Levar Stoney, the black Democratic mayor of Richmond, Virginia, made the executive decision to remove a statue of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson on Monument Avenue to "expedite the healing process for the city." This demonstrated how cities with liberal majorities can take down statues in an orderly fashion without vandalizing them or pulling ...Read more
Everything about the June 30 press conference with Joe Biden underlines how the snarling, vicious watchdogs of the Trump administration will transform into cuddly little lapdogs if Biden is elected president.
Biden began with a 20-minute speech, and CNN and MSNBC ran the whole speech live. These networks often refuse to air White House press ...Read more
Radicalism in America's largest cities seems impervious to reason. Consider this headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Despite a wave of violence, Minneapolis 'defund police' effort continues: An influential bloc of City Council members is pressing ahead with plans to dismantle the department as a monthlong eruption of gunfire sent tremors ...Read more
On May 20, CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" aired one of those jokey interviews between CNN host Chris Cuomo and his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor had submitted himself to a coronavirus test on camera. Chris decided to mock the size of his brother's nostrils by unveiling a series of ever-larger Q-Tips (or test swabs) and cracked his ...Read more
One of the cultural shocks following the death of George Floyd under a policeman's knee is the vandalism and destruction of statues across America. Usually, these statues are posted on public land by public officials with public assent ... even if that came many years ago.
It's not undemocratic to advocate for statues of men now considered ...Read more
On June 15, former national security adviser John Bolton sat down for an interview with ABC's Martha Raddatz to promote his new "tell-all" book and was expected to rip the bark off the Trump White House. ABC is airing it Sunday during prime time ... just like it aired a prime-time interview with former FBI Director James Comey in 2018 to promote...Read more
Liberals are beginning to swagger around as if the 2020 election is already over. Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post exclaimed that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is "beginning to look like the Titanic." Joe Biden should be preparing his inauguration remarks.
One reason for this arrogance is the absolutely punishing media ...Read more
In August 2016, The Washington Post promoted a new book by its reporters titled "Trump Revealed" that sounded an alarm. A book blurb from USA Today announced, "Any voter who is not already devoted to Trump's cause will find plenty of reason to think long and hard about whether to support him after reading this book."
The Post wrote no book in ...Read more
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was at the red-hot center of the Robert Mueller probe into the phantom menace of Donald Trump's collusion with the Russians. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3.
You may not know that happened. ABC, CBS and NBC ignored it that night. PBS gave the story 55 seconds. NPR gave ...Read more
On May 21, the CNN "Reliable Sources" newsletter mocked the governor of Florida under the headline "Stuck in his safe space: DeSantis hides on Fox." The governor holds press briefings to take questions from Florida reporters, but he hasn't said yes to CNN or MSNBC or CBS, all of which have requested an interview.
To conservatives, this kind of ...Read more
On May 27, the American coronavirus death toll rose to six figures: 100,000 lives lost. That's a very sad number, made sadder when we ponder that the virus prevents loved ones from saying goodbye in person and makes any funeral an extremely small event.
America's largest national newspapers have all made dramatic front pages out of the number. ...Read more
A bevy of bloggers on the right have highlighted one of the most dramatic examples of comparative coronavirus bias: those reckless Southern Republican governors in Georgia or Florida, who allegedly love commerce more than human lives, versus New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, our apparent national lodestar of competence.
The Republicans get the heat; ...Read more
President Donald Trump has tweeted feverishly about "Obamagate," which is loosely defined as everything the Obama-Biden team did using their executive branch powers to ruin Trump's candidacy (and then presidency). The Trump-loathing press has responded with an unusual tactic. The self-appointed guardians of democracy who have auditioned ...Read more
Feminist author Susan Faludi made a lame attempt in The New York Times to help feminists escape from the hypocrisy of believing all female "survivors" of sexual harassment or assault. Somehow, Faludi claimed that feminists never said you should believe all women.
The headline was "'Believe All Women' Is a Right-Wing Trap: How Feminists Got ...Read more
The 2020 Associated Press Stylebook is being published soon, and the AP is not humble about what it represents. "The style of The Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing," they boast, and the book offers a sturdy path to the AP's "famous" brand of "clarity and professionalism."
In recent years, conservatives have seen the AP's ...Read more
The late Tim Russert had a reputation of meticulous preparation for his Sunday turns on "Meet the Press." Guests from both parties feared what Russert would dig up and bring to the table. Russert hired Chuck Todd from The Hotline newsletter in 2007 to be an NBC political reporter. But Todd doesn't seem to be channeling the spirit of Russert in ...Read more
If the "first rough draft of history" in the news media sounds dubious, the second draft made by Hollywood will almost certainly be worse. I'm not talking about documentaries, which can be judged as journalism. I'm talking about movies and TV shows, which will inevitably be pressed to dramatize things so they are evermore loosely "based on real ...Read more
Rumors were rampant in mid-April when North Korea's communist despot, Kim Jong Un, disappeared from public view at a surprising time: when the entire benighted citizenry of the country is required to worship his grandfather Kim Il Sung as some kind of Marxist deity. In a country this shackled, we would expect reliable news media to tread lightly...Read more
The Hollywood Reporter recently broke a scoop about the latest Netflix documentary from the Obamas, designed to offer us an oasis of joy as we suffer through the coronavirus pandemic. It's called "Becoming," and it will be available worldwide on May 6. As the title suggests, it promotes Michelle Obama's memoir of the same name, which has sold ...Read more
Throughout the Trump era, the media have hated President Donald Trump for both coming and going. They condemned him for not having "formal" press briefings. Now they condemn him for having them.
The Washington Post and The New York Times augmented their aggression on the briefings by doing content analysis of the transcripts. Research by ...Read more