Media

Washington Post blames Gianforte assault on Trump

Featured image “Trump blamed for targeting of press.” So declares the Washington Post (paper edition) in the sub-headline to a story citing a small number of cases in which reporters have been “roughed up.” Though the headline doesn’t say who is doing the blaming, it’s from the story that Post reporter Paul Fahri blames Trump. When a politician roughs up a reporter, there is really only one person to blame — the »

15 years: 15 thoughts

Featured image It was fifteen years ago this weekend — fifteen years ago today, I think, but maybe tomorrow — that John Hinderaker went to Blogger and set up Power Line. On Memorial Day that weekend he gave me a call and invited me to contribute. Once one of my daughters helped me get into the publishing platform, we were off and running. Looking back and borrowing from my tenth anniversary reflections, »

A coup by any other name

Featured image In the post “Trump agonistes” last week I noted what I saw in the news stories that have created the consuming controversies of the past few weeks: hostile officials inside the executive branch of the government seeking the removal of Donald Trump from office. They are powerful. They lack any qualms about abusing their positions. They are determined. And they have the invaluable assistance of the Democrats’ mainstream media adjunct. »

Media Alerts

Featured image I will be on the Howie Carr show out of Boston later today, at 4:30 Eastern, talking about President Trump’s Middle East trip and his speech in Riyadh. You can listen online here. This evening, I will try to explain recent American headlines to television viewers in Australia on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report on Sky News. Wish me luck. I am not sure just when the segment will air, but »

Trump agonistes

Featured image Reading the news stories that have created the consuming controversies of the past few days, this is what I see. Hostile officials inside the executive branch of the government seek the removal of Donald Trump from office. They are powerful. They lack any qualms about abusing their positions. And they are determined. With malicious intent, “current officials” inside the intelligence agencies with access to top secret information, for example, have »

MSNBC attacks Kellyanne Conway; the Washington Post snipes at her husband

Featured image Last November, Hillary Clinton failed to become America’s first female president. Instead, Kellyanne Conway became the first female to manage a successful presidential campaign. Many will never forgive her. Attacks on Conway have centered on the notion that, in the words of Mika Brzezinski, she “shill[ed] for Trump in extensive fashion.” But that’s the job of anyone who represents a political candidate. The real beef is with Donald Trump, whom »

ESPN not cutting back on politics

Featured image We can think of ESPN’s “journalism” as falling into three categories: (1) in-depth analysis of games, teams, and players; (2) superficial high decibel debates about games, teams, and players; and (3) discussion focused not on games, teams, and players, but rather on sports and society — often sports and race. Which form of journalism do think is most affected by ESPN’s recent mass layoff? If you said (1), in-depth analysis »

Fake News on the 2018 Election From the Associated Press

Featured image The Associated Press headlines: “In swing districts, voters vent over health care, fear Trump.” A more accurate headline would be, “A handful of rabid Democrats hate President Trump.” But that wouldn’t be news. The AP begins: Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. “Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017,” her poster read. In a nod »

Sulzberger’s apology

Featured image At Politico, Hadas Gold reports that New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. is making a personal appeal to subscribers who canceled because Bret Stephens transgressed some tenet of the religion of “climate change” (f/k/a “global warming”) in his debut as a Times columnist. Say it ain’t so, Pinch! Sulzberger’s apology reiterates the adherence of the Times’s to every jot and tittle of the faith as well as the »

Team Trump changes its tune on the Comey firing

Featured image Politico reports that President Trump “had grown enraged by the Russia investigation” and “frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia.” It also reports that Trump repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and sometimes screamed at television clips about the probe. Politico’s Josh Dawsey attributes the first part of this report — Trump growing enraged by the Russia investigation — to two advisers. He »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern. We have a good lineup of guests, with James Comey and much more on the agenda. It should be a fun show! You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also »

The Colbert cock-up

Featured image In a New York Post column on the “Trump-Russia tinfoil hat brigade,” Paul Sherry turns to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which FBI Director James Comey testified this week. Sherry focuses on Comey’s exchange with an overmedicated Al Franken (as he appeared to me). Franken has become the de facto leader of the tinfoil hat brigade. In this capacity Franken posed a question to Comey that was perfect in »

A Trump Contradiction on Regulations? Hardly

Featured image The Associated Press is obsessed with President Trump. It attacks him every day, usually on flimsy grounds and often based on feigned misunderstandings of what Trump says. Today the AP headlines: “Is he for or against regulation? Trump swings in 1 day.” I would hazard the wild guess that Trump is for some regulations and against others, like just about every other person in the world. But the AP is »

Late-Night Hate, Colbert Edition

Featured image I have never seen Stephen Colbert perform. From what I have read about his act, I don’t think I have missed out on a lot of laughs. It seems remarkable that someone who has nothing to offer but crazed, over-the-top hate can maintain an audience on television. Last night Colbert went around the bend: Colbert’s 12 minute monologue (!) began by addressing Trump’s rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend and »

Linda Cohn: Political slant has hurt ESPN

Featured image Linda Cohn regularly “anchors” ESPN’s SportsCenter show. I haven’t watched SportsCenter in many years, so I hold no opinion about her as an anchor. But having been an ESPN stalwart for almost 25 years, Cohn probably has a good sense of her audience. Thus, her views on the network’s woes are worth considering. Cohn expressed her views shortly after ESPN’s mass layoff last week. She cited the loss of cable »

Mainstream media “fact checks” Trump’s conjecture about the Civil War

Featured image In an interview yesterday, President Trump speculated that Andrew Jackson might have prevented the Civil War. He’s probably right. Indeed, any Democratic president of that era might well have prevented it. The Democrats were the party that accommodated Southern slaveholders, of which Andrew Jackson was one. Sufficient accommodation in 1861 very likely would have prevented, or postponed, the Civil War. It had done so in the past eight years of »

Erik Wemple rebukes the Times

Featured image Yesterday afternoon Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple rebuked the New York Times for publishing Bret Stephens’s debut op-ed column. In his debut column Stephens sought to crack open the door to a discussion of the “climate change” orthodoxy otherwise enforced by the Times. As Steve Hayward noted, Times readers promptly went out of their minds. Wemple, it turns out, is a representative specimen of Times readers. Wemple lamented that »