The dawning of a new definition of journalistic objectivity?

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The Columbia Journalism Review suggests Donald Trump might have been one of the greatest gifts to modern-day journalism.

Who could have guessed that Trump would come to embody a ray of hope and a new dawn for journalism? Yet here he is, offering everyone working in the media a new objectivity, a chance to throw off the shackles that made Trump possible.

My latest opinion piece for Russia Direct points out how Clinton played Trump in their final debate

Photo: Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

Photo: Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

You can read the full piece here.

During the final debate on Oct. 19, Clinton lashed out at often-reported positive feelings Trump has expressed for Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. Clinton hammered away at Trump, suggesting, “You are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and… you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.”

She added there was little doubt Russia and the Kremlin were behind recent cyberattacks against the United States because Putin wanted Trump to win. Such a victory would give him “a puppet as president of the United States,” Clinton said.

Did the newspaper industry rush headlong into online…and goofed by doing so?

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Politico Magazine takes a look at a recent academic study that suggests that a digital-first strategy might have been a mistake for the newspaper industry.

Buttressed by copious mounds of data and a rigorous, sustained argument, the paper cracks open the watchworks of the newspaper industry to make a convincing case that the tech-heavy Web strategy pursued by most papers has been a bust. The key to the newspaper future might reside in its past and not in smartphones, iPads and VR. “Digital first,” the authors claim, has been a losing proposition for most newspapers.

These findings matter because conventional newspapers, for all their shortcomings, remain the best source of information about the workings of our government, of industry, and of the major institutions that dominate our lives.

Remembering when Bush wished Clinton well, and the importance of grace and character


I’ve often told people one reason I admire President George H. W. Bush is that I’m convinced he’s a decent, kind and generous man. (You may leave your snarky comments for another time and another place.)

Those traits were on full display when he wrote a letter on his final day as president. He told President Bill Clinton that he would be “our” president and that “I am rooting hard for you.”

The Hill  reminded people today of an era in which presidential candidates could disagree but remain cordial.

Read the story mentioned above. At one point, it states:

In his autobiography years later, Clinton would remember the letter fondly, saying it influenced his response to his successor, Bush’s son, George W. Bush.

“I wanted to be gracious and encouraging, as George Bush had been to me,” Clinton wrote in “My Life.” “Soon George W. Bush would be President of all the people, and I wished him well.”

The friendship between the elder Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton seems genuine. Perhaps one man’s attempt at kindness was received openly by the other, and the benefits flowed from there.

They provide a valuable lesson not only to politicians but to all of us.

Major university charging students for Title IX office


Inside Higher Ed has the story.

The $34 fee, approved by the university’s student government last month and reported by BuzzFeed News Tuesday, was widely criticized, with advocates saying it is highly unusual for students to fund services to combat sexual assault and ensure that their university remains compliant with federal law. Student leaders said this week that they felt they were left with no choice after the university failed to properly fund the office.

“By putting in a proposal to add an additional fee, that’s placing another financial burden on students,” A. J. Pruitt, the Student Government Association’s vice president of student affairs, told BuzzFeed. “It’s not something I’m excited about, but it gets us to fully funding the office in a short amount of time.”

Such a fee is indeed unusual.

Too many women who were sexually harassed now suffer in silence


Writing in the Seattle Times, a former First Lady of Washington state says that society should not forget the silent pain that comes from being sexually harassed.

I have been sexually harassed. Not once, not twice, but multiple times. And I’m not counting catcalls, offhand comments from strangers or the time I learned about a bet a group of male co-workers at one job made about who could sleep with me first.
It happened in the workplace. It happened in the political arena.