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More on the Obama Administration Scandal That the Washington Press Corps Tried to Bury

Featured image We wrote last night that the story Scott–and no one else–has been reporting for the last week has been confirmed. The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that »

Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]

Featured image Last week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP’s computer system had been down for, at that time, a week. Federal IT personnel evidently were having trouble identifying and fixing the problem that had brought the computer system down (although email and internet access had been restored), and EOP employees were instructed to say nothing about it. Scott followed up with »

CBS declines to answer

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson has been working on her memoir recounting her ordeal at CBS News roughly since she left the network earlier this year. The fact that her she had a book coming out and the contours of her critique of CBS News are no surprise. She has publicly discussed them for months. The book is scheduled for publication on November 4, but the New York Post has obtained a copy »

Mucking around revisited

Featured image Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism has just been published in paperback. Our friend Jean Yarbrough took a devastating look at what Goodwin has on offer this time around in the pages of the Claremont Review of Books. In light of next week’s elections, Professor Yarbrough’s account of the book – of the incestuous relationship between »

A hidden message from SNL

Featured image At TPM, Caitlin MacNeal provides a brief summary of last night’s Saturday Night Live opening: The cast of “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Obama’s response to the Ebola cases diagnosed in the U.S. during Saturday’s cold open. At the beginning of the skit, Obama explains that the Ebola response wasn’t that bad, relatively speaking. “Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true »

The Attkisson angle

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson’s new book about her career as an investigative reporter at CBS News in the Age of Obama — Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington — won’t be published officially until November 4. Kyle Smith provides a preview here in the New York Post. Here is Smith’s account of the Attkisson angle intersecting with the Ingraham angle: Attkisson, who »

Of Bidens and buttheads [Updated]

Featured image Michelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs “The chronicles of Hunter Biden.” Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden’s two sons. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy when he flunked a Navy drug test; he tested positive for cocaine use. Michelle declares that Biden’s saga signifies something larger than appearances might suggest. She finds it illustrative of beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and »

NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured image Today’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

The Daily Show meets Rich Richman

Featured image Jon Stewart performed a service for his viewers on the Daily Show this week. In the eight-minute segment below, he actually mentioned and mocked Obama’s recent fundraiser at the home of Rich Richman. The segment begins slowly and picks up around the three-minute mark. It continues with a review of the Democrats’ hysterical fundraising email messages this campaign season. John Hinderaker has written about the Democrats’ fundraising emails with more »

The Times Report on Chemical Weapons In Iraq: It’s No Blockbuster

Featured image The front page of today’s New York Times is dominated by a long article on chemical weapons in Iraq. It appears to be the result of a major investigation; bylined by C.J. Chivers, it credits six additional reporters and researchers as well as eight “producers.” The gist of the article is that there were far more chemical weapons in Iraq than were ever publicly reported, and between 2004 and 2011 »

Sharpton overcomes the teleprompter

Featured image It isn’t funny that Al Sharpton has his own MSNBC show. There is nothing funny about it. He is one of the most vile race hustlers degrading our public life. At this late date, Jay Nordlinger’s 2000 NR cover story on Sharpton remains essential reading (as does Wayne Barrett’s 2004 Village Voice article). I took a look back at Sharpton’s career in demagogy this summer in “Sharpton’s shape.” The Washington »

The Risen heist comes to FOX News

Featured image New York Times reporter James Risen appeared on Greta van Susteren’s FOX News show tonight to promote his new book (video below). Van Susteren touched on the subject of Risen’s noncompliance with the subpoena requiring his testimony in the pending prosecution of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for violation of the Espionage Act. Van Susteren clearly has no idea of the issues raised by Risen’s conduct. I wrote about them »

Today’s Ebola news

Featured image We have the new case of the Dallas nurse, supposedly as a result of “breach of protocol.” We have the apology for imputing a breach of protocol to the nurse. Why? Because we don’t know how she contracted the virus. We have another possible new case or two. We have a continuing stream of “total garbage” from public health officials. Although the public health officials speak with great authority, I »

New dimensions in racial tensions

Featured image A cafeteria food fight turned into a riot at South High School in Minneapolis in February last year. The school’s security officers were insufficient to the task. Police officers dispatched to the scene sprayed mace and placed the school on lockdown to get a handle on the situation. Three or four students and a staff member ended up in the hospital. What was all the excitement about? The Star Tribune »

Gabriel Schoenfeld: A Risen in the sun

Featured image Gabriel Schoenfeld has graciously responded to my invitation to comment on last night’s 60 Minutes segment publicizing the case of New York Times reporter James Risen. Mr. Schoenfeld is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the former senior editor of Commentary. He is also the author of The Return of Anti-Semitism and, most recently, A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign. In Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, »

MSNBC In Free-Fall

Featured image The New York Times documents a precipitous decline in viewers at MSNBC: Though it has mostly happened quietly, which may be a comment on the cable network’s larger status in the media landscape, MSNBC has seen its ratings hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows. … During the third quarter, [Rachel] Maddow reached an average of »

Is James Risen a law unto himself?

Featured image Writing in an adjacent post about New York Times reporter James Risen and last night’s 60 Minutes segment on him, I link to a January 2006 column that I wrote for the Weekly Standard on Risen’s first big story blowing a critical national security program during the Bush administration. The Standard headlined the column “Exposure and it is still accessible online, but errors crept into the formatting when the Standard »