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…

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…

A review of The Post: the specter of the Shark

Steven Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, is a revelation. The new film represents an embrace of liberalism deliberately designed to intervene against the vast rightward shift of American politics since the neo-conservative revolution of the late 1970s, for which the rise of Donald Trump is the apotheosis (or at least one hopes).  That embrace of…

Giving a face to cheerleaders’ protest

Opinion By Brian Muñoz My heart still pounds when I think about taking that first photograph, scanning Saluki Stadium during the national anthem and looking for a football player that knelt during the anthem at the first home football game. I shifted my gaze and saw three kneeling cheerleaders. I took a deep breath and knew…

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…

Illinois’ ‘independent’ news network publishes pro-Rauner propaganda

‘Hyperlocal’ news written from afar By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel This report is the work of an investigative reporting class in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The project analyzed public records about an interlocking network of conservative news organizations connected to the free market, anti-tax, anti-union…