PLAY BALL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Pres­i­dent Obama, Wash­ing­ton press corps gather for a game of slow-pitch soft­ball.”

— A de­scrip­tion of Mr. Obama’s news con­fer­ence on Nov. 14 — his first in 253 days — from con­ser­va­tive blog­ger and Pa­ja­mas Me­dia con­trib­u­tor Bryan Pre­ston.

“It was a bizarre mix of soft­ball ques­tions from his press syco­phants, false right­eous in­dig­na­tion from the pres­i­dent over his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Beng­hazi fail­ures and lies, and an oddly blus­tery po­si­tion shift on tax hikes as op­posed to tax loop­holes.”

— A de­scrip­tion of the same news con­fer­ence from Bre­it­bart.com con­trib­u­tor Ben Shapiro. “The Joy of Hate: How to Tri­umph over Whin­ers in the Age of Phony Out­rage” by Fox News “Red Eye” host Greg Gut­feld, who has ded­i­cated his book to the late me­dia maven An­drew Bre­it­bart. It in­cludes chap­ters with ti­tles like “To Obama, Bor­ders was Just a Book Store” and “Fluked for Life.”

Says Mr. Gut­feld: “We’ve cre­ated a new, fran­tic world of the en­raged, the phony griev­ance, the man­u­fac­tured out­rage. If you make fun of some­thing or say some­thing truth­ful, some­one, some­where will be un­happy. Or say they’re un­happy, even when they’re not. When they’re bored. When they’re lonely. When they need at­ten­tion. They come for you, whin­ing, cry­ing, scream­ing. And they are com­ing for you — the

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