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Good Morning America Gives Cute Seal 12x More Coverage Than Soros Leaks

25th August 2016

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Documents exposing billionaire George Soros’ agenda have been public for more than a week, but that ranked lower than a cute seal, according to ABC’s Good Morning America.

Can’t blame them — the seal is a lot cuter than George Soros. Come to think of it, a tree stump is a lot cuter than George Soros.

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BIAS ALERT: New York Times Finds Latest Clinton Foundation Bombshell Unfit to Print

25th August 2016

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The Associated Press scoop Tuesday found that at least 85 of 154 people who got an audience with Hillary Clinton while she led the State Department had donated to her family charity. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million and included private citizens with business before the government. It’s as close to a “pay to play” smoking gun as has emerged to date.

Yet, the investigative report appeared nowhere in Wednesday’s 46-page print edition. Coming weeks after a front-page story basically saying journalists feel free to be subjective in the current race because Trump is such a threat to the Republic, critics of the “paper of record” say it smells like fish wrap.

Despite the paper’s famed “Fit to Print” motto, “The truth is that only news that fits the party line gets printed,” said Michael Goodwin, a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor who worked at the Times for 10 years.

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BIAS ALERT: Media Links Lochte, Trump – Even Though Swimmer Supported Obama

23rd August 2016

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Olympian Ryan Lochte behaved like an ugly American and then lied about it, so he must be a Trump supporter, right?

Media outlets led by the Huffington Post have decided so. Nothing other than the swimming star’s bad behavior was enough to send the website’s Cynthia Dill on a flight of fancy – and bizarre assumptions.

“How much do you want to bet that Ryan Lochte is a Donald Trump supporter?” Dill wrote, derisively referring to both Trump and Lochte as “bros.” “And is it me, or does shirtless Lochte in the pool resemble shirtless … Putin, Trump’s idol, on a horse?”

An Associated Press article titled, “For Trump and Lochte, the delicate politics of contrition,” by Nancy Benac, highlighted Trump and Lochte’s apologies and pointed out that neither “fully owned up to exactly what he’d done wrong.”

Uh, sounds more like Clinton than Trump, but of course Trump is the new Hitler.

“Lochte and Trump are a pair of arrogant, ignorant jerks who believe that neither conduct nor character actually matters, and who feel entitled to rescue themselves from any sticky situation through the strategic application of lies and money,” O’Hehir wrote.

Uh, sounds more like Clinton than Trump, but of course Trump is the new Hitler.

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Bill McKibben Goes Full Jackboot on Climate Change

22nd August 2016

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Bill McKibben wants the world to wage war against Climate Change, by giving governments full wartime powers to seize private property and coerce businesses into supporting the effort, and with strict government control of the economy.

Sky falling. Film at 11. Women and minorities hardest hit.

If I had written a post anywhere near as outrageous as McKibben’s jingoistic demand for a war on climate, his demand for wholesale surrender of liberty and property rights to government, I would be called a fascist. But because McKibben is a green, he gets a free pass from mainstream media to demand the unthinkable.

Yeah, a lot of that going around.

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Facebook Falsely Claims Colin Powell Cleared Hillary In Email Case

20th August 2016

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Facebook’s “Trending Topics” section is at it again. Saturday morning the site ran a headline in the section declaring, “Colin Powell: Former Secretary of State Confirms He Recommended Using Personal Email to Hillary Clinton.” The only problem is Powell made no such declaration and he denied Clinton’s claim.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Nets Give Lying Swimmers 6 Times the Coverage of Iran Cash Handoff

19th August 2016

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Hey. Priorities.

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Lesbian Website Issues 2,620-Word Apology for Liking Salma Hayek’s Performance as Animated Gay Taco

19th August 2016

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I am not making this up.

Update: David French at National Review reacts about as you would expect.

The apology actually contains a sentence that says this, “We heard from readers who questioned the consent of the sexual encounter between the taco and the hot dog bun.” That’s a real sentence someone wrote in response to real complaints. I think. At least I’m still pretty sure it’s not parody.

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The New Yorker Assumes ‘Libtard’ Is Rush’s ‘Favorite Epithet’; Ann Althouse Proves He’s Never Said It on Air

18th August 2016

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Well, everybody at the New Yorker knows he loves it, whether he actually said it or not.

