Author: David Giffin

“Not Illegal” Isn’t An Argument

Over the last few days, the debate over the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian interests during the 2016 election took a decisive turn. Many of Trump’s die-hard supporters are perfectly happy with justifying it–and that’s not OK. The Story Of The Emails For those now lost in the morass of the 24-hour news cycle, here’s a quick recap. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on a meeting between a Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Donald Trump Jr. On Sunday, the Times released a second story regarding emails between Trump Jr. and British publicist Rob Goldstone. Allegedly, Goldstone informed Trump Jr. that...

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No, YAF Didn’t Abandon Coulter Over UC Berkeley

The latest campus speech controversy has been unfolding over the past few weeks on the campus of UC Berkeley. And now, speaker Ann Coulter has thrown the Young America’s Foundation under the bus for its part in the events. Is that fair? Did YAF really back off in its support of Coulter? No, and here’s why. The Speech That Didn’t Happen For those who haven’t followed this story, here’s a quick recap. UC Berkeley recently cancelled an April 27 speech by right-leaning author and pundit Ann Coulter. The UC Berkeley College Republicans and YAF both backed the speech, which would discuss...

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The Death–and Life–of SourceFed

This past Friday, award-winning YouTube channel SourceFed was officially cancelled. Founded by YouTube personality Philip DeFranco in early 2012, SourceFed offered daily news and entertainment content to its 1.7 million subscriber base. Its cancellation came as a shock to the channel’s hundreds of thousands of fans–including yours truly. So, what exactly happened? Unfortunately, details are in short supply. The Basics SourceFed’s complete shutdown unfolded over just a few weeks. Some rumors started following a surprise announcement by DeFranco on March 13 that he was taking a week off from his personal news show. A week later, SourceFed announced that its long-running “TableTalk” series was going on hiatus. However, nothing...

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Sorry, Twitchy, You Jumped The Shark

Conservative website Twitchy has made a name for itself as a clearinghouse of snark.  It pokes fun at liberals on Twitter, rouge journalists, and current events in a very lighthearted format.  However, despite my enjoyment of Twitchy and my respect for Michelle Malkin, its original founder, they sometimes go a bit overboard. Twitchy’s recent story on the Russian Flag guy at CPAC was one that went overboard. So What Actually Happened? Hadn’t heard of the CPAC Russian Flag incident?  That’s ok: it just happened today, and the Twitchy story does recap many facts fairly well. Peter Hamby, the director of news from...

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SLU Fights West Over On-Campus Speech

In a rapidly evolving chain of events, administrators at Saint Louis University have made repeated attempts to modify, censor, and disparage the content of retired Lt. Col. Allen West’s forthcoming speech on their campus. West had planned to spend part of his presentation discussing his experiences as a veteran in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and discuss the negative effects of radical Islam.  However, according to YAF, an administrator at SLU barred the SLU College Republicans chapter from using the phrase “radical Islam” on advertising related to the event.  The same administrator claimed that West did not...

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