November 13, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Using the word “bullying” too loosely is causing more problems for schools, making dealing with real bullying harder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: Changes continually occur in our society
Yes, the center exists in American politics, but it’s highly fluid.
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?
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.
America has just had its jolting Michael Corleone moment.
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.
OPINION: Jeb Bush not well received by conservative Republicans
The 2016 GOP presidential convention may turn into one of who not to nominate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPINION: And the envelope please …
Much of the political downside in 2013 came from self-inflicted damage.
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?
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.