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CNN Tries to Nuance Sylville Smith’s Sister’s Call for Violence In ‘Suburbs’

18th August 2016

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On CNN New Day Wednesday morning, Chris Cuomo brought up the video of Sylville Smith’s sister, calling for violence in the suburbs getting widespread attention, though the initial part of her message calling for nonviolence in their community, was. “That part of the bite was not widely used,” Cuomo said, conveniently leaving out that CNN was the one who left out the rest of the soundbite, initially.

Well, we’ll just gloss over that part.

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Whites Need Not Apply: Journalist Fellowship Offered Only to ‘Journalists of Color’

18th August 2016

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Martin Reynolds, the fellowship director, spoke to this me over the phone Wednesday afternoon. When asked whether white journalists should bother applying to the program, Reynolds pointed to the fact the grant is for journalists of color. Asked what “colors” specifically, Reynolds said racial and ethnic minorities.

I pointed out that I am Argentine and asked whether this would allow me to qualify for this opportunity. Reynolds then asked if I was a “white male” and I responded in the affirmative, but pointed out that I’m still an ethnic minority. Reynolds then said that people “understand” if they operate within a “community of color.” The fellowship director said that he doesn’t require a photo of the applicant to check their color because he trusts their “integrity.”

When asked if the program is discriminatory, Reynolds said “no.” He viewed the program as necessary to cover a disparity in journalism. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in employment.

Just in case you were wondering why ‘journalism’ is so defective.

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About Those Loser ‘Trumpkins’

16th August 2016

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In the land of NeverTrump, it turns out one American is more reviled than Donald Trump. This would be the Donald Trump voter.

Lincoln famously described government as of, by, and for the people. Even so, the people are now getting a hard lesson about what happens when they reject the advice of their betters and go with a nominee of their own choosing. What happens is an outpouring of condescension and contempt.

This contempt is most naked on the left. No surprise here, for two reasons. First, since at least Woodrow Wilson progressives have always preferred rule by a technocratic elite over democracy. Second, today’s Democratic Party routinely portrays its Republican Party rivals as an assortment of nasty ists (racists, sexists, nativists, etc.) making war on minorities, women, foreigners and innocent goatherds who somehow end up in Guantanamo.

Thus Mr. Trump confirms to many on the left what they have always told themselves about the GOP. A New York Times writer put it this way: “Donald Trump’s supporters know exactly what he stands for: hatred of immigrants, racial superiority, a sneering disregard of the basic civility that binds a society.”

Still, the contempt for the great Republican unwashed does not emanate exclusively from liberals or Democrats. Thanks to Mr. Trump’s run for office, it is now ascendant in conservative and Republican quarters as well.

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The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs

12th August 2016

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Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women and minorities hardest hit. Voice of the Crust … you can fill in the rest.

The deeper problem facing the United States is how to provide meaningful work and good wages for the tens of millions of truck drivers, accountants, factory workers and office clerks whose jobs will disappear in coming years because of robots, driverless vehicles and “machine learning” systems.

Note the immediate ‘progressive’ cannonball into the Aggretation Fallacy: Somehow this is a problem ‘facing the United States’. Uh, no it isn’t — except in the minds of those who see every problem as a problem ‘for all of us’ (i.e. for government to solve).

Note the immediate ‘progressive’ assumption that ‘meaningful work and good wages’ are something that need to be ‘provided’ (i.e by government, because who else could do it?).

And, of course: government by ‘progressives’ — because (a) they’re smart enough to see the problem, as you are not, and (b) they’re smart enough to figure out a solution, as you are not (or at least their intentions are good, and that’s all that really counts).

The political debate needs to engage the taboo topic of guaranteeing economic security to families — through a universal basic income, or a greatly expanded earned-income tax credit, or a 1930s-style plan for public-works employment. Ranting about bad trade deals won’t begin to address the problem.

Another thing that the ‘political debate’ needs to ‘engage’ is who is going to pay for all this. ‘Progressives’ seem to assume that the money is just out there somewhere and will show up when it’s required.

They actually pay people to write this crap.

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Gov’t Study Finds Michelle Obama’s School Lunches Are Making Kids Fat

11th August 2016

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Having watched Michelle walk up stairs, this doesn’t surprise me. She’s the last person I’d go to for nutrition advice.

