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Pro bono law morphs into left-wing lawfare

Featured image Do you remember Shirley Sherrod? She’s the former Department of Agriculture official caught on camera saying she denied a white farmer the full measure of benefits she could have given him, before later describing how she ended up rejecting this racist approach to her job. The late Andrew Breitbart posted excerpts of the Sherrod video that failed to include the part about how she overcame her racist impulse and ended »

“Innocent civilians,” Hamas style

Featured image The invaluable MEMRI reports (footnotes omitted): In light of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, the Hamas interior ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza Strip social media users for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders. The ministry’s guidelines, which it is calling the “Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign,” were issued via an instructional video posted on its official website and via posters published on its »

American Sniper on trial

Featured image Former WWF wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura brought a lawsuit for defamation against Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sharpshooter and coauthor of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The book was published on January 3, 2012, under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins. With a little help from Morrow’s publicity department, Kyle was featured on segments of the Today Show and the »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show Wednesday morning, day after tomorrow, from 8 to 11 Central, 9 to 12 Eastern. It is a nice opportunity, as I have only been on Laura’s show a couple of times as a guest. I have been working on lining up guests. Here is something you might not realize: prominent politicians (Jeff Sessions, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton) work like dogs. Their »

Are A Few Journalists Starting to Figure It Out?

Featured image Looks like maybe a few journalists are starting to resent being the palace guard for Obama.    Yesterday a group of journalists transmitted the following letter to the White House, reproduced here in full but omitting all of the signatories at the bottom: President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C July 8, 2014 Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic »

Bart Gelllman confirms the value of NSA intercepts

Featured image Bart Gellman and his colleagues at the Washington Post’s shadow NSA have produced another breathless article purporting to show the threat to civil liberties posed by the NSA’s interception of private internet communications. Ultimately, though, the article succeeds only in confirming the value of the NSA’s practice in combating the threat to our safety posed by terrorists. Leftists like Glenn Greenwald have persistently maintained that NSA’s electronic spying is basically »

The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer: NY Times edition

Featured image This past April, with the help of a knowledgeable reader, we took a deep dive into the fossil fuel investments of Democratic money man and environmental poseur Tom Steyer in “The epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer.” Introducing our reader’s report, John wrote regarding Steyer: “Today, he is a bitter opponent of fossil fuels, especially coal. That fits with his current economic interests: banning coal-fired power plants will boost the value »

Is the Times a law unto itself?

Featured image In writing here about New York Times reporter James Risen yesterday, I linked 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 redesigned its site. I am taking the liberty of »

Clouded with a chance of meatballs

Featured image New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan solicits a response to criticisms of the Times’s coverage (or lack thereof) of the IRS scandals from David Joachim, who is the Times’s man on the case. Sullivan links to Joachim’s stories and provides his response in “Is the Times ignoring a scandal at the IRS?” Joachim holds that “we’ve paid copious attention to this story, and we will continue to do so. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Wisconsin Public Radio tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m., talking about the New Republic’s drive-by smear of Governor Scott Walker. If you don’t live in Wisconsin, you can listen at the link. It should be interesting, as we will take calls from the fever swamp of Madison. »

Dana Milbank or your lyin’ eyes?

Featured image In his most recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank purported to report on a program hosted by the Benghazi Accountability Coalition at the Heritage Foundation. As you might guess from the subject of the panel if not the venue, Milbank came to bury the panel, not to praise it. The subject all by itself seemed to put Milbank in a bad frame of mind; he described it as “the umpteenth »

Media Alert, For Early Risers

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show at 5:30 Central, 6:30 Eastern, tomorrow morning, talking about the IRS’s illegal transmission of 1.1 million pages of taxpayer information to the FBI, in hopes of stimulating criminal prosecutions of conservatives. I have some new information on this scandal which I will talk about in the morning, and post here later in the day. I expect we will talk about the IRS’s »

Out of the murk

Featured image In his important CNN story on the Bergdahl deal, Jake Tapper writes: “At least six soldiers were killed in subsequent searches for him, according to soldiers involved in the operations to find him. The Pentagon was not able to provide details on specific operations in which any soldiers killed during that time were involved.” Tapper subsequently reported the names of the six Americans killed in the effort over the following »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 7:30 Eastern, 6:30 Central, talking about the Democrats’ attempt to repeal the First Amendment. Mark Davis will be filling in for Bill. It should be a fun interview; if you don’t know where to get Bill’s show where you live, you can listen online here. »

Sharpton versus the teleprompter, volume 2

Featured image The Free Beacon’s David Rutz promised us a sequel to “Sharpton versus the teleprompter,” depicting the vile Al Sharpton’s work at MSNBC. In the video below, Rutz delivers. You probably missed all this at the time. Rutz posts volume 2 with these notes: Al Sharpton’s ferocious battle with the English language and his own teleprompter wages on, with no end in sight. People (Mark Rubio? Galeo? Gina De Jess Whose?), »

The Times Does Geography

Featured image In the U.K., two of President Obama’s former campaign gurus have lined up on opposite sides. David Axelrod has tried to help right Labour’s sinking ship, while Jim Messina has scandalized American liberals by working as a consultant for David Cameron and the Conservatives. Don’t worry, Messina says: the British Tories are nothing like our nasty Republicans. The New York Times has the story. Along the way, it provides a »

A mistake was made

Featured image As to the identity of the leaker of Valerie Plame’s identity in days of yore, word appears not to have penetrated the Los Angeles Times. Reader Curt Massie writes: You won’t believe this (or maybe you will). The LA Times claims that Scooter Libby “leaked” the name of Valerie Plame. As we all know the leak came from Richard Armitage. I wonder how a mistake like that got by all »