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Syria strategy needs more than feel-good war action

The Tomahawk cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base made for great TV. How much it will help the people of Syria is a whole separate question. For the $80 million to $100 million that the attack cost U.S. taxpayers, the unfortunate answer is likely, “not at all.” No matter how much TV talking […]

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Let’s hold the media accountable for Trump

Pundits across America are getting ready to eat their words (sometimes literally, in the case of Dana Milbank of the Washington Post) now that real estate mogul Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee. After so many laughingly wrote him off, he’s the only GOP candidate left standing. All the hand-wringing and facepalming in the […]

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How did the media and the GOP get Trumped? Willingly

It’s almost laughable how so many pundits in newspapers and on television are now wringing their hands about the growing possibility of the nomination and even the presidency of one Donald J. Trump. “GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump,” begged an editorial at the Washington Post. The paper listed […]

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If Donald Trump can’t handle Megyn Kelly, how will he deal with ISIS?

The would-be narcissist-in-chief has struck again. And the vapid media have shown all too well how willing they are to play into his hands. Real estate mogul and professional blowhard Donald Trump is throwing a hissy fit, saying he won’t attend the next scheduled Republican debate on Fox News just because he thinks one of […]

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We all need to study underlying causes of Baltimore violence

If you live in or near a city, as the majority of Americans do these days, you’re probably not surprised at reports of violence, whether they’re committed by citizens, police, or both. Certainly the events in Baltimore are different — it’s not the norm for teenagers to leave school and start looting or setting fire […]

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Is the tide turning against ISIS? How can we figure it out?

Depending on your news sources (and I’m using the term loosely), you may have noticed a downturn in coverage of the Islamic State. Just a week ago, the group known as ISIS or ISIL seemed to be taking over the entire Middle East. Within days, the news shifted that the self-styled caliphate might be falling […]

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What’s bigger: ISIS threat or media scaremongering?

When Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Laura Ingraham of Fox News agree on something, you know you’ve stumbled onto something real. I  don’t mean to downplay the threat that Islamic State zealots pose in the Middle East. But we’ve gotten to the point where one YouTube video sends American media into a feeding frenzy of […]

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Jon Stewart leaving: Who will speak truth to power now?

Comedy fans received a blow to their funny bones with Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show this year. For 16 years, Stewart has walked the nation through the pitfalls and idiocies of the news cycle. It didn’t matter if you were a politician or a pundit, a celebrity or an everyday […]

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The Brian Williams error: Why do journalists lie?

The latest newsman to own up to a major fib is NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. The funny and likeable Williams has been telling the same story for years — that he was shot down in a helicopter during the early days of the Iraq War in 2003. Except he wasn’t. Then some soldiers […]

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Truth about 2015 Obamacare rates the GOP won’t like

The Affordable Care Act health exchanges are again open for business, and it’s good news for consumers. And bad news for Republicans, no matter how they try to spin it and no matter how many votes they take to repeal the law. According to an intelligence brief by the respected and impartial McKinsey Center for […]

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