January 21, 2005 |
America's quality media are now wading through the Slough of Despond. Our self-flagellation, handwringing and narcissism threaten our mission to act as counterweight to government power. Hear the wailing: The bloggers are coming! The Bible-thumpers are cursing our secular inhumanism! The plumber judges are plugging our leaks! The Yahoo president ducks our questions and giggles at our gaffes! News is slyly slanted as bias rears its head! Cheer up. Despite the lapses at CBS and previous mishaps at the New York Times and USA Today, here's why mainstream journalism has a future.
September 18, 2006 |
I beg your pardon. Apparently I made a major error of fact in a recent column. It turns out, contrary to what I wrote, that there never was a Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. It wasn't hijacked airliners that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Nor did any airplane plow into the Pentagon. Nor did Flight 93 come to earth in a field in Shanksville, Pa. Rather, this tragedy was staged by the U.S. government in order to dupe the nation into an oil war in the Mideast.
September 7, 2006
AT THIS MORBID anniversary of Katrina, a concerted effort is being made to scapegoat Ray Nagin. Mayor Nagin was the last in a long line of public officials whose inaction and irresponsibility resulted in the death of so many. But greater still is the toll inflicted by the federal government in the days following the storm. While we spend billions rebuilding Iraq, New Orleans still sits in ruin. The mainstream media seems perfectly content to bash Nagin for slow progress, but when the lack of federal funding is brought up, the interviews end abruptly.
June 2, 2005 |
The Dan Rather and Newsweek controversies hardly seem connected. But on closer examination, both incidents symbolize what has gone wrong with traditional news organizations. The old assumption was that opinion media - such as the National Review, the Nation and the New Republic - offer a slant on current events, but that major news outlets, outside of their designated opinion sections, do not. This commitment to disinterested reporting - and along with it the public's trust in mainstream media - has been shattered in recent years.
April 24, 2008
I'M A 60-year-old African-American who has long admired one of your occasional letter-writers, Len Barry, who happens to be a 60-something Jewish guy who most of your readers don't know. Len Barry overflows with progressive views, especially when the topic is race. Mr. Barry and I don't know each other, but we've seen each other more times that either of us can recall. You see, Len Barry was the lead singer of the Dovells and sang the '60s hit single "The Bristol Stomp. " Len could always sing his butt off, but long before becoming a celebrity, I would hear this rather pudgy but handsome Jewish guy singing on the basketball court at Tustin Playground, across the street from Overbrook High, where Len attended school.
March 28, 2012 |
It may be time to cancel the lynching. A month ago, in a gated community in central Florida, a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman confronted a hoodie-wearing black teenager named Trayvon Martin. According to witnesses, a scuffle ensued, and it ended when Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. After investigating, the police did not bring charges. And then Jesse Jackson intoned that black Americans are "under attack. " The New Black Panther Party posted a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman's capture.
May 24, 2005
IUNDERSTAND that an article in Newsweek has inflamed the Arab world against us. Gee, I thought they already hated our guts but evidently I've been lied to by the mainstream media. Now it's all coming clear. Why in the world would they hate us when we were good enough to send our troops into Iraq for the sole purpose of bringing democracy to that country? They aren't stupid. They know that we have 1,600 dead, thousands wounded and that we are shelling out a billion dollars a week to bring them the kind of life they deserve.
April 2, 2009
YOUR editorial on the problem of child obesity ("How Gov't. Makes Us Fat") could be used in a journalism course focusing on liberal narratives in the mainstream media. Your commentary about the very real problem of poor nutrition affecting so many young Philadelphians uses altogether predictable tropes, once again casting blame, as you do on most problems that are, at their core, family concerns, at that famous trio of liberal villains - government, private industry and (my favorite)
March 18, 2008 |
LET ME SAY, right at the start, I've never considered my views the only ones for the lesbian and gay community. They were merely one person's opinions. It's been my desire to point out injustices, maybe give some well-thought-out advice, but the opinions among gay men and women are as deep and varied as gay men and women themselves. My other desire was to begin a conversation in the mainstream media about lesbian and gay issues. That began on Jan. 23, 1996, when I wrote about my long-ago crush on my junior English teacher, Mrs. Brennan, and how back in my high school days, few of us could even put words to such feelings.
October 31, 2002 |
It crossed my mind (and many other minds) early in the Beltway Sniper case that this might be a terrorist attack. I reserved judgment, realizing - unlike the armchair experts who filled the cable news channels - that I did not know all the facts. But the moment I heard the suspect's name, John Muhammad, the conclusion was obvious. These killings were motivated by a version of the same Islamic ideology that has inspired mass murder around the globe. So why are the government and the mainstream media rushing to avoid that judgment?