Entries Tagged as 'journalism'

Hilarious Hillary

December 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm 20 Comments

Hillary Clinton recently expressed concern about the future of Israeli democracy because the Knesset is considering curtailing foreign governments’ funding for Israeli NGOs, seek and because some rabbis in Israel say they want men and women to seat separately on buses.

Does Hillary realize how hypocritical she is? In the United States, ambulance NGOs that receive money from foreign governments are considered foreign agents. And why is separate sitting between men and women on “haredi” buses a threat to democracy in Israel but not in New York (a common practice in Clinton’s home state)?

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FrumForum Wins The Midnight

October 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am 10 Comments

Politico claims that their reporting Wins the Morning. But when it comes to writing pieces about whether Sarah Palin will run for President, ambulance its clear that FrumForum Wins the Midnight.

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Perry: Media Bubble Boy

September 30th, 2011 at 12:13 am 27 Comments

Texas Governor Rick Perry has had a tough week politically because of his weak performance at the last GOP presidential debate. He’s had to backtrack from comments he made and his standing in the polls has taken a hit. There’s been a lot of commentary regarding why Perry hasn’t done as well as he and his supporters have hoped.

While there are many factors underlying this issue, I’d suggest one reason for Perry’s lackluster performance is because he hasn’t faced direct, sharp questioning for much of his political career and he’s functioned in something of a bubble for quite some time. Right now, his policies and background are being scrutinized to a degree he isn’t accustomed to.

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The EPA is Not Insane

September 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm 18 Comments

The Obama White House is many things—flailing as it fishtails from an adult-in-the-room pose to screaming populism; cack-handed, as it both infuriates its base and loses independents; and passive to the point of paralysis, as Chris Christie pointed out in his Reagan Library speech.

The Obama White House, however, is not insane.

The Daily Caller’s breathtaking insistence, with a gratuitously crude reference to a TV wardrobe malfunction, that a what-if scenario painted in an EPA court brief (as an undesirable outcome) is a real proposal doesn’t have a whiff of plausibility.

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Politics: It’s Not Just About Winning Elections

September 8th, 2011 at 2:01 pm 4 Comments

With the election a mere year and a half away, all sorts of people are making the mistake of viewing all of politics through the narrow lens of election outcomes.

Here are three examples.

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What Did Murdoch Know?

David Frum July 17th, 2011 at 9:25 am 67 Comments

A friend asks: Do I believe that Rupert Murdoch knew about the phone-hacking by News International. I answered that “knowing” is a very elastic concept.

If a lawyer tells a CEO, “If your company does X bad thing and you don’t know about it, you can go to jail,” why then he’ll take steps to know.

If a laywer says, “If such a bad thing does happen, and we can prove that you didn’t know, then you don’t go to jail,” he’ll find ways not to know.

So my guess is that it will be settled that Rupert Murdoch didn’t “know.”

Not so sure about James Murdoch, however.

Is this Evidence that Pakistan Threatens Journalists?

David Frum July 5th, 2011 at 8:38 am 2 Comments

When Pakistani journalists decline “for fear of reprisals” to comment on allegations that they have been threatened by the state security services, doesn’t that strongly suggest that the allegations are true?

Bearing False Witness

David Frum June 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am Comments Off

British journalist Johann Hari has been credibly accused of falsifying his reporting.

First a left-wing blogger offered evidence that Hari had borrowed an interview conducted by somebody else with Italian communist Antonio Negri, and then presented the quotations as responses to his own questioning.
Then evidence began to appear that Hari had used this same technique on other occasions too, taking quotations from the written record and presenting them as the product of his own questioning.
Hari’s self-defense (offered on Twitter) is not exactly compelling:
When interviewing a writer for a 6000-word profile, accurately quoting their writing is not “plagiarism” or “cut & paste journalism”
That’s true enough. But when the quotes are prefaced with “I meet [interview subject] at a hotel bar in Scotland …” and individually introduced with verbal cues like “with a shake of the head” even accurate quotations can be used to create a false representation: not of what the interview subject said, but of what the interviewer did. In such a case, the story would be a lie even if the component parts were true.

Reporter Gets Payback on Weiner

June 6th, 2011 at 11:47 pm 13 Comments

I noticed an interesting little detail regarding Andrew Breitbart’s impromptu introductory remarks at Rep. Anthony Weiner’s press conference.  According to Politico:

Breitbart went unnoticed by the huge media throng until a Politico and New York Observer reporter approached him, and tweeted about it. Word spread that he was on the premises, and the cameramen quickly rushed over, surrounding him by a side door.  Weiner had yet to arrive.  “Andrew, would you go to the podium?” WCBS reporter Marcia Kramer, who just days earlier was threatened with arrest when she staked out Weiner’s congressional office in Washington, asked.  After a few requests, he agreed.

So, if this story is correct, the reporter that Rep. Weiner’s staff allegedly called the police on was the person who asked Breitbart to come onstage and get some free national airtime.  Perhaps revenge is a dish best served… somewhat warm?

A Great Moment in Punditry

David Frum June 1st, 2011 at 10:26 pm 40 Comments

Here’s a great moment in punditry, published one year ago to the day, that should not be quietly forgotten. It’s Peter Ferrara writing in the American Spectator, June 2, 2010.

Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn’t even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won’t even try to run for reelection.

I am now ready to predict that President Obama will not even make it that far. I predict that he will resign in discredited disgrace before the fall of 2012.

That’s the same Peter Ferrara by the way who claimed in National Review in September 2001 that “there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan.”