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When Fake News Leads to Real Dangers

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Imagine that you have owned a family-friendly pizza restaurant for about a decade in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Suddenly, without warning, you're getting slimed by sickos on the Internet with death threats and obscenities.

What would you do?

There's wasn't much James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, could do when ...Read more

What's Fair to Donald Trump Should be Fair to Keith Ellison

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Republican president-elect Donald Trump, as everyone knows, launched his campaign with insults to women, Muslims, Mexicans and other minorities -- and without apologies to anybody. He won election anyway.

Now we have Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, frontrunner for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, receiving renewed ...Read more

Forget 'Identity Politics,' Think 'Coalition'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Should political candidates appeal to particular racial, ethnic or gender groups? Or should they broaden their message to appeal to all groups?

Such are the questions that presidential campaigns ask themselves in the circular firing squad of blame and finger-pointing that follow a big loss.

Four years ago, the big word for Republicans after ...Read more

New Haters, Same Old Backlash

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Maybe now when I tell you that we're not in a post-racial society, you'll pay attention, OK?

The latest evidence includes an intriguing debate over how to identify the loosely organized but increasingly prominent alt-right movement.

Should we call them by their chosen label, "alt-right," which is short for "alternative right?" Or should we ...Read more

Don't Normalize Donald Trump; 'Abnormalize' Him

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Much has been said about how we Americans, particularly we Americans in the mainstream media, should not "normalize" Donald Trump. I think it's way too late for that.

Look around. Most Republicans already have normalized Trump. So have the independent swing voters and even disgruntled Democrats who helped to get him elected. Either he was ...Read more

How to Cool Voter Anger? Pay Attention to Them

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"Why," a reader recent asked after president-elect Donald Trump's stunning upset victory, "don't you liberal mainstream media columnists get over it and write something positive to unify the country?"

Why, I wondered, must it be left up to liberals to repair the divisions ripped open by conservatives like Trump?

Maybe Trump supporters have a ...Read more

Why Many of Us Will Miss Gwen Ifill

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Like other friends and fans of Gwen Ifill, I did not expect to be talking about her in the past tense. Not this soon.

The groundbreaking, award-winning "PBS NewsHour" co-anchor died Nov. 14 in hospice care in Washington. The cause was endometrial cancer, according to her brother Roberto Ifill.

She was 61. That surprised me. With...Read more

Now it's Democrats Who Need an 'Autopsy'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Want to get attention in the Big Apple? Try carrying a big Donald Trump campaign sign through Times Square.

A network news producer and friend of mine happened to do just that on her way home from the Republican president-elect's victory speech.

The people whom she passed on the street didn't know that she was bringing the sign to give to a ...Read more

Now it's Trump's America, But Can He Deliver?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President-elect Trump? Well, whaddaya know. There really was a "hidden Trump vote" after all.

For months almost every opinion poll had Democrat Hillary Clinton firmly holding onto her No. 1 position in the presidential race. No problem, said Republican Donald Trump's team, which claimed a "hidden vote": Trump voters who didn't want to admit ...Read more

Is Donald Trump Putin's 'puppet'? When the Shoe Fits....

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump's big PeeWee Herman moment came during a clash in his final debate with his opponent Hillary Clinton over Russia.

The moment came during a question about one of her speeches released by WikiLeaks. Trump said Russian leader Vladimir Putin has no respect for Clinton.

"That's because he'd rather have a puppet as president," Clinton ...Read more

No Scandal-Free Choices? Pick the Less Flawed

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If ever there was a presidential contest that did not need an extra week, this is it.

In case you haven't heard, an unusual quirk in the calendar and election laws has resulted in America's latest election since 1988.

The nation votes on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November. Because Nov. 1 falls on a Tuesday this year, ...Read more

Trump Dishes Out Media Insults But Can't Take Them

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Conditions for the news workers who cover Donald Trump's campaign have become so bad that some reporters are requesting transfers to Aleppo.

Yes, that's a joke, but not by much. Almost every politician in my experience sooner or later blames the media messengers for an unwelcome message. As the polls and various embarrassments such as the "...Read more

United by Their Paranoid Fears

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sometimes satire can expose truths in ways that straight journalists can only envy. This is particularly when you are dealing with hard-to-believe developments like the rise of Donald Trump as a hero of the poor and oppressed.

"Saturday Night Live," whose skits can be hit-or-miss in terms of provoking laughs, hit a bull's eye with Alec Baldwin ...Read more

What Donald Trump Shares with Al Sharpton

From the Left / Clarence Page /

One of my favorite tunes in the super-hit musical "Hamilton" is a little ditty sung by King George III. He raises a very appropriate question for his former colonies today: What comes next?

What comes next?

You've been freed.

Do you know how hard it is to lead?

That question has come to many minds ever since King George's day, every time a ...Read more

Donald Trump, Unshackled ... and Increasingly Unhinged

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When Donald Trump gloated that "the shackles have been taken off me," I immediately wondered, how was he shackled?

Was that the shackled Trump, for example, who obsessively attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel in May, Khizr Khan and his family in July and Alicia Machado in September?

No, Trump actually was putting a defiant face on a stunning event ...Read more

Can Donald Trump turn Bill Clinton into a 'Bill Cosby'?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Can this presidential campaign get any weirder?

Sensing nothing left to lose, according to reports, Republican hopeful Donald Trump's campaign is going for broke with a scorched earth strategy, intended to make a "Bill Cosby" out of Bill Clinton.

Just as Cosby went from national hero to national pariah after a parade of women charged him with ...Read more

Donald Trump Releases His Inner Ape

From the Left / Clarence Page /

British politician Nigel Farage is a big fan of Donald Trump, although he chose an odd way to express it while chatting with reporters backstage after Sunday's presidential debate.

A leader in Britain's "Brexit" movement to leave the European Union, Farage praised Trump's performance against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to "a silverback ...Read more

My 'Implicit Bias' Against Black People

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In case you missed the vice presidential debate -- and who didn't? -- the most memorable moment in my view came when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sounded shocked, shocked, at the very idea that a black police officer could be biased against black people.

I've got news for you, governor. A lot of black people don't like black people all that much.

I...Read more

Team Trump Rebukes Hillary Clinton, Sounds Like a Defense

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I grabbed my ear lobe and jiggled it in disbelief of the words I was hearing from former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani's mouth.

Giuliani, a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was responding to a very good question from NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday morning.

Todd wanted to know whether Giuliani's ...Read more

How Donald Trump Gets Stop-and-Frisk Wrong

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As with many topics, Donald Trump doesn't know much about the policing policy widely known as "stop and frisk," but that doesn't deter him one bit from Trump-splaining it to us with unbridled self-confidence.

The policy, which involves warrantless stops of people who are suspected of criminal activity to search them for weapons, became a ...Read more

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