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  • Ezra Klein Prematurely Declares Yet Another Peak Trump

    09/30/2015 12:24:00 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 30, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    How many times have we heard that Donald Trump has peaked since he declared his candidacy for president in June? A half dozen times? More? And each time Peak Trump was announced by pundits, it was inevitably followed by yet another surge in the polls. This is probably why in recent weeks, media prognosticators seem to have shied from declaring Peak Trump since it is always followed by you-know-what. However enter Ezra Klein of Vox. Throwing caution to the winds, Klein went where few now dare to go by predicting that we have indeed finally reached Peak Trump. Klein consulted charts...
  • Campus Rape Hysteria Has No Use For Due Process

    09/14/2015 2:20:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/15 | Scott Greer
    On what planet is it right to punish the innocent in a quixotic effort to curb campus rape?Unfortunately, it’s a-okay in the bizarro world that is Capitol Hill. Democrat Colorado Rep. Jared Polis earned roaring applause on Thursday when the lawmaker declared it is just to expel all students — regardless of guilt — who are accused of sexual assault.“I mean, if there’s 10 people that have been accused and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, seems better to get rid of all 10 people,” Polis said at a House hearing on campus sexual assault....
  • Cable news is in trouble, and it’s more about the news than the cable

    05/10/2015 9:26:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies ^ | May 10, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    Cable news is in trouble. The Pew Research Center reports that the median daily audience for Fox, CNN, and MSNBC is down about 11 percent since 2008. The Washington Post's Paul Farhi sees a grim future for the industry. He argues that cable news outlets are pretty much where newspapers were a decade ago: their audience is aging, their medium is being disrupted by new technologies, and the next generation of viewers is developing habits and preferences that they're poorly placed to serve. (This is probably a good moment to note that I'm a contributor to MSNBC.) The networks may still...
  • "America has a simple ideology": how one of Russia's top US experts tries to explain America

    05/04/2015 7:55:50 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 30 replies
    vox ^ | May 5, 2015 | Max Fisher
    The United States comes up constantly when you talk to Russians about their country's place in the world. But the conversations tend to go a lot differently than many Americans might expect. In the US, the common view is that Russians feel aggrieved by the loss of the Soviet Union and all the respect that came with being a global superpower. Russia's acts of aggression in Europe, in this telling, are all about challenging the American-led order as a way to prove Russia's might and importance. This aggression is wildly popular among Russians, many Americans believe, because it makes them...
  • Are Obama's Arab-Firster Policy Hawks Anti-Semites?

    03/06/2015 6:38:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 6, 2015 | John Ransom
    Judging by liberal reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday, the Israeli Prime minister scored a direct hit at Obama's Arab-first policy. At least amongst the Arab-first crowd that Obama supports. "Given how much buildup the speech received," writes Matthew Duss in Slate, "and how much of America’s time has been wasted with the controversy surrounding it—it’s simply amazing that Netanyahu didn’t use the chance to offer any new or interesting ideas."And that's the best Duss has to offer in the Slate piece titled Netanyahu Just Did Obama a Big Favor.He never really gets to the big favor...
  • Ezra Klein Breaks The Internet with Dumb

    02/27/2015 7:21:41 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 26 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/27/15 | Steve Berman
    Here it is: When our great grandchildren are dealing with the effects of climate change, they will look at this and hate us:— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) February 27, 2015 This is Vox's piece by Brad Plumer depicting Senator James Inhofe tossing a snowball on the Senate floor.  He then segues into more pretty charts showing data from the Climate Change Institute and NOAA. When will the climate kook-aid drinking liberals get it through their heads? It's not pretty charts, it's the data behind them that's cooked.If you use cooked data to make pretty charts, they are still wrong.  Ask...
  • Bush Derangement Syndrome Was About A Culture War

    02/24/2015 6:03:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    "Finally I can know what it's like to have a President smarter than me." This was said by a very intelligent friend of mine after November 4, 2008, when Candidate Obama became President-Elect Obama. It was, for the college-educated cosmopolitan set, a triumph of rationality, of the reality-based community, over the flyover states, over the Red Americans, over the redneck cowboyism that ruled America from 2001 to 2008. This is what came to mind when reading this piece by Vox's Ezra Klein on "Obama Derangement Syndrome" - and specifically, when Klein says that "Bush Derangement Syndrome" was really a policy...
  • Liberalism has one job...

