A Broken Media and Gun Violence

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Tom Hall: Is there anything “free” about a ‘free press’ that is controlled so as to eliminate serious discussion about an industry that leads to the death of tens of thousands of people every year?

Romney’s Lies

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Steve Hochstadt: I think the many untruthful claims that Romney made were the most notable feature of this debate, because he got called out on most of them.

The GOP and Our Damaged American Psyche

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Charley James: A senior Romney staffer tells a journalist during the convention that the campaign won’t be distracted by fact checkers. Yet the candidate is still treated seriously by journalists who were told Planet Romney is a fact-free zone.

Haitians Poisoned: Liquid Death

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Ayiti Kale Je: In Haiti, the authorities continue to mystify the public with promises and “commissions,” while the national clairin industry disappears under a tidal wage of imported clairin.

Should Journalists Cozy Up to Power or Uncover the Truth?

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Sylvia Moore: Hastings, a freelance reporter, is being criticized for exposing the insults and embarrassing behavior. Lara Logan, a foreign correspondent for CBS, blasted Hastings on CNN for what she felt was a breach of trust on his part that could possibly damage journalists’ relations with the military.

Evan Bayh and Harold Ford: Hypocrites Who Cut and Run

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Paul Hogarth: Evan Bayh and Harold Ford Jr. have a lot in common, and not because they’re both legacies who rode into public office on their family name. Both are anti-progressive Democrats who have built their political careers on making the Left feel small and weak – egged on by a corporate media that likes to call them “centrist.”

Our House Is On Fire: Who Stopped the Presses?

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Who stopped the presses? Obviously, it is a question that many are asking these days. It is a bit sobering to witness the apparent demise of the newspaper industry. Not unlike dominoes, newspapers around the U.S. are toppling, closing their doors, filing for bankruptcy, or ceasing their print operations and only remaining online. As someone [...]

Up Paula’s Nose & Other Stories

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As newspapers struggle to enhance their appeal to younger readers by dressing up their pages and limiting the use of words that exceed three syllables, I am filled with a growing need to help them survive. Readers of my column may have noticed that my own strong response to the effort is to be less [...]