Brazen Defiance?

Washington Post reporter Don Balz stated that the recent Republican Convention “stands out for its brazen defiance of the facts.” Reports from other liberal news outlets echoed the same refrain.  They saw truth being forsaken in the interest of reelecting Trump. I believe Balz and his fellow reporters must have been watching another convention than […]

Orwellian Doubletalk

II owe the following thoughts to Steven Hayward, a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkely,  Hayward contributes his observations to various conservative publications. Hayward quoted a recent ABC newscast that reported “Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful […]

Viewpoint

  A few days ago I had a brief political discussion with a casual friend.  We stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum, so we usually avoid any exchange of opinions on that subject.  On this occasion, however, I sought her reaction to the Democrat debate that had occurred the previous evening. It was […]

The Deranged Left

I am alarmed by the hysterical attacks by left leaning entertainers, journalists and politicians against President Donald Trump. First, let me say that I am often dismayed by Trump’s intemperate criticisms of his political opponents.  Trump is a counter-puncher, and he fights dirty.  He is also extremely sensitive to criticism; and he is liable to […]

Point of View

Some weeks ago a friend sent me an e-mail in which there were several illustrations of how public opinion can be manipulated.  Depending on a camera angle, a news story can be altered to fit the journalist’s own point of view.  A crowd can be made to look much larger than it really is.  An […]

The Blind Side

I am writing about the blind side.  No, I am not referring to the American game of football and the sad truth that quarterbacks do not have eyes in the back of their head. Instead, I refer to the political and social biases that make it so hard for us to see and understand the […]

Fake News

President Trump often rails against what he calls “fake news.”  Is he correct?  Are most commercial television news broadcasts and major newspapers filled with falsehoods and half-truths?  On occasion, Trump has gone so far as to charge that the purveyors of fake news are “enemies of the people.”  Such statements by the President infuriate television […]