    12/05/2014 12:03:15 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-5-14 | The Looking Spoon
    If Ezra Klein isn't being completely ridiculous he is being totally revealing (in a shoot-yourself-in-the-foot kind of way) about what and how liberals think.Today he opined on the demise of The New Republic (a magazine a journalism professor I had in college once referred to as "conservative"...she's Canadian) he dropped this little bomb that he probably thought was a gem on his readers (bold emphasis is mine). But what made the New Republic and its peer policy magazines so great was how restlessly, relentlessly idiosyncratic they were — that's how they drove new ideologies and new ideas to the fore....
  • On IRS, Ezra Klein is Still an Idiot, and so is the White House

    05/21/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | May 21, 2013 | John Ransom
    Over the weekend the New York Times carried a story on the front page about the IRS scandal. The subhead of the story proclaims: “Scrutiny went beyond conservative groups.” Want proof? “Overseen by a revolving cast of midlevel managers,” writes the Times, “stalled by miscommunication with I.R.S. lawyers and executives in Washington and confused about the rules they were enforcing, the Cincinnati specialists flagged virtually every application with Tea Party in its name. But their review went beyond conservative groups: more than 400 organizations came under scrutiny, including at least two dozen liberal-leaning ones and some that were seemingly apolitical.”...
  • Twitters Snicker at Ezra Klein Finding Darren Wilson's Story 'Unbelievable'

    11/25/2014 1:03:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 25, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did Ezra Klein find a Sherlock Holmes cap and magnifying glass in the same cereal box as the super decoder ring? One has to ask because suddenly Klein is playing the role of a junior detective making deductions about Officer Darren Wilson's newly released testimony to the grand jury in St. Louis to somehow come to the conclusion that he finds it "unbelievable." You can see Klein's bizarre conclusions at Vox where he Voxsplains it all based what he must believe to be his vast reservoir of street smarts. Of course, this whole notion of junior detective Klein has been...
  • Same-sex marriage rights are sweeping the US. Here's where each state stands.

    11/20/2014 9:09:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Vox ^ | November 20, 2014 | German Lopez
    Update: On November 20, the Supreme Court refused to stay a decision that struck down South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry starting at noon. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on same-sex marriage, lower courts have followed with their own decisions effectively ending same-sex marriage bans in several states. As the decisions pile up, it can get a little difficult to track which same-sex marriage bans are legally valid and which have been overturned. This simple list tracks where each state stands.
  • I was about to hype up a Scott Walker 2016 run. Then I watched his victory speech.

    11/07/2014 7:23:52 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 86 replies
    Vox ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andrew Prokop
    When it became clear that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had won reelection handily Tuesday night, I was all set to write an article hyping up his prospects to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. It seemed to make total sense — he's been elected three times in a blue state, while fighting hard for conservative priorities in a way that's impressed both the GOP's base and its elites. But then I sat down and watched his victory speech from Tuesday night: The very beginning is nice, as Walker thanks God for his win and gets some applause. But...
  • Erza Klein Reveals How He Became an Idiot

    11/03/2014 6:28:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | November 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Ezra Klein has a new raison d'ętre. He wants to get the politics out of everything. Yes, the guy who set up a website to coordinate the attacks on Sarah Palin in 2008; the guy who used his blog on the Washington Post to argue many false arguments on behalf of Obama, including all the stuff he got wrong on Obamacare; the guy who cemented the Post’s place as the largely irrelevant, largely laughable post-internet dinosaur and press office for Democrat policies, says that everything has become politicized. And he deplores it. He quotes a report from Stanford:"Partisans discriminate against...
  • Is The Left Losing Its Mind Over Campus Sex

