David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:51:12 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss David Harsanyi from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/david-harsanyi-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi 078e098fef958d1d7d94fddd0d10af91 Don't Fall for Jimmy Kimmel's Cheap Zero-Sum Emotionalism for 09/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/dont-fall-for-jimmy-kimmels-cheap-zero-sum-emotionalism Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent months, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has taken to scaremongering his audience with well-worn Democratic Party talking points regarding health care insurance policy. Between yuks, he occasionally accuses Republicans of being would-be baby killers, which is treated as an important political development because, well, Jimmy Kimmel is famous.</p> <p>This week, the comedian was back to explain why the new Graham-Cassidy Republican "repeal" bill is bad news. There were only two things wrong with his monologue: Almost everything he said was either completely untrue or highly misleading, and his simplistic emotional appeal was completely disconnected from the real world.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017</p> 86e46db8e7361e78044bbca5063675d3 Yes, Hillary, the Media Did Help Trump Win. So Did You for 09/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/yes-hillary-the-media-did-help-trump-win-so-did-you Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is back doing what she does best: selling books. "What Happened," her newest, doesn't feature a question. It has answers. Clinton blames the FBI. She blames sexism and fake news. She blames the "godforsaken" Electoral College and the "deep currents of anger and resentment" running through society.</p> <p>She also blames Sen. Bernie Sanders for out-promising her at every turn. She probably blames clandestine Russian mind-control laser beams for persuading tens of millions of Americans that she was nothing more than a calculating, deceptive and insipid career politician.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017</p> 7f52d40d72f624bc3d959210ecae0bbd Democrats Are Increasingly Comfortable With Religious Tests for 09/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/09/17/democrats-are-increasingly-comfortable-with-religious-tests Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?" Sen. Dick Durbin asked Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett, a nominee for a federal appeals court, yesterday.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Since Durbin inquired in the form of a question, we can only assume that Barrett's answer was pertinent to the confirmation. </span>That is problematic considering the Constitution explicitly states that no religion &#8212; not even a belief in orthodox liberalism &#8212; should be a prerequisite for holding a federal office.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017</p> 3f3a26a2c209d26a5105032f05872a64 Pro-Choicers Should Explain Why They Think Eugenics Is Acceptable for 08/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/pro-choicers-should-explain-why-they-think-eugenics-is-acceptable Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Due to the rise of prenatal screening tests in Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has begun to diminish significantly. And no one, as CBS News puts it, is "eradicating Down syndrome births" quite like Iceland.</p> <p>Now, the word "eradication" typically implies that an ailment is being cured or beaten by some technological advancement. That's not so in this case. Nearly 100 percent of women who receive positive test results for Down syndrome in that small nation end up eradicating their pregnancy. Iceland averages only one or two Down syndrome children per year, and this seems mostly a result of parents receiving inaccurate test results.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> 721f32942ab8a460f70e84310dd8e8a8 By Firing the Google Memo Author, the Company Confirms His Thesis for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/by-firing-the-google-memo-author-the-company-confirms-his-thesis Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Most of the mainstream media refers to the former Google engineer's leaked internal memo as the "anti-diversity memo." Recode calls it "sexist." And Google fired James Damore for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." But in reality, the problem isn't diversity; it's that a senior software engineer admitted, perhaps unwittingly, to pondering three of the most scandalous thought crimes of contemporary American society.</p> <p>The first crime is proposing that a meritocracy might be heathier for a company than bean-counting race, ethnicity and sex. The second is pointing out that ideological diversity matters. The third and most grievous of all is suggesting that men and women are, in general, physiologically and psychologically different, and thus they tend to excel at different things.</p> <p>"On average," asserts Damore, "men and women biologically differ in many ways." He then has the temerity to accuse women of generally displaying a "stronger interest in people rather than things," of having empathy and "openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics," and of being less pushy and having less interest in status than male colleagues. Women, this guy says, are "more cooperative" than men and search out better "work-life balance."