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Media Marginalia Madness

Generally, marginalia refers to notes at the side of pages in a book, often by readers as comment for a subsequent review or for research. There does not appear to be a definable date at which “news” in the United… Read More ›

Myth, Fact, Ideology

With the exception of some diehard fans of conspiracy theories and QAnon addicts, there are few, if any, celebrations of the cacophony (perhaps magacophony is better) that presently envelops our civil discourse. Especially since the advent of universally available social… Read More ›

Words Matter–Even For You, Rudy

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the New York Daily News, June 25, 2021. Many observers have been wondering about the antics of attorneys advocating bizarre election theories and the ethics of practicing law. This opinion catches the idea. Words have consequences,… Read More ›

Vetting Facts Before the Fact

The Washington Post reported that the former president told 30,573 lies during his four years in office, with more than half being in the final year. Fact checking the 45th president emerged as a premier occupation or fascination during the… Read More ›

Cancel the Culture of Democracy

At times, we are moved to shake our heads in wonder at the adaptability of politicians, especially right wingers, and more especially Republican conservatives (if, in fact, there is a difference in those terms), to coopt a concept for their… Read More ›

Accountability is Not Cancel Culture

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The Washington Post, January 31, 2021. Ms. Sullivan’s analysis is very instructive. By Margaret Sullivan According to the Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, nothing less than a “social justice mob” descended on Politico after it gave a guest-editing slot… Read More ›