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When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.18.2016 | Media
Gregg McBride

Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

Internet Incivility: Possibilities for Engaging Students?

Robert M. Eisinger | Posted 12.20.2011 | College
Robert M. Eisinger

I am not advocating banning or taxing uncivil speech, but I do question its value. As we encourage newspaper readership and civic engagement, we should also converse with our students about free speech, hate speech, and civility in general.

Do Cable TV Wars Cause Real Wars?

Rick Sanchez | Posted 05.29.2011 | Media
Rick Sanchez

The need for the "big story" may be one of the reasons our discourse has degraded, why there's so much anger and vitriol. If our politicians aren't being extreme, pundits will do it for them.

Let's End Bi-Partisan Hatred by Changing the National Language to French

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Let's face it, once the language is absorbed into the culture, even if things do get ugly, doesn't merde sound nicer than the alternative?

Civility: Not a Traditional American Value

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Obama's call for greater civility in our political discourse has great surface appeal. But in the early days of the nation, violence among politicians was commonplace.

The Palin Problem (It's Not What You Think...)

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

The real crisis in American politics isn't about one tragic shooting, its about a cultural phenomenon -- the celebration of stupidity -- that has taken over this country.

Sarah Palin: Libeled or Liable?

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

For the life of me, I couldn't find anyone accusing Sarah Palin of being Jewish. I was prepared to point out how the media are succumbing to the pape...

The New Vitriol-Free Cable News Network

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

8:00am - Turn Vitriol into Vitri-LOL! 12:00pm - Listening Politely But Not Actually Listening with Dr. Sanjay Gupta 5:00pm - Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann Swap Photos of Puppies in Baskets

The Vitriol in Our National Bloodstream

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Within a few hours of the Tucson shootings, the national political narrative transformed into a soul-searching query: How has our society come to this season in hell, and what must be done to heal us? The right's panic about this shift was palpable.