Tag Archives: Roger Ailes

Chameleon Politics

In the summer of 1964 it was two weeks at a music camp in Elkhart, Indiana. It took two weeks to get the Pittsburgh accent back. The flattened vowels and the drawl were gone just before that senior year in … Continue reading

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The Search for the Useful Scapegoat

Who lost China? That was the big and rather stupid question in 1949 – the year the Communist Party took over mainland China from the Nationalists. The loss of China to communism had to be someone’s fault, and it had … Continue reading

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Power Shifts

The move to California in 1981 was cool. That was trading a small apartment near a strip mall on the east side of Rochester, New York, for a small walk-up apartment a few steps from the sand here in happening … Continue reading

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From the Front Lines

The reporting was all wrong. Emma Watson (Hermione Grainger from the Harry Potter movies) is not dating Prince Harry – the Australian tabloid item got it all wrong. That tabloid has been sued before of course, but Watson was a … Continue reading

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Knowing How to Know Things Gets Harder

Perhaps the rest of life really is just an extension of high school – the cool kids know what’s really going on, which amazes everyone, and makes everyone else envious, but maybe the rebels and the punks really know what’s … Continue reading

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Breaking the Authoritarian Mold

There may be a thousand reasons that CNN, the Most Trusted Name in News, has become the cable news channel of last resort. Viewers turn to CNN when there’s some sort of massive natural disaster or a new war, or … Continue reading

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Sex and the Single Republican

“Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things. One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for … Continue reading

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