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.
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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.
Lauren Steiner: Maybe in between covering Beyonce and Jay Z’s shenanigans you heard rumblings about how the banks blew up the housing bubble and when it burst caused the financial collapse in 2008.
Joseph Palermo: Kill the Messenger tells the story of San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered what appeared to be the story of the decade: people associated with a US-backed mercenary army had become international drug traffickers
Dan Farber: In a particularly shocking example, Sen. Rand Paul has said that you can get Ebola from standing near someone at a cocktail party. I had trouble believing that he had actually said that, but here’s the video.
Steve Hochstadt: Other wild ideas that are not shaped by politics are whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world (believed by 4%); whether Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (5%); or whether television contains secret mind-controlling technology (15%). But how else to explain the popularity of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?
Dave Zirin: If the owners won’t have a discussion about the connection between their sport and horrific post-concussive syndromes like ALS and early-onset dementia, are they really going to talk about links between head injuries and domestic violence?