    10/16/2014 9:36:16 AM PDT · by OddLane · 11 replies
    Minding The Campus ^ | October 16, 2014 | KC Johnson
    This week has featured a potential tipping point in the debate about due process and campus sexual assault. The first event came in publication of an extraordinary column by Ezra Klein, defending California’s “affirmative consent” law. In one respect, it wasn’t surprising to see Klein defend the proposal; too many liberal commentators (not to mention, of course, the entire Democratic contingent in the California legislature, plus Governor Jerry Brown) have backed the law. But Klein’s argument was astonishing—he conceded that the law was flawed, even badly flawed, but celebrated the flaws as a virtue. The law will mean that “too...
  • 11 things you should know about the Michael Brown shooting

    08/24/2014 10:43:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies ^ | August 23, 2014 | German Lopez
    Who was Michael Brown?Why was Michael Brown shot?Who is Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown?Was the shooting of Michael Brown legal?Is the Michael Brown shooting being investigated?What's happening in Ferguson, Missouri?Is the black community represented in Ferguson's government?Have the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, been peaceful?How have police handled the protests in Ferguson, Missouri?Why do police have military-grade equipment in the first place?How have government officials reacted to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri?
  • Obamacare Documents Contradict Ezra Klein's Damage Control Over 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/28/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 28, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan Gruber absolutely did not mean what he clearly said over and over and over again. That pretty much sums up the left's rationale for "Speak-O" Gruber stating again and again and again that states with federal health care exchanges would not be eligible for subsidies. Of course, Gruber made these quite clear statements before it became obvious that the vast majority of states would refuse to set up their own exchanges and the threat of withholding the subsidies fell flat. Among the more amusing of those performing desperate damage control is Ezra Klein of General Electric Vox. Unfortunately for...
  • CBS News: ‘Sue Congress,’ No Give Givebacks

    06/30/2014 5:33:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    CBS news contributor Nancy Giles wants to sue Congress. Why? For going to bed instead of taking president Obama’s “touchdown dance” call on the night of his 2012 reelection victory. But it also sheds light on the media strategy that will be used in 2014 to bolster the president. In a nutshell that strategy is known as the “I’m-Rubber-You’re-Glue-Whatever-You-Say-Bounces-Off-of-Me-and-Sticks-to-You,” campaign narrative first used in 1973 by 3rd grader Amelia Snodgrass of Temple Mount, NJ as she swept into her second class presidency in three years. Accordingly in her Sunday column CNN’s Giles gets childlike in her complains that Speaker John...
  • How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses (Ron Fournier spanks Ezra Klein)

    05/21/2014 11:13:06 AM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an unalienable right and transform Washington's toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won, twice, and then didn't live up to anybody's expectations, including his own. What do you do? Well, if you're Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you re-purpose an attack used against President George W. Bush's bombastic approach to geopolitics. You...
  • The Extreme Left Controls the Media

    05/14/2014 3:50:55 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | May 12, 2014 | floyd brown
    Klein is a leftist journalist who had the audacity to write about his issues with the Obamacare website while working for The Washington Post. His words were immediately savaged by the farther-left blogger, Joan Walsh, who was working for Salon magazine. She penned a harsh critique, headlined: “Liberal pundit fail: Rush to attack Obamacare site only aids unhinged right.” Here’s what Walsh wrote about Klein: “Ezra Klein then picked up the cudgel, telling the crew at MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ where every Obama misstep foretells the end of his presidency, that the Health and Human Services Department is covering up a ‘massive management failure,’...
  • 'Vox King' Ezra Klein Visited White House 27 Times

    05/09/2014 1:30:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Charlie Spiering
    Liberal blogger Ezra Klein loves to visit the White House, and the White House appears more than willing to open the door. Since 2009, Klein’s name appears in the White House visitor logs 27 times, according to a search of the records. The latest visit recorded in the records was December 12, 2013 -- while Klein was creating a brand new explanatory news and policy website which would become Vox Media. According to the visitor logs, Klein has traveled to the White House eight times to meet President Obama and has met with a myriad of other White House officials....
  • New plan… let the IRS do your taxes for you!

