The media are taking it from all sides. On the right, President Trump blasts the media for "lying." On the left, Jon Stewart rips the media for letting Trump use them. Despite their opposing political views, Messrs. Trump and Stewart share something in common: They're both talking about the "Mainstream Media." But what is the Mainstream Media? The term isn't just outdated, it's antiquated.
While Mr. Trump spins yarns, marginalizes media and demonizes judges who disagree with him, our U.S. Constitution and our even older tradition of robust dissent will be our salvation. But we must not become so obsessed with fact checking that we lose sight of issues that should be addressed no matter who occupies the White House.
Every year I begin with more questions than answers. When is President Obama supposed to come and take all the guns away? Are we a socialist Muslim country yet? How come we never saw that Michelle Obama "whitey" tape that was alleged to exist before the 2008 and 2012 elections? What happened to all those FEMA concentration camps we were told about? If they really did exist, why didn't Obama put Ted Nugent in one first?
From cable news employees sharing questions with Democrat Hillary Clinton in advance of TV town halls and debates, to executives making their airwaves endlessly available to Donald Trump for phone "interviews" that the Republican candidate controlled, the media have never performed less responsibly in a modern-era presidential election.
Some Republicans are very fond of lecturing the country on the importance of personal responsibility. Serving a long jail sentence for a minor drug offense? It's your fault for getting involved with drugs in the first place. Requesting unemployment benefits beyond the 72 weeks now allowed by law? You must be lazy and aren't serious about getting a job. A single mother of four struggling to live on welfare? Well, you should have thought about this before having those babies.
There's no shortage of reasons for why the right is at war over whether or not to take a flier on Mr. Trump. All of the various establishments and the counter-establishments overpromised and underdelivered in recent years. Mr. Cruz and his supporters accused his fellow politicians of being corrupt sellouts, and so many people believed him, they'd now rather take a gamble on Mr. Trump than back Mr. Cruz, a mere politician.
As a product of the developing world, Pope Francis is understandably concerned about climate change and its impact on the biodiversity of creation and on the world's poor. Included within this calculus is also his fretfulness about sustainable development, income inequality and the tendency of capitalism to focus more on profits than job creation. These issues are a natural outgrowth of the core Christian message and run counter to the "me first" philosophy of objectivism so dear to the
Hillary Clinton's appearance on Saturday Night Live was an integral part of the Clinton campaign's much-touted re-re-re-rebranding push to make Clinton seem more spontaneous and relatable. And it was, by most accounts, a success
Hillary Clinton, according to all the polls is the overwhelming favorite to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. So the tantalizing question is: Who will be standing next to her when the cheers explode and a zillion balloons cascade at the convention? Could it possibly be Sen. Elizabeth Warren?