Category Archives: Politics

Donald Trump bungles facts, history on General John Pershing, Pigs, and Muslims

Did GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump confuse fiction for fact when he recounted a story last week for an audience at a South Carolina campaign stop? The fable involves former WWI General John J. Pershing’s service in the Philippines in the early … Continue reading

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Obama administration rejects Keystone XL pipeline project

Today President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it official. TransCanada’s 2,639-mile long Keystone XL project will not be permitted to build and operate on U.S. soil a multi-billion dollar pipeline. It was rejected because President Obama … Continue reading

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ABC News strikes out on live coverage of Obama “fiscal cliff” remarks

NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox?  They were all there Monday providing live coverage when President Barack Obama delivered remarks saying it looked like an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff was “in sight.”  One exception: ABC News. The network was missing … Continue reading

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What’s the matter with Kansas: Public health, disasters and diseases

I don’t get it. Neither does Kansas Governor Sam Brownback nor other state political leaders. I’ve always been proud of Kansas. It’s where I was raised, educated and spent a third of my professional life. I always felt Kansas politicians … Continue reading

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CNN, Fox News credibility in question after Supreme Court ruling

It’s what CNN and Fox News didn’t do about yesterday’s inaccurate reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that will likely impact their credibility. More for CNN. Less for Fox News. Got it first…Got it wrong In the race to … Continue reading

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The Secret Service disconnect: Sex trafficking

I’m not the first to ask, but I will anyway- What was the disconnect with the Secret Service and U.S. military members who, according to federal investigators, allegedly paid to have sex with Columbian prostitutes? The men are alleged to … Continue reading

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XL pipeline- Getting the facts straight

Every big controversy seems to generate its own information fog.  Facts may be  incomplete or missing altogether. Reporting can get fuzzy. The debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is no different. Rhetoric abounds. Facts may be iffy. The question … Continue reading

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The Keystone XL pipeline: Missing the point

The controversy surrounding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline reached new heights Friday when the U.S. State Department hosted the last in a series of public hearings on the 1,700 mile pipeline. It would carry tar sand crude oil from Canada … Continue reading

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J-notes and such: April 4-10

Some passing notes from the journalism, new media, advertising/PR landscape- Larry King Returns to TV — as Infomercial Pitchman: Ad Age Daily reports that Larry King is getting back in the endorsement business nationally less than a year after his … Continue reading

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Open records requests drive new controversy

Two interesting open records cases are unfolding in Wisconsin and Michigan. Both raise important questions about access to public documents, the concept of academic freedom, vigorous public discourse and the motives of those seeking public records. Wisconsin The Wisconsin Republican … Continue reading

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