11:44 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN political analyst Gloria Borger likened President Obama to Santa Claus in an appearance this morning:
"I'm not saying [Obama's] Superman," said Borger, "but I am saying that he is trying to soar a little bit. He's trying to fly. Everybody assumes, okay, lame duck president, can't get anything done, lost control of the Congress.
"And what he's doing is he's flexing his executive action muscles and he's saying, look, there are things that I can do as president of the United States that I don't need Congress for. He's got a list. He's going down it and he's checking it twice, as we say at this time of year.
"And you know it's no secret to anybody...that this is a president who is frustrated during the last election. He had to stay largely out of it in the those red states. He was trying to protect a lot of Democrats by not causing controversy. Now I think he feels a little unburdened by that and in doing so he's actually setting the agenda for the 2016 election in many ways."
Via Noah Rothman.
Jihadist Moazzam Begg, the Gitmo snitch
8:01 AM, Dec 17, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg is back in the news this week. On Sunday, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Begg to get his perspective on the recently released report, written by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, concerning the CIA’s controversial interrogation program. Zakaria teased Begg’s segment at the beginning of his show, saying, “Moazzam Begg wants an apology. He was held in U.S. prisons and says he was abused and witnessed torture. What is his response to the report?
Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If you’re not already keeping score at home, star CNN talking head Fareed Zakaria has been embroiled for months in a widening plagiarism scandal. The Week provides a useful summary. Zakaria’s “many ethical lapses have been chronicled by the pseudonymous bloggers @crushingbort and @blippoblappo,” with the result that “seven of his Newsweek columns . . . one Slate column, and four Washington Post columns . . . have been affixed with editor’s notes essentially admitting to acts of plagiarism.
8:24 AM, Nov 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN got today's Jerusalem terror attack wrong: It happened in a synagogue, not a mosque, as the chyron indicated earlier this morning.
The chyron misstating the facts of the terror attack were displayed on screen as the mayor of Jerusalem condemned the attacks.
Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook has no particular investment in Sarah Palin’s career at this date. She no longer holds public office and seems content with her speaking and TV gigs. Certainly, she is still a politically outspoken public figure, but this in no way justifies the media obsession with her.
11:22 AM, Sep 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN host Brian Stelter told terror-supporting cleric Anjem Choudary that he "respect[s] that you try to get your message out however you can." He made the comments after Choudary said sharia was coming to America:
Stelter made the comments after Choudary said, "I believe that the sharia is the best way of life. I believe one day it will come to America and the rest of the world."
8:09 AM, Aug 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN contributor, reported late last night that out of towners from Oakland might be the ones responsible for inciting violence in Ferguson, Missouri. He made the comments when talking about the continued unrest last night:
4:04 PM, Aug 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, frequent WEEKLY STANDARD contributor Elliott Abrams debated Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal over the issue of how the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been covered by the media. Watch the clip below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.6:30 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the Hillary Clinton book interviews.
3:00 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
National Security Adviser Susan Rice is sticking by her praise for Sgt. Bergdahl. Sort of.
When asked by CNN about her praise for Bergdahl, whom she said served the U.S. with "honor and distinction," she suggested she was talking about his decision to join the military.
10:04 AM, May 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN's John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama "detached," "flat footed," and "incompetent."
11:43 AM, May 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Drew Griffin, the CNN reporter who has covered the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal from the beginning, said moments after Barack Obama's press briefing on the issue that the president did not say anything that the veterans waiting for care wanted to hear.