July 2020

Elements-of-Journalism

PowerLine “Brain Trust” Parlays Fame into Hubris; Social Media Failing as an ‘Act of Character’; Hinderacker Going Down Rabbit Hole?

Ancient Greeks like Aristotle described hubris as “overweening pride,” a tragic flaw that led to one’s downfall.  Lotta overweening pride going on at the PowerLine Lawyers Club. Amazing how educated persons can be so self-absorbed,… Read More »PowerLine “Brain Trust” Parlays Fame into Hubris; Social Media Failing as an ‘Act of Character’; Hinderacker Going Down Rabbit Hole?

Curious Case Of Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff — Part 1; What Is Secret Behind Second Stringer?

Paul Mirengoff, 71, is one of three Dartmouth College alumni and lawyers who founded the conservative PowerLine blog in 2002. The trio includes John Hinderacker and Chief Hypocrite Scott Johnson. Mirengoff was Hinderacker’s roommate at Dartmouth.

In 2004, PowerLine was named Time magazine’s Blog of the Year. That same year, along with other conservative websites, PowerLine helped break the “Rathergate” story on the use of forged documents by Dan Rather and CBS News to attack President George W. Bush’s service record in the Texas Air National Guard. After a CBS investigation, Rather apologized and resigned.

Despite that auspicious beginning, nowadays Scott Johnson and his two comrades are turning PowerLine into the conservative version of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook. That means there is less and less free speech permitted. Johnson has a track record of banning conservatives who are not sufficiently deferential to him — even though they do not violate his posted “standards.”

Meanwhile, PowerLine readers scratch their heads over Mirengoff’s thought process and writing; but his PowerLine alums, usually Johnson, rush to throw a protective cloak over Mirengoff.

Here are some sample PowerLine Reader Comments about Paul Mirengoff: