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    Dishonesty rather than stupidity among media audiences

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online considers the absurd lengths to which his news organization goes to avoid offending readers. I don’t think most people who read the news are too stupid to understand the news. I think they are too dishonest. I am frankly embarrassed that we’ve…
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2020
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    The media’s continuing decline

    David Catron of the American Spectator looks into the long-term impact of media malfeasance. During a recent CNN interview, New Yorker editor David Remnick expressed consternation with the public’s refusal to accept at face value what the news media report about President Trump. Our intransigence, it seems, is…
    Mitch Kokai, December 31, 2019
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    An interesting take on the world’s most influential books

    Larry Alex Taunton offers American Spectator readers a list of his choices for history’s top 10 most influential books. 10. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890), Alfred Thayer Mahan My first entry will surprise some readers. It is also the most recent work to be included on…
    Mitch Kokai, December 30, 2019
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    Rand Paul challenges social media giants

    John McCormack of National Review Online details the Kentucky senator’s latest campaign. Kentucky senator Rand Paul is signing on to a bill attempting to help a struggling industry, print and digital news organizations, by giving them more power to negotiate the terms under which Google and Facebook may…
    Mitch Kokai, December 18, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson report for Carolina Journal Online about the potential impact of the Silent Sam agreement on other Confederate monument disputes. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on kids’ near-constant exposure to media.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    “Best state” rankings or whatever

    U.S. News and World Report sucked me into clicking on a link to their Best States Rankings.  I have no idea when it was released this year.  Man, what a waste of my time. Anyway, North Carolina was #18 on the list. The state scores highest (#4) in the…
    Terry Stoops, December 4, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is pursuing the governor’s office next year. Meanwhile, multiple candidates from both major parties are pursuing Forest’s job. Rick Henderson discusses recent developments in the lieutenant governor’s race for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti analyzes Democratic presidential candidates’ plans…
    Mitch Kokai, November 29, 2019
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    Media outlets harming Democrats with the push for impeachment

    Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist argues that major media outlets are hurting their allies in the Democratic Party. Right up through the end of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) impeachment hearings, the media were impeachment’s most enthusiastic supporters. While they’ve been convinced of the need to impeach President Donald…
    Mitch Kokai, November 27, 2019