    05/04/2014 5:03:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a couple of weeks too late for this to help most people this year, but I’m sure many of you ran into issues filing your taxes. It’s a huge pain in the backside, isn’t it? Over at Redstate, Matthew Clark dredges up a brilliant scheme from Ezra Klein which should make all of your lives easier. Why not let the IRS do our taxes for us?Liberal wunderkind Ezra Klein (formerly of the Washington Post and now of was pushing this new idea a few weeks ago.Well it wasn’t really new. He’s been pushing it for years.The idea is...
  • Ignorance And Cronyism Are The Only Settled Sciences

    04/27/2014 12:56:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 27, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    An honest debate with a progressive is almost as rare as a verified sighting of Bigfoot. You’d have better luck getting a devout Scientologist to say L. Ron Hubbard was a horrible writer than you would to get a progressive to admit the “science” behind climate change is not all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, it is based on models of what could happen in 100 years, even though those models are mostly unreliable when you use them to map what happened in the last 30. That’s right, the vast majority of “climate models” predicting doom and...
  • Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won

    04/10/2014 8:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Vox ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ezra Klein
    . Obamacare has won. And that's why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign. Calls for Sebelius's resignation were almost constant after Obamacare's catastrophic launch. The problem wasn't just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn't work. It was that she didn't know was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn't know that was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down — or be fired — were as deafening inside the building as outside of it. But...
  • Klein, Krugman Offer Biased Views of Confirmation Bias

    04/11/2014 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail." Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only...
  • Progressives Turn on Their Prodigies: Ezra Klein and Nate Silver fall from Liberal Grace

    03/25/2014 10:19:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    Much to the delight and self-satisfaction of the reality-based community, “Big Data” has been en vogue of late, and to such an extent that it has promised to make hipsters of the terminally uncool. In the space of just a few weeks, both Nate Silver and Ezra Klein have launched brand new websites, which, although imperceptibly different in their core objectives, both promised to overlook the “fundamentally useless” “pundits” that sully the nation’s media and to replace them with the calm explication and modest objectivity that one can only get from the sort of detached, numbers-driven pragmatists who made their...
  • Ezra Klein: 'There Still Might Be' a JournoList

    02/07/2014 11:04:29 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Breibart - Big Journalism ^ | 2-7-2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    <p>Tom Bevan and Carl Cannon take Ezra Klein for a spin in the latest edition of RealClearPolitics' "Morning Commute." The duo has posted several clips of their interview with Klein, but one this morning is particularly strange. They ask Klein about JournoList, the email group Klein ran several years ago that often served to coordinate coverage among left-leaning members of the media. Does such a group still exists, Cannon wonders?</p>
  • The Cult of Global Warming is Grasping at Straws

    01/10/2014 1:25:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 10, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Climate Change alarmists are clamoring to blame the recent cold snap on anthropogenic global warming. And, really, what choice do they have? When record cold temperatures are freezing Niagara Falls, and plunging the American Midwest into an ice age, jokes about Al-Gore sycophants are hard to avoid. In righteous defiance to reality based observations regarding the environment, the far left has unveiled a theory that America’s recent brush with winter weather is actually an experience of anthropogenic global warming. Or, as Ezra Klein put it: Well… I guess to an extent, the Washington Post’s in-house manbearpig alarmist is kinda...
  • Ezra Klein Is Said to Plan to Leave Washington Post

    01/03/2014 3:34:41 PM PST · by mojito · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 1/2/2014 | Ravi Somaiya
    Ezra Klein, an analyst, columnist and television commentator who runs The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, is making plans to leave the newspaper after failing to win support for a new website he wanted to create within the company, according to four people with knowledge of the negotiations. Mr. Klein, who quickly ascended into the ranks of the Washington media establishment with a multiplatform blend of policy nuance and number-crunching on Wonkblog, approached Katharine Weymouth, the Post’s publisher, in recent weeks, the people said. After consultation with the newspaper’s editor, Marty Baron, according to one of the people, he put forward a...
  • Report: Ezra Klein to Leave WaPo After Jeff Bezos Kills $10M Dream Project

    01/03/2014 7:00:52 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | 1/3/2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    As new owner Jeff Bezos begins his tenure as the head man for the Washington Post, Wonkblog editor Ezra Klein is reportedly making plans to exit the paper after being denied funding for a pet project. Klein built a media presence on the Internet, newspapers, and TV as a "wonk" at a young age. Now, he apparently wants to expand his reach in the media with an extensive new website that he wanted the Washington Post to fund.
  • Obama Woos Liberal Journalists With Another Off-The-Record Meeting

