Conservative Media Give Up

A victim of its own success.

If you’ve spent more than a half hour on the Internet, you’ve probably encountered a popular series of videos featuring amateur daredevils performing botched stunts, usually resulting in some slapstick comedy. These isolated incidents are spliced together into tightly edited “fail” compilations, in which one risk-taker after another careens into a variety of immovable objects in quick succession. That might be the best way to describe what it was like to watch the Washington Post dismantle an effort by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas to muddy the waters when it came to the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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Conservative Media Give Up

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The longest journey.

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Ministry amid ethnic cleansing.

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The Nazi Next Door Is Real—and Unspectacular

Rage against life's complexities.

Six million Jews. Nine million Soviet civilians. Nearly 2 million Poles. Over 500,000 Roma and Yugoslavs. Approximately a half million more religious minorities, homosexuals, political criminals. Up to 10 million Chinese, Indochinese, Indonesians, Koreans, and Filipinos. Millions of soldiers. All told, the conduct of fascist regimes in the mid-20th Century resulted in between 50 and 80 million deaths. These rather elementary historical facts are, apparently, necessary preamble. If you’re going to engage in any rumination on National Socialism, neo-Nazism, or a predisposition toward racial separatism, it’s apparently necessary to tell readers exactly how they should think about those anti-social traits.

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The Democratic Party’s Harassment Disaster

Podcast: The whole sordid affair.

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