Media

The New York Times skirts the supply chain crisis

Featured image My friend who covers the New York Times for Power Line sent me this report on how that paper is covering (or not) America’s supply chain crisis. His report is from Tuesday of this week I’ve been watching to see how NYT would handle the supply chain crisis. For nearly a week, it’s run not a single story on the topic. The exception was a piece on the sniping between »

Good news: “Let’s go Brandon” not banned

Featured image PJ Media’s VodkaPundit post on the purported banning of the phrase “Let’s go Brandon” under the auspices of an arm of the Canadian government seems to have been deleted without notice or comment. John Hinderaker relied on the Vodkapundit post — it used to be here — in passing on what turns out to be fake news, according to this Reuters Fact Check and several other sources. The memo on »

The Bidens: Corrupt or crazy?

Featured image Yesterday Matt Taibbi published the column “‘The Bidens’: Is the First Family Corrupt, or Merely Crazy?” Subhead: “Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger’s new book is an equal opportunity offender that may push a reluctant national media to re-examine ugly questions about President Joe Biden.” Taibbi posted the column to his TK News Substack site. Taibbi is probably overoptimistic about the effect of Schreckinger’s book on the national media. His column nevertheless »

Where we are now

Featured image Tracking the party line on the course of the epidemic in Minnesota, Kevin Roche unloads on Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health in the Healthy Skeptic post “It’s not good to bottle up your negative feelings…” Kevin has been compiling data on breakthrough infections in graphic form, as he did here last week. (Kevin refers below to the updated table that he has not yet posted to his »

Psaki yanks our supply chain

Featured image I have settled on psychedelic as the Homeric epithet to accompany the name of White House pspokesman Jen Psaki. She blows my mind, as in her response to the question posed at yesterday’s briefing about psupply chain issues. She mocked them. They’re a big joke, but (as the New York Post observes on its cover today) it’s not funny. Let me put that in block letters like the Post uses: »

Biden’s secret flights

Featured image Miranda Devine and a raft of reporters have the New York Post cover story Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night.” The story opens: Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned. The charter flights originate in Texas, where the ongoing border crisis has »

Lies of the NY Times

Featured image Well, it appears Nicole Hannah-Jones, the impresario of the New York Times‘s egregiously awful 1619 Project, is at it again. No stealth corrections? How, then, does she explain these changes? Was the Times hacked? Move along, nothing to see here. (Hat tip: Phil Magness.) Chaser from the Times today: Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who »

Why People Hate the Media, Chapter 12,186

Featured image Katie Couric is out with a memoir from her Morning Show days that apparently dishes on everyone. I have no idea because I haven’t read it and I’m not going to. But the indispensable New York Post has a scandalous story today containing an excerpt from Couric about how she suppressed a comment by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about athletes kneeling for the National Anthem because it ran »

The New York Times does CRT

Featured image My friend who keeps me informed about reporting/editorializing at the New York Times sent me this message about two Times articles on Critical Race Theory. The NYT usually avoids the controversy over Critical Race Theory, but this week has been different. We’ve had two front page articles on the CRT battle so far this week. On Monday, an article on a Maryland CRT controversy took up the entirety of two »

The case of Hunter Biden

Featured image The alliance of the Democratic Party with the mainstream media and Big Tech serves to suppress politically inconvenient news and promote fake news such as the Shamala space video. What is Hunter Biden good for? The story of Hunter Biden and his laptop can serve as a useful case study. His story certainly makes for his highest and best use (not that there is a lot of competition in that »

Get curious with the Shamala video

Featured image The White House response to the exposure of the Shamala space video as starring child actors is unintentionally revealing. The White House points out that Shamala was not the casting director: The White House on Tuesday said it did not select the children, reportedly child actors, who appeared in a YouTube video with Vice President Harris. YouTube confirmed that it had selected the children in the video and reached out »

Shamala: The real thing

Featured image I want to add a few notes to my comments in “Fakin’ it: Shamala edition.” Herewith, as William Buckley might have said, 10 additional notes and queries: • “The most important thing is honesty. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” The quote is attributed to various wits. It gets at an eternal aspect of democratic politics. Kamala cannot fake honesty. She cannot fake sincerity. Her fakery is »

Fakin’ it: Shamala edition

Featured image I took a look at the Biden fakery, most recently, here over the weekend. Vice President Kamala Harris takes fakery to a new level. She is such a synthetic character she might have been created in a laboratory as a joke, perhaps by Dr. Frankenstein high on drugs. You can make this stuff up, but it defies credulity. It turns out that the entire cast of Harris’s weird space video »

Report: Kamala Harris “charmed” child actors in NASA video

Featured image John wrote here about a video in which Kamala Harris welcomed a group of school children to the vice president’s residence, the Naval Observatory in Washington, to talk with them about NASA. John noted that Harris’ affect was “weird and inappropriate.” The word fake came to mind. Now, the Washington Examiner is reporting that the first installment of Harris’ YouTube Originals space series featured child actors who auditioned for their »

Fakin’ it

Featured image The Biden presidency is weird in multifarious ways. One such weirdness is the animatronic quality we have observed in the Biden speeches. The ridiculous lying about “extraordinary success” of the Afghanistan bugout and the malicious disparagement of border enforcement agents have established another front of deep weirdness. The multifarious quality of the weirdness is what strikes me about the story of fake White House set and the related headline “Truman »

Hobnobbing with Hunter

Featured image Britain’s venerable Spectator magazine has created a World edition for the United States. Edited by Dominic Green, Spectator World has greatly enhanced the American media landscape. Oliver Wiseman is The Spectator’s DC Diarist. He provides daily email updates to Spectator subscribers (subscribe here). On Thursday morning he led off with a report on the man whom Tucker Carlson has dubbed America’s greatest artist. With Oliver’s permission, I am posting his »

Ruling Class in Free-Fall?

Featured image I’m going to have a long piece up here later today or over the weekend with a novel theory explaining the vindictiveness of the left today, but for the moment, let’s take up a sidebar about collapsing public approval of President Biden, Democrats, and the news media. First, the Quinnipiac Poll that reports Biden’s public approval rating collapsing to 38 percent, with respondents finding Biden “not competent.” I can’t remember »