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> 9a046eaefa4b602c39ba96ee9fa9fb89 Get Government out of the College Discrimination Business for 08/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/08/17/get-government-out-of-the-college-discrimination-business Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to The New York Times, the civil rights division of the Trump administration's Justice Department is going to ramp up investigating and sue universities over affirmative-action admissions policies deemed discriminatory against "white applicants."</p> <p>Incidentally, nothing in the story backs up the Times' assertion that "white applicants" will be afforded a special place in these suits. Now, I get the perfunctory need to render everything a clear-cut racial crisis. But not only are Asian students disproportionately hurt by these policies &#8212; white women also happen to benefit from affirmative action programs.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 04, 2017</p> 20c70be02b6119f47d1335e7d44c2220 Media Keep Butchering the Facts About Obamacare for 07/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/media-keep-butchering-the-facts-about-obamacare Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since its passage, and in a way that is unlike any policy issue in modern American history, the press have rallied to the defense of Obamacare. <span class="column--highlighted-text">From day one, there has been almost no light between the average liberal activist and average health care reporter.</span></p> <p>Or the average "fact-checker," for that matter. "Fact-checking" has evolved from an occasionally useful medium to an exercise in revisionism and diversion. Take the Washington Post writer Glenn Kessler's recent article titled "President Trump's Mangled 'Facts' About Obamacare." Those who read the headline might assume it's just Trump doing what Trump does most of the time. Yet it turns out that all these supposedly "mangled" contentions about Obamacare are, at the very least, debatable assertions.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> 70157265cbaae84a6532e9cd1899a556 Be Very Worried About the Future of Free Expression for 07/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/be-very-worried-about-the-future-of-free-expression Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Ads That Perpetuate Gender Stereotypes Will Be Banned in U.K., but Not in the Good Ol' USA!" reads a recent headline on the website Jezebel. Yay to the good ol' USA for continuing to value the fundamental right of free expression, you might say. Or maybe not.</p> <p>Why would a feminist &#8212; or anyone, for that matter &#8212; celebrate the idea of empowering bureaucrats to decide how we talk about gender stereotypes? Because these days, foundational values mean increasingly little to those who believe hearing something disagreeable is the worst thing that could happen to them.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2017</p> 6214d94fa18a93b1c4083b8059325cba Trump Jr.'s Meeting May Not Rise to Treason, but It's Still Shady as Hell for 07/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/trump-jrs-meeting-may-not-rise-to-treason-but-its-still-shady-as-hell Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The New York Times recently reported that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who claimed to have information that could harm Hillary Clinton's campaign. The intermediary told Trump Jr. that the information came from high up in the Russian government &#8212; the prosecutor general of Russia, in fact, who is an appointee of Russian President Vladimir Putin (but, then again, aren't they all).</p> <p>At first, Trump Jr. claimed it was all a bunch of fake news. Once The New York Times contacted him regarding the emails corroborating its story, he took the initiative of releasing the four-page chain and feigned transparency. Despite Don Jr.'s posing, nothing in the email is exculpatory. In many ways, the full context is worse than the Times' story. While I'm sure many campaigns &#8212; including the Clintons' &#8212; have dabbled in this kind of sordid effort, it's still unethical.</p> <p>No, it doesn't matter whether Rob Goldstone, the, um, colorful go-between, was lying about the source of the information, because the fact is three trusted members of Donald Trump's campaign &#8212; his son; son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort &#8212; were willing to take a meeting with a foreign agent to see oppo research they assumed was passed on from another government. Aside from all other things, that is inconceivably stupid.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 14, 2017</p> 2437b9bbfdcb7bf2781aed63eb01932f What CNN's Threat to Dox a Redditor Tells Us About the State of Journalism for 07/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/07/17/what-cnns-threat-to-dox-a-redditor-tells-us-about-the-state-of-journalism Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're going to create nasty memes to get attention, demand people give you credit for those memes and celebrate when the president of the United States shares one with his roughly 33 million followers, I have no sympathy for you. You're not a martyr for the cause of free expression. There was a time when anonymity allowed Americans with unpopular or unconventional beliefs to make their arguments without fear of retribution. Today, the internet has created an environment that incentivizes people to create detestable messages meant to troll and harass.</p> <p>Then again, this story isn't really about online harassment or the Reddit user "HanA**holeSolo," who has taken credit for the creation a GIF of President Trump body-slamming a wrestler &#8212; which I feel the need to reiterate is fake violence &#8212; with a CNN logo imposed on his face. The story itself means little. This is about how places like CNN function these days: how it overreacts to everything the president does, how many of today's newsrooms give some people a pass and destroy others.