Fox News is nothing if not impressive. No matter how harsh the criticism it endures, the network somehow always manages to prove itself even worse than we had previously imagined.
To become informed and hold government accountable, the general public needs to obtain news that is comprehensive yet interesting and understandable, that conveys facts and outcomes, not cosmetic images and airy promises. But that is not what the public demands.
Veteran print editors and reporters at places like the 'Times' and 'The New Yorker' manage to feed and clothe their families without costing their companies a million bucks a month, and they produce a great deal more valuable reporting and analysis than the network news stars do.
Philosophers and theologians have argued for centuries over the morality of targeted assassinations - a technique that the Israelis use with some frequency - without ever reaching anything approaching consensus.
Much of what Tea Party candidates claimed about the world and the global economy during the 2010 elections would have earned their adherents a well-deserved F in any freshman economics (or earth science) class.
The war on terrorism was a bait and switch operation.
Ironically, tendency to ignore inconvenient facts and unwelcome evidence is actually President Reagan's true legacy, as I noted in 'The Nation' back in 2000, before the current right-wing mania for President Reagan gained its full force.
Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda.
As with almost every significant aspect of the Bush presidency, its handling of 9/11 was a catastrophe from start to finish.
Americans have always evinced some distrust of government, but the current situation has exacerbated this to a degree that may be unprecedented.
Half the U.S. population owns barely 2 percent of its wealth, putting the United States near Rwanda and Uganda and below such nations as pre-Arab Spring Tunisia and Egypt when measured by degrees of income inequality.
As a parent and a citizen, I'll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs's example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
American journalists tend to treat inequality as a fact of life. But it needn't be.
America's great newspapers have staffs that range from 50 percent to 70 percent of what they were just a few years ago.
The ability of the 1 percent to buy politicians and regulators is nothing new in American politics - just as inequality has been a permanent part of our economic system. This is true of virtually all political and economic systems.
If bloggers are to improve our public discourse - helping busy and usually uninformed people make sense of the world - it is necessary to use some sort of standard with which to judge their reliability. Perhaps the answer (strictly advisory) is a body of their peers. Perhaps not.
While history never repeats itself, political patterns do.
We live in a media world simultaneously obsessed with technology and personality.
Warren Buffett pays taxes on a smaller percentage of his billions in income than his cleaning lady.
Certainly there are worse sins than doing everything possible to make your presidency matter.
Face it, the system is rigged, and it's rigged against us.
For the past eight years, the right has been better at working the refs. Now the left is learning how to play the game.
Liberals believe that they can't get a fair shake from the media anymore.
Liberals do not appear to address potential solutions with anything like the far right's aura of God-given self-confidence.
The Economist is undoubtedly the smartest weekly newsmagazine in the English language. I always look forward to its quirky year-end double issue.
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