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Sam Smith: Rampant Self Promotion

Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 11:05 am | Sam Smith

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL'S claim that this is the tenth anniversary of the blog - as well as some of the critical reaction to the story - led us to our archives to find what we could about our role in this tale. More >>

Sam Smith: America 2.0

Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 10:34 am | Sam Smith

The 2008 presidential campaign has already revealed the slim odds that anyone elected to the White House from either party will help bring America back to life, back to its constitution, back to its ideals, back to sanity and back to reasons for enthusiasm ... More >>

Sam Smith: Who Owns Faith And Values?

Sunday, 10 June 2007, 3:54 pm | Sam Smith

I've received a promo from Jim Wallis of Sojourners that reads in part: "There are very few moments when we have the opportunity to turn the eyes of the nation away from the three-ring circus that our electoral process resembles and onto the concerns ... More >>

Undernews: The Coup In Waiting Peeks Out Again

Thursday, 24 May 2007, 3:02 pm | Sam Smith

PROGRESSIVE REVIEW, 1998 - In "X-Files" one of the characters explains that "FEMA allows the White House to suspend constitutional government upon declaration of a national emergency. It allows creation of a non-elected government. Think about that, ... More >>

Sam Smith: Why Al Sharpton Was Not A Bigot

Monday, 14 May 2007, 12:47 am | Sam Smith

ALTHOUGH the media - brainwashed by years of religious propaganda - hasn't discovered the fact, it is a lot harder to be religious bigot than it is to be an ethnic or homophobic bigot. The reason is that in the latter cases, the target has no choice. ... More >>

Sam Smith: The Liberal War On Free Speech

Monday, 14 May 2007, 12:42 am | Sam Smith

IT'S hard enough defending the First Amendment against the right. But these days one is almost as often likely to find the foe a liberal who believes that free speech only belongs to the righteous, the appropriate and the responsible as defined by ... More >>

Sam Smith: Why Obama Is Called Black

Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 11:08 am | Sam Smith

One of the jobs of a journalist is to keep cleaning up one's own mind. It is so easy to drift into a colloquial world in which habit, cliche and spin conspire to make one an unconscious co-conspirator in the myths of the time. More >>

Sam Smith: Why Obama Attracts The Right

Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 9:39 am | Sam Smith

Harry Truman remarked that whenever anyone said they were bipartisan he knew they were going to vote against him. Barrack Obama is the latest major politician to use this ploy, promising mushy abstractions instead of actual policies, making nice to ... More >>

Why Banning Human Nature Doesn't Work

Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 9:53 am | Sam Smith

We managed to get through the first two hundred years of America with less than half as many laws as we now seem to feel necessary. There is, however, little evidence that the contemporary prohibitionary glut has done us much good. Instead, during ... More >>

Flotsam & Jetsam: Washington Burning

Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 10:11 am | Sam Smith

AN EXTREMELY SAD DAY for your editor and many others in this city. In the course of approximately 12 hours, two buildings of great importance to this city went up in flames, buildings with strong links to my own life and those of many Washingtonians. More >>

Getting Along With Each Other Is Not War Or Law

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 11:42 am | Sam Smith

IN FOLLOWING the Imus affair, I have been struck by how few of the participants had any experience in improving intercultural relations. It reminded me of the TV coverage of the Iraq war where military experts are constantly being called upon ... More >>

Sam Smith: The Flip Side Of Prejudice

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 11:33 am | Sam Smith

The unprecedented, nasty and almost gleeful participation of liberal groups in the suppression of a free media by getting Don Imus fired twice in a week is another warning for the country. What it means simply is that when you go to the polls you ... More >>

Sam Smith: Post Literate America

Friday, 13 April 2007, 10:58 am | Sam Smith

Sitting in Manhattan across from an editor at one of best regarded publishing houses, I asked, "Does good writing still matter?" After a long pause, the editor replied, "Yes, I believe it does." More >>

Sam Smith: Why Don Imus Shouldn't Be Fired

Tuesday, 10 April 2007, 11:29 am | Sam Smith

AL SHARPTON and others who want to dump Don Imus for saying something ethnically rotten about black women - heretofore considered the exclusive province of black men, especially comedians and movie makers - suggests that they haven't been watching ... More >>

Sam Smith: The WTO Story

Thursday, 5 April 2007, 2:03 pm | Sam Smith

WHY BOTHER - The storm broke in the fall of 1999, leading to uprisings on campuses, in Seattle and Washington, and at the political conventions. The protests encompassed both specific complaints and a generic critique. More >>

The Mediacracy: The New Yorker & Democracy

Thursday, 29 March 2007, 2:55 pm | Sam Smith

One of the ways that journalists and their employers dismiss or trivialize a problem they don't want to deal with is to call it a conspiracy theory. Journalists didn't always act that way. There was a time when broad skepticism was one of the hallmarks ... More >>

Sam Smith: The Clinton-Obama-Alinsky Myth

Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 10:43 am | Sam Smith

Peter Slevin of the Washington Post deserves some sort of award in media mythmaking for his piece recreating Clinton and Obama as disciples of the great activist Saul Alinsky. They have in fact followed the teachings of Alinsky about as well as George ... More >>

Sam Smith: The Edwards Campaign Continues

Monday, 26 March 2007, 3:16 pm | Sam Smith

The televised news announcement of Elizabeth Edwards' recurring cancer was one of the most moving political events I've seen in a half century of journalism. I had earlier shifted from being quite cynical about Edwards to being convinced that of ... More >>

The Idea Mill: Facts As An Endangered Species

Wednesday, 21 March 2007, 1:52 pm | Sam Smith

One of the characteristics of government at every level is how much harder it has become to get basic facts. Washington, DC, for many years had an annual report called Indices that was jammed with factual information about what was happening in the ... More >>

Sam Smith: Myth And The Audacity Of Reality

Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 11:49 am | Sam Smith

Living as we do in what seems at times a second Middle Ages - complete with Christian crusades against Islam - we inevitably find our struggles centered on myths rather than on facts and competing philosophies. More >>