Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Well, Isn’t This Sweet?

Featured image The Guardian reports on a recent wedding that took place at an undisclosed location: Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaida leader, has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker in the 9/11 terror attacks, according to his family. The union was confirmed by Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers during an interview with the Guardian. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas said they believed Hamza had taken a senior »

GOP Win In Ohio [Updated]

Featured image In a much-watched special election, Republican Troy Balderson has beaten Democrat Danny O’Connor by around one point. Is it a big win? In one sense, no. The same candidates will square off again in November. But the Democrats poured huge resources into this race, thinking they could burnish their narrative of a highly-motivated Democratic base, and a potential blue wave, going into the fall. However, as we saw tonight, Republican »

Social Media: The Prime Threat to Freedom of Speech?

Featured image In a brief post, John Hayward makes several critical points about the current media landscape: Blogs shattered the Old Media monopoly during the 2004 election. We remember it well. At the time, it seemed like the dawn of a new age. Social media became an instrument to restore the power of the guild. As websites grew dependent on a few big social platforms for clicks, a leash that could tame »

In Massachusetts, No Gender Left Behind

Featured image Howie Carr’s latest column relates what happened when virtue-signaling Massachusetts Democrats introduced a measure to add a third gender to the state’s drivers’ licenses: Gender X. This is the sort of thing you would have expected to pass, until Rep. James Lyons took the floor to object. How dare the Democrats take such a narrow view of the nearly infinite variety of Bay State genders? Since all Democrats must admit »

From Philadelphia, the Latest Liberal Outrage [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were eating breakfast in a restaurant in Philadelphia. They were spotted, apparently, by a liberal who ran to gather a mob. The mob of liberals besieged Kirk and Owens inside the restaurant, as you see here, and were waiting for them when they emerged. As you can see, the liberals are terrible human beings. One question, though: are there »

The Assault on Free Speech, Continued

Featured image The Left’s attack on free speech has many fronts, but two of the most important are Twitter and Facebook, simply because a large portion of political discussion, involving many millions of Americans, takes place on those platforms. As I noted here, our First Amendment gives powerful legal protection to political debate–protection that for now, at least, is acknowledged even by the four Democratic Party Supreme Court justices. (See, e.g., Matal »

Drive to Regulate Speech On the Internet Is Gaining Steam

Featured image Last week the House of Commons’ Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport released an interim report on fake news and disinformation. While couched in the usual do-good language, it illustrates the seriousness of the threat to free speech, most of which takes place, nowadays, on the internet. The report is worth reading in its entirety. Here are some selections, along with my comments. There are many potential threats to »

A Stake Through the Heart of the Democratic Party?

Featured image Via Glenn Reynolds, a potential earthquake in the polling numbers: #ICYMI: From yesterday: Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 29% This time last year: 15% https://t.co/mazBCW77nY @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/xLYuPuFbLX — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) August 3, 2018 If this trend continues, the Democratic Party is, to put it politely, screwed. Which makes me wonder: over the next few years, will Candace Owens be the most important person in America? »

Al Franken, Minnesotan?

Featured image Al Franken purported to represent Minnesota in the United States Senate for nine years, but he had to pretend to come home from New York to run for office. After being driven from the Senate by his fellow Democrats at the beginning of 2018, has he ever returned to his purported home state? Apparently not. A local television station inadvertently gives the game away: Sen. Al Franken returned to Minnesota »

The Russians Are the Least of Our Problems

Featured image That is true in several respects. Many on the left are obsessed with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. I am a great deal more concerned with meddling in the election by the FBI and the CIA, which deserves to go down as the greatest scandal in American political history. Many are also expressing concern that the Russians may try to interfere in the 2018 election. I am sure they »

Is the Press the Enemy of the People?

Featured image As far as I have been able to determine from a modest amount of Googling, President Trump has never said that the press is the enemy of the people. On every occasion I am aware of, he has said that the “fake news press” is the enemy of the people, or specific Democratic Party news outlets like CNN are the enemy of the people. When he is riffing in public, »

The New York Times’s Anonymous Sources Are Dead Wrong [Updated]

Featured image My favorite section of the New York Times is the corrections column. Some of the paper’s errors expose a remarkable ignorance among reporters and editors about history, mathematics, science, literature and so on. This one is a little different. It illustrates how wildly off-base anonymously sourced “insider” journalism can be. The original Times story was about the sanctions that were imposed on ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications company: When the Chinese »

Someone Could Get Hurt

Featured image Reaction to President Trump’s rally in Florida last night continues to reverberate. Some time before the event got underway, CNN’s Jim Acosta, who has made a career out of being a Resister, was reporting from a visible position in the hall when he was heckled by Trump supporters who chanted, among other things, “CNN sucks” and “fake news.” Acosta tweeted this video along with an expression of concern about possible »

The AP’s War on Donald Trump, Voter ID Edition

Featured image Tonight President Trump addressed a raucous rally in Florida. His speech featured a call for voter ID, a popular issue with most Americans but one the Democratic Party press opposes, since pretty much all voter fraud favors the Democrats. The Associated Press, perhaps Trump’s most bitter enemy other than CNN and MSNBC, headlined just one “fact” about Trump’s speech: “Trump at rally makes false claim on photo IDs for groceries.” »

Facebook Removes “Inauthentic” Left-Wing Accounts

Featured image Facebook announced today that it has removed 32 “bad actors” from its platform: Today we removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior. This kind of behavior is not allowed on Facebook because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing. We’re still in the very early stages »

Employee Compensation Rising Sharply

Featured image What happens when the economy grows and companies need more workers? Wages rise, especially when the flow of legal and illegal immigrants competing for low- and middle-wage jobs declines. Not surprisingly, that is what we are currently seeing: American workers are finally reaping the benefits of the lowest unemployment rate and best jobs market in decades. I don’t know about “finally.” President Trump has only been in office for a »

Another Police Shooting In Minneapolis. Compare and Contrast

Featured image As regular readers know, there have been several controversial police shootings in Minneapolis in recent years. (To be fair, all police shootings are now controversial, even when they are obviously justified.) This one occurred on June 23, a little over a month ago, when officers received a call to the effect that someone was walking down an alley and firing a gun in predominantly African-American north Minneapolis. The officers proceeded »