Hot Air’s top 50 posts in 2015: 11-20
posted at 4:01 pm on December 31, 2015 by Ed Morrissey
We’ve cracked the Top Twenty in our countdown of the most-read Hot Air posts, and we’re also cracking the six-figure mark in page views over the past year. We’ve got sex videos (kind of), racial profiling, another lesson on the evils of Christianity from Professor Obama, and the man who managed to talk himself out of a cushy prime-time gig as America’s Newsman.
Get ready for the acerbic flashbacks:
- #20: College “rape culture” movement fails again as Mattress Girl releases sex video (100,386 page views) – This took the Columbia University controversy into The General’s Daughter territory. Emma Sulkowicz published a strange pseudo-reenactment of an alleged rape as a student “art project,” while the man accused still can’t get due process to defend himself against a guilty-until-proven-innocent campus pseudo-judicial system.
- #19: Video: Carly Fiorina’s attack on Hillary leaves Chris Matthews speechless (103,784) – Not sure why this would leave Matthews speechless. The families of the Benghazi dead have repeatedly insisted that Hillary lied about the YouTube video to them, but perhaps that news had not caught up to MSNBC by August 2015.
- #18 – Texas “walking while black” professor has racial profiling story implode (104,376) – Golly, this never happens, huh? Once again, police discover that video and audio recordings tend to prove error in 5% of cases and innocence in 95%. While police have legitimate concerns about the logistics of body cameras and microphones, it’s events like these that will eventually make them true believers.
- #17: Marilyn Mosby just bought herself some trouble over Freddie Gray (104,625) – The proximate issue for this piece turned out to be related to the overall problem Mosby bought, too. She rushed to charge the police officers involved in Gray’s death with second-degree murder, and then failed to make the case in court — at least on the first round. Overpromising and underdelivering is bad for sales, prosecutions, and political careers, as Mosby may soon learn.
- #16: Breaking: ISIS releases video of 21 Christians being beheaded — in Libya (108,793) – This was the first show of power by ISIS in Libya, but it wasn’t the last. Egypt’s al-Sisi swore revenge for the deaths of the Egyptian Copts, but ISIS spent 2015 strengthening its position on the Mediterranean. It now aspires to make Sirte their capital in what used to be Libya.
- #15: Funny: Bad lip-reading — the first Democratic debate (109,054) – I’d like to describe this, but … I’ve got nothing. I’ll just post it again instead:
- #14: Williams in 2007: I looked down the tube of that RPG launcher; Update: Williams to take “next several days” off as leave of absence (109,494) – Brian Williams got dethroned in his attempt to wrest the title of Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis ad character (played by Jonathan Goldsmith). It’s difficult to understand why a man at the top of his profession anyway felt that he needed to engage in personal fabulism, making Williams’ fall into something like a Greek tragedy. Williams eventually landed on his feet on NBC’s minor-league MSNBC team.
- #13: Sulu doubles down: All I meant to say is that Clarence Thomas is a fake black man who abandoned his heritage; Update: Takei apologizes (111,535) – George Takei took time out from his bitter feud with William Shatner to try to start a new one with Clarence Thomas by instructing him on how to be black, thanks to Takei’s inability to grasp Thomas’ context in a dissenting opinion. When that backfired, Takei then tried to clarify that all he meant to do was … instruct the Supreme Court justice on how to be black. When that backfired, Takei tried to beam himself out of the controversy with a belated and half-hearted apology, but managed to look both undignified and ignorant all the way through.
- #12: Obama: You know, Christians were just as bad as ISIS a few centuries ago (114,172) – Noah Rothman originally took down Professor Moral Equivalency on his lecture about the Crusades last February, a day before I added my two cents (which came in at #46). Combining the page views of the two posts would have put this in the Top Ten. In 2016, we can probably expect more from Professor Obama on this topic … unfortunately.
- #11: Polls: Fiorina even with Trump in presidential race at 22% among debate watchers, Carson leads Trump in Michigan by two (115,732) – Peak Fiorina drew lots of page views, but it didn’t last long. Allahpundit predicted, “It might simply be reflecting momentary “Wow, Carly!” sentiment, something that’ll dim a bit once we’re back to 24/7 Trump coverage on cable news.” True — and we’re seeing Peak Trump now … we think.
Tomorrow, we’ll be back with the Top Ten most read posts in 2015 as we look forward to 2016. We’ll have news from not one, not two, but three Hollywood celebrities, revisit a moment of tragedy for the Salem team, two terror attacks, and find that the gun debate turned out to be one of the hottest topics in 2016.
Update: Quick edit to eliminate a redundancy on #12.