Saturday, October 31, 2020
Sign of these crazy times
Kicked to the curb
Carry that water
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The big picture
Not even hiding the bias
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
All opinions are welcome that agree with ours
Monday, October 26, 2020
Justice Amy Coney Barrett
Because of course they did
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Oh, that's unverified...because we refuse to verify it
"Biden's campaign platform is 564 pages long. It promises everything to everybody. It's full of unicorns and flying ponies and candy-flavored rainbows and pixie dust. And when those flying ponies glide with the marzipan rainbows and pixie dust starts to gum up the works of society … we're going to be in for a mess … But on the other hand, I think we're done with this experiment of having the inmates run the asylum."
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Democrats hoisted by their petard one more time
The idea of the boycott was to prevent Graham from having a quorum for the vote, delaying the process indefinitely. Graham took a page from the 2013 playbook of Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid and decided to change the precedent, reverting to general Senate rules on committee hearings rather than Judiciary Committee rules. The former do not require anything other than a simple majority to conduct official business.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The fifth column
When the press takes sides so openly and nakedly, and is joined by social media giants, we have reached a level of partisan information control I thought I’d never see in this country. But that’s where we are. And it’s in service of a candidate who has always been of mediocre intelligence at best and is now cognitively faded, who is almost certainly corrupt, who has been wrong on almost every important issue that exists, is a long-term liar and plagiarist, and will be putty in the hands of the most extreme leftists in his party who hate America and capitalism and want both destroyed.
Weak deflection, Gray Lady
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Joe, what was the most enchanting thing about your milkshake?
Rich Lowry: "The Biden Protection Racket."
Never before have the media been so openly fearful of asking or reporting something that might hurt a presidential candidate. What are supposed to be the animating values of our adversarial press — informing the public, getting answers, holding the powerful to account — have all been subordinated to the protection racket that is coverage of Joe Biden.
Classic reference in the title.
Monday, October 19, 2020
The media isn't even pretending anymore
An avuncular Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, Jim Lehrer, or Abe Rosenthal at least went through the motions of reporting news that was awkward or even embarrassing to the Left. Their agenda was 1960s-vintage Great Society liberalism, seen as the natural evolution from the New Deal and post-war internationalism. Edward R. Murrow, the ACLU of old, and Free Speech Movement at Berkeley—these were their liberal referents. Those days are gone.Yet even during the Obama years, when studies showed the president had received the most slanted media honeymoon in news history, overt media bias was, at least, as hotly denied as it intensified. There were still a few ossified, quarter-hearted efforts now and then to mention the IRS scandal, the surveillance of Associated Press reporters, the various scandals embroiling the Veterans Administration, General Service Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Secret Service. But even that thin pretense is over now, too.
When early on in the Trump Administration, the liberal Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that in the first 100 days all news coverage was on average 80 percent anti-Trump—93 percent negative in the case of CNN and NBC—no one seemed embarrassed.
On the rare occasion that the media gets to ask Joe Biden a question, they ask him what flavor milkshake he got.— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) October 18, 2020
Really. That was the question. https://t.co/B6vSFNqXVP
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Just another undecided voter
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I was looking forward to his unbiased debate moderation
Prepare to be shocked. Ace: "Shocker: Allegedly Unbiased "Journalist," Former Biden Intern, and Would-Be Moderator of Second Debate Admits He... Lied Like Anthony Weiner in Claiming He Was "#HACKED!"
In his apology, Steve Scully deployed the "this damn war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson!" excuse to blame Trump for goading him into exposing his lies.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Nothing to see here, move along
Boy, I bet Brett Kavanaugh wishes this new "total suppression of stories that haven't been 100% solid-gold verified" standard had been in effect during his confirmation hearings.— John Hayward (@Doc_0) October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Sheldon Whitehouse mansplains for 30 minutes straight
Monday, October 12, 2020
"Things we don't like are illegal"
Sunday, October 11, 2020
What media bias? The AP falls in line with the new narrative.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Debate prep is for losers, apparently
The voters don't need to know that
Friday, October 09, 2020
What a terrible pattern of hacking
This is a good time to remind everyone that Scully was a former intern for Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy. He has a long history of supporting Democrats, including posting glowing pictures with Biden as recently as 2016. He also shared Never Trump material during the previous presidential cycle.Scully has deleted his account now.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
What exactly are we doing here?
