About Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at richard2429@hotmail.com

New campaign ad sees national security as a game-changer: ‘Vote as if your life depends upon it’

Bolton ad

Blatantly defying the Tip O’Neill mantra that “all politics is local,” former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton’s super PAC has launched an ad claiming the opposite: “Vote [national security] as if your life depends upon it.” The 30-second spot opens with dark clouds passing over the nation’s Capital Building at sunset, followed by quick-hitting pictures of global […]

McCain pounds Jay Carney over president’s Iraqi blundering: ‘You don’t have the facts!’


Newly-minted CNN commentator Jay Carney took a pounding from Arizona Sen. John McCain Wednesday night, trying to defend his former boss’ withdrawal policy from Iraq. Making his first appearance as a news analyst, the former White House press secretary was hard pressed to withstand the veteran senator’s fusillade of facts, given that the Vietnam War […]

White House denies family’s claim Sotloff was ‘sold’ to ISIS by ‘US-friendly moderates’


White House press secretary Josh Earnest denied that murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff was sold by moderate Syrian rebels to ISIS, as claimed by a family spokesman. As Bizpac Review reported Tuesday (“Sotloff family spokesman blasts administration”), Barak Barfi told CNN that he had learned from “sources on the ground” that Sotloff had been abducted […]

IRS to audit Breitbart News Network; Ted Cruz smells a rat


The Internal Revenue Service wants to audit the conservative-leaning Breitbart News Network, who vows not to be silenced. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has asked Commissioner John Koskinen to explain the decision, given its obvious political overtones and possible partisan implications. In a letter posted on his congressional website Tuesday, Cruz posited a series of tough […]

James Woods on a mission, issues #Holderchallenge, asks followers for help


Hollywood actor James Woods has thrown the gauntlet down to America’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, and dared him to condemn the brutal beating of three white men by a group of black hooligans as a “racist assault” and a “hate crime.” — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 9, 2014 I’ve never asked my followers to do […]

ABC admits Obama has ‘real popularity problems’


The president’s approval rating for handling foreign affairs and national security continue to decline in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll. “Only 43 percent of Americans say he is a strong leader, the lowest reading since he entered the White House. Just over half the country says his presidency has been a failure, although partisanship […]

Sotloff family spokesman blasts administration; he was sold by ‘so-called Syrian rebel moderates’


A man who was with murdered journalist Steven Sotloff the morning of his capture contended that the Middle East correspondent was sold to the terrorist group almost immediately, indicating that it was a planned operation. Speaking Monday on “Anderson Cooper 360,” close friend and Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi told his host, “We believe that […]

Boehner slams Obama for ‘raw politics’ of immigration dodge: ‘There will never be a right time’


The prevaricator-in-chief went on “Meet the Press” Sunday to try and extract himself from the horns of a dilemma he himself devised. On Saturday President Obama announced that he would not implement an executive action on immigration until after the November election, enraging the Democratic base but soothing nervous Democratic Senate candidates. Sunday he attempted to soothe frayed nerves […]

Greta Van Susteren reveals ‘weird’ WH arm-twisting to get Fox to back down on Benghazi reporting


Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren told her viewers the White House asked her to tamp down Pentagon reporter Jennifer Griffin’s investigation of the Benghazi affair, which she could only describe as “weird.” In her “Off the Record” segment on Friday, she reviewed how Fox News has been the only major news organization to […]

Former Muslim, son of an Imam, tries to talk some sense into Obama


A  former Muslim calling himself “Brother Rasheed” says Islamic followers have been “brainwashed” to hate America and that President Obama has to get serious about tackling the threat Islamic State terrorists pose. Although Rasheed’s credentials could not be verified, the man in the eight-minute video posted on The Right Scoop website has a seemingly strong […]