“Top” means most generally learn, of course, not greatest or most influential. Still, it’s enjoyable to look again and see what posts acquired essentially the most consideration from our readers in 2017.
The yr’s most-learn publish, with 150,933 views, was Proof that James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee, which I wrote on June 10. It was inevitable, I suppose, that many of our high posts associated to the storm of controversy surrounding the 2016 election, the Clinton marketing campaign’s collusion with Russia and the FBI through Fusion GPS, the firing of James Comey, Bob Mueller’s investigation, and so forth. This publish uncovered James Comey as a liar.
You ought to learn (or re-learn) the entire thing, however briefly, Comey informed the Intelligence Committee that his relationship with President Trump was completely different from his relationships with prior presidents, as a result of Trump is uniquely dishonest. Comey informed the committee:
COMEY: … When I used to be deputy lawyer normal, I had one one-on-one assembly with President Bush about a vital and tough nationwide safety matter.
I didn’t write a memo documenting that dialog both — despatched a fast e-mail to my employees to allow them to know there was one thing occurring, however I didn’t really feel, with President Bush, the necessity to doc it in that manner, once more (ph), as a result of of — the mixture of these components simply wasn’t current with both President Bush or President Obama.
WARNER: I — I believe that could be very important.
Significant? Maybe, nevertheless it was a lie. A pointy-eyed reader pointed us to the e-book Angler, an assault on Dick Cheney, which revealed that Comey truly documented his relatively well-known dialog with President Bush with a memo that included pages of supposedly verbatim dialogue. When it involves masking his rear finish, Comey is a consummate denizen of the Washington swamp. Likewise in terms of mendacity to Congress.
Collectively, Steve’s hottest posts are little question The Week In Pictures sequence, which most likely garnered a complete of round 1,500,000 views in 2017. But his most-learn particular person publish this yr was The Millenial Job Interview, a hilarious however all too true video, which Steve posted on November 27. It continues to get views through social media. Here it’s, as soon as extra:
Paul’s high publish was additionally a latest one, Panic on the Washington Post, printed on Christmas Day. The publish paperwork WaPo’s rising hysteria over the truth that Mueller’s investigation is falling aside, and as a substitute, consideration is more and more centered on the true scandal, which implicates, amongst others, the FBI.
The Washington Post is nervous. The lead headline in right this moment’s paper version reads: “Mueller criticism grows to a clamor — FBI Conspiracy Claim Takes Hold — Driven by activists, GOP lawmakers, Trump tweets.”
Turnabout is honest play. Last yr round this time, an trustworthy newspaper might simply have written: “Trump criticism grows to a clamor — Russia Collusion Takes Hold — Driven by activists, Democratic lawmakers, leaks.”
The FBI reportedly provided cash to Christoper Steele to proceed his work on the anti-Trump file (in testimony earlier than Congress Rod Rosenstein refused to say whether or not the FBI paid or provided to pay for the file). The FBI might properly have used info within the file to safe approval of surveillance efforts from the FISA courtroom.
The FBI additionally helped push the file into the general public’s consciousness. Its normal counsel, James Baker, reportedly informed reporter David Corn in regards to the file, thus enabling Corn to jot down about it simply earlier than the election. And FBI director Comey briefed president-elect Trump on the file, which led to publication of its contents by BuzzFeed.
We additionally know in regards to the quest of Peter Strzok, a excessive-degree FBI man, for an “insurance policy” towards a Trump presidency.
But let’s return to the Washington Post’s story about rising criticism of Mueller. The three distressed Post writers are lower than absolutely open in terms of informing readers what — aside from activists, GOP lawmakers, and Trump tweets — is inflicting criticism of Mueller to develop to a clamor.
They acknowledge that it has one thing to do with Strzok’s function as Mueller’s former high investigator. However, they do their greatest to make Strzok appear innocuous.
Read the entire thing, please.
Scott’s most-learn 2017 publish was Six Seconds to Live, printed on October 26. The publish contains an excerpt from a 2010 speech by General John Kelly through which he pays tribute to the heroism of two Marines who have been killed in a suicide assault in Afghanistan:
What we didn’t know on the time, and solely discovered a pair of days later after I wrote a abstract and submitted each Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our safety cameras, broken initially within the blast, recorded some of the suicide assault. It occurred precisely because the Iraqis had described it. It took precisely six seconds from when the truck entered the alley till it detonated.
You can watch the final six seconds of their younger lives. Putting myself of their heads I supposed it took a few second for the 2 Marines to individually come to the identical conclusion about what was occurring as soon as the truck got here into their view on the far finish of the alley. Exactly no time to speak it over, or name the sergeant to ask what they need to do. Only sufficient time to take half an prompt and take into consideration what the sergeant informed them to do just a few minutes earlier than: “let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about 5 seconds left to reside.
[T]he recording reveals a quantity of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the traditional and rational males they have been—some working proper previous the Marines. They had three seconds left to reside.
For about two seconds extra, the recording reveals the Marines’ weapons firing nonstop, the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it aside and tore in to the physique of the son-of-a-bitch who’s attempting to get previous them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down within the barracks completely unaware of the truth that their lives at that second depended fully on two Marines standing their floor.
The truck explodes. The digicam goes clean. Two younger males go to their God. Six seconds. Not sufficient time to consider their households, their nation, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, however greater than sufficient time for 2 very courageous younger males to do their responsibility—into eternity. That is the sort of people who find themselves on watch all around the world tonight—for you.
As it occurs, these 4 posts provide a reasonably good cross part of what we do right here at Power Line–and have achieved, each day, since May 2002. It might not be amiss to say that our site visitors hit an all-time excessive in 2017, with extra visits and web page views than at any time previously. That is an indication, of course, of the extent of curiosity within the Trump administration and occasions of the day amongst our readers.
So: Happy New Year, and should 2018 be even greater.