#MeToo, the press and due process

President Donald J. Trump’s sad soliloquy for departing White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Trump’s plaintive plea for Due Process for men is both confused and hypocritical. First, due process is a primarily a legal term, although it is sometimes is used in a broader sense outside the law as a synonym for fairness.…

Cliches and distraction

opinion Transparency.  The people’s right to know. Un-American. Treasonous. Political firestorm.  Constitutional crisis. These cliches, exaggerations and emotional charges have in recent months filled news columns, air waves and Twitter feeds of millions of Americans.  They don’t help make sense of the chaotic, nasty, ill-informed national discussion about whether President Trump is obstructing justice in…

How social media have created an uninformed society

Americans love news. We get a thrill clicking on enticing headlines, following intricate celebrity details, exploring bad guy’s motives, sympathizing with tragic events and ranting alongside our favorite politicians. But we are also busy. Few of us — especially millennials  — have or take time to browse through newspapers or linger over magazines. We need…

When the fake is real and real is “fake”

Opinion In one universe — the universe of facts and reality — Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is painstakingly compiling evidence President Donald Trump repeatedly obstructed the criminal investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. In an alternative universe — one inhabited by conspiracies, right-wing media and Trump die-hards — a “secret…

A logo, and team, by any other name…

“The Cleveland Indians announced Monday they are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year, bowing to decades of complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used since 1947 is racist.” That news from the Associated Press in Cleveland was quickly carried Monday across the nation in the New York Times, on NPR, USA Today, the…

A review of The Post: the specter of the Shark

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, is a revelation. The new film represents an embrace of liberalism deliberately designed to intervene against the vast rightward shift of American politics since the neo-conservative revolution of the late 1970s, for which the rise of Donald Trump is the apotheosis (or at least one hopes).  That embrace of…

Mission to measure threats to press freedom

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Public information is so hard to come by from the office of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, that journalists must file written requests under the state’s Open Records law for even the most routine of government facts. Even then, the information is often not forthcoming because of the lack of enforcement of the…