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 07, 2017</p> 48d9f5fa4c2e635732ab5bfbd71e261a Masterpiece Cakeshop Is Fighting for the First Amendment, Not Against Gay Marriage for 06/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/masterpiece-cakeshop-is-fighting-for-the-first-amendment-not-against-gay-marriage Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, the man who refused to create a specialty wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado in 2012. Yet the stories that dominate coverage distort the public's understanding of the case and its serious implications.</p> <p>For one thing, no matter how many times people repeat it, the case isn't about discrimination or challenging gay marriage. But when the news first broke, USA Today, for example, tweeted, "The Supreme Court has agreed to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage." The headline (and story) on the website was worse; it read, "Supreme Court will hear religious liberty challenge to gay weddings." Others similarly framed the case. (And, don't worry, "religious liberty" is almost always solidly ensconced inside quotation marks to indicate that social conservatives are just using it as a facade.)<p>Updated: Fri Jun 30, 2017</p> ec19eb8d9248b716e50d204f436990e9 What If Donald Trump Doesn't Sink the Republican Party? for 06/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/what-if-donald-trump-doesnt-sink-the-republican-party Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What if Republican voters who don't particularly like President Donald Trump are also able to compartmentalize their votes? What if they dislike Democrats more than they do the president? What if, rather than being punished for Trump's unpopularity, local candidates are rewarded for their moderation? This would be a disaster for Democrats. And Tuesday's runoff election in Georgia's 6th District shows that it might be possible.</p> <p>Now, had Jon Ossoff come out ahead of Karen Handel, the coverage would have painted this as a game-changing moment: a referendum on conservatism itself, a harbinger of a coming liberal wave and a rejection of Trump's disastrous presidency. It would have illustrated that Democrats had figured out how to flip those suburban and affluent Republicans who aren't crazy about the president.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 87b6dd2e1e2010865ceb8017880e99b8 If the Alexandria Shooter Alone Is Responsible for His Actions, That Standard Should Always Apply for 06/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/if-the-alexandria-shooter-alone-is-responsible-for-his-actions-that-standard-should-always-apply Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY DAVID HARSANYI</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017</p> <p><p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p> b573a8371692dffc27d7cc8ab2767319 You Know What's Worse Than Overreacting to Terror? Normalizing It for 06/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/you-know-whats-worse-than-overreacting-to-terror-normalizing-it Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The day after Islamic terrorists struck England for the second time in a month, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offered the prevailing liberal talking point of the day: Stop panicking. "I'm going to London later this week," he mocked on Twitter. "OMG! I might be stabbed! Or I might get hit by a drunk driver tonight, or run over by a cab tomorrow."</p> <p>He might. And if any of those things were to happen, although tragic and sad, it would have little effect on the population of England &#8212; for good reason. We are resigned to a certain level of random criminality and misfortune in Western society. In free societies, we do our best to mitigate the damage without trampling on civil rights, but it's part of modern life.</p> <p>Certainly, for the victims of violence &#8212; and their friends and family &#8212; there's little difference. The consequences for the rest of society, though, can vastly differ. If an unarmed man were shot down by a police officer, would Krugman tell his three million followers: "Relax. You have a better chance of being run over by a taxi"? Of course not. Terrorism is about more than just risk assessment. There are broader societal implications to take into account.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 09, 2017</p> 80ec7347ec13bf0c403e18302674cfb1 There Is No Political Tribe That Deserves Your Complete Loyalty for 06/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/06/17/there-is-no-political-tribe-that-deserves-your-complete-loyalty Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you ever wanted to understand the power of tribal loyalty, there are two new articles for you to read. The first is a Daily Beast article that explores the reinvention of Maxine Waters, a congresswoman "once dubbed one of the nation's 'most corrupt'" in Washington, D.C. The second is a column titled "Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump" in which columnist and radio talk-show host Dennis Prager attempts to figure out why so many Republicans refuse to walk lockstep with President Trump.</p> <p>Let's start with Waters, who is, of course, still corrupt &#8212; a dictator-loving conspiracy theorist who has abused her office for decades. She is now the recipient of standing ovations for her sharp attacks on Trump. The esteem Waters receives not only exposes the hypocrisy of many who claim to resist Trump on constitutional and ethical grounds but also warns against aligning yourself with people who don't respect the norms they claim to protect.