Kathleen Parker / Politics

Twitter as America's Conscience

WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.

Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.

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The Love Litmus Test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.

The question arose after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private ...

Wordsmithing War

WASHINGTON -- Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

On both Fox News and MSNBC, conversation has centered lately on the proposed war against the Islamic State and President Obama's related ...

The Riddle of War

WASHINGTON -- There's a very 2001 feel to President Obama's request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely.

Although we haven't suffered a catastrophic hit as we did on 9/11, we've been ...

Juicing the Story

WASHINGTON -- As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.

My immediate thought was, "Oh, my God, not Muslims."

That very ...

Brian Williams' Six-Mile Stare

WASHINGTON -- These are tough times for NBC's Brian Williams -- and tougher times for journalism.

The NBC newsman is off the air while the network is "gathering the facts" about charges that he misremembered or conflated wartime incidents he ...