I've been complaining about the decline of discussion on the Sunday morning talk shows for a long time. I'm old enough to remember when New York senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan would go on "Meet the Press" and - imagine this - answer questions. He was a happy warrior who would state his positions without obfuscation or ambiguity. I miss that guy.
Then there was the Vice Presidential debate. Real Clear Politics: "Few Interruptions, Even Fewer Straight Answers."
This began early in the night with a double dodge of the most pertinent question during a pandemic. Debate moderator Susan Page asked: Had they discussed safeguards or procedures with their running mates in case of presidential disability? Pence gave an unrelated answer about how Democrats had “undermined public confidence in a vaccine.” When it was her turn, Harris inexplicably talked about when Biden asked her to join the ticket, calling it “one of the most memorable days of my life.”
Page moved on. Her question went unanswered. The non sequiturs kept coming.
At one point, Pence turned a question about abortion into a meandering reply about the U.S. attack on Iranian intelligence commander Qasem Soleimani. Harris saw that gambit and raised him one: Asked if the next president should be transparent about his health records, Harris brought up Trump’s recently leaked tax returns.
What a waste of time. After one of the early Democrat debates, it was decreed that the raising of hands to indicate a clear-cut position on an issue was verboten. Too much honesty! Now news shows and campaigns and debates will only be the recitation of stale talking points.
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
2020 does it again
What happens when you can't level bogus charges
Coddling Grandpa Joe
Monday, October 05, 2020
LA isn't a big media market
Democrats very concerned about Senators' health
Democrats will need every vote they can get. With the midterm elections on the horizon, Washington is as polarized as ever and, for the second time in just over six months, President Obama’s agenda could once again hinge on Mr. Byrd’s health.In the final days of the health care debate, Mr. Byrd appeared for several crucial votes pushed each time to the Senate floor in his plaid wheelchair and greeted by handshakes and applause from his colleagues. He spent six weeks in the hospital last spring with a staph infection, prompting persistent speculation about his health and who would replace him if he became too sick to finish his term.
Sunday, October 04, 2020
Another day, another bad faith argument for delay on ACB
Chuck Schumer has called for a delay in confirming Barrett because of the president’s COVID diagnosis. In other news, Schumer thinks the vote should be delayed because water is wet, because bears defecate in an arboreal setting, and because it is bad luck to confirm Republican nominees on days of the week ending in “y.”
Fox News’s Chris Wallace noted that the Judiciary Committee, of which Klobuchar is a member, has held virtual hearings before and that Klobuchar earlier praised the panel's chairman, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), for arranging them.
The Senate has been holding virtual hearings already. That's not what this is about.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 4, 2020
Virtual hearings rob Schumer and the left of the protest spectacle of barnstorming into elevators and Code Pink screaming and dragged from the room. That's all this is about. https://t.co/1HqvJdAACQ
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Reason: "California Is a Cautionary Tale for America - California bounds from one crisis to another; most of them being self-imposed."
Friday, October 02, 2020
A NYT editor ventures outside the bubble
Quinn also didn’t find evidence for the most popular counter-narrative on the Left either, which were that these were conducted by “white supremacists.” Antifa is exactly who everyone except media outlets like the NYT thinks they are — leftist “insurrectionary anarchists” who just want to watch the world burn....Unfortunately for Ms. Stockman, we don’t really have a Joker Award for Belatedly Discovering That Some People Want to Watch the World Burn. (Maybe that should be an Alfred Award, anyway.) However, we do have the Captain Louis Renault Award, and it applies well to an NYT editorial board member who is shocked, shocked to learn that her own paper can’t report on reality.
Actually, I think the more appropriate award would be the Pauline Kael trophy for political insulation:
"I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. They're outside my ken. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them."