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European commentators get their understanding of Donald Trump from the American media. That is a big mistake.
Battlefield communications in World War I sometimes left something to be desired. Hence a famous British anecdote of a garbled word-of-mouth message. As transmitted, the message ran, “Send reinforcements, we are going to advance.” Superior officers at the other end, however, were puzzled to be told: “Send three and four-pence [three shillings and four-pence], we... Read More
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Here’s the Smoking Gun
Is Donald Trump really as stupid as the press seems to think? And if not, how do we explain the press’s version of countless Trumpian controversies lately? Take, for instance, the Kovaleski affair. According to a recent Bloomberg survey, no controversy has proven more costly to Trump. The episode began when, in substantiating his erstwhile... Read More
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Here Are the Lessons of History the Press Ignores
“You cannot hope to bribe or twist – thank God! – the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there’s no occasion to.” So wrote the witty early twentieth century British man of letters Humbert Wolfe. His assessment of American journalists isn’t recorded but, where pivotal issues are concerned, they have probably... Read More
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A $10,000 Invitation to FT Editor-in-chief Lionel Barber
Dear Lionel: I refer to your public assurances that the Financial Times’s independence will not be compromised by the Nikkei takeover. You are misinformed. Frankly, I concur with the BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston who has tweeted that this is a “desperately sad” moment. As you know, I have spent 27 years covering finance and... Read More
How many times have you been told that America’s future lies in services? That America boasts a specially efficient service culture, and that in the fullness of time superior productivity will enable American service industries to close the nation’s perennially yawning trade gap? The “Services Superpower” story has been going strong since at least as... Read More
One of the most hilarious media hoaxes of all time was the BBC’s famous “spaghetti harvest” spoof of 1957. In a television “documentary” broadcast on April 1 of that year, a deadpan Richard Dimbleby, then the BBC’s most prominent presenter, reported that spaghetti grew on special “spaghetti trees” and that farmers in an Italian-speaking canton... Read More
American newspapers have long been notorious for the credulousness of their foreign correspondents. But even by the American press’s normal standards, the Washington Post excelled itself the other day. Its Tokyo correspondent, Max Fisher, reported in all seriousness that the Japanese are not getting enough sex. He added: “This is more than a story about... Read More
Informed Americans think they know all about the Madoff affair: for decades charismatic fund manager Bernard Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme, thereby bilking the cream of New York society, but he was eventually found out and jailed. What is less well known – and far more geopolitically important – is what the Madoff affair says... Read More
The U.S. Defense Science Board’s reportHigh Performance Microchip Supply ranks as probably the most devastating ever account of the speed and extent of American decline. Why therefore has it been completely overlooked, or should I say suppressed, by America’s mainstream media? As I pointed out last week, the report, issued as far back as 2005,... Read More
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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?