The opposite effect

The Washington Post‘s editorial board wrote a pretty blistering attack on Bernie Sanders and his “fiction-filled campaign” last night. It includes a few fair points–Sanders does tend to brush off questions about the very real legislative challenges his agenda would face with a lot of way-too-optimistic talk about “political revolutions” and the like–and a bunch… Continue reading The opposite effect

Something about this Cuba poll just ain’t right

Atrios flagged this Washington Post op-ed on the failure of President Obama’s diplomatic overtures to improve human rights conditions in Cuba. He notes the hypocrisy of the concern for human rights in Cuba when the US regularly does business with countries with human rights records that are worse than Cuba’s. In the WaPo editorial board’s… Continue reading Something about this Cuba poll just ain’t right

Maybe Fareed should go back to plagiarizing

Fareed Zakaria had that whole dust-up a while back (well, and a while before that too) on account of how so much of what he his interns write tends to be straight jacked from some other, less famous writer. In all fairness RE: my headline above, I obviously have no way of knowing whether or… Continue reading Maybe Fareed should go back to plagiarizing

Oh, well, by all means carry on then

Last Wednesday the Washington Post produced a graphic purporting to show the number of migrant workers who have died in Qatar (1200) on work related to the 2022 World Cup as compared to worker deaths for other major international sporting events (I used it here). Qatar cried foul, saying that those 1200 migrant workers, while… Continue reading Oh, well, by all means carry on then

Isn’t there any actual news? (SPOILER: yes, there is)

Hey, did you hear? Saturday Night Live did a show, on Saturday! Saturday night, in fact! OK, that seems pretty predictable, but then did you know that they did a sketch on this sketch comedy show? About immigration? And in this sketch they made some jokes about Barack Obama’s recent executive order by playing with… Continue reading Isn’t there any actual news? (SPOILER: yes, there is)

How to be a big-time news-paper columnist, just like Marc Thiessen

Step 1: Get a prominent job in politics Step 2: Write a book, ideally something salacious; for example, you could defend torture as a legitimate practice in counter-terrorism Step 3: Get hired as a columnist for the worst editorial page in America Step 4: Kick back, collect the bucks from your sinecure, and churn out… Continue reading How to be a big-time news-paper columnist, just like Marc Thiessen

On Richard Cohen’s Gag Reflex

What the–? Mr. Cohen’s column today centers on the prospects that various Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination may have in the Iowa caucus. Iowa, Cohen notes, is a conservative state, which may pose a challenge for Republicans perceived as moderate. Then, out of nowhere, comes this paragraph, which we have bolded for ease… Continue reading On Richard Cohen’s Gag Reflex