John Oliver Presumes to Separate the Chaff from the Wheat
If John Oliver has a reputation for destroying his opponents, perhaps it’s because he picks such easy targets.
Last Sunday, on his popular HBO show Last Week Tonight, Oliver devoted 20 minutes to the “prosperity gospel,” a greasy theology that …
NEW VIDEO: Amy Schumer and the Creepy Politically Correct Police
Comedian Amy Schumer recently came under fire for some of her more incendiary jokes, but as we’ve noted here at National Review, those criticizing her aren’t just taking issue with a couple things she said. They actually have a problem …
Bill Cosby: The Hypocrisy Standard in Court
Among the reasons the judge unsealed court records involving Bill Cosby: his record as a “public moralist.” Wrote the judge: “Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his …
I don’t know why President Obama understands that free trade is beneficial. There is so much he does not understand. And support of free trade seems to contrast with his overall ideology.
But maybe I shouldn’t question — …
Glen A. Larson, creator of The Six Million Dollar Man, Magnum P.I., and many other hit television shows in the pre-internet era, has died at the age of 77. Larson’s rich and deep catalogue has something for everybody, even members …
Where the Political Ads Are Airing This Autumn
Two key insights about the state of political advertising on television, courtesy of the good folks at Echelon Insights:
Most saturated TV markets in September (avg spots booked per station) AK 848 IA 768 CO 728 AR 677 KY 551 LA 538 NC 488 MI 456 NH 432 GA 314
How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?
Campaign Spot reader Michael writes in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop-off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that …
Does the Hatch Act Apply to ‘Arthur’?
A wise reader wonders if the appearance of the PBS children’s-series character “Arthur” at a press conference with House Democrats runs afoul of the Hatch Act.
The first question to be resolved is whether the individual wearing the “Arthur” suit …
The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Episode One of Fear the Walking Dead
Episode One is in the history books, and — overall — I’m satisfied. As a fan of zombie movies/TV shows, I was looking forward to seeing the origin of the “Walking Dead” universe (fans of the original show will …
America’s Favorite Wabbit Turns 75
While this week marks the very important and serious 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, there’s another, older, fun anniversary to note as well: the 75th anniversary of that all-American trickster, Bugs Bunny.
The wise-cracking bunny with a …
“Orwellian” is one of the ten or twenty most overused, and misused, words in English. And I would not choose The Dukes of Hazzard as my cause (though Daisy’s eponymous shorts are worth defending).
But isn’t there something …
The experience question, &c.
In the coming presidential campaign, we’ll hear a lot about experience: Cruz, Paul, Marco, some others — they don’t have enough experience. I have a rap on this, which I’d like to give you.
All things being …
Iraq State TV’s Anti-ISIS Comedy is the Plan 9 from Outer Space of Political Satire
Here’s another piece of information that might have tipped off James Clapper about the Iraqi government’ ability to take on the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). This clip from an Iraqi state TV anti-ISIS parody video indicates the American-backed state …
Liberals Experiencing Post-Election Letdown and Losing Interest
Wow. Thanks to everyone who came out for last night’s happy hour — our offices were packed, we ran out of beer, we ran through a bunch of bottles of wine, I’m told Jonah handled his duties with …
Aaron Sorkin Should Try Journalism Sometime.
In the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt, I share a behind-the-scenes look at Fox News Channel’s “The Five” and “Hannity,” as well as the latest Democrats to bail on their convention this summer. Also, a bit of talk …
The Money Behind the Democrats’ Latest Star Witness Against Budget Cuts
The latest brouhaha on Capitol Hill:
House Democrats made their case for continuing taxpayer funding of public media outlets such as NPR and PBS with a little help from Arthur the PBS cartoon character, who visited the Capitol Wednesday morning.