June 24, 2017

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The Wedding Plan
(Reviewed June 2, 2017)

An amusing fairy tale that sometimes flirts with over-seriousness

(Reviewed May 26, 2017)

"In short measures life may perfect be." — Ben Jonson

The Lovers
(Reviewed May 16, 2017)

A not-so rollicking comedy about infidelity and divorce? What’s wrong with this picture?

Manchester by the Sea
(Reviewed February 24, 2017)

A great actors’ movie but, to that extent, not so great as a movie — From The American Spectator

ENTRY from June 8, 2017

Yesterday’s New York Times headlined: "Reality Winner, N.S.A. Contractor Accused of Leak, Was Undone by Trail of Clues." Not that you, probably, couldn’t have guessed as much for yourself. The article, by Charlie Savage, Scott Shane and Alan Blinder began like this:

In the months after President Trump was elected, Reality Leigh Winner frequently expressed outraged political views about him on social media, in between photos of her cats and favorite quotations. But on the afternoon of May 9, she posted an unusually anodyne message on Facebook, noting that she would be teaching two yoga classes that evening. She was harboring a secret, prosecutors say.

Now anyone who knew anything about the story knew that, before her arrest, Reality was harboring a secret, or at least that prosecutors were saying so. And why did the authors suppose that New York Times readers would be just as interested in her cats or her yoga classes as they were in her "outraged political views"? And what were those outraged political views that (so we may have been led to infer) might have had something to do with the election of President Trump? Well, readers had to wait until the twentieth paragraph to find that
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Recent Articles

A Wilderness of Mirrors May 31, 2017.
To the media it’s scandal, scandal everywhere but never touching them — From The New Criterion of May, 2017 ... Full Article

Of leaks, links and lies April 30, 2017.
If "viewpoint discrimination" is a crime, the media are the biggest offenders — From The New Criterion of April, 2017 ... Full Article

Who Governs America? March 31, 2017.
If it’s not (yet) the media, that’s not through any lack of effort on their part. From The New Criterion of March, 2017 ... Full Article

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