Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Please click the link below to read Jon Swaine’s article, posted today on The Guardian’s site.  It’s a meticulously researched piece which exposes one of the Orwellian strategies of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and catches Sinclair’s chairman in a lie about his own political financial contributions. By the way, the current state of Sinclair Broadcast Group is the reason our government should not have eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s.  It’s also the reason our government did eliminate the Fairness Doctrine. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/10/donald-trump-sinclair-david-smith-white-house-meeting?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews Continue reading Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

What Would Albert Camus Do?

Sometimes, I’ve wondered what — if anything — would happen if I had to check into a hospital anytime in the near future and was asked about my religion. My answer to that question would be NONE.  SECULAR HUMANIST.  If asked whether I’d like to be visited by a clergymember, the answer would be NO, BUT THANKS FOR ASKING. My lack of religion has created awkward situations in other settings.  During a morning commute in 2012, I sat in the back of a taxicab leaving JFK Airport for Manhattan.  Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace, and the driver tried … Continue reading What Would Albert Camus Do?

Humanists Address Bullying

The website thehumanist.com has an interesting online conversation (part of it in the comment section) on bullying among young children. This is an especially delicate topic for me personally, and I was careful not to get too emotional in my replies.  So, be warned that I held back some serious stuff that’s bursting out now. It should be noted that both of my parents are deceased, and I have ambivalent feelings about describing their past behavior.  Still, what happened, happened. I was bullied when I was a child, and the onset of it was especially bizarre.  For the first two … Continue reading Humanists Address Bullying

Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice

Please find the link to Andrew Gumbel’s article on The Guardian’s site at the end of this post. Some conservatives believe disregarding the rights of the accused is an appropriate way to obtain justice.  It is not. There are reasons we have safeguards in criminal law, including the right not to incriminate oneself.  Those protections aren’t just for the guilty.  They’re also a safety net for people who are falsely accused or suspected. Orange County, California is the defendant in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, alleging the county Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office have encouraged coerced confessions from suspects.  … Continue reading Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice

Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now

You may have heard about the scripted message delivered recently on nearly all Sinclair-owned television stations.  It created a scandal, but like many scandals this one will probably be forgotten by most people.  It shouldn’t. Sinclair Broadcast Group owns or operates either 170-odd or 190-odd television stations around the United States.  The number we hear depends on the source of information, and maybe some of those sources are including pending purchases or radio stations.  I’m unclear on that. Sinclair is not a broadcast network.  The stations owned or operated by this company have different network affiliations, and some are listed … Continue reading Why Sinclair Broadcast Group Has so Much Power Now