Study confirms what some believe … A new study by neuroscientist Tara Swart shows that “Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average.” The study also showed they have a “below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.” Read more at the Business Insider. Does this mean media criticism is going to be considered a violation of the Americans with Disabilities act?
Which guy has more people killed in his name? … Over the weekend, the Washington Post celebrated both the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans, with front-page coverage, and the “quirky” Lenin statue in Seattle. I wonder if the Post editors know which man had more people have been brutally killed in his name? Spoiler alert: It isn’t Lee. Via NewsBusters.
Extreme? … Washington Post editor Steven Levingston calls “extreme” the notion that the media is liberal and the opposition party to conservatives. Near the end of a long think piece on the role of media in politics over the last half-century or so, he called “extreme” a statement by Steve Bannon that the media “is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country.” Given the results of the election and the media’s shock at it, I would say the second part is right on the money. Read the rest over at the Washington Post.
Watch Michelle Malkin and James O'Keefe discuss media malpractice on Michelle Malkin Investigates.
Warm welcome panned … The Washington Post’s foreign affairs columnist, Anne Applebaum, is losing it over Donald Trump’s successful visit to Saudi Arabia. She rattles off a bunch of nonsensical things, including that “It was a very strange place to speak out against Islamist extremism.” No, it is the best place to do so, where a lot of it finds its funding. And the president made a strong statement by calling the extremism “Islamic,” not only “Islamist.”
Sinister dancing … Keeping it up, Applebaum said the goofy dance the president participated in was “sinister.” And she decried POTUS participating in Saudi Culture. What is it, Anne, is Donald Trump an Islamaphobe or someone who is trying to treat his hosts with respect? You really can’t have it both ways.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.