Bethany Mandel, Ricochet

Bethany Mandel


Bloomington, MN, United States

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  • Ricochet
  • The Jewish Daily Forward
  • The New York Times
  • Fox News
  • National Review
  • The Federalist
  • Kveller
  • First Things
  • Tablet Magazine
  • New York Observer

Recent articles by Bethany:

Do You Remember What Journalism Looks Like?

I’m having a hard time recalling. In pursuit of nailing Brett Kavanaugh and selling some books, some New York Times reporters have shed any semblance of honesty. You know the story by now: They wrote a teaser article for the paper about an unreported assault on the part of Justice Kavanaugh thirty years ago, neglecting to mention … → Read More

If Paying For High Holy Day Seats Is Hard For You, Remember You’re Not Alone

High Holy Day costs are up this year, but that doesn't mean you have to stay home. How to ask for financial aid from synagogue. → Read More

Is Concern Over "Cancel Culture" Elitist?

Among those on the Left, I’ve seen a great deal of dismissal over conservative concern over cancel culture, deeming the worry “elitist.” Only comedians and journalists are being canceled, so why is the average conservative so up-in-arms about the widening practice? It’s an interesting argument, and one I’ve spent the day chewing over. I’m not … → Read More

The New Frontier: Your Kids' Bathroom

In the Atlantic this month, there was a great piece about the state of education in New York City. I wrote about it last week here. There was an interesting tidbit within the piece about bathrooms, Within two years, almost every bathroom in the school, from kindergarten through fifth grade, had become gender-neutral. Where signs … → Read More

They're Coming for the Kids

Seldom do I read a piece about the state of education in this country without remarking to myself and my husband how glad I am to be homeschooling. There’s a remarkable piece in The Atlantic by George Packer this month about one father’s journey through New York City’s public schools that made me do it … → Read More

Is Niceness the Key to Red Pilling Liberals?

I have two very liberal friends complain to me recently that conservatives are too nice to hate. They complain that they only feel comfortable talking about their liberal politics… with conservatives. When they are among fellow liberals, all they face is anger; anger at Trump, anger at his voters, even anger at fellow liberals if … → Read More

Viewing 9/11 Through a Child's Eyes

Yesterday walking in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, I noticed a crowd of people standing around what I thought was an art installation at first. As I got closer to the mangled metal, I read what I immediately recognized as The Timeline: the exact minutes the planes hit the towers, and the exact minutes the towers went … → Read More

An Accidental Admission About Abortion

Is there an abortion that progressives wouldn’t cheer? From sex-selection to utterly needless slaughter of viable babies, it seems the answer is no. The Associated Press reported on an abortion of the latter variety, A woman who didn't learn she was pregnant until 26 weeks along is among thousands who cross state lines to get … → Read More

On Last Night's Sohrab-David Rumble

Last night Catholic University hosted an intellectual debate between the New York Post’s Sohrab Ahmari and National Review’s David French. The whole conversation was initially kicked off by a tweet of Ahmari’s, declaring (paraphrasing) that we must fight back against the cultural rot infecting our society, like drag queen story hour at libraries, with more … → Read More

Bernie Sander's Climate Eugenics

Last night during the dreadfully long CNN Climate Change townhall, Senator Bernie Sanders had some pretty disturbing comments about how abortion and birth control can factor into reducing the world’s population. Yuck. Bernie says yes to abortions related to population control for the climate’s sake. — The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 5, 2019 Liberals’ … → Read More

For Journalists, There Are No Consequences

And that’s just how they want it. Early this morning, a story broke on Bloomberg Law about a Trump administration official from the Department of Labor who reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks on his personal Facebook account. The headline of the piece from reporter Ben Penn asserted: “Trump Labor Aide Quits After Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts Surface.” … → Read More

Is Sexual Orientation Based Abortion on the Horizon?

A groundbreaking new study published today revealed that while there is no “gay gene” linking homosexuality and homosexual behavior with a specific gene, for the first time a genetic link with homosexuality has been discovered. The Washington Post reported on the study in the journal Science, There is no one gene that determines a person’s sexual orientation, but … → Read More

Stop Falling For It

If you don’t live on Twitter, you likely missed the outrage of the hour yesterday. It started with this tweet, authoritatively asserting “USCIS confirms…” USCIS confirms: As of October 29, children born to U.S. service members outside of the U.S. will no longer be automatically considered citizens. Their parents will have to apply for citizenship … → Read More

How to Identify TDS

With every day, it becomes clear that the opposition to Trump is as much about principles as it is about just the man himself. There’s an easy way to tell the difference between those who hate the man, and those who legitimately decry how the President’s increasingly erratic behavior has impacted our country. Step One: … → Read More

Joe Walsh is an Inexplicable Choice for NeverTrumpers

With a New York Times op-ed and appearances on the Bulwark podcast, in addition to media reports tying former Congressman and radio host Joe Walsh to Bill Kristol, it seems the NeverTrump Establishment is attempting to, yet again, offer a viable challenger to President Trump (the last one, Evan McMullin, didn’t turn out so well). … → Read More

You Can't Throw Money at the "Problem"

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are in hot water with the British press this week because of a series of jaunts the pair took on a private plane to celebrate Markle’s 38th birthday. Despite being vociferous climate change activists, the pair flew on their own private transportation four times in just eleven days. … → Read More

Why Don't You Care about Trump's Treatment of Women?

Over the weekend news of a new book release by disgraced former ABC political analyst Mark Halperin broke from Politico, Mark Halperin has a book deal, for which he interviewed more than 75 top Democratic strategists: — Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) August 18, 2019 In a New York Post article about the controversy, his victims spoke … → Read More

Entry Isn't a Right

There’s a great deal of outrage this week about Israel’s decision to bar two Congresswomen from entering the country. A sample of the criticism: Joe Lieberman: Israel made a 'serious mistake' in barring Omar and Tlaib from entering country @CNN — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 16, 2019 Did you know that there are a … → Read More

The Sad Saga of Max Boot

I worked with Max Boot at Commentary Magazine for a few years, not in the office and not directly, but I would promote his work when it appeared on our blog. I would always joke (but not really joke) that there was never a war that Max Boot didn’t want to start. Boot’s work was … → Read More

Remember When CNN Believed Victims?

One of CNN’s most popular anchors, Don Lemon, is in a bit of hot water over some alleged behavior earlier this summer. Fox News reports: CNN primetime host Don Lemon was accused of a bizarre, sexually charged assault of a bartender in New York’s tony Hamptons last year in a civil suit filed earlier this week. … → Read More