The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Brett Kimberlin’s Conspiracy Theory and Other Recent Legal Proceedings

Brett Kimberlin could have been sentenced to 230 years in federal prison “Kimberlin seemed to be the only one with a possible motive — to distract police attention from the Scyphers murder and delay or halt their quiet investigation of him.” – R. Joseph Gelarden, Indianapolis Star, “Kimberlin case a maze of murder, deceit,” Oct. 18, 1981 […]

Patch: AOL’s Expensive Failure

Patch fails. Like I predicted. Patch what, you ask? Exactly. @rsmccain — Ali A. Akbar (@ali) December 16, 2013 Do you remember in February 2011 when AOL bought the Huffington Post for $315 million? Did that price tag come to mind in August when Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million? […]

A Scoop That Was Not a Scoop: The ‘Spying on Gamers’ Story Is Old News

You perhaps saw the headlines: Spies Infiltrate a Fantasy Realm of Online Games – New York Times Xbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agencies – The Guardian World of Spycraft: NSA and CIA Spied in Online Games – Pro Publica Don’t believe the Greenwald/Snowden media fanboy hype, says Paul Hair […]

Now @MikeElk Calls @betsyscribeindc a ‘Racist,’ Because … Journalism!

My apology for treating you to more of this kook’s kookiness, but these nutjobs just fascinate me. Mike Elk responded to Betsy Rothstein’s Monday article with a series of typically bizarre e-mails: [C]riticize him at your own peril — he’ll charge that you’re against people with conditions like Asperger’s and write your boss and insist […]

Because @MikeElk Deserves a Reply

An e-mail arrived at 9:50 a.m. today: Subject: u still sore you lost the civil war? From: Mike Elk ( To: Robert Stacy McCain Shit son, I am about to go visit some Civil War battlefields where we kicked the fuck out of you degenerate Confederate bastards. I bet you are still sore you guys […]

What, If Anything, Does the @MikeElk Meltdown Prove About the Left?

Smear the target. When they respond, accuse them of racism or cyberbullying @betsyscribeindc w/ the story — Eli Lake (@EliLake) December 9, 2013 Do you really care about a personal feud between Mike Elk (a labor reporter for the progressive journal In These Times) and Eli Lake (a national security reporter for The Daily […]

Read @JosephCurl: Because Facts Matter

Joe Curl lives out in the horse country of Fauquier County, Virginia. He enjoys golf, and can recite lines from Caddyshack the way I can recite lines from Animal House or Blazing Saddles. Joe has been a newsman his whole life. When I met him in 1997, he was an assistant national editor at the […]

Grabbing the Other End of the Rope

Rush Limbaugh occasionally says, “I don’t need ‘balance.’ I am balance.” That is to say, when all the major institutions of politics, media and culture are dominated by liberalism, the conservative who aims to critique and counterbalance the regnant ethos need not concern himself too much with presenting The Other Side of the Story. As […]

The Science Is Settled: Feminism Is Wrong

Men and women are not the same: By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found that male brains have more connections within each hemisphere, while female brains are more interconnected between hemispheres. . . . By analyzing the subjects’ MRIs using diffusion imaging, the scientists […]

Slaves of the Progressive Cause

Liberals are stupid. We know this. Samuel Johnson knew this, too: “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” If you’re smart, you can figure out how to get paid to write. If you’re stupid, you’ll be a liberal journalism intern like Charles Davis: I was 21 years old when I took out […]

Guardian Losing $50 Million a Year?

These numbers are mind-boggling: Guardian News & Media has lost nearly £200m in the past six years as it pursues its ambition of being the “world’s leading liberal voice”. GMG already enjoys advantages over some of its commercial media rivals. Ownership by the Scott Trust means it does not have to answer to shareholders. The […]

Conor Friedersdorf’s Grassy Knoll

Conor Friedersdorf is the Lee Harvey Oswald of journalism — an alienated young man consumed by irrational hatred of his own country. Fortunately, the Secret Service need not worry about Friedersdorf purchasing a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle just now. The focus of his manic obsession is not the current president, but his predecessor. Bush Derangement Syndrome — […]

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