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The press bubble is real, present and dangerous

April 30, 2017
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On January 28, 1961, the CIA gave President Kennedy and his inner circle the latest update on a plan to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The decision making process that would follow we now refer to as “group-think”. Whereby individual members of a group, each more worried about consensus over critical thinking, suppress their own…

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Of Sessions, Russia and media hysterics

March 5, 2017
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Of Sessions, Russia and media hysterics

When the television came on early Thursday morning breaking across all channels was the Washington Post Headline: “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose.” MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski immediately filed it in the “career ending” category, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy…

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Politicos not alone in shaping public policy

February 26, 2017
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Politicos not alone in shaping public policy

A century ago this month there were hundreds of thousands of dead on both sides of the trenches on the Western Front and America was in no mood to send its own young men off into Europe’s meat grinder. But on February 24th, Great Britain gave the deciphered Zimmermann telegraph to President Woodrow Wilson who…

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American press playing Russian roulette with Election coverage

October 16, 2016
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American press playing Russian roulette with Election coverage

From the first amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;”. The Founders of this great nation felt so strongly of the importance of free speech and a free press to the protection of a free and independent people they made that concept the…

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An ideological press is an impotent press

October 11, 2015
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An ideological press is an impotent press

Gene Policinski, had a column last Tuesday on National Newspaper Week that opened with “The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.” While I have no…

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A preening press and its Iraq hypotheticals

May 24, 2015
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A preening press and its Iraq hypotheticals

 There’s a new parlor game making the rounds with the political reporting class. An interviewer sits down with a 2016 Presidential hopeful, highlights the chaos in the Middle East and pivots to: “Knowing what we know now, was it a mistake then to invade Iraq”? The premise being that it’s a straight, simple line from…

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