Tag: Media

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in her firm-handed approach to the security threat posed by North Korea, specifically regarding China’s refusal to cooperate with UN resolutions against the isolated nation. They also express frustration with national media over their lack of coverage of Rep. Steve Scalise’s condition as he returns to the ICU. Finally, they highlight that most of those protesting Trump’s presidency are among the most wealthy in the DC area.


Trump Has Driven CNN Stark, Raving Mad

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski replaced beach-goer Chris Christie as the internet’s goat of the week.

While the rest of America was celebrating Independence Day, CNN kept digging its own grave.

Furious over a silly video President Donald Trump posted Sunday, the flailing network sicced Senior Editor Andrew Kaczynski on its creator. He tracked down an anonymous Reddit user who first posted the GIF of Trump tackling a wrestler whose head was replaced with a CNN logo. Kaczynski then found out the person’s real name and threatened to release it if he misbehaved again:


David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the resignation of three CNN reporters after the redaction of a deceptive story on a top Trump advisor. They also express frustration over the tactics of Senate Republicans as the debate over the new healthcare bill escalates.Then, they decry the double standard, as it provides little coverage of the FBI’s bank fraud investigation of Bernie Sanders’ wife. And they defend John McEnroe’s controversial comments on NPR that while Serena Williams is the best women’s player of all time, she would struggle greatly on the men’s tour.


Jim Geraghty of National Review and Rich McFadden of Radio America discuss the Capitol Police response to the shooting early Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were injured during their practice for the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game. They also speculate about the possible motive of the 66-year old shooter from Illinois based on reports of his incendiary political views found on his social media account. And they react to the polarized responses on social media that are erupting across the political spectrum following the attack.


Sidebars of History: D-Day as It Happened


shutterstock_238061590It is 12:30 AM Eastern War Time. Outside of London, where the British have instituted “Double Summer Time,” it is 6:30. A German refugee working for the Associated Press is monitoring the shortwave transmissions of the Nazis. His ears perk up and he quickly sends out what he’s heard. By 12:37, it’s moved across the entire AP wire.

NBC is carrying dance music on its East Coast feed and on the West Coast, where it’s only in the 9 o’clock hour of June 5th, they’re airing a mostly forgotten weekly drama from San Francisco called Hawthorne House. The on-duty announcer in New York interrupts programming to read the AP bulletin.


Sports, Media, and a 1,000 Other Things

This is my 1,000th post on Ricochet. I was going to hold out for something profound. As none of the other 999 posts were of anything of lasting importance I said to myself. “What the hell, why start now?” And so it goes…
Margaret Court in action (Wikipedia)

Margaret Court, OA, MBE, is without doubt Australia’s greatest female athlete. Her 24 titles in Grand Slam tennis events still stands as a record even though she last walked off the tennis court in 1977. As a testament to her greatness the Australian Open is played at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

After her retirement, Court, who was raised a Roman Catholic, embraced her Christian faith and was ordained a Pentecostal minister in 1991. And here’s where it goes off the rails. Court has openly opposed gay marriage in Australia and has questioned LBGT rights legislation. She said tennis was “full of lesbians” who predatorily “took young ones into parties,” and further said that the efforts to teach children about gender fluidity compared to “the methods of Nazism and communism.”


America’s Entrenched Media Malpractice


Perhaps the most accurate depiction of American media’s fanatical opposition to President Trump is a Glenn McCoy cartoon, which slaps viewers in the face by showing a maniacal inmate wrapped in a straitjacket inside a padded cell. The word “Media” is embossed on his chest, and dozens of “Trump” inscriptions are plastered across the floor and the walls, at goofy angles and in uneven letters. “He’s crazy!” the wretch screeches, referring to Trump.

Recently, the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University issued a report on President Trump’s first 100 days that confirmed Glenn McCoy’s message. The Center’s Thomas Patterson stated, “…the sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump’s contention, one shared by his core constituency, that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency. As he tweeted a month after taking office, ‘The FAKE NEWS media… is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!’”