    11/21/2013 6:16:49 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/13 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted that MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, as well as Ezra Klein of the Washington Post and Fox News’ Juan Williams, had been invited for a private off-the-record chat with President Obama. Obama’s signature program, Obamacare, has been flailing in the press for weeks, and Obama apparently believes that it is about time to reshift the narrative: Juan Williams refused to describe what Obama himself said, but he did state that the White House is in “full fight mode over the Affordable Healthcare Act right now.” He added, “They feel as if...
  • Lies the Dems Tell Themselves

    10/27/2013 9:43:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 27, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    During the Obama years, a potent mythology has taken root in Democratic circles. In this narrative, Democrats are victims, martyrs even, whereas Republicans are wily tricksters. Last year, there was a hyped-up fable about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. President Barack Obama told "60 Minutes," "When I first came into office, the head of the Senate Republicans said, 'My No. 1 priority is making sure President Obama's a one-term president.'" Sen. Dianne Feinstein even told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board she heard McConnell speaking to that effect on the Senate's opening day. The thing is that the quote...
  • JournoList: 173 Names Confirmed w/ Organizations (FR Exclusive)

    06/21/2013 7:30:53 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 54 replies
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  • Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing

    05/21/2013 1:51:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/21/13 | Daniel Halper
  • The scandals are falling apart (seriously)

    05/17/2013 12:53:47 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    Things go wrong in government. Sometimes it’s just bad luck. Sometimes it’s rank incompetence. Sometimes it’s criminal wrongdoing. Most of the time you never hear about it. Or, if you do hear about it, the media eventually gets bored talking about it (see warming, global). But every so often an instance of government wrongdoing sprouts wings and becomes something quite exciting: A political scandal. The crucial ingredient for a scandal is the prospect of high-level White House involvement and wide political repercussions. Government wrongdoing is boring. Scandals can bring down presidents, decide elections and revive down-and-out political parties. Scandals can...
  • Another Reason Ezra Klein is an Idiot

    02/25/2013 5:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | February 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    For listeners of my radio show, you’ll know that most Fridays we do a segment called Ezra Klein is an Idiot. We don’t just call out the fallacies of Klein during the segment, however. We include liberals like Al Sharpton and John Boehner too, who both recently bemoaned the effects of sequester on our economy. Our real problems of course aren’t the dramatic and manufactured small things like sequester or the “fiscal cliff” that are made up by Washington wonks to keep the gravy train rolling. They are much more complex, and more dangerous.      It takes a long time to...
  • Clueless Ezra Klein: Big Government Programs Not Progressive, Just 'Good Policy'

    02/06/2012 9:05:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ezra Klein has unwittingly offered a telling insight into the liberal mind. On Morning Joe today, the liberal Washington Post blogger actually argued that quintessential big government programs like massive involvement in housing finance and the imposition of a carbon tax aren't "progressive" but simply "good policy." Joe Scarborough pushed back saying Klein's notion of "good policy" was only so for those who share his liberal mindset. View the video here.
  • Newt Gingrich will not be the Republican nominee — even if it means a brokered convention

    12/09/2011 5:56:49 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2011 | Ezra Klein
    Silver doesn’t quite go so far as to say that it makes a brokered convention or a late-breaking establishment candidate likely, but I’m willing to go that far. There’s just no way the Republican establishment lets Gingrich become their nominee. As Andrew Sullivan pointed out today, you’re already seeing the anti-Gingrich mobilization among conservative thought leaders: Here’s George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Tom Coburn and Ann Coulter, just for starters. There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich. Now, I think it’s more likely that this mobilization leads to a Romney win then...
  • From "Jornolist" to Liberal Activist

