Mark Hemingway

Mark Hemingway is a Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard. He has written for The Wall Street Journal,, Reason and numerous other publications. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked at The Washington Examiner, National Review, Market News International, and USA Today. He has appeared on C-Span's "Washington Journal", CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered'. He was the recipient of a Gold Award journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation in 2003 and was a Global Prosperity Initiative fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 2003 and 2004. Originally from Bend, Oregon, he now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and two daughters.

Stories by Mark Hemingway

'Clock Boy' Files $15 Million Lawsuit

04:59 PM, Nov 24, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, the 15 year-old Muslim kid who was invited to the White House after he was arrested for bringing a clock that he allegedly built to school, has filed a $15 million lawsuit : The son of Sudanese immigrants who lived in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a... Read more

AP 'Fact Check': GOP Candidates Know Less About Science Than Kindergartners?

02:29 PM, Nov 23, 2015
The Associated Press is running with a rather tendentious headline at the moment, " AP FACT CHECK: On climate science, most GOP candidates fail. " For their fact check, the AP asked a group of Ph.D. scientists to grade presidential candidates based on their statements about global warming. To... Read more

The Eagles of Death Metal, Terrorism, and the Limits of Irony

11:43 AM, Nov 19, 2015
Mark Steyn has a typically great column about the reaction to the terror attacks in France and reading it is well worth your time. But I want to focus on one particular paragraph: Our enemies understand how myopic we are. They attack a concert by Eagles of Death Metal, which is not without... Read more

Amherst Student Protesters Want Disciplinary Action In Response To "Free Speech" Posters

04:05 PM, Nov 13, 2015
Amherst Uprising—"a collective of students on campus who came together as a result of the sit-In organized in Frost Library on 11/12/15"—has delivered demands to their university president. Number five on their list is pretty illustrative how far off the deep end these student protesters are... Read more

Student Paper Brings Down Righteous Hammer on Hysterical Classmates, Administrators

02:24 PM, Nov 13, 2015
The tensions at Yale and Mizzou are spreading. In response to student protests, the Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna resigned yesterday. The Claremont Independent, a center-right journal at Claremont McKenna College, has weighed in on the controversy with a long editorial headlined, "We... Read more

It's Not Just Campuses—Liberal Think Tank Employees Want Safe Space From Netanyahu

10:35 AM, Nov 11, 2015
The Center for American Progress (CAP), one of the largest and most influential liberal think tanks in Washington, recently extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He spoke there yesterday, and the New York Times write-up notes that Netanyahu "project[ed] a... Read more

Fact Checking Politico's Federal Reserve Fact Check

01:02 PM, Nov 11, 2015
One of the big problems with media "fact checkers" is the presumption of expertise that the reporter doesn't actually have. Sitting around googling whenever a politician opens his or her mouth often means a rush to judgment, and the results can be embarassing. Last night, Politico Pro sent out... Read more

Politico's Shoddy Hit on Ben Carson 'Fabricating West Point Scholarship'

02:06 PM, Nov 06, 2015
In Ben Carson's bestselling book, Gifted Hands , he recounts a tale about how as a top ROTC student in Detroit growing up he had an opportunity to meet General William Westmoreland. Apparently, the meeting went well. According to Carson, "Later I was offered a full scholarship to West Point."... Read more

No, Republicans Are Not Endangering Free Speech For Wanting Better Debates

09:29 PM, Nov 02, 2015
A big part of liberal media bias is the insatiable need to create drama about any intra-party Republican disagreements, while downplaying or ignoring Democratic divisions. Even the most liberal media outlets agreed that last week's CNBC debate was a flaming dirigible , but when the Republican... Read more

The New York Times's Unbecoming Attack on GOP Absenteeism

11:04 AM, Nov 03, 2015
Last week, the New York Times rolled out a petty and somewhat meanspirited editiorial against Chris Christie and the rest of the Republican field. The gist of it is that, by running for president, Christie isn't spending as much time at home working for New Jersey as he ought to: More... Read more

Did WaPo's Fact Checker Inadvertently Expose Clinton Disseminating Classified Info on Benghazi?

12:34 PM, Oct 30, 2015
This morning, Washington Post fact checker Glen Kessler decided to fact check Marco Rubio's statement at the latest GOP debate that Hillary Clinton lied about al Qaeda's involvement in the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. In public, Clinton initially attributed the attack to spontaneous... Read more

CNBC Moderator Harwood Admits Premise of His Question on Rubio's Tax Plan is Erroneous

08:52 PM, Oct 28, 2015
Earlier tonight moderator John Harwood, of CNBC and the New York Times , attacked Senator Marco Rubio's tax plan on the grounds that it disproportionately benefited the top one percent of earners. Rubio insisted the premise of his question was wrong, but Harwood stuck to his guns. Here's the... Read more

Bernie Sanders, Economic Illiterate

04:07 PM, Oct 15, 2015
So Bernie Sanders, who wants to make college education "free," just tweeted out the following: It makes no sense that students and their parents pay higher interest rates for college than they pay for car loans or housing mortgages. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 15, 2015... Read more

CNN Debate Moderator Was Member of Clinton Global Initiative

12:09 PM, Oct 13, 2015
CNN host Anderson Cooper, who is set to moderate tonight's Democratic debate, was listed as a "notable past member" the Clinton Global Initiative's website along with a number of other big name journalists : The list includes: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, Fox’s Greta Van... Read more