Powerline’s Steven F. Hayward


Steven Hayward joins us at Whiskey Politics to discuss Trump, Russia, the media’s double standard, North Korea, his insider’s perspective of UC Berkeley, single payer healthcare in California, Theresa May and the British election, and of course, James Bond, 007.

Steven F. Hayward is currently senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley and a visiting lecturer at Boalt Hall Law School. He was previously the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and was the inaugural visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013-14. From 2002 to 2012 he was the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and has been senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco since 1991.


Today on the Daily Standard podcast, executive editor Fred Barnes discusses his recent story about the media’s Nostradamus complex.

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The Cootie Culture of Contemporary Politics


Everything I needed to know about politics I learned on the kindergarten playground.

Many years ago in elementary school, there was this thing called cooties. You could catch them – by kissing a girl, touching the wrong person, wearing the wrong clothes, even exchanging a friendly word or two with another kid. Heck, you didn’t even have to have contact with the pestilential kid to catch them. “Ew, Alice germs! You have Alice germs!” one kid would say, touching another to “infest” them.


Jim Geraghty of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow turning a supposedly big scoop on Pres. Trump’s tax history into a dud of a story. They also discuss why some in the media are determined to make Chelsea Clinton into some sort of political power player. And they shake their heads as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley starts testing the waters for a presidential run in 2020.


How to Make America’s Elites More Responsible


Reading about Hollywood’s posturing poseurs delivering their goods at the Oscars (who can stand to watch this event?), as they ooze with self-righteousness and narcissism, triggers a pesky thought that no doubt erupts in the minds of countless normal people. That is, none of those luminaries strutting across the stage are affected by events or ideas targeted by their feverishly stroked, ego-driven drivel. Thus, the question arises, what if they were? More than that, what if America’s elites in the entertainment industry, political realm, media complexes, and academic institutions were forced to suffer the consequences of the views they hold, the policies they force on the rest of us? This tantalizing hypothetical is worth a thought experiment or two.

Let’s start with Obamacare, which many pundits on the right predict will collapse, implode, or turn into a pumpkin at midnight. Whatever. But nothing in Washington happens by itself; no policy ever self-destructs; it takes the political equivalent of plastic explosives piled as high as a skyscraper to make something happen. Unless, of course, Obamacare suddenly (and inexplicably) were applied to members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, their staffs, and everyone else on a government payroll. Then, before you could say “Affordable Healthcare,” Obama’s signature legislation would vanish overnight. And to the devil with the two trillion or so beneficiaries who would lose their coverage, according to the CBSO, the Congressional … um … Office. In short, forcing the lawmakers to obey their own laws would do wonders to clarify minds and speed up lethargic congressional processes.


JV Journalism


Over at The Federalist, @molliehemingway makes an excellent (and rather subtle) argument regarding the press and President Donald Trump. Partial summary:

  1. Several big, recent news stories — some subsequently unproven or discredited — rely on anonymous sources.
  2. Trump and Spicer publicly gripe about it.
  3. Several journalists throw it back at them, pointing out incidents where Trump relied on anonymous sources (specifically, the birther stuff).
  4. Journalists miss that the logical (and highly ironic) conclusion to be drawn from their barbs at Trump is that anonymous sources cannot be trusted.

The smarter response to the administration’s carping would have been to point out incidents where carefully vetted, anonymous sources were both accurate and central to the story’s reporting. This, however, would have taken a little thought and wouldn’t have been as emotionally satisfying as making fun of Trump and Spicer.


Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 21, 2017, it’s the Trump Chaos and Media Hysteria edition of the show with our special guest Byron York.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to ‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson admitting the media are responsible for their own credibility problem by getting things wrong and engaging in “hysterical” coverage. They also groan as the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives gives the highest-profile speaking slot to Milo Yiannopoulos before rescinding it in a swirl of controversy. And they examine C-SPAN’s rankings of all former presidents and find several curious decisions.