News Quiz for Discerning American Spectator Readers

Identify the bogus item.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

May 5th 2010

In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item. All three items are “reported” in similar style, from The American Spectator News Service. Two of them record actual events reported by other news outlets. (Certain telltale aspects of the real stories have been altered in order to prevent sneaky contestants from finding the items on the web.)

Item 1

TAS NEWS SERVICE, MADRID (APR. 15, 2010): Antonio Tajani, … Read more

The Hand on Rocker’s Cradle

By Daniel Oliver and M.D.B. Carlisle

The Washington Times

June 14th 2000

John Rocker, the famed Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, has been demoted to the minor leagues and fined again after having words again with Sports Illustrated reporter Jeff Pearlman. It was Mr. Pearlman’s piece last December that called Rocker to the attention of the liberal guardians of our society, who have devised standards of conduct by which they presume to judge the world. Those who fail their test and Rocker is surely one … Read more

Richard Cohen’s Wild Moose Chase

Was it drink that caused him invoke Joe McCarthy against Sarah Palin?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 21st 2009

Liberals are getting worried now. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has played the McCarthy card against Sarah Palin.

Gov. Palin, expert moose hunter, is of course more than capable of looking after herself. But what does playing the McCarthy card say about the Liberals?

There are three points to remember about McCarthy. But first: no one should discuss McCarthy who hasn’t read Stan … Read more

Laughing Gas: A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus

With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

October 2009 issue

With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary. There’s a guffaw waiting for you on almost every page. And like a good showman, he saves the very best for the very last.

The Death of Conservatism is … Read more

Three Smooth Stones

To stay on message, Republicans need do three simple things this week.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 26th 2010

How does David stay on message when he’s opposing Goliath? That’s the Republicans’ double challenge this week. Even though a Republican won the special election in Massachusetts, the Democrats are dominating the news. They are very publicly plotting a comeback after their epic loss, and the president will take center stage on Wednesday night when he gives the State of the Union speech. … Read more

WBHO and WBHO FM in the Nation’s Capital

If the president wants to be believed, he could begin by giving up his Saturday disc jockey gig.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 8th 2010

It may not be news that politicians dissemble. But that’s no reason not to care about what a president says. Let us, therefore, unpack last Saturday’s presidential radio address.

President Obama said he had met with some of the insurance companies two days earlier and said that “they couldn’t give me a straight answer as to why … Read more

The Curious Incident at the New York Times

The missing word in the paper’s obsessive coverage of the pedophile priest scandal.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

April 13th 2010

Europe and America have been rocked in recent weeks by the scandal of a Roman Catholic priest in Germany who molested children several decades ago and escaped serious punishment. But one detail has been missing.

The New York Times has run more than a dozen articles on the issue since the story first broke on March 12, under such headlines as “Memo … Read more

News Quiz #2

Degree of difficulty: Not too bad, but pay attention.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

May 10th 2010

A number of the contestants in News Quiz #1 (here) complained that it was insultingly easy. News Quiz #2 attempts to address that concern.

Contestants are invited to pick the bogus provision or provisions out of the following paragraphs which have been lifted (with some of the excess verbiage excised) from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more colloquially known as ObamaCare. The provisions … Read more

Rand Paul and Halitosis

What he said and didn’t say to Ms. Rachel Maddow.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 12th 2010

Now, while the body of Senator (and former Exalted Cyclops) Robert Byrd (KKK, WVA) is still as warm as a smoldering cross on a black family’s lawn, and the memory of his record-length service in the U.S. Congress as fresh as a clean white sheet on a Grand Imperial Wizard — now is a good time to take a cold look at the comments on … Read more

News Quiz #3

In a bogus world, what story isn’t bogus?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 19th 2010

In this contest, readers are again asked to identify the bogus news item. All four items are “reported” in similar style, from The American Spectator News Service (some minor details have been slightly altered). Three of them record actual events. Readers of previous quizzes have been a bit snippy in complaining about the ease of detecting the bogus item. Nevertheless, in News Quiz #2 very few people … Read more