Fake News

The New York Times Corrects Fake News, Three Weeks Late

Featured image I wrote here about an extraordinarily inept New York Times article that had already been corrected once. The author, Jennifer Steinhauer, didn’t understand the constitutional role of the Vice President in the Senate; that was the first correction. I pointed out that the Times article contained a second error, equally egregious but so far unacknowledged: The Times also grossly mischaracterizes the Congressional Review Act, the statute under which yesterday’s vote »

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Truth

Featured image In today’s news: Rolling Stone Settles Suit Over Retracted ‘Rape on Campus’ Article Rolling Stone magazine has settled a libel lawsuit over its discredited 2014 story about an alleged fraternity party gang rape at the University of Virginia. The confidential agreement disclosed Tuesday brings to a close the defamation complaint in federal court of a university administrator who was in charge of handling student complaints of sexual misconduct at the »

Another Media Beclowning

Featured image Trump and his folks took a lot of predictable heat for remarking several weeks back that the media is the enemy of the American people. Heavens! You’d have thought he’d said “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” The media may not be self-consciously the enemy of the American people, but it is hard to deny the asymmetry of their sympathies. As many of you know, I’m »

More Meltdowns at the NYRB

Featured image I’ve mentioned before that the New York Review of Books has been suffering a complete freakout meltdown since Trump’s election, and I gleefully look forward to every issue to microwave another bag of popcorn. The latest issue offers a long review entitled “Lessons from Hitler’s Rise,” by Christopher Browning. Although it is a review of a translation of a book about Hitler by a German scholar published before Trump’s election, »

It’s 2004 All Over Again

Featured image Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about truth. It started with hysteria over “fake news” during the last election season. The “truth” narrative went into overdrive with President Trump’s unexpected (by most) victory. Here are a few of the many instances that could be cited. First, the Time magazine cover of a week or two ago: Next, Robert Redford’s op-ed in the Washington Post, recalling Watergate and “All the President’s »

More Fake News From the New York Times

Featured image This lengthy New York Times story is unintentionally hilarious. Here is the headline: “Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants.” Just for fun, a screen shot: Note that the headline doesn’t say there has been a 40% drop in foreign applications, but rather that 40% of institutions have seen a drop. Meaning that 60% haven’t. But the article is all about how Donald Trump is »

NY Times Publishes, Then Retracts, Fake News

Featured image On February 28, the New York Times magazine published a long, dark essay by left-winger Emily Bazelon on the prospects for President Trump’s Department of Justice–or, as the Times headline put it, “Department of Justification.” The article, which focuses on Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, isn’t worth reading. It exemplifies the far-left hysteria with which we are all too familiar. A prominent theme is that Republicans don’t care »

Remy on Fake News

Featured image This is the satire you’ve been waiting for—two minutes on fake news from CNN from the great Remy: »

Fake News From the Associated Press on FISAgate

Featured image The Associated Press purports to give us the latest news on FISAgate. There is one item of actual hard news: the House Intelligence Committee will investigate. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes says President Donald Trump’s allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower last year will become part of his panel’s investigation. *** The California Republican says in a statement his committee “will make inquiries into whether the government was »

The wages of fake news

Featured image This article by Victor Davis Hanson at the Hoover Institution’s “Defining Ideas” Journal offers an excellent compendium of the bogus reporting through which the mainstream media has attempted to take President Trump down. Hanson writes: In just his first month in office, reporters have already peddled dozens of fake news stories designed to discredit the President—to such a degree that little they now write or say can be taken at »

The Liberal/Media Freakout Rolls On

Featured image UPDATE/PROLOGUE: I see Paul noted the McCaskill hypocrisy (or early Alzheimers?) within seconds of my post here. Which just shows that Power Line is on the story. (More updates below.) Liberals are now chumming the waters with news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador last year, which somehow makes him Alger Hiss, though this is confusing since we all know Hiss was an »

Fake news: A case study

Featured image You may have read about the former Obama White House staffer who resigned from the Trump White House after only eight days. Rumana Ahmed thought she should “try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration” she wrote at the Atlantic last week, “in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.” But then, according to »

Trump’s Best Decision Yet

Featured image Trump sent out this tweet earlier today: The media will react badly to this—watch for this to be a major topic of conversation on the panel portions of the weekly TV news shows tomorrow morning—but with the media already in a stark raving mad rage about Trump, where can they go from here? It’s about time a president declined to adorn this massive exercise in media self-absorption and self-congratulation. Fake »

Fact-Checking “Fake News”

Featured image I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Democrats’ whining about “fake news,” since it appears to be just another feeble excuse for losing. Still, I was interested to see that the Associated Press undertook to fact-check a fake news story yesterday. I assumed this must be a particularly important instance of the genre, for the AP to bother. The headline was, “AP FACT CHECK: Ex-agent didn’t write book »

“Fake News,” a Meme For All Seasons

Featured image One of the silliest post-election phenomena is the Democrats’ attempt to blame their losses on “fake news” appearing mostly, I take it, on Facebook. They are distraught, apparently, at losing their monopoly. Still, lame or not, the “fake news” theme is spreading. The German government, which may be cruising for a defeat in upcoming elections, is preemptively blaming “fake news”: The German government is seeking to create a center of »

More Fake News from the Left

Featured image Remember the Muslim woman student at the University of Michigan who said a person forced her to take off her hijab under threat? It was widely reported as a sign of the new age of Trump terror. Well, never mind: Several days after the U.S presidential election in November, a female student at the University of Michigan reported being attacked by a man who threatened that if she did not remove her »

Fake News About Sarah Palin

Featured image The Associated Press fact checker exposes some fake news about Sarah Palin that was propagated on Facebook: A story claiming former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called for boycotting the Mall of America in Minnesota over its black Santa Claus is false. The story, posted by Newslo [Ed.: Never heard of it.] and some affiliated websites, claims Palin told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, “Santa was always white in the Bible.” »