Category: Jonah Goldberg

How to Counter Chinese Pressure on Hollywood

Cast members (from left) Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rachel McAdams pose at the premiere of Doctor Strange in Hollywood, in 2016. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)A mandatory disclaimer attached to films altered as a result of Beijing’s demands would allow American consumers to punish studios for caving in.

During the filming of the 1939 movie Jesse James, a stuntman and his horse went over a cliff and fell 70 feet into a river.

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How Our Shared Coronavirus Experience Will Change Us

A person walks along the sand near American flags at the Coney Island beach during the outbreak of the coronavirus in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, April 19, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)The pandemic is set to be the first truly collective trauma in decades to affect every American.

‘Where were you when . . . ?”

We’ve all asked this sort of question.

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Quarantine Protesters Are No Heroes of Civil Disobedience

Health care workers stand in the street to counter-protest hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand the state’s stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver, Colo., April 19, 2020. (Alyson McClaran/Reuters)We all deserve protection from the coronavirus, which is now our nation’s second-leading cause of death. To get it, we must cooperate and make sacrifices.

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Cowardice Isn’t Driving the American Response to COVID-19

People wait in a socially-distanced line outside of a Trader Joe’s grocery store following Mayor Muriel Bowser’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in Washington, D.C., April 14, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)The sacrifices Americans are making to protect their most vulnerable fellow citizens aren’t fueled by panic or fear, but by heroism.

Let’s start with some facts.

COVID-19 is killing a lot of people.

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Federalism Flip-Flop Shows Trump Has No Ideological Framework

President Donald Trump speaks during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House, April 10, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)There is no Trumpism. There is only Trump.

One of the most vexing things for both fans and foes of President Trump is that he has a gift for being neither the hero nor the villain that people like to cast him as.

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Central Planning Didn’t Flatten the Curve

A man crosses a nearly empty Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan during the coronavirus outbreak, March 25, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters)People change their behavior when they are given clear information about risks.

There’s an intense, often ugly debate over the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In broad brushstrokes, some contend that the lower-than-predicted death toll proves the models forecasting massive fatalities were needlessly sensational.

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What Will Post-Pandemic GOP Politics Look Like?

Sen. Tom Cotton speaks with reporters in Washington, D.C. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)It’s too early to tell for sure, but we can already make out the faint contours of a new political landscape.

Ive been telecommuting for decades, so for me sheltering in place isn’t remotely the burden it is for a lot of Americans. But it does make the job of following politics more difficult for two reasons.

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Impeachment Is Not a Valid Excuse for Trump’s Slow Coronavirus Response

President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at the coronavirus update briefing at the White House, March 26, 2020. (Tia Dufour/White House)Democrats didn’t have to impeach Trump. But Trump didn’t have to act in a manner that inspired Democrats to impeach him.

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Trump’s Daily Briefings Expose His Inadequacy

President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus response briefing as Vice President Mike Pence listens and CNN’s Jim Acosta is reflected in a TV camera lens at the White House, March 31, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)The president is incapable of doing what other presidents have done in such moments of crisis: earning the benefit of the doubt by rising to the occasion.

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Dems Shouldn’t Use Crisis as Justification for a Spending Spree

New Jersey senator Cory Booker speaks at Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles, Calif., April 22, 2019. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)If you want to persuade normal Americans to take a crisis seriously, you have a moral obligation to act as if you take it seriously, too.

‘Ithink you and any viewer knows exactly where I’m going with this,” MSNBC host Ari Melber said halfway into a stemwinder of a question for Senator Cory Booker.

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