NewsBusters Columns

It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which is remarkable considering the bloody “war to end all wars” that ended just two years earlier. Republican presidents shifted their attention from foreign entanglements to economic growth (sound familiar?).



Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today's students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to accommodate. According to Minding the Campus, Penn State University's Office of Vice Provost for Educational Equity employs 66 staff members.



The secular media greet Christmas as a shopping season, and not as a special time for Christianity. They can devote hours of December "news" on which hot toys or gadgets would make great gifts, but not to segments on Christ and his birth. The same applies to the persecution of Christians. The apathy shown by the pro-"human rights" media here is appalling.



The secular media greet Christmas as a shopping season, and not as a special time for Christianity. They can devote hours of December "news" on which hot toys or gadgets would make great gifts, but not to segments on Christ and his birth. The same applies to the persecution of Christians. The apathy shown by the pro-"human rights" media here is appalling.



The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dustup occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President Trump is an immoral man and his impeachment by the House is cause for his immediate removal from office.



For a small snapshot of the media battles that lie ahead in 2020? Take this one small example that spread like wildfire over the Christmas holidays. Six days before Christmas, one Mark Galli, the editor of Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by no less than the late Reverend Billy Graham, penned this editorial.  The headline: "Trump Should Be Removed from Office It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was." 



The end of 2019 brings some grim news for Hollywood bean counters. The year’s box office tally came in roughly 4 percent lower than 2018. That’s the “sharpest decline in 5 years,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. With Dec. 31 fast approaching, industry leader Comscore projected Sunday that box office revenue in North America will hit $11.45 billion for the full year, a decline of 3.6 percent from 2018’s record bounty of $11.88 billion.



Whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored. But that's not necessarily how America sees it, thanks to social media that has done an end run around the press and told the truth. The left still dominates in the cultural space, but it no longer enjoys a monopoly. Let's look at the cultural winners and losers of 2019



Whenever a force on the cultural left flaps its wings, it is saluted. In the rare occasion that the entity advances the cultural right, it's slammed, or ignored. But that's not necessarily how America sees it, thanks to social media that has done an end run around the press and told the truth. The left still dominates in the cultural space, but it no longer enjoys a monopoly. Let's look at the cultural winners and losers of 2019



Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized for his medical school blackface stunt, but he will have much more to apologize for if he signs into law a bill that attacks Virginia citizens' Second Amendment rights. The measure is Senate Bill 16, which would ban “assault” firearms and certain firearm magazines. Since Democrats have seized control of Virginia's General Assembly, they are likely to push hard for strict gun control laws.