September 30, 2012
How to fix the Washington Press Corps

Several years ago, the blogfather, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, suggested that I be hired at The New York Times to replace outgoing Public Editor Byron Calame. Fellow newsman Don Surber opined that I would be too tough a grader. He was undoubtedly right. It’s now been three years since I left (or was invited to […]

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September 23, 2012
Completely missing the point

The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto tweeted a link to this story on the CNN belief blog that literally (a la Joe Biden—which means figuratively) blew my mind. I was raised as an evangelical Christian in America, and any discussion of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations around the world must include the phenomenon of American Islamophobia, for which […]

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September 13, 2012
A quick personal note

Posting has been sporadic lately largely for two reasons: First, I've suffered a relatively minor recurrence of sciatica that first hit me about 5 years ago. So, I'm currently in a reasonable amount of pain which makes it difficult to summon the necessary energy and moral outrage to blog. Second, I've taken a part time […]

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September 13, 2012
World's dumbest argument

I was reading some lefty blogs last weekend when I came across the most idiotic argument supporting the Obamacare contraception coverage mandate: That covering contraceptive services actually saves the insurance company money. Seriously? These are the same insurance companies that always have the adjective "greedy" preceding their name. And if they just started covering contraceptives, […]

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September 3, 2012
Cross-posting to Facebook

I wrote the following on Facebook this afternoon. I cross-post it here for posterity and wider dissemination. This is my only political Facebook post this election year. There's really only one reason I'm on Facebook--I want to keep up with what's happening in my friends’ lives. I’m amused by the pictures of your children. I […]

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September 3, 2012
Sort-of corrections

Last week I mentioned briefly that The New York Times apparently wasn’t feeling the need to correct a reference in an obituary that referred to the famous “Napalm girl” photo that won a Pulitzer Prize during the Vietnam War. The village had been mistakenly napalmed by a American-built plane flown by the South Vietnamese Air […]

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What kind of #consistency can we expect from the fact-checking professionals at PolitiFact?

The inconsistent kind (how it started, how it's going):


New column: Newsom's electric cars nirvana collides with reality- CalMatters

This is clever framing to preserve the narrative without actually touching what’s at stake.

Here’s what the poll actually says:

📊 37% say abortion should be “always legal” (preserving Roe)
📊 60% say there should be limits on abortion (which would overturn Roe)

Meet the Press@MeetThePress

BUT abortion is now center stage:

60% say abortion should be legal all or most of the time — the highest ever in our polls — versus 37% who say it should illegal all or most of the time.

And abortion has now become the TOP issue for single-issue voters.

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