    11/30/2011 7:30:30 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 9 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 11/30/11 | Noman
    Newsman Ezra Klein is making news again. (See "An Election Season Proposal," 9/10/11) [quote] Klein is famous for starting the secretive political-media members-only clique of some 400 journalists, political operatives, White House staffers, think tankers and lefty economists such as Paul Krugman known as JournoList. Until it was shut down by exposure from the Daily Caller and, the JournoList group discussed talking points to create a media echo chamber, tried to falsely smear opponents as racists, and cooked up ways to take Fox News off the air. [end quote] Now he's creating a "new paradigm," at the Washington Post:...
  • Ezra Klein: From 'Journolist' To Liberal Activist

    11/29/2011 12:37:07 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Nov 2011 | Editorial
    Media Bias: In the early days of the Gulf War, pundits marveled at the specter of Iraqi troops surrendering to journalists. Well, now it's even worse: Journalists are giving the Democratic Party its talking points. The Washington Post's 27-year-old star blogger Ezra Klein has been called "whiz kid," and "brat packer" and a "wunderkind." Now he's actually advising Democratic chiefs of staff, briefing them last week about the supercommittee in Congress, according to a report by Fishbowl-DC on That means the relatively novel idea that bloggers can be placed on an equal footing with reporters in congressional briefings has...
  • Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph (Klien Blames Bush, Bush, & Reagan)

    07/25/2011 2:26:57 PM PDT · by OneVike · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/7/25 | Ezra Klein
    What’s also important, but not evident, on this chart is that Obama’s major expenses were temporary — the stimulus is over now — while Bush’s were, effectively, recurring. The Bush tax cuts didn’t just lower revenue for 10 years. It’s clear now that they lowered it indefinitely, which means this chart is understating their true cost. Similarly, the Medicare drug benefit is costing money on perpetuity, not just for two or three years. And Boehner, Ryan and others voted for these laws and, in some cases, helped to craft and pass them. To relate this specifically to the debt-ceiling...
  • The US Constitution: A Warding Power That Preserves

    01/27/2011 3:36:42 PM PST · by Barry Secrest · 3 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | 01/27/11 | Barry Secrest
    See Ezra, See Ezra and Nora Talk, See Ezra and Nora Get Confused... Ezra Klein, a very popular Liberal blogger who also writes for the Washington Post, finally made us all cognizant of the exact reason for his extreme popularity--as it regards the increasingly mind-numbed, diminutively numbered, Liberal automatons of the Nation. In a televised interview with Progressive info-babe Nora O' Donnell on the "Lean Forward and to the Left" network MSNBC, Klein was asked his opinion of the impending public reading of the Constitution in the House. Klein responded that the reading was, indeed, "a gimmick" that "had no...
  • We won't always be the biggest (Leftist Nincompoop Looks Forward to China Surpassing US)

    01/27/2011 12:56:51 PM PST · by mojito · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Washinton ComPost ^ | 1/26/2011 | Ezra "Look Ma, I'm an Ignoramus!" Klein
    ...One of the first big applause lines of the speech came when Barack Obama said, "For all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world." But as Matt Yglesias notes, soon, we won't. China will. And that's okay. A decent future includes China's GDP passing ours. They have many, many more people than we do. It's bad for both us and them if the country stays poor. A world in which China becomes rich enough to buy from us and educated enough...
  • No, Ezra Klein, ObamaCare Wouldn’t Have Saved Child

    01/20/2011 4:42:58 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/20/2011 | David Hogberg
    Ezra Klein invokes a heartbreaking analogy to criticize the GOP for seeking to repeal ObamaCare. But this sad case has nothing to do with the new health law. Klein writes: In February 2007, Deamonte Driver died of an infected tooth. But he didn’t really die of an infected tooth. He died because he didn’t have consistent insurance.
  • BEWARE The GOP is trying to slip us the Jebbie!

