Controversies at the U.S. Open Expose Massive Conflicts of Interest in the Modern Media

It has often been said that golf is a microcosm of life. Yesterday’s two major controversies during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament certainly showed us a lot about why the modern media is dysfunctional, and journalism of all varieties is near death. First, for context, I am a tournament golfer who has qualified for multiple United States Golf Association (USGA) national championships and have attempted to qualify for many others — including the U.S. Open. Also, I once briefly worked full-time for the PGA Tour, which is another of golf’s governing bodies. The initial controversy to explode yesterday involved golf superstar Phil Mickelson inexplicably running after a moving putt that he thought would run off the green and slapping it back towards the hole with his putter. It is not hyperbole to say that this was the most shockingly flagrant violation of a golf Continue reading "Controversies at the U.S. Open Expose Massive Conflicts of Interest in the Modern Media"

The Only Way for the GOP to be Saved from the Trump Cult is for Democrats to Win Big in November

Ever since I was nine years old, and I watched Ronald Reagan’s concession speech at the 1976 GOP convention cause tears to run down the cheeks of now-late mother’s eyes, I have been a staunch conservative Republican. In 2008, I was even a delegate to the Republican National Convention. While I once gave a campaign donation to my very good friend Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, I have never voted for a Democrat for a federal or state office in my life. This year, much to my amazement and disappointment, not only will I be likely be voting for Democrats at that level, I will actually be rooting for Democrats to win back at least the House of Representatives. While I have been heading in this direction for much of the Trump presidency, the last few days have finally pushed me over this previously incomprehensible edge. Here are some Continue reading "The Only Way for the GOP to be Saved from the Trump Cult is for Democrats to Win Big in November"

Trump’s Bizarre Foreign Trip Will Likely Be a Win For Him, And a Loss For the Rest of the World

While obviously much is yet to be known about how President Donald Trump’s far-too-hyped summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will go, it seems pretty obvious what the conclusion of his two current foreign trips will be. Trump will get a win for him and his most rabid fans, while almost everyone else will lose. There are two incontrovertible realities about the extraordinary events surrounding these two trips. One, if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton were engaging in anything remotely similar to Trump’s inexplicable pro-Russia, pro-North Korea “diplomacy,” “conservatives,” especially those in the media, would be totally apoplectic. Two, there is absolutely no reason to trust that Trump either knows what he is doing, or even has the nation’s best interests at heart, at least compared with his own. Trump’s declaration that Russia should be allowed back into the G-7 after being kicked out for extremely good Continue reading "Trump’s Bizarre Foreign Trip Will Likely Be a Win For Him, And a Loss For the Rest of the World"

Trump is About to Get Away With Gaslighting Us on ‘Spygate’ and it’s Mostly the Media’s Fault

In many ways, President Donald Trump, despite his many declarations to the contrary, is not a particularly intelligent person. In some aspects, however, he is a freaking savant-like genius. When it comes to manipulating the news media and getting away with what should be catastrophic mistakes, there is simply no one better than Donald J. Trump. The latest example of this remarkable, if not also reprehensible, talent is the utterly bull-crap “Spygate” theory which Trump got from the insane sewers of the right-wing blogosphere. In a classic demonstration of how conservative author Amanda Carpenter has cracked the code of Trump’s most diabolical lies, the president has clearly engaged in yet another “gaslighting” episode. He concocted a wild and nonsensical theory in a desperate attempt to undermine the Russia investigation, and, to the surprise of no objective person with a functioning brain, it turned out to all be Continue reading "Trump is About to Get Away With Gaslighting Us on ‘Spygate’ and it’s Mostly the Media’s Fault"

Is the Media Even Aware that Trump Has Had a Grudge Against the NFL Since the 1980s?

It has always amazed me how short, even in the era of easy access to history provided by Google, the memories are of most of those who are reporting the news. This, combined with a stunning inability to put pieces of even rather simple puzzles together, often makes for a dicey combination when it comes to how important stories are told. We are now almost a year into the contrived battle between President Donald Trump and the NFL over the national anthem, which is easily the most overblown narrative of the Trump administration, if not the country itself. And yet, I surmise that a huge majority of the population still has no idea about what may be the key fact which is driving at least part of the controversy. I am referring to the reality that Trump has a very clear and deeply intense reason to possess a personal Continue reading "Is the Media Even Aware that Trump Has Had a Grudge Against the NFL Since the 1980s?"

Bill Clinton’s Today Show Interview Was a Disaster, But He Does Have One Valid Point

Before Donald Trump made me embarrassed for our country and my political party, the president who most angered me was Bill Clinton. In fact, my first documentary film was about how he outrageously helped censor an ABC television mini-series which was, in part, about his role in failing to stop 9/11. I believe that when Clinton essentially got away with blatantly lying both to the American people and under oath, something permanently snapped in this country. You can even make a very strong argument that, rather ironically, Clinton set the stage for all of us to be desensitized by Trump’s far more audacious form of lying, and thus his own wife’s defeat to the current president. It was with that background that I heard about Clinton’s much-discussed interview on the Today Show — which was supposedly to promote a new book, but which, by media acclamation, turned into a Continue reading "Bill Clinton’s Today Show Interview Was a Disaster, But He Does Have One Valid Point"

Why Trump’s Pardon Policy Tells Us Everything We Need to Know About Our President

It is rather rare that just one issue can expose so much about who a public figure really is and what makes them tick. However, via his pardon policy alone, we now have enough data points for us to determine just about everything we need to know about President Donald Trump. So far, Trump’s most high profile pardons have been of Joe Arpaio, “Scooter” Libby, Jack Johnson, and Dinesh D’Souza. He is also said to be considering similar presidential reprieves for Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich, and has taken “counsel” on another possible case from none other than Kim Kardashian. The first thing you need to understand about Trump and pardons is that he is actually on pace to use his ultimate power far less than most modern presidents, though he has done so in ways which have created, possibly by design, more publicity than most Continue reading "Why Trump’s Pardon Policy Tells Us Everything We Need to Know About Our President"