UPDATE, March 21: Confirming Scott Whitlock's March 20 post, Elizabeth Bauer at Forbes has noted that McCabe's firing has caused him not to "lose his pension," but to lose out on "the ability to take his benefits at age 50, rather than somewhere between age 57 and age 62, and he lost his eligibility to a special top-up in benefit formula." Additionally, Bauer contends that "being terminated 'for cause' wholly eliminates eligibility for special age-50 retirement." Finally, finding McCabe work as a congressional staffer won't enable McCabe to accrue enough service, because "the particular nature of McCabe's pension benefits condition age-50 retirement eligibility on primary law enforcement employment, not just general federal government employment."
A February 2017 ProPublica story claimed that Gina Haspel, nominated as CIA director this week, "was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah" at a secret Thailand prison "than has been publicly understood." Thursday evening, the group published a correction admitting that Haspel wasn't even present when one of the program's primary targets was, according to the New York Times, waterboarded 83 times.
Democrat Conor Lamb was declared the narrow special congressional election winner Tuesday in PA-18, where voters are predominantly pro-life. Lamb, with media help, came across as "pro-life." He's not — and his successful deception may portend an effort by abortion proponents and their lockstep establishment press supporters to spread disinformation about Democratic candidates' true abortion positions nationwide.
Whenever establishment press reporters drop their masks of objectivity, de facto Democratic Party operatives or even hardened leftists almost invariably appear. Tuesday, in the wake of Rex Tillerson's announced departure from the State Department, Erica Werner at the Washington Post dropped her guard, tweeting the following about the Trump administration's related personnel moves: "A Benghazi bomb-thrower will be SecState and a torture overseer will be CIA director — IF CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE."
Until Friday, the New York Times had not mentioned Louis Farrakhan in a serious story since October. The Old Gray Lady tried mightily to avoid covering Democrats' and leftist leaders' past and recent embraces of the controversial Nation of Islam leader before finally — but very incompletely — giving in. Jonah Engel Bromwich's story failed to mention Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, and ignored a days-earlier call by a Republican Jewish group for the resignations of seven "Farrakhan-connected" congresspersons.
In November, I noted that the national press, after extensively covering Philadelphia's deceptively named 1.5 cents per ounce "soda tax" when it passed in mid-2016, has ignored its negative fallout, including layoffs at distributors and grocers along with a significant collections shortfall. The non-coverage continues, even though it's clear that the jobs lost aren't coming back, additional jobs have been lost, and collections will never reach original projections.
Before Tuesday's Texas primary, the press presented woefully incomplete early-voting data as evidence of a potential Democratic wave. It was fake news.
Several press outlets have noted that in its latest annual "Hate Tracker," the Thought Police at the Southern Poverty Law Center have added "Male Supremacy" as a "hate group" category. What they aren't reporting is that the SPLC has also begun laying the foundation for marginalizing anyone providing intellectual support for mainstream men's rights activists.
On Sunday's Fox & Friends, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes assessed that committee's Democratic minority memo issued Saturday in response to the Republican memo published in early February as "scary." He also had harsh words for the establishment press, which has dishonestly pretended that the Dems' memo refutes the GOP's effort: "The media in this country is dead."
The press is touting polls purporting to show support for more "gun control" at the highest level in decades, while a Morning Consult poll reports that companies severing their ties with the NRA have seen a serious drop in their public perception. How can that be?
Tuesday evening, in reviewing the upcoming movie Chappaquiddick, longtime film critic Roger Friedman called Mary Jo Kopechne, who died in July 1969 as a passenger in a car driven by Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy which "went into the water and turned upside down," the "First #MeToo victim of Kennedy Family Money, Power and Corruption." He also speculated: "The Kennedys ... may try to kill this film."
Sunday, Australia's The Today Show host asked Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff whether he should apologize for starting and backing away from a rumor of an extramarital affair between UN Ambassador Haley and President Trump. Wolff then claimed that his earpiece wasn't working. At one point, when the host asked Wolff if he could hear him, the author responded almost immediately. Today subsequently demonstrated that there were no technical difficulties.