Media

Jean-Paul, we hardly knew ye

Featured image In a column plugging his new book on character earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented the disappearance of “lofty authority figures” from the public square. Brooks’s colleagues on the editorial pages of the Times present a case study in the decline of our public discourse, but it’s not the one Brooks has in mind. You don’t even have to go back as far back as Brooks »

Death of the Copy Editor

Featured image A sage friend once remarked that the decline of copy editing in book and newspaper publishing coincided with the decline in the number of priests defrocked by the Catholic Church.  Sounds reasonable to me. And far be it from me to jump on just any old typo, since a number of them get through here at Power Line (chiefly because I seldom spot my own typos, which is apparently typical »

The Times Does American Business

Featured image Scott’s daughter Eliana, knowing our fondness for New York Times corrections, pointed out this gem from today’s paper. The correction is to an article by political reporter Trip Gabriel, who, as you can see from his Twitter feed, is a Democratic Party operative: Correction: May 4, 2015 An earlier version of this article misspelled part of the name of the company of which Carly Fiorina was the former chief executive. »

For the Clinton defense

Featured image On ABC’s This Week today, George Stephanopoulos grilled Peter Schweizer on the stories generated by his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash (transcript here, video below). Toward the end of the interview, Stephanopoulous suggested that Schweizer’s work in the Bush administration somehow discredits his research. Is this some kind of a joke? Schweizer’s research stands or falls on facts, inferences, evidence of Clinton lies and perhaps further investigation, as Peter himself suggests. »

Civics lessons from MSNBC

Featured image If gross hypocrisy were a crime, MNSBC anchors would be doing time. National Review’s Jilian Kay Melchior has led the way exposing how MSNBC luminaries including Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry, Touré Neblett and Joy-Ann Reid have had plenty to say about taxes and “how we’re all in it together,” in spite of their own histories of owing the IRS thousands of dollars. The Free Beacon’s David Rutz explains: MSNBC, the »

The Klobuchar kludge

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

What Is It With MSNBC and Taxes?

Featured image Add Toure Neblett to the growing list of MSNBC personalities who don’t pay their taxes: Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records…. In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87. … Last month, New York »

Clinton’s 7 pearls of wisdom, with a little help from CNN

Featured image Bill Clinton spoke at Georgetown University on Tuesday as part of his annual lecture series at his alma mater. In the speech he offered both political and personal advice to students. Seeking to do its part to gild the Clinton lilly for some mysterious reason, CNN has extracted “7 pearls of wisdom from Bill Clinton’s Georgetown speech.” Here is one such pearl of wisdom officially recognized by CNN: “This is »

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Featured image I haven’t been posting much the last couple of days because I have been in my home town, Watertown, South Dakota. BISCO (the Business Industry School Coalition), a local organization that promotes a “progressive and meaningful relationship among business, industry and schools,” invited me to speak at their annual lunch meeting. They thought it would be fun to hear about Power Line and related subjects. I said sure. Before that »

The red line revisited (or not)

Featured image Four years ago President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had to go. As Assad held on, Obama elaborated on his thinking at a 2012 press conference in Stockholm, drawing his infamous red line: I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns »

Catching up with an old friend

Featured image Yesterday, I appeared on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show. Our conversation — and with Seth it is a conversation, not an interview — centered around the Iran deal and Hillary Clinton’s entry into the presidential race. We also talked a little bit about Marco Rubio’s candidacy. It was great fun. You can listen to our conversation here. »

The case of Patrick Fitzgerald

Featured image After the media firestorm over Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to serve as independent counsel. Fitzgerald was to ascertain who had identified Plame to Robert Novak as a CIA agent and whether a crime had been committed in the process. The chain of events having been initiated by Wilson’s New York Times op-ed column, the Times itself served as the ringmaster of »

The Attkisson angle

Featured image The White House hacking story is in the news again today with the revelation by CNN that officials believe the hacking was performed by operators acting on behalf of the Russian government. According to CNN, the hacking took place via the State Department computer system. CNN’s story is reported under the headline “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.” The relevance of the hacking of the Executive Office »

The case of the missing fatwa, take 6

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI observes: In President Obama’s announcement of the joint statement following the conclusion of the negotiations in Lausanne, he again mentioned the nonexistent fatwa, stating as fact that Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.[1] This assertion by the president is not true. Such a fatwa has never been issued, and to this day no one has been able to show it, »

Of fatuity and fatwas

Featured image President Obama sat for an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman on Saturday. When it comes to Obama Friedman is no doubting Thomas. He is the Apostle Tom. He believes in what he views to be “the Obama doctrine.” This is the gospel according to Tom. Friedman brings up the lurking issue of “red lines” at about 34:00. It’s Senator Cotton and his 46 colleagues who have crossed »

Nine years later, Tom Cotton’s letter to the Times

Featured image We have written a lot over the years about the repeated violations of the Espionage Act by New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau. They gave me a lot to work with in 2006. I wrote a January 2006 column for the Weekly Standard, for example, that the Standard titled “Exposure.” (I reposted it on Power Line last year under the heading “Is the Times a law unto »

An MSNBC state of mind

Featured image As an outlet for political news and commentary, MSNBC is not completely worthless. It provides a window onto the left-wing mentality. Indeed, it gives us a comprehensive view: the political ego/superego/id of Al Sharpton & company. One gets the impression that medication has already done all it can do to make it fit for public consumption. A kind of cure will come only when management pulls the plug. The Free »