Unabashed Mendacity

A sad observation in this healthcare discussion is that people opposed to the ACA just come on TV and spout obvious falsehoods – saying people are hurting under the ACA, ACA is collapsing, etc. Journalists who are on the other side of these conversations seem to have given up on setting the record straight. They just let them spout off whatever lie the anti-ACA people want to say. Some journalists have even gone to the extent of defending this behavior […]

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Newsflash for News Media

When politicians come on your show and tell bald faced lies, confront them on it. Calling them out on their lies is not taking sides. You guys are so afraid of being accused of taking sides, that you do not follow-up your own questions, even when the politician responds with a howler. If you do not call them out on it, where is the push back for their lying? How else will they be held accountable (in these days of […]

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Conservative Pundits’ Sneakiness

Have you noticed a perennial tendency in the columns written by conservative pundits such as David Brooks and Ross Douthat? They aspire to, and are generally considered as, being thoughtful conservatives. But they can never ever write a column, even one that ostensibly praises an Obama policy or condemns a Republican policy, without taking a gratuitous swing at Democrats and/or liberals. It is as if their heads would explode, if they constrained themselves to the main thrust of their column. […]

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Overtime with Bill Maher

Yesterday’s (May 1, 2015) Real Time with Bill Maher was very instructive in how our politics and foreign policy are being played, by actors within and without the USA.  The non cable portion, “Overtime Overseas with Bill Maher” was even more interesting.  Dan senor was very loquacious (reaching filibustering levels at times) expounding confidently on his right wing positions and approach to our middle-east policy. DL Hughley stopped him in his tracks with one simple question. He asked Dan how […]

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Openness to New ideas – Selectively Recommended!

In Friday’s (May 1, 2015) New York Times, David Brooks posits that while liberals bemoan poverty and lack of funding to be that root cause of urban strife in the United State, the facts are that Baltimore spends over $15,000.00 per student (the second highest in the nation) on education. And yet the results are, still endemic and stifling poverty, leading to crime and unrest. So he wants us as a nation to take a new approach, such as stressing […]

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Bothesiderism – Not Even Close

Norm Ornstein famously said in his book “It’s even worse than you think” that both paies are not the same. Though the media continues to play the both sides are guilty card, the truth is that only one side behaves in an extremist manner.  This one graphic shows clearly beyond doubt that the Republican party has jumped the shark. I don’t think it is far fetched to say that a lot of Republicans have become members of a cult.

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The Ryan Masquerade

If you asked Americans to name the two most dangerous persons with their hands on the levers of power in the U.S., Donald Trump would be a near universal choice. But the other person would not be nearly so. In my view, that person is none other than Paul Ryan.  The speaker obviously holds a very powerful elective office. But what makes Ryan more dangerous is that he has come to this position with a near universal (media acclaim) reputation […]

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