Matt Philbin

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“It's already happened,” writes CNN’s John Blake. “People are obsessed over the appearance and racial identity of the new royal baby. That's going to go into overdrive now.” They are? It is? Well Blake certainly is, spinning out a long article speculating about the race and looks of an infant in another country he likely will never meet.



No, it doesn’t take much to trigger a feminist. In the case of Jezebel staff writer Esther Wang, all you have to do is support the wrong Democrat. That was Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin’s mistake.



Now hear this: Huffington Post says it’s okay to enjoy Cinco de Mayo. This is not a drill. Proceed to the store for your Dos Equis and Cuervo and salsa. Repeat: this is not a drill.



To be a Washington Post staffer is to simultaneously believe that a) when teenager shoots up a school, it’s about guns; b) when a jihadi shoots up a church, it’s not about religion; and c) when a Christian shoots up a synagogue it’s ... about religion. (An important corollary: when a jihadi shoots up a church, the scariest part is a possible reaction from right-wing Christians.)



Social media companies appear to be tossing away their copies of SPLC’s bogus “hate map.” It took a while, but Facebook finally responded to the April 3 call from MRC president Brent Bozell and numerous other conservative leaders for the platform to cut ties with the Southern Poverty Law Center.



Do you “Easter Worshippers” ever get the feeling there’s a single left-wing PR shop out there writing talking points for Democrats and, I dunno, every liberal media outlet? I mean, you expect lefties to get huffy when you repeat their actual positions back to them in plain English, as  President Trump did that to them about abortion at an April 27 Green Bay, Wis. rally. But what are the chances of it being called “an incendiary turn” (MSNBC) or an “incendiary statement” (The New York Times) or an “incendiary falsehood” (CNN) or one of Trump’s “incendiary smears (Vox)?”



Outraged about the hundreds of people blown to shreds as they were (in Dem PR-speak) Easter worshipping in Sri Lanka? You might be a member of the “far-right.” So say the Washington Post’s Adam Taylor and Rick Noack. The pair sought to delegitimize anger at the Islamist barbarism by reactions from “far-right” figures in Europe and the U.S.



For progressives, the world is a mysterious and ever-surprising place. Like The Washington Post in it’s April 22 piece, alerting readers that “Sri Lanka’s bloody Easter puts spotlight on a new terror threat.” “New?” Militant Brazilian Methodists? Laplandian separatists?



Well, we seem to have hit peak intersectionality, at least it relates to the religion of climate change. (Intersectionality is the modern progressive faith that all the world’s ills can be attributed to the existence of white male genitalia). We all know that global warming, like everything else, will inordinately impact poor minority women. But someone’s figured out how to reverse the flow and blame guys on the front side.



Trump spikes the football, er, puck, while lefty journos still have collusion on the brain.



Can an “anti-hate group” have a hostile work environment? Will a group that maintains a “hate map” find hate in its own HQ? Can an organization that trades in bogus accusations survive something as bogus as a “workplace cultural compliance” investigation? Will a former Obama insider really expose the depredations of fellow “social justice” crusaders? Stay tuned to find out on the next episode of Southern Poverty Law!



People in and out of media are having a useful discussion these days: Since it’s clear terrorists like the animals in Christchurch want recognition, what is the appropriate way to cover their outrages? How much information should be available about the murderers and their intentions? When it comes to more routine outrages that happen across the Third World, the question for the media is simpler: Should we cover it at all? Most often, the answer is no.



So Cory Booker is dating someone, and it’s not an imaginary dope-pusher named T-Bone. The noted bachelor, New Jersey Senator, 2020 primary candidate, moose impersonator and sword-and-sandals fancier is apparently “very much’ in a relationship with actress Rosario Dawson.



You may have heard that Jeff Zucker went to the insufferably progressive South by Southwest gaggle and indulged in a little narcissistic conspiracy theorizing, as is his wont as head of CNN (Narcissism-and-Conspiracy-Theories-R-Us). Zucker said the DOJ tried to kill WarnerMedia’s merger with AT&T, and “It came from the president.”



The left hasn’t just circled the wagons around freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, it’s going on offense. The weapon of choice is, of course, the press. Roll Call’s Emily Kopp targeted two groups critical of Omar with a March 6 hatchet job notable for its dishonesty and its bias.



No headline has ever been better matched to the newspaper section in which ran: “The latest Lent challenge for churches: Give up plastic” adorns the Ash Wednesday “Acts of Faith” section in The Washington Post. “Acts of Faith”  is heavy on the acting. So is pretending that your environmental virtue-signaling has anything to do with faith.



She’s only 26, so I suspect it will be years before “The Wit and Wisdom of Miley Cyrus” is compiled and published. You, dear reader, shouldn’t have to wait that long to learn the young sage’s thoughts on marriage. Specifically, her own marriage, and Hillary Clinton’s, er, place in it.



If we have to keep paying for National Public Radio, is it too much to ask that it does some actual journalism? (Or just play classical music?) Regurgitating press releases from discredited lefty scammers may thrill the pledge drive and totebag types, but the rest of us just ain’t getting our money’s worth.



If you’re a Washington Postie, this has to be a real head-scratcher: A municipal government achieves a milestone in diversity (meaning there’s not a straight white guy to be found), only to come under fire for … its lack of diversity?



The New York Times has finally answered the age-old philosophical question: “If a gay man chooses to be celibate, can he still be a noble victim worthy of media attention?” The answer is yes. All he has to do is complain to the Times. On Feb. 17, The Times published an article by Elizabeth Dias called “‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out.” The article is as awful as it sounds.