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Journalist's real sin was breaking the rules of the trade

SAN DIEGO -- The New York Times has done good reporting this year on some big stories about sexual harassment. But suddenly the newspaper has gone from covering the topic to being smack in the middle of it.

The Times recently suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush while it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct by him toward several...Read more

How the immigration debate makes the absurd look plausible

SAN DIEGO -- As I absorb the reaction to the verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial from my perch in southern California, I am reminded of just how ignorant and dishonest the New York and Washington media can be in covering the immigration debate.

The San Francisco killing two years ago of 32-year-old Steinle by an illegal immigrant in front ...Read more

Navajo 'code-talkers' deserved better from Trump

SAN DIEGO -- Riddle me this: What is more racist? Jabbing at a white person by calling her "Pocahontas," or that same white person claiming Native American lineage in a way that may have taken a job meant for an actual Native American?

I'm going with No. 2.

Donald Trump owns the media. He knows where our buttons are, and how to push them. And ...Read more

'Coco' proves Latinos are best at telling their own stories

SAN DIEGO -- Hey Hollywood, it's time you asked: What can brown do for you? Scratch that. It's long past time.

The U.S. film industry is supposed to be the imagination capital of the world. Yet, for decades, producers, directors and studio executives -- most of them liberal -- couldn't imagine that the secret to successful Latino projects was ...Read more

10 mistakes journalists make that hurt our credibility

SAN DIEGO -- There is a debate raging within the media over our favorite subject: the media.

Someone told me recently that Americans are information rich and knowledge poor. One reason for this is that journalism is broken. We just can't agree on how to fix it.

Consider the contrasting views of former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse ...Read more

A time to harvest gratitude for farmers

VISALIA, Calif. -- Whenever this country mouse comes home to Central California, as I did recently to speak to citrus farmers, one thought comes to mind:

"How is it that a nation like ours -- founded not by politicians but by farmers -- finds it so difficult to show the proper respect for farming?"

A holiday set aside for us to be thankful and...Read more

Moore's story is murky, but some things are crystal clear

SAN DIEGO -- The Roy Moore scandal is as messy as they come. Yet, even through all the dirt and slime, some things have come into focus.

But first, the mess. Last week, The Washington Post published an article detailing the stories of four women who claim that the Alabama Republican pursued them in the 1970s when they were teenage girls. One of...Read more

Latinos know America has problems, but we're not one of them

SAN DIEGO -- For Latinos, the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's election marks the day when a demagogue who treated the nation's largest minority like a pinata was rewarded with the highest office in the land.

On the campaign trail, Trump's slights against Latinos included: accusing Mexico of sending people who are "bringing drugs" and "...Read more

Democrats should listen to Brazile -- not silence her

SAN DIEGO -- It didn't take long for white liberals to start attacking Donna Brazile.

From its portals in media and politics, the vindictive left is in battle mode now that Brazile -- a longtime Democratic strategist who became the first African-American to run a presidential campaign when she managed Al Gore's bid for the White House in 2000 -...Read more

Whose side is Hillary on?

SAN DIEGO -- Hillary Clinton is so thoughtful. As busy as she is peddling a book that blames her election loss on everyone but herself -- including members of her own party -- the 2016 Democratic nominee still makes time to worry about others.

And lately, she has been worried about, of all things, her chief nemesis: the GOP.

"There are a lot ...Read more

Conservatives want monopoly on calling others 'racist'

SAN DIEGO -- Conservatives hate it when people toss around the word "racist" to end an argument when they seemingly don't have anything else to say.

I always assumed that the reason for this frustration was that those on the right were tired of having that word hurled at them because of their clumsy handling of issues ranging from immigration ...Read more

Kelly's remarks were about sacrifice -- not politics

SAN DIEGO -- As if our country weren't divided enough already -- red vs. blue, rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, those who kneel vs. those who stand -- White House chief of staff John Kelly has now reminded us of another chasm: military vs. civilian.

Contrary to what we've heard from Kelly's critics -- who are also President Trump's critics -- ...Read more

Trump's 'supremacist' views rooted in elitism

SAN DIEGO -- Is Donald Trump a white supremacist? It seems that George W. Bush thinks the robe fits.

Based on hard-hitting remarks Thursday that seem to have been aimed at Trump, one can infer that the former president believes the current occupant of the Oval Office has emboldened white supremacists, promoted bigotry and fueled a spike in what...Read more

In California, 'sanctuary' is like a Hollywood illusion

SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, California is now officially a "sanctuary state."

Big deal. If you take a close look at the actual language of SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, you'll see it for what it is: a symbolic and worthless gesture intended to inflame both sides of the...Read more

Trump's wish list makes him worst immigration president

SAN DIEGO -- On his Oval Office report card, Barack Obama earned a massive fail on the immigration issue.

He broke his campaign promise to reform our immigration system, deported about 3 million people, dragged his feet for three years before giving executive relief to young undocumented immigrants through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...Read more

Sensible center needs to reclaim gun debate

SAN DIEGO -- As those of you who follow the news and keep an eye on politics have probably noticed, our country's gun debate is misfiring.

It has gotten to the point where, whenever I hear just about any discussion of the subject -- whether by conservatives or liberals -- I'll wind up engaged in what has become a familiar ritual. I'll put my ...Read more

Cable news host fails race test

SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to race, conservatives will never ace the quiz.

It stands to reason that this bunch would be slow to understand a subject that they usually downplay, dismiss or deny. Those on the right -- including many Republicans and most Trump voters -- often pretend to be colorblind in order to seem enlightened. Ironically, the ...Read more

Is it time to start profiling white males?

SAN DIEGO -- White men scare me. There, I said it.

Based on my conversations with Latino and African-American friends, I think many of them feel the same way. If they're walking down a dark street at night and see three white men in their 20s walking toward them, they're thinking hate crime.

After all, pick up a history book, and look at what ...Read more

Life lessons to save the next generation

SAN DIEGO -- My kids watch the news with me. And, these days, much of what they see confuses them.

Like the spectacle of self-absorbed millionaire African-American football players who breathe rarefied air and have much for which to be grateful disrespecting the very country that provided such opportunities. Instead of stunts intended to show ...Read more

NFL protest proves Americans are stuck on stupid

SAN DIEGO -- Nearly a century after its founding, the National Football League finally has its own Hall of Shame. Inductees include:

-- Nearly two dozen players with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens who took a knee this week during the national anthem. The players will claim that this was done to draw attention to the fact that ...Read more

 

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