Media

In search of an honest liberal

Featured image George Will began his career in journalism as the Washington editor of National Review, a perch from which he served as a relentless expositor and critic of the lies of Watergate perpetrated by the Nixon administration. In his history of National Review, former NR senior editor Jeffrey Hart recalls: National Review responded to the developing scandal with condemnation for the violation of constitutional norms mixed with a great deal of »

A word from Stephen Blackwood

Featured image Catherine Blackwood is counted as a success in the statistics touted by the Obama administration as it continues to peddle Obamacare. She has procured new Obamacare-compliant health insurance. Struggling with carcinoid cancer since 2005, Mrs. Blackwood treats her health insurance as a matter of life and death. But Mrs. Blackwood is in truth a walking illustration of the destruction wrought by Obamacare. Her son Stephen Blackwood recently recounted in a »

Jeering Al-Jazeera

Featured image Ad Age has a short article out right now about the colossal face-plant that is Al Jazeera America, formerly CurrentTV, which Al Jazeera bought from Al Gore for something like $100 million.  Get a load of these numbers for viewership: The channel isn’t even pulling in half the total audience that predecessor Current TV managed. Al Jazeera America has averaged just 15,000 total viewers in prime-time since bowing in August, »

Hiltzik’s Greatest Hitz

Featured image Michael Hiltzik is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times, but he seems to have undertaken the position of research assistant to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Hiltzik essentially purports to provide the documentation proving up Reid’s assertion that reports of the human damage done so far by the implementation of Obamacare are all lies. The cancellation of millions of citizens’ preferred health insurance policies we’ve been hearing »

No tears for Piers

Featured image Piers Morgan, whose dwindling audience has been put out of its misery, isn’t an “unbelievably stupid man,” as he once called Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. He is, rather, an unbelievably rude and unpleasant man with a thoroughly mediocre mind. John Lott, who debated Morgan on gun control to the limited extent that the Brit permitted him to speak, deserves the last word on Morgan’s well-deserved sacking. Do »

Feel Good Headline of the Day

Featured image “Piers Morgan and CNN Plan to End His Prime-Time Show.”  Of course, when Piers Morgan came on, it was no longer “prime time.” It wasn’t even garbage time.  It was just plain awful.  The New York Times reports, without any self-awareness, that Morgan just couldn’t connect with “a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial.”  (“Provincial”? The Times?  Hadn’t realized they started hiring failed comedy writers.) I have every confidence that »

Down the Toob

Featured image The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin indicts Justice Clarence Thomas for his infrequent participation in oral argument in hearings before the Supreme Court. At oral argument attorneys elaborate on arguments they have made in extensive briefs and a written record they have filed with the Court. By the time of oral argument in a given case, the justices will have read the briefs and formed views of the case. If you’ve »

Give Krugman a raise!

Featured image I love the stupidity of President Obama’s “Give America a raise” demand. He makes it on behalf of the little people, or the low-information voter, or the union funders of the Democratic Party. It’s almost enough to make you laugh. And of course Obama is supported in his plea by the New York Times and by man of the people op-ed columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman judiciously holds that the time »

“Work is a beautiful thing”

Featured image The Democratic talking point of the week proclaims the liberation of citizens from work via Obamacare. The Democrats and their media adjunct parrot a dumbed down version of paradise according to Marx and Engels: “In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one »

Even the New York Times Hates the New York Times!

Featured image Its editorial board, anyway. For sheer entertainment value, it is hard to beat this Observer story about the ongoing civil war at the Times: It’s well known among the small world of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the »

For Esme, with love and squalor

Featured image I can’t help it. I like local Twin Cities television (WCCO) reporter Esme Murphy. Yesterday morning she had Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on her local Sunday show for a brief segment on his memoir/manifesto My Country, ‘Tis of Thee. (Please forgive me for reminding you that I wrote about the book in the Weekly Standard article “The Ellison elision.”) Murphy’s interview of Ellison yesterday about the book verged »

Obama does O’Reilly

Featured image About Bill O’Reilly’s 10-minute pre-Super Bowl interview with Barack Obama, I will say this: it was more competitive than the Super Bowl. His questions were focused but disappointing and, other than trying to get Obama to respond, O’Reilly didn’t seem prepared to follow up on Obama’s transparent BS: Obama referred to Benghazi as an act of terror in the immediate aftermath of the attack? the IRS Commissioner’s numerous visits to »

Is CNN starting to catch on? part 2

Featured image It’s great that CNN is taking a look at the terms of the deal we have entered into with Iran and trying to anticipate the terms of the one that is in store for us next. The farcical Joint Plan of Action that provides the outline of the current deal is only four pages long. (CNN has posted the text here.) It goes a long way to answering questions that »

Is CNN Starting to Catch On?

Featured image Probably not. But Wolf Blitzer has noticed that it is odd that the Obama administration won’t release the text of its agreement with Iran. The Iranians say they haven’t agreed to dismantle anything, which is clearly true, based on the initial four-page outline that was made public a month or so ago. So why won’t the Obama administration tell us what it has agreed to with respect to what most »

An open letter to the Montreal Gazette

Featured image A reader has forwarded us this open letter by Allan Wiener to the Montreal Gazette regarding the graphic above published by the paper yesterday, accessible online here and here. The graphic ran under the name of “Aislin,” the pen name of Gazette editorial cartoonist Christopher Terry Mosher. The letter is addressed to Gazette editor-in-chief Lucinda Chodan. Slightly edited, the letter reads as follows: This is to inform you that I »

Quotations from Co-Chairman Keith

Featured image Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s Fifth District in Congress. He proudly identifies himself first and foremost as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. With a little help from Karen Hunter (as he notes in the Acknowledgements), he has now written the memoir cum manifesto My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future. Ellison writes in chapter 14 (“What’s the Matter With Congress?”): Some media outlets are not »

Another Reason to Watch Fox News

Featured image I don’t actually take in Fox News very often mostly because I don’t watch much of any television that isn’t sports.  So I missed the debut last month of Fox News’s latest correspondent who fits the usual Roger Ailes profile, but in this case with the extra accomplishment of having been a carrier-based fighter pilot.  Top gun indeed.  Don’t hold your breath for MSNBC ever to hire someone like this. »