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Disinformation, American style (6)

Featured image This post is a footnote to the adjacent post on Daniel Schmidt’s close encounter with Anne Applebaum last week. Reading Anne Applebaum’s 2020 Atlantic essay on the Hunter Biden controversy, I infer that the “reporter” whom Schmidt credits with breaking the “Hunter Biden Files” is Matthew Tyrmand. Applebaum links to Laura Ingraham tweets touting Tyrmand at the top of her essay. I called author and Biden family business expert Peter »

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.” »

The lonesome death of Amir Locke: No charges

Featured image We followed the death of Amir Locke in the course of a no-knock raid by the Minneapolis Police Department here (February 7), here (February 9), and here (February 11). The Minneapolis police were in search of a murder suspect sought by the St. Paul police. Locke was an innocent victim of the raid when he pulled a gun on the officers and Officer Mark Hanneman shot him three times, as »

Disinformation, American style (4)

Featured image Chicago Thinker editors Audrey Unverferth and Evita Duffy take a look back at the Thinker’s subversion of the nauseating University of Chicago Institute of Politics/Atlantic Disinformation Conference last week. They give their after-action review the headline “The Chicago Thinker Staged a Media Regime Takedown This Week—Here’s How We Did It.” They write: This week, the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and The Atlantic magazine hosted a “Disinformation and »

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 »

Disinformation, American style

Featured image Peter Van Buren looks back at the question of “disinformation” that was floated by 51 former intelligence officials to suppress the news extracted by the New York Post from Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election. Van Buren’s Spectator column notes in the subhead “The only disinformation op in 2020 was run against American voters by their own intelligence community” (the Spectator has taken the column out from behind its »

In search of “the big guy”

Featured image We don’t need to be reminded not to get excited about Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden ever being brought to justice or even seriously embarrassed. The coverage of the longstanding grand jury investigation into Hunter Biden is nevertheless reaching a fever pitch. Today’s New York Post cover story reports that a grand jury witness was asked to identify “the big guy” in Hunter Biden’s laptop emails. Please spare me. The »

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 »

The case of the curious omissions

Featured image This week the Washington Post published a story on the contents of Hunter Biden’s very real laptop. The FBI have misplaced the laptop, but the Post has possessed the contents since June 2021. Now at least part of the story can be told. When the New York Post first broke the laptop story in October 2020, a few weeks before the presidential election, the Washington Post was not happy about »

Return to George Floyd Square

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Paul Walsh has by far the best account of Desmond Durelle Graham’s carjacking and related crime spree earlier this month. Graham’s partner in crime — Larry Mosby — died in the course of the spree when he took a timeout for a fentanyl break. Say this about Larry Mosby: he wasn’t just along for the ride. Fentanyl also featured in Graham’s big night as well as in »

How fake can you get?

Featured image You might call the Washington Post’s attention to the riches inside the Hunter Biden laptop a day late and a dollar short, but it does not do justice to the facts. It is a considerable understatement, akin to the Black Knight’s “Tis but a scratch” and a “It’s just a flesh wound” to describe his dismemberment in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Indeed, it’s worse than that. Reading the »

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 »

Let him who is without crack-induced nudes…

Featured image What did you think when President Biden said this? “How many times have you heard — I’ll bet everybody knows somebody somewhere along the line that in an intimate relationship, what happened was the guy takes a revealing picture of his naked friend, or whatever, in a compromising position, and then literally, in a sense, blackmails or mortifies that person — sends it out, put it online.” Now that is »

The O’Keefe Project: Not all is well

Featured image Project Veritas attorney Paul Calli has emailed me his reply to the government memorandum that I posted here early this morning in the case of Ashley Biden’s diary. I have embedded Calli’s reply below for readers who are interested in following the case along with me. I think the case warrants our ongoing attention. I find it chilling. On the surface, the case does not appear to be the stuff »