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A Rambling Tale of No Consequence

A trip through the Wikipedia rabbit hole from Trump's fabulists, to the artful lies of Iraqi War provocateur Ahmed Chalabi, to the group supremacy of The Me Too Movement.

How Facebook is Destroying America

The biggest challenge to explaining the evil of social media and the existential threat it poses to free speech, freedom of expression, a free...

The Futurist Case for Fuck, Shit and Sentence Frags

People used to say human knowledge doubled every seven years when I was breaking into journalism in the 1990s, but futurists claim the breakneck pace of...

Confessions of a Journalism Lifer

I was lambasting the journalism posers who are getting rich destroying the Des Moines Register a couple weeks back – my newest guilty pleasure...

Enjoying the Slow Death of America’s Free Press

I'm a big fan of Albert Einstein's definition of insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." So much so...

How to Save America’s Free Press

As a journalism lifer nothing grinds my gears more than when some well-paid sellout in public relations starts opining about what needs to be...

Ted Koppel laces into Faux News

Iconic newsman Ted Koppel is being widely praised by his fellow journalism lifers this week for his scathing Sunday morning debate with Faux News propagandist...

News Scrap: Cynical Times vs NY Times

I'm still getting some interesting feedback from last week's infiltrator column. The strangest so far occurred when a New York Times reporter publicly confronted...

Newsroom Insider: Toxic Colleagues

I was one day into a new job at a medium-sized paper in the Midwest when one of my colleagues began peppering me with...

Newsroom Insider: Disclosing Potential Conflicts

Journalism has its share of ethical lapses and the routine assignment of unionized reporters to labor stories without disclosing those ties is one of...

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