Tag Archives: Trump and the Press

Beyond Truthful Hyperbole

Thanksgiving is that odd holiday that’s neither religious nor patriotic. It’s not about God or Country. Thanksgiving is secular and contemplative. Step back. Things aren’t that bad. Give thanks. Things could be much worse, and they aren’t, at the moment. … Continue reading

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Well On the Way to Ending America

The press is the enemy of the people. No president had ever said that before. That’s Hitler stuff. Putin says that. Erdogan in Turkey and Duterte in the Philippines and al-Sisi in Egypt say that. American presidents don’t. They never … Continue reading

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Acknowledged Reality

The guy might not be dead. He might be running a bicycle repair shop in Oslo or something, with Elvis. Who knows? No one knows. Don’t jump to conclusions. But don’t be stupid. President Trump had to give up and … Continue reading

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The First Duty of Intelligent Men

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. That is what George Orwell was saying in 1939, in a review of a new book by Bertrand Russell: That is merely to say that we have now sunk … Continue reading

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Anger as Argument

Donald Trump lives in the perpetual present. He reacts. Then, when he finds out that his visceral reaction has caused no end of trouble, he blames others for the mess – Obama or Hillary or the media or the Deep … Continue reading

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The Last Saturday Night

In January 1976 – a long time ago – Saturday Night topped the charts – a feel-good song recorded by the Scottish pop-rock band Bay City Rollers – the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” as they were known, and then forgotten. The song was awful, … Continue reading

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What Trump Knows

So, about computers – understand that the enemy back in high school was Carl Maria von Weber – his clarinet stuff. The private lessons with the guy from the Pittsburgh Symphony always led there – to the core solo pieces … Continue reading

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