Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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November 27, 2016, 7:24 PM EST

Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable. Otherwise this comes across as delusional.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations," made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.

November 24, 2016, 10:33 AM EST

Even on his way out the door, they can't get off their bended knee. The last eight years have provided countless examples of media fawning over President Obama -- make that last dozen years, since his coming-out party at the Democrats' national convention in Boston.

November 22, 2016, 7:42 PM EST

Yet more evidence of a world turned upside down since Donald Trump won the presidency and charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation predictably plummeted -- National Public Radio is no longer a safe space for liberals to opine.

At least it wasn't early today for former congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, one of the main architects of the housing bubble that brought down the economy a decade ago and a man who has surprisingly managed to remain out of prison for his role in the debacle.

 

November 21, 2016, 12:47 PM EST

Less than two weeks after an election that sent liberals desperately searching for a dwindling number of safe spaces where they'll be shielded from opinions they don't share, the top editor at the reliably leftward Boston Globe has told his staff they must be "open" to new ways of covering President-elect Donald Trump and his administration.

Globe editor Brian McGrory sent out a message Friday to the paper's reporters and editors, with a full copy making its way to media critic/Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy and his widely read blog, Media Nation.
 

November 20, 2016, 7:51 PM EST

Predictions of Saturday Night Live's demise could be premature. Last night's show did something it hasn't in ages -- made me howl with laughter. Granted, I had to be patient. It wasn't until the third bit, after the cold open with Alec Baldwin again impersonating President-elect Trump as clueless and boorish, followed by host and former cast member Kristen Wiig and a huge cast of supporting players presenting a musical history lesson on Thanksgiving that was little more than a jab at "fake news" that liberals have deemed one of many convenient scapegoats for Hillary Clinton's inexplicable loss.

November 18, 2016, 7:38 AM EST

Little more than a week after Donald Trump won the presidency and sent the left into a collective meltdown that has the added benefit of being hilarious to watch, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show has emerged as must-see cable TV for transparently idiotic efforts to delegitimize Trump.

Maddow is raising the issue of Trump possibly hiring his son-in-law Jared Kushner, husband of daughter Ivanka, for a high-profile role in the White House as advisor or special counsel.

November 16, 2016, 8:36 PM EST

Latest contender for world's thinnest book -- The Clinton Campaign Songbook. There's only one song and her followers know it by heart, yet they never tire of singing it.

Lending her voice today to that ongoing choir was top Clinton spokeswoman/MSNBC commentator Karen Finney appearing CNN's At This Hour with John Berman and Kate Bolduan.

November 16, 2016, 10:32 AM EST

Brace yourself, it's already begun -- The Purge. Only a week since Donald Trump's unlikely ascension to the presidency, he's already taking aim at the very heart of democracy, as those working in journalism so often claim they embody. Late last night, NBC Nightly News ran a story with this deeply troubling headline -- "As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency."

November 15, 2016, 8:54 PM EST

Remember how Hillary Clinton in her concession speech and President Obama in his first remarks after the election claimed they were determined to do all in their power -- and more! -- to make sure that Donald Trump succeeds?

Yeah, I didn't believe them either. Now we're seeing concrete evidence that it was empty rhetoric and the shivs are out. Any time a liberal tells you that all he wants to do is help, you deserve the inevitable con that follows if you fall for it.

November 13, 2016, 8:59 PM EST

It's been one helluva week for MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, along with so many of her smug cohorts in the formerly safe ideological space known as the United States, since Donald Trump winning the election confirmed their long-held suspicion that they do in fact live in Amerikkka. 

November 13, 2016, 1:32 PM EST

You just knew there'd fireworks on at least one of the Sunday shows this morning on the first weekend after Donald Trump's earth-shaking upset in winning the presidency. That there was, and it was a thing to behold.

It began after longtime GOP conservative Mary Matalin questioned whether Democrat activist/CNN commentator Van Jones had walked back his election night claim that Trump's victory was propelled by a "whitelash" of angry white working class voters motivated by racial animus.

November 11, 2016, 8:30 PM EST

Now that they're slightly less shell shocked after their world was flipped upside down and shaken on that extended downer of an election night, liberals appear to be taking stock of the sobering new reality confronting them.

An example of this was evident on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show last night when Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, odds-on favorite to lead Democrats post-Hillary, decided it no longer serves any purpose in publicly insulting Trump's supporters regardless of her actual opinions about them.

November 10, 2016, 8:43 PM EST

Remember how liberals went over-the-top apoplectic when Donald Trump declined to explicitly state that he would accept the results of the election? And what are we seeing after Trump's victory? The most infantile elements of the left -- pardon the redundancy -- engaging in a collective hissy fit and refusing to accept the results of the election.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tried last night to serve up a justifiable rationale for this churlish refusal and instead made a laughable analogy.

November 9, 2016, 5:13 PM EST

Among many moments of smarmy media contempt for Donald Trump during a long election night, Chris Matthews' exchange with former New York City mayor and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani was an early contender for most self-righteous.

It came prior to polls closing on the East Coast and not a single state having been decided, and long before the magnitude of Trump's seismic victory set in.

October 31, 2016, 12:05 PM EDT

Turns out there's at least one benefit to Hillary Clinton's run for president -- it provides a glimpse of a previously unseen aspect to filmmaker Michael Moore's personality.

Moore revealed this on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher over the weekend while talking with the host and actress/comedian Chelsea Handler about Clinton's "badass" awesomeness.

October 22, 2016, 7:55 PM EDT

Vanity Fair magazine just ended its third annual "New Establishment Summit" in San Francisco, a three-day conclave bringing together "titans of technology, politics, business, media and the arts for inspiring conversations on the issues and innovations shaping the future." More accurately, what the magazine's predominantly liberal readership would deem "inspiring." At least one of those conversations, between New York magazine writer Frank Rich and purported humorist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Fran Lebowitz, hardly qualifies.

October 18, 2016, 3:11 PM EDT

GOP nominee Donald Trump is alleging the game is rigged against him from a disturbing combo of inevitable voting fraud and slanted media coverage of the campaign. Predictably, media stalwarts blithely dismiss Trump's allegation as paranoid and delusional.

Perhaps they should not be so quick to laugh it off, given the media's track record when it comes to fiction fobbed off as journalism.

October 11, 2016, 8:06 PM EDT

Nearly all the attention toward WikiLeaks' release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign has focused on what's contained in the correspondence. It's what is conspicuously absent from them that is also worthy of scrutiny.

On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh demonstrated one of the reasons he continues to draw the biggest audience in the industry -- by pointing out something no one else apparently noticed that, in hindsight, appears obvious.

October 9, 2016, 10:49 AM EDT

They try, they really do, but those earnest sorts at state-run media known as National Public Radio can't hide their true colors.

This is especially true when the media outlet's reporters, editors and assorted hangers-on talk among themselves, as on the NPR Politics podcast.

October 8, 2016, 10:11 PM EDT

Left-wing court jester Bill Maher wasted little time last night condemning GOP nominee Donald Trump's crude, demeaning comments about women as caught on an open microphone back in 2005. But in the process, Maher demonstrated how he's probably not the person that liberals want leading the charge this time around.

A single example of Maher's hypocrisy on this would be one thing -- how about three? And that's from last night's show alone.