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National Columnists

Time for White House to launch media outlet to combat fake news

It's time for the White House to launch its own media outlet. Never in the history of America has any president been subjected to such an onslaught of "fake news," biased reporting and unfounded conspiracy theories spread by corrupt so-called journalists, some of whom have made their way into ...

Polls, fake news and trends

We are more than a year from the 2020 presidential election. It is too soon to see much of anything. But there are some trends we should pay attention to at this point. Last Monday, the national press corps had a moment of intense excitement because they thought they had finally succeeded in ...

An all-too-real parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious -- meaning, of course, impeccably progressive -- Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a new school, to ...

Some clarity on President Trump’s economic policies

It's a fact that President Donald Trump has a remarkably large number of supporters among the voters and pundits who label themselves as "free market." They usually say something like, "Sure, I don't like his trade and immigration policies, but the rest are good." I disagree. With the ...

Ignorance and power

Campaign season brings out so many utterly ignorant statements. These seem to be New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stock in trade. Her most recent was a fallacy-filled Instagram tirade about the racism inherent in the Electoral College. (AOC should read the works of the ...

Looking ahead to election 2020

Seventy-five percent of Republican voters believe it really doesn't matter who the Democrats nominate because none of them will beat Donald Trump in next year's election. On the other hand, ScottRasmussen.com polling found that 49% of Democratic voters say it really doesn't matter who the ...

The left’s climate change eschatology obstructs real progress

Today in reading the news I realized you could replace the words ‘climate change’ with ‘God’s wrath,’” a friend said in an email this week. “It’s kind of a fun exercise.” It is fun, though the merriment is tempered by just how obnoxious the politics around the “climate ...

Get Off the Sidelines: #StandWithICE

Dear fellow patriots: It's time to stop making nice with those who are waging war on ICE. Are you sick of your neighborhoods being hijacked by law enforcement-bashing thugs who prioritize every last illegal immigrant over law-abiding families, workers and employers? Are you sick of ...

Without a suitable enemy, Trump is adrift

Last week there was a sharp uptick in speculation that President Trump is a few fries shy of a Happy Meal. Obviously, this is not the first time the idea has popped up that the commander in chief's cheese might have slid off his cracker. Early in his presidency, and again in 2018, there was a ...

They’ve lost their minds in San Francisco

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco's Board of ...

How the media politicizes crime coverage

Words matter. So does equal treatment. So when The New York Times recently devoted a three-column article on the top of the front page equating the actions and words of the El Paso mass murderer to those of "right-wing media," I was curious, to say the least. Was The Gray Lady saying ...

Ban the plastic water bottle ban

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Nothing could be more emblematic than towns and cities throughout the United States run by feel-good liberals who are banning single-serve bottled water in a misguided effort to "Go Green." Last week, the San Francisco International ...

The end of America’s 30-year engagement with China?

Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened "Chimerica" by historian Niall Ferguson? Quite possibly, and without regard to ...

Why an anti-trust safe harbor is the answer the news business needs

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between news publishers and tech platforms. But that relationship could be changing thanks to the bipartisan ...

You didn’t build that II

Remember the controversy in 2012 when President Obama said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." In context, the president was trying to make the point that in addition to our own hard work, others contributed to whatever level of success we ...

The media’s intersectional embrace of anti-Semitism

Imagine two sitting Republican Congresspeople planned a trip to a foreign country in conjunction with a nongovernmental organization. Imagine that particular NGO had a long history of Jew hatred: It had run a piece on its website quoting anti-Semitic myths about Jews imbibing Christian blood, ...

The media’s massive credibility problem

On her weekly Sinclair TV show, "Full Measure," on Aug. 18, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson interviewed pollster Scott Rasmussen about journalists' standing in the public square. They're about as trusted as Wikipedia, the website considered so unreliable that school teachers ...

Ethnic studies latest ploy to brainwash kids

President Donald Trump told a rally last week: "We are all Americans. We all share the same home. We all share the same heart." He cautioned that "the radical Democrats are trying to tear this country apart" with their divisive identity politics. Warning to parents: Left-wing activists are ...

Trump’s promise

President Donald Trump promised he'd get rid of bad rules. "Remove the anchor dragging us down!" he said when campaigning for president. "We're going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation!" Trump was a developer, so he knew that the thicket of rules government imposes often ...

Triggering the Google social credit system

i learned last week from a Silicon Valley whistleblower, who spoke with the intrepid investigative team at Project Veritas, that my namesake news and opinion website is on a Google blacklist. Thank goodness the Big Tech giant hasn't taken over the newspaper syndication business yet. Twenty ...