April 2011

Confirmation Bias

No sooner had the White House released the long-form birth record of President Obama than speculation began anew by “birthers.” Is it real or fake? Why did it take so long to produce?

“It raises far more questions than it answers,” said Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief … Read More

I’ve talked about media analyst Howard Kurtz before. A journalist who specializes in how and what the media reports, Kurtz has hosted the CNN show Reliable Sources since 1998.

Along with a panel of journalists, Kurtz has discussed issues like the media’s overblown coverage of … Read More

The man who might be President

Spoiler Alert: This one’s for fun, not ethics. According to an April 12th poll of possible GOP presidential candidates that includes former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, and Representative … Read More

Building Trust and Confidence

Earlier this week I gave a keynote address at a conference of security professionals – a group whose integrity is embedded in their DNA.

“This Code of Conduct and Ethics signifies a voluntary assumption by members of the obligation of self-discipline above and beyond the … Read More

Philadelphia Story

Several years ago I was in Philadelphia speaking to about 400 administrators and trustees of a large teacher pension fund. At the end of the talk, I left the group with a story that asks, in essence, if we all had to make decisions with … Read More

Will Demagogue for Food

Let’s all bow our heads for a moment of silent prayer for the soon to be departed right Reverend-Professor Beck. Moment over. For those who have not heard the news, Glenn Beck announced last week that he will be leaving Fox News at the end … Read More

House of Pyne

In this excerpt from “Shameless,” I discuss 60s talk show confrontationalist Joe Pyne.   In 1966, I sat before a TV to watch a strange, new kind of entertainment unlike anything I had ever seen before.  It began like this…

The Joe Pyne Show, … Read More

One from Corwin

On July 10, 1985, among hundreds of newsworthy events around the world, were the following: Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate, charged into an angry mob to save a suspected police informer from being burned to death.

An Israeli court convicted 15 Jewish terrorists of murder … Read More

Winning (!) (?)

If you go to YouTube type in: “Charlie Sheen, Winning.” You will see almost two minutes of the actor’s rambling account of what has become the latest cult mantra of lunacy. What remains unclear is whether Sheen’s statement is voiced as an exclamation or a … Read More

Who Didn’t Read the Memo?

Q: Who gets the blame if Congress chooses to shutdown the federal government? Before I answer that question, let’s take a look at some facts. Although Congress has been in session since January, absolutely nothing meaningful has been accomplished. With Republican control of the House, … Read More