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Recognizing the lack of respect in political commentary

August 7, 2014

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Americans seem to be slowly beginning to speak out about the disrespect shown by some political commentators.  We believe that if there is no effort to set and enforce basic standards of dignified discourse, the publIc and the media have to step forward to call for change. The letter that follows that appeared in a […]

A plea for civility from a university campus

August 7, 2014

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We have repeatedly argued that serious efforts to bring civility and peace to the world would have to involve young people. The following opinion piece appeared recently in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of PennsylvanIa. It reflects an awareness of the negativity that too often permeates public discourse. Here’s the commentary: […]

CNN interviews Coulter: Why?

August 5, 2014

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The conservative commentator and author spoke about immigration and Sen. Rand Paul’s denial that he once advocated cutting off foreign aid to Israel, as well as every other country,which he actually did propose. 

The horror of the Israel-Hamas war

August 5, 2014

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas has produced thousands of civilian deaths and untold destruction, not to mention the military casualties. It has also produced arguments that simply have no basis in reality. The saddest example of that played out on CNN Monday when Wolf Blitzer interviewed the chief spokesman for Hamas, Osama Hamdan.

Rand Paul denying reality

August 4, 2014

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The junior senator from Kentucky said today that he never proposed cutting aid to Israel.  But he did. In fact,  he wanted to cut off all foreign aid. In 2011, Paul proposed a budget that would have eliminated all foreign assistance,  including financial grants to the Jewish state. That would have meant a $500 billion […]

Wanted: Fugitive Congress and fugitive criminals

August 3, 2014

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It’s not exactly the same thing but there are, no doubt, people who think the behavior of our U.S. Congress approaches being criminal. Right now,  you could say the crime is dereliction of duty.

Trump becomes a self-proclaimed infectious disease expert

August 2, 2014

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Businessman Donald Trump has embarrassed himself on a number of occasions,  as we’ve documented (search Trump on our Home page). But this week, he entered a new realm.

Former CIA agent’s insulting comments

August 1, 2014

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The agent,  Michael Scheuer, commented on a tape of former President Bill Clinton in which he says the day before 9/11 that he could have executed Osama bin Laden but didn’t because hundreds of women and children would also have died. As reported by Mediaite, Scheuer spoke on Fox News today, contradicting Clinton, saying that […]

Conservative criticized on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

July 31, 2014

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Bill O’Reilly lost hope of a meaningful discussion during a segment of his program on Fox News tonight.  But his frustration wasn’t directed at a liberal guest, as is more common on the show,  but rather at conservative author and blogger,  Kate Obenshain.

Congress set for undeserved vacation

July 30, 2014

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Legislators (a generous description) are set to go home for a five-week vacation after another non-productive session. While they generally approve some bills before leaving, that’s often because they don’t want to shorten their break by having to stay in Washington to complete their work.

Journalists need to be persistent when their questions aren’t answered

July 28, 2014

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The media has often been criticized for taking one side or another in a dispute. The current Middle East situation is a case in point. There have been accusations from both sides of favoritism, which is usually a sign that the media outlet, whether broadcast or print, is striking the proper balance overall. Nonetheless, one […]

No surprise: Hosts still showing disrespect

July 27, 2014

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Two of the broadcasters on our Shameful list converged this week when one insulted the other. It’s hardly worth sharing this except to point out that both show no signs of changing their ways. It started with an interview Sean Hannity did with a Palestinian representative.

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