After the Trump “Dossier” Debacle: An Open Letter to J-Students

The following is a news opinion and analysis An Open Letter to Journalism Students: A counterpoint to Columbia Journalism Review’s defense of Buzzfeed’s publication of unverified and false political opposition research material. More surprising than BuzzFeed’s publication of politically-motivated opposition research about Donald Trump’s supposed Russia connections is the defense offered by a one-time bastion of […]

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Obama’s Exit Strategy and Trump’s Biggest Foreign Threats

Sunday on Full Measure, we’ll take a look at President Obama’s exit strategy. Is he intentionally dumping international problems on Trump’s plate? His administration has also continued with a transition tradition: rolling out hundreds of federal rules and regulations since election day prior to the President-elect being sworn in. One member of Congress is working to […]

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Russia “Hacking” and the Intel Credibility Gap

The following is a news commentary and analysis. At a hearing today, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) today said it was “astounding” that anyone would question the credibility of our intelligence agencies. That comment defies the factual record. It’s not that Americans don’t appreciate our many honest, hardworking intelligence professionals. But there are concrete examples of false […]

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Eight Facts on the “Russian Hacks”

Above Image: The Kremlin, the Russian government’s power center There’s no standing allegation by U.S. officials that the Russians (or anyone else) “hacked” into our elections system or altered vote counts. So what are the allegations and facts as we know them? The FBI and DHS released a brief joint report Thursday describing “Russian Malicious […]

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Project Censored’s “Most Censored News Stories”

Nobody tells “Project Censored” what to report — and it’s out with its Most Censored News Stories of 2015-2016. Some top picks include: NYPD Editing Wikipedia on Police Brutality: “[C]omputers operating at One Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department (NYPD), had been used ‘to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged […]

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The Problem with Self-Appointed Curators of Fake News

Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept has a powerful commentary about the perils of self-appointed curators ferreting out so-called “fake news.” Greenwald takes to task the Guardian for its recent article supposedly summarizing a recent interview with WikiLeaks founder Juilan Assange. Assange: This article is about how those false claims – fabrications, really – were spread all over the […]

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Man Bites Watchdog, Russia Election Hack & Zika Hype

Above, Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John Sopko Here’s what’s coming up Sunday on Full Measure. I speak to former Obama Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, David Shedd, who explains why it’s so tough for our intel agencies to determine whether Russia or anyone else tried to influence our elections. He says even if […]

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Less Than Transparent: Journalists Fault Obama

The following is based on a letter to the Obama White House from the Society of Professional Journalists When President Obama took office, he gave journalists great hope by promising unprecedented transparency. The reality has proven to be eight years of slippage in nearly every facet of openness. As the president prepares to leave office, the […]

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Media Coverage of Trump’s Taiwan Phone Call

The following is a news media analysis. Is there too much news media coverage of Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s leader or is it fair? No and no. My take here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/video-embed.html?video_id=5236183998001 Preorder my new book: The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote

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