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Bernie Sanders’s Dark Age Economics

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Bernie Sanders, the Brooklyn socialist who represents Vermont in the Senate, generated a great deal of mirth on Tuesday when he wondered aloud how it is that a society with 23 kinds of deodorant and 18 kinds of sneakers* has hungry children,” Kevin D. Williamson writes at NRO: Setting aside the fact that we must […]

Gaslighting, Then and Now

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Bill Clinton is the greatest gaslighter in modern American politics,” Jonah Goldberg notes in his latest G-File. Click over for the Wikipedia definition of the term if you’re unfamiliar with it; after which Jonah writes: A truly sociopathic liar (though his sociopathologies hardly end there), Clinton has a gift for making other people feel like […]

How to Answer the Question of the Week

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

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John Kerry Looking for Payback Against Clinton Shiv in 2004?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Like millions of other voters, I rolled my eyes at the news last night the State Department would be releasing Hillary’s emails, albeit likely in heavily redacted form, in January of 2016, just in time to make maximum trouble for Hillary’s election bid. “So, why *did* John Kerry pick January 2016 to roll out the […]

48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“I’m With the Media, Screw You,” the late Newsweek bureau chief Ginny Carroll publicly admitted on C-Span to wearing at the 1992 GOP convention, neatly summing up her industry’s attitude to conservatives, their audience, and the truth. At Big Journalism today, John Nolte has a must-read “Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the […]

The 1.6 Percent Versus the World

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“No one knows the exact figure, but a decent estimate tells us that there are about 900,000 police officers in the United States,” Richard Epstein wrote earlier this month at the Hoover Institute, after the radical left’s latest attempt to wage war against them, in Baltimore. In a post titled “Police and Transgenderism” on his personal blog, […]

Democrats Sic Identity Politics on Their Own

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“In my experience, people argue identity when they don’t want to argue policy. And the reason they don’t want to argue policy, usually, is that they’re wrong,” Glenn Reynolds writes in USA Today: But in arguing that everyone who disagrees with them is a racist, or a sexist, or a tool of Big Money, or […]

Was the Iraq War a Mistake?

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“It’s become the gotcha question for Republicans seeking to win their party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential campaign: Knowing what we know now, would you have ordered U.S. forces into Iraq?,” Michael Rubin writes at Commentary: Would the Islamic State have existed if the United States had not gone to war? Saddam Hussein turned toward […]

‘Let’s Celebrate the Death of the Mainstream Media!’

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Kurt Schlichter of Townhall runs down the myriad scandals and what they tell us about the “objective” pose of the legacy media: So, do we really need to rehash the litany of the mainstream media’s recent follies, foibles and fiascos? Oh, hell yes. We have NBC News paying talentless Parental Lotto champ Chelsea Clinton $600,000 […]

ABC Colleague: George Stephanopoulos ‘Really Isn’t a Journalist’

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“It has been a rough weekend for ABC News’s embattled chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, and an even worse Sunday,” Lloyd Grove writes at the Daily Beast: If ABC’s chief anchor thought two apologies over his undeclared Clinton Foundation donations would be enough to pacify his critics, he was wrong. It has been a rough weekend […]

Stephanopoulos Has Got to Go

Sunday, May 17th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

ABC News isn’t an understaffed, under-capitalized small town newspaper, “ABC News can hire whomever it wants,” Kevin D. Williamson writes at NRO: But Washington, too, is a small town, with a substantial overlap between journalism and politics. And hiring George Stephanopoulos wasn’t a terrible idea: He’s smart, he’s articulate, he knows everybody. He was a […]

…But I Doubt He’s Holding His Breath

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Peter Schweizer: ABC Should Redo Our Interview After Stephanopolous Admitted to Clinton Donations,” Katie Pavlich writes today at Townhall regarding the Clinton Cash author after ABC’s most prominent Democrat operative with a byline failed to disclose his $75,000 donation to the Clinton slush fund before the interview: Now, in light of Stephanopoulos’ donation revelations, Schweizer […]

Stephanopoulos Enters into Modified Limited Hangout Phase of Scandal

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The Clinton’s man at ABC is boldly going today where Brian Williams has gone before, just a few months ago. As John Nolte of Big Journalism tweets, the Clinton operative with a byline at ABC “deceives his viewers and then offers a terrible apology. Any of this sound familiar, ABC News?” Lloyd Grove of the […]

More Stephanopoulos Conflicts of Interest Emerge

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager Interned for George Stephanopoulos,” Brent Scher writes as part of the ongoing auto-da-fé* of Stephanopoulos at the Washington Free Beacon: George Stephanopoulos thanked Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook in the acknowledgement section of his 1999 tell-all memoir All Too Human.Stephanopoulos’ book, described as “a new-generation political memoir” of a man “who got his […]

ABC and Stephanopoulos ‘Make Brian Williams Look Like An Eagle Scout’

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

And now the amount of Stephanopoulos’ donation to the Clinton slush fund rises to $75,000. As John Nolte wrote earlier today at Big Journalism before that latest (bench-made bespoke John Lobb) shoe dropped, the news today regarding Stephanopoulos is worse than the Walter Mitty-style fantasies of Brian Williams: The scandals that derailed the career of […]

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Donated $50,000 to Clinton

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon reports that “ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show:” The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed it to ABC viewers, despite taking part in on-air discussions about the Clinton Foundation and its […]

Bloomberg’s Halperin Issues Boilerplate Apology ‘To Those That Were Offended’ by Racist Cruz Interview

Monday, May 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Note that Mark Halperin doesn’t issue the apology from his relatively lofty perch at Bloomberg News, but from blog/ ebook site Scribd: We wanted to talk with Senator Cruz about his outreach to Latino voters the day after he spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. My intent was to give the Senator a chance […]

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin, Straight-Up Racist

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Watching Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics interview Cruz recently, I wasn’t just uncomfortable. I was actually nauseated,” Ruben Navarrette writes in the San Jose Mercury: As a journalist, I felt embarrassed for Halperin. As a Hispanic, I felt like I was watching a college fraternity have fun with racial stereotypes, like when staging a “border […]

What Would Arianna Do?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Question asked and answered: What would Rand Paul do about a discriminatory Indiana pizza shop? — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 2, 2015 “How can you be free when you have someone telling you what you can and cannot do with your own body?” — Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 3, 2015

Stephanopoulos Pretends to be Stunned at Hillary Clinton Corruption Charges

Monday, April 27th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Once a Clinton flak catcher, always a Clinton flak catcher: “The former public face of Bill Clinton’s White House—and current host of ABC News’ This Week—George Stephanopoulos was floored [or at least pretended to be for the cameras -- Ed] as two prominent journalists and the Republican Speaker of the House from his Clinton days, […]