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Michael Smerconish

Socialism, American Style

Steve Skrovan | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Steve Skrovan

The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...

CNN Guest: We Should Bomb Even Hospitals, Universities To Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Media

It seems CNN will let just about anyone air their warmongering views on the network. On Saturday, former CIA intelligence officer turned blogger Micha...

Who Cares What You Believe; Where Does Your Fidelity Lie?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

On a public level, substituting "fidelity" for "faith" in our discussions would let us get past the tired faith-versus-science debate (or even the faith-versus-works debate). And on a personal level, all of us could benefit from analyzing our own embodied lives to find out to what or to whom we are authentically faithful.

CNN Is Making These Anchors Fight To Replace Piers Morgan

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Media

CNN is going to put four anchors in the ring and see who emerges as the victor in the quest to find a replacement for Piers Morgan. Morgan's show i...

CNN Gets A New Host

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.10.2014 | Media

Michael Smerconish is joining CNN to host a new weekly Saturday morning show, the network announced Monday. The new host and New York Times bestsel...

The Purple Michael Smerconish

Lanny Davis | Posted 07.02.2013 | Media
Lanny Davis

Smerconish has been on a steady rise and broadening his career. And he has done so, in my view, by following a "purple" formula: applying intellectually consistent standards equally to the left and right, questioning the orthodoxy of both and, most importantly, avoiding impugning motives or attacking others personally.

Why to Reinstate the Draft

Michael Smerconish | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

I see the need for a draft to ensure that a trigger-happy president and Congress don't overextend us in a dangerous world to fulfill commitments that should never have been made.

Time to Clip the Right Wing's Wings

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.06.2012 | Media
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

In 8th grade, I was an odd kid from Chester, PA. I listened to news (KYW) and talk radio (WCAU) as much as country music (WEEZ) and rock (WFIL and WI...

'Semengate' Stuns Scientific Community

Michael Smerconish | Posted 06.25.2011 | Home
Michael Smerconish

The PC story of the week belongs to a controversy surrounding a world-renowned surgeon who resigned a leadership position in the face of criticism over a one liner he delivered concerning semen.

Donald Trump, Birthers, and O.J. Simpson

Michael Smerconish | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Every time I hear Donald Trump talk about President Obama's birth certificate, I think of O.J. Simpson. The conspiracy theory invented by Simpson's defenders was every bit as loopy as the fantasies concerning Obama.

The Middle is Starting to Win

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

On Thursday, November 18, 2010 the following link announced: "Philadelphia's 'Big Talker' makes big changes with Smerconish, Beck, Hannity" Beck an...

Democracy is about representation. Part 1:Congress

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If you think it is a good idea to increase the size of Congress, I don't have to convince you that the time to say something is now. We need to make the argument that this is what members of Congress want.

Smerconish: 'Extreme Dialogue' Growing On Cable, Talk Radio

Washington Post | Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Any conversation about political polarization would be incomplete without a look at the media's role in shaping opinions. From my view on the front li...

Attitude for Aptitude

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We need to bootstrap ourselves to become hungry for the knowledge to train ourselves. No one else is going to help us. We need to stop our societal grubbing for money as an end.

Let Specter Investigate the Flotilla Mishap

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Smerconish

The flotilla raid has made for inflamed discourse in the days that have followed. A Specter-led investigation would be a welcome bridge over troubled waters.

Kathleen Sebelius Condemns Westboro Protestors, Roots For Dead Marine's Father (VIDEO)

Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sharply criticized on Wednesday the anti-gay protesters who come to military funerals bearing me...

Sestak and the Reporter Behind the Story

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Interestingly, the Sestak job offer issue never impacted the primary. Just as in the case of Rand Paul's comments, it was out there well in advance of the primary but did not create a stir until after the polls had closed.

How to Get Civility in Washington Back on Track

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Elected officials spend only as much time together as is absolutely necessary. And they only see each other in a single context: the ugly political and ideological clashes that end up dominating the daily talk radio shows.

Con Games: Conservative Crack-Up

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Who knew? Who knew that Scott Brown's election to the Teddy seat in the United States Senate would break open the slush of bipartisanship?

The Perino Conundrum: PR's Expert Inexperts

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Luz

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. Such is the crazy and amusing story of Dana Perino - Bush's White House House Press Secretary - who admitted she had no idea what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.

Michael Smerconish: Talk Radio Host Without A Shout

Politico | PATRICK GAVIN | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael Smerconish has been on the radio for years in Philadelphia, but he shot to national recognition on Aug. 20 when he broadcast his interview wit...

Instinct of an American Hero

Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

The publication of Instinct will provide Jose Melendez-Perez, a true 9/11 hero, with the well-deserved recognition he's never had among the general populace.

I Want You to Sell Your Body!

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We grouse about Congress people prostituting themselves all the time. If we believe in health care, we may have to do the same, as it were.

The Current Reforms Need People, Not Money

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If you want healthcare you may have to take grief from the party-insiders in the area. Tough noogies. Guess what -- the Congresspeople need political cover to get this done. Make their knees stronger.

Sam Stein

Obama Smerconish Interview: "Guarantees" Reform, Still Open To GOP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama guaranteed on Thursday that health care reform will be achieved, and he stuck by the public option as his preferred choice for ...