4:32 PM, Apr 2, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Several months ago, comedian Patton Oswalt, theretofore a favorite among the bien pensant Internet types, angered the online left with a plea for satire over self-victimization. After being accused of all manner of horribles, from “victim-blaming” to “victim-shaming,” he attempted to win back his former fans with some good, old-fashioned pandering. Oswalt went after Ted Cruz and even trotted out a hoary old chestnut about Dinesh D’Souza. (It was a bit surprising that, from what I can tell, he didn’t make fun of Dan Quayle’s spelling of potato.)
But now Oswalt has realized it: there’s just no pleasing the angry mobs of Twitter. And so, like an unhappy wife who realizes she’ll never be able to make her husband happy no matter what she does, Oswalt is striking out on his own–and loving it. In a long series of tweets this week, Oswalt mocked the hair-trigger left and defended the current subject of their ire: Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who has come under fire for “insensitive” tweets.
It seems, therefore, that Patton Oswalt has officially moved on from his former circle. At this rate, he’ll be headlining CPAC next year.
7:01 AM, Jan 14, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
The Pentagon called the hacking of the Central Command's (CENTCOM) YouTube and Twitter accounts Monday "
12:46 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Central Command has been hacked by ISIS, according to messages posted on CentCom's Twitter page:
The hacker is claiming to be ISIS -- and claimg to have personal information of U.S. military personnel:
8:48 PM, Sep 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rick Perry met with Henry Kissinger to talk foreign policy, the Texas governor announced on Twitter.
"It was an honor to speak with Dr. Kissinger today and hear his thoughts on America’s foreign policy challenges," wrote Perry.
7:49 AM, Jun 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration has found at least one fight it is willing to make right to the end. Whatever that end should be. The first lady is rallying supporters to:
May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Nigerian girls inspire international action,” reads the headline on the front page of the May 7 Washington Post. But nowhere in the story will you learn of any action actually being taken to rescue the 276 Nigerian girls abducted over three weeks ago by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. You find reports of “an international uproar” and “a growing outcry,” of comments by President Barack Obama and phone calls by Secretary of State John Kerry, of warnings by U.N. officials, of a letter from all 20 female U.S.
May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
There was a lot to lament on Twitter last week, as always, but perhaps nothing more appalling than the spectacle of our diplomats beclowning themselves, as they unleashed their vaunted soft power on Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
As part of the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, State launched a new hashtag, #UnitedForUkraine.
12:01 PM, Mar 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry.
9:25 AM, Mar 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government of Turkey has pulled the plug on Twitter and the White House is not happy.
10:24 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his celebrated Thanksgiving proclamation, Abraham Lincoln struck his customary note of hope tinged with a kind of fatalistic melancholy.
12:57 PM, Nov 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Stalin once asked sneeringly (that was his style) “how many divisions” the Pope had. The answer, of course, was “none.” But, then, Uncle Joe never had 10 million Twitter followers. That’s almost as many people as the Big Evil killed.