Category Archives: Media

on news, social media, and over-reactions

When I lived in San Bernardino, I got a first hand view of how news is reported, after a fire in our neighborhood. What I had seen and experienced basically resembled the reported account, but with some meaningful distinctions. It … Continue reading

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Internet outrage

Early this morning as I was beginning to wake up, for some reason it occurred to me that I had given a lot of time the evening before, time that would have been better spent on just about anything else, … Continue reading

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on the press in the age of Trump

It’s been difficult to sort out what’s happening in the United States in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as President. One of the main consequences has been a pretty dramatic reassessment of journalism as it’s been practiced. It will … Continue reading

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on Facebook and newness

I’ve been reviewing my Facebook time-line as an exercise in self-reflection, looking back on things I’ve found interesting or important or entertaining enough to post over the years. I’m feeling very ambivalent about Facebook these days; I think my departure … Continue reading

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a second look at “Big Bang Theory”

(The TV show, not the scientific idea) And a rather deeper look, at that, in this column that explores some of the broad themes at play in the sitcom. Excessive syndication by TBS makes the show feel tired to me … Continue reading

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reporting news used to be the point

Too often now it seems to be merely advocacy, whether by emphasis or blackout, which, again, is why media outlets are finding their financial situations difficult. Few people are willing to pay for someone else’s agenda advocacy, particularly when they … Continue reading

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on media silence and the Gosnell trial

Quote of the day, from Seth Mandel: The media should be ashamed beyond description for this behavior. The American left should come to terms with what it means to talk about a human life as if it were a parasite, … Continue reading

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on second thoughts

I wish 2013 Peggy Noonan could have spoken with 2008 Peggy, but then again, 2008 Peggy pooh-poohed everyone who spoke about this at the time. She probably wouldn’t have been convinced even if someone had come back from the dead, … Continue reading

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Bob Woodward must be fearless

He obviously is not afraid of being uninvited to parties in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. He must not be afraid of anyone producing evidence to refute him, since they certainly would if they could. Otherwise, it seems … Continue reading

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A reminder from Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s famous appearance at the Republican National Convention had the presidential election in view, of course, but it seems to me that boiled down to its essence, his main point is applicable at every level of the government. http://youtu.be/Yfbp6e6VLgg

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