Gifs, Bunts, and Other Things
Martin Bernheimer, the prize-winning music critic, is retiring after a 60-year career. I wrote an appreciation of him last week. I pondered the question, What makes him great? (Rob Kapilow has a long-running series about music called “What Makes It …
The Unlearned Lessons of 2016
We’re eight months into the Trump presidency, and we can now draw one frustrating conclusion: Very few of the voices opposed to the president want to learn anything from their experience in 2016.
The media will not slow down and …
Jann Wenner – Man of the Past
What to make of the career of Jann Wenner, who is selling the magazine he founded, Rolling Stone, capping a remarkable career in publishing?
In the Age of Trump, we are instructed to admire successful businessmen, those who have, as …
How ‘Fake but Accurate’ Stories Sunk Liberal Journalism
When CNN had to retract a story about a Trump campaign adviser named Anthony Scaramucci and his alleged ties to Russians this past June, the president crowed. This was before Scaramucci’s brief comic turn as White House communications director, …
Keith Ogre-mann: Condé Nast-y’s Misogynist-in-Chief
Once a woman-hating blowhard, always a woman-hating blowhard.
Keith Olbermann, the “new” face of the Democratic resistance on Condé Nast’s digital video platform, is the same old foul-mouthed beast he was on cable TV.
Over the weekend, the former MSNBC …
Attacking the Press Doesn’t Make You a Nazi
If we are to judge the importance of a threat by the amount of time President Donald Trump spends attacking it and the harsh things he says, the greatest peril facing the United States doesn’t come from Islamist terrorists, …
The Bad Options on Display in Arizona
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Trump, the News Networks, and the Protesters All Deserve Each Other
Trump’s speech, in a nutshell: “Look back there: the live red lights, they’re turning those suckers off fast,” Trump said. “…
Journalists Overreach in Their Quest to Purge ‘Hate’ from the Web
Last week, multiple major Internet corporations essentially cooperated to kick a hate site, The Daily Stormer, off the Internet. Cloudflare, GoDaddy, Google, and various other companies withdrew their services, and now one of the Internet’s most odious sites lives …
The Trump Era as Unintended Political Satire — Recalling Peter Simple
Back in the 1970s, I had an office next door to one occupied by the Daily Telegraph’s great satirical (and occasionally surrealist) columnist, Peter Simple. For about 40 years Peter Simple delivered four times a week a superbly funny column, …
This morning, the Washington Post published leaked transcripts of President Trump’s January phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. At the time of the calls, many of their key details were leaked to the Post, which reported …
Impromptus: Without fear or favor, &c.
Last week, I wrote a tribute to, and appreciation of, Martin Bernheimer. (Go here.) He is a friend and colleague of mine. Moreover, he is one of the best critics of our time. For 60 years, he has been a music …
Pop Culture’s Acceptable and Unacceptable Lies
Liberals think the Emmy Awards “normalized” Sean Spicer’s lying for Trump, but they forget how their echo chamber aided Barack Obama’s Iran Deal deceptions.
In the partisan culture wars, no quarter is to be given, not even in …
What ‘News Gathering’ Looks Like at the New York Times
Allegations of leftist bias in the media are often difficult to prove because of the lack of hard evidence that a reporter has already made up his or her mind before a story runs. One can examine the resulting story …
The Press Must Take It as Well as Dish It Out
In the country where United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein grew up, the government doesn’t criticize the press. Why would it, since in his native Jordan, the family (of which he happens to …
Robert Costa, late of National Review, is a national political reporter for the Washington Post, an analyst on NBC and MSNBC, and the host of Washington Week on PBS. He is also my guest on the latest Q&A, here.
How the Mainstream Media Operate
“The leading media [are characterized by] indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly.”
— Patrick Lawrence in The Nation, August 9, 2017, on the media’s reporting of the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia
To understand America’s crises today, …
A Look Back at Love Actually: The Sweet and the Bitter Collide
The BBC has released the results of its poll of the greatest film comedies of all time. Some Like It Hot topped the list, followed by Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Groundhog Day, Duck Soup, Life of Brian, Airplane!, France’s …
Blame CNN, Not Trump, for Kayleigh McEnany’s Rise
Seemingly unaware that the West Wing has a press secretary with the power to deliver uninterrupted, televised messages directly to the American people, Donald Trump has launched a “real news” series, starring daughter-in-law Lara Trump and, as of yesterday, former …
The debate between Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta proved that turning the daily White House press briefing into a TV show is a dangerous thing for journalism.
When the Trump administration temporarily refused permission for televising the daily …
Stephen Miller TKOs Jim Acosta
I wrote about the Miller-Acosta exchange for Politico today, and I’m with Miller:
One, making 21st policy in accord with late-19th century poetry makes no sense. We don’t ask, say, whether the naval appropriations bill is in keeping with …