Frank Fear: Here’s the dilemma facing America today. Did millions of people vote illegally in November? Of course they didn’t. But thousands—perhaps even millions—of Americans believe they did.
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Robert Reich: Trump hasn’t had a news conference since July. He has blocked the media from traveling with him, or even knowing whom he’s meeting with.
Kathleen Wallace: The Left wasn’t present in this general election in any form. We had a moderate Republican in Clinton running against a moderate Malignant Narcissist in Trump. Choices!
Larry Wines: The chief funders of the Democratic Establishment are oligarchs whose fear of Bernie’s populism caused them to connive to get rid of him, and that success had them believing they would maintain business-as-usual for themselves as puppet-master oligarchs.
Joe Mathews: When CNN and Twitter are polluting public discourse, an economic incentive could stanch the flow of misinformation.
Joseph Palermo: This whole frigging election felt at times like the prolonged public lynching of the nation’s first black president. Some white folks turned their heads and looked away; others could only watch by peaking through their fingers – but watch they did.
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.
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