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Daniel Hannan: Fascism and Communism: Sister Ideologies (Video)

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Of course. But as Hannan wrote last year in the London Telegraph, “The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact:” Why do we downplay that memory? Largely because it doesn’t fit with what happened later. When Hitler attacked the USSR – to the utter astonishment of Stalin, who initially […]

‘Someone at the New Yorker Just Discovered the Web, Everybody!’

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In 1977′s Annie Hall, Woody Allen memorably satirized the differences between the cultures of Los Angeles and New York, tropes that exist to this day. And while New Yorkers look down upon L.A. culture with a certain amount of justified bemusement, high tech residents of Silicon Valley observe the patched-together technological infrastructure of New York […]

Apologizing for Losing Audience’s Trust, Brian Williams Moves to MSNBC

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“It’s official: Brian Williams is moving to MSNBC and Lester Holt will formally replace him as ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor, NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andrew Lack announced today,” showbiz bible Variety reports; an appropriate source considering both the Orwellian nature of the Big Three’s TV news operations, and Williams’ desire to transform himself from […]

Trading Places

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Good question! Laura Ingraham wonders what Rachel Dolezal has in store for her Today Show interview,” Twitchy notes. I really don’t care what sort of train wreck pyschobabble emerges from Dolezal’s mouth at this late date tomorrow. What I’ll be curious to study, after NewsBusters, Mediaite or another Website that monitors the MSM has the transcript […]

Two Gray Ladies in One!

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In “What the New York Times Didn’t Learn from Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb Fizzle,” Robert Tracinski of the Federalist looks at the Times’ rare moment of honesty and self-awareness in debunking the WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!1!!!! fever that they and the American TV networks pushed so heavily in the late ’60s and early ’70s: Stewart […]

Elite New Yorkers Get Their Wish: Bad Old Days are Back

Friday, June 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: ● “The Bad Old Days: Returning Soon to a Gotham City Near You.” —Ed, September 27th, 2013. Chaser: ● “Police Commissioner [Howard Safir, NYPD commissioner from 1996-2000]: Bad Old Days of Crime May Be Back.” —Time magazine, yesterday. And as Daniel Henninger wrote a decade at a the Wall Street Journal, numerous Manhattan elites […]

At Sea in an Alien Culture, Where ‘Normal’ Is Defined as ‘Deviant’

Friday, June 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

As we saw yesterday, the DNC-MSM can’t check on who the two men are standing behind Rick Perry during his presidential run announcement before rushing to ask, as one “Think” “Progress” contributor cluelessly pondered on Twitter, “Who are the 2 dudes standing behind Perry? Are they related? Why so glum?” (Hint: They’re both Navy SEALS, who […]

How ‘Public Servant’ Denny Hastert Got His Riches

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In response to the scandal currently embroiling former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastart, Ana Marie Cox of the Daily Beast asks, “How can Hastert’s reputation even be worth $3.5 million?” Hastert is a former member of Congress known to have profited off of a shady land deal and he’s a registered lobbyist—these are already the […]

CBS’s Bob Schieffer Signs Off, Artfully Lies to Howard Kurtz in Exit Interview

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

And so, as he flies the blue lady of the skies into the sunset, we say, aloha, Five O’Clock Bobby! Let me remind you that the weblog is open 24 hours a day for your dancing and dining pleasure: CBS’ Bob Schieffer signed off from Face the Nation [yesterday] and sat down with Fox News’ […]

‘Yeesh. We Don’t Know What Dennis Hastert Did, But…’

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“The Most Ominous Opening to a Scandal in a Long Time,” as spotted by Jim Geraghty in his emailed Morning Jolt: Yeesh. We don’t know what Dennis Hastert did . . . According to the indictment, the former House Speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million in 2010 to a person identified only as “Individual ‘A,” […]

Jorge Ramos Admits to Ann Coulter: Bring All of Mexico to Live Here

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“I finally found a Mexican willing to do a job no American will do!” Coulter quips. “I have an explosive book on the No. 1 issue in the country coming out next week, I’ve already written 10 New York Times best-sellers — I’d be on a postage stamp if I were a liberal — but […]

Two Time-Warners In One!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Chris Cuomo to Pam Geller: We don’t show Mohammed cartoons for the same reason we don’t use the N-word,” as Allahpundit writes at Hot Air on perhaps the ultimate example of a Democrat with a byline employed CNN, a division of Time-Warner-HBO: Via the Blaze, the key bit starts at 3:50. This is transparently false, […]

Layers and Layers of Fact Checkers and Editors

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Jack Shafer is often a very astute media critic, but ultimately, he’s a man of the left, which explains the howlers in this paragraph in an otherwise somewhat interesting piece on “What Liberals Still Don’t Understand About Fox News” at the Politico: The Republican Party had been fielding “Foxy” presidential candidates for decades before the […]

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 […]

Speaking Truth to Sharpton

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

The other day, I mentioned the old cliche of journalism that invariably when a superstar “objective” MSM reporter or anchorman retires from his beat or unclips his lavaliere for the last time, he begins giving speeches and writing op-eds that reveal conclusively what everyone simply assumed from his story selection and tone — that he’s […]

Columbia Allows ‘Mattress Girl’ to Carry Her Bed On Stage for Graduation

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Columbia student brings rape protest mattress to graduation: — Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 19, 2015 “Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has carried a mattress around campus as part of an art project for the past year, has graduated. And she carried that mattress across the stage during the ceremony — to […]

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, […]

Obama in 2011: ‘We’re Leaving Behind A Stable And Self-Reliant Iraq’

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style: “Today, I can announce that our review is complete, and that the United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war in Iraq through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility. This strategy is grounded in a clear and achievable goal shared by the […]