ABC News Wrongs Tea Party in Coverage of ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting

Published: PolicyMic (July 21, 2012)

Someone at ABC News needs to be fired.

In my article on Mitt Romney’s Bain scandal last week, I chided the media for being “pathetic” in its determination to take sides rather than objectively report the facts and demand answers from those in power. One week later, the irresponsibility of our mainstream news outlets has again reared its ugly head, this time when ABC News anchor Brian Ross wrongly connected The Dark Knight Rises killer to the Tea Party shortly after his network broke the story of the shootings. Here’s his actual quote: read more

Mitt Romney Bain Scandal: Everything You Need To Know

Published PolicyMic (July 15, 2012)

For those of you unfamiliar with the emerging scandal involving Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, I have broken down the debacle into five convenient sets of bullet points:

Romney’s Actions:

– In a federal disclosure form filed on August 12, 2011, Mitt Romney wrote that he had retired as CEO of Bain Capital to run the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics on February 11, 1999. Since then, Romney wrote, he had not “had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way.” read more

Why Ron Paul Should Denounce Anti-Mormon Pastor

Published: PolicyMic (July 14, 2012)

When I read that a California pastor had declared “God wants Ron Paul to be President,” I wasn’t particularly surprised. For all of the thoughtful and intellectually engaging Paul supporters out there, batches can always be found who believe that the Texas Congressman’s presidential ambitions have been sanctified by an infallible higher doctrine. While the unquestionable authority may be the Bible for some and the works of Austrian economists for others, the underlying sentiment is essentially the same – i.e., that Paul supporters are the select, an enlightened and liberty-loving few. The prevalence of that notion isn’t astonishing anymore. read more

The Political Ramifications of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Psychological Disorder

Published: The Morning Call (July 13, 2012)PolicyMic (July 13, 2012)

To what extent does the public have the right to know about the mental health of its politicians?

This is what we should be asking ourselves after the revelation that Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving “intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder.” Although his doctor claims that Jackson is responding positively to his therapy, this hasn’t stopped Jackson’s family from asking the public to not seek too much information. As The Huffington Post puts it, “his wife has said little and Jackson’s civil rights leader father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., has called it a private issue and repeatedly declined to give details.” read more

Why Mitt Romney Should Not Choose Tim Pawlenty As His Running Mate

Published: PolicyMic (July 11, 2012)

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew was forced to resign due to revelations that he had accepted bribes as Governor of Maryland. Why is this important nearly forty years later? Simple: If Mitt Romney chooses Tim Pawlenty as his running mate, we may have another Agnew on our hands.

Before he became Governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty spent two years on the board of directors for NewTel Holdings, a telecommunications corporation owned by his longtime friend Elam Baer. In addition to this work, Pawlenty also earned $4,500 a month as a consultant and legal adviser to a pay-phone company called New Access, a NewTel subsidiary accused of defrauding thousands of customers in seven states by signing them up for local and long-distance service without their permission. Although Pawlenty has been happy to talk about other aspects of his business career, he has stayed remarkably mum on the exact nature of what he did for New Access. read more

The Top Ten Political ‘Twilight Zone’ Episodes

Published: PolicyMic (July 3, 2012)

The Stephanie Meyers of the world may come and go, but as fans of classic television will happily remind you, only one franchise will ever be truly deserving of the word “Twilight.” I refer, of course, to “The Twilight Zone,” that timeless anthology of the supernatural that premiered in 1959 and remained on the air for five seasons (156 episodes) before CBS unceremoniously yanked the plug. During that time, “The Twilight Zone” transformed television by dramatically increasing the quality of writing associated with the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres. Led by Rod Serling – who, along with writing more than half of the show’s scripts, delivered the iconic deadpan narrations that accompanied each episode – the series provided an outlet for premiere writing talents of the time, including Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Montgomery Pittman, and Earl Hamner, Jr. read more