Bill Raden: The paper’s news section turned its withering gaze on what many argue remains the one bright spot on California’s otherwise catastrophic retirement landscape — the state’s public-sector pensions.
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Larry Wines: Republican leaders all sound like the Vichy French police inspector in “Casablanca” when he is handed his winnings just as he “discovers” that “There is gambling going on here?”
Walter Brasch: Why there was negligible coverage of public affairs issues and maximum coverage of a celebrity divorce is based upon economics and poor business practices.
Walter Brasch: The 24/7 news media, desperate to fill time and pretending to be investigative journalists, have spent more time in the past decade peeling away layers of presidential candidate health histories than they have spent in asking tough policy questions.
Mario Solis-Marich: In recent months the use of stolen emails—the product of illegal cyber breaking and entering—have been used far and wide by the esteemed Fourth Estate to enhance their ratings and web click rates. Click rates and ratings are the news media’s bread and butter.
Beyond remembrance and looking backward, we need reflection on the present and future – reflection on the human and social cost of the “War on Terror,” reflection on how this host of horrors can come to an end.
Robert Koehler: Bernie Sanders and the progressive revolution were neatly, efficiently stiffed by the Democrats, but the “alt-right” nationalists and white supremacists surprised the hell out of the Republicans
Peter Dreier: Together, Trump, Ailes and Bannon would run their media empire to advance their common goals: gaining political influence, massaging their massive egos, moving the Republican Party further to the right, attacking Democrats and liberal ideas, and promoting a neo-fascist agenda combining xenophobia, racism, sexism, government-bashing, and anti-immigrant nativism.
Paul Haeder: Let us write about us, and let us get the platforms that these vaunted few seem to be wresting from the very people they think they are caring about and concerned with.
Edward Wasserman: Although the sentiments of working hard and keeping promises are commonplace, the disputed wordings are practically identical, and any claim that the similarities are accidental is the kind of thing a fourth-grade teacher would laugh out of class.
Sharon Kyle: As an African-American who is the direct descendant of American chattel slaves whose labor built this country, I understand Maria Armoudian’s proposition about “The Young Turks.”
Stephen Fox: The worst of the worst of the mainstream full-scale articles in my estimation was Nate Cohn’s recent one in the New York Times, which I roundly and acerbically condemned on many many Facebook group pages.
Lauren Steiner: I sat through the 45 minute panel growing increasingly more infuriated by inaccurate comments by the moderator and the panel and lack of rebuttal.