The first COMMENTARY Podcast of the week examines the firestorm that erupted over the weekend involving the treatment of unaccompanied minors at the Southern Border, and who is to blame for their condition. We examine the rediscovery of 2014’s border crisis among pro-Obama partisans, and the extent to which Donald Trump’s supporters have internalized the wrong lessons from that episode.

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  1. Jim Wright Coolidge

    2.0x is doable, but 1.7x playback speed seems to be the sweet spot.

    Since Ricochet publishes 72 hours of podcast content each day, one learns to adapt.

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    • May 29, 2018, at 10:07 AM PDT
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  2. Bill Member

    Sigh, JPod faceplants again in his desperate rush to attack Trump.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are many legitimate reasons to criticize Trump, and I agree with many of John’s complaints. But John has allowed his emotion to cloud his reason so that he is too eager to believe spin, especially spin coming from elite media precincts.

    That’s the only reason I can see for his completely factually inaccurate recounting of the New York Times’ false reporting on a briefing provided by the Trump administration (impossible-gate, if you will).

    He states that the source said that it was “all but impossible” and then clarifies that the might have said something like “almost impossible” to give the impression that he is being very meticulous about his accuracy. The problem is, he is not being accurate at all. The word “impossible” literally does not appear in the transcript of his remarks. Nor does the spokesman say any phrase that means the same thing. He was even prompted by the questioner to say “the ship had sailed”, and he did not cooperate.

    So. Did John even listen to the audio or read the transcript before deciding to pronounce on this subject? It would appear not. He makes a casual sneering reference to “Trump friendly media”. I assume he is referring to The Federalist (he has sneered at them before) and Molly Hemingway’s piece. Did he read it? He doesn’t appear to have. Which is too bad, because it is the best synopsis of the series of events available and he would have been able to comment on the matter much more intelligently had he done so.

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    • May 29, 2018, at 2:24 PM PDT
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  3. LibertyDefender Member

    Bill (View Comment):

    Sigh, JPod faceplants again in his desperate rush to attack Trump.

    … John has allowed his emotion to cloud his reason so that he is too eager to believe spin, especially spin coming from elite media precincts.

    That’s the only reason I can see for his completely factually inaccurate recounting of the New York Times’ false reporting on a briefing provided by the Trump administration (impossible-gate, if you will).

    What Bill said.

    That was a disgraceful piece of journalistic fail on JPod‘s part. John should listen to Andrew Klavan‘s podcast, in which Drew actually plays the audio that JPod clearly did not listen to, and then apologize to his audience, and issue a retraction.

    Unfortunately, I likely won’t hear the retraction and apology, since the disgraceful performance has turned me away from the Commentary podcast.

    Bleah. Shame on John Podhoretz.

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    • May 30, 2018, at 8:04 PM PDT
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