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The Continuing Decline of Journalism

A number of authors have written probing criticisms of modern journalism, notably Bernard Goldberg, James Fallows, and Bob Kohn. Now award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson adds The Smear, an insightful account of the most recent, shameful, and dangerous episode in journalism’s decline.

What the public receives as news today, she explains, is in fact propaganda crafted to “control what you see, what you think, and how you vote.” Although conservative as well as liberal operatives employ it, the latter are more adept at doing so.… Read More

 

The Sudden Firing of Bill O’Reilly

The full story concerning O’Reilly’s firing is not yet complete, so fairness demands that any judgment of the man be tentative and carefully qualified. A safe place to start such analysis is with general observations about scandal in high places.

Money begets power, which begets a sense of entitlement, lapses in judgment, and reckless behavior. Call this, if you will, the “I’m so rich and powerful that I can have whatever I want” delusion.… Read More

 

Flirting with Fascism

MussoliniAmerica has undergone a dramatic cultural shift in the short space of a half-century. The 1960s celebrated freedom from the restraint of traditional morals and mores and celebrated open-mindedness and diversity. Among the guiding principles of that time were “Truth is relative—everyone creates her own” and “No one should be able to impose his beliefs on others.” Today those principles are largely ignored by the very people who embraced them in their youth.… Read More

 

The Most Serious Thinking Error

Man Browbeating 4926088644_226da4a963_zWhat mental error poses the greatest obstacle to intelligent thought and behavior today? It’s hard to pick just one, but if pressed, I’d say “mine is better” thinking. The term can’t be found in most logic books—I coined it many years ago in a book on thinking to describe a mindset that was becoming increasingly evident in all walks of life.

Today, evidence of “mine is better” thinking is everywhere, including education, journalism, law, and perhaps most notably, government.… Read More

 

A More Dangerous Corruption

Gandhi“Corruption” is a popular word today, and it is usually used to denote dishonest behavior within an institution. The most common example is politicians’ misuse of their offices for personal gain or violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution. Other examples are educators’ abandonment of academic standards and journalists’ substitution of personal opinion for objective fact.

Such corruption is cause for concern. But a more dangerous type of corruption is the corruption of our culture—that is, abandonment of the fundamental ideas and ideals of our society.… Read More

 

The Janitorial Conspiracy

ObamaJanitorsWhile the national and international media have been mired in the minutiae of the Obama administration’s triple scandal, our crack investigative staff have uncovered the real story. And it is more dramatic than the sensationalism that has been passing for news.

Let us first recap the major details of the scandals, in the order of their revelation:

First was the administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on Benghazi.… Read More

 

The Queen Of Chutzpah?

Hillary Rodham ClintonChutzpah is a Yiddish word for which there is no English equivalent. The dictionary definition is “shameless audacity or impudence.” But Leo Rosten’s illustrative definition is more interesting. Chutzpah, he suggests, is “ that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”

Anyone looking for a contemporary example of chutzpah might well choose outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s explanation of the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012 that took the lives of U.S.… Read More

 

Why Gun Control Is Not The Solution

Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control DebateYou won’t learn it from mainstream media coverage, but the idea that tighter gun control will cure the nation’s epidemic of mass shootings is as bogus as Manti Te’o’s girlfriend.

Why is gun control not the solution? Because guns are not the problem.

The real reason people shoot (or otherwise harm) others is either that they have been conditioned to see violence as an acceptable solution to their discontents, or that they are under the influence of medications that can dispose them to violence.… Read More

 

Is Obama A Socialist? Does It Matter?

obama_socialismThe question of whether Barack Obama is a socialist has never really been answered. Obama supporters and a fawning media have always managed to dismiss it as unfair or irrelevant. In fact, it is neither. An elected official’s political philosophy has a direct relationship to the initiatives he puts forward, the advisors he chooses, and his relationships with his peers at home and abroad.  It is unfortunate that the question was not answered four years ago.… Read More

 

How Reliable Are Your News Sources?

cronkiteLike millions of other Americans, you will be soon making your election choices based on what you read and hear in the news, so it’s a good time to determine whether your news sources are thorough, fair, and objective. The question is, what is the best way to do this?

A number of authors have written thoughtful analyses of modern journalism. The list includes Bernard Goldberg, William McGowan, James Fallows, Tammy Bruce, and Brent BozellRead More