It is no secret that, despite numerous scandals, two big-selling bombshell books about him, and the ongoing Russian investigation, President Donald Trump’s poll numbers have recovered this year and are now in the realm of respectability. There are many possible explanations for this phenomenon, but many people who call themselves conservatives have settled on the one which makes them feel the best: Trump has exceeded our (incredibly low) expectations and now deserves credit for a lot of really good accomplishments. I have recently seen this now popular position be suddenly postulated by major commentators for whom I have great respect, as well as via people of questionable character and intellect on Twitter and Facebook whose names I don’t even know to be real. As an ardent “Never Trump” conservative who has also tried extremely hard to remain objective about him, I have sincerely considered this argument and Continue reading "Conservatives Are Manufacturing a ‘Trump’s Accomplishments’ Narrative So He Can Beat Mueller"
Since we are at the height of college graduation ceremonies, and the supposedly inspiring celebrity commencement addresses which highlight them, it seems like a good time provide one for the many graduating seniors who hope to go into the media business on which this website is based. Since commencement speakers are chosen based on the perception that the person giving them has “made” it (and therefore has a necessarily optimistic view of what is possible), these speeches tend to be inherently naïve, if not Pollyannaish, about the basic realities of life. As you will see here, my imagined message, from the standpoint of a person who will never “make” it in the eyes of the media establishment, does not suffer from the same fundamental flaw. —— Dear journalism/media graduates of the class of 2018… Congratulations on your graduation. You now have skills which, for the majority of you who will Continue reading "A Reality-Based Address to the Graduating Class of Prospective Media Members"
Our nation faced another massacre, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas, that left ten people dead and ten more wounded. It should go without saying that these tragedies occur far too often and each is more heartbreaking than the next. In the wake of every mass shooting, the country tears itself apart in search for answers. The left pushes for gun control while the right pushes a focus on mental illness and increasing school security. And there’s renewed frustration with lawmakers asked to “do something.” Despite the STOP School Violence Act that was passed by Congress and the gun reforms Florida made after the Parkland shooting, many still feel it’s not enough, since these shootings are still happening. But while our elected officials remain largely stagnant on this issue, perhaps we in the media can make reforms of our own. When a mass shooting is active, Continue reading "In The Wake of Mass Shootings, The Media Must Do Its Part to Stop the Glorification of Killers"
As an ardent anti-Trump conservative, I take a lot of flak from people with whom I used to share a political side. The primary argument against people like me seems to be that, while far from perfect, America and “conservatism” are better off under President Donald Trump than they would be in a Hillary Clinton administration. My rebuttal has always been based in two concepts. First, I don’t think we will know the real impact of the Trump presidency for at least another ten years, and it is quite possible that the optimistic projections of the conservative Trump apologists will turn out to be very false. Secondly, as a person who values truth over everything else, Trump’s systematic embrace of blatant lying and the total destruction of the value of honesty was a fundamental deal-breaker. Yes, Hillary, like her husband, had a significant problem with lying, but Trump is a Continue reading "Cracking the Code of Trump’s Lies: An Extensive Interview with CNN’s Amanda Carpenter"
The right once attacked President Obama for “bowing” to the king of Saudi Arabia. Well, when it comes to the North Korean leader, President Donald Trump is doing much more than bowing. I haven’t read Trump’s Art of the Deal, but apparently lesson one is grovel to the person you are trying to make a deal with to the point they embarrass you on the world stage. At least that is what Trump, the so called “dealmaker,” is doing with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump’s sweaty desperation for the June 12 summit with Kim to go forward is now on full display after North Korea on Wednesday threatened to pull of the scheduled high level talks. That’s why on Thursday Trump publicly undercut his own National Security Advisor John Bolton, rejecting his call to follow the “Libyan model” where the late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi gave up Continue reading "Trump’s Groveling to the Leader of North Korea is Pathetic"
Any person capable of emotion is saddened by any loss of life, especially innocent life. But when it comes to the media’s coverage of the violence that took place at the Gaza Strip this week, not only are they giving inaccurate information, they’re being dishonest or just completely naive. Its nothing new when it comes to coverage of Israel; some on the left including many in media, portray the Jewish State as a sort of unprovoked oppressor of the Palestinians. The New York Times ran the headline “Israel Kills Dozens at the Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem,” painting Israel as a sort of sociopathic killer for the concurrence of the two events. Much of the media’s blame for the violence this week was placed on the Trump administration despite the fact it’s been going on for months (or years if you really want to be Continue reading "The Media’s Awful Coverage of the Gaza Violence is Precisely the Propaganda Hamas Desires"