This week, the nation watched as the Republican Party continued its awkward attempt to pretend Donald Trump is something other than a dangerous buffoon. On Thursday, Trump met with Paul Ryan, with the two calling the talk a "positive step toward unification," and Ryan adding that Trump is a "very warm and genuine person." If Ryan ends up endorsing Trump, he must be held accountable for what he's endorsing. As Senator Harry Reid said of his GOP counterpart, "Since Sen. McConnell has so enthusiastically embraced Trump, you can only assume he agrees with Trump's view that women are dogs and pigs." Rough stuff but he has a point: You either believe we should deport 12 million people or you don't. You either believe there should be a religious test to enter the U.S. or you don't. But the GOP isn't alone in its attempts to white-wash Trump. The New York Times referred to Trump's racism as "a reductive approach to ethnicity." This is how someone like Trump can actually get to the White House in 2016: because of the reluctance -- by political leaders and the media -- to call out racism when they see it.
Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.
Admittedly, it is unfair to lay at Mr. Rhodes' doorstep all that Mr. Obama has wrought upon himself. The buck ultimately stops at the Oval Office.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Donald Trump made big news by suggesting he wasn't going to release his tax returns this year. But instead of trumpeting the news, the AP focused its headline on Trump's VP search.
Paying for strip teases and lap dances continues to represent the zeitgeist of the American bachelor party. As men, why do we continue to promote hypermasculinity?
While Rhodes raises largely valuable points about the grave deficiencies of the current news media and long-term foreign policy establishment, what he doesn't address is the lack of preparedness on the part of the administration in dealing with a chaotic world it may be making even more chaotic.
A decade is a long time, especially in the hyperkinetic world of journalism, and it's unlikely that too many of today's young generation of scribes re...
Quietly, the New York Times is helping to enable the end of censorship in China, and preparing to take advantage of a free and open media in a post-censorship China.
Despite its legions of Page One editors, copy editors, proofreaders and support staff, the Gray Lady proceeded to fetishize conflict by using the words "rift" or "riven" in the headline or lead paragraph, actually the lead clause, in four of the stories on today's front page.
"The people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces."
Businesses are still hiring, but mostly in the lower-paying service industries, as higher-paying manufacturing jobs continue to move overseas. So Bernie and The Donald are right in calling out U.S. corporations.
For a leader regularly written off by the press as a lame duck 18 months ago, President Obama has tallied some major wins during his second term, and voters have taken notice. So why isn't there more media credit directed his way?
Haberman is a seasoned, smart journalist with a stellar reputation, and that makes her story -- and her "he's complicated" rationale for writing it -- all the more baffling.
What the New York Times tells us today, no surprise to those of us who have worked directly with severely obese patients over the years, is that failure overtakes the show participants, too. Those of us in these trenches have known all along that though challenging, weight loss is rarely the rate-limiting problem.
Did you ever find yourself having a moment and the lyrics to a song pop into your head, capturing the very feelings you are feeling? That has happened to me many times in both my personal and professional life.
In the spring of 2015, I traveled to the Turkish border of Syria with a small camera crew to make a documentary about the women in the Syrian refugee camps. I met Rahaf in the art room of the refugee camp in southern Turkey.