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Unethical crusades

Our Dishonest President, Times Editorial Board, Versa Press, Inc., East Peoria, Ill., 2017, $7.99, 112 pages. Our Dishonest President has been repeatedly promoted in one-quarter page advertisements in the Los Angeles Times. The ads, which appear with a large image of the book’s cover, read: The immensely popular series of editorials by the Los Angeles Times …

[Opinion]…and a P.S.

Speaking or printing the word is generally regarded as virtually taboo as the word is considered to be a viciously hostile epithet. So vile, in fact, that one is hard-pressed to think of a time this century that it has appeared in the print media or been uttered in a televised or broadcast news program. …

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 …

Crown thy good with brotherhood

Opinion By William A. Babcock The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s particularly true of America’s not-so-beloved song and lyrics the United States has had as its National Anthem since 1931. Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” some 200 years ago.   …

A media holiday wish

Opinion By William A. Babcock The New York Times is to be commended for its in-depth, ongoing reporting of sex abuse. Beginning with its reporting of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults on women and following up with stories of a string of similar activities by men in high places, the Times has done a great service to …

Xi and the media: strange bedfellows

By William A. Babcock Opinion China’s 19th Party Congress has concluded. As expected, Xi Jinping was confirmed for a second five-year term. But just as his re-election was expected, China’s media coverage of the event was predictable. Not only was China Daily News’ English-language coverage of the Conference predictably positive, but all other media here, …

The Gray, Grey Lady mucks up

by William A. Babcock Media — it’s a plural. Medium is the singular. Grammar 101. Clear. Simple. No question. Unless you’re the New York Times, which inexplicably and regularly refers to “media” as a singular, as in “the media is.” That newspaper argues that usage has made it so, much in the same way the …

“Dewey Defeats Truman” – again

In the just-published, most recent print Gateway Journalism Review, my editor’s column opined it now was time, in the wake of the Cleveland Indians winning baseball’s 2016 World Series, for the media to stop using the name Indians and the team’s offensive Chief Wahoo logo. In the column I said the Cleveland Indians “might best celebrate …

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