On Jan. 23, 2017, Donald Trump’s fourth day as President, he met with congressional leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House. “You know, I won the popular vote,” he started off, and then repeated the calumny that Hillary Clinton had received three to five million illegal votes, owning to fraud. “That’s not true,” Nancy Pelosi replied, according to “A Very Stable Genius,” a new book quoted by The New Yorker. This claim by Trump is spooky, even more so if he really believed it. Yes, it’s about time we discussed President Donald J. Trump because we’ve heard so little of him since he took office. Two items: First, do you think Trump will ever leave office? That’s not a stupid question. Have you seen those signs: “Trump in 2020, 2024 and 2028?” His paranoid suspicions surfaced in … [Read more...] about Will the president set a precedent?
There’s a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon we’ve all heard a thousand times: “Knowledge is power.” And over the past 50 years, especially in the era of mass media, the phrase has been refurbished to include “information.” Leaders all over the world have proclaimed that information, indeed, is power. Coming from someone in the media business, whose chief role is to inform the public, I must admit we’re seeing a powerful exception to the rule. As much as it pains me to spend any more time on this subject, it’s naïve to think we can avoid a quick chat on the coronavirus – or COVID-19, for those who are, for some reason, impressed by the use of meaningless acronyms. At the time of this writing, here are some of the things we know about coronavirus: There is no toilet paper on … [Read more...] about Bad information more dangerous than a virus
MY COMPUTER – I am scrolling through the Internet, looking for dirt on anyone I don’t like, and I see an ad for Mike Bloomberg. And another. I turn on the TV and there, between ads for Mike Bloomberg, is a bit of programming. Open any daily newspaper, and there are full-page ads for, one guess, Mike Bloomberg. The New York billionaire has already spent more on TV ads than GEICO, Bud Light and whoever makes those pills that guarantee you’ll be smarter than a jellyfish. Bloomberg is also spending more than all the other Democrats running for their party’s presidential nomination. He has promised that, if he doesn’t get the nod himself, he will bankroll the winning Dem -- just to defeat President Donald Trump. Oh, I forgot about Tom Steyer, another billionaire -- worth a measly $1.62 billion … [Read more...] about Follow the money – out of Texas
It’s all about local at The Leader, which strives to provide community news that no one else can. National media outlets don’t bother to report on issues involving area homeowners associations, happenings at schools in Northwest Houston or the latest shopping center to take shape. In turn, we generally don’t concern ourselves with things that happen outside of the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest or other nearby neighborhoods. Last week, though, we took a step out of our wheelhouse and delved into national politics – specifically the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But we still kept it local, going to a polling place in the area to seek out perspectives of voters from the community. Our community has proven to lean decidedly to the left, with Democrats holding … [Read more...] about Give journalists vote of confidence during elections
THE FRONT PORCH – “Hi,” says a guy holding a clipboard. “I’m with the U.S. Census Bureau, taking tabs on all Americans. Are you newly arrived, Muslim or one of those traitors against making America great again and vote Democrat?” “I’ve been here a long time,” I reply. “Actually, I’m a sixth-generation Texan and a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. And I vote.” He scribbles something on his clipboard. “So you are a citizen of the Republic of Texas and not of the United States? And you have voted in U.S. elections? Just like Governor Abbott said, voter fraud in Texas is ‘rampant.’” And thus begins the 2020 head count of Americans, get ready. But Texans are being hornswoggled by our own aforementioned Gov. Abbot and his Republican buddies which will cost you and me lots of … [Read more...] about Coming to our census