Journalists are playing into Trump’s hand

A question to my colleagues in the media: Why do we play President Trump’s foil? The scene in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, last Thursday night was familiar: journalists on an elevated platform in the middle of the arena, penned in, filming the proceedings and typing on their laptops while the president of the United States points at them and provokes thousands of people to boo them, jeer them, taunt them and chant (“CNN sucks!”).

Tragedy in the age of lies

Few online trends are as nauseating as the “false flag” conspiracy theories that mock genuine tragedies. It’s especially abhorrent that these virtual bottom-feeders rally around the singularly heartbreaking 2012 elementary school shooting at Newtown, Conn.

Trump and Putin’s do-si-do

It’s a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war.

If not for the unspoken women …

In a matter of hours Wednesday, an Illinois state lawmaker went from a rising star in the Republican Party to the subject of news releases calling for his resignation. Rep. Nick Sauer stepped down after a news outlet published allegations he engaged in “revenge porn.”

Trump is winning his crusade against asylum seekers

Here’s the cold, hard, disheartening reality about the Trump administration’s policies toward those arriving at the nation’s borders seeking asylum: Many more people with legitimate claims are likely being sent home to perilous conditions despite federal and international laws recognizing the right of the persecuted to seek sanctuary in other countries. That is unconscionable.