It’s Very Insecure for a Bird of Prey

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on November 10, 2014

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.

EagleIt’s Very Insecure for a Bird of Prey
“Fairfax County Officer Saves Bald Eagle With Blanket”—headline, Washington Post, Nov. 6

Worst Election Analyses
Here’s the lead sentence of a New York Times postelection “news analysis”:

A decade after President Obama made his national political debut with an appeal for Americans to put aside their divisions, the midterm elections on Tuesday delivered a resounding rejection of his call for consensus.

Just a thought: Reporter Jonathan Martin might want to do a little research and find out if Obama has said or done anything over the 10-plus years since “his call for consensus” that might have affected voters’ attitudes.

And then there’s this, from the Associated Press:

Even as they turned against Obama and Democrats, voters also expressed scant confidence in Republican leaders, underscoring the increased pressure that Republicans will face to deliver next year when they control both houses of Congress.

Question for Ken Thomas and Nancy Benac: Wouldn’t Republicans be under more “pressure” to “deliver” if voters did have confidence in them?

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“Correction: An earlier version of this post reported Bruce Braley as saying ‘A bad day is when you’re 23 years old and lose your phone.’ He said ‘father,’ not phone.”—New York Times website, Nov. 7

Make That 11

  • “Election Losses Among Top 10 Worst Moments, Says Obama Adviser”—headline,, Nov. 6
  • “Obama Adviser Likened Iran Nuclear Deal to ObamaCare”—headline,, Nov. 2

Question and Answer—I

  • “Did Democrats Overplay the War on Women?”—video title,, Nov. 6, 2014
  • “Is the Pope Catholic?”—headline, Guardian (London), Sept. 20, 2013

News of the Tautological
“Morning Showers Should End by Early Afternoon”—headline, Atlanta Journal-Constitution website, Nov. 6

Breaking News From 1989
“Human Wave of East Germans Surges Across Berlin Wall”—headline, Reuters, Nov. 7

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