Media Bias

The Washington Post Smears AG William Barr. I was There.

Featured image I have been in DC (Northern Virginia, actually) for the last two days, in connection with Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day event. Last night, Attorney General William Barr spoke at dinner. The main subject of his speech was the rule of law, and how the rule of law is advanced by the fact that in federal agencies, final decisions are up to the senior, political appointees. In the Department of Justice, »

The Washington Post professes concern about Israel’s peace deal

Featured image Israel’s peace agreement with the UAE and Bahrain, signed yesterday at the White House, is historic. It hasn’t happened before, nor has Israel entered into such a deal since 1994 (with Jordan). The extent to which the deal is historically significant can be debated (but won’t be in this post). However, for those who wish Israel well (and who don’t have an ax to grind with Donald Trump or Benjamin »

Science!—They Say

Featured image News item: Scientific American magazine has made its first ever endorsement for president. You’ll never guess who they have endorsed. I know the suspense is killing you: Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he »

Donald Trump, CNN Host?

Featured image I am a day or two late with this, but if you haven’t already seen it you should check it out. None of us is easily shocked these days, but I confess to being shocked by the tape of a conversation between Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, and Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, that Tucker Carlson played a couple of nights ago. It was recorded toward the end of »

Dr. Fauci disputes Woodward’s account

Featured image Yesterday, Steve discussed Bob Woodward’s bit about President Trump allegedly downplaying the Wuhan coronavirus. Calling for a shutdown of the U.S. economy seems like an odd way to downplay something, but I suppose Trump could have highlighted the threat by hiding in a bunker. Woodward wants us to believe that Trump intentionally deceived the American people. He knew how serious the virus was, but hid its seriousness from the public »

A diplomatic breakthrough the media would like to ignore

Featured image The Trump administration has helped broker a deal between Serbia and Kosovo, two former arch-enemies that were part of the former Yugoslavia. The agreement is receiving scant attention from the mainstream media for reasons I’ll address below. However, it’s an important deal — more so, I think, than the agreement between Israel and the UAE, which mostly ratified existing realities. The main significance of the Serbia-Kosovo agreement is its potential »

Today in Fake News

Featured image Have you heard? Bob Woodward—pause for reverential ooohs and aaahs here—has a new book out, with the claim that Trump lied about COVID-19 when it first erupted way back in early February. “Trump admits he lied about COVID-19 threat in new Woodward book,” says the Puffington Host headline. But what did he actually say according to the story? “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in »

Will ESPN spoil college football for conservatives?

Featured image On Saturday, I watched football for the first time since February. The game was Arkansas State vs. Memphis. ESPN carried it. I was having a fine time watching a reasonably well played and closely contested game. But then, in the second quarter, the announcing team — Bob Wischusen and Dan Orlovsky — suddenly turned away from football to racial politics. The two began by saying how wonderful it is that »

Report: DOJ about to file antitrust suit against Google

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department “is expected to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google as soon as this month.” The Post claims that Attorney General Barr has “overruled dozens of federal attorneys who initially signaled the U.S. government was not ready to bring such a landmark case.” Such a suit would be the product of a “competition inquiry” that, in the Post’s words, “focuses on Google’s sprawling »

Coronavirus in one state (94)

Featured image Deaths attributed by the authorities to COVID-19 continue at a low level. Over the past two days have reported six new deaths (9/1, one in a long-term care facility) and 7 new deaths (9/2, six LTC). Hospitalizations likewise remain at a low level. The LTC share of all deaths hovers around 74 percent. As of the last weekly report (8/27), the median age of all decedents is stuck at 83. »

Debate moderators selected; it could be worse

Featured image We now know who will moderate the three scheduled presidential debates. Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the first one, on September 29. Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate the second, on October 15. Kristen Welker of NBC News will moderate the third, on October 22. There will be one vice presidential debate. It will take place on October 7, with Susan Page of USA Today as the moderator. »

Journalistic Malpractice On the Riots

Featured image The Democratic Party press has done its best to suppress news about the riots that have devastated cities across the country, but it is a hard secret to keep. Sometimes their efforts would be amusing, if the subject were not so serious. Here are a couple of minor cases in point from the Democrats’ flagship newspaper here in Minnesota, the Star Tribune. At 8:59 last night, the Strib’s top headline »

It’s Official: CNN Is a Joke [Updated]

Featured image CNN makes itself easy to dunk on much of the time, but this week CNN has gone beyond the call of duty. This is a real screen grab from this week—and it’s so awesomely absurd that it can’t wait for Saturday morning’s regular picture gallery: The Babylon Bee writers can phone it in today. Let the mockery begin: Scott adds: The Star Tribune got the memo. In its lead editorial »

From the New York Times, a Warning to Democrats

Featured image In yesterday’s New York Times, Adam Nagourney–a name from the past!–sounds a warning to his fellow Democrats. The piece is titled, “A Glimmer of Hope for Trump? How Bush Mounted a Comeback in 1988.” But, of course, if the president’s chances were just a glimmer, Nagourney wouldn’t sound so worried. Nagourney compares the present election season to 1988, when Michael Dukakis held a 17-point lead over George H.W. Bush in »

Lefty pundit: Democrats are going too easy on Trump

Featured image In September 1972, just before the start of my second year of law school, I was eating dinner with a group of law students, including a female first-year whom I had just met. The topic turned to the Democratic National Convention. Never shy with an opinion, I said that the Dems had spent too much time bragging about how many (American) Indians were included among the delegates, and not enough »

Our Reporters Are Crazy

Featured image President Trump’s press conferences have gotten increasingly bizarre. Not because of Trump, who is generally a voice of sanity, but because of the reporters, most of whom seem to have gone stark, raving mad. This brief exchange, which I believe took place earlier today, illustrates the point: These Trump press conferences produce material that has to be seen to be believed. pic.twitter.com/wPyAB63E65 — Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 19, 2020 The »

Trump and the post office, fake news on stilts

Featured image Glancing casually at the Washington Post these days one gets the impression that it is America’s post offices, not police stations in cities like Portland and Minneapolis, that are being attacked and burned down, and that it is President Trump’s team, not BLM and Antifa gangs, that is doing the attacking and burning. “Trump’s assault on the U.S. Postal Service gives Democrats a new campaign message,” blared a Washington Post »