Today it was announced that The New Republic, which celebrated it's 100th anniversary a month ago, has been hit by mass resignations. It appears that due to unwanted changes by its owner, Chris Hughes, few are willing to remain at the magazine long noted as being a mainstay of conventional liberalism.
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
The rising doubts about the Rolling Stone rape story have become so widespread that now even Salon is becoming skeptical. However, Salon writer Erin Keane admits she completely bought into the story until other sources began checking it out. The admission can be seen in the headline of her story: "Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story backlash: When narratives are so compelling that we don’t notice unbalanced reporting."
Amid all the events in the wake of the release of the grand jury findings in Ferguson, a brief moment of unusual mental clarity on the part of a liberal reporter has been overlooked. It happened last Wednesday when Ferguson was being discussed on Wolf Blitzer as Ashleigh Banfield proclaimed she was "shocked" that the grand jury witnesses backed up former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's story.
Hands Up! Don't Shoot!
It's the gesture now making the rounds based on Ferguson myth. So what happens when someone who buys into the myth, such as Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, is challenged to back it up with facts? Well, the lame defense as you can see is the incredibly low standard that there is no evidence that his hands weren't up. Here is Robinson on Morning Joe today setting the evidence bar subterranean low:
National Review editor caused quite an uproar on Meet The Press for the "heresy" of citing the evidence presented to the Ferguson case grand jury which backed up the account of officer Darren Wilson. Among liberal circles, such evidence is rarely if ever cited because the truths it reveals are quite inconvenient to the narrative they have presented and continue to stick with.
Are you about to enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey? Well, Salon writer Lindsay Abrams wants you to stop. Stop right now! Not content to give liberal ideology a rest even on this holiday, Abrams attempts to guilt trip her readers into giving up turkey for Thanksgiving.
Ezra Klein put on his Sherlock Holmes cap and examined Officer Darren Wilson's testimony with his magnifying glass. The wannabee junior detective using his newly discovered street smarts somehow deduced that Wilson's story was "unbelievable." As a result, Klein has been widely mocked on Twitter.
It looks as if this final season of The Newsroom might end with total apocalypse. The show is ending and the world will probably end with it if Aaron Sorkin continues with the theme of last night's show in which a government official warns that not only is the world doomed due to global warming but there is nothing we can do about it.
The Associated Press is not known as being normally critical of Barack Obama therefore it was quite surprising that their fact check found the President's speech last Thursday taking unilateral action to halt deportations of illegals to be chock full of Gruber.
The Washington Post story about President Obama meeting with lawmakers had a completely misleading headline. It sounds oh so inclusive but when you actually read the story, guess who is missing at the dinner meeting?
Although MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell claims that President Obama has the prosecutorial discretion not to deport illegal aliens, he can't find any legal justification for work documents to be issued to them in the proposed executive order. Not only could his Democrat guest, Representative Peter Welch of Vermont, come up with such legal justfication but O'Donnell claimed he spent several days contacting elected Democrats and none of them could provide it either.
Since Politico was unable to ignore the Jonathan Gruber controversy, they now seem to be switching gears to downplay his role. Politico health care reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham has crafted a story using quotes to demonstrate that Gruber really wasn't an Obamacare architect. Ironically Cunningham herself as recently as July referred to Gruber as an Obamacare architect.
Nancy Pelosi denied knowing who Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is. Unfortunately for Pelosi, her official website was chock full of Gruber references in 2009. This fact could have been easily discovered by Washington Post writer Sean Sullivan whose story headlined Pelosi's denial of knowing Gruber. For some reason he chose not to fact check this blatant falsehood perpetrated by Pelosi.
Politico finally got around to reporting on the Jonathan Gruber video scandal in which he boasted about how ObamaCare deception was necessary in order to get the bill passed. However, the two Politico reports on this story in addition to being published days after this story had already gone viral, were notable for their brevity and the fact that they made it seem to imply that it was somehow a Fox News obsession rather than being of wider interest.
Jonathan Gruber declined to be interviewed on Fox News by Megyn Kelly yesterday. Instead he appeared on a complete pushover today in the form of Ronan Farrow. Gruber actually made less of an attempt to defend his video remarks about deceiving the public about Obamacare than Ronan Farrow who claimed that Gruber was being "nuanced." After that Ronan delivered convincing proof that he is a horrible interviewer.
On Saturday, Newsbusters was the first major website to feature a video posted by AmericanCommitment of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber boasting in 2013 how he helped deceive the public via a lack of transparency about that bill. Some readers were anxious about that video being made better known to the public since at the time the article was published, there were only a couple of dozen views of the video on YouTube. Since then the video has gone over the top viral to the extent that Rush Limbaugh led his show talking about it at length as did Sean Hannity on his radio show. In addition, the video made it into the mainstream media other than Fox News when Jack Tapper showed the video and The Hill has an article about it as well.
Oh, did I mention that Newsbusters was the first major website to feature the video?
A brave new word seems to have replaced polar vortex as a global warming excuse for very cold weather: "bombogenesis." The viewers of CBS This Morning were introduced to this word on Friday by non climate expert, physicist Michio Kaku, when he used it to explain in very apocalyptic terms a huge storm about to hit the country this week which will cause such extreme cold that it will last for most of the rest of the month.
Ever since it was announced yesterday that the Supreme Court will once again take up Obamacare in the case of King vs Burwell, one figure has remained noticeably absent: Jonathan "Speak-O" Gruber. Since the case revolves around whether Congress intended what the law they wrote clearly states, that Obamacare subsidies can go only to states that established their own health care exchanges, not to federal exchanges, the words of Gruber who along with Ezekiel Emanuel have come back to haunt him.
Despite Gruber's vocifeous denials, it has been discovered that he in fact affirmed that Congress did indeed intend the Obamacare subsidies to go only to state based exchanges. Ever since Gruber's words came back to bite him last July, he has remained out of the spotlight with the aid of the conveniently incurious MSM and now it seems his absence might now be extended to late next June when the Supreme Court rules on the case.
Clay Aiken lost in a landslide in his campaign for a congressional seat from North Carolina yet he is overjoyed. Why? Because it is now apparent that winning was besides the point for Aiken. His real goal now appears to be a TV reality show as announced in Poltico. Unfortunately for reality show wannabee Clay his celebrity donors in Los Angeles feel as if they have been duped by the former "American Idol" contestant and are demanding that footage of their September 30 fundraiser not be used in the reality show.
Barack Obama's reaction to Tuesday's big election loss for the Democrats was mocked at the Country Music Awards by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. If their act looks somewhat familiar, they were the same duo who mocked ObamaCare last year at the same show.