Media

And one more thing

Featured image To borrow Brit Hume’s judgment, John Hinderaker has “eviscerated” the posts by Washington Post reporters Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin on Koch Industries and the Canadian tar sands. Mufson and Eilperin work full time for the Post. Yet it took both of them to produce the farrago of misinformation and vacuity on display in their two posts. You’d think one of them could have handled it all by himself (or »

Culture of corruption update

Featured image Yesterday in “Culture of corruption” I wrote about the “sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city’s state House delegation, on tape accepting money[.]” The investigation was killed by Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) when she took office in early 2013. Kane has hired an attorney to make threatening noises regarding a defamation lawsuit against the Inquirer, but she is firing »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow morning at the ungodly hour of 5:30 (or a few minutes after) Central time, 6:30 Eastern time. We will be talking about the Democratic Party’s smear campaign against Paul Ryan. If you don’t know where to find Morning In America on your radio dial, you can listen here. »

From kvell to kvetch

Featured image In her New York Times column “Dems in distress” — at the top of the RealClearPolitics honor roll this morning — Maureen Dowd originally observed that Democrats were “kvelling” (dammit, don’t spellcheck me, bro) about President Obama. “Kvelling” is Yiddish for “taking pride in”; Dowd meant that Democrats are “kvetching” about Obama. Dowd’s error went undetected by the Times’s layers of editors and fact checkers. I cut them slack. It’s »

Maureen Dowd finds the lightning bug

Featured image Mark Twain famously observed: “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Maureen Dowd presents as tomorrow’s Exhibit A. She happened onto the lightning bug in her New York Times column “Dems in distress.” Referring to the Democrats’ current panic as a crisis of confidence in President Obama, Dowd writes: “It’s not just »

The war on Julie Boonstra

Featured image We’ve written about cancer survivor/Obamacare victim Julie Boonstra several times. Today Henry Payne adds to the story and draws the appropriate lessons in “The war on Julie Boonstra.” Payne notes how Boonstra, “a schoolteacher, has come under assault from Democrats and their media allies decrying her as a liar and an ignoramus for failing to embrace her new, Obamacare-approved plan.” Lesson one: As with outspoken female Obamacare cancer victims in »

Mystery of the disappearing mandate

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Obamacare editorialist broke a big story earlier this week in “Obamacare’s secret mandate exemption.” Taking a close look at some technical bulletins including this one, the editorial reports that the Obamacare mandate is pulling a magical disappearing act: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you “believe that the plan options available »

Mr. Times regrets again

Featured image The House Oversight Committee released its report on Lois Lerner’s Involvment in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations on Tuesday. For reporters working on deadline, the committee released a handy summary of the report’s highlights. The report was widely covered by mainstream media outlets including the Washington Post and CBS News. We found yesterday, somewhat to our surprise, that the New York Times had not deemed news of the report »

Mr. Times regrets

Featured image The House Oversight Committee report on Lois Lerner’s Involvment in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations was released yesterday. For reporters working on deadline, the committee released a handy summary of the report’s highlights. Paul Mirengoff covered the release of the report here. The Washington Post covers it here. The Wall Street Journal covers it here (on its Law blog). CBS News covers it here. How is the New York »

Clinging to Guns, Religion and Antipathy

Featured image Random observations on a Sunday afternoon, tied together thematically by Barack Obama’s scoffing at people who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them”–a group that, in his mind, no doubt includes me. Let’s start with guns. Because of my Achilles tendon surgery, I hadn’t been to the range for six weeks or more. So it was fun to be back at my favorite gun »

In search of an honest liberal

Featured image George Will began his career in journalism as the Washington editor of National Review, a perch from which he served as a relentless expositor and critic of the lies of Watergate perpetrated by the Nixon administration. In his history of National Review, former NR senior editor Jeffrey Hart recalls: National Review responded to the developing scandal with condemnation for the violation of constitutional norms mixed with a great deal of »

A word from Stephen Blackwood

Featured image Catherine Blackwood is counted as a success in the statistics touted by the Obama administration as it continues to peddle Obamacare. She has procured new Obamacare-compliant health insurance. Struggling with carcinoid cancer since 2005, Mrs. Blackwood treats her health insurance as a matter of life and death. But Mrs. Blackwood is in truth a walking illustration of the destruction wrought by Obamacare. Her son Stephen Blackwood recently recounted in a »

Jeering Al-Jazeera

Featured image Ad Age has a short article out right now about the colossal face-plant that is Al Jazeera America, formerly CurrentTV, which Al Jazeera bought from Al Gore for something like $100 million.  Get a load of these numbers for viewership: The channel isn’t even pulling in half the total audience that predecessor Current TV managed. Al Jazeera America has averaged just 15,000 total viewers in prime-time since bowing in August, »

Hiltzik’s Greatest Hitz

Featured image Michael Hiltzik is the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times, but he seems to have undertaken the position of research assistant to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Hiltzik essentially purports to provide the documentation proving up Reid’s assertion that reports of the human damage done so far by the implementation of Obamacare are all lies. The cancellation of millions of citizens’ preferred health insurance policies we’ve been hearing »

No tears for Piers

Featured image Piers Morgan, whose dwindling audience has been put out of its misery, isn’t an “unbelievably stupid man,” as he once called Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. He is, rather, an unbelievably rude and unpleasant man with a thoroughly mediocre mind. John Lott, who debated Morgan on gun control to the limited extent that the Brit permitted him to speak, deserves the last word on Morgan’s well-deserved sacking. Do »

Feel Good Headline of the Day

Featured image “Piers Morgan and CNN Plan to End His Prime-Time Show.”  Of course, when Piers Morgan came on, it was no longer “prime time.” It wasn’t even garbage time.  It was just plain awful.  The New York Times reports, without any self-awareness, that Morgan just couldn’t connect with “a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial.”  (“Provincial”? The Times?  Hadn’t realized they started hiring failed comedy writers.) I have every confidence that »

Down the Toob

Featured image The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin indicts Justice Clarence Thomas for his infrequent participation in oral argument in hearings before the Supreme Court. At oral argument attorneys elaborate on arguments they have made in extensive briefs and a written record they have filed with the Court. By the time of oral argument in a given case, the justices will have read the briefs and formed views of the case. If you’ve »