Media

Remembering Willie Horton

The custom of saying only good things about the recently departed is well-established and mostly harmless in everyday life, but it should be rooted out of our public discourse. The death of a major political figure is and should be ...

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Gaza

Organized by Hamas, the Palestinian demonstration on Friday along the Israeli border was arguably not a model of peaceful protest: people threw Molotov cocktails and hurled burning tires toward the security barriers. According to one unconfirmed report, somebody fired some ...

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A New Year’s Movie Recommendation

Happy New Year! When have I ever made a movie recommendation on this blog?  Actually, never.  So, since I am doing that today, you know it must be with good reason.  “The Post” is terrific, a true must-see.  Not only ...

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Enough, Already

Donald Trump is a narcissistic boor with a seriously impaired capacity for empathy with other human beings.  Those personality characteristics explain his tactless choice of language in his condolence call to the widow of the slain serviceman, David Johnson.  And ...

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Bravo Bernie

Repeating a charge that he has made on previous occasions, Bernie Sanders has called Donald Trump a shameless liar. That might seem unremarkable, since Trump is, demonstrably, just that. But I don’t think any other major US politician has come ...

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Trump’s War on the Media

Such ingratitude! Watching The Great Populist inveigh against the enemy of the people, it’s too easy to forget that Trump actually owes his spectacular political success to the very media he now excoriates. A loutish demagogue with no experience in ...

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The Mayor, the Tabloid and the Times

New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio has had it with the New York Post. On Thursday, the mayor described the tabloid as a “right-wing rag” and pointedly refused to take a question from one of it reporters. Later, in an ...

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The mini-pre-quasi-debate

It is now widely agreed that Mat Lauer did a poor job in hosting the presidential candidates’ national security forum on Wednesday. Word is that even at NBC, the host network, the assessment is that the forum was a “disaster.” ...

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Trump, Hate Speech and the Media

Today I’m going to resort to that lazy blogger’s device that I have used only very occasionally in the past: a link to a highly recommended post, with minimal commentary of my own.  The poster is TPM’s josh Marshall.  His ...

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The Clinton Foundation Brouhaha

The Associated Press has come out with a story showing that a majority of non-governmental individuals that Hillary met with as Secretary of State during a selected period had been donors to the Clinton Foundation. The reasonable concern is that ...

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