Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor

How We Cover Religious People

Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Regular readers of this space will know that I am fascinated by the topic of media bias. And the most interesting kind is not obvious or even intentional. For example, a reporter might approach an individual story objectively—but the real bias already occurred upstream, when the decision was made regarding which story to cover. This is called selection bias.

Freshman members of the incoming U.S. 114th Congress Mia Love (R-UT) (L) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) huddle together in freezing temperatures after participating in a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in a November 18, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Barbara Comstock Fights For Her Political Life In Anti-Trump District

4:02 PM 10/24/2016

It's not every day that the Washington Post and National Review endorse the same candidate, but, then again, 2016 isn't your average year.

Eleanor Roosevelt is pictured on Fifth Avenue in New York in this December 20, 1940 handout photo from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. (REUTERS/ Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum/Handout via Reuters)

Author: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Love Affair With A Female Journalist Was Covered Up

10:20 AM 10/21/2016

For years, I have heard rumors that Eleanor Roosevelt carried on a lesbian relationship. I think there's even a rather crude joke about it on HBO's "Veep." But I had no idea there was written evidence until I received Susan Quinn's book from Penguin Press, titled Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks to the media inside of her campaign plane after the third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

All Over But The Shouting

12:22 PM 10/20/2016

My immediate take on last night's debate can be found here, but I wanted to add a couple of quick insights.

A man protests with a Donald Trump pinata in a trash can outside the Luxe Hotel, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was expected to speak in Brentwood, Los Angeles, July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Why Would Liberal Agitators Incite Violence At Trump Rallies? (Hint: To Help Donald Trump Win)

7:06 AM 10/19/2016

In the wake of James O'Keefe's latest video, a Democratic operative is "stepping back" from his role helping the Hillary Clinton campaign. As CNN notes, an edited video suggests the operative "and other staffers hired people to attend Donald Trump's campaign rallies and incite violence."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a Bollywood-themed charity concert put on by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, New Jersey, U.S. October 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Danger: What If Russia Helps Trigger A ‘Rigged’ Election Scare?

10:40 AM 10/17/2016

Like every other responsible citizen, I'm concerned about Donald Trump's preemptive declaration that the election is rigged. Odds are that nothing will come from this, but I believe he is playing with fire (and the American people are the ones who will be scorched).

Pat Buchanan Supports Trump's Backing Out Of Fox News Debate [images via Getty]

A Populism We Can Live With

10:53 AM 10/14/2016

In his Friday column, Matthew Continetti notes that paroxysms of populism are cyclical and that economic growth is the cure. He's correct, but there's no guarantee that will happen.

Supporters of Donald Trump dance at a campaign rally in Ocala, Florida. REUTERS/Mike Segar

When Character Was King

11:09 AM 10/13/2016

In 1998, Dr. James Dobson was stunned by the public's ability to "rationalize" Bill Clinton's behavior. In a public letter, he lamented the fact that as long as Clinton did a good job in office, many Americans felt that "it’s nobody’s business what he does with his personal life.”

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at the end of a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Fights Authority (Authority Always Wins)

10:14 AM 10/13/2016

I'm accumulating a growing list of "lessons learned" from the Donald Trump campaign, and here's one sure to make the top ten: The mainstream media still matters.

Singer Beyonce performs at the Staples Center on July 13, 2009 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Downstream From Beyoncé

8:34 AM 10/11/2016

The internets are having a good laugh at a Trump supporter who is calling Beyoncé fan Hillary Clinton hypocritical for criticizing Donald Trump's sexually aggressive rhetoric.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during their presidential town hall debate with at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Difference Between Strategy And Tactics

11:37 AM 10/10/2016

Over at the Weekly Standard, Jonathan V. Last makes the observation that "Trump is all tactics and no strategy. Clinton is all strategy and no tactics." This, I think, is spot-on. And, as James Carville and Paul Begala wrote in their book Buck Up, Suck Up...and Come Back When You Foul Up, "Strategy is hard. Tactics are easy."

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appear together during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Stems The Bleeding At Debate

6:35 AM 10/10/2016

Overnight polls are showing that Hillary Clinton won last night's presidential debate, but I scored it differently. Plagued by scandal, Donald Trump stemmed the bleeding. Instead of Trump's campaign being effectively over, he lives to fight another day---and that, I think, constitutes something of a win.

How John Quincy Adams’ Wife Got Him Elected

1:22 PM 10/07/2016

In my own life, I've tried my best to help popularize the Angela Duckworth maxim that you should "choose easy" and "work hard." (Dr. Duckworth authored Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.)  I think this advice applies to our personal lives as much as it does to our careers. In fact, I believe the two directives are inseparable. 

Is Mike Pence The Future Of The GOP?

12:57 PM 10/06/2016

Yesterday, I tweeted that Mike Pence's performance in the vice presidential debate, coupled with his general performance as Donald Trump's running mate, effectively positions him as the leader of a future hybrid GOP that marries Trumpism and traditional conservatism. Not everyone agreed.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence stands inside the debate hall prior to the first presidential debate of the 2016 election at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Pence Versus Kaine: Born To Be Mild

1:17 PM 10/04/2016

Game recognizes game, and I have to hand it to the Baltimore Sun for their lede yesterday about a “high-stakes, but seemingly interminably-long competition” coming down to “a single, nationally-televised moment between second-tier antagonists.”

Fears Mount As Zika Virus Outbreak Hits US Shores (Getty Images)

Is America Prepared To Handle An Outbreak?

9:41 AM 09/30/2016

Disasters have a way of waking people up to the reality of their situation in life. In Stephen King's epic novel The Stand, a weaponized strand of the flu is accidentally released from a military base, and it decimates most of the world's population. The story follows different groups of survivors trying to make sense of their new normal.

NASA's Space Launch System Takes Off. 3D Scene (Shutterstock/3Dsculptor)

Elon Musk Groks Mars Colonization

12:35 PM 09/29/2016

You might have heard that billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. While many are describing it as "ambitious," not everyone groks this idea. Some on the Left are already mocking it (see The Grist's "Spaced Out" post), at least partly because they see it as a form of escapism. (Why would we worry about saving the environment on Earth if we can just move to another planet?) And I'm sure that the same conservatives who mocked the "starry-eyed" Newt Gingrich for promising to build a moon base by the end of his second term as president will think this a utopian scheme, if not a boondoggle.

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the visit of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Why Opposing Trump Is A Dumb Career Move

9:25 AM 09/29/2016

Robert Draper's terrific piece in the New York Times highlights some of the backlash that occurred when—in the wake of Trump's comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly—Erick Erickson disinvited the casino magnate from the "Red State Gathering" last summer:

(Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Won The Debate?: It Depends What Media Outlet You Visit

2:02 PM 09/28/2016

It's still unclear how Monday's debate will impact the trajectory of the election, but one thing seems likely: The results will not adequately reflect the degree to which Hillary Clinton dominated.