Category Archives: Media

The New York Times and the English Language

George Orwell, in “Politics and the English Language,”  denounced lazy, sloppy and pretentious writing and speaking as a sign of unclear thinking (photo source). I so much believe that thought, that I extend it into grammar. On the fridge I … Continue reading

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No surprise: Civility and trust down nationally since November

The chart below is from “Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down” by Jessica Taylor,, July 3, 2017. It would be interesting to have figures for Chester County. It would be a good bet, though, … Continue reading

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Media and politics

Who said this and when? “Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication. The reason: People are lazy. With television you … Continue reading

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Comcast, the Koch Brothers, and corporate consolidation

Comcast, the largest US cable company, is in the news these days for planning to merge with the second largest US cable company. As David Hiltbrand writes in “Many questions raised about cable merger,” Philadelphia Inquirer, February 14, 2014: So, … Continue reading

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“The Butler”: an unexpected history of race relations in America

I just saw the film “The Butler.” I knew little in advance and expected a feel-gooder in the line of “Driving Miss Daisy” or “The Remains of the Day.” Those are great movies but for useful emotions (like indignation) and … Continue reading

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Cal Thomas as exemplar

My first—and how unworthy!—thought, on reading Cal Thomas, “Four more years of decline for America” in today’s (11/9/12) Daily Local News, was: “Why would anyone read this notorious out-of-it curmudgeon any more?” But wait! Today’s column is extremely useful testimony … Continue reading

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A few things Paul Ryan forgot to say

In his VP acceptance speech, Paul Ryan blamed president Obama for a whole list of things. But he forgot a few: The recent rise in gas prices is Obama’s fault, because he should have induced the oil companies to drill … Continue reading

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Keep the media out of polling places

Today’s (Aug. 28) print Daily Local has a 5-line blerb “Advocates support newspaper lawsuit,” which, for those who know how, can be expanded by smart-phone technology into the AP article “Right-to-know group opposes Pa. poll-access limits,” which even those of … Continue reading

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