President Bush Calls for Rebuilding America’s Democratic Institutions

Former President George W. Bush delivered an impassioned speech in which he warned of the threats to democracy and civility. It was a powerful message from someone who has lived through the trials and travails of sitting behind the Resolute desk, but also experienced, from his unique perspective, the erosion of the moral, civil and…
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CNN Pays the Price for Prioritizing Anti-Trumpism Over Journalistic Integrity

“In the main, it was not true,” James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee about a bombshell New York Times story that alleged contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russian officials. “The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing stories about classified information is the people talking about it often don’t really know…
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The Media Have Become Defenders of the Status Quo

Reform is meant to be hard. After all, things like health care and tax policy are infinitely complex, with overlapping incentives and disincentives created by an intricate web of legislation, regulation and economic behaviors. But it’s been made nearly impossible by a media who seems wedded to the status quo, regardless of the long-term impact.…
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Clinton’s Coziness With Media Highlights What’s Wrong With Politics

Politicians’ questionable relationship with journalists is nothing particularly new. In fact the newspaper wars of the 1790s would put to shame any partisan politicking by today’s purported journalists, and could compete with the trollish behavior found on your average internet comment section. If Thomas Jefferson is elected as President, one federalist mouthpiece warned, “Murder, robbery,…
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Hillary Clinton’s Media Silence is Beginning to Backfire

Musicians are famous for having crazy tour “riders,” a list of things they ask venues to provide prior to the performance. Madonna demands “special white and pink roses that must have the stems cut to six inches.” Iggy Pop wanted a Bob Hope impersonator at every show. Mary J. Blige demands venues install brand new…
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