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Report: Twitter Secretly Censored Criticism of Obama

11th August 2016

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

According to Buzzfeed News, citing a company insider, then-CEO Dick Costolo secretly ordered Twitter employees to filter out abusive replies to the president during his May 2015 #AskPOTUS digital town hall. The company did so both by creating an algorithm to automatically filter out abuse and by manually removing certain tweets that slipped through.

Buzzfeed’s report is based on multiple inside sources, one of whom said that many senior employees were kept in the dark about the censorship in fear they would strongly object.

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No, Barack Obama Isn’t A Feminist. He’s A Self-Aggrandizing Tool.

10th August 2016

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How should Americans change themselves? Obama explained: “We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online. We need to keep changing the attitude that teaches men to feel threatened by the presence and success of women.”

This sort of unearned moral righteousness induces nausea. Notice that Obama doesn’t offer any solutions to these supposedly widespread problems — he just throws out the notion that he understands women’s problems. To borrow some feminist language, that’s an extraordinarily patriarchal attitude — to condescend to tell women that you understand their problems and therefore need not present solutions. As the subtext goes, all women really want is someone who can feel along with them.

That’s a big part of the ‘progressive’ toolbox: It doesn’t matter if what you do has a good or a bad effect; so long as your intentions are good, it is credited to you as righteousness.

But it’s worse than that. According to Obama, “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.” But why should anyone be rewarded for their sexuality? Do we reward people for other bodily functions and choices? Do we reward people for their eating habits? How about their bowel movements? The only sort of sexuality that society should celebrate is the kind that takes place responsibly within the bounds of marriage, given that if sexuality produces children, we want children to be born into solid, two-parent families, with their parents present. Society should be — at best — neutral about other sorts of sexuality. It seems bizarre that feminism should ask for promiscuity to be treated as virtue for women just because bad people have done so for men.

Make sense? Why? It never has before.

This stuff isn’t feminism. It’s just politically correct virtue-signaling.

Got it in one.

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Jill Stein’s Dangerous Anti-Science Campaign

10th August 2016

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Stein’s plan to court left-wing voters disillusioned with the Democrats worked better than political watchers had anticipated. Her media stock rose as she engaged in pointed anti-Clinton rhetoric. In Stein’s world, Hillary Clinton is irredeemably corrupt with an appetite for war and loathing for the environment. Never mind that Clinton’s actual voting record doesn’t support the caricature. Stein’s barbs aren’t meant to reveal truth, rather provoke. Her style is remarkably similar to Donald Trump in its vapidity. One of her nastiest tweets attacked Clinton as a mother.

Green Party pandering for media attention has begun to take a more dangerous turn as Stein winks at dangerous conspiracy theories. Her comments in seeming support of the anti-vaccination fringe raise alarm, especially because she’s repeated variations of them in multiple settings.

The problem is that ‘environmentalism’ is a religion, and religions never feel easy with actual science, no matter what sort of window-dressing they put on their dogma.

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Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson: Today’s Journalists ‘Cowards, Trite and Stupid’

10th August 2016

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Tucker Carlson, the 47-year-old editor in chief of The Daily Caller, is not gun-shy about expressing his opinion of today’s journalists: “They’re cowards, utterly conventional, trite and stupid,” he seethed to the Observer by phone earlier this month, adding “They go to Twitter to figure out what they’re supposed to believe.”

The pundit, who made his name as the conservative co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, also backs up his belief in his company’s recruiting practices. “I’ve never hired anyone who went to journalism school, and I never would. They’re boring rich kids with an overabundance of parental money,” said Carlson, whose father Richard, a veteran of print and television news, also served as ambassador to the Seychelles under President George H.W. Bush.

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Trump Slammed for All-Male Economic Team, Obama Got a Pass

9th August 2016

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Immediately after Republican nominee Donald Trump announced his economic policy team, the headlines and Tweets focusing on gender came fast and furious:

Washington Post’s Jim Tankersley and Jose DelReal: “Six Men Named Steve But No Women.”

Politico’s Nick Gass: Trump Unveils All-Male Economic Advisory Team

Newsweek’s Emily Cadei:  DONALD TRUMP’S ECONOMIC ADVISERS: 11 Businessmen, One Economist, Zero Women

Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein: There Are 13 People On Donald Trump’s New Economic Advisory Council. All 13 Are Men

Think Progress’ Judd Legum: Trump’s New 13 Person Economic Advisory Council Includes No Women.

