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Thoughtlets.XLVII.

Just when news anchors’ hemorrhoid-inducing overuse of mindless phrases such as walk it back and double down starts to wane, another wave of brain-deadening soundbites inevitably waxes. And at its crest is the phrase bad actors. This phrase doesn’t refer… Read More ›

Thoughtlets . xxxviii.

Lately I’ve been troubled by laughing-at-stupid-people infotainment, especially in partisan news media, and on both sides of the political spectrum. I’d like to watch a broadcast that doesn’t devolve into some version of nanny-nanny-poo-poo-you-have-stinky-pants. That the frowning anchor wears a suit… Read More ›

Thoughtlets. xxxvi.

Tacitus, an Roman historian, writes these words in the Annals sometime around 117 CE, “I wanted to dispel the fictions of hearsay, and to ask people into whose hands my book may come not to prefer widely circulated and eagerly accepted… Read More ›

Thoughtlets .xiv.

Dear News-Media folks, It’s hard to take you seriously when you report Tweets. It appears that Tweets are to journalists as seeds are to chickens, fodder for mindless feeding frenzies.