Media

Democrats to Colbert: Thanks For Your Help! [Updated]

Featured image I have never seen Stephen Colbert’s show on Comedy Central, but I take it that it consists of an endless series of anti-Republican “jokes.” If asked, would Colbert admit to being a loyal Democratic Party foot soldier, or would he claim to be a stubbornly independent sort who socks it to both sides? I don’t know, but the Democrats aren’t in any doubt. Yesterday the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent »

An open letter to the Washington Post

Featured image A Power Line reader copies us on his letter to the editor of the Washington Post. His letter presumably will not see the light of day in the Post. I have lightly edited the letter and added internal links: To the Editor: The Washington Post suggests using a fictional rape as a jumping off point for finding solutions, likely draconian, to the “issue of rape on college campuses” (“After the »

Will the Last Employee of the NY Times Please Turn Out the Lights?

Featured image We have long ripped the New York Times as the ultimate in biased, hard-left news coverage. But as red ink has compelled one layoff after another, and the paper’s management has become ever more comically inept, the situation has deteriorated. The New York Times now lacks the basic competence to put out a newspaper. Yesterday’s edition featured this correction to an article on the nationwide Michael Brown/Eric Garner demonstrations: Correction: »

Fake but accurate revisited

Featured image We probably should have looked back at Rathergate ten years on this past September. The miscreants are loose. The details are hazy. We are inundated with BS courtesy of the Democrats and their mainstream media adjunct. It is amazing how little has changed. From inside CBS News itself, we now have the testimony of Sharyl Attkisson in Stonewalled and elsewhere. It’s hard to measure these things. However bad it was »

Ellison extravaganza

Featured image I’ll be speaking this morning at the monthly meeting of the Metro Republican Women in suburban St. Paul. I think this will be the fourth time I’ve spoken to them. They are one of my favorite groups. I’ll be speaking about my coverage of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison on Power Line in what turned out to be the 2006 series “Who is Keith Ellison?” and in the October »

Risen risin’

Featured image New York Times reporter James Risen is under subpoena to testify in the prosecution of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling is under prosecution for blowing a CIA program intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. The program was classified beyond top secret. To no discernible public good, Risen publicized the program in his book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. The government thinks that »

Media Alert

Featured image Brian Ward and I are returning to our old stomping grounds tomorrow, as we will be filling in for our pal Mitch Berg on AM 1280 the Patriot, from 1 to 3 tomorrow afternoon, central time. If you live in the Twin Cities you can tune in on the radio dial; if you don’t, you can listen here or via I Heart Radio. Our appearance will feature interviews with our »

Ellison remembers to forget

Featured image I bought and read Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison’s My Country, ‘Tis of Thee within a few days of its publication this past January. The book is Ellison’s memoir, written for a national audience. I bought and read the book upon publication because I was interested to see how Ellison would deal with his background as a local activist on behalf of the Nation of Islam. I wrote up »

Rolling Stone Rape Story In Tatters

Featured image As investigation into Rolling Stone’s sensational story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia continues, the story unravels further. The Washington Post has interviewed the three friends who saw the alleged victim, Jackie, after the alleged assault. They say that their interactions with her were completely different from the utterly implausible callousness described by Sabrina Erdely, Rolling Stone’s reporter. Most damning is the fact that what Jackie »

Another side of C.J.

Featured image C.J. (Cheryl Johnson) writes the gossip column for the Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities. Her current column shows how hard it can be to come up with material in Minnesota, yet C.J. has kept it going at a brisk pace for lo, these many years. The Minnesota Monthly profiled C.J. in August 2007. The article is accessible online here. It affords a glimpse of her at work around »

Lena Dunham Walks Back Fabricated Rape Claim

Featured image The prospect of a libel suit tends to concentrate the mind. So Lena Dunham and her publisher, Random House, have finally responded to John Nolte’s investigation into her claim that she was “raped by a Republican” named Barry while a student at Oberlin. If you haven’t read John’s report, you should: it leaves no doubt that Dunham’s story is false. Random House now says that “Barry” is a pseudonym: “As »

Those revolting Swedes

Featured image If you read the Reuters headline — “Firebombs thrown at police in Stockholm riot” — experience will let you fill out the rest of the mysterious story without further effort. Reading the report is actually not much more informative. Some translation is required. Nevertheless, we can do it: Police were attacked with firebombs and rocks in a poor suburb in Sweden’s capital late on Saturday, leading to the arrest of »

Rolling Stone’s Rape Fantasies

Featured image The artist Sabo created this parody Rolling Stone cover that blasts both the magazine and fellow tale-spinner Lena Dunham: As with other Sabo works, it shows up on posters in Los Angeles: Some, including Hot Air’s AllahPundit, are taking seriously the anonymous comments by one or two alleged friends of “Jackie,” the anonymous source for the Rolling Stone article, to the effect that they think “something” happened to “Jackie,” albeit »

NPR drills down

Featured image Falling oil prices are a boon for the common run of mankind. As Steve Hayward notes, however, “environmentalists are all upset about falling oil prices.” As a result, the mainstream media will be searching for stories seeking to convey the dark side of falling energy prices. NPR has now conducted its initial exploration in this vein, drilling down a little too deeply to turn it into a seasonal story. The »

Is Opinion Journalism Dead or Dying?

Featured image The self-inflicted death spiral of The New Republic continues to compete with the death spiral of the campus rape narrative at the hands of Rolling Stone, and both may be heralds of a turning point for the slow decline of liberalism. (And now TNR has had to cancel its next issue, due out in a few days, because the mass exodus of its staff has left it fatally shorthanded.) A »

Breaking: Rolling Stone Walks Back UVA Rape Story

Featured image We noted here Tuesday the problems with the Rolling Stone story on the alleged UVA rape case.  Holy cow—take in this from Rolling Stone today: In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault »

The New Republic @100: R.I.P.

Featured image The venerable New Republic turned 100 this year, and despite its ups-and-downs over the decades (such as being virtually pro-Soviet for a time in the late 1940s under the Communist editor and KGB agent Michael Straight), it was an important publication for thoughtful liberalism. It does not appear the magazine will make it to its 101st birthday, at least not in any recognizable form that a serious person will ever »