Summary: Immigration is one of the big -- perhaps the biggest -- story of our time. Yet we know little about it, in part because the news media filter what we see. Only fringe sources give us glimpses of truth, albeit with their own biases. Here is one, conveying a litany of bad news. "Let … Continue reading The Gatestone Institute tells us the hidden dark stories about immigrants in Europe
Summary: Campaign 2016 and the advent of Trump have brought the crisis in journalism to the front pages. Fake news, conflicts with the president, calls for advocacy journalism, loss of the public's trust -- together these are forcing journalists to reconsider the craft and their business. Failure to find solutions will mean a new information … Continue reading Trump brings the crisis in journalism to a flashpoint
Summary: The Trump-Russia story creates a situation without parallel since Watergate (Iran-Contra was a sideshow). The news gives us the usual confusing mish-mash. Here is an outline of the story, with links and pointers to the best analysis I have seen so far. Read, decide for yourself -- and watch this story evolve. See the follow-up: Deciphering … Continue reading Here are the facts so far about the Trump-Russia file.
Summary: Monday's debate shows the limit of fact-checking, even in those rare cases where it's politically neutral. While useful in small doses, it boosts our obsession with the trivial aspects of the race and obscures the great issues at stake. Also, it's seldom done with a neutral viewpoint -- becoming glib defenses of the established … Continue reading Fact-checking: useful, until it becomes politically biased trivial pursuit
Summary: The latest Gallup poll about the public's trust in the media has bad news about this key industry -- and for America, which relies on this to make the Republic run. It's another industry ripe for disruption. We can only guess if for the better or worse. Watch an industry die: the long decline … Continue reading Gallup sounds the death knell for the news media. Disruption coming!