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

The Trouble with Tenure

The case of Marc Lamont Hill, the social justice warrior at Temple University, is a classic example of what’s wrong with tenure, which guarantees a lifetime job in academia. Hill engaged in hate speech in a presentation to the United Nations. He got fired at CNN, where he worked as a political gabber. At Temple, … Continue reading The Trouble with Tenure

I’m Not The Victim–Again!

The message from a Temple University police detective wasn’t subtle. If I carried a weapon on campus, I would be fired. When I got the telephone call, I thought perhaps the police were following up on my harassment by a group of teenagers on campus—an incident I wrote about a few weeks ago. See … Continue reading I’m Not The Victim–Again!

My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill, the ousted gabber for CNN, is a poster child for what’s wrong with academia and journalism. Last year Hill contacted Temple University about teaching there, and the university bigwigs jumped at the chance to employ him. The school gave him a tenured job, coupled with an endowed chair in the Department of … Continue reading My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

On Being Catholic

It’s tough being a Catholic these days. Throughout the years, I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with the church. I blamed the church for the death of my mother when I was 13. She attended church almost every day, but her pastor abandoned her when she needed his help. As a journalist, I often … Continue reading On Being Catholic

I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

It’s troubling when you see the failure of American institutions close up. As I was waiting for my takeout order at a local Chinese restaurant, five black teenagers ran into the store and started to steal stuff. I instinctively grabbed one of the five girls and held her while I asked people to call the … Continue reading I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

The Myths of Jonestown

As one of the few journalists who visited the horrific scene in Jonestown, Guyana, I remain dumbfounded about why the myths about the tragedy, which happened 40 years ago, live on. Here’s what happened on Nov. 18, 1978. I arrived in Guyana with a team of editors, photographers, and reporters from The Washington Post, the … Continue reading The Myths of Jonestown

Election Day: The Democrat Crooks of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, which elects an unending stream of crooks to local, state, and national office, is a microcosm of what’s wrong with the Democratic Party. Eleven-term U.S. Rep. Robert A. Brady, the leader of the party in Philly, decided not to run for reelection after being embroiled in a scandal over a reported payoff to a would-be challenger. Chaka … Continue reading Election Day: The Democrat Crooks of Philadelphia

ABC News and Bias

More than 200 former journalists—many of them former colleagues at ABC News—have condemned President Trump for his “un-American” attacks on the media. I wasn’t one of the signers. I know many of the people involved—some of whom I considered friends. Some of them I don’t know. Others I didn’t like, and they didn’t like me. … Continue reading ABC News and Bias

Jamal Khashoggi: The Rest of the Story

Dozens of journalists die every year throughout the world, including some specifically targeted by governments. Why has the case of Jamal Khashoggi gotten so much attention? It’s mainly because he has many friends among American journalists, and his death provides yet another opportunity to bash President Trump. Here’s what you won’t read in most of … Continue reading Jamal Khashoggi: The Rest of the Story

Most Americans Pissed About Being PC

A vast majority of Americans are pissed off about political correctness. “Political polls and years of knife-edge elections have convinced many that our country has become a 50:50 society, divided into two opposing political tribes and trapped in a spiral of conflict and division. Our research uncovered a different story, one that probes underneath the … Continue reading Most Americans Pissed About Being PC

Fake News and The Academy

Academic publications don’t let the facts stand in the way of a good story, particularly when an article promotes a distinctly leftist line. For the past year, several scholars sent fake papers to various academic journals they describe as specializing in activism or “grievance studies.” Their stated mission was to expose how easy it was … Continue reading Fake News and The Academy

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

My experience of being wrongfully accused doesn’t compare with that of Judge Kavanaugh. But I've also had outlandish charges made against me--charges that were false but almost impossible to defend against. The first case occurred in 1996 when I was an associate professor at New York University. As the faculty considered me for tenure, a … Continue reading Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The Ivory Tower and Truth

Over the past two weeks, I have seen first-hand how academia continues to slide into the leftist abyss. A panel discussion on 9/11 and a debate about Brett Kavanaugh underlined how the ivory tower can negatively affect young minds. The Department of Journalism at Temple University organized the session on 9/11, which was attended by … Continue reading The Ivory Tower and Truth