That’s just a sample.

And you’ll never guess which one of these reporters or editors wrote about the photo below that depicts President Obama’s cabinet that appears to be quite exclusive to men back in 2012.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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‘Mankind has eaten into its year’s supply of natural resources – in just seven months’

9th August 2016

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Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women and minorities hardest hit.

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Toronto Reporter and Baby’s Mother: Press Made Up ‘Trump Kicked Baby Out of Rally’ Story

9th August 2016

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Of course they did. After all, Trump is such an unusually bad person that they are justified in any trick they can think of, including flat lies.

When the Washington Post’s notoriously inconsistent fact checker Glenn Kessler feels he has to defend Donald Trump against a false claim, you know it must be a whopper. That was the case with the meme which arose last week that Trump, in words found at the New York Daily News, “booted a fussy baby from a rally Tuesday because the tot was wailing over the businessman’s speech.”

However, instead of giving several media outlets and the Hillary Clinton campaign the formal Four-Pinocchio “whopper” evaluation, Kessler merely gave Trump a “Geppetto checkmark” for telling the truth, and gave those who reported it and Team Hillary an unwarranted pass: “We can see why some reporters ran with this tale, based only on the videotape.”

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Media Justify Anti-Trump Bias, Claim He’s Too ‘Dangerous’ for Normal Rules

9th August 2016

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And the masks come off.

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Balance, Fairness and a Proudly Provocative Presidential Candidate

8th August 2016

Jim Rutenberg, proud Voice of the Crust, takes the mask off.

If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

In other words, so-called journalistic objectivity is just a Clever Plastic Disguise that applies only when the ‘news’ doesn’t get too far beyond the Narrative.

It’s much dodgier for conventional news reporters to treat this year’s political debate as one between “normal” and “abnormal,” as the Vox editor in chief Ezra Klein put it recently.

In a sense, that’s just what reporters are doing. And it’s unavoidable. Because Mr. Trump is conducting his campaign in ways we’ve not normally seen.

In other words, it’s All Trump’s Fault for being such an outlier that it forces, forces ‘journalists’ to dump impartiality and support the Narrative. Yup. All Trump’s Fault.

For a proper fisking, go here.

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Cokie Roberts Tries to Play the Sexism Card for Hillary

8th August 2016

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This weekend, Cokie Roberts claimed that Donald Trump’s characterization of Hillary Clinton as “unhinged” is “totally code for we shouldn’t elect a woman.”

This is a big stretch.  Plenty of people have called Donald Trump unhinged, including Joe Scarborough, the conservative website RedState, a writer for the DailyKos..and that’s just in the last two weeks.

There is nothing sexist about the term, or questioning whether a candidate has the mental capacity and relationship with reality to make a good president.  People feel free to question if Trump has the judgment and capacity to serve as commander in chief – Hillary Clinton has called him “unmoored” and President Obama called him “unfit.”

Mrs. Clinton can clearly give as good as she gets in trading insults, and there is no reason to try to claim that any attack on her is sexist just because she’s a woman.

As a wise man once said, ‘If you hear the dog whistle, then you’re the dog.’

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The New York Times Admits ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Not ‘High-Powered’

5th August 2016

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Which is very white of them.

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Jimmy Kimmel Misleads Hillary Clinton Supporters Into Agreeing With Donald Trump Quotes

5th August 2016

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I suspect it wasn’t all that hard.

When you’ve said ‘low information voter’ … you’ve said it all.

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5 Key Takeaways From Alarming New Climate Report

4th August 2016

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Actually, there are only two:

  1. The sky is falling.
  2. Give us money, lots of money, to fix it.

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Obeidallah Goes Berserk After CNN Guest Recalls Khan Ties to Clintons

4th August 2016

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Appearing on Tuesday’s New Day, liberal Daily Beast contributor and recurring CNN guest Dean Obeidallah went ballistic after a fellow guest and Donald Trump supporter recalled that Khizr Khan has a history of ties to the Clintons as the immigration expert was an employee of the law firm Hogan Lovells LLP, which not only has represented the Clinton Foundation but also worked on immigration cases involving the controversial EB-5 visa program.

After former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer recalled Khan’s connections to the Clintons, the two got into a heated debate as Obeidallah incredulously accused the Trump supporter of “smearing” Khan by merely introducing his links to the Clintons into the political conversation.

