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Survivor of 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre 'Very Happy Obama Didn't Come to Paris'

In a new interview Laurent Léger, investigations editor of Charlie Hebdo and a survivor of the January 7th assault on the magazine's Paris office, condemned President Obama for his administration's attack on press freedom. "You have to be very happy [Obama] didn't come to the march in Paris," said Léger. Show More Summary

SOTU's Optimism and Populism - Is Obama a Roaring Lion or Lame Duck?

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green After Obama's popular SOTU agenda to "I won twice," Matalin and Corn debate if he will shape the next two years or 10 with his framework of An Economy for All. Sure looks like he has already now that McConnell...Show More Summary

Saudi Myths

Many are voicing surprise at the comments of IMF head Christine Lagarde following the death of the Saudi monarch: He was a great leader. He implemented lots of reforms, at home, and in a very discreet way, he was a great advocate for woman. Show More Summary

Deflated Footballs: Mother Nature Didn't Do It

Unless you are Rip van Winkle, you are well aware that the footballs in the game in New England were underinflated. There is talk that the weather is to blame. If you run the numbers, the equation looks like this: To do the calculation,...Show More Summary

Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with painful new ironies and tired old remedies

It's not hard to imagine the scorn that the artists and writers of Charlie Hebdo might have heaped on the dour protests their deaths provoked. I could see a cartoon lampooning the political luminaries and cultural lions who turned out, trudging along in solemn procession holding placards that insist they too are Charlie. Show More Summary

How to Restore Trust in News

To Restore Trust in News, We Need Less Click Bait, More Accountability This is an evolving discussion in response to hopeful signs from people in the news industry who are committed to seriously trustworthy journalism. My personal bias is simply that I'm a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. Show More Summary

Let's Talk Baloney With Joy Behar

Let's talk about baloney, shall we? I'm not talking about the meat you put in a sandwich. I'm talking about celiac disease -- a serious genetic condition that television personality Joy Behar dubbed as "baloney" on the Jan. 20, 2015 episode of MSNBC's Morning Joe show. Show More Summary

Douglas Murray Defends Free Speech to Those Who Question Why You Exercise Your Freedom

British journalist Douglas Murray provides a brilliant example of how to push back against a perverse narrative, after the Paris murders of journalists and Jews by fundamentalist Muslims. Murray begins by rejecting the premise of the...Show More Summary

American Sniper and the Politics of Ignorance

As a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I looked forward to the release of the film American Sniper, and my wife and I saw it as soon as we could. I found it an excellent portrayal of one exceptional serviceman's experience. My wife called it the best depiction she's seen of what a spouse goes through during deployments. The controversy surprised me. Show More Summary

Turning the News Into Action With the Action Button

News is information we consume passively, except when it really pisses us off. In October 2012, having just graduated with a degree in Poli-Sci and interning with an NGO start-up focused on ending extreme poverty, the most disturbing of events took place. Show More Summary

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment, "Protesters Out to Reclaim King's Legacy, but in Era That Defies Comparison," by Tanzina Vega, dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge. Show More Summary

The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex

The front page of yesterday's New York Times revealed a house of horrors at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, situated on the plains of western Nebraska. In a superb but deeply disturbing piece of investigative, long-form journalism,...Show More Summary

Joint Responsibility for Freedom of Expression Worldwide

Social media activists have filled cyberspace with comments and arguments, criticising or justifying the presence of this or that leader at the gathering held in Paris in support of the people of France after the brutal killing, in two...Show More Summary

The Digital Explosion and the Scandal Industry

Harry, a client of mine years ago, was the crisis management point man for one of the world's biggest chemical companies. He told me he knew it was time to retire when, after a chemical spill, the CEO called him and said, "Get up here...Show More Summary

Why Does the New York Times Give Equal Time to a Hate Group?

There it is again -- like a poke in the eye. The front page story in last Saturday's New York Times on the Supreme Court's decision to grant review in four marriage equality cases featured a classic pair of dueling quotes: First, Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal extolling the growing national embrace of equality. Show More Summary

60 Years of Sound Bites to Remember

Some of the best sound bites of all time were spoken long before my time listening for, editing and narrating them. A good sound bite packs emotion, opinion, news value and personality, and leaps into a reporter's ear. Franklin Delano...Show More Summary

Less Is No(t) More

Let's start with the most important information first, albeit the most obvious: Domestic violence is a crisis in this country. It is corrosive to the fabric of our culture, and needs to be stopped. Dedicating substantial resources to...Show More Summary

Super Bowl 2015 Advertising Predictions

Yes, I know there's a "big game" on Super Bowl Sunday, there always is. Who shows, who wins, who loses...yes, that's all important. But what really matters is the advertising! It's the official holiday of marketing, after all! Now that we've narrowed down to the final teams and the hysteria is setting in, speculation is rising on the advertising too. Show More Summary

Looking for Nigeria's Story

One day in Nairobi, my mother went to visit her friend, and they watched together a Nigerian movie called Suicide Mission, and she came back singing the praises of that movie. She promised to bring us a video cassette of Suicide Mission...Show More Summary

The Right to Hold a Pen

On Jan. 7, people around the world woke up to the news that militants had attacked the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine, killing 12. By Jan. 8, you would be hard-pressed to find someone with access to the Internet, newspapers or any media sources who didn't know the name "Charlie Hebdo" or the now iconic image of the red pencil. Show More Summary

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