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April 14th, 2021 - 10:32 am § in News Media, Politics, Racism

Ex-Fox host rips Tucker Carlson as white supremacist

Gretchen Carlson, formerly of “Fox & Friends,” who left the rightwing network with a hefty sexual harassment settlement in her purse, used colorful language this week to describe the Murdoch family’s defense of incendiary Fox host Tucker Carlson, who’s using his show to p[...]

April 4th, 2021 - 1:18 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Economics, Humor, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Bad, bad boomers!

“I’m not a fan of baby boomers,” begins this Vox article. “And no, it’s not really fair to paint an entire generation with the same brush, but I’m doing it anyway,” the writer — somebody I’ve never heard of — continues. “Hopefully, the boomers wi[...]

April 2nd, 2021 - 11:05 am § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

Boehner suggests Fox News was Conspiracy Central during Obama years

Former GOP House Speaker John Boehner, in a forthcoming book, says his efforts to dissuade then-Fox News boss Roger Ailes (photo, left), who died in 2017, from putting conspiracy nuts on the air went nowhere. CNN, which has previewed the book, says “what Boeher writes about the role Fox News a[...]

March 30th, 2021 - 9:54 am § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

Matt Gaetz is tired of Congress

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a strident rightwing foghorn in Congress, is “seriously considering not seeking re-election” and may leave before his term ends to take a job at Newsmax, the news-summary website Axios reported on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Gaetz apparently hopes becoming a rightwin[...]

March 30th, 2021 - 12:58 am § in Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Law and Courts, News Media, Politics, Racism

How bad a president was Trump?

That’s the title of an article by Chris Cillizza, who frequently writes about politics for CNN. The article quickly descends into statistics (More Republicans than Democrats like Trump) and scholarly rankings (ranging from near-last to dead-last). If you want to wade through those details, go [...]

March 9th, 2021 - 11:49 pm § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Misc., News Media, Politics

How America’s civil society corroded, and how to repair it

This essay is based on an article in The Atlantic published on March 8, 2021. Read it here. Alexis de Tocqueville, the great French chronicler of American democracy as it existed in the early 19th century, shortly after the French Revolution that went off the rails, concluded that America’s su[...]

February 6th, 2021 - 3:29 pm § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

A newspaper shouldn’t editorialize on the front page.

But I can’t say I disagree with their opinion. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

February 4th, 2021 - 5:39 pm § in Law and Courts, News Media, Politics

Voting machine company sues conspiracy peddlers

“A voting technology company swept up in baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election filed a monster $2.7 billion lawsuit on Thursday against Fox News, some of the network’s star hosts, and pro-Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, alleging the parties worked in c[...]

February 4th, 2021 - 12:00 pm § in America, Biden, Business, China, Christianity, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Humor, Hypocrisy, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Law and Courts, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

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Featuring news and commentary from a center-left perspective To return to the Front Page, click on “Blog” in upper left corner This website includes news summaries, essays and commentary, videos and short movies, and offbeat and whimsical humor. It adds background and perspective to news, with l[...]

January 21st, 2021 - 2:46 pm § in Misc., News Media, Schools & Colleges

Vox article says, “Kicking people off social media isn’t about free speech.” Or is it?

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch, and TikTok have suspended Trump’s social media accounts. Many of his extremist followers also were hit with sanctions by social media companies, which have shut down tens of thousands of user accounts, especially those promoting the false Q[...]