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Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

Articles by Joseph Curl

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before having lunch with Republican Senators. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Journalism is dead; whatever these guys are doing isn't journalism

None of the latest stories have anyone on the record making the accusations. Instead, the "news" sites that posted the stories -- Politico, the Daily Mail and the Guardian -- simply make the surprising claims and cite anonymous sources. The subjects of the anonymous slurs have no recourse whatsoever, no right to face their accusers, no way to fight back. The accusation streams out onto the internet, where it lives forever -- whether it's true or not. Published June 13, 2017

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders walks between graduates as he arrives for the Brooklyn College commencement ceremony, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in New York. The former Democratic presidential candidate, who hails from Brooklyn and attended the school for a year, urged graduates to stand together and not let demagogues divide the country. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Socialist Bernie Sanders gets superrich in capitalist U.S.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermontistan, spent 2016 preaching his favorite socialist ideologies. His fans ate it up like candy. He packed arenas and fairgrounds across the country bashing The One Percent, spouting off about the proletariat and vowing that, if elected president, he would take from the rich and give to the poor. A modern-day Robin Hood, albeit in a baggy, ill-fitting suit, that Bernie. Published June 6, 2017

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, leave the White House as they embark on Mr. Trump's first overseas tour to the Middle East. (Associated Press)

How much does CNN hate Trump? 93% of coverage is negative

For the youngsters out there, once upon a time, CNN was pretty much down the middle. The fledgling network covered news -- real news, not fake news -- and worked hard to be on site wherever news was happening. When something happened, that was the place to go. Published May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Russians helped Trump win the election is never explained

Hey, Media Matters, I'm talking to you! Help me out, here, willya'? Actually, I'll talk to anyone, listen to anyone. You'll find my email address at the bottom of this column, so hit me up. I'm asking -- no, begging -- you to write me and answer this one simple question: How did the Russians help Donald Trump become President Trump?! Published May 16, 2017

In this April 11, 2017, file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears during a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in Los Angeles. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP, File)

Comedians hate Trump so much they can't be funny anymore

When Johnny Carson was host of "The Tonight Show" from 1962 to 1992, he did thousands of political jokes. His target: Politicians -- every one of them -- presidents, lawmakers, Democrats, Republicans, it didn't matter. Published May 9, 2017

Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly -- good riddance to bad rubbish

With Bill O'Reilly, so many shoes have dropped that he's looking like Imelda Marcos. Just two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that Fox paid out $13 million to five women who accused the bombastic bloviator of sexual harassment. Mr. O'Reilly told The Times that he settled only to avoid hurting his family. Published April 18, 2017

A passenger "voluneers" to be "re-accommodated" when United Airlines "overbooks" a flight. (Associated Press)

The Orwellian explanation of United's 're-accommodation'

There is something very "1984" in the words fluttering around over the strange case of a doctor being ripped from his seat aboard an airplane, pummeled into submission by three burly men and dragged -- quite literally -- bloody and screaming down the aisle and off the plane. Published April 11, 2017

National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaks at the Brookings Institution to outline President Barack Obama's foreign policy priorities, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

CNN really is 'very fake news'

Fact: Susan Rice, the Obama administration's national security adviser, directed the "unmasking" of NSA intercepts of Donald Trump's aides and associates. In other words, the Obama administration used the intelligence community's spying on Mr. Trump, and Ms. Rice then demanded that the names of those captured on intercepts be given to her. Published April 4, 2017

FILE- In this March 6, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump drives himself around the golf course to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to rewrite a rule that protects small streams from pollution raises new questions about financial conflicts of interest for a president whose business holdings include a dozen U.S. golf courses. It's not clear whether any financial benefits from more lax regulation of waterways on golf courses could violate laws meant to keep politicians from using public office for personal gain, but experts say it adds to an appearance of impropriety.(AP Photo/Luis Alvarez, File)

Can we all just get over the fact that presidents play golf?

Presidents play golf. It's that simple. They have since George Washington hit a 3 hybrid over the Delaware River to within six feet of the pin, and they will when George Bush XII hits a virtual 6 iron into the hole on the new Mars International Links in the year 2274. Published March 28, 2017

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney arrives at the Capitol with President Donald Trump to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul, in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

All politics are local -- and usually stupid

I started out in journalism in a quaint little place called Prince William County, Virginia. Back then, the late 1980s, the small county was a bedroom community for Washington. Now PWC has nearly a half-million residents and has helped pushed Virginia into the Democrats' column, but back then there were fewer than 200,000 residents and the state was solidly red. Published March 21, 2017

President Trump. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Trump to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Good

Donald Trump is just protecting the presidency. The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a weeklong party of excess. And the night, now a cross between the Oscars and "Meet the Press," has morphed into everything the press should hate -- a lovefest between reporters and the people they cover. Published February 28, 2017

President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, listens at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Media responds to Trump's 'fake news' charge -- by pumping out fake news!

President Trump, in his extraordinary press conference last week, called out the media for its brazenly biased reporting. In the 77-minute presser, he dissected their stories, called out the incessant tone of "anger" and "hatred" and clearly enunciated his view that the Trump White House is running just fine, no thanks to them. Published February 21, 2017