Fake News

In Re: Fake News That Is Real

Featured image Recalling C.S. Lewis’s remark that people should only read the sports pages in newspapers because at least half of the news in the sports page would be true, let’s look at the latest in news fakery. No sooner does Biden fall off his bike than some wisenheimer creates this fake headline: Fortunately, as RedState reports, we had the all-self-important “fact checkers” on the job to make sure no one was »

Scenes from Washington Post Junior High School

Featured image Only hours away from the start of the prime time televised Watergate January 6 Committee hearings (drinking game to come in a separate post) under the chairmanship of Sam Ervin Bennie Thompson (who?), we have news out of the Washington Post about the latest episode from the Millennial Power Struggle. This requires a preface. One of my favorite Monty Python sketches from 50 years ago ran with the idea of »

What’s the Matter with the New York Times?

Featured image Yesterday we pondered the thesis that radical prosecutor Chesa Boudin was recalled because San Francisco is just too darned conservative, dontchaknow. Today’s bubble-headed leftists are mad at the media, for saying that the recall is a “message to national Democrats.” Behold New York University law professor Noah Rosenblum: I’m worried about Rosenblum. He just might stumble on our greatest plot, which is our infiltration of the New York Times with »

Breaking: Biden White House Shutting Down “Disinformation Board”

Featured image Today is offering a surfeit of feel-good news, but this one came in too late for the pervious post. The Washington Post is just up with the breaking story that the Biden Administration has decided to “pause” (but almost certainly shut down) the mis-named “Disinformation Governance Board”: Just three weeks after its announcement, the Disinformation Governance Board is being “paused,” according to multiple employees at DHS, capping a back-and-forth week »

How Much Do People Hate the Press?

Featured image This much: Rasmussen finds that “[e]ighty percent (80%) of voters believe ‘fake news’ is a serious problem in the media, including 56% who say the ‘fake news’ problem is Very Serious.” Not surprisingly, 89% of Republicans think fake news in the media is a serious problem, but 75% of Democrats also say that fake news in the media is at least a “somewhat serious” problem. Did Donald Trump ever say »

Plugging The Leaker

Featured image A lot of people, including Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business, think the person behind the leak of Justice Alito’s draft on Dobbs is going to be discovered or revealed very soon, apparently going on the assumption that the leak must have come from a clerk for one of the three liberal justices, and there are only 12 of them, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out which one. I »

Fake News Lives On and On and On and On

Featured image The Russia collusion hoax was exposed long ago as a fraud, but these Rasmussen survey results suggest that it was one of the most effective fake news campaigns ever. Rasmussen asked: Hillary Clinton has said that “Russia succeeded” in influencing the 2016 presidential election. How likely is it that Russian interference changed the outcome of the 2016 election? The results: Democratic voters overwhelmingly agree with Hillary Clinton that Russia is »

How to Punk the NY Times

Featured image I don’t know Jared Rabel on Twitter, but he is my new spirit animal for this Tweet about the trauma of lifting the mask mandate mid-flight that has led to some comedy gold at the expense of the New York Times: And it’s legit—yet another New York Times reporter with a Harvard degree who is an idiot. Fake news indeed. »

Media: Who Do You Trust?

Featured image This chart below from a YouGov poll essentially ratifies what everyone knows about major media these days—it has become partisan to the left. If the media weren’t biased, why would Democrats express so much more trust in the media than Republicans? The one interesting outlier here is the Wall Street Journal, which has the narrowest spread between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans like the editorial page (as they should), while Democrats »

Disinformation, American style (5)

Featured image Daniel Schmidt is a University of Chicago freshman and senior editor at the Chicago Thinker. He is one of the Alinskyite gadflies who turned up at the Institute of Politics/Atlantic Disinformation Conference last week. Schmidt posed a good question to Anne Applebaum that turned the theme of the conference back on itself (tweet below). Schmidt now recounts his story in the Compact column “The question Anne Applebaum refused to answer.” »

Disinformation, American style (3)

Featured image In its lead editorial this morning the Wall Street Journal turns its attention to President Obama’s performance at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics/Atlantic Disinformation Conference this week. The editorial is headlined “Barack Obama rewrites his Russia history.” It opens this way: “As somebody who grappled with the incursion into Crimea and the eastern portions of Ukraine, I have been encouraged by the European reaction [this time],” Mr. Obama »

Disinformation, American style (2)

Featured image The students holding down the fort at the University of Chicago’s Chicago Thinker give us hope for the future. The Thinker’s motto is “Outthink the Mob.” In this case, the Mob includes the mainstream media bigwigs featured at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics/Atlantic Disinformation Conference this week. The Thinker’s Christopher Phillips posed a pointed question to CNN’s Brian Stelter. It stumped Stelter (video below). The Thinker covers it »

How Dumb Is the Mainstream Media?

Featured image Kinda sounds like a bottomless pit question, doesn’t it? Answer—this dumb: First is the PBS reporter who said to President Biden that he had more foreign policy experience “than any president who has ever held this office.” George H.W. Bush—former ambassador to China, UN ambassador, and head of the CIA before serving as Vice President for eight years, might have something to say about that. Not to mention John Quincy »

Unsurprising Headline of the Day

Featured image Time was when a Democratic hack who moved from the White House to journalism would pretend to be objective, like George Snuffilupagus going from the Clinton Administration to ABC News, but now they don’t even pretend to any kind of objective, unbiased pretense: White House Press Secretary Psaki in Talks to Join MSNBC White House press secretary Jen Psaki plans to leave the administration this spring and is in exclusive »

How to Respond If You Are Libeled

Featured image We conservatives get libeled a lot. If you are Donald Trump or Sarah Palin, there is no remedy: it is open season on politicians and former politicians. But most of us are not in that category. My organization and one of our policy fellows were libeled recently, and we fought back. What followed should encourage all who are wrongly maligned by liberals. I told part of the story here: American »

Oscar Who?

Featured image I gather there is some kind of show business awards show going on tonight. Maybe having something to do with film or something. This is my favorite chart of the day: With no one watching the Academy Awards or the other once popular awards shows, what does the New York Times do? Provide recipes for everyone holding Oscar Watch Parties. Seriously: Good morning. It’s Oscar Sunday, and my colleagues on »

Fake News Today, Fake News Tomorrow, Fake News Forever

Featured image Some observers consider the New York Times’ belated admission that Hunter Biden’s laptop was genuine to be a big deal. I don’t. For one thing, the Times hasn’t acknowledged, and won’t report on, the specific information on the laptop that told the story of Joe Biden’s corruption. Moreover, there was never any doubt about the genuineness of the laptop and the data it contained. The owner of the repair shop »