Murray Polner: With all our folk tales about our innate goodness and freedom-loving ways, the Real America has always tortured when it wished to do so
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Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.
Edward Wasserman: The Cosby affair is different. There is no higher court here. Whether it’s because victims were too scared, police were too timid, laws were too weak, plaintiffs too willing to settle, or evidence too thin—the judicial system is by now largely irrelevant.
Randy Shaw: Based on the massive coverage in the New York Times and the volume of tweets from journalists, one would think that the very fabric of national political debate has been torn asunder.
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Laura Finley: Although free speech is an important human right, decades of knowledge about the cycle of domestic violence and warning signs of potentially lethal behavior should indeed prompt the Court to rule against Elonis.
Walter Brasch: A maxim of the way the law is practiced, not how it is written, is that if they wanted to, prosecutors could get grand juries to indict a ham sandwich.
Peter Dreier: Gun control groups celebrated their success at getting Leno to cancel his gig, noting that it will reverberate beyond this one event.
Jim Rhodes: The one striking difference between American news coverage of Obama and Vietnamese news coverage of Obama is that there seems to be more complete and unbiased coverage of the President here in Hanoi.
Peter Dreier: Barbour’s an outright in-your-face racist who has made a series of offensive comments in interviews that provoked controversy and required Barbour to defend himself or apologize.
Reece Peck: Why do we see the same century-old rationales being used to distinguish “good” journalism from “bad”? The answer to this question lies in the class tensions that have surrounded the commercial news industry in America since its inception.
Steve Hochstadt: Liberals and conservatives absorb different information about the world. Liberals get their news mainly from CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and MSNBC. Conservatives overwhelmingly favor FOX News.
Robert Reich: The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.