Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Boston Globe, and "the enemy of the people"

The piece below is from the Editorial Board of The Boston Globe.

In addition to its own editorial, The Globe has assembled a coalition of more than 300 American newspapers to counter President Trump's claim that the press is the "enemy of the people."

The President, on Twitter, responded that The Globe was "in COLLUSION with other papers on free press."

The piece, below, includes links to the editorials written by the other papers across the country.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


Like so many others, I have, during the past year, thought about Charlottesville, Virginia a great deal.  The events of August, 2017--a year ago today--were, are, heartrending. (I lived in Charlottesville--a vibrant and beautiful city--from the spring of 1995 until the start of 2001.)

Last week, PBS's Frontline program featured a very good documentary about Charlottesville--and about the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who descended upon the city.

The PBS report, a joint effort by Frontline and the journalistic organization ProPublica, was titled Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.  Unlike other Frontline programs I have seen, over time--programs presided over by an unseen narrator--the Charlottesville documentary featured an on-camera correspondent, ProPublica's A.C. Thompson.  Mr. Thompson also served as one of the program's producers.

The program can be seen at this link:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Senator McCain, on the Trump-Putin press conference

The statement by Sen. John McCain, from the CNN article below:

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory," McCain said. "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake."

Sen. McCain also said:

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad."

Here is the full statement, from Mr. McCain's office:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Washington Post analysis, family separations

From the 6/20/18 Washington Post, online:  "The Trump administration changed its story on family separation no fewer than 14 times before ending the policy"

Monday, June 18, 2018

Essay by former First Lady Laura Bush, Washington Post:

The title of the essay:  "Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart.’"

Mrs. Bush writes, in the essay, that "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral."

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Robert Kennedy, and Juan Romero,1968

After Robert Kennedy was shot, fifty years ago this week, a seventeen-year-old busboy who worked at Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel, Juan Romero, knelt beside Kennedy, and attended to him, comforted him, briefly. Kennedy and Romero had shaken hands, a moment before the shooting.

"Is everybody OK?" Kennedy, who would die the next day, asked. Romero told him yes.  Kennedy then turned his head toward his right, Romero recalled, in a newspaper interview which appeared earlier this week. "Everything will be OK," Romero heard him say.

Shortly after, Romero placed a rosary, which he had in one of his pockets, around one of Kennedy's hands.

Here is a brief interview with Mr. Romero, now 67, which aired on National Public Radio last week.

Here, too, is a story from June 2nd's Daily News, in New York:

Juan Romero, with Robert Kennedy (Photo: Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times)