Citizens United Breaches the Levees of Democracy: Will We, the People Defend America?
The American political system has been breached like the Ninth Ward in New Orleans by a judicial-activist Katrina: The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Super PACs and billionaires are flooding … Continue reading
Thanks to Homeland Security and the Media, Terrorists Win Even When They Lose
The war on terrorism is about to change. Limit our liberties in airports and cruise terminals? We’ll put up with it. Deny us a bathroom because one evil doer used … Continue reading
Can We Separate Television News from the Game Show Mentality?
American television news is returning to its roots as an information wasteland. Pretty faces with largely empty heads read teleprompters and mug for the camera. A dollop of information surrounded … Continue reading
Why Two White Kids Are a Senseless Tragedy but an Arab-American Is Immediately Terrorism
When a couple of white kids shoot up a school, it is a tragedy, and a search for mental defect. Bring on a shooting at a military base that involves … Continue reading
The Bobby Jindal Moment: Obama Drags Media Through Unbearable Civility and Reason
George W. Bush was a pro-media president. You wouldn’t think so, from the way that he head-locked the press, cherry-picked crowds for public events, and limited his press conferences to … Continue reading
Is the First Amendment Safe When the Message Owns the Media?
Is there a First Amendment right to cover sports news? American sports do not seem like the place for a show-down on the freedom of the press, but that is … Continue reading
Corporate Jets and Executive Compensation May Not Be All Bad – A Media House Cleaning
In the media, our job is to identify people and issues worthy of your attention, and crystallize the complex so the average Joe “gets it.” Sometimes though, the media sets … Continue reading
D.L. Hughley Didn’t Break the News: It Was Already Broken
I was sitting in my buckboard outside of the general store waiting for the wife to pick up a few yards of gingham and some kerosene for the kitchen light, … Continue reading
Barack Obama is the Roger Federer of the Press Conference
The gateway to the Oval Office is the media. On the campaign trail, you need to master your handling of them, both on camera and off, to get elected. It … Continue reading