Leaks reveal important truths about Trump

By William H. Freivogel Opinion One theme emerging from this historically chaotic week in the Trump White House is the president’s continued insistence that leaks to mainstream media have created a phony scandal about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But President Trump’s effort to downplay the Russia story by delegitimizing the mainstream…

Time to send Donald Trump to time-out

By William H. Freivogel Opinion Almost every day, President Donald Trump behaves the way parents tell their children never to behave. He lies, boasts, berates friends, threatens foes, acts like a spoilsport, blames others for his failings, objectifies women, demands the spotlight and relishes flouting the norms of public behavior. To many of his supporters,…

The lies are catching up with Trump – a presidency imperiled

By William H. Freivogel Opinion False and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and the White House pile up day-by-day, week-by-week, steadily undermining the president’s credibility and making him the most unpopular president in modern history at the six-month mark. Trump claims to have signed more bills than any other modern president. He hasn’t. He…

The biggest bombshell: ‘I love it.’

opinion by William H. Freivogel The New York Times’ story about Donald Trump Jr.’s enthusiastic reaction to the prospect of getting dirt from Russia on Hillary Clinton is the biggest bombshell among the many big newspaper disclosures published during the first six months of the Trump presidency. Since the Russian scandal began, Trump has insisted…

Fooling some of the people

Opinion By William H. Freivogel   Two stories by mainstream media – an excellent one by the Washington Post and a terrible one by CNN – have provided President Trump more material for his fairy tales on Twitter. The Post reported a heavily sourced and deeply researched story showing that President Obama reacted cautiously to…

Lost in a credibility canyon

Commentary by William H. Freivogel   During the Johnson and Nixon presidencies, the press talked about the credibility gap, first relating to Vietnam and later Watergate. During the Trump administration there is the credibility canyon. We begin with a president who has lied more than any other president over such a short time.  Armies of…

Living in a Fox-Limbaugh-Breitbart fantasy

Opinion By William H. Freivogel   Many Americans are living in a fantasy world constructed by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart News and right-wing bloggers. In this fantasy world: President Donald Trump has more credibility than James B. Comey, the man he fired as FBI director. Comey has perjured himself by first testifying he wasn’t…