Media

The New Republic @100: R.I.P.

Featured image The venerable New Republic turned 100 this year, and despite its ups-and-downs over the decades (such as being virtually pro-Soviet for a time in the late 1940s under the Communist editor and KGB agent Michael Straight), it was an important publication for thoughtful liberalism. It does not appear the magazine will make it to its 101st birthday, at least not in any recognizable form that a serious person will ever »

Lowry stands athwart

Featured image To address the doings related to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday’s Meet the Press convened a panel of liberals including host Chuck Todd, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell (video below). Todd, Robinson, and Mitchell vied to discover who could sink the lowest on the subject. In a photo finish, I declare it a three-way tie. They were equally idiotic. National Review editor »

The appeal of Hillary drunk

Featured image The National Enquirer reports that Ms. Hillary has a drinking problem and that her advisers want her to do a stint in rehab before she undertakes the rigors of a presidential campaign. You have to appreciate the Enquirer headline: “Boozy Hillary Clinton secret rehab shocker.” And you have to love the photos that the Enquirer runs with its big “scoop.” I don’t discount the story completely. After all, the Enquirer »

Chuck Todd down

Featured image Our friend Senator-elect Tom Cotton appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd for a brief interview this morning. He proved to be unflappable and untouchable, though Todd came loaded for bear with an audio clip setting up a question, I will say, intended to embarrass him. Whether or not Chuck Todd is sad, I’m guessing that Senator-elect Cotton’s deft response left Todd glum. He immediately moved on. Video via »

Who’s sad?

Featured image President Obama went shopping yesterday for books with this daughters at the Politics & Prose Bookstore near the White House. The New York Post reports that Obama took a look at Chuck Todd’s new book about Obama, Stranger in the White House. According to the Post, Obama jokingly called Todd “sad.” Was this a rare instance in which Obama publicly lurched into the truth? NBC reports that Obama was referring »

The ascent of FOX News, &c.

Featured image The rise of FOX News Channel to its place as a dominant source of news on television is easily one of the most consequential journalistic developments of the past 25 years. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik has written a timely column taking note and paying tribute to FNC’s steadfastness along the way. As the channel’s Washington managing editor and anchor of what he turned into the best news program in »

Ultimate #Grubergate

Featured image Phil Kerpen et al. at American Commitment have compiled a mashup of videos that helps explain the phenomenon of Grubergate. Kerpen calls the video below “the ultimate Grubergate compilation.” The video is both instructive and entertaining. It takes a playful tone with a musical soundtrack befitting light comedy, but the video is, as Noah Rothman observes, enraging. What we have here is the residue of Gruberite sludge generated for the »

The spike, Obamacare edition

Featured image I hadn’t heard of Fox Business News anchor Melissa Francis before she devoted a segment to the Obamacare spike she experienced while working for CNBC during the Obamacare debates of 2009-2010. She reports that she was ordered by CNBC management to avoid criticism of the mystical math of Obamacare in deference to respect for the president. The video below excerpts her introductory personal account from the larger segment. Could Francis’s »

Dionne Gets One Right

Featured image Having beaten up on E.J. Dionne several times in the past for tendentious columns, fairness suggests noting when he gets something right, or at least partly right.  His post-election column doesn’t sugarcoat things for Democrats, nor engage in the excuses (turnout) or evasions (if only everyone was required to vote) that many liberals are using to comfort themselves. For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It »

The New York Times Encounters Joni Ernst

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times ran an article–a slide show, really–called Rising Stars in the Republican Party. It highlighted some of the young Republicans who won on Tuesday, including, among others, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cotton…and Joni Ernst. The article was corrected today, as follows: Correction: November 6, 2014 An earlier version of this article quoted incorrectly from comments by Senator-elect Joni Ernst, who on Tuesday night became the first woman »

More on the Obama Administration Scandal That the Washington Press Corps Tried to Bury

Featured image We wrote last night that the story Scott–and no one else–has been reporting for the last week has been confirmed. The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that »

Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]

Featured image Last week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP’s computer system had been down for, at that time, a week. Federal IT personnel evidently were having trouble identifying and fixing the problem that had brought the computer system down (although email and internet access had been restored), and EOP employees were instructed to say nothing about it. Scott followed up with »

CBS declines to answer

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson has been working on her memoir recounting her ordeal at CBS News roughly since she left the network earlier this year. The fact that her she had a book coming out and the contours of her critique of CBS News are no surprise. She has publicly discussed them for months. The book is scheduled for publication on November 4, but the New York Post has obtained a copy »

Mucking around revisited

Featured image Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism has just been published in paperback. Our friend Jean Yarbrough took a devastating look at what Goodwin has on offer this time around in the pages of the Claremont Review of Books. In light of next week’s elections, Professor Yarbrough’s account of the book – of the incestuous relationship between »

A hidden message from SNL

Featured image At TPM, Caitlin MacNeal provides a brief summary of last night’s Saturday Night Live opening: The cast of “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Obama’s response to the Ebola cases diagnosed in the U.S. during Saturday’s cold open. At the beginning of the skit, Obama explains that the Ebola response wasn’t that bad, relatively speaking. “Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true »

The Attkisson angle

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson’s new book about her career as an investigative reporter at CBS News in the Age of Obama — Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington — won’t be published officially until November 4. Kyle Smith provides a preview here in the New York Post. Here is Smith’s account of the Attkisson angle intersecting with the Ingraham angle: Attkisson, who »

Of Bidens and buttheads [Updated]

Featured image Michelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs “The chronicles of Hunter Biden.” Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden’s two sons. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy when he flunked a Navy drug test; he tested positive for cocaine use. Michelle declares that Biden’s saga signifies something larger than appearances might suggest. She finds it illustrative of beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and »