Anyone can say anything about another on social media, even charge rape, and it’s extremely hard to recover from the effects. It isn’t just Cosby’s hide here; it’s everyone’s. This intersection of freedom and responsibility has rarely been so vivid and presents new challenges to the personal moral code that undergirds our legal system.
This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college — and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally “yes,” but with one big qualification.
These allegations do not “tarnish” his legacy. If true, they become his legacy, reducing to a distant second all his achievements, all those aspirational lectures about values, all those doors he opened and laughter he earned.
The climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions, would be not just economic suicide for the United States but economic suicide without purpose.
It’s true that there was a big national argument about the Affordable Care Act. It’s also true that the press covered it extensively. But an argument is not the same thing as a debate, never mind a transparent one.
President Barack Obama has now officially abandoned the harder path — not because the issues surrounding immigration will never be resolved (a case no one has adequately made) but because he wants to be the president to resolve them.
News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
If one thing defines the Internet, it’s that everyone has equal access to post on it. But depending on what the Federal Communications Commission does next, we could see what a former FCC chairman calls “the corporate abrogation of free speech.”
It amazes me that half a century ago people their age fought for civil rights, women’s rights and an end to a useless war in Southeast Asia using no technology more sophisticated than mimeograph machines and rotary dial telephones, while kids with iPads and social media accounts feel helpless to make themselves heard.
After a series of national elections that empowered two parties on an ideological collision course, Americans are about to be treated to a magnified version of everything they hate: overreach, backlash, deadlock, threats and lasting bitterness. It is like a Shakespearian drama — without the interesting characters and quality dialogue.
Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless. In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy.
Americans for generations have wondered why our politicians treat us as if we’re stupid. Previously, in searching for evidence of rampant stupidity, all you had to do was consider that millions of Americans wear Crocs (stupid plastic footwear).
People for whom everything is about politics tend to forget that most of us do not see the world that way. Red or blue, left or right, most Americans simply want a government that works, that gets things done, and a nation that stands for something, that means something in the world beyond just a parcel of land where a bunch of people live.
Big Data is in its infancy, but focus groups, polling and other kinds of market research have been staple tools of political consultants for decades. Pop quiz: Have these techniques yielded better, more responsive or more representative politicians and public policies?
Barack Obama is a gifted politician. But a president is judged by the gifts he leaves behind. Following his fourth national election as party leader, Democrats are taking stock of what they have received.
A study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center informs us that America’s least-trusted news source is conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, rated unreliable by almost 40 percent of all Americans. The also conservative Fox “News” follows closely at 37 percent. So America’s least-trusted news sources are also its most popular; Limbaugh’s show is No. 1 on radio, and Fox is the highest-rated cable news outlet.
The zombies of “The Walking Dead” might as well be a metaphor for Ebola or earthquakes or meteor strikes. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, zombies must feast on the flesh of the living. Only fools curse the sun for setting.