This is CNN, &c.


I try not to moan about media bias, I really do. But sometimes you can’t help moaning — at least I can’t. You remember the journalist who was caught on a “hot mic” during the 2012 Republican convention? Day One of the convention was canceled, owing to concerns about a hurricane. But then the convention proceeded. As Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were shown on screen, the journalist in question said, “They’re not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

That man, who worked for Yahoo! News, was fired. (Although the word “yahoo” seems appropriate, particularly with the exclamation point.) But now I learn, via the Daily Caller, that he has become the “political director” of CNN.

Of course. Of course. Why not?

Speaking of someone perfect for a position: “Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign companies seeking oil contracts in Uganda.”

This man is “Africa’s unanimous choice to become president of the U.N. General Assembly.” (I’ve been quoting from an Associated Press report, here.) Why not? Sign ’im up!

This man, however, was obviously in the wrong job: “A Palestinian professor who took his students on a field trip to Auschwitz has resigned from his post following [a] months-long campaign of death threats, campus riots and intimidation against him.”

I am quoting from this article, published in the Daily Telegraph. It continues, “Prof Mohammed Dajani, head of the American Studies Department and director of the library at Al Quds University, was denounced as a ‘traitor’ and ‘collaborator’ by some of his colleagues, students and members of the public, after he organised the trip to the site of the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.”

Do read the whole report, when you have a second. A brave, distinctive, and admirable man, Professor Dajani.

Last week, I was moaning about President Obama, particularly as concerned the Bergdahl affair. I objected to the “simplism” of his statements. “Their refusal to acknowledge complexity.” In Obama’s telling, Sergeant Bergdahl was somebody’s child, we never leave anyone behind, and that was that.

I wrote, “If only he could acknowledge trade-offs, in a messy, wicked world: a world of difficult and excruciating choices. If only he could say, ‘Sometimes you have to hold your nose,’ or, ‘Yes, there were competing demands and principles here,’ or, ‘I understand the concern over the release of those terrorists’ — but he cannot, apparently. Worse, he portrays any critic as either a moron or a cretin.”

So, I was more than usually interested to see this headline on Sunday, over an AP report: “US values collided in Bergdahl’s predicament.” Yes, they did. But would Obama and his aides ever say as much? Or even see as much?

Here’s another headline for you: “US, Iran hold direct nuclear talks in Geneva.” (Article here.) Yeah, that’ll do the trick. (For Iran, that is.)

In an article about the recent doings of Chris Christie, the governor was quoted as saying, “I just act like myself, and people take it or leave it. And I’m completely content with that.” I like that about Christie, whatever my reservations about him. I have the sense that others do too. Anyway, the 2016 race should be interesting. Lots of interesting, diverse personalities, and different approaches, too.

GOP-bashing is not just the Left’s favorite sport, but the Right’s favorite sport. I like the Republican party, and its leading figures. Donald Rumsfeld likes to say, “America is not what’s wrong with the world.” Adapting his line, I say, “The Republican party is not what’s wrong with America.”


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