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‘Nasty’ Iowa Senate race questions whether the state couldn’t have done better

October 31, 2014

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The Iowa U.S. Senate race has been described as among the most insulting. Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator is opposed by Bruce Braley, a state representative. Ernst has a small edge 5 days before the election. It  has attracted more international interest, possibly because of the potential presidential candidates who have gotten involved. Ernst […]

Sadly, no surprise: Disrespectful comments after Cook comes out as gay

October 30, 2014

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The ability to respect should certainly extend to those offering opinions on being gay, even if they disapprove of homosexuality. But we’re not there yet and may not be, sadly, for a while. But the change in some states’ laws indicate we’re moving in that direction. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, wrote an essay, published […]

More ebola developments highlight different tactics

October 29, 2014

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Respect for all citizens would seem to necessitate at a minimum specific policy recommendations from the federal government to the states. It’s up to state governments to decide whether to set their own ebola rules or go with the ones from Washington. We wrote yesterday that a congressional panel should have helped

Controlling disrespect on the Internet

October 28, 2014

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We’ve all known for some time that the Internet is not a model of civility. Too many people use their anonymity as a license to say anything they want to. Some of those who identify themselves abuse

Pres. Obama should have recalled Congress on ebola

October 28, 2014

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The current controversy over how best to protect the public from ebola might have been less rancorous if the President had involved Congress in the process. Legislators are home on vacation, supposedly campaigning if

Failing politicians and disrespectful media: Watch this and be thankful

October 27, 2014

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Respect and civility seem small things to ask for when compared to the challenges some people face. CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman (pictured, next page) reported on a high school basketball player who is hoping to play Sunday, before she dies. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/on-the-road-driving-toward-her-hoop-dreams/

Disappointing ebola interviews on Meet the Press

October 26, 2014

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Host Chuck Todd’s (pictured) questioning today lacked followup and did not include those who have an opposing opinion. While a guest on Meet the Press espoused the scientific point of view of why medical personnel who worked with ebola patients don’t need to be quarantined

Sportsmanship: Thumbs down and up

October 26, 2014

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We’ve previously pointed our dislike of NFL players celebrating after making a tackle,  sometimes by pounding their chests. We say they’re doing their job. You don’t celebrate every good play you make.  Imagine the accountant who balances two statements,  getting up and dancing. Another thing we find annoying is when professional or college coaches whose […]

Did you forget why Limbaugh is on our Shameful list?

October 24, 2014

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If you did, here’s just one of the reasons. Today, on the radio, he described a progression of steps taken by the White House which he says ends with President Obama being seen by some as curing ebola in one of the recent patients. “That’s the desired effect on

Christie disrespects hourly wage workers

October 23, 2014

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Harsh reaction today to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie saying he was tired of hearing about the minimum wage issue as the midterm elections approach. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez said Gov. Chris Christie has “got his head in the sand” when it comes to the nation’s lowest-paid workers. Christie’s comments

Distorting the ebola risk

October 23, 2014

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Note: We asked in a recent post whether we should be continuing to monitor Fox News since they have been on our Shameful list since March of 2013. We decided that we should, if only to try to impart the risk of assuming everything on Fox News is true. Prior to the news conference in […]

To much CNN on the blog?

October 22, 2014

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It may seem that way sometimes.  But the reason is that as among CNN,  Fox News, and MSNBC, CNN is clearly more balanced politically.  That’s part of the reason Fox News is on our Shameful list. So we  monitor CNN more than the others. We expect it to adhere to higher journalistic standards than the […]

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