On Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly recently worked himself and Gretchen Carlson into an absolute tizzy over an episode of Glee that featured a transgender teen. O'Reilly expressed his concern that Glee is glamorizing "alternative lifestyles."
A child is not harmed by watching gay and transgender characters on Glee. A child is harmed by watching Bill O'Reilly and his team calling them "dopey," spouting ignorance, and instilling fear about sexuality and gender.
So many Americans are so angry and frustrated these days -- vulnerable to loss of job and healthcare and home, without a shred of economic security -- they're easy prey for demagogues offering simple answers and ready scapegoats. Take, for example, Bill O'Reilly.
When you are leader of the free world, no matter how hard you are trying to capture the vote of the hip social media world, the subject line should say: "From the president."
The conservative press has now spent weeks, in full force, trying to spin away the Martin controversy. The fact that so many far-right players won't even acknowledge a key facet of the case suggests it's a story they cannot deal with honestly.
It's difficult to assign psychological motive when it comes to political tactics, but based upon the collective behavior of far-right conservative Republicans, we can only deduce that a considerable number of them are bullies and ought to be treated as such.
Rush Limbaugh's personal name-calling of Sandra Fluke has ignited a firestorm of debate about the role of words in politics and in society. We all understand the power of his words.
The flight of advertisers from Limbaugh will be defended by many as the market mechanism through which the public's views are expressed. To me, it's just cowardice.
Bill O'Reilly is so concerned he's forgotten what he used to know.
The trouble for Newt is that the victim strategy has no exit strategy. Having embarked on the trail of "You started it, Mitt"/"you're a big bully, Mitt," Newt hasd to project his own massive flaws onto others ever more hyperbolically.
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Gingrich evokes the same emotional reaction in the Republican base as do the right-wing pundits. In psychology this is called a Pavlovian Response. It could be one of the underlying reasons for Newt's surge.
Well, people, what an incredibly long drop it's been since the electrifying National Geographic TV specials of my youth, whose mere opening theme notes would raise the hair on my neck.
During the holidays, there's no dearth of goodness in America. But after the New Year's ball drops, we go back to same old same old, where ordinary, everyday niceness is undervalued in our culture.
It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God or which faith you follow if you do. Here's a question worth asking this holiday season: Would Jesus be an Occupy demonstrator? The Bible suggests that He would.
Once the media had moved on from the news that the Herman Cain train had finally stopped rolling, attention was turned to bigger and better (if less funny) things