Recent Commentaries

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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 of WorldNetDaily and grand-high-exalted poobah of “birthers.” (Where’s the Birth Certificate? by Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi...
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April 29, 2011
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Reliable Sources – BREAKING NEWS!
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 Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Most recently, he’s questioned the media’s fixation of businessman Donald Trump who’s...
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April 27, 2011
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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 Ron Paul of Texas, businessman-real-estate-developer-reality-TV-star Donald Trump (you better sit down for this) is currently...
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April 25, 2011
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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 requirements of the law… members intend to maintain a high level of ethics and professional...
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April 22, 2011
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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 our families looking over our shoulder, would we be comfortable, proudeven, of the decisions we make?...
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April 20, 2011
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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 of the year… (with five months notice in the bank). “Not long ago,” Linda Feldmann writes in...
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April 18, 2011
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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, a fascinating forum of funny, famous, infamous, way out, and factual confrontations and interviews with real...
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April 15, 2011
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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 and other acts of violence against Arabs. A Turkish supertanker was struck by an Iraqi...
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April 13, 2011
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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 question. I’m not sure Sheen knows himself. That would never happen with Donald Trump. The...
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April 11, 2011
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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, Speaker John Boehner has talked repeatedly about his promise to cut government spending: “We need to cut spending....
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April 8, 2011