Media Mashup: May 27, 2015

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with Libyan fighters in October 2011.
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with Libyan fighters in October 2011.
IS THE NEW YORK TIMES IN THE BAG FOR HILL?

We nearly choked on our English muffins this morning while reading a New York Times puff piece about Hillary Clinton. We would like to think the news organization could at least put aside its liberal bias until closer to the 2016 election. But here are some fawning lines  by Amy Chozik:

“Ever an eager student, she has immersed herself in dense briefing papers and academic tomes and consulted more than 200 experts as she thought about her economic policy. But now, as the campaign faces pressure to reveal specific policy proposals, Mrs. Clinton has 35 million more advisers — also known as the Democratic primary electorate.

There is not a lot of I-feel-your-pain hugging at these events and few uproarious moments.”

Seriously?

HILL AND LIBYA

Fortunately, James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal, one of our favorite columnists, dissects the emails dumped by the State Department during the Memorial Day rush. Mr. Taranto outlines how Mrs. Clinton backed a policy in Libya that ultimately led the country into the control of allies of the Islamic State and the death of an American ambassador there.

A leftover from her work in Libya is the goofy photograph above with rebels. We would use that picture, which apparently is real, in our Republican campaign against her even though The New York Time is in the bag. To see Mr. Taranto’s column, visit http://on.wsj.com/1HKZOKd

GOOD NEWS ABOUT IRAQ

A former soldier in Iraq saved a baby in 1996 and helped smuggle her to the United States, where the two were reunited after nearly 20 years. It’s a wonderful story. For the details, see http://bit.ly/1FXJrfW H/T to my wife Elizabeth.

BAD NEWS IN IRAN

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial this week for espionage in a closed courtroom in Iran. He has been held for 10 months in prison and is seen as a pawn in the nuclear talks with the United States. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1cZ5jKL

GEORGIE BOY: THE SINS OF THE HUSBAND

ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, who has faced no discipline for giving $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, has seen his wife cancel a book tour. Ali Wentworth was scheduled to appear in a variety of media outlets to promote, “Happily Ali After and Other Fairly True Tales.”

We don’t think it’s fair that a wife should pay for the sins of her husband. Also, PBS anchor Judy Woodruff got her hands slapped by the network’s ethics boss for giving $250 to the foundation. For more details, see http://dailym.ai/1LGPtQn

Please send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

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