Berry Craig: From the start, right-wing groups used “Obamacare” as a slur for the president’s health care program. Ultimately, Obama and the Democrats embraced it. “You want to call it Obamacare — that’s okay, because I do care,” the president said.
Dick Price: Thursday, a hundred or so veteran agitators gathered in Will Rogers Park on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills to protest the conjectured sale of the Los Angeles Times to Charles and David Koch, plutocrat owners of the $115-billion-annual-revenue Koch Industries, who have expressed interest in using the paper to spread their drown-government-in-the-bathtub invective.
Steve Hochstadt: Now the internet has once again burst the accepted bounds of community by allowing and encouraging interactions between people who have never met.
Gary Corseri: Mealy-mouthed assassins state halt-truths/non-truths, swearing they are all-true.
Michael Sigman: For many old-media types I talked to, there was more resignation than outrage this time around, as though a cherished institution were already gone.
JP Sotille: Like so many of the so-called “Left” in America, Maher has basically accepted the key notion that a whole population of like-minded people have decided to kill Americans because of an irrational religious belief system.
Steve Smith: A sale by Oaktree (which has controlling interest in the Tribune Co.) to the Kochs would be an affront to the values of Angelenos and working people everywhere.
Jasmyne Cannick: Protesting Abercrombie & Fitch is sending the message to children, teens, and adults that it’s okay to be fat and if people don’t accept you being fat and make clothes to accommodate your fatness that they are somehow bad.
Joe Mathews: Most American newspapers today are owned by little-known rich people or faceless corporations, and it’s rare that papers do things that people love or hate. The LA Times suffers from this same malady: It’s unthreatening and predictable.
The Pacifica Foundation, the country’s oldest public radio network, comprising 7 business units, is seeking an Executive Director.
JP Sotille: CNN’s unwillingness to let go, cut away or—perish the thought—actually cover a wide array of “news” stories, first manifested itself during the infamous coverage of the Carnival Cruise “Poop Ship.”
Julie Driscoll: If you missed the Correspondents Dinner 2013, here is a video along with a list of one liners delivered by President Obama — the president with great timing.
Norman Solomon: After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink.”