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Disinformation, distraction & diversion

By William H. Freivogel Opinion President Donald Trump, together with eager sycophants in the right-wing media and the Republican Congress, is using the oldest trick in the book to fool the American people — blame the other guy and get people to look the other way. Everyone has seen it on the playground when the …

Trump’s media attacks threaten America’s fundamentals

By William H. Freivogel Opinion Most respondents — 46-37 percent — think “major news organizations fabricate” stories about President Donald Trump, a Politico-Morning Consult poll found this week. The disheartening result brings to mind the saying, “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.” Nearly every week Trump repeats his lie about …

Trump’s attack on black athletes in light of St. Louis’ civil rights protests

Opinion by William H. Freivogel President Trump says his insistence NFL players stand for the national anthem brings Americans together. He claims race has nothing to do with his criticism of the black athletes. Yet Trump’s Twitter tirade has divided Americans on what the flag and national anthem represent and what constitutes true patriotism. Moreover, …

This isn’t funny

Opinion by William H. Freivogel My nephew, a lawyer, said recently that President Trump is hilarious. The press falls right into Trump’s trap by taking him too seriously, he said. A few days later, my tennis partner, another lawyer, said the same thing. The press takes Trump’s tweets too literally, he said. Rich Lowry, editor …

No, Mr. President

by William H. Freivogel Opinion No, Mr. President, it isn’t true that journalists “don’t like our country.” Our job is to hold our country and our president to the values of freedom, equality and diversity that make America special. No, it isn’t true journalists are “liars” and “sick people” who write “fake news” and stir …

The Constitution under stress after Charlottesville

Opinion by William H. Freivogel The bloody weekend in Charlottesville, Va. has put enormous strain on President Donald Trump, the First Amendment and constitutional checks on the president. Trump flunked the stress test spectacularly in his unhinged, red-faced rant of a press conference by failing to speak to the nation with the voice of moral …

Richard B. Dudman – a great American reporter

by William H. Freivogel St. Louisans learned about the great events of the second half of the 20th century through the eyes, ears and forceful dispatches of Richard B. Dudman, a great American reporter who led the Washington Bureau of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1969 to 1981.  Dudman died last week at 99. The …

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 …

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