Jul
01
2014

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

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The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel confronted Bill Kristol on ABC about his disastrous Iraq War advocacy. One has to wonder why Kristol was there in the first place.

Apr
07
2014

Kristol's Funny Obamacare Numbers

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Since he left Fox News Channel in 2013, conservative pundit Bill Kristol now gets to play TV expert on a range of outlets. On April 6, he showed up on ABC's This Week to misinform viewers about healthcare.

Dec
12
2013

Obamacare Website = Iraq War, Now with Bill Kristol

Think the comparisons between the Obamacare website and the Iraq War are done? Think again. Some people still see the connection–like Iraq War booster Bill Kristol.

Dec
02
2013

Obamacare as a 'Big Government' Failure

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Pundits' discussions of the Affordable Care Act rollout assumes that the law represents some kind of "activist government" intervention to disrupt the normally smooth workings of the private sector. But that is neither the intent nor the effect of the law.

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
20
2013

Frisking Bill Kristol

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Neocon pundit Bill Kristol was wrong every which way about the Iraq War. So why's he on ABC talking about stop and frisk?

Jan
18
2012

What Do NPR's Right-Wing Critics Have to Complain About?

David Margolick has an interesting piece about NPR in the new issue of Vanity Fair. He spends much of his time on Juan Williams, but this observation about NPR's right-wing critics is an important observation: Apart from the occasional stories about gays or Palestinians (and maybe even gay Palestinians), there's precious little on NPR these days for conservatives really to hate. For them, despising NPR and cutting off what amounts to the few pennies it collects from the federal budget has increasingly become more a matter of pandering, or habit, or sophomoric sport, than of conviction or serious policy. The […]

Apr
22
2009

More Calls to Bomb (Any) Somalians

Taking the brave position (ScholarsAndRogues.com, 4/20/09) that the National Review Online is so bad that it makes William F. Buckley's print version look "semi-respectable" by comparison, former U.S. Navy Commander Jeff Huber writes that in his April 11 NRO post, "military historian and former classics professor Victor Davis Hanson comes across like a rabid war mongrel": Frothing over the recent Somali pirate caper involving a U.S. flagged merchant ship, Davis insists that, "To end Somali piracy, disproportionate measures against the shore should be taken–for every one pirate assault, a lethal air assault should immediately follow." It's perhaps understandable that Hanson […]

Jan
26
2009

Media Criticism, Homer Simpson-Style

Reading this at the bottom of neo-con William Kristol's column in the New York Times (1/26/09): This is William Kristol's last column. Homer says, "Woohoo!" Then reading this at the Politico: EXCLUSIVE: Progressives will delight when they get to the italic note at the end of Bill Kristol's column in the Times today say, "This is William Kristol's last column." His one-year contract was up. Sources tell Playbook that he's now beginning a monthly column in the Washington Post. Homer says, "D'oh!"

Nov
18
2008

Hawks and 'Naive' Doves

On Fox News Sunday (11/16/08), NPR reporter Mara Liasson offered her take (which was essentially the same as neo-con co-panelist Bill Kristol) on why picking Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State would be good for Barack Obama: In terms of Obama, I think he wants–it would send a lot of important signals. Number one, she is hawkish, as Bill pointed out. He has to kind of put to rest this notion that he was naive, which, of course, came from her during the campaign. Sheâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s hawkish, which will balance out his naiveté. If this is supposed to be a reference […]