With Rhodes as my witness

Featured image The New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes by David Samuels has prompted a counterattack. In the profile Rhodes proclaimed his success in promoting a false line on behalf of the Obama administration’s deal/alliance with Iran. Rhodes showed himself to be the ultimate ingrate. He expressed contempt for the reporters and others who disseminated his lies. To those who served as fools for Obama, Rhodes offered this tribute: “The »

Disinformation, Washington Post style

Featured image Washington Post Plum Line contributor Paul Waldman asserts that “Hillary Clinton is going to be exonerated on the email controversy.” He explains: “[I]n order to have broken the law, it isn’t enough for Clinton to have had classified information in a place where it was possible for it to be hacked. She would have had to intentionally given classified information to someone without authorization to have it[.]” Waldman shows no »

Guccifer speaks, NBC edition (4)

Featured image Chris White takes note of the excerpt of the NBC News interview with Romanian hacker Guccifer that was broadcast last night. Guccifer claims to have hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He says it was easy. White observes: “Somewhat skeptical of Guccifer’s claims, NBC News asked multiple cybersecurity experts to analyze Guccifer’s claims of how he accessed Clinton’s server, and all reportedly concluded that it was possible.” He then quotes »

Guccifer speaks, NBC edition (2)

Featured image First NBC News managed to wangle an interview with Guccifer in a Romanian cell. In the course of the interview NBC extracted the “bombshell” (as NBC calls it) that Guccifer hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Had NBC reported it, its “bombshell” would have been a scoop. Having extracted the “bombshell,” NBC sat on it. It chose to leave it to FOX News to report the story of his hacking »

Guccifer speaks, NBC edition

Featured image Yesterday Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne reported on their interviews with the Romanian hacker Guccifer in the course of his detention in Virginia. NBC News provides another angle on Guccifer’s claim that he successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server: The Romanian hacker who first exposed Hillary Clinton’s private email address is making a bombshell new claim — that he also gained access to the former Secretary of State’s “completely »

The Times Does Sports

Featured image Decades ago, when we were college roommates, Paul told me that the New York Times was a vastly overrated newspaper. He considered the Washington Post, his home town paper, to be far superior, in part because the Times sports section was pathetic. Both Paul and I would probably offer different commentary on both papers today, but he was right about the Times sports section, and it hasn’t gotten much better, »

The Wilmore proviso

Featured image I thought that President Obama’s material at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night was mostly unfunny. What to say, though, about the Comedy Channel’s Larry Wilmore, who followed Obama? Wilmore is allegedly a comedian, though he was painfully unfunny for 22 minutes that felt more like 22 hours. Watching Wilmore, I wondered, did anyone working on that material really find it funny? Did anyone really think others would find »

Counter this

Featured image Yesterday the Star Tribune devoted a long editorial to the threat of terrorism emanating from Minnesota’s Somali Muslim community, only not in those words. Running under the headline “Countering extremism in Minnesota: A beautiful goal, barely begun,” the editorial adopts the Obama approved indirection and approach. The editorial pursues the line that I criticized in the Star Tribune column “Islam and Minnesota: It’s time for some straight talk for a »

Veteran race hustler embarrasses himself again

Featured image During a pitching change in tonight’s Washington Nationals game, I switched over to Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News. Kelly was interviewing Al Sharpton at an event he holds every year to which politicians come to kiss his, um, ring. Kelly asked Sharpton why race relations have deteriorated during the Obama administration. Sharpton said it’s because President Obama has stepped up and done things for black people. Like what, Kelly »

The Times Was Told There Would Be No Math

Featured image This correction from today’s New York Times is entertaining: Correction: April 10, 2016 An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion. Hey, they’re both really big numbers, if you’re a reporter! »

The mystery abides

Featured image Gee, what could possibly cause “violent extremism”? The New York Times is stumped. Matt Apuzzo reports: “Who will become a terrorist? Research yields few clues.” Few clues, indeed. Let’s file this in the annals of cluelessness: “After all this funding and this flurry of publications, with each new terrorist incident we realize that we are no closer to answering our original question about what leads people to turn to political »

How secret is it? (15)

Featured image If Hillary Clinton were the leading GOP candidate for president, the story of her email server would never get a rest. It is a subject of her bold and never-ending lies. It demonstrates her unfitness for public office. It demonstrates her fitness for an orange jumpsuit. As it is, however, Clinton is the leading Democratic candidate for president and one has to be a news junkie to discover that yet »

Why Ben Shapiro resigned from Breitbart

Featured image I don’t think we have written about the incident in which Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly manhandled Michelle Fields as she attempted to question the candidate at a rally. The incident has been covered extensively elsewhere, including here. The incident is hardly without interest, but I’m more intrigued by the fallout. Breitbart, whose chairman is pro Trump, refused to back its reporter. To the contrary , it published »

Quo Vadis? Whodat???

Featured image Tom Blumer notes that the AP caught up with one “Quo Vadis” in its story on the Trump rally shutdown in Chicago yesterday. Mr. Vadis, to borrow the New York Times naming convention, seems to have had a hand in planning the shutdown. Quo Vadis? Whodat??? Blumer brings an educated eye to his investigation: It seems quite likely that the person who was quoted is really Quovadis Green, a Chicago »

Belated Media Alert

Featured image On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of appearing on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show. We discussed, what else, Donald Trump’s march towards the GOP nomination and whether it can be stopped. Seth is a marvelous host — not only insightful, but able to draw insight from others, even on a topic as much discussed as Donald Trump. To borrow the compliment he paid Power Line, I always feel smarter after talking »

That Click you hear, cont’d

Featured image University of Missouri Professor Melissa “I need some muscle over here” Click is a liar of Clintonian proportions. Watch her at work in the devastating interview with CBS News’s Anna Werner in the video below. Werner herself shows up Click’s lies. Ed Morrissey continues the dissection in “Mizzou prof: You’re missing all the good I’ve done.” Via Ed Driscoll/InstaPundit. »

The Times Does Supreme Court History

Featured image On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article on the impending nomination of a replacement for Justice Scalia headlined Should Obama Pick Nominee? Your Answer May Depend on How Much History You Know. The point of the piece was to suggest that better-informed people–those who know the most about history!–want the choice of the next justice to be President Obama’s. No surprise there. What’s funny about this is that »