A Risen in the sun, cont’d

Featured image James Risen is a New York Times reporter who has done great damage to the national security of the United States, some through leaks he has published in the Times and some through leaks the Times has passed. The case of fired CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling involves one such leak on which the Times passed but that Risen included in his book State of War. Sterling was prosecuted and convicted »

The persistence of mendacity

Featured image Hillary Clinton took a few questions from Bret Baier in an interview that played on FOX News Special Report last night. The interview runs eight minutes (video below). Baier only got in a few questions about the Clinton email scandal. From word one falsehood and evasion have reflected the order of the day. Last night was no exception. Even though the interview ran true to form, it is nevertheless almost »

Ms. Psaki corrects

Featured image The now famous exchange on video between FOX News reporter James Rosen with then State Department spokesman Jen Psaki was sent down the memory hole by someone at the State Department. The exchange homed in on the administration’s deceit regarding negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Whoever dun it with the video at the State Department archives was likely acting at the behest of someone else in the Obama »

The tiger, beyond a reasonable doubt

Featured image The New York Times pioneered the form of the story portraying the suffering of favored groups (i.e., groups they favor). Comedian Mort Sahl has been credited with the satirical headline that captures the form with his version of the New York Times’s take on the apocalypse: “World ends, women & minorities hardest hit.” In “Terrorist wannabes guilty, Somalis hardest hit,” I linked to stories published by the Star Tribune and »

Terrorist wannabes guilty, Somalis hardest hit

Featured image We are all painfully familiar with the journalistic genre portraying the suffering of favored groups. That would be groups favored by the journalists. The satirical headline that captures the genre gives us the New York Times’s take on the apocalypse: “World ends, women & minorities hardest hit.” Credit is due to someone for the shaft of light cast by that parody headline. NewsBusters credits comedian Mort Sahl, still going strong »

Hannity surges on Trump’s coattails

Featured image I haven’t watched a minute of Sean Hannity’s Fox News program since he went in the tank for Donald Trump. I rarely watched him before that. I haven’t been missed. According to Steve Guest of the Daily Caller, Hannity has enjoyed a ratings surge. Guest says that Hannity in now number two at Fox News, ahead of Megyn Kelly, whom Trump has trashed. From the numbers Guest cites, it’s not »

Washington Post unhappy that Trump criticized the press

Featured image The headline in the paper edition of today’s Washington Post reads: “Charity scrutiny riles up Trump” (the story is here) This is not the most biased headline ever to appear in the Post, but it clearly is designed to cast Trump in a bad light. As such, it corroborates Trump’s claim that the media is out to “make me look very bad.” The Post follows up with a lead editorial »

Media Alert (Australia Edition)

Featured image Andrew Bolt is a terrific columnist for Melbourne’s Herald Sun; his columns also appear in the Daily Telegraph and other papers. Andrew also hosts a television show, The Bolt Report on Sky News. Tomorrow evening I am going to appear on The Bolt Report, attempting to explain our election to Australians. (I know, wish me luck.) I am not sure exactly when the segment will air; tomorrow evening will be »

Full of Schiff

Featured image On FOX News Sunday this morning Chris Wallace pulverized Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff as he sought to regurgitate and reiterate one of the mandatory Clinton talking points on her private email server. Wallace knew that Schiff would play the Colin Powell card from the bottom of the deck and was not amused. In the clip below Wallace draws the line and makes it clear that Schiff is full of it. »

Daily News to Hillary: Drop out

Featured image The reality of Hillary Clinton’s serious and repeated lies about Clinton’s use of a private server has even penetrated the precincts of MSNBC. Viewing the segment below, Shaun King opines in the New York Daily News: “Hillary Clinton should quit presidential race as email scandal engulfs her campaign.” King writes: “From the very beginning of the segment, it was clear that the report issued by inspector general of the State »

The deep meaning of Ben Rhodes

Featured image Obama national security adviser and voluble liar Ben Rhodes declined the invitation to appear before the House Oversight Committee to testify on “White House narratives on the Iran deal” last week, but Michael Doran accepted. The hearing was occasioned by David Samuels’s illuminating New York Times profile of Rhodes. You may recall that White House flack Josh Earnest asserted that committee member Ken Buck and others were lying about the »

Media alert

Featured image I will appear today on Todd Herman’s radio show on AM 770 KTTH in Seattle. I’m scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. We will be discussing President Obama’s fair housing power grab, otherwise known as Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). I’m looking forward to it and hope that some of you will be able to listen. »

How to read the Washington Post

Featured image Last week the Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky reported on the meeting of Cheryl Mills and her attorney with one or more FBI agents and Justice Department lawyers. The interview appears to have taken place in connection with the FBI’s li’l old “security review” of Hillary Clinton and her private email server. Mills and her attorney took a hike when the FBI agent asked a question beyond the scope of the »

Times to Goldberg: Stuff it

Featured image Ben Rhodes induced an apoplectic fit by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg courtesy of David Samuels’s New York Times Magazine profile of Rhodes. Goldberg enlisted the assistance of his friend Rhodes to deny that he had been handpicked to retail the Obama administration’s line on the deal with Iran. Say it ain’t so, Ben! As one can observe in a careful reading of Goldberg’s response to the profile, Rhodes didn’t quite »

Mr. Rhodes regrets

Featured image In David Samuels’s valuable New York Times Magazine profile of Obama administration national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Rhodes presents with a mind that is said to have “melded” with that of President Obama. I think that Rhodes proves this to be untrue in one relevant respect. Rhodes and Obama have rightly sized up their media interlocutors as young ignoramuses and/or valued tools disseminating the administration’s line. Samuels shows Rhodes crowing »

Did you hear the one about Obamacare?

Featured image David Rutz draws attention to alleged journalist Charlie Rose and three of Barack Obama’s former speechwriters having a good laugh Monday night joking about the president’s infamous, oft-repeated false promise that under Obamacare, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” (video below). It must have been a helluva whopper for the leftist PolitiFact to name it the 2013 “Lie of the Year.” As »

The Goldberg variations

Featured image Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes proudly put his contempt for Obama’s media enablers on display in David Samuels’s New York Times Magazine profile “The aspiring novelist who became Obama’s foreign policy guru.” Rhodes repaid the servility of Obama’s media enablers with rank ingratitude. Rhodes confides to Samuels: “They literally know nothing.” It’s a remarkable performance. Lee Smith takes a look at the response to Samuel’s profile “The Ben Rhodes »