Media

Fact-Checking “Fake News”

Featured image I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Democrats’ whining about “fake news,” since it appears to be just another feeble excuse for losing. Still, I was interested to see that the Associated Press undertook to fact-check a fake news story yesterday. I assumed this must be a particularly important instance of the genre, for the AP to bother. The headline was, “AP FACT CHECK: Ex-agent didn’t write book »

“Fake News,” a Meme For All Seasons

Featured image One of the silliest post-election phenomena is the Democrats’ attempt to blame their losses on “fake news” appearing mostly, I take it, on Facebook. They are distraught, apparently, at losing their monopoly. Still, lame or not, the “fake news” theme is spreading. The German government, which may be cruising for a defeat in upcoming elections, is preemptively blaming “fake news”: The German government is seeking to create a center of »

More Fake News from the Left

Featured image Remember the Muslim woman student at the University of Michigan who said a person forced her to take off her hijab under threat? It was widely reported as a sign of the new age of Trump terror. Well, never mind: Several days after the U.S presidential election in November, a female student at the University of Michigan reported being attacked by a man who threatened that if she did not remove her »

Fake News About Sarah Palin

Featured image The Associated Press fact checker exposes some fake news about Sarah Palin that was propagated on Facebook: A story claiming former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called for boycotting the Mall of America in Minnesota over its black Santa Claus is false. The story, posted by Newslo [Ed.: Never heard of it.] and some affiliated websites, claims Palin told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, “Santa was always white in the Bible.” »

Keith Ellison for dummies revisited

Featured image I wrote the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and posted the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies” in October 2006, when Ellison was on the verge of election to Congress representing Minnesota’s Fifth District. The latter piece includes some of the basic documents supporting my narrative of Ellison’s long association with the Nation of Islam. I was provoked to write these pieces by the poor job »

What happened in Berlin [updated]

Featured image What was the horrifying attack at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin that killed 12 yesterday? It was obviously an act of Islamist terrorism in the style of the attack that killed 86 in Nice on Bastille Day this past July. How obvious was it? It was so obvious that the New York Times describes it as follows: A truck driver barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin »

Feel Good Story of the Day, Courtesy of the NY Times

Featured image The New York Times has announced that it will lease out eight floors of its Manhattan headquarters to raise revenue—almost half of its total remaining office space: The New York Times is planning to offer up at least eight floors at its Eighth Avenue headquarters on the sublet market in an effort to generate some rental income. The Gray Lady, which partnered with Forest City Ratner Companies to develop the Renzo Piano-designed, »

The Clinton crying game

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in the presidential election has given rise to a crisis of the republic. Rather, it has given rise to a series of crises. The video compilation below (about 90 seconds) quickly exposes us to each of the crises in turn, several times over. Here we seem to be stuck in stage 2 of the five stages of leftist grief: “The main culprits for Clinton »

More Fake News from the Left

Featured image About 90 percent of the time that you hear about a “hate crime” on a college campus, it is later discovered to have been a hoax. And the other 10 percent of the time the culprit is not some vagabond Klan member or genuine Nazi, but a psychologically troubled kid seeking attention. As David Burge (“Iowahawk”) observed on Twitter, it’s odd that so many expressions of “hate speech” are showing »

Keith’s World

Featured image With the decline of satire in the hands of the left, one might view Keith Olbermann with new appreciation. An impossible man, he has long since burned out among his natural allies in the mainstream media. He now posts poorly produced videos via GQ from a bunker with the acoustics of a rainwater barrel. How the crazed have fallen. If Wayne’s World had a political bent, it might have gone »

Ellison seeks full-time work

Featured image Speaking at a gathering of Democrats in Denver last week, Keith Ellison argued that he could both represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in the House and lead the Democratic National Committee if elected its chairman. “All there is to do is to vote ‘no,’” Ellison explained, vowing that he would spend “every other moment” working for the party. No comment was sought from Ellison’s Democratic colleagues in the Minnesota congressional delegation. »

NYT Reporter: Why Can’t We Assassinate Conservatives?

Featured image Gardiner Harris is the New York Times’s White House reporter. His Twitter feed, where many reporters reveal themselves, shows Harris to be an unabashed cheerleader for the Democratic Party. To cite just one of many examples: Republicans consider ending the Republic as we know it: That Supreme Court Stonewall May Not Crumble Anytime Soon https://t.co/9CG8cfeT78 — Gardiner Harris (@GardinerHarris) November 4, 2016 So when Gardiner Harris asks questions of Josh »

“Post-Truth” Media Should Look in the Mirror

Featured image It was Nietzsche who remarked that “there are no facts, only interpretation.” From this small beginning the entire contemporary world of “post-modernism” was born, reaching its apogee in the swamp of the Frankfurt School, Foucault and other nihilist thinkers who argue, among other things, that there is no objective basis for making a “truth claim”—and that even language itself it a purely subjective exercise in exerting power. “Non-foundationalism” is all »

Travelin’ with the Times

Featured image The New York Times has joined with the upscale tour company Abercrombie & Kent to offer deluxe tours to readers in the upper reaches of the top 1 percent. Those of us who can’t afford to participate may console ourselves that we would gladly pay a modest sum to avoid confinement in a narrow space with such luminaries of the Times as Nicholas Kristof. I’m thinking of it all as »

A not ready for prime time player [With Comment by John]

Featured image For the past 10 years the Star Tribune has shielded Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison from serious scrutiny. The Star Tribune has reported the apologetics of Ellison and his devoutly liberal Jewish supporters as facts. They are not. Ellison’s success in misleading the hometown crowd has deluded him into thinking he is ready for prime time as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is not. Allison Sherry’s pathetic piece »

Kellogg’s: Not too gr-r-reat!

Featured image John proposed that readers boycott Kellogg in response to the company’s announcement that it is pulling its advertising from Breitbart. Many readers have responded with messages to Kellogg’s on which we have been copied. I particularly enjoyed this one, which I thought other readers might find of interest as well: I read Mr. Hinderaker’s excellent post about Kellogg pulling its advertising from Breitbart.com. You may remember when the company refused »

Only the wrong survive [With Comment by John]

Featured image The peaceful death of the brutal Communist butcher and dictator at the ripe old age of 90 cannot help but trouble those of us who would like to believe in the hand of providence in history. Celebrated by the left, by the mainstream media (but then I repeat myself) and by fools all over the world, Castro was a truly evil tyrant. His death couldn’t come too soon. It came »