Well, I can see where asserting a connection to the Clintons might be thought of as a ‘smear’ … if not true.

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Slavery Reparations Sought in First Black Lives Matter Agenda

4th August 2016

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So it’s not really about Lives, it’s about Money.

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Flaws in the ‘Lone Wolf’ Analysis

3rd August 2016

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Beginning in the late twentieth century, the West became enthralled by the term “lone wolf” and began using it to denote perpetrators of particularly heinous crimes who act without the assistance of other criminals. The term has become practically ubiquitous with journalists, analysts and politicians now instinctively applying it not only to psychopaths like Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes and Newtown, Connecticut child-killer Adam Lanza, but also to jihadists, even when they attack in pairs, like roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farooq and Tashfeen Malik. Rarely has a term so frequently used been so inconsistently applied.

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To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity

3rd August 2016

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My local newspaper, the Sonoma County Press-Democrat, is so clearly in the tank for Hillary Clinton that I no longer take pleasure in my morning read. Trump’s acceptance speech, for example, was covered on the front page with two stories: on the left a straight, albeit somewhat judgmental, account of the speech, and on the right a “fact check” that disputed every point made by the GOP nominee. Clinton’s speech was covered with three front page stories, with headlines describing her nomination as “historic,” “inspiring” and “trailblazing.” A relatively mild fact-checking piece was relegated to the back pages.

This transparent bias is a national phenomenon, infecting both print and television media to such an extent that it has become almost impossible to separate coverage of the Trump campaign from attempts to tear it down. The media has long been accused of having a liberal slant, but in this cycle journalists seem to have cast themselves as defenders of the republic against what they see as a major threat, and in playing this role they’ve lost the ability to assess events rationally.

And this is in the L.A. Times, a usually-reliable Voice of the Crust.

They’re not even pretending any more.

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The Growing Zika Threat–and Congress’s Inaction

2nd August 2016

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Recently I wrote about why Washington gridlock is probably not the only reason Congress did not pass any of President Barack Obama‘s request for funds to fight Zika. It seems that lawmakers have not appreciated the severity of the Zika threat thus far.

Uh, dude? Not every problem is a problem for Congress, okay? Unless it’s a seriously contagious disease, it’s a local problem.

“Ron Klain was the White House Ebola response coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015. He is now an external adviser to the Skoll Global Threats Fund.” Ah, I see. His income depends on there being no local problems. Well, that’s good to know.

Somewhat annoying to find crap like this in the Wall Street Journal.

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Clinton Fact-Checked on ‘Truthful’ Claim in Email Scandal

2nd August 2016

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Hillary Clinton is getting hammered for saying on “Fox News Sunday” that FBI Director James Comey confirmed her statements on her email scandal were “truthful” – with one prominent fact-checker giving the claim four “Pinocchios.”

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6 Feminist Myths That Will Not Die

31st July 2016

Christina Hoff Summers, in usually-reliable Voice of the Crust Time magazine, draws the line.

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women….

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SJW ‘Ghostbusters’ Flops to No. 8

30th July 2016

The Other McCain is not surprised.

The feminist remake of Ghostbusters has predictably failed at the box office. After opening at No. 2 its first weekend ($46 million gross in the U.S., behind The Secret Life of Pets), last weekend the ‘busters went bust, tumbling all the way to No. 5 ($21 million). This was a one-week decline of 54% in ticket sales, and three new films, including Star Trek Beyond, joined The Secret Life of Pets ahead of Ghostbusters. In its third week, however, Ghostbusters slid further, falling to No. 8 Friday, according to a Box Office Mojo estimate. To understand just how bad of an overhyped flop this is, compare Ghostbusters to Hotel Transylvania 2.

What? You’ve never heard of Hotel Transylvania 2? This G-rated animated comedy sequel opened last September with $48 million in gross domestic receipts its first weekend, which made it No. 1 at the box office. For the next two weeks it was in second place, and Hotel Transylvania 2 remained in the top five all the way to early November. In its first five weeks, the film grossed more than $150 million.

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Late Night Comics Declare Allegiance to Hillary Clinton

30th July 2016

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Of course. Who ever heard of a right-wing comic? The best one could hope for is somebody like George Carlin who, while left-wing, poked fun at many of the pet tropes of the left like environmentalism.