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 02, 2017</p> ce00876cdac653f88f6401ff9b69b78c Let's Give the Platitudes Surrounding Terrorism a Rest for 05/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/17/lets-give-the-platitudes-surrounding-terrorism-a-rest Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Following the terrorist attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured, many of them children, President Donald Trump referred to terrorists as "evil losers in life." As expected, a number of liberal pundits mocked the president's unrefined language. So jejune, you know?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Inadvertently or not, Trump landed on a plain-spoken stinging moniker that happens to be true. </span>No matter how many people the next Salman Abedi ends up killing, theocratic dead-enders are losers in every societal, ideological and historical sense. Perhaps some blunt language will lead to some clearer thinking on the issue.<p>Updated: Fri May 26, 2017</p> e692a4fc06f21a813ea51fc056d58507 Putting Country Above Party Works Both Ways for 05/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/17/putting-country-above-party-works-both-ways Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Throughout Donald Trump's short but eventful presidency, Democrats have been imploring Republicans to show loyalty for country over party. </p> <p>If you believe our bumbling president's hiring of the likes of Paul Manafort or Mike Flynn &#8212; who was apparently under investigation when he joined the administration &#8212; reflects abysmal judgment, I'm with you. If you believe those decisions could turn out to be scandals, it's difficult for me to disagree. If you believe Trump's admiration for authoritarians in Russia undermines our standing in the world, I'm there as well. </p> <p>Then again, recklessly throwing around words like "impeachable" and "treason" before the evidence exists to level those consequential charges also puts party over country. Hysteria also erodes trust in our institutions for nothing more than political gain. <p>Updated: Fri May 19, 2017</p> 6991ecb339e34654c26f892649688ac5 You Want Checks and Balances? Stop Ignoring the Constitution When You're in Power for 05/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/17/you-want-checks-and-balances-stop-ignoring-the-constitution-when-youre-in-power Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Trump has an authoritarian impulse," political scientist and Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI Director James Comey. "But incompetence is a better explanation of his administration's challenges to date."</p> <p>It's difficult to believe that President Donald Trump is both a clueless idiot, unable to spell or read or earn a single cent on his own merit; and a nefarious mastermind, capable of bamboozling the entire nation so he can hand over the White House to Russia. The truth is the plausible explanation for the timing of the Comey firing &#8212; and the many other political missteps of this administration &#8212; is remarkably undramatic. Trump just isn't very good at being president.</p> <p>The Comey firing was reflexively framed as the next Watergate because there is a predetermined conclusion regarding Russian collusion. We're still litigating Trump's victory. All coverage flows from this inevitable finale; it clouds all perspectives and creates a hysterical environment that leaves no space for anything but rigid positions.<p>Updated: Fri May 12, 2017</p> 6a7b8ce226970c4afa866d3c9667f4ec James Comey Didn't Sink Hillary. Hillary sank Hillary for 05/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/05/17/james-comey-didnt-sink-hillary-hillary-sank-hillary Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton was back yesterday, taking "absolute personal responsibility" by blaming Russia, FBI Director James Comey and misogyny for her second presidential election loss. If the election had taken place on Oct. 27, Clinton maintained, she'd be president. Perhaps if we were to all live in a vacuum where the electorate ignored everything the Democratic Party's flawed nominee said and did (and tried to hide), she would be in the White House &#8212; although even that's debatable.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Clinton's counterfactual tale about the infamous Comey letter has been a security blanket for many Democrats.</span> But, as luck would have it, the FBI director was testifying in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and he reminded us of some factors that Clinton ignored. That's because even if we concede that Comey's letter to Congress helped sink Clinton, Clinton deserved that letter and Comey had no choice but to send it.<p>Updated: Fri May 05, 2017</p> 2ac049abb71e529d21914e10793698ed Bill Nye's View of Humanity Is Repulsive for 04/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/david-harsanyi/04/17/bill-nyes-view-of-humanity-is-repulsive Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill Nye has some detestable ideas about humanity. This shouldn't surprise anyone. Many environmental doomsdayers share his totalitarian impulses (he has toyed with the idea of criminalizing speech he dislikes) and soft spot for eugenics.</p> <p>In his Netflix series, "Bill Nye Saves the World," the former children's television host supplies viewers with various trendy notions to adorn his ideological positions with the sheen of science. In the final episode, Nye and his guests contemplate a thorny "scientific" question: How can the state stop people from having "extra kids"?<p>Updated: Fri Apr 28, 2017</p>