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 […]
Continue reading…

 

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 […]
Continue reading…

 

The Fall of Talk Radio Titans

  As right-wing propagandists reach ever more bizarre extremes, longtime talk radio favorites are falling by the wayside. As a result, an outfit coyly named iHeart Media, which distributes Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity (illustration),  is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The company’s revenue is drying  up as the trio’s audiences dwindle and advertisers head for greener pastures. […]
Continue reading…

 

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 […]
Continue reading…

 

Hate Sells but Beware the Backlash

Outrage has always been a big drawing card in the media racket. The English tabloids used to assign a special columnist to get people riled up by expressing outlandish views. For all I know, they still do. I haven’t read an English tabloid in decades. When I worked at the Toronto Star, half a century […]
Continue reading…

 

Thank You CNN! Now, I Don’t Have to Watch Chris Matthews at 7 pm

Every once in a while, something happens that renews my faith in the natural order of things. The firing of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, for instance. (Yes, I know, he “resigned” and was “let out of his contract early,” and if you believe that, there’s this bridge I can get you a good deal on.) Sure […]
Continue reading…

 

Merchants of Hate Will Have Much to Answer For

How will they be judged, the instigators, the hate vendors, the cynical purveyors of divisiveness and tribalism? I’m talking about you, Bill O’Reilly. And you Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter… And I certainly would not forget you, Rush Limbaugh. I don’t have space to list all of the hatemongers contaminating the press […]
Continue reading…

 

Democracy in America is in Danger from Fascist Agitators

Democracy is under attack in America as dangerous demagogues take advantage of their First Amendment rights to incite revolution by a violent minority.  It has reached the point where I wonder whether they are not (as Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes described it) “falsely shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater.” It has reached the point […]
Continue reading…

 

Desperate Conservatives Launch an Ugly Appeal to Violence

If you believe the media, you might think there’s a grassroots revolution taking place in America. No, not the radical reforms of the Obama Administration. This revolution is a movement to block those reforms. It is instigated by conservative extremists, and – again if you trust media reports – it looks as if it could […]
Continue reading…