Sunday, June 25, 2017

White House Correspondents

White House Correspondents

White House Correspondents
Well, here we are a few days out from the inauguration and political discourse and intelligence in this country could not be any dumber. We should just officially proclaim as our national slogan "You're Either For 'Em or Agin...
Gosh, we all knew journalism was in trouble but now we have the proof in a Buzzfeed article by Craig Silverman, “Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election.” According to Silverman's...
Part 1: Did Russia really hack the DNC? Meet Cyberclown James Lewis One of the leading stories of the presidential campaign is that Donald Trump is in bed with Vladimir Putin and that if elected president he and Russia’s leader...
Ever since Donald Trump won the election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, liberal groups, the New York Times, MSNBC and assorted pro-Hillary media outlets have thrown a prolonged temper tantrum about the results — remember when they all pointedly asked if...
By PAUL STAROBIN Idiotic is one of the milder words that come to mind on hearing Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, brand Donald Trump “a puppet” of the Kremlin. Mook did so this past Sunday on ABC’s “This Week...
OK, let me start this by saying that I’m a friend of Glenn Simpson, whose company reportedly produced, via a subcontractor, the now famous dossier on Donald Trump that was published by BuzzFeed and that has dominated the news...
I’ve followed presidential campaigns for years and it’s never been an uplifting experience, but this year has marked a genuine low for the media. The basic problem is that the lion’ share of journalists covering the campaign are actively...
I'm hearing from multiple stories that major news outlets are finally embarrassed about their shameful pro-Hillary bias in the presidential campaign and are loading up stories on the Clintons that will be run imminently. One chief target is Doug Band,...
In my journalism class last week, we discussed the Washington Post story that identified hundreds of media outlets as “fake news” sites. We concluded that fake news is hard to define, but that any news, whether "fake" or "real," that relies...
I don't know about anyone else, but I wish 2016 would hurry up and get the fuck out of the way, so the world can move on to a happier and better 2017. Surely, it can't be any worse....
Fleshy, pasty Yale graduate Dana Milbank, one of the more annoying journalists of this or any era, had a typically moronic column in today’s Washington Post titled “Sean Hannity, Trump’s spin ‘Doctor’.” Don’t get me wrong here, Sean Hannity...
In theory, there’s nothing not to like about virtuous New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, “combine journalism and activism in their unique brand of reporting centered on human rights abuses and advocacy,” according...
I have a story today in the New York Observer about the wretched state of political journalism, which nowadays, as the Podesta emails have shown, has been mostly reduced to surrogacy on behalf of the Clinton campaign. Every time I write...
I don’t know what’s funnier, watching Hillary plummet in the polls and soar in her unfavorable ratings, or watching her media sycophants frantically try to ride to her rescue. I’ll be honest with you here, I would love to...
I keep waiting for the Putin hacked the election hysteria to finally crest, but it appears that this could be with us well into the new year. Now, according to NBC, U.S. intelligence officials believe with "a high level...
Long-time reporters in Washington will often tell you that journalists used to cover up the sexual peccadilloes of politicians but don't do it any more. These boring drones will invariably cite JFK's years in the White House and note that...
I had a story yesterday at the New York Observer titled "This Election Has Disgraced the Entire Profession of Journalism," which compiled some of the most embarrassing moments of campaign reporting revealed by the Podesta Leaks. There was a...
Ever since the election, a variety of journalists have written mea culpas apologizing for how their respective news outlets screwed up election coverage.  "The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so," Will Rahn wrote at CBSnews.com....
As I recently wrote in the New York Observer, this year's disgraceful political campaign has been outdone in awfulness only by the political coverage of it. We're used to cable news networks being surrogates for their preferred candidates so...
This year’s election campaign has made monkeys out of almost every pollster, political commentator and prognosticator in the country. Indeed, there is only one pundit who has emerged from this shit show with an unstained reputation: Carl Diggler, CAFE's...
Neither irony nor subtlety figure heavily in Joe Conason’s newly released Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton. In its opening pages Conason describes his hero, on his very first day out of office, defending his...
In the aftermath of the election, the New York Times apologized to its readers for screwing up its campaign coverage and failing to foresee Donald Trump's victory, and promised it would do a better job going forward. "We aim...
I am the last person on earth who would ever want to be on Team Trump, but I hate BuzzFeed as much as I hate Donald so here we are. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. See, I'm not surprised that BuzzFeed...
There’s recently been a media/celebrity thread arguing that Donald Trump is going to drop out of the presidential race because he knows he can’t win. That’s why, it is said, he’s been yelling and screaming about how rigged the...
Washington Babylon reported several times last month on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's continued sexting and said that if underage girls were involved, his conduct should draw a criminal investigation. I knew at the time that Weiner was sexting at...
Writer/Research Assistant(s) for WashingtonBabylon.com Location: Washington D.C. (some flexibility there) Pay: Unpaid but plenty of opportunities for bylines and real journalism. Plus editor-in-chief periodically picks up drink tab Description: Exciting opportunity to work with me, an investigative journalist formerly with the Los Angeles...
Jim Jatras, a former US diplomat, foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership, and lobbyist comments on financial and foreign policy topics and on U.S. politics in his publication TheJIM!gram. Jim’s views may not appeal to everyone, to put...
Mild-mannered Dean Baquet, the editor of the New York Times, is mad. Why? Because cable news is biased, especially Fox, and because CNN hired Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, and as a result "was in danger of...
Michael Isikoff of Yahoo had a big story last Friday that got major play, probably because it feeds into the dumb narrative that Donald Trump is a Russian stooge being run by Vladimir Putin. To be clear, Trump is...
I didn’t think much of the New York Times story on Donald Trump possibly not paying taxes for 18 years, as I noted here yesterday. The Times story rather obviously stretched its conclusions well beyond where its flimsy evidence...
The big news over the weekend was the death of Fidel Castro, which prompted a flood of coverage, and rightly so since he was one of the most important figures of recent times. A lot of the reporting and...
When the New York Times covers Carlos Slim, which is extremely rarely, they make him out to be a shopkeep, the friendly, goodnatured bodega owner down the street. As it happens, Slim is the ruthless head of a transnational...
Les Moonves cannot lose … and he knows it. The all-too-well compensated CEO of CBS said as much back in late February of 2016. The Bataan Death March of presidential campaigns had finally kicked into high gear and a...
One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator Sani Abacha hide vast sums of money offshore. Chagoury, who has an estate in Los...
Back in 2008, I wrote a story for Washington Babylon, my then Harper’s column, about media coverage of Sarah Palin, who was John McCain’s vice presidential running mate at the time. Palin was no genius, to put it mildly,...
For months I’ve tried to write about Ezra Klein, the founder of Vox, the nest of nerdy, privileged kids who think that politics and government is super neat. I’ve had a hard time publishing anything because Klein, a leading...