Category Archives: Journalism

7 Tips for Telling Real News from Fake

[Also published at Huffington Post.] I’ve been hearing a lot lately from people who feel overwhelmed by all the drastically different news narratives fighting for their attention — especially, of course, the ones about Donald Trump. Real news? Fake news? How … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Sharia Law? And Other Questions for Right Wing Media Fans

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Whatever happened to declaring Sharia law? Obama’s almost done, and it’s really beginning to look like he may not get around to it. And how is he going to fit in taking our guns away? … Continue reading

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Should Real News Be a Utility, Like Water and Electricity?

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Like people in towns across America, I’m watching my local newspapers die. Every few months, it seems, they lay off more staff, while announcing a new digital initiative that’s somehow supposed to make up for … Continue reading

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Skip the Gut Check, Democrats: The Problem Is Hiding in Plain Sight

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Following a shock loss to what looked like the worst presidential candidate in history, many Democrats are agonizing over what policies they need to change in order to win back voters. They needn’t bother: policy … Continue reading

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Branding Bannon: How to Protest a White Nationalist in the White House

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Democrats in Washington have registered strong objections to Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his senior White House adviser. Will their protests make any difference? So far, it looks like no: as the minority in … Continue reading

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Who Says Trump Is Smart?

Donald Trump’s ideas are widely recognized as not just hateful, but idiotic. And yet the conventional wisdom in most of the media is that, all the same, “he’s a smart guy” — after all, look how successful he is. Even … Continue reading

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Our Embarrassing Press Corps: President Obama’s ISIS Q&A at the G20

One trivial question after another, ignoring one substantive answer after another. In the near aftermath of what’s been called France’s 9/11, all the U.S. press corps in Antalya wanted to know about was whether President Obama thought he had looked … Continue reading

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Bill O’Reilly and I Killed Bin Laden — But the Liberal Media Doesn’t Want You to Know

Originally published at the Huffington Post: We were right there with Seal Team Six, Bill and me. Please, don’t call us heroes. We were just two patriotic Americans, doing our jobs. And our job was to crash land the chopper, hustle … Continue reading

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Quran-Burning Coverage: The Hollowness of “Storytelling” as a Journalistic Value

Written for the Huffington Post: It’s Journalism 101: You have to have a story. Who’s the protagonist? Who or what are they up against? And most importantly, what does it mean? It’s been a foundation of reporting for so long … Continue reading

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Have Democrats Lost The Narrative?

By Zach Friend & Spencer Critchley, at Huffington Post: Time after predictable time, Republicans roll out a new set of bogus talking points. And time after time, Democrats argue the facts — and lose. That’s got to change. Here’s how … Continue reading

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