Monthly Archives: October 2017

Stenography in the guise of reporting

When a news story simply states what a press release says, without any question, it’s not reporting, it’s stenography. This is illustrated in a story in Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest morning daily, on Oct. 25, 2017, about Sweden’s foreign aid. The story reports 2018 aid will total about $5 billion, an increase of roughly $75 million over the current budget year. Single largest recipient is Afghanistan, which will get about… Read Article →

Progressives face a sticky wicket.

Who’s a progressive? And what’s a sticky wicket? Ask 100 Americans those questions, and you’ll get 100 different answers for progressive and 99 “What the hell’s a sticky wicket?” for the sticky wicket. (One person you asked spent time in England. He knew.) OK, I didn’t run a test. But I doubt if there is any agreement onĀ  who exactly qualifies to be called a progressive. Nobody wants to be… Read Article →