Media

When Turner was right

Featured image Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel earlier this week, I noted that I was a little vague on how Ted Turner came to own the rights to nearly every worthwhile movie ever made. A reader wrote to offer a look back at the ancient history that provides the answer: Back in 1985 I was working as a senior consultant for the entertainment division of a »

When it comes to spying, secrecy and accountability are not mutually exclusive

Featured image Barton Gellman, who led a Washington Post team that revealed NSA surveillance measures, has argued that our interest in “self-government” requires that the public know “the secret policy decisions the government is making for us.” I have responded that our interest in self-government is sufficiently vindicated in cases like spying that require secrecy as long as the political process determines who makes the secret decisions and provides for checks against »

Annals of journalistic self-aggrandizement and congratulation

Featured image The Washington Post has received a Pulitzer public service medal for its role in revealing secrets of the National Security Agency (NSA). It’s natural that journalists and those associated with them wish to celebrate this sort of disclosure. Their interest is in selling newspapers, conferring status on their profession, and influencing public policy (not necessarily in that order). Even assuming that they are also interested in promoting national security, any »

Media Alert and Schedule Change

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow morning with guest host Mark Davis at 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern, talking about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal. If you don’t know where to find Bennett’s Morning In America show on your radio dial, you can listen online here. Also, Fox & Friends has bumped me from tomorrow to Saturday (same topic). So now I am scheduled to be on at »

Media Alert [Updated With Schedule Change]

Featured image UPDATE: Fox & Friends has bumped me from Friday to Saturday at the same time, 6:15 Eastern, 5:15 Central. This one is for early risers: I will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning at 6:50 6:15 a.m. Eastern, talking about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal. That’s assuming my alarm goes off. No response yet to my request for documents from the Post. When I have time in the next day »

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 »