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Trump's Backfiring Yemen Policy Epitomizes His Dangerously Slipshod Regime

William Bradley | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
William Bradley

Donald Trump's worrisomely wacky presidency is proving to be a movable feast of outrageous controversy. To a certain extent, that is a plus for the tw...

Trump Perverts American History Pushing Religious Power Grab

William Bradley | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
William Bradley

As President Donald Trump continues his attempt to shock doctrine America with a flurry of executive orders, geopolitical posturings, sophomoric outbu...

The Ad Hoc Autocracy of Trump's National Insecurity Council

William Bradley | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
William Bradley

"There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May you live in interesting times.'" Robert F. Kennedy (No...

Donald Trump's Wack Week, The California Delta, And Jerry Brown (For Senate?)

William Bradley | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
William Bradley

After a tiring week of Donald Trump's presidency, his approach seems a lot less like a strategy than a syndrome. If Trump critics, and this especially...

Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75

William Bradley | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
William Bradley

As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next ...

'Green News Report' - October 25, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: More than 120 arrested at pipeline protest in North Dakota; More arrests ...

Why Bob Dylan's Controversial Nobel Prize Makes Perfect Sense (And Spotlights Incisive Americana At A Crucial Moment)

William Bradley | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

I'm not really a Bob Dylan fan. He's not my favorite singer-songwriter. That's Joni Mitchell. I've only seen him twice in concert. And I've never met ...

Moroccan Islamic Broadcasting in Response to Religious Extremism

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

On Iraq's Al-'Ahd satellite channel, a Shi'ite cleric demonizes Sunnis, typifying a trans-sectarian trend in extremist broadcasting across the region...

Jerry Brown and California Press Forward Again on Climate Change

William Bradley | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
William Bradley

There is no more fundamental and profound issue for the future of humanity than the habitability of our planet, still the only one we have. And as cli...

Moderators Like Matt Lauer Fear False 'Liberal Media Bias' Arguments

John A. Tures | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

No doubt Lauer, like many others in the media, feared being labeled "partial towards liberals," despite the absence of evidence that such a liberal media bias exists.

Can Media Spending Make A Difference In The Presidential Election?

Stefan Hankin | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Stefan Hankin

With the Republican and Democratic conventions now behind us, political spending is about to go into overdrive. In the last presidential election cycle, candidates for office spent a total of $5.2 billion on political ads.

Syd Schanberg: Gone, But Still Filing His Stories

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.09.2016 | Media
Pranay Gupte

It's tempting to say that Syd's brand of journalism will be missed. Of course it will. But the apex of his creativity and enterprise was 40 years ago, and it was a very different time then.

Brexit and Us: Voters Frightened by Chaos Choose ... More Chaos

William Bradley | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Does Hillary Clinton get it? The Democratic presidential candidate, for whom Bernie Sanders now says he will vote in November, reacted to the British...

How Bernie Sanders Is Mangling His Media Moment

William Bradley | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Things haven't gone so smoothly for Bernie Sanders since the primary season ended with a cascade of victories for Hillary Clinton. His big speech at t...

Trump Banning Reporters Echoes Nixon, China

Jonathan Kaufman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Kaufman

Banning the Washington Post from covering his campaign rallies isn't just a sign of Donald Trump's distrust of the press. Reporters are an early warning system. History shows that politicians who turn against the media and cut off their access don't stop there.

Four Reasons Why Solutions Journalism is Making the World a Better Place

Sparknews | Posted 04.01.2016 | Media
Sparknews

"Code like a girl" project leaders The general perception is that the news industry focuses on negative news because a journalist's job is to highlig...

X-Files America?

William Bradley | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Its melange of conspiracies and supernaturalism, bringing incisive and often elegant thinking in the midst of frequently crackpot scenarios is certainly a match for this era of American history. Perhaps too much so.

Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards

Madinah James | Posted 01.11.2017 | Media
Madinah James

Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held ...

Trumpism and the Confederacy Dominate the Republican Race (And Help Hillary)

William Bradley | Posted 01.05.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The phenomenon of Trumpism remains ascendant in the Republican Party, though the paunchy bully boy has yet to win a vote.

Anti-ISIS 'Grand Alliance' Derails in Wake of Russian Jet Downing and Quick Revival of Business-As-Usual

William Bradley | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Another Democratic Debate Ends, With Hillary Very Much On Top

William Bradley | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Isis, notwithstanding President Barack Obama's singularly ill-timed claim of just a few days ago, is decidedly not contained after a year of American air strikes and stop-and-start ground action. Chaos is again in the saddle.

Best of Enemies: The State of Debate

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

What William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal did for discourse in America was unprecedented. They proved there was a time not so long ago we relished hearing both sides of political arguments. And there is a time -- call it the present -- when a hunger for authenticity seems to be driving both parties in unexpected directions.

It's Time to Tell Your Teens the Truth

Todd Kestin | Posted 08.20.2016 | Parents
Todd Kestin

These are the facts. They may not be startling or scary enough to garner attention on the nightly news, but they paint the accurate picture of our world. We are safer, healthier, and richer now than we have ever been.

The Perils of Native Advertising

Shannan Adler | Posted 07.31.2016 | Media
Shannan Adler

The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.