Media

Risen rules

Featured image In an email message over the weekend, Gabriel Schoenfeld writes to raise a question close to my heart: Should journalists be free to choose which laws they are required to observe and which ones they can break at will? That, essentially, is what James Risen, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter at the New York Times, is demanding as the trial of alleged CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling draws near. Is the Justice Department »

Sharpton’s shape

Featured image Al Sharpton has survived and overcome disgraces and scandals galore, without accounting and without apology. As polite liberal society turns a blind eye, Sharpton keeps moving. In case you have missed it, Sharpton now holds down his own show on MSNBC. He remains an unsurpassed racial hustler. With the troubles in Ferguson, Sharpton has reemerged to peddle his usual goods. The AP’s Adam Geller takes a look back and declares »

When Barry gets blue

Featured image The British press has mocked President Obama’s golf game immediately following his statement on the beheading of James Foley. The Daily Mail story includes a photo of Obama giving a fist bump for the ages. At this point, a killer rabbit would be a decided improvement. But it’s not just the British press. The New York Daily News captured the reaction of sentient Americans with its “Bam’s golf war” cover. »

A word from the Daily News

Featured image Joining the British tabloids, the New York Daily News delivers a rousing and heartfelt jeer to President Obama on its cover today (below). And it ties it to an accompanying editorial: “Obama’s duty to act.” We are far, far into “more mush from the wimp” territory, and we have two-and-a-half years to go. Via Twitchy. »

Liberal Texas newspaper debunks Dems’ attack on Rick Perry

Featured image National Democrats should be grateful to Gov. Rick Perry. Without the massive job creation that has taken place in Texas, the national job growth figures might be even less flattering to President Obama than they are. But Texas’ job creation has, perhaps, made Perry a viable contender for the presidency. And this doesn’t sit well with Democrats. Accordingly, Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, sent out an »

Advocating Israel: Shavit vs. Stephens

Featured image At Hadassah’s 97th annual convention in Las Vegas last month as the Gaza war was raging, conservative Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens and liberal Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit discussed the current situation in Israel and the future of Zionism. Las Vegas? Stephens remarks in passing: “We are in occupied territory right now; I just want to remind everyone in this room of this fact.” Professor Gil Troy »

Was David Gregory fired for being “pro-Israel”?

Featured image Today was to mark David Gregory’s last appearance as host of Meet the Press. But NBC did not permit Gregory, who will be replaced by Chuck Todd, to bid his audience farewell. Instead, Andrea Mitchell hosted the show and paid tribute to the fired host. I didn’t see the show, having long ago stopped watching anything except soccer on NBC. I’m relying on the coverage of NRO and the Huffington »

Media management, Hamas style

Featured image Following up on “The Tapper turgidity,” I want to bring to your attention the video below (posted here), picked up yesterday from Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) and translated by the invaluable MEMRI. The video presents an excerpt of an interview with Isra Al-Mudallal head of foreign relations with the Hamas information ministry. Mudallal is obviously an interesting person in her own right. Spiegel profiles her here. When it comes to media »

The Tapper turgidity

Featured image This week the Foreign Press Association issued a statement condemning “the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.” We haven’t heard much about these methods. Alan Johnson asks a reasonable question in the Telegraph: “Hamas manipulated and intimidated the media in Gaza. Why was that kept from us?” Johnson usefully collects the examples »

Did the press uncover Watergate?

Featured image I wrote about Edward Jay Epstein to introduce the video interview with him regarding Edward Snowden here yesterday. I have been one of Ed’s fans for a long time. I vividly remember reading his classic Commentary essay “Did the press uncover Watergate?” when it was published in 1974. Commentary has posted it online here, Ed on his own site here. We didn’t know for certain in 1974, when Ed published »

The Hannity tapes

Featured image Sean Hannity has been on fire during the Gaza war, especially on his syndicated radio show. He understands what is happening and wants to make sure that his audience understands. This week he has taken his radio and FOX News cable shows to Israel. Yesterday he concluded his visit to Israel on a high note, with an interview of Benjamin Netanyahu. Video segments from Israel are posted here, including the »

NDTV reports: Watch Hamas in action

Featured image The journalists covering the war on Israel from Gaza haven’t captured much of Hamas’s activities and Palestinians of all stripes have promoted the theme of Israeli perfidy promoted by Hamas. The theme has even become the native tongue of the Obama administration. This morning, in any event, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority filed formal charges in Geneva accusing Israel of war crimes for targeting civilian areas in Gaza. »

The friends of Osama Hamdan

Featured image Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Blitzer grilled Hamdan about his recent recycling of the Christian blood libel against the Jews (video below). Hamdan filibusters, Obama style. Hey, he was just repeating what he’s heard. Some of his best friends. Benjamin Netanyahu. Concentration camps for Palestinans. Etc., etc., etc. While Blitzer has been congratulated for challenging Hamdan, I wonder. Hamas and its friends »

Tweeting Rick Leventhal [updated with video]

Featured image The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is in its early hours, but I’m still firing my critique of media coverage of the war. Yesterday FOX News broadcast a report by Rick Leventhal from Gaza City regarding an IDF missile strike on a building/residence. I’m inserting the video below. Please check it out. In his report Leventhal interviewed the aggrieved occupant of the late building/residence. He had received a call on »

Hating and fishing in Sherrod v. Breitbart’s widow

Featured image I wrote here about Shirley Sherrod’s lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart’s widow in connection with video Andrew posted. In the video, Sherrod regales an NAACP audience with the tale of how, as a public employee, she initially stiffed a white farmer seeking her help. Andrew did not post, presumably because he did not have, the full video in which Sherrod says she eventually saw the error of her ways and helped »

At the Rafah UNRWA school

Featured image Carl in Jerusalem writes this morning to draw attention to his Israel Matzav post on the possible return of Pallywood yesterday at the UNRWA Rafah school. Elder of Ziyon also took at look at the scene, linking to Thomas Wictor. Israel’s (alleged) attack on the UNRWA school in Rafah scored the condemnation of Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power and the Obama administration yesterday. I don’t know what happened at the school; »

One question for Chuck Lane

Featured image Washington Post opinion writer Chuck Lane apparently concurs with David Bernstein’s 40 questions for the international media in Gaza, posted on the Volokh Conspiracy site hosted by the Post itself. The Post seems to concur that these are important questions, but advises us not to expect any answers. One question for Chuck Lane: Why? This —-> Forty questions for the international media in Gaza http://t.co/IhofcQf1lE via @washingtonpost — Charles Lane »