NBC’s Chuck Todd is the latest reporter to complain about the lack of access to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Here’s what Mr. Todd wrote on the NBC website:
“Journalists complaining about getting more access to political candidates is nothing new, but the escalating tensions between the press and the Clinton campaign expose what we think could end up looking like a big strategic blunder for the Democratic candidate. Clinton, staffed by plenty of White House alums, is essentially running as a presidential incumbent, except without a day job. By trying to play by the same set of rules that govern the White House press corps (background briefings, tightly regulated pool coverage, and very limited questions to the principal), Team Clinton is playing into the exact narrative they’ve pledged to avoid – appearing to hold a coronation, not a contest. If the media feels as if Clinton has the attitude that her campaign is above press accountability, the coverage is going to reflect that. And, by the way, this isn’t just about playing nice with reporters and bringing donuts to the back of the campaign bus. It’s about treating the process with respect.”
We guess the champagne and caviar didn’t make it to the back of the bus. Poor, Chuckie! For more information, see http://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2015/06/04/et-tu-chuck/
CHARLIE BLOWHARD, IS THAT YOU?
Consummate victim Charles Blow of The New York Times tries to explain away the huge increase—what he calls an “uptick”– in violent crime after recent protests. Mr. Blow, who has never covered a cop shop or a significant crime story on the streets, likes to pontificate from his ivory tower at The Times.
“One of the most pernicious and slanderous theories is that protests over police officers’ excessive use of force, or ‘police bashing’ as some prefer to call it, is responsible for the uptick,” Mr. Blow writes.
He derides the theory of “broken windows” policing—a tactic by which officers arrest people for small crimes, such as jumping over subway turnstiles without paying—to prevent more significant crimes.
“How you view ‘broken windows’ policing completely depends on your vantage point, which is heavily influenced by racial realities and socio-economics. For poor black people, it means that they have to be afraid of the cops as well as the criminals,” he writes.
We worked in New York City when former Mayor Rudy Giuliani launched the “broken windows” policy. Mr. Giuliani’s plan cut crime.
FOX BUTTERFIELD, IS THAT YOU?*
James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal created the signature line about a journalist who was unable to add two plus two and get the right answer. Mr. Taranto has hit gold again with his description of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman as “former Enron adviser.”
*”The Butterfield Effect” refers to a person who “makes a statement that is ludicrous on its face.” The article that sparked this was titled “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime” by Mr. Butterfield in 2004.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
It seemed like a rather typical landlord-tenant dispute until the four people who were evicted presented their defense.
The four said they were “Aboriginal Indigenous Moorish Americans,” sovereign citizens who don’t recognize local or federal laws and have claimed the apartment and the entire building were theirs by birthright. See: http://bit.ly/1MajfNw