Media

Mike Lee’s speech: Bring back Judge Napolitano’s 'Freedom Watch'

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, like Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Texas’s Ted Cruz have added much to the discussion this past semester, but I would like to suggest they misunderstand their forum. As a business model, the Senate today should be looked at as a pirate ship where full and honest discussion is considered seditious and principled management models are eyed suspiciously as cloaking dissent.

In a speech to the Heritage Foundation on Monday, Lee said: “The single most important policy would be federalism,” which means making “as many decisions at the most local level as possible.”

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Bring back the real 'Crossfire'

The word is out. I got calls from reporters about it all weekend: CNN is going to bring back "Crossfire."

Everybody wants to know: Do I think that’s a good idea or not? As a former co-host of "Crossfire," from 1996-2002, here’s my answer: That depends on which "Crossfire" you’re talking about, the real "Crossfire" or the “kiddie” version.

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Mediacracy: Papal selection treated as news cycle

As the College of Cardinals begins to select the next pope, you hear the following said on almost all cable and network television coverage: The cardinals want to make the choice quickly to avoid an image problem.

This is one of the most ridiculous media inventions ever uttered on what has often been called the boob tube. Choosing a pope involves the selection of a man who will have the authority to offer doctrine that is deemed by the Church as infallible.

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Nobody cares about Tiger, and nobody (except defeated Republicans) cares about Benghazi

My answer to Cheri Jacobus is that a) mistakes were made and admitted; b) Hillary emerged from Benghazi with popularity huge enough to win her a presidential landslide.

So c) give it up, Republicans. You lost the election, deal with it; d) nobody cares about Obama golfing with Tiger Woods except bored (and boring) Republicans with nothing better to say, and e) if Republicans want to bang Benghazi forever, Democrats could revisit Bush 43 mocking the CIA warning him about planes flying into buildings before 9/11 or Dick Cheney's role in leaking CIA identities.

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Press cares more about Tiger than Benghazi

It would appear the press cares more about getting access to info on President Obama playing golf with Tiger Woods than it does about getting answers on Benghazi, American deaths and an apparent cover-up by the Obama administration.

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Government meddling with disastrous results

The Obama administration has a new solution to address very high unemployment in the American black community. It intends to bring lawsuits against companies that refuse to hire individuals with criminal records.

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Learning through images

No longer do we learn through subject and verb, but rather through a verbal hybrid of images and slogans designed to spare us the rigors of closely examining issues for ourselves.

Our preoccupation with television imagery has helped make this generation curiously artificial and particularly susceptible to the counterfeit. Essayist Michael J. Arlen has called it the "tyranny of the visual." And countless other critics have lamented about the perils of images supplanting words in this culture.

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If only: As Wash Post mulls a headquarters move, a reminder that I.M. Pei might have been its architect

While researching my biography of Katharine Graham (Power,Privilege and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story), I interviewed I.M. Pei in his New York office.  I wanted to talk to him about the commission in the mid-1960s  to design the Post’s downtown headquarters at 1150 15th St. NW.

Anybody who has seen the building — opened in late 1972 and which one Newsweek editor described to me as “a  box”—  would quickly recognize that Pei lost that commission.  A gentleman of the first order who had been a friend of Kay’s late husband, Phil, Pei was discreet, certainly exhibiting no bitterness.

I did manage, through interviews with people on the editorial and business sides of the Post, to get the back-story of how it happened that Pei was paid $2 million for his time and trouble before architects from Detroit were retained to design the building.

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