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The Filibuster Question And Politico’s Lousy Job Of Reporting

Monday, July 6, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Politico has a piece up on the filibuster which unfortunately distorts my view on the subject despite my having spent 30 minutes with one of the authors, Daniel Strauss, on the phone discussing it last week.

I don’t have a position on whether the “Reid Rule” should be invoked to repeal Obamacare “root and branch,” or pass an end to the  sequester on the Defense department, and the article I wrote cited by the authors as evidence that I was one of the “loudest voices” calling for the invocation of the “Reid Rule” earlier this year doesn’t support that description because it instead fact outlines the very choice the Senate with a GOP president would face.  (I wonder if they read it, or why Strauss didn’t mention it to me or call me back for a comment.) I spent a lot of time with Strauss explaining how the filibuster serves important ends and supports the constitutional design of the Senate but that folks like former Senator Jim Talent and others are raising the issue of the urgency of quick action, and urging him to call other experts like Dr. Larry Arnn of Hillsdale College for an understanding of the complicated issue involved, and pointed to Senator Tom Cotton who had discussed both sides of the argument without declaring one way or the other, which is what I have been at pains to do.

The Strauss/Everett piece again confirms the wisdom of my usual rule of only doing interviews with Beltway journalists over the air.  This is especially true of the new gang at Politico which is dragging the site left, left, left.  I don’t know why Strauss would write up our interview this way –I went to great lengths to emphasize that I hadn’t decided one way or the other, but saw the issue as an interesting one as he correctly noted because it exposes a seam in the GOP filed– but I suspect the category of “interested but impartial conservative journalist” didn’t interest him, his co-author or his editor.  Unfortunate, that inability to correctly record an interviewee’s opinions.  It follows a reporter, impacting their reputation.

My Washington Examiner column this AM notes the rapid decline of seriousness in D.C.  Part of that is the fault of a press corps that cares more about clicks than getting a story right, even if the story is complicated and important.  The grey heads at Politico need to sit the youngsters down and talk to them about this or they will continue to bleed credibility and talent.  I spent quite a lot of time with Dylan Byers earlier this month and was happy to do so, and Mike Allen is always welcome on the show, as was James Hohmann when he hung his hat there.  But botching a story this badly makes you wonder about a brand, it really does.  It wouldn’t have been hard to get it right. It would merely have been inconvenient.

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Adam Carolla On “Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman” and “Daddy, Stop Talking.”

Monday, July 6, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Adam Carolla will be along in the third hour today, talking about his new book on parenting, Daddy Stop Talking –which is funny in many ways (some of which I can’t discuss on air) and wise in many others– and his new movie as well: Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.

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Low Hanging Fruit In Metropolis

Monday, July 6, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Comic book fans know that Marvel comics (Spider-man, Captain America, X-Men…) take place in the “real world.”  They are set in New York, or Los Angeles, or London.  DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman…) are pure fantasy being set in Metropolis or Gotham or Keystone City.  I am beginning to think America is a DC Comic.  It is bad enough to have errant policy, but when the administration and their allies in the media seem to have a whole new world set up how does one even begin to have a reasonable discussion with them?

Most recent case in point, an NYTimes piece, dated yesterday, but that had top of the newsletter placement in the freebie headlines I received from them this morning, entitled “White Supremacists Extend Their Reach Through Websites.”  Now in part, this is just lazy reporting.  The people that run these sites love the attention so when a NYTimes reporter comes calling, they answer questions, and eureka, you have an article.  It’s the same reason Jerry Springer can so easily book the four remaining Klan members in the country.

But it is also scary.  Google up “terrorism internet” and you get links to white papers prepared by the U.N and if you switch to the “news” tab you get all sorts of coverage in the European press, but almost nothing in the US press or from the US government.  One would think the administration is trying to “ghost” Islamic and overseas terrorism.  It certainly gives one the impression that we live in Metropolis, not New York. Continue Reading

Knowledge, Leadership, and Science

Sunday, July 5, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

The last 30 days or so have seen a great uptick in the discussion about science, religion, politics and epistemology.  For the Cleveland Browns fans out there, epistemology is the study of how we know things – What is the basis of actual knowledge.  The uptick is the result of the revelation that a study on attitudes about homosexuality was essentially faked.  I searched for an article of any sort that explained what happened without a lot of opinion attached and the only ones I could find are behind expensive academic pay walls.  This is as close as I could come to something of that sort.

Not being in academia myself, I first picked up on the fraudulent study from a June 5 WSJ opinion piece.  I did not think much of it at the time because it is about polling, and while polling uses a lot of scientific tools, it has never risen to the level of “science.”  I am by academic training a chemist (M.S., Chemistry, Butler University, 1984) which is about as rigorous as science gets. Continue Reading

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