How Far Left Are Journalists?

Featured image Everyone knows that journalists tilt to the left, but this paper makes an interesting effort to quantify journalists’ biases. This chart shows the political self-identification of journalists (those, that is, who don’t claim to be scrupulously neutral): This one is based on original research; the authors counted whom journalists follow on Twitter. Their conclusion is that the average journalist falls somewhere between Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Twitter is relevant »

Bloomberg may benefit from lowered expectations

Featured imageI don’t know what to expect of Michael Bloomberg tonight. The conventional wisdom — that his angry, jealous opponents will carve him up — is plausible. But so is the view that he’s smarter and more skillful than they are. The conventional wisdom might play into Bloomberg’s hands. His rivals want to portray him as an empty suit who has bought his way into the mix. But Bloomberg was a »

What should we expect from Bloomberg tonight?

Featured imageMichael Bloomberg will participate in his first Democratic presidential debate tonight. The conventional wisdom holds that he’s in for a tough night — a comeuppance, his detractors would say. That’s certainly the Washington Post’s take in this article by Michael Scherer. He writes, seemingly with glee: Wednesday night, Bloomberg will be forced to leave his comfort zone and test his chops as a charismatic politician. When he steps onto the »

Today’s Campaign Notebook

Featured image• So it appears the Democratic Party has decided to self-identify as unelectable. • Elizabeth “I Have a Plan for That” Warren says her simple solution to every problem is to “put power back in the hands of the people.” But somehow all of her plans involve putting more power in the hands of people in Washington. I wonder if that has something to do with her “more selective appeal,” as »

Deep thoughts by James Comey

Featured imageJack Handey gave us this deep thought: If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is “God is crying.” And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is “Probably because of something you did.” James Comey’s Twitter feed is a fertile source of such deep thoughts. I give you, for example, the deep thought below. Political »

The Washington Post Comes Clean

Featured imageThis is straight out of InstaPundit, but it’s too good not to pass on. For a moment, the mask drops and WaPo tells the truth about the Left’s agenda: Satire dead @kenklippenstein: One of the more mask off headlines I’ve seen in awhile pic.twitter.com/Ci9qp9ZFwq” — John Cusack (@johncusack) February 19, 2020 What the Washington Post means by “democracy” is not what you and I mean. Keep this in mind next »

CRB: Who’s your daddy?

Featured imageThe identity politics that permeates our public life will destroy the United States if it has not already remade it into something that is destined to fall of its own weight. In the just published Winter issue of the Claremont Review of Books, Hillsdale’s David Azzerad reviews Mary Eberstadt’s new book on identity politics. The book comprises a short monograph by Eberstadt along with responses by Rod Dreher of the »

The full Bloomberg

Featured imageI wanted to post the full video of Michael Bloomberg’s November 11, 2016 remarks at Oxford University in “Bloomin’ Bloomberg or Bloomberg bloomin’?,” but I just couldn’t come up with it this morning. I have now tracked it down and posted it below. The relevant passage incorporating Bloomberg’s reflections on agriculture, factory jobs and the like begins at 42:00. Victor Davis Hanson offered his observations on Tucker Carlson Tonight (video »

The Walter Mondale Republicans?

Featured imageYeah—I’ll bet that’s a headline you never expected to see on Power Line! It is prompted by this news story in today’s Washington Post: Conservative intellectuals launch a new group to challenge free-market ‘fundamentalism’ on the right Oren Cass believes conservatives have blundered by outsourcing GOP economic policymaking to libertarian “fundamentalists” who see the free market as an end unto itself, rather than as a means for improving quality of »

Bloomin’ Bloomberg or Blooomberg bloomin’?

Featured imageThe big political news of the day is this: Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, setting up the first face-to-face showdown between the self-funding billionaire and the other top candidates for the nomination. Politico covers the story here. In an email alert, Politico advises: “Bloomberg, whose late entry has roiled the race, met the Democratic National Committee’s criteria by earning at least 10 percent »

The Washington Post pulls the old switcheroo on Trump

Featured imageThe front page of today’s Washington Post exemplifies Steve’s view that there is no longer any distinction between a “news analysis” article (the precious term for “opinion piece on the news page”) and a supposedly straight news piece. The Post’s supposedly straight new pieces consist of an article blaming Trump for school bullying, an article attacking him for saying nice things about Xi Jinping, and a piece claiming that Trump »

Mike Bloomberg, meet Paul Harvey

Featured imageOur friends at the American Spectator have moved to a subscription model and put up a paywall that kicks in after readers access a limited number of free articles. They have nevertheless graciously agreed to make access available to links posted on Power Line. The Spectator’s lead column today is Jeremy Lott’s “Mike Bloomberg, meet Paul Harvey.”. Related: The Federalist’s Sean Davis channels Paul Harvey in “So God made a »

The Democrats’ Doom Loop

Featured imageIt’s still early, but the Democratic Party nomination process reminds me of Yogi Berra’s line about center field at Yankee stadium: “It gets late early out there.” It’s already late for the Democrats, and it is becoming clear that the Democrats are doomed this year. At the debate tomorrow night, Bloomberg is going to be the big target because he’s got the means to challenge everybody. The big beneficiary will »

Bernie Ascendant [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageThe latest round of polling shows Bernie Sanders pulling away from the field with a 12-point lead, causing a rival campaign to worry that on Super Tuesday, “Sanders could build an insurmountable delegate lead.” And 538 now has Sanders as the favorite in the race, with an open convention in second place. My only regret is that I didn’t buy popcorn futures when prices were still low. I think that »

Regarding John Bolton: A reply to Scott Johnson

Featured imageIn a post called “Jeff Sessions: The Open Questions,” Scott critiqued a post I wrote about the demonization of John Bolton. My post was called “It’s John Bolton’s turn.” My post objected to the treatment by some conservatives of Sessions and Bolton. Scott discussed both ex-Trump administration officials. I replied to the portion of Scott’s post pertaining to Sessions here. Now, I will reply to the portion pertaining to Bolton. »

CRB: Going off the rails

Featured imageThe Claremont Review of Books has just published its new (Winter) issue. Thanks to the editors, I reviewed the issue in galley to pick out four pieces to roll out this for Power Line readers. As always, I encourage readers to become subscribers (subscribe here) for the absurdly low price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. This issue features essays by the likes of Amy Wax »

The Left Is Awash In Money

Featured imageJeff Bezos announced today that he will spend $10 billion to “fight climate change.” How, exactly, will his money alter the climate? [Bezos] said the Bezos Earth Fund would help back scientists, activists, non-government organizations and any other effort that “offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” So the money will go to “scientists, activists [and] non-government organizations”–in other words, the Left. I can guarantee »