why is michael cohen telling it all to a “conservative” publisher?

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RAW STORY’S TOP STORIES newsletter ar­rived at 5:51 AM today. The head­line that caught my at­ten­tion was “Michael Cohen is writing a bomb­shell tell-all book on Pres­i­dent Trump to be re­leased be­fore the elec­tion.” The story was at­trib­uted to Tom Bog­gioni (April 18, 2020), who ac­knowl­edged his source as the Daily Beast in his first para­graph. That first para­graph states that “Michael Cohen is hard at work on a tell-all book about the pres­i­dent that should be pub­lished be­fore the No­vember elec­tion [and] will ‘spill the beans’ on the president’s an­tics and deal­ings.” READ MORE

patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

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I DON’T FOLLOW EDITORIAL CARTOONING, al­though I cer­tainly ap­pre­ciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many bril­liant in­di­vid­uals who com­bine po­lit­ical and so­cial in­sight with in­tel­li­gence and with along with the ability to draw! While I have paid a cer­tain amount of at­ten­tion to avid Horsey, part of that is be­cause he is so well known here in the Pa­cific North­west. READ MORE

the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

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WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. Mostly I give straight an­swers to ques­tions about Elvis or the Bea­tles or rock & roll in gen­eral. READ MORE

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. READ MORE

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE IS A DOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­erals be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Donald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gaging other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the person who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that asking it dis­plays his feel­ings and opinion about the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion as being rea­son­able. READ MORE

the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america’s surface

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I SKIPPED “MONSTER TALK” with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tidCon in the latest Skeptic newsletter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn’t at­tract my in­terest. Nor did common mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­tical and fra­ternal twins. But I did eye the key ar­ticle by Carol Tavris. READ MORE

lies, damn lies, fake news, and the misinformation ecosystem

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FAKE NEWS AIN’T NEW NEWS. The term has been in fairly reg­ular if not quite common use for years: it ini­tially re­ferred to the mis/disinformation and pro­pa­ganda cir­cu­lated by the thou­sands of well-connected, rightwing radio talk shows for pro­pa­ganda. It grew to even vaster pro­por­tions with the emer­gence of the mil­lions of ‘con­ser­v­a­tive’ web­sites and blogs known as the Rightwing Bl­o­gos­phere. READ MORE

when my people are in control vs. when your people are in control

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A RECENT QUORA posed the ques­tion, “Why is there such an­i­mosity be­tween lib­erals and con­ser­v­a­tives in the United States?” A Tom Wetzel of­fered an in­tel­li­gent com­ment that opened with this state­ment: “It’s ironic in a cer­tain way. Both De­moc­rats and Re­pub­li­cans es­pouse forms of lib­eral ide­ology that are in­tensely pro-capitalist.”

This is, of course, true, al­though few in ei­ther party ei­ther re­alize it or give it much thought when they do. READ MORE

telling the truth usually requires facts

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TRUTH MATTERS!


FACTS MATTER!

 

And telling the truth usu­ally re­quires facts. Anyone telling you oth­er­wise is ei­ther very, very stupid—or is trying to get some­thing from you that you re­ally, re­ally don’t want to give up.

 


Car­toon by Nate Beeler of The Columbus dis­patch.

The fol­lowing is the en­tire guest ed­i­to­rial “Truth, Lies and Numb­ness” by Roger Cohen for the Opinion Pages of the Au­gust 24, 2017, edi­tion of The New York Times. READ MORE