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Trump Left Out of Google Search for Presidential Candidates

28th July 2016

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We’re not biased, no sirree!

No sign of Gary Johnson, either.

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New York Times Edited Bernie Sanders Article for Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

28th July 2016

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Emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee reveal that Nicholas Confessore suppressed information about Hillary Clinton’s victory fund in an article he wrote about Bernie Sanders. The New York Times political correspondent made the omissions at the request of Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Marc E. Elias, and DNC officials.

The emails, published by Wikileaks, also appear to show that Confessore made other edits to the article at the request of former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. After Confessore’s revisions, DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach suggested that the DNC Chairwoman grant an off-the-record interview to a group of New York Times writers.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Milo Yiannopoulos’ Twitter Ban Emphasises the Importance of Eradicating On-Campus Hate Speech

28th July 2016

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Yiannopoulos’ actions do not represent freedom of speech, but rather emphasise the lack of control online platforms have over their audiences. At university, the ability to ensure audiences are not abused, upset or attacked as a result of a platform is far easier to monitor than online, and preventing hate speech from seeping into the norm of student life does not mean students are being ‘shielded’ from the real-world. There is a difference between ensuring educated students are provided access to speakers of contradictory views and allowing online hate speech to reach a huge, unfiltered audience.

A Voice of the Crust explains why suppressing free speech is necessary to get free speech. I think.

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Punking the Haters

28th July 2016

David Cole is having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.

In a normal election year, it would be big news: one of the largest and most influential newspapers in the U.S. fooled by a small cadre of internet trolls into publishing a completely false piece about a GOP presidential candidate. In a normal election year, a story like that would dominate the conservative news cycle for several days at least. Raging Glenn Beck types would demand that the editors explain the reason for the complete abandonment of journalistic ethics that led to the massive error, and there would probably be calls for the reporter responsible for the piece to be fired.

Hell, in a normal election year, a story like that might even seep into the mainstream news cycle, with “media critics” wailing like Björk over the decline of newsroom standards and practices.

But this isn’t a normal election year, as if anyone needs me to point that out.

Well, some people appear to need reminding from time to time.

Speaking of that, who is this intrepid sleuth wearing the fedora with an index card saying “press” neatly tucked into the fabric band? Why, it’s none other than ace millennial newshound Caitlin Dewey. Dewey is The Washington Post’s “digital culture critic.” She earned her bones as a star reporter through years of hard work—tiring nights walking a beat, pursuing leads that often went cold, uncovering graft and corruption at the highest levels of society. Just kidding; she won an essay contest sponsored by The New York Times in which college students were asked to describe their last breakup.

Wow. Here’s your replacement for the SATs. (And I’m sure she pronounces it ‘Kate-Lynn’ rather than the correct Irish ‘Kaht-leen’.)

Regarding U.S. presidential elections, what if everything we know is wrong? What if someone did everything the “wrong” way, and what if that person still won? If Trump wins, the rules will never again be respected as they were. An entire class of political hacks will lose their jobs, fatally exposed as naked emperors. So I don’t want Trump to start doing things the “right” way, or to become “presidential,” or coherent, or “kind and gentle,” or toned down, or “friendlier.” I want him to continue tweeting idiotic memes while pissing on the idea of creating a functioning ground game in swing states. I want him to continue to make funny faces, and to sling childish insults, and to say in an insulting way something that a more “serious” candidate would sugarcoat for wider acceptance. I want the son of a bitch to act as unpresidential as humanly possible. I want The Washington Post and every other “paper of record” to keep attacking him, and I want the conservative establishment to join in.

Pass the popcorn.

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NFL’s Richard Sherman Says ‘All Lives Matter,’ Huff Po Freaks Out

28th July 2016

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Perhaps the true measure of how far a society has slipped into the abyss, is not by looking at what people say, but instead, looking at what people are not allowed to say.

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Profs Aeigh In on GOP Convention: Trump Is Using ‘Coded Racist Language’

27th July 2016

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‘Coded racist language’ is Academic for ‘he hasn’t said anything racist so we have to make it up’.

As a wise man once said, ‘If you can read the code, then you’re the racist.’

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Thought for the Day: Heil Hillary

27th July 2016

Yeah, you know it isn’t and I know it isn’t but what would the mainstream media (not to mention the lefty kooks) say about that if a Republican did it? Oh, wait, they already did….

