Media

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 »

Not bashing Bashar

Featured image Charlie Rose interviewed Bashar al-Assad last week. 60 Minutes broadcast a portion of the interview last night (video below, transcript here). Rose reported that the interview was conducted “under the conditions that we use Syrian TV technicians and cameras.” Assad inherited the Syrian regime from his father, who took it over via a coup in 1971. Syria is of course engaged in a bloody civil war that has become a »

Keeping Bill at his best

Featured image In the New York Times, Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick worry over Bill Clinton’s role in Madam Hillary’s presidential campaign in a story headlined “To avert repeat of 2008, Clinton team hopes to keep Clinton at his best.” In this case, “keeping Bill at his best” doesn’t mean what it might mean to you or me. There is no mention of Bill’s lady friends — “the Energizer,” for example. No »

The best of Matt Lee

Featured image It seems to me highly improbable that the AP’s diplomatic correspondent would be as big a thorn in the side of State Department flacks as Matt Lee is. Lee elicits the obligatory verb “grilling” whenever one refers to his inquiries at State Department briefings. We have featured videos of Lee “grilling” State Department spokesmen Jen Psaki and Marie Harf several times here. This week Lee “grilled” Psaki over the deparment’s »

We’re number 4

Featured image I learn (via InstaPundit, of course) that Newsmax has announced its Top 50 Conservative Blogs of 2015. Accepting the award on behalf of InstaPundit, Glenn Reynolds comments: “It’s always nice to be number one.” In a competitive field, Power Line comes in at number 4. As we approach the end of our thirteenth year online, that’s not too shabby either. We try harder. The Newsmax Top 50 demonstrates familiarity with, »

Crowley will not referee this fight

Featured image You may have heard that Mitt Romney will lace on boxing gloves and enter the ring to go toe to toe with former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City on May 15, all in a good cause. The cause is Charity Vision. The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the event here. Neil Cavuto asked Romney about the upcoming “fight” yesterday on his FOX News show yesterday afternoon. »

The Latest in Alt-Media: Fukuyama and Stephens

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Institute’s “American Mind” interview series have a new package rolling out right now with Francis Fukuyama, most famous of course for The End of History and the Last Man, but in this case discussing his latest book Political Order and Political Decay.  This first installment is 18 minutes long: And over at the Liberty Fund’s LibertyLawTalk series, Richard Reinsch converses with the Wall Street Journal‘s »

MSNBC on Life Support: An Unbiased View

Featured image MSNBC has been in a state of decline for as long as I can remember. In its latest iteration, the network apparently decided it hadn’t been left-wing enough during the Keith Olbermann days, so it “leaned forward”–I never understood what that meant–until it did a face-plant. What makes this Media Post article on the troubled news network interesting is that it is non-political. MSNBC’s decline is assessed from a strictly »

Additional thoughts on the Kaus case and on Fox News

Featured image I’d like to add a few observations to Scott’s important post about Mickey Kaus’ departure from the Daily Caller. Kaus wrote a column criticizing Fox News for not leading the charge against Obama’s executive amnesty. Tucker Carlson, a Fox News contributor and host, pulled the column. Kaus resigned. I raised basically the same concern as Kaus tried to about Fox News during the debate on the Schumer-Rubio amnesty legislation in »

The Kaus case

Featured image Mickey Kaus posted a long, detailed critique of the coverage of President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty on FOX News at the Daily Caller this week. Kaus criticized FOX News for not leading the opposition to amnesty. “Fox is supposed to be the feisty opposition network. You’d think it would wage a rousing campaign against Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are surely wildly unpopular among its viewers, both because of their »

You Can’t Beat the News Beat

Featured image This is my favorite news headline so far this year.  I’m not sure what’s more mordantly funny—that the New York Times would run such a deadpan headline, or that the story itself might actually be true and accurate.  Good to know that the CIA is on top of adapting to modern threats.  Just in the nick of time. I suspect by now they’ve finally “connected all the dots” on the »

Who can’t find Iran on a map?

Featured image The left has a new talking point — actually a taunt — regarding Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran. In unison, the left is tweeting that the Senator, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, couldn’t find Iran on a map. Accusing a political adversary of being a yokel — that’s just the kind of insightful analysis we can count on from the left. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen joined the »

13 questions for Hillary Clinton [Plus one more]

Featured image The mainstream media won’t let up on Hillary Clinton (nor should it). Ruth Marcus poses 13 questions about Clinton’s use of private email at the State Department: 1. Why did you make the decision to use a personal email account rather than government email upon becoming secretary of state? 2. Why did you believe this approach was necessary and/or preferable to using an official email account? 3. Did others working »

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured image The wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

MSM mainstays cut Clinton no slack over her email account

Featured image If the mainstream media were applying the sort of scrutiny to Hillary Clinton it has applied to Republican presidential candidates, we would by now have seen articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post about Whitewater, Travelgate, and the 1993 health care reform debacle. We would also have been treated to disparaging stories about Clinton dating back to her days as a Goldwater Girl. But the MSM’s fondness »

While Grijalva grates

Featured image Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson asks herself how the media would treat a given behavior if it were practiced by a Republican. If the media would go ballistic, Attkisson suggests, the same behavior ought to be deemed newsworthy when a Democrat practices it. As she explains in her memoir Stonewalled, she calls it The Substitution Game. There is more than one reason why Attkisson resigned her employment with »

Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”

Featured image I had to do a double shot to make sure that this headline really came from CBS News: The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth Not a half-truth, a semi-myth, a sort of small lie. A “complete myth.” Just take in the lede: According to all the media headlines about a new White House report, there’s still a big pay gap between men and women in America. The report »