Winners of GJR awards

Winners of GJR awards. The Gateway Journalism Review presented five awards at last week’s 7th Annual First Amendment Celebration.  From left, Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist who received the Lifetime Achievement award; Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, co-founders of the Just MomsSTL environmental group, winners of the Whistleblowers award; Thomas Harvey, co-founder of ArchCity Defenders,…

Media’s false equivalencies about Comey and Trump

opinion One thing the press does badly in its admirable pursuit of balanced coverage is create false equivalencies.  That’s what’s happening when the press says the exchange of accusations between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump is just another “food fight.” That term – used by Fox’s Chris Wallace and House Speaker Paul…

#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…

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…