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The Associated Press Plays the Race Card

27th July 2016

John Hinderaker pulls back the curtain.

The Associated Press was once a straightforward, relatively nonpolitical news source, but those days are long gone. Now some of the most hard-core Democratic Party advocacy comes from the AP. Thus, it is no surprise that the AP is trying to advance the Democrats’ narrative that Trump is a bigot.

“Coded racial language” is big on the left, but note that so far, the AP hasn’t quoted a single word that Donald Trump actually said. Not one. The AP goes on in the same vein, quoting Trump’s far-left critics, but never citing any of Trump’s own words.

There is much more along the same lines; read it for yourself if you like. The next day, July 23, the AP came out with another anti-Trump racial smear: “Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message.” It is more of the same: Trump doesn’t actually say anything about race, but we liberals will tell you what he really means.

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How to Ditch a Media That Vets Its Stories With the DNC

27th July 2016

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The Democratic convention has arrived. If they only go positive, they can get a bigger bounce than the small one it looks like Republicans got. That’s before considering their news media advantages, which the WikiLeaks emails in last week prove are just as intentional as the Right has thought for years. They weren’t just feeding stories to impressionable journalists, but the more enthusiastic partisans were sending stories to the Democratic National Committee for pre-publishing approval.

Take a deep breath and try not to be distracted by the phrase ‘a media’. (These people went to college, although you’d never know it.)

 

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A Wasted Opportunity

27th July 2016

Jonah Goldberg was not impressed by Bill Clinton’s speech.

I’m not saying there weren’t effective bits. But my God that speech was boring unless you’re already fascinated by Hillary Clinton. He could have been extremely effective as the attack dog — a role he relished in previous conventions. He could have tried to appeal to the core of what was once his base: the Bubba vote. He could have spoken seriously about terrorism or immigration and other wedge issues that hurt the Democrats right now. Instead he opted to reassure the ranks of law professors, legal aid activists, bureaucrats, congressional committee staffers and other apparatchiks that Hillary Clinton has always been the sort of progressive to sport a COEXIST bumper sticker on her car.

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Prominent Glass-Ceiling Breakers Lament Women Who Won’t Back Clinton

26th July 2016

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Some of Hillary Clinton’s contemporaries who helped shatter glass ceilings in their own professions are exasperated that their female friends aren’t planning to help elect the country’s first woman president.

“I am never going to speak to you again unless you vote,” lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart said she told a female friend in her 60s who plans to stay home Election Day.

You’d think it was the Miss America contest. Apparently it doesn’t occur to these ‘glass-ceiling breakers’ that the Presidency is an actual job with actual requirements and actual duties that are actually important. Just having two X chromosomes isn’t enough.

“We as women should be so proud that there is a strong and viable candidate,” said Ms. Stewart, a Clinton supporter. “Yet there are women who are not even thinking about her as a woman. They are just listening to criticisms of her that she is a liar.”

Perhaps whether she is a liar is more significant than whether she is a woman? Just maybe?

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Prince George ‘accused of white privilege’ by British Council boss

26th July 2016

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Angela Gibbins, Head of Global Estates for the cultural relations organisation, which is partially funded by the taxpayer, made the comments in response to a photo on social media captioned: “I know he’s only two years old [sic], but Prince George already looks like a f****** d***head”, according to The Sun.

Posting a message beneath the picture of the young prince, she reportedly wrote: “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantages and will never know any difficulties or hardships in life”.

Feel the love.

In response to criticisms online, the 52-year-old Ms Gibbins is said to have responded: “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions.

Yet another right-wing hater. Oh, wait….

Now, imagine what would have happened had she said that about some black kid.

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AP Headlines ‘Positive’ Dem Convention, Ignores Bernie Fans’ ‘Lock Her Up!’ Chants

26th July 2016

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Though they haven’t yet completed covering things up, Hillary Clinton’s journalistic defense team at the Associated Press has swung into gear at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Thought for the Day: Headlines

25th July 2016

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In WashPost, Trump Gets Photo Bombed, Hillary Is Love Bombed

25th July 2016

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The Washington Post isn’t good at being subtle when it comes to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s quite easy to figure out which one is the Democrat, simply from the photos and photo illustrations they chose on the last two Sundays.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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