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The Problem With Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

If we can't talk about differences that puzzle us, or things we're curious about, without fear of giving offense, then how can we ever overcome our ignorance about cultures and races -- or even the opposite sex?

Tarnished Silver

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

Nate Silver's numbers tell us where the campaign is at a given moment. And good punditry can tell us how the campaign got there. Even though the statistics maven is riding high now, Nate Silver needs to realize he is only half of the equation.

Was Debate One a Pyrrhic Victory?

Robin Lakoff | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

The pundits have declared Mitt Romney the victor. The only remaining question is: was his victory overwhelming, or did Romney only win because Obama didn't?

Playing the Pundit

John Feffer | Posted 09.30.2012 | Media
John Feffer

Performance is an essential element of punditry. Savvy pundits know what they want to say before the interviewer even utters the first question, and they rehearse their lines accordingly.

Pausing for Pundits

Tom Silva | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Tom Silva

Whatever one thinks of them, there's little question that these bearers of blood pressure do a very effective job of inflating the deeply contingent nature of reality and making us worry.

24 Of The Dumbest Things Ever Said About Gay People

Posted 04.02.2012 | Gay Voices

From statements made by right-wing pundits to talk show gaffes by Hollywood celebrities, there never seems to be any shortage of ridiculous things sai...

There's No I in Team, But Me Plays a Big Role

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

For a team to have any chance of success, individuals must take that first step. They must commit to not only the team, but also to taking the personal actions necessary to help the team.

Five Political Horror Movies You Dare Not See

James Napoli | Posted 12.27.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

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'Tis the Season for Poor Political Prognostication

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Depending on what hour you read this, Romney is or is not inevitable, Cain is or is not the flavor of the month and Obama is a goner or is sure to win a second term. To be heard above the din, commentators are making more outrageous predictions -- and more creative excuses to avoid accountability -- than ever.

All the Mr. Potters Getting You Down? Focus on the George Baileys Around You

Tom Gerdy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Gerdy

As this challenging year ends, it is important that we commit to teaching the Mr. Potters in our lives what is truly important. If we strive to become more like George Bailey, we can solve many of our challenges.

Sometimes You Eat the Bear and Sometimes the Bear Eats You

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Currently, Obama's approval ratings are falling and the bear is eating him for lunch. However, we all should remember the halcyon days of not so long ago when he could do no wrong.

Mind Over Meta: Don't Succumb to Pundits' Metanarrative!

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Over the years, we've come to expect stories to play out as their arcs demanded. Therefore the political narrative is potent. But we shouldn't be seduced into seeing it where it does not exist.

Why the Governor Should Delay His Appointment

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pedro Nava

I firmly believe that the Governor should be careful and thoughtful about this appointment. This decision should not be rushed, as some have suggested.

Cartoon: Nattering Naybobs and Noxious Nutballs

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

With a few notable exception, broadcast news is a very scary place these days. What Edward R. Murrow would think of the current zeitgeist is unknowable, but we might hazard a guess.

Reframe the Conversation: Health Care Insurance Reform is a Basic Human Rights Issue

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

We can't just let the kooks rule the day or threaten violence with their words. Don't leave Speaker Pelosi fearing for political violence in the streets because we have not done our job.

A Falcon of Peace

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Despite everything, hawks rule; doves never even get the chance to take off. If you're not addicted to force (and so failure), you're simply not a part of the grand scheme of things, of the world as it is.

Worst Pundit In America: Dick Morris (In A Landslide)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Nickolas

Rarely did a week go by during the general election that Morris predicted the 180-degree opposite of what would eventually transpire. It was astounding for its consistency.

Night of the Long Pointing Fingers

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Republican politicians all seem to be trying their hand at historic re-creationism to transform both the history and future of the Republican party into their own image.

Ten Democrats Who Should Go Away

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Cohen

The Democrats have in some ways, been worse than the Republicans. As a party, they've stood idly by as the Bush Administration has literally ransacked the country.

The Giant Sucking Sound of 2008

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gerdy

As I read about Ann Coulter having her jaw wired shut, my thoughts turned to the election reporting and commentary. I realized that never in our history has so little been said with so many words.

Ann Coulter Still Yapping

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

Coulter's solution to Republican problems is for it to become even more extreme than it already is. It's a recipe for disaster (and hopefully one that the Republicans decide to try).

Dealing with Racism in the Age of Obama

Howard Winant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Winant

Obama's win hardly puts an end to this system of racism, but it's still momentous, because it shows us a way forward, a way to reduce if not eliminate racial injustice and inequality.

Why Obama Will Lose Today....

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

Since Obama's problems from the Democratic Primary have not been resolved, nor reported by the national media, the Electoral College map signals trouble for the media's main man.

The Morning-After Blues

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

The countdown to November 4 is torturous. Everyone is worried. Everyone is losing sleep. For some people, the election can't come soon enough. But for me, I wish it would never end.

Musings, Friday, Around 3 A.M.

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

Will Obama really win this thing? And if he does, can he do much about the economy? Am I really losing my funds? I'll have to rent the Florida place. I don't need it. Will I be able to rent it?