Saving The New York Times

April 2nd, 2009

Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the financially troubled New York Times, said in a speech at Stanford University today, Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause. Maybe they should get a bailout from the government.  Then we could own The New York Times, and the White House and Democrats in Congress […]


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The Fairness Doctrine

February 5th, 2009

Seems that the ill-named Fairness Doctrine may be rearing its ugly head again.  It’s nothing more than a device to stifle free speech, originated in the 1920s when radio was the only broadcast medium and frequencies were scarce.  Since then, politicians, mostly liberals, have sporadically used it as a political tool to shut down opposing points of view.  […]


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The Newseum

January 31st, 2009

A friend just tipped me to The Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C. that’s devoted to, well, the news.  As stated on the website, The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. … The Newseum features seven […]


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Coleman vs. Franken

January 6th, 2009

These words can be found in Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution: Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members…. Either the House of Representatives or the Senate can refuse to seat anyone sent to join it by any congressional district or state.  This power is […]


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The Future of Journalism

December 29th, 2008

Are newspapers about to go the way of the Pony Express, replaced by the faster, wider, longer reach of the Internet? Is blogging the future of journalism? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since retiring from a newspaper career and exploring the Internet in search of new possibilities for publishing my writing. Modern American […]


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