Alternate Realities: The State of the Union versus The State of the Media

Is there a starker contrast than that between the upbeat message of hope and pride in America’s past, present, and future delivered by President Trump in the recent State of the Union, and the constant drumbeat of crisis, “chaos,” outrage, and bigotry portrayed by the mainstream media? Truly, it seems that Americans on the left […]

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Look Upon the Media’s ‘Life of the Mind’

Every word she writes is a lie,” Mary McCarthy once said of Lillian Hellman, “including ‘and’ and ‘the.’” This wisecrack got her sued by the Communist author and screenwriter—the suit was dropped after Hellman’s death in 1984—but the bon mot has always seemed to me especially apt when considering the propagandists of the Left. Back […]

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No Wall, No Peace

Our government’s failure to secure the border has precipitated a political, economic and moral crisis. The fact that we not only permit, but by our dereliction, actively encourage gangsters to traffic in human beings across our border is a disgrace. It must end. If President Trump is planning to use executive authority to build the […]

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Trump Tower Collusion Storyline Backfires

It could be the most investigated and costliest 20-minute meeting in political history. I’m talking, of course, about the infamous June 9, 2016 encounter between top Trump campaign associates—including the president’s son and namesake—and Russian surrogates. The prodigious amount of time and energy devoted to analyzing that brief confab, which allegedly represented the vertex of […]

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The Sun Also Pounces

Like an ex-journalist and current lush from Pamplona who thinks no one knows he’s loaded because he guzzles vodka—we’ll call him Ernie—the legacy media is oblivious to how poorly their hollow claims to objectivity mask the stench of their bias. But if there was any doubt about the origins of the odor, venerable Fox News […]

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But, Seriously . . . Learn to Code

This has been a week of massive layoffs at the online magazines of our era, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Having evolved from mere opinion journals, many of their news desks are being removed, perhaps 1,000 of their employees have been pink-slipped, and a flood of self-pitying tweets, which include a combination of calls for sympathy, […]

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Attack of the Techno-Lynch Mob

The Covington Lie offered the perfect occasion for the electronic mob to pounce—after temporarily licking its wounds following the BuzzFeed fake news hysteria. And it did so without shame or even much regret after the fact, as Jason Leopold, the BuzzFeed fabulist, ceded center stage to a kindred serial prevaricator, Nathan Phillips. The latter in […]

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Memo to Amazon: Free Woody from #MeToo Jail

It’s time for a jailbreak. Every year from 1969 to 2017, auteur filmmaker Woody Allen released a movie. Every single year. Many of them were masterpieces. “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” and “Match Point” are among what I consider his works of genius. Not all of Allen’s films were great, […]

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Reject the ‘Wrong on Both Sides’ Dodge

Now that the media, the Left, and their usual conservative allies have failed to destroy young Nick Sandmann and the other Covington Catholic High School boys who attended the March for Life last weekend, they seem to be falling back on the old “wrong on both sides” standby. Activist Nathan Phillips, the 64-year-old Native-American “elder,” […]

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A Better Guide than Elite Opinion Is Public Revulsion at It

Some expert in Bayesian probability ought to come up with an algorithm that would enable us to determine which of the multifarious daily outrages are going to catch on and, as the internet has taught us to say, “go viral.” Remember that hysterical (I do not mean “funny”) Yale student who was videoed screaming at […]

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