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The press post-mortem, CNN

The Press Needs Pressing After A Hard Presidential Season

All the press buzz is about the press itself lately. It’s no secret, the Fourth Estate didn’t bring its A-game to covering the 2016 presidential campaign.

December 9, 2016
Mark Hughes, a misidentified suspect in the Dallas shooting on Thursday.

The Strange Justice Of A Misidentified Suspect And The Media

Justice must be served, and it must be served quickly. But if nothing else, Mark Hughes’ case shows that in hyper-public tragedies like the Dallas shooting, this noble impulse can become an irrational media chase to find someone to put someone behind bars.

July 8, 2016
Donald Trump

Even A Bigot Is Getting Better Campaign Press Than Clinton

For Clinton to be generating press reporting that’s less positive and even more negative than Trump’s is astonishing given the type of gong show campaign he’s been running.

April 20, 2016
Donald Trump making someone small

The Media Needs To Stop Playing Nice With Trump

Maybe it is time to engage Trump on his own level. Get in his face. Call him a liar.

December 9, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Videos Provoke Ethical Crisis For Doctors, Pols — And Media

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to cause political problems for Planned Parenthood, while challenging media outlets to strike a balance between covering the group’s activities and spreading their strident anti-abortion message.

August 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

The Politics Of You

Hillary Clinton spoke forcefully about voting rights and reminding the country of how far right the Republican Party has moved over 50 years.

June 8, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Has Only One Real Opponent

If indeed Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rivals have no realistic chance, then who is her biggest opponent? Turns out it’s… well, us.

June 3, 2015

Casey Mania and the Talking Heads

A true headline among the flurry of stories posted on Yahoo following the Casey Anthony verdict: “Kim Kardashian weighs in.” It’s fairly horrifying that anyone gives a rat’s a– about Kim Kardashian’s take on the Anthony case. On the other hand, she couldn’t be more clueless than some of the motor mouths who landed TV […]

July 12, 2011

If Only Poverty Made for Good TV

The FBI reports that 1,494 people younger than 18 were murdered in America in 2008. Of those children, 221 died before their first birthday; 338 of them were killed between the ages of 1 and 4. Most of us know the name of only one of those victims, Caylee Anthony. The temptation is to use […]

July 10, 2011