Fake Fretting About ‘Fake News’ at the New York Times

Watching the New York Times report on fake news is like getting a lecture about promiscuity from a syphilitic nun. On Christmas Day, Jeremy W. Peters penned an article for the Times that ran under the headline “Wielding Claims of ‘Fake News,’ Conservatives Take Aim at Mainstream Media.” Its upshot is that a term once reserved […]

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Benjamin Franklin and Fake News

Fake news has been in the news of late, and one might wish that news about fake news were fake as well. But it’s so real that recently in Washington DC a deranged gentleman emerged from a dark swamp on the internet and shot up a neighborhood pizza joint in search of the child sex-slave […]

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Fake News and the Crisis of Truth

“Fake news” is all the rage these days. Sky-is-falling news reports and politicians would have us believe it is an urgent problem that demands immediate government inquiries and solutions. Yet fake news itself is just a new spin on an old phenomenon. Its current abundance is the result of a public’s mounting crisis of faith […]

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Trumping the Elite Media

With your permission, let me take a stroll down memory lane. It is 1980 and I am enrolled in Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City. Together with my classmates, I’m taking part in my first big time journalistic undertaking in politics: covering the Republican presidential primary race in New Hampshire. Two leading […]

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Let’s Stop Being Angry Birds

The slow creep of social media censorship, epitomized by Twitter’s recent out-of-the-blue purge of various alt-right accounts, should be viewed with contempt as a scandalous abuse of corporate power. If it is so viewed, it will at least bring this incidental benefit: people will now realize how awful Twitter is, and always has been. Indeed, […]

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The Squandered Teachable Moment

One of the main challenges of producing or hosting a radio or television show is finding new or interesting things being said or written.  One of the main challenges of the blogosphere, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest is both the garbage that is published and the immense amounts of information disseminated.  Social media, with all […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Clinton Smears: FBI Confirms No Trump-Russia Connection

Things are not going very well for the Democratic Party’s queen-bee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A woman many believed destined for greatness has achieved  little more than disappointment for her followers. For those of us opposed to Hillary Clinton and the Left, the recent revelations about the extent of her corruption and incompetence are wholly unsurprising. […]

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