Teachers Unions Force Democratic Candidates to Skip Education Reform Forum

03:07 PM, Oct 07, 2015
In August, six Republican presidential candidates appeared at a forum to discuss education reform in New Hampshire hosted by Campbell Brown. Brown, the former NBC news anchor and CNN host, has just launched a news website, The Seventy Four , dedicated to covering issues related to education... Read more

China's Terrifying New Technology for Controlling Citizens and How Yahoo Enabled It

01:31 PM, Oct 06, 2015
The ACLU's website reports on how China's communist government is working with some of the country's biggest corporations to insitute an Orwellian system to "score" every citizen: China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system, and the more I learn about it, the more nightmarish it... Read more

Guns and Hillary Clinton's Mitt Romney Problem

11:51 AM, Oct 05, 2015
Following last week's tragic shooting in Oregon, Hillary Clinton is making big promises on gun control. She's even gone so far as to promise " executive action " to restrict gun sales, even though such measures would be constitutionally questionable. Even President Obama, who has not exactly... Read more

WaPo Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Planned Parenthood's Claim to Provide Mammograms

03:09 PM, Oct 02, 2015
The Washington Post fact checker looks at " repeated, misleading claim that Planned Parenthood ‘provides’ mammograms ." Michelle Ye Hee Lee's conclusion is spot-on: The myth that Planned Parenthood actually offers mammogram X-rays to patients has been long debunked, and needs to stop being... Read more

Report Raises More Questions About Member of Clinton's Spy Ring Working at CBS News

03:58 PM, Oct 01, 2015
At CNN, Dylan Byers is reporting " '60 Minutes' used 'planted' questions, Hillary Clinton email says ": CBS's "60 Minutes" used questions "planted" by the State Department in a 2011 interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a State Department aide told Hillary Clinton in a newly... Read more

CNN's Chris Cuomo Botches Abortion Report, Helps Spread Misinformation

02:59 PM, Sep 30, 2015
The controversy over Carly Fiorina's comments at the last GOP debate about seeing a video of an aborted fetus with its legs kicking is still raging. Earlier today, David Daleiden, the journalist behind the Center for Medical Progress's undercover Planned Parenthood investigation that produced... Read more

What Was a Member of Clinton's 'Secret Spy Network' Doing While Working for CBS News?

03:10 PM, Sep 29, 2015
In March, an investigation by ProPublica and Gawker revealed that a “ secret spy network ” that was not on the State Department payroll, run by longtime Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, was “funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account... Read more

You Can't Handle the Trump!

12:33 PM, Sep 29, 2015
Vox 's Ezra Klein wrote a good piece of analysis Monday about how unpredictable politics has become. He notes that the four surprising political developments we've seen in the last few months — Speaker of the House John Boehner resigning from Congress, and Scott Walker dropping out of the... Read more

New York Times: Scott Walker Lost Because He Wasn't Racist Enough

06:47 PM, Sep 22, 2015
Here's a less than illuminating passage from a hot-off-the-presses New York Times story on Scott Walker bowing out of the presidential race, headlined " Scott Walker’s Dismal Finish Is a Fitting Result, Old Foes Say " : Old political adversaries of Mr. Walker greeted his dour denouement as... Read more

Why Do Muslims Get to Ignore the Same Laws Used to Prosecute Christian Businesses?

02:28 PM, Sep 22, 2015
As an addendum to Jonathan Last's piece about the bizarre willingness of liberals rushing to the defense of illiberal Muslims so long as it makes the GOP look bad, BuzzFeed has a nice story up today about a Muslim-American woman embracing her heritage and celebrating Eid. But BuzzFeed's... Read more

A Dubious Washington Post Fact Check on Carson and Islam

03:05 PM, Sep 22, 2015
The media have been quite zealously attacking Ben Carson for criticizing aspects of Islam that he believes are incompatible with the American political system. The skeptical among us -- and that, unfortunately, must include every discerning consumer of mainstream media -- would note that much of... Read more

A National Shame: Soldiers Told to Ignore Child Sex Abuse in Afghanistan

11:05 AM, Sep 21, 2015
The New York Times has a truly horrifying story about how the U.S. military has turned a blind eye to child sex abuse in Afghanistan as a matter of official policy:  “At night we can hear [the children] screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father,... Read more

Carly Fiorina, The Anti-Hillary

12:30 AM, Sep 17, 2015
Over at the Free Beacon , our old colleague Matthew Continetti is already up with his thoughts about the debate . He's reached the conclusion that "debates basically serve to propel second-tier candidates to the top. That’s what happened with Ben Carson last time. And it’s what’s going to... Read more

Ted Cruz Street Art Appears Outside GOP Debate Venue

03:45 PM, Sep 16, 2015
A reader sends in this image from the streets outside tonight's GOP Debate. It's the symbol from the Hunger Games -- a symbol of rebellion from the YA novel where kids fight to overthrow a dystopian cociety run by elites. The unorthodox street art campaign for Cruz has been seen in other... Read more

WaPo Poll: Majority of Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Hillary Clinton

12:35 PM, Sep 02, 2015
The Washington Post has a poll out this today  that finds Hillary Clinton's numbers are down in the wake of her email scandal. The poll undercuts one of the main arguments for her candidacy -- electing the first woman president would excite female voters. While Hillary Clinton has a... Read more

New Planned Parenthood Video: Sometimes Intact Fetuses 'Just Fell Out'

10:01 AM, Sep 01, 2015
The Center for Medical Progress is out with another horrifying video exposing Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting the organs from aborted fetuses for money. One of the people that appears in this latest video is Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, whose sister was the health policy... Read more