3:08 PM, Nov 25, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Recently, Rudy Giuliani raised some eyebrows when he got in a heated discussion with Michael Eric Dyson on Meet the Press. He was discussing the killing of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and said the following: “Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.”
Personally, I didn't think pointing this out was especially illuminating or helpful given the racial angle on the controversy in Ferguson. However, the Washington Post's Michelle Ye Hee Lee decided to fact check Giuliani's statistic and gave it two Pinocchios. Why?:
Giuliani’s statistic is rooted in Department of Justice studies. But it lacks significant context — especially because race relations and police treatment of minorities are complex and emotionally-charged topics. ... Ultimately, it is misleading for Giuliani to simplify this topic to the 93 percent statistic and then omit the corresponding statistic for intraracial white murders.
She's kidding, right? To sum up, Giulani's statistic is correct, but he's being misleading because it's 1) an "emotionally-charged" topic and 2) he didn't mention that 84 percent of white homicide victims are murdered by other white people? The first point is absurd, and the second point is irrelevant. All kinds of context and related facts could be brought to bear here, for and against Giuliani's position. But Giulani's fact here is accurate. If you want to argue it's not relevant or helpful to explaining the situation in Ferguson, that's purely argumentative. And it's exactly the kind of discussion that has no place in a 'fact checker' column.
4:42 PM, Aug 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani praised Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention as "the best Republican acceptance speech" by a vice presidential candidate he'd ever heard. Giuliani added that Ryan's address may have been even more important than Mitt Romney's upcoming nomination acceptance speech.
"Could be one of my favorite convention speeches ever, including my own," Giuliani said of Ryan in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "I thought it was one of the very best because in many ways, it was one of the most important."
This is not what democracy looks like.3:55 PM, Nov 6, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Before Occupy D.C. protesters swarmed the Washington Convention Center on Friday night, Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a speech to the free market faithful at the Americans for Prosperity conference. In his speech, he made the case that Barack Obama is responsible for the Occupy protests because of his class warfare rhetoric, his demonization of American business leaders (or more specifically those who don't support his campaigns), and his rhetorical support for the increasingly violent movement has given aid and comfort to the mob. Giuliani also made the case that this mob may take down the Obama presidency.
4:26 PM, Jun 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol reported that Rick Perry and Rudy Giuliani met earlier today, and urged the potential 2012 candidates to let Fox News know what the two discussed:
Which of the potential candidates were helped or hurt last night?7:45 AM, Jun 14, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The seven candidates on stage performed creditably last night, with two pretty clearly helping themselves—Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. But since the stage at St. Anselm didn't feature all of the eventual candidates, one can also ask, which potential candidates who aren't yet in the race were helped or hurt?
Jun 20, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 38 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Is Newt Gingrich getting out? Could be—or maybe you don’t need a staff to run. Is Rick Perry getting in? Why not? Who else combines governing success and Tea Party credibility? What about Rudy Giuliani? He apparently intends to see whether the second time’s a charm. In the Senate Dining Room, John Thune’s getting encouragement to reconsider from some of his colleagues, while Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are conferring to see if one of them should carry the deficit hawk banner.
4:28 PM, Jun 8, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm told by two reliable sources that Rudy Giuliani intends to run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012. He may throw his hat in the ring soon.
Looks like the "truce" is broken already.12:41 PM, Jun 11, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Two 2012 stories today deserve a mention. Both involve, directly or indirectly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who may run for president in 2012. The first is Huckabee's attack, via his PAC website, on Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. In an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Daniels called for a "truce" on social issues in order to focus on the nation's finances.
It's insiders versus outsiders in the Bluegrass State.12:43 PM, May 11, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
One week from today, Kentucky Republicans will choose their nominee to replace retiring GOP senator Jim Bunning. The results will tell us a lot about the electorate's dyspeptic mood.
The campaign pits secretary of state Trey Grayson against Rand Paul, an eye doctor and son of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Grayson has the blessing of the GOP establishment: Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Harold Rogers, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani. Paul has the support of passionate outsiders: his father, Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
9:08 AM, Apr 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
This is just fun TV. Rudy keeps it nice and clean while Scarborough plays bad cop. Scarborough's lines about Huffington's former support of Newt Gingrich and her run for California governor are particularly delicious.
4:31 PM, Apr 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The AP reports that Rudy Giuliani will endorse Marco Rubio on Monday. This endorsement could damage Charlie Crist's attempts to appeal to moderates and independents. The backstory here: Crist reportedly offered his endorsement to Giuliani in the 2008 Republican primary but backed out after McCain convinced Crist that Rudy couldn't win.