The Day the News Died

The media meltdown about the Mueller investigation has underlined the corruption of journalism in the United States. That corruption started in the 1980s when journalism emphasized making money over creating public debate, wended its way through significant ethical scandals from Jason Blair, Brian Williams, and others to the Rolling Stone’s rape of the University of … Continue reading The Day the News Died

Flyover Country: The Real News About Floods

The national media haven’t paid a lot of attention to the Midwest floods, which, as it turns out, is a good thing. As a result, I have read and watched the local news coverage in flyover country and looked at social media posts from friends who live in the Midwest, which provide a far more … Continue reading Flyover Country: The Real News About Floods

Mass Shootings: Journalists Are Accessories After the Fact

After the New Zealand massacre, the media need to consider a serious problem about how journalism encourages mass murderers. It’s interesting that a voice from left, investigative reporter Mark Follman of Mother Jones wrote in DaTimes that journalism is part of the problem—a stance I’ve taken for years. “There is a growing body of forensic … Continue reading Mass Shootings: Journalists Are Accessories After the Fact

The Power of Trump’s Nicknames

One of the most enjoyable parts of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president was his ability to create nicknames that captured the weaknesses of his opponents. Although Trump may not need any help, I’d like to propose a few as the 2020 campaign starts in earnest. Elizabeth Warren can keep her well-earned moniker of Pocahontas—as … Continue reading The Power of Trump’s Nicknames

Washington: A City of Losers

When it comes to sports, Washington is the home of losers and crybabies. That’s why the city can’t understand why Bryce Harper left. The Washington Post described his decision to leave DC for Philly: “He left adulation and a city that loved him for a new start in America’s No. 1 town for boos.” Actually, … Continue reading Washington: A City of Losers

The Democrats’ Best Hope

If you look at presidents over the past 40-plus years, one thing is clear: Most of them come from outside the swamp. Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia. Ronald Reagan was governor of California. Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas. George Bush was governor of Texas. Donald Trump was a businessman. All of them ran … Continue reading The Democrats’ Best Hope

Joe Biden is a Fraud

The conventional wisdom holds that Joe Biden would be the most formidable opponent for Donald Trump. The problem with conventional wisdom—as evidenced by the recent failure of Hillary Clinton as the anointed one—is that it’s often wrong. Many of the Democrat candidates are frauds. But Biden has so much baggage I hope he runs. He … Continue reading Joe Biden is a Fraud

The Times and Flyover Country

With its myopic view of flyover country, The New York Times has designated Wyoming as one of its 52 places to visit in 2019. The reason: In 1869, the Territory of Wyoming passed the first law in the United States giving women the right to vote. The state should be applauded for its acknowledgment of … Continue reading The Times and Flyover Country

Democrats, a Union, and Corruption

John Dougherty may not be a household name, but he is the kingmaker of Philadelphia and much of Pennsylvania. Dougherty, known as Johnny Doc, is a classic example of Democrat machine politics that have nothing to do with making people’s lives better. Take, for example, the much-heralded tax on sweetened beverages that became law in … Continue reading Democrats, a Union, and Corruption

The Left’s Failures on Crime, Drugs, and the Environment

Here in Philadelphia, a bastion of leftist ineptitude, the city is facing mounting problems with crime, drugs, and even recycling. The head of Philadelphia’s police union attacked District Attorney Larry Krasner, charging that Krasner had decimated the prosecutor’s office, turned it into the public defender’s office, and harbors “great disdain and dislike for law enforcement.” … Continue reading The Left’s Failures on Crime, Drugs, and the Environment

1979: A Crack in Time

When I arrived in the Middle East in 1979, I didn’t realize how momentous that year would be. As it turned out, 1979 became one of the most important years in recent history. At the outset, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran to take power after decades in exile, removing a key U.S. ally in the … Continue reading 1979: A Crack in Time

I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

Some Temple University alumni have called for me to face disciplinary charges because I wrote about a group of black female teenagers on campus who harassed me, threatened me, and spat on me. In a letter to the student newspaper, the alumni defended the anti-Semitic comments of Marc Lamont Hill, praising his analysis while disparaging … Continue reading I Am a Racist Again, Not a Victim Again

Guns for Teachers

After last year’s mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the media traced every micro-move of a small group of students who advocated gun control. What you haven’t heard much about is the recent recommendation that schools should have more people with guns to prevent such terrible events. The commission investigating the massacre … Continue reading Guns for Teachers

The ‘Real’ Stories Behind Football

As the college and professional football seasons lumber toward their conclusion, I couldn’t help but recall and then watch the brilliant TV series “Friday Night Lights,” a wonderful program about high school football in Texas. The series' setting, Dillon, is a small town in rural Texas—not unlike my high school days in Sioux Falls, South … Continue reading The ‘Real’ Stories Behind Football

The Democrat Divas

Cher, a singer of limited talent, a diva with an unlimited wardrobe, and a leftist of limitless anti-Republican rants, has been chosen to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For those who may remember, Cher and then-husband Sonny Bono sang some pop ditties in the 1960s that rivaled “Sugar, … Continue reading The Democrat Divas