In Montana, an assault on a reporter and an assault on truth

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In Montana on Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte won election to the U.S. House of Representatives despite the fact that the day before, he body-slammed a reporter for asking a question. As outraged as we are here at The Shinbone Star, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that a significant number of Americans — both in Montana and elsewhere — are just fine with Gianforte, who now faces assault charges.

The man he attacked, after all, was only a journalist.

In his victory speech, Gianforte was apologetic, saying, “I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way.” Some in the crowd laughed, and when Gianforte went on to say, “I made a mistake,” a supporter shouted, “Not in our minds!”

While Gianforte’s conduct is inexcusable, make no mistake, it trickled down from the top. It was Donald J. Trump and his Goebbels-esque mouthpiece, Stephen Bannon, who made the press Public Enemy #1…

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Mitch on Brexit

Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now? by Ian Dunt (2016) 188 p. In the opening chapter of Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now? Ian Dunt paints a nightmare scenario lying ahead for the United Kingdom. No trade deal with the European Union, hard borders, re-implemented tariffs and customs red tape, and the British government at […] … Continue reading Mitch on Brexit

Intellectual Integrity in the Age of Trump … “Wall Street Journal” Foreign Affairs Columnist, Bret Stephens, Speaks Out

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A few days ago, February 18, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Bret Stephens gave the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles. Time magazine reported on it and you can read the entire text HERE. I urge you to do so.

In his talk Intellectual Integrity in the Age of Trump Stephens, a conservative, warns us not to “dismiss President Trump’s attacks on the media as mere stupidity.” He writes that open-mined and diligent reporting is important and that “truth is not merely in the eye of the beholder.”

I admit to being beyond irritated with news-as-entertainment that caters to the sensational and salacious, that betrays us by serving up too much free on-air time to people with questionable intentions and morally deficient characters. This is unfortunate, but thankfully it is not descriptive of the whole of the American press.

Let’s give kudos were kudos are deserved: to those hard-working…

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The 3rd Reconstruction

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zoo3GEfhPwo?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Yesterday the call went out to clergy and lay leaders for a telephone gathering to discuss the U.S. presidential orders issued during the first week of the new administration, which I notice lately some are calling a “regime.” These orders are efforts to undermine voting rights, encourage racism and sexism, and to punish sanctuary … Continue reading The 3rd Reconstruction