The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (3)

Featured image When I posted part 2 in this series yesterday morning, I did not have a comment from the prominent historian John Earl Haynes on the Rosenberg spy case story broadcast on 60 Minutes this past Sunday evening. Dr. Haynes added his comment in the responses to the post. Dr. Haynes is the co-author with Harvey Klehr of the most important books on the history of American Communism that either didn’t »

Here We Go Again

Featured image We’ve come a long way from the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Tomorrow’s National Enquirer features a story about a former Hillary Clinton “bagman” who supposedly is prepared to tell all: Live by the smear, die by the smear, perhaps. One has to take the Enquirer somewhat seriously after their John Edwards scoop, a story that likely was known to any number of “mainstream” journalists. It’s not clear they have the goods on »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (2)

Featured image This past Sunday 60 Minutes presented the Rosenberg spy case for dummies — i.e., for viewers with no knowledge of the ancient history it purported to relate. As John Schindler explains, the 60 Minutes story is deficient in critical respects. In February 2015 C-SPAN recorded an outstanding panel at the National Archives including John Earl Haynes, Ronald Radosh, Steven Usdin, Allen Hornblum and Mark Kramer discussing the case. Collectively, these »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (1)

Featured image 60 Minutes broadcast its review of the Rosenberg spy case this past Sunday in “The brothers Rosenberg” (the brothers being Michael and Robert Meeeropol). In the hands of 60 Minutes and reporter Anderson Cooper, the case becomes a sob story starring the surviving children of the American leader of a network of Communist spies who sought to facilitate Stalin’s development of atomic weapons. John Schindler exposes the 60 Minutes story’s »

CNN explains some more

Featured image As I say in this nearby post, if one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to such enjoyment as may be had of this election. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. The big thinkers at CNN are on a roll. In the video below, CNN media correspondent and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter blames “overheated rhetoric” — of which Donald »

CNN explains

Featured image I remain in the relax and enjoy it phase of the Trump campaign. If one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to the enjoyment. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. This past Wednesday CNN’s Chris Cuomo advised viewers that it is illegal for them to possess emails leaked by the website WikiLeaks, so we must rely on our betters at »

The Megyn Kelly-Sean Hannity feud deepens

Featured image The Washington Post reports on the clash between Fox News personalities Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — a feud that I suspect delights the Post’s liberal media reporter Paul Farhi. Yesterday, after criticizing Hillary Clinton for doing lightweight interviews with “Entertainment Tonight” and comedian-talk show host Steve Harvey, Kelly stated on her program: Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10 pm, will go on Hannity and »

What about Burhan Mohumed?

Featured image When the New York Times comes through town to check in with Minnesota’s Somali community, a variation of the genre World ends: Women and minorities hardest hit is at hand. Times reporter Jack Healy, for example, arrived this past June just in time for the verdicts in the terrorism case involving Minnesota’s ISIS wannabes. Healy’s article on the verdicts (written with freelancer Matt Furber) sought to convey the impression that »

“Basket of deplorables,” David Brock edition

Featured image David Brock, who runs neck-and-neck with Sid Blumenthal for the prime spot in Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables,” has repeatedly asked for an inquiry into the Trump Foundation. Fair enough. But how about an inquiry into the affairs of David Brock and his Media Matters operation? There are solid grounds for such an investigation. Brock may well have engaged in money laundering and he paid his ex-boyfriend $850,000 not to »

The Post drops into St. Cloud

Featured image The Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner and Drew Harrell profile St. Cloud slasher Dahir Adan. The profile derives from Hauslohner’s second trip to Minnesota this year; this past May she attended the first three days of the trial of Minnesota’s Somali terrorist wannabes in Minneapolis. Hauslohner persevered through jury selection and opening statements and the opening of the government’s case during the first week of the terrorism trial. Then she headed »

Frequently or rarely

Featured image The Clintons are having trouble keeping their lies straight. That’s the conclusion I draw from Bill Clinton’s interview with CBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday. Rose asked Clinton if the missus was simply dehydrated when she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday. “When you look at that collapse, that video that was taken, you wonder if it’s not more serious than dehydration,” Rose observes. “Well, if it is, then »

Ilhan Omar: Fox News pierces the silence

Featured image Preya Samsundar appeared for a brief segment on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the Ilhan Omar story with our friend Pete Hegseth. Although the segment barely skimmed the surface of Preya’s reportage — Preya’s most recent stories are posted here (August 22), here (August 26) and here (September 2) — it introduced the story to a national audience. With the exception of Preya’s work at Alpha News, the »

Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

Mostly immoderate moderators named

Featured image Politico reports that NBC’s Lester Holt (September 26), ABC’s Martha Raddatz (October 9), CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fox News’s Chris Wallace (October 19) and will moderate the three presidential debates this fall, according to the announcement of the Commission on Presidential Debates this morning; CBS’s Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate (October 4). The first debate (September 26) lies entirely in the hands of Lester Holt. Holt is a »

Lies of “Truth” revisited

Featured image This past October 16 the Rathergate film Truth opened in more than a thousand theaters around the country. John and I warned viewers not to take the film at face value in the Weekly Standard article “Rather shameful.” On the film’s opening weekend the Star Tribune also carried my column reminding readers of the film’s factual background. The column was published as “Lies upon lies: The sad state of the »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern time. I think Laura may be off prepping Donald Trump for the debates, but I am not sure about that. We will have some excellent guests, including Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone, Kelli Ward and Niger Innis. And I am still hoping to book one of radio’s premier guests, Steve Hayward. You can go here to »

The Omar campaign shuts up (2)

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican brings the Ilhan Omar story up to date in his Morning Hot Dish newsletter. He summarizes the status of the story as of this moment (emphasis supplied by Coolican): Michael Howard, who is the House DFL caucus press guy, has taken over press for Ilhan Omar. That’s the fourth person dealing with media in a week, by my count. He declined another interview request on »