The Sliming Of Kavanaugh Continues

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Another day, another baseless charge against Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the sliming continues. Some on the political right encouraged the Senate last week to ignore the non-credible and unsupported charges of Christine Blasey Ford and go ahead and confirm Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. They argued that Ford’s repeated requests for delays […]

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Donald Trump’s Media Awards

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President Trump has announced that he will be awarding “THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR” [capitalization in the original] this Monday at 5 p.m. *Yawn* A few obvious points: Substantive media criticism is not Trump’s forté. Trump would like to these awards to shame the members of the media who receive them; […]

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Pleading incompetence to avoid libel damages

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Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for libel after it accused her in an editorial earlier this year of inspiring madman Jared Loughner to attack Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. I’m no fan of Sarah Palin, especially after she used what little Tea Party-related credibility she had when she […]

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Newspaper ethics

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This past weekend, in the wake of a $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews.com, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a piece from its editor, Sandra Duerr, touting the paper’s code of ethics. As newspaper ethics statements go, it’s a pretty good one. However, Ms. Duerr appears to have a training problem on her staff. ▪  If […]