Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CNN On Democratic Governor McAuliffe’s Donation To Wife Of FBI Official ‘Deeply Involved’ In Clinton Email Probe: ‘It Sure Stinks’

Chandler Gill at the Washington Free Beacon offers a piece on CNN's response to a Wall Street Journal story that Democratic Governor McAuliffe of Virginia (seen in the above photo), a Hillary Clinton supporter, donated to the political campaign of a woman married to a key FBI official involved in the Clinton email investigation.

CNN’s John King said Monday that the campaign donation of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D.) political action committee to the wife of an FBI official who investigated Hillary Clinton’s private email server “sure stinks.”
King discussed how Republicans still think Clinton is a flawed candidate, citing her email scandal and subsequent investigation, along with the ongoing WikiLeaks releases of hacked emails from her campaign chairman’s account.
He then mentioned a new Wall Street Journal story about McAuliffe’s $467,500 campaign donation.
The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.
Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

On This Day In History Raymond Chandler Starts His Last Novel

As History.com notes, on this day in 1958 Raymond Chandler, the author of classic crime novels like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye, began his last novel, Poodle Springs. He died before he could complete the novel.

You can read about Raymond Chandler at History.com via the below link:


You can also read my Crime Beat column on Raymond Chandler via the below link:


‘The Father Of The Modern Police Novel’ Joseph Wambaugh On ‘Dragnet,’ Police Shootings And Hollywood’s Action Addiction

Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post offers an interview with Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant and the author of classic police novels like The Blue Knight and The Choirboys, as well as classic true-crime books like The Onion Field. 

Joseph Wambaugh earned the title “father of the modern police novel” in 1971 when he published “The New Centurions,” a raw, emotional look at the experiences of a class of new Los Angeles Police Department cadets in the years leading up to the 1965 Watts riots. No matter who had written it, “The New Centurions” would be a masterpiece, as are Wambaugh’s other police books, including “The Onion Field,” a nonfiction account of the kidnapping of two LAPD officers. But Wambaugh drew special attention because of his day job: At the time “The New Centurions” was published, Wambaugh was a detective sergeant in the LAPD. His unique experiences helped usher in a new era in police storytelling.

You can read the interview via the below link:


I interviewed Joseph Wambaugh a while back. You can read my Q&A with him via the below link:


And you can read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station below:

From Webb To Wambaugh To The Wire: 100 Years Of The Police In Pop Culture

Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post offers a five-part series on the depiction of the police in popular culture.

From “Dragnet” to “Dirty Harry” to “Die Hard,” Hollywood’s police stories have reinforced myths about cops and the work of policing — ideas that resonate painfully today as police-involved shootings and questions about race and community relations wrack U.S. cities and play a starring role in the presidential election.
The police story is one of the elemental dramas of American popular culture, the place we face down whatever crimes frighten us most in a given era and grapple with what we want from the cops who are supposed to stop those crimes. “Dragnet’s” Joe Friday bolstered public faith in law and order in the ’50s. “Dirty Harry” Callahan stoked terror and rage about the violent crime wave that began in the ’60s. And John McClane of “Die Hard” awed audiences when he singlehandedly saved a whole office tower from ruthless criminals in the 1980s.
If these were only fantasies, they would still be powerful. But the ideas that popular culture embeds in the public consciousness about policing remain after the story is over. This five-part series examines the evolving relationship between police officers and the communities they are supposed to serve; the way Hollywood shapes our expectations for shootings by police; the entertainment industry’s embrace of a more violent style of policing during the drug war; and the changing composition of police forces in an increasingly diverse society.
Because it is not possible to understand the stories Hollywood tells about the police without looking back at the industry’s own vexed relationship with the law, this series begins by exploring how police pressure, government regulation and censorship helped mold pop culture’s stories about the police.
You can read the rest of the first part of the series via the below link:


Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Definite Article: Daily Mail Asks Author Frederick Forsyth A Set Of Devilishly Probing Questions

Rob McGibbon at the British newspaper the Daily Mail asks one of my favorite writers, Frederick Forsyth, the author of the classic thriller The Day of the Jackal and The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue, a series of "devilishly probing questions."

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An American Sailor