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Facebook, Other Social Media, Are Caught in the Crosshairs

Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, are under attack from across the political spectrum, and even from within the confines of Facebook itself.   The Trump Administration and the Justice Department are looking at rolling back some of the legal protections that Facebook and all other social media sites have enjoyed for more than two decades.   As The Wall Street Journal reported,...

John Bolton Seeks to Publish; the White House Seeks to Punish

Just when former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s quest to publish his tell-all book about his time in the White House appeared to be reaching fruition, the White House fired back. The U.S. Justice Department filed suit on June 16 accusing Bolton of breach of contract by violating his nondisclosure agreement with the Administration. The complaint says the legal action was...

The Coronavirus Tests Free Speech

Appeared in Issues and Insights.  The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the absolute best in some of our fellow citizens. Chief among them, of course, are the selfless heroes working in the health care and first responder industries. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also shown the worst in others. Bigots and xenophobes have been harassing, shaming, and – quite literally – spitting on Chinese Americans and...

During the Police Brutality Demonstrations, Officers and Protesters Alike Target the News Media

“I’m getting shot!” screamed local Louisville TV reporter Kaitlin Rush while live on air.  An anchor back in the studio asked who the pepper-ball gun-wielder was targeting.  “At us!  Directly at us!” she replied.  The gun-wielder? A police officer.  In the mayhem surrounding the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, some of those targeted – by both police officers...