The New York Times Sees Double

January 22, 2020

The New York Times’ daring innovation of endorsing two candidates in the Democratic presidential primary has provoked a flurry of comments in the media. The verdict on The NYT’s verdict has been resoundingly negative. For many, it confirms that The New York Times has abandoned its presumed...

In the Run-Up to the US Election, Storytelling Becomes Rather Less Innocent

January 21, 2020

Dan Rather is one of the most famous and highly respected journalists in the US, having served for decades as the anchor of CBS Evening News. He left the network in 2013 but maintains his image as a serious independent commentator on the news. Like most public celebrities today, Rather stakes...

At the Democratic Debate, CNN Magnifies the Rumors

January 16, 2020

Everyone knows that elections in the US are not occasions for exploring and clarifying issues and policies, but something more similar to a sporting event between competing athletes. All media outlets know this, but none practice it with greater conviction than CNN. During the Democratic...

Can Sanders or Warren Clinch the Democratic Nomination?

January 16, 2020

The Democrats have been trudging along this presidential primary as though this were any normal election and the usual rules of politics during the primary nomination phase apply in 2020 as well. On the heels of being impeached by the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump launched a...

Is Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Proposal Too Optimistic?

December 22, 2019

An “ultra-millionaire tax” — or wealth tax — proposed by Democratic presidential primaries candidate Elizabeth Warren is likely to raise between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion in additional revenue in 10 years from 2021 to 2030, according to a study by the Penn Wharton...

Why Democrats Should Vote for a Moderate

December 16, 2019

As Democratic primary voters gear up to choose among a diverse lineup of candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and other key battleground states starting in early February, only one thing is certain: Under our electoral system, the early primary states — despite having smaller populations and...

Elizabeth Warren’s Grudging Acceptance of Billionaires

November 12, 2019

Although direct rivals for the Democratic presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been working in some respects like a wrestling tag team. The media prefer to ignore the most serious implications of their strategy for the party itself and US society as a whole, but with...

Elizabeth Warren Slams Donald Trump: Could She Be President?

April 29, 2017

In her latest video, Warren eviscerates Trump, exhorts Americans to act to save their democracy and establishes herself as a potential president. Senator Elizabeth Warren is a controversial figure. Many on Wall Street think of her as devil incarnate. If Warren had her way, the United States...