    01/18/2011 10:16:39 AM PST · by Ummah Gummah · 25 replies
    Need to Know January 18, 2011 Ahead of the curve! Lib writer praises Jeb Bush Posted by Staff Ezra Klein writes: I think Jon Chait gets Jeb Bush very wrong here. When Bush says that "second-generation Hispanics marry non-Hispanics at a higher rate than second-generation Irish or Italians" and that "second-generation Hispanics' English language capability rates are higher than previous immigrant groups," he's directly answering a critique that has a lot of power among anti-immigration groups: that there's something different about this wave of immigrants as compared with previous waves of immigrants.
  • Why the Constitution vexes the left

    01/06/2011 2:25:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 5, 2011 | SETH LIPSKY
    The Republican plan to start off the first session of the new House of Representatives today with a reading of the United States Constitution is giving the left the fantods -- and with good reason. At Salon, Michael Lind gives us a piece headlined, "Let's stop pretending the Constitution is sacred." Ezra Klein, a Washington Post blogger, told a TV interviewer that the reading as a "gimmick" and suggested the Constitution isn't binding (though he later backpedaled). And David Corn, under the title "The House GOP Weaponizes the Constitution," argues that the Founding Fathers "wouldn't cotton to lawmakers exploiting their...
  • Ezra Klein: Honest lefty

    01/01/2011 6:27:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies ^ | 31 December, 2010 | Don Surber
    1. Blogger Ezra Klein went on MSNBC and said the Constitution is a hundred years old and hard to understand. Apparently, this drew flak. 2. Then he blogged at 11:55 AM on Thursday: “…My friends on the right don’t like to hear this, but the Constitution is not a clear document. Written more than 200 years ago, when America had 13 states and very different problems, it rarely speaks directly to the questions we ask it. The Second Amendment, for instance, says nothing about keeping a gun in the home if you’ve not signed up with a ‘well-regulated militia,’ but...
  • Ezra Klein (and his newbie troll here) In The Cross-Hairs Of ZOT!

    12/31/2010 5:22:25 PM PST · by RyanC1384 · 59 replies
    Double Dutch Politics ^ | 12/31/2010 | Ryan Colpaart
    As we reported yesterday, Republicans plan to read aloud the Constitution of the United States when the 112th Congress kicks off on January 6th, 2011.  Many find this to be a political tactic, a gimmick of sorts.  Republicans are attempting to hold support from the Tea Party and are howling for Congress to follow the Constitution word for word.  A firm skeptic of this Republican stratagem is Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, one of the most astute minds when it comes to procedure within Congress and fiscal concerns. Yesterday he appeared for an interview with MSNBC's Nora O'Donnell to discuss the matter:Returning To...
  • WashPo's Ezra Klein Says We Can't Understand The Constitution- Written Too Long Ago

    12/30/2010 10:56:42 PM PST · by JLWORK · 27 replies
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | December 30, 2010 | John L. Work
    Via Michelle Malkin: Here’s a good piece by Doug Powers, commenting on the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein’s belief that the Constitution isn’t understandable because it was written over one hundred years ago. You’ve got to see this video, if you haven’t already: Where do these journalistic jamokes like Klein come from, anyway? Who hires them? Who needs them? I can read – even the English that was written a few centuries ago – really. But here’s what Ezra says on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown regarding the Republicans’ intention to read the entire Constitution aloud after the new Congress is...
  • Old Antiquated Constitution is just too hard for Progressive Liberals to Understand

    12/31/2010 7:47:22 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 12/31/10 | Alaphiah
    Returning to the Constitution, that’s what Republicans want to do in the new Congress. In the last year, the two hundred and twenty-three year old document has been getting a whole lot a lip service so when the One hundred and twelfth Congress is sworn in next week expect to hear a lot more about it because the Constitution is at the center of three coming Congressional battles. —Nora Roberts Nora Roberts on the daily rundown interviewed Ezra Klein of The Washington Post regarding Republicans who have the majority in the House of Representatives coming in January. They discuss Republicans’...
  • Liberal Star Blogger Ezra Klein: Constitution ‘Has No Binding Power on Anything’ (Video)

    12/30/2010 5:54:03 PM PST · by mojito · 33 replies · 730+ views
    Breitbart/MSNBC ^ | 12/29/2010 | Ezra Klein
    Huffpo/WaPo blogger "superstar" Ezra Klein reveals everthing that you knew was wrong with the left, including their claim that they're smarter and better educated than you. This clownish juvenile deliquent who passes for informed opinion on the left is pleased to reveal that the Constitution is "over a hundred years old," and hence, out of date, irrelevant, and downright confusing. Video at the link.