Information Darkness Is Coming (Unless . . . )

Just over six years ago, I attended Google’s Political Innovation Summit in New York City. Over the course of the day, it dawned on me that, in the not-too-distant future, Google and other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter would have the power to control and manipulate information flow in unforeseen and dramatic ways. […]

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How the Christchurch Shooter Seduced the Media With His Evil

Some people just want to see the world burn. Based on the 74-page “manifesto” that he provided online via 4chan and Twitter, the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter would seem to be one such person—if, that is, we assume he was the author of what ought to be an obvious exercise in trolling. Journalists and other […]

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Media Gorges Itself on Hatred While Ignoring Atrocities

On a day in March, more than 40 members of a religious minority were targeted for their faith and murdered. I don’t mean the Mosque shooting in New Zealand, but the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, about which the American media was altogether unconcerned. In the wake of the New Zealand shooting, however, New York […]

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For Democrats, Fairness Is the Problem

When Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez last week said Fox News “is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates, the network responded: “We hope the D.N.C. will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity […]

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The Washington Post Snuggles with a Racist Security Blanket

Over the last three evenings, Americans watched Tucker Carlson refuse to be cowed by the sophisticated, well-funded, coordinated information operation designed to chase him off the air and make him unemployable for life. One of the points he’s raised, not so much in his own defense, but rather as a counteroffensive against his enemies, is […]

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Hollywood Has a Game Plan for 2020

We saw how Hollywood tried, and failed, to drag Hillary Clinton across the finish line in the 2016 presidential election. Celebrity PSAs. Campaign appearances. Speeches at the Democratic National Convention. Cold, hard cash. And lest we forget endorsements. Lots and lots of endorsements. We’ll likely see all of the above again next year. Hollywood stars […]

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While National Media Carried Water for Jussie Smollett, Local Media Did It Right

CHICAGO—The first thing that caused newsman Rafer Weigel to blink when reading the TMZ report on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett being brutally attacked by Trump-supporting, noose-wielding, racial-slurring assailants was the neighborhood in which the attack was reported to have happened. The Streeterville neighborhood is not exactly “MAGA country” at any time, let alone 2 a.m. […]

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Media Wolves and Their Sheep’s Clothing

During his fierce news conference last Wednesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted the accomplices who publicly validated Jussie Smollett’s bogus claim that he was attacked last month by two white Trump supporters. “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks,” said the chief. “Celebrities, news commentators, and […]

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Media’s Gaslighting Assault on White Males Is Beyond Mendacious

When it became clear a few weeks ago that Nathan “Stolen Valor” Phillips had lied about his interaction with the Covington Catholic boys, media sycophants assumed either one of two mendacious stances. For some, the original story admittedly was inaccurate, but they still regarded it as valid, since it highlighted and affirmed an “important” narrative […]

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Jussie Smollett’s National Emergency vs. Ours

Things are looking increasingly bad for Jussie Smollett. A couple of weeks ago, the “Empire” actor claimed that he was beaten and called racial and homophobic slurs by a pair of masked assailants late one snowy night in Chicago. He claimed they yelled, “this is MAGA country,” as they put a rope around his neck […]

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