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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 …

[Opinion] Echoes of Watergate, Pentagon Papers and imperial president

President Trump’s narcissistic claim that the search of his lawyer’s office was an “attack on our country” echoed from the days of Watergate, the Pentagon Papers and the imperial presidency. Trump, like President Nixon, is conflating himself with the country, mistaking his welfare for the nation’s. The press has a special role disabusing presidents of …

[Opinion] Trump, information chaos threaten the temple of democracy

America’s temple of democracy is built on the optimistic belief that free people can find the truth to run a democracy — if all people are allowed to say what they think. Citizens — not just kings and queens and presidents — have the inalienable right to use reason to discover the facts and make …

#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 …

Press stronger, Trump weaker after one year

By William H. Freivogel No president has created more media. No president is such a creation of media. No president has expressed such disdain for mainstream media. No president has so frequently denied facts. No president has lied so frequently. No president has so readily embraced hoaxes and conspiracy theories. No president moved so swiftly …

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