Media

Josh Earnest does metaphysics

Featured image The Democrats and the media have their undies in a bunch over Rudy Giuliani’s disparagement of Barack Obama’s attitude toward the United States of America. Rudy has allegedly crossed a line by questioning Obama’s patriotism, though Giuliani himself denies that he has done so. He has merely observed that by outward appearances Obama doesn’t love the United States. That seems to me an uncharacteristic act of hairsplitting on Rudy’s part. »

Rudy unbound, part 2

Featured image Late Wednesday night Politico reported that Rudy Giuliani spoke at a private dinner in New York featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Here is Darren Samuelsohn’s account: The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists. “I »

Ignatius’s ignorance

Featured image David Ignatius is the prominent Washington Post columnist who specializes in foreign affairs. I’ve written about him a lot, as in “Ignatius ignores” and “The case of David Ignatius.” His superficiality and animus can’t be concealed, but they are manifested in smooth prose and an authoritative voice. It’s a killer combination. Earlier this week in “A perfect storm brews in the Middle East,” Ignatius served as the medium for the »

Kim Ode’s favorite Communist [updated with Ode's response]

Featured image Yesterday’s Star Tribune featured Kim Ode’s profile of former Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Erwin Marquit. Marquit is dying and Ode is fawning. The source of Ode’s attraction to Marquit is Marquit’s run for governor in 1974 as a Communist. The romance of Communism hasn’t worn off for Ode or her editors at the Star Tribune. Ode’s profile is “Erwin Marquit, state’s best-known Communist, reflects on his life.” I’m sure Ode is »

Battle station alert on the left

Featured image William Levin is a graduate of Yale Law School, former clerk on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and former special assistant in the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel. He writes to comment on developments related to the Supreme Court’s pending decision in King v. Burwell on the legality of Obamacare subsidies provided via exchanges established by the federal government. Bill assumes that the Supreme Court will get »

Fournier’s lie

Featured image When I heard former AP Washington bureau chief Ron Fournier state in passing on a recent Fox News Special Report panel that “Bush lied us into war in Iraq,” I just groaned. Fournier has moved on from the AP to become senior political correspondent and editorial director of National Journal. Fournier presents himself as the moderate voice of reason and common sense, and he is a distinguished journalist, but the »

The non-mystery of Scott Walker’s college career

Featured image In a reliable sign that Scott Walker is now a first-tier presidential prospect, the media wants to know what he thinks about evolution. Walker’s answer — “that’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or the other” — is a sign that he can live up to first-tier status. Here’s another reliable sign that Walker is in the first-tier: the Washington Post is probing the “mystery” of »

Who Will Replace Jon Stewart?

Featured image Jon Stewart is retiring from Comedy Central, possibly to run for office as a Democrat. Stewart is a liberal who devoted pretty much his entire show to bashing conservatives, although he occasionally trained his fire on Democrats, thereby obtaining an undeserved reputation for objectivity. So who will replace him? Comedy Central could make a truly bold move and replace Stewart with a Republican, but of course they won’t. The monopoly »

The senseless suspension of Brian Williams [With Comments by John]

Featured image NBC News has suspended Brian Williams for six months as punishment for lying about being shot at in Iraq and, quite likely, telling other tall or embellished tales. NBC News stated that Williams “misrepresented” events in a broadcast last Friday about his coverage of the Iraq War in 2003, and that “it then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other »

If it bleeds it leads. . .to denial by Obama

Featured image John did a great job of ripping President Obama’s pathetic musings on terrorism, as served up to Matthew Yglesias of Vox.com. I want to focus on Obama’s claim that the media “absolutely” sometimes overstates the level of alarm people should have about terrorism. Obama offered no evidence to support this claim. He merely asserted it, adding that he doesn’t blame the media for following the “the famous saying. . .if »

More tears for Piers

Featured image Piers Morgan is no longer on American television, thank God. But he’s still serving up embarrassing soccer commentary. Before Saturday’s North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Morgan tweeted that Spurs emerging star Harry Kane “wouldn’t get on [Arsenal's] bench.” Kane proceeded to score the two goals that gave Tottenham a famous 2-1 victory over their bitter rivals. Kane is the hottest forward in the Premier League. Arguably, he’s »

What Has Dan Rather Got Against Brian Williams?

Featured image Dan Rather has come to the defense of Brian Williams, calling Williams “an honest man.”  Dan ought to know!  Is he trying to destroy Williams?*  (Maybe he thinks he can get the anchor chair himself.)  Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I spotted this Breitbart item: Disgraced former TV news anchor Dan Rather has come to the aid of embattled NBC anchor Brian Williams, saying that Williams is an »

Lying isn’t what it used to be

Featured image Lying used to be an offense that caused people to stop trusting and believing you. Now, it’s a “mistake” that’s to be weighed against the liar’s virtues before deciding if he is to be trusted. I noticed this in my law practice. When I first started out, you hit the litigation jackpot if you could show that the opposing party had lied about any semi-material fact. If you showed this »

The New York Times Commits One of Its Funniest Blunders Ever

Featured image Via Don Surber and Logan Dobson, another knee-slapper from the editorial board of the New York Times. The paper published an editorial attacking Scott Walker yesterday. Nothing noteworthy about that, except that the Times kept calling him “Mr. Scott.” Here is a screen grab; Dobson tweeted, “NYTimes Edit Board ruthlessly attacks some guy named ‘Mr. Scott’ who they claim is the governor of Wisconsin”: The paper eventually realized its mistake »

Brian’s big fog

Featured image On FNC’s Kelly File last night Megyn Kelly interviewed Stars and Stripes reporter Travis Tritten about NBC News anchor Brian Williams’s tall tales (video below). The interview proceeds methodically to trace Williams’s adornments and refinements to a tall tale he has been telling for more than ten years, capped off by a mendacious apology attributing his fabrications to the “fog of memory.” Kelly pierces the fog in this lucid interview. »

Has NBC Started a Countdown Clock for Firing Brian Williams?

Featured image The New York Post‘s Page Six reports that Tom Brokaw wants Brian Williams fired from NBC News for his lies about his helicopter bravura: You know you’re in trouble when Tom Brokaw is out for your blood. NBC’s most revered journalist is furious that Brian Williams is still in the anchor chair after he sheepishly admitted he hadn’t traveled on a helicopter hit by enemy fire. “Brokaw wants Williams’ head on a platter,” an »

Rather symmetrical

Featured image Dan Rather is either a little lacking in self-awareness or he wants to pound the final nail into Brian Williams’s coffin. Yesterday Rather spoke up for Brian Williams as Williams seeks to withstand the critique of his Big (Oft-Repeated) Lie. Politico’s Dylan Byers reached out to Rather for comment and obtained this gem: “I don’t know the particulars about that day in Iraq,” Rather told POLITICO. “I do know Brian. »