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Brian Ross
Brian Ross, a writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter, & documentarian, is the Managing Editor of

Entries by Brian Ross

Trump's Plagiarism Isn't The Scandal. Media Accountability Is.

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 11:08 AM

To understand how the media lets the public down, there is a teachable moment in the current Melania Trump controversy. The alleged plagiarism of passages of a Michelle Obama speech from 2008 at the Republican National Convention on Monday night is one story. How the media handles scandles is...

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GOP 'Base'? Who's on Third, What's on Second...

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 10:54 PM

As Donald Trump rolled through Republican Indiana like famed Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman marched on his campaign of destruction through Georgia, the Republican punditry, grasping for answers, chanted their mantra of their "base" has spoken.

One small problem: They really have no idea who that "base" that...

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GOP, R.I.P.?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Donald Trump may be the devil to a GOP that has been pot boiled down into a witches brew of religious zealots, anti-immigrant xenophobes, pro-unpigmented-male-power partisans, and anti-government anarchists, but his campaign, that does not require coming to either the Kochs or Karl Rove for cash, is positively imploding the...

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Me, The People

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:25 AM

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. That motto on our currency used to mean something before the advent of Me, the People. In 21st century America, Lady Liberty is a narcissist.

The balance between rugged individualism and collectivism, and race and gender, are the two major power struggles in...

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Viva la Revolución! Why Bernie Sanders' Revolution Is Already Dead.

(18) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:57 AM

The Democrats' Wisconsin debate, instead of showcasing statesmanship and a clear vision of leadership for the United States, demonstrated that blue Kool-Aid is just as potent a political aphrodisiac as red.

Bernie Sanders can gesticulate like an Italian cabbie, and Hilary, clad in her Yellow Brick Road frock, can...

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Concussion Movie: Football's Fanatic Fans in Denial

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 11:21 PM

America's national faith, football, isn't just being tested. It's being doused with a big, icy, Gatorade bucket of reality, science and litigation that Joe Football, along with the NFL, NCAA, and American high schools, doesn't want to hear.

Who can blame them? It's like being told that Santa Claus...

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In This Age of Terrorism, Lax Gun Laws Are a Liability

(12) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 1:05 PM

The whys of the mass shooting in San Bernardino remain murky, but the shooters' possible connection to DAESH, and the ease with which they obtained mostly legal weapons suggest that the NRA and the gun manufacturers' ease-of-access agenda under their Second Amendment umbrella may pose a huge security threat to...

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Seeking a Cause for Terrorism, France? Look in the Mirror.

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:33 PM

DAESH took credit for the bombings and shootings in Paris last week, but the real culprits remain at large, and can be found in Palais du Luxembourg and the Palais Bourbon of the French Parliament. Decades of economic and social marginalization of Muslims in France have everything to do with...

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The Death of American Football, Hockey and Rugby is Spelled M-O-M

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 12:56 AM

You make breakfast. Pack your teenager's lunch. Give them a kiss on the way out the door. Hand them the car keys and the helmet and wish them luck in taking out as many cars as they can on the way to school. Ridiculous? If you send your kid to...

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Statelessness: The Obama Administration's Faulty Moral Compass in the Dominican Republic

(13) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:10 AM

While Mr. Obama was having his "best week" in office, according to the mainstream media, the biggest blot on his time in office erupted in protest in South Florida over the Dominican Republic's drive to disenfranchise more than 200,000 people of Haitian descent and drive them into statelessness....

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Hillary Clinton, Tea Party Candidate: A Magic Trick

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Gridlock. It is the name of the game for the John Birch-striped Libertarian funders of the Tea Party who are grinding the federal government and the social welfare systems into dust. So their standard-bearer has to insure gridlock continues. Ted Cruz? Nah. Marco Rubio? Nope. Hillary Clinton? Absolutely.

In 2012,...

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Whiplash Wins, Jazz Loses

(87) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:14 PM

The indie movies were the big winners at the 2015 Oscars, but the biggest loser was jazz.

J.K. Simmons won a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Terence Flethcer, an abusive "genius" director of a big band at some New Yorkish Jazz conservatory, pitted against Miles Teller's...

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Obamacare, the Game, Part II: We're on the Road to Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The mechanics of getting health care under the ACA are improving. The snake-oil salesmen to whom our life and health are handed after leaving, however, remain their slithering, slimy, selves. It begs the question: When do we remove the few hundred fiefdoms hijacking our most basic right to life,...

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Employment, Not Immigration Reform

(56) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

Simplify and streamline our broken visa system, and throw a few employers in jail for a couple of years...

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The GOP and the Seven "D"s

(33) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Republican success in mid-term elections is the result of a well-crafted arsenal: The Seven "D"s:


The voting age population in America in 2014 is 246M people. Deduct registered aliens, prisoners, etc. and you...

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How John Boehner Gets Re-Elected: Avoiding Women, Minorities

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:28 PM

How does John Boehner get re-elected? Ask his big-nosed friend, Gerry.

Gerry Mander.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line to the White House, is elected by a very non-representative suburban, rural and overwhelmingly white Ohio congressional district carved out to insure his safe re-election....

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I Did Not Come to Praise Richard Mellon-Scaife

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Richard "Dickie" Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers.

Scaife's history in American...

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Pandora's Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:09 AM

The Roberts court is a shining example of the Koch-esque Libertarian interpretation of the Constitution, and unintended consequences that the conservative cohort unleash with their Pandoraish pandering to that deconstructionist slice of right-wing politics.

Installed with much GOP fanfare to allegedly end "judicial activism" the conservative members of the Supreme...

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Forget Gun Control: Legislate for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Instead

(5) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The NRA has one on gun control advocates: Guns aren't a cause of violence. When used for non-sporting purposes, they're a symptom of emotional disorders.

Of fear amplified to irrational levels.

Of sadness and clinical depression so deep that there seems no way out.

Of anger and rage and...

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Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

(12) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 3:10 AM

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

The New Deal and Great Society reshaped America's playing field to be more level for...

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