• CNN's Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

    CNN’s Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

    So thanks a lot for adding to our discourse, CNN.

    Last night’s CNN town hall amounted to a massive in-kind donation to the National Rifle Association. It was absolutely astounding. The problem wasn’t the poor students on stage – though a few of them were, as young people are, overwhelmed by the moment and engaged in disrespectful behavior toward the guests – the problem was a crowd that would cheer anything and everything anti-gun, including in one of the more extreme moments shouting “You’re a murderer” at NRA representative Dana Loesch. One Parkland High School JROTC member refused to participate after being told he couldn’t ask his question about having armed guards in school. The crowd even booed when Loesch brought up a rape survivor who is pro-gun. That was the level of intelligence put on screen, to the point that at varied junctures Jake Tapper attempted to quiet the crowd or ask for respect, to no avail. READ MORE...

  • Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

    Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

    It’d be nice to say that American media doesn’t hate this country. It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects. Recall the quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan while Ambassador to the United Nations: “Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do. Have we done obscene things? Yes, we have. How did our people learn about them? They learned about them in the newspapers.” And that is important. READ MORE...

  • If Haiti Weren't A 'Shithole,' Its Citizens Wouldn't Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

    If Haiti Weren’t A ‘Shithole,’ Its Citizens Wouldn’t Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

    America has the potential to take people from “shithole” countries and turn them into great Americans.

    President Trump derides protections for immigrants from ‘shithole’ countries. 

    President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting. ‘Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?’ Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers. READ MORE...

  • Stop Scaremongering. The Press Is Freer Than It's Ever Been

    Michael Wolff’s Error-Filled Book Is ‘Steve Bannon’s What Happened’

    Reviewing Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” presents a challenge for those of us tired of a media environment where the dominant voices consistently try to have it both ways. One of the differences between what happens when an author and a gossip columnist sit down to write a book is that the former tends to make every effort at disguising and protecting their sources, while the latter doesn’t particularly care.

    In fact, it can be in the interest of a good gossip columnist to telegraph directly who’s said what nasty thing about someone else, in the interests of getting a vengeful nasty thing said right back to him by the offended party. Careful authors and journalists cultivate relationships with a wide variety of sources so as to avoid bad information or being led down an inaccurate path. Gossip columnists don’t particularly care if the path is inaccurate, so long as it gets attention and results in more fuel for the fire. READ MORE...