Frum and Corn agree that the Feinstein Committee documents "torture" and should have been released but they clash on justifications for the torture. Ditto on Bush-Cheney legacy since, argues Frum, "Safety is the goal of the state." Also: Why can't Obama get any economic respect?
This week, a summary of the Senate's report on CIA torture was released into the wild, and while the redactions were thick, it nevertheless read as a thoroughgoing chronicle of depravity and incompetence.
Today, as The Colbert Report airs its final episode, I'm looking back with gratitude on nine years of great television. I loved being on the show several times, discussing everything from my Greek accent to self-sabotage to the obnoxious roommate living in my head. Here are some of my favorite moments on The Colbert Report over the years.
As we prepare for the end of The Colbert Report, it is time to reflect on exactly what we are losing as Stephen Colbert retires his character and moves on to host The Late Show.
The bottom line is that this has become a fiscal and free speech fiasco for Sony. It sends a terrible message to this country's enemies and it sends us down a slippery slope of self-censorship and silence. When Hollywood is asked to put up or shut up, it will shut up.
Being on 7th Heaven and other shows shouldn't mean getting the royal treatment of sexual abuse interviews, especially when the subject matter is critical to the lives of millions of young people in our country.
This is about your right as an American to produce and consume political, artistic and social expression without governmental terrorism and censorship, in this case North Korea's. This includes your right to choose to see potentially dumb and distasteful films, as well your right not to see it.
In July, Johnson announced proudly that he had inked a deal with St. Martin's Press, a veteran New York publisher and part of the global giant Macmillan.
Maybe someone can figure out why the assemblage of "Code Breakers," as they're called, are mostly wearing blue? Otherwise, I'm wondering about all the beaming when it comes to the demographics, and the uniformity.
Moving back to London this year and covering stories in this part of the world has reminded of one important historic reality: Western Europe is a political, social and economic miracle. Think about it: A mere seven decades after one of the most deadly and genocidal wars in human history, the mere idea of conflict in this region is unthinkable.
The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.
Why, when it comes to applying their vast talents and even vaster bank accounts to the Gordian Knot of journalism, do Internet pioneers revert back to the old school model?
Pascal's defense, which essentially amounts to a pivot away from the significance of what those emails symbolize, is simply not enough. It does not excuse the magnitude of the prejudice on display in those emails, prejudice coming from a person who sits in a position of power in Hollywood, no less.
People everywhere now see torture as a quotidian trope for American behavior in the world. Hence the cartoon, by the incisive artist Peter Brookes, that is reproduced at the head of this article, showing Lady Liberty hard at work waterboarding.
This is the first time our generation has spoken so outwardly on race relations and police brutality in the U.S., garnering both national and international press. If the Obamas are now sharing about racism, we need more than "sound-bites" and we shouldn't have to be baited or pay to read them.
This is now a world where journalists are being beheaded, though their main weapon was a pen and schoolchildren are being gunned down in classrooms. We should fight this war on every front, including from Hollywood.
In the immediate wake of the horrific siege in Sydney earlier this week the focus has quite rightly been on the bravery of those hostages and the awful situation that unfolded when Australian special forces stormed that café in a hail of flash bangs and bullets. But as the new scycle inevitably moves on, perhaps there's an important point to be raised about my old colleagues in the Australian media.
Of course Sony is angry and embarrassed that this has happened and it is unforgiveable that the hackers have leaked private information on employees and actors. But the press are not the villain here.