The Times corrects

Featured image The New York Times runs another classic correction, this one at the end of its article on the troubles of Chris Christie: An earlier version of this article misidentified the state where Andrew M. Cuomo is governor. It is New York, not New Jersey. Unlike other corrections we have noted here, the error underlying this one reflects no ignorance of basic geography or arithmetic or history. It reflects the editors’ »

The Udall ukase

Featured image Paul’s post on the efforts of Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall behind the scenes to rewrite the history of the damage wrought by Obamacare in Colorado deserves further comment. It is a small story of great interest. Let’s pause over it and take another look. Paul links to Todd Shepherd’s report on Udall’s skullduggery at Complete Colorado (Page Two). The home page of The Complete Colorado — a Drudge lookalike »

Lame but not crazy too

Featured image How does a member of the mainstream media report on the bizarre spectacle of Rachel Maddow’s latest attack on the Koch brothers? John lucidly exposed Maddow’s attack as a bizarre piece of fiction in “Rachel Maddow is crazy, too.” One of the virtues of John’s post is that one comes away with a deeper understanding of important phenomena: MSNBC, a certified left-wing media star (Maddow), the Democrats’ war on the »

The NY Times Does Geography: Which Goes On Top, North Or South?

Featured image We have had a lot of fun with the New York Times’s Corrections section over the years. The corrections document an extraordinary lack of knowledge on the part of the paper’s reporters, and, presumably, its editors as well. When it comes to history, mathematics, literature, science, geography and pretty much everything else, the Times’s reporters and editors are frighteningly sub-par. My impression is that they consider themselves something of an »

Sacred Cows Skewered: Left Goes to DefCon1

Featured image I have a friend who once got a fairly conservative documentary about religious liberty broadcast nationally on PBS.  Naturally the left got mad, and flooded online fora with indignant complaints wondering how such a program got on “our” network. So naturally when “60 Minutes” departs from the script, as it did last night with “The Cleantech Crash,” it was not a surprise to find out today that the left is »

The NY Times Looks In the Wrong Place for Corrupt Academics

Featured image Academic research of all kinds receives funding from a variety of sources. Does the money taint the research? That is a complicated question that sometimes deserves to be asked. But this hit piece by David Kocieniewski in the New York Times, titled “Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward,” is a disgrace. Kocieniewski attacked two economists, Craig Pirrong and Scott Irwin, who have argued that “speculators” do not drive up »

Fools and knaves: New York Times edition

Featured image A reader who has previously contributed to this series writes to comment on David Kirkpatrick’s New York Times story on the Benghazi massacre. I have tried to set off the quotations he includes in the text of his message with links to sources. If I have missed any such quotations below, it is an oversight on my part. I think the message makes a contribution to understanding this chapter of »

Top10 2013 top 10 lists

Featured image Who doesn’t like a good year-end retrospective top 10 list? I certainly do, and I thought readers might appreciate a sampling of the best, with only a little cheating on my part. Let’s take it from the top: 1. Ilya Shapiro Obama’s top 10 constitutional violations of 2013. 2. Peter Wood, The highs and lows of 2013: NAS picks higher ed’s top 10 stories. 3. D.G. Myers, 10 worst prize-winning »

Jumping the Friedman Snark Shark

Featured image Alex Pareene on is out with the site’s annual “Hack List,” this year written in the style of the target.  (His parody of Peggy Noonan is especially good.)  And his takedown of Thomas Friedman, America’s most overrated columnist, appears to be a work of genius.  The lede: I was at a conference in Brussels last week and having trouble with my column. Thomas Friedman hadn’t changed as a writer »

Neil Cavuto talks back

Featured image This past September Fox Business Channel’s Neil Cavuto talked back to President Obama on behalf of himself and his colleagues at Fox News. It revisits the highlight of the Year of Lying Dangerously and memorializes the difficulties that have come to pass in the Obamacare regime. With over a million views to date, the video is definitely worth a look as we put 2013 in the rearview mirror. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Larry Kudlow’s TV show tonight, leading off at 7:00 Eastern. We will discuss why President Obama’s approval ratings on the economy are so poor, given that the economy has rallied recently. Heh. Should be fun. The Kudlow Report is on CNBC. »

Line of the day

Featured image National Journal White House correspondent Ron Fournier mostly recapitulates Juliet Eilperin’s Washington Post story on the political concealment of the administration’s pending regulatory regime in 2012, but he adds this zinger: Obama’s apologists will say that every president plays politics with policy in elections years. Two problems with that. First, Obama promised to be better than the status quo. Second, he’s worse. »

Whatever happened to Vladimir Pozner?

Featured image Readers with a long memory may recall Vladimir Pozner, the native English speaker who served in the United States as a spokesman for the Soviet Union during the 1980′s. With the Reagan administration undertaking the policies that ultimately brought us victory in the Cold War, Pozner was an incredibly popular voice of opposition here. In Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 7:05 Eastern, 6:05 Central, impossibly early anywhere else, talking about the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Paul Ryan will be on to explain and promote the deal–a little later in the show, I think–and I will take a more critical view. If you get a chance to tune in, it should be fun. If you are not sure where to find »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image From the Chris Matthews kneepad interview at American University last week, President Obama served up this killer quote memorialized by Joseph Curl: “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention,” the president said, no doubt sending a thrill up the MSNBC host’s leg. “If we do something that is perceived at least initially as a screw-up, it will be on the nightly news for a week.” »

Ignatius ignores (me): The complete tweets

Featured image I tweeted Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius (@IgnatiusPost) three times over the weekend with reference to his column “Iran — the next stage.” As I wrote in “Ignatius ignores,” I doubt he read the Joint Plan of Action the United States arrived at with Iran before writing his column saluting it. The agreement with Iran is a matter of great seriousness, though it is only four pages long. »

Ignatius ignores (me)

Featured image I tweeted Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius (@Ignatiuspost) yesterday afternoon with reference to his column “Iran — the next stage.” As I wrote in “Ignatius ignores,” I doubt he read the Joint Plan of Action the United States arrived at with Iran before writing his column saluting it. I have retweeted him (@IgnatiusPost, in case the second capital letter is necessary) this morning. I haven’t heard back from »