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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In the Fake News Era

  To an old reporter like me, the “fake news” phenomenon is hard to take. In my day, we were so careful to check and double-check our stories. There was a a total ban on “single-source” reports, for example. If we couldn’t get a story confirmed, we didn’t publish it. Now, with nearly half of […]
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What We Don’t Know

  I don’t think the millions who watched Monday night’s presidential debate learned much that they didn’t already know. Everyone knew going in that Donald Trump is a rude, ignorant oaf. Everyone already knew, too, that Hillary Clinton is a rock-steady, whip-smart public servant with encyclopedic knowledge. What we may not have known – and did […]
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Musings on the Great Debate

  Let’s get the who-won-who-lost nonsense out of the way first. Smilin’ Hillary won. Snifflin’ Trump lost. And Hillary’s adroit, energetic – even powerful – performance must surely have laid to rest all those whispers about her health. But Trump scored a point or two before he crumbled in a heap of pouting petulance. How he scored those […]
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A Risky Bargain

  By choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton drives away thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters but probably picks up some Republicans who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. It is a risky bargain. Obviously, Hillary thinks most Americans will choose stability over radical change in November. And I am sure she has the […]
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Trump’s Dark and Dank Past

  Finally, mainstream media outlets may be ready to give Donald Trump’s shady past the attention it deserves. Salon.com reproduced a Politico story this morning spotlighting his long and close connection to the Mafia. And I heard the story mentioned on MSNBC last night. This could be just the beginning. Trump’s dirty laundry could be in for a lot of […]
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Hillary’s Bad Press

If it proves nothing else, this campaign season is demonstrating beyond a reasonable doubt that the power of the media has been wildly overestimated. While the press relentlessly smears Hillary, for example, most Democrats remain staunchly loyal to her. More than a million of them voted for her in the New York primary yesterday. She […]
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“Tracing” Donald Trump

  If Donald Trump becomes President, I will blame the media. He is entirely their creation. Not a day goes by that his apoplectic face doesn’t appear on TV, especially on those cable “news” channels, where he is featured over and over all day long. Do you have any idea what they see in this […]
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