The Other McCain

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

Is the Bible ‘Hate Speech’?

  Trigger warning: Homophobia and slut-shaming. “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” — Deuteronomy 23:17 (KJV) What would happen if a student started quoting the King James Bible in an American university classroom nowadays? It’s frightening to imagine the riots that would probably […]

Fear and Loathing: Journalism in the Age of Trump Derangement Syndrome

“In the context of journalism, here, we are dealing with a new kind of ‘lead’ — the Symbiotic Trapezoid Quote. The Columbia Journalism Review will never sanction it; at least not until the current editor dies of brain syphilis, and probably not even then. “What? “Do we have a libel suit on our hands? “Probably not, […]

Lynching America: Jussie Smollett and the Prejudice of Anti-Trump Hatred

“The media have summoned into existence a Hate-Hoax Industrial Complex that keeps manufacturing fake ‘incidents’ …” — Robert Stacy McCain, Jan. 28 Americans nowadays consider “racist” the worst thing you could call someone, but I’m old enough to remember a time and place where quite the opposite was true. There is an 11-letter hyphenated compound […]

Left-Wing Journalist Hacks Email of Republican Billionaire Joe Ricketts

GOP billionaire Joe Ricketts (left); left-wing journalist Molly Osberg (right). John Joseph “Joe” Ricketts got rich from the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, and retired from the business in 2011 to concentrate on philanthropy. Ricketts is a staunch conservative, a Nebraska native and Catholic father of four, and his family bought the Chicago Cubs in 2009. […]

My Kind of People: Junior Johnson and the End of the American Way of Life

NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and his 1940 Ford. My wife has recently re-arranged my office and, in the process, moved some books that I hadn’t read in a while, so the other day I picked up Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965) and began re-reading it. The best journalism — and Tom Wolfe, […]

BuzzFeed Is Democracy, or Something

  It’s hard to take seriously Farhad Manjoo’s claim that layoffs at BuzzFeed represent “a story of impending slow-motion doom — and a democratic emergency in the making, with no end in sight.” (Hat-tip: Instapundit.) As I explained Wednesday (“Who Keeps Paying BuzzFeed’s Bills?”), the company has devoured nearly $500 million in investment capital since […]

Who Keeps Paying BuzzFeed’s Bills?

  Harrison Smith at InfoWars reminds us that BuzzFeed, which recently announced it would lay off “15 percent of its staff (with pink slips to go to up to 400 people, according to one insider),” has received nearly half a billion dollars of venture-capital investment since launching in 2006. In April 2013, it was reported […]

Prejudice and Error

If the basis of your investigation is a belief that witchcraft is the source of social problems, you’ll probably find some witches soon: Mistaken identity is always a risk when a witch-hunt hysteria takes hold, and the hunt for “hate” in the Trump era has produced a mob mentality that rivals 17th-century Salem. Just ask […]

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