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…

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…

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…

Tweets, leaks and the truth about Trump

Commentary by William H. Freivogel President Donald J. Trump is playing his supporters for patsies. The First Amendment protects Trump’s lies to his Twitter followers, but it also protects the leaked stories that reveal them. Trump calls the burgeoning investigation of Russia’s interference in the presidential election “fake news” and a “witch hunt,” even as…

Confidential source stories check presidential abuse of power

Commentary by William H. Freivogel Confidential sources are the lifeblood of reporting about abuses of power by high government officials. Source reporting provides a vital check on presidential power. If the Washington Post hadn’t relied on confidential sources to report about Michael Flynn’s discussions with the Russian ambassador, Flynn might still be the National Security…

Trump attacks checks on his power

By William H. Freivogel   In the past half century the most reliable checks on presidential power have been a watchdog press and independent judiciary. In his first weeks in office, President Donald Trump has attacked the legitimacy of both institutions with a fusillade of insults, misstatements and lies.  They were among the 133 lies…