, hosted by Times Magazine staff writer Susan Dominus. Holden also included Truth in his year-end best-of-2015 list (it’s number 7!). The Times went all in for »

Headlines

Featured image The New York Times is off to a rousing start in 2016. The first headline that caught my eye in the print edition this morning is this one on the front page: U.S. Uncertain Of How Many Overstay Visas I’d work up my shocked face, but my face muscles are still sore from reacting to yesterday’s Stanford beat down of Iowa in the Rose Bowl. (Stanford overcame the point spread »

Media Corrections of the Year

Featured image Kudos to Robert Rector, whose media criticism can be followed regularly at his website, for compiling the best (that is worst) media corrections of the year. Here are my five favorites, though the whole review is worth taking in: “Norma Adams-Wade’s June 15 column incorrectly called Mary Ann Thompson Frenk a socialist. She is a socialite.” — The Dallas Morning News. Comment: It is less than clear these days that »

Cano: Can, can’t or cant?

Featured image The Star Tribune raps Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano on the knuckles for doxing her constituents who expressed disapproval of her participation in the Black Lives Matter action against the Mall of America and the Lindbergh/Humphrey terminals at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Star Tribune editorial nevertheless asserts a point I also made in passing on Cano’s behavior: In resending Dent’s and others’ contact information, Cano didn’t break »