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Our polarized discourse is dangerous

January 29, 2014 by

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It’s not an overstatement to say that rancor and insults have become all too common in the worlds of politics and media. The dilemma is how to make things better. Jeff Wilson of The Southern Illinoisan frames

Respect for Christie at stake with latest claims

January 19, 2014 by

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CNN’s “State of the Union” took up the latest charge of wrongdoing by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this morning. Host Candy Crowley interviewed the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, who

Senator says he wouldn’t take his family to the Olympics in Russia

January 19, 2014 by

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Much has been said about terrorist threats to the Olympics, which begin February 5h in Sochi, Russia. A new threat was reported just this morning: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terror-surprise-sochi-olympics-purported-suicide-bombers-threat/t/story?id=21589469&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Bullying is under attack and that’s good news

January 15, 2014 by

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It seems people are increasingly becoming aware of the devastating effects bullying can have. Education programs for our children are springing up at schools around the country. Many more are needed. Our sports fields

Speculation on Christie’s bridge-gate gets us nowhere

January 12, 2014 by

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As you might expect, the scandal over the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey was a big topic on the Sunday talk shows. Most

Wishing you a healthy, happy and civil New Year

December 23, 2013 by

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We’re taking our winter break. If you’re inclined to, check for posts you may have missed. But most of all, hope you are at peace and able to enjoy the holiday season. We’ll be back around January 3rd. Hope you’ll continue to check us out. -Mike and cohorts

Random questionable and commendable comments on the Sunday talk shows

December 22, 2013 by

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There were a few of them as some still seems to believe they can speak without solid facts _____ On Fox News Sunday former Governor Mike Huckabee generalized about the premium bill for the Affordable Care Act, “Thousands of dollars more expensive for most families.”

Glenn Beck appears on CNN, inappropriately

December 20, 2013 by

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Piers Morgan didn’t host his program tonight but CNN Crossfire co-host S. E. Cupp filled in and interviewed Glenn Beck for the entire hour. Beck is a self-described libertarian who has a number of bizarre views.

A columnist thinks he is a psychiatrist or a mind reader

December 19, 2013 by

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Catching up with what were missed this week. Opinion writer for the New York Post, Michael Goodwin, must believe he has special powers. On a couple of levels, Goodwin tried to get into the head of President Obama.

Shouldn’t the staffs of interview programs get more respect?

December 16, 2013 by

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Those behind the scenes in the media don’t get enough credit. The anchors of talk or interview programs are the ones out front and they deserve a lot of credit. But it takes many people to put together a

O’Reilly shows little respect for people in pain

December 9, 2013 by

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Bill O’Reilly tonight made a couple of significant misstatements. The topic of one discussion on the Republican Fox News program was the Denver Post hiring a marijuana editor. The host took issue with the decision, saying,

A well-crafted call for civility

December 9, 2013 by

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We missed this letter six weeks ago when it was published in The New York Times. It speaks well about the lower quality dialogue that we write about daily. We recommend it. Invitation to a Dialogue: Bring back civility

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