For a generation, a procession of pundits and speculators have promoted the notion that our future lay in dense " and politically deep-blue " urban centers, largely on the coasts, with experts claiming that many suburban tracks were about to become "the next slums." Obama's HUD Secretary proclaimed that "sprawl" was now doomed and people were "moving back into central cities."
That idea was always overwrought with liberal enthusiasm, but, with the COVID-19 pandemic heavily concentrated in these urban centers, the case for forced densification promoted by left leaning "urban supremacists" seems outright dubious with the death rate in large urban counties being well over twice those of high-density suburbs, nearly four times higher than lower-density ones, with even larger gaps with smaller metros and rural areas.
The pandemic will ultimately diminish the power and influence of our largest and densest cities, which is bad news for Democrats. read more
Vladimir Putin once called Xi Jinping, a "lone warrior." ... That description is starting to look more and more accurate. Russia has now joined about 100 countries in backing a resolution at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), calling for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. read more
WSJ Editorial Board: Americans expect that politicians will lie, but sometimes the examples are so brazen that they deserve special notice.
Newly released Congressional testimony shows that Adam Schiff spread falsehoods shamelessly about Russia and Donald Trump for three years even as his own committee gathered reams of contrary evidence. The House last week released 57 transcripts of interviews from its investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.
Most of the transcripts were ready for release long ago, but Mr. Schiff oddly refused to release them after he became chairman in 2019 and only released them last week when the WH threatened to do it first. Now we know why. From the earliest days of the collusion narrative, Mr. Schiff insisted that he had evidence proving the plot, teasing that he couldn't "go into particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now."
None of this was true, and Mr. Schiff knew it yet continued to lie about it. read more
It was April 2009 and the new Obama administration was desperately grappling with the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression when John Brennan arrived at the Oval Office to warn the president and VP Biden of a new crisis: H1N1, the swine flu virus, was showing signs of rapid spread in Mexico, California and Texas. "Listen, we need to be aggressive early on this,'" Biden announced, according to Brennan.
The next week, Biden made good on his pledge " and set off a deluge of criticism. Media reports noted that Biden's pessimism contrasted sharply with the reassurances President Obama had given a day earlier, when he said there was no need to panic even as he declared a national health emergency.
In a matter of hours, three top officials (Transportation Sec. LaHood, Homeland Security Sec.Napolitano and Deputy SecState Jack Lew) who were ordered to "clean up Biden's mess" were hosting a news conference and backing away from the vice president's words.
Almost 20 years ago, my first book, "Bias," which was about liberal bias in the mainstream media, came out. I had been a journalist at CBS News for 28 years and, so, it was a behind-the-scenes expos about how the sausage was made, about how bias made its way into the news.
I said that despite what many conservatives think, there was no conspiracy to slant the news in a liberal direction. I said that there were no secret meetings, no secret handshakes and salutes. It didn't work that way, I said. Instead, bias was the result of groupthink. Put too many like-minded liberals in a newsroom and you're going to get a liberal slant on the news.
But what I wrote and spoke about then " mainly about how there was no conspiracy to inject bias into news stories " seems no longer to be true today. Yes, liberal groupthink is still a problem in America's newsrooms. But now, in the age of Donald Trump, I believe there actually is a conspiracy. read more