Murray Polner: How is it that for eight long days (at this writing), its editorial board has chosen to remain voiceless during the Israeli-Palestinian Gaza War, with its pitiless air war, soaring rockets, a growing army of refugees, and mounting civilian deaths?
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Randy Shaw: By focusing on failures while ignoring successes, the media is working hand in hand with the conservative opponents of effective government.
Claude Fischer: Ronald Reagan, a B-movie actor and an experienced rubber chicken circuit speaker before he became a candidate for office, had remarkable skills in telling amusing, heart-warming, patriotic, and politically-pointed stories.
Danny Schechter: On a symbolic level, Brazil’s bashing at the feet of Germany using bum rush tactics compared to the Nazi “Blitzgrieg” brought smiles to Old Europe, and pain to a nation struggling with massive poverty and inequality.
Tina Dupuy: You know where the Ground Zero of our whooping cough epidemic is in this country? In affluent, helicopter-parent neighborhoods where lefty science deniers refused to get their spawn vaccinated. You know where it’s not? At the border.
Murray Polner: It’s far too early to make definitive judgments about the future of Iraq, Syria, ISIS and the Middle East. But Margaret Sullivan is dead right that “readers have good reason to be wary about what appears in the paper about military intervention in Iraq.”
Tina Dupuy: It looks like liberals taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism poster child Liz Cheney to illuminate the Dark Side of our post-9/11 world.
Kevin Zeese: On June 11th in Berlin, a new international organization was announced whose purpose is to defend whistleblowers when they are facing prosecution; and defend the public’s right to know.
Murray Polner: Still, while Kinsley’s review often sounds like a writer pressing to meet his word requirement, it’s all fair play given the extraordinary significance of Snowden’s disclosures and Greenwald’s role in publicizing them.
Bob Nelson: The apologists for the national security state were caught off guard by the breadth of the revelations. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, initially argued that the public should have no concern if they have done nothing to hide.
Kathleen Wallace: Small scale hoarders cause concern for neighbors due to rats, stink and fires, while billionaire hoarders cause exponential harm to the planet.
Gregory Rodriguez: Newspapers are in trouble. Only 28 percent of Americans think that journalists contribute a lot to society’s well-being.
Walter Moss: But if leaders’ lack of wisdom and humility can lead to errors, despite all the intelligence at their disposal, so too can our lack of these qualities lead us to undervalue expertise.