March 2011

SHAMELESS – The Case Against Ann Coulter

When it comes to opinion media, what raises my ethical hackles most comes from Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Glenn Beck – three individuals responsible for much of the fear, unreason and cynicism that flourishes today.
This excerpt comes from the chapter on Ann Read More

As the economy took a downward spiral in the last several years, the rhetoric from some in opinion media went from blustering bombast to rancorous incivility faster than an out-of-control Toyota. What raises my ethical hackles most comes from the Unholy Trinity of political demagoguery: Read More

What follows is the introduction to the new e-book, “Shameless – The Ethical Case Against Three Out-of-Control Critics and the Need for Civility Now, More than Ever.” More next week.
We currently live in a cable news media-induced echo chamber where, much of the time, … Read More

Oh, Really?

What can I say about Bill O’Reilly? Well, here’s what I wrote about him in my soon-to-be-released e-book, Shameless. “[Keith] Olbermann is one side of the political coin, with Bill O’Reilly occupying the obverse. While both have sounded shrill and pompous, the difference is … Read More

At the height of all the Watergate scandal coverage in the ‘70s, TIME magazine ran an interesting story about Jeb Stuart Magruder.

Don’t remember Magruder? He’s the man frequently mentioned in the first hour of the movie All the President’s Men. Based on the … Read More

Murrow’s Stand

In 1954 journalist Edward R. Murrow stepped away from his role as news reporter to speak out against the blatant demagoguery of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.

According to an article by Carl Hausman published in The Institute for Global Ethics, “Murrow protégé Walter Cronkite noted … Read More

The Final Wake-up

As the aerial photo illustrates, Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility suffered yet another explosion on March 14 raising the threat of more catastrophic radiation danger in the immediate region and possibly abroad.
In this timely essay, nuclear peace advocate David Krieger discusses what may well Read More

Facebook Redux

Last may, I discussed the downside to Web sites such as Facebook, (Facebook Nation) which has grown into a 500-million-strong social networking behemoth.

“ ‘Social Networking,’ ” I wrote, “that’s geek speak for sharing interests, photos and whatever-pops-into-your-head-at-any-given-moment to one or more … Read More

The Gift

You’re the executive director of a non-profit cultivating donors for the completion of a new center that will educate hundreds of students each year who otherwise could not afford it. After returning from vacation, you discover that the financial officer deposited close to a half-million … Read More

127 Hours

Between a rock and hard place. That’s how I felt regarding the Sheen-a-thon – “news” coverage of actor Charlie Sheen’s meltdown over five days last week. Recently, I was asked “What’s the difference between news, analysis, opinion, and entertainment?”  My response:

News: Last night a … Read More