American Pravda Wins Pulitzer

The New York Times just won a Pulitzer Prize for “public service.” I’ve never met this “public” to whom the New York Times has provided some great service. Perhaps that is unfair. After all, the last article I read in the Gray Lady was actually enlightening. I had just finished my cultural enrichment

By | 2018-04-17T21:52:31+00:00 April 18th, 2018|

The Lion in Water: Some Facts About ‘Chappaquiddick’

Way back in July 1969, reporter Leo Damore covered Senator Edward Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick caper for the Cape Cod News. As he showed in his masterful Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-Up, everything Kennedy said about the incident was a lie. Ted Kennedy rode his brother John’s coattails to win a seat from Massachusetts in the

By | 2018-04-08T12:23:22+00:00 April 8th, 2018|

The Media Doesn’t Get a Do-Over on Iraq

The Charles Koch Institute, in conjunction with RealClearDefense, recently issued a fascinating though unsurprising study of American public opinion about the Iraq War. Almost four in 10 of respondents—36 percent—said the war made America “less safe,” while 47 percent said the war made the Middle East “less stable.” Just 32 percent said they

By | 2018-04-02T15:01:36+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|

Why is the Media Suddenly So Interested in the EPA?

Funny what happens when a Republican wins the White House. The media mob suddenly develops an interest in transparency and fiscal responsibility. This week—in a story that has been developing over several months—all eyes are on the Environmental Protection Agency. For eight years, President Obama’s two EPA administrators—Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy—received very

By | 2018-03-31T12:22:38+00:00 March 31st, 2018|

Have You Seen Your Leaker, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?

Well, I was just passin’ the time . . .” Though I prefer reading back issues of Creem magazine to current editions of “news” publications, and despite my best efforts to drown out the present cacophonous political discourse beneath the deafening blast of a Marshall stack, by happenstance I stumbled upon “hot news”—i.e.,

By | 2018-04-01T10:42:53+00:00 March 31st, 2018|

Stone Age Thinking

Reason is a fragile thing. Like a tiny, dainty woodland sprite, it can be stomped into a crushed, broken ruin by the mighty foot of ignorance employed by those cynically seeking to advance their agendas. We see this every day, and the biggest feet dancing with hobnailed boots upon poor Reason wherever it

By | 2018-03-30T19:18:49+00:00 March 30th, 2018|