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JOE GANDELMAN: Misinterpreting Brian Williams misremembering

OPINION: Brian Williams advanced his brand at the expense of virtues

The real reason Brian Williams became what he has become is that he’s the latest example of someone whose career advanced because of solid journalistic or pundit qualities, which were changed by his weakness and our 21st century media culture.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Is 'Je suis Charlie' an accurate slogan?

OPINION: Terrorist are opting for smaller, softer targets

The world will likely see some more big 9/11 terrorist extravaganzas, but the name of the game will be to butcher innocent people in more every day, vulnerable venues.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Get ready for terrorist attacks on soft targets

OPINION: What humanity is seeing now is yet another shift in how people kill people

The number of places where people feel safe will diminish as terrorists pick new venues to increase body counts — and grab more of that new and mainstream media publicity that helps with recruitment.

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JOE GANDELMAN: An American-style sex scandal hits Canada

OPINION: A fired talk radio star for the CBC is at the center of the scandal

It’s a real mess. Police are investigating Jian Ghomeshi’s behavior with CBC employees, and the CBC has hired its own investigator to probe allegations of violence and groping. Ghomeshi is suing CBC for $55 million, arguing he wasn’t fired for good cause — and the CBC wants his lawsuit dropped.

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JOE GANDELMAN: When 'Springtime for Hitler' became serious opera

OPINION: John Adams 'opera is a critical hit' and a monster controversy

“The Death of Klinghoffer” tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly American Jewish businessman Leon Klinghoffer, and threw him overboard in his wheelchair.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Meet the Comedy Central press

OPINION: NBC was seriously wooing Jon Stewart

How unthinkable would it once have been to seriously consider hiring a talented comedian to take over what has long been a solid news franchise?

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JOE GANDELMAN: Parents a new bullying problem for schools

Using the word “bullying” too loosely is causing more problems for schools, making dealing with real bullying harder.

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JOE GANDELMAN: The Barney Fife Secret Service

OPINION: Details indicate the Secret Service is so sloppy it borders on negligence

The revelations about the Secret Service would be funny if they weren’t so outrageous and dangerous.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Do civilized nations have what it takes to beat ISIS?

OPINION: This is a time where there is a great need for courageous, thoughtful policy makers

The language from the politicos and leaders is of vowing to do what it takes, but you get the sinking feeling they’ll fumble or flinch in the end.

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JOE GANDELMAN: ISIS and the Nazis

OPINION: ISIS is unlike anything the world has seen since the Nazis

The big difference been the Nazis and ISIS is that Nazis tried to hide (or at least publicly downplay) their inhumanity.

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JOE GANDELMAN: The right of a child to fire an Uzi

OPINION: Gun tragedy is a sign of the times

America’s gun culture — a culture in place in various incarnations for a long time — has now changed drastically from what it was just 20 years ago.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Are we really teed off about President Obama's golfing?

OPINION: Many Americans now take their cues and opinions from their favorite ideological talker or writer

Everyone knows the expressions of outrage over President Obama’s golf and smile were part of an ongoing media and political ballet.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Is America’s political center out to lunch?

OPINION: Changes continually occur in our society

Yes, the center exists in American politics, but it’s highly fluid.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Reality complicated for Hillary Clinton

OPINIONS: Of the dueling narratives about Hillary Clinton, which is correct?

Political wildcards have destroyed prevailing media narratives before. Hillary Clinton started the 2008 campaign as the person to beat, but then Barack Obama came out of the blue. Can that happen again?

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JOE GANDELMAN: Juan Carlos was courageous during his reign in Spain

OPINION: King Juan Carlos championed the democracy Spain has today

In deciding to step down, Juan Carlos again showed himself politically astute: his son Prince Felipe enjoys a 77 percent approval rating.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Bundy, Sterling and America’s race-o-rama

America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Putin has retro world view

OPINION: Russian president seems be turning the clock back 75 years

We’re watching a de facto Putin destabilization and invasion — implemented with few serious consequences.

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JOE GANDELMAN: The fall of the House of Bush

OPINION: Jeb Bush not well received by conservative Republicans

The 2016 GOP presidential convention may turn into one of who not to nominate.

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JOE GANDELMAN: The attmpted typecasting of Ronan Farrow

OPINION: Farrow built his brand 140 characters at a time on Twitter

So far, Farrow is remaining true to himself. The question is whether he can continue to do so for the long run.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Conservatives target free school lunches

OPINION: Rep. Paul Ryan hit new low with bogus brown-bag student example

Fortunately, the American mainstream isn’t ready to deny innocent kids free lunches or denigrate parents who sign up for free lunches so their child can compete with better-off kids at school.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Vladimir Putin gives the world half of a pace sign

OPINION: Putin seems to be laying the groundwork for more military interventions

While it’s easy to think the new century has brought change for the better, an authoritarian’s instinct endures.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Killing is more personal in topsy-turvy 21st century

OPINION: Values and logic are turned upside down in topsy-turvy 21st century

Self-defense claims in fatal shootings over perceived threats from unarmed people strain credibility.

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JOE GANDELMAN: President Obama is at a final turning point in his administration

OPINION: So far, the president has not lived up to expectations of his supporters or opponents

Historians may not give President Obama good grades on how he dealt with a difficult Congress.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Dont count Chris Christie out just yet

OPINION: Bridgegate so far has not hurt Chris Christie with voters

Unless something connects the shutting down of the George Washington Bridge lanes directly to the New Jersey governor, he is still in the running for the White House.

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JOE GANDELMAN: Cable TV transforms solid journalists into ratings grabbers

OPINION: Invasion of the Political Entertainment Media Body Snatchers

Journalists who get big-time cable gigs give up the qualities that got them there in order to chase audience and ratings.

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JOE GANDELMAN: 2013 a year of ups and downs

OPINION: And the envelope please …

Much of the political downside in 2013 came from self-inflicted damage.

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JOE GANDELMAN: President Obama may find his enemies are his best allies

OPINION: It's difficult to keep up with the quickly shifting journalistic conventional wisdom

As the second term of President Obama rocks on the waves of Obamacare, will Republicans end up making him look better by comparison to its gridlock efforts?

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JOE GANDELMAN: Tononto mayor answer to prayers of comedians

OPINION: Crack-smoking Mayor Bob Ford a sign that political standards are heading lower

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford saw his poll numbers rise as his reputation sank over admitted drug and alcohol use.

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