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Half of U.S. adults believe fake news and information “is a very big problem in the country today,” reports said, ranking fifth on a list of 11 issues, including drug addiction and affordable health care. […] Read More

The United States is the symbol of freedom. However, instead of welcoming immigrants fleeing gang warfare, prostitution, rape and grinding poverty, we lob tear gas at them. What kind of picture is that? […] Read More

Do we make a pact with the devil if the money is good enough? In the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, we face a test of our morality and the extent to which we are willing to bend our ethics for utilitarian purposes. […] Read More

World Press Freedom Day was observed earlier this month (May 3). This day is promoted annually by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to its website, it “is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks […] Read More

The Tennessean announced last week its decision to eliminate anonymous online postings by readers using pseudonyms. The newspaper said it will require that readers disclose their identity through a Facebook account. The news story began with an account of what happened to Randy Rayburn, a restaurateur, who had publicly and vigorously opposed a state law […] Read More

I am usually amused when I read letters to the editor bemoaning the fact that the paper is too liberal. What we should instead bemoan is that the paper is too white. The media is usually the lens by which we view the world. Yet, at a more profound level, what we consider to be […] Read More

DENVER (RNS) Religion reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times won top honors Saturday (Sept. 25) at the 2010 Religion Newswriters Association’s annual awards competition. The RNA also honored former New York Times religion reporter Gustav Niebuhr with its William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. Niebuhr, who left the beat in 2001, […] Read More

“You’re entitled to your own opinions,” the saying begins. “But you’re not entitled to your own facts.” Maybe not. But we’re at least entitled to ignore or deny as many facts as necessary to reach a conclusion more suited to our palate. Time magazine media critic James Poniewozik thoughtfully examines this state of affairs in […] Read More

Two items in the Oct. 27 issue of the News & Observer were particularly distressing. The first was a front-page story, along with several sidebars, regarding shenanigans carried on by former governor Mike Easley. Previous articles had revealed shady real estate deals that got the guv a big discount on a waterfront lot, and too […] Read More

A week ago my wife and I decided to join her family at the North Georgia State Fair. With a looming vacation to Disney World next week, it seemed like a reasonable litmus test of our 4-year-old’s patience and willingness to ride the rides. Somewhere between my turkey leg and funnel cake, my father-in-law had […] Read More