A Dispiriting Picture

  I get weary when I read that Trump’s approval rating is consistently above 40 percent and Fox is number one among cable news channels. I am stunned when I learn 80 – even 90 – percent of Republicans think Trump is doing a great job. Who are the people responding to these polls? Who […]
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When Lies, Lunacy Rule

  Political debate used to be thoughtful and reflective. Delivered with grace and eloquence. Political orations were sometimes so resonant they’re still being quoted. And the orators live on in our memory. From Ancient Greece and Rome, we have such immortals as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Cicero and Pericles. Great Britain gave us Fox and Burke. And, later, Winston Churchill (some […]
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Is Mind Control Working?

  The Third World was supposed to learn from the developed nations. Patronizingly called “the White Man’s Burden,” it was considered the duty of “civilized” countries to show “primitive” cultures the path to fairness and decency, and all the other virtues credited with creation of advanced civilizations. But the times have changed. And the tables have turned. […]
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The Oldest Dirty Trick

  It’s the oldest trick in the book. Even toddlers do it. When some tot calls another tot a bad name, the response is often, “You’re the (bad name)!” Or: I know you are but what am I? And the Republican Party shamelessly resorts to that strategy whenever their skullduggery is exposed. Of course they’re […]
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The Wisdom of the Masses

  The form of government we call democracy relies on the wisdom of voters. But when I read the daily round-up on Yahoo News, I wonder how wise America’s voters really are. This morning for example, I read an item that made me scratch my poor old, bald head. It wasn’t the one about the internet – […]
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Making up the News

One of the far right’s favorite ploys is accusing political opponents of dirty deeds they have done or are planning to do. The “fake news” meme is an example. I’m sure you agree that there’s fake news in circulation. But you also have to agree it’s coming overwhelmingly  from the right. And it’s not just the crazy web […]
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Echo Chamber Strikes Back

I don’t usually watch Fox News. Or read the rubbish on right-wing web sites. But my nephew Chris sends me links to various “conservative” propaganda outlets. I guess he thinks I would benefit from an alternative view of events. Today, his links included a claim from Sean Hannity that left-over Obama sympathizers in the civil service […]
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Now, Hillary is a Spy?

  One of the first cautions I received as a young reporter was, “Consider the source.” Obviously, nobody shared those words of wisdom with Yahoo News. The first “article” I saw when I turned on the computer this morning was an ominous dirge announcing that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was in deep trouble because she and several State Department […]
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No Drone for Bundy?

  If Ammon Bundy (above) were an Arab living in Yemen, I bet there would be a drone headed his way. In my view, he is a terrorist leader, and the US government has been targeting terrorist leaders all over the Mideast. If Ammon Bundy were an African American, he would probably have been gunned […]
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Dangerous Media Moguls

  Las Vegas gambling czar Sheldon Adelson makes no secret of the fact that he doesn’t like journalism so why did he buy his state’s largest newspaper? The billionaire Zionist (photo at right), who was recently exposed as the secret buyer of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, already owns Jerusalem’s Israel Hayom (Israel Today). He recently […]
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