Other Commentaries

The press is not trusted or popular

CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question that asked: “How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?” If a regular viewer of CNN were to choose ...

Diversity flaps are often manufactured

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, left-wing ...

The gang that couldn’t threaten straight

It was inevitable. Eventually, President Donald Trump would treat a foreign adversary as harshly as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was on the receiving end of the alliteration heard around the world, when Trump promised “fire and fury” if Pyongyang ...

Blackout of Thomas, Sowell, Williams shameful

Clarence Thomas, one of nine members of the Supreme Court and the second black to ever join the Court, is not in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Asked to explain Thomas’ absence, the chief spokeswoman for the Smithsonian said, “The ...

People, politics and polarization

People, politics and polarization seem to be the order of the day. It is almost impossible these days to look at any political issue absent a complete and total fidelity to one point of view. Heaven forbid the pundit or political person who has the audacity to weigh differing points of ...

The message from Pennsylvania to Washington: Get tax reform done

For me, being a small-business owner isn’t just about business — it’s about family. As the President of Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers — a third-generation, family-owned business that has been in operation for over 80 years and employs 100 people across two states in five ...

TV makers can’t stop ripping Republicans

The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO’s 111. Hulu ...

How did Dems’ IT scandal suspects get here?

Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s tax dollars subsidized their ...

Acosta can’t handle the facts

CNN reporter Jim Acosta pitched another fit in the White House briefing room on Aug. 2, asserting that President Trump’s immigration policy was refuted by a poem engraved on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty. Trump aide Stephen Miller fought him tooth and nail, slamming him for a ...

The ‘anti-diversity screed’ that wasn’t

The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over ...

Sanctuary cities vs. hideouts

In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary was available ...

Rigid party strategies pave lane for outsider

“The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in the polls. Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a ...

Automation is nothing new

In recent years, some people have become convinced that the digital revolution will lead to mass unemployment. The solution, they say, is to provide a Universal Basic Income so that every American receives enough money to live on whether they work or not. hope of some UBI dreamers is that ...

Stephen Miller TKOs Jim Acosta

When Donald Trump’s policy adviser Stephen Miller stepped into the White House briefing recently to defend a plan for reducing levels of legal immigration, Jim Acosta of CNN was aghast and let everyone know it. Put aside that Acosta believed it was his role to argue one side of a hot-button ...

Common sense uncommon in Washington

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing ...

Once again, the guardrails hold

WASHINGTON — A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even ...

Authentic Republican wisdom

American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

What about ‘chaos’ in Clinton White House?

In a newspaper piece about a White House in turmoil, a prominent paper described an atmosphere of beleaguered aides confused by their unscripted boss, a man who needed a “rudder on what many believed was a loose and listing ship.” This is not from a recent piece about President Donald ...

Competing to glamorize abortion

The website Deadline reports that there are not one but two movie projects attempting to glorify an underground abortion collective in Chicago that operated in the four years before the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion. One radical feminist at the Jezebel blog proclaimed ...

75 years ago — my wonderful summer of ‘42

For most Americans the summer of 1942 was a terrible time: it was the first year of the War which was going badly — Japan was advancing everywhere in Asia, Germany dominated Europe, U-boats were sinking ships up and down the coast and our men were continually leaving for the services. ...