Category Archives: Media

When are Non-Terrorists Terrorists

It has been reported that the Department of Homeland Security issued a paper urging its employees to be on the look-out for “right-wing extremists (Washington Times, February 21, 2015).  CNN, which originally mentioned the report, quoted an administration official: “’I don’t think it’s fair to say the (White House) conference didn’t address this at all,” an administration official said, adding that the president addresses the need to combat “violent ideologies” of all types,’ CNN reported.”  Apparently, the Obama administration believes domestic right-wing… Continue Reading ››

Eric Holder–The Activist Attorney General

Nicholas Katzenbach was one of my favorite Attorneys General. Though it may seem odd to begin a post about Eric Holder, the just resigned A.G., with a recollection of an Attorney General from L.B.J.’s administration, please bear with me. Katzenbach, who died in 2012, was a pivotal part of the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies. It was Nicholas Katzenbach who confronted George Wallace as he stood in the doorway at the University of Alabama. Instead of bringing along the African-American students… Continue Reading ››

Holder Signed Off on Rosen Warrant

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the Department of Justice’s request for a warrant to search and seize the electronic communications of Fox News reporter James Rosen. According to NBC News‘ Michael Isikoff, based on information just obtained, Holder affirmed the decision. Meanwhile, today, President Obama claimed to be troubled by the possible chilling effect that government investigations might have on journalists’ ability to hold the government accountable. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” What… Continue Reading ››

“Our House is on Fire…”

So begins Scott Pelley, CBS journalist, as he lays out the media’s recent string of embarrassments. In a solid Quinnipiac University speech that will create few enemies, and that does not necessarily articulate new ideas, Pelley nevertheless manages to say a few things succinctly and appropriately. Pelley concern for journalism’s integrity in the information age is palpable. He knows that technology is revolutionizing the industry and that pressures for publicity are eclipsing long-standing principles of corroboration, surety, and fairness. His words… Continue Reading ››

Boston & The News Media

Welcome to the news of the 21st Century, ladies and gentlemen. I was working late last night and flipped over to Twitter and saw it light up with information about the Boston suspects, MIT, and a shoot-out either on or around campus. People were linking to the police scanner, web-pages were transcribing events as they took place, and some people were close to being on scene to describe what they were either hearing or seeing. Of course, just yesterday, law… Continue Reading ››

Here is how NOT to do political economy from a moral perspective!

According to The Weekly Standard, President Obama attended Easter services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. yesterday, where the pool reporter recorded this tirade against fictional religious right leaders. “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back … for blacks to be back in the back of the bus … for women to be back in the kitchen … for immigrants to be back on their side of the border” To… Continue Reading ››

The Most Efficient Penny Ever…

While I am not much of a fan of Joe Scarborough, I think he hits a home run in this clip. Given the amount of work this penny apparently does, my proposal would be that we cut the other 99¢ per dollar and keep this stiff and resilient 1¢. What this highlights is our general disdain for anything resembling true discourse in our political culture. While I might write more on this later, it seems that